Maulana Rumi says: “The Saints are the True Devotees of God, always listening to the Divine Music within. That infuses life into the lovers of God.” Shamas Tabriz, another Muslim Saint, also speaks of it: “Every moment a strange type of call is coming from the Heaven. I hear that voice and none else. Blessed indeed are they who hear this call.” This song is quite unique in character. No language can describe it — neither Turkish, nor Arabic, nor Persian, nor any other. It is, in fact, an Unspoken Language and an Unwritten Law unto itself. The Prophet Mohammed once declared that He listened to the Voice of God just as He listened to any other voice. But when questioned as to why it could not be heard by others, He said, ‘”You cannot hear this Voice as your ears have been sealed up. Hie to some Master Soul with a prayer for breaking of the seal and then listen attentively in the silence of your heart.” Mrs. Annie Besant, the great Theosophist, calls it the Voice of the Silence and says that the Silence becomes vocal when the mind is at perfect rest. “The Kingdom of God is within you,” says Christ. The trouble is that we search for it without and find it not. Man in his search for God has not spared any efforts. He has looked for Him in the sacred rivers (like Ganges, etc.), in the snow-capped mountains of Badrinath, Kailash, Amarnath, etc., in the deep recesses of the forests, and in the sacred places of all antiquity, but with no success. As the “way out” to God lies within, you will have to find a Master who knows the Way and would be a guide unto you until the goal is reached. This work only a True Master can do and no one else can do it. Now the question comes: Where can this Divine Music be contacted? To this the Master replies, “This Divine Music is going on in Sukhmana (a central cord between Ida and Pingala, the two cords on either side, which running through the spine and passing through the center of and between the two eyebrows, reaches directly as far as Sach Khand or Shah Rag as named by the Muslims). It can be experienced by the soul in her deepest depths, when layer by layer the various sheaths or coverings (physical or gross, mental or subtle, and causal) are shaken off from the soul in her onward journey to the various Lokas or regions: the sun, the moon, the stars, of spirits (Pithrian), of Deities (Devian), etc. At each stage, the Music becomes more enrapturing than before, until in Par Brahm (beyond the three Lokas) the soul becomes self-luminous in her pristine glory; then the Music, too, becomes exceedingly charming, in full swell with unending continuity. This is the Ajapa Jap going on at all times in an Unspoken Language. As the soul hears it she gets magnetized, with the result that the mind with its outgoing faculties is paralyzed for want of the inspiration it is used to drawing from the Spirit, and gradually it loses its hold of her. The high-born maiden (being a drop of the ocean of Sat Nam) is freed from its clutches and now moves on unhampered.” It is, of course, impossible to describe the sublime symphonies in so many words, as they are past description for want of adequate expression. At present every soul has, on account of constant association with mind, acquired a tendency to flow downward and outward through the outgoing faculties. It is because of this that she cannot catch the Sound Current (the Elixir of Life) within. A cup turned upside down may for ages remain in the rain, but not a drop will fall into it. But if it is turned aright, it will get filled up in one or two showers. Exactly is it the case with the soul. As soon as the Master Soul gives her a contact with the life-giving Sound Current, by turning it aright through the withdrawal of the sensory current, the lotus-like cup of the spirit gets more and more water of Immortality until she gets drenched through and through and is saved forever. Mind, you know, is ever after pleasures of one kind or another. But the pleasures of this world are all transitory and have always some sting at the bottom. “Our sincerest laughter with some pain is fraught,” says an English poet. This renegade of the mind can only be subdued if some internal pleasure of rapturous strains of the Divine Music — the Word — is given to it in lieu of the external one. When mind tastes the sweet Elixir, it is diverted from the worldly enjoyments and is subdued. The soul becomes free. This is the only remedy by which the sages controlled the mind. It held good in all ages — the Golden, the Silver and the Copper, and holds good even today in Kali Yuga or the Iron Age. The Sat is eternal. It was in the beginning. It was in the middle, and it shall ever remain until Eternity.
The Divine Music of Sat is then the sovereign remedy for stilling the mind. In due course of time, by regular practice, the soul becomes fully absorbed into the Elixir of Naam, and the mind is rendered absolutely ineffectual. As said above, the Sound Current begins from Turya Pad when, the sensory current having withdrawn from the body, the soul enters into the Beyond. The five strains in seriatim follow one another from one spiritual plane to another until Sach Khand is reached. One has to take hold of each of these strains or melodies for traversing from stage to stage until the final stage is attained. It is only here that salvation of the soul is assured and the cycle of births and deaths ends. This is the grand purpose of life, which one fulfills through the grace of the Master Soul. The Master Saint Shamas Tabriz says: “The Great God has turned us out and closed strongly the door behind the eyes. He Himself comes to us in the garb of a man to take us back into His fold.” The method by which He lets us in once again is explained further: First one has to withdraw into the silence of the soul, before he begins to hear the five strains of Music. The sensory current is to be withdrawn at the seat of the soul behind the eyebrows. The journey onward begins from this stage, the seventh in the order from below. When the soul rises above the six chakras or ganglions in the Pind or physical body and starts toward Sahans dal Kanwal (thousand petaled lotus), the seventh stage, she catches the first of the five strains of the Divine Music and proceeds further. There is no Naam in the lower six chakras. These, in fact, are the grave, from which we have to rise above and come to the point from where the Grand Trunk Road of Spirituality begins. Another Saint says, “At the seventh stage you begin to hear the five strains of the Divine Music, when you remove the tent of the soul from the graveyard of the body comprising the six lower chakras. From here heavenly Music takes charge of the soul and pulls it up from stage to stage until the final consummation with Sat Purush or Sat Naam takes place.” Almost all the Saints have given the same qualifications of a True Master. Guru Arjan says, “Accept that man as a Guru who can give you an experience of the Truth, the Naam. That is indescribable, no doubt, but we must have some contact thereof.” In short, whoever can tune us into the Shabd — the Divine Music.
When Guru Nanak went to Multan, a city which was full of Saints, many, many Saints there, so-called Saints. Guru Nanak went there. Others also went there, but Guru Nanak went for a special purpose. His purpose was to realise them the very truth for what purpose they were coming. So when Guru Nanak went there, they offered one cup full of milk up to the brim. Guru Nanak didn’t take it, He put the flower on it and sent it back. It meant like this: “I have come over here, but will live here like a flower – I will not disturb, I will give the smell – my purpose is different.” …
“It is never late to ask yourself “Am I ready to change my life, Am I ready to change myself”? However old we are, whatever we went through, it’s always possible to reborn. If each day is the copy of the last one, what a pity! Every breath is a chance to reborn. But to reborn into a new life, you have to die before dying.”
My dear friends,
This quote by Shams Tabrizi, a Sufi Master of Master of Maulana Rumi requires a closer look to make it undstand. Beneath you will find the explanation of it:
May you all have a happy time in Him
LEARN TO DIE SO THAT YOU MAY BEGIN TO LIVE (by Sant Kirpal Singh Ji)
We are all under a grand delusion. What is this delusion in which we are adrift? We are the indweller of the manbody but have become identified with the body so much so that we have become as if we were the body itself. This body has been given to you with the grace of God to find your way back to Him. You are conscious entities, a drop of the Ocean of all Consciousness. With His grace you have got the manbody, the highest rung in Creation, in which you can go back to the true Home of your Father. We are under a grand delusion for two reasons. The body is made of matter, the whole world is made of matter. Matter is changing every minute and at the same speed as our body is changing. If two things are changing at the same speed and we are identified with one of them, then both appear to be stationary. Suppose some men are rowing in a boat and the boat is going in the same direction as the flow of the river. If you are identified with the boat and the speed of the boat and the river is the same, then you appear to be stationary. The question arises of how to be out of this delusion? The body and the world, both of which are made of matter, are changing. There are two ways to be out of this delusion. One is by far sight. When a man is sitting in a boat he should look to the shoals of the river and he will find that he is going downstream. But the best way is to be out of the boat. So the Masters advise, “O man, you are under a grand delusion, whether you are learned or unlearned, rich or poor. You must be out of this delusion to enable you to see this world in its right perspective”.
So there are two ways and the first one is by far sight. Another effective way is to go and sit in a graveyard, or in a place where dead bodies are burnt. At these places you will see people bearing dead bodies on their shoulders, either to bury them or to consign them to the flames. But we have forgotten ourselves so much that although we see with our own eyes or carry dead bodies on our own shoulders, we are still not convinced that one day we have to leave the body. How grand a delusion it is! So one way is like that, and the other way is to be out of the body. If you were out of the boat, you would see the boat and the men who were identified with it all going downstream. So to see this, the Masters have said, “You must learn how to leave the body – Learn to die so that you may begin to live”. You must rise above bodyconsciousness, then you will see everything in its right perspective. So this is our condition in the body which we are carrying. The question then arises, what about our relatives? We have been brought together as a reaction of our past karmas, our give and take. When that is finished, everybody has to leave, to take his own way. This body won’t remain here with us, nor will others who come as a reaction of the past. They will also have to leave us, or we will leave them. All our possessions have also to be left here. This very body, the first companion that we get on being born into this world must be left behind. When our body must be left behind, how can all other things which have come in connection with the body go along with us? This place, the earth or manbody, is not the place to live forever. We have to leave some day, sooner or later. Very great philosophers have come to the world, Masters have come to the world. They all had a manbody and they left it. There is no exception to the rule. Unless we have got the right view, we cannot see things as they truly are. Masters say, “You have to leave this world. These things will remain here, you will go empty handed”. But still we are not convinced. To see things in their right colour, there are only two ways. One is by far sight, just as a man rowing in a boat looks to the shoals of a river, or the other way is to leave the boat. So this is the grand delusion in which we are all going down. When these things are brought home to us, then our angle of vision will change.
Why do we squeeze the blood of others? Why do we torment them? They have the same manbody as we have got. They are of the same essence of God, like us a drop of the Ocean of all Consciousness. The same Controlling Power is keeping everyone of us in the body. The highest aim is to rise into God consciousness. That will come only when you know your Self, who you are. You are not the manbody, you are dwelling in the manbody, the highest rung in all Creation. We have to make the best use of it and that is, how we can be out of it. For this purpose, Masters always advise us to rise above body consciousness. “Learn to die so that you may begin to live”. You will have the right spectacles to see through if you do this. Everything will appear in its right perspective. This is why all Masters have said, “Know Thy Self”. We are bearing the labels of the different schools of thought in which we have joined only to realize this truth. When you know your Self, then only will your attachments be cut off.
You people have come from America for one, two, three or six months. You know that you have to go back. Although you are here enjoying, still you know you have to return. If you just have that angle of vision by rising above body-consciousness, you will always be conscious in knowing that this is not your home. The Home of the soul is the Home of our Father. We are fortunate in having the manbody, in which we can go back to the Home of our True Father. This cannot be done in the lower orders of Creation. They come only to reap the reaction of what they have acted before, to reap the fruit of them. In the manbody, which we have got as a reaction of the past, we are free within certain limits to direct our steps on the right way back to God. The ABC will start when you rise above body consciousness. You will learn how to leave the body at will. Then your whole angle of vision will be changed. This is how you can be out of this grand delusion that you are in.
You are not the manbody, but are a conscious entity. You have got the intellect but are a conscious being. You have been given this manbody by the grace of God to enable you to go back to your Home. It does not mean that you have to leave the world and go to the forests. You are to remain here, pay off your debts, your give and take and find your way back to God. Relations are brought together only as a reaction of the past, to pay off their debts with love and not to be deluded, as we are now. We think that we will live here forever. This is the golden opportunity that we have got to find our way back to God. For that very purpose, we have joined various schools of thought. The badges you are wearing only relate to your body. You have got the manbody, you are conscious entities. Your true Home is one which is all Consciousness. So to find the way back to God, the first lesson is that your are under a grand delusion and must come out of it. When we are doing our practices, even then we are not conscious of them. If you do your practices accurately, you will rise above body consciousness. The body is not you. You will begin to have experience of the Beyond. You have to leave the body. This fate awaits everybody and there is no exception to the rule. But with all that, we are afraid of death. Death is only a change, just as the sun sets on one side of the world and rises on the other. Similarly, we leave this physical world and rise into the Beyond. This is a practical question, and if somebody gives you a demonstration of rising above body consciousness, you should develop it from day to day. So death is no bugbear. It is a very loving change to those who have got experience of the Beyond. For others, they dread it. Why? for two reasons. One is that they do not know how to leave the body. At the time of death we have to leave the body. If you see a dying man, you will see how much pain he has in the body. The withdrawal of the soul from the body according to a Mohammedan saint (the Master have also referred to it in their scriptures), is just like having a thorny bush put into the rectum and extracted through the mouth. The Hindu scriptures tell us that the pain one feels is as if one thousand scorpions were to sting at one time. You may have been a witness to that. Generally, people are very much in agony. This is one reason why we are afraid of death. The other reason is that we do not know where in the Beyond we have to go. Those who come to the Master are given a demonstration of how to rise above body-consciousness for a while. You will forget the world outside. Your inner eye is opened and you see into the Beyond. You are not the body. This is the first grand concession that the Master gives to you. This experience can be had only with the help of a Master. When you leave the body you will begin to understand how all this is going on under the Divine Will. The man who becomes a Conscious Co-worker of the Divine Plan never says I am doing this or that, he says it is His Will that is being done. “Thy Will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven”. The man who learns to die, to leave the body at will, gets everlasting life, never to return. All glory and beauty lie within you. The astral planes are more beautiful than the physical one. The causal plane is still more beautiful, and the spiritual planes beyond are the most beautiful of all. Those who have experience of the Beyond would naturally like to go there, but they are bound. Even the Masters are playing their role. They want to go back, but they are bound by order, they have to carry on.
This is the ABC to be learnt on the way to Spirituality. You must come out of the delusion. The practices which you are asked to do daily are only meant for that purpose. Do you leave the body at will? Do you traverse into the Beyond? Somebody should be there in the Beyond to guide you, and here also to give you a demonstration of it. He who can do this is called a Saint or Master. He never leaves you, either here or hereafter. Everyday you are given some lesson. We have to learn this lesson of how to leave the body, how to come out of this grand delusion. If you have learnt it, then I think that you will have the right perspective. The ABC starts where all philosophies end. It is a matter of seeing, of rising above body consciousness, of experiencing for one’s own self. Saint Plutarch tells us, “Those who are initiated into the Mysteries of the Beyond, their soul has the same experience of leaving the body as it has at the time of death”. The Master gives you a demonstration. He guides you outside and when you go within. It is a great blessing to have a Living Master. The Master Power never dies, but works in different human bodies. Our Master used to give an example that when one bulb is fused, another is put in. When that is fused, a third one is put in. That Light is the Master, embodied in the manbody. That never dies.
So this is the ABC that is to be learned today. We are all in a grand delusion and we must come out of it. It is not a matter only of talking, it is a practical matter of rising above body consciousness. If you rise above body consciousness every day at will, then where is death? No fear of death will remain, you will go jolly. You have come here to be with the Master, is it not so? You are jolly, I think. So similarly, we have to go to the feet of our Master, our true Master within us. This place is not for us to live in forever, we have only to make the best use of it.
St. Paul told, ‘I die daily’. How he dies daily? He rose above the plane of sences and the shackles of the mind and came up at the tenth door. Knock the door and this will be opened unto you.
Christ said the same: “Learn to die so that you may begin to live…” – Begin to live means what? You begin to realize yourself. Sofar you have not ralized what you are, who you are, from where you came, how you came and what is the purpose of human-life, nobody cared to do that sofar. This is the biggest problem. This, you may say, this is the riddle of life, the purpose of life which man has to solve. Only for that purpose man has come into the world. Christ told, ‘it is your turn to meet God, it is thy turn to meet God’.
Christ further said that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a man who is expanded–a wealthy man with all outward attachments. The teachings of the Masters just cut down the very stem of the whole trouble. When you rise above body consciousness, the physical ego is gone. But the astral ego, causal ego are still there. Complete humility arises only when you rise above three planes, not before. In the beginning you’ll begin to have a little humility. Even those who go to the astral plane, they’re also not free from ego.
God lives in the heart of everybody. Peace always starts from the heart in the human body. To come to know the real aim of our life we have to read the book of our own body – which means to rise above body consciousness. Whatever is written in the Holy Books comes from the human body. Man has the same virtues (qualities) as the God Power, but it can only be seen by practicing Bhakti. The inner eye can be opened, and only then the soul has the Darshan of the true Hari Mandir (Temple of God). This body is (only) made out of straw, and the Ocean of life flows through it. All the competent Saints give us the true teaching; we are the children of such a Power. Those who follow the teaching can see the Lord from within. Such souls become the co-workers of the Divine Plane, and their inner eye can see that the God Power is working through them. God Power and Guru Power is one. He Himself manifests through the human being. With the help of the Holy Light and Sound, the soul is able to have the inner Darshan of the Satguru. The soul’s whole body then is full of light by the Darshan of the God Power within. That is the reason why Saints always teach us to open our eye, and that eye lies behind (and between) our physical eyes. Once it is opened, our whole body is full of light. Therefore our first step starts only when we cross our inner curtain and we take a new birth, and we learn to die while alive by practicing Bhakti (Devotion). The souls who are doing the practice are great. The Christ Power, the God Power in them is competent to give the real life. They have explained about themselves like this: “O man! I am the bread of your life and this bread comes from heaven, and I am taking this bread myself.” If one takes this bread, he can get life forever. God is your light. He is looking after all, the poor and the rich. God is our light – God is the love of our life. Which bread is this? He gives it through Amrit Bani (Holy Sound Current). He has given us Amrit to take it from His Ocean. O man, you are still sleeping in all the attachments of this world. The Satguru’s treasury is full, and He is giving from there to His souls. The water from above is flowing, and it cannot finish during our whole life. The thirst of those who take the Amrit is quenched forever. Everything is created by Shabad. From the very beginning, there was only Shabad, with Shabad was the Satguru and Shabad is the Satguru, He has created the whole world. You have Shabad in you, it comes from within. This Shabad is the fresh food for our life which comes through the flow of (His) ocean to the soul. Satguru Shabad is the light of the world. He has taught us the truth. We have to overcome jealousy, because due to it, our way gets closed. Our Lord is the one who controls our body, so He can take us to our Father’s Home. He has given us nice houses, good cars and other things to travel, but they are all limited to this earth, to carry our body. O man, the inner traveller does not need these cars, they are all only for here. Only the hardship of NAAM and good actions and an equipoise state will go along with us. So I pray for a good and happy New Year. Our Lord, our Satguru may bless everybody. How shall we celebrate this day? We should try to understand our great Masters and their teaching, as they told us how we can rise above body consciousness and how our inner eye can be opened, and how we can see that God is born within us. That Lord is our Light, and He is the inner way to our eternal home. Happiness (Master’s physical form) always passes like a dream. It’s the house of peace He gives us, and He moistures it so that the field may always remain greenish. We will only get the true life when we reach the true Home of our Father. I again pray that this year by the Grace of Master should pass peacefully and with His happiness.
(Christmas – New Year message from 2009 by Bhaji and Biji, Gurmukhs of Sant Kirpal Singh Ji)
Also Guru Nanak said, “Die a hundred times a day.”
At the time of death you withdraw from the body, you reach at the seat of the soul, withdraw through the third eye and then you enter into the heaven. But that is the experience, which happens at the time of death. And it is further said: “ If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Your eyes can only be single when you withdraw from all these lower extremities … and pass through it. You must have that experience. And … you must rise above the cause and affect of the world. So far you are in the three worlds, you are not reborn.
(By Bhaji 1994)