- Kirpal Singh


No man knoweth the Son, but theFather;
neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son,
and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

                                                                                       MATTHEW 11:27

First Edition, 1967
Second Edition, 1971
(no copyright)


Dedicated to the Almighty God
working through all Masters Who have come
and Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj
at whose Lotus Feet
the author imbibed sweet Elixir of Holy Naam - the Word




  For twenty-four short, beautiful, inspiring years, it was my blessing to be under the love, guidance, and protection of a Godman, Supreme Master Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj.
  Introducing the zealous seeker after Truth to a Godman is answering the perennial queries:

         What is God?

         How can His creation know Him?

   It is my privilege to relate the mission of a Godman: Commissioned from above to give free to suffering humanity the gift of Naam (Shabd) the effulgent melody - the symphonic
radiance which leads the jiva (embodied soul) back to his Father's Home.
   If only the atman (soul) could be contacted with the Shabd this "string from the Nameless Lord" would lead to His door. But the spiritual faculties are so fogged and cloaked with
gross coverings of mind and maya (illusion), that even though Shabd is reverberating within and around, the Soul cannot hear Its music nor see Its glory. How can man once again revive his link with his Maker?

        Dhur Khasme Ka Hukam Paya;
          Bin Satguru Chaitya Na Jai.

        (Such is the Will of the Lord;
          He cannot be known except through a living Satguru.)

                                                                                                    VAR BIHAGRA 556

   Without the enlivening touch from the living Satguru, the  soul cannot awaken from Its slumber and get attuned to Naam.
   We are familiar with:

         In the beginning was the Word ... And the Word was God.


         Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

   So, Godman is the Word, the Logos, the Naam (Shabd),  the Kalma, the Akash-Bani, the Sraosha, and the Udgit of the various religions of the world.
   To the lovers of the Scriptures, the explanation is  given of scriptural limitations.
   To those who adore past Saints, historical evidence  is given on their just immortality.
   It is impossible to reduce to bare statement a Godman's words of wisdom, of peace, of consolation, of reassurance, of encouragement, of loving reprimand, which he utters as he moves among his disciples. His acts of selfless kindness and superhuman love bring home to those around him the unquestioning conviction of the Truth that he teaches.
   But his life, conduct, influence, and blessings are indelibly recorded on those who earned this gift of Association.
   His controlling power and solicitude inspire the jiva to surrender at his feet to be forever guided by his Word.
   May the indefatigable seeker after the Mystery of Life find eternal rest in his Naam.



 Author's Preface

                1.  Guru: What He Is
                2.  Guru is Shabd
                3.  Gradations in Mastership
                4.  Guru: One or Many
                5.  Present Master
                6.  The Need of a Master
                7.  Past Saints
                8.  Without a Guru All is Darkness
                9.  Historical Evidence
               10.  Before and After Guru Nanak
               11.  Scriptures and Their Value
               12.  Guru is Superman or Godman
               13.  Master and the Homegoing of Jivas
               14.  Master and His Mission
               15.  Master and His Work
               16.  Master and His Duties
               17.  Guru is Godman
               18.  Gurudev
               19.  Perfect Master
               20.  How to Find a Perfect Master and Know Him
               21.  His Life and Conduct
               22.  The Physical Form of the Master
               23.  The Influence of the Master
               24.  Oneness of Guru, Gurudev, Satguru & Malik
               25.  The Nature of Oneness
               26.  The Blessings of God and the Master
               27.  The Solicitude of the Master
               28.  Master and the Controlling Power
               29.  Surrender to the Master
               30.  The Words of the Master

        Thou art the pilgrim's Path, the blind man's Eye,
         The dead man's Life; on Thee my hopes rely;
         If Thou remove, I err, I grope, I die.

        Disclose Thy sunbeams, close Thy wings, and stay;
         See, see how I am blind, and dead, and stray;
         Oh Thou, that art my Light, my Life, my Way.

                                                                                                                                  FRANCIS QUARLES

notes: - regarding this web published edition of "GODMAN"

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