The translation of His Holiness Guru Bawa Muhiyaiddeen’s manuscript “Guru Mani”

“The Pearl of Wisdom”

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The translation of His Holiness Guru Bawa Muhiyaiddeen’s manuscript “Guru Mani”

“The Pearl of Wisdom”

Invocation
Seeing within me the Triple Flame within Alif, Laam, Meem When will my sorrow depart, O Lord of Mine? Knowing Thee, dwelling within Thee, When will I open my eyes and find Thee, O Lord of Mine? Forgetting the earth, discarding the damsel When will my heart melt thinking of Thee, O Lord of Mine?

Introduction In the Name of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful By the Grace of Allah, I have completed the translation of His Holiness Guru Bawa Muhiyaiddeen’s manuscript “Guru Mani”. Praise be to Allah! Under the mystical guidance and inspiration of His Holiness I undertook this onerous task with great trepidation and awe. “The Pearl of Wisdom” as I have named it, is therefore, a tribute of love and dedication from the depths of my heart to my Sheikh. It has taken two years to complete “The Pearl of Wisdom”, the English translation of “Guru Mani”, during which time I suffered two setbacks. I had two bouts of illness after two falls but neither of these deterred me from my purpose. I am humbly aware that a few others before me had unsuccessfully attempted this task. The original “Guru Mani” was written in the 1940’s in Tamil, a Dravidian language deeply rooted in tradition and in a rich cultural background. It is said that under the dictation of His Holiness, “Guru Mani” was handwritten by an unsophisticated goldsmith at a time when modern equipments like typewriters and tape recorders were not available at Bawa’s ashram in Jaffna. This book is a continuous narration in conversational style between Guru and disciple, spoken in the traditional sufi way of imparting knowledge to the uninitiated, of the mystery of life here and in the hereafter. Up to now, this rare work has been beyond the reach of the English- speaking reader who is in the pursuit of truth within truth and of wisdom within wisdom and seeks to delve into the mystical realms of the Sufis. “The Pearl of Wisdom” is the caption I have

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” chosen for my translation because it is indeed a veritable pearl of purity and wisdom which His Holiness reveals to the world within the pages of this book. I have re-arranged a few portions of the narration to maintain a smooth flow of thought and to make the rendition more intelligible to the English language reader. This book is compartmentalised into forty chapters (in itself a mystical number) not losing sight of the continuity of the original. People of all faiths and religions and of many races and hues gathered round His Holiness to listen to His discourses during His lifetime on earth. In Jaffna, North Sri Lanka, which has a predominantly Hindu cultural background, His Holiness often sought to clarify or explain a point by referring to the Hindu epics. Some of these references quoted in this book, for example, are found in chapter thirty-three, "The Ten Evil Sins". These ten characters were men of great eminence who had to suffer degradation because of a flaw in their character. “The Pearl of Wisdom” I hope, will satisfy the English-speaking disciples of His Holiness in particular and the seekers of truth in general. Those who encouraged me and helped me in my work, I have separately thanked in my formal acknowledgement. But I must specifically speak of my friend, Dr P Balachanthiran, who day after day, came to my Villa to help me through the editing stage of the translation. His help has been invaluable. My wife, Ameena, assisted me in no small measure by computer-typing the entire manuscript, despite her household duties. My son, Dr Abdul Mahir, MSc; PhD, volunteered to publish the “ Pearl of Wisdom” at his own expense, for which Allah will reward him. Aameen. My friend, Hilmy Mohideen, the President of the Colombo Serendib Sufi Study Circle, was a great source of encouragement with his inimitable gentle, soft-spoken words. The other stars in my firmament are my beloved children, Dr Mahir, Alia, Inshira, Ahmad Sasha, Khwaja Muhaiyaddeen, Noorul Nissa and my grandson Arshad Hamdan Mahir and many close relatives and friends who helped to kindle the lamp of inspiration at all times. Among the few pictures contained in “The Pearl of Wisdom” are two portraits, one by my son, Dr Mahir, at the age of 15 years and the other by my son-in-law, Ahmad Alexandre Vladimirovich Smeiman, a Russian artist who is a great devotee of His Holiness. In the original “Guru Mani” are many tributes in verse to His Holiness by His loving disciples, some of which are anonymous. I have translated two of them. I seek forgiveness from His Holiness Guru Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and from all His disciples for any omissions and errors I would have inadvertently committed in my translation. May Allah forgive me for any mistakes. For the successful completion of this task I say, "Alhamdulillah, Mashallah, Subhanallah, Allahuakber! "

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Mohamedali Sultan Abdul Cader (Formerly of the Ceylon Administrative Service and Minister of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Moscow, USSR.) M S A Cader “ Villa Quadir”, No 2, Keells Private Homes, Pothuarawa Road, Malabe, Sri Lanka. Tel: 2561674 January 1st 2000. Preface In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful

It gives me immense happiness indeed to write this preface in The Name of Allah, The Rasool, The Kuthub and His Holiness Bawa Muyaiyaddeen. This book, “The Pearl of Wisdom” is the English translation of one of His Holiness Guru Bawa’s earliest works, “Guru Mani”. My friend, Abdul Cader, who under divine inspiration undertook this onerous task is one, whom I feel, is eminently suitable for the translation of this highly mystical book into English. Abdul Cader has an expansive knowledge of both English and Tamil languages, having had his secondary education at the prestigious Jaffna Hindu College, Sri Lanka and subsequently, his university education at the Columbia University, New York, USA. Besides, these mundane qualifications, Abdul Cader has been a close devotee of His Holiness for many years and has sat at the feet of the Guru, his Sheikh, to listen to His discourses. It is Abdul Cader’s spiritual involvement with his Sheikh, that makes him the most suitable for this work. The translation is therefore, a clear rendition of His Holiness’ original Tamil version. The essence of “Guru Mani” has been brought out in this book, “The Pearl of Wisdom”. It is a symbol of the translator’s love, dedication, devotion and reverence towards his Sheikh, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. May Allah’s Grace and Bawa Muhaiyaddeen’s blessings be upon Abdul Cader and his family for rendering this translation for those who are in the pursuit of Truth.

Dr P Balachanthiran A Vice-President of Serendib Sufi Study Circle, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” 10th December 1999 Appreciation

This book, “Guru Mani”, translated “The Pearl of Wisdom”, whose author is no less a person than His Holiness, M R Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral), a great sufi Sheikh, who passed away in Philadelphia, USA, at the call of His Creator, has now been translated into English by Mr M S A Cader for the benefit of all English-speaking readers. The book “The Pearl of Wisdom” is an inexhaustible fountain of wisdom presented in a form that any ordinary reader will understand. Mr Cader has done a magnificent job in undertaking this valuable work. He has presented this volume of high mysticism with great simplicity and clarity. I have no doubt that all readers will greatly appreciate Mr Cader’s efforts and benefit from the wisdom the book discloses. I have therefore, great pleasure in commending this book to all aspirants of the Sufi path for whose benefit this English version is rendered. I pray to Almighty Allah to bless Mr Cader for the great interest he has shown in translating this monumental work.

M Baharien Haleed Hony Jt. Secretary, Serendib Sufi Study Circle, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 22-12- 1999

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“The Pearl of Wisdom”

Portrait of His Holiness Bawa Muhaiyaddeen by Russian Artist Ahmad Alexander Vladimirovich Smeiman

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Foreword by His Holiness Guru Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Man appearing on the earth, forgets God and falls into many a trap. He does not know to seek himself although God exists within man This “Guru Mani” is to explain this concept in detail.

O my beautiful brethren, take in every word of the secrecy of “Guru Mani” with your capacity to understand and entrench it in your heart. It will remove the sorrows of your birth and be of assistance to you. Absorb every word into your clear tranquil heart with incisive feeling and make it into a form.

Seek to know with clarity the Primal One who stands in stately grace. Face the personal interview test of the Primal One with clarity. Know the manner of the elegant twenty-eight letters that form the parts of the human body. Know the glory of the human form and realise the greater bliss of reaching the Primal One.

Take all the lessons learnt in all the births. Divide them individually, letter by letter and study each with knowledge. Assimilate these lessons correctly.

Know the esteemed state of the Lone One. Use your wisdom and separate individually the six consciousnesses. Remove the wasteful substance and make the remedy that shows the immanent Primal Being’s beauteous substance, which provides joy in this world and in the hereafter and causes the flood of compassion to beat against the shores. Realise this with a melting heart. You will get rid of the sixty-four evils and destroy the inherited three evils that follow you. The vast sea of sorrow will disappear. May the courageous beings read “Guru Mani” with determination.

O my children, as precious to me as my eyes, learn the six tastes of the “Guru Mani. “Be clarified. Be aware. Feel. Conduct yourself with enlightenment..

Separate each section, individually. Contemplate in solitude. Each section will reveal and illuminate the truth. Kindle the light of your heart in silence. Forget yourself. Speak and lose yourself, talking alone with intensity. Say, “He is One.” Your soul will elevate itself.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” These are gracious words emerging from the tongue of humble Bawa, the unclean,stinking corpse, without his will and without his knowledge. However, these arewords of reason, justice and virtue. They have the grace of the Primal One. If there are any faults or flaws coming from the tongue of this humble, sinful Bawa, bear with me, my brothers, who read this, who listen and who contemplate. Bear with me for the sake of the Primal One. Let those who are knowledgeable, correct my faults. Forgive me the wrong and accept the good. So I request.

My brothers who accept “Guru Mani,” which this poor ignorant Bawa sang and who read it with clarity are the Creator’s beings of grace. They are the great beings of this world. May Allah’s grace be upon them. INVOCATION TO ALLAH by His Holiness Guru Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

O Primordial One, place the Primal Ruler in my mind The mighty mind that comes and rules, Casting aside three kinds of fore-running conduct Destroying six armies and eliminating the enemy.

Bless luminosity’s glow that mingles within my soul Truth within shines in splendour. Bless true spirit to grow within this despicable body Bless me O Allah, to banish sinful birth and gain maturity.

O Nectar, blissfully moving with justice! O Ambrosia! O Graceful Light of joy, resting within my soul Before my return, help me look right and left Give me Your Grace to clarify and purify me Come! Come! O Primal One, shining as grace.

Come, O Rasool Muhammad ! One who elucidates The fifty-first alphabet, the Foremost Substance That becomes the six faces of clarity.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” O Effulgence, that knows my distress before I am aware of it O Primal One within me, come, before my body disintegrates You were my sight even before my eyes opened, You are the light within the pupil of my eye. Come, O Primal One, who makes the eye shine as grace.

The ever-present path mixes in my body, enhancing itself To place before the Primal One in more glorious words. Look, the North wind that blows intermittently Calls you, knowing the signs of the Primal One. O Light merging with the heart, if you persevere Allah will come and embrace you.

He plays mind within mind, King of that kingdom, If you pay obeisance, Allah will soon join you. . He will carry a remedy to clarify you.

Sing, know the bodily organs and seek them The Primal One will come dancing before you To be with Allah is your only bliss. Remedy of your Master Guru is your victory There is magic in his glorious words!

Your benefits will multiply according to your recitals. Sing with a heart that is deep and melting, The Primal One will rush to meet you. The Only One with a million names Allah expects no reward from you. He will seek you and gladly usher you ashore. If your intention is praise-worthy He will provide a remedy To give you clarity in this world. If your mind has achieved clarity He will give you the glorious cure. The Primal One will surely reach you!

What can one say about the Primal Ones words of grace? O my mind, have you courage to speak precisely of Allah? O my mind, can you fathom the ebb less ocean? Can you measure it with your feet? O my mind can you determine its capacity,

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” The way you measure the boundless sea, Not knowing its depth or length? Is this how you determine the Lone One’s glory Through this body that is full of pretence? Those with determination and clarity of mind Learn continuously within the lustrous pearl of wisdom, Each one clarifying wisdom within wisdom As befits each one’s clarity, O my mind!

See, there is room for as many minds as you look. Those with deep clarity have good conduct. See the blossoming flower over there, It contains a sweet fragrance! We shall achieve clarity, those born with me and I, Acquiring good conduct, seeking Allah’s grace We shall see the Primal One and witness the union Within the deepest recesses of the heart. There is a cure for escape from the world There is a cure to purify your conduct. There is grace of the Sustainers of the two worlds. There is a cure for dispelling darkness There is graceful advice of Season’s Master Guru Know this O my mind!

The Primordial One cleanses my character O my mind, what can I say is its meaning? By what name shall I call it? Those who know it, will know! The Primal One will clarify the pure. Those who submit to Guru, will submit. Is this not the secret of Allah? If each mind is clear and pure Words of wisdom will spring forth, Will these not be pearls of wisdom?

It is the primal pearl of wisdom That is spoken of as the glorious word Uttered by Master Muhammad Rasool (sal). The pearl of wisdom that purifies the heart As quoted by humble “Miskin Bawa”!

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” It is Master Guru’s wondrous pearl For those with pure bodies It is the Primal Pearl of Wisdom.

The wise know this honeyed language For each one’s clarity there is a cure. The pearl of wisdom has a praiseworthy method. The grace of the sacred universal traveller Contains good remedy for further progress.

There is that “matter” wandering with no haste The mind seeking to know the One. We need to search for truth and clarity. There are twenty-eight letters that excel Multiplicity of which make the human form. The mind has to study and assimilate About the state of these letters of life Which is excellent for the straight path. The Esteemed One dwells blissfully in man. O my mind, study and clarify these, this very day, The grace of the Master Guru, The purity of mind, the Primal One, Service to the Guru and achieve clarity. You will certainly reach the Primal Lord, Ya Rabbil Aalameen! “Guru Mani” of the graceful one is true! O Esteemed Primal One ! Ya Rabbil Aalameen!

In the Name of Allah Most Merciful Most Compassionate Invocation To let Grace spring forth, To let darkness vanish, To let the love of Guru grow, To let qualities be purified, O Graceful Guru, give me a remedy.

Disciple: Swami, show us a way how to dispel the darkness in the world? Guru: O Son, I shall sing a song and then answer your question.

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For the Silent One to appear as Grace, To find the world as a tiny thing, To destroy Sorrow which is a maiden, With help from the Master Guru’s graceful way, Seek and learn standing on the path, And ask with a melting heart. Let the body become the true mystery, Dominant with grace. Let the seed be destroyed, Blinding both eyes. Enshrine in they heart, The lamp of Guru’s graceful words. With a heart of love See “ Aathi “as a thing. Spread the Guru’s words with a delightful heart, Unfurl the flag of Guru’s words everywhere. Then the fate that accompanies thee Shall turn into dust.

My true and perfect pupils, gems of my eyes, ask for the remedy in order to shine everywhere.

CHAPTER 1

Signs of Spiritual Significance

The four types of wives Disciple: O Guru Swami, what is the world? Explain it to me. Guru: O my eyes, the world is folly. It is a woman called Desire. That is the earth world. Everything appearing on earth is Maya. Women are the four religions. Religious scriptures are the attachments of all creations. Gold is a creator of mischief. There are seventy-three groups mixed with all human lives, entering the nerve, the skin and the flesh, as four kinds of destructive women. Disciple: Swami, Master Guru, teach me in detail the four kinds of women. There is a great desire ceaselessly springing forth in me to marry one of these women.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Guru: O dear Son, what is referred to as the four religions are divided into several races and religions. Race denotes an evil character. Religion is arrogance. These two have divided themselves into four faiths. They appear as four women. The first is Manaiyal (the one who looks after the home.) The second is Manaiyaddi (the one who shakes up the home). The third is Thadiyaddi (the one who causes the stick to be brandished).The fourth is Thandaddi (the one who causes the club to be brandished). Disciple: O Guru Swami, which of these is good? Guru: Listen. I shall tell you. You ask me which is good and which is evil. Earth, Air, and Water intermingled to form the shape of a ball .The earth is the first sign,Maniaiyal (the one who looks after the home). She has the characteristics of the earth. She is the best among these four types of women. Disciple: What are her actions? Guru: Dear son, listen to her work Forgetful of the world, Absorbing the truth within her, Discerning clearly good from evil, Always on the good path, Singing without words, The praise of the unsearchable thing, Tasting the clear unquenchable nectar,

Unhesitatingly absorbing within her heart, Making compassion her home each day, Keeping noble deeds as her life, Lighting the lamp of chastity, Performing many a duty, Fixing untold images with clarity, Accepting the Guru and His Grace as divine, Placing her body, wealth and life, As a slave at the feet of her husband, Conscious of her three duties, Of noble deeds, wealth and offer of bliss, She shines praising her husband’s feet. O dear son, her actions, just as the earth, are full of patience and peace. She accepts those who praise and those who abuse, displaying her tolerance to all living things with virtuous conduct. Like the earth, she tolerates those who excrete and those who urinate on it, both men and cattle. She observes the peculiarities of their bodies, their bodily features and signs and endures them. She is Manaiyal(the one who looks after the home). She does not allow her heart to meander here and there. She protects her

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” precious chastity and casts her starry, modest eyes at the feet of her husband, wishing that no harm should befall him – her deity. She prays with a melting heart and always seeks protection for him. She is Manaiyalpossessing the character of the earth. She destroys Maya, banishes her mental desires and establishes compassionate kindness. She goes to bed later and rises earlier. She bathes, polishes the floor, washes her body and purifies her heart. She destroys deceit. She opens her eyes and rubs them on the feet of her husband. She stands with folded arms and lights the lamp of chastity. She gets her husband to open his eyes in that light. She is the first type of wife, my son. Did you listen, my son, gem of my eyes? The second type of wife is Manaiyaddi (the one who shakes up the house). She is of the fire sign and is of evil-character. She cannot discriminate between right and wrong. She has no awareness of excreta and urine. She burns each and everything within sight and reduces them into ash. She melts the rock, burns intelligence, breaks the mind, agitates the heart, burns character, brings turmoil into the family, tortures the analytical wisdom and torches the earth. She makes it appear as truth all the ideas that enter into her mind, whether true or false. Full of self-aggrandisement, she questions covertly, “Who is better than I ”? This is the type of wife of the fire sign called Manaiyaddi. She behaves in various other ways to hurt the feelings of her husband. She torments him and eventually destroys him. She has yet more characteristics. It is this type of wife of many characters who is called Manaiyaddi. Do you hear my dear disciple, gem of my eyes? The third type of wife is called Thadiyaddi (the one who causes the stick to be brandished). She has the character of the air. She flies like the wind. She winks her eyes, enters all possible places, ruins the heart, causes the breath to be withheld, holds the urine, blocks the urinary passage, causes the abdomen to distend, numbs the brain, breaks the mountain, destroys the forest, makes the sea rise, breaks the house, dashes the ships, hurts the mind, diminishes judgement, stirs up the world, tests the strength, accumulates sins and distances God. She alters fate, destroys destiny, misleads man, breaks his head and puts him to death. This is done by the wife with the air sign called Thadiyaddi. She looks wherever she wants to look, goes wherever she wants to go, winks whenever she wants to wink, walks wherever she wants to walk, lies down whenever she wants to lie, controls whom she can control, ruins whatever she can ruin, aims wherever she can aim, sleeps wherever she can sleep, laughs whenever she can laugh, hides wherever she can hide, wanders wherever she can wander, snatches whatever she can snatch and sends her husband’s life to the other world. So does Thadiyaddi,the wife with the air sign. There are yet many more traits in this third type of wife. The fourth type of wife of the water sign called Thandaaddi (the one who causes the brandishing of the club) runs over hills and lies on valleys. She is bound where she should be bound, lies where she should lie, runs where she should run, rolls where she should roll, scatters where she should scatter, controls herself where she should be controlled, gets infested with worms where she should be infested, gives an offensive odour from where such odour should emanate, leaps where she should leap, and goes

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” wherever she has to go. This is the wife of the fourth type of the water sign called Thandaaddi. Do you see the mischief of these types of wives, my son, gem of my eyes? Disciple: O Guru, is there any benefit in researching into the characteristics of each type of these wives, Swami? Guru: Yes, there is. I shall tell you one more thing. Please listen. There are names depending on the circumstances for these types of wives. When men without wounds, itch or boils take one of these women, itch or boils appear on them with oozing ulcers. For a man born as human, living as human, residing as human, the first type of wife I mentioned earlier, called the graceful Manaiyal, is the real marriage. Realise this well. The virtuous wife performs virtuous deeds, not deviating from the virtue of home- life. If this virtuous wife who loves the lives of others as her own, is herself a big burden to a man, should the rest be told? Son, know this with a little measure of caution and reason. Further, if this same man were to marry a woman, one, two, three and four times by mutual liking between man and woman, he loses his wisdom, blinds his eyes, loses his discretion, emaciates his body, suffers and creates injury to his heart. As a cure for that hurt he takes another wife. This becomes a second burden. A third wife is a caustic remedy for his wounded heart and a fourth wife satisfies his ego. This common factor exists for both man and woman. Will this factor bring about happiness? No, it is very rare indeed! Nevertheless, having ourselves caused injury to our hearts and as a cure for it, we use caustic dressing material and a load of caustic medicine for the wound, will we die or survive? Contemplate on this. Disciple: All right, Swami, I understand. People speak of “Illaram and Thuvawaram” (married life and the life of the recluse). Which of these is desirable ? Guru: Listen, dear. As I said earlier, God is Love. If one were to get a Manaiyaal with a melting heart, who discards wealth and the pleasures of worldly life but reveres the feet of her husband, who is absorbed in the One and Only Almighty Lord, the God without form, then in such an instance, domestic life is an ocean of bliss. Nevertheless, this opportunity is very, very, very rare indeed! Be what it may, life itself is burdensome.

CHAPTER 2

Search for God

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Disciple: Swami. Show us a way to improve ourselves while living in this world. Guru: Dear One. There are two ways. If you are to live in this world, there is a need for a woman. If you are to reach the Lord, there is a need for a Guru (Sheikh). A Guru is very, very hard to find. Disciple: Swami, you mentioned Guru. How is such a Guru to be recognised? How is he to be searched for? How are we to associate with him? Teach it to me in detail. Guru: Listen, child. Isn’t this the world? In it there are many movements. To be born a man, one has to perform several crores of meritorious deeds. To be born a man among men, one has to perform meritorious deeds many times over. Among them to be a human among humans, one has to practise much more severe religious austerities. Disciple: Swami, how can one perform meditation before birth? It is said that meritorious acts are performed before birth. If that were so, how can one perform meditation before birth? In that event, is the world a happy place or a sorrowful one? Guru: Oh, is that what you are asking? I shall tell you. Listen. It is true that to be born in this world is great. 1. 2. 3. 4. The Motionless All-Pervading One is the Omniscient Silent One. The world is a hypnotic fascination. The mind is agitation. The words of a Gnostic guru are a driving force.

These four are divided into sixteen divisions. I shall give you the meanings of these sixteen divisions later on. Now, I shall answer your question. Listen. Disciple: Swami, O Guru, what is the Motionless One? Guru: Son, the Motionless One is one who cannot be known. The Formless One pervades here, there and everywhere. He has no appearance, no shape, no name. no country, no wife, no child, no friend, no connections, no ownerships, no associates, no seed, no birth, no death, no destruction, no end, no temples, no ponds, no religion, no people, no hands, no legs, no mouth, no head and no abode of His own. He is far removed from human knowledge and even beyond that. He is the Motionless Ultimate One. Do you understand, Son?

Disciple: How is this Ultimate One to be reached? How can such a One who is formless, elusive, ruling here, there and everywhere, protect us? How will He give and take? He has no hands, no legs and no mouth. He will therefore, be unable to speak. How can we discover such a God?

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Guru: Son, do you understand what I have been saying? You question me about His want of mouth and lack of hands. Do you not? Let me tell you about a tiny particle of a particle of the size of a speck of dust of His Greatness. Listen. Gracefully He appears as the ripened fruit, without flower or bud, He protects, not being a mother but akin to seventy mothers. He speaks without mouth and enters the mind with grace, He protects, questioning and listening to thy answers without ear. He alone dwells in all of us without a mother, He helps those who employ truth without insincerity, He is the tongue less Lord who speaks through our hidden tongue, Without a sceptre, He is the Guru Lord who rules everywhere as the One Umbrella, Deathless He exists everywhere, ever giving and never abandoning us, A King without a palace, He is the One who gives charity, As the Resplendent Bright Flame, within and without, With expectation of benefit from none. As the Lord of those in seclusion and in distress, In the middle of the night or during the day. In religious experience and in religious knowledge, He enters the living soul and body, Without causing pain to those who live in harmless surrender, To those maidens with hearts of kindness, To the great ascetics, to virtuous men and pure women, He appears gracefully as the wick of the Lamp of Faultless Guru Wisdom. With perpetual grace, He is the Lord who vibrates within Love and Compassion.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” If thou art aware of the words of such a Lord, And submit to the advice of the wise guru, Then ! What is distress? What is poverty? Is there any parallel to this? Know this O my son, so seek thou the right guru. I have said so, my son, He will certainly help thee. God is the Motionless One. He is Allah! Have you understood this my son, gem of my eyes? CHAPTER 3 Search for a Guru Disciple: Swami, to know God one needs the grace of a guru. His advice is necessary. How is one to find him? How many kinds of Master- Gurus are there? Guru: I shall tell you how the various types of gurus operate. 1. The world is a guru. It shows you hypnotic fascination. Son, there are many more traits among all these sixteen gurus. Four among these have been identified as the final choice. The best among the four gurus is the guru who is full of grace and compassion. O Son, he is the one whom you must seek. That is the path to reach God. Do you understand, O disciples, gems of my eyes? 2. The parents are the gurus of the arts. 3. The foster-mother is the guru who raises you. 4. The school is the guru that causes affinity for the worldly pleasures in the drama of life and the development of the body and its survival. 5. Associate-ship is the guru that teaches you good and bad, bad and good, like going to school, showing affection to many and mixing with them. This is the relationship guru, which is to move as close friends, teaching good or evil in accordance with the relative relationships.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” 6. The guru who initiates you to seek employment and thereby improve yourself. 7. The damsel-guru who shakes the mind, causes pain to the body, weakens the nerves, melts the bones, enhances pleasure, makes sorrow permanent, winks the eyes, melts the meaning, distances the Lord and diminishes courage. She is the dancing damsel guru who pushes you to the depths of hell. 8. The Asuru-Guru (demon guru) who reduces the mind to dust and the state of the mind to ash, honours Maya (delusion), elevates Manthric (magic) and teaches the acquisition of things. 9. The false devotee guru who conceals truth, divides strength and tempts you into sinful acts. 10. The Meignani (true and wise) guru who disciplines the senses, establishes good deeds, elevates charity, destroys the malefic forces, exhibits the bliss of the greater happiness of self-realisation and shows as false the “I” and the “You”, the world, slumber, the sea, the hills, the mountains, the body, the stomach, the valley and the land. He implants wisdom, enhances judgement and dispels the adverse effects of destiny. 11. The Great Guru who shrinks the body, establishes truth, loves others’ lives as his own, exalts service to man and performs his duty to the country. He recognises love as God and charity as noble, the straight path as the great path, the world as a narrow path and that there is reward in service to others. 12. The guru of ignorance is devoid of the inner-eye. He schemes to appease his one-span stomach, conceals the Motionless, Unique One and projects the movable one, disturbs wisdom, enhances arrogance, increases greed, separates the “I” and the “You”, creates drama, separates the six levels of wisdom, affirms the transient as real, stirs the senses, makes gods of all what he sees, makesKovils (temples) of the things that are pleasant to behold, forgets the hereafter and pushes you into the deep hell. He has no self-awareness, no understanding of race and is not mindful of the future. He makes the world a market- place with divisive mentality. He consumes all lives as food for the survival of his one-span stomach. He conceals truth, elevates falsehood and torments the living-beings. So does the guru of ignorance. 13. The Mamakaram (betraying, possessive) guru roams the world, commands respect, shortens life, develops his body, destroys God, kills analytical wisdom, uses every opportunity to elevate himself, forgets God, loses compassion, loses his eyes, conceals intelligence, buries beauty, enhances false bliss, elevates his reputation, displays his pride, loses his heart, forgets his character and covers his body, mouth and stomach. He competes for himself in the four corners of the world. What appears as pleasant becomes sorrowful throughout life. For example, physical exercise is pleasant for the body but eventually is painful for the entire body. There is unfathomable sorrow in the last crossing.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” 14. The poet guru thinks there is nothing beyond his education. He says he can mend breakages and resurrect the burnt-dead. Pleased with his words, he prides himself of his speech. He rejoices in his desires, welds the separated parts, destroys unity and dances and sings according to the limit of his knowledge. He stretches his arms for alms, shows his one-span stomach, speaks all that comes to his tongue, composes what comes and casts away what is beyond his comprehension. He augments his existing knowledge, argues that what he says is correct and what others say is wrong. He picks quarrels with a rod in hand, breaks heads and pollutes the mind. He forgets to realise that there is one caste, one race and only one God, the Omniscient of Illumination and that we are all born of one womb. He divides race, damages wisdom, casts away the Motionless, Unique One and accepts the transient “ I “ and “You” and “You” and “ I ” and the dancing dog that barks at the hill. He is the poet guru. 15. The flirtatious, winking guru snatches away respect, deadens intelligence and takes away your rights. She winks the eye, mesmerises ideas, devalues God, holds the hand, bites the cheek, shows the teeth, twists the body, dulls judgement. Extols the virtues of Maya (delusion), winks to create an opportunity for adverse purposes, steals the mind, excites the body and instils torpor into the mind. She arouses lust and drives you into the jungle. She is the merciless prostitute who leads you to the end of the wrong path. She is the flirtatious, winking guru. 16. The sixteenth type of guru thinks that the world, worldly possessions and freedom are pleasant. He believes that body, wealth and life are eternal, that wife and children are proud possessions, name and fame are praiseworthy, shops and markets are gains and titles are creditable. He sings various songs of praise, speaks sweetly day in and day out, sows his thoughts as seeds, develops his body and exhibits pride in wife, children and cattle. He cuts the universe and rolls away death. He hurts the poor and makes them suffer. He reduces their wages and destroys co-operation. He torments the mind, demeans man, devalues good deeds, increases sins and openly gives money at high rates. He sees obscene scenes, often laughs, speaks the unmentionable and believes that this birth is pleasant. He witnesses obscene scenes, destroys man’s ideals, wears costumes that should not be worn, sings songs not knowing how to sing, runs not knowing how to run and follows the track the body leads through. He is forgetful of nature, forgetful of birth and fosters devilish divisive tendencies, induces forgetfulness of God and accepts all visible objects as gods. Armed with ideas of destruction, he severely abuses those who realise God. He kicks, assaults and chases them away. Alas, this guru would be kicked, torn into pieces, secretly consumed as food and the world would not know what had happened to him! Son, there are many more traits among all these sixteen gurus. Four among these have been identified as the final choice. The best among the four gurus is the guru who is full of grace and compassion. O Son, he is the one whom you must seek. That is the path to reach God. Do you understand, O disciples, gems of my eyes?

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” CHAPTER 4 The Four Gurus

Disciple: Swami, O Guru, who is good and who is bad among these gurus? What respective work do they perform? Please explain it to me. Guru: Son, I shall tell you its subtlety. It is said that one among these gurus is the Asuru Guru (teacher or preceptor of the Asuras- Sukran). One is the guru of lust. Another is the guru of intoxication and yet another is the Gnana Guru (guru of wisdom). They symbolize the four religions. These four gurus join together and silence truth, make god of stones, turn duty into ashes, elevate pride, falsify patience, turn sakthi (power) into ash, ruin moksha (salvation), make race a source of pride, make religion a precious stone, exalt the family, destroy the saints, ridicule the elders, turn gnanam (greater wisdom) into a jackal, treat worldliness as life and make the Ultimate One the fisherman’s basket for catching fish. They convert affection to friendship and consider the weak objects as strong. They lack intelligence and are unmindful of discrimination. Forgetful of day and night, forgetful of birth and death, they focus both eyes inside the genital organs ignorant of its meaning. They open their eyes and gaze. They look and look, blink and blink and laugh and play. Not sending their senses on the straight path, they enter into this net and show continuous affection. They commit these acts in order to develop the body with the one-span of stomach. They burn religion and philosophy into ash to further their ends. Further, in order to look after their wives and children, they follow the path chosen by them, thinking that they have acquired the required knowledge. Inspired by selfish motives, they think that whatever they consider is the great religion. They divide race, ruin the mind, torment life and forget the The Almighty One! Dividing them into several forms, naming them with names and forms of various gods, they commit sins, discrete analytical wisdom and forget the All- Pervading One ! They mesmerise the world, silence true wisdom, give life to the physical sciences and consider false science as truth, saying, "What I say is supreme. Look here. He is my god". So saying, they show the darkness. There is no One God. All what you say is false. Your religion is false. You are also false. Your god is false. What I say is the truth. My religion is the exalted one. My race is the best. All else is false. Look at this earth. “ So they argue, saying what comes to their tongue and moving around with falsity. They live as the great reverential gurus, accepting as their own, their stomachs, their lives and their children in order to protect them. They praise their own virtues. Even the great learned gurus and the mystics so transform themselves. This is their fate. One crore earns through work Seven crores eat through deceit. This is how the saying goes. These tactics are the examples of deceitful living. Those who are enamoured by this world are the so-called Mahagnanis (great learned men). O Son, believing in God, man must surrender his character to him. The man who exists with a compassionate heart, born as man, living as man, residing as man, realising night and day, knowing death and birth will not be caught in the net of these gurus. Did you listen, my disciples,

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” gems of my eyes ? Did you listen to the novelties of the so-called gurus of the four religions? Disciple: Swami. O Great Guru, is there anyone, born as man who is steadfast and truthful and who preaches the truth? Guru: Listen child. There is! There is! I shall tell you. He is the Lord who is too mighty to know. He is the Lord of the crores of the universes. He is the Incomparable. He has no helper, no race, no differences, no madness, no country, no abode and no selfrespect. He has no self-esteem, no religion, no philosophy, no resonance and nor is He within resonance. He is not there. He has no religion and nor is He within religion. He is unlimited. He has no equal. He has no language and no temple and nor is He within a temple. Let me say further. Among these four religions, there are those who believe in the Incomparable God. They discard arguments like "You are great and I am great" and praise only the Lone God. They worship Him with a melting heart. You must worship Him in a way where your sea of compassion will surge, opening the eye of grace. Unaided you must worship the Helpful Lord, who sustains the two worlds. You must not keep Him in this and that, in stone, in tree, in bronze, in sivam (religion of Siva), but worship Him within your heart, opening the inner- eye, not confining to religion and race, not regarding anything else as comparable, not allowing the mind to run here and there, even for a second. You must reach within your heart for the Primal One who encompasses the entire universe with tranquillity and virtue. You must rejoice within your wisdom with an exuberant heart, devoid of deceit and animosity and with selfawareness. You must forget the world, discard woman with self- effaciveness and eliminate the desire for them. You must praise the real God, the Gem of the Eye, the Embodiment of Compassion in order to cast away women. The True Guru The best among these gurus is he who day and night, every hour and minute devotes both his breath and his speech with love for the Primal One. He entrusts his body, wealth and soul to the Rightful Owner, converting his heart into a kovil(temple), dispelling all thoughts, cleansing the qulb (heart) and rejoicing in prayer, recital and worship. He is the true guru who conducts himself in this manner in all the four religions, without wasteful arguments, without wasteful exercise of his tongue and without vain jabbering. He shows the particulars of reality, eradicates the three evil qualities of egoism, karma and maya, erases the six karmic evil forces of the mind, namely, kaama (lust), krosha (animosity), mocha (greed),lobha (miserliness), matham ( bigotry) and machariyam (envy). He destroys the strong enemy of the mind and does not waste his useful life. He changes a wasteful life into a good life with a melting heart. He keeps the Lord in his heart and does not allow Him to depart even for a day. He keeps Him tied with the rope of love. He is the guru who has taken the exalted human form. Born as human, he lives a rare life, rightfully merging with God and associating with Him.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” The fifteen other gurus get together to torment him, assault, push, pelt him with stones, throw thorns, dismantle the body, break the teeth, break the bones, abuse him, backbite him, slander him and send him out of this world. Born in this earth and taking the form of men, these gurus get entangled in their delusion. They clothe themselves in different attire and take different stances. They believe in their own self-infused ways. Those gurus among them who are pelted with stones, have their bones broken, their teeth plucked out, abused with words and driven away, can become excellent and perfect gurus. Know this my children, my disciples with pulsating hearts.

Chapter Five The Physical Features of Man and their Significance

Disciple: Swami, what are the physical features of man who exists as human, who resides as human and who lives as human among human society? Guru: O Son, if you wish to know the characteristics of man born as such, living as such, I shall tell you. Listen. There are many features. They can be divided into four groups among the males and the females, in order to ascertain the good and the bad. Listen carefully to some of these physical features. Having created man as the most exalted among all His creations, God rules the world with complete knowledge, learning and intelligence, blessing everything with His sacred names. Forgetful of this, people form various other attachments. Men of faith have always, continuously and ceaselessly, shown determination in their love for the AllMighty who is beyond all knowledge .Those who love God and those who do not, belong to many groups. Among these are two divisions of the good and the bad. You should examine the physical features of each individually and inform yourself which is good and which is bad. God has taught man what he hitherto did not know. So say, the gnanis (mystics) who have completely renounced the world. According to them, God had given man the subtle wisdom of intelligence and intellect. Man can assess an object by its form and state. However, his intelligence is in a state of constant flux. Let me tell you. There are seventy-three types of men who live as many types of characters. I shall state here some of their physical features. Know this and disassociate yourself appropriately from the bad and develop yourself.

Head If a person’s head is round-shaped, big and full of hair, it signifies intelligence, education and subtle wisdom. He is very charitable and philanthropic. If such a person is bald in

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” the front part of his head, he receives extensive learning and offers good counsel to others. A head that is small in size, not round and is des-shaped belongs to a person who is stupid, dull and with a little intelligence. A very tall person with a small disshaped head is a fool who has evil thoughts.

Hair A male with a luxurious head of rough, black hair is full of lust and is rough in disposition. A man with black, soft, sparsely-grown hair has intelligence and foresight but lacks courage. If a woman’s tresses extend up to her hip and is dark black, rough, thick and long, she leads a good, pleasant and happy life. Such a woman is very fond of sex and is affectionate to her husband. A female with locks of long, soft hair, a little reddish in colour and extending up to her hip, is very loving to her husband. She is conscious of her good looks. She does not show much respect to others and is not completely obedient to her husband. If a female’s head of hair is short, not thick but sparse, ordinary black in colour and if she has a lean physique, she is clever, of good-character, well-behaved, patient, chaste and obedient to her husband. She restrains her laughter. If such a female has short hair, black in colour and has a fat round body, she is of doubtful behaviour. Though obedient to her husband, her mind is elsewhere.

Forehead A wide forehead with no fold is a sign of wealth, inner haughtiness and a tendency to harm others. A forehead which is not very wide but is short with folds and wrinkles is indicative of intelligence and good character but also of poverty. If a forehead is high and long with no folds and wrinkles, it shows foolishness and cunning and also fortune. If a forehead is equal in width and length, and is symmetrical, with a little fold between the two eye-brows, it signifies a highly intelligent person, who is kind to people and has good thoughts. A forehead that is narrow with no fold and with a growth of hair at the edges is indicative of aggression, anger and extreme poverty. If a forehead is wide and if several folds appear on it while raising the eyes and looking upwards, that person would live long in accordance with the number of these folds. If there is only one fold, his life is short.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Eye-brows If the eye-brows are long and shaped like margoosa leaves, with black, dense hair, that person is wealthy and proud, but lacks in intelligence. If the eye-brows are very small, black with densely- grown hair which is unsightly, it is indicative of stupidity, poverty, increasing difficulties and losses. If there is space between sparsely-grown eye-brows with folds appearing in-between, that person is intelligent, has foresight and is fond of people and treats them with affection. Eyes A male or female who has long black eye-brows joined to each other is fond of beauty, is proud, fortunate and desirous of worldly pleasures. If one of the eye-brows is longer than the other, it is a sign of misfortune, evil and a short life. Very large eyes with pupils that are excessively black and with very small eye-lashes indicate laziness and evil thoughts. Somewhat large eyes with pupils that are not so black and the white of the eye is mixed with a reddish sheen, signify intelligence and good fortune. Small eyes with a lot of reddishness in the white of the eye and with black eye-lashes full of hair, indicate a happy life and wealth but less intelligence. Small eyes with excessive red in the white of the eye that look down with a short gaze is indicative of evil thoughts, shamelessness, deceit and the tendency to harm others. Further, large eyes that are slightly downcast with the upper lid pointing downwards indicate evil and sorrow. A person possessing these traits commits evil deeds and earns a bad name. Large protruding eyes portray miserliness, shamelessness and misfortune. Eyes that are long at the edges and elegant looking, with long black eye-lashes signify good fortune and intelligence. Such characteristics are more prevalent among the females. If they are present in the male, he is fond of women who are likewise attracted to him. If such eyes contain many red dots it shows excessive sex.

Ears Large wide ears indicate a sharp intellect and a long life. Small ears signal lack of intellect and misfortune. Ears that are moderate in size, neither large nor small show an intelligent person, a good organiser and is indicative of good fortune.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” If the important part of the ear is fleshy and thick, that person is a wealthy man. Ears like those of a mouse, shrivelled and small, are indicative of poverty and misfortune. If one ear is different from the other this also indicates misfortune.

Nose A high, thin shows stupidity. A large and wide nose with wide nostrils are the signs of an angry person. A non – symmetrical, crooked nose with one nostril different from the other is a sign of evil, loss and difficulty. A nose that is sharp at the tip, curved upwards and is high, is indicative of prosperity and a moderately happy life. A flat and broad nose indicates unpopularity but a sharp intellect. A flat nose can be a sign of wealth. A small nose in a female that is sharp at the tip with normal nostrils is a sign of good character and behaviour and also a happy life.

Lips Thick and twisted lips are a sign of stupidity while thick and normal lips indicate high wealth. Thin and beautiful lips show high intelligence and good fortune. If the lips are thin, black and rough, the possessor is highly sexed and is desirous of wealth. Thin beautiful lips, red in colour, portray good conduct and behaviour and also sweet speech. A female’s lips that are thick and black, show evil conduct and loose talk. Such a person is not submissive to her husband A woman with thin, beautiful red lips is attached to her husband but is less amorous. If the lips of a man or woman are dry, pale and thin, it is a sign of ill-health.

Cheeks Sunken and flat cheeks in a pointed face show sharp, cunning intelligence, quick temper and a deceitful nature. Thick, fleshy cheeks show fortune, intelligence and a sensual app If a female’s cheeks are flat and sunken, it is indicative of disease. If a female’s cheeks are full, fleshy, thick and beautiful, they are signs of a dull intelligence and misfortune. A female whose cheeks are not fleshy but normal and not fat has sharp intelligence, good conduct, ambition and good fortune. Mouth

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” A wide open mouth shows rudeness, a deceptive nature but also bravery. A closed, small narrow mouth is indicative of cowardice and fear. A female with a small, narrow mouth is fortunate. A big open mouth is a sign of bad conduct and a person desirous of much sexual indulgence. A mouth that is normally not open is a sign of fortune, sharp intelligence and courage. Bad odour in the mouth shows envy and a quick temper. Females with a fragrant sweet smell in the mouth are very prosperous and fortunate.

Teeth If the teeth in the mouth are big and overlap each other, it is a sign of evil and aggression. Teeth that are normally set and regularly arranged in a row are signs of prosperity and goodness. Regular teeth that are small in size and elegant are signs of high fortune and good character. A person with a set of regular teeth but with a separate tooth springing out, has a long and courageous life. Teeth that are not small and not similar to each other but are irregular in size and shape are a sign of courage but bad character. A person with dis- shaped teeth and with one or two teeth protruding out, has deceitful thoughts, is cunning but is desirous of money. A female with big, regular teeth is very talkative and has no regard for a male. A female with a row of regular, soft, petal-like, elegant teeth makes a virtuous and an obedient wife but has a little temper. A male with regular, large, white teeth is intelligent, very thoughtful, a man of few words and has a long life. A person who has the correct set of thirty-two teeth is of good character, well-behaved, virtuous and performs charitable acts. A person with less than thirty- two teeth is subject to losses and difficulties but has patience. A person who has thirty teeth is fortunate and is fond of people. If the teeth are few with gaps in-between, that person falls frequently ill. Moustache A moustache is a sign of bravery in a male. Pruning it short and allowing it to grow elegantly, is sunnath (optional). What is stated here is confined only to those who grow a moustache.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” A kirade moustache full of dents with rough hair is indicative of a man who enjoys worldly comforts, is tough, quick-tempered and has no compassion towards the poor A person with a normal moustache has patience and good qualities. Those who twist up the ends of their moustache are courageous, sharp-witted and fond of women. A thin moustache like a flower-bud with curled up tips belongs to one who enjoys a happy life, speaks pleasantly to people and is easily trapped by women in the net of their enticing ways.

Beard A beard is a sign of great men, of devotees and the well-educated gurus. Those with black, thick-set hair, grown long and hanging with deep-set eyes are noble, of good character and virtuous Those with normal and not thick-set hair with round full beard are sharp- witted, of good character and are well-behaved men. Those with a pointed, shaped beard on the chin, with scanty hair on both sides of the cheek are bad-tempered, jealous and evil-minded, though they appear good on the surface. A beard with thick-set, short hair, oval-shaped and soft, is a sign of wealth, a great desire for women and also miserliness. Absence of hair on the face indicates intelligence and deceit. A beard that is grown longer than a fistful and is thin like a stick shows stupidity and tactless cowardice.

CHAPTER 6 More Physical Features of Man and Their Significance

Tongue A tongue which is reddish with a thin, pointed tip indicates good fortune, good character, good behaviour, kindness and a sharp intellect. A tongue which is blackish or yellow in colour shows ill-fortune, poverty and evil qualities. A tongue which is blunt, short and rough is a sign of dull intelligence and roughness.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” A female who has a tongue which is rough and blackish in colour is dull-witted and quarrelsome. She is disobedient to her husband. If a tongue is short, yellowish and green-coated, it is indicative of a short life. If the bottom of the tongue is soft and has a rough tip, it is indicative of stupidity and evil behaviour. A person who possess such a tongue will not acquire a good education, knowledge or studies. If he does so, it will be only by the Will of the Lord and His Power (Sakthi). Let the Lord bless him. Chin A chin that is pointed and sharp indicates good fortune, good character and good behaviour. A chin that is not pointed and is fleshy-looking like a steam roller indicates haughtiness and a dull intelligence. A chin that is pointed and round but flat shows strength, bravery or rough aggression. Mostly wrestlers and boxers possess such chins. A chin that does not fall in to the three categories mentioned above and is moderate and good-looking signifies good intelligence, nobility and a good character. May God bless him. Neck The neck in the humans differs in many ways with little differences. It could be thick or thin depending on a person’s height and weight. Therefore, what is spoken of here is the difference of the long and the short neck. A neck that is short and big is a sign of deceit and of a treacherous mind. A person with a short neck is capable of enticing and deceiving others. Therefore, it forebodes ill-luck and a vicious nature. A neck that is long and high signifies dull intelligence and lack of skill in the arts and crafts. A person with such a neck is tall in height. Tall people lack good fortune. But this depends of God’s Will. If the neck is neither long nor short and is average, then there is good luck, good fortune and intelligence. Such a person will occupy a high Government position in the country or will be a respected person who offers good counsel to others May God bless him.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Facial Features A man’s face is the most important part of the human body. It can reveal his secrets. Therefore, the ability to discover a man’s traits and make a prediction by looking at his face, depends on the sharp intellect of the observer to scrutinise the forehead, the eyes, the eye-brows, the ears, the cheek, the hose, the lips, the teeth, etc, and also on the intense observation of the facial expressions of the person, his manner of speaking, the movements of the eyes when talking and the nature of his looks. We shall however, mention here only some of the important features. A person whose face is fleshy and broad and who frequently blinks and closes his eyes is of a deceptive nature. If such a man looks from the corner of his eyes, he is harmful and evil minded. If a person has a face with a narrow and shrivelled look and rolls his eyes here and there, he has cunning thoughts and is to be feared. On the other hand, a person who has a face that is neither big nor small and looks around in a normal manner is virtuous and good. He helps others. A broad and fleshy face is a sign of prosperity and love of money. Such a person lacks courage and is prone to be frightened. A person who has a narrow face with eyes that appear to be narrowly closed is crafty. He will be subject to difficulty, loss and poverty. But he does not cause harm to others. Those with normal facial expressions and pleasing looks are intellectuals doing good to others and will have good fortune. Such persons conduct themselves with the fear of God. Therefore, this sign is considered to be Mubarakath (the best of all the three worlds). May God bless them all. Shoulders If the shoulders are fleshless, flat and weak, it shows an evil character and indicates poverty. If the shoulders are broad and spread out, it shows stupidity and stubbornness. Rough shoulders with a full growth of hair signal power and aggression. Shoulders that are rounded, stocky and firm display bravery and nobility. The owner enjoys high official status. If the shoulders are not very flat, weak or fleshy and are moderate and delicate, it shows high wealth and good conduct. If such shoulders have one or two strands of hair in a spot, it denotes prestige and high rank. Golden, soft hair on a normal shoulder denotes intellect and belongs to an Alim ( learned person) or an Ulema (scholar). May God’s Blessings Prevail. Navel

If the navel is empty with a soft skin and a little hair, it shows wealth, good character and good conduct. If the navel is dark and rough with a dense growth of hair and emanates a bad odour, it is indicative of evil character and ferocity. Such a person has no sympathy towards the poor. He has also a dull wit and lacks education. If there is a total absence of hair on the navel and the skin is smooth, it means high character, state

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” position and high rank. If the navel is moderate with a soft skin and is odourless and good-looking, it belongs to an intellectual who excels in education and knowledge. If the navel has sweat and emanates the odour of the aloe plant, it shows a person who is desirous of sex.

Guru: O Dear Son, Listen. Apart from the beard, the leg, the foot, the hand, the thumb to the nail, there are many more signs in many other parts of the human body. I have not spoken about all of them. You should be aware of the behaviour of the people of various categories in accordance with their human signs of virtue and evil, tranquillity, good conduct and behaviour and advise them correctly. Your instructions should be in accordance with their individual traits. If you advise everybody alike, it would lead to confusion and cause trouble to the one who preaches. You should be fully aware of this when you offer advice. O Disciples, gems of my eyes, you should familiarise yourself with these words. Do not waste your time needlessly on all things. Shower your affection on those who tread the good path. Augment your love with a tranquil heart. Dispel deceitful ideas and liquidate them. Teach the good discourses and train man in the pursuit of good conduct, to do good and to live as a human. O Disciples, gems of my eyes, conduct yourself in this manner. Elevate yourself. Live in purity. Be victorious in both the worlds. Dear Son, concentrate on each of these words. Discard the bad things in life, accept the good and live accordingly. Aameen. Aameen. Ya Rabbil aalameen.

CHAPTER 7 Twitches in various parts of Man’s body and their significance

Guru: Dear Son, there are inner meanings for the twitches that occur in the various parts of the body. They point to the good and the bad. Let me speak about them. Listen. If the crown of a male’s head twitches, he will be freed from the bondage of anxiety or fear of the state machinery and troubles concerning the state. If it occurs in a female’s head, marriage will take place and thereby she will acquire unexpected fortune. If the right side of the head twitches, there will be a serious calamity and sorrow. If the left side of the head twitches, the person will attain high elevation and glory. If the right apex of the head twitches, a change of place will occur. If the left apex of the head twitches, the person will be obsessed with indelible ideas. If the forehead twitches, there will be happiness and glad tidings. If the right side of the forehead twitches, there will be money, prosperity and happiness. If the left side of the

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” forehead twitches, there will be great prosperity and abundance of food throughout life. If the forehead twitches the person will attain glory and elevation. If the right eye twitches, there will be happiness and prosperity. If the left eye twitches, there will be physical suffering which will however, end in happiness. If the right eye twitches, there will be glory, litigation and fight with the enemy, ending in victory. If the twitch is in the rear of the right eye or the entrance to it, leadership is indicated. If the right eye-brow twitches, the person will receive glory and high rank among the people. If the left eye-brow twitches, litigation with relatives will occur and result in loss of wealth. If both the eye-brows twitch, it indicates leadership. If the eye-lid over the right eye twitches, sadness will occur and thereafter disappear. If the lower lid twitches, there will be some sorrow. If the upper lid of the left eye twitches, a person who has gone on a journey will return. If the lower lid of the left eye twitches, wealth is shown. If the right ear twitches, wealth will come his way. If the left ear twitches, wealth will come his way too. If the inner nostril twitches, he will be free from sorrow. If the side of the right nostril twitches, wishes and aspirations will be fulfilled. If the left side of the nostril twitches, disease will appear. If the whole nose twitches, he will be helped by a person who has surreptitiously left on a journey. If the upper lip twitches, it indicates litigation and later relief from it. If the lower lip twitches, a person who has gone on a journey will return. If both lips twitch, the enemy will come to terms. If the tongue twitches, there will be trouble through litigation with a leader in the society. If the chin twitches, there will be glory and respect. If the right neck twitches, sorrow and loss will occur. If the left neck twitches, there will be wealth and a good life. If the entire neck twitches, sickness is shown. If both shoulders twitch, it is indicative of high influence. If the right arm-pit twitches, there will be sorrow. If the left arm-pit twitches, it indicates influence. If the right biceps twitches, a pain in the head will occur. If the left biceps twitches, there will be litigation which will result in happiness. If the right elbow twitches, there will be sickness. If the left elbow twitches, it signifies victory.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” If the middle of the palm twitches, the person will commit some wrong against his conscience and thereby incur the wrath of the state. If the middle of the left palm twitches, it is indicative of leadership. If the right outer hand twitches, a traveller will return. If the left outer hand twitches, it indicates victory. If the right thumb twitches, it signifies recognition from the King or the State. If the thumb of the left hand twitches, it signifies excessive wealth and high rank. If the index finger of the right hand twitches, there will be some good news and thereby provision of food If the index of the left hand twitches, a theft is indicated. If the middle finger of the right hand twitches, litigation is shown. If the middle finger of the left hand twitches, there will be fulfilment of wishes. But there will also be difficulties in litigation. If the ring finger of the right hand twitches, the person will be virtuous. If the ring finger of the left hand twitches, a theft is indicated. If the little finger of the right hand twitches, there will be influence as well as the death of a friend and tears. If the little finger of the left hand twitches, it signifies travel to a foreign country. If the whole of the left hand twitches, it signifies travel to a foreign country. If the chest twitches, there will be sorrow and sickness which will weaken the health. If the right chest twitches, there will be provision of food. If it occurs in a female, she will live illicitly with a man. If the twitch is in the left breast, there will be a temporary sickness. If the twitch is severe, she will marry and have many sons. If the right thigh twitches, there will be peace and happiness. If the left thigh twitches, there will be happiness and litigation. If the right knee-cap twitches, he will hear some sad news. If the right ankle twitches, wealth is shown. If the left ankle twitches, long life is shown. If the sole of the right foot twitches, there will be poverty and loss of property. If the sole of the left foot twitches, it signifies elevation and glory. The person will travel to distant places and receive material benefits which will give him great pleasure. There will be relief from sorrow. So say the elders and the Rumis. If the big toe of the right foot twitches, a traveller from a distant land will return and there will be happiness. If the next toe of the right foot twitches, there will be a great profit through trade. If the middle toe of the right foot twitches, evil will occur which will later turn to good. If the next toe to it in the right foot twitches, there will be some malicious gossip. If the little toe of the right foot twitches, leadership is shown. If the big toe of the left foot twitches, friendship will increase. If the toe next to the big toe in the left foot twitches, there will be abundance and permanent residence in one

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” place. If he is poor, he will become poorer and there will be loss of capital. So say the Purusoos. If the middle toe of the left foot twitches, there will be long life but with severe illness. If the next toe to it of the left foot twitches, there will be litigation resulting in loss of all capital. If the little toe of the left foot twitches, there will be provision of food which will arouse a little jealousy. If all the toes in the left foot twitch, there will be high profit from an unknown source. Dear Son, it is possible to know the good and the bad from the significance of the twitches that occur in the various parts of the body. It is necessary that you should carefully learn about them. If you know this, you will be able to live in this world without any fear. But guard yourself against any pride.

CHAPTER 8 How the Awe – Inspiring God subdues pride

Guru: My brothers and sisters, I shall relate to you the secret in the fear of God. It is in the nature of things, that in His knowledge of man, God controls and rules over him, however much he may pride himself in his manliness. God rules over all lives, whether trees, earth or any other object and subdues their pride. God has delivered this sermon to the Holy Prophet Mohamed (sal). Listen, son to this sermon about the arrogance of some objects and how they were subdued. Once a man was sleeping at the foot of a tree. A snake glided down the tree and stung him on the head. The man woke up at once with reddened eyes and scratched his head. The snake had disappeared and was nowhere to be seen. So the man neither saw anyone nor did he suspect anything. Some days later, a man who had witnessed this scene questioned him, “Do you know why you woke up the other day when you were sleeping under the tree?” The man replied, “No, I do not know.” "A snake came down the tree and stung your head," said the man who had witnessed the incident. As soon as he heard these words, the man became frightened and excited and dropped down dead. However, much brave or arrogant man maybe, fear can kill him. This is the fear of death. Like this, son, God who is Omniscient keeps vigilance over us. I shall tell you more. Listen.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” When Allahuthallah created the Arsh (The Throne of Allah) the Arsh became arrogant. So God taught it a lesson through a snake with seventy-thousand wings. On each of the snake’s wings there were seventy-thousand feathers. On each of the seventy-thousand feathers, there were seventy- thousand faces. On each face, there were seventy-thousand mouths. On each mouth there were seventy-thousand tongues. On each tongue there were seventy-thousand thoughts like rain-drops, like leaves, like stones, like the days of the world, and like the Devas(spiritual beings). These seventy-thousand thoughts emitted a tremendous amount of worship to God. The snake coiled itself around the Arsh, but the snake was so long that only half of its body could coil around the entire Arsh. This made theArsh feel ashamed and its pride was subdued. When the sun was created from the power of its own rays, it considered itself very great and became proud. Therefore, God made the cloud to conceal the brightness of the sun. The sun realised the folly of its pride and became subdued. Then, when the moon was created from its own rays, it considered itself great and became proud. Therefore, God made the moon to wane and thereby subdued its pride and made it realise its folly. When Paradise was created, it prided itself looking at its own beauty. So God putAdam alaihis salam (Sivam) into Paradise and made him forget God’s commandments and to disobey Him by eating the forbidden fruit of Paradise. Further, when the angels prostrated themselves before Adam (Sivam), Paradise realised its folly and thereby its pride was subdued. When God created the earth, it became proud. So, He controlled and ruled it through the immobile mountains. When the mountains showed their arrogance He controlled them through iron, which can break up rocks of whatever strength. When iron became proud, God controlled it through fire and when fire became proud, He controlled it through water. When water became proud, He controlled it through the clouds, which scatter the water to the left and the right. When the clouds became proud, He controlled them through the wind, which drags the clouds to the east and the west. When the wind became proud, He controlled it through the trees, the mountains and the houses. When man becomes arrogant, God controls him through the five elements and through death. When death becomes proud, God controls it by sending it between heaven and hell and torturing it on the Day of Judgement. It is Devandran (Jibril alaihis salam) the head of the angels who puts an end to this. In this state of things, there are many secrets called hikmath (hidden things) inside man and in the things mentioned above, as well as those to be mentioned. These secrets can be known to man when he clarifies, improves and realises himself and praises the Lord, forgetting the desire for land and destroying the desire for women.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” My son, in this way, man has taken the body of hell, which is dust out of dust. Man resides within this stinking body and grows like a smelling carcass. He lives in this body eating the dead foul-smelling carcass. He claims the egoism of “I” and becomes proud, thinking there is none other than himself. He is even boastful with this destructive body of his. What will then become of man if with such a destructive body, he becomes proud and does not realise himself? God has severely punished the Devas (spiritual beings) created by fire; the heavenly beings created by light and the angels created out of light of God’s abundant Grac, because of their arrogance. If such heavenly beings and angels were so destroyed, will God leave man alone, who born as man, lives as man, discards the good human qualities and acquires the qualities of the lower beings and drinks toddy, liquor, arrack, brandy, whisky, beer, ganja and opium, kills lives and consumes their carcasses like the ignorant, inhuman Asuras of the cemetery. My (thambi) younger brother, you must realise this and love all lives as your own. You must show compassion, pity, charity, kindness and amiability towards all lives. If you shine with these qualities, your inner heart and your body will become resplendent like gold and the whole world will be yours. You will become the friend of the recluse who lives without any attachments. The Primal One will be yours. You will glitter everywhere with your resplendence. You will become the brother of all lives on earth. Realise this, my son. Clarify and redeem yourself, gem of my eyes. Therefore, everything which appears on earth and assumes pride, arrogance and the egoism of “I” acquires the qualities of destruction. Seeing this, the Primal Lord has created every other thing to control such arrogance.

CHAPTER 9. The Divine Word.

Guru: Allahuthallah taught the Holy Prophet (sal) the "Thiruvakiam" or the Divine Word, consisting of the effulgence of the sacred triple flame. The Holy Prophet (sal) delivers this sacred and magical sermon to the brothers and sisters of the world. Every sacred word of God’s Holy Prophet (sal) vibrates with the very life- fire of its esoteric meaning and glitters with its resplendence.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Our Dearest Prophet (sal) tells the people of the world: “My dearest brothers, consider every word uttered by me, reflect on it, melt yourqalb (inner-most heart) on it and keep remembering it. May all lives taste happiness. Stand aloof from other associates and worship only My Lord, Allah. Praise the Primal One, who is without any companion or support. Allah rules the two worlds. He is the One and Only, who stands Omniscient with the softness of the melting heart.” So says the Holy Prophet, (sal).

CHAPTER 10 Etiquette of Prayer

Guru: My brothers and sisters, make it your habit each day, to brush your teeth and cleanse your tongue. Twenty-four blessings will be showered on you. Children, each one of you should rise from bed at half-past four in the morning. You must wash and bathe yourself (perform ablutions) and worship the Lord and while on the same spot you must perform the Dhikr (meditation of the breath of the right and the left nostrils) till the rise of the sun. Allah will protect you from hell and admit you into heaven. My brother, every Friday, if you bathe yourself for the purpose of prayer and in a state of purity (kusul), you participate in the Friday congregational prayer (jumma),the sins committed by you from that jumma to the next jumma prayer will be forgiven. On the day of the Kiyama (Mid-judgement Day )your body will glitter with a bright sheen.

The Pearl of Wisdom Chapter 11

The Prophet's (Sal) advice to Hazrat Ali

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” “O Ali, the Possessor of all Virtues, do not be enamoured by your worldly possessions. Do not covet the possessions of others and arouse the displeasure of Allahuthallah. O Ali, recite the Surah, “At Tarique” (The Night-Vistant or The Morning Star) before you go to sleep and on awakening from sleep. The five elements will be subdued if this Surah is recited regularly. Allahuthallah will give such a devotee as many blessings as there are stars in the sky and will wipe off a similar number of evil.” At Tarique Bismillahirahmaniraheem Was samae wat tarique wa ma adraka mat-tariqun-naj mus-saqib, in kulli nafsillamma alaiha hafiz. Falyanzuril- insano mimma khuliq. Khuliqa mimma in dafiqiny yakhruzu mim-bainis- sulbes wattarib. Innahu ala rajehi laqadir. Yauma tublayassuraairo fama lahu min quwattin –wala nasir. Was samaae zatir –raje, wal-arde zatissade, innahu leqaulun faslunw – wamahawa bil hazil. Innahum yakee doona kaidanwwa-akeedu kaida. Famah –hill- kafereena amhil-hum ruwaid. The Morning Star In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful By the heaven and the Morning Star Ah, what will tell thee what the Morning The Piercing Star! No human soul but hath a guardian over it. So let man consider from what he is created. He is created from a gushing fluid That issued from between the loins and ribs Lo! He verily is able to return him (unto life) On the day when hidden thoughts shall be searched out. Then will he have no might nor any helper. By heaven what giveth the returning rain, And the earth, which splitteth (with the growth of trees and plants). Lo! the (Quran) is a conclusive word, It is no pleasantry. Lo! they plot a plot (against thee O Muhammad) And I plot a plot against them. So give a respite to the disbeliever. Deal thou gently with them for awhile.

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“ O Ali, on seeing the first appearance of the new moon, recite the “ Shahaadath Kalima,” (the second Kalimah or the second panchandcharam). Recite it with understanding from the qalb (the inner-most heart) and bear witness through the

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” tongue, facing the qibla (centre – west) and raising your hands to seek the blessings of Allah. He will grant your requests.” Shahaadath Kalima Ash- hadu an – lailaaha illallahu wahdahu laa sharikalah, wa- ash-hadu anna Muhammadan, abduhu wa rasoolahu. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that He is the Absolute One. There is no Partner to Him. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. “ O Ali, recite the Ayathul Qurshi (the stanza of the Throne) when you proceed anywhere. Place your right foot forward and proceed. The jinn, satan, demon, ghost, khaaf and the malkoon will be dispelled by the Grace of Allah’s Rahmath and you will return victorious from the errand on which you set out.”

Ayathul Qurshi Allahu La- ilahu illa huwal hayyul qayyoom La thauhuthuhu sinathun wa laa na umun Lahu maa fissamaawaathi wa maafil ardhi Manthallaathee yasfau inthahu illa bi ithnihi Yaulamu maa baina ayitheehim wa maa halfahum Wa laa yuheethoona bishai-in min ilmihi illa Bi maasha – awasi – a kurshiyahul samawaathi wal –arlla Wa laa ya – oothuhu hiflluhumaa wa huwal aleeyul alleem.

Allah ! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them While they encompass nothing of His Knowledge save what He will. His Throne includeth the heavens and the earth And He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.

“ O Ali, apply surma on your eyes. Apply thrice on your right eye and twice on your left eye. This will brighten your eyes.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” O Ali, eat bananas frequently. You will achieve alertness of mind and sharpness of intellect. Phlegm will disappear. O Ali, it is good to shave your head every week. This will give a look of prosperity to your face. O Ali, do not teach your females to write, as it will lead to bad conduct. O Ali, whoever keeps in his house statues and pictures of deities (aggressive evil forces like Kali and Dhurga) and make offerings to them of arrack, toddy and other intoxicants, will find an absence of prosperity in his house. Lakshmikaram (prosperity) will not visit his house. O Ali, eat the pomegranate fruit It gives courage, strengthens the chest, gives coolness to the body and brings happiness to the mind. O Ali, do not eat meat, because man’s wisdom must remain as that of aManueesan (Man, the Divine). It is God’s secret that all lives should obey and submit to Him A man who eats meat or fish continuously for forty days, not realising His wishes and behaving contrary to it, will begin to think like an Arakkan (lower human). He will not be afraid to commit evil. He will not fear to commit murder. He will not hesitate to utter lies. Between good and evil, he will forget the good and choose the bad. His heart will be hardened. O Ali, if a husband places his hand on the fore-head of his newly-wedded bride and recites the following duwa (supplication), she will become a Letchmi(Goddess of Prosperity) in the house. Bismillahirahmaniraheem Allah humma baarakalanaa bi haa thil naasilathi. Bismillahirahmaniraheem O Allah, shower Your Blessings on us With this supreme performance. O Ali, on a Monday, you may unite with your wife either in the daytime or at night. A child born out of such a union, will be well versed in the recital of the Quran and become a Hafeez (one who has committed the entire Quran to memory). He will be obedient to his parents and be steadfast in the religion. O Ali, you may unite with your wife with good intention on a Tuesday. A child born out of such a union will become an Alim (learned man) and be of much beauty.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” O Ali, you may unite with your wife on a Thursday night or before Luhr (mid-day prayer time the next day.) A child so conceived, will be with thaqfa (fear of God ). He will become an Alim (learned person) or a person of authority and be very prosperous. O Ali, you may unite with your wife on a Friday, even during the day. A child so conceived, will be faithful to Allahutallah. He will be flawless, pure of birth, of good character, noble and prosperous. O Ali, avoid uniting with your wife on a Saturday, during the day or the night, as a child of such a union, will meet with a pathetic death as a result of a wall falling on him or die in similar circumstances. O Ali, you may unite with your wife at night, three naalihai after sunset (24 minutes is equal to one naalihai; one hour is equal to two and a half naalihai.) A child conceived through such a union will be wealthy and become a philanthropist. O Ali, when you enter a town or a country, recite the following duwas(supplications).

Bismillahirahmaniraheem Allah hummainee as alukhairamaa bihaa

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful O Lord, I seek your forgiveness for my faults. Make all your creations achieve greatness.

Bismillahirahmaniraheem Wa aoothu bika min sharrimaa bih-ha

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful I seek refuge from You. Bless me with no discrimination.

O Ali, when you enter a bazaar, be in the remembrance of Allah.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” O Ali, Glorious Leader, associate yourself with your brothers, with great men and with those of good character. Do not discard them. Do not accept him who lives on the income earned through interest. O Ali. do not assault the face of a man, because Allahutallah has created that face with His own hands. O Ali. embark on a journey on a Monday in the daytime. There is virtue in it. Many nabis (prophets) began their journeys on a Monday. O Ali, Friday is a good day for a marriage. Many nabis (prophets) got married on a Friday. It is a glorious day for the three worlds. O Ali, do extensive prayers (worship) in the night. Each word of such prayers amount to the weight of ten words of glorious worship. O Ali, raise your hands high, and worship everyday. I pray seventy times a day too. O Ali, treat your guests with kindness and affection like friends. Know that the food you serve them has been provided for them. O Ali, do not sleep lazily inside your house. Do not keep your head on the threshold of your house in a sleeping posture. Place your right foot first when you wear your foot ware and when you remove your foot ware, do so first with the left foot. Do not eat your roti (bread) cutting it with your knife or biting it with your teeth. Do not spit out water after gargling your mouth in a place where you urinate. Do not sleep without washing your mouth after eating your roti (bread). Do not eat food to fill your stomach. Do not eat in the dark. Do not inconvenience anyone when you eat in the company of others. O Ali, keep your women in purdah with their heads and faces covered. O Ali, keep your dress clean and without dirt. When you do so, you will be victorious over the chastisement of the grave after death.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” O Ali, say, “ Bismillahirahmaniraheem “ (In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful ) and take a little salt before you partake of a meal. Good will come to you and you will be relieved of seventy types of illness. O Ali, when you wear new clothing, give away the old to the poor. O Ali, look after your parents in such a way as to make them happy.Allahuthallah’s happiness depends on the happiness of the parents. When you offend your parents, you offend Allahuthallah. O Ali, do not permit strangers to enter your home. Strangers coming to your home can be dangerous. O Ali, do not spit or pass urine or sneeze in the direction of the Qibla (Centre West). O Ali, show reverence and respect to the Usthaaths (Teachers). Be obedient and submissive to their commands. O Ali, train your children to be of good conduct from their childhood. Impart to them good advice. When you do so, there is virtue in both the worlds. All are brothers, born together, as Allah’s Creations. Keep all this good advice in your mind and perform good deeds.

CHAPTER 12 Who is a true human? Disciple: O glorious guru, how is one to live as a human? What are the duties of man? Teach me these, my glorious guru. Guru: Listen, child. It is rare to be born a man. It is rarer still to be born a man who is not lame, blind or deaf. It is rare to be born as a king among men. It is rarer still to be born as a “human”. To grow as a human, to live as a human, to believe and trust in the Inestimable God, to forget the body, wealth and life and to become a “gnani” whose trust is exclusively in God and God alone, is very, very rare indeed ! However, in the nature of things, a man so born has to perform good deeds on the earth. All evil should be torn away. Theft, murder, lust, abuse of the guru and falsehood must be dispelled. Deceit must be removed. Charity must be given high priority. Evil thoughts must be banished. Gratitude must be well performed. Temper must be destroyed. Duty must be fulfilled truthfully. Theft and killing must be discarded. Senseless ideas must be plucked out. You must forget gossip and backbiting. You must love all other lives as

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” your own. You must not deviate from truth, patience, tranquillity, calmness, duty and justice. You must shower compassion on every living thing created by God. Man shines as a being who occupies an exalted position over all other lives. Such a dignified man – a god on earth, must not harm any other being but perform charitable acts. All beings are drawn in affection towards a man who is thus endowed with charity and filled with many other human traits. In consequence, God bestows on him His Compassion. The eighty-four hundred thousand (84,00,000) lives, starting from the fly and the ant will shower their affection on him. The man who follows this path and lives an exalted life is the true human. Even if this is not done, but he refrains from harming any being, this in itself, is said to be a great act. Know this well and know thy own self. You must realise the truth and look at all things with compassion, disciples, gems of my eyes. Disciple: Swami, we shall try to know all this and behave accordingly.

CHAPTER 13 The four ways of worship

Disciple: Swami, the elders speak of several gods and worship them uttering many things. Is that a good path or is it bad? Teach us, O revered Guru. Guru: Children, gems of my eyes. Listen. I shall tell you. Worship is the most supreme form of a sacred act. It is very, very rare indeed for anyone to achieve this. Worship has somehow got divided into four categories. Prayer has been deviated from the one path. Each form of worship has been divided into four stages. I shall describe them to you. Listen.
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A person worships because others worship. A person worships for show. He prides himself carrying beads, rolls them in his hands and exhibits his worship. A person worships for his stomach. It is a selfish device to develop his body on the pretence of worshipping God. He roams here and there, winks his eyes, disturbs the minds of others and snatches away their rights. The fourth person melts the inner heart, dispels falsehood, destroys the eye ofMaya (torpor), meets ideas point by point, right with right, makes friends with the heart and believes that the Only One is the Dependable, Trustworthy One.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” The first three types of persons forget the true nature of man and indulge in a form of worship that is tricky, wrongful and materialistic. In such a situation, where is Grace? Where has man’s character flown away? Where is he? They say, “We have cooked eighteen dishes of high quality,” and imagine and convince themselves it is so, while they eat the salt less and tasteless food. The most exalted of these four types is the person who is well clarified and knowledgeable. His heart is full of happiness and light and overflows with kindness. He does not meander from the path. He raises his hands in true worship, night and day and day and night, with every breath, with every word, and every right feeling in his heart. His attention does not meander here and there. He raises his hands in true faith with a melting heart. He dispels deception and his whole body vibrates with continuous worship. He is the one whose conduct is the most excellent among these four groups. He will escape manthras. He will not be trapped by praise or pleasure. He will not be caught by the eye or by display or by show. He awaits with great expectation, day by day, for clarity and for the perfect guru. He performs his duty fully and awaits the blessings for his dutiful service. Do you see, gems of my eyes? Do you see the difference between the worship of the person whom I have just described on the one hand, and the others? Clarify yourself and be submissive to the true guru.

Disciple: Swami, I have a certain doubt. I shall tell it to you. Please explain. Is it right or wrong to establish places of worship in various places, such as the kovil(Hindu temple) and the mosque and display certain signs, symbols and words? Swami, O revered guru, tell me the significance of this. Guru: Dear son, let me tell you. Did you not understand? Nevertheless, I shall explain it to you. Listen. Divisions like the kovil and the mosque should exist. The world must also appreciate their existence. But the Motionless One, who is beyond all comprehension or knowledge cannot be loved through these places of worship. I shall tell you more. Listen. Does an embryo formed within the womb know its mother and father? No, it does not. Likewise, it becomes necessary to enlarge one’s knowledge, analyse and discriminate.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” The four stages of spiritual development

Guru: One man speaks of Sariyai, Kiriyai, Yogam and Gnanam. Another speaks of Shariat, Thareekat, Haqeekat and Maharifat. They have many meanings. I shall mention some of them. A babe in the mother’s womb does not know its parents. Does it know, as it is born into this world ? No, it does not. Likewise, the babe does not know the good and the bad. It cries when it is hungry. Immediately, the mother carries the baby and feeds it. Ten months later, the baby who was suckled by the mother is fed by the mother’s hand. The baby passes urine and excreta. Does it realise that the excreta is repulsive? No! The child meddles with the excreta with its hands and tries to eat it. The parents see it and clean the baby. The child who has seen the mother feed with her hand, takes many things and puts them into its mouth. At this stage too, the child cannot differentiate between good and bad. It is the duty of the mother and the father to discard the bad and show the good to the child. Parents indeed show the child the good and the bad and teach it the good and the bad languages. They teach the child the relationships of mother, father, uncle and cousins. The baby is like a parrot and repeats what is spoken and copies what is done. The baby has little discriminatory power to know whether burning fire is bad ot good. Both parents show the child certain things outside the home which it sees and learns. Even at this stage, the child cannot differentiate the good from the bad. When the child is three years old, it begins to understand things and to feel intrinsically. He know his mother, father, brother, sister, things that are his and what belongs to others. Feelings like love, greed and desire are taught to him. Still, the child does not know. Unaware of good and bad and bad and good, it does things as others do. The child is sent to school instilling a love for the school, at a stage when it does not know good from bad and lacks in feelings. At this stage, the child learns to speak some words and can feel desire and affection. He learns music and dance. Son, when a child’s life is like this, to learn a little knowledge at school, is not the way to the kovil and to the mosque and all other philosophies akin to the studies at school? Learning lessons, learning them correctly and accepting the correct version is the path that is called the Shariat. Shariat is the equivalent to the lessons in the kindergarten. You must be subtly informed that these stages indicate scenes that illustrate the world’s Maya, the illusive appearances of pleasure. This is the first grade. Before a child attains puberty, she goes about freely everywhere. She visits the homes of her friends, relatives and others and talks without reserve. This is similar to the period I spoke of, as the kindergarten lessons. The inner meaning of this stage is what is referred to as Sariyai. The next stage is when the child avoids the aforesaid actions, discards the games played here and there, controls her smiles, protects her chastity ( self-respect ) and becomes an adolescent virgin with the physical characteristics of a grown-up. She stays

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” at home. She knows the difference between father and mother and involves herself with their problems. She enjoys herself in the home. This is the stage comparable to Kiriyai. In the attempt to seek an ideal groom for the girl, a husband with a good character, good conduct, good wisdom, good intellect and ability, should be searched for, day and night. This is the mark of a good virgin. Running here and there, seeing several people, speaking about marriage with any person one comes across, will be like the initial stage of Sariyai. One must forget this stage and conduct oneself like the Kiriyai girl who trusts only one person and admits only him to the house. This is the proud behaviour of the Kiriyai, the eligible virgin. Kiriyai is comparable to a state of virginity – not looking at anyone else, not speaking with others, not smiling with others and receiving the one who has come with certitude. She accepts that the one who has come as the lamp of chastity that will pour oil to the virgin lamp. Worshipping God and keeping Him in her heart is the oiled lamp of Kiriyai.This my son, is the state of Kiriyai. The next stage is Yoga when a married groom and bride are in a blissful state of dance and laughter. They laugh when they should laugh and kiss when they should kiss. The bride begins to play with her husband without shyness and without reserve. The bride and the groom enjoy themselves. The bride keeps the husband in her heart, thinking of him always with desire and joy. She laughs and plays games and calls her husband endearing names. They lose themselves in an ocean of bliss and bring forth children. They derive happiness looking at the pranks of their offspring. They look everywhere, go to countries, wander in the jungles, climb the mountains, dance and sing in the wonder of happiness and sorrow and console themselves, and the wife calls the husband in endearing terms. Eventually, the wife addresses her husband as Nathan ( lord, leader ). She shows him great devotion. She glorifies him like a celestial being. She playfully ridicules him. They love each other. Both lives are as one. This is the result of the state of bliss which is the third stage called Yogam. Sariyai is comparable to a young, immature maiden who smilingly looks at things not seen, asks for things not heard of, assumes that breakables are of high quality, demands the purchase of articles, just like the crying child. This child-like behaviour is the Sariyai stage. The subsequent stage of Kiriyai is speaking where it should be spoken, conducting oneself with decorum, virtue and good character, explaining what is what, ascertaining the Certain One, building the House of “O” that is adorned with the hexagonal lotus flower, watering it with water that does not bring forth flowers, diluting it with the perfume of punuhu (civet) jawwathu, attar, kathum, kasthuri, rose-water and sandlewood, at the time when the husband enters the home, for which event the wife waits counting the minutes and with fragrant thoughts in her heart. She bathes her husband in pure qualities and embraces him. She drags him into the house. This is the certitude and the determination of Kiriyai which is akin to the bliss of affinity to the Motionless Primal One.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Adorned with buds, flowers and ripe fruits and scented with kasthuri and kumkumappu, the mattress is spread and the bed arranged with love, for the husband to enter this third house. She buys things that cannot be bought and offers things that are not asked for. On her own volition she says, “ You are the zenith of Natham (Leader) and Vetham (Lord of Vedas). O you are the one of my dreams, of heavenly beauty and compassionate eye of justice, who will not be captivated by the pleasures of life. I will give myself to you without your demand. Ask what belongs to me. See the unfolding of my lustre. See how I come running with my beautiful eyes.” So saying, she comes running quickly, establishing the breath of the art of the sun and the moon, the one which is beyond the scriptures and the religions. The exalted lord of the Vedantha opens his eye of grace and looks through his third eye of Yoga. He smiles and enters the house of the heart and engages the Unique Incomparable One in the play of blissful games saying, "O my God, I know none other than you. I saw you with the two breaths joined together . O Compassionate One, give me your compassion." Praising Him in many such ways, retaining Him in the heart, laughing enthusiastically and enraptured in married bliss, the bride unfolds her heart and spreads it like a carpet. She unites with the husband and together they detect the mystery. They play games, sing and dance gaily like a married man and woman in the ocean of bliss, enjoying a perfect marriage and being fulfilled in the ocean ofgnanam. Realise this my disciples, gems of my eyes. Gnanam is the fourth stage, stripped of all that was said earlier, unmindful of everything else and determining God is the One and the Only One and embracing Him within you. It is using that lustre to breathe and spread the light of luminosity, to make it germinate without root, seed or fruit, to flower without flowers, to close both eyes and destroy and discard all illusory thoughts in the mind, to praise the One and the Only One, to elevate confidence, to make the twenty- one thousand six hundred and twentyone (21,621) breaths to say, "There is none other than Allah. Only Allah exists." to breathe with certitude and establiah the art of kalai of the sun and the moon is Gnanam or the eyes of grace of the wisdom of the Gnostic eye. Many call these divisions Shariat, Tariqat, Haqiqat and Marifat. Marifat ultimately leads to the One and Only, meaning the Essence. Be what it may, God’s eye if Grace will open out to him who trusts in the One Incomparable God and worships Him with certitude, determination, awe and love. To show the way in these four stages, to step over the ocean of worldly affairs, and to show the right and the left, till you reach Gnaman, you will need a glorious guru who has experienced the blissful state. I say this with emphasis. You must obey the right guru. Seek him, disciples, gems of my eyes. Disciples: Swami, Glorious guru, I understand the four types of worship you have spoken of. I am eager to learn some more matters.

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CHAPTER 15 Charity Disciple: Swami, glorious guru, dharma (charity) is generally spoken of in the world. How many kinds of charity are there? Swami, please explain this to me. Guru: Son, listen. I shall tell you. Dharma, (charity) is a glorious thing. It is a living pulse for the bliss of Moksha (ultimate reality). Son, great men, ancient people, Nabis (prophets), men of God’s grace and even the Beloved Allah, Almighty, Himself, have extolled the virtues of dharma to the world. Charity is a gift to him, who is born as a human. Great men have sworn that the tree of charity will protect you from the difficulties and hardships of life, like providing nourishment to a dead tree, pouring water on it and helping it to grow again. The world has forgotten this. Today, charity is being classified as follows: 1. Charity is performed to exhibit it to the world. 2. Charity is for self-acquirement, for one’s own name, fame, glory and titles. 3. Charity is performed with a melting heart of tranquillity and compassion Saying "I have nothing in my hand. O Compassionate One! Gem of my eye! O God, protect me!" Charity is fetching water in a brass vessel with eyes of compassion, smiling teeth, a face blooming like the white lotus flower and resonating with the words of grace to offer this water of dharma, which at a draught will appease the body and the mind. Charity is to worship the Incomparable One and to glorify Him with both hands raised , or sometimes reclining and performing the ritual prayers. This is the true Dharma. 4 .Son, gem of my eyes. Listen. Charity or an offering will be performed according to a man’s reasoning power. Charity has four different meanings to the humans created by God. Those who are devoid of kindness, devoid of generosity, devoid of charity and who possess an unkind heart do not know how to give charity. They think of charity with the above mentioned shades of meaning. O Son, Manu-eesan ( man, the divine, ) even if he is blind in both his eyes will laugh on hearing this type of charity. Manu-eesan, who is created by God, laughs and says, “ It is charity sans compassion !” O dear son, listen further. Manu-eesan is truth born as human, growing as human, knowing himself, discarding this language and elevating God’s words with joy. Among these characters, he is the most exalted. He is on the correct path with undiminishing charity and plenitude of heart. To him, there is no word called “charity”. You will ask me “Why?” Let me tell you.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Swamis, yogis, mystics, humans, kings, poets, professors, scholars, aalims ulemas, masthans, and yet others who are with hearts of kindness and absorbed in grace will open their wondrous mouths and call , “Brothers, give us charity. All that are in the four lands are within us. Come let us eat well. Offer charity for your own good.” So they say. But those who know, those who are enlightened in kindness, those who are immersed in happiness, those who have melting hearts, those who understand the universe, those who glorify Allah saying, “ Alhamduillah “ ( Praise be to Allah ) and those who have clarified bliss, know this is not charity. There is nothing in such men, my son. If you intensely gaze at the heart’s point you will see, my disciples, gems of my eyes. Disciple: Swami, then what is charity ? What is that which they give ? Please teach this to me in detail. Guru: Listen. I shall tell you the subtlety of this. God created man. He created the totality of all other creations for man. God created the earth. In the earth He created gold. He filled the earth with gold. He created nine varieties of precious stones. He created the Brilliant. He created every variety of gems of priceless value. He created the sea. In the sea He created numerous things. He opened up places whose value is beyond comprehension. He created the mountains. Inside the mountains He created innumerable gems and He kept them there. The forest, the mountain, the hill, the river, gold, property, the body, the life-force, the house, the threshold, the cattle, the calf, the storyed-house, the Arsh, ( Throne of Allah ), the Kursh ( Eye of Wisdom ) Louhill, Mouhill ( Divine Tablets ), Kalam ( pen ) , Paradise, Hell and the Fourteen Worlds belong to the Immovable Graceful One. The Enlightened Ones burst into laughter if we offer something as charity, because what right have we to claim anything when a man’s life and body belong to Him? These true mystics realise that God is the only Wealth and the Possessor of the “One Thing”. These soulful, blissful true mystics keep their eyes open day and night and weep in ecstasy. They are absorbed in Him. They are intoxicated with Him. They are merged with Him. This is the fourth type of charitable state. Soothsayers, not realising themselves, unmindful of the future and blissfully fulfilling their mind’s decree, say with greed, “ Ah ! Ah! “ and “ Ka ! Ka! “ “ My possessions, my house, my pleasure ……. there is no more sorrow. This is incomparable pleasure. Look! There is no heavy sorrow on my head. “ They say this repeatedly and feel comforted. Nevertheless, listen, young brother. Forgetful of the Unknown Great All- Mighty Ruler, they cheat other lives , reduce wages to the minimum, assault the poor, employ them till dawn and chase them away at dawn.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” They take things with craftiness, sell at the bazaar, devalue the heart , make collections round the country, keep in hunger those whom they see or hear of and those who work for them. They lend money on interest, procrastinate their time, cheat, insult, usurp to themselves the life-time earnings of the poor, harass them with many acts of misdeeds, amass wealth in this manner , increase their financial power and offer charity to the undeserving. This is unkind charity. Do you observe this without any hesitation ? You should express contempt at this type of charity, my son. It is in this manner that charity is being practised in this world. But if a human born as a human, regards other lives as his and with happiness, sympathy, charity, submission, devotion, duty, patience and tranquillity comes forward with purity of heart, there will be no poverty, no want and no powerful people. A person who knows this will realise that everything belongs to Him and there is nothing of his own. Nothing at all ! “ Body, property and life all three belong to Him and there is nothing at all that is mine ! O God , Gem of my eyes, give us all Your Grace, O Lord, my Ruler ! Many things that belong to You grow for the redemption of all Your things. I am Your slave today and forever. “ So saying, you must sing the praises of God, O disciples, gem of my eyes. Know this.

CHAPTER 16 The different types of Swamis

Disciples: Swami, O noble guru, it is said that the world is great. It is also extolled there is One God for all the Universes. Swami, advise us. People believe in God and have faith in Him. Do they say this knowing the truth or knowing themselves? Swami, please explain this to me. How many types of swamis are there?

1. There is the swami who travels the earth saying, “ O God, you are my Saviour! “ He is the swami who had lived a happy married life enjoying the worldly pleasures till adversity brought him poverty, harassment and difficulties. Harmed by his wife and children and despised by the world, he roams the forest and wanders in the desert. 2. He is another swami who had lived a life of prosperity, had ruled many countries, had amassed great wealth, had travelled widely with wife and children, seen many things, heard of many things, consumed intoxicants and enjoyed life till he had lost all his possessions and incurred heavy losses. Now, discarded by his wife and children and also by his relatives and other people, he has none to inquire after him and look

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” after him. There is a saying, “ If the rich are ruined they will not belong even to a dry pot. “ So with a distorted mind and forgetful of the earth, he directs his mind the other way to ask, “ Is this the world? Is this how the end will be ? ” He beats his head and seeks refuge in the Primal One saying, “This world is false. This birth is false. My God is the Only True One..” So lamenting, he carries a bowl in his hand and becomes the swami who begs for the food. 3. “This is no birth for me,” says the third type of swami. He wanders with no selfawareness, in a state of delusion of the great earth, fascinated, mesmerised and blinded by the supposed greatness of the earth. He boasts of his disbelief in death. He shows kindness to his parents but causes evil to the neighbours and misery to the poor saying, “ Who is equal to me !” He charges interest, lives a frugal life, loiters about in a foolish manner and lives a life like the useless, poisonous tree. He is a miserable sinner, possessing treachery and witchcraft. He amasses wealth by fraud and buries it under the earth. He is forgetful of charity and offers no help to brothers, sisters, children and others. He neither eats adequately nor clothes himself properly. Such a miser will leave his body and enter the torturous hell. The miser’s relatives and people are displaced and his begotten son fearfully carries a begging bowl, loiters here and there, wanders about pleading for alms, and searches for resting places in cemeteries and other places. He recollects the lives of his parents and past generations while spending his days in lazy existence , helping himself to the morsels of food for which he sings daily. He is unmindful of day and night. With dishevelled appearance and unaware of the way of life , he becomes lazy, eats like the cattle thinking that it is the best way to live and the best approach to attain the achievable. He eats what he gets to develop his body. He performs the ritualistic and ceremonial prayers, having eaten like a bull. He voices the “O” sound and the “Ah “ sound of the “Onkaram “ as authority. He thinks that within the raw mango is sourness, within the coconut is the kernel, within the stomach are the intestines and inside the paddy is the grain. “ Is this all not true?” says this swami, “The darkness of ignorance can dispel sorrow and change it into a state of happiness and cause the resplendence of the eye. It is surely the night. Dawn will be the day. All what I said is reasonable. Isn’t it ? Tomorrow will be a happy day if you realise it. It is sorrowful to develop the destructive body. What I said was about earthly happiness. On this earth there are many more pleasant swamis. “ So saying he ends his sermon. What shall I say about the characteristics of this third type of swami ? Son, I have related to you the special features of the three types of swamis. Now I shall tell you about the characteristics of the fourth type of swami. Listen.

Guru: Son, the term “swami” is of great significance. It is full of Grace. It refers to God. "Swamiyar ?" is a question. “Swami” has two meanings. Swami can refer to

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” God. Ordinary men too have this name. Swami is also a term of endearment used at home referring to a son, a child or a loved one. Swami can also be used as a derogatory term. There are swamis who deserve contempt. However, the world is in the process of searching for a true swami. Who is he ? Could it be this swami or that swami? Unaware of who he is, the search continues for the true swami the world over. It is very, very rare indeed, for such a swami to be discovered and identified. Each household will laughingly say there is many a true swami. However, there are four kinds of swamis. I shall describe them. Listen.

CHAPTER 17 The Earthen Pot and the Brass Vessel

Guru: Son, it is a very rare wonder for a man to be born wise. The Formless Lord, the Faultless King, the Greatest Creator, the Primordial Compassionate One, the Effulgence that governs the several universes, that Formless Ruler was determined to create man and woman as human. He replaced Darkness with Grace and converted the four purest essences of Duty, Charity, Generosity and Patience into the four elements. His Grace of Light made bliss of Maya ( the world of illusory pleasures ) and made the incomparable breath ( heartbeat ) the temple of the King’s Grace. The person who performs his duties conscientiously, with kindness and pleasure becomes his slave. He forgets the world of joyful illusion and is determined to live accepting God as the One and Only One. With words of grace and with eyes and mouth full of smiling happiness he is advised at length. “ O Son, listen. You are going to leave this world of the devas ( spiritual world ) and are about to enter the land of trick and illusion, “ Maya Jaalam” ( the city of magic ) in the country of self - destructive possessive people. I am about to place this pure life inside an “impure house.” Be there. Be cautious and dumb for ten months, according to God’s bidding. Be in protective custody. You will learn the heavenly bliss and the tricks of mesmerism. There will be dirt everywhere. Wherever you look, you will see hell. What can be said of the dark-roomed prison ? My son, take care and escape. Thereafter, you will see the town of which I mentioned earlier. Here you will live ten months, learning the novelties of the place. Use the magic of silence in this mesmeric selfdestructive city full of many secrets, all of which you must master within this ten month period. In this pleasurable city of “Mamakaram “ ( City of Possessiveness ) you will find“Manunessan “ ( the non-human ) eating with joy the fruit of the “Eddi “ tree ( the

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” tree of poison ) to his heart’s content and having poisoned himself thus, stays in the jungle of the poisoned garden, with the poison tormenting his entire body and weakening him till he is withered with a dried-up tongue which oozes out blue saliva. His shrinking bowels send out a foul odour. This is the world of hell. But my son, all this creation of man is ten and ten, making a total of twenty months. Having been silent, you must continue to be silent, absorbing the inner secret, which continues to remain a secret. Only then will man in this world become human. In the self-destructive country there will be crores of qualities which defy description and make it impossible for man, the human to live there. You cannot bear it and you cannot see.

There will be those who loiter dangerously with no self-control, from whom you must try to escape cautiously. I shall tell you about some of the ways that man moves about on earth.

I will give you something to be sold for a week at the market-place of dishevelled heads in the self-destructive country. Do not lose the stuff or waste the money realised from the sale. You must market it for a week and sell it yourself and bring the profit to me. If you gain a profit, you will be able to stay in a palace for several weeks. It is very rare to attain this magnificent palace. It is also very rare for a person in the self-destructive country to enter this palace. But listen. I shall tell you. It is customary for me to give two things to those who visit this country. One is the earthen pot and the other is the brass vessel. At the time of the creation of the Atma ( soul ) these two vessels are shown. The Atma is asked, “ Which of these do you want ? You are free to accept what you like.” The Atma ( soul ) replies, “ O Father, My God, what are the attributes of these two ? Please teach me, O Father !” Thus the soul inquires from God. “ Listen,” He says, “those who choose the earthen pot and go to the country of selfdestruction will be without food for the stomach, will be without clothes to wear and will be without water to quench their thirst. They will have no house, no dwelling place and no abode to live. They will get wet in the rain and scorched in the sun. They will wander about in the market place of the self-destructive country, senseless with fatigue and exhaustion. The inhabitants of the City of Mamakaram( the City of Possessivenss ) in the self-destructive country will dance carrying the symbol of the City of Mamakaram thinking that all that glitters is gold. They do not like those with the earthen pot which they think is not worth a cent. They treat gold like sand, dispel duty and destroy virtue. They will say, “ Your earthen pot will break if you place it down. It will break if it falls down accidently. It will get shattered into pieces and become pulp if a

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” stone strikes it. The person who carries the earthen pot will undergo misery, be abused and go to unnatural places. You will stand with your mouth shut and fold your hands. You will shed copious tears and your heart will weep. You will wonder as this confusion worse confounded. But even at this stage, you must guard your pot very carefully. If you crack it, you will see the seventh house. “” Disciple: Swami. O guru, what is the meaning of the seventh house? Where is it? Please explain it to me.

Guru: O Son, I have not finished my story. But I shall answer your question. Listen, son. It is said that there are seven hells. It is the seventh hell which is intermingled within us. These seven hells are the seven evil qualities of the desire for land, desire for woman, desire for gold, arrogance, anger, “mine” and “yours.” They are known as the seven “Abans” These seven hells harm the borrowed house of man. If man can conquer and win victory over these seven evil qualities through his human qualities, he will gain the eight heavens. I shall tell you a subtle way to overcome the seven hells. There is a big pond . If you want to build a bund for this pond, you must estimate the quantity of water in the pond. You must also estimate the amount of rain water that falls into the pond. These estimates must be done before the bund could be built. Do you understand what I say ? Disciple: No, Swami. Please explain it to me. Guru: O son, listen to me. The life of a true man is like a heavy rainfall. The pond is the sharpness of his intellect. The bund is patience and forbearance. The one who has these qualities is the true man who will try to overcome the seven hells of the borrowed house. At this stage all the rains of the world will fall on him and rush towards him, calling out to the believers of the Primal One, “ Who do you think you are ?” These torrents of water will attack him, hit him, break him and try to destroy the bund. The seven “Abans” (evils) of man are the waves of water which will constantly wage war with the devotees. We must trample the seven“Abans” and trample them with our feet. The bund of the pond is the virtuous wife of a married man who with her patience and calmness will tolerate the gushing waters of the pond and not permit the waves to rise. Such a woman is a Letchmi of the world ( Goddess of Prosperity ). Her destined husband is the pond. The rain water will attempt to destroy the bund swelling up the miseries of the world. Mindful of these dangers she is like the bund, using her patience and calmness to prevent the waters from rising high. She is the virtuous wife. Married life is said to be great, to voice one opinion. You must realise this. In the same way, if a man is to become a true man, he must build a bund of patience and calmness. His sharpness of intellect must be equal to the bund. His intellect and his body must be able to overcome the waves of misery and afflictions that will try to

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” overpower him like the rain in the pond. If he so conducts his life he will triumph over the seven “Abans” (evils). He is the real male. Know this son, gem of my eyes. The duty of the person who chooses the earthen pot is to keep it unbroken and safe for one week. He has to sell it at the market place in the country of self-destruction and bring to me every cent of the sale. Then he can stay with me in this place for several thousands of years. He will have to stay only one week in the country of selfdestruction but with me he can spend countless weeks. Be mindful of this. The special qualities of the earthen pot are poverty, illness, difficulties, sorrow and lack of pleasure. Whoever takes the earthen pot for one week will experience charity, compassion, generosity, virtue, truth, patience, duty, justice, human qualities and the fear of God. He will experience thoughts of death, softness of heart, flood of compassion and the fear of Allahu-ta-aalaa, the Blissful One. His kindness will not deviate from his words even an iota, day in and day out. His heart will be full of kindness and ever-increasing joy. He will find happiness even amidst sorrow. People will praise him and celebrate his glory. He will take his place in “ Manimadam “ ( Palace of Pearls ). Those who listen to these words intensely and with clarity will become pure of soul and say, “ O God ! When I hear these words I become frightened. When I hear of the country of self-destruction my head trembles. Lord ! I do not want this. Nor do I want this pot. O King ! O God of Compassion ! Gem of My Eye , place Your Compassionate Foot on my head. This alone is sufficient. Give me only that.” So He places His Holy Foot on the shining head. This is the “Awwal “ ( Writing on the Tablet. ) Those who receive this will exceed in love, experience supreme bliss, overflow with happiness with the Lamp of Light in his heart, which will illuminate everywhere with effulgence. He will glitter as the exalted “Swamiyar “ commanding praise, dignity, respect and compassion. This is the writing of the“Awwal” which each man receives as the destiny written on his head. He who receives the earthen pot will reach Paradise. He will be born as human and live as human with human qualities. Such a person who has received the earthen pot, will very, very rarely witness hell. There will be many who come to the state of Yoga and some will pronounce words of wisdom. The soul who has chosen the brass vessel is born on the earth and enjoys life to the fullest. He sings, dances, enjoys the company of friends and plays games. Where is stone? Where is God ? He believes that all that glitters is gold and lives the way he desires. He transforms his impatience into wisdom and haste into respectful anger. He wanders where he pleases. He accepts the country of selfdestruction as his own and Mamakaram ( City of Possessiveness ) as his own. “ Look here ! The brass is shining. Buy this without any hesitation. It is pure brass. It won’t break. Even if it breaks, it can be mended. It won’t bend. Even if it bends, it can be straightened. Look at it in the sun. See how it blinds your eye. Look at it in the shade and see how beautiful it is ! Is there such beauty anywhere else ? It is not available in

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” the market. You cannot go and come back. It is a pleasure to see it every time. You cannot see its like again. Look ! It is shining. There will be no repetition of this birth. These are our things. Our shop with our things. This is shining brass! Nowhere else have I seen a place like this market of the self-destructive country. This will never be offered again. Come ! Come ! Come with confidence and look. This is the place to feast your eye and to play. It will give you pleasure. “ So saying these entrancing words, he takes away all goodness and truth and makes it appear that impermanent things last forever. He glorifies the shining quality of brass. “ Look at this brass vessel. I shall drop it down. If it bends, I shall straighten it. If it breaks, I shall mend it. It can never be destroyed. It is flawless. It is not easily available. It will bring joy too.” But the person with wisdom and knowledge and the person with the six levels of wisdom are not captivated by these words. The secret of the market place in the country of self-destruction is known to the self-realised man. Thus with song, dance and joyous words, the pure life called the soul is shown the two types of circumstances, that surround the two vessels in the country of self-destruction. All those who choose the brass vessel will perform ten times more the many actions mentioned above. Those who chose to enjoy for a week the worldly pleasures of money, property, possession, freedom, wife, child, calf, cow, house, high-storeys, studies, employment, respect, illusion and esteem will at the end of it find they are afflicted by deep sorrow and ruinous hell. There will be none even to inquire after them. The beautiful appearance of the shinning brass vessel will lead them to this fate. But son, it is very rare to be able to reach “Manimadam” ( Palace of Pearls). It is also very rare to receive the exalted foot of the King ! The rare human who achieves this state is called “Swamiyar “. It is the “ Swamiyar “ who gains knowledge as pure effulgence and wants only to keep his head beneath His Glorious Foot saying, “ You are The One I want, “ who is ordained to be a “Swamiyar “ according to the fate written on his head. To find such a person, my son, is a great rarity. Do you see, my son, the secret characteristics of the four types of swamis ? Among these swamis, you must search for the swami, whose words are the great words of joyous grace. Know this my disciples, gems of my eyes.

CHAPTER 18 The duties of man

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Disciple: Swami, O great guru, what are the duties of man in this world ? How are we to live, grow and develop? How are we to find the true guru and submit to him? Swami, tell this to me fully. Guru: O son, listen. Allah created all lives and among them He created man, the highest form of being. To be such a man : 1 .Firstly, you must have determination and unshakeable faith in Allah. 2. Secondly, you must swear by God to be close to Him, breath to breath, speech to speech and thus worship Him. 3. Thirdly, you must offer charity in kind and word. One- fourth of your income should be given as charity. 4. Fourthly, not only for the sake of God Himself, but also for the benefit of your soul, you must be full of pity and compassion for others and observe the Fast. The fourth duty is the Fast. This must be done. 5. Fifthly, you must visit the temple which is ten thousand or fifteen thousand miles away in places like Mecca and Medina and perform the Hajj. So tell the ancient great men and the Rasools ( Messengers of Allah). This fifth duty should be performed by everybody in this world. This is being done now. It is said that these are the important duties of man. When man was created originally in an earthen pot into which was filled the pure life and sent down to the earth-world, God said: “ O man you are going to the earth-world. Go there and worship Me with Faith and Certitude. Those who visit the City of Mamakaram ( City of Possessiveness ) and the illusionary realms of Maya, usually change their human qualities. Therefore, you must escape from this change. You must believe in the five letters, thePanchadcharam ( the five magical letters ) or the five Sharths ( the five pillars). You must recite the five Kalimahs ( assertions of belief ) with determination and faith. So it is said. In other words, you must have determination of heart and mind and believe that God is everything and is everywhere. There are several meanings to these words. Secondly, you must worship the Lord and pray to Him. He exists now, existed then and will always exist. One person will say, “Fear Him” and another will say, “ Go to the temple and worship Him.” There are many meanings for the second letter of Panchdcharam too.

Thirdly, one person will say you must perform charity, give gifts, do good deeds , offer Thivasam ( alms in memory of the dead ) and perform many such similar acts. Another will say, “ Give Sadhaqua “ ( Charity in kind ), feed the poor, give away sarees, build mosques, build houses, make recitals in memory of the dead and recite the Fatiha ( the Opening verse in the Holy Quran ). More such words will be said, “ This is acceptable to God. Do not neglect this.” There are many meanings to all these.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Fourthly, observe the Fast and see to the needs of the poor. On the twenty-seventh day of the Fast give away money, clothes and many other things. One person will say that Fasting is acceptable to God. Others will say you must observe Viratham ( Fasting ), offer sacrifice, give Thivasam ( alms in memory of the dead ) and perform Anthiraddi ( funeral rites ), offer Kandashasti ( invocation to Lord Skanda ), observe Amavasa, ( the New Moon on the first day of the Lunar month ), keep awake onSivarathri ( night of Supplication to Lord Siva ) and several similar observances. They will say, “ These are the duties of man. Believe in God. Perform your duties regularly. Go to the temple and worship. Perform temple duties. They offer similar such advices. Some others will say, “ Come to the temple. This is an important day “: “ Do not neglect these five duties. Come to the mosque. Do your prayers. If you do not come to the mosque you will enter hell. Fear God. Live as human or you will be sent to Hell ” and utter many such other words. But my son, in a world of this fashion, only if men living as humans perform their duties properly, will they be known as men. Man’s belief in God’s creation, his traits, his nature and his worship are all considered as part of man’s duty. But it is not so. First and foremost, he must be born a human. This is very, very rare. God the Rare and the Great Power created man. Having created man, God ordained that He be believed and worshipped. Man’s duty from his birth into this world till he dies, is to believe in God with certitude and determination. He should accept the truth of it and keep the truth within him. God has no race, no religion, no differences, no relations, no people, no birth and no end. He has no decay. He has no comparison. Be determined in these words. Such a Lord should be worshipped by man born as human, through his conduct. This is the normal way of worship. He should worship Him in his breath, in his speech and stand every minute in this state. Charity, compassion, generosity, justice, truth, patience, tolerance, tranquillity, duty and all other aspects of calm behaviour should be the ordinary, natural behaviour of man. Therefore, this is an important part of the five duties of man. Those who understand wisdom and realise the truth will appreciate the importance of the five duties. Those with no such understanding will laugh at it. What is this birth ? But son, among these duties mentioned, what is the work a human performs ?

What is the normal duty of man ? What is the quality of the natural behaviour of those born as men who live in the City of Mamakaramayajaalam ( City of Magical Possessiveness ) in the country of self-destruction ? Are those the five duties made reference to, by these people ? Apparently, the people in the country of self-destruction do not realise that there are several other duties too in the ordinary natural behaviour of man. If you scrutinise these statements you will realise that the above mentioned five

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” duties are the more important duties. There is Param ( The Ultimate One ) only in these five. There are several other modes of behaviour in man. They say, “We will follow the good way of life “ but forget and place the five important words in the front room and perform sinful evil deeds of the devil like getting intoxicated, indulging in sex, committing murder and theft, uttering falsehood, charging interest, being jealous, being arrogant, speaking words that are different from those in the heart, ruining virtuous men, destroying chaste women, torturing children, destroying friends, killing those who trust them, abusing the sages, committing other evil deeds and turning themselves into devils, the Asuras ( non-humans ). If these five duties are important to them, what is the meaning of this birth ? What are the ordinary duties of natural behaviour ? It is this that troubles the Lord who rules. God says: “ I created man. Didn’t I ? When there are innumerable duties for man in his speech, in his breath, in his conduct, when he sits, when he runs, and when he lies on bed, did I not say that man should dispel his evil qualities and worship Me truthfully, from within his heart ? But man, no sooner than he goes to the country of self-destruction says things to suit his own convenience.” These thoughts have presented themselves to God. There are other matters also son. Knowing the conduct of such people you must be wary of them. Conduct yourself as human as ordained by God. There are yet more natural duties for man. The five duties mentioned are mostly man’s natural behaviour. A human comes to know many things. Body, property, life, fly, ant and similar life numbering 84,00,000 ( eight million four hundred thousand ) mountains, hills, oceans, earth, gold ,sky, arsh, kursh, kalam, hell, heaven, 7x 4 ( fourteen ) universes and all the things in the Three Universes belong to Him. Leaving aside two of the five, they say that there are three main duties, unaware of the place of the others. My son, man himself does not possess these three. The Almighty Allah, The Unique, The Rare is The Only One. Everything belongs to Him. All are His.

CHAPTER 19 Service to the Guru

Disciple: Swami. O guru leader, how is service to the guru to be performed ?

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Guru: Pay obeisance at the feet of your virtuous guru. Seek him. Perform your duties towards him. This is the glorious word of the guru’s most precious bequest. This is the oil of the heart that flickers without a wick. This is the gracious word. It is beneficial to serve Him. Do not run away. Do not turn away. Do not stumble and fall. Do not look up or down. Look at the centre. Keep the virtuous guru in your heart. Surrender your body, wealth and soul, all three to Him. Pay close attention to the guru’s word. Observe good conduct, good character and good behaviour. Speak good words. The words of the guru are beyond the sciences and the religions and should be adhered to. They are glorious words. Do not have a frown on your face. Do not restrict your heart. Do not be haughty. Forget esteem and pride. Accept the guru as the Father of Light, the one who removes your idiosyncrasies, the lamp that dispels darkness and the substance that fills your heart. Accept him as the one who teaches that birth is suffering, unclean and destructive. He is the mythical essence of the scriptures. He is the seed of wisdom and will lead men to the good path. Say: “I trust you always, O Gurunathar ( guru who guides ). Make my soul pure in this impure birth and make it shine. Grant me the Grace of the Holy One.” Reflect and remember the guru with a full and loving heart. Be of service to him. Seek the good guru leader my disciples, gems of my eyes. The guru presides over the abode of the divine state. It is the primary duty of the disciples to greet the guru with reverence and obtain his blessings with patience and silence. They must be seated in one place without making any disturbance. The second duty is to conduct yourself knowing your inner responsibility and not disobeying the guru’s words. You should complete your duties with purity of body, mind and speech, even if there is any difficulty in the administration. Get up early in the morning, bathe yourself, remember God with purity and worship Him and fulfil all your regular duties. Pay obeisance to the Gurudeva and stay in readiness to perform the duties to the guru. Some of the duties are polishing his utensils, washing his garments and bathing him. You should carry out to perfection whatever duties that are assigned to you. You should obtain the food requirements of thegurudeva and offer them to him in kindness. You should assimilate the discourses of the gurudeva, keep them in your mind and live accordingly. You should dispel evil qualities like anger, lust, miserliness, delusion, bigotry, aggression and replace them with kindness, benevolence, pity, charity, pleasant speech, sacrifice, generosity and thus develop yourself. This will make you happy and others happy too. This is the rare service of great magnitude that you can perform to the gurudeva. To love other lives as your own and to do such rare service are equivalent to your service to God. It is the great desire of the guru to show you how to live, not only for yourself but also for others as well. If you follow the way of the gurudeva, the resplendent grace will glow. Your inner eye will manifest itself. The Word of God will be born. The great light of wisdom will dawn upon you. The enormous diseases of birth will be destroyed. You can reach the House

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” of Everlasting Happiness of Immortality. This is the peace of soul strived for by our disciples. O son, the criterion which will determine the extent of the grace of the exalted guru, to be reached by the disciple will depend on his service, the path he follows, his thoughts, his clarity and his understanding with which he performs his duty. I shall tell you a story. Once there was a restaurant where many people would go to eat. They relished the tasty food served there and paid money for it. A stray dog would go there to eat the remnants of the food thrown out along with the banana leaves. This was an usual occurence in the self-destructive country. The dog would wait outside the entrance of the restaurant waiting for someone to feed it. The customers who go to this restaurant would call out to the waiters with arrogance, “ Hey, give me the curry soon !” The waiter would reply,” Sir, be a little patient. I shall bring it right now.” Before the cook could take out the curry from the oven, the customer would cry out, “Hey, is it not hard-earned money we pay? How long is a man to wait for his rice !” and throw out the rice with the leaves on which it was served. The stray dog outside would eat the rice. Another customer would remark, “ Hey man, the food is tasteless. It is no good. Is it not hard-earned money we pay?” All this was said with arrogance. They would further say, “ Look at your shop. Look at yourself. Look at your food.” In this manner all the customers would throw away their food. The stray dog outside would eat it. Yet another customer would throw out his food. The dog would eat that too. One of the customers would look at the dog and say, “ There is a dog outside. Poor dog!” He would keep one fistful of rice and call out to the dog lovingly. He would keep the food on the ground bending himself. The dog without shyness or fear would eat the food on the leaf. These four customers gave food to the dog. To whom does this dog belong? To whose call would the dog respond? However much the four customers would quarrel, argue and assault one another, to whom does the dog belong? Even if they fight, break their heads, they cannot resolve their disputes. The dog itself would understand reason and with patience and calmness go to the man who fed it.

One person threw the rice with anger. Another threw the remnants because the food lacked perfection. Yet another left a morsel of food with love and care to the dog, calling it with kindness after he had consumed his portion. The dog without any hesitation went close to him and thereby it belonged to him. Likewise, O my disciples, gems of my eyes, the guru ( sheikh) with the fullness of God’s Grace will grant you charity, words of wisdom and grace, depending on your own thoughts and ideas, conduct and sate of mind. This is the secret of the heart of the Incomparable Gracious God. It is not easy to discover this. O child, follow the guru and continue to do so, without looking back. Follow the path he travels which is the best way.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” O disciples, gems of my eyes, do not test your guru by deviating from his path and allowing yourself to be directed by your own mind and your own wisdom. Do not conduct yourself thinking what you do is correct and what the guru does is wrong. It is only the white ant that originally built the ant- hill, that knows its secret. An ant or the one who cuts open the ant-hill will not be aware of its subtlety. The white ant will not cut open the ant-hill or break it. In the same ant-hill there are rooms for the snake, the white ants, the rat and also other appropriate accommodation for the occupation pf crawling creatures like the mongoose, the iguana and the ants. But it is only the white ant that knows the intricacies of the nature of the accommodation for these creatures, the secret of the construction of their rooms and the method of stimulating the growth of the ant-hill. By the secretion from its mouth, the white ant dexterously takes the earth and builds the house, the rooms and the openings without letting the water to seep in. The snake, white ant, rat, iguana, mongoose, and other crawling creatures occupy the ant-hill. The ants mature, develop wings and fly away from the room occupied by them. The iguana, the rat and the ant go into the room to eat the white ants. The snake goes in to catch the rat. The mongoose goes in to catch the snake. The dog goes in to catch the mongoose. All these creatures and many more claim the ant-hill as “my house” and “your house” in various ways. Nevertheless, whatever occupies the ant-hill, it belongs to the white ant. It is the white ant that knows it. The others cannot build the house. The true wise men, the gnanis are not deceived by the contempt of any number of persons. This fact must be embedded in your mind. Be steadfast in the true path without being deceived, O disciples, gems of my eyes. Reflect carefully on what I have said. These kind words come from my vibrant heart to the children born with me and to the infants with their baby language. They are the miracles of the King, The Almighty Allah. I praise with my tongue the beauty of the One with the Six Faces and say this, O disciples, gems of my eyes.

CHAPTER 20 Body, Trick and Danger ( Kaayam, Upaayam, Apaayam )

Guru: O my son, the body, the trick ( thanthric device ) and danger are three kinds of knowledge. They protect the single body in whatever way the body should be protected. They do so with great care and planning. They consider the body as indestructible.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” These trickiest characters lock the spring. They look with pride upon the world, fame, children, lust, sex, beauty, enhancement of looks, dance and music. Thesethanthric devices ( tricks ) block the spring, block the breath, sing songs, search the jungles and develop the house of the body. The tricky character is carefully employed to acquire things, accumulate and keep them. They call it bliss and think it so. Next is the knowledge of danger to the house of the body. The knowledge of thethanthric devices ( tricks) searches through cunning , tricks, black-magic, deceit, possessiveness ( mamakaram ), arrogance, keeping something inside, another outside, one in the heart, another on the lips, with falsehood, backbiting one in the eye, another in the mind and with many kinds of dancing, singing and saying “ Aah” with sickness and disease. God’s angry glance falls on such a dangerous person. He wanders about having lost everything including the two characters ( body and trick ) and all that had been acquired. He realises it is time to know God and to know Him only through wisdom within wisdom. He unsteadily calls out to his father, to his mother, to his relatives and to God, mentioning the names at random. He finally recalls the danger and yells, “Aah !” The three characters, body, trick and danger give birth to Maya and tricks. Having accumulated dangerous things through deception, they leave them behind, shouting repeatedly in an alarming voice, “ wife, child, husband, man, woman”. They leave behind all the things they had collected on earth saying, “ No good! There is nothing in this world! My life did not experience any good! Here is danger! There is danger ! There is danger every where!” With such a noise will be his end. Did you listen, O disciples, gems of my eyes to the fearful wonders acquired by these three characters ? Know this. Their names are land, woman and gold. These are the three characters. There are yet several other meanings. Learn about the mystery of danger with a little keenness. O disciples, gems of my eyes, these are not simple matters. Divide them into participle by participle and realise it in an incisive manner. Everyone says that the desire for land, woman and gold is evil. It is very easy to say this, but very difficult to avoid them. Know this. Look for a mature guru and if you perform your duty with complete grace and obey him, you will be able to get rid of danger, O disciples, gems of my eyes. CHAPTER 21 The Six Faces

Disciple: Swami, O leader guru, you mentioned six wisdoms. What do you mean ? Swami, you also said that the Father has six faces. How is it? Teach us this in detail.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Guru: O son, listen. Six faces ( Arumugam ) do not refer to Kandan ( Lord Skanda ). They are the six wisdoms which are beyond estimation, beyond imagination and beyond pleasure. They distinguish the truth that surrounds God, discipline the body, melt the heart and like the season of Spring sprout the six kinds of wisdom. They are known as Kandam, Kandampan, Murugan, Velan and Veliraivan ( God of the Vel ) and by several other names as well. They exist in every religion. People refer to them according to the depths of their understanding. But nobody has discovered the true meaning and reached the end. A person draws a line and questions what it is. One person replies that it is a line. Another says that it is # 1 ( one ). Yet another says that it is 1 ( Alif ) . Similarly, others say many things. Instead of this, if you stay with a good guru you will understand good reason, justice, meaning, grace, joy and bliss ( anadam). The meaning of all these will be made clear to you. The qualities of our inner selves will become virtuous. I shall explain further, listen. A son was born to a mother. She brought him up. When the son reached his third year of age, he asked for his father. The mother sent him to school. In school he was called, “Fatherless child ! Fatherless child !” and was ill- treated. The son shed tears and cried out, “ Where is my father? Where is my father? Show me my father or I shall die !” On hearing this, the mother wondered, “ My son is going to die. How can I show him his father ? Isn’t He in a Place Unknown ? Aiyo ! I must protect my son. What shall I do ? I know You and You know me, but the child does not know ! He will not understand whatever that is said to him. What am I to do ? I must protect him either through craft or cunning. O My Father, I only know You ! I do not know Your form. I do not know Your appearance or shape. I do not know the O ( Onkaara Rupum ), the state of resonance of the Onkaram of the One who is always in my heart and glistens therein, the Beauteous Blissful Being ! Forgive me for this day’s fault and rule over me, for I have cunningly gathered some earth and made a wisdom less form, a dumb statue in Your Name to save my son. It will give him relief and he will live. But when wisdom dawns and he comes to know You, he will worship You with clasped hands. O God, the Gem of my eyes, the Compassionate One, give me Your Grace and Your Compassion. My son will now call this statue his father. But when he knows the truth, he will forgive me. O My Father, The Incomparable Lord, Lord of Manomani ) ( Goddess Parvathi ), I have made a figure, given it a name and made it an exhibit for the sake of my innocent child. Forgive me, Your slave for this

Your Father in Unknowable. He is beyond Knowledge. He is Incomparable. He has no helper. He is Omnipresent. He is everywhere. He has no form. How could I have shown Him to you when you were an infant ? This is why I had to adopt this method. Now, wisdom has dawned on you and you yourself can know and analyse the

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” six wisdoms and see your won real Father. Now there is no obstruction. This is the true secret” So said the mother.

Likewise, my son, for the word “ Kandan” people show a figure with six faces. This is an ancient trick. The Entity that ever shines, the Form that moves around without form, the Light of Effulgence, the Father of the Universe, the Father – Light that engulfs all lives is it not this ?

Some people in the world mould various figures according to their fancies, using stones and earth and leave them on plants and garbage. They give them names and call them their “Father”. But the Father who vibrates with love, that Effulgence is not fashioned like this! How can we love or worship any form fathered by these people themselves, having made them out of their own hands ? Which of these two can we worship ? Which of these can we pray to ? This is where serious thought, intelligence, intellect and wisdom should be employed to think, reason and analyse. Be informed, disciples, gems of my eyes.

Guru: I shall tell you about the marvels of the six faces that you have been intermingled with you. How many faces have you, my son ?

Didciple: Father, I have only one face.

Guru : No, you have six faces. Know it now. You have six face with a separate division for each face. You six faces are called Moolaatharam, Swaathiddanam, Manipooram, Anaakatham, Visuththi and Aagnagni. They are also referred to asKaamam ( lust ), Kurotham ( hatred ) , Lopam ( miserliness ), Moham ( delusion ), Matham ( bigotry ) and Machariyam ( envy ). They have other names also. These six divisions of consciousness show the figure of Kandan with his six faces, “ Aaru – Muham “. That which is beyondcomphrension has been reduced to a symbol of a figure or a picture and displayed in the streets, paths and kovils. They are engraved on trees, gold, brass, stone, lead and other materials and referred to as Aaru- Muham and by various other names. But my son, this is a distortion of truth and a grave sin. If wisdom dawns, clarity will appear and you will realise the truth. You will know him as six levels of wisdom. Each face depicts a level of wisdom. I shall tell you an easy method to know this. Listen.

A person may stay in one place but his levels of consciousness can stray here, there and everywhere. One of the six consciousness will go round the country, one will go

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” towards his children, one to the temple, one to the lake, one to take a bath, one to worship and to many other places, even while he is standing in one spot and talking to another person. The six levels of consciousness travel everywhere and come to various secrets which they report to the resplendent, gracious guru, the glow of wisdom. The gnana guru on hearing this says : “ Hey, you appear as individual faces doing different things !” The five other levels of consciousness reply, “ Swami, great guru, each face has come to each one of us. Should we not perform our different tasks ? If not, Swami, who should there be six faces ? Our names are the six meaningful names of the six plexus. We are also called by several other names. Give us work suitable for our faces and we will do it, O great guru.”

The Kingly Wisdom addresses the five and says, “ You do not seem to know the words “reasoning “ and “analytical wisdom “ Did you not say Aaru – Muham ? When I look at Aaru – Muham I can notice my “ Ochchams “ ( patterns ) there. Listen,

Guru sings: On the tip of the cynodon grass, built I six houses, Five houses were barren, one had no roof. The roofless house alone fetched a rent of six coins, Five coins were dud, others had no embossment. With the embossed coin, I bought six elephants, Five elephants were blind, one had no eye. Mounted on the eyeless elephant, went I to six forest paths, Five paths were in ruins, one had no people. From the peopless paths, I picked six people, Five were ugly women, one had no ear, For the earless woman, I made six earrings. Five pairs were ordinary, one had no stone. To keep the stone less earring, I made six boxes, Five boxes were with holes, one had no lock. In the lockless box I kept six pairs of earrings, No trace of their disappearance, O no trace at all. O, your story has no truth, Life in this body has likewise no truth.

Son, as in this song, you must know the six faces, one by one, and analyse them atom by atom. The six faces of the six wisdoms display many more scenes. Among many other names, one face is called Divine Grace while the other five faces represent the wisdom of the gnana guru (Gnostic guru ). They do things other than what has been said. These six people reside within the six- cornered heart. Each occupies a corner and rules over us. Five of them should be assaulted and chased away. You should deal only with the Majestic Spark of Wisdom. We must have one face. Five of

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” the six faces should be plucked out and thrown away. We must always appear as one face, join the Omnipresent Effulgence and be a Substance existing here, there and everywhere. That substance is the Limitless One full of Grace. It is the object devoid of darkness becoming “ Murugan “ – rightful Owner’s only Wisdom with the “O” sound as “ Laa ilaaha , Ilal Alaahu “ meaning “ Other than Allah there is nothing. You are Allah. You are the Only One who does not diminish.” Thus the Incomparable One – God and the Wisdom that stood one- faced, both together is the place where they assemble. That is the point of the nose where the breath assemble together, the art of the sun and the moon.

Chapter 22 Fith and Determination

Guru : O son, you must explore and know the history of what I have related to you, without abandoning the beauty of certitude and determination. You should hold onto the vale of faith which is the power of determination. Then you will become a male human ands a moustache will grow on your face. You will venture forth to find your Father and walk in search of Him in both the worlds. In the course of your search you will come across the ten hidden sinners of the earth. There are ten of them. They will try to obstruct you. They will try to attract you, claiming themselves to be your father, your cousin and your relative. You should hold on to the vale of the power of determination and get rid of them. You should attack them and chase them away. They are not weak. They are sakkthi ( power ) . They have many powers and many appearances. They will play cunning games without your seeing them and without your knowing them. They will intermingle with you. They will appear to be beneficial to you but cause loss to your souls. These ten persons will reside hidden inside the same palace created by the sameParakarunathan ( The Primal One ) . Let me tell you more particulars of these ten. Listen.

Two of them are intoxication and sex and they possess qualities that darken your heart. They are blind without the eye of the heart. They are fools without any wisdom. Another three are those who reside inside the dark room using the darkness as light. They are the thieves, murderers and liars. These are the ancient (aathi ) enemies. They are blind without the eye of the heart and fools without wisdom or knowledge. They are devoid of the feeling of the five letters, panchadcharam, and give rise to mental diseases arising out of obsession. These five persons will burn into ash the places where God occupies on earth and kill, destroy and put you into several births. They are known as the panchama-pathakam” the five great sins.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” You must know this clearly and escape. There are yet five others who are their elder brothers. They destroy God, burn the Sakthi, destroy faith, defame the saints, turn God into stone, change patience into emptiness, silence the truth, turn the noble into the devil, turn virtuous women into prostitutes and make friends of the ten sins. These are the five fearless animals. Let me give you their names. Listen.

They are impatience, haste, ego (“I” ness ), self- destroying deception and jealousy that will eventually destroy you. Son, these are the ten persons who shake the world, making it move by infusing their potentiality and make it their own. They convert the Manu-eesan ( Man the Divine ) to man the human. They reveal their powers of mantra and create torpor in man and expose him to various enticing forms. They eradicate the potentialities of man the divine, displace the good songs, conceal the third eye, destroy reason and justice and make prominent the destructive qualities. O son, these ten are the animals without clarity of mind that destroy the body and the world. It is not possible to relate the evil dances they perform. You should kill them with the weapon of faith and determination and trample them under your foot. I say this with emphasis. You should always be full of determination and win with certainty.

My son, those who win in this manner are very rare in this world. For instance, look at the symbol that depicts Nadarajah who won over the ten devils, trampled them under his foot and meditated standing on one solitary foot. Melt your heart and dance praising only Him. Dance along with your heart in relationship with your body. He will stand and dance with you there, the Good Charactered , Calm Form, the Perfect Melting heart, the Exalted True Flame, the Aathparam ( the Primal One ). You must observe this keenly. When you are like this, your body which is made up of earth, water, fire, air and ether should be in a state of purification.

CHAPTER 23 "Aalimeens"

Guru : Son, Allah exists as one. He has created many kinds of lives. But above them all, He has created man-the-divine manu – ieesan, who is capable of high clarity. He has given him analytical wisdom among all His creatures. He has named man-the divine manu-eesan, the only one who can analyse and dissect wisdom by activating with grace the Primordial One. Man, the superior being excels all other lives and is capable of knowing things and delving into the unknown, even to the sphere of the devas ( spirits and angels ). Man has to become manu-eesan to know this path. There are only a few such people in this world. They are the prophets, yogis, swamis, aalims, ulemaas, gnanis, poets, munees and masthams. Some of them can perform miracles and seek redemption. Son, they are all determined on the One God

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” with certitude. They are unmindful of the body and of food. They have belief in the Only One. They love only Him. They show compassion on all lives created by Allah. They think of all other lives as their own. They possess clarity of mind and are conscious of the good and the evil. They conduct themselves with reason, justice, patience, calmness and tranquillity. They perform their duty regularly. Such a man is man-the divine. He is an Aalimeen. O son, do you understand what I have been telling you ?

Disciple: No, father. No. Please explain it to me in detail.

Guru: O son. I said “ Aalimeen”. Did I not ? I shall tell you the meaning. Listen very carefully. Aalimeen is the wonderful, fathomless, bottomless, deep and vast ocean which is ever flowing and ever filling and in whose waters the Mahatmas( high souls ) and the kings bathe. Son, I shall give you the meaning of this ocean. It is said that there are Saptha Samuthiram ( Seven Oceans ). Have you not seen hidden waves constantly filling the oceans ? When you look at the reflection of your face in the water, you see the dirt and the impurities of your face like in a mirror. The mirror of these waters shows the dirt in your body. It is your duty to wash yourself and cleanse your body in the waters of these oceans.

These oceans do not accept any dead creatures and push them onto the shore. All the dirt is brought out and pushed to the shore in order to show you how to cleanse yourself. If an ant falls on these waters, it is seen. A house fly fallen on the water is also seen. Every type of dirt and every type of flaw is seen. A man who stands close to the water is seen. A tree that stands near this water is seen too. If a bull or a cow or a goat stands near the water, it is seen. The rain that falls on it is seen.

A snake is seen and even if several creatures hide close by, they are all seen in this water. Besides these, the red clouds and the black clouds in the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars and all other objects in the sky are seen in the waters of the oceans. This mirror shows the clean and the unclean. The many waves in the sea keep them clean. The waves throw out the dirt to the shore and the oceans themselves remain clean.

O son, the novelty of the seas is that they show you with clarity the purities and the impurities of all substances and reveal the secrets of the land and the sky, the good and the evil, death and life and many other matters. The seas push the impurities onto the shore. They reject the dead carcasses and push them out. The ant and the fly that fall on the waters are seen. A person who looks at the ocean sees the good and the evil, the murders and all the sins that fall into them. Whatever that falls onto the ocean is seen. The seas protect what should be protected, throw away what should be thrown,

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” reject what should be rejected, see what should be seen, take what should be taken, annex what should be annexed and realise what should be realised.

He who forgets himself and knows the Lord with clarity is one who possesses a man’s heart. The great sea is a man’s heart. He who knows that sea, is an ‘Aalimeen “. O son, reflect on what I have said with sense and logic. The deep, fathomless sea is the inner man. He who knows the wonders of the sky and the marvels of the world that are inside this depthless sea is an Aalimeen.

The “ meem” – in the sky represents the Primordial Aathi , Effulgence, the Grace of Allah, Muhammad. It falls over the deep sea, pierces the water and reveals the secrets within the sea. Similarly son, the one who measures and knows the ocean of the fathomless heart of man is an “ Aalimeen”. The flame that knows this Aalimeen is the Light called “ Aathi Muhammad “. Inside the Aathi Muhammad is the Aalimeen. They are both indivisible. Together they realise the depth of the ocean inside the heart. Together they remove the evils therein.

The One who rules the ocean in the heart is “ Ya- Rabbilaalimeen “ ( Lord of the Unknown ). Aalimeens are those who have realised the fathomless depths of the oceans of the heart. They are the unique ones. O son, listen to this very keenly. Those who know the oceans are referred to as swamis or Aalimeens. Keep this clearly in your mind.

CHAPTER 24 The Fistful of Earth

Guru: Son, I shall relate to you a small story. Listen son, you should familiarise yourself with all I have so far said. Know this, and take to heart the subtle story I am going to tell you.

The Unknowable Great Mighty One, the Lord of the crores of multitudes, The Primordial Compassionate Protector, the Pure One that shines like a Sparkling Light created the true thing called “man”. In the creation of “ manu-eesan “ ( man – the – divine ) a fistful of earth was given to his hand. It is this fistful of earth that ismanu – eesan. I shall tell you the power of this fistful of earth. Listen.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Allah said, “ O man – the –divine, inside ths fistful of earth I have given you, there are several wonders. If you sieve it, you will find it contains the fundamentals of gold, iron, brass, earth, stone, sand, brilliant, precious stone, diamond, emerald, ruby and many other materials. You should sieve this fistful of earth, separate the metals, weigh them, count them, measure them, record them and look for Me. The Lord so explained this with His Grace.

We are those fistfuls of earth. Those born with me know this. Inside the fistful of earth are miraculous items. If man is to become manu – eesan, he should repeatedly dissect this body which is made up of earth. He should discard the unwanted portions, place them in a vessel, close it up, dig a pit and bury them there in order to give account of it on a future date. The unwanted items are lust, miserliness, bigotry, greed and envy which are the five worst ingredients found in the fistful of earth. These are the first impurities found in the fistful of earth. You should place them in a vessel and bury them in a pit dug up for this purpose. Thereafte,r the remaining earth should be washed and dried and the dirt therein sieved, weighed, recorded in the book of the heart and buried in a pit dug up for this purpose. When you repeatedly sieve this earth there will emerge 63 impurities. You should take account of these 63 impurities and bury them in a pit dug up for this purpose as described. Now look at the remaining earth and you will see nine kinds of precious stones, separating themselves and emerging from the earth. These nine precious stones are the nine openings. You should weigh these nine precious stones, measure them, take account of them and bury them in a pit. Now look at the remaining earth after sieving it further and you will see three separate parts. One of these three portions will show itself as the five types of dirt and rule the destitute mind. These impure substances too should be weighed , measured, taken into account and buried underground. I say this with certainity. Listen. If you further sieve the remaining earth, it will divide itself into two parts, one of which will appear as three parts of six regiments. They will say with arrogance, “ I shall travel the world over in half a second. Look at me ! Look at my beauty ! Look at the place in which I live ! Within me is this palace. Inside this palace am I ! “ With the destructive ego of “I” ness they develop themselves two by two and wage war, standing in three parts. These warriors exhibit their arrogance with restless disunity, indiscipline,. Without any kindness, without any calmness and without the love of God. They ceaselessly wage war with arrogance. You should know this. You should fathom them, differentiate between good and bad, weigh them and keep account of them. When you look you can see one of them appear pure while five of them are impure. You should measure the impurities, weigh them and bury them in a pit you have dug up. When you filter the remaining earth, you will find it shines as three parts. They are the first three characters. When you keep on washing and filtering the remaining earth repeatedly, you will find these three eventually appear as one. These are man’s three characters. If you wash these three again, dry them and sieve them, you will see them divide themselves into twelve kinds. Question: “ What is this? You have separated yourself into twelve. “

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Answer: “ Don’t you know us ? We are the twelve signs of the zodiac, the rulerswho shake you up.” Question: “ What are your names ? “ Answer: “ We are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. There are twelve of us.” Question: “ What work do the twelve of you do?” Answer: “ We rule the nine openings that appear in the fistful of earth. We are known as the nine “grahas “ (planets) . Question “ Where are the other three ? “ Answer: “ Filter well and look. You will then know their secret. “ Question: “ Are you then so strong ?”

My children, you should weigh them, measure them and bury them in a pit. When you sieve this earth further, it will divide itself into three parts. If you sieve the remaining earth again, it will appear as four types.

Question: “Who are you ?” Answer : “ I am earth. I am fire. I am air. I am water. “ Question: “What work do each of you perform?” Then they intermingle themselves and form into the body of man. You stand there in fear and deep thought. The four of them look at you and ask, “ What are you thinking ?” You say. “ I feel frightened when I see your marvels ! How can we escape from you ? They laugh and say, “ You wonder how to escape from us ! The remedy is in yourself. The remedy to destroy us, is within you. Likewise, there is medicine to protect us.” They say this in a jestful manner and the four of them separate themselves. You say, “What wonder is this ! I washed the earth and dried it and filtered it. They have joined themselves like eyes. What does it mean ? They stand as if blind." Question : “Who are you ?” Answer: “Our history has been related by those who have come before. Don’t you know this ?” Reply: “No, please tell me.” Answer: “ We are the twelve openings called the twelve Rasis, ( signs of the zodiac). Within the rasis are the nine grahas ( planets ) which rule the openings. The one created by Saturn rules the opening of the umbilicus. I rule the third eye on the forehead. Another rules the opening at the top of the ead. The three rasis. You will see everything inside us." Question : “ If you have all this ability why are you blind?” Answer: “ How do you know we are blind ? Sieve the earth and see, you fool !” You further filter the earth which divides itself and appears as three colours. One is green pearl, another is green diamond and the third throws out brilliant sparks." Question: “ Who are you that appear in three colours ?"

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Answer : “ Filter the earth, you fool. When you sieve the earth again, you will see that three letters appear. “ They are “ Alif”, “Laam” and “Meem”. Question: “ Who are you ?” Answer: “ I am Allah. This is my Messenger, Muhammad. This is Muhaiyaddeen.” Question: “Where are you ?” Answer: “ Muhammad is in the forehead. Muhaiyaddeen Abdul Cader is in the lotus (heart). I am enshrined in all the lives. “ Saying this, they unite into One. You wash the pearl of three colours again and you see one colour radiating as one brilliant spark which envelopes the great wide universe. You look at it and ask, “ Who are you ? What is your strength ?”

The Great Light says, “Hey, you wish to know my strength ! I am mixed up with you. If you wish to see Me, you should be alone ; you should be hungry and you should be awake. If you wish to see my secrets, say these sentences that contain good guru sakthis (powers):

“ La – illaha” exhaling through your left nostril. “ Ill allahu “ breathing in through your right nostril and stationing it in your heart.

If you recite this twenty – one- thousand- six- hundred and twenty –one in breaths, ( 21,621) a day, standing alone, staying in hunger and staying awake, I am with you and you are with Me. All my secrets are within you and all your secrets are within Me. We are both One in the remaining purity of the fistful of earth given to you and filtered by you. You and I are inside the one pearl of wisdom. The 2x7, the fourteen worlds are within us and the grahas ( planets ), the rasis ( zodiac signs ), the stars are all within our worlds.” So says the Lord.

Know this, my son. We are all within One Father. Know this with clarity. Those who sieve the earth are those who are spoken of as Aalimeens and Swamis. My son, you have now seen the picture with clarity and you know with determination that the Father is One. You know the Father. All the words I have spoken should be embedded in your mind. Do not fail to apply the guru- mantra, the excellent guru power. Remember that by the power of this guru- mantra, you will come to know the Father and His Secrets. O my son, may you be united with your Father.

Son, I shall tell you another secret. In this state you will find that there are manifold secrets within the wonder of the fistful of earth. O son, it is very difficult to sieve the fistful of earth, to cleanse it and separate it, part by part. How much is it more difficult then, to complete the filtering of the numerous fistfuls of earth of multiples of millions ?

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“The Pearl of Wisdom”

You cannot filter this world and separate it. It will be remarkable if you can complete the one fistful of earth given to you. You do not know the number of the fistfuls of earth in this world. You cannot measure them. Do not waste your time on this. If you can filter repeatedly the one fistful of earth given to you, then you will find the Father. This is the Only Truth.

All the impurities should be buried in a pit. My son, all this will be in accordance with your certitude, faith and firm determination that you hold in your hand while you sieve the earth. This is the path of clarification. I say this emphatically. Son, be observant.

CHAPTER 25 Dhikr

Guru: In performing the Dhikr the words “ La illaaha “ should be breathed out through the left nostril without moving the tongue, but with a movement of the tip of the tongue. The breath should rise from the “ Moolaathaaram” which is a space between the rectum and the root of the genital and should be exhaled from the left nostril.

Disciple: With what sound should the breath be exhaled ?

Guru : With no sound at all. The breath should be exhaled noiselessly. When you exhale your breath with the words “ La illaaha “ meaning “There is nothing other than You “, there should be no noise but a consciousness in the heart. No noise from the heart should be heard outside. The exhaling of the breath through the left nostril is known as the “Chandra kalai “ or the art of the moon breath. In similar fashion, the breath is inhaled with the resonance of the words “ Ill Allaahu “ without raising the tongue, meaning “You are Allah. There is nothing other than You.”. “Without You there is no other help, because I do not exist. You are with me. Be inside my heart. Do not be separated from me. “ This is the meaning of making it stay in the heart. This is done by inhaling the breath through the right nostril and establishing it in the heart. This is known as the “ Suriya kalai “ or the art of the sun breath.

As I said earlier, the breath that comes from the lower end of the knot of the part of the spinal column, through the left nostril is the “ Chandra kalai “ or the moon breath. The breath that is put out from the lowest part of the region of the spinal column, through the left nostril is with the consciousness of “ La illaaha”. The breath that

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” is inhaled through the right nostril should be drawn in with the consciousness of “ Ill Allaahu “ and established in the heart. Its name is “ Suriya kalai” which is the art of the sun breath. If these breaths are carefully drawn separately, both sparks will become one spark. At this point there is the “Mei gnaa nam” ( The True Wisdom ). If twentyone- thousand- six – hundred and twenty-one (21,621) breaths are performed each day, God will be inside you and you will be inside Him. Both will become One. My son, you will now see all the universes, the arsh, the kursh, the kalam, heaven and hell. All will be seen. This is the “ Mah – gnaa – nam “ ( The Greatest Wisdom). It is extremely rare to conduct yourself in this way. In the same manner, the four religions employ several methods, dividing and dividing to operate with the kalais. There are several matters pertaining to this. Identify and recognise each kalai and to establish it in the proper place you need a good guru. Disciple: Swami, O guru leader, I have very carefully assimilated what you have spoken.

PICTURE: The Spiritual Internal Organs of Gnanam

The Resplendent Light that appears by the subtle art of raising and lowering of the pranic currents associated with the in-going and out-going breaths. ( Dhikr )results in Gnaanam.

CHAPTER 26 The Allegory of the Ship

Disciple: O guru leader, I know that the guru’s words spoken generally and specifically, are glorious words pregnant with meaning. It is widely said that the consolidation of the Triple Flame comprised of these glorious magical divine gems together make a Single Light of Effulgence, spreading to all corners of the world as the All- Pervading Light. Above all, the guru’s words of conclusive determination vibrate to the brim and overflow. Please tell me which of these elements is good and which is superior so that the blissful secrets of the guru – leader become clear to me. Guru: O dear son, listen. I shall tell you. The One Universal Ruler, the Glorious Divine Word of Magic shines singly to perform with unfailing grace, His three regular functions of creating, sustaining and destroying. This is His divine work of glorious magic. In this state, even if any of His

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” creations commits a wrong, He forgives him, shows His kindness and grace and resides with love in his heart, enveloping all lives. Before man becomes a manu-eesan ( man-the-divine), he lives with the desire for land, woman and gold. These desires are intermingled in man and in every life-form and develops simultaneously to change within one term, his state of mind and to dishevel his character with excessive desires. He falls into difficulties with more and more attachments. He is immersed in several sins without any fear and forgets the Ruler of the Glorious Magic. Therefore, his mind becomes agitated, disorganised and bewildered. These three evil characteristics become six regiments ( lust, hatred, miserliness, delusion, bigotry and envy) – the six Karmic forces of the mind. Eventually, he becomes their victim. Allah says that he has created man and given him the potentiality to become manthe-divine. Know this and destroy anything which obstructs this goal. You should establish love and charity. You should step over wealth and pleasures and realise the greater happiness of bliss with God, with a clear understanding of His Glorious Words. Man should transform himself to man-the-divine. The divine saying is that birth, death and life are in God’s Hands and that death is certain. It is a divine truth. To a man-thedivine, these three words of God and the words ofAathi ( the beginning ) are One. It shows only one place as the great palace with all its secrets. These are the supreme words of the good guru. This is the abode for the one with wisdom. The Aathi’s divine word is the lamp of this abode. The light of this lamp reveals all its secrets. O son, this is the original divine word ; the word of theAathi ; and the word of the enlightened guru-leader. These three are the Triple Flame of Alif, Laam and Meem. Alif depicts Allah,Laam Muhammad (SAWS) and Meem Muhaiyadeen. This truth should be immersed and melted within you. This truth is the remedy of the victorious. O my dear son, you should realise through your wisdom that land ,woman and gold are the possessions of a man who has not become a Manu-eesan. My dear son, you ask me the reward for knowing all the potentialities of service to the guru. I shall answer this. Listen. There is a harbour where ships and passengers going to various countries gather. The person who sells the tickets at the harbour, should be capable of issuing tickets to suit the particular need of each passenger to the ports of different countries. If he is not competent enough to perform this task efficiently, the passengers will fall into difficulty and he himself will arouse the displeasure of those in authority who had appointed him. Similarly, those who seek the path of God need the services of a good guru-leader who will reform him, advise him correctly and guide him on the right path. He should be a guru-leader who is well versed in many fields. A guru-leader who is not capable of correct guidance will cause the wrath of God to fall upon him. He will

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” be in the category of the sixteen types of gurus who are incapable of selling passengertickets to a ship. Younger brother, is it not so ? Listen carefully to what I now say. Like the fruit that is concealed by the leaf, the good guru-leader hides himself. He is like the taste mixed up with the fruit. Take for example, the durian fruit, which gives out the odour of excreta in all the directions the wind blows. It is not everybody who likes this fruit. Its thorns will prick you if you touch it. If you smell it, you will get the odour of excreta. A few people eat this fruit while many despise it. Its taste is known only to those who eat it. Likewise, you will not know the guru – leader judging by his external appearance or his looks. If you can control your mind with calm tranquillity and without negligence of duty, eat the fruit and savour its taste. You will know its joy, beauty and esteem within your own body. You will experience the miracles of this fruit, ( the guruleader) within yourself. Further, my son, there will be assembled in that harbour many races of people who belong to the four religions. They will stand there waiting to go to their destinations. They will speak in eighteen languages in a state of urgency and haste, inquiring, competing and moving around asking about the destinations of the ships. Simultaneously, the ship- owners will collect passengers calling them to their respective ships, “ Come to my ship ! Come to my ship!” On hearing this, if a man asks for a ticket to sail to a particular harbour, it is given to him. The passenger at the shore is not aware whether the condition of the ship is good or bad. Many passengers believe the words of the ship-owners and obtain their tickets. The ship-owners acquire money and property and advance themselves. They issue the tickets and collect passengers to their ships but the passenger does not know the condition of the ships. These ships have to sail through and cross over the great milky oceans called the “Saptha Samudra” ( The Seven Oceans ). On these seas will be waves and veils of mist. Some of the ships will be wrecked in the first and the second oceans. Some will go up in flames in the sea. Some will be flooded by the waves that will beat into the ships. Some of the passengers will vomit. Some will cough and others will feel dizzy and fall unconscious. In this state of suffering the passengers will panic and cry in desperation, “O God!” They will faint with suffering and their tongues will stammer. They will forget themselves and lose the dexterity of their hands. Their bodies will weaken and they will call out to God, “ O God, You are my refuge !” They will abuse the ship owners as the ships sink into the ocean. However, some ships will manage to sail and reach their destinations. O son, take to heart carefully the lessons of the ships. These passengers bought their tickets from the same ticket-seller at the same harbour trusting the words of the ship owners. There are others who made inquiries from the ticket-seller before they purchased their tickets. It is not the fault of the ticket-seller. Similarly my son, in the harbour of all religions, there are those who sell travel tickets claiming the superiority of their ships above others. They cheat the people claiming their ships are bigger than others and thereafter the passengers are drowned in the seven seas. My son, do not be like these ship people. All the ticket-sellers at the harbour know the secrets of the

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” seven oceans. They know the depth and the length of the oceans. They know the ships of the various countries and their inner secrets. My son, do not be hasty like these people. Be calm and peaceful. You should employ patience, peace and tranquillity and not fail in your duty. If you ask the ticket-seller ( guru-leader ) : “ Sir, where are you going ?” He will reply, “ I am going to such a country. Brother, where are you going ?” You will then tell him you wish to go to the same country. The good ticket-seller ( guru-leader ) will be delighted and say, “ Good. I have a big ship which will sail many oceans. I am also going to the same destination as you. “ He will then take you in that ship and tell you the secrets of the other ships. He will disembark you at the country to which he himself is sailing. Look for such a good guru-leader and if you perform your duties patiently, dear son, he will infuse within you the power to know the Great Substance “ Aathiparam“ ( The Primordial One ), the Omnipresent. He will show you the sea of kindness and will explain to you all the secrets of the seas. For this you should drink the decoction that I will prescribe to you here.

CHAPTER 27 The Story of Creation Guru: At the beginning, when Allah wanted to create man, He first created *Aatham. In order to create this “father”, Allah wanted a fistful of earth. So He summoned Angel *Jibril. Allah asked Angel Jibril to gather one fistful of earth from the four directions and bring it to Him. In obedience to this command AngelJibril attempted to collect some earth from the four directions. The Earth greeted Angel Jibril, “ Assalam Alaikum, O Jibril. In the name of God, do not take any earth from me because Allahu thalaa is going to create Aatham . From Aatham He will create man who will commit sins and enter hell. Therefore, I have sworn that I will not give any of my earth.” On hearing this, Angel Jibril flew away without taking any earth. Allah the Incomparable addressed Jibril “ Has the Earth thus sworn?” Then Allah summoned Angel *Mika’il . Allah commanded Mika’il, “ Go and gather earth from the four directions and bring one fistful of it to Me.” When AngelMika’il attempted to collect the earth, again the Earth prevented it, swearing in the name of Allah. Without uttering a single word, Angel Mika’il too flew away and returned to Allah. Then Allah called out for Angel *Israfil Allah commanded, “ O Israfil, go and gather earth from the four directions and bring Me one fistful of it. So Angel Israfil descended to earth and tried to collect the fistful of earth. Once again, the Earth swore upon Allah and protested. Angel Israfil returned to the heavens without the fistful of earth.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Then Allah summoned Angel *Izra’il and commanded , “ Go and gather earth from the four corners and deposit one fistful of earth in the place called “Karbalaa”. Angel Izra’il immediately descended on earth and collected one fistful of earth from the four directions. The Earth protested and said, “ In the name of Allah do not take away my earth.” Angel Izra’il relied, “ It is the same Allah on whom you swear who has commanded me to collect this earth. Therefore you may go and complain to Him. So saying, Angel Izra’il gathered a fistful of earth and deposited it at “ Karbalaa” situated between Mecca and Bagdad. Allah addressed Angel Izra’il, “ With this earth you have brought I am going to create Aatham and from him I am going to create man. For the benefit of man I am going to create other lives. Inside the earthen pots I shall enshrine the souls created by my pure grace, the glow of the life-force.” “ Man shall descend to the Earth and live there for sometime. I shall place within these earthen pots the five elements of fire, water, air, earth and life. As a clarifying force, I shall place Aathi Muhammad on the forehead and in the heart. I, Myself shall be the Essence pervading all lives. These men will live in the world for a short time. I shall send you to take their lives and bring them back to Me from Earth, because it was you who brought the fistful of earth. I shall return to the Earth the same earth refined and decorated. You should carry out my command." “ I shall place one of the triple flames on the top in the forehead of Aatham and all the children of Aatham shall have this light of Noor Muhammad in their foreheads. If Noor Muhammad, the eye on the forehead of Aatham ( the third eye) looks at Me, all that is mine will be seen. The 2x7 ( fourteen) universes I have created and everything therein will be seen by this eye. Further, Izra’il, I have created Paradise for those who obey my words, and Hell for those who disobey Me. I have written on the tablet called “La-hu” and “Ma-hu”the destinies of all lives.” Allah continued His address to Angel Izra’l, “ You must look at the tablet and see whose life has been erased and take away that life.I have created four faces for you, one which is of Glowing Light. You must constantly watch this tablet with the Face of Light. One of the other three faces is the Milky Face. With the Milky Face you must bring in the chariot that is decorated with flowers, those who have truly accepted Me alone and Muhammad; those who have obeyed Me and worshipped only Me without any comparison ; those who have shown compassion, mercy, charity on all lives, loving all other lives as their own, those virtuous men and virtuous women among the children of Aatham and from among those chidren, those who emerge as Aalima and Olis, those who know Me and conduct themselves accordingly, those who through Aathi Muhammad shine as Noor Muhammad, the gnostic eye and accept me with certainty, looking at Me with that eye.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom”

You must take the lives of all those who have abused Me; all the sinners who have committed many sinful acts and the eighty-four hundred thousand (84,00,000) insects and all cattle with your Black Face.You must take away the lives of thejinns, fairies, ascetics, celestial beings and many others created by fire, with your Fire Face. I shall grant them Paradise or Hell according to the good deeds and the bad deeds committed by them. Man cannot destroy the “Roohu” ( soul) I have created nor can it be created by him. The fistful of earth borrowed from the earth may be destroyed by those who obey “Iblis” (Satan). I have said that this fistful of earth may be replaced by a thousand fistfuls. Each fistful of earth will grow a thousand fold and form the human body mixed with flesh and blood. It will be a cage where my pure substance, the “Roohu” (soul) will reside. Aathi Muhammad and I will reside in this cage, the three of us.” Allah continued to address Izrai’l, “ After a term, I shall send you to return to the Earth the fistful that was loaned from the earth. You should go to Earth and bring back my pure substance, Oh Izrai’l.” So said Allah these gracefull words. On hearing this, Angel Izrai’l replied, “ My Allah, You have created life and You decree that I should capture them. I fear to do so. My heart is afraid. It trembles with fear. You said that all lives should be loved as one’s own. You said that you would create Aatham from earth and from Aatham all the other man. When men live on Earth with attachment, affection and love, would they not curse me and would not evil and wrong come to me? You are the Entity that will punish me. Further, it may be that I would have to capture the life of a father away from his child. It may be that I would have to capture the life of a mother away from her children according to Your Rule. Therefore, the children of Aatham will suffer and lament, ‘ Izrai’l has separated us ! He has taken away my mother ! Hey, sinful Izrai’l (Yama ) !’ Thus, if I take away any lives, I will be blamed. Therefore, O Allah, I do not want to do this task. O my Allah, please protect me from this. Allah relpied, “O Izrai’l, do not e saddened by this. They will never attach any blame on you, for when I created this fistful of earth, I decreed that there would be inside this body four thousand four hundred and forty-eight poisonous diseases. At the time of creation, I have written on each fore-head the particular disease from which each person would suffer and reach Me. These diseases reside in the four thousand four hundred and forty-eight blood vessels. The blood that flows through veins; the heat and the fire that accompany the blood; the air that goes in the heat; the water that goes with air,- these four run around, play, circulate and operate inside the palace built by the earth. I have created therein a place for each of the four to play around. They play and rest in their respective places in the palace and lie down and fall asleep. It is this state that is called “death” by man. If one of these lies down, it is referred to as a disease. You should be aware of this.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” I have also created the cattle and all other lives. I have similarly established this Rule (Fate) over all of them. I have established “Fate” in the life of man. It is written on his tablet. I have written in his tablet how men s’ lives would be taken by goats, cow, stones, water, trees and in several other ways. When you look at the tablet of Mahuhu you will know their fate. If it is written on the tablet that a man would be stung by a snake, you should change yourself into a snake and sting him. If a man is to die by a tree, you should stand as a tree and take his life. You should transform yourself appropriately and capture his life. I give you that power! If a man is to die of disease, you should make him fall sick and take away his life. You should take away life in the manner it is written in a man’s destiny. Therefore, when you capture a life, neither Aatham’s children nor other lives would blame you. People will speak of death by fever or death by a snake bite or any one of the four thousand four hundred and forty-eight diseases or by a goat, cow or tree. No one will say death was due to you ! So you can perform your task with grace.” So said Allah to Angel Izrai’l. It is happening today. Angel Izrai’l does not accept any blame. This is Allah’s original command. Son, Allah looked with His eye of Grace upon the earth placed at Karbalaa by Angel Izrai’l . Then this earth turned into clay like that of the potter’s clay which had been churned for seven years. Allah gazed at it with His eye of Grace and the rain of Rahumath ( Mercy ) fell upon this clay, washing away its impurities and making it sacred. Again, God looked at this clay with His eye of Grace and there was added to it pure gold, lesser gold, silver bronze, brass, iron and lead. These seven metals got sieved, melted and mixed together and out of this mixture, Allah fashioned the form of Aatham Alaihi wa asalatu was-salaam. He created Aatham, the Angels and other celestial beings from within His Grace. Having so created, God addressed His Angels,” I have created Aatham. You must all pay obeisance to him. He knows what you do not know. It s from Aatham that I intend to create man who will reveal things that you do not know and perform many new miracles in the world. God’s voice was heard by all the heavenly beings. The leader of the Angels came down with the other Angels to the spot called Karbala where Aatham was created. It saw the beautiful form of Aatham made of clay. It looked at the form and said, “ God has created this form out of earth and from it He intends to create man. If he and his children are to obey me, I would afford them every assistance. But God has placed them superior to me. I shall therefore, not obey Him and shall cause immense harassment to Aatham and his children. “ Saying this to the Angels who had accompanied him, Angel Iblis coughed out his phelm and spat his saliva on the figure of Aatham. The spit flowed to the region of Aatham’s navel. Today this has become the umbilical cord of the children of Aatham. It is this spit that has also become the umbilical cord of the goats and the cows. It is referred in Tamil as “ Saneeswaran” (Saturn) because this was spit on Eeswaran ( Aatham).

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Thereafter, the Angels with their leader returned to the heavens. God, in His knowledge of all that had happened, summoned Angel Jibril and said, “ O Jibril,the evil, poisonous – charactered one has spat with evil intention his venomous saliva on the beautiful form of Aatham which I created. The otherwise pure Aathamand his children are thus poisoned. This poison should not be allowed to spread throughout his body. Go and pinch out the spot where the spit fell and throw it away." Accordingly, Angel Jibril came down to earth and with two fingers pinched the place where the spit had fallen and threw it away. This bit of earth that was pinched out and thrown away became a dog. Seeing this, Angel Jibril asked, “Hey, who are you ?” God’s voice said,” When I created this beautiful form of Aatham, the father of man. Angel Iblis (Satan) became jealous and saliva oozed out of the mouth. Iblisspat this out with malice on Aatham thinking, “ God has creatd this form so very beautiful and many times more beautiful than I, who have been created out of fire.” Therefore, the dog that got created out of this spit would always be thrown out on the earth during the lifetime of the children of Aatham. Because the dog was made out of the earth pinched out of Aathamm , man may touch the spot on its face just above the nose and between the eyes. The rest of the dog’s body is evil for man as it has been mixed with poison. That which is rejected by the children ofAatham shall be food for the dog. It will consume human excreta and urine. It will not know how to differentiate between good and bad. Therefore, O Jibril, what was spat put on Aatham is poison which has spread into the womb. I shall eject this poison from every mother as soon as a child is born. I shall try to dissolve this poison with the Light of the Aathi Muhammad ( Primal Effulgence) and make it ineffective. God, after telling this to Angel Jibril, further proclaimed in a loud voice< “ O celestial beings, I am going to pour the “Roohu” (life ) into the body of Aatham. All of you shower the heavenly flowers. Saying this, He took out the “Roohu” ( life) from His Grace and gazed upon t with His Eye of Grace. A star appeared and stood near Aatham. He looked at and asked, “ Who are you?” The star divided itself into seven divisions. God looked at one of the divisons and asked again, “ Who are you?” It answered, “ I am Your Eye of Grace ! I am Noor Muhammad “ Then God ordered, “ Go and be embedded on the fore-head of Aatham.” Accordingly, Noor Muhammad occupied the fore-head of Aatham. This is the eye in the fore-head, the gnana-kan ( the Eye of Greater Wisdom). God further gazed upon the six divisions. Six sparks fell down at His Gaze and combined into one. That substance is “Roohu” (life). The six sparks are six faces combined as One. This is called “Noor Muhammad” and is also known as Kandan, Sivam and also as Aatham. God’s Gaze fell upon the six sparks combined as one which again split into six divisions. God proclaimed , “ With the Blessings of My Grace, I am about to admit you into the form of Aatham made of earth. You will shine as six faces and rule as six

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” wisdoms. When you shine as One face, you will see Me. It is this that is Noor Muhammad, also known as Kandan. If you assemble as one face, you will see Me.” In great agitation, the six sparks refused to enter into Aatham, “ O god, protect us. We do not want to enter this dirty earth-body. “ God answered, “ Hey, you are six sparks. I am sending your glory to the world to fill each life and to display it to the celestial beings, to the earth, to the trees and to everything else. But you will go into man’s body as a repugnant substance and return as such. However, I give you a remedy to remove this repugnancy. Go as one substance, exit as six, shine as six faces and if you can stand as One face, the repugnancy will completely disappear!” So saying, God gazed upon them. The six sparks then stood up and approached the apex on the head of Aathamand fell into his fore-head, one by one, to combine as One. God gazed upon that combination. It became life and spread through the whole body. There are many meanings to this. I am not explaining everything to you now. There is lack of time.” This is the life of man. As the“Roohu” (life) comes from heaven and sees the earthly body, it feels obnoxious. God had warned “life” about this ! The six sparks are the six faces or the saix consciousness. Since Aatham was created with the mixture of seven metals, there are seven characters or qualities called “ Abans” spread in his body. These qualities should be destroyed. The Lord has created man in this fashion. The six organs are the inner organs of the body. All the impurities of the earth and the heavens and all the disgusting impurities of both the worlds will disappear if these six faces combine as one. The blissful honey of Aathi ( the beginning ) will pour on you, if you shine as One glittering face; love the Only One; reach the one guru; do his duties loyally and faithfully and live with calmness and virtuous conduct. The heavy debts of your birth will be erased off you when you consume this blissful honey. Dear son, you will then be absorbed into the Grace of the Effulgent God of Blissful Grace. Dear son, I shall tell you more. Listen. The beautiful body of Aatham has been created out of fifty-one letters. If you can see this with great clarity of mind, you will yourself know the greatness of each of these letters, the shape of each formation, the glitter of each letter and of the unique quality of the origin of creation. Such a man is manu-eesan, ( Man-the-divine). Even at this stage, you must try to reform yourself and perform your duties towards your virtuous guru (Sheikh) with diligence and hearken keenly to his words. Befriend him and merge your love with his. I say this with emphasis. When you do this, you will confront many difficulties. This is not all. The world will become your enemy. Your wife and your child will become your foes. Possessions, house, mosque, temple, rights, relatives, people, brothers, mother, father, jungle, gold and many others will get together and try to kill you. You should confront all this without any discouragement.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” The animals of the four directions will come to devour you. From the north, will come the leopard, the dog and the fox crying, “ Come! Come!” From the south, the scorpion, the snake and the crocodile will come creeping towards you; from the west, the elephant will come slowly trumpeting and from the east, the bear and the rhinoceros will come crying out for you. Son, all these lives will come laughing to drink your blood! Be mindful of them. Be courageous. Do not get involved. Cast your eyes away from them and look only at your guru ( Sheikh ). Then they will all disappear. They await the opportunity to drink you blood, if you look at them. Remember this. *Aatham : In Arabic, Aatham means “Our father “ while in the Tamil language,Aatham is known as “ Eeswaran “ and in the Sinhala language as “ Eeswara Deiya”. Aatham in Christianity is Adam.

*Jibril: In Arabic, it is Jibril, while in Christainity it is Gabriel. The Hindu name is“Devandran” while among the Buddhists and the Japanese fire- worshippers, is “ Devandra Deiyo”. All these four names in the four religions indicate one being.

*Mika’il: In Arabic, it is Mika’il while in Christianity it is Michael. The Hindu name is “ Varna Bahavaan” and among the Buddhists and the Japanese fire-worshippers, it is ‘Varna Bahavaa Deiyo”. All the four religions indicate one person.

*Israfil : In Arabic, it is Israfil, while in Christianity it is the third messenger. The Hindus say “ Waayu Bahavaan” and the Buddhists and the Japanese fire-worshippers say “Waayu Bahavaan Deiyo”. All the four names indicate one person.

*Izra’il : In Arabic, it is Izra’il, while the Christians say the Angel of Death. Hindus say “Yama Maharajah “ while the Buddhists and the Japanese fire- worshippers say “ Yama Deiyo”. All these four names indicte one person.

CHAPTER 28 The Tree in the Desert

Guru : There was a certain large open space with no trees or plants. It was as a desert. It was customary for many people and other lives to pass through the desert. Anyone who passes through this desert experiences the intense heat of the sun which falls on it like fire. It is unbearable to place one’s foot in it. A manu-eesan passing through it is a rare occasion. Such a manu-eesan experiencing the heat of the desert, the difficulties and the sufferings he had to undergo, thought to himself, “ Aha, how

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” many living beings – man, cattle, goats, cows, donkeys, horses and others go this way. They all experience this same suffering. If I plant a tree that will bear edible fruits in the desert and if I water it and look after it, passers-by would have a place to rest. The tree would grow and provide shade to the travellers in the desert. “ So being a manu-eesan, he brought a sapling and planted it in the desert. He watered it daily with great diligence. When he watered the plant, the travellers who passed by would mock at him, “ Hey, mad man ! Haven’t you any brains? Are you planting a tree and watering it in the desert where no grass or creeper can grow? How is this possible, man ? Go and plant it in your house where the wind does not blow. It will grow easily there and you will have no need to labour. It will be useful for your wife and children.” The man-the-divine replied,” A place where the wind does not blow is of no use to anyone. It is a person who has no manly qualities who acquires things for his wife and children without toiling. The place you mention is a grave. One who dies not feel the difficulties of others and does not love other lives as his own is a corpse. He who trusts this lifeless corpse is a bull,” he laughed and said, “This is the saying of my guruleader.” The travellers laughed, “ Go you mad man !” and went their way. The manueesan continued to water the tree bringing a pot of water each day with great difficulty. A year passed. The tree grew shooting out branches in all the four directions. The manu-eesan watered the tree during the three seasons and swept the grass on the ground. The passers- by still abused him and called him a mad man. Three years passed. The tree had now grown big and the animals that could not endure the heat of the desert sought shelter under its shade. Some manu-eesans too would rest and sleep under the foot of the tree before proceeding on their way. Six years passed. The tree now stood high shedding its first flowers. The fragrance of the flowers and the cool breeze from the tree made this place a haven in the desert. The manu-eesan who had planted the tree still maintained it by watering it and sweeping under the tree. Many heads of cattle and many creatures including many a manu-eesan used it as a resting place. At such times, thesemanu-eesans would say,” Aha, the man who planted this tree is a doer of good deeds. This tree gives rest to many in the desert. “ Some would say, “ The flowers of this tree spread their fragrance round the country. The breeze is cool. This place is elegant.” Others would still despise, “ A sorcerer has planted this tree. It conceals the desert.” Good words and bad were expressed according to the circumstances of each context. The tree continued to grow and flourish. Right round the seasons, it was full of flowers, tender fruits, raw and ripe fruits. The travellers of the desert who plucked the fruits and ate them, praised the tree and the man who had planted it. It was now customary for the birds of the desert to relish the fruits of the tree, so much so, that some travellers who rested under it, became jealous that birds from everywhere came to this tree to eat its fruits. So they spread nets and set traps to catch the birds and kill

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” them, in order to prevent them from coming there. Therefore, the birds would come stealthily in the night to eat the fruits. The tree now thought, “ What is this ? When I was planted, people despised me and called the person who watered me a mad man. When I grew up ands spread my branches and gave shade, they came to my foot and enjoyed and relaxed themselves. What is this ? These people think in many ways !” So saying, the tree laughed. It continued to laugh thinking of the manu-eesans who had swallowed the poison of jealousy. The tree addressed man and told a story “ Dears, those born with me, listen. The Lord, the Graceful God, who created all lives, penetrates our bodies and knows all the secrets of our hearts. He provides food for each one of us. This is the secret of the life of man and all other lives who are fed by Him. There are three secrets of life. They are: Faith in God, Certitude in oneself and Trust in the guru. Those who trust in every one of these three will receive the sacred divine manthras. They are the three functions of Creating, Sustaining and Destroying with the bliss of the Aathi Param ( The Primordial One). The Primordial One exists as wisdom in the man who knows his mind and therefore his life. Realise this. “ The tree further told man, “ My dear, born as man, I shall tell you another subtle matter. Listen. It is the story of the lotus pond.”

CHAPTER 29 The Lotus Pond Guru : There is a pond. It is at a lower level of earth where water flows into it. People refer to such a collection of stagnant water as a low lying area. When it rains, the pond becomes filled with water. When the rains continue, dirt and mud too find their way into the pond. Grass and lotus plants appear in this collection of mud. People call it a lake when the water does not strain itself and there is plant life. Some people bathe and others wash themselves in its waters saying:” Oh this lake is good.” The water is stagnant and lotus plants grow in it. It looks pretty. Roots and flowers appear in the water. The leaves are useful to man. The lotus plants put out shoots and bear flowers and leaves. People now call it a lotus pond. Some fish appear on their own in the mud at the bottom of the pond. Some fish enter the pond with the flood waters, while other fish fall into the pond with the rains from the sky. The frogs see the pond from a place of elevation and jump into its waters. Waves form and break into all four shores and overflow to expand the pond. More living creatures migrate into the pond to live there. People look at the pond and say, “ Yes, it is a good pond. There is water. There is an ache in my stomach. I shall ease myself here and wash my hands and feet before I proceed.” Yet others say. “ Oho, this was earlier a low lying piece of land. Now it has become a large lotus pond. This water is not so pure. All the rain water in the

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” village collects here. Chee! Chee! This is not suitable for drinking”. They say this and go away. Cattle, goats and cow too come to drink the water in the same pond and also to ease themselves, dropping their excreta and urine there. People come there to pick the lotus leaves and others to gather the lotus flowers for the temple. Some come to fish. They all come, each for his individual purpose. Each person completes the work for which he has come and goes away. However, the manu-eesan who sees the pond thinks, “ What is this ? This is a muddy pond. It contains the droppings of cattle and human excreta. There are frogs and fishes. It is not clean. After all, this was only a piece of low lying land once. There is excreta on one side. It is dirty. Cows drink the water. There are fish and crocodiles. There is mud. There are lotus flowers. This pond is impure.” They say this and that and talk about the impurities of the pond. But if man uses his wisdom, he will realise that where there is a pond, there is mud; where there is mud, there is the blue lotus flower; where there is the lotus, there is impurity; where there is impurity, there are many fish, frogs and similar creatures. Where there is a pond, people will come there to fulfil their needs. They will perform their duties and go away. There is a repulsive impurity in the pond. But Angel Mikha’l comes and cleans this impurity and deposits it with a collection of dirt. The lotus eats this dirt and flourishes. The flowers bloom into a large size. The water in the pond becomes clear. Many creatures live happily in the pond. The sand on the shores of the pond is clean. The water in the pond is so clear that one sees one’s face in it like in a mirror. The man who does not cast adverse remarks on the nature of the pond and does his work and goes away is a manu-eesan. Just like the secret in a man’s life, the inner meaning of his body lies here. Inside the repulsive pit mixed with many types of dirt, man is formed into a dirty embryo and remains in this state for ten months. Venom is mixed with his flesh, skin and nerves. At the tenth month, he finds his exit through the entrance of the same dirty pit. At the end of nine months, nine days, nine “ nalihai”, nine hours, nine minutes and nine seconds, he comes through the passage with fluid oozing out and with melting heart of desire. He falls out of the passage, gazing at the dirt. We see it as a baby. On falling on earth, he gazes at the same repugnant spot which he had desired in his previous existence. He desires the place called “Mother” She makes him the rightful owner of four things. That is why there are some specific differences in man and woman and these differences are referred to as males and females. The baby looks at the mother and fondles her breast. It strokes it with its hands and gazes at it with his eyes. It cries and clutches it. It is this that nourishes the baby and helps it to grow. The baby falls down, cries and clutches the mother’s bosom and sucks it with its mouth. The mother says, “ The baby is crying in hunger and must be

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” given its milk.” As soon as the child is born, he observes that place and knows its inner meaning. He utters, “Are you the mother of these four: hunger, disease, old age and death ?” He grinds his gums saying. “ Are you the woman who has shaken up the total universe, knowing the philosophical meaning of these four and their result? Oh woman, do you not control and subordinate even the celestial beings and play games before my very eyes – the six acts of lust, hatred, greed, miserliness, bigotry and envy and the sixty-four arts As the ghosts that destroy the body like the dog of desire and falsehood ? You are the devil that develops my body and makes me wander about like a dog on this earth. You are my mother but a devil for this earth. Oh you desirous mother, I shall attack you and break you. I shall feed you with heavenly words of “Mother ! Father ! I shall show you the Primordial One. I shall dance the sixty-four arts with you, compressing them within three years. “ So saying, he bites the cheek, kisses the nose, squeezes the breast, kicks the chest, pinches the ears and does many other things and completes the sixty-one games within a span of three years. He does this with no malice. He speaks with the Aathi, the Primordial One and smiles with the mother. It is this infant, having completed the sixty-one sensual arts who is born as a manueesan. This gnani is called an “infant” by the world and the mother. Reflect on this and be clarified. My brothers and sisters, Aathi, the Primordial One converses and laughs withmanueesan, stays with him, plays with him, feeds him, sings his lullaby, carries him, kisses him and embraces him till he is three years of age. The ten evil qualities of intoxication, lust. theft, murder, falsehood, jealousy, prejudice, impatience, haste and arrogance are torn away from him. Born as manu-eesanwith the Aathi ( The Primordial One), he completes the sixty-one arts compressed within three years of age. He grows happily to a youthful stage. Brother, it is because the ten evil qualities that had been got rid of, that God loves the manu-eesan, trusts him and is close to him, despite the great task of the sixty-one arts he had completed earlier. When manu-eesan severs the ten evil qualities, God is to him what he is to the infant. He will kiss him, converse with him, help him, show him love and speak to him. This child will be a true gnaani. These are the important signs of the body and its powers. Aathi Eeswaran ( God) plays with the infant, carries him, gives him milk ,sings him lullaby, wheels him about in a pram, feeds him with ambrosia and performs several other things that are beneficial to the child. This babe and the true gnaani are in the same state. Please reflect carefully about this. When the child grows up, he catches the same repulsive spot at the second opportunity. It is called love, infatuation or lust. He handles this spot at the second opportunity and for this event the world holds celebrations and ceremonies. The right for procreation in this hell-house of this world is obtained with pride. In this state of pride, some spots that are to be concealed are kept exposed. But brother, born as human and after having successfully completed the sixty-one sexual arts and reached their finality, he is oblivious to such temptations. It is he who is born as a manu-eesan and completes sixty-one of the sixty-four arts in this worldly life until he is three years of age. At this stage, he is exempted from the other arts. The child thereafter becomes oblivious to

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” these sensual arts. The human mother does not recognise the sixty-one arts and thinks the child is behaving innocently. This babe will be a great gnaani. The Aathi Sivam (The Primal One) sees his greatness and determination. He plays and laughs with the babe saying, “ Oh greatgnaani , you have successfully conquered and discarded the sixty-one arts. When you reach the age of twenty-one years, the three arts that are unknown to you will become four types of women. They will turn out to be devils who will destroy you. They will show love to your face but cause injury to your heart. They will show love that will melt you and lust that will blind your eye. The ghost whom you denounced will squeeze your throat. The three arts unknown to you earlier, love, infatuation and lust will join the sixty-one arts already conquered by you to follow you when you are twenty-one years of age. These three arts and the sixty-one will make the sixty-four sensual arts. The three arts are the four types of women. Your youthful age will try to turn you into a dog.” “O precious son, if you escape from this and become a manu-eesan, the Aathi Sivam (The Primal One) will befriend you. The meaning of this cannot be easily told in full. But the enormous debt of severe karmic births will send you into three and a half crores of birth. It is those who conquer this enormous debt who are the truegnaanis. You should know this. But son, this is very rare in the world. These truegnaanis will be like children. They will conceal themselves. They will know themselves. They will worship the Lone God. They will forget the world and proceed .They will conquer death. They will be in seclusion and hiding. They will not work for glory and fame. They will not display themselves as great men. They will not seek praise. They will not look for the birth place. They will possess many virtues, good conduct and behaviour. They will be at prayer and worship the Lone One. They will be aloof. Look for a guru of this high state. Do selfless service to him and thereby acquire great benefits and reach the glorious feet of the Master (God ). This is the manueesan’s greatest acquisition of the unattainable and rare gift of birth. When you perform your many rare duties to the true guru and expect no reward, your guru consciousness will develop and the grace of the guru too will grow. Through the grace of the guru, the disciple will develop. He will grow in wisdom and his love for the Aathi (The Primal One ) will increase. His sins will thereby be erased and this will lead to the disappearance of fever, disease and hatred. All this will make the earth pleased and the justice of the king will be enhanced. Kindness and the love of fellow beings will grow. The blessings of celestial beings will be showered. Charity will develop and patience will increase. Poverty will cease to exist. Guru grace will spring forth. The massive debt of birth will be erased off due to this grace. Truth will grow. The generous celestial beings will be alone with you offering you assistance. But son, at this point I must take you back to the planting of the tree in the desert and its greatness. This tree is the excellent and virtuous guru leader. All the words spoken now are about this truthful guru. Reflect on this and do your service to him wisely and your wants will be removed. You must perform selfless service towards him with one mind. Accordingly, the tree of guru’s grace will grow to tower sky high.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Many poisonous winds will attack this tree .The guru’s grace will receive thepoisonous wind and send in its place a good wind that will be of benefit to the country. Likewise, my son, if the services of a true guru are available in a country, good will accrue and pave the way for the prosperity of that country. You must look for such a “tree” and discover “it”. You cannot easily find this tree in any tree-family. You should not cast aspirations and label the tree as good or bad, as the words occur to your tongue. Brother, when such a tree grows in a desert, people want to selfishly and greedilyenjoy it exclusively for themselves and prevent its benefit spreading to others. Contrary to this conception, it is our duty to protect this tree in the desert as we protect a fruit-bearing tree in our garden in the country. We must share its benefits with all mankind. If we thus water the tree with the waters of our love, the fruits of love will be abundant on the tree to be eaten by all the needy. Further, this tree can bring happiness to all living beings. It is the panacea, katpaham, ( the celestial tree of the divine realm ) that grants all wishes. Therefore, the grace of the guru should be sustained and nourished and no hindrance or evil should be allowed to touch it.

CHAPTER 30 The Mystical Meaning of Man’s Body

Disciple: O Master Guru, you have related to me this story of the pond. Please teach me its secrets, potentialities and inner meaning. Guru: O dear son, I shall answer your question. Listen carefully. I shall tell you point by point, the inner meaning of this pond. The pond is the secret of manu-eesan’s appearance and life on earth. Inside this pond are three important things, namely, water, fire and air which spring forth, overflow and meander. The earth bears the burden of these elements. Together these four are the four faiths, the four religions and the four broad groups of man. Man’s appearance on earth is made up of twenty-eight letters. They are :
       

Head Brain Forehead Right eyebrow Left eyebrow Eye Right ear Left ear

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“The Pearl of Wisdom”
                   

Nose bridge Throat Right shoulder Left shoulder Adam’s apple Right foot Left foot Spine Right rib Left rib Right chest Left chest Right shoulder joint Left shoulder joint Right elbow Left elbow Stomach Buttocks Right knee cap Left knee cap

Allah be His Grace adorned the body of man with these twenty-eight letters. They adorn the head, forehead, brain, eye, ear, nose, throat, shoulder, shoulder-joint, throatjunction, spine, chest, stomach, hip, knee-cap and feet. This is the body of man. Allah has enlivened and filled this body with many substances. Buried inside man’s body are the good and the bad. Dear son, if you wish to differentiate between the good and the bad and clarify yourself, you should associate with a virtuous guru, perform his bidding, accept his exhortations, record and preserve them in the book of your heart. Then the master guru will take that tablet of the heart, read it and advise you further. He will teach you the secret of assembling the body of man with the twenty-eight letters of grace on each spot. He will show you how to enliven each spot, how to give life to it, how to speak tactfully, how to dismantle the body parts and how to re-assemble them. In this state, my son, if you learn the “magic” of dismantling the human body and re-assembling it, you will witness the Primal One. Dear son, there are magical numbers to enliven each letter. Learn these numbers from the guru. Further, this magic contains three sacred words. My son, you should eliminate earth, woman and gold from your body. No sooner the guru sees you in this purified state, he will instruct you the magic of the three sacred words. “Be aloof. Be hungry ( for knowledge). Be alert.” If you diligently observe these three, you will have the Grace of Allah. The guru’s secret is in this. Learn this. Once you have

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” mastered this magic, the guru will impart to you, with his grace, thegnaana magic ( the divine word). The gnaana magic, O son, is comprised of sevensakthis (forces). These seven forces exist as seven days. Seven grahas ( planets ) are associated with the seven days. They are: Sunday - which belongs to the Sun. This force resides at the base of the spinal column close to the rectum, at the stomach, at the chest, at the forehead and at the apex of the head. Monday – which belongs to the Moon. This force plays around the liver, lung, heart, tongue and brain Tuesday – which belongs to Mars. This fire force occupies the womb, small intestines, heart and below the eye-lids. Wednesday – which belongs to Mercury ( intelligence and wisdom). This force resides in eight spots of the stomach, hip, bladder, intestines, gall-bladder, heart, kidney and lung. Thursday – which belongs to Jupiter is the planet of guru- power whose force resides in the symbolic hexagonal abode ( heart ), the sacred scroll of the lotus flowers called the “Zemzem” well ( the inner heart ) and the resonance of the brain. Friday – which belongs to Venus rules five spots – the opening of the urethra, the opening of the rectum, stomach, gall-bladder and the lustre of the eye. Saturday – which belongs to Saturn conceals the six planets mentioned earlier. This force crawls right round the body and rules the bile ducts and the gall-bladder. This force is harmful to man. My dear son, God has opened the hidden elements of water, fire and air in man’s body and placed within them the thirty-three points where the seven sakthisreside and shine as thirty-three potentialities. The other potentialities, earth ( body of man ) and urine ( the resultant resonance of the earth being churned into a paste of clay ), together with the perfected life-force resonate as a total of thirty-six potentialities of man. The first thirty-three potentialities exist within the bodies of cattle, goat, cow, dog, fox, animal, bird, demon, man and all other lives and pay the way for their life and death. All the essential qualities in the combination of the thirty-six potentialities open the door of Maya (delusion ) of earth, woman and gold. They enter the house of the body and cause vibrations. The dramas they perform are those of arrogance, religion and race. Those who fully realise the meaning of the end of these dramas, who view them, who know them, who clarify them and who separate themselves from these are themanu-

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” eesans. They possess ninety-six potentialities, each of which is the life sustenance and the destruction, without failing even an atom within an atom. Manu-eesan within his lifetime, between birth and death, gets clarified of what needs to be clarified, knows what needs to be known, triumphs over the ninety-six potentialities and wins over the saktis ( forces) of the seven sapta rishis. The meaning of the sapta rishis is the essence of the seven days. The sapta rishis are the sakthis ( forces ) of the seven grahas ( planets ). Each of thesesakthis rules a particular day with strong governance. These seven are very powerful planets in man’s life. They rule the ( 7x 2 ) fourteen universes. Their external appearances said to be the upper seven universes and the lower seven universes are said to be hidden. The middle is the earth which we occupy. My son, we can refer to them as fifteen universes.. If you know yourself, you will know that these fifteen universes are within you. Your foot, ankle, thigh. navel, belly and stomach are the lower seven universes. They are the boundaries of the hell that belong to arrogance, which is one of those hells that destroy man. The middle is the earth in which we live. It is the heart of the universes. The seven upper universes are the throat, neck, moth, heart, eye, fore-head and head. They signify the Air atmosphere, Cloud atmosphere, Water atmosphere, Mars atmosphere, Moon atmosphere, Constellation atmosphere and Sun atmosphere. The seven devas shine as the seven sapta rishis- seven sakthis. The Air atmosphere is goverened by Angel Israfil, the Cloud atmosphere byIzra’l, the Angel of Death ( Yaman ), the Water atmosphere by Angel Mika’l or the Diety Varuna , the Mars atmosphere by the Angel of Fire, the Moon atmosphere by the Moon, the Constellation atmosphere by the devas or the celestial beings and the Sun atmosphere by the sun. These seven forces originate from man’s mid-part to govern from the chest upwards. If you want to learn this, you must be with your true guru, perform his duties and obey his words. If you are with him, you will receive the power to see these deities. You will also receive the power to conquer them. I shall tell you the places these seven deities occupy. Listen, son. The liver is influenced by Angel Jibril or Devandran. Angel Mika’ilis in the spleen. Angel Israfil is in the lungs. Angel Izra’il is between the liver and the bile tract. Iblis or Satan is in the bile duct. Muhamad, the Monarch is in the all –pervading places beyond description. The Emperor ( Allah ) is between the nose and the forehead. These seven shine as the sapta rishis who rule the upper seven universes and reside in the sexagonal abode in the middle of the chest. They rule as the kings of the upper chamber. Monarch Muhamad as the Minister and Allah as Emperor, govern the upper chambers of the seven universes. The lower seven worlds referred to as the Houses of Hell are ruled by Iblis, ( Satan ).

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” I shall tell you, son, the games of danger, that are played in the hell – houses which affect the manu-eesan. Listen, son. I shall now tell you about the strange games played in the lower seven hell – houses. Fate rules me with a show of scenes, What will my conscience do to me in the world ? It will give me fascination for desire of land, It will make me obey the wicked. It will distance me from my desire for women, But it will give me the greater bliss of perfection. Fate rules…… It will give me the fascination for illusion like a fool, It will make me wander around a region. It will make me beg with a begging bowl, But it will make me approach the feet of the virtuous guru. Fate rules…… It will make me play like a man with no purpose, It will make me look and want the prostitute. It will make me dispel all arrogance, But it will make know one of the five. Fate rules….. It will make me wander possessed of desires, It will make me enter houses of low men. It will make me join men with the desire for money, But it will make me receive the exalted Grace of Allah. Fate rules…. Such are the demons of attachments that frighten you as the sixteen forms. Here is a song to explain that which will make you die, without dying, or that which will make you reform yourself, or that which will make you perish in the earth. It will make you know yourself and acquire meditation, It will make you ageless and acquire the divine gift of immortality. It will make you search for wealth for the future, But it will help you acquire the Ultimate that is the greater bliss. Fate rules….. It will make you go to the golden city, It will make you enter the evil hell. It will make you the torpor on earth, But it will help you control the breath of sun and moon. Fate rules…. It will make you search for greater happiness and escape,

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” It will make you jabber like a mad man. It will make you the laughing stock of females, But it will help you join the company of gnaanis. Fate rules… It will make you see the scenes and reach the shores, It will make destiny show you the Angel of Death. It will make you collect alms by deceitful means, But it will give you the Grace of the Ultimate One. Fate rules….. It will make you join the company of Siththars,* It will make you corroborate the words of thieves. It will make you talk incoherently like insane men, But it will make you receive the Unspoken Divine Word. Fate rules…. ( * those who perform elemental miracles) It will make you enter breaking the lock, It will make you enter the assembly of liars. It will make you experience torpor eating like a cow, But it will make you happy by ascending to the sky. Fate rules…. It will make you hear voices and move forward, It will make you loiter and run around. It will make you graze with the desire for prostitutes, But it will help you lean against the sacred feet of the Exalted One. Fate rules…. It will make you associate with the Silent One, It will make you wander everywhere like a dog. It will make you acquire wealth running around the cities, But it will help you to join again the Primal Wealthy One. Fate rules…. It will make you drink milk and whatsoever is seen, It will make you drink liquor pretending it to be milk. It will make you play about in the four and five openings, But it will help you receive the Sacred Grace of the Leader. Fate rules…. It will make you join the One without differences of race, It will make you take a begging bowl and beg. It will make you wander along the streets, But it will make you play in the House of Vedantha. * Fate rules ….

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” (* Scriptures ) It will make you vibrate seeing the Primal One, It will make you wander like a foolish man. It will make you a donkey ridden by Moothevi , * But it will help you reach the path of spiritual maturity. Fate rules…. ( * goddess of misfortune ) It will make you stay away from meditation, It will make you wander with a restless heart. It will make you self-destructive like a dead tree, But it will benefit you showing you the path. Fate rules…. It will make your conscience steadfast, It will make you join the dead corpse. It will make you follow the accursed, But it will make you resplendent in the Gnostic eye. Fate rules…. It will make you ascend the steps of the ladder, It will make you abandon me as fruit beyond reach, It will make you wander searching for pure gold, But it will help you to get God’s Sacred Grace. Fate rules…. It will make you control the two breaths, It will make you suffer due to old age, It will make you play at the house of the prostitute, But it will make you rich in realisation of true gnaanam. Fate rules…. It will help you see the abode of resplendent golden Light, It will make you kiss and move with women. It will make you perish like the worm in cow dung, But it will make you lean towards the feet of the true guru. Fate rules…. It will make you distinguish between night and day, It will make false wisdom enter you. It will make you submit to your recorded fate, But it will make Allah’s Grace to reach you. Fate rules…. It will make you approach the Primordial Feet, It will make you speak with arrogance.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” It will make you wander begging in the streets, But it will open the House of True Wisdom to you. Fate rules… It will show you scenes and guide you ashore, It will make you agitated by hypocrisy. It will make you reside at houses of prostitutes, But it will help you to be born in the status of a mother. Fate rules…. It will make you approach the foot of your Father, It will make you perform the noble dance dramas. It will make you talk incoherently with false wisdom, But it will enrapture you with the flower and its fragrance. Fate rules…. Son, it will thus make you do many other things. After a man is bnorn, it is said by everybody that his life is controlled by fate. But son, it is not so. Life is victory of wisdom reasoning over fate. Further, son, fate and the grahas are all involved inside the body. In order to enlighten you on this, I shall tell you the novelty of the seven days and the seven grahas. Listen. Arabic Shamsu Kamru Suhal Mushthari Mirnik Sohraa Athaarith Tamil Gnaairu Thinkal Sevvaai Puthan Wiyalam Velli Sani English Sun Moon Mars Mecury Jupiter Venus Saturn ( Sunday ) ( Monday ) ( Tuesday ) (Wednesday ) (Thursday ) ( Friday ) (Saturday )

The planets associated with the seven days exert great influence as seven sakthis , as seven rishis and as seven celestial beings. Each entity rules its respective day. It is within these seven days and seven planets that man, goat, cow, fly, ant and all other eighty-four hundred thousand ( 84,00,000 ) lives are born. This being so, many people refer to fate, in various ways as it occurs to them. They divide the seven planets into twenty-seven stars. Allahu thala Nayan created Aathi Muhammad and within him, He created (2 x 7 ) fourteen universes. He created the seven days within Muhammad (sal ) and within the seven days, the seven planets as seven celestial beings. Allah made Muhammad (sal) appear as a peacock.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom”

CHAPTER 31 The Twenty Eight Arabic Alphabets in Man’s Body

Guru : God made Muhammad appear as a peacock. As Allah looked at the peacock with His Grace, the sweat that fell melting from the peacock, became the celestial beings of the seven skies. Allah stared at the peacock and addressed it, “O Muhammad ! “ The peacock trembled and cried, “ O Allah, by Your look my whole body is being dismantled and falling off separately, piece by piece.” Allah replied, “ O My Muhammad, I intend to create man through you.” He gazed at the peacock and said, “Look at Me !” Thirty-one pieces dismantled themselves from the peacock and separated themselves to stand individually. As Allah continued to gaze with His Eye of Grace, they became thirty-one alphabetical letters. Three of the thirty-one letters stood separate. They were "Alif", "Laam" and "Meem". The remaining twenty-eight letters stood apart. The peacock Muhammad questioned, “ O Allah! Why are three of my thirty-one letters standing separately?” Allah said, “ O Muhammad ! These letters are Alif, Laam and Meem. Alif is the everexisting indestructible Me. Laam is Aathi Muhammad, the ownership of all human beings. Meem is you, Muhammad. The two of you will shine as my two eyes. I shall be the Gnostic eye within the fore-head. I shall ever shine as the invisible first Moon, that is seen by none. O Muhammad ! You will appear as the second-day Moon. You will appear brighter than I and will exhibit Me. Some will know you, while many will not. Aatham will appear as the third-day Moon and will be seen by all lives in the world. But O Muhammad, WE, the three letters will ever exist and the two of you will always be with Me. I am about to create man with the twenty-eight alphabets that stand separate. I shall create Aatham ( Sivam). Saying so, He created Aatham with the twenty-eight letters and assembled each letter in its place in man’s body. The alphabets cried out,” O Allah You are separating us away from You and keeping us inside man’s body, section by section. How can we exist away from You ?” Allah replied,” I am going to create Aatham. I shall be in his fore-head.Muhammad will be in the bridge of the nose. I shall be in the fore-head and will be called AllahAlif. Laam will be called Aathi Muhammad and will reside in the bridge of the nose and

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” at the base of the throat. Aatham ( Roohu) will be the Father of all creations. In order to expand the world, I shall create Hawwa ( Eeaswari) from within Aatham. Hawwa will be the Noon – the eye. I shall enrich you in twenty-five spots in man’s body, one separate from the other. Excluding Me, I shall make you twenty-seven little stars that will shine on earth. Of the twenty-eight letters, I shall be in the fore-head. Aathi Muhammad will be in the brain. Muhammad will be in the bridge of the nose. Aathi ( Roohu) will be in all lives.” On hearing this, the twenty-five letters asked, “ O Allah, where will You Three be ?”further Allah replied, “ We will be in both worlds, shunting to and fro. Those who see Us in the other world will be very rare. If they can see Us with clarity, they will discover Us, being there as well as here. If they so see Us, We shall not depart and will always stay with them. Excluding Me, the twenty-seven letters that are you, will shine as twenty-seven little stars. You will be acclaimed in the world.” The alphabets further questioned, “ O Allah, will man know that although we are little stars, we are mingled with man’s body?” Allah replied, “ To make this known, I have created Aatham in the fore-head and the Pearl called Muhammad is embedded in it. By the glow of that Pearl, I will be seen and so will all substances be seen by man.” Allah created Aatham and inside Aatham He created Hawwa. Within Hawwa, He created the prophets whose sacred names are Nuhu, Ibrahim, Ishmael, Moosa, Dawood, esa and Muhammad (sal). Having created the messengers and made them prophets, Allah created Muhammad (sal), and through him sent six thousand, six hundres and sixty-six sacred magical ayaths (verses of the Holy Quran). He instructed Muhammad (sal) about the past glories of the existence of the stars, the twenty-eight Arabic letters that have been born as Aatham’s children, about their bodies and the little stars that shine in the world. Muhammad (sal) was shownAllah’s powers. He was shown the human body with the formation of the Arabic letters and the loftiness of these alphabets. Muhammad (sal) was shown the characteristics of man’s body and his greatenss. Allah further told the twenty-eight alphabets, “I shall shine as the ever-brilliant and never-hidden, brightest star of all, and you, the twenty-eight letters will exist as little stars. Excluding Me, you will be twentyseven little stars. I shall divide you into twelve Rasis (zodiac signs ) and you will exist as twelve celestial beings that govern the twelve openings in man. Of these openings, nine will be impure and the others will appear pure and capable of seeing Me. For the clarification of people and all other lives, We Three will appear as Three Moons. Aatham is the New Moon. Muhammad is the Full Moon and I am the First Moon. You, the twenty-five alphabets are within Us. Those who see Us will control you. You will control those who do not know Us. Our secret is your secret. I shall make the infant Muhammad aware of the secret of all creations.”

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” The Twenty-Eight Arabic Letters

Allah further told the twenty-eight alphabets, “ I shall shine as the ever-brilliant and never hidden star of all. It is with these letters and Me that you exist as the twentyeight letters. Excluding Me, you are twenty-seven little stars.”

CHAPTER 32 Allah tallah Nayan’s Instructions to Muhammad (Sal)

Guru: On the day of creation, the Primal Allah instructed the stars to shine everywhere with brightness. The secret of creation is in man’s body. Muhammad (sal) having appeared in other births, disappeared and finally re-appeared in the Furkhan ( Islamic Religion ). Allah clearly demonstrated to Muhammad ( sal ) the instructions imparted earlier to the stars and to the celestial beings. Allah revealed to Muhammad ( sal ) the Secrets of Creation and clearly demonstrated the manner in which HE has to be worshiped. Allah showed Muhammad (sal ) the Secrets of the Four Worlds,- the earth, the sky, the world, the under-world and the wonders of His Creation, of each of His Substances and each of His Life Forms. Praise be to Allah ! Allah said to Muhammad (sal ), “ O Muhammad, I shall send to you six thousand six hundred and sixty-six sacred verses. I shall reveal to you their inner secrets. I created Aatham from you and from Aatham I created man, out of impure substances and placed within him the beautiful Aathi Muham ( the countenance ofAathi), EverComplete, Undiminishing Allah and the clear sheen of Aatham. We Three are intermingled within the impure body of man and concealed in the impure substances. O Muhammad, these impure substances are the odour emanating blood, worms, insects, pun chant odours and the repulsive smell of flesh which spread everywhere, with the smell of decay. The nine openings of the human body emanate odour. These odours are concealed by US and our fragrance is blown over man. Therefore, the impure smell of man is not clearly felt by the people. Further, O Muhammad, I establish you as the final two hundred and first manifestation in the religion of Islam known today as Furkhan. O Muhammad ,go and make man a manu-eesan. Help him get rid of his nine impurities and help him to see Me. Make him live as a human.” The Primal Lord instructed Muhammad ( sal ) to teach man good conduct, good behaviour, good deeds, good speech and wisdom, and through this wisdom to achieve tranquillity and the glory of worshipping Him without any parallel. Therefore, Muhammad ( sal ) accordingly appeared on earth and instructed the people in the world and all lives,

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” according to His Word. Some listened to Muhammad ( sal ) with melting hearts, while many others decried him. On the Day of Creation, Allahutallah Nayan instructed the unknown Aathi Muhammad thus: “ O Muhammad, you are going to the world. There are many wordly beings there lacking clarity. Do not lose your temper at them. Show them only your kindness.” Therefore, my son, you should establish kindness and by the Grace of Allah, observe the three virtues of charity, generosity and tranquillity. Worship at the Foot of Allah. If you listen to every word spoken now, and conduct yourself accordingly, you will receive praise, name, beauty, joy and the Grace of the Primal One, O my son. Disciple: Swami, O guru, I listen to your every word. There are, however, many who do not know the words of Muhammad ( sal ). He who knows Allah will receive His Grace and His Love. But, Swami, what benefit will Allah give to those who not knowing Him, despise and ridicule Him; those who obey their minds and value only their bodies, wives, children, calves, cattle, gold, property, house, estates and mansions ? Please explain to me in detail. Guru: O my son, listen. You have asked me a good question. The ignorant should know that when Allah created man’s form, assembling the twenty-eight Arabic letters, He also created four thousand, four hundred and forty-eight nerves inside man’s body, and within it, He placed four thousand, four hundred and forty-eight ailments. He created within man’s body, one thousand and eight pieces of bones and covered them with blood, connecting tissues, flesh and skin and water and air. It is in this state that man exists as manu-eesan. He should conduct himself with enhancing wisdom.

CHAPTER 33 The Ten Evil Sins Guru : Dear son, intermingled in man’s body are ten evil sins, which are the cumulative effects of various births. They are lust, hatred, miserliness, delusion, bigotry, malice, arrogance, self-aggrandisement, resentment and vengeance. Their potentialities are as follows: 1. Lust: desire for excessive wealth and food, attachment to children and grandchildren. 2. Hatred: thought of causing harm to others. 3. Miserliness: not wanting to give away a little from one’s wealth, not even to the saints. 4. Delusion: excessive attachment to children and grandchildren and lamenting with greed for more. 5. Bigotry: pride of wealth.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” 6. Malice: envy and jealousy over the enjoyment of others, even if he equally enjoys it himself. 7. Arrogance: performing false charity and sacrifice in order to gain the admiration of others. 8. Self-aggrandisement: boastful talk of superiority over others in wealth, intelligence and influence. 9. Resentment: bearing ill-will and wishing his own grief on others. 10. Vengeance: wishing revenge on others who have harmed him. These ten evil sins fill the body and degrade the manu-eesan. In the various Hindu epics authored by the ancient rishis, you will find ten characters, each of whom was guilty of one of these ten evil sins. For example, the evil sin of attachment is attributed to Narahasuran, the Asura of hell ( who according to the epics, belongs to the netherworld and is said to be the chief among the enemies of the gods.) Malice is an evil attributed to Puhasuran, ( a sub-human being). King Duryodhanan, the evil- minded son of Emperor Dhrtarastra is supposed to have been guilty of miserliness while greed is identified with Emperor Dhrtarastra, who was said to be have been both physically and spiritually blind according to the epics. These are only a few examples of the ten persons who are said to have suffered with these ten evil sins, each with his respective evil sin. They had shaken the world and troubled and harassed the people. They had caused the deities to tremble and had subdued them. They had ruled the virtuous men and the virtuous women. They had controlled the saints, the wise men and the enlightened ones. O son, you should try to severe each of these karmic evil deeds through wisdom and intelligence. You should differentiate between good and evil and learn to realise the Primal One. You should cleanse your heart and adopt only what is good. You should love only the esteemed resonance of God, the resonance of “om…..reeng” with a heart full if compassion. You should always praise the Lord who exists and rules the heart. O son, if this is not done, the bodies of those who are guilty of these ten evil sins will be visited upon by ten corresponding diseases as a punishment by the Primal One. These ten diseases will occur at the opportune times. The Primal One will control, crush and tighten the five senses. The guilty will be burnt in hell fire. They will be given the seven hells as their own dwelling place. Therefore my son, learn and know each of these ten evils. In the distant past, these ten persons, who were otherwise, eminent and virtuous, fell prey to each one of these ten evil sins and consequently suffered for the flaws in their characters. The present age is different. This is a cruel period. Today, man engages himself in all of these ten evil deeds. If a manu-eesan desires to escape from these evils, he should use his wisdom very carefully and extricate himself from these sins. Further, my son, in order to clearly understand these evils and emerge victorious over them, you must look for a virtuous, truthful and kind -hearted guru, who has received His Grace. If you firmly

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” place that guru in your heart, he will pluck out the two medicines for good and evil from you. He will take the good medicine of grace, pound it and give it to you to cure you of your severe diseases. This I swear. Do not miss this opportunity. If you fail to do so, you will not fail to receive his grace in this birth. Consider this as a true instruction of grace. My son, when you receive the instructions of a good guru and perform service to him, you will be guided by him into spiritual knowledge. This initiation is of three components : 1. caused by the gaze of the guru. 2. caused by physical contact with the guru. ( This will come through his sacred body touching you.) 3. caused by his heart-thinking and giving instant initiation. These three areas are the initiations of the guru’s care. The greatness of this is beyond estimation. That which cannot be achieved through thousands of years of meditation can be achieved in a few seconds. O son, the speed with which you can receive the grace of the guru ‘s initiation depends on the intensity of the dhikr ( meditation ) and the invocation in your heart. Further, O son, the ten persons mentioned, who had indulged in the ten evil deeds were severely punished by God. But the present generation, although it has studied all this, behaves senselessly. They are fools who believe firmly in the world. Let them be. Each one of these ten characters committed only one sin and was punished for it by God. It is not so today. Now man commits all the ten evils and god is pleased. He plays, dances, sings, and joins us in these sinful acts.! The places visited by God are wellknown to the people and to the world. It is said, “ A drinking house will not be vacant. If there is no lust in this age, one will not see god. He who is without greed is a traitor. He who is not a thief is of worthless birth. He who does not murder is a foe. He who does not utter falsehood has no wisdom. He who does not accept interest is a evil. He who does not know to frolic about with women is effeminate. He who does not indulge in back biting is a coward. He who is high in evil deeds is great. Anyone who is unaware of this is a fool and deserves no respect. Such a person has no place in this world. The god of today is helpless. This and in several other ways do people speak and say , “God is with that one single person who commits all the ten evil sins. “ In the present age, my son, you will see their actions are accommodated in the world. Today, evil deeds bear the name of god. A god of evil deeds has been established by these people. But this god will teach them only for a short time during their lives on this earth. The Aathi (Primal God ) inflicted severe punishment on ten persons who each indulged in a single evil. The man of the present generation glorifies the ten evil deeds and considers those who indulged in them as men of greatness. They do not know the enormity of the punishment the Aathi God intends for them. They will know in a short time. O son, gem of my eyes, listen. You should not associate with this type of persons.Avoid

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” them. When you do so, the evil doers will attempt to kill you and eat you up. You will be confused and look in the four directions. These “ animals” will surround you and tear you up. Should you look towards the north, there will appear the striped tiger, the dog and the fox. Should you look towards the south, there will appear the scorpion, the snake and the crocodile. From the west, a herd of elephants will slowly appear. From the east, will appear the bear and the hippopotamus. Son, their noise will be one of lamentation. It will disturb your life. It will make you run away with awe. Your common sense will be shattered. The six consciousness will run away in fear. Your life will be diminished. Further, it will make the five karmic evil enter your inner heart. In order to avoid this, son, gem of my eyes ,let your heart be fearless praise the Lord, seek the good and helpful nostalgic guru, that you may effectively dispel this destructive demon and obtain the grace of the virtuous Sheikh. You must look for a holy Sheikh in order toreceive the grace of the Omniscient Allah, and to receive His graceful glow and thegracious exalted magic of the divine word. O disciples, eyes of my eyes, O my son, with the fragrance of the compassionateSheikh, you should be the fragrance and the perfect character among many perfectpeople. Illuminate the world, O gems of my eyes !

CHAPTER 34 The Treachery of the Swamis

Guru: Son, in this world known as the illusive, tricky, magical city, it will be very difficult for man to live as human in the times to come. It will be a very small number of people who will utter the name of God ! To be aware of the mystery of this world and the Hereafter, the two stations of birth and death, you should conduct yourself with clarity and wisdom. You require the help of a compassionate guru to enable you to dissect it , to clarify and be aware. There was such a virtuous Sheikh in this world one thousand eight hundred and eighty years ago. Henceforth, such a true Sheikh will not exist nor will be available. On the other hand, neither will a true disciple who can make use of such a guru be easily found, even if a million Sheikhs be available.

However, son, there are in this world billions and billions of swamis, dressed in saffron robes, wearing moustaches and growing a beard like me. They persevere themselves for their bellies. They destroy the truth of the world, ruin wisdom, make gods of stone, kill the conscience, consider the decaying body as fruit, sing songs in public, speak sweet languages dance in many ways, run in a reckless manner, seek the almanac, move around wearing masks and hold the world. They sing the praise of the deities, seek to rob the Hindu temples and having robbed them, look for peoples’ houses and for women. These billions and billions of swamis dance with their masks and descend to

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” the levels associated with poisonous intoxicants such as arrack, whisky, ganja and opium. They look for drinking vessels and pour liquor into their mouths. They stand and dance and apply the holy ash beautifully on themselves. They sing what comes to their tongues and run round unmindful of the right or the left. At the opportune time they seek salvation. They will exhaust you running through the toddy taverns ( liquor bars ). They will also sing out the remaining wisdom. Such swamis will assemble and not afford any opportunity for God to exist on earth. They will behave recklessly and unknown to anyone, will try to murder the true man who lives truthfully seeking the mystery of God.

O dear son, these so called swamis indulge in several other ways. They lose their conscience and forget the Lord and the rare magical formulae. Dear son, are these people following their ancestry or are they behaving in this manner because of famine or poverty ? Like the saying goes, because of the famine they employ tricks to worship the world and to collect money or wealth in whatever way for their bellies. They cheatwearing the garb of a swami during the day. There are some swamis like this. They steal in the night. Many beg for alms. Many pretend by undergoing physical penance. Many speak in favour, then oppose. Many wear a beard and the mask of a saint. Many pretentiously wear the mask of a recluse with unkempt locks of hair. Many cheat. Many make money through gambling. Many live comfortably in the temples. Many live on the income of the temples.

Dear son, they help themselves in whatever way their bodies can be nourished and develop their bodies. They provide a god as soon as an opportunity arises. They create a temple in the backyard, a god at the foot of a tree, a god in the street, a god next door, a god in the sea, a god on the hill top and a god at the cemetery. No sooner an opportunity arises to feed their bodies, they provide a god and keep a till to collect money in order to help themselves. This is happening now. They exist to look after their bellies. O son, they make a god in an instant, if they so desire. This is not a frivolous matter. No sooner a quarrel arises between them and the inhabitants next door or opposite, they produce a god. Such a god is not the Primal Lord !

The treachery committed by these men will earn for them thirty-five million births. Truth is concealed by their action and falsity is developed in this world. Many evil-minded swamis are on the increase in the world today. A large of people get attached to them. The present world affords much importance to these so-called swamis. But son, the true swami is knocked and chased away.

CHAPTER 35 An Encounter with Theivaanai and Letchimi

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“The Pearl of Wisdom”

Guru: In my search for the Primordial One, I have experienced many strange wonders. I shall tell you one of them. I was once at a Mount called Surali Malai or the Spiral Mount, when two men, one of whom was an aged man came to see me with an invitation. Their names were Nalla Kani and Oyyappan. We arrived in the Island of Serendib. We came to the town called Nalla Thani. I saw Theivaani, whom I had once looked after, as a foster child. She was polishing a bronze vessel. As soon as she saw me, she welcomed me.

I inquired of them , “From where have you come?” They replied, “ We have arrived from Serendib.” I questioned, “ From what part of Serendib ? Why have you come ? What is the matter ?” They said, “ We have come to fetch you to a place called “Nalla Thanni “ ( Good Water ). I said, “ I cannot come. Why should I come with you ?” They answered, “It is for a wedding. The bride and groom require your presence to get married. Unless you are present there will be no marriage. They have sent a palanquin to fetch you, their uncle.” They showed me the palanquin into which I then got in. It was carved out of wood and large enough to be carried by one man in the front and another at the rear. The centre was like a small decorated house with curtains. Theivaani, “ Uncle have you come ! Sit here, Uncle, sit on the throne.” I asked her, “ Theivaani, are you the same girl or have you become a good girl now? It has been a long time since you ran away from me. Where is your husband ?” Theivaani called out to her husband.” Uncle has arrived. Take him with you.” The husband came and held my hand. He bent down submissively and said,” Greetings Uncle. Forgive me !” I was astonished at his beauty. His lips were like red beads. His teeth were like pearls and his body had a reddish tint. His face had a greenish hue. His stature was short. His beauty blinded my eyes. He took me by the hand and led me to a decorated throne. He asked me to sit there. Nearby, was a house which was fifty miles in length. It was crowded with people, both young and old. Among them were many long and grey bearded men, who may have been one hundred, one hundred and fifty, two hundred, three hundred or four hundred years old. I wondered if it was proper for me, a younger man, to sit on an elevated throne, when such aged people were seated on the floor. I said, “ Ask one of these elderly men to sit on this throne.” Then all of them stood up and said,” We are not worthy to sit on the throne. It was erected for you. You alone must sit here.” I addressed Theivaani’s husband and said, “You may all sit down. I will also sit.”

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Then I sat on the throne. All the others sat on the floor. I was served with milk and fruits of many varieties on a silver tray. I said, “ My dear, I do not want these. You are all hungry. You may appease your hunger.” Having said this, I arranged for the recital of some prayers. Many persons came and garlanded me. But I removed the garlands and gave them to an old man.” I sat down for the prayers, saying, “ Feed these people.” A large number of people came and formed into groups. I closed my eyes and began my prayers. When I opened my eyes, I found everyone had fallen asleep. Neither Theivaani nor her husband were to be seen. I stood up and walked out saying, “ What is this ? You have gone away without providing me even some water !” I came across a large room. Inside it was a road running from the south to the east and another from the east to the west. I saw a bed with a mattress covered with a green blanket. Theivaani and her husband were reclining on it. The husband now appeared to be a different person. I was very angry and took out a large kris knife and a sword that I had in my possession. I attempted to attack Theivaani and her husband. I shouted, “I shall kill you !” Theivaanit pushed her husband with her elbow and said, Look ! Uncle is angry !” As I went towards the bed, she pleaded, “ Uncle, it is us ! Do not kill us ! We are lying here only to see if you are still annoyed with us. It is we who invited you and who have changed this way. Sit here on this bed.” With these words they tried to pacify my anger. I became calm and inquired, “How beautiful your husband appeared to be earlier. In his ears there were two earings and a necklace of “uruthiraadcham seeds “ ( seeds of the Rud raksha tree ) made out of gold round his neck. Now he has only the earings and his complexion has become very dark. This is why I tried to kill him. Never mind now. Theivaani, how long have I brought up your sister Letchmi and you ! Each of you found a husband and ran away ! I see you now after such a long period of time. Where is your sister ? I am anxious to see her too.” Theivaani replied, “ Uncle, she is also here. She lives in a place further down called “ Nalla Thanni “ ( Good Water ). I said, “ I wish to see her too. Show me the place. “Theivaani told her husband, “ Take Uncle and show him where my younger sister stays.” Immediately her husband escorted me along a spacious open area, at the end of which was a slope leading underground. This place was full of luxuriant jungle. Theivaani’s husband said,” Uncle, we have to walk through this footpath. It leads to the bridge of the “Nalla Thanni “ River. You can see Letchmi a short distanbce away. Go and speak to her.” I asked him, “Are you not coming with me ? He answered, “ I have no authority to venture further down. This is the limit of my boundary.” I complained, “ This is unfamiliar territory and you are abandoning me here ! “ He said,

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” “No, Uncle ! Go along this path without any fear. When you reach the vicinity of the “Nalla Thanni” River Bridge, you will meet a person who is waiting for you there. He will escort you. When you have finished your conversation with Letchmi, he will bring you back here. He will leave you at this spot, from where I will once again escort you back. It is alright, Uncle. You can now walk along this path and return. I shall wait for you.” So, I walked along that path and reached the foot of the bridge. I saw a person standing there obstructing the fifteen fathom wide road. Not even a fibre could creep through him. He had a turban of over fifty fathoms on his head. He was as tall as half the height of a Palmyra tree. He was clad in a white “veti” ( loin cloth ). He had a robe flowing down to his ankles. He was looking intently at the water in the river. The river waters ran over only a single stone. Its colour was that of pure white milk. He stood gazing at this water. I went behind him and tapped him on his shoulder. I asked him, “What are you gazing at ?” He replied, “ Have you come, Bawa? It was you I was observing all this time.” I said, “ Oh, is it me ! You mentioned my name ! You say you were observing me ! How do you know me?” He replied, “ There is nobody in this world whom I do not know ! Nobody can venture here without my knowledge. No one but I can enter this country.” I asked, “ Who are you, my dear ? “ He replied, “ I am the guardian of this country.” I asked him, “ How many roads are there in this country ? What are their names?” He said, “ This is “ Nalla Thanni Paniya Oor” ( The lower-village of Good Water). There are four roads in this country. Nobody else can come here, except me. I knew that you would come here on this day at this time. I knew that you would come to see Letchimi to speak to her. I have been waiting for your arrival at this time.” I asked him, “ Why were you gazing at the river ? You are a strange person ” He replied, “ A big gem emerges in this river once in a very long period of time. I have been watching this river for a long time to take this gem. Whenever the gem comes up and I try to take it, the gem disappears inside. It has been deceiving me in this manner for a very long time.” I said to him, “ You are a great man but you do not know this ! Lord Allahu ta – Aallah has created all mankind. He gives man only what has been intended for him in Awwal ( pre-primordial age). He grants to each person only what he should receive according to his Naseef ( fate ). He would have already given you this gem, if it was ordained for you in your NaseeB ( fate ). When you are not aware to whom this gem is allocated ? Why are you wasting your time on it ? “ He replied, “ You are correct. There is truth in what you say.” I questioned him further, “ You said there are four roads in this country. Are there four four guards too, one for each road, or are you the only one ?” He replied, “ I am the only one ! I stand on all four roads. No one can come on any one of these roads without my knowledge. I have this pre- knowledge, just as I knew that you would come here Today, Monday, in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety – Nine ( 1899 ). This is

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” the reason why I was expecting you.”

“ Letchimi, whom you wish to see , is here.” He pointed towards a road and said further, “ If you proceed along this road which turns to the west, you will see a path which turns to the north. When you proceed about ten - fifteen feet along the road which leads to the west, you will come across a large house in a row of houses. Letchimi lives in the third house. When you see her, you can speak to her whatever you wish and thereafter return. I shall wait for you in this very spot till you return.” I asked , “ Will you depart only after I return?” He said, “ Yes, this is the instruction I have received. “

Accordingly, I proceeded to the third house where I met Letchimi. She was polishing the floor. She came running out saying, “ Uncle, have you come ! Welcome Uncle !” She embraced me and requested me to sit on a bed covered with a mat on which was a picture of a mosque. Before I sat down, I asked her, “ Letchimi, are you the same girl, or have you become a good girl now ?” Letchimi replied, “ Uncle, now I am on the good path. Drink some milk.” I said, “ I am pleased to hear that you are on the good path. Where is your husband?” Letchimi replied, “ There he is, Uncle ! He is addressing a gathering. He will come now. Please sit down. “I said, “ I must get back quickly. I wanted to see you and your husband. Now I have seen you. Call your husband. I must see him and leave.” Letchimi summoned a little child and said to her, “ Uncle has come. Go quickly and bring him “ ( pointing to her husband ). Letchimi’s husband called out to her, “ Tell Uncle to stay for a little while. I am coming now.” Again I told Letchimi, “ Call him. I must go now.”Letchimi called out once more to her husband. “ Uncle has to go! Come quickly !” He replied, “ Ask him to wait a little more. I am coming !” Meanwhile, Letchimi offered me a tray of betel leaves, saffron, areca –nut and chunam and said, “ Uncle, take at least a betel leaf. “ I looked at Letchimi and said, “ He has not come yet. Call him !” I placed my hand on the tray and only a betel leaf and some saffron came to my hand. I took these and turned to see Letchimi’s husband standing up. I could see his head. He shouted, “ Ask Uncle to stay. I am coming this instant. “He was presiding at the meeting. I now saw that he was not the same person who had run away with Latchimi. I was furious and shouted, “ O thief ! Is he not the person who took you away ? You told me he was a different person.”

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Having thus scolded her, I got ready to leave with the betel leaf and the saffron still in my hand. As I walked out, Letchimi fell weeping at my feet, saying, “ Uncle, he is a different person !” I pushed her with force out of my way and left. I saw the man who was standing at the foot of the bridge, waiting for me. He asked me, “ Have you finished your conversation ? You are now happy ! Aren’t you ?” I replied, “Yes, everything has been discussed.” He remarked, “ Bawa, has this anger of yours still not disappeared ? This is the world! Aren’t all the people born into this world, guilty ? Can you display your temper to them ? You should subdue your temper with “ Sabur “ ( patience ) in this world. Should one not dispel intoxication, lust, theft , murder, falsehood, anger, haste, malice, ego – all these, and live a peaceful life with patience, O Bawa!”

CHAPTER The Creation

36 of Manu-eesan

Allah created man out of seven metals. He combined these seven metals and purified them to shine as brilliant as a diamond. He inter mingled this combination with Aathi Aatham, the effulgent light of Muhammad and Himself, The Aathi Rahman. He converted this combination into one colour. He further melted it into bronze and further into gold of five facets. Finally, He melted it into the form of the body of man. He solidified this body by enshrining within it, the light of Muhammad. This light grew and developed into a glow and out of this glow, Allah created manu-eesan and made him related to all other human lives. Allah is the Father of man and all lives are His children. They should listen to His words, obey Him and worship Him. He ordained that a manu-eesan should help all lives and show compassion towards them. He also ordained that all lives, including the house-fly, ant, goat, cow, tiger, lion and totalling up to 84,00,000 lives should show love and compassion to the manu-eesan and obey him. In accordance with this order, Allah created manu-eesan with six pure levels of consciousness. He has given manu-eesn, analytical wisdom and exalted him as a father of all other lives. He has made manu-eesan, the mundane god of all living beings in the world. He has made manu-eesan, the helpful father for the one level consciousness life form, for the two level consciousness life form, the three level

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” consciousness life form, the four level consciousness life form and the five level consciousness life form. We are the children of Allah, the Primal One, through whose instruction of Grace, it has been decreed that we should shower kindness on all lives, offer sympathy, generosity, benevolence, justice, truth, patience and calmness. We should fulfill our duty of offering kind assistance and be a mother to all lives. Therefore, we must have adequate wisdom. There are lives with one level of wisdom and there are lives with two levels of wisdom. Allah has created lives with such levels of wisdom too. Allah created manu-eesan to help perfect these people, offer them kind assistance, guide them on the right path, show them the greatness of God and above all to impart to them, the loftiness of Allah, impress in every living being the praise of the mau-eesan, enable all lives to be clarified and to vibrate the ( 2 x 7 ) fourteen universes with the glory and the marvel of Allah. It is for this purpose that manu-eesan has come to this world. All creations attack man in many ways. But it is the manu-eesan who is singularly chosen for such attacks. He is attacked in his sleep, in his seat, in his walk, in his determination of justice, in his speaking the truth, in his employment and in the several crores of activities of life. Truth itself attacks truth. It is a characteristic of those with lower wisdom to accuse and abuse those who submit to Allah and who carry out His justice. If you wish to exalt the Primal One, you should consider greatness as a rarity. You should stamp serenity permanently in your heart. Do not neglect your duty to the Primal One. I shall give you an illustration. All lives are under the control of man. Aren’t they ? Is it not man’s duty to help all lives ? The testimony of this duty will heighten the glory of Allah. I shall give you another example. In a land where there is a spring, the water sprouts forth as pure water. The water gushes forth and a person can see his face on it as if in a mirror. But the water in this state is unfit for human consumption. The spring sucks back into itself the water that gushes out and therefore, other lives cannot benefit by it. A man who sees this spring, widens the opening and makes it into a small pond. Many lives come to this spring to drink its water and get benefited. As the opening widens by itself, the pond becomes a canal and its waters flow, four to five miles in extent and expand the canal. Many lives including that of man, make use of this water to drink, bathe and refresh themselves. As time passes, the canal becomes bigger and the water flows to a distance of about fifty to a hundred miles. The living creatures and all other lives in this distance of fifty to hundred miles make use of this water. The water that comes from the spring into the river is as clear as a mirror. But the heaps of leaves and the dirt from the river beds pollute this water. It is usual for the goats and the cows and several other lives to drink this water and pollute it through their ignorance. People bathe there, quench their thirst, rest and go their way. But the water

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” that emerges from the spring is as pure as glass. The manu-eesan makes use of this pure water by widening the opening of the spring. Many kinds of impurities get mixed up with this water. A learned man through his ignorance sometimes falls into this water and dies. Some go to the shore and fight senselessly with one another and fall into the water and die. There are yet other creatures who submissively quench their hunger and thirst, and not aware of the flow of the water in the river, step into it, to wade across and get caught to the whirlpools and perish. The Primal One created these people with various levels of wisdom. There are ignorant people who cannot differentiate between good and evil or right and wrong. They spoil the purity of things. Those who are born as manu-eesans into this world should ignore the actions of these ignorant people and lead them to the good path. They should help to purify such people, remove their impurities, help to develop their wisdom and to experience the Primal One. It is for this purpose that the Primal One has created the manu-eesan. Man from his birth itself is pursued by illusion. He continues to be guilty in the impure body. Therefore, the Primal One exists within man to purify him as wisdom within wisdom, clarity within clarity, purity within purity, light within light and as the glow of effulgence. Allah has manifested the light of effulgence in the human form and made that light spread round the world in a very subtle way. The manu-eesan reveals the loftiness of the pure glow of the Primal One, exalts His Power and makes wisdom grow.

The manu-eesan exists as the pure substance that shows the path to reach the Primal One. Son, the sixty-four battalions of diseases are the demons that destroy man’s inner wisdom. They are also called little brother, the dogs of the world, the demons of attachments and by several other names. The spring water that oozes from inside you to flow outside and quench your body thirst and remove the dirt in it, is the resonance of the grace of Allah. The spring of resonance should cleanse the several inner mental impurities and wash them out, little brother. The waters on the surface of the earth are sucked and filtered in. The pure mirror – like waters are sent through the openings of the spring. Similarly, those who have received Bawa’s grace, must suck in all the impurities present in the attachments to the earth and distil them. Bawa’s grace would send the waters of the spring as the pure effulgence coming from the mouth. All the impurities that come out along with it, should be distilled, sieved and thrown out into the earth. The sinful deeds of the worldly beings and of all the lives on earth would appear mixed up with those born on earth. You should display kindness without any annoyance. Without deviating even a little from grace, wealth and bliss, you should enjoy the Primal One with the triple effulgence as One Light. His words of grace would protect the pure flame emerging from the mouth. CHAPTER 37 The "Kundalini Sakti"

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Guru : Younger brother, I shall tell you a secret. It is an important illustration of man’s worship. The subduing of the five elemental resonance leads to the gradual decrease of the Jeeva or the life force in man. One who understands the resonance of this vibration knows the full capability of the five elements. The state of vibration is produced by the sound which originates from the region of the lowest part of the spinal column and the route of the genital plexus. The heat that rises from the plexus is of mobile nature. It is the same mobility that belongs to the jeeva or the life force of man. The subduing of the five elemental resonance is the retraction of the life force. The retraction of the life force is parallel to the subduing of the five elemental resonance. Resonance indicates the principle of creation. "Kundalini Sakti" ( power in the form of a serpent traversing the mystical circle ), rises upwards and reaches the apex of the head when it ceases all activities. The resonance which rises upwards traversing the entire body reaches the house of "gnaanam", the Gnostic eye in the forehead. Should the resonance descend downwards, it turns into semen in a state of sensual pleasure and changes into liquid form which mixes with the female discharge at orgasm, leading to the formation of the child. This is the state of resonance which is the illusory of "maya". Will there be a day when you and I would stand together in the space beyond this state of resonance ? So the guru questioned. Our revered guru witnessed this vision in his meditative contemplation. The resonance originates at the lower abdomen at the base just above the genital plexus, travels through the four main elemental sense organs and emerges through these sensory organs to become the pure earthly existence. This state is also the world of illusion.

CHAPTER 38 The Closure of the Openings Guru : If you close your mouth and control your sense organs, the resonance is unable to exit itself, unable to leak out and lights up the seventh chakra ( the seventh spiritual sphere ) in the body, breaks the point called "piramaranthiram" by the "r-e-e-eeng" noise and reaches the great open space of peace and plenitude. Those who reach this stage are labelled with the stamp of silence. They are the incomparable gnaanis, hermits and rishes ( the enlightened ones.) In this great open space are many crores of those who rule the universes. They call the

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” open space the self-existing eternal space and there they worship the Primal Unique One. It is this Primal Unique Space beyond which is called in the abstract as “sithamparam,” and in the body, as the open space of plentitude, comprehended by the body. This is the tranquillity of the Primal Unique One beyond. It germinates from the region of the base of the spinal cord and of the genitals. This is the state where the beginning or the end cannot be seen. It has two roots in the body. If you look below, there is the region of the base of the spinal cord and the genitals. If you look upwards, there is the point called “ sahasraram .” In between these two roots is the perfection of the resonance. Listen to this illustration. If a bottle containing water has its openings blocked, when you turn it up or down, you cannot see which side is the top or which is the bottom. You cannot see the beginning or the end. This force appears as soon as the openings of the saktis are closed. If the exit is not closed, water will leak out when the bottle is turned upwards or downwards. Likewise, if the water of the life force inside the body is not closed up at the openings, and we frolic about, the life force transforms itself into the soul force, the elixir of life or the sensual pleasures and pours out as semen or female secretion at orgasm. This leads to the development of the world of illusion. If you wish to merge with God, you should convert the soul force into the bliss of the life force by controlling the pleasurable senses. If you can do this, you can live without tasting death and remain immortal. Poet Valluwar has said, “ He who behaves will live forever. “ He further said, “ Behaviour is controlled by the five senses.” You should think about these with subtle wisdom, my son. Then you will see that God is within you. You cannot fathom the mystery of the bliss of such worship. The spark of graceful wisdom is already established in the helpless baby at birth. Therefore, the grace of gnaanam is in everybody. But man does not know how to make use of this and becomes “ manu-neesan, “ the degraded one. His character and conduct display a false appearance. He calls himself a manu-eesan and assumes both these roles. If a virtuous guru is available to him, he shows himself as manu-eesan and creeps into his wisdom, divides the six facets of wisdom, dispels the false substance and lights up the bliss of the Omnipresent God. He is destructible but shows himself as manu-eesan. It is for this reason that I say you need a true guru with wisdom. You should trace him and stick to him. The guru does not discriminate between the high and the humble. The Primal One who mingles with the high and the low stays with the wise as wisdom, as compassion, as grace, as a limb, as a resplendent wisdom that rules the world, as the ripe fruit of wisdom, as the honey of joy, as the three shining effulgence’s, as the triple resplendence of the parts of the body, as the lamp of clarity and as the heart that rules the wide world with lustre. He is the Primal One, my little brother.

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CHAPTER 39 Bawa and the Bridge-keeper Bridge-Keeper: “ Bawa should you not always be as calm and as patient as the springwater ? Bawa, always be patient. This world is evil and quarrelsome. Those born on the earth have many flaws. It is to reform them and to direct them on the good path, that Allah has created the rare pearls of wisdom. All right, Bawa, do not lose your patience. Beyond this point, I have no right to proceed. I shall leave you now.” Amidst more soothing words, the Bridge – Keeper tried to leave. Guru : “ What is this ? You spoke such pleasant words and now you bid me farewell ! You are leaving me alone ! Let us continue to talk a little more.” Bridge-Keeper : “ I cannot proceed even a foot further. This is my boundary. The person who brought you here will come now and guide you beyond this point. This is his territory.” With these words the Bridge-Keeper disappeared. Guru lamented : “ Oh ! What is this ? He has left without saying another word !” As the Guru turned and took a step, he saw Theiwaani and her husband talking to each other.

CHAPTER 40 Theiwaanai Revisited Guru :” Theiwaanai pointed to me and told her husband , “ There, I can see Uncle. Go, hurry and bring him .” Instantly, Theiwaanai’s husband came and called me, “ Come Uncle !” “ I inquired from him, “What’s new in your country ? The Bridge-Keeper who talked to me so pleasantly, was unable to accompany me any further. When I requested him to talk to me a little more, he vanished without a word. Is this the manner of your country ? Theiwaanai’s husband replied, “ Uncle, beyond this point he has no right to proceed. This is my territory. Come with me !” It was a wide open space covered with grass. We walked over the grass for a short

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” distance. We saw Theiwaanai on the west side of a hall with three hills of broken earthen pots. I asked Theiwaanai’s husband, “ Why are so many earthen pots lying here broken ? There is nobody here ! How did all these pots come here ?” He replied: “ Uncle, these broken pots are those left behind every year by those who come here for the usual annual feast. They cook, eat and leave the pots behind.” Guru : “ Oh ! What a large gathering must come here for such a large number of pots to be here ! When such large numbers converge here, you should be very wealthy and lacking in nothing ! If you give even these broken pots to a potter, he would be able to make more pots out of them. !” Theiwaanai’s husband: “ Uncle, do not ridicule us. Is it not your custom for those who feast to leave behind the pots? It is similar here. Furthermore, was it not you who ruled over this place? When you left this place you promised to return soon and take charge. Did you not? We cannot continue to look after it any longer. You should rule here once more! We must return to our home. You must take over now.” Guru : “ On examining the pots closely, I notice that some pots are slightly broken, some are badly damaged, some are broken in bits and pieces, some are completely cracked and some have small holes. Had you asked the people to preserve these utensils and to use them with care, these pots would have been of some use to others too. Wouldn’t they?” Theiwaanai’s husband: “ Uncle, each person finds some fault with the food. They would say, the salt was not correct or the tamarind was not sufficient or the food was tasteless or make similar such complaints. They throw away the utensils and leave. So, you should take over you rule now!” Guru : Thus conversing, we approached the spot where Theiwaanai was waiting for us. Theiwaani’s husband : ”Why do you tease us ? You can take back your own place. “ Guru : “ Truly ?” Theiwaani’s husband : “ Yes, truly ! You must accept it right now.” Guru : “ All right, Theiwaani, I have a little work to do. Till I finish the work and return, the two of you must continue to look after this place.” Theiwaani : “ Well, Uncle, if you wish us to continue, we shall do so.” Guru : “ Son, this in truth is what I did, having come to this world and having wandered about till I reached the land called “ Nalla Thanni “ ( Good Water ), where I witnessed

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” this. The Bridge- Keeper’s advice to me is voluminous and fathomless. A Master- Guru such as he, rarely comes to the world to advise! This is an incident from the past. It took place sixty years ago. Thereafter, such great and virtuous Master- Gurus ( Sheikhs ) are chased away from the island. In the world today, a search for such a guru is very rare. Even if such a search is possible, the search for a disciple in this world is very difficult. If a virtuous Guru and a virtuous disciple associate together in this world, it would be like seeing God Himself ! In any event, if such a Guru and such a disciple were to meet each other, the worldly beings would destroy them. The hypocrisy and the disposition of the men involved in the worldly life, are the product of their evil minds. A Master- Sheikh appears very rarely in the world.

PART III The Sheikh’s Travels in Serendib Guru ( Sheikh ) : “ It is over sixty years since I came to Serendib ( Sri Lanka ). I was at Velli Malai ( Silver Mount ) at Kataragama for some time. I was at the foot of Velli Malai from the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety-Nine ( 1899 ) for about eighteen years. Thereafter I was at Jailani for about twelve years. I was at the foot of Adam's Peak for about eight years. I was for about four and a half years at the Rock Cave at Nuwera – Eliya where Sita had stayed. It is now eighteen years since I came to Jaffna in Serendib. Sixty- one years have elapsed since I came to Serendib. Today, the sixty-second year has commenced. During this period, I have travelled to every nook and corner of the country and every village. I have gained a lot of knowledge and have studied many things. I have toiled here, as I have done never before in my life. I have denied myself proper food, proper clothes, proper rest and proper sleep. I dedicated myself with love and devotion in my search for truth. I have done the work of a coolie ( petty labourer ) and even tended the sick. ( Bawa was a great physician ). I have done the work of a barber. I have removed urine and faeces. I have suffered immeasurably as the embodiment of God’s Love and His Compassion in my tireless search for the Aathi, the Primal All – Pervading One.

Kataragama: a jungle shrine in South Sri Lanka. Jailani: a shrine on a cliff, dedicated to Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jailani of Baghdad. Adam’s Peak: a mountain peak, where the footprint of Aatham is said to be found.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” Nuwera – Eliya: a beautiful city in the salubrious hills in Central Sri Lanka. Sita: the Indian Princess-Consort of Prince Rama, who is said to have been kidnapped by King Ravana of ancient Lanka, and kept a prisoner at the Rock Cave mentioned here. Jaffna: a city in North Sri Lanka. Serendib: an ancient name for Sri Lanka. Today: possibly a date in 1945.

Conclusion His Holiness Bawa Muhaiyaddeen concludes his book "Guru Mani" ( The Pearl of Wisdom ) with the following words: “My Son, if you assimilate each sweet word in this book, "Guru Mani", if you absorb each word individually, if you enshrine it in your mind and savour it, you will not only gain success, stability and happiness in your wordly life, but will also enjoy a reciprocative bliss among your fellow people. This is certain ! This is truth ! I say this with determination! Those who assimilate the "Guru Mani" will not only derive boundless happiness but will also achieve high and exalted bliss, when they impart it to others ! Each time, he does so, his wealth will increase and never diminish!

A Tribute to Guru Bawa by an unknown disciple

GURU BAWA - Refuge !

Refuge! Refuge! Refuge! Exalted, devoted Guru Bawa Swami, I seek refuge at your glorious feet. (Refuge)

Cloaked with compassion and grace

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” O deva, you rule the land, Dispelling sorrow and granting joy. (Refuge)

O virtuous Master-Guru of glorious tranquillity, O Gnani of fairness and peace, king of calm glow, O divine tree of generosity, sea of compassion, Rare gem of the eye, I seek refuge at your lotus feet. (Refuge)

You entertain and console those who seek you, You enshrine forever in your heart the humble disciples At your flower-like graceful feet, That destroy the world of a thousand demons and diseases. (Refuge )

You are like the sea breaching its bund Firmly establishing the everlasting meaning, You give away your body, belongings and life, The Great Hermit if wisdom, virtue and perfection. (Refuge)

Endowed with the habits and qualities of a new born babe, Your words of good conduct are milk and honey. The ancient one has appeared on earth to protect, The humble, the forlorn and the helpless at your feet. (Refuge)

Ever performing karma yoga, you know no fatigue, Bestowing grace, banishing difficulties, disease and poverty, You labour hard along with those who toil and labour, There is no count of your services, O Swami ! (Refuge)

You have seen the inner light, O father of the world! You adorn the deep true spirit of wisdom. O great philanthropist! O ambrosia! O precious gem! O monarch ! Am I worthy to praise your glory at your feet? (Refuge)

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Great one! You are here for the prosperity of humanity, May you live for several long years! O lamp of bright flame! O good Guru Bawa ! I seek refuge At your wondrous flowered feet, adored by the four winds. (Refuge )

Tribute to Bawa Muhaiyadeen by a disciple A. V. Arulampalam

Greetings ! The Vedas and the religious sciences that manifest from the sacred blessings of God are known to man by God’s own glorious blessings. Not specifically mentioning the material methods adopted in the world, they speak of the three qualities of temple, soul and love. The author of this work “Guru Mani” has presented rare materials like high philosophy, science of acquisition of mystic powers, explanation of the Vedas and research into the Upanishads, sung in a very simple way that can be understood by every one today. In his verses, one finds the embodiment of the explanation of all three meanings – literature, music and drama, shining every where. The author’s objectives are all beyond human nature and it can also be said that his book shows the eminent path to find God. In several places, the author’s profound opinions equal and support those of theSiththars ( a class of devas ). The meaning in the verses dispels the darkness of the mind that provides light to spread grace. They are very subtle and provide pleasant food for the hearts of the learned and afford remedy for the minds of the others. Long live Guru Bawa ! Long live his gracious gift, "Guru Mani" Every advice for good conduct by Guru Bawa Is an embodiment of grace as thou can see. He has gifted with grace the bliss of the two worlds, He has spoken with glory of the exalted bliss. He has conveyed methods of the path of power, He has advised control, supported by six wisdoms. He has elucidated the paths within it, He has told of breath of sun, moon and apex.

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“The Pearl of Wisdom” He has indicated sensual pleasure is yogic substance. He has mentioned scientific blissful path, That operates through mind, food and life. He has shown us God in this world of decay, The Primal One who exists in past, present and future. He has revealed that man can become a manu-eesan. So tread on the path which Guru Bawa guides you, Realise the main pulse of his teachings, And stand the way he has preached. You will then reach the feet of the Creator, The cultured pearl that Guru Bawa exhibits!

O Guru the pearl ! O cultured pearl ! O glorious pearl of wisdom ! O Guru Bawa, purity of bliss ! Those who listen to your glorious words Will exist for ever ! Will prosper forever ! Will receive your grace in full measure.

The pearl of wisdom is a necklace, A garland for our minds. Wisdom’s pearl that dispels our darkness Sculptured in our minds in indelible words, “ Long live, Pearl of Wisdom”! Guru Bawa’s gift to us of a necklace of pearls.

Many a book have we seen in this world, But never a unique book such as this ! If you wish to acquire knowledge, If you desire bliss of exalted pleasure, Then treasure this book with care! (Sung by this disciple in Tamil in the 1940’s vide introduction.)

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