Excerpt from the book “Morning Talks” by Sant Kirpal Singh Ji
Guru Nanak said, “I speak what God makes me speak, I speak as it comes from above. I am simply a mouthpiece”. Such a human pole at which God is manifest is called a Saint or a Master. He gives you such a gift which nobodyelse on earth can give you. No son of man can do it. No intellectual can give it to you. So this is what the Masters give when they come. Although references to these facts are made in the books, pity it is that they are not explicitly explained in them. The references are made but who will interpret the true import of what is said? Only a man who has lived it can do this. He explains in a clearcut manner and in very few words. You understand now what the Master gives? He is intoxicated with the Elixir of Life and whoever goes to Him also gets a cup of the same Elixir. The competence of the Master lies in not giving theories or lectures, or explaining what past Masters said, but to give you first in theory and then a demonstration of the theory in a practical experience. This is really where the greatness of the Master lies. So this is the Bread and Water of Life, which the Masters have been giving in the past. The formations that resulted from their teachings were made for the purpose of enabling more people to have that Bread of Life. So long as the practical God-in-man or man-in-God was amongst them, they enjoyed that privilege. When the formations became devoid of such Personalities or human bodies at which God was working, these very formations became stagnations and stagnation results in deterioration. An intellectual can give you all of these statements by word but cannot demonstrate or give a cup of that Elixir, by giving some capital to start with. Many so called masters come with their propaganda, but they give only the theory. They tell you to repeat this or that mantra or words. That alone won’t do. Our Master used to say, “Any little girl spinning a wheel can give you the five words. That means nothing, it is the demonstration which counts”. The greatness of the Master lies in the fact that He is competent to give you some capital to start with, by withdrawing your attention from outside and raising it above body consciousness. He opens your inner eye to see the Light of God and to hear the Voice of God, maybe little or more. That depends upon each man’s background. But you must have something to start with. He who can give that Bread or Water of Life is called a Saint. This is why the Masters have been so highly spoken of in sacred literature, whether they belonged to one country or another. To meet with such a Master is a great blessing.
This is the sixth smaller part of the very important subject: “Man know thyself!” – by Sant Kirpal Singh
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Peace and harmony in your heart
Perhaps it will not be out of place to explain here the meaning of the term “spirituality,” which is often confused with blind faith in sacred books, a display of miracles, psychic phenomena, or yogic powers. Spirituality is an inner experience and its alphabet begins where all philosophy and yoga practices end. It is the experience of the soul. When one says, “I am the body,” it is a feeling based on the intellect and is defined as ignorance. When he says, “I am not the body, I am an awakened soul,” it is learnt knowledge or theory only; but when he gets an actual experience of the soul by self-analysis and contacts the Overself, it is called spirituality. The first practical lesson commences when there is a complete withdrawal from the physical body through the kindness of a practical Master. No one can withdraw and separate himself from the physical body unaided. If anyone claims otherwise and thinks that he can, he but deceives himself. All attempts without the assistance of a Master, who alone is qualified to impart this experience, will end in failure. Masters come to distribute this treasure of spiritual blessings to seekers after truth.
Spirituality cannot be bought or taught, but it can be caught by contact with spiritual people. Moreover, nature’s gifts such as air, water, light, etc., are free. Spirituality is also nature’s gift and is also given free by the Masters. Likewise, spirituality cannot be acquired from books, which is a fact all sacred scriptures uphold. Books are a valuable record of the inner experiences of others in spirituality. They fill up gaps in history and contain messages from past Masters, which help us to verify the facts revealed by a living Master, thus confirming our faith in the science. Man is confused by the various translations, interpretations and expositions, each different from the other, which instead of relieving his mind, tend rather to bewilder and confuse him. His egoism too has created hundreds of religious circles, whose aim is aloofness and narrow orthodoxy instead of love, and insularity instead of integration. Torn between conflicting emotions, men develop hatred and think of war.
For an understanding of the science of the Masters, we attend Satsang, where the majority of our doubts are cleared. Direct answers from the Master will help to remove any remaining doubts. All questions receive the same calm consideration and no arguments are offered. Rich or poor, high or low, all receive equal attention in the same manner as a doctor should attend to the sick. A true Master views a man’s rights and wrongs as clearly as one sees the contents of a glass jar, but He reveals nothing. Sitting before Him, even those who do not understand His language are benefited, just as one in a perfumer’s shop enjoys the smell of sweet scents. The Master showers blessings through His looks, which the eager ones catch. His eyes are a wonderful spray of love.
By Sant Kirpal Singh, in Oakton, Virginia, USA, 29 September, 1972
There is radiation. Each man has his (own) radiation. Those who have got stronger radiation, that radiation gives what is already within them. Because they are “Word made flesh”, that is radiated. To sit in the field or area of the radiation of the Saints gives you all these things straight away. The only thing required is to be receptive. Maulana Rumi says, “If you have the chance of sitting by a Saint even for an hour” – in the manner as I am explaining to you – “that will give you better results than to sit in penances for a hundred years long!” When you sit by fire, you get heat or warmth; when you try to rub wood against wood, and (strike) stone against other things, how will you get the heat? The radiation works. The physical presence of the Master cannot be underrated. Of course, those who have developed receptivity can derive that benefit even from thousands of miles. Just like radios and televisions – you hear the voice from thousands of miles, and you can see who is speaking and what he is speaking. Similarly, if there is nothing remaining between you and the Master, maybe (you are) living on the other side of the seven oceans and the Master on this side, direct your attention to Him. If you have developed that receptivity, you can derive the full benefit of being near Him. That (receptivity) has to be developed. It (to be near the Master even from thousands of miles) is the fate of those who have developed receptivity. But for others, naturally sitting in the physical presence of the Master gives them radical change if they are receptive.
So Masters tell us what to do. “Sit in the company of the Saint within whom He is manifest.” Then he goes further to say, “To sit in His radiation and come in closer contact with Him”, as a man has got a cloth perfumed, you will touch him, pass by him, your clothes will be perfumed. A man who has got dirty clothes, if you touch him, you will get the bad odour, your clothes will be smelling bad. The whole thing is to sit within the radiation, in the field of action of radiation; you will derive wonderful (results). Not like: (suppose) some people sit here, then (they say), “I did not hear (anything)”, (it is) because he was not there; the body was there of course. So when you’d like to derive full benefit of the physical presence of the Master or suchlike man, then there should not remain anything between you and Him, not even your thinking of the body, either. Look! The eyes are the windows of the soul. These are things written in scriptures.
Now Guru Ram Das speaks about other things: “Those who are coloured with the worldly colour, those who have got bad odour”, He says, “Don’t go near them. They are not in contact with God inside them, they are in contact with the life of the senses outside. All filth is within them. And that very filth is radiated: a bad odour.”
Kabir says, “If you find such a man, you run away from him. You should not pass near by him because you might get an infection.” If you happen to talk to such a man, it is just like a scorpion when it stings. Do you know? It is like an ordinary pinprick, but later on there is terrible pain. If you come across such a man, naturally at that time you won’t be feeling much, but later on that develops more and more. So Saints advise, “Don’t have the company of those who are imbued with the filth of the world.” Their radiation gives you all that filth; the atmosphere is charged with that. Kabir gives you an example, as follows: “If there are some threads, with all knots in them, what will you get from them? Because all knots are there, you cannot draw a long thread out of that, and the cloth cannot be woven.” Similarly He says, “Those people are already in doubt; they have not seen God. They are just given up to outer enjoyments like anything. That very thing radiates from (them in) their company. So, avoid that.” Then again He says, “What should you do? Seek the company of a Saint. Go near Him. Try to remain receptive to the radiation – maybe at thousands of miles, or close to Him – with full receptivity.” The God or Word which is manifest there will give you an incentive or boost: you will find that very God within you, with only a little thought of His! Hundreds may sit; He (the Master) gives a little thought, and the outward expression of our soul, the attention, is withdrawn from outside, from the body, and you have a glimpse of Him (within). Is it not wonderful?
I was defining Satsang, what Satsang is. Make the best use of it. Moreover, Christ said, “When more than one man sit in my name, I am there.” When you sit together in the sweet remembrance of the God-into-expression-Power, or the human pole in which He is manifest, you will have the effect by radiation. When people sit in such rapt attention, they sometimes see the form of the Master, too, with open eyes. This is the feat of receptivity. We should learn how to hold Satsang.
Naam: What it is
All scriptures speak of Naam but have not been able to say adequately what it is. It is impossible to define and delineate it in words. It may be described as “Life-impulse” or “Conscious-principle.” When it begins to vibrate, it produces melodious sound, which is termed Naam or Shabd. This Sound Current proceeding from the Deep Silence of the Formless Kutasth is responsible for all forms and colors, visible and invisible to the naked eye. All life hangs on this Life-principle. No life can exist without Naam. The Sound-principle is all-pervading; it may or may not be felt, yet it is reverberating from top to toe. It is the Kernel and the Essence and at once both the material and efficient Cause of the endless universes in which this physical earth is but a speck.
0 Pipa! This universal vibration is the Primal Causeless Cause, but can be apprehended only through a Master-soul.
In all religions, God is spoken of as the Sound-manifest or Life Principle. It is a current, alive and conscious, and has in it the germs of creation. It is because of this link between the Creator and the creation that the spirit or soul of a person can cross over the physical body and traverse the spiritual regions to reach the True Home of our Father-Sach Khand.
The access to spiritual regions cannot be gained except with the wings of Naam.
A Persian poet says,
It behooves thee to fly to the higher realms and that thou canst do with the wings of Naam.
If thou wishest union with Truth, thou must get united with Naam (i.e., Word or the manifest form of Truth unmanifested) for therein lies the only possible union with Truth.
The Path of the Naam is the most ancient and the most natural. It is in consonance with the Divine Law. In all the four ages, it had acted as a saving lifeline for the people.
During the last five hundred years, Saints like Kabir Sahib, Guru Nanak and the other nine Sikh Gurus, Dadu Sahib, Paltu Sahib, Tulsi Sahib, Soami Shiv Dayal Singh, Baba Jaimal Singh, and Baba Sawan Singh have been the great exponents of this Path.
The Muslim divines have been practising and preaching the Path of Kalma for fourteen hundred years or more. The Prophet Mohammed, Shamas Tabrez, Maulana Rumi, Hafiz Sahib, Moeen-ud-Din-Chisti, and others taught this very thing.
Again, two thousand years ago, John, the Baptist, and Christ laid down the Path of the Word or Logos. Zoroaster long before preached of Sarosha or the Sound Current in Persia. Lord Buddha, twenty-five hundred years ago, practised this very sadhna (spiritual practice).
Four thousand years back, we find that in Egypt it was known as the “Path of Aton” which was preached by King Echnaton. In the Upanishads, we find references to Udgit or the Harmony of the Beyond. Lord Krishna, long before, was fully conversant with this science. In the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of the world, we read in Wak Devi Sikat of Naad or music and Sruti or that which is heard. Kabir Sahib tells us that He came in all the four Yugas, and every time He preached of Naam or Word.
Sant Kirpal Singh
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Kabir (Hindi: कबीर, IAST: Kabīr was a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and Saint, whose writings influenced Hinduism’s Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Sikhism’s scripture Adi Granth. His early life was in a Muslim family, but he was strongly influenced by his teacher, the Hindu bhakti leader Ramananda. He is also called the Father of spirituality as He came in all four yugas
Kabir Sahib tells His own story when He says, “I came in all four ages – in Satyug (Golden Age) my name was Satsukrat, in Tretayug (Silver Age) my name was Karunamae. When I came in Dvarparyug (Copper Age) my name was Maninder, in Kalyug (Iron Age) my name is Kabir.” In all four Ages He told the people of Naam’s greatness.
Two very interesting spiritual books by Kabir I would like to recommend: The Anurag Sagar of Kabir and the Dialogues of Kabir – For those being more interlectual and interested in spirituality, these are just the right books…
Excerpt from the book “Morning Talks” by Sant Kirpal Singh.
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Christ said that it is better to enter the world with one eye rather then two, which will cast you into hell. Everyone has got two eyes, which are open in the face. They have been working ever since birth. All through life we have been working at the level of the two eyes. About eighty percent of all impressions that are received from outside come through the eyes. Those who work only at the level of the two eyes receive either good impressions or bad impressions. Good impressions will react as good actions. Bad impressions will result in bad actions. The very impressions that are embedded in our heart will overflow. It is a very superficial life that we are living. The Masters tell us that there is also another eye, called variously the third eye, the single eye or the shiv netra. Unless you open that third eye (which can be opened only while in the manbody), you are nowhere. It is the eye of the soul, not of the intellect nor the outgoing faculties. We are ensouled bodies, conscious entities, working through mind and outgoing faculties. That inner eye is opened when our soul, the outward expression of which is called attention, is withdrawn to the seat of the soul in the body, which is at the back of the two eyes. The attention is now working at the level of the eyes through the mind and outgoing faculties. We are identified with the body and we have forgotten ourselves. Unless that very attention is withdrawn from outside, and just extricated above the outgoing faculties, which end at the level of the eyes, we cannot know who we truly are. At the time of death you come up to this point. Therefore it is said that “Those who are initiated into the Mysteries of the Beyond, their soul has the same experience of leaving the body and the outgoing faculties, as it has at the time of death”. That eye opens when the attention is withdrawn from outside and then dragged up from the level of the outgoing faculties to the seat of the soul in the body, which is at the back of the two eyes. That is the place where man leaves the body at the time of death. Kabir says, “Just direct your attention to the seat above the outgoing faculties”. When your attention reaches that point, your inner eye opens. The inner eye is within all. So that is why it is said that it is better to enter the world with one eye rather than two, which will cast you into hell. This has now been explained to you very clearly. If you can do it yourself, well and good. If not, then seek the help of somebody who is competent to do it for you. Outward sadhana of japa and mantras and outward performances at the level of the outgoing faculties, anybody can preach with little effort. It is a fact, I would say, of withdrawing the attention from outside and dragging it above the eye level of the outgoing faculties, whereby the inner eye is opened. This eye is opened to see the God-intoExpression Power, which is Light and Sound Principle. To give you one illustration, when a hen sits over an egg, she produces heat within herself. This heat is conveyed to the egg and within the egg, the chicken is born. But the chicken is all hemmed in by the outer coverings of the shell. So the hen says, “Look here child, there is a very big sun outside, and there are fields and vales.” The child says, “Mother, it might be so, but I am in all darkness”. What does the hen do? She just gently taps on the shell with her beak until the egg bursts and the chicken is freed. “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of Light”.
You know what that means? It is a demonstration, a proof, that when the third eye opens, you see the Light of God within you. To give another illustration, suppose there are one hundred stairs in a house, and a man climbs thirty, forty, fifty, sixty stairs, but still he does not see any light. As he gets near to the roof, he sees flashes of light. When he gets to the top of the roof, he sees light. This is only a first step to show when the third eye is opened. This we can do only in the manbody, which we have got with the grace of God. When rain comes in torrents, it floods the whole world. Similarly, when the true Master comes, He brings with Him the Water of Life. I use the word ‘true’, as there are so many ‘masters’ flooding the world. They simply give you something at the level of the outgoing faculties. Their third eye is not opened and they cannot open the third eye of others. The greatness of a true Master lies in the fact that He has opened His inner eye and can also make others see. Our Master used to say, “Well, what is the use of giving the five names, five mantras, or any outward thing? That even a little girl spinning a wheel can tell you”. The outward methods of performing a ritual anybody can do with a little training. But rising above body consciousness and opening the single eye, only a competent man can do. He will give you a sitting and after that you will see some Light. The more accurately you follow His instructions, the more Light you will see. Even a blind man has got the third eye. On my first tour to the West in 1955, I went to Los Angeles. During the meditation hour in the morning, a blind doctor was there and he was given a sitting and he saw Light. Masters give the eye to the blind man. In the eyes of the Masters, we are all blind. They see that our third eye is not open. Kabir says, “I see all are blind”. Who is not blind? He who sees the Light of God within him, whose third eye is open. You follow me now, exactly what I mean to say? When Masters come they flood the world. Their rays pour down in torrents and the whole world is flooded with the Water of Life. Kabir says, “There is a flood of the Water of Life given out by the Masters. People may take away as much as they like”. When you leave the body at the time of death, you will simply repent. You should die while alive and this can only be done in the manbody and at the feet of a competent Master whose inner eye is opened and who can open the eye of others. Even the blind man has got the third eye. Those who do not see light outside see Light within when their inner eye has been opened. This eye is opened only when you rise above body consciousness. This is to be born anew. “Except ye be born anew, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” “Learn to die so that you may begin to live.” At the time of death, your soul will be withdrawn from outside and from the outgoing faculties. It will come up to the seat of the soul at the back of the eyes. If this process is done while living, your inner eye is opened to see the Light beyond. All glory lies within you. So when the Masters come, there is a flood of Spirituality in the world. This is high time to take away as much as you can. This is the true wealth that you can gather while in the manbody. All other wealth is left here along with the body. When the Masters come they cry, “O people, now is the time. Make the best use of it. There is a flood of the Water of Life.
Take as much as you can, it is all given free.” Only a little devotion, a little receptivity is to be developed, whether you live near or far makes no difference whatsoever. Why are we fortunate to have the manbody? It is because in the manbody only can we open that eye. When your eye is opened, you enjoy the Beyond while still living. You should graduate while you are here, then you remain the same graduate after living the body. If you are unlearned now, how can you become a graduate after leaving the body? Our Master always used to say, “Who becomes a learned man while in life remains learned even after leaving the body. Those who are illiterate here, how can they become educated afterwards?” You follow now, why so much praise is given to the Master. Not to the socalled masters, the world is flooded with them. If their own eyes are not opened, they cannot open the eyes of others. To go on in your present condition won’t do. You will remain all along at the level of the eyes, or at the level of the outgoing faculties. So if you can rise above yourself, well and good. What more is required. If not, you can have the help of somebody whose eye is open and who gives you something to start with, some capital to see the Light of God. So you can now appreciate the beauty of the advice, “It is better to enter the world with one eye rather than two, which will cast you into hell”. When Masters come, they speak in their own language, but they say the same things. The whole world is at the level of feelings and emotions, or of drawing inferences at the level of the intellect. They have not seen. So feelings, emotions and drawing inferences are all subject to error, seeing is above all. Those who have seen say the same thing. That is why it is said, “Listen to the words of the Master. He says what He sees and He is competent to make others see”. Books cannot explain these very few words, which are very simple, quite to the point and at a commonsense level. Our inner eye is closed but it is there and can be opened while in the manbody. Why can’t we open it ourselves? Because our soul, combined with mind, has become a jiva, and by outward expressions through the outgoing faculties, it has become identified with the body and the world outside so much so that it has forgotten its true nature. If it continues for years and years all methods of outward worship and uses them for meditation at the level of the outgoing faculties, or at the level of the eyes, it cannot go up. If it can go up by its own efforts, well and good. Otherwise it should take the help of somebody whose inner eye is open and who is competent to open the inner eye of others.