By Sant Kirpal Singh, in Oakton, Virginia, USA, 29 September, 1972
You see what sort of prayer is heard? As I told you the other day, (it is) the prayer which comes out of the heart and that is in unison with what you say by the word of mouth, and what you think. If the prayer comes, and the three (mind, intellect, and tongue) agree there, then that is a true prayer. When that prayer comes out, that Power who is also within us hears, “This child is after me.” Then He will catch you by the hand, “Well, child, tell me what you want.” So such a prayer is heard. Perhaps you have read the book “Prayer”. That gives you all these things.
Guru Ram Das says, “My prayer was heard. Thank God. I was under the impression that the philosopher’s stone would turn me into gold only; but strange enough, I met such a Guru who did not make me turn into gold but made me a philosopher’s stone itself. Now, whoever comes in our contact, they also turn into a philosopher’s stone.”
Every king wants his son to be a … what? Do you know? A king – not a minister. Every Guru wants anyone coming to Him to become a Guru. So Guru Ram Das said, “My prayer was heard and I got such a Guru who made me like this philosopher’s stone. Now, those who come in contact with me, they are also turning out to be philosopher’s stones.” He further says, “Strange enough, that qualification spoken of about the philosopher’s stone is that if any metal comes in contact with that it is turned into gold.” He says, “I was not the metal; I was the rust! Still worse. And, even then, I was made into the philosopher’s stone.” That bespeaks of the beauty of what he became after meeting the Guru. So the meeting or having the company of such a man is called Satsang.
The first Satsang you get inside – first class. Another Satsang is coming in contact with suchlike people who have got first-hand contact with God. What do you want? That’s the point. Do you want God? Or do you want worldly things? This is to be decided. If you have got true desire, yearning, to know God, then God will make arrangement to bring you in contact somewhere where He is manifest, where He is the mouthpiece of God, and He will enable you to contact God who is within your own self already.
Guru Ram Das says, “What is the world after?” In the world, what do you find? We find (that we pray), “O God, give us higher planes, heavens!” Some say, “(Give us) all enjoyments of the world hereafter” or “the enjoyments of this world”. When you pray, what do you pray for? For these worldly things or for your children, or your possessions, or your position, or that you may have enjoyments in the life after death? Generally this is what people pray for. Guru Ram Das says, “I have not prayed for that.” They (people) get that for which they have truly prayed. They get it! Guru Ram Das says, “I wanted only Him and Him alone, and I got such a Guru which has not turned me into gold but made me a philosopher’s stone itself.” Now, those who are really after God, these (other) things don’t appeal to them, you see. They simply want a glimpse of Him.
It is said that Lord Krishna once stayed away from a group of his followers, who were called “gopis”, for some time. Those who wanted his company always, who could not live without his company, they cried. They were feeling a very strong yearning, a very strong separation, and could not live without him, away from him. So when he heard about their state of affairs, whatever they were undergoing, he sent one devotee of his to give them some consolation: “Look here, the word Krishna comes from the root ‘kiru’, ‘kiri’. ‘Kiri’ means (the one) who is nearest to your soul – that is God. God resides in you. Why are you crying?” So that devotee went to see them and explained, and gave them all kinds of quotations from the scriptures, this and that: “God resides in you. Why are you crying?” They simply replied, “Look here, friend, what you say is alright: ‘He is the very soul of our souls, He resides in our body, He is our controlling Power in the body, He is so near that He is nearer than the hands and the feet.’ But tell us, for the eyes that are yearning to have a glimpse of Him, what is the remedy?”
To be continued…