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The destiny of a Gurmukh
Extract of a talk given by Sant Kirpal Singh in Hindi
W henatrueMasteracceptsadisciple, that person’s status changes. We were lost wanderers whom not one befriended. Accepted by the Satguru, we were then recognized. He becomes an “accepted” soul, under the care of the Master. We all live in the human form, but a really true hu man being is very rare. One who has compassionate feelings for others, who is the very image of love – so much so as to be filled with nothing else – can be called a true human being. Such a being has the pow er to radiate this love to the whole world. God is love, but we have not seen Him. However, we can see the personification of Him manifested in some true human being, who is the Power of God working on earth in a human pole. That person is love personified. In the Gurbani it is written, “The Guru’s pleasure is like a permanent springtime.” When we receive His gift, it is like an everlasting breath of spring to the yearning soul, which then revels in the spiritual sus tenance. There are two kinds of devotion: one at the senselevel, and the devotion of the Gurmukh. Take the Lord’s name through the Guru’s word. The Ihood is banished by the latter, not by the former. In the Gurmukh’s bhakti, the Sound is easily audible. You cannot become absorbed into anything until all is stilled; for that the Naam is necessary. In the heart, the Light is apparent when you are absorbed. That Light, which is already within you, then bursts forth into brilliance. And into what should we become ab sorbed? That intoxication of God’s Naam, through the Guru’s teaching. That Naam will take you back to God. It is sometimes called mysticism, and it is also called the Surat Shabd
Yoga, but it is a natural practice which either child or venerable adult can equally do. Other practices are far too lengthy for this age. In Patanjali’s yoga, for in stance, one must transcend through six centres, one by one, before one can catch the Sound. So it is a wonderful concession that God has given in this age, that He has made it possible for anyone at any age to walk the Spiritual Path. In the olden days, a man had to spend many years at the Guru’s Feet before he would be given anything – in these days, who can do this? The Guru must now first give something, and then the disciple learns to purify his life. You will be able to observe that the more the Kali Yuga (Iron Age) increases its force, the more grace does the Gu ru bestow – to save any soul. He who is of one colour enjoys perpetual freedom; He has no fight with anyone. He has right understanding; he has full awareness of the oneness of all life. He remains unaffected through each passing phase, while the ripples on the surface of the ocean of life come and go. He works endlessly, tirelessly in this field of action – yet is above the ef fects of action. If he is a Gurmukh, he is unsusceptible to the vicissitudes of life; manmukh is undependable. The Gurmukh is he who is one with the Guru. And the Guru? He is the Word made flesh. He manifests Himself in the Guru and distributes the Shabd. He is not separate from the Shabd; He joins others to it. But a worshipper of the mind and senses – the man mukh – continuously falls. What can be said of the rishis and munis of the past who perhaps fell only once or twice, when we stumble at each step we take. Whoever lives under the influence of the mind and senses will fall. You can compare it to the embers of a fire which, although they seem dead and are covered
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with ashes, yet will flare into life again with a little breeze. But if water is poured on the fire – then? This is what happens to the Gurmukh.
Once Guru Arjan sent one of his disciples to stay with another disciple in Gujarat, an Indian state near Gurmukh becomes one with the Shabd, which is CreaBombay. (My Master also sent people to me some tor of all; and all is His manifestation. times, saying, “Go brother, stay near him for eight or ten days.”) So Guru Arjan gave this disciple a letter of All is the Guru’s or God’s play – inside and outside introduction in which was written, “Keep the bearer – for the Guru is the Shabd itself. When Guru Nanak of this letter with you for a few days.” At the time he was asked, who his Guru was, he replied, “My Guru arrived and presented the letter, his host was busy is Shabd, which is the Creator of all.” preparing a funeral bier, so he asked him, „What is this for?“ The host replied, “O, it will be useful.” Af Only when you become a Gurmukh you do know ter a few days a marriage was arranged for the host’s the Truth; this is the gain from the Guru. son, and after the ceremony at the bride’s house they were returning home, when the son collapsed and Whoever sits before a Godrealized person in all sin died. When they brought the body into the house, cerity, in his company he will come to understand the father went to his workroom and brought out the what the Shabd is, and what is the true gain from the bier he had made. In amazement, the visiting disci Guru. ple said, “When you knew that your son was going to die, why did you allow him to marry?“ The host Gurmukh knows the Lord of all karmas; in all four agreplied, “It is the give and take of the karmas.” The dis es he proves the teaching of the Shabd. The Gurmukh ciple considered carefully and realized that when the sings the praises of Shabd in all ages. man had been making the bier, he had shown no sor St. John tells us that in the beginning was the Word. row, and when his son was married, he had shown no rejoicing. Who then was he? He was a Gurmukh, All creation was made afterward. the mouthpiece of the Guru. Guru is the mouthpiece of God, and he who respects the Guru’s every word Beware of those who declare themselves Gurus, will assuredly gain salvation. But a Guru like this is for a true Guru will never say this; instead, he sees that God is the Doer. Sometimes it might be that found only through great destiny. an intoxicated man may murmur, “I am God, I am Now he tells of the manmukh: He is a manmukh God” – that is something different, but there is no who does not know of the Shabd, and does not fear the comparison between the ocean and a drop from that ocean. The sun and its ray are incomparable. When Guru’s greatness. the ray realizes what it is, deep humility comes, and The manmukh has no knowledge of the everexistent he is humble. Such realization of the Lord is like an God; but if you ever come to know what a Guru is, overladen fruit tree, the weight of which bows the then there is nothing left to learn. The Guru teaches branches to the earth. He sees that some Power is this with love, with persuasion – after all, they are working, and even if brickbats are thrown at him, yet his children! If a child is covered with filth, he can he will give his blessing. Shankara said, “There is no not kill it. Under the influence of the mind, the man difference between you and me; but the wave is of mukh has little understanding; he does not obey the the ocean, the ocean cannot be of the wave.” Guru, he does not live for the Guru’s pleasure, but he is concerned with his own will. The reason? He Gurmukh does not die, he is not born. Gurmukh is one with the Shabd itself. has little or no connection with the Shabd. When a person gets the connection, he should keep it intact
and not break it; only then will all the virtues come, without effort. The precious attribute of true humil ity will grow in his heart. Just listening to the Shabd is a treasure of all virtues.
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How can one who is one with the Shabd be born, and how indeed can he die? He returns to his Father’s home, and does not come back to the world. If he does happen to return, it is not as a prisoner but as a doctor: a guide to humanity. Gurmukh defines the ever-existent, imperishable Naam. He gives the right understanding; he sees and then speaks. Without seeing, an explanation is like a blind man’s knowledge. With one Name, salvation swept the four ages. That Name is called the Shabd. The Naam Power, though one and the same, is known by different names. O my mind, repeat the one Name. When the Master gives the contact and opens the inner eye, what is outside will be the same as is seen inside. The Gurmukh is in permanent peace and bliss. In his heart does the Naam reside. So contact with him will also give an inner peace and coolness. He is the Bread and Water of Life. He is saturated with the Love of God – is desireless. The ups and downs of the world may come and go, yet he never worries; even if his body breaks into pieces, yet will he be whole. Daily he leaves his body; he dies dai ly, and death holds no sting for him. Christ told the people to take up the cross daily. Mira Bai says, “My Beloved is resting on top of a scaffold (on the top of the skeleton of human body, at the Third Eye) – how can I meet Him?” How can those who are sitting at the senselevel meet the Lord? A hundred wise men will think alike, no matter what the difference in their language or mode of speech. He who has unravelled the mystery can give an experience to others, who, by daily increasing it, will become as wise as he. Do not all loving fathers desire their children to be even more successful than themselves? And which child will achieve that success? He who keeps the father’s commandments. Gurmukh becomes conscious of the Truth itself – un-
touched by death, birth and rebirth. He lives on an elevated level, he finishes the give and take of the children, he is fully awakened and clearly sees the true condition of this illusory world. Gurmukh bhakti (the devotion of the Gurmukh) is accepted at Court. He is absorbed in the true Shabd. God accepts his devotion, because he is drenched in the Lord’s colour. In him, God has manifested; and he lives in God. His angle of vision is different from others: he has realized Truth itself. Night and day he sings (in praise of God), and goes with ease to his home. Constantly absorbed in the love of God, he can go to his true home any time he likes. While singing the praises of God here on earth, yet when he goes home he is one with Him. The true Satguru reveals the Shabd. Daily do the bhakti, and keep your attention on Him. The Satguru makes audible the inner Sound, which is above the five senses. Bhai Gurdas Ji says that if one wants to hear the Sound, one must rise above the five elements. And the more you transcend, the more will be revealed unto you. Only he who goes high enough can know Him who is the highest. If you sing the Song of the Lord, forever will the virtue of tranquillity reside in you. The Guru Sahib says that he is overflowing with joy to take His Name. By His grace, everything blossoms. He on whom rests the Guru’s grace is perpetually in bloom. “Master, we have You. We don’t need any oth er Master.”
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“master, we have you. we don’t need any other master.”
i am not master, i tell you. God in me is the master. i never dream that i am the master. i see some power helping others; all thanks go to him, not me!
“you don’t mind us calling you ‘master’, though, do you?”
This is a misnomer. God is the master. There is some word for it, maybe ‘master’ or ‘Teacher’ or ‘elder brother’ or ‘father’. if you call me father, your brother, or your friend, what difference does it make?
“i noticed the other day someone referred to you as ‘maharaji’.”
‘maharaj’ means ‘highest person’. That’s all. words. These are words. really the ‘maharaji’ is that which is within me. That is within you, too.
(Dehra Dun, Sept. 15, 1970)
Written by Sant Kirpal Singh, 1969 I am entering into the evening of my physical life after passing through the seventyfive years of age with the grace of my Master (the Word made flesh) and find that the Word – Holy Naam – is the stake of my life here and hereafter, and so far each one of you whom God has sent to me. That is the Bread of Life and Water of Life, which nourishes the soul. On spiritual health depends the life of mind and body both. Without that our lives have no worth as an elephant which has no ivory teeth; a well which has no water to give; a fruit tree which bears no fruit; the earth which gives no vegetation without rain or water; or the night which is without moonlight. This is the most important aspect of our lives. „What does it profit a man if he gains the possessions of the whole world and loses one‘s own soul.“ While enjoying the bliss of Holy Naam, the mind – an agent of Negative Power – creeps in stealthily to devoid us of the bliss of Godintoxication, considering that one is indispensa ble in whatever line he/she is placed. We are fortunate to have been selected to do certain jobs in the setup of God‘s work, and each of such ones should feel thankful to God and put shoulder to the wheel. The devoted children live in harmony with each other in the noble cause of God. The Master is fully aware and has appreciation of each one‘s loving devotion and sacrifice and doles out to him/her the loving intoxication to the capacity of each one of them. Big and small wheels in a machinery have to play their own part, to keep the machin ery agoing smoothly by oiling with the fragrant oil of loving devotion. You must be careful not to be deceived by the crafty machinations of mind by turning your face to the Master Power, which resides in each one of you at the time of initiation and never leaves you here and hereafter. This can be done lovingly by keeping his Commandments. I wish to see you progress on the spiritual way and become ambassadors of Truth during the evening of my life – sooner the better as time and tide wait for no man. Let us unite, one and all, to loving embrace of the Master, forgiving and forgetting petty differences cre ated by the mind to retard progress and bring the blessings of the Master Power working overhead. I wish each one of you to join with me in the prayer in the words of Guru Ram Dass Ji and Guru Arjan Dev Ji as under: O Lord forsake not me, Thy slave. Take me in Thy loving embrace: O Lord out of Thy old love. It is Thy innate nature to purify the sinners; So heed not Thou my errors and sins. Thou art the life of my life, my peace, my riches; So burn down Thou, in Thy mercy, the curtain of ego that screens me off from Thee.
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Without water how can the fish abide? Without milk how can the child live? Slave Nanak craves for the Lotus Feet of Thee, O Lord, seeing Thy vision doth he gather the Essence of joy As a last resort I go to surrender myself to Thee O Lord; As I have come to Thy refuge, it is up to Thee to accept or kill me. The clever sycophancy of the world, this I have cast all to the fire. Now say the good or evil of me, I have surrendered myself (to Thee my God) He who cometh, to seek Thy refuge, O Lord, him Thou protecteth in Thy mercy. Nanak hath come to Thy refuge; O Lord, now keep Thou my honour. O Thou Fount of Mercy, abide ever in my heart; And awaken that intuition in me that I begin to Love Thee. Always keep me in the holy dust of the saints‘ Feet that I apply it to my forehead. Though most sinful, I may become purest of the Pure, by tuning with the Music of all Harmonies and ever sing Thy praises. That Thy will be sweet to me, and I be pleased with whatever Thou doest; And whatever Thou givest I be satisfied and I wonder not about to knock another‘s door. I may know Thee always nearer me and be the Dust of all in all humility. In the company of saints all this can be achieved and we can have a Vision of God. We are ever Thy children, O Lord, Thou art our Master and King Nanak is Thy child, O Father and Mother, and in his is the Milk of Thy Name. Yours affectionately, Kirpal Singh
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