It was at a tender age that a keen desire developed in me to know, who am I? Who is my Master? Where does He live? What is my source of life? This desire for the Truth left me the Hallowed Feet of Hazur Data Dayal Jim through a vision. Neither I did know Hazur Data Ji nor did I go to his Holy Feet. He led me through a practical life, keeping in view of my love and devotion. Data Dayal Ji had asked me to change the teachings before leaving this physical frame. I am doing this work in obedience to Hazur Data Dayal Ji.
I do not know whether what I say is correct or not, nor do I know how to change the mode of teachings. But I have no selfish end to achieve. My intentions are pure. I do not want people to worship me. I wish that they may know the Truth and how it always wins.
Generally, soul is considered to be important and immortal. I do not denounce this concept. But this is what I have understood about soul and about its Truth. I explain without making any claims of finality. At the initial stages of my research, I had no distinctive knowledge of happiness of soul and happiness of mind. I used to consider mental happiness (ecstasy) as the happiness (ecstasy) of soul. There is no doubt that this mental happiness that I enjoyed was of very sublime regions of mind. The manifestation of my forms at different parts of the country and abroad, to different persons at different times, fulfillment of their various needs and desires by my manifestations, convinced me that whatever manifestations I have been enjoying within (i.e., the holy forms of Hazur Data Dayal Ji), were not the reality, but creations of my faith and mind. It was all shadow ("Chhaya Purush"). It is neither the work of soul, not is it the soul. The realization made me go up far beyond the web of mental thought and creations.
>From good company (Sat Sang) people understand sitting in or participation in a religious gathering as you are sitting now. O, my brethren, this not that sat sang which Data Dayal Sing referred to. This is a stage for beginners only. The true sat sang is the realization of the Truth within you. Your physical body, mind and soul are not the Truth because they are transitory. "You" who see the light within; "You" who listen to the sound (shabad); within "You" is the Truth. Have company of your own "Self." But mind, until you meditate on my form or on any other holy form, you cannot achieve the company of your "Self," because you are not free from phantasmagoria. However, meditation on any holy form has its own importance and advantages. By doing so, you will gain happiness and contentment in your worldly life, provided you have this conviction that ideal is the Supreme Lord. If you aspire for liberation, you shall have to attune your "Self" to the Eternal sound within. You shall have to undertake the journey upward from within.
Maya (illusion) is our intellect and its creation of thoughts, longings, and cravings. Shadow is materialism of your desire. For example, one man desires to have darshana ["a vision, a glimpse"] of Baba Faqir Ji. His desire for darshana is Maya and the form of Baba Faqir Ji that he sees in vision or otherwise is Saya (Shadow). Sat Sangis and their experiences have helped me to realize this Truth.
Right from my childhood I had determined to speak the Truth. I am expressing my views on the golden maxim "Satyameya Jayate" according to my own experiences. I understand that whatever I say, the worldly people do not need it, because they do not aspire for the ultimate aim of this life. They cannot achieve it as they are very much engrossed in the web of delusion.
A very important factor of my success in this research is that I did not face any problem with my source of honest livelihood. You must be self-dependent and self-sufficient. You must have bare necessities of life honestly earned. Guru is only a guide, a source of inspiration. None can lead you to ultimate destination with a miracle. Bread for your belly is the first and foremost necessity without which you cannot think anything else. But unfortunately, today the people are not contented with bread alone. They are dominated by ever increasing avarice and selfishness. I have prepounded the thought "Be-man" so that mankind may live in peace and prosperity. They may learn the principle of live and let live, help the poor and the destitute, and they may live an honest and True life of man.
He whose earnings are not honest cannot achieve this supreme Truth. He who is honest and sincere, nature helps him. I am being helped from time to time and I do not face any problem, and that is the secret of my success. When you have an earnest source of livelihood, take care of your conduct and health.
When I was at Sunam railway station as a station master, I made an experiment to see what happens to man after death. I sat and entered into trance. When I descended from the state of ecstasy, my heart was rapidly palpitating. I got up and went to a nearby shop to purchase some grapes. The fruit seller had just put a bunch of grapes in his balance, when I fell unconscious. After some time, when I regained consciousness, my parents were carrying me home and I was feeling giddy. I requested them not to carry me home in that condition because my children and wife would weep. My parents thus sat under a Neem tree where I again entered into trance. I saw within three stages, i.e., of darkness, light and the vision of Hazur Data Dayal Ji.
I do not know how long I remained in this stage. But when I regained consciousness, it was 5 P.M. The civil surgeon was sitting on a chair by my side. My private doctor was standing, my father was fanning me and two persons were massaging my feet. Civil Surgeon very politely enquired of me, "Pandit Ji! What has happened?" I replied that I wanted to see what happens after death. What did I experience? "Silence in the beginning and silence in the end."
If you are convinced that this world is merely an illusion, you need not even undertake Sadhana ["discipline"]. Live a happy and contented life, believing that there is an Absolute Supreme Power. There is vibration in the Supreme Power which produces life. This life plays its role in different forms and ends. This is the Truth. Understanding and realization of this Truth is known as Jeevanmukta state ["Living at His will" state]. But this state cannot be easily attained, because we are very much dominated by worldly desires and cravings. To those who are too much with the world, Sadhana does not prove very useful.
Therefore, Sadhana is not for everybody. Such people must have maximum Sat Sang, so that their samskars ["impressions or suggestions of the mind"] be changed. Those who have no desire, or who have developed dispassion for the worldly life must undertake Sadhana.
I gained this experience during the lifetime of Hazur Data Dayal Ji in 1919. But I did not speak this Truth so long as Hazur Data Dayal Ji was alive, because I know that if Truth was spoken about the manifestations of God, goddess or any holy form, people would stop making donations to Dham (Center) of Hazur Data Dayal Ji. However, when Hazur Data Dayal Ji Himself deputed me for this work, I have spoken without any reservations.
Nothing from without comes to guide you or to manifest within you. It is the law of radiation, your faith and belief that works. The living Guru makes you realize these stages in his Sat-Sanga.
People think that I am against Gurudom. No, I do not denounce it. The radiations of the Guru influence the deserving aspirants. Importance of the Guru is unquestioned. But Guru should himself be self-realized. The present Gurus of different centers have their own part to play for the betterment of humanity. But those who simply work for their name and fame cannot speak the Truth to their followers. They are a big pious fraud. They themselves are the victims of this illusionary world. Their followers may possible gain something in life due to their faith and belief, and may attain liberation as well. But these selfish Gurus cannot attain it, because they do not follow the dictum "Truth Always Wins."
Yesterday a thought flashed through my mind about the "Real Truth" in this world. In this world duality prevails. Truth and falsehood both play their role. If we accept this worldly truth and falsehood as the Real Truth or Real Falsehood, then observations and experiences prove that many times speaking of truth has proved very harmful whereas by speaking falsehood or telling lies, people have gained and enjoyed all mental pleasures. Those who speak truth are looked down upon and they are made to suffer. So I have come to the conclusion that neither this is the real truth or the real falsehood. The scriptures and the religious people stress so that others should not be hurt. But on the other side, if you speak the truth it does hurt others. This observation and the practical life compels you to find out the real truth.
What is "Satyam" or the truth in this world? Whatever you do in the state of your waking, you must reap its fruit. But if you tell a lie to the life of an innocent man, it is not a sin for you because your intentions are pure and unselfish.
I, being a Faqir, think where is the goodness and virtue in this world? I have come to this conclusion after a long research that sentiments and feelings of other should never be hurt for selfish pleasures. If any young boy intentionally troubles any lady, girl or his parents and relatives, it is not an act of virtue. It is not "Satyamev Jayate."
Data Dayal Ji had asked me to do this work for the redemption of the world. What more can I do except speak the truth? Nowadays, except for a few, everybody is adopting corrupt methods to achieve his or her selfish end. Nobody bothers about the loss and harm done to others. Government servants do not perform their duties sincerely. The shopkeepers charge higher prices for less weight and for adulterated things. Every day there are strikes by Government servants, doctors or teachers or railwaymen. Do you think that all this is "Satyamev Jayate"? No, therefore humanity would definitely face calamities and troubles.
Often, I think, what can I do for the mankind and my country? I cannot change the situation through a miracle. I impart true "Nama" and true knowledge. I show you the right path for having a happy and contented life; if you do not follow it, it is not my fault. Nobody can save you from the reaction of your good and bad deeds. I am explaining the truth in very simple words because I am cautious about the miserable bed of the saints of past. Sant Kabir, Tulsi Dass, Paltoo Sahib and Paramhansa all were the great saints, but they still had miserable ends. It proves that they suffered due their own deeds. Then "Satyameva Jayate" is that you should not adopt deceitful, hypocritical and insincere methods towards others for your own self. Be sincere to yourself; you are responsible for your pains and pleasures. Anybody may be Sadhu, Sant, Param Sant, Puir and incarnations of God, and is sure to reap the benefits of his deeds. This is the truth. Guru is not the name of the Physical body but of the truth knowledge, Vivek (power to discriminate).
In this illusive world, "Satyameva Jayate" is to remain virtuous in your word, thought and deed. As this is not an easy path, saints have propounded the method of Surat Shabad Yoga for those who desire to tread this way. You can save yourself from good or evil deeds by attuning your Surat to the Eternal Sound within.
Now the question arises, is there any scientific proof to prove that he who follows the path of Surat Shabad Yoga is emancipated from the reactions of good or bad deeds? So far, there is no positive answer, but mere hypothetical theories are accepted. What would happen if you see light and listen to the Eternal Sound at the time of death? The sound (Shabad) would manifest only when your "Self" is above mind, when your self has merged in the state of thoughtlessness. Or say Shabad will only manifest when your self is detached from body, mind and Soul. When Surat crosses the barriers of this trinity, it merges in its original form, it source, and this stands emancipated from the effects of any deed. This argument appears very convincing to the intellect, but practical experience can be had only after death.
You come to worship me, you prostrate before me, you make salutations to me and make offerings to me. All this will not help you attain liberation. You may feel some pleasures out of this devotion of ignorance. But you will be redeemed only if you follow what I say and if you practice it in your life with strong determination. I have not propounded any new philosophy. I am repeating what the earlier saints have already said, but my method is different. I have no reservations. Understand the Truth from sat sang, and make your life.
I am a family man and I know how difficult the family life is. It is just walking on the edge of the sword. Always have a watch over your mind. Before going to your bed, thinker over what evil thoughts you entertained during daytime and make efforts to mend such thoughts in the future. This is not a process of one day. Everybody is bound to suffer or enjoy according to his previous Sanskara's and deeds. Why should I make claims that I am a saint of the time when I do not manifest anywhere? Why should I tell a lie? Had I not spoken this truth, I would have collected huge wealth. But why, and what for? If you think that my cause has any worth for mankind, you may help the Mandir according to your capacity, position, or will.
I never say that you should disown your Gurus. I do not say that you should not offer anything to your Gurus. This world stands on the principle of give and take. Whatever you give, you get, this is the law of nature. Whom so ever you believe as you guru, consider Him the Supreme Being.
Keep your intentions pure. I worldly life too, if somebody kills someone unintentionally, he is acquitted by the court of law. Do follow the path of inward Sadhana. Life is most precious. Do your best to realize your Real Abode from where you have come down to this earth under the effects of your own past deeds.
PEACE TO ALL.