The science of the soul – (Part 3)


 

 

 

Dr. Harbhajan Singh, Sant Kirpal Singh, Biji Surinder Kaur

 

The science of the soul – (Part 3)

The whole text can be read here:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/en/spirituality/god-spirit-and-soul/357-the-science-of-the-soul.html

Guru Nanak has extended a loving invitation to all. The Master tells us that we have a purpose in life. Have we ever cared to think why we have been granted this physical existence? Human birth is really a great blessing. Man is the roof and crown of all the creation. Man is a rational being, and this is what differentiates man from the rest of the creation. He has been gifted practically with the faculty of discrimination to distinguish between right and wrong. It is for him to make the best use of his intellect and develop in him consciousness of the soul, which is lying dormant at present. Guru Nanak, therefore, reminds us that to attain Amrit, the divine nectar or the water of life, we should go to a living Master, who has access to the spiritual fountainhead and is competent to lead us to it. The living Master enjoys a supreme status. He is the very life and light of humanity. “Son knows the Father and those whom the Son reveals,” says Christ. The Master-souls are the children of light and come to diffuse the holy light among those who come to them. The Vedas pose a pertinent question: What is that thing having attained which one is fully satisfied and desires nothing else? And then go on to explain that the crown of life is the realization of God, attaining which one enjoys perpetual bliss and harmony. Soul is a conscious entity. It is a drop of the ocean of all-consciousness. It is gifted with all the attributes of the Lord. Kabir tells us that it is of the same essence as that of God. Muslim divines regard it as Amar-i-Rabbi, or the essence of God. It is due to the misdirected attitude of mind that it is overtaken by wild passions. So, when the soul is analyzed from the body and liberated from the meshes of the mind and matter, it can, once again, wing its way to the elixir of life within. It is the holy Naam – the holy Shabd or the audible life stream that the Master reveals to those who come to Him. It is the central theme of His teachings.

You may better understand it through a parable. Criminals are sent to the prison to serve their allotted sentence. A dignitary goes there and finds that the prisoners do not have adequate living quarters. He sanctions a large amount for the construction of good ventilated rooms for them. Another one goes there and discovers that the food for the prisoners is no good. He allots more funds for this purpose and the inmates are served with good food. Both of them have done a good deed, each in their own way. Another man – the master of the prison – goes there with the prison keys in his hand. Out of compassion he opens the prison gate and allows the prisoners to escape if they like. You will agree that the last man has done a magnificent service by providing the prisoners an opportunity to be free again. The world is a large prison-house where each one of us is serving his term, the allotted span of life. We are mightily engaged in the various pursuits of life with no knowledge of the free life beyond the prison walls. The Master has the key into the realms beyond; and when He comes, He throws open the door of the prison-house and invites us to take our chance of breathing the free air outside. Those who take the chance are blessed indeed. In the succeeding verses, we will know of various factors that qualify a person to gain liberation for the soul.

Leave off artificiality, all outer forms and thy wit, for in duality and uncertainty you cannot get any spiritual benefit.

The Master tries to pull us out of our deep slumber. In compassion, He shows us the way to freedom. He asks us to simplify our life. It is a blessing to be born in a temple, but a sin to die in it. Just as discussed earlier, it is necessary to remain in the religion to which one belongs; but while remaining there, one must learn to rise above all religious and social barriers, expand the self so that it embraces the entire humanity, nay all the creation, and realize the principle of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Once a person rises above body and bodily limitations, blinkers fall from his eyes and he sees his Self in all and all in his Self. All the narrowing prejudices of nationality, race, and tribe sink far below, for now he belongs to the one great family of man. We take up certain religious beliefs with the purpose of spiritual enlightenment; but after some time, we find to our regret that we are bypassing the very purpose of life and are caught up in a vicious circle of forms and formalities. One must be cautious to see which way the wind blows and how he is faring. Again, I want to emphasize that the basic concept of all religions – spiritual enlightenment – should never be lost sight of. We must keep the bull’s eye constantly before us if we are out to be a good marksman. A lover of the Lord must, therefore, love God with all his soul, with all his mind, and with all his might. Too much of formalisms and formalities will necessarily bring in doubt, suspicion, and duality. There is a world of difference between an intellectual and a spiritual man. The two are poles apart. A philosopher deals with theories, while a mystic deals with the reality alone. Hence the need for disenfranchising the self from all limiting adjuncts that keep the soul smothered under the dead weight of rites and rituals.

O mind, be thou still and not run into the wilderness.

It is in the stillness of the mind that one can see the face of divinity. A close study of the subject will show that the mind is generally in the grip of the senses and the latter are helplessly rushing out into the fields of sense-pleasures. In the Hindu mythology, soul is described as riding a chariot of the body with intellect as its driver, the mind as reigns, and the senses as powerful steeds which are whirling it restlessly into sensual enjoyments. So the first step for a spiritual aspirant is to control his senses and save himself from falling unwittingly as prey to the temptations. It is said that we receive 83 percent of our impressions through the eyes, 14 percent through the ears, and rest of the three percent through other organs. Just see how needlessly we are rushing head long into the wild drama of life! The Master not only guides us on how to free ourselves from this captivity, but actually offers a better substitute to the mind in the form of inner light and sound current or the music of the spheres.

To be continued…

Unity of Man


 
 

 
 

Virus: Ego and Mind


 

 

Ego and mind of a man
Is like a virus
It needs a host
To multiply his power through:

Money, selfishness, pride, greed,
Attachment – packed in wishes

Detachment is the solution

Even from oneself
To be one…Self…

This virus is spreading around the world
May we all find a serum against it

DidiArtist, 30.03.2020

 

Self-Introspection


 

 

If we don’t look at ourselves in the mirror
To find the original reflection of it
Then we cannot see us either
Do not know who we are
What we are
Where we come from
Where we have to go…

Then the purpose of life
Is covered by our ignorance…

Man know thyself…

DidiArtist, 12.10.2019

 
 

Satsang, one of the three pillars of spirituality (part 3)


 

 

 

(Full text can be read here):
http://www.kirpalsingh-teachings.org/index.php/en/talks/third-world-tour/480-satsang-one-of-the-three-pillars-of-spirituality28.html
 

By Sant Kirpal Singh, in Oakton, Virginia, USA, 29 September, 1972

 
 
Those who want to have a glimpse of God don’t care for these heavens or anything like that; they don’t even care for redemption from life – from coming and going (reincarnation), too. They simply want to have a glimpse of Him. Bhai Nand Lal was such a devotee of the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. He says, “O my Guru, my Satguru, I had no desire to come to the world but to follow You. As You have come to the world, I also followed You. Otherwise, what is lying in this world? You have incarnated, You are manifesting in the man-body here; so as I was fond of You, I also have come to the world to be with You.” Hafiz is a great poet, mystic poet. He said, in Arabic, in one poem: “O man, if you want to come in contact with God, leave all worldly things. Go out to some lonely place to find Him, to go within you.” And Nand Lal addresses Hafiz: “Look here, Hafiz, God is standing here. Here is God-in-man. Why should we leave this world and go to outside things? Here is God standing!” Well, this is the fate of those whose inner eye is open, you see. (It is the same God when He appears within.) Excuse me, they were persecuted like Christ. Were they not persecuted? Mansur was put to the stake. Shamaz-I-Tabrez’s skin was taken off. Some were burned alive. Who did all this? Who did all this? (Those) whose (inner) eyes were not open. The others (those whose single eye is open) do say, “He (the Master) is the moving God-on-earth.” They say, they see God is manifesting in Him. But when is it said? When your inner eye is open. So those who want a glimpse of Him (God), they never care for the possessions or all enjoyments of this world, or the world hereafter. They can only be satisfied if they have a glimpse of Him – that’s all.

Take the example of a mother whose son has been away. She yearns to see her son – perhaps he is lost. There may be people who give evidence saying, “He is alive; I have seen him.” (The mother says), “O no, unless I look at him I cannot be satisfied.” You see? Something, a strong yearning like that. I mean to say those who are yearning really to see God. Man’s highest goal is to have a beatific vision of God, to see God. This is the ultimate goal of what the Saints pray for. “See and then say.” If you don’t see …? Sometimes in prayers we sit, we shed tears, we cry; when that very thing for which we yearn and cry comes in front of you, how satisfied you feel!

So whatever you are doing, all of these practices outside which relate to the outgoing faculties, body, or intellect, in that you do not see. You simply feel a strong yearning to see so. Surat Shabd Yoga gives you a vision of that Power. All other yogas I mentioned have got different scopes. In Surat Shabd Yoga you have got direct contact with the God-into-expression-Power. If you pursue that way, regularly, with all devotion, He will always be face-to-face with you. He resides with you. Whenever you want to, you close your eyes, rise above body (-consciousness) and then see Him. Guru Ram Das tells us, “This is the state of those who really want to see God.” They are not after this world’s possessions. They simply want to have a glimpse of Him. That is the fate of few. How many people are seen crying, breaking their heads, for worldly things. But how many are there who are crying to see God? Rama Krishna Paramhansa tells us, “If a man continues three days regularly in his yearning for the Lord, God will appear to him.” We cannot even yearn for an hour. So the point is, you see, those who are after having a vision of God – beatific vision – no other thing can appeal to them. They are not satisfied unless they see. But others, the world is full of them – why don’t they yearn to see God? The reason is they are under a grand delusion. That delusion starts from where? From the man-body. He is the indweller of the man-body, but he is identified with the body so much so that he has forgotten himself. He works from the level of the man-body, which is made of matter and matter is changing every moment of life. And the world around is also changing, being of matter, at the same speed as our body is changing.

So, when two things are moving at the same speed, to those who are identified with it, to them this appears that it is all stationary. It is a grand delusion. Take the example of a boat in which some people, say five, six, seven or so, are rowing. The boat is going down the stream. One man is standing on the side (shore) of the river. He cries out, “Dear friends, you are rowing down the stream!” They look at the water around it, and the boat appears to be stationary – not moving. Is it not a grand delusion? The learned and the unlearned, both are under a grand delusion.

 
 
 

Source of Unity, Oneness


 

If we do not longer see us
Separated from woman and men
Cultures and nations
Religions and ideals
Skin-colours and systems
Which are our outer lables
Then we reach the core in us:
That what unites us
Connects us
Makes us ONE
– The human in us

From there we can start
Without barriers between us
From there our mutual love
Can grow in harmony
The source of all humans
– To be humans…

Let us treat as humans
– And not as outer lables…
…Then all outer lables
Differences, so-called separations
Lose their fenses, borders and win
Respect and harmony
Humanity for humanity

DidiArtist, 11.11.2008

 

Coronavirus: An appeal to Humanity


 

 

Let us all stand together
Overcoming differences through our heart
Whether rich or poor
No matter what colour we are
What religion we belong to
What country we come from

This virus affects us all
No one is spared
Spreads fear and terror everywhere
But it can unite us
Make us conscious: We are all one
Are all humans, a big family

This virus gives us the understanding
That nothing is certain
That everything changes
What is today is different tomorrow
But it can wake us up:
To treat each other as human beings

Let us conquer terror and fear
Walking in humanity and respect
Help each other, make sacrifices
Coming together from man to man
Anchoring love as the strongest force
And hold us from heart to heart

In the end, we all can come out as winners
When we have learned our lesson:
We all are human beings, no better, no worse
Just a big human family

DidiArtist, 25.03.2020

 
 

Thoughts in isolated times


 

 

In times of isolation
We are aware:
Friends are important
Just as relatives and men

People around us
Infecting our hearts
With feelings range
From day to night

They give us light
Even in darkness
Are near in our lives
Present in reality

In isolation, only memories remain
Life that withdrew in the past
To make us think:
We all need each other

How precious every person is
To give us life at our side
To make our presence alive
With his or her presence…

DidiArtist, 24.03.2020

 
 

Borrowed Happiness


 

 

Every possession only possesses us…
Embedded in our ego, mind
Imprisons, steals our attention
In the focus of worldly pleasures
To make us believe
We are the owner
Own, possessing things
Identified with them
Distracted for one reason…

Who is the real owner?…

DidiArtist, 17.03.2020

 

Virus of Love


 

 

May a virus enter the world
That does not spread fear and terror
But transmits love and understanding
From heart to heart
Is enriched with consciousness
Does not separate people
But unites them
Is a transmitter of cordiality
Kindness and happiness
Connecting our hearts
To remind us:
We all are one…

DidiArtist, 17.03.2020

 

Albert Einstein about love – letter to his daughter Lieserl


 

 

“When I introduced the theory of relativity, very few people understood me and what I am writing to you now will also encounter misunderstandings and prejudices in the world.

I ask you nevertheless that you protect this, all the time that is necessary. Years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain to you here.

There is an extremely strong power for which science has yet to find a formula. It is a power that includes all others, regulates them and is even behind every phenomenon that is active in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal power is LOVE.

When scientists searched for a unified theory of the universe, they have so far forgotten this invisible and most powerful of all powers.

Love is light because it enlightens the one who sends and receives it. Love is gravity because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power because it multiplies the best we have and does not allow humanity to be wiped out by its blind selfishness. Love shows and reveals. Through love, one lives and dies. Love is God and God is love.

This power explains everything and gives life a SENSE. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, perhaps because we are afraid of love. After all, it is the only power in the universe that man cannot control according to his will. To make love visible, I have used one of my most famous equations. If instead of E = mc2 we accept the energy to heal the world through love, then by multiplying the speed of light squared by love, we can conclude that love is the most powerful force existing. Because it has no limits.

…After humanity’s failure to use and control the other powers in the universe that have stood against us, it is imperative that we feed on a different kind of energy. If we want our species to survive, if we want to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and all sentient beings that inhabit it, love is the only and the last answer.

Perhaps we are not yet ready to build a bomb of love, an artifact powerful enough to destroy all the hatred, selfishness and greed that plagues the planet. However, each individual carries within himself a small but powerful generator of love, whose energy is waiting to be released.

As we learn to give and receive, dear Lieserl, this universal energy, we will find that love overcomes everything, transcends everything and can do everything, for love is the quintessence of life.

…I deeply regret not having been able to express what my heart contains: all my life it has been beating silently for you. Perhaps it is too late to apologize now, but since time is relative, I must at least tell you now that I love you and that it is through you that I have come to the final answer.

Your father, Albert Einstein “

Roses and Thorns


 

 

We love people
Like blooming roses
See their beauty,
Forget sometimes
They may have thorns

Soul is this beauty
Mind the thorns…

DidiArtist, 08.03.2020

 
 

The science of the soul – (Part 2)


 

 

 

Dr. Harbhajan Singh, Sant Kirpal Singh, Biji Surinder Kaur

 

The science of the soul – (Part 2)

The whole text can be read here:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/en/spirituality/god-spirit-and-soul/357-the-science-of-the-soul.html

The Masters, as the true worshippers of life, adore only what is the highest life-principle at the back of all creation – visible and invisible. The Masters do not demand of us to leave our religions which, after all, are the various schools of thought and serve as a training ground for striving after the higher and true aspect of religion, but establish reunion of the soul with the oversoul. Verily, where the world philosophies end, there the religion in its vital aspect starts. We may not get startled at this statement. The various religious orders are like the badges which students wear as distinctive hallmarks indicative of the various institutions or the university to which they belong. Take, for instance, the case of India with a plenitude of perennial river-systems. Here it is considered necessary that one must engage in meditation after a complete bath. Again, take Arabia, a desert-land with an acute dearth of water. There the people worship with just a “wazu” – a simple washing of hands, feet, and face. And in places where no water is available, the people are content with “taummum”– cleaning the hands with desert sand. If you were to think deeply, the basic reason for all these forms of purification is that one should do meditation with an alert mind with no signs of laziness or slothfulness.

Similarly, take the case of congregational prayers in religious places. In temples, mosques, and gurdwaras, it is considered virtuous for devotees to enter the precincts with their heads covered and feet bare, while Christians generally go to their churches with heads bare and shoes on. This is all due to the climatic differences in the East and the West, the object in each case being to observe proper decorum and maintain reverence and sanctity of the house of God. The Masters, therefore, find no fault with the religious orders as such with their traditional social background. But they offer us a higher way up – a way into the Beyond – which is purely a practical subject, wholly uncovered by the so-called religious and social make-up designed solely with the purpose of preliminary training as may help in self-realization and God-realization.

 


Kirpal Sagar

 

There are two types of knowledge – one is exoteric (aparavidya), and the other is esoteric (paravidya). While the former consists in the studying of scriptures, going on pilgrimages, observing fasts and vigils, and performing austerities and the like, all of which, of course, are done on the plane of senses, the latter is a practical way up into spiritual regions. The Masters, on the other hand, always lay stress on rising above body-consciousness, undertaking the spiritual journey into the regions beyond the senses. One may continue to observe and perform religious practices throughout one’s lifetime. These would enable one to get into religiosity, but not into religion in its true aspect that comes by awakening the inner impulse for divine grace bubbling over with life.

A close study of man reveals that he is just a bundle of habits and leads a life of routine make-belief. He has no time to ponder seriously over the problem of problems of his existence and of the soul-entity in him. All his life he runs after shadowy things of no consequence and seeks to find happiness in material things. Just as a musk-deer, not knowing that the perfume is emanating from within him, he runs wild in the ever shadowy mirage until he is completely exhausted. Whatever pleasures man derives are purely sense pleasures and not happiness that comes from serenity within. Even the so-called pleasures are the result of our own concentrated rays of attention falling upon the sense-objects which per se are just like a lean bone with no meat on it.

We are living in a world of constantly changing panorama. Whatever we see, we get attached to it and lend it a momentary charm. We feel the pinch of detachment and disappointment the moment either the scene changes or we are forced to quit the pleasures that we must, sooner or later. The Masters, therefore, lay stress on something of unique and permanent interest in the midst of change. They do not ask of us to leave the world and degenerate into a helpless recluse, but offer us a simple yet practical way to attain the real and eternal happiness right here and now. Mind as we know, like parasitic creatures, has no roots of its own. It derives its sustenance from the soul, and yet keeps its tentacles firmly fixed on our attention, the outward expression of the soul currents within. It is only in the serene moments of complete relaxation that one experiences the harmony of the higher order and unrivalled character when the mind turns back upon itself instead of staying out.

So, I was discussing the spiritual aspect of human life – the most important and mostly ignored. We assemble here from time to time for discussing the science of soul. Usually some composition of a Master-saint is taken as the basis for understanding the higher truths of life, which they have left behind for our guidance. Today we take up a hymn from Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru.

The rich waters of life, to partake which you have come into the world, is Amrit; and this may be taken from the living Master.

 

…to be continued.

 

 

 

Mankind: from a caterpillar to a butterfly


 

 

Time is ripe
To change mankind
Into something better, higher
Pupated world
Within the cocoon
Of a virus called corona

Giving birth to a new world
Accompanied by pain
Morphing life
Changing consciousness
A butterfly of beauty
Rising in the air

Flying beyond boarders
Mankind in the light
Shining bright
In new dresses
Up to the light
Humanity, in the corona

Of a higher consciousness…

DidiArtist, 17.03.2020

 
 

Positivity and Negativity


 

 

Positivity: Implosion
Negativity: Explosion

Positivity: Way from many to One
Negativity: Way from one to many

Positivity: Unity
Negativity: Separation

Positivity: Unconditional love
Negativity: Conditioned “love”

Positivity: Consciousness, light
Negativity: Ignorance, darkness

Let us become the torchbearer
A beacon in this dark world…

DidiArtist, 21.8.2019

 
 

In one opinion


 

 

1000 people read one book
Creating 1000 different interpretations

1000 people read their inner book
Creating one understanding

The treasure inside connects us all
Ocean of consciousness…

DidiArtist, 15.03.2020

 

Gravitation of fault


 

 

Guilt and fault are like hooks:
Once they are there
More guilt is thrown on them
Like coats

Problem of generalization…

DidiArtist, 18.08.2019

 
 

Right understanding 9 – by Sant Kirpal Singh


 
 

 
 

Be Good, Do Good, and Be One


 
 

 
 

God, an Ocean of All-Consciousness


 

 

God is described as the one supreme being, the unmanifest-manifested, the eternal verity, the conscious spirit pervading all forms that emanate from Him – He upholding all creation, but is immanent in every form.

God is nameless, absolute, but when He wished to become from one to many, His power came into expression. That power is known as Naam in the terms of the Masters. It is also known as Shabd, as Kalma, as Word, and other names. That power is the creator of all things, it is controlling all things.

God is an ocean of all consciousness. We are of the same essence as that of God: a drop of the ocean of all consciousness.

Sant Kirpal Singh

 
 

Manav Kendra – Kirpal Sagar – Sant Kirpal Singh


 

Dear friends,

More about the History of Sant Kirpal Singh, Manav Kendra and Kirpal Sagar

 


 

Have a relaxing time, dear friends and thanks for stopping by 🙂
Didi
 
 

Qualities of Love


 

 

Selfless service
Unconditional giving and sharing
Deep sincerity
Yearning to be One
In the garden of love

Thinking of the Beloved
Heart-filling, permanently
With true devotion
Rays of sunlight
Turning into sunshine

Two hearts become one
Adopt the colour of unity
Smell of roses and jasmine
Timeless togetherness
Life in love

In thankfulness to God
My love to Him
As He resides
In all and everything
To love God in everyone…

DidiArtist, 03.03.2020

 

Lack of Knowledge


 

 

How can a person lead people,
If he cannot lead himself
If he doesn’t know himself?
Then how can he know other people
To guide them properly?

And when this person says:
“O yes, I know myself!”
Then it is sure:
He does not know himself…

DidiArtist, 01.03.2020