BABA JI (DERA BEAS SATSANG) AT DELHI BHATTI MINES 12.01.2014.
Memory recall (as heard and understood)
In spirituality we must reflect upon the principle of karmic determination and retribution. It is true that many civilizations do not subscribe to karmic philosophy but in this scientific age there is an irrefutable evidence of law of action and reaction and of cause and effect or of “as shall you sow, so shall you reap”. It is thus imperative that we must perform all actions with greatest care and restraint. करमी आपो आपणी के नेड़ै के दूरि ॥
Good and bad deeds both keep us bonded to this cosmic creation. Saints caution about “tapo raaj and rajjon narak”. (Noble actions may provide us a status of a Ruler or King, but then as a King we are prone to commit oppressive deeds with unchallenged commands, that may drag us back to hell.) So we remain in the cycle of come and go of “eighty four” (life forms of 8,400,000 or 8.4 million species)
Let us consider the worshipping the Lord. It will be incorrect to attribute lack of objectivity in conventional पाठ और पूजा (path and pooja). There are primary classes for a child. Unless the child graduates to higher classes in a college, he cannot acquire an intended degree of professional excellence. पाठ और पूजा (path and pooja) have their domain and profile but cannot be supportive of Mukti or salvation or perpetual redemption from the cycle of eighty four. For attainment of Mukti, we need to jettison from the karmic cycle. This requires the support of a power that can pull our attention inward and upward through meditation.
Our mind can be attuned in meditative concentration once the body is in still—sunn—posture. If the glass is shaking, the water too will be shaky. Even after the glass has become stable, water still remains shaky for some time. Likewise shifting body posturing will enable mind to run in diverse directions due to its inherent restlessness and fickleness. So the stillness of the body is the condition precedent for purposeful meditation.
Meditation is an effort. It will be erroneous to expect attainment of Mukti (perpetual salvation) by our efforts, even if this done vigorously in many human lives. Our Bhajan and simran is merely an attempt in that direction for seeking His forgiveness and grace.. असी भूलनहार हाँ , बक्श ले बक्श ले. Mukti depends upon His grace alone and the happening of that moment is beyond the realm of predictability. The inheritance of the Father is meant for the children. However, the Father gives the inheritance (of spirituality/ mukti), when he finds his children are fit for those assets which He has preserved for them.
On pain in life
Distress, deprivation and periods of discomfort are an integral part of life. “एहि भि दाति तेरी दातार ॥ EVEN THESE ARE YOUR GIFTS, O GREAT GIVER!” (Jap Ji –Adi Granth page 5). This too is in response of our own actions of past incarnations. Settlement of karmic account is the causative factor behind these pain and pleasures.
In absolute sense there is nothing good or bad. सुख दुःख दोनों सम कर जानो और मान अपमाना . Our relative evaluation of good and bad is the creation of human mind. The Lord makes no mistakes; He knows best and acts accordingly. All are equal for Him. No favour or preferential treatment is meted out to anyone. But we take a judgemental view on His Will as per our limited analytical and intellectual faculties compounded by ego, ignorance and self-interest. Abundances and bounties of this creation are freely gifted to all by the Lord. They remain unacknowledged with our gratitude and taken as granted. He has given them without our asking.
Biographical accounts of Saints mention of the sufferings they have gone through in their lives. They themselves become the living paradigm. When we assign an important and responsible job to someone, we do evaluate his proficiency and capabilities of delivery according to our expectations. Likewise we should be grateful to the Lord that He has found us competent and resilient in going through such adversities. If He has reposed faith in us, why, we be found wanting? Why be nagged with a feeling of remorse when all belongs to Him.
(An illustrative story was narrated by Babaji)---A king had a tremendous liking for one his Vazirs(ministers). Other courtiers were jealous of King’s fondness. They wanted to find some faults/failings/weakness of Vazir to vitiate his persona in the eyes of the King. Finally the opponents secretly discovered that Vazir goes to a small room every morning, bolts that chamber from inside, emerges after a minute and relocks it. None else is allowed entry in that private area. Vazir must be stealing something precious and hiding it –they thought, and complained to the King.
The King finally persuaded Vazir to open the room and reveal to all the secret of his daily visitations. Upon unlocking the room, King and other courtiers found a torn shirt and pyjama on a depleted chair. King questioned the Vazir about the presence of these pieces. Vazir replied I daily come here to remind myself of my primal status (हैसीयत) that--- “all I perhaps possess is this nothingness-- frail body riddled with all forms of complications — (torn pieces of clothes) in this world (meaning the chair and a room or a place of shelter)”. The rest all that I seem to possess is gifted by my Honourable King (implying the Lord).
Painful events in life can be very troubling. They can be managed when we surrender all to Him. That state of surrender and acceptance of His Hukam comes through Bhajan, Simran and His grace. His grace is always there but our vessel is upside down. This is what Hazur would explain usually. Our daily meditation means cleaning the vessel and keeping its top opening up, from where the rainwater can be collected. If the vessel is unclean, all the grace will go waste. One must also digest the spiritual grace when bestowed. If something that is vomited and not digested, how can anybody gain strength or be powerful?
Hazur would also explain about the artificial distinction we make in determining what is good or bad. Christians go to church and take off their hats as reverence to the Lord. Hindus and Sikhs cover their heads in places of worship. There is no mitigation in devotion by followers of any of these religions with heads naked or covered. Thus pleasure and pain is relative. The realization comes upon higher understanding for which our meditation is must.
We should not be found lacking in our daily meditation. Rest will be done by the Lord Himself.
Extract from ADI GRANTH—page 5
केतिआ दूख भूख सद मार ॥
So many endure distress, deprivation and constant abuse.
एहि भि दाति तेरी दातार ॥
Even these are Your Gifts, O Great Giver!
बंदि खलासी भाणै होइ ॥
Liberation from bondage comes only by Your Will.
होरु आखि न सकै कोइ ॥
No one else has any say in this
आपे जाणै आपे देइ ॥
He Himself knows, He Himself gives.
आखहि सि भि केई केइ ॥
Few, very few are those who acknowledge this.