Symbols of Unity


 

 

Symbols of unity

If you come to Kirpal Sagar, you can see the symbols of unity from afar. At first sight they are models of the four most common types of churches: the model of a Sikh temple, a Hindu temple, a mosque and a church. These typical forms are known from all religious traditions. Less known is that they refer to the human body.

Gurdawaras, the temples of the Sikhs, are dome-shaped, similar to the form of the head. The shape of the mosque reminds one of the forehead. The nose-shaped towers of the churches often stand on a ground plan resembling a cross that corresponds to a person with outstretched arms.

Their message is: God is in us – the true temple is man himself.

The history of mystics and saints of different epochs and cultures shows that they all went the way of contemplation and meditation and thus came to their statements about God. The Holy Scriptures contain hints and reports about their inner experiences. When comparing the scriptures, one encounters conforming statements about experiences of light and inner sounds, with perfect spiritual teachers or Masters able to convey them to other people in practice.

While the Absolute God is indescribable and incomprehensible, light and sound are the two aspects through which He expresses Himself.

Everything originated through this God-power, is the life principle or the life impulse, without nothing can exist. Man as the ‘crown of creation’ has the ability to perceive It by turning inwardly and coming into contact with It. Becoming one with this power is the original goal of meditation, and this is also the spiritual core of religion, which is completely independent of the external forms and rituals of the various religions.

In the scriptures, the working God-power is described by various names, among others as Sruti in the Vedas, Naad or Udgit in the Upanishads, as Sarosha in Zend-Avesta, as the word in the Bible, as Kalima with the Prophet Mohammed, as Saut with the Sufis, Shabd or Naam in the Sikh scriptures, as music of the spheres and all harmonies with Plato and Pythagoras and as the voice of silence with the Theosophists.

Light, life and love are regarded as the essential attributes of the divine and are innate in every sentient being. If man forgets his true nature and experiences himself as separated from that Power, it will result in strangeness, which may lead to hatred and suffering.

The relationship between man and God is based on unity of man – the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God.

 

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“Man! Know Thyself” – by Sant Kirpal Singh – Part 8


Dear friends,

This is the eighth part of the very important subject: “Man know thyself!” – by Sant Kirpal Singh
which can be read also here:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/images/Man_know_thyself_ENGL.pdf

Peace and harmony in your heart
Didi

The Science

In the physical body, two main currents are working that control life: one a motor current (breathing or prana) and the other a sensory current, which may also be called attention or surat. The Masters ignore the former so that the breathing is not interfered with and the life process goes on. The sensory current ramifies throughout the entire body, but its main centre lies between and behind the two eyebrows, along with the mind. We have to withdraw the sensory current or spirit to its centre.

 

Initiation

The mind will not allow man to have knowledge of the soul. Its nature is to seek pleasure and its constant fluctuations are difficult to subdue. Attuning one’s self with the internal sound current is the best way to calm the mind and practice concentration. It does not matter what school of thought or society a man may belong to. He has not to convert himself and can remain where he is. There are no hard and fast rules, no rituals, no ceremonies, no pomp and show, no offering of gifts, not even of flowers. All that a disciple has to do is to enter inside and henceforth consider the body as his laboratory. With regard to the theory, he has to understand the following, which is briefly the pith of what he will hear at Satsangs:

1) The Master is not the body, He is the Power functioning through the body and uses it to teach and guide man in much the same way as a spirit uses a medium. Only in bodily form will the disciple be able to recognize his Master in the higher regions and here on earth.

2) The Master is Shabd, Word, Nad, etc., all of which refer to the God-into-expression Power of light and sound principle. By having contact with this Power, man is led back to his true home.

3) For the sake of those who are disillusioned with life, and who yearn for permanent happiness and peace away from the world and its worries, the Word assumes a body to afford them solace. The Bible says, “Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.” Once a disciple contacts this Word (which is done at the time of Initiation by the Master), the audible form of this Word resides within him every moment of the day and night and never leaves him – not even after the end of man’s physical existence on earth. It will go with him and stay with him until he achieves the final goal. The Word is also known as the voice of God or the sound current, and is the Life impulse given by the Master at the time of Initiation. It may be heard as a sound coming from a distance and gradually develops into such sweetness that no music on earth can excel it. It is the Water of Life, the Spring of Immortality, the Elixir of Life, the Nectar of Spirituality, etc., that is spoken of in Holy Books.

4) Man has an inner eye with which he can see within himself all the higher regions when the veil is rent asunder by a competent living Master. In this state he remains perfectly conscious and undergoes amazing experiences. To ascend into the higher regions without a competent Master is fraught with dangers.

 

Simran

The repetition of the Holy Names is given to the disciple at the time of Initiation as a guard against all dangers. It acts also as a password to all spiritual planes, gives strength and sustenance to the body and mind during trouble and afflictions, brings the soul nearer to the Master, is instrumental in achieving concentration, and imparts many other diverse powers. Simran taught by a so-called master is just a bunch of words. But these very words become electrified when charged with the attention and grace of a real Master.

Initiation commences with the explanation and description of inner spiritual regions and the way in which the path is to be pursued. The opening of the inner vision to see the inner regions, with their distinct heavenly lights, together with the contact with the divine link or sound current, constitutes the practical side of Initiation. Daily practice of these, combined with Simran, is meditation. In addition to this, the Master gives instructions on pure and simple living, the need of devoting regular time to the practices, and other words of sound advice. The whole ceremony takes from two to three hours. Diaries of one’s spiritual progress must be kept and the mistakes of old and new disciples are corrected from time to time to insure progress.

 

 

Scenes of Kirpal Sagar • Feb. 2018 • Part V • Shabad by Ash Kaur


Dear friends,

Some more impressions of Kirpal Sagar.

May God bless you all
Didi

 

 

More information about Kirpal Sagar: http://www.kirpal-sagar.org/en/

About Unity of Man


Dear friends,

Today we learn something about Unity of Man, its aims, founders and headquaters.
Peace and harmony in your heart.
Didi


 

 Unity of Man is working as a spiritual, cultural and charitable non-profit-organization

The movement was brought into being by Sant Kirpal Singh who taught the ancient path of self-knowledge and God-knowledge and was worldwide esteemed for His untiring commitment to create a spirit of brotherhood and peace. In 1974, Sant Kirpal Singh convened the first “World Conference on the Unity of Man” in Delhi. This impressive conference became the starting point of the movement which was carried on by Dr Harbhajan Singh and his wife, Mrs Surinder Kaur.

The name Unity of Man refers to the inner unity of all life. Just like the sun and the sunrays are in perfect union, the same way God is not separate from His souls. We are drops of the ocean of all consciousness, whom we worship as the same God, calling Him by different names. The human body is the true temple of God, and the human form provides us with a golden opportunity to realize Him.

AIMS

To fill the human heart with compassion, mercy and universal love,
which should radiate to all countries, nations and peoples of the world.
To make a true religion of the heart as the ruling factor in one’s life.

To enable each one to love God, love all, serve all,
and have respect for all, as God is immanent in all forms.

My goal is that of oneness. I spread the message of oneness
in life and living. This is the way to peace on earth.
This is the mission of my life, and I pray that it may be fulfilled.

Sant Kirpal Singh

 

In this spirit Unity of Man is committed:

– to encourage man to discover his higher self and to live a conscious life

– to remind that spirituality concerns the direct link between soul and God and is the base for a peaceful co-existence of mankind

– to explain that spiritual achievement has nothing to do with occultism, supernatural powers and esoteric practices which on the contrary are hindrances on the way

– to further religious tolerance by pointing out the common spiritual essence in the core of all religions

– to revive basic ethical values supporting humanity, solidarity and tolerance among individuals and nations

– to support people in need, following the motto ‘help for self-help’ – at present focused on the area of northern India

 

FOUNDERS

The movement Unity of Man was initiated by Sant Kirpal Singh
and thereafter managed by Dr Harbhajan Singh and Mrs Surinder Kaur

SANT KIRPAL SINGH

Words cannot do justice to a personality like Sant Kirpal Singh. Esteemed worldwide as a great Saint of the 20th century, embodiment of kindness and mercy, He gave out the living knowledge of the true nature of man whose aim is to return to his origin – God, and emphasised the value and dignity of each individual as a conscious being or soul. Sant Kirpal Singh did not teach any new faith. He treated the subject of spirituality as a science.

 
 

DR HARBHAJAN SINGH

Commissioned by Sant Kirpal Singh to carry on His work, Dr Harbhajan Singh dedicated his whole life to the service of humanity and built up the Project Kirpal Sagar. His example inspired others to lead a life with higher values. Born on 10 December 1932 in Laaylpur, situated at that time in India before the partition, Dr Harbhajan Singh met Sant Kirpal Singh in 1961, after years of intense search.

 

 

MRS SURINDER KAUR

Mrs Surinder Kaur, president of Unity of Man India, was born in 1940 in the village of Bhawalpur, where she grew up with two brothers and three sisters. The name of her mother was Paronie Kaur, and that of her father, Katar Singh. He was a freedom-fighter, a courageous and broad-hearted character, who supported the needy with the means he was able to save when they had to flee to eastern Punjab during the partition of India.

More information about Unity of Man:
http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/en/

More information about the teaching of Sant Kirpal Singh Ji:
https://kirpalsingh-teachings.org/en/

 

 

The law of karma – by Sant Kirpal Singh


A ­talk giv­en by ­Sant Kir­pal ­Singh – Chi­ca­go, Oc­to­ber 1972

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Dear brothers and sisters,

we are greatly fortunate that we have got the manbody. Manbody is the highest in all creation, next to God. Even the angels bowed down to the manbody when it was made. All scriptures tell us that due to the reactions of very good actions of the past, we get the manbody. So really we are very fortunate. Our good actions have fructified, and we have got the manbody as a result thereof. It is a golden opportunity in which we can pay off all reactions of the past.

And also we are free, within certain limits. All bodies other than the manbody are bound; they have got no free action there. In the human body we are bound to a certain extent, as a reaction of the past, and we are free also within certain limits. So if we are wise, we will pay off the old reactions, the old karmas, and go back home. So it is a time in which we can either go home or go back again in the wheel of life and death.

Be very cautious. This is a golden opportunity we have got. Try to understand how to pay off the debts which we have. You will find we are to be very cautious. Each thought that strikes us causes a reaction. Each thought, each word and each deed has to be accounted and compensated for in nature. Nature spares no man. “As you sow so shall you reap.” No exception to the rule. Never think idly of anything. If you think idly of anything, even that has a reaction. The fifth Guru of the Sikhs says, “Be afraid of the sins we have done unknowingly.” They will also have a reaction.

So every cause has an effect. We are to understand this principle, this law. If we understand this principle or Law of Karma, then we can come out of it and go back home. Otherwise we’ll keep on coming and going and coming and going. So each cause has an effect. Every action brings about a reaction. Uproot the cause and the effect disappears. This has been done by the Masters who have transcended these laws. But all others are bound by the bonds of karma, which is the root cause of physical existence. Of course, these are very good actions, the reactions of which have given you the manbody. But still we have to be very careful what we do: either we are trying to go back down or back home.

So there are three kinds of karma. One kind is called Sanchit. “Sanchit” means “which are stored as yet,” not fructified. So suchlike karmas, you see, from hundreds of births back, are just in store, not yet touched for reaction.

In India at the time of the Pandavas, there was one Dhritarashtra. He was a great yogi but blind from birth. Lord Krishna asked him, “You are blind from your very birth. What caused it? What karma have you incurred, the result of which you are blind from birth?”

And he told him, “By yogic power I know up to one hundred births back; and I have found no action the result of which I would be blind.”

Lord Krishna, who was a yogishwar, just gave him help to go back still further. And he found that in his 106th birth back he had done the action which resulted in his present blindness.

Miind that there are akashic records, you see. Whatever we speak, whatever we think, that is recorded in the akash. Those who can read those records, they can give you statements made hundreds of births back.

Ever since we have left the house of our Father, ever since we have been sent to the earth, we have been coming and going. Action and reaction has been going on. Some has been paid off by Pralabdha karma. Pralabdha karmas are the karmas which are in fruit, which are fructified, and on which our present existence is based. First, we have got the manbody. That is the result of very high karma, good karma. Now also we are bound within certain limits unless those reactions are paid off, and the seeds of no further actions are sown. So pralabdha is the karma on which our present life is based. It is what is called “fate” or “destiny.” Fate or destiny is a reaction of our past karma which is now in fruit.

The third class is Kriyaman, the actions that we do daily.

So as I submitted, man is free within certain limits and bound within certain limits. Just take the example of a boy who is flying the kite in the air. He may have, for instance, two or three hundred yards of thread with which he is flying the kite. But his father is at the back, keeping two hundred yards of thread in his control. He has allowed only a hundred yards of thread to his son; enough to enable him to fly the kite. So he can fly the kite only up to a hundred yards, not more.

So these karmas are of different natures. Some karma bears fruit very quickly; others, a little later; others, very long. Take the example of the courts. There are small cause courts, there are high courts, and there are privy council courts. Is it not so? Ordinary cases are settled in weeks or a month or so. Cases intricate take months to decide in high courts. And there are other cases of a very intricate nature; they take years to decide in privy council. You follow my point? So we incur action and reaction daily. They are bearing forth fruit: some quickly, some later, some still later. As in the case of Dhritarashtra I quoted you: he was reaping the fruit of karma incurred 106 births back.

Some of the Kriyaman karma we reap in this life; the remaining is transferred to the Sanchit karma. Karma is the cause of rebirth; and each birth is, in turn, followed by death. There the cycle of enjoyment and suffering results. Some are happy; some are not happy. So, “as you think, so you become.” Ignorance of the law is no excuse, mind that. We say we don’t know, but what we have sown, we must reap. Whether we sow good actions or bad actions – both are binding. Handcuffs or chains may be made of iron or gold; but they are equally binding. These karmic laws are difficult to understand; but if we follow what I am telling you, we can save our life, our coming down to the earth.

So fortunately we can learn how to pay off debts and come off this wheel of life. We daily sow seeds. They will bear forth fruit. Some are being fructified. Some are being laid in the Sanchit karma, in store. The store of our karma is great. So in this plight if we meet some Master who knows this law of nature, how to wind it up and liberate us from that law – he takes on the process of winding up all the karmas of the initiate. He takes over. It is a very difficult, very hard job, being a Master.

First of all, what does He do? He gives you a contact with the Sound Current within, by practising which the Sanchit or storehouse karmas are burned away. It is a great blessing: all Sanchit karmas are burned off. They will not fructify in future lives.

Then for Kriyaman karma, the karma that we do daily, he prescribes the maintenance of the diary. You see? Now mark the purpose for which the diary is meant. It has a very important work to do. He is enjoined to lead a clean life and weed out all imperfections in him by self-introspection from day to day. This he is instructed to do.

The Pralabdha karma is not touched. It is a result of that karma that we have got the present life. If Saints touch this, then the life will end; the very moment a Saint touches the Pralabdha karma, the life will end! So he does not touch it because it is the cause of the physical body, which would vanish due to interference in nature’s law.

So a very small amount of karma remains to be tolerated by the initiate during the present life.

Now Sanchit karmas in store are burned away by coming in contact with the Sound. The more you come in contact with the Sound Principle within you, the Naam or Word, the two aspects of which are Light and Sound, your Sanchit karma will be burned away. Pralabdha karma is not touched. Kriyaman karma is just as I told you: for that he makes you to be very strict. Don’t spare yourself. You should criticize yourself as you like to criticize others. And weed out day to day. Some of the remaining karmas are Kriyaman, you see; they are also polished down, softened down, by the Master, by the disciple’s devotion.

Now, you see, when you sit by a Master the mind keeps silent for a few minutes. Mind does not make any trouble. You have no thoughts, as a result of the radiation of the Master. And the qualification of a Master is given as, sitting in whose presence your mind does not rake up any trouble for a while. As I told you yesterday, if you go to a man who sells scents he may not give you anything, but by radiation you get perfume. Similarly, in His presence, if you sit fully receptive for a time, your mind won’t make all kinds of trouble. That’s by radiation. And if you have a contact within? You see? Then the phial of perfume is given to you.

So Pralabdha karmas, you see, are not touched, because over them we have no control. They have to react. What has to come to pass must come to pass. No exception to the rule. There is, however, one possible way out: one may so mould and develop his inner self through the guidance of the Master-soul that he or she may not feel the bitter sting of the karma.

Just take the example of an almond or walnut when it is not ripe. You can put a needle through it. But when it is ripe, the shell is separated from the kernel, and if you put in a needle, it won’t pass through the shell. Is it not so?

When you sit by the Master, He wants to give you a way up, to rise above body-consciousness; then even if all outer things do come up as a result of the Pralabdha karma, they don’t have the pinching effect. That’s the blessing of the Master. A child is to be operated on; the mother takes the child in her lap while the operation is being done. And the child is satisfied: he sits in the lap of the mother, you see.

Those initiated, those who are devoted to the Master within, they do get bitter results of reactions of the past, but they are not felt. If we rise above body-consciousness daily, they will not be felt. There is a case of one Abdullah, who was a devotee of Mian Mir in India. As a result of the Pralabdha karma, he was suffering very much but he rose above, back of the eyes. And the Master came: “Oh, what are you doing? You have sown the seeds. You must bear the result of that. Why are you sitting up there? Come down!”

But this is the Grace of the Master, if we follow Him. For the Kriyaman karma we are to weed out all imperfections through the diary. Those karmas which are in store, those are burned away the more you come in contact with the Light and Sound Principle. So recent karmas which you do daily, they are weeded out by self-introspection. Whatever remains that also is smoothed down by the love of the Master; the pinching effect does not remain the same.

So as I told you, it is like a walnut or almond: when it is not ripe, you can put a needle through; but when it is ripe, the shell is separated – you may try to put in a needle, but it won’t pass. Similarly, it happens something like that, when you are concentrated at the back of the eyes. You find you can stay there – or you, at will, work at the level of the outgoing faculties. Then let all these things come! Man will die; man will suffer; we may be operated on; this and that. But how great a blessing you have got with you!

So for that reason, you see, what is required now? Is there another kind of karma? One is Kriyaman, another is Pralabdha, the third is what is in store – Sanchit. But there is another form of karma. This is called Neh-karma, karma performed without any attachment or desire for the fruit thereof. You see? This is superior to the other forms of karma, which are more or less a source of bondage. This type helps a little to liberate one from karmic reactions, from bondage. If you do some job without desiring any fruit, that won’t bind you. This is one thing. But so long as the ego is there, how can you not? You won’t feel that you are not the doer. You follow my point? So long as you are the doer, whether you are doing good actions or bad, even at your heart of hearts, you know, “I have done good actions,” you see. That will bear forth fruit.

So Neh-karma or selfless karma comes up only when you become a Conscious Co-worker. You find also that in the yoga systems such as Karma Yoga it is taught that you can become Neh-karma – not to want any fruit. But how can you become Neh-karma unless you become the Conscious Co-worker of the Divine Plan? Unless you know that “He is the Doer; I am not the Doer”? So long as you are the doer, you’ll bear the good fruits also – heaven, and other things in this life, too. So you will find it is only karma born of desire or Kam that leads to bondage. This is why, you see, that Moses taught, “Desire not”; that Buddha taught, “Be desireless”; that the tenth Guru of the Sikhs taught, “Don’t have any desire for the result.” The highest of all is to be Neh-karma. That is doing karma in accordance with the Divine Plan, as a Conscious Co-worker of the Power of God.

Now you find four kinds of karma. Present karma is taken care of by the diary. And whatever is left, if you are devoted to the Master, that is also smoothed down. Pralabdha karma is not touched; you have to bear the bitter fruits of that. But while sitting at the Feet of the Master, if you are following His instructions and rising above body-consciousness daily – dying daily – then outer pinching effects, bitter effects of the reactions of the past won’t affect you, as in the example that I gave. Now you’ll find how important it is to do your practices daily.

In brief, the Law of Karma is nature’s stubborn and inexorable law from which there is no exception. Even the avatars bear the fruit of it – what to speak of men. It is said of Lord Rama that he killed the brother of the King of Ceylon by standing behind a tree; in our scriptures it is given. When the man died, he said, “Well, Rama, I did not have anything against you; why are you killing me? You will have to suffer.”

So it happened that Rama in his next incarnation came as Lord Krishna, and that man whom he had killed took the form of a bhil (very low caste, almost a savage) in the jungle, you see. And Lord Krishna was lying in the jungle with his left foot over his right knee. And there was a star on his foot, you see, which is always on the feet of avatars or incarnations. The bhil hunter saw it and thought, perhaps it was the eye of a deer; so he shot the arrow and it hit the foot of Lord Krishna, and he died of that. Even avatars are not exceptions to the rule; what to speak of ordinary men.

Be careful! Every thought that crosses you, that reacts. “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

That is the general rule for those who are on earth. You see? “As you think, so you become.” It is from the abundance of the mind that the tongue speaks. Every action has a reaction, for that is nature’s Law of Cause and Effect. One has therefore to bear the fruit of his actions; no exception.

Is there any remedy for this? Masters have got a remedy, as I just submitted to you. I quoted the case of Abdullah, the devotee of Mian Mir. In daily life, if you have to have an injection, you can withdraw your attention here (in the back of the eyes). “All right – now inject!” You feel much less pain. If you can withdraw your attention fully, that may be cut off.

So this is a very regular way which Master puts us on. It is only when one transcends the body-consciousness and becomes Neh-karma or action-less in action, like the still point at the centre of the ever-revolving wheel of life, that the stop is put to the motion of the great wheel of karma. If a machine is running, and they want to stop the wheel, they will insert something into it and the machine does not work. So the Law of Karma does not work in the cases of those who rise above body-consciousness accurately.

That is why Buddha said, “Be desireless.” For desire is the root cause of human suffering – all suffering. Some die; some are born; some are sick; some are poor. Length of life, whether we are high or low, poor or rich – all this is based on the reactions of the past.

So what happens? The spirit sitting in the chariot of the body is steered blindly and headlong into the field of sensual pleasures by the five powerful steeds of the outgoing faculties, which are driven by the intoxicated mind. You see? So mind also has to be controlled. If something is given to the mind that is more blissful, more peaceful, than it is accustomed to through the senses, only then it can be controlled; not otherwise. It is because the reins of the intellect are dangling loose and the steeds are running fast, headlong, that we incur actions that result in reactions. We go on like anything ever since we have come down to earth from the Father. We have been on earth, we have been coming and going, coming and going, coming and going. The human body we have been having as a very great fortune. But we did not use it like the human body, because we did not understand the Law of Karma.

There are two karmic laws: one is the Law of Karma; the other is the Law of Grace. If you come to the Feet of the Masters, there the Law of Grace works, I tell you. Your present karma is also softened down – and they give a diary for that. The Sanchit karmas are burnt away by giving a contact with the Sound and Light Principle within you. And, while no power can withstand the Pralabdha karma, what the Master gives you is to rise above body-consciousness daily, so that the pinching effect is lessened. How fortunate we are! That is why it is said it is a great blessing to have a living Master. Don’t you realize that? Even the incarnations undergo the law; they are not exempt from the law of cause and effect – what to speak of the average man.

These are things that are prescribed by the Master. Ever since they have been coming they have been telling us what to do. “Be born anew.” You follow what is the basic teaching behind it? “Be reborn.” I have been explaining to you in my talks what is meant by being reborn. One birth is into this human body, another is into the Beyond. If you are reborn daily – die daily, take cross daily – then? All these should naturally follow. Then you escape the effect of the wheel of life, of karma. Now do you see how important it is to do the practices as prescribed by the Masters? Masters don’t spare anybody.

Guru Nanak says, “Look here, oh Master, what is the use of coming to Your Feet if the Law of Karma is not satisfied?” He gives an example: “What is the use of going to the feet of a lion if the jackals are still howling at you?” It is a great privilege to sit at the Feet of a Master, I would say.

So what is meant by being “born anew” is rising above body-consciousness – and that is also what is meant by being “twice born”. And in ancient India these things were given to children of five, seven, or nine years, when they were initiated. What is learned in childhood, I would say, what is learned in the womb of the mother, that will last forever. We should be very careful how we bring up children, mind that – whether they are in the womb or outside.

So this is what is said: to be born anew, to die daily. “Learn to die so that you may begin to live.” Then you will have everlasting life; you will escape – evade – the circle of births and deaths. You follow me? Very delicate point it is; but we must understand it and live by it. How is that done? By the Grace of the Master! If by the Grace of the Master we learn to die while alive, then you know the other law (the Law of Grace) is working, you see. When grain is poured into a grinding machine, those grains which are put in between the blades will be ground; but if some grains stick to the handle of the machine, they will be saved.

So it is said that it is a great blessing to have a living Master and to keep his commandments. That’s the main thing. So “one has therefore to forsake the flesh for the spirit” if one is anxious to escape from the perpetual wheel of life on earth. I’m quoting from the Bible; there are similar quotes in other scriptures like that. But if one, under the guidance of a Master, learns the practical process of self-analysis at will and rises into the Beyond – death in life – the whole angle of vision is changed. The result is that after that one continues to live on earth without attachment. When you rise above body-consciousness daily, all your attachments are gone. You may have hundreds of thousands of dollars with you, or no money at all; you don’t care. You won’t try to usurp the rights of others; you won’t try to squeeze the blood of others – because you will know that you will incur karma, and you won’t want those actions to go along with you. So when you rise above body-consciousness daily, the whole angle of vision is changed. You won’t do anything unbecoming because you won’t want to carry it with you – “ill gotten, ill spent.” Christ said, “He that taketh not his cross and followeth after me is not worthy of me.” You follow my point? “He that findeth his life shall lose it…” Just follow the meaning: very clear, very simple words. If you rise above outer life then you’ll have everlasting life. “Learn to die so that you may begin to live.” “He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” What life? The one outside which we withdraw from. You see? It is not dying, but withdrawing your attention from all outside and rising above body-consciousness. He said, if you do it “for my sake, you will find it.”

Then again you will find that in the Bible it is said, “If any man will come after me” – hear, please, what he says – “let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” What is “taking up the cross daily”? The cross is the symbol of the human body standing with outstretched arms; we are to rise above it. Then we can follow him. Once we rise above our whole angle of vision is changed, as I said before: you won’t torment anybody; you won’t squeeze the blood of anybody; your whole outer contact with the world will be above-board, fair, honest.

How can we ever expect to be saved from the wheel of coming and going if we don’t keep the commandments of the Master? Saying “we have got no time, we have this and that obligation” won’t do; after all, we are sowing seeds further from day to day.

So, you see, “death in life” or “death in Christ” is referred to in the East as “fana fil sheikh” or “death in the Master.” You see? “Learn to die so that you may begin to live.” Death in Christ means withdrawing from outside and coming in contact with the Christpower within you. In Persian it is said as I told you: “Fana fil seikh”. In the Hindi way, the Sikh Masters say, “Gur go tobee” – “Be one in the tomb of the Guru.” As “I and my Father are one.” The initiate who becomes one with the Guru and the Guru-in-Him, he is experiencing death in Christ or death in the Guru.

This can save us from coming and going, you see. The longer we go on sowing seeds, the more they will grow – they will bear forth fruit. Be cautious not to grow any. What is that by knowing which, nothing more is desired to be had? Coming in contact with the Godpower within you. And that is why all scriptures speak very highly of the Masters, those who are Word-made-flesh: because, as Maulana Rumi says, “If you sit one hour with the Master” – if you are receptive; not with your body sitting and you wandering outside – “that will give you an effect which you cannot have by a hundred years of penances.” If you sit by someone who sells scents, you will get perfume by radiation – free. And if he gives you a phial of scent – if he initiates you into the Beyond – then? From the day you come to the Feet of the Master and He initiates you, He takes up the work of winding up all your actions – but only if we obey the commandments of the Master one hundred per cent.

So those Masters who are Word-made-flesh can immolate karma by a look; all the initiate’s sins, karmas, can pass by the Master’s look and word. Eyes are the windows of the soul. He whose soul is drenched with God, who is that Power made flesh, he is “the Bread of Life that has come down from Heaven.” You see? Whosoever partaketh of it shall have everlasting life.” And further – how can we eat this Bread? Eyes are the windows of the soul: through the eyes. By sitting in a receptive mood, forgetting all others, you feel peace, your mind won’t rake up any trouble, all is quiet. If you go deep down in the depths of silence, you’ll find the very silence becomes vocal. These are hard facts I am putting before you.

So in the presence of the Master, the karmas fly like autumn leaves before a wind, you see. For a time, no thought occurs in your mind: it’s just subdued. And such actions react, mind that (in their own way): the moments you have got with the Master, say five or ten minutes, or a year, that will have reaction or not? That is also an action; but it won’t react in the same way. No. The result of that time spent in that way is that you won’t have mental troubles as long as you are doing it – and this is true whenever you are receptive, whether you are physically near the Master or away from Him. The physical presence, of course, cannot be underrated: You see for yourself. But those who are even living far away on the other side of the ocean while the Master is living on this side, can direct their attention in that way – just as you can hear someone’s voice or see who is speaking from thousands of miles away, through radio and television. This is a law of nature; science is finding out laws of nature which are hidden. They are not finding them all, but they are trying.

So great is the power of retribution; and none can escape its fury – but it does fly in fear of death before the winding blast of the Word. Master uses the Word for this purpose by giving you a contact with It.

There are two ways to finish up the vast and limitless storehouse of karmas (and we have many still in store). There are two ways, and the first one is to allow them to exhaust themselves. But I have quoted you one instance, and there are others too, in which actions done more than a hundred births back reacted in being born blind in this lifetime. How long will it take? Millions of years it would take, and it would be quite uncertain then. The mind again goes on sowing seeds; there is no end to it. So one way is to exhaust the storehouse in due course of time, which is almost not possible.

The other way is to obtain from a Master-soul a practical knowledge and experience of the science of life, on the earthly plane as well as on the spiritual planes, too. And to work right now for transcension from one to the other, while there is still a chance and an opportunity of the human body – because we can do it only in the human body and in no other body.
Two ways. The first course will take millions of years to reach the goal and even then is quite uncertain because the mind again will go on sowing seeds which will bear more and more fruit. By adopting the second course, one seeks a competent spiritual Master who can wind up the karmic accounts of the bankrupt spirit. When such a Master takes in His own hands the process of liquidation of the endless procession of past karma, you see, we are very fortunate.

As I just quoted to you, one Sikh Master says, “Oh Master, what is the use of coming to Your Feet, if our karmas are not finished? What is the use of going to the feet of a lion if the jackals still howl at us?” When you come to a Master, what does He say? “All right – no more. Thus far and no farther.” He says, “From today onward, are you taking the advice? Keep the diary; do no more. Criticize yourself as you would like to criticize others – and weed out.” Simply saying, “I am a sinner, I am a sinner,” that won’t do. Be very watchful on every thought that accosts you. And come in contact with that Naam Power, a contact with which you have been given. That will give you more bliss and mind will, what you say, die.

When you get that nectar of life or water of life, and experience the bliss of that, the mind will leave off all outer enjoyments. Where there is no desire there is God, you see. What is man? God plus desires. And what is God? Man minus desires. And these desires are raked up by mind through the outgoing faculties. Very simple way, I think. You follow me?

So if we follow that, everything will come out all right. And first He says, “Do no more” – and puts him on the high road. You see, you’ve got high roads here where cars go fast; you’ve also got the high roads within you of Light and Sound. Go fast! There’s no retardation on the way; you can go quickly back to your home. He gives you the high road Godward. He does not usually interfere with the Pralabdha karma, because in that case your life would end; but He gives you a contact with the spirit within you, which is the Light and Sound Principle; and that contact with the Holy Word also reduces to ashes all Sanchit karmas and unfructified recent karmas and finishes them off.

In Jap Ji, after Guru Nanak has given his instruction on the way of life, last of all He gives an example: When the hands, feet and body are besmeared, they are washed clean with water; when clothes get dirty and polluted, they are cleansed by soap.

But then He says: “When one’s mind gets defiled by sin, it can be purified only by communion with the Word, which is given to you by the Master on the very first day. He gives you two things: first, to rise above body-consciousness, to die daily; second, to come in contact with the Word within you. He washes all sins of the past away.”

Guru Nanak says: “Men do not become saints or sinners merely by words. But they carry deeds with them wherever they go. As one sows, so does one reap; oh Nanak, men come and go by the wheel of birth and death as ordained by His Will.” In the Finale of Jap Ji He gives: “Our actions, good and evil, will be brought before His court. And by our own deeds shall we move higher or be cast into the depths.”

It is two ways before you: one is to go up to your Father’s home; the other is to go down. The human body is a junction, I would say. You can have your way back to God; or you can come back, that’s all. But we can choose to go up only by understanding the law of cause and effect and acting up to our understanding. Then the Master looks to the winding up of our actions. We come to Him for that purpose, and His ways are two. First He admonishes, “Do no more.” When our Master was here, you see, sometimes out of hundreds of people one person would stand up and say, “Sir, I have done this sin.” Our Master would ask, “Well, is there anybody who can bear the brunt of that sin?” Who would dare? No. Then he would say, “All right. Do no more. And do it!”

On the very first day, you see, we are told, “Keep your diaries.” You are fortunate, I would say. In the old days men used to sit by the Master for years. When they saw the vessel was clean, only then they put something in it. Now you get something on the very first day. Two things are given: rising above body-consciousness, and contact with the Naam within you. If you rise daily the outer pinching effect won’t affect you, you’ll become air-conditioned. Pralabdha karma also won’t affect you so much as now; the angle of vision will change by rising above body-consciousness daily. Is it not a blessing?

Guru Nanak concludes the Jap Ji by saying: “Those who have communed with the Word, their toils shall end, and their faces shall flame with glory. Not only shall they have salvation, oh Nanak, but many more shall find freedom with them.”

Not just one. So that is what is wanted, you see, to save us from the wheel of life and death. It is therefore of paramount importance that we should seek a Master competent enough to wind up the otherwise endless cycle of births, seek refuge at His Lotus Feet, and free ourselves of the bewitching influences of our actions, our deeds, which is the Law of Karma.

You have been given, of the two ways, the one way which is the only way back. That is, you’ve been given a contact with Naam or Word within you and you have also been given how to rise above body-consciousness daily, to “take the cross daily.” “Those who do not take their cross daily, they are not my disciples.” That is what Christ and all other Masters have said.

You should be very careful what you think. Sometimes in frivolous ways we say so many things, and that carries an effect. You have to be very self-disciplined: think twice before you speak; when you speak, just think whether it will do good or bad to others. If it is good, then give it out for the benefit of others; if not, don’t tell.

So this is the Law of Karma, you see. If we understand it…. We have been, fortunately I think, put on the way with the Grace of God and the Grace of our Master. His Grace is working; with His Grace you all are being blessed with these things. Whenever Baba Jaimal Singh used to initiate anyone, he would say, “Look here, I am now residing within you. Take care for me! Don’t think that I am not looking after you.” That is the Masterpower within you. Don’t deceive Him! Even if you deceive Him, He won’t be deceived, you see. Be true to your own Self, this is what I always say. If you are true to your own Self, God is within you, the Masterpower is within you.

So this is the Law of Karma that is going on like anything, from which there is no escape, I tell you, for ordinary men or incarnations either – they also had to undergo it. It is only through the favour or Grace of the Master that we are saved. You know, incarnations also respect the Masters; Masters are their gurus. Lord Krishna had his guru, Ingris Rishi, who gave out this very way; Lord Rama had his guru, Vashisht. Well, to sit at the Feet of a Master is a great blessing, you see. He winds up all your actions of the past. We have simply to keep His commandments; nothing more. He does not want anything from you in return; He is pleased when you are saved. That is why our Master at the age of ninety was working for the good of humanity. In the old days He would have had to take rest; but now they don’t rest, They go like anything – the more He saves, the better. They work under the orders of God, you see.

Now you see how blessed you are – how fortunate you are! First you have got the human body; further, you have something that will save you from coming and going. If you are attached to the Masterpower within you, where will you go? Why do we come back to the earth again and again? Because we are attached to the world. If we are really attached to the Masterpower within us, nobody will bring us back; we’ll go where He goes. In very simple ways the Law of Karma works. You find now how blessed we are? We don’t realize the importance of the boon we have been given.

So please, remain where you are. You are to keep up your diaries strictly, and find time daily to die. You see? “Take cross daily.” Only sitting won’t do – rise above body-consciousness daily, and come in contact with That. Not here alone, you see, but in the spiritual planes above, too. There are so many planes – macrocosm is in the microcosm.

Further guidance is also required. The more you are devoted to the commandments of the Master without and within, the sooner you’ll reach your home. That’s the ultimate purpose of having the human body; all scriptures say so. Even those Rishis of old whose souls enjoyed bliss in the higher planes, when they return to earth they select the human body: because in that body only you can go back home.

We do pity others: why don’t you take pity on your own Self to save you from the wheel of coming and going? Charity begins at home, does it not? If we cannot have pity on our own Self and save ourselves from coming and going, what pity can we have for others? So have pity on yourself, that’s all I can say.

You have got the golden opportunity of this human body. But once it passes out of your hands? Kabir says, “Who knows when you will get this human body again and be able to do this work?” So this is for very calm consideration, you see.

If you follow exactly, you are sure to go to God. You are not to come back. When you are under the control of a Master, then no lord of judgement can sit over you; it is the Master who takes all karmas in His hand to punish you or save you. That power has been given by God to His hand – Christ also owns it, and all other Masters say so. They are the God in them, that’s the only thing; they are Word made flesh.

I hope you have followed what I have said about this Law of Karma. Try to! This is why all the great men say, “Think twice before you speak.” Guru Arjan says, “Be careful of the sins you commit unknowingly.” By frivolous talk so many things come up, you see – talk only when it is necessary. Quit talking in a frivolous way. Also see, if what you are saying is going to do good to somebody or harm somebody. Then I think you will be afraid of how many seeds you might sow.

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“Man! Know Thyself” – by Sant Kirpal Singh – Part 7


Dear friends,

This is the seventh part of the very important subject: “Man know thyself!” – by Sant Kirpal Singh
which can be read also here:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/images/Man_know_thyself_ENGL.pdf

Peace and harmony in your heart
Didi

 

 

The Criterion for Judging a True Master

Do not judge a master by his external appearance, genealogical descent, rich or poor attire, country of origin, how he talks, eats or the position he holds, the number of books that he is the author of, or by what people say about him. First receive the inner experience he promises; then judge from that elevated angle of vision. Self-experience is the criterion for judging a genuine Master. Any living person who sees things from a spiritual level – man and his embarrassments, difficulties and helplessness – and who has studied the problems confronting humanity, can provide their solutions, and is also able to correct and guide man visibly and invisibly, morally and spiritually, in theory as well as in practice – only such a person is fit to take the responsible position of a Master. Blessed are those who experience a stirring emotion of happiness and longing in their hearts on hearing the news that such a Master exists and is near.

Spirituality is a science simpler and easier than other sciences. Man has not to exert except in moulding himself ethically and morally to the climax of love, sincerity and humility, which will produce the necessary state of receptivity in him. Everything else is in the hands of the Master. Again, a movement, no matter how spiritual it may appear to be on the surface, should not be judged by the number of followers that it has. A good speaker can attract crowds anywhere, yet there may not be anything material or convincing in his speech. Spirituality is not the exclusive possession of any family or place, but it is like a scented flower that grows wherever nature has ordained, around which the bees gather from far and wide to sip its nectar. Masters do not rush after glory of self, although they certainly deserve such glory. Even in ordinary talks, they will be heard to say, “Oh, it is all the grace of my Master. It is none of my doing. My Master deserves all the praise and credit.” This humility places them far above the low level of egoism found in this world.

Masters have come in all ages to offer this natural science to man. Only those who are discontented with this world rush to them. Others, to whom worldly attractions, pleasures and luxuries are dear, turn their backs. Those in whose hearts all noble sentiments are dead not only put all possible obstacles in the way of the Saints, but also subject them to various kinds of tortures, as a study of the lives of Jesus, Guru Nanak, Kabir and others will show. Masters have come in the past, are existing today, and will continue to come in the future for the spiritual benefit of man. To suppose and accept that spirituality has become the sole prerogative of any religion after the passing of the master on whose teachings it is based, and that sacred books are the only guide, shows the thoughtlessness of man.

How can we distinguish between a genuine and a false master? There is in fact no such testing stone or magical formula except that of self-experience, for discriminating right from wrong, truth from falsehood, and reality from unreality. Even in the time of Emperor Janak (the father of Sita of the Ramayana) who was prepared to pay a big fee for the theoretical knowledge of this science, only one, Yagyavalkya, out of all the Rishis, Yogis and Munis in India, was able to do so and won the prize. Yagyavalkya however, had the moral courage to admit, “Gargi,3 I know the theory only but have no personal experience of it.” On a second occasion, Emperor Janak proclaimed that he wanted a practical experience of this science on a certain date, and that in a very short time too, not exceeding the time taken to straddle a horse and put each foot in its stirrup. Great Yogis and Rishis throughout the length and breadth of India were invited, but at the appointed time only one person stepped forward to accept the challenge. This was a hunchback named Ashtavakra, who had eight humps in his body. The audience, taking him for a maniac, laughed aloud at his appearance. Ashtavakra said, “How can you expect to get spiritual experience from these cobblers you have collected, who have eyes only for the skin of the body but cannot see within?” The experience was duly given to the Emperor within the allotted time. The point to consider is that at the time when spirituality was thriving, only one person came forward to accept the challenge. In these times then, when materialism is on the increase, we do not find competent Masters growing like mushrooms. So search we must, not allowing false propaganda, the testimony of others, blind faith, the promise of future happiness, and our regard for position, wealth and pleasure, to lead us astray. When such personalities come, they are competent to give life to millions of people who go to them. They are the children of light, and give light to all humanity.

Blind faith is one of the main obstacles to overcome. What we simply listen to, read, or follow without investigating as to what and where it will lead to, is blind faith. If one is careless and forgets the ends while following the means, so that he does not see whether he is nearing the end or not, it is still blind faith. When one goes to a Master and listens attentively to the explanations given by him on the subject of gaining Self-Knowledge by self-analysis, duly supported by one or more quotations from the valuable sayings of various Saints, he is intellectually convinced to tread the path as an experimental measure and act up to what the Master says with faith for the time being. This is the first stepping-stone to learn about reality. When he has the first-hand experience, of whatever degree it may be, he is convinced and progresses from day to day. Today man listens to talks, lectures and sermons, accepts and believes these all his life, and takes for granted that he has been placed firmly on the way to salvation. But when death comes with all its sufferings, pangs of separation, and fears of the unknown, he realizes his mistake. Man’s life-long habit of attachment to his body occupies all his thoughts, while friends, doctors, relatives and priests stand by helpless and despairing.

It is here that the science of Para Vidya is of great help to us. The soul’s withdrawal from the body is greatly eased and the Master appears to receive and guide it further in the beyond. Death is to such a one the happiest of events and like marriage, is the union with the Beloved. He has already visited and convinced himself of the superiority of the higher regions and traverses the familiar territory without fear. My Master, Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji, when impressing the need of spiritual practices on His disciples, used to say to them, “Go and see a disciple dying to become convinced.” Saints believe in salvation during one’s lifetime and not in salvation after death. This is indeed a simple and easy science, and the disciple should never rest content with his Initiation without spiritual experience. He should then devote regular time to the spiritual practices, and the Master must be regularly informed of his progress. He should constantly seek the guidance of his Master personally or by letter, without entertaining thoughts that he is bothering Him. The Master knows by intuition how each disciple is faring and can remove most of his difficulties by thought transference or other means, but He wishes any difficulties in progress to be brought to His notice in writing.

The ancient path of Surat Shabd Yoga or Para Vidya is one that can be followed by men, women and children of all ages without any difficulty, unlike other ways which involve complicated strenuous exercises and control of the breath. These, at the most, lead to a slight control over the self and a few paltry powers. The latter methods also require a strong physique and a rich diet. As such, they are condemned by the Masters as unsuited to this age, and as involving physical dangers to the body.

The competency between the Sant and Param Sant differs – Sant Kirpal Singh


 

Yogis leave the world, Rishis, Munis leave and the Sant who is sent by God leaves the world, but the Param Sant (God Himself) never leaves… …with Him we must come in contact.

 

 

 

Kirpal Sagar (Ocean of Grace)


 

 

 

 

Kirpal Sagar

On His last Punjab-tour in October 1973, Sant Kirpal Singh visited the Agriculture Farm located near Nawanshar. There was one room made of mud and one Pacca-room beside a little room for the water-pump. Master stayed there nearly for fifteen minutes. He took water from the water-pump and a grain of rice. Then He blessed Kirpal Sagar which now has been built beside the Farm.

With due permission of the Master, the name Manav Kendra was changed to Kirpal Sagar before Sant Kirpal Singh left His physical body. Kirpal means ‘Grace’, Sagar means ‘Ocean’ – thus the name Kirpal Sagar means ‘Ocean of Grace’.

Master wants from heart that everyone should do the work (selfless service): Everyone should put his head and heart to do that work. It is His earnest desire, a desire from His heart, because He loves each child and wants to develop everyone. He is not having any connection with us on the physical level, but His contact is direct with the soul.

So blessed are those who are chosen for this purpose; they are very fortunate. Master always laid stress upon this subject (the importance of selfless service). Because in the lives of all competent Masters and their devotees, there was only one way: To live and to do for Him! And this is the ultimate goal. If the disciple is obliged to the Master, he says, “I have to do whatever my Master would tell me, it is my highest duty to obey His order.”

Harbhajan Singh

 

Background of Kirpal Sagar

The place which Sant Kirpal Singh has chosen for Kirpal Sagar has also a background which first was not known to us. When we started the construction work, people from the surroundings came to us, and one of them told that an old person had been living there whose name was Chattar Singh; he was considered to be mad. To that place the cows were taken for grazing, and he used to sit along with the boys there. He never would return to his home, he stayed overnight in the forest, which was full of snakes. There was also a certain animal which always attacks man. It is not injurious, but its teeth are very sharp. One time, when taking rest, he was bitten by this animal and his nose was bleeding. Those boys wanted to take him to the doctor nearby for dressing the wound, but he said, “No, there is a hospital, I have got it dressed over there.”

Sometimes the boys used to say, “Old man, you are smelling, you should take a bath.” He would reply, “Yes, here is a Sarovar, a holy tank, I’m always taking a bath there.” When they offered him to share their food, he answered, “No, there is a big common kitchen here, I always take the food from here.” All the time he used to tell such things, and he even said, “There is a big temple, a house of God.” So all people called him a mad person, who is seeing things where other people don’t see anything. Now those persons from the neighbourhood  believe that he was a holy man.

So, holy places are already fixed by the Masterpower. Kings, premiers, and rich persons can create cities, but holy places are built only by the Masters, they are built in the omnipresence of the Masterpower. The guidance of the Master continues every moment, and in spite of many problems in the beginning the commissioned Manav Kendra could be constructed.

Harbhajan Singh

 

It belongs to all human beings of the world

Kirpal Sagar is a common ground for all people to get together, irrespective of caste, colour, creed, religion or country. It belongs to all human beings of the world. In Kirpal Sagar no religion but the basic teaching of all religions is taught, which is one and the same and has been written with one opinion.

To keep the various outer rituals and rites of the different religions with their basic signification is no bar to true religion. Every religion teaches the universal teaching of the universal link among all human beings – the Brotherhood of Men under the Fatherhood of God. Religion is a very smooth pattern and a way to realize one’s self, if one rises above the shackles of the religion.

Kirpal Sagar is neither being built in the memory of Sant Kirpal Singh, nor is it a personal wish. It was the wish of Sant Kirpal Singh which is being fulfilled by all devoted disciples of Him.

Moreover, who learns and yearns or who wants to learn and yearn can also work in Kirpal Sagar, as it is the work of God, done by man but inspired by God. This is the highest but the rarest chance that ever comes in the life of a human being.

 

More details about Kirpal Sagar:

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Sant Kirpal Singh: competence between the Sant and Param Sant differs


My dear friends,

This time we may hear the difference between a Sant and a Param Sant

For you all a happy time
Didi

 

 

More about Kirpal Sagar:
http://www.kirpal-sagar.org/en/

Sant Kirpal Singh – His life and mission:
http://www.sant-kirpal-singh.org/en/

Teachings of Sant Kirpal Singh:
http://www.kirpalsingh-teachings.org/index.php/en/welcome-53.html

More information about Unity of Man:
http://unity-of-man.org/en/

Social activities in Kirpal Sagar


Dear friends,

Today I would like to give some information about social activities in Kirpal Sagar.

Selfless help for needy and ill people are a way of keeping distance to one’s own ego,
if there is no self-pride involved in it.

From heart to heart
Didi

Kirpal Charitable Hospital

Sant Kirpal Singh whole-heartedly wished to provide help to those people who cannot afford medical care. Thus the hospital became the first facility within the Project taking up its function in 1983.

Various treatments are applied, such as allopathic, homeopathic, and ayurvedic therapies.

Poor people receive free medical treatment and medicine at the hospital. Presently the majority of the patients are treated as outpatients.

The accomplishment of the hospital up to 50 beds with departments of general medicine, pediatric, gynecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, dialysis center and surgery is under construction.

Furthermore, ambulances reach out to remote villages at central gathering points, such as schools, to provide medical care for people who otherwise would not have a chance to see a doctor. From time to time external eye specialists come to Kirpal Sagar to perform eye operations.

A dentist’s practice at the hospital provides dental care for the people of the neighbouring area and also for the students of the Kirpal Sagar Academy.

Students of the future Medical College will perform their practical training within the hospital. An international student exchange is also planned.

Medical Care

From the very beginning of the Kirpal Sagar project, humanitarian help has been provided to the people of the surroundings. Due to the weak infrastructure of this rural area it is very difficult to get medical treatment, especially for the needy.

Medical camps provided help for patients from the near by villages before the “Kirpal Charitable Hospital” eventually took up its function in 1983 as the first facility within the Project.

Meanwhile a large Hospital complex was constructed with departments of general medicine, pediatric, gynecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, dialysis centre and surgery.

Disadvantaged people obtain free distribution of medicine and medical care irrespective of caste, colour and creed.

Many volunteers from different countries support the project and some medicine firms in Germany and Switzerland are donating medicines.

 

Wheel-chairs for disabled people

Selfless service

To serve the poor and the needy is the true selfless service. If you give food to the hungry, you will never feel hungry. If you give water to the thirsty, you will never feel thirsty. How true is the prayer of the meek and unwanted and accursed is the life of him who ignores, and how great and broat-hearted is the one who works selflessly and gives head and heart to overcome the miseries of others. By holding on the treasures of virtues he becomes actionless. So long as one knows not the miseries of others, he knows not the very secret to overcome his own miseries. Wise persons tell us that it is vain to ask for pleasures and shun from pains. More one does, more one feels happy. This is what Sant Kirpal Singh ever felt.

Help for Self-Help
Job-training

At Surajpur a stitching and sewing school was opened in April 2005, there sewing and needle work courses are offered to enable women to earn their own living. Also, a training for nurses is planned for the future.

Untrained workers can undergo a job-training in the workshops at Kirpal Sagar, which also provide jobs for people with disabilities.

Women empowerment

Since the year 2008 seminaries for women empowerment are organized by the B.ed.College at Kirpal Sagar.

 

Marriages arranged in Kirpal Sagar for needy and poor people

Marriages

In the Indian culture, marriage plays an important role but wedding ceremonies are very expensive. Consequently, Unity of Man helps poor families by arranging the wedding and the furnishings for the couples to give them a good start in their family life. The marriage ceremonies are celebrated according to the religious belief of the couples. The newly married couples receive basic equipments needed for a new household: a fully equipped bedroom, furniture for a living-room, kitchen utensils as well as clothes and watches, everything sponsored by Unity of Man.

Disaster relief

Further help is supplied in case of disasters. During the big flood in 2010, two truckloads with emergency supplies were sent to the city of Leh, Ladakh.

Since Kirpal Sagar has its own water supply, big water tanks are put up in neighbouring towns during a big drought, to supply people passing by with drinking water.

The size and variety of the now existing facilities enable to react flexibly in emergency situations. In the home for the elderly for example orphaned children could be accommodated together with their grandfather.

No one can be said to have been born for himself alone, for none can be an island unto himself. To serve the needy, sick and starving, is also a sideline, more effective than mere preaching.
Sant Kirpal Singh

“Man! Know Thyself” – by Sant Kirpal Singh – Part 5


Dear friends,

This is the fifth smaller part of the very important subject: “Man know thyself!” – by Sant Kirpal Singh
which can be read also here:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/images/Man_know_thyself_ENGL.pdf

Peace and harmony in your heart
Didi

Preliminary Qualifications for an Aspirant

Just as in any other science, certain preliminary qualifications are required before much progress can be made. Married life, hard work, or a poor environment are no bar. It does not count in your favour that you may hold a high position or possess immense wealth. Neither does membership in a particular faith serve as a recommendation. Wherever he may be, a man must strive for nobility of character, self-control and purity of heart. Purity of heart in thought, word, and deed, is essential. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” An ethical life is a stepping stone to spirituality, but spirituality, however, is not just ethical living. This we must always bear in mind.

We can divide man’s life into (i) diet, and (ii) his dealings with others. With regard to diet, vegetarianism and abstinence from alcohol and drugs are essential. ”Thou shalt not kill” and “Live and let live” should be our principles in life. The body is the temple of God and is a sacred place. We are not to neglect or abuse it, but should take the best possible care to properly maintain it. All intoxicants are also to be avoided as they make us morbid and of shaky consciousness. With regard to our dealings with others, we should sow the seed of kindness in order to reap its fruit. Love and humility are most necessary. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” ”Love, and all blessing shall be added unto you.” “Love thine enemy, and do good to them that despitefully use you.” God is immanent in every form and whoever loves God, must love God’s creation. To love God is to love all humanity. We should also earn our living by the sweat of our brow and share with others. These are not empty sayings, but very wise and sound advice.

 

Karma (Actions and Deeds)

Each thought, each word and each deed has to be accounted for and compensated for in nature. Every cause has an effect and every action brings about a reaction. Uproot the cause and the effect disappears. This has been done by the Masters who have transcended these laws, but all others are bound by the bonds of Karma, which is the root cause of physical existence and the clever device of nature to maintain this existence. The law of Karma sees to it that we are paid an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, in the shape of joy or suffering. It is the goading whip in the hidden hands of nature. The mind contracts Karma, puts a covering on the soul and rules the body through the organs and the senses. Although it is the soul that imparts strength to the mind, the latter has assumed sovereignty and is governing the soul instead. Control of the mind, therefore, is the first step to spirituality. Victory over the mind is victory over the world. Even accomplished yogis and mystics who can transcend to relatively high spiritual realms are not left untouched by the hand of Karma.

 

Saints classify Karmas into three distinct groups, as follows:

  • (i) Sanchit (stored)

Good or bad deeds that stand to our account as earned and contracted in all previous bodies of the order of creation, counting from the day of the first appearance of life on earth. Alas! Man knows nothing about them or their extent.

  • (ii) Prarabdha (Fate or Destiny)

The result and effect of which has brought man into his present body and has to be paid off in this life. The reactions of these Karmas come to us unexpectedly and unperceived and we have no control over them whatsoever. Good or bad, we have to tolerate or bear this Karma laughing or weeping, as it happens to suit us.

  • (iii) Kriyaman (Account of our actions and deeds in the present body)

This is distinct from the above mentioned two groups because here man is free to do exactly as he pleases, within certain limits. Knowingly or unknowingly, deeds committed and coming under this heading bear fruit. The result of some of these we reap before we die and the residue is transferred to the Sanchit storehouse.

Karma is the cause of rebirth and each birth is in turn followed by death. Thus the cycle of enjoyment and suffering, which are concomitants of birth and death, continues. “As you think, so you become,” is an unalterable law of nature, owing to which this universe exists. No amount of integrity or genius can absolve a man so long as there is the slightest trace of Karma. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and though there may be some concession or relaxation with man-made laws under special circumstances, there is no such allowance made for this in nature’s laws. Prayer, confession and atonement may give temporary mental relief but they cannot overcome Karma. All Karma must be wiped out completely before permanent salvation can be had.

Disturbed by these facts, man seeks solace in deep pious doctrines, or when he comes to know that both good and bad deeds are fetters – one of gold, the other of iron – he turns to renunciation. Different faiths promise relief but he soon finds out that this is only temporary. How then does a Master approach this problem? At the time of Initiation, the Master begins the process of winding up all Karmas of the initiate. He gives him a contact with the sound current, by practicing which the Sanchit account is burnt away. The process is similar to putting a handful of seeds in a pan and placing them on a fire, which causes the seeds to puff up and lose their property of growing again. Then the Kriyaman account is dealt with. After warning his disciples to guard against opening any new account of bad deeds, the Master grants a general clemency in respect of past deeds, part of which the disciple has already settled in this life up to the time of Initiation. He is enjoined to lead a clean life and to weed out all imperfections in him by self-introspection from day to day. The Prarabdha Karma is not touched by Saints because this is the cause of the physical body, which would vanish due to the interference with nature’s laws. Thus a very small amount of Karma now remains to be tolerated in the physical body for the remaining years of the disciple’s life, but even this is softened by the grace of the Master.

The law of grace works wonders and a devotee who, out of loving devotion, reposes all his hopes in the Master, passes off unscathed from the pinching effects of the reactions of past Karmas. In moments of misery, worry and trouble, the Master is our refuge. He acts unperceived at any distance. Just as a mother of a sick child holds the child securely in her lap during an operation so that it does not feel any pain, so too the Master holds us in his loving embrace. Out of their abundance of sympathy, love and kindness, the Saints at times take upon their own shoulders some Karmic sufferings of their disciples through the law of sympathy. There is no court of trial after death for a devoted disciple. The Master is all in all for him.

Why does a Master Saint take all this on Himself? Because He inherits His merciful nature from God above, who commissions Him to personally distribute this treasure of mercy. Thus the Master is honoured like God. Sant Mat has volumes of books written in praise of the Masters, and if just as many books were to be written, it would hardly do justice to the vastness of their love and kindness.

Time casts its heavy shadow over man. He has to work hard to keep pace with the changing times. So deeply is he absorbed in his external needs and desires that he forgets all about contentment, sympathy and love. Entangled and surrounded by the “deadly five” – lust, anger, greed, attachment and vanity – he stumbles and cries out to the Unseen for help. Heaven’s mercy is stirred and as times stiffen, the Almighty extends His help through the Masters more and more lavishly. Such is the case in this Kali Yuga – the Iron Age.

It is indeed very hard to believe that anyone can be above the five passions mentioned above, and that he can enter the Kingdom of Heaven during his lifetime. All mankind is under the control of these five and only a Master can save a man from their clutches. We all demand reliable proof before committing ourselves, and this is given by a Master in the shape of an experience of the life impulse or Naam (the Word) and some inner vision. Contact with a Master is essential. Those who keep aloof and depend on themselves or rely on tradition and priests – equally ignorant as themselves – are deprived of contact with this Power; and as the saying goes, “When the blind leads the blind, both fall into the ditch”.

Indifference, non-acceptance or disbelief will not be to our advantage when nature enforces its universal ordinance – death. Our position will be that of a pigeon who, on seeing a cat approaching, shuts its eyes and believes that the cat cannot then molest it; but in a few seconds the poor bird is in the powerful jaws of the cat. It is then too late to think of escape. So be alert while there is yet time!

Quote: “Love beautifies” – by Sant Kirpal Singh


 

Love beautifies everything
and if we learn to love everyone,
all our imperfections can be washed away,
especially by loving kind words.

 

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Sant Kirpal Singh (Book excerpt from: Spiritual Elexir)

 

Sant Kirpal Singh’s Mission – Unity of Man


My dear friends,

I would like to share with you this video about Sant Kirpal Singh’s Mission.

How beautiful would our world be if we understand that we are all one, sitting in the same boat and that all problems can be overcome just by pure love and right understanding  (the love of the heart, not of the mind).

Let us put our hands and hearts together to bring a real change in the world.

Thank you, dear friends 🙂

May you all be blessed by God
Didi

 

 

More about Kirpal Sagar:
http://www.kirpal-sagar.org/en/

Sant Kirpal Singh – His life and mission:
http://www.sant-kirpal-singh.org/en/

Teachings of Sant Kirpal Singh:
http://www.kirpalsingh-teachings.org/index.php/en/welcome-53.html

More information about Unity of Man:
http://unity-of-man.org/en/

Quote: “God is a combination…” by Kabir


 

For more information about Sant Kirpal Singh (Life, Mission, Teaching and Audio) and Unity of Man, please refer to:

http://www.sant-kirpal-singh.org/de/
Sant Kirpal Singh, – His life and mission
Sant Kirpal Singh Ji (1894 – 1974), a great Saint of the twentieth century was sent by God as the Saviour. He brought the message of hope for redemption and salvation to the receptive souls, taught them self-patience, love, and inner yearning. He taught the world over the virtues of forbearance, patience, forgiveness and godliness with deep reverence and became the head-crown of kings and paupers, rich and poor, sinners and pious.

http://www.kirpalsingh-teachings.org/index.php/en
Teachings of Sant Kirpal Singh
This website contains the basic informations about the universal teaching of Sant Kirpal Singh.
It contains a collection of Sant Kirpal Singh’s precious books, lectures and heart-to-heart talks and some videos which will be extended further on.

http://audio.sant-kirpal-singh.org/index.php/en/
Audio – Sant Kirpal Singh
This website hosts audio/video-files of Sant Kirpal Singh.

http://www.unity-of-man.org/en/
Unity of Man
Unity of Man is a spiritual movement striving to awake the public opinion to an awareness of unity and promoting inter-religious understanding. It was initiated by Sant Kirpal Singh in 1974 and continued afterwards by Dr Harbhajan Singh and his wife, Mrs. Biji Surinder Kaur. The movement is head quartered at Kirpal Sagar, India, a project for the service to man and spiritual development, and maintains a Centre for the West at St. Gilgen, Austria.

All good wishes to everyone
Didi

Background information about Unity of Man


Dear friends,

This is really a great video, not only technically, but also referring to its content.
Be welcome to watch this video and let it sink into your heart.
For you all a happy time.
Didi

More information on Unity of Man
http://unityofman.spiritualitaet.org/en/about-us.html

Unity of Man – Sant Kirpal Singh

The intention of the movement Unity of Man is to inspire man by the ideal set by Sant Kirpal Singh: Be good – Do good – Be one.

It invites all to unite in order to find out about the spiritual base of human nature and to promote a spirit of oneness.

The name Unity of Man carries the core message of Sant Kirpal Singh:
This human birth is our chance to realize the great truth of the oneness of life vibrating in the universe – Unity already exists, we only have forgotten it.

Respect for the whole creation and love and tolerance for each human being regardless of colour, creed or nationality are the practical shape of this ideal.

There is one hope for the world, and this hope lies in the spiritual link from man to man and nation to nation. This genuine hope will bring us together.

The problems of the world are not of political, but of spiritual nature, so we have to find the solution on the spiritual level, on the level of consciousness. The change will begin from man’s heart.
Harbhajan Singh

About Kirpal Sagar:
http://www.kirpal-sagar.org/en/
Kirpal Sagar is a place for man-making and man-service and fulfils all conditions in developing man into a real man. Sant Kirpal Singh’s motto, Be Good – Do Good – Be One, is practised here.

Teachings of Sant Kirpal Singh:
http://www.kirpalsingh-teachings.org/index.php/en
This website contains the basic information about the universal teaching of Sant Kirpal Singh. It presents a collection of Sant Kirpal Singh’s precious books, lectures and heart-to-heart talks and a selection of videos and pictures documenting the life and work of Sant Kirpal Singh.

About Spirituality:
http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/en/
In this website you may find answers to the questions “Spirituality – what it is” and “How to lead a spirituell life”.

The will of Lord


 

 


Sant Kirpal Singh

Divine will

The will of God pervades and sustains everywhere, but still remains indescribable. No one can know the will of God except the one who surrenders to His will and on whom God showers the glimpses of His will. By accepting the will of God, he attunes his own will to the will of God. When the will of man merges into the will of God, one experiences that the whole creation is the manifestation of God. He, who fully surrenders to the will of God, experiences all that is contained in His will.
Harbhajan Singh

 


Dr. Harbhajan Singh (We called him Bhaji = brother)

 

To make His will one’s own, is the means to achieve Him.

Will itself baffles all description. Still, to give an idea of it, Nanak explains it to some extent in Stanza 2 (of the Jap Ji). It may be defined as something making and unmaking the universe with a conscious entity at its back. The absolute is Wordless, Imageless and Nameless. When it came into being, it was called Word or Naam, which is the cause of all creation.

The Word might be taken as the All-pervading Spirit working out the world’s greatest phenomena. The Will is identical with this All-Pervading Spirit, but we must not imagine it as blind – for it is intelligent, sentient and purposive. This Ever-Active Will, enshrouded by the illusive matter, can only be revealed by attuning one’s will to it. All other means fail. Man’s ways are all in vain.
– From the book „The Jap Ji“ Sant Kirpal Singh

 

The Will of the Lord

Complete text can be read here:
http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/en/spirituality/divine-will/366-the-will-of-the-lord-2.html

The will of the God pervades and sustains everywhere, but still remains indescribable. No one can know the will of God except the one who surrenders to His will, on whom God showers the glimpses of His will. By accepting the will of God, he attunes his own will to the will of God. When the will of man merges into the will of God, one experiences that the whole creation is the manifestation of God.

He who fully surrenders to the will of God, experiences all that is contained in His will. Such one is called Satguru and He has known the Satpurusha. So the Satguru is self-consistent and self-contained. There is nothing outside and He sustains everywhere and in each one. He contains all that we need here and hereafter. Whatever He contains is to give and He gives for all the times. His gift is potent and positive, provides us the everlasting life and all that is needed for the everlasting life.

His will creates love, devotion and self-surrender. God is love and love is God and the way back to God is love. The extreme love creates fear and respect and out of fear and respect devotion develops. Devotion bears higher status in the heart of man than love, because it could change the heart of a person with fear and respect of the Master. The devotion creates yearning in the life of man. Out of yearning one surrenders to the will of God. So man goes through the various phases of love till he himself becomes Word-personified personality. That one will obey and remains surrendered to the will of God.

The man on the level of mind and senses creates doubt, fear, bigotry, otherness, etc. Only the fear of the God, which comes through the will of God, dispels all and one remains in the gracious protection of the Master that works overhead all the times.

Some in utter troublesome atmosphere do adjust and thank God and say, “It is the will of the Lord.” They are fortunate. “O God, bless us with the company of such people.”

While Guru Arjan Dev was sitting on hot plates, Hazrat Mian Mir, a Divine friend of Guru Arjan Dev, said unto Him, “I cannot bear all that you are going to bear. If you order me, I can separate the brick from the brick and separate the truth from the falsehood.” Guru Arjan Dev told him, “His will is sweet to me. His will is His order. Blessed are those on whom the will of God works graciously. Such ones I adore forever. They are worth of worshipping.”

Such ones bring the truth directly into the heart of man and that, too, without learning and yearning. So he who surrenders and hears the will of God in whatever way and situation it may come, is said to be the God-into-action Power. So without love, devotion, surrender, yearning and ruling passion, the will of God does not come.

Our soul has the power and has all potentialities and possibilities to hear the will of God, but because of its identification on the level of senses and sense-organs it is losing the chance to hear, though the will of God is innate and inherited. Compassion, forbearance, and tolerance are the forethoughts to move towards and accept the will of God. As nothing can be said about the will of God, so nothing we do against the mind and help ourselves to hear the will of God. This is misfortune. All Masters trained their mind to accept the will of God, thus remained unattached and superseded, and surpassed in the dire consequences in their lives. The mystery of the will of God dwelt in them in the form of radiation, bliss and grace of God, which they distributed free of hands to all those who deserved it. So lots of people benefited from it and still the will of God remained indescribable.

Whatever we see and experience is the outcome of His will and with whatever He blesses us to transcend and to see and experience from stages to stages, of which we are ignorant as yet, is also the manifestation of His will. It is but natural that one binds in a more positive and in a potent way with His will.

When we surrender to the Master, we experience lots of attributes of His will in the Word-personified Form. We experience that Guru is the Giver of all the gifts of our life. He is full of compassion and mercy.

Kabir tells He was sent to create, when there was no sun, no moon, no god, goddesses, and He created with His will. He tells about the whole creation and He came as Satsukrat, Munindar, Karunamae and Kabir in all the four ages. He was the Sat Purusha. Yet He tells that the whole manifestation is of His will, which is indescribable. His will means that He who created, only He knows, why and how He created. From there is no way than to love His will, for that we should love the creation which is the manifestation of His Will. Master tells us, “The world you see is the image of the One who created it, and while living therein you can see Him.”

When we accept His will by mouth and do not accept it from heart, our attention is bewildered. Masters tell us to obey His will by thoughts, deeds and actions, and with attention as well all the times, so that we experience that there is nothing lost or gained in this world. The one who does so, thanks Him while eating, while seeing, while sleeping, and while going through the hard experience and hard facts of life.

All that we do with attention is good and all that we do on the level of mind and senses – the outcome of which is ego and attachment – is bad. The former takes us to Godhood, the latter takes us to transmigration. In both the cases the will of God becomes prominent .

We create lots of doubts on the level of intellect and science. Has anybody seen the intellect? Only the work of the intellect is seen. So the will (of God) is not seen, its manifestation is seen. Whereas the intellect is limited and the will of God is beyond all descriptions. Intellect is part of the human body and man is the will of God. Discriminating power in man is the power with which one can know what is what. Without knowing what is what the intellect cannot work.

We love and respect somebody who is worthy of it, give food to our discriminating power, but doing otherwise we are led astray from our awareness. Whatever happens or mishappens is the will of God. The sinner repents over his sins and he is heard by the radiant form of the Master within; that Power manages to bring him to a competent Master. This is but the will of God. What we learn from the will of God is that His will is diffused everywhere and is the uncaused cause of all. There is unity among the whole creation, of whatever character each holds, since the whole creation binds back to the one primal cause and eternal principle.

The Will of God baffles all descriptions.
Guru Nanak refers to us to make His will our own will.

He who surrenders to His will, reaches his destination. There is no other possibility to merge into His will.
Ram Kali War M. 1

Saints lay more stress on devotion full of love since loving devotion sacrifices the heart and the place. All is holy where one kneels in devotion.
Dr. Harbhajan Singh

“Man! Know Thyself” – by Sant Kirpal Singh – Part 3


Dear friends,

This is the third smaller part of the very important subject: “Man know thyself!” – by Sant Kirpal Singh
which can be read also here:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/images/Man_know_thyself_ENGL.pdf

Peace and harmony in your heart
Didi

The Teachings of the Masters (Man-making)

A man, according to the Science of Para-Vidya, is not entitled to be called a man in the true sense of the word, unless he has full knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of his distinguished position in Creation, his several component parts – body, mind and soul – in order of comparative importance, and of his relationship to the Unseen Power, called God, which is to be achieved while he is living on this earth. He who does not understand this much has not even been introduced to the first lesson and is yet to begin the Alphabet of Man The Saints, therefore, impress upon us the need for ‘Man-making’.

Satsang

When scientifically observed facts drawn from practice and experiment are explained verbally to a gathering by a Master Saint, it is called Satsang (external). This Satsang constitutes the theoretical side of the teachings; whereas the actual demonstration given to develop and achieve inner advancement is the practical part, called meditation or Satsang (internal). Conscientious practice brings fruit within days or weeks and it is not necessary to wait years for results, though progress also depends to some extent on one’s past background. A true Master gives a first-hand inner experience at the very first sitting. When the practical side is neglected due to lack of firmness or determination, carelessness or pressure of circumstances, scholars of many religious schools dwell more and more upon theory alone. The decline of the science then commences and man finds no solace. This is usually the case when a master leaves the body. Adequate provision however is made for the revival of this science in every age, when both the positive and negative powers commence their rounds again: the former through the agency of Master-souls, while the latter works through persons – so-called masters – who lack practical experience or are lost in theoretical disputations. Master-souls, though quite ordinary men in appearance, are a great deal more. Just as it is difficult for us to judge a scientist, a doctor or an engineer until they speak out or display their skill and knowledge, so too we cannot recognize the knowledge and authority of a Master until we have experienced the Divine Power working through Him.

In this science there is no secrecy or mystery. The objective is constructive and beneficial to all, and so the Saints have torn aside the curtain of secrecy which usually covers mystic teachings to make them available to each and every one who calls. There is an Unseen Power working through the Saints. Why this Power prefers to remain concealed from the human eye is a question to be asked directly by contacting the human pole through whom this Power is working. This is the only medium of approach to this Power. If we wish to use electric energy we must go to a switch or pole which will put us in contact with the powerhouse. The Unseen Power may be called a Sea of Love. When we wish to bathe in the sea, we go to the edge where the shallow waters begin and then say that we have bathed in the sea. Thus, to experience this Power and to derive benefit from it, we must go to the only source of contact – a Master Saint.

Sant Kirpal Singh – right understanding


 
 

 
 

For more information:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/en/

http://www.kirpalsingh-teachings.org/index.php/en

http://unityofman.spiritualitaet.org/en/
 
 

Kirpal Sagar – all Religions peacefully together under one roof


Dear friends,

In 2007 there was a World Conference on Unity of Man and it was the first time in mankind’s history that symbols of truth of all religions side by side were revealed in Kirpal Sagar during this unique celebration.

This is an example that all religions can live together in co-existence in harmony – as there is only One God for all – we all are His children. God created man but man created religions. They all are a help for us to think of God, remember Him and it is not meant to fight against each other (one religion against another). Only ego says: this is better, this is higher – we are all in the same school of life, and aren’t we living on the same planet?…

May we all open our hearts
Didi

 

Satsang, one of the three pillars of spirituality (part 7 – last part)


 

 

 

(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

 
 

The Master prays, “O God, You are the highest of the highest. We are wearing physical bodies, astral bodies, causal bodies, supercausal (bodies). We are on the earth, You are in the sky. How can we meet You, unless we rise up to that level?” You see? “Is there any remedy for that?” They say, “How to come up to that level where You are, nearer to You?” That (remedy) is the company of the Saints, when you become receptive.
Masters tell us in detail everything that is given in the scriptures. To have the right interpretation thereof, you must have somebody who has experienced that (mentioned in the scriptures). I have just been explaining to you one pillar (Satsang) of the three pillars which are most important in the Surat Shabd Yoga.

They (the Masters) give you a contact with Sat Naam within you, and in the company of the “Word made flesh” you have a boost. All other Masters also say the same thing, in their own languages, of course: “To come into contact with the God-into-expression-Power is coming in contact with the water of life, the nectar of life. That is the bread of life.” That comes from where? From heaven. “Whosoever partaketh of it shall have everlasting life.” This (inner) contact can be given by whom? By Him who is already “Word made flesh” – no intellectual can give you that. Of course, if he who is the mouthpiece of that Godpower is a learned man, he will tell you these things, giving so many instances from literature and elsewhere. Even if he does not have any degrees of outward education, He can give you a contact. You can have that by radiation by coming near in the field of action or the area. That’s the only difference.

So man-body is the highest in all creation. In this man-body, the ultimate goal is to have a beatific vision of God. That’s all – before we die!

Amongst the Hindus, there is a custom that when a man is just ready to die, people light a candle and put it on the palm of the dying man and tell him to look into the flame of this candle. The mantra which they read out means, “This light will accompany you hereafter.” The light and the palm of the dying man remain here. What is (the value of) that candle which is outward? “Take heed that the light which is within you is not darkness”, that’s all.

Do you now see the beauty of the Surat Shabd Yoga you have got? No other yoga can vie with it; they have their own scope. That’s right.

What is to be done? When you have got it (the inner contact), enjoy it. Make it a point, you see. That is the most important and most personal question, private work that you have got. We do not find time for that, and for worldly things, which will not accompany us, we put in (time) from morning till night. Then we come and say we have got not time to attend to that (spiritual practices). At least, in that case, if you have got “no time”, then surely you will have time to repent, to cry, to shed tears, at a time when nothing can be done.

So that is why all Masters enjoin, “Catch the time by the forelock. Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

That does not affect your (outer) labels ethically. You are a man, you see; man-body is the temple of God: you are simply to invert (your attention). How to invert? That demonstration is given by a Master; follow it accurately! Every Saint has his past and every sinner a future. So, please, “Time and tide wait for no man.” You know? “Time and tide wait for no man.” Time is passing away. Make the best use of the time at your disposal. What has passed is past; what will come in the future, we will see. Live in the living present. Let no second pass, no minute pass without it (inner remembrance).

This (inversion of attention) is what the Masters want from those who come to them, who are sent by God to them, of course. “It is He who sends and it is He in Him (the Master) who gives, not the son of man.” We respect that son of man (living human pole) through whom this thing (inner contact) is given and in whom He (God) is manifest. Wherever such Masters put their feet, those become the places of pilgrimage. He is the “moving (place of) pilgrimage” on earth. Wherever He sits, that becomes a place of pilgrimage. Make the best use of the radiation you receive in the company of a Saint. Whatever you have got, put more time into it by regular practices. Snatch away as much time as you can for that purpose, because that is your and your only work. That will help you here and hereafter – in both the worlds. All other things will leave you, but the Word and the Word made flesh will never leave you, not even after death. He will be extending all feasible help and protection to you wherever you are, near and far, that makes no difference. All Masters, all scriptures say these things.

 

 

Satsang, one of the three pillars of spirituality (part 6)


 

 

 

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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.

The science of the soul – (Part 4 – last part)


 

 

 

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

 

The science of the soul – (Part 4 last part)

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We have just seen that as a counterweight to both the faculties of mind, that of sight and audition, the providence has provided us with a treasure of divinity within which can be unearthed to our advantage with the aid of a competent Master. So mind can be controlled only with the grace of the Master, who attunes it with something substantial within – the light and voice of God. We should always try to sit at ease at the eye focus, the resting place of the soul during waking hours, and try to get the mystic experience which the Master vouchsafes to all who come to Him.

The search without causes a lot of pain and sorrow. The well of life-giving nectar is within and one need dip therein.

With all our gratifications at the sensual level, we get nowhere. “Desire is the root cause of all misery,” exclaimed Buddha. It is the intense craving for the enjoyment of the senses which leads to untold misery and agony. It is a perverted viewpoint that we try to satisfy our thirst for enjoyment by our (outer) indulgence. Even in the field of spiritual discipline, many souls continue looking for the Lord outside in the scriptures, places of pilgrimage, ascetic living, or in other good acts, all of which mean searching the self outside, ignoring the fact that the fountain of bliss and immortality known as Amritsar (the pool of nectar) is within, and can be properly tapped with the grace of a Master-saint. The bliss-giving holy Naam, or the Word, is within the body; and we waste our precious time and energy in its pursuit in the wrong direction. The divine source of immortality is within us all, and those who introvert and recede within do sip the elixir of life; and by drinking that, all their cravings come to an end. The holy initiation into this mystic science by the living Master gives a foretaste of the wine from the divine cup-bearer, who doles out and administers it under the divine commandment. No worldly enjoyments can equal the ineffable grandeur which lies far beyond the ken of human comprehension and apprehension.

After we have known that the very fountainhead of perpetual bliss and harmony is within us, and fortunately having been blessed with holy initiation by the gracious Master, the next question is how to derive the maximum benefit. The succeeding verses provide an answer to this question.

Leaving all vices, become an abode of all virtues. Whenever you fall into the vices, it behoves you sincerely to repent.

Herein lies the secret of spiritual discipline. To err is one thing, but to go on repeating past mistakes is unpardonable. Most people have no idea whatsoever of their doings. In the whirlwind of passions, we seldom care to look within and pause to consider about our lapses or shortcomings. Many of us do not know the maladies with which we are affected. This is why daily self-introspection is recommended, for unless we know of our faults, we cannot take the next step of weeding them out. Ethical life precedes Spirituality. It is only during the silent moments of deep thought and meditation that one comes to find these hidden thieves constantly keeping us in perpetual bondage. Every action has a reaction. It is a universal law. It works everywhere. The spiritual aspirant is necessarily required to keep a stern watch over his thoughts, words, and deeds. The evil has its roots deep down in the unfathomable past and grows strong with the present actions. You should know it for certain that the past cannot be undone, but one can take a stand somewhere. It is only possible when we have something more fascinating and more abiding than the sense objects that keep us in fascination. Mind loves to enjoy, and all enjoyments derived at the sensual level are but a reflection of the attention of the self within. The gross vices that at present hold a charm should be weeded out by self-analysis and self-introspection. These should be replaced with their opposites, the ennobling virtues, by leading a well regulated life. Regular meditations and continued self-examination help a lot in this direction. The changeover cannot, of course, be accomplished overnight; but patient and persistent efforts do go a long way in achieving the desired results. We may fall and fail here and there; but with each failure, we get more strength to fight and overcome the evil. A sincere repentance and prayer for divine help and guidance make us invincible in the long run. Thus, by continued vigilance and check, we can get good dividends. The mind is a treacherous gamester. With every loss it craves for more gain. Unless we stop eating any more poison, we cannot possibly wash off the poison in our bones and blood.

Man does not differentiate between good and evil with the result that he again and again goes deep into the quagmire of delusion.

This is our true state of affairs. We can hardly foresee the results of our doings and foolishly cling to the pleasurable sensations, caring little for the consequences. Having been fully engrossed in the lures and temptations of the physical life, we are unwillingly going down in the scales of moral values. Our flight is like that of an ignorant man held fast in the quicksands of time who at every step forward goes deeper into the treacherous sands. A mighty hand of some friend may come to our rescue and pull us out of this condition of helplessness. Our mighty little soul is woefully entangled in the physical limitations; and only the gracious Master, in the form of the holy Naam, may come to our rescue. Otherwise, there is no hope for our safety. Like muck-worms, we are rushing in the mud. In spite of it, O Lord, have pity and take us out!

Within thee is the dross of false attachments. How can the washing of the body help?

The water can wash off dirt from the body, but not from the mind polluted with vices. There are many vices lying hidden in the mind including those of falsehood and greed. These are the dormant latencies of the mind and require a strenuous effort for eradication. Falsehood does not simply mean telling lies, but it means and includes the great gulf between what is in one’s head and heart and what one says and does. Many persons come up and take the spiritual course as a fancy, but inwardly with some ulterior worldly motive. They fail to attain their goal. We should be true to ourselves, and delve deep into our hearts to find out as to what is the underlying factor for which we are taking up the holy path. The Master is competent to grant us anything we cherish of this or of the other world. But He advises us always to keep our target high; that is spiritual perfection. Greed is equally a strong fetter. It should be overcome by renunciation. Greed breeds hatred and feeds fat the latent ego. It blinds the inner eye and thickens the dark veil. A spiritual aspirant should always feel grateful for the manifold blessings, which are granted to him by the grace of the Master. If we awake to the sacred truth and comprehend the grandeur of the holy Naam granted by the Master, we will be dumbfounded with its divine ecstasy.

Let the peerless Naam be ever with the Gurmukh. This will make manifest all the inner secrets.

This holy Naam is immaculately pure and its constant practice confers the greatest blessings. One must, however, try to be a Gurmukh, the mouthpiece of the Guru, in his daily life. It means that we should follow the behests of the Master implicitly. The term Gurmukh has a special significance in the sacred terminology of the Saints. It literally means the mouthpiece of the Master or a prototype of the Master. We should always yearn for spiritual perfection, which the Master has set before us by precept and action. One with all his attainments should never consider oneself as perfect, because there are innumerable spiritual realms, one over the other, as so many mansions in the palace of the Father. Always look up for the charming radiant form of the Master within, and follow Him lovingly. The holy meditation on Naam will open up many a new region, and divine grace will fill in with abundance.

Give up covetousness, censure of others, love of mortal things, and take to the search of truth through the Word of the Master.

The Master repeats His admonition in yet stronger terms. We should give up the habit of useless talk for and against others. Censure means criticism, but Masters have gone a step further. They include in it both praise and dispraise. Whatever we talk about has a bearing on our character. If we talk about the evils of a person, naturally these will gradually begin to reflect on ourselves. Similarly, if we give undue importance to somebody, it will lead to misrepresentation, for we cannot possibly know the intrinsic worth of a person. It is, therefore, enjoined that we should always be calm, cool, and collected within. Nothing is perfect save the gracious Master on whose chosen human pole that divine power works. If there is anyone who commands our reverence and adoration, he is the Master. And it is our own mind with all its blemishes that deserves scrutiny and censure. If we throw a brick-bat into a pool of dirty water, we are sure to soil our own clothes. So we must always be cautious in this respect and always dwell on our own selves by keeping our faculties well under control by self-examination and spiritual discipline. The holy words of the Master when cultivated carefully will bring much reward.

Redeem us, O Lord, in any way it pleaseth Thee. Thy servant Nanak adores the holy Shabd.

Humility is the highest watermark in spirituality. Guru Nanak concludes the hymn by invoking the Lord to take any course that pleaseth Him and prays for redemption from the whirlwind of lusts and passions. I always adore and appreciate the greatness of the holy Shabd – the God-into-Expression Power – that has blessed me with this rare union. So the Naam, or the audible life stream, is the central theme of the teachings of the Masters, through whose grace one finds everlasting peace and harmony. In fact, the living Master is Word personified, as it is through Him that the divine word is made manifest to us and helps us in attaining perfection in due course.

Satsang, one of the three pillars of spirituality (part 5)


 

 

 

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

 
 
Further Soamiji says, “What is the whole creation? It is the expression of God. It all came out of Him. There is no place where He is not.”

The world, you see, is His expression only. The Masters give us an example: there is a tree that is a perfumed tree. When you rub a piece of the wood of that tree, it gives you perfume. Sandal, sandalwood, it is called. Soamiji says, “The whole world is a sandalwood tree.” It is said that the poisonous snakes are in contact with the sandalwood tree, lying around the tree – to give them some peace, or some satisfaction, you might say, or some cooling effect. When these snakes bite or sting somebody, the man who is stung feels like fire in that place, he gets a burning pain. Those snakes remain attached to the tree. Soamiji says, “If you want to have the juice of that tree, how will you have it? The only way is to cut the snakes with your sword and have the juice of the tree.” This is an example to show that this whole universe is the sandalwood tree – it is all God’s expression; but this delusion, the snake of delusion, is all around the tree. So what is the way out? How to rise above, come out of the delusion?

Soamiji says, “With the sword of ‘Gyan'”. What then is “Gyan”? “Knowledge”. “Gyan” is not just literary findings, but it is just rising above body-consciousness and coming in contact with the God-into-expression-Power and see Him. This is the true meaning of the word “Gyan”.

He says, “Take the sword of ‘Gyan'” – that is, rise above body-consciousness, – “and you will see. You will have that enjoyment of God within you.”

All Masters tell us how to come out of this delusion by rising above body-consciousness, which is the source of all delusion, because you are identified with the body, which is changing every moment of life; and the world around us, being made of matter, is also changing at the same rate as our body is changing. Because we are identified with this (body), the world appears to be stationary. If you come out of that delusion, you will find that your inner eye is open; you will see that it is all an expression of God outside. So, this is the way.

What will happen if you come in contact (with God), have a conscious, beatific vision of God? The result will be that all your sins which you have committed in the past up to this date, ever since you left the Father’s Home (Sach Khand), will be washed away.

He (Soamiji) gives an example: there are great stores of wood and if you just put a little fire in them, they will burn down to ashes. Similarly, you have got innumerable sins ever since you left the House of the Father. If you take a little bit of the light that the Master gives you, all of these sins will be burned away with it. The reason is that when you become a conscious co-worker of the divine plan, the ego is lost, who will suffer? In all other actions, good or bad, we are the doer: “As we sow, so shall we reap.” If you see that it is that Power which is working, not we, we are mere puppets in His hands, naturally there is nobody to bear the fruit of it. “As you sow, so shall you reap.” There is nobody to reap it because you have become a conscious co-worker of the divine plan. So, you can get that light from the Master. By coming in contact with that God-into-expression-Power, the two aspects of which are light and sound, you will burn away all your sins, accumulated ever since you have left the Father’s Home.

Masters always say, “Please, whatever you have been given, just stick to it like anything.” Now, Guru Ram Das says, “This is what the Master gives you.” And the Master – what is He? He is “Word made flesh.” He is light personified, He is sound personified. When you come near Him, that very thing which He personifies – the “Word made flesh” in its two aspects of light and sound – that radiates from the body of the Saint, the Master. If you just sit in that field or area and you become receptive, you will have that radiation. As is the case with perfumed flowers, if you sit by them – near them – you will get perfume, isn’t it so? Without touching them! If there is a room and you keep some perfumed flowers in it, the whole room will be perfumed. They say, “What to do? Just sit in the company, have a Satsang in the company of such Saints who are ‘Word made flesh’, and be receptive to them” not being like the man sitting in the church and thinking of the play-ground!

Satsang, one of the three pillars of spirituality (part 4)


 

 

 

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

 
 
Now … that is why they are just under delusion and always receiving impressions from outside. The man whose fate is like that, how can he escape from receiving impressions from outside, through the outgoing faculties? Whoever is in that state of affairs, naturally he is affected by outside life – all these impressions from outside. He has already become unclean or black-sooted, you see. In a house where there is black soot all around him, naturally he will have that very black colour. Those who do not yearn for God – why is it so? Because, on account of that, first, they are under a grand delusion; and moreover, from day-to-day, they are gathering impressions from outside. They are already black, and more black is being added. So they cannot even recognize the Masters, too, as I told you before. But those whose inner eye is opened see God working in all creation. We are waylaid by the outer changes of the world, as I told you yesterday. And all at once somebody passes away: “What is all that?” Such people (whose single eye is open) see this changing panorama – the body is also changing and we have to leave this body some day – but they are not affected. They are in the world: their boat is in the water, but water is not in the boat. (Do you see) the reason why? The boat has so many holes in it; if they are all closed, then the water won’t enter the boat, and the man sitting in the boat won’t be drowned. If there are holes, then the water will enter, and the boat will sink; and along with that, the man also sinks.

This man-body is the boat given to us to cross over the ocean of life. If there are other outlets from outside, which are our outgoing faculties, through which all impressions can come within us. As I told you the other day, about eighty percent of the impressions are received through the eyes. Fourteen percent from the ears, and the other from other senses. So, naturally, every day, from day-to-day, from hour-to-hour, he (the average person) is just under delusion, more delusion, and (still) more delusion. But those who rise above these outgoing faculties, with the grace of God or with the grace of the God-in-man, don’t receive impressions from outside. They use these outgoing faculties at their will and pleasure, whereas the average man is being dragged away by these outgoing faculties. Outward enjoyments drag the outgoing faculties, and the outgoing faculties drag the mind. Mind is dragging our soul. The Masters, when they come, give the right way out: they give you a first-hand demonstration of how to rise above body-consciousness and all of your outgoing faculties. When you have a permanent seat here (behind the physical eyes), then outward impressions do not affect you: there are no holes in the boat to drown you. The boat may fill with the water of impressions from outside. So the Masters are in the world – they appear to be in the world – but they are not of it. This is what you get from the society, from the Satsang, from the company of the Saints. This is what they give you. They also give you higher contact with the nectar, the water of life, by raising you above these outgoing faculties at the back of the (physical) eyes. That (contact with the water of life within) has more taste; and when mind gets more taste within, all of the other enjoyments leave; he is not affected by the outer enjoy­ments. This is the blessing that you have at the feet of the Master, from the Satsang.

Satsang does not mean your bodies are sitting by Him and your minds are wandering outside. I give you an example of two friends. They were going out, and one had a strong mind to attend church. The other friend said, “I want to go to the play-ground.” Each had his own way. One went to the church; the other went to the play-ground. Now, the man sitting in the church was thinking, “My friend must be kicking the football.” His body was there, but his mind was elsewhere. The man in the play-ground was thinking, “He must be saying his prayers now.” So who is the better of the two? To sit by the Master just like that does not give you an effect. You don’t even receive the radiation because you are not receptive. So, Master defines how to attend a Satsang.

Soamiji says, “Hold a Satsang, attend some Satsang meeting.” How? “When you go there, forget the world outside. When you sit there, forget all environment – who is sitting by you. When you sit there, you forget your body, too. Your whole attention should be absorbed! Eyes are the windows of the soul!” Masters define how to attend a Satsang! Instead, when attending so many Satsangs, why do we not derive full benefit? Because our bodies are there, of course, but we are not there: our attention is outside – in the play-ground. So, Soamiji says the right way to attend the Satsang is just like that (with full, absorbed attention). To be at a Satsang (physically) is not sufficient; your mind may be wandering outside, while your body is there. Another man sits there – whole-hearted, with whole attention: “The eyes are the windows of the soul” – (and absorbs) by radiation. If you are receptive, you will be affected (by radiation). So, Soamiji says, this is how we can derive full benefit from the company of the Satsang.
 
 

The science of the soul – (Part 3)


 

 

 

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

 

The science of the soul – (Part 3)

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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…

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


 

 

 

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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.

 
 
 

What is God, and how can we know Him? – by Sant Kirpal Singh


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

 

Master Kirpal
This is the first of four talks given during Sant Kirpal Singh’s First World Tour in Philadelphia[/caption]

 

What is God, and how can we know Him?

“He is One, He is the First. He is all that is. His name is Truth. He is the Creator of all,
fearing naught striking fear in naught. His form on lands and waters is Eternity; the One Self-existent.
Through the grace of His true servant, continually repeat His Name. He was in the beginning; He is through all ages,
And He shall be the One who lives forever more.”

Let me introduce myself, I have come to you as a man to man. I am just as any of you are. Of course, each man has got the same privileges from God. I developed in a way that concerns my own Self. What I learned at the feet of my Master about my own Self, the real Self, I will put before you so that those who are seeking after Truth may find some guidance.

As a child, I had that awareness in me: “What is the mystery of life?” I sought to find the solution in books. I may tell you that I had the opportunity of going through almost two libraries and also going through the holy scriptures of almost all the religions, or the majority of them, I would say. There were very good descriptions given there, but I could not find the practical solution of my problem.

What I came to know at the feet of my Master, I will be putting before you in the course of four talks. The subject of each talk will be a little bit different.

Today we will deal with “God and Man.” The next three talks will deal with “Higher Values of Life,” “Kingdom of God,” and lastly “The Most Natural Way to Enter the Kingdom of God.”

From a careful and unbiased study of the sacred books of the world we find that there is one Reality, which is our goal. That Reality is termed God and by various other names.

God made man and man made worldly religions. Such religions were made for the uplift of man. We have to make the best use of them so that ultimately we may know ourselves and then know God.

Religion has two aspects: One is the social side, or the outward side. The other aspect is the inner religion, the spiritual side. We have to start with outer forms of religions. Man is social; he must remain in some society.

Each society has its own various ceremonies and rituals, its own scriptures, its own mode of saying prayers. This is the non-essential side. We have to remain in’ some social religion because man is a social being – and to remain in some social religion is a blessing. But that is an elementary step – our going to churches or other holy places of worship, saying prayers, reading the scriptures, observing certain ceremonies, and rituals. All these go to create love in us for God.

But if our performance of rituals, reading of the scriptures or attending the churches or other holy places of worship does not even create in us love of God and constitutes mere mental gymnastics, these lead us nowhere. That does not mean that you are not to live in any social religion. You are to do so. If you revolt against it, you will have to form another society.

Suppose there are ten thousand people of your views. Then you will have to form a separate society and make certain rules to go by. After some time you find that a certain rule has proved defective and must be amended. So you go on amending the rules.

All the same this has to do with your outer selves. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Similarly, social religions were made for man, but man was not made for social religions. The purpose of remaining in any social religion is just to know oneself and then to know God. That is one aspect of religion. The other aspect is the observance of certain rituals and ceremonies. These vary in different religions, but you will find their purpose is nearly the same.

For example, in some churches to sit bareheaded is a mark of respect. In India, to sit with one’s head covered is a sign of respect. That is a custom there. Apparently, there is a difference between the two observances, but the purpose is the same. Both signify that whenever you sit in the presence of God, just remembering Him, you should sit in a respectful posture.

These are, however, non-essentials. The purpose is the same, no doubt. Apparently, some differences exist, but those differences do not affect in any way the purpose of the church.

Those who follow the letter of the rule, simply forget the spirit and fight only for the apparent differences. In Arabia, where there is a dearth of water, there is a custom that whenever you say prayers, you should just wash your hands, feet, face, and then sit for prayers. In other countries where there is an abundance of water, they say that until you take a bath, it will not be right to sit for prayers. That is only an apparent difference on account of the climatic or geographical conditions of the place.

We have to live in some social religion. So it is better to remain where you are. Do not change, if it can be helped. While there, what should you do? Just read the holy scriptures – the sayings of the Masters – you have, and try to understand what they say, and live up to them.
This is what you find: All Masters who came in the past were the children of Light, and came to give Light to the world. They did not come for any special religion or special country. They came for all humanity.

It is now time to cast aside the trivial differences that exist – the non-essentials. We should just look to the purpose for which they were made, and open our eyes to the Reality that we are all worshipping the same God. These were meant to represent that Reality which exists.

Now you will find, from the standpoint of all religions, that God the absolute is beyond what is known and manifested. That is something even beyond what is supporting and creating all creation. That Reality is at the back of everything. Can we search Him or find Him? No. He cannot be searched. He is unsearchable.

Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty? The Almighty is inexpressible and cannot be expressed in words.

Names are simply given by the Masters to express that Reality, which is really inexpressible. He is the Changeless One. You find: “Forever more, O Lord, Thy Word existed in Heaven.” Forever more – that is the lasting Reality and that is the Changeless One. Ultimately, it is unconditioned and undivided. He is the Nameless One.

All names are holy. We have respect for all names, although God is the Nameless One. By whatever name you call Him with devotion and faith, He will make appearance and you will come in contact with Him. But names refer to a Reality that cannot be expressed in words.

All Masters have tried to express that Reality, each defining in his own way. Almost all definitions of God are parallel. They all say that God is the first and the last, from which nothing can be excluded, and to which nothing can be added. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and the primal cause – the causeless cause – the seat of all things; existence in itself. That cannot be created. That is is already in existence.

In the Koran, the Prophet Mohammed says: “There is no variableness in God, since He is eternal, immortal, infinite.”

That is unchangeable permanence and everlasting Reality. These words only seek to express, however imperfectly, the great Reality that is at the back of all.

Ever since the Masters first came, they have been trying to express that Reality and chanting praises of the Lord – these have formed the subject of our holy scriptures. But still they say He is as unsaid as ever. For thousands of years, the Masters have been explaining in their own words whatever is possible.

How can the inexpressible be expressed in words? That is the subject of experience you may have, through contact with that Reality. But if even our outer emotions cannot be described in words, how can that Reality be expressed in words? That is why it has always been said that God is inexpressible. There is the same Reality working throughout all creation. Until we have had some experience of that Reality, we will not know what it is like. What we now know is only what is given in books: we have had no first-hand experience of it.

All Masters say: It is the beginning and the end. In Isaiah it is stated: I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.

Again, we find: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.., which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

These are definitions given to show that Reality is unchangeable permanence, which has no beginning and no end. God has no beginning and no end.

But until we have an experience of Reality, we cannot be convinced. Ever since the world began, Masters have been coming and giving explanations to the best of their ability to the people. But with all that they always said that He is as unsaid as ever.

Guru Nanak has put it very aptly:

He is One, He is the First. He is all that is.
His name is Truth. He is the Creator of all,
fearing naught striking fear in naught.
His form on lands and waters is Eternity; the One Self-existent.
Through the grace of His true servant, continually repeat His Name.
He was in the beginning; He is through all ages,
And He shall be the One who lives forever more.

You see that he says the same thing. All Masters, as they have said, had experience of that Reality. Of course, when they gave their descriptions, they expressed It in their own language and in their own way. But you will find that the salient features of whatever they expressed are the same.

Then further Guru Nanak says:

He is beyond thought.
No thinking can conceive Him.

Now the question is: Can we search for Him within the finite pale of our intellect? No, He is beyond thought, no thinking can conceive Him. Not even if the minds of men should think for ages and ages. Then how can we know God? Our bodies, emotions and intellects should first be stilled. Only then the revelation will dawn, you will then know who you are. When you know who you are, you will be able to know and see what God is. That is why Guru Nanak said if you want to grasp Him within the pale of your finite intellect, He cannot be seen.

It is something like the story of the tortoise of the river, who went into a pond. There was another tortoise there. The river tortoise said, “Look here, the sea is very great and has no end.” The tortoise in the pool just stepped back and said: “Is it so much?” “No,” said the other, “It is still greater.” Then again he stepped back a little more, and questioned: “Is it so much?” And the other answered, “No, it is still greater.” Then, he went around the whole pool of water and said, “Is it so much?” The other said, “No, it is still greater.”

The tortoise of the pool was all wrong, you see, because his experience only extended to that pool of water, nothing more. Similarly, the Masters have always been saying that Divine Knowledge was limitless and they cannot expect to do justice to the subject.

The Lord is God. If you call Him anything, you simply want to bring Him within the finite ambit of your intellect. When that Reality is infinite, how can we express It in finite terms? This is what all Masters have been saying. Further, Guru Nanak says: He cannot be conceived.

The Upanishads say: To grasp that Reality within the pale of your intellect is as impossible as trying to quench your thirst by drinking wine. At another place, it is said: . . . or just as if you can squeeze out oil from sand. Both are impossible. Similarly, to bring Him within your intellect, and understand Him fully is not possible.

The Masters did give us something to understand That which could not be expressed in words. By their grace we can just form some idea about Him. They bring us in contact with that Reality when we enter into the Kingdom of God. Then we have some experience of Him. After that we can say there is something.

Guru Nanak says: I am just like a fish in the ocean. I do not know which is one end or the other. Similarly, we cannot grasp Him within our finite intellects.

Nor can He be known by gaining the worlds, for man’s desire is never
satiated, even though all the worlds laden with gold fall to his share.
No human thoughts can carry man far.
The movements of his mind, the thousand acts of wisdom of the world leave him dark, nothing avails.
Vain are the ways of man. How then to find Him? Man feels helpless.

Ever since the world began, all Masters have been saying the same thing. We have so many scriptures at our command, so many pages of the books of God that have been written. There will be many more as each Master comes and describes his contact with God or Reality. From their God intoxication, they pour out whatever comes, of high inspiration, just to give us the knowledge of Reality they have seen. Man has been trying to follow that but has failed.

Then, how can we see Him? Ever since the world began, this has been the fate of man. Unless we see God, the question remains, what is God?

Kabir says there is one Reality in all, supporting all creation, immanent in every form. With That immanent in every form, why do we differ? Why are there so many wars, so many religions everywhere?

The reason is that when a Master came he had some experience of that Reality. To the people who met him, he simply gave them a first-hand experience of that Reality. When he left the scene – to err is human, you see – some persons gathered together and they had their own way of thinking. So changes occurred.

Again, another Master came, he found dross was added to Reality, to the teachings of the earlier Master. He thrashed out that dross and again let the people know the truth about Reality, to some extent. Again, another religion started.

The Masters never started any creed. They only gave out to the people: There is one God and you should love Him. How can you love anybody until you see him, get some good out of him? Mere feelings or emotions are simply inferences arrived at by intellectual wrestling. They will not give you any definite satisfaction. They will be wavering. Sometimes you may accept these inferences, but they are all subject to error. Unless you see Reality, come in contact with It first-hand and derive the bliss of It, ineffable and direct, enjoy happiness within – only then will you have love for Him, after having tasted the elixir of that Reality.

When the Masters come what do they tell us? St. John says: God cannot be seen with thine eyes. But then you find that some Masters said they saw God. The question was put to Guru Nanak: “Do you see God?” He replied: “I see God. He is everywhere.” Christ also said: “Behold the Lord.” He pointed to the Lord, saying: “There, behold Him.” No reasoning.

The same question was also put by Swami Vivekananda. He was initially an atheist and challenged everybody: “Is there a God? Is there any man who has seen God?”

In those days, there was a man of realization, Paramahansa Ramakrishna, and he was asked to go to him. Vivekananda went to him and asked: “Master, have you seen God?” The sage replied: “Yes, my child, I see Him as I see you, even more clearly than that.” And he came in time to be a great theist. In the latter days of his life, Vivekananda confessed: “Because of that Godman I was saved.”

You will find that those who profess to be theists are, truly speaking, not so. We have simply learnt in our scriptures that there is God. We have heard this many times, but we have not seen Him. Unless we see something, we cannot be convinced.

When difficulties arise, the vicissitudes of life come up and we have to pass through them, we are bewildered and ask “Is there a God?” We become sceptics. But once you have seen, you have had some experience of Reality, you cannot have any doubt.

The Masters say: “We see Him.” But what are those eyes with which He can be seen?

Shams-i-Tabrez, a Muslim saint, tells us that we should be able to see God with our own eyes and hear His voice with our own ears. You find in the Bible: We have eyes and see not.

What are those eyes? Guru Nanak was asked: “You say you see God everywhere.” He replied: “Those eyes with which you see God are different.” What are those eyes with which you can see God? Those are not outer eyes, but that eye which is within each one of us. That eye is called by Christ the “Single Eye.” The eye is the light of the body. If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. The Hindu scriptures and sayings of other Masters tell us of the Third Eye, or the latent eye. That eye is within each one of us. That one eye is not of the flesh and bone, as those we have outside on our faces.

Guru Nanak defines a blind man as not the one who does not have eyes on his face, but one whose inner eye is not open to see the Light of God.

God cannot be expressed. That absolute state can be had only when you rise into that Reality. But when this Supreme Power is the cause of all creation, immanent in all forms, supporting and maintaining them, It expresses itself in two ways – Light and Sound – and that expression of the God-power is an actual experience of Godmen within. It is said, God is Light. The Mohammedans also say that God is “Noor,” i.e., Light. They say that one who goes above and beyond the physical body and sees the Light of God within is a true Muslim. The Christian can also be defined in the same way; one who sees the Light within is a true Christian. The tenth Guru of the Sikhs says the same thing: Those who see the effulgent Light of God within are true Sikhs, or true “fakirs.” They are pure ones. You will find the same definitions given in all religions, in all the holy scriptures: Have you seen the Light within you? Again, they have said: If you shut the doors of the temple of the body, you will see the Light of Heaven. It is a possibility.

All the scriptures tell us of the Light of God within. The Voice of God also reverberates in each one of us. There is a way in which we may have an experience of that Reality and its expression. That is the way back to God. Has our closed inner eye been opened or not? That is the question. Unless that inner eye be opened, we cannot see the Light of God within us. It is a question of introversion and inversion.

The ultimate goal of all religions is God, and that we should be able to see God. Leaving the non-essentials, what do they tell us? They say, Love thy God. This is said by all the religions. When you see and come in contact with God, only then, truly speaking, can you love God. At present, your loving God is practically impossible. Simply on the emotional side, you sometimes say certain things, but you have no contact with that Reality, and true love does not arise, and does not last.

When the Pharisees and the Sadducees went to Christ they returned in silence, because an intellectual man speaking to a man of realization cannot stand before him. While the latter sees certain things and then speaks, the intellectual man simply quotes verses from the holy scriptures which he has read, and afterwards he cannot reconcile things.

Naturally, when they came to Christ, they became quiet. Then they gathered together and came up to Him.
“Now, Master, what is the greatest commandment in the law?” What did he say? Jesus said unto them:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy
soul and with all thy might. This is the first and greatest of all
commandments. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love
thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all
the law and the prophets.

The ultimate teaching of all social religions is just to love God. As God resides in every heart, love all humanity, all creation. For the love of God, you are to love all humanity. If we have love for all humanity, all other commandments follow. He whom you love, are you going to kill him? Are you going to rob him of his property? Are you going to bear false witness against him? No, not in the least.

So on these two commandments hang all other commandments. The Sermon on the Mount, the Eightfold Path of the Buddha, the Niyama yama and Sadachar of the Hindus all speak of the same thing, in their own languages and, of course, in their own ways.

If we live up to what the scriptures say, there will be peace on earth, and the Kingdom of God will surely come on earth. Then there will be no danger of any war. What a pity: these things are given in our holy scriptures, but we follow, if at all, the letter of the law at the cost of the spirit. That is the cause of discord.

All Masters came to unite men, not to separate man from man. They were the lovers of God, and they taught men how to love all humanity. You will see, this is one side of the thing that we have before us. We are to love all humanity because God resides in every heart.

The holy scriptures, with all the rest of the sayings about the various aspects of God, have not been able exactly to say what God is. Some phase of it, some part of it they did express, out of loving devotion. But from there we can only deduce some idea of God.

Man’s highest thought of God never has and never can measure the Eternal, but it constitutes self-revelation. Your highest thought of God is not the measure of God, but the measure of our own hitherto unknown propensities. Each Master has been saying the same thing: When I attempt to speak of the highest, I cannot. I become as one dumb. How then can we express it? Even out of the love and intoxication they have of Reality, they give out something, but it still remains as unsaid as ever.

This is what the scriptures lay down. I told you this is the outer aspect of religion – social religions. When you think that God resides in every heart, you will not kill anyone. You will respect each man, when you know for certain that God resides in every heart.

When we live up to what the scriptures say, we should all love God. Naturally, we will have respect for all others, for all living things.

The human body is a true temple of God, in which God resides. The body is the true temple of God. All Masters say so. If the body is the true temple of God, how then can we destroy or kill it?

Wrong preachings are given by ministers of the various religions instead of giving out the truths which are already in our scriptures. They have been simply proclaiming that their religion, their fold, is the highest and others are in the wrong. The result is, division between man and man and, of course, clashes between class and class. They will be ready, excuse me, just to destroy so many true temples of God – human bodies – for the outer temples which we raise with our own hands.

God resides in temples not made with hands. He resides in the true temple of the body that you are carrying. Of course, we are to maintain our outer temples (bodies) and keep them clean and chaste. These bodies are the temples of God. If the right preaching is given you will see love between man and man. Paid services, in almost all religions, I would say, have gone to make matters worse.

Now, some people think that they have special privileges. Well, God gave equal privileges to all. You see the outer form. Each has two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, a mouth, two arms, two feet and two legs. The outer construction is the same, and the inner construction is also the same. Each man has lungs, stomach, brain. God has given equal privileges to all. They are born the same way; they die the same way.

When men suffer from fever, irrespective of whether they belong to one religion or another or one country or another, they suffer the same way, and there is the same remedy to cure their fever. When you go to a doctor, an adept in medicine, and tell him that you have fever, he gives you some medicine. He will give the same treatment to anyone else for the same trouble.

I mean that the outer expression, the outer privileges, are the same for each man, as given by God. The inner privileges are also the same. We are souls. God is a limitless Ocean of All-consciousness. We are conscious entities, drops of the Ocean of Life. Of course, our conscious self is hemmed in by mind and matter. It is given over so much to the organs of sense and identified with the body that we cannot now differentiate ourselves from the body.

The inner disease is also the same. Masters are physicians of the souls which have been given over to the influences of mind and matter. They tell us how to analyze the soul from the outgoing faculties, from the organs of sense, and rise above body-consciousness to know oneself, enter into the Kingdom of God and know God. All mankind suffers from the same disease.

Well, for God there is no East or West, no North or South. All creation is one. God is One.

Where do we stand now? We are all one. All Masters, all the holy scriptures say that we are the children of God. Prophet Mohammed says that we are members of the same family of God. The Sikh Masters also say that we are all brothers and God is our Father. The Christian scriptures and all others say the same thing.

Mankind is one, and God is One. We are worshippers of the same God. When we are worshippers of the same God the archers may be many, but the target is the same then, naturally we should have love for one another. You will find that two drunkards will embrace each other irrespective of whether they are of the east or the west, or belong to one religion or the other. But do you find that among those who profess to be lovers of God – between followers of one religion and those of another? They are lovers so far as their own faith is concerned. If they are lovers of God, they all should sit together and love one another.

The heads of the various religions are supposed to have contact with God. Whether they reach Him or not, that is another question altogether. But they are supposed by their followers to have seen God and to be one with God. They also profess that they are Godmen themselves. If so, why should they not love and embrace each other? There is one God overhead. It is all one humanity. We all are the same soul – conscious entity.

Man made social religions for the uplift of man. We have to make the best use of them. The best we call have out of the social religions is to know ourselves and to know God. Of course, we have to lead an ethical life. An ethical life is a stepping-stone to spirituality. These are the teachings of all Masters who came in the past.

As lovers of God, we should love all humanity. Having been born in any religion, it is a blessing to remain in it. Nevertheless we should rise above so that we become lovers of God, and then all mankind will have one religion.

Guru Nanak was once asked: “What is the highest form of religion in your opinion?” He replied: “Well, look here. I take all humanity, all men, as reading in the same class, seeking God. We are all classmates and I consider men the world over as classmates for the same ultimate goal.” We should love one another.

The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, was asked: “What do you think about man?” He replied: “All mankind is one – I tell you the whole truth – whether he is wearing a hat or a turban or is a recluse in a yellow or a black gown.” That makes no difference. These are the outer forms.

Excuse me if I ask you: What is the religion of God? He is all-consciousness. He made all men equal. Did He stamp anybody that he was such and such? No. When you know yourself, you will analyze yourself from the body and discover who you are. When you rise above body consciousness then you will find out. Religions pertain only to the outer forms of our life. We have to make the best use of them.

I have love for all social religions. That is all right. But the point is these social religions should go to help us on the way, to love God and to love all humanity. This is our ultimate goal. And further, to know ourselves and to know God, and have a first-hand experience of that Reality. Although that Reality cannot be expressed in words, still it can be experienced.

True religion is the first-hand experience of oneself, with his own Self and with God. That is the only true religion you have before you. There is the outer religion, and here is the inner religion. When you think everyone is all equal, then you will have love for all.

Our ultimate goal is to have love of God. Those persons or human beings whose souls came in contact with God, became the mouthpiece of God. They spoke as inspired by God. They are called Masters, or Godmen. We love them also for the sake of our love for God.

What did Christ say? He said:

No man knoweth the Son, but the Father;
Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,
And he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.

That is why your love goes to them especially. They have had a first-hand experience and they are competent to give us a first-hand experience of that Reality within. They tell us how to rise above body consciousness, to know ourselves and to know God.

Then we see with our eyes, no testimony is required. That is why we love all Masters who came in the past – whether they came here or anywhere else. You have to love God “with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind.” Those who have loved God that way have merged their will in the Divine Will; they become the mouthpiece or conscious co-workers of the Divine Plan. Therefore, we love all Masters who came in the past.

Further, we revere all scriptures. What are these scriptures after all and what is their value to us? They are the recorded experiences of the past Masters, the experiences that they had in knowing themselves and those they had of God within themselves. They also revealed to us the things that helped them on the way and things that retarded their progress. In short, they gave us an account of their journey Godward. A description of all that formed the subject of all the holy scriptures. All saints deal with their pilgrimage to God. They tell us of the Godway, the halting stations, the various regions they passed through and what they found there; their pilgrimage on the way and their first-hand experiences at each place. They have thus left for us a fine record for our guidance.

All holy books from ages past are but footprints on the sands of time for the love-borne seekers after God. Those who are lovers of God naturally have love for all the scriptures. Kabir, the great Saint of the East, tells us: Say not that the scriptures are false, for he who does not see Truth in them is in the wrong. It is a pity that though we can read the scriptures, we cannot follow their true import until we see for ourselves what those Masters experienced within themselves, or until these are explained to us by one who has had that first-hand experience with himself and with God as those Masters had. Only then will we be following the true import of the holy scriptures. Otherwise, reading of the scriptures from morn till night, without following what the scriptures say, will lead us nowhere.

That does not mean that you should not read the holy scriptures. Read them by all means, but try to understand them rightly. When you have understood them, try to have those experiences in your own self. Only then will you be fully convinced of what they say. They may be likened to records of different persons visiting the same place – say Washington or Philadelphia – and describing it, each in his own language and in his own peculiar way.

We can read all these holy scriptures, but we cannot follow their true import until we seek the help of someone who has seen and had the experience these describe.

I would say that today in the twentieth century, we are rather fortunate. Why? We have all the fine records of the experiences of the Masters who came in the past. Had we come five hundred years ago, the holy scriptures of the Sikhs would not have been with us. Had we come, say 1500 years earlier, the holy Koran would not have been with us. And if we had come before 2000 years, the Bible would not have been with us. If we had come before the time of Zoroaster or the Buddha, or any one else, their scriptures would not have been with us. What I mean is that today we are fortunate in having with us these valuable records of the Masters who came in the past. They tell us what they experienced with themselves and God. The only thing needed now is to have someone who has had that experience which is given in those holy scriptures. He will be able to tell us the true import of things, and also he will be able to give us a first-hand experience of these things.

So for the love of God we love all Godmen. For the love of God, we love all the holy scriptures. There are so many pages of the book of God that have been written to guide the erring humanity. Many more may be written whenever any Master comes.

Further, we love all holy places of worship. Why? Because there people gather together to sing the praises of the one and the same God – in their own ways, of course. If we love somebody and someone happens to be praising him, we stand and hear how he describes him. So we have love for all holy places of worship for the love of God. Also, we love all places of pilgrimage, for they are the spots where once lived some Master, some Godman, who was one with God, who became the mouthpiece of God. It is for that alone that we have respect for all holy places where such Masters lived.

We love God first; God resides in every heart; therefore we love all humanity. For the same reasons, we love all Godmen, for they have known God. We love all holy scriptures, because they speak of Him and are valuable records of the experiences of the past Masters. Again, for the same reason we love all holy places of worship, whether temples or mosques, churches or synagogues. They are meant for chanting the praises of the Lord.

You remember, when Christ came, he entered the Temple in Jerusalem and turned out those who misused or defiled it. He told them: “You have made the house of my Father a business house.” Such a man, who is a lover of God, what will he say’? He will say what the Vedas say. The Yajur Veda says: Well, O people, let us all sit together and sing the praises of the Lord and worship the same God. But there are false ways of preaching that separate man from man. There is no common place where we can all sit together and worship the same God.

Again the Rig Veda says: Gather ye in thousands, and worship God and chant His praises. We are all lovers of the same Reality. We are all for the same Truth. There are thousands of lovers, but the Beloved is only one. We may call Him God, or by any name we like. We are lovers of the same Reality. Outwardly speaking, we have different social religions. Blessed you are. Remain where you are. To live in some social religion is a blessing. That is a helping factor. As with a midwife who helps at the birth of a child, so with social religions which help us in that way towards spirituality, in knowing ourselves and in knowing God.

Whenever Masters came, they never touched the outer forms, but simply said: Remain where you are. By changing your outer forms, rituals, this and that, you will not be able to have a first-hand experience of God. Those are only helping factors on the way, paving the road to spirituality. Make the best use of them.

Real religion starts where world philosophies end. All these outer forms of the social religions are limited only to the man’s material existence. The Kingdom of God, if you know yourself and know God, will open of itself when you rise above body consciousness. There the alphabet of the teachings of the Masters begins. The true religion starts from there. That is transcendental. That is above the organs of sense. When you come above, you will rise above the senses. It requires practical self-analysis, to know yourself and to know God.

This is the goal before us. The subjective side of all religions is the same. In the objective side, you will find some slight differences in non-essentials, but you will find their purpose is the same.

The question remains the same for all humanity – to know our Self and to know God. We have said so much about the outer things, the outer holy places of worship. God made man after His own image, and man made all these holy places of worship after the image of man. Churches are either nose-shaped or dome-shaped. And so are temples of other religions. In mosques, we find places of worship in the form of semi-circular arches whose shape resembles the human forehead.

The true temple of God is the man’s body and that you have. We just have to tap inside. When you transcend the body, there the ABC of true religion starts. That is the one destiny for all humanity. It has never been different.

The Masters, whenever they came, taught two things: ethical life of clean and chaste living with love for all men and all creation. Be chaste; don’t think evil of others even in thought, word or deed. Be truthful and love all humanity – hatred for none and selfless service for all. This is the first part which they take up for all mankind, irrespective of whether they belong to one religion or another.

No religion commends hatred for anybody. The question was put to Christ: “How should we behave with others?” He inquired: “What did Moses say to you?” He was told: “A tooth for a tooth and a nail for a nail.” He said: “That was only because of your hard-heartedness.” They asked: “What do you say, Rabbi?” Christ answered: “Moses also said, love thy neighbor as thyself.” They further asked him: “What about those who are our enemies?” And what did he say?He said: “Love thine enemies.”

Now, we all are embodied souls. The lover of God has love for all souls. The soul is a conscious entity of the same essence as of God. In fact, we form a true brotherhood. We are one with God, one ill God, and those who are lovers of God, naturally will have love for all humanity. Outward things will not matter. When you know yourself and know God, you come in contact with God, and then you will find Him immanent in every form and naturally you will have love for all. That is the permanent rock, I would say, on which humanity should stand, never to fall. The outer self sometimes gives way and we fall into the error that we preach against. There have been two great wars so far. Fought by whom? By those who were in name the followers of the same Savior and followed the same religion. Then, it comes to this, that they were not living up to what the scriptures of the Masters say. They simply say: “I profess this religion or that.”

If we but live up to what the scriptures say, irrespective of country or religion, we will get ready to see God. After all, man is man. All religions are comprised of men, and men are the same everywhere. This is just like being students in any school or college. Why do you study? For the sake of gaining knowledge. You may join this college or that, that makes no difference. When you get your degree, you are seldom asked from which college you got your degree. They call you a graduate.

Similarly, all the social religions were made to turn out perfect men believing in the oneness of God. The word university simply means having one purpose in view. And the purpose to have in view is to understand man: who he is, what he is, and what is his relation to God. But this goal has been lost sight of. The means have become the end, and outer knowledge, instead of leading us to inner knowledge, is being studied for its own sake.

The preaching done by paid men in all religions has made matters worse. Otherwise, the men of realization say: “The true temple, if any, is man’s body itself.” All the scriptures bear this out. All is holy where devotion kneels. Wherever you have devotion, sit down in sweet remembrance of the Lord and say your prayers.

My Master used to emphasize the need for a common ground where seekers of Truth, irrespective of their faiths, could gather together. There should be no social forms or rituals, there should be no temples or anything of the sort. Let them remain in their own social religions. The purpose of a man’s life and the ultimate goal of the social religions is to know oneself and to know God. How to analyze yourself from the body, open your inner eye and enter the Kingdom of God. Those subjects should be dealt with there.

In India, we have an Ashram in Delhi, and we have no temple there. People come to me and ask: “Well, what particular temple have you raised?” I always tell them: “Man’s body is the true temple of God. I have love for all temples of the social religions, but here I have none.” And for the other temple, the whole world is the temple of God, the earth below and the sky overhead. We have a grassy ground over there where we can accommodate 25 to 30 thousand people. Of course, we have a long shed to give us protection from rain or sun, if necessary. We have all the scriptures over there, for the reason that they speak of the same valuable experiences which the Masters had in their lives.

Men come there. They are seeking after Truth. To follow certain outward observances is not the be-all or the end-all. They are only the means to an end. Make the best use of them.

But until you rise above body consciousness and know yourself and know God, there is no liberation, no return to the True Home of the Father.

These are the elementary steps we take. That is all right. But take a step further from where you are. Rise above the body consciousness, open the inner eye and see the Light of God within and enter the Kingdom of God, reach your True Home, the home of your Father. This is the ultimate goal of all religions.

But there are wrong ways of preaching, I would tell you. Instead of uniting man to man, they are separating man from man; since the ministers themselves have no first-hand experience of that Reality, they must tell their people that man is man and God is God.

All men are equal for God, and the same God is worshipped by us all. Naturally we have love for one another. But we find that social religion is like a golden watch, studded with gems and jewels, which does not give us any time whatsoever. We have our social religions. Each social religion has the work before it to turn out perfect men: Be ye perfect even as thy Father which is in heaven is perfect. But instead of turning out perfect men, they are simply strengthening their own folds. Naturally, when you say this fold is higher than the other, there is a clash between class and class, and we sec no true progress.

My point is, we have one God, the same God. Each religion does not have its own God. The same God is worshipped by all of us. Let us embrace each other and sit in amity, love and accord, to sing praise of the Lord as one family. Since we are lovers of God, we have to love all Godmen, Masters who came in the past or who may come in the future. Our respect goes out to all of them. We have love for all the scriptures, because they speak of the same God and record the experiences that the Masters had with themselves and with God. And we have love for all holy places of worship, because they are meant for singing praises of the Lord.

So all mankind is one, and we are worshippers of the same God. We have different forms, outer forms, we belong to different religions outwardly, but our Beloved is the same. If we only keep that in view before us, we will be at peace, we will have peace on earth and goodwill among men. There will be no danger of war or anything of that sort.

Today’s subject was “God and Man.” I have put it before you briefly. Next we will see that ultimately we have to know God. But until we know ourselves, how can we know God?

It is the soul that has to have experience of God, because God is All Consciousness, and our souls are also conscious entities. It is the soul that has to experience God, and for that purpose we will have to know the inner man, who we are, what we are. “Know thyself” has been the motto set forth by all sages. They never said “Know others.” First if you know yourself, only then will you be able to know the Overself.

That will be the next subject and along with it we will compare the higher values of life – physical, intellectual and spiritual. Next, we will take up the Kingdom of God: where it is, how we can reach that Kingdom, and how to open the inner eye to see. The sages say that God is Light. How can we see God, see the Light of God? That will be the subject of our third talk. After that, we will determine which is the most natural way for having that experience: what other Godmen said, how the scriptures speak of the Godmen, that will be the subject of our last talk.

 

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The science of the soul – (Part 2)


 

 

 

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

 

The science of the soul – (Part 2)

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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.

 


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.