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LOVING GOD
The Practical Teachings

Don't waste a moment. As soon you start
meditating, reciting Nam, and seeking God's
Light within yourself, your life will change.
As more and more people do so, the world will
change.

Baba Virsa Singh Ji

the Eternal Truths of all religions beyond any sectarian divisions. ‘Can you see my face?’ I said yes. the first Sikh Guru. Then one day. Babaji moved from place to place.over 6 feet. And in June of 1968 he began to develop that land into what is now Gobind Sadan. North of Bareilly in UP. ‘Do you see my lips moving? Repeat what I’m about to tell you and share it with others. that he would have a great following in Russia. From that time. and all have stories of the miracles that happened daily among his followers. that he would develop great farms. “I’ve brought my Father. Sardarni Nirlep Kaur.” After that. Babaji was consumed with the feeling that he had committed a great sin and prayed to be released from that duty. Babaji recalls the scene as vividly as if it were today: “How can I ever forget the day? Of how He came and stood before me. ‘I received Nam this way myself. I never bowed or anything.Baba Ji and His Work Baba Virsa Singh ji is a holy person of Biblical proportions whose powerful spirituality was first recognized when he was a child. instructing the young man in strict meditation and in service to humanity. Baba Siri Chand said ‘I'll introduce you to my Father. villagers recognized that great spiritual powers were developing within him.’ He gave me this shabad (sacred words) and said: ‘Give this shabad to the people. It was Baba Siri Chand ji.’ ‘Can you see my body?’ I said. thorny. he began meditating day and night under the Beri tree in the courtyard. Then Guru Gobind Singh ji came. and perhaps most strange. ‘Yes’. as the doctor could not find anything wrong with him. Guru Nanak Dev ji wore lathu-wale karavan (wooden sandals with a central “toe” knob) and his chola (long gown) was mouse-colored. ‘So you think you need a Guru?’ I said ‘Yes. He was directed to some dry.recite this.’ Then He said. Baba Siri Chand ji. sores appeared on the soles of his feet. and a free . He spent his days plowing and working on the family farm. simply by dipping his fingers in water . At once.” Babaji became so thin that his father took him to a local doctor. Obeying the command of God. Chandigarh and finally Delhi. so painful that he could not work. the great sixteenthcentury mystic and elder son of Guru Nanak Dev ji. from Karnal in Haryana. he was uprooted in 1947 by Partition and moved with his family to Sarawan Bodla. until one day in his late teens he experienced great anguish while cutting fodder for the animals. Born on 20 February 1934 in the rural village of Raja Jung outside of Lahore. Baba Siri Chand ji and Guru Gobind Singh ji were constantly with him.or when the leaves were gone. Not long thereafter. He gave me many boons. "God’s House Without Walls”—a paradise of peaceful gardens. When the boy began healing intractable diseases by giving people leaves from the Beri tree where he sat . ‘Repeat after me – Ek Onkar Satnam Siri WaheGuru .bringing the dead back to life. They began to gather around him. that his fame and wealth would spread.’ They were both very tall . Amritsar. a mud-brick village in Punjab.’ Then he said a very special thing. He had His own ways. an awesome figure appeared to him. and transforming people's lives. round-the-clock devotional centers. reminding people of dharma. to Simla. He stood in front of me. Baba Siri Chand ji returned and said. India. tree-lined paths. said ‘My Father has come.’ Guru Nanak spoke. As the sap poured out. rocky land at the south end of Delhi offered by a devotee. It was then that Baba Virsa Singh was shown that he would have to work very hard. calling out to the One whose presence he could feel to “Please come – please show yourself.” There before the young man stood Guru Nanak Dev ji. He still laughs when he remembers that time.’ That is a very profound thought.

The sevadars do not tire. When he is not in secluded meditation. North of Bareilly in UP. mixed with esoteric spiritual terms from many languages and religions. by scientists (who find truth in Babaji's words and presence even if they have been religious skeptics). the One who gives you everything. Chandigarh and finally Delhi. are offered free of cost." The love of God is a basic theme running through all of Babaji's teachings. Baba Virsa Singh makes no claim to being a guru. for practical spiritual training. He speaks in sweet and simple village Punjabi. yet he continually refers to the timeless teachings revealed by all Prophets. round-the-clock devotional centers. Those working on the farms do strenuous manual labor from dawn to dusk. Babaji encourages them to silently recite God’s Holy Name in loving remembrance ("Ik Onkar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru"—"There is One God whose name is Truth. Babaji continually says. Although multitudes have been blessed. I just repeat the commands of God so that people will remember them. spontaneous discourses. . To uplift the deserving poor. "God’s House Without Walls”—a paradise of peaceful gardens. and for seva (voluntary service). He developed farms elsewhere as well. rocky land at the south end of Delhi offered by a devotee. to Simla. or money. schooling for children. Amritsar. the Eternal Truths of all religions beyond any sectarian divisions. he does not seek fame. His basic program is the same for everyone: Recite Nam. To heal those poor in spirit. langars (free community meals where people of all castes sit side by side on the ground). healed and personally transformed through his influence and by following the practical program he recommends. Sardarni Nirlep Kaur. He was directed to some dry. The work supports Babaji¡’s mission to overcome poverty and religious conflict and bring peace to both individuals and the world. And in June of 1968 he began to develop that land into what is now Gobind Sadan. free medical care. And to teach reverence for all those who bring God’ message and their teachings. reminding people of dharma. charged with profound spiritual meaning.Obeying the command of God. Babaji moved from place to place. Babaji holds interfaith gatherings and celebrates the major holidays of all religions. followers. He stresses that sectarian divisions have been created by humans. from Karnal in Haryana. including the huge model farm known as Shiv Sadan. by scholars (though he has not received any formal worldly education). Give all your love to God. thorny. He says. do seva and rise early in the morning to begin thanking God and looking within yourself to battle with your own evils. prayers are offered round the clock. he gives informal. tree-lined paths. People of all faiths and many countries come to Babaji at Gobind Sadan for his blessings and guidance. We have gathered the essence of these teachings from many discourses and offer them to you topic by topic that you too may grow in your love for God. not by God or God's Messengers. "God is the only Doer. What I say is not new. Praise the Ever Greater ." The lives and teachings of the Sikh Gurus are the model for his practical work. by government officials (though he seeks no one's favor). raising lush productive crops with yields far exceeding those in surrounding areas. and a free community kitchen for people of all faiths and all social levels where miracles are everyday occurrences. read Jaap Sahib (Guru Gobind Singh’s empowering Hymn of God's praises). "I am just trying to be a better human being. reclaimed from a dangerous flood-prone wasteland on the banks of the holy river Ganges.ever more wondrous God”) and Jaap Sahib – Guru Gobind Singh’s empowering Hymns of Praise. Babaji is highly respected as a world class leader. for devotional worship. As they work. they say they feel invigorated and blessed by the work. These discourses have inspired and transformed the lives of countless people and have produced practical demonstrations of God’s power to change the world. and by religious leaders and devotees of all faiths (for he sincerely loves and encourages appreciation of all Prophets and scriptures).

There is One God. All the Prophets and Messiahs have repeatedly said that there is One God. and we are to see Him in every planet and person. oceans. Another person saw that One Light is giving life to everything. We have gathered the essence of these teachings from many discourses and offer them to you topic by topic that you too may grow in your love for God. God is the Power that runs everything. When saints or Prophets have seen or heard this Power through gyan. "Ik Onkar" (You are One). whom we must love. But we will only be able to see God in all of His Creation when the love of God emerges within us. mixed with esoteric spiritual terms from many languages and religions. He called that Controller "Narayan" (the One who is present in water). He said. All are referring to the same One. charged with profound spiritual meaning.village Punjabi. mountains. These discourses have inspired and transformed the lives of countless people and have produced practical demonstrations of God’s power to change the world. No Prophet has said that there are two Truths or two Gods. When he looked within himself. oceans of water. he . the divine wisdom of enlightenment. they then spoke of that Power in words that became the Divine Names for God. One enlightened person saw that there is One Power giving light to everyone. rivers. One God All religions are one. Another saw that Power controlling all the waters-waves. in animals.

.One enlightened person saw that there is One Power giving light to everyone. neti" (beyond. each claiming one of the Prophets as its own. It is all God's work. "Sohang" which means "Whatever You are. rivers. and then you will see God everywhere. Punjabi. Urdu. Another person who saw this Power found it so wondrous that he had no words for it. beyond. sectarian religions. he found the same light there.” He referred to this Power as "Gobind" (Remover of darkness and Bringer of light). so too am I. to remove ignorance by enlightening people with the knowledge of God. they come to teach love. who is both manifest and un-manifest. All he could say was "Wah!"(Wonderful!). to encourage service to humanity. They come to change our consciousness. Prophets of One Light God has been here from the beginning. whether in Sanskrit. By contrast. There are differences in the words. The people have forgotten. that person no longer works from his own mind or his own heart. one creed. He said. All the Prophets have come from the same light. When he looked within himself. With God's blessings. beyond description. Latin or English. When the right time comes. this person begins to realize God. God will go on forever. Then God. they all give the same basic messages. they come to show us how to live. Another person saw that One Light is giving life to everything. God's grace. We have made our separate religions into walled forts. It radiates throughout all of creation. For people will only follow someone whom they can see and hear. beyond). Only this person can perceive the Power. He said. God chooses Prophets but does not reveal anything to them in the beginning. or one nation. they have come to remind people of the earlier Prophets' messages which the people have forgotten. Arabic. After God begins using a person as His Messenger. They are all describing the same Power. the Prophets come into the world with a message from God. Still another saw that Power is infinite. He said. But from time to time. but not in the Being. Such descriptions from an enlightened state are not contradictory. their minds have become impure and they do not listen to a Power they cannot see. Another saw that Power controlling all the waters-waves. "Ik Onkar" (You are One). Jesus is not confined to Christianity. "Neti. the number of people who have pure minds full of faith in and love for God decreases. the Prophet Mohammad is not a Muslim. and God's mercy. But the Light of God cannot be confined within any manmade structures. They have not come to establish institutionalized. neti. Those divisions are created by humans and reflect their own policies. God is one Light." Another person saw that God's Light is everywhere: “You are in Darkness as well as in Light. None have come to change the older revealed scriptures. oceans of water. They come to remind people of God’s teachings making them fresh and new again. God gives them gyan. It comes in the person who meditates and who is filled with love. has to come in the physical form of a Prophet. First look within yourself. How can we possess it? None of the Prophets belongs to just one caste. and God's Power and Light start working through his tongue and heart. but still keeps many things secret. Guru Nanak is not a Sikh. Moses is not a Jew. God then discloses certain things to them at certain times. He called that Controller "Narayan" (the One who is present in water).

Religion is God's Love. the source of that vision. Sectarian religions have been made by humans. Where there is selfishness. Vision is spiritual. of the Spirit. Human beings do have spiritual wisdom deep within themselves. God will forgive you. bringing more and more light inside you. But if you do not follow what is revealed in the Quran. just as I make no demands of you. It is not a particular concept of God. did. not vision.humans and reflect their own policies. Jesus told his disciples. Dharam Dharam is our universal term for God’s Divine Laws. God's Messengers continually come into the world to show people the way. They come to remind people of God’s teachings making them fresh and new again. or approved). You should have no demands. God will not pardon you. "Just as I share this love freely with you. They come to change our consciousness. God is nearer. The Prophets have not just described trees and flowers. But it is only when a Prophet of God comes down and starts speaking with Divine Wisdom that it awakens in people. the whole universe is already praising God. History also includes rituals and restrictions on behavior that develop after the visionary basis of the religion. Religion must never be used to further our own purposes or power. not by the Prophets. God is so famous that He is concealing Himself. The all-pervading Light of God is seen through the inner light of gyan in a person. . there is no dharam. the One who creates the world is already sitting in their souls. to encourage service to humanity. the Prophets come into the world with a message from God. (reports of what the Prophet Mohammad said. and not from the Prophets." Most of what we call religion today is simply management. Whenever dharam has spread in the world. faith and service. they come to show us how to live. Dharam has no connection with that aspect of a religion that comes from those who just want to prove their own intelligence. But even though we can add nothing to God's greatness by our praise. The Prophet reminds them of the truth they know but have forgotten. It is based on selfish motives. Dharam is not costly temples. Never think to profit from it. they have produced them and shown their beauty to the people. sitting in your heart." Dharam is not theory. The truly spiritual person is above all these small paths. For spiritual teachers as well as devotees. By contrast. People have very little faith in religion because today there is only talk. The Prophet Mohammad. putting the teachings into practice requires a life of meditation and love for the Creator. in his greatness and his humility said. Each religion has two aspects: vision and history. Those words can only be understood when we meditate and search within ourselves for God's Light. we must ever remember God through love. It is not the light of a single Prophet. to remove ignorance by enlightening people with the knowledge of God. it has given practical proof of its truth. for nothing is outside of God. It is beyond dogma and sects. and the words born out of that Light are visionary revelations. which govern and empower everything from human behavior and worship to the movements of the universe. It is born of the inner light. God does not need any more praise from us. they come to teach love. than your hands and feet. share that love freely with everyone. it is practical application. "If sometimes you do not follow the Hadith.

Science and Dharam Dharam is the greatest science. there is no dharam. Actually. meditation is our mind’s defense. We should transcend these sectarian barriers. not vision. “This sun you see is not the only sun—there are tens of millions of suns. The visionaries simply closed their eyes. both are a matter of inner concentration. Guru Nanak once said. you begin to think about this earthly drama in which we live. fear. God will forgive you. Five hundred years ago. They did not have to spend huge sums on research or waste battery cell power. and service to everyone. God will not pardon you. until you reach a conclusion. It keeps out the bad and develops the good. . or approved). and regard all Prophets as our Fathers. for they will torture your mind. love. Whether you are conducting scientific research or meditating and having visions. Once they are developed through meditation we can observe the entire universe – from the microscopic to the vast expanse of the cosmos. The stronger and clearer your mind. It is our limited thinking that has created the forts and slogans of religions. We human beings have many powerful brain cells. faith in God. you will find many similarities among them.” When you see that celestial drama. visionaries revealed to us what scientists are just now heralding as their latest discovery. In reality. and pressure should not enter. looking deeply into it. Inner spiritual knowledge will never confuse a person. sat comfortably in meditation. They all came to love us. Sometimes a scientist becomes worried when the parts of his research do not fit together. Then his research can move ahead. but sometimes they may confuse him. What is the essence of religion? Truthfulness. The scientist knows about the elements. while in meditation." Most of what we call religion today is simply management. If you approach the scriptures of all religions from a state of inner wisdom. the better saint you will become. think of each other as fellow human beings. the better scientist you will become. he needs the help of an enlightened one to share his store of knowledge and clear the obstruction in the scientist’s mind. Likewise. At that point. But if you do not follow what is revealed in the Quran. the clearer your mind and the greater your power of concentration. This moon is not the only moon—there are tens of millions of such bodies. and the more you are able to focus your thoughts. It is based on selfish motives. researching it. scientists are only proving what has already been revealed. Where there is selfishness. What is meditation? concentrating on something. Our country’s ancient religious texts had already told us that some stars are so far away that it will take tens of millions of years for their rays to reach the earth. This is just a tiny speck in the vastness of the cosmos. did. and described what they saw. Hundreds and in some cases thousands of years ago. Worry.Prophet Mohammad said.

nearer than your hands and feet." God says. you must clean your mind and be grateful to the One who is the only Giver. the knowledge of the universe will increase. and humanity will benefit greatly. faith. The physical body is only the house of our spirit. has no weight. I have made you free. The scientist feels. the saint studies the One who made them. whether we regard it as pleasant or unpleasant. there is still endless vastness beyond.Unfortunately. "I do not want you to be slaves. When the scientist and the saint ultimately sit together. you become filled with love. This curtain is not like stone. the confidence. the saint already does so. All the gates are empty. temple. If we simply think of surrendering our negative points. hidden by the curtain of ignorant ego-centered thoughts. The moment you touch God. When you love God. Only the one who is absorbed in God recognizes His presence. God is present even in that which we cannot see. spiritual progress is not possible. “The scientist is an atheist. oceans and oceans of knowledge have coalesced. why should I sit with an illiterate person?” For his part. or mountains—God gives light to the loving mind. fields. Such a person has given her mind to God. So let us pass through that gate where love dwells. or mosque. the saint feels. you will never become enlightened. the trees. We can never be separated from God—neither at birth nor at death. There is so much love in God that all the rivers—the whole universe—can be filled with it. It is our misfortune that we have not been able to explain dharam in a way that scientists could understand. The scientist studies its components. you will see that nothing in the world is without this Love. revealing the light of gyan. and thus attained God. but no one is standing in line. the inanimate things. That Light lives in our mind. Wherever we are sitting—in the forests. God is waiting at the gate. God is always forgiving. Think that everything in this world exists with God's blessing. "I want you to surrender before me. But until your mind and spirit bow in humility to God. Don't think that God is a theory. Then the scientist will start believing in God. just by a mere thought of surrendering. God does not say. they never collaborate. the only Doer. And don't think that you can ever be separated from God. you will start seeing Him among the animals. As the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scripture) says." Nor do our mistakes separate us from God. To be aware of the presence of God. the whole curtain falls away. forming a curtain between us and God. As soon as one side is detached. Both the scientist and the saint are studying the universe. Look to the One who gives birth to all religions. God is reality. That Light will not be found in any worldly religious show or building. The distance between you and God is as thin as a butterfly's wing. love and willingness to serve which will arise within us will be so powerful that we ourselves will be unable to understand the changes that come over us. When our spirit is awakened. though the fields of the scientist and the saint are related. and can be broken very easily. “I am so learned. they will become slightly detached. If God's love is in your mind." But negative things are attracted to our mind and stick there. If you think God is a theory. It is quite thin. Gyan is always inside us. But both conclude that no matter how much they have discovered. and only love. What have I to do with him?” Where there is dharam. in the mind filled with love. . No one is waiting to enter. Only God knows what is good for us. Realizing God The outward form of religion is bowing your head before God in a church. "God is sitting inside you.

perceiving Him in all of creation. absorbed in the bliss of God's Love. God is waiting at the gate. and it is God who teaches us how to love Him. negative thoughts will disappear and truth will be revealed in our mind. and you do not become tired. or the Gurus. but you will not hear anything. nothing will bother you. love. fearlessness. You will recognize that everything is happening according to God's orders. Meditation allows us to meet with the King of our spirit. and then God will show you the path. To listen is to become lost in God. very gradually. Start this way. Over time. to keep listening. continually focus all your scattered attention on whatever form of God you worship—your Isht. and truth will awaken in you." You will become detached from worldly things. God will speak to you in the form of Light and be visible . concentrating all your awareness on God. With meditation. No worldly pleasure can compare with the sweetness of this communion. All the gates are empty. when you first arise. God is Love. divine wisdom. You are unaware of the passing time. as if dust were being cleaned from a mirror. listening to God. and freedom from the cycle of births and deaths. So let us pass through that gate where love dwells. It is God who pulls us to meditate. and you will see only God everywhere. People may be beating drums or shouting around you. but you care for no one except God. listening. Meditation Meditation is a magnificent power. your awareness of yourself ceases. it maintains just enough connection to keep you alive. You will not care if people are looking at you or laughing at you for you are looking only at God. vision. Lord Siva. such as Lord Jesus. and love and truth will be revealed. we can concentrate on God by repeating God's Name." Early in the morning. At first. renunciation. The energy which has been scattered among all our weaknesses will become focused on the positive. and only love. your weaknesses and bad habits will be driven out. except for One: "Oh God. thank God and do a little bit of meditation. you develop compassion. The more you love God and practice meditation. sometimes you cry. your state of mind will keep changing. The more we meditate. Your Isht will enter your heart and start loving and talking to you. Then the whole day your mind will be focused on God. There are many yogic postures and methods of meditation. but no one is standing in line. make me as You want me to be. and God is too great for any method. bringing our attention back again and again. Lord Krishna. Eventually your Isht will disappear. Make no demands. Once it comes back Home. To meditate is to become deeply silent. for you are always connected with the Truth. you gain the desire to serve and the ability to achieve your spiritual and worldly goals. and sometimes you become silent. it will listen and it will rest.fields. And because it is the nature of the mind to wander. No one is waiting to enter. As you continually look toward God. or mountains—God gives light to the loving mind. divine wisdom. but even by practicing them you cannot attain God unless you feel the longing of love. the sooner it will return to its Home. Then there will be only peace. the inner light. In deep meditation. Go deep inside. Durga Mata. Your soul rises above your body. Then one is merged with the Great Reality. Your breathing becomes fainter. "sometimes you laugh. As the Sikh Gurus say. The only method of meditation that works is to offer God constant love.

with every breath—those waves start to break up here and there.will not care if people are looking at you or laughing at you for you are looking only at God. but with the help of Nam. Then you will not need to sit in meditation with your eyes closed in order to be aware of God. When you recite Nam and love God without any motives. and you will see only God everywhere. You may be worrying as usual—"What will happen?"—but as you recite Nam there is a small break in that train of thought. You will recognize that everything is happening according to God's orders. Our life is governed by our karmas—the effects on our life of our sanskars. As we recite Nam—with our tongue. You feel. Our body is just a house where we live. but gradually you will feel the presence of your Isht within you. and you will be always happy. Nam Nam (God’s Holy Name) is like an ocean. "Tohi mohi." But at this stage you are still reciting Nam only with your tongue. Whether you are walking. with our mind. It is a path to God for everybody. Actually. only positive thoughts will remain. As you continually look toward God. We are seeking something small. But then the mind starts running away again at great speed. your state of mind will keep changing. you should focus your mind on your Isht. You will remain in the world. At first. Nam will heal your mind. and your whole family will be blessed. you will experience a little light inside. The effect of Nam works on us. you will begin to see that your Isht is actually controlling everything outside you as well. He will cleanse your mind. our habitual thoughts and actions from this life and from previous births. timeless Creator. You will be joined with God at all times. As you are singing or reciting Nam. As you go on reciting Nam. Once you feel your Isht inside you. it is not that God wants our praises. It takes a long time. or talking to someone. Reciting Nam is a way of thanking and praising the Nami—the omnipresent. and I am You). absorbed in the bliss of God's Love. doing your worldly duties. through the power of Nam. To become closer to God. there will be great light in your heart. your Isht may seem just a faint image in your mind. and soon your mind returns to its old patterns. The hidden joy and love and fearlessness within you will become manifest. Then longing for God may begin to grow in you. you may experience a brief communion with the Nami. You will see your Isht pervading everywhere and everything. "It will be okay. but gradually its presence becomes a reality. God will speak to you in the form of Light and be visible everywhere as Light. eliminating all negative thoughts. . and the little bit of light disappears. eating. You will truly feel. Our karmas are like great waves that are not under our control. Eventually your Isht will disappear. a brief moment of samadhi (spiritual absorption). Your thoughts and awareness are not on Nam. oceans of priceless jewels await us. mohi Tohi" (You are me. although it is very faint at first. service and charity are its streams. Nam breaks those waves. Slowly that Power gives your mind confidence and you begin loving that Isht you are trying to focus your attention on. that form of God in whom you have faith.

the Light of divine wisdom is burning up your past actions. Look at history: With whom was God pleased? To whom did God speak? To those who deeply loved God with open hearts. for the Power of the Nami has manifested in you. and you feel that you are nothing great. Nam will make your actions bright and will give you clear inner vision. But how do we behave in this school? We take the first primer in our hands but we do not read it. "My child. the desire to help those in need. but we do not obey the commandments. renunciation. through the power of Nam. We should be keenly aware that a place of worship is a school for the mind. bathed the statue with milk. or ego the feeling does not last long. But this satisfaction is false. When we stand before our worldly father. We do not even come close to following what He says." We may have gone to our Heavenly Father every day. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. One can achieve something only through action. Like God. You become very humble. we look at our watches and see that we have spent five or ten minutes. and our mind is satisfied. in the skies. Do not steal. and there after receives some employment. lit some incense. Once you feel your Isht inside you. but we have never even once read it. bathed a statue with milk. you will feel neither enmity nor fear. after a person studies. You will recognize that the Nami is sustaining and controlling all life. and the power to do anything. It moves aside. It is amazing: We sit before Him every day but we still only do what comes to our own mind. "Father. and that by bowing we can achieve everything. When we go to a religious place. whenever you begin to feel anger or greed. Why? Nam is washing away the dirt of your past tendencies. offered flowers to Him. Gradually.your Isht within you. Perhaps we have placed flowers. but we have not obeyed a single commandment. They saw God in the trees. Do not covet what is your neighbor's. our Heavenly Father also gives us orders. worshipped Him for ten minutes. After twenty-five or thirtyfive years. This means that we have been holding the same primer for many years. God spoke to them. and we are to do that. but they will not change our fate. but we do not worship with love. a school for cleansing the impurities from our mind. what are your orders?" He gives us some work. Do not deprive others of their rights. bowed our head. Worship Why is there no spiritual attainment in religion today? We perform our own kind of rituals. . These actions are all right. We do not concentrate on worship. truthfulness. you will see only God everywhere. You will see your Isht pervading everywhere and everything. As you keep reciting Nam. But let me stress that there is no school anywhere in which we can attain anything by just bowing our heads. We bow our head and make some demands. If you reach this stage of enlightenment through continual recitation of Nam and concentration on the Nami. He says. in the land. we bow and ask. always tell the truth. you cease to feel anger or greed. eventually he attains something. How can we advance to the second book? The second book will only be given to us after we have obeyed the commandments in the first book. In worldly terms. Instead. Why is there no such attainment in religion? Because we truly think that a religious school is only a place to bow our heads. he passes his subjects and completes the course. you will begin to see that your Isht is actually controlling everything outside you as well. All ignorance ceases as the light of Nam manifests fully. It is wrong to criticize others.

my Lord. Finally. . If there is a widow in need. employment. and wealth to Him and obey His commandments." It is good to worship. We take some flowers. and yet every day they ritually bow before me and then make a lot of demands. and only then will you attain something. Simply offering money is not acceptable to God. God is not a beggar. it becomes Light. God is not a beggar. God is always distributing Light. his father instructed him to offer milk daily to the statue in their home while he was away." It is just possible that we have not achieved enlightenment because we have turned such a great Giver into a pauper. God is the Giver. and nothing else is left except Light. my father will be very angry with me." But I don’t think He wants our money. in the land." God says. we should use it to focus our scattered mind. We just throw cash in front of Him. If we stand before an image of a manifestation of God. and fill yourself with My Love. They serve little and demand much." He kept pleading with the statue. We just do our duty. the hand reached out from the statue and drank all the milk. the very bed on which we sleep.stress that there is no school anywhere in which we can attain anything by just bowing our heads. "I have done this. he begged." When we are full of love. They do not obey even one of my teachings. to speak. The father had been performing this ritual for years but had attained nothing. and this wealth is also His." but what can we do? This mind is His. "Please drink this offering. because it has become pure. it is a great insult to God. in the skies. "It is amazing! They must think I am just a formality. Innocent Nam Dev did not know that his father always drank the milk himself after offering it to the statue. God is so powerful that He is distributing wealth to the whole Creation. we offer cash to the religious authorities who say. this body is His. clothing. God is not poor. Instead. for he turns God into a beggar in the public’s eyes. I have given this. "Give your mind." The statue still did not drink the milk. When it lives within us. If a person cannot purchase medicines. One can achieve something only through action. Then that One will begin sitting inside us. But worship from the heart. Look at history: With whom was God pleased? To whom did God speak? To those who deeply loved God with open hearts. If you can pay the fees of a poor student. The real temple of God is a pure mind. What can we give to Him? The Gurus say. use the cash in that way. When the saint Nam Dev was a boy. but He doesn't want it. God must surely be laughing. the Gurus says. God will speak to us from within our own mind. We sit before God but we do not understand that we have to talk to Him. the Lord started drinking milk and speaking to him from the statue. energy. They saw God in the trees. We offer a little money and say. He gives us breath. "God is hungry for love and devotion. some little things. "Please come to Me with love. in love. and after two minutes bow our head and go home. body. distributing blessing. the image will begin to move. He is such a great Giver that His bounty has no limits. then we worship from our heart. So when Nam Dev offered the milk and the statue did not take it. because God is in every place. Nam Dev persisted. When we go to religious places. God spoke to them. "Do you want us to have a fight in our family? If you do not drink this milk. "We will pray to God for you. When a priest expects something from people and begs. Eventually. to concentrate our attention on God. help her. use this money to help him. Then we will talk to the trees and the animals. But when Nam Dev approached the statue innocently.

If it is untamed. You need not even use your own strength. always try to live close to nature. Your mind will be open. "What is going to happen now? Things are not going according to my plans. All the horses are wild and untamed. "Do jihad"—struggle for good. "The One who is the Remover of Difficulties comes and stands before you. Faith and Surrender We say. no matter how much you urge it on. everything is yours. Guru Nanak likewise said to struggle against your weaknesses — by rising in the early morning ambrosial hours to meditate and by working hard all day or night. kind.the animals." Meditation is essential to develop will power. By contrast. and pressure will be far from you. and attack others. Mental Freedom We think we are free. a slave to his raving mind and passions. God is not there. free. it will outdistance all the other horses. he has all joy. with no enmity." Everyone's mind is out of control. and full of love. the ego vanishes. Like a horse who keeps throwing its rider. he says. We live in our own egos. it fails. because it has become pure. To feel that someone Else is the owner of these things frees us. When God comes. When we truly offer everything to God. We need not worry. Freedom means not being a slave to any habit. The Gurus say. Worry. take away other's rights. Rather. The greatest jihad. fear. for you will be very near to God. Your mind is like a horse. because his dealings are with God. is to control the raving mind." He has all happiness. "Oh God. The real temple of God is a pure mind. The muscles of your mind—as well as of your body—will be strong. No rider is able to hold onto the reins. We are so bound by our bad habits that we cannot escape them. Whatever he says will be fulfilled by his Father. so accidents happen—we hurt each other's feelings. I am this. "This is mine. "Whosoever has God as his friend never wants for anything. though not to own. How can you rein in your wild horse? Control your desires. If your horse is strong. It is God's job to take care of us." we create many difficulties in our lives. The only thing we should worry about is whether we have hurt anyone's feelings or deprived anyone of their rights. As the Prophet Mohammad says. Your mind will be fearless. not with our heart. you can conquer the whole world. Today. It is best if the reins are in God's hands. just as God takes care of all . His mind goes straight ahead. when our ego is gone. In addition. and clear. As Guru Gobind Singh says. If it is weak. but freedom does not mean we can do all sorts of bad things and without any consequences. When your mind is clear. When your thoughts are under control. all the horses are out of control. start loving God and meditating. He gives us everything to use." In thinking. A person who lives that way is bound. it may throw you. And one day his inner truth mixes with the Great Truth. you become free." But we are only speaking with our tongue. A person with a strong mind is not susceptible to evil. Know that whatever God does is right. God will speak to us from within our own mind. our thoughts are shaking us from within. God knows our inner self. it cannot enter his thoughts. Guru Arjan Dev says. God takes care of us and brings us success. "Where there is I-centeredness.

We need not worry. Whatever he says will be fulfilled by his Father. We should at last admit that nothing happens without God's orders. the fig tree which was not bearing fruit has withered. Jesus was asked. pounding. Accept this. I know that everything is under my Father's command. With such heaps of rubbish. He will provide. You know only one birth. Sarab Sukh Data. Our anxiety actually creates accidents. your thought can move a mountain. But do not lose faith. Sometimes so much rubbish has accumulated that even if we set it on fire it will keep burning for days. Our karmas from all these lives form a crust of filth on our mind. just as God takes care of all creatures. In order to be made into precious jewelry. Think. People assume that everything should go according to their own desires. The whole of Creation is already worshipping Him." We should pray. leaving only love. When I see my Father and say something. That cannot be." . I have received my due. "I am nothing. If we want to change our fortune we must burn our karmas with the fire of meditation. And where there are desires. for through these difficulties. Trying to bargain with God like this is of no value. there is no true love of God. the actions of your past lives are being cleared away. God says. it is unrealistic to think that we will achieve something simply by performing some special worship for ten days or forty days. but your age is actually hundreds of thousands of years. pounding. he has all joy." Do not blame others for what happens to you. "Whatever I have done. don't become angry or envious. The filth will only leave us through constant pounding. Think of them instead as My Love. A washer-man whacks and whacks clothes to clean them. "Whosoever has God as his friend never wants for anything. the sword was coming to cut off your head. "I am the Doer of whatever is happening. What are you?" Jesus replied. Even if you do good deeds and follow a spiritual discipline. from hundreds of thousands of previous lives. you still may experience difficulties in the world. "Master. please give us that faith which cleans our mind of all doubts. the waves of the ocean have subsided. God has given us a mind that is so tender. Don't worry. gold must first be melted in the furnace. These things only appear to be difficulties because you do not understand them. Our lives are shaped by our past deeds and thoughts. It is not that God treats us unkindly. and joy by loving God. Instead. so full of love and truth. we worry about what will happen next. There is no difference between him and God. we are drubbed to cleanse our filth and to purify our mind. But we harden it by worrying." He has all happiness. between his thought and the thought of God. Where we crave results there are desires. From morning to evening. The difference between you and me is that I have faith. hold fast to truth. If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed. "Dear God. because his dealings are with God. you will be filled with so much love for Him that whatever you ask of God. It is the person who has cleared all his karmas who knows God as the One who fulfills all desires and gives all happiness—Icha purakh. the wind has stopped. Whether we worship God or not does not add to or detract from His greatness." Once you receive God's love.Guru Arjan Dev says. what are you? At your word. but only its shadow has brushed you. and the water has become like a road beneath your feet. It is God's job to take care of us. The only thing we should worry about is whether we have hurt anyone's feelings or deprived anyone of their rights. We should unite with the One who gives the orders. Actually. my father immediately does that. love.

and sometimes He waits until it is ripe. As soon as the king passed that order. Dharam continually teaches us that there is no such thing as death. but Jesus's parents took him away safely. Actually. the sword was coming to cut off your head. if we were able to look within them. we don't eat for days." Many infants were killed by the king when Jesus was born. Why? Because we loved that cup. Think of them instead as My Love." The infants who died for the sake of Jesus were all reborn into great houses. But God is like a farmer who decides when the time has come to harvest his crop. It is especially difficult to accept the death of a person whose heart was filled with kindness and love. they enjoyed worldly blessings and they themselves became great. The king had learned that a great power had been born and he hoped to end that threat to his supremacy by ordering all the babies in the area killed. God is very watchful when His Prophets come to the world. they are especially blessed by God. if they become sick. "My son. even though all things leave the world. He has left the world and returned many times. People who are killed for the sake of a Prophet of God are always reborn into very good lives. He has already taken many births. but your age is actually hundreds of thousands of years. When our love for another person is so much greater. "Anyone who walks toward me and faces difficulties along the way is blessed." . You know only one birth. we will remember it for many days. Though a person may appear to be a child to us. But people cannot fully understand God’s rules. But when we look at it from our limited human standpoint. Don't worry. if people are stoning them as they walk toward me. to us it is a tragic event. "Sometimes He cuts His crop before it has ripened. God ordered that the new Sun should rise quickly. Accept this. they are blessed. "He was an old man. It is a period of great blessings. We humans never forget anything which leaves us. God embraced Jesus and kissed him. they are blessed. sometimes He waits until it is half-grown. These things only appear to be difficulties because you do not understand them. and was always concerned that others should not suffer. When the family dog dies. So why is it so difficult for us to accept? Human nature is very loving. If they are coming to me and other people trouble them. who always thought about others. we would see that his soul is not that of a child. But why did the young person have to die?” There is a great secret behind this. whatever I say to you will remain forever on the earth. and said. it was his time to go. When a child dies. The Guru has said." Jesus said. but only its shadow has brushed you.God says. if they are poor. it is naturally very difficult to forget them. "I am the Doer of whatever is happening. and the king’s light was covered with darkness. we think. Many babies were killed. Even if the cup breaks from which we drank our tea everyday. don't become angry or envious. Death The soul never dies.

The body will definitely leave some day. When we are afraid. disease will have little chance to enter our body. We should instead transform our mind. However. At one point. Whether we are poor or rich. and egotism have very negative effects on the body. and after many births. or allopathic medicine. their power. Some children at the age of three or five start creating buildings or taking photographs. and anger within us. When we heal our mind. She has studied the body many times. Whenever we are under the influence of anger. and our body will also be very happy. and negative thoughts will not have the opportunity to pollute our mind. where he can continue his good work and continue to develop his or her thoughts. a person does not become a good doctor in one lifetime. hatred. Remember also that even while people are crying here. We should therefore pray that God will send our loved one to a good place. We may try to heal our body with the help of herbs. By contrast. we want to hear that voice. The child picks up from where he left off. Lord Krishna said. A scientist has been pursuing his research for many lifetimes. somewhere else people are offering congratulations as he is reborn. he realizes the essence of his research and develops something. be it yoga or medicine or acquiring big cars and big houses." But the one we love is going to take birth again. For example. We have been here many times before and left many times. all physical diseases will also end. sinner or saint. But it is our thoughts that irritate us. people are trying to find comfort by every means possible. fear." He has gone on to be born in a home where he was greatly needed. If they were good thoughts. our thoughts will become very pure and holy." But the nature of life. people will continue to benefit from them. This is our greatest ailment—that we have fear. "we want to see that form. because these are the things they were doing in their past lives. Dharam teaches us that progress does not occur in just one lifetime. When we are in love with God. anger. Their innocence. No doubt. we all have Light within us. we are filled with sorrow when a loved one dies. The average person has difficulty understanding it. ego. But who will heal our thoughts? The body may of course be healed and the ailment eliminated. fear weakens our mind and also our body. "What is death? You simply exchange your old clothes for new ones. their karma will be reborn. If this affliction is eradicated from the mind. The greatest truth that comes from going deep inside our self is that we recognize that Power which lies within us as Light. Throughout the world. The disease of nervousness.We say. But we should not be annoyed with God or ask "Why did this happen?". We should never forget that all the Prophets called this world mirt lok—"the transient world"—for nothing here remains. of worry. or homeopathy. There is no death for us. and karma is a subject for the Prophets. . our thoughts. hatred. When our mind is healed. And although his body has gone from this life. every part of our body trembles. death. They are rejoicing. It is a secret that God has kept hidden from us. such a blessed atmosphere will be created that healing occurs automatically. kindness and love and the desire to serve others will develop within us. his thoughts will never leave. because the person was carrying his karma from previous lives. the greatest healing comes from looking to see what lies within ourselves. "A good child has come to our house at last. We all have a wonderful power within us. people are not happy. Healing Wherever God is remembered night and day. Despite all this. afflicts ninety percent of people. she becomes familiar with each part of the body. but we do not know it.

but most people have the wrong goals. or thinking. serving.” Nam (reciting God’s Holy Name) without seva (voluntary work in service to God’s Creation) is not acceptable to Guru Nanak: “If people retreat to the mountains to recite Nam. we will all be healed. Whether you are sleeping. If God is constantly working in the world. the earth. But both the rulers and the doctors are unhappy. The power that comes from their love of God not only brings out that work ethic but also the strength to follow it. standing. When you combine work and worship. If we purify our thoughts. The medicine for our thoughts is not worldly medicine. Humans are the most poisonous of all creatures. Work with your hands and feet and keep your mind joined with God. even if something happens in his family he will not be concerned. He is always busy caring for everything – the trees. then how can those who say they believe in God sit idle? Those who become part of our (Babaji’s) mission tend to work four times harder than anyone else. the people. and because he is not helping people. We can get it only from meditation. “Let me show you the direct path to God: “Work hard to support yourself by honest means. drinking. Even if he must lay down his life for his mission.instead transform our mind. you can work harder and serve more. the mission should be in your thoughts. and compassionate. I will continue to work for this mission. One who simply sits idle and meditates will not find favor in God’s court. Nothing must enter this program that will damage our goal. it is guided by God’s hukam. “May all my lifetimes be devoted to this mission. He is so whole-heartedly committed to the program that it is his life. God will heal our inner sickness and our outer sickness as well. He said. When we become angry and commit a crime. such as sleeping. A mission is a program made by God. our thoughts. Seva Guru Nanak introduced a new path to spiritual attainment. His mind is still firmly engaged in the mission. and share the fruits of your labors for the uplift of humanity. who will put out the fires of the burning world?” Every person has to work and help others. then those rulers with very learned doctors would be supremely happy.” Everyone has goals. you are with the Creator as you are serving. If your mind is attuned with dedication. he will not find favor in the world either. If your mind is far away – if you are thinking of your family or friends for instance – then you are not able to do the dedicated work you are supposed to do. If a person is committed to a mission. If we love God. When we turn within and meet God. Work is a form of meditation if your mind is in a state of love. and . in fulfilling his mission he does not feel that he is sacrificing anything. God is the greatest Worker. always remember God. how will worldly medicine help us? If we could achieve pleasure through medicine. Mission The main thing is to be involved in a positive program – a mission. Even if I have forty more lives. When we heal our mind. we will be happy while we are serving and we will always remain with Him. for this is God’s hukam (divine command). disease will have little chance to enter our body. God works so hard and is always happy. and negative thoughts will not have the opportunity to pollute our mind. He will praise God for being so kind to allow him to accomplish His mission. he will not be afraid. I think the environment of the whole world will be cleansed. He feels. if we make them loving. a wave of poison spreads through the atmosphere. When our thoughts are poisoning us.

I have full faith that if people of all religions come together and work in service to humanity.” Everyone has goals. constantly working with the poor and needy. God commanded them to make the land productive. trees. The policies of the world are wrong – there should be no poverty. just as a father runs to help his child at all times. People with these goals are not much different from animals. God is here in the world. Jesus said he would find the lambs who were lagging behind and reunite them with the flock. I will continue to work for this mission.” The basic goal of all religions is to take those things that are not in productive use—be they land. He feels. But we must set aside our self-interest and work in selfless service to others. There is no such class or nation we can call “the poor. He was referring to his great love for those who have been rejected by society: "I have come for you. for .” Work hard and thank God and He will lift you out of poverty. just as Nam is needed as food for the mind. in fulfilling his mission he does not feel that he is sacrificing anything. the whole world can come together in harmony. but most people have the wrong goals. Even if I have forty more lives." Adam planted wheat. Nothing must enter this program that will damage our goal. such as sleeping." Religion does not lie in erecting big edifices as houses for God. Noah planted grapes. And how can we develop the desire to meditate? By starting to meditate and depending on God. he would lift the lambs that were lost and carry them to the herd. That is my personal experience. We must be so strict in our program that God will always take care of us. As part of God's commitment to the Prophets. such as doing seva and helping society. Food is needed for people's bodies. and producing children.program that it is his life. God has always commanded them. How can we develop the motivation to serve? By meditating. Overcoming Poverty Poverty is not a permanent state. Guru Nanak cultivated the soil with his own hands. drinking. God does not have time to sit there being worshipped. This commandment from God continues today. Rather. and make these minds and lands productive. He will praise God for being so kind to allow him to accomplish His mission. "Go and prosper. I have no personal mission. You are not going to be lost now. or the human mind—and help them develop. I simply work to put forth God's message that has already been given to others: We are to serve the poor and work to uplift humanity. “May all my lifetimes be devoted to this mission. Human goals should be beneficial.

From whatever path people approach you. and spend their time working to alleviate those problems. "Please bless and relieve the suffering of the entire creation." Rather. one becomes aware of everyone's needs and is always concerned for their wellbeing. The Guru prayed. As Guru Amar Das prayed. sow crops there. God is here in the world. the environment is suffering. And in addition to their physical sustenance. please give them spiritual sustenance too. regardless of their nationality. "Please God. not being used properly. he would lift the lambs that were lost and carry them to the herd. We should constantly thank God as the only Doer: "Dear Lord." Religion does not lie in erecting big edifices as houses for God. you are responsible for everything. it simply increases the burden on people and diverts resources from the alleviation of poverty. this work that I have done is all your work. give them clothing. we should work incredibly hard to overcome the difficulties in the world. but keep ourselves out of the picture." People are suffering in sorrow and oppression. Rather. "Worry about others. "Dear Lord. this service and this success are all due to your grace." Make God Your Friend . we can use that income to decrease poverty and help the poor to rise. We should meet every adversity and then pray. I have done nothing. if we take barren land and develop it. constantly working with the poor and needy." As one meditates. This is all your grace. Our program is to take all of nature that is lying waste. "Oh God. Instead. When we erect an elaborate religious building." One continually prays. Guru Amar Das has said. or race. please bless them. "Oh God the whole world is on fire. One cares for the poor who work all day but still cannot meet their basic needs. creed. for the benefit of all people. I have done nothing. Those who love God should always be thinking about what problems exist in their particular areas. please make their life easier. God does not have time to sit there being worshipped." I have full faith that if those who preach the word of God would all get involved and begin to work productively again—rather than just sitting idle and taking money for themselves and for big buildings in God's name—we would be able to overcome many of the current difficulties in the world. You are not going to be lost now.Jesus said he would find the lambs who were lagging behind and reunite them with the flock. and help reclaim it. We should all work hard and serve humanity. give them food. for the uplift of humanity. He was referring to his great love for those who have been rejected by society: "I have come for you." To love God is not to sit idle and say.

Change the state of your mind by sowing the seed of Nam. God's Power has never left the world.” Make God your Friend and then see what He will do: He will throw open the gates of blessings. He takes a few people and begins to build love in the world again. As soon as you start meditating. As Guru Gobind Singh says. where there is no high or low? God always receives everyone. But when God's Love comes. and the Truth. and seeking God's Light within yourself. Once Guru Gobind Singh. The Coming of God's Kingdom From time immemorial. Take away the sorrows and the suffering in the world. He will never come nor go from the presence of the Indestructible One. saying. He has empowered a few good people with His Spirit.then God is with you at all times and the peace you receive is indescribable. “The one whose Friend is God can never be separated from God. reciting Nam. our minds have also become polluted. We should all join in prayer that God will bring the Light and Joy of His Kingdom on earth. “You are my Mother. we should all follow God's teachings and anticipate that day when God transforms the world. Take away thoughts of rich and poor." Do not bewail the state of society. . “He does not point out our drawbacks. really suffering with sins and oppression. the world will change. Why should we abandon such a House where caste and lineage do not matter. always merciful. As more and more people do so. whenever the world is really burning.” Guru Nanak says.” God is always present with us. God never becomes angry. your life will change. and through them has changed the whole world. From today.” This is the essential inner secret. please bring Your happiness. it will be such a great wave that all the filth and corruption of the world will be swept away. We should all look to God and pray. Do not waste a moment. When you love God . That day is upon us. You are my Father. Peace of mind is not dependent on one's surroundings. high and low. The time may finally be at hand again when That Power will come in the world and purify all of us. When the world is suffering. Your love to the earth that exist in heaven. Let us all sit together. God's Love is so powerful that nothing will remain in its way. eat together. live and work together in Your grace and harmony. "Dear Lord. nearer than our hands and feet. When you love someone their presence fills your thoughts at all times. God has sent his Messengers to educate people in dharam. “Listen very carefully: Only those who truly love God can ever find Him. The world has become so polluted. “Welcome! Come!” He is always forgiving. comes out and starts working among the people again.Guru Granth Sahib says. which is now hidden. There is no greater peace than that which results from this love. You are my dearest Friend. in a very loving mood said.

and the Truth.anticipate that day when God transforms the world. That day is upon us. comes out and starts working among the people again. which is now hidden. .