To lose control
It’s me, Didi, at the age of 18 years – now I am much older…
A friend of mine and I arranged a photo-story: Man and nature…
Why I use nightskies in my artwork
Maybe many from my friends and followers have wondered why I almost always use stars as a kind of emblem in my artwork. This time I want to share this “mystery” to you.
When I was 2 years old we were living close to a forest and at that time there were hardly street lamps installed. My mother used a pram and was walking with me as a baby along a smaller path of a close forest which was really dark. I remember – although so young – that someday when my parents again had to walk with me along the edge of a forest, there was such a wonderful star-night which impressed me so much, although I surely did not understand it, only had feelings for this wonderful miracle in the sky, no words of course (I think we think in feelings at this age, a language maybe straight from the heart). Now if I think back I would describe the stars like sparkling diomonds in the dark night. I felt safe in it, like to be in my mother’s arms. I felt something very big in my heart.
This impression has accompanied me my whole life and therefore you will find space and time, stars of living beauty in my artwork, an expression of embracing eternity, infinity…
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Today something about the sarovar, a sacred place of silence and contemplation in Kirpal Sagar.
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A sacred place of silence and contemplation
The heart of Kirpal Sagar is the Sarovar, an oval-shaped pool surrounded by four corner buildings. The edifice in the centre of the basin bears models of the four main types of sacred buildings: a gurdawara, a temple, a mosque, and a church.
Their respective shapes symbolically refer to the human body, reminding us that God resides in man. They are found in all religious traditions as symbol of the man-body, which is the ‘true temple of God’.
The relation between man and God is the basis of the unity of mankind – the brotherhood of men under the fatherhood of God. This spiritual link never depends upon outer formations. The Sarovar is a sacred place for contemplation, meditation and prayer. All religions are respected here. Holy Scriptures – such as the Guru Granth Sahib of the Sikhs, the Ramayana of the Hindus, the Bible of the Christians, and the Koran of the Muslims – are placed in the respective corner buildings of the Sarovar. During celebrations these Scriptures are recited accordingly.
Every religion teaches the universal teaching and the universal link among all human beings – the brotherhood of men and the fatherhood of God. Religion is a very smooth pattern and a way to realize one’s self if one rises above the shackles of the religion.
The Sarovar symbolizes the endless ocean of life. Who is able to cross this immense ocean can return to his eternal home. The building amidst the Sarovar has the form of a ship, symbolizing the ‘Ship of Naam’ which can take the soul across the ocean of life. The term ‘Naam or Word’ denotes the God-into-expression power.
Though God resides everywhere and every place is holy where devotion kneels, it is a great chance for man to learn to sit together for the sake of the search for truth, the quest to know oneself and to recognize the underlying unity of existence.
Further Soamiji says, “What is the whole creation? It is the expression of God. It all came out of Him. There is no place where He is not.”
The world, you see, is His expression only. The Masters give us an example: there is a tree that is a perfumed tree. When you rub a piece of the wood of that tree, it gives you perfume. Sandal, sandalwood, it is called. Soamiji says, “The whole world is a sandalwood tree.” It is said that the poisonous snakes are in contact with the sandalwood tree, lying around the tree – to give them some peace, or some satisfaction, you might say, or some cooling effect. When these snakes bite or sting somebody, the man who is stung feels like fire in that place, he gets a burning pain. Those snakes remain attached to the tree. Soamiji says, “If you want to have the juice of that tree, how will you have it? The only way is to cut the snakes with your sword and have the juice of the tree.” This is an example to show that this whole universe is the sandalwood tree – it is all God’s expression; but this delusion, the snake of delusion, is all around the tree. So what is the way out? How to rise above, come out of the delusion?
Soamiji says, “With the sword of ‘Gyan'”. What then is “Gyan”? “Knowledge”. “Gyan” is not just literary findings, but it is just rising above body-consciousness and coming in contact with the God-into-expression-Power and see Him. This is the true meaning of the word “Gyan”.
He says, “Take the sword of ‘Gyan'” – that is, rise above body-consciousness, – “and you will see. You will have that enjoyment of God within you.”
All Masters tell us how to come out of this delusion by rising above body-consciousness, which is the source of all delusion, because you are identified with the body, which is changing every moment of life; and the world around us, being made of matter, is also changing at the same rate as our body is changing. Because we are identified with this (body), the world appears to be stationary. If you come out of that delusion, you will find that your inner eye is open; you will see that it is all an expression of God outside. So, this is the way.
What will happen if you come in contact (with God), have a conscious, beatific vision of God? The result will be that all your sins which you have committed in the past up to this date, ever since you left the Father’s Home (Sach Khand), will be washed away.
He (Soamiji) gives an example: there are great stores of wood and if you just put a little fire in them, they will burn down to ashes. Similarly, you have got innumerable sins ever since you left the House of the Father. If you take a little bit of the light that the Master gives you, all of these sins will be burned away with it. The reason is that when you become a conscious co-worker of the divine plan, the ego is lost, who will suffer? In all other actions, good or bad, we are the doer: “As we sow, so shall we reap.” If you see that it is that Power which is working, not we, we are mere puppets in His hands, naturally there is nobody to bear the fruit of it. “As you sow, so shall you reap.” There is nobody to reap it because you have become a conscious co-worker of the divine plan. So, you can get that light from the Master. By coming in contact with that God-into-expression-Power, the two aspects of which are light and sound, you will burn away all your sins, accumulated ever since you have left the Father’s Home.
Masters always say, “Please, whatever you have been given, just stick to it like anything.” Now, Guru Ram Das says, “This is what the Master gives you.” And the Master – what is He? He is “Word made flesh.” He is light personified, He is sound personified. When you come near Him, that very thing which He personifies – the “Word made flesh” in its two aspects of light and sound – that radiates from the body of the Saint, the Master. If you just sit in that field or area and you become receptive, you will have that radiation. As is the case with perfumed flowers, if you sit by them – near them – you will get perfume, isn’t it so? Without touching them! If there is a room and you keep some perfumed flowers in it, the whole room will be perfumed. They say, “What to do? Just sit in the company, have a Satsang in the company of such Saints who are ‘Word made flesh’, and be receptive to them” not being like the man sitting in the church and thinking of the play-ground!