Those, who have power
Over other people
Often bear in themselves
A hidden fear
To be controlled by others
Dr. Harbhajan Singh, Sant Kirpal Singh, Biji Surinder Kaur
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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.
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.
There are so many yogas – different kinds of yoga. Each has its own scope. Hatha Yoga is there to keep your body fit. Prana Yoga is there to prolong your life. In Bhakti Yoga you have to make a hypothesis before you reach the ultimate goal. And in Gyan Yoga you have to draw an inference – not direct contact. That’s the work of very intellectual giants – not for everybody.
But the yoga that you have been put on is the most natural, quickest way of reaching the ultimate goal – God. So, in this yoga there are three pillars. First: the God-Himself-into-expression-Power, which is to be reached. The natural yoga, called Surat Shabd Yoga, which you are following is the direct way back to God. If you just catch the ray of the sun, that will take you – where? To the sun from which it emanates. So in the Surat Shabd Yoga you have to catch the God-into-expression-Power, which has two phases: light and sound. When you have a contact with that, that is called Satsang. As I told you, there are three pillars: Sat Naam, Satsang, and Satguru.
So, we will talk all about the Satsang today. What is called “Satsang”? “Sat” means “eternal” – which never falls away in dissolution or grand dissolution. That is God Himself. God does not die. And “Sang” means “to come in contact with It”. So, who has to come in contact with that God-into-expression-Power? That is our own soul. That cannot be contacted by outgoing faculties or mind or intellect. So it is we who have to contact God – not the Absolute, but the God-into-expression-Power. That is the Creator of all the world over – all universes. That Power is controlling all this creation – and also controls us in the body.
So to contact Him, first we will have to know our selves. Do you know who we are? We have got the man-body, we have got the intellect; but we are conscious entities. God is All-Consciousness, and our soul is a drop of the Ocean of All-Consciousness. This – our consciousness – is identified with mind, outgoing faculties, and all the world outside. We are identified with them so much so that we have forgotten our self. So, the first thing to have a contact with the God-into-expression-Power is to know our self. Knowing our self is at two levels: at the level of feelings, or drawing inferences. Feelings and drawing inferences are both subject to error. Seeing is above all. Seeing will arise – to whom? Your self. And you will first find your self or know your self. So it is a matter of pure self-analysis.
We say, “It is my body”, “It is my handkerchief”, “they are my spectacles”. Now, it is a quite different thing to say, “It is my handkerchief”, or “spectacles”, or “coat” and “my body”. Those three things we can take off. But can you “take off” your body? It is our body … my body … my outgoing faculties. So it is a matter of self-analysis. All Masters who came in the past – that first thing that they gave out was to know one’s self. Philosophers of the West or the East all say (the same) in their own languages. So a demonstration (is necessary) of how to analyse our selves from the outgoing faculties, mind, or intellect. That’s a matter of demonstration, which can be given by one who rises above body-consciousness daily, who has realized God, who has become the mouthpiece of God, who speaks as inspired by God. So, the first thing is that attainment, when you know your self – when you know (by first-hand experience within).
As I told you just now, our soul is under the control of the mind; mind is under the control of the outgoing faculties. And the outgoing faculties are absorbed in outer things. The first thing will be: “How to rise above body-consciousness”.
It is we who give strength to all these outgoing faculties and body. When the indweller, soul, just leaves the body (at the time of death), the body lies intact as it is but it cannot work. So all Masters have said, “Please man, know thy self.” When you know your self – you also reside in this very man-body. You cannot run away out of it, although there are eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and other things. Some Power controls us in the body. That Power is called “God-into-expression-Power”. That very Power controls all the universe over. We reside in this man-body, and that Power whom we have to contact also resides in this very body. Those who go out to find Him, they are never successful. Those who come to a Master, He tells them, “All right, please, tap inside! (The One) whom you are after, He is within you already. Why are you going on wandering outside?”
So when you sit at the feet of the Master, He gives you some first-hand experience how to rise above body-consciousness: withdraw from outside, withdraw from the body below, and come to the tenth door of the body which is at the back of the eyes – which is the seat of the soul in the body – from where it (the soul) plunges, it is ushered into the beyond. Then you know you are soul. When you know it, then you find that that Power is controlling you. The first, the highest class of Satsang is to know your self and come into contact with the God-into-expression-Power.
Now, so long as we do not come in contact, by rising above body-consciousness, with that Power which is controlling us in the body, (we need) the company of those who are in contact with that Power, conscious contact; they may be learned or unlearned. In their company they can teach us how to rise above body-consciousness and come in contact with that Power which is already within us. The company of the Saints, those who are the mouthpiece of God, who are conscious of that Power within them all the time, is also called Satsang. They are competent to give us first to know our selves by withdrawing us from outside and from the body below; they drag us up, and open the inner eye. We see the light of God, we see God, come in contact with God.
So, it is said, there are two such Satsangs: first class, when you have a contact with It; or (second class) sit in the company of somebody who has got that contact and can give you a contact. Do you follow? This (Satsang) is one of the pillars of the Surat Shabd Yoga. Each (pillar) has its own work: Sat Naam, Satguru, and Satsang.
So Masters tell us, they pray, they tell us how to pray, that’s the point. They have that contact, but still they tell us something so that we may know how to pray and what to pray. Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru of the Sikhs, prayed, “O God, bring me in contact with the Guru who works like a philosopher’s stone.” The quality of a philosopher’s stone is given that whenever it comes in contact with any metal, that is turned into gold – any kind of metal. So He prayed, “O God, let me meet such a Guru who, like a philosopher’s stone, would turn me to gold.” He said, “I did pray, and my prayers were heard.”
To be continued…
My dear friends,
This is now the fourth part of the video serie “Journey into our mind”.
My expression for this subject is done in form of poems, aphorisms and digital art.
Thank you for your attention and enjoy your time
Home of births
Attraction of the male
Temptation and luminance
Riddle and mystery
Mother in change
Caring and sharing
Crying and laughing
Dying and living
Passage of life, death
Bearer of truth, illusion
Tailor of time
Magnet of life
Guardian and filter
Of beings wandering
Towards the light
A living school inside
Again and again
Involved in patterns
Reborn in shadows
Again and again
Falling in ditches
Again and again
In circles of deeds
Old traces, same patterns
Captured acts and reactions
Again and again
From old to new
With courage and consciousness
Understanding in the moment
To escape patterns
Prisons of life
I herewith would like to introduce to you another photo of Kirpal Sagar, showing its beautiful parks
and its centre, the sarovar with the marble ship (crossing the ocean of life) surrounded by water with the symbols of all religions on the top of this ship-house.
Wishing you all a serene weekend
Beautiful parks, Sarovar and farm around
Do Good Be Good and Be One
All religions under one roof in Kirpal Sagar
‘Come like all-flooding rain, come in me and stop
the thought of separation with one drop of this shower!
Without You, the Lord of this creation, I am dry in this world.
When Your clouds come and shower with rain, everything gets green.
With His grace make this shower come so that he who is touched by it
will become fresh and green through it.’
Whenever Satsang is held, there one can get this water.
It is a school where you are not only taught but are given a demonstration of the God within you. If you want to become educated in a particular subject, you have to go to a school or college where that subject is taught. If you want to learn about your physical body, how it is retarded and how it can be renewed, you have to go to a school where the subject of how to have sound health is taught. If you want to engineering, you will have to go to a school where there is some engineer to teach you. So Satsang is a school where “how to meet God” is taught. Satsang is a school where somebody sis sitting who knows God, who sees God and who is competent to give others some demonstration of the God within them, some capital to start with. The word “Satsang” means actually uniting the soul with the all pervading, all existing God.
“Sat” means “eternal” – which never falls away in dissolution or grand dissolution. That is God himself. God does not die. And “Sang” means “to come in contact with it”. Who has to come in contact with that God-into-expression-power (Naam)? That is our soul.
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.
So your purpose of coming to Satsang is to imbibe the love of God, to sit in His sweet remembrance, to unite with Him. All things, past and future, all irrelevant matters can be dealt within your own place of residence. Come, but come with the very best of intentions. Bring the remembrance of the Lord with you, and take it with you when you leave.
Sant Kirpal Singh
Christ also said, “where more than two sit in my name – there I am.” Master says that it is beyond praise when people sit in His sweet remembrance. You cannot praise enough a place, where people sit in His name, where they decide about their future, where people decide about their work: to live for others, to forget their old problems and surrender them to the Masterpower. You are given back a heritage here, that had been lost. You regain it. By coming to the Satsang you get everything, provided you detach consciously from the world. You get a boost, a conscious boost in life, that will help you to develop in the worldly way as well as in the spiritual way.
Dr. Harbhajan Singh
For informations where and when Satsangs can be visited feel free to contact:
More information about this subject can be obtained from:
In the hall of back-doors
Seeds are sown
To secure oneself
Of being not alone
When a door closes
Replacements are there
To compensate the loss
For getting a bit attention
Eyes turning around
Harvest the fruit
Of what was prepared
Between old and new
Words appear as shining gold
Baits to catch the fish
To open a door
That will close in time
A door to another attachment…
We treat ourselves –
Differently than others
What if we treat ourselves –
As we treat others?…
Or – we treat others
As we treat ourselves…
Here some more information about the library of Kirpal Sagar.
I send my greetings from my heart to all of you
A person who lives in the world must know who he is, what he needs, where he can get it from, how he can get it and who will give it to him. Reading and analyzing all the Holy Scriptures, one learns something about the higher values of life, that is the meaning of the library.
Dr. Harbhajan Singh
In the library, especially the Holy Scriptures of the religions will be available, as well as biographies of great personalities and philosophical writings. Here you will find exhibitions focusing on spirituality.
Today we are confronted with a multitude of scriptures that have been written in different times and in different languages.
Already in the Upanishades it is said that there is only one truth, although it is described in different ways by the saints and wise men. Ultimately, recognizing it is a matter of inner experience and not of understanding on a purely intellectual level. The writings give valuable clues to this original inner aspect, which is common to all religions, just as we find many similarities in the ethical guidelines.
The external aspect of religion encompasses the doctrines of faith and the external forms of worship, which can be very different. If the inner core falls into oblivion, they gain too much weight. In this lies the danger that through narrow-mindedness and dogmatism religion becomes a bondage for mankind and can even become the cause of war and conflict. The library aims to encourage comparative study of religions and promote an unbiased viewpoint.
One of the exhibitions illustrates the basic unity of all religions through various texts and graphic representations.
Sets on fire
Anger closes eyes
In blindly rage
That are not there
In Anger – house in flames
Trying to extinguish them
With burning oily thoughts, words
Throwing them wildly around
When pride feels offended
Intention to hurt, to react
To judge in conflicts – blindly, unfairly
Not knowing the one
Who should be hurt
Anger, a game: eye for eye
Tooth for tooth
Which should not have
To stay calm is the answer
To be untouched, unaffected
Not willing to fall for the trap
In this game of mind
Opposite: When someone throws words
Let us send back: Thoughts
Of compassion, of sympathy
Kindness, good wishes, of love
We long for love
Want love, be loved
Share her with few
Yet divided love separates
Includes some, excludes many
Mind makes promises of love
Often breaks words and deeds
Chooses aversion, affection
Divides the heart
Time merges us, together again
What distant days have forged
Are served with open bills
Cosmically steered, presented
Where minds blindly meet in love
Love that stays in the body
Remains mind in ups and downs
Love, beyond ego
Loves Everything as Oneness
Is undivided love
This love will not be less
The more she gives
It grows in consciousness:
That all is one
So She loves the One and All…
As a whole she loves the Whole
Goes over the bridge: from the body to the soul
From the soul to the Over-soul…