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On this day of my physical birthday I wish you all happiness.
Human birth is the highest rung of all creation. It is really a rare blessing which you have got. This has been given to you for attaining Divine Realisation and spiritual Perfection. It is a supreme opportunity for striving and obtaining a sublime experience of All-Consciousness, It is to be utilised for this great purpose. The various religions and faiths are so many methods evolved for fulfilling this great purpose of human life. This is the one common basis of all religions.
You have been put on the way and given a conscious contact with God-Power residing within you. You have to develop it by regular practice from day to day.
To attain this Goal purify your nature by living a good life. Manifest truth, purity, love, selflessness and righteousness in your life and activity. Give up all hatred, eradicate egoism and anger. Eschew violence, pledge yourself to love, sincerity, humility, forgiveness and non-violence. Abandon war. Abandon lust for Power. Fill thy heart with compassion, mercy and universal love. Let the Law of Love prevail amongst you, which should be radiated to all nations and races. Let true religions of heart be ruling factor of your lives. Love God, Love all, serve all and have respect for all as God is immanent in every form. Preach the Gospel of oneness. Spread the message of oneness and live a life of oneness. There will be peace on earth. This is the mission of my life and I pray it may be fulfilled.
With fondest love to all,
Time is an interminable eternity with no beginning and no end except as man has for his own convenience, in his own limitations, tried to limit it and make separate divisions out of it. With all these ruthless vivisections, eternity remains ever in love with the products of time and is willing to unfold the secrets of heaven and earth to him who reposes his trust and faith in her benignity.
Birthdays are but arbitrary milestones of life's journey on earth, but they do serve a very useful purpose, all the same. As one crosses each division of time and steps into the other, he is reminded of a stage left behind and finds himself a step nearer to the journey's end. Each birthday, therefore, offers a splendid opportunity to the traveler to know where he stands, how he has fared on the path of life, what progress he has made, and what he intends to do next with new hopes, new aspirations, and new resolutions for the new year that lies ahead of him. It is an occasion for taking a comprehensive view of the stock-in-life gathered already to be garnered thereafter, and it can, as such, be profitably made use of to the best advantage.
On a day like this, I can only ask you who have been put on the Path Godwards to turn within and see, each one for himself or herself, as to the measure of advance made in the spiritual field. Blessed indeed are those who have done so and to them my message is that they should persevere in full faith and confidence in the Master-Power overhead and work hard to regain all the inheritance which is theirs and of which they have a foretaste. To those who are yet standing still for one reason or another, I would commend some sort of active striving with a will and a purpose. After all, each one has to make an experiment on his own and no one can vicariously do it for another. Again, there is no ill without a remedy, and this sovereign and potent remedy is to be applied, whether we will it or not, by oneself if we desire a cure; or else the disease of ignorance shall continue to persist and persist endlessly as it has done through ages upon ages.
Last but not least, the door of Salvation is open to all. It is not a prerogative for any one sect, caste, or creed or even a religious order. Whosoever may run, can reach it. "Knock and it shall be opened unto thee" has been the message of saints and seers since the beginning of time. God is the God of all mankind and His Grace shines equally on all, but they alone who turn towards Him derive the greatest benefit. 'Love' is the master key that unlocks the door leading to the 'Kingdom of Light.' "Love and all things shall be added unto thee" is an axiomatic truth that has stood the test of time. It is, therefore, said - "Love God with all thy mind, with all thy heart, with all thy strength, and with all thy soul."
My message today is none other than that of Love. Learn ye, therefore, to love all creatures as yourself. Live in and for the love of all and the Lord of Love shall reward you manifold in return for the sake of His own Divine Love. That is His Law, eternal and immutable. Try to cultivate a loving and a living faith in His Goodness and nothing shall stand in your way on the Path.
This is the only message that you can have from me on this occasion. I extend to you all my loving greetings with a Soulful Love and Benediction. May you all arise and awaken in His Consciousness.
I cross this day into sixty-seventh year of my earthly pilgrimage. I am moving on to the Goal of my life, just a puppet in the hands of the Almighty--My Guru. My life has been woven in this one thought that there is no East and no West, the whole creation is the House of our Father. The various countries are so many rooms therein. The aeroplanes having annihilated all distance, all the so called East and West are brothers and are children of the same Father. We are members of one World-Brotherhood, of one Cosmic community. The whole creation is sustained by God who is not a distant Deity but closer is He than anything else.
The Naam, the Sat Naam, the Eternal Word is immanent in every form. He is in the poor, the rich and the outcast. We are all brothers-in-God. World-brotherhood is the crying need of the day. True Religion is the expression of Divinity already existing in man. It is not rites or ceremonies, creeds or forms. It is Life. It is the mingling of the soul with the Great Life. It is not shut up in the temples, but in love for all. Love knows service and sacrifice. There is no place where God is not. You will not find Him in gorgeous temples made of marble and stone. You will find Him in the tears of the poor and the lost. True happiness lies in giving to others, not in self-seeking. We should not be worships of the God of conventions. We should raise our moral aspirations to the highest extent and realise in our own self--God, who pervades throughout the universe, by transcending limitation of the senses. Try to study the Book of Life--our very self. Let us be careful not to confound religions with creeds and forms. We should realise that the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are unseen are eternal and that is the underlying unity of all religions.
I see the waking ones are not awake. They are asleep inside on account of the outgoing faculties.
With open eyes, are many blind. They have eyes and see not the Light of God which ever shines, which filleth all, in the Heavens, earth, the waters and the air--the source and strength of all that is. If thou develop the power of seeing, be one-eyed, lose the sight of the senses --if thine eye be single thy whole body Shall be full of Light.
They have ears but hear not, the enchanting sweet Melody of Life reverberating throughout all creation. If thou grow in power of hearing then be deaf to the world. You will hear when thine ear is closed to the noises of the world, thou will hear the Music of the Spheres--the Flute of the Lord.
If thou would like to have True Knowledge, transcend the sense-knowledge. Enter the inner silence and the same will become vocal.
With longing in thine eyes enter thou within from without. It is in truth the central Message of every True Master. In thy own House you will see Him.
Therefore, I would request you to gaze and gaze with
in your heart, with silence in your soul and with no thought of this
or the next. The grace of God will descend on you and the gaze will
into a glimpse and He will reveal Himself to you and you will find, nay
see Him within yourself.
O Thou, the Immaculate Naam
Thou Illuminateth my life and
Thy love overfloweth my frail Physical life.
May Thou accept me.
The Mission of my life is to help others to rise above body-consciousness and have a glimpse of the Lord, with the grace of my Master.
Those who have been put on the Way, should go on in all earnestness to reach their Goal and others who will be led by God to come up to me will be put on the Way.
With all the love and best wishes to each one of you.
February 6, 1961
1962 Birthday Message
On my sixty-eighth physical birth anniversary day, with all blessings of my heart, I send love to you all and request that you cultivate inner life shunning all madness of outer show. Sit daily in silence until it sprouts forth into light and sweet music of the spheres. Develop innocent love which knows only service and sacrifice. The only way back to God and to win the love of God is to become humble. All scriptures speak of impermanence of all and unchangeable permanence of God. Renounce love of the former and enjoy communion with the latter. For this, rise above body consciousness to be born into a new life of oneness and harmony.
1963 Birthday Message
On this day of my 69th physical birthday, I convey my love to you and all best wishes for your spiritual welfare.
With the grace of my Master, I have come to reveal the Life's richest treasure -- the Holy Naam -- the Word, which is found only within you. The Master takes many steps to meet you even if you can take no step to Him. You need only to listen and to pay attention. Let your meditations flower into action and service.
I wish you to 'simplify,' 'simplify,' 'simplify.' To be simple in all aspects of life is to accept Life.
Try to help all others with a spirit of self denial. Your self will expand to cover all humanity and other creation. Such an enterprise will lead your soul on to God.
Be pure in thought, word, and deed and love all. Love is the panacea for all evils of life.
Be good and do good. These five words contain in them the essence of all religions of the world. My work shall be amply repaid if you live up to them.
May the grace of God be on you all.
We are seekers after Truth and for that purpose we have joined various religions, which are our schools of thought. Truth is not the exclusive right of any particular creed, or place, or age. It is a man's birthright. Just as every man has the right to breathe the air, and absorb the rays of the sun, we are all privileged to draw from the Unseen Source of Life, Strength, and Wisdom, which is within each of us. That infinite supply cannot be exhausted. Anyone belonging to any religion can delve it out from within with the help of somebody who is competent - call him by any name you like. Take all that you can. Not only will it suffice for you, but through it you will become instrumental in helping your fellows. Your smile will inspire another to smile. Your strength will impel another to be strong. A noble soul always draws forth the noble quality in others.
God is love, and our souls are also love and it is through love alone that we can know God. Love knows true renunciation, service, and sacrifice for the good of others without any consideration. A true man is one who is truthful, leads a life of continence, radiates love to all others for the sake of God residing in them, and knows "giving," "giving," and always "giving." We never lose anything when we give. When you give love, do you find that you have less love in your heart? On the contrary, you are conscious of an ever greater power of loving, but no one can be convinced of these things till he has applied them in a practical way. An ounce of practice is worth tons of theories.
It is a practical age - therefore, it is for us to make our idealism more practical. Believe in God, Who is Spirit; Love - the principle of all things; Who is in me and I am in Him; Who resides in every heart. We should therefore love all mankind and others. If one cannot love those whom he sees, how can he love God whom he does not see?
There is a Religion above all religions which teach rituals, dogmas, and doctrines. That is Truth. Religion truly means "re" - back, and "ligio" which comes from "ligore" - to bind; i.e., to bind our soul back to Truth - God. You have to be born into the Truth. All Masters who come from time to time speak of the same Truth. We are lovers of Truth. That is the True Religion, on the basis of which the whole world can sit together and the East and West could be united.
The purpose before me is to bring together all children of God (now forming part of various religions) to understand each other and find a way back to God. I am glad that I found a great response to this Message of Love, with the grace of my Master - the Man-in-God.
My hearty thanks and best wishes go to all who have been helpers in this Noble Cause of Humanity.
1965 Birthday Message
On the seventy-second year of my physical birth anniversary, I convey my hearty love to each one of you.
My wish is that you live in harmony and peace with all amongst you, and with whomsoever you come in contact, high or low -- with animals and birds who also belong to the great family of God, the Creator of all.
In fulfilling this wish, others will know that you are of God and are in conscious union with the Light of the World.
A flower is known by the fragrance it emits. So let your mind, words, and deeds be saturated with the perfume of Love.
Love and all things shall be added unto you.
Master Power is always with you.
1966 Birthday Message
On February 6, I enter the seventy third year of my earthly pilgrimage. I love and respect all communities, all countries, all religions, and all races. I am a servant of the poor, the lowly, and the lost. I still continue to labor in the Vineyard of the Lord. In all humility, I lay before you the one program of life: 1. Simplicity; 2. Love of humanity; 3. Service of the poor.
Learn to offer all your work unto God and grow in humility. Such banks of worshipers are needed for the service of mankind. What is needed is not numbers, but quality and character of the workers. I want group Satsangs of individuals who become centers of life--the new life of the spirit and not organization of power which imprisons the fundamental values and stifles the living inspiration. Be ye lamps to yourself, and reform yourself in order to serve the people.
I wish you to lead a life of absolute unselfishness, simplicity, true judgment, and love of the poor and needy; for love is the root--love is the fruit of the tree of life.
Guru Nanak says:
"O, Man, love God as the fish loves water. The more water, the more joyous is the fish. As without water, the fish liveth not for a moment. God knoweth its heartaches. May I be a fish, and living in the water know the secret of love."
Dear Children of Light:
I send my hearty love and blessings to you — one and all — on this, my 74th physical birthday.
I am a man (ensouled body) like each of you. All are men first, bearing the badges of one or the other religion. All mankind is one, with the same privileges from God; viz., born the same way, having the same construction of their bodies (outer and inner) and the same conscious entity (a drop of the Ocean of All Consciousness) enlivening the body. To be born in a temple is good, as it works as a casing of the kernel of Truth alive; but to die while congealed to the casing and forgetting the kernel of Truth within is debarring one from the Truth which is a heinous sin.
In my heart I have a vision of fraternity of spirit. Organized religion with too much emphasis on outer forms and rituals becomes fortified compartments of egoistic power more than instruments of service or aids of self-realization. These inevitably result in quarrels with one another.
We need a simple movement of the spirit, with harmony and brotherhood of humanity and love for man, bird, and beast. I take religion as a Yoga of life with love—Yoga means the control of mind and of desires vitiated with egoism. This will lead to real happiness if we renounce the fruits of our actions and work as instruments or puppets of the Lord. Let our actions be an offering to the Lord. Mind that spirituality is non-egoism. May our selfless work for spreading this Message of the Master, which is God's work, draw many unto Thee, O Lord, and may our name be forgotten.
Let us belong to the Kingdom of the Master, the Word made flesh, and dedicate our life to the service of the Master, Who is the beauty of the simple life and selfless service. Let us follow the Master and make His noble teachings a part and parcel of our lives and attune ourselves with Jyoti (Divine Light) and Music of all harmonies reverberating in all creation which will open our inner eye and will leave no room in our hearts for spite or hate for others: what to speak of brothers and sisters who are united in unbreakable bonds of spirit by the Master.
Your heart will be filled with love and compassion for all that lives sentient or insentient; viz., man, beast, bird and all nature. We should lead and teach a life of compassion and love to all beings on earth.
"He really knoweth who loveth and serveth all," is the Message of the wise ones of Humanity like Buddha, Christ and Nanak. It is the Message which our daily life and modern world so piteously needs.
I wish you to progress spiritually and to lead a life of righteousness; viz., good thoughts, good words and good actions.
With all love,
I am entering into the evening of my physical life after passing through the seventy-five years of age with the grace of my Master (the Word made flesh) and find that the Word--Holy Naam--is the stake of my life here and here-after, and so far each one of you whom God has sent to me. That is the Bread of Life and Water of Life, which nourishes the soul. On spiritual health depends the life of mind and body both. Without that our lives have no worth as an elephant which has no ivory teeth; a well which has no water to give; a fruit tree which bears no fruit; the earth which gives no vegetation without rain or water; or the night which is without moonlight. This is the most important aspect of our lives. "What does it profit a man if he gains the possessions of the whole world and loses one's own soul."
While enjoying the bliss of Holy Naam, the mind--an agent of Negative Power-- creeps in stealthily to devoid us of the bliss of God-intoxication, considering that one is indispensable in whatever line he/she is placed. We are fortunate to have been selected to do certain jobs in the setup of God's work, and each of such ones should feel thankful to God and put shoulder to the wheel. The devoted children live in harmony with each other in the noble cause of God. The Master is fully aware and has appreciation of each one's loving devotion and sacrifice and doles out to him/her the loving intoxication to the capacity of each one of them. Big and small wheels in a machinery have to play their own part, to keep the machinery agoing smoothly by oiling with the fragrant oil of loving devotion. You must be careful not to be deceived by the crafty machinations of mind by turning your face to the Master Power, which resides in each one of you at the time of initiation and never leaves you here and hereafter. This can be done lovingly by keeping his Commandments.
I wish to see you progress on the spiritual way and become ambassadors of Truth during the evening of my life--sooner the better as time and tide wait for no man. Let us unite, one and all, to loving embrace of the Master, forgiving and forgetting petty differences created by the mind to retard progress and bring the blessings of the Master Power working overhead.
I wish each one of you to join with me in the prayer in the words of Guru Ram Dass Ji and Guru Arjan Dev Ji as under:
O Lord forsake not me,
Take me in Thy loving embrace: O Lord out of Thy old love.
It is Thy innate nature to purify the sinners;
So heed not Thou my errors and sins.
Thou art the life of my life, my peace, my riches;
So burn down Thou, in Thy mercy, the curtain of ego that screens me off from Thee.
Without water how can the fish abide?
Without milk how can the child live?
Slave Nanak craves for the Lotus Feet of Thee,
O Lord, seeing Thy vision doth he gather the Essence of joy
As a last resort I go to surrender myself to Thee O Lord;
As I have come to Thy refuge, it is up to Thee to accept or kill me.
The clever sycophancy of the world, this I have cast all to the fire.
Now say the good or evil of me, I have surrendered myself (to Thee my God)
He who cometh, to seek Thy refuge, O Lord, him Thou protecteth in Thy mercy.
Nanak hath come to Thy refuge; O Lord, now keep Thou my honour.
O Thou Fount of Mercy, abide ever in my heart;
And awaken that intuition in me that I begin to Love Thee.
Always keep me in the holy dust of the saints' Feet that I apply it to my forehead.
Though most sinful, I may become purest of the Pure, by tuning with
the Music of all Harmonies and ever sing Thy praises.
That Thy will be sweet to me, and I be pleased with whatever Thou doest;
And whatever Thou givest I be satisfied and I wonder not about to knock another's door.
I may know Thee always nearer me and be the Dust of all in all humility.
In the company of saints all this can be achieved and we can have a Vision of God.
We are ever Thy children, O Lord, Thou art our Master and King
Nanak is Thy child, O Father and Mother, and in his is the Milk of Thy Name.
1970 Birthday Message
Through the grace of my Master, another year of my Mission has been completed, and my 76th birthday marks the beginning of a new one. It is my wish that the birthday of the Master be celebrated by all of you as befits the occasion, which is by living up to my words: "Let my words abide in you— and you will abide in me." The result will be that your minds become pure and the gracious Master can then release your soul from the bondage of mind and matter and take it up to meet His Radiant Form within you. You will then have achieved your second birth, the true one into the Beyond. How wonderful it would be if the Master and His children could thus celebrate the coming 77th year of my physical life in this way.
For this, the ground has been prepared for you. You have been put on the Way and given some experience of the God-into-Expression Power of Light and Sound Principle within you, which can be developed from day to day by right living and devoted meditations. The cause of the Master is the cause of God, and it is for each one of you to make it your cause by being an example of the Master's teachings, His Light and Love.
Spirituality is a living and practical subject. The right understanding of this has been made clear to you in my Circular Letters of June 13 and November 5, 1969, which should be read again and again, so that you may compare how your day-to-day living is matching up to them. You will receive further help and encouragement when you read my latest book, entitled "Morning Talks", which is now in the final stages of publication. These talks, which were given by me in the mornings at the time a number of dear ones from the West were staying here at the Ashram, cover almost every facet of what is required to progress on the Way back to God, and succeed one another in such a way as to form a God-given spiritual textbook.
God willing, I hope to be amongst you all sometime this year. If you make earnest efforts to change your lives in accordance with my words, you will develop receptivity to the gracious Master Power within you, which will receive a boost from the divine radiations shed by the Physical Presence of the Master. It is for you to make the effort and for Him to crown your effort with success.
I have great love for all of you. indeed if you knew how much I loved you, you would dance with joy. You will become so intoxicated by His love that it will carry you straight into the arms of your Beloved within. In this way only will you have celebrated the Master's birthday as He wishes.
My love and best wishes go to one and all.
You are fortunate to have man-body which is highest in all creation.
Awake ! O man, 'Regain your Godhead' before it is too late. Most of the time has been frittered away in other pursuits. Make the best use of the time left at your disposal.
On regaining your lost Godhead you will have right understanding that "You are all one." This will result in right thoughts, which will follow in right speech and right actions.
You will thus bring the 'Kingdom of God' on earth.
1972 Birthday Message
I am sending you the following message in brief on my physical birthday, which will bring peace to all the world over.
BE GOOD, DO GOOD, and BE ONE
(i) Be good and do good:
God is all goodness and innate in all.
Be friendly with everyone, be kind and compassionate.
See goodness in all around you including even those who hate you.
God is all love, love all, serve all and do good to all.
As men we are all one, born the same way with equal privileges from God.
As soul we all are of the same essence as that of God, a drop of the ocean of all consciousness, and controlled by the same Power, which we all worship—calling by different names.
Unity already exists, we have forgotten.
I send out my heartful love to you this day. I would have conveyed the same to you in person but due to certain unforeseen circumstances that has not been possible. Though I am not with you in person but I am always with you in spirit.
The highest aim of a man's life is to know one's self and to know God, but on the contrary he is attached to 'woman and gold' all the time. The latter things were given for use only and he had to make the best use of them. He is enjoying what he should have used only, whereas he simply talks about what he should have enjoyed. That makes him unhappy in the world. He is living, as it were, in a house on fire, viz., a body which is decaying every minute, and he is exulting over it out of ignorance. If he but knows as to how to transcend it practically at will in this lifetime and attune himself to the 'All Pervading Spirit'--the Word--through the grace of a Master Who is Word personified, he would be happy here and hereafter. The Saints say what They see with Their own eyes whereas the priestly classes and orders say what they record in books. The two therefore do not agree. The latter have already been afraid of the former lest they should lose the source of their livelihood. The latter therefore did their best to prevent the spread of the way of the Saints. We should see things with our own eyes what the Saints preach and not to be led astray by mere hearsay.
Every moment of our life is most precious. We should not fritter it away in useless pursuits, but devote it in the search of self and God.
December 4, 1952
I convey you my sincere and heart-felt love on this day and wish you speedy progress on your way back to your Eternal and Blissful Home.
We have passed ere now so many Christmas eves. There is need to take stock today where we stand, how far we have travelled. Let us do so calmly but seriously. The Journey may be long but has to be completed. Life is running out, let not vain pursuits deflect us from our Noble Path. The grace of the Master is overwhelming and is extending far and wide. Through His grace the long and tedious journey back to our Eternal Home is cut short and rendered full of melodious charm. His Gracious Love is overflowing, and He is waiting for you at the door back of your eyes to receive you. Ours is to invert and sit at the door. Let our steadfast devotion and whole-hearted faith in Him stand on our good stead.
My best wishes are always hovering around you to quicken you on your way back to God.
December 14, 1953
1954 Christmas Message
Another precious year of our life has passed out. Some of us have travelled more, others less on the way to our cherished Home.
Soul is an indweller of the body for a short period only. Soul's stay in the body may be compared to a traveler who stays in an inn for the night and leaves it with dawn of the day and goes on his way ahead. Why is man so much attached to it and its sensuous enjoyments ? The body is not its permanent abode; it is only transitory. We have to make the beat use of it. It is the temple in which soul and God reside. We have to keep it holy and not pollute it with sins connected with the five passions, viz., Lust, Anger, Covetousness, Attachment and Egoism.
God is Love, our soul is also Love, and the way back to God can be achieved through Love. Men are in the clutches of perverted love. If it is developed in the right direction, under the guidance of a Living Master, way back is ensured by listening to the rapturous strains of the Word reverberating in all creation.
There is hope for each one of us. I wish a delightful Christmas and a happy New Year: may it bring you new hopes and renewed vigour to traverse the way before you. Let us have sincere devotion and implicit faith in the Master Power overhead extending all feasible help to enable us to stand on our own legs. My heart goes out in love to all of you.
December 9, 1954
1955 Christmas Message
Dear Children of Light,
I am sending you this Christmas greeting from India. I might be physically not with you this day, but my heart is with you all and in spirit I am with each one of you,
I had to leave you all and return to India, though in actual sense the whole world is my 'Home' and all 'Life' my family, but because of my being nationalised in India I had to return 'Home' and could not overstay in any foreign country.
All the laws of this world remind me of the Divine Plan by which every one of us has to return to our True Home after the time allotted to us is over, then it is a sin to overstay here. After taking birth as a human being and God being gracious enough to send His Representative to you, that you are at last blessed and are being recalled by our Father, so we should make the best use of this valuable opportunity afforded to us.
Blessed are they who find refuge at the feet of a Living Master. Once His, He never leaves or forsakes us till He fulfills His promised duty of escorting, whoever comes to Him, to the True Home of the Father. Christmas is celebrated for Christ was born this day but the real Christmas will be celebrated when we really make up our minds to fulfill the aim of Christ's birth, viz., to enter the Kingdom of God within us, and bring the same on earth.
Do you not consider this year the most fortunate one, in which you came in close physical touch with the human Pole through which the Master-Power works ?
Many new seekers who came near were blessed with the first-hand experience of the Divine and had a peep into the kingdom of God within.
It is by the grace of my Master that I was chosen so, to help you all on the way back home and only through His grace am I able to give each one an experience and put you on the Path made easy for this age.
I quite appreciate the loving devotion of you all and the financial sacrifice each one made so that full benefit could be utilised of my visit to your country.
But this is not enough. As everything has a value, so has God. To purchase His love, we will have to give all love and devotion to Him.
Love is the electrical lift which enables us to scale the spiritual heights within by contact with the Divine Word so graciously given to us all FREE.
If we could only still our intellect and remain embedded with love and trust in Him, then we can reach our True Home, without and exertion on our part.
God is love and the Master (God-Man) is Love Personified, when one soul comes in contact with His overflowing love, we are saturated with His love through and through, which washes away all dirt of sins of the past and merges us to oneness with the Father.
Peep and continue peeping within self with overflowing love to see and contact the Master-Power residing in you, Who will then manifest to you and guide you step by step into the path of the Truth which your love will open for you.
I am in India but my heart is with you all and I send you my heart-felt love to each one of you on this auspicious occasion of Christmas.
I wish you happy New Year and may you be blessed with renewed strength to hie you on your way back to your True Home with all safety under the protection of' the Master-Power which is forever over your heads.
December 2, 1955
Dear Children of Light,
Merry Christmas has come around once more. It is a season of great rejoicing for it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. However, if we are to make the occasion complete, it must be a season of meditation also. We must remember the cause for which Jesus was born and for which He sacrificed His life, and remembering it, we must live by it ourselves for if we love Him, we must follow His Commandments.
Let this day be a day of stocktaking. Let us turn within, recognise our weaknesses and try to overcome them. Let us sink down all differences and sit together in all loving devotion for the Master. Let us purge our souls and cleanse our hearts, for unless we are pure, we cannot see the Kingdom of God, much less enter into it.
If you can love your God with all your heart, with all your strength and with all your soul and love your neighbours as yourselves; if you can forget your prejudices and differences, your hatreds and petty jealousies; if you can love even your enemies as Jesus did, who died uncomplaining on the Cross, then all things shall be added unto you and you will achieve spiritual peace here and hereafter.
The love of the Master for you is boundless. The path is difficult, but He is always with you to guide you. Live by what He says, turn within and do daily meditation, and as sure as the sun rises every day, you shall become the seers and the hearers of' the Word.
My hearty love is always with you and I wish you all a merry Christmas and bright and happy New Year full of new aspirations and new resolves, on the way to God and His Kingdom.
Another year of our precious life has gone, bringing us closer to the great final change, called death. Those who have learnt to rise above body-consciousness at will, have won victory over death. Last enemy that we have to conquer is death. Blessed are they who have attained this competency at the feet of the Master--for they lose all fear of death—for them life and death make no difference—for they die daily and traverse into the higher planes. Physical Science has produced weapons to move in the space around the world as also aiming to reach moon. These inventions seemed miraculous in the past. But it has now become a solid fact. Similarly all Master who came in the past, knew as to how to rise above body-consciousness and traversed into the higher planes. 'Except ye be born anew, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God'. 'Learn to die so that you may begin to live'. With the lapse of time, men forgot the Science. This seemed to them an impossibility. But thanks be to the Master, this Science has been revived by His grace and fortunate you are who have been put on the way by rising above the body-consciousness. By the grace of my Master, I have lost all fascination of the world and am even now ready to go back to my Father's Home. Of course, I will work as long as He may wish. Blessed is my human birth that gave me this privilege by the grace of my Master, and on this Christmas day I send out my best wishes to each one of you to take the Cross and learn to die so that you may have an everlasting life, and wish you best of luck on the Happy New Year's day.
I will be glad to see you all love God and love all humanity and work in loving cooperation with each other.
1958 Christmas Message
I join with you in your rejoicings on Christmas and New Year days and wish you to identify yourself with Christ so much so that like St. Paul you may be able to say, "It is I, not now I, it is Christ that lives in me". Let you be perfect as your Father is in Heaven or Father speaking through the Son and become conscious of becoming a vehicle of Him, as puppet in the hands of God—Son and the Father—and be able to endorse that "I and my Father are one". Please allow me to remind you to consider dispassionately where you stand in the realisation of this perfection. If you are far away from this ideal, pause to introspect and determine to apply a corrective from now on.
May be worldly affluence has swayed you too much or you had thought the misfortunes have descended too quick, which may not in reality be so, for ups and downs are a normal feature of life. They come as a result of well planned Divine Dispensation. So worry not if dark clouds are overhanging or wild rumors of universal destruction are set afloat as even the darkest cloud has a silver lining somewhere, You have a clear way before you. Your duty is two-fold—corporal and spiritual—as you have the body and the spirit. Both are intertwined and interlinked and need to be performed diligently and lovingly without damping your enthusiasm in any way. For to shirk one's duty is timidity, to face it with determination is manly, to take the results with cheer is bravery and to adjust one's life according to one's environments is invigorating and peaceful.
One can learn swimming in water, not on dry land. You have to behave lovingly in all your affairs. When you love God and as God resides in every heart, you love one and all. you have to see Him in all. In this way you will live in the world and yet out of it. The fascination and charms of the world will not bind you. The Master has shown you a way by example and precept—how to achieve his end. It is well within your reach under His guidance. You have only to do your duty with love, faith and enthusiasm and rise into conscious awareness of Great Power within you. Now or never should be the motto. There are no windfalls as a general rule. You have to work your way up. Every one reaching the top step has ascended the steps below. But take it that you are not alone in your efforts, which at best are only too feeble. You are under the protective wings of the great Master-Power always extending His grace and protection unknowingly and unasked for. He is always by your side. You may stumble and fall, but His loving hands are always here to pick you up.
Stand on your belief on solid ground. Let not others' wayward opinions deflect you from the True Path you are on. Let not promises of glory by anyone waylay you. Do not come to hurried conclusions, but use discrimination in all your undertakings. Stick to what is Real. With an ethical and loving background your spiritual success is definitely assured. My love and best wishes are always with you in all your noble efforts and holy journey to your home.
I send you my heartiest greetings on this auspicious day of Christmas.
Let us see where we stand. The clouds of destruction are overhanging with their arsenals full to be let loose on humanity at any time. The great potentialities of atom bomb destructions witnessed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki are being outpassed by still severe weapons of destruction of war that have since been finalised. One wrong more brings about the compete wiping away of all civilisation that the mortal human nature has built up through all its ages.
Serious and well-meaning efforts of great personalities of the world are visible towards stemming the great tidal wave of destruction. We mean them well and wish them success. Let us put our mite as well in this great work and play an important role to bring peace to ourselves, to our neighours and to the world.
There is suffering in the world, and men and women wander in darkness. In such a world let us go about giving love and compassion to all. Let us serve the poor and broken ones, serve our brothers and sisters, serve birds and beasts and all creation in whom is the breath of life. Let us not waste energy in questions and controversies. Let us light a few candles at the alter of suffering humanity. This will be achieved by having right understanding, viz., all mankind is one. The soul in man is the essence of God. We are members of the same family of God. We are all brothers in God. When we learn that God resides in every heart we should have respect and love for all. This realisation must dawn on mankind.
You have been put on the way to God which is the most natural and easiest of all. Do not be led away from the Path. Transcend the body to have a flight in the higher regions to know thyself and see that you are a drop of the Great Ocean of Consciousness. Radiate love to all creation. The grace of the Master-Power is working over your head bountifully. Let us breathe out through every pore of our body: 'love and peace be unto all the world over'. Let this bomb of peace and good-will overcome the bombs of destruction. 'Love and all things shall be added unto you.'
Each action has a reaction. As you sow so shall you reap. Let your physical sojourn be sweetly ethical, loving, co-operative and tolerant. Without these the great spiritual flights evade you. Be watchful. We are on way to perfection. We are not perfect. There may be failures on your part and misunderstandings amongst yourselves. The former ,should be met with by the motto of forgive and forget and the latter by reconciling them by mutual loving contacts. There may be a lot of dross and imitation displayed in colourful and charming fashion to deflect you. All movements which sanction you to sensual life cannot take you beyond the senses. Let not their catchwords waylay you. Be steadfast and careful. Feelings, emotions, visualisations and inferences are all subject to error. You know because you see something beyond the emotions and feelings. Let not your faith give way to your detriment. With faith in the Master-Power overhead, proceed on from day to day.
You are protected by the Master-Power working overhead. Depend on Him. You will have all the necessary inner help. The Master is waiting for His dear children to come to Him within.
With all love and good wishes to you for your successful career in the years to come.
Once again we are nearing a milestone on the Path of spirituality. We must pause awhile to make survey of what we have achieved, and what yet lies ahead of us. Everyone has to reckon his stock-in-trade and to plan things for the better. Those who live by the Master's Word will surely come by many a thing to their advantage. The Master-Power flows out alike and in abundance to all, but individual share in the bounty depends on one's receptivity and practice of the Word above everything else. "Be ye the doers of the Word and not hearers alone" was emphasized by the Master Christian Jesus. He, like Buddha before him, lived and died for the love of the Word, and so did Nanak after him. Their Gospel has been of Universal Love - Love that is divinely inspired for all living creatures, the living manifestations of the one Life Principle pervading everywhere. 'Pure love' and 'selfless service' are the two wings wherewith one can fly heavenwards. 'By love serve one another,' is, therefore, the master-key that opens the way to the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Master's work, as you know already, is expanding rapidly from day to day. All are lovingly invited to take their share in the spiritual field. Let each one do his or her very best for the Great Cause - Cause that needs great hearts - hearts, brave and strong and bubbling over with superb love - love that flows freely, uncontaminated by petty oonsiderations of the world and all that is worldly. We must learn to ignore the shortcomings, in others, for not one under heaven is yet Perfect. Judge not, lest ye be judged and found wanting. All considerations on human level are but the offsprings of petty mindedness, not worthy of seekers after Truth. Everyone has perforce, to work under human limitations, according to one's lights while the Great Light shines on unconcerned. This then should be the attitude of each who stands for the Cause, unmindful of what others think, do or speak.
With these few words, I extend to all my children, here and abroad, a loving and merry Christmas and a happy New Year full of prosperity and plenty in all that is holy and Divine.
1962 Christmas Message
Dear Ones in the Lord:
On this Christmas day, I send you my hearty wishes for your progress on your way back to the sweet Home of our Father. Entire self-surrender to God is the secret of a true lover of God. Therefore, he should be a man of purity, humility and meekness. The main thing one should do is devotion to the Name of God and see the Light and hear the Voice of God—the Sound Principle reverberating in all. For this, he should devote regular time to meditation and conquer the passions through communion with the Master. He should sing of God the Beloved, and enter into the 'Super-conscious' through intoxication of His sweet remembrance. In such intoxication of love, one wishes to kiss the very ground, love all creation and all mankind and breathe peace unto all the world over. My work is to reveal to you the Unity already existing through all and would ask you to turn away from sectarian strifes to the Path of Love. This will be achieved by one who will be intoxicated with love.
God is love and our souls are of the same essence as that of God. Love is inherent in our souls and the way back to God is only through love: "love and all things shall be added unto you."
You may read libraries of books. Of what avail arc they? You may have many meritorious acts. What avail are they? Far are you from the Beloved if there be not the longing in your heart. Consume hundreds of books in the fire. Let your heart blossom forth with the sweet remembrance of the Lord. Be absorbed in the white radiance of the Beloved. Be absorbed and you will know that the Master is but One with God. He appears in every picture. In every race and religion, every prophet and saint, every scripture and song, is the shining 'One' revealed. Let your inner-self be overflowing with the love of the Master so much so that all thoughts of yourself be lost in Him. Saint Paul said: "It is I, not now I, but Christ lives in me."
Be not imprisoned in the jail of ' I ' and 'me'. He who hath transcended self, he verily hath attained to the Highest. He hath become Perfect. Such a one knows no difference between the Hindu, the Muslim, the Sikh the Christian. the Jew, the Buddhist or the Zoroastrian, for God is the Lord of all and in all shines the one picture Divine; we are worshippers of the same Lord. The One is within thee, outside thee, in me, in him and in every place. That One alone doeth speak in all.
I wish you awake, awake. Awake this very day of Christ. Awake in the Kingdom of God which is shining within you. Be not in love with passions. Think no evil of any one. Strive not for greatness, wealth and applause. Strive for truth, purity and humility. Awake in the brotherhood of God. Inculcate love for one and all. See them all in the One—the shining One.
This year is going out and the
Year will soon be ushered in. The present year is gone old. Let it
You need not worry. It had been kind to you--not so kind as it should
been. But God willed it so.
However, you must strive to be different from what you are during the present year. Strive to reach Him, be a true devotee, crave for blessings from the Almighty. Pray for His mercy. Promise unto Him that you will go up the Divine Path at any cost and nothing shall deter you from achieving this object.
The New Year will be happy for you if you do not waver in the Divine Path or slacken your pace therein. Remain firm and go ahead, caring for none and heeding none except the One--the Master. Follow your Master with full faith embedded in your heart. If the faith in the Guru dims, the disciple falters and falls. Faith carries him forward in the regions which are otherwise impossible of traversing.
This New Year means a new life to me and those who are attached to me in the noble cause of God. In this period we have to make sacrifices which alone lead to Bhakti. These sacrifices will be of one's low desires, hatred, ill-will, malice, name and fame, pride and egoistic life. Unless we are ourselves symbols of sacrifices, we cannot advance any further in the Divine Path. Without sacrificing all that we have, how can we reach His Bhakti ?
New Year has come. Be new, leave the sloth of the old. Implicitly follow what is required of you. You failed to do so this year and you suffered. The mistakes are not to be repeated.
A central place of Worship should be established in the East and West of U.S.A. and everywhere, where the refreshing waters of Naam may rain forth to soothe the lacerated hearts of thousands and thousands of the grief-stricken human beings They are unhappy because they are drifting away from Him ever more. Blessed are they who are chosen in the Set-Up of Master's work.
The Christmas and New Year is starting with happy congratulations. May your life be devoted to the service of the Lord and the Guru. May your body and mind get imbued with intense love for the Beloved.
The teachings of the Masters have been;
(i) "He who loveth not his brother abideth in death;The law of the Kingdom is love. The entire code of conduct of one who belongs to the Kingdom may be summed up in two thoughts; (i) Love of God, and (ii) Love of man. Let us live a new life of peace, harmony, and love. The essence of religion is love, peace, humility, service and sympathy. Love all--not merely your relatives and friends. Love the sinner too. Bless them that curse you. Pray like Guru Nanak :
(ii) "My children; let us not love in word, neither in tongue but in deed
and in truth.
(iii) "Beloved; let us love one another (especially who are linked
with the silken bonds of love of true brotherhood at the feet
of the Master) for love is God and everyone that loveth is
born of God and knoweth God.
(iv) "He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.
(v) "God is love. And he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God
and God in him."
"Peace be unto all the world over under Thy Will, O God."
1968 Christmas Message
I send you all my love and best wishes for your spiritual progress on this auspicious occasion of Christmas and New Year Day.
Christmas is a festival of joy and jubilation celebrated all the world over to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ--the Prince of Peace. The fact that the Word (manifested at the human pole of Jesus) was made flesh and dwelt amongst us for the guidance of the bewildered humanity. He said: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." "No man cometh to the Father, but by me" is the truth that applies to the followers of all true Masters who visited the earth from time to time. They do not only point the Way of Life Everlasting, but enable those who come to them to start living that life full of supreme bliss here and now. "We were in the lap of God, before we came to the world." They come to bring us back to Him Who is life (vibration), Light and Love and can be seen with the Single Eye and can be audible.
There is always in the world a Master--'As He speaks by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began' (Luke 1-70). The scriptures are the fine records of the experience of the past Masters with self and God and to have the right interpretation thereof we need someone who has had the same experience as also can give the demonstration thereof. So long as their experiences do not become our own experiences, we cannot be convinced. There is food for the hungry and water for the thirsty. They are the Light of the World as long as they are in the world. And it is they who select the disciples and put them on the Way under the Will of the Father. Those who come in their contact never walk in darkness.
When they leave the world the Christ Power, God Power or Guru Power working at these human-poles never leaves those who come in contact with them in their lifetime till the end of the world.
They advise to be still physically and mentally, in meditation and in that stillness one becomes aware of self by rising above body-consciousness, which precedes God-knowledge. When a Master, Word-made-flesh, is found, you come nearer the Word --God-into-expression Power-- Who is manifested in Him.
To celebrate the birthday, people at large make extra efforts to cleanse their homes of all filth, white-wash and paint them and lights are lit. Lighting of houses is a common feature both in the East and the West. In this the Masters have a message for the spiritual benefit of humanity.
You are the living temples of God in which the Light of God is effulgent to enable you to contact Him. This Light and Sound principle is reverberating in the temple of your body. You are to cleanse the body by keeping strict vegetarian diet, avoiding all intoxicants and by right conduct of good living. The various human elements which distract the spirit from God way are: lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego which are washed away by coming in contact with the Light and Sound principle by the grace of the Master. I would reiterate the wise counsel of Jesus Christ: 'Take heed therefore, that the light which is in thee be not darkness.'
I wish you all to live such a disciplined and regulated life which may prove as a beacon light for others. It will not only accelerate your spiritual progress but will earn rich dividends for you by guiding the footsteps of other sincere seekers struggling for spiritual progress. You are the chosen few who have been spotted, singled out and accepted for initiation into the Mysteries of the Beyond. You have to review your out-going year and start anew with renewed zeal and enthusiasm to march ahead on the holy Path in the ensuing year. Let your light so shine that men may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
With all love and best wishes,
1969 Message for Christmas & New Year
I send my best wishes to each one of you, on this auspicious occasion of the sweet remembrance of Lord Jesus who brought Light to the world. Those who came to Him never walked in darkness, Jesus said that you should take up your cross daily so as to be reborn. To do this, the Master or Guru demonstrates the Light within you at the time of Initiation. The word "Guru" means one who can give you Light within. Let the year 1969 end by taking your cross daily so that you can start the New Year by taking a new birth. One birth is in the physical body and true rebirth is into the Beyond. This has also been given out by other Masters to make you twice born.
You are fortunate to have been taught how to take up your cross daily so as to rise above body-consciousness and be reborn into the Kingdom of God which is within you. Learn to stay longer in the Beyond and enjoy the bliss of the Kingdom of God within you.
All beauty and glory lie within you. There are so many mansions in the house of our Father, each one more beautiful and glorious than the other. The macrocosm is in the microcosm. The astral plane is more beautiful and glorious than the physical plane, and the causal plane still more beautiful. The bliss and glory of the spiritual planes are even more beautiful. The Masters who came spoke of all these. Saint Tulsi Das says when he transcended into the Brahmand (macrocosm), he was very much enamored of the beauty of that place, but when he transcended and entered the pure spiritual plane, he spoke of the glory and intoxication enjoyed there, as making the other seem just like a soul was living in a latrine.
These teachings of the Masters were handed down from posterity to posterity like a sealed book. For want of practical teachers, the beauty of them could not be enjoyed.
You are fortunate that you have been given an access into the Beyond for enjoying that bliss by rising above body-consciousness or taking your cross daily--as St. Paul said, "I die daily." In Luke 13:24, it is said, "For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."
You have that sonorous or ringing radiant light within you and should enjoy it as much as you can in this physical body. Also, when a light is lit, let it not be put under a bushel, but put it in a place that will attract the eyes of those who are seeking the light.
I wish you all God speed. The Master Power, God Power, Christ Power within you will be extending all feasible help and protection until you are completely attuned into the sweetness of your Father.
With all love and best wishes,
1970 Christmas and New Year's Message
All scriptures handed down the ages are conclusive that 'God is Spirit'—moreover 'God made man in His own image.' The image cannot be but spirit.
As God is infinite, i.e. not subject to death, then man in his own essence can also be not subject to death—he is conscious entity, a drop of the ocean of all consciousness, and indweller in the body, and on account of that the body is working. God is a living Presence within our being—controlling us in the body. Both soul and God reside in our bodies, but we are identified with the body so much so that we have forgotten our own self. We are under a grand delusion and cannot see the world in its right perspective. Unless we know ourselves by rising above body-consciousness, how can we know God who is residing with us in the body ? Truly speaking, manbody is the temple of God. We should therefore be conscious of our Divine Nature, and try to regain our God-head. For that, you turn away completely from outside and outgoing faculties for a while, and close yourself in the closet of your body. The Ringing Radiance of God will become effulgent. God is eternal, all wisdom, all happiness, so you are the same. Mind that you and God are one, you can never be separated. He is ever with you, enlivening you. His life is your life, and you cannot live without Him— so you have nothing to fear.
Man is what he thinks about all day long. One can only live one moment at a time. Emerson said: "There is no moment in eternity more important than this moment." All real good or evil that may befall him is from himself. If a man lives in a good or bad way in the real present, he will ensure the same in the future. If you have bad thoughts for others, you will harm not them only but yourself as well, as thoughts are very potent. So try to live in the living present, forgetting the past and the future—and fill every moment of your life with simple trust in Him in all loving devotion. He will manifest in you when you choose and turn your face to Him. As loving advice I give you, from this moment let love be your constant companion and trust Him in all things. God is love and love is God, and the way back to God is also through love. Guru Gobind Singh says "Hear ye all, I tell the truth; God is attained through love." Rest assured that He is With you always, and be of good cheer.
1971 Christmas and New Year's Message
This blessed day of 25th December, 1971, is celebrated in the sweet remembrance of Christ, when He manifested at the human pole of Jesus for the guidance of the child humanity. He was the Light of the world as long as he was in the world (John 9: 5). He gave Light of Life to whomsoever came in contact with Him.
Each of the prophets and messiahs is sent into the world who carries on His work of uniting souls to God. The law of supply and demand is always working in nature. There is food for the hungry and water for the thirsty; where there is fire, oxygen of its own comes to its aid. When He fulfills His mission, He is recalled, gathered up and passes away the scene of His activity on earth plane.
Those in search of God, are ultimately led by the God-Power to the feet of the Master-Saint--the 'Word made flesh'—for the journey back to God. "No man can come to me except his Father which has sent me draws him; and I will raise him on the last day." (John 5:41) "Last day" means the last day of the earthly life, when the sensory currents are withdrawn from the body.
You are taught to rise above body-consciousness by daily spiritual practices and meet the Master within. It is only when the outward man perishes, that the inward man (spirit) is renewed.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9:24 & 17:37)
It is a pity that we have made wonderful progress in all walks of life but woefully lack self-knowledge and God-knowledge."What does it profit a man if he gains the possession of the whole world and losses his own soul ?"
We are fortunate to have the man body, which is the highest in all creation, in which we can know ourselves and develop God-consciousness. The word 'religion' is derived from a Latin word 'Ligare' and with its derivative ligamant, which means to bind. 'Re' denotes 'again', so it denotes to bind back the soul to God, which is a common heritage of mankind.
Time and tide wait for no man. We should do our utmost to achieve the object before us. And my best wishes are with each one of you.
1958 Message on the Centenary Celebrations of Hazur Baba Sawan Ji Maharaj
Dear Brothers, Sisters and Darlings,
May the grace of my Master be on you.
I am speaking to you on the auspicious
of Centenary of my Master Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj. First of
I have to tell you that such Personalities appear on the scene to guide
the child humanity back to the True Home of Their Father. They are
children of Light. When They come, They give Light to all irrespective of the creeds and colours to which They belong. They profess that They have physical bodies made up of the five elements but they speak as inspired by God. They are, as it were, the mouthpiece of God
the unborn with no beginning and no end. They are not subject to the Wheel of Birth and Death like all others, having identified themselves with God--the Son and the Father have both become 'partner in life' and become One--the Two in One. Christ also said, "I and my
Father are One". They come in the world, just as a Health Officer visits the prison, to look to the physical welfare of the prisoners, and he can send out sick prisoners out of jail to be served in hospitals. They work as redeemers and liberate the souls from the bondage of
mind and matter. They are not subject to the Wheel of Birth and Death. They are sent with a Commission to set the humanity free, irrespective of any caste, creed or colour. I remember, one night, late Doctor Johnson and I both were sitting by the side of Hazur Baba Sawan
Singh Ji Maharaj. He uttered of His own accord "When we come, we bring our own staff to work with us, when we have become victorious in one place, we are sent to the other Side". These words contain the sum total of what He was, and the purpose of His Life and how such Divines manage the work of Their Mission. This clearly shows, He was sent by God with a Commission, and it is not the first time He was sent here, and that He always succeeded in the Mission He was sent for, as also He always brought with Him the staff to carry on His work. Blessed are they who had the good fortune of sitting at His holy feet and following His wake--as also those who follow Him and His teachings -- the Word-personified as He was--will succeed in achieving the object of man's life to be attuned with God. Moreover those who are working for His noble cause are his chosen few to carry on the work. His work has not stopped, is going on and is flourishing. He has sown the seeds, grown the plants and His 'Vineyard' has been passed on to flourish from day to day, in the shape of Ruhani Satsang, of which you are all members--labourers as it were in the Vineyard of God. Blessed are they who have devoted their lives, heart and soul for the propagation of His Noble Mission as well as those who are co-operating with them to bring forth fresh ones. Mind that a tree is known by the fruit it bears. A Prophet is known by the followers who have developed into his perfection. I appreciate the loving selfless services rendered by you all. Let me congratulate each one of you for the work you are doing and wish you all, leaving all thought of personalities and egoistic self, to co-operate in promoting the Cause set by Him.
The true celebration of a Master's Birthday is to live up to what His ideal is viz., an ethical and chaste life, love for God and love for all creation and rising into God-consciousness in life and write the same practically in own lives. Once one devoted follower was asked to write the life of his Master. Years rolled by and the people asked him when the writing of the life history entrusted to him was to be completed, to which he replied, "I am writing hard day and night to give the ideals of His life a practical shape in my own life." Of course, the telling or writing of the true life story of my Master Sawan Singh Ji lies in practically living up to what He laid before us. Pray God that I may be able to narrate and complete the true story of His life before my sojourn ends on the earth and would advise you to also follow the example being set up before you.
God-Master sees all and showers grace on all who do the Will of His Father.
My best wishes are always with you all.
July 12, 1958.
On this Birthday Anniversary of My Master (Satguru Baba Sawan Singh Ji), I send you my best wishes for your spiritual progress. We are fortunate in that we have attained the highest rung of creation; viz., man body, which is the gateway to God.
Mind that you have not a soul, you are a soul—a drop of the Ocean of All-Consciousness—the Life Eternal. Regain your dignity. You are bound to mind and the outgoing faculties so much so that you are identified by the body and have forgotten your own self and the Overself. The body is the temple of God. The body must be kept pure and chaste in order that God may work through it for your own good as well as for the service of humanity.
To customs and creeds that were made for thy uplift, thou has let thyself become bound. You are enslaved to them, and worship them as the be-all and end-all of life. You must make the best use of them only to attain your purpose in life—which is—to join the Army of God.
How can your life be sublime ? Set up some ideal before you and work for that with heart and soul.
All Masters, to name some, Jesus, Buddha, Mahavira, Mohammed, Guru Nanak, Kabir, who came in the past, were great. We revere Them. The substantial question arises: Are they satisfied with us ? They can be if we live up to what they taught. They taught us to return to Nature and observe simplicity in all things. They taught us to have love of God first in all our affairs, but we made love of mammon first instead. They taught 'Love and all things shall be added unto you' for God is Love and Love is God and that God can be attained only through Love. Love God and Love all sentient beings. Love knows service and sacrifice. The secret of life, therefore lies in serving others, helping the poor, feeding the hungry narayanas (gods—souls), sending sympathy and love to those who stand in need of help and strength. By doing this your self will expand to all and you will give vent to thoughts of the past great Masters: —'Peace be unto all, under Thy Will, the world over, O Lord'.
Apropos—become attuned to the God-into-Expression Power and open your Inner Eye or the single eye to see the Light of God inherent in every form and open the Inner Ears to hear the Eternal Voice of God reverberating in all hearts. You will find that others are not apart from thee, but are a part of thee. They are yours and you are theirs, no separation between thyself and the whole creation. You will rise to cosmic Consciousness and see that all are brothers in God and all are children of the One Eternal who shines in all forms. The mystery of a beautiful life is the love that never dies.
I send you all my love and sympathy.
My Master always enjoined; "Not to think evil of others, even those who hate thee and despise thee. If they do not leave off their hateful habit, why should you leave off thy loving habit ? If you want to be happy, make others happy. If you want to be blessed, bless others. Those who injure others, are injured. Such is the Great Law."
A shepherd prayed in great love, "O God; show me where Thou art that I may thy servant be and clean Thy shoes and comb Thy hair and stitch Thy cloths and fetch Thee milk." Moses, passing by, rebuked him as an 'idolator' and he fled. Then came a Voice from Heaven: "Moses, why hast thou driven away my servant? Thy office is to reconcile my people - not drive them away from me. I accept not the words which are spoken, but the heart that offers them."
All mankind is one, and the soul in each is a conscious entity, a drop of the ocean of All-Consciousness. We are all brothers and sisters-in-God and the same Controlling Power is controlling us all. This vision of 'Spiritual Unity' of the 'One Humanity' was before all
Rishis of the old - Krishna, Buddha, Mahavira, Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Nanak and present day Baba Sawan Singh which is forgotten in the present activities of life. We should arouse this vision of 'One Light' in all religions and all nations, which is the only remedy for all the ills now besetting the world. We should keep the little 'Light of Spirituality' of the 'One Humanity' burning in each heart which will flare up true love in all hearts whether in the East or the West.
Love is the 'Light of Life.' This love is developed. The more you pray from your heart and not lips, the more you are in contact with the Light and Sound Principle of God-in-Action Power, the holy Naam or Word with which you have been given a contact.
This course of life will develop true humility of the heart, which is the secret of growth in God, for the lack of which you are easily offended, become suspicious, upset when others speak ill of you, have secret desire to be popular, become dictatorial in your talk and conduct, irritable, artificial, ostentatious, complicated in your life and unkind to all those around you and below you.
The true 'superman' is the great man, who serves God with humble heart. He is humble, simple, straight forward, gentle, kind and reverent to all. When we forget this, we have quarrels, controversies in the name of the holy Cause we represent.
The great Sikh Gurus said, "Child-like simplicity and unattachment bring one nearer to God." So did Christ say, "Except ye be as little children, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven."
I send you this Message of my heart on the auspicious birth anniversary of my Master Baba Sawan Singh Ji which will bring peace and harmony here and hereafter.
With all love to each one of you, dear ones,
July 8, 1966.
On the auspicious Birth Anniversary (July 27) of my Master I congratulate you all, who have been put on the Way back to God and have been given a demonstration of rising above body-consciousness, by which you have come to know that you are not bodies, but souls - embodied souls. Also your Single Eye has been opened to see the Light of God and your inner ear has been opened to hear the Music of the Spheres--the Voice of God. "For verily I say unto you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see those things which yee see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear; and have not heard them." (Matt. 13: 17). Moreover you have learnt to die while alive and have a new life--by entering into the Kingdom of God, which is with in you and cannot he had by observation.
My Master, like all Masters in the past, revived the old, old Truth to know that body is the Temple of God in which you reside and God is effulgent in all its glory, which we have forgotten. We are all members of the one family of God--all endowed with the same privileges. We are all children of God and as such brothers and sisters in God. We are all like so many limbs of the one body. If one limb is aching, the other limbs also suffer. So the
way to be happy is to make others happy. The most beloved unto God is the person who does good to God's family.
Religion has two aspects--one outer and the other inner; Man is a social being, and must have a society. Masters do not come to destroy but to fulfill. The one aspect is all right, remain where you are, and the other is to know 'who am I' -- Know the Self and be free. The
highest aim is to know one's Self and Know God, and have loving regard for all others who are similarly situated by setting an example for others. An example is better than precept.
So we are:
and friendly to everyone.
To be sincere and to be true to one's Self.
To be good and to do good to others.
To make others happy.
To comfort the sick and the afflicted.
To serve the poor and the needy.
To love God and all His creation viz., man, animals,
birds, reptiles and also the least conscious.
They are all members of the one family of God.
There is one caste, one religion, and one God.
There is only one caste--The caste of humanity.
There is only one religion--the religion of love.
There is only one dharma--the dharma of Truthfulness.
There is one God--The Omnipresent,
There is one language--the language of the heart.
My best wishes go to you all to know this and be a living embodiment thereof.
Perhaps each one of you knows that the tongue of love is dumb. The feelings of the heart cannot be expressed in words. The power has not been given to words to express the feelings of the heart. The only thing that I can tell you, as God loves me, through my Master I have the same love for you. I wish you progress. This is the highest aim that is before us—all of us, that is. Just live quite lovingly and amicably. Where there is love there is no law; no discord, no disharmony. I will be pleased to hear from you at regular intervals about your spiritual progress. And I will feel more happy if the radiance of you all, which is wafted to me, will be perfumed with love —that's all I can say.
I have been very happy here, all along. I was quite at home. Even if I am going to leave for India, still my wishes are with you; and all of you are on my mind. Washington has been the headquarters; of course I started and was refreshed here. All of us are equally dear to me; and everyone else—all of us—each one of you—has done your best: not as a matter of show, but from heart to hearts. I quite appreciate all that.
I wish you all to live in all love, sympathy, cooperation and progress, and to put your shoulders to the wheel for the common cause of God which is before you. An example is better than precept. Let your example direct others: not to any new religion, but to the really true religion, which is already there—the religion above all religions; and that is Truth and Love.
Though I cannot physically, at heart of hearts I embrace you all in one loving fold—as you see. As I told you, there are no words— the power has not been given to words—to express the feelings of the heart. Perhaps by radiation you might have some inkling of it. So heart speaks to heart—more than any words can portray it. Even if I am there, you will all be on my mind, that's all I can say. [Master pauses a long, long while,] I hope you feel the warmth all over, each one of you. And I wish you more and more from day to day, that's all I can say.
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