The Light of Kirpal

87 intimate question and answer sessions
transcribed from the original tape recordings.

published by Sant Bani Press

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


"Masters came from time to time to teach according to the need of the hour. Masters do say, 'There is God.' They never say, 'we speak'; They say, 'He speaks.' They only become a channel. They speak what comes, according to the need of the time, not what They want to speak. They speak books. They speak scriptures; scriptures came through Them, did they not.*" (January 7, 1971)

    At no other time in the recorded history of a Saint have His disciples been so fortunate as to have had volumes of His exact words accurately transcribed. These talks are word-for-word transcriptions from taped talks given in English by Master Kirpal Singh and transcribed according to His instructions.

"Whatever is there in the tape, write out exactly. I'll see to it. Put it into manuscript form in the exact words and give it to me. All those tapes you have got, go through; they will make very wonderful books for you on all subjects. I know what I am saying, but put it into writing. So many other men who came here have had a hundred and one questions, very valuable things on all different subjects. So why do I give all of these talks to you; why don't I keep them reserved with me.* Do you know why.* I wish each one of you to become like me and even more than that. I wish you to progress even more than me. I wish you, each one of you to become ambassadors." (February 22, 1971)

    Master's poetical expression of the English language has been left intact as much as possible. He spoke the language of the Saints which is the universal language of Love. These talks are written down so accurately that (barring human error and editing, of course) if one wished to, he could actually follow the written words with the original tape recordings.

    The Light of Kirpal encompasses three periods of recorded talks. Unforgettable moments thread through these talks, moments of unparalleled joy as those fortunate groups from the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, and other places absorbed His radiation and listened to His words.

    In September, 1970, Bob Redeen, a professional radio commentator was allowed, and even encouraged by Master to ask a "hundred and one questions" at Sawan Ashram, Delhi, India [Talks 2-15]. The second period of talks was at Rajpur [October to December 1970], during the building of Manav Kendra (Man Center). In the third period of these talks [January to March, 1971], also given at Rajpur, Master gives in-depth replies on individual subjects sparked perhaps by one question. It was during this last period that many of the talks were being transcribed in India, with encouragement and suggestions being given by Master. During this period, we in the United States were also privileged, having been allowed to participate in the gathering together and transcribing of the previously recorded talks. Master was supervising this project Himself and we were given strict instructions from Him as to how to proceed; but the completed manuscript in book form was not ready for Him to go through before He left His physical body. He did, however, go through a few talks Himself before their printing in Sat Sandesh.

    I was a witness once when Master did read one such transcribed talk, enter a few changes therein, and approve it for printing in Sat Sandesh. It was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 1972. Master was sitting on a lounge just radiating; literally aglow with Love. I handed Him the manuscript of "God Has Entered My House" and asked if this beautiful talk could be checked for printing in Sat Sandesh. He chuckled and said, "It is all beautiful; God is beautiful." He went through the talk during the night and the next morning handed it to Russell Perkins. It was printed in the May 1973 issue of Sat Sandesh.

    It became evident beginning from June 1974, that Master was giving us direct clues about His imminent departure. But it wasn't until after He left His physical body that we were able to comprehend what He was telling us. For many months He had been turning over much work to Reno Sirrine, head of Ruhani Satsang, Divine Science of the Soul, here in the United States. The final checking and approval of manuscripts before printing was one of the jobs assigned to Reno. Reno was being sent copies of manuscripts and was encouraging our efforts all along until he left his physical frame.

    Mr. Sirrine, in compliance with Master's instructions not to print anything of a controversial nature about other persons or religious such as leaders, organizations, etc., the knowledge of which could not help us in our spiritual development. Our spiritual development was in fact the prime, foremost purpose of our Beloved Master's earthly sojourn, His talks to us, and everything He gave out. The love of God manifesting through Him inspired us to seek Him within, to rise above the pettiness of the worldly affairs:

"At least of the twenty-four hours of the day and night, spend some time with Him within you. That costs you nothing. Does it cost you? Then? You've come from thousands of miles. What for? Only to learn these few words. Spend some time within you. God says, 'I'm within you. Don't make a mockery of Me by seeking Me in outer temples.' Is it not a good story for you to write?"
(February 20, 1971)

"How can I be pleased with you people, if you don't live up to what I say--if you don't put in any time to your meditations and be successful there? I'll be pleased, overjoyed, when you go Up, traverse within. So to live by the commandments is the best thing, first step. All else will follow."
(March 21, 1971)

He gave us contact with the "Bread of Life and Water of Life" and declared:

"That is only the opening. A spring is there, and a little wave will be open--you'll go and take a swim. It is just like that. But He is not all of the Spring. He is the Mouthpiece of the Spring. Water is coming from where it appears to be working. After all, the water is coming from the spring, from the Perennial Source. All right, then, why should I waste time--you want to go in There. Then try." (March 28, 1971)

    There isn't anyone who has had anything to do with these Talks who hasn't benefitted in some way; from those who recorded, transcribed, typed, retyped, edited, retyped, etc., to those who read and "digest." To His disciples His Words bring sweet remembrance and inspiration to further put into practice His commandments and seek Him within. Kirpal has lit the Light within us and still kindles the flame. To those who have not yet been given inner contact, His Words bring inspiration, hope and guidance.


Table of Contents

 1. He Gives His Hand to Everybody
 2. The Ultimate: Full Surrender
 3. On Doing Your Work: Sow the Big Seed of God
 4. Become His Channel
 5. Who Are You? Where Are You? Where Are You Going?
 6. Very Few Really Want to Go Home
 7. True Temple Is The Man Body
 8. Ungratefulness Is A Heinous Crime
 9. On Sleeping, Dreams and Visions
 10. To Him Who Is Obedient, The Keys Are Given
 11. On Bhajan: Do One Practice At A Time
 12. What Epithets Can We Give God?
 13. Have We Forgotten the Kernel?
 14. Mind: A Good Servant But A Bad Master
 15. Are You The Servant of Your Mind?
 16. Within the Atom: Light and Sound
 17. Some World Problems Beyond the Solution of Man
 18. Hunger After God
 19. Look Only into Master's Eyes
 20. Love Beautifies Everything
 21. Avoid Nature's Bill and Don't Worry About Past or Future
 22. On Controlling Our Thoughts/Living Up to The Teachings
 23. Keep Your Mind Occupied
 24. Rise Above--Come Out of This Delusion
 25. When We Are In Control, There Is No World
 26. Five Charged Names
 27. Privacy
 28. Humility
 29. On Selfless Service
 30. Purity of Heart
 31. Develop All Around
 32. True Meditation and The Virtues To Be Developed
 33. The Master's Message of Love
 34. Be In Charge of Your Machinery
 35. Be The Master of Your Self
 36. Remember the God In Him
 37. World or God
 38. First See, Then Say
 39. Rise Above Consciousness of This World
 40. Nature of Thought--Right Understanding
 41. Permanent Happiness
 42. Ojas: The Power of Chastity
 43. Consciousness, Reincarnation and Free Will
 44. Death and Protection
 45. True Meditation
 46. Sin and Religion
 47. Attitude for Spreading the Teachings
 48. Faith in the Master
 49. Have You Heard Me?
 50. Keep A Vigilant Watch
 51. The Story of a Camel
 52. Recollections From Master's Military Life
 53. Receptivity: Let Your Instrument Be Free of Dust
 54. The Role of Women
 55. The Physical Body After Death
 56. Prevention is Better Than Cure
 57. Spiritual Healing and Other Psychic Powers
 58. God's Complaint
 59. Removing the Weeds--Little by Little
 60. Darshan at Rajpur On Meditation
 61. Finish Something Daily
 62. A Seed Has Been Sown
 63. Absorb Your Attention
 64. The House Is On Fire
 65. Love and Surrender, One Pointed Attention
 66. Criticism
 67. Prayer
 68. A Wonderful Concession
 69. Obedience--If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments
 70. Clutching--There Must Be Some Definite Purpose
 71. Ojas
 72. Be True to Yourself and Live For Others
 73. Birds of the Flock Fly Together
 74. The Worshippers of Mammon
 75. That Music Goes On Until The World Is Ended
 76. Sweet Remembrance
 77. The Best Virtue
 78. On Parents and Gratitude
 79. Woo Them By Persuasion
 80. Subjective and Objective
 81. Stick to Your Principles--Sweetly
 82. God Has Entered My House
 83. Wait, Satan, Wait
 84. Ego Trouble
 85. It Is All His Grace--God Is The Doer
 86. U-Turn On The Path
 87. Don't Forget Him