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  • We are going to discuss a very important, yet a bit controversial topic called ‘ Human Excellence through Self Realization’ As we go along, we will try to remove the controversial part, and we will be focusing on the core of the subject.
  • If we think about it even for a while, we can explore the impact of the idea hidden behind these seemingly simple lines. When words get dropped , only essence remains , then only the truth manifests itself in its full bloom. What are the reasons for this ‘truth’; what is the background of this ‘tragedy ; we will have a close look at it in the next slides.
  • What a beautiful way to look at the service to mankind. All the celestial bodies including the Sun, the Moon, and the Water and the Air, are serving the mankind for the million of years . Have they ever demanded their rights ; have they ever gone on strike; have they ever fought because of jealousy or hatred; they have been simply serving since the time immemorial; silently and perfectly in order .
  • Have we heard about the person who got the Nobel Prize in Physics last year?. Probably NO . Ok, what about Chemistry last year. Again NO . On the other hand, Have we heard about Lord Jesus. YES . Have we heard about Hazrat Mohamed. YES . The million dollar question is why is it so , that we do not about the person who got the Nobel Prize in Physics last year but we about Lord Jesus who was there 2000 years back. Where does the human excellence lie; in the upper group or the lower group ?. And the question is why? What is special in the ‘lower group ? What was there qualification ? This would be studied in detail in the next slides.
  • Who doesn’t want to be successful in life? We all want it. There are two major areas; one, materialistic success , and another is called Spiritual success. In fact, by no means, materialistic success in not to be undermined . It is indeed welcome. We have examples of kings like Janak, Ram, Krishna. On the other hand, there is a need to ensure that he other part of the story i.e. spiritual growth should not be ignored altogether.
  • You will agree that there are obviously two educations; one is teaching us ‘How to make a Living’ which means how to earn money for sustenance in life; For instance, we are becoming doctors, engineers so that we are able to earn handsomely to facilitate comfortable living. But there is a need for another education which should teach us ‘ How to live’ . You will appreciate that both are quite different.
  • And unfortunately our whole education system is focusing on the first part i.e. ‘how to make a living’. And quite ironically, we remember those who focused on the second part ‘How to live’. Just for example, have a look at the saints like, Kabir, Shri Guru Nanak, Hazrat Mohammad or Lord Jesus Christ; they had no formal education but they were all experts on the ‘ how to live’ part of the education . It doesn’t mean that we should do away with the First education, but what it focuses on is that the second part is also equally, if not more, important. Do we remember any Engineer who was the best one 50 years back, or any doctor who was the best one 100 years back, or any Prime Minister, or any scientist, or any richest man 50 years back. Answer is NO. But why do we remember these saints – like Kabir, Guru Nanak, Lord Jesus etc even after many centuries???
  • You will agree that whatever we are doing, is FOR living, for example, eating, sleeping and earning – all these activities are FOR living, but then, there is a million dollar question, what are we ‘living for’ …? Are we living for the ‘ sake of it’. Definitely NOT . There is a definite answer to this most fundamental question. In fact, the answer lies in our scriptures , Vedas and other religious literature.
  • It is not that easy to answer the question posed in the last slide, that’s why we will have to fall back upon the major scriptures of the world. And fortunately, all the religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Saheb, Ramchrita Manas, (Ramayan), and Avtar Bani are unanimous on the ‘spiritual awakening’ . While preparing the presentation the above mentioned scriptures have been referred ,
  • So the answer is that ‘we are living for the realisation of Self which can only be done through God realisation’ . If we put the same thing in different words, we can call it merger of soul with Brahm or Nirankar . This merger leads to salvation from the cycle of rebirth , or it is called Moksha also. In fact, all other things like eating, sleeping, producing children etc are possible for other species also But this realisation of the ‘super soul’ or God is only possible while one is in human body.
  • It is very clear that a glass of water can become sea once it falls into sea. After it merges into sea , it can not be identified independently. It loses its existence or identity. Similarly the popular myth, that God is inside human body, is just like saying that the ‘sea is there in a glass of water’. Of course, soul is there in human body, and once it realises its source i.e. God or Nirankar, it merges with it and becomes the same Nirankar ; like a glass of water becomes sea once it merges with sea.
  • What is Salvation, then…? As long as our soul is separated from the ‘supersoul’, it keeps on changing bodies which is normally known as cycle of rebirth . But, once it gets to know the substance of this so called God or supersoul or brahm , it gets merged with it resulting into losing its own identity , and hence acquiring the identity of god itself. In spiritual parlance, this merger is known as Salvation from the cycle of rebirth
  • To understand the concept, take an example of an ‘elephant of wood’ . Now, a child says that ‘it is an elephant’ but the sculptor says that ‘it is wood’. Neither the child is wrong because he is focusing on the appearance , nor the sculptor is wrong because he is looking at the substance or ‘tatva’ which is, of course, wood only. In fact the ‘wisdom’ is to know the ultimate ‘substance of the whole cosmos’ . And then, as declared by Lord Krishna, anyone who gets to know the universe by the ultimate substance or the so called ‘tatva’ , attains the highest state that is called ‘salvation from the cycle of rebirth’ or being one with the Almighty .
  • Before we talk about Knowing our Spiritual Self, let us talk first about knowing our physical Face . We need a mirror to see our physical face or some other arrangement like water (which also acts like a mirror only.) And there is no other way-out. Same way, we need to see the reflection of our spiritual self in the larger canvass of spiritual vastness called God or the Formless Almighty. In this case, the All pervading, Formless God acts like a mirror so that we are able realize our Real Self. And that realization will make it clear that there is no difference between Myself and God , of course from the Substance (Tatva) point of view .
  • Rituals- When we approach this subject for study, the first layer we encounter is that of ‘Rituals’. And it is a very thick layer and difficult to penetrate. All ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ are a part of this layer. In fact the definition of a ‘ritual’ is ‘ Spiritual’ minus ‘Spirit’. In other words, if ‘spirit’ is taken out of anything that is ‘spiritual’, what remains would be the ‘ritual’. Normally, the layer of rituals keeps one occupied throughout life. Mythology -And those who are a bit keen students of this topic, are able to penetrate the first layer, and they then, encounter the second layer i.e. Mythology. Mythology is defined as the ‘ philosophy about origin of life’ . And this varies from religion to religion; like in Hinduism, we talk of ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh’; and in Christian school of thought , we have that well known ‘Adam & Eve’ couple going to the Eden Garden and eating that ‘forbidden fruit’. So what is meant is that this layer also varies from religion to religion. But the core of the subject is the innermost layer, i.e. ‘the spiritual crux’, which contains the whole essence of the spiritual arena.
  • What do we mean by the term ‘Spiritual Crux’? It primarily contains the above mentioned issues. It should not be surprising to note that all religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth. Avtar Bani etc are unanimous on the ‘spiritual crux’.
  • So now we will have a look at the ‘postulates of spirituality’ or the ‘laws of spirituality’.
  • The first postulate or the Law of spirituality is that ‘God Exists’. There is one popular story , of a man going to a barber for his haircut. As the man was basically spiritual, he started the topic of God with barber while he was doing the haircut. But the barber snubbed the man and said “I don’t believe in God. I think there is no God. Because if there had been any God, there would not have been any misery, pain, hatred and violence.”. The man kept quite, and after the haircut he came out of the shop. By chance , as he came out of the shop, he saw a poor man standing on the other side of the road with long, untidy, unkempt hair and beard . This man went back back to the barber’s shop and said “I think there are no barbers in this world”. The barber immediately responded “ How can you say that, I am here for the last 25 years ”. The man said “ no, there are no barbers, because if there had been any barbers, then such people with so untidy hair and beard would not be there”. Then the barber said “ there are barbers, but unless that man goes to any one of them, how can he get the benefit?” The man immediately responded ” The same way, there is God, you have to go to a True Master (Satguru) to get the benefit” The barber felt satisfied.
  • Gods are not many, only His names are many. For instance, some people call Him Ram ; some people call Him Allah; some people call Him God ; some people call Him Yehova ; some people call Him Tao ; .
  • Gods are not many, only His names are many. For instance, some people call Him Ram ; some people call Him Allah; some people call Him God ; some people call Him Yehova ; some people call Him Tao ; . Look at the example of water which clarifies the point. Like water is one and its names are many, in different languages and countries. Similarly, the supreme power is only one. In fact, there has been many True Masters like Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Hazrat Mohammad, Lord Jesus etc. These masters blessed with the God realization to whosoever surrendered to them.
  • Look at the example of water which clarifies the point. Like water is one and its names are many, in different languages and countries. Similarly, the supreme power is only one. We never fight over the names of water because we KNOW water. It is worth noting that ‘knowing that the water is one and it has many names’ is not sufficient, unless we know water itself whose names we are talking about. Similarly knowing that ‘the God is one and it has many names’ is not sufficient because it is only a piece of information, NOT realisation .
  • Like, nobody can confuse us about water because we KNOW water. Similarly, had we known GOD , nobody could have confused us by saying that Ram and Allah are any different. So the point of focus is that we MUST know GOD for removing all delusions, illusions, confusions and the related ignorance.
  • St. John 4.22, it is a clear statement addressed to the the whole of mankind that ‘you do not know the god you worship, and we (Lord Jesus and his disciples at that time) know the god we worship’. So it is a sort of invitation to come, and know the god. Similarly, in the second reference of St. Mathews 4.17, it is made clear that the the God or the so called ‘kingdom of heaven’ where God dwells, is not far off, but very near.
  • Here, we come to the core question that ‘ how should God look like?’ Like we identify people by some specifications, indications, characteristics, identifications or say properties, similarly God does have characteristics mentioned in all the scriptures in a unanimous way. It requires a mention here that those who could realize God never differed in their opinion.
  • Look at the definition of the Formless God provided in the Ramchrita Manas. The same definition as we have been talking about; that the so called God, has to be colourless, name less, beyond birth and beyond death, the absolute truth, super consciousness, ultimate bliss, origin and the ultimate destination of the existence, all pervading and a lot more, never ending list of His attributes.
  • Just look at the definition given above. It is a part of definition that the God is ONE. It can not be ‘TWO’. So how can my God be different from your God or from anybody else’s God, for that matter. Look at the 4 th point, that says that God (Nirankar) was never born and will never cease to exist. Of course, the True Masters or the avatars, being in physical body, keep coming and going. Like Lord Ram, Lord Krishna ,Hazrat Mohamad, Lord Jesus, they came, did their job of revealing the secret of God to their devotees, and went away. But God ( which is formless Nirankar) has always remained, and will always remain.
  • Srimad Bhagwat Geeta so clearly defines the indestructible character of God. Now we have to apply this definition to the various things that we worship as God. In fact, this definition gives us a rejection mechanism . If we see anything that does not meet these characteristics, we can simply say that ‘this can not be God’ . This had been one of the oldest methods of revealing the secret of God Knowledge, by saying ‘Neti- neti’ , means, ‘ no, not this one; not this one also’ .
  • Look at the characteristic of being present everywhere, and Always . This gives us some food for thought. When we say that ‘there was no such time when God was not there’, what it means is, that God was there even before Lord Ram , even before Sun took birth, or even before our own Earth came to existence .
  • If you remember, exactly same declaration was made in the Holy Bible in St. Mathews 4.17, “it is made clear that the the God or the so called ‘kingdom of heaven’ where God dwells, is not far off, but very near”. Exactly the same thing is repeated here in Adi Granth that only the ignorant -- those who have not yet realised – think that the Formless God is far away; somewhere in the sky; or in the mountains; or somewhere in holy waters or the like. But for the realised ones, He is very near, just in front of the eyes.
  • Third law, we have already discussed right in the beginning. It is only for the sake of sequence and completion, it is being repeated here. You will agree that whatever we are doing, is FOR living, for example, eating, sleeping and earning – all these activities are FOR living, but then, there is a million dollar question, what are we ‘living for’ …? Are we living for the ‘sake of it’. Definitely NOT . There is a definite answer to this most fundamental question. In fact, the answer lies in our scriptures , Vedas and other religious literature.
  • Third law, or the Third Postulate of Spirituality, we have already discussed right in the beginning. It is only for the sake of sequence and completion, it is being repeated here. So the answer is that ‘the objective of life is Self realisation which can only be done through God realisation’ . If our ‘soul’ knows the ‘super soul’, it is like knowing the address of our ‘home’. Without knowing the address we can’t locate and enter our home. If we put the same thing in different words, we can call it merger of soul with Brahm or Nirankar . This merger leads to salvation from the cycle of rebirth , or it is called Moksha also.
  • Let’s have a look at what we have gone through till now. One , the objective of Life, Two , God relisation is actually Self realisation, Three , the definition of God Nirankar.
  • Another important issue in spirituality is ‘ The Role of a True Master’ . Let’s have a look at the history first. Words would fail if we try to state the role and importance of a True Master or the Satguru in the whole journey of Spiritual progress. In fact, the road to spiritual destination is very less travelled, and only those who traversed that path could throw some light on that.
  • Just have a look at the True Masters of good old times . The pertinent point is that we remember them even after centuries. And we treat them like Gods. The question is ‘can there be more than one Gods’ ?? . If we go by the definition studied earlier, and as mentioned in all scriptures, God is only one. Then how come this paradox? In fact, these are all True Masters of their times, who were capable of making others realise the one formless God.
  • Top layer contains only one, the formless Nirankar i.e. God. Second layer carries all the True Masters of their time like Like Lord Ram, Lord Krishna , Hazrat Mohamad, Lord Jesus, and all others. Third layer contains all those devotees who got the realisation of ONE formless God Nirankar through the True Master of their time. Some instances have been given below. Meera got the realisation through Guru Ravi Das . Arjun got the realisation through Lord Krishna . Hanuman got the realisation through Lord Ram . And it also proves one point that the realisation of ONE FORMLESS NIRANKAR is not possible without the blessings of somebody in layer two.
  • Top layer contains only one, the formless Nirankar i.e. God. Second layer carries all the True Masters of their time like Like Lord Ram, Lord Krishna , Hazrat Mohamad, Lord Jesus, and all others. Third layer contains all those devotees who got the realisation of ONE formless God Nirankar through the True Master of their time. Some instances have been given below. Meera got the realisation through Guru Ravi Das . Arjun got the realisation through Lord Krishna . Hanuman got the realisation through Lord Ram . And it also proves one point that the realisation of ONE FORMLESS NIRANKAR is not possible without the blessings of somebody in layer two.
  • If we have a close look at the issue we find that even the True Masters had to go the True Masters of their time to get that realisation. For instance, Lord Ram got the realisation of the Formless God through Maharishi Vashishtha , who was the True Master of his time. So, there is no escape or shortcut but to go to a true Master. Rather, approaching the True Master of the Day, is the only shortcut or the way.
  • There is no scope for exceptions here. “ No one did ever attain …. Without a True Master”, what a remarkable declaration ; without exceptions. Then how does it happen? Who reveals the secret? Answers are absolutely clear. ‘God himself reveals the secret’ ; How- ‘by placing himself in the true master’ ; and the methodology- ‘through his declaratory Revelation’ . Look at the example of Lord Krishna making the Revelation to Arjuna. The Formless God is placing Himself in the body of Krishna, and manifesting Himself through verbal and gesture oriented declarations. So, the ‘True Master of the Day’ is the only rescue.
  • There is no scope for exceptions here. “ No one did ever attain …. Without a True Master”, what a remarkable declaration ; without exceptions. Then how does it happen? Who reveals the secret? Answers are absolutely clear. ‘God himself reveals the secret’ ; How- ‘by placing himself in the true master’ ; and the methodology- ‘through his declaratory Revelation’ . Look at the example of Lord Krishna making the Revelation to Arjuna. The Formless God is placing Himself in the body of Krishna, and manifesting Himself through verbal and gesture oriented declarations. So, the ‘True Master of the Day’ is the only rescue.
  • St. John 4.22, it is a clear statement addressed to the the whole of mankind that ‘you do not know the god you worship, and we (Lord Jesus and his disciples at that time) know the god we worship’. So it is a sort of invitation to come, and know the god. Similarly, in the second reference of St. Mathews 4.17, it is made clear that the the God or the so called ‘kingdom of heaven’ where God dwells, is not far off, but very near.
  • If we look at the True Masters of the past, all were in the form of human body. This almighty ‘Nirankar’, the Formless God, takes the help of a body to give the message in our language. He, the Formless One, speaks through the body, yet He is not the body. In fact, ‘the Formless God himself reveals the Divine Truth’ ; ‘by placing himself in the true master’ .
  • Sometimes we tend to say, that there has been many masters . In fact, this statement is not that correct if we give a bit serious thought to it. Actually, the Master is only one; the Formless Nirankar himself, and He never changes. Only the bodies change; the same Formless Nirankar delivers His message through Lord Ram at one point of time , and through Lord Jesus at another point of time. So the Master is the same Formless One, but in different bodies at different times.
  • Sometimes we tend to say, that there has been many masters . In fact, this statement is not that correct if we give a bit serious thought to it. Actually, the Master is only one; the Formless Nirankar himself, and He never changes. Only the bodies change; the same Formless Nirankar delivers His message through Lord Ram at one point of time , and through Lord Jesus at another point of time. So the Master is the same Formless One, but in different bodies at different times.
  • Till now, We have gone through four laws or postulates of spirituality. Let us take a break, and have look at the issue, as to what is the Social Relevance of the concept of God Realisation. After all, what this God Realisation has to do with Social problems that are prevalent today.
  • The root cause of most of the problems in our society is the concept of God pluralism , because as we see, God of one is different from the God of another . This leads to ‘master differentiation’ , that is , I believe in Ram, he believes in Prophet Mohammad, or they believe in Lord Jesus. This ‘master differentiation’ leads to ‘Religious pluralism’ and ultimately we have the mankind divided into various parts, like he is a Hindu, he is a Muslim, he is a Christian etc. And the final result is rampant hatred, violence and intolerance.
  • Solution comes out automatically when we start with realisation of one God, it leads to oneness of masters as their message has been the same. Which further leads to spiritual oneness , and subsequently what we have is universal brotherhood. Finally the result is a life full of love, compassion, humility and service to mankind.
  • Just have a look at the dictum of Holy Quran also. “ Religion Unites, Never Divides”; In both the references given above, it is absolutely clear that Holy Quran preaches: Oneness of God , called Khuda or Ram or Nirankar etc Oneness of Messengers or True Masters; oneness of all holy scriptures . And those who differ with this, and say that ‘we believe in this, and we don’t believe in that’ are far away from the realisation, and hence are the ‘Kafirs’ .
  • Just have a look at the dictum of Holy Quran also. “ Religion Unites, Never Divides”; In both the references given above, it is absolutely clear that Holy Quran preaches: Oneness of God , called Khuda or Ram or Nirankar etc Oneness of Messengers or True Masters; oneness of all holy scriptures ; and hence, oneness of Spirituality . And those who differ with this, and say that ‘we believe in this, and we don’t believe in that’ are far away from the realisation, and hence are the ‘Kafirs’.
  • And if know one God and go by that realisation then, there can be no concept of caste. Because when the father is one, how can there be many castes. When father is one formless God , how can there be different creeds , or differentiation based on colour, region or religion.
  • After all, what is the social relevance of this topic ? What the mankind or the whole world stands to gain from it ?. These are the pertinent questions before we take a plunge into it. Just look at the world with no hatred, no caste differences, no regional or religious differences, and with universal brotherhood spread around. Is it not the definition of Heaven ( if at all, it is there!!). What do we imagine in a heaven after all? All the outcome of spiritual enlightenment put together, will make this earth, a heaven.
  • It needs no emphasis that there is a Supreme power which controls, runs and administers the entire cosmos around us, in such a meticulous manner. Still there are different schools of thought; like agnostic and atheist school of thought . Let’s see what is in store ahead.
  • Look at the answer; it is not a humble ‘yes’ or a hesitant ‘yes’. It is an Emphatic Yes. And there are plenty of references like Arjuna is made to see that Formless Nirankar by Lord Krishna in GEETA. So it dispels all confusions and illusions of the A gnostic as well as Atheist schools of thought Ordinary people like us can also know God because it’s the virtue of the True Master who can impart God knowledge to anyone , not a virtue of the disciple .
  • So, the million dollar question is if at all the Formless God Nirankar exists, then how to realise ?’. After all, until or unless we have that realisation, how can one believe in the existence .
  • It is a wonderful declaration by Lord Krishna through Holy Gita. Let us see why is it so? The study of vedas, can make us understand the definition of God, but Vedas can not point out that ‘look, that is called God’ . It is like reading about an ‘elephant’ in a book, and by chance it so happens, that the elephant is also standing there only. But the book can not point out towards the elephant. Similarly, the activities like burning holy fire (with some special herbs) are good for environmental benefits . We may get very good air i.e. pollution free air to breath, but with no relevance with Brahmgyan.
  • The True masters in Adi Granth are clearly stating about the ‘all around presence’ of the Formless God, and also about the ‘one and only one method’ of direct perception of this ‘formless surrounding presence’ . A discerning reader can make out that the same thing is said in Gita, same in Holy Quran, Exactly same in Holy Bible, and exactly same in Adi Granth. What’s the matter? The issue here is, that the scriptures are not differing in their dictums, the True masters – both, from the past or of today – are also not differing, then why is there so much of inter-religious intolerance. The reason is the lack of real understanding of the gist of the scriptures, and also the lack of first-hand (self-read) information about the scriptures. The unfortunate part is that normally the social network works on hearsay .
  • There are certain other activities which are being performed as spiritual activities, but in fact, they have nothing to do with ‘Brahmgyan’ or the ‘God Realisation’. These activities are ,of course, good but for some other purposes. For example, the first three activities like Yoga, Fasting, and taking bath in holy waters, are good for physical benefits . And the activities like charity (donating for schools, temples etc.) are very good for deriving social benefits. With that charity money, schools, colleges, hospitals are run and poor people get benefited. But all these activities have nothing to do with ‘God Realisation’ or Brahmgyan.
  • Similarly the activities like burning holy fire (with some special herbs) are good for environmental benefits . We may get very good air i.e. pollution free air to breath, but with no relevance with Brahmgyan. And also the other three activities like ‘ Recitation of name’, sandhya, or meditation; can not be performed without knowing God. Logic is very simple. If do not know a particular person, then we can only imagine about him, but we can not remember him. Because for remembrance, knowledge is a must . And meditation is the remembrance of what we know.
  • Finally we come to the common method recommended by all scriptures, and that is ‘that Living True Master is the only way’. Logic is again very simple. If we want to learn mathematics, can we take tuition from some excellent teacher who passed away 20 years back. Or can we take medical treatment from an excellent doctor who is no more. Answer is, that we have to go to a ‘living teacher, a living doctor’ . Same way, for getting the precious God Knowledge, we have to go to a ‘living true master’.
  • The True masters in Adi Granth are clearly stating about the ‘all around presence’ of the Formless God, and also about the ‘one and only one method’ of direct perception of this ‘formless surrounding presence’ . A discerning reader can make out that the same thing is said in Gita, same in Holy Quran, Exactly same in Holy Bible, and exactly same in Adi Granth. What’s the matter? The issue here is, that the scriptures are not differing in their dictums, the True masters – both, from the past or of today – are also not differing, then why is there so much of inter-religious intolerance. The reason is the lack of real understanding of the gist of the scriptures, and also the lack of first-hand (self-read) information about the scriptures. The unfortunate part is that normally the social network works on hearsay .
  • Finally we come to the common method recommended by all scriptures, and that is ‘that Living True Master is the only way’. Logic is again very simple. If we want to learn mathematics, can we take tuition from some excellent teacher who passed away 20 years back. Or can we take medical treatment from an excellent doctor who is no more. Answer is, that we have to go to a ‘living teacher, a living doctor’. Same way, for getting the precious God Knowledge, we have to go to a ‘living true master’.
  • This postulate is of great practical significance. The law is that ‘there is no such time when True Master is not there’ which means that ‘A true master is always there’ OR ‘ True Master is there today also’ . But the issue is how to recognise a True Master…?.
  • So, we come to the most crucial question of spirituality. ‘how to recognise a True Master’ . This problem is not new to this era. Whenever True Masters came, this dilemma always remained. In fact, very few people could recognise them during their living period. Just look at Lord Jesus. How badly he was treated by the then clerics. How Lord Ram was made to spend 14 years in forests. How Hazrat Mohamad was made to leave Mecca. And today, we have their temples, churches, mosques. It is ironical, but a painful fact.
  • The True master has no specific caste, creed and colour . He can not be judged from his dress and diet. He can also not be confined to any languages or regions or counties. In fact, in due course of time, people make their own criteria of identification of a True Master. It is just like identifying a Doctor from a big crowd . Can we go by caste, creed, colour, dress or diet. Absolute NO. Then what should be the criteria? Let’s see next.
  • The recommendation says that he should be able to bless with God knowledge , in NO TIME – which means that revealing the secret of God Knowledge should not take years, or lives – and TO ANYONE – which mean that the True master never disqualifies a man and blesses with the God Knowledge anyone who approaches him and surrenders before him. We have examples of Angulimal (by Buddha), Sajjan Thug (by Guru Nanak), Ajmal, Ganaka and many others. And the other criterion is that a True Master will never ask you to search for yourself because revealing that secret is his Forte . Look at the popular cases of Ashtavakara ( King Janak ), Maharishi Vashishtha ( Lord Ram), Lord Krishna ( Arjuna) etc.
  • The recommendation says that the first and the foremost qualification of the True Master (Satguru) is that he must have known the True Lord himself. Otherwise, how can he tell others, or how can he make the revelation to others. Also have a look at the details given in the relevant slide , where the recognition of a true master has been discussed.
  • In the earlier slide Krishna is telling about certain methods through which one can not know God . But in this very shaloka 4.34, Lord Krishna is giving a clear dictum as to ‘how to realise God’ . The first step is: ‘approach the knower of Truth’ which means that he must be a ‘realised one’; Then, do three things; surrender before him; serve him; and ask him about God in a simple manner; and that is all. Then he will reveal to you the secret of God, and you will realise it immediately. We have examples like Ashtavakara ( King Janak ), Maharishi Vashishtha ( Lord Ram), Lord Krishna ( Arjuna) etc.
  • Just look at the milestones of spiritual journey. ‘Knowing one Formless God’ is the first milestone; then after realisation, believing becomes a lot easier, and here you encounter the second milestone ‘believing in One Formless God’. Now we have reached a stage where we KNOW the one Formless God, and because we know we have a firm belief in that Formless one, so the next achievement or the milestone is ‘ being one with this’ . And that’s all. Here you become or emerge as an enlightened soul . This is what is called ‘Human Excellence Through God Realization’.
  • So why to search for God ? Has God gone anywhere, or lost somewhere that we have to search for Him. The definition says that He is everywhere , which means that he is just in front of our eyes but we are not able to recognise Him . Moreover, if we want to learn mathematics, do we start searching for mathematics, or we search for the person who knows mathematics ? Similarly, for God Nirankar also, we have to search for a person who knows God. The saying is that ‘search the Knower, for Knowledge’
  • Just look at the milestones of spiritual journey. ‘Knowing one Formless God’ is the first milestone; then after realisation, believing becomes a lot easier, and here you encounter the second milestone ‘believing in One Formless God’. Now we have reached a stage where we KNOW the one Formless God, and because we know we have a firm belief in that Formless one, so the next achievement or the milestone is ‘ being one with this’ . And that’s all. Here you become or emerge as an enlightened soul . This is what is called ‘Human Excellence Through God Realization’.
  • Now let us take the case of rivers flowing down the line from the mountain peaks, apparently in a great hurry with horrifying velocity, taking all sorts of circuitous routes, making violent noises, going up and down at times. The question is ‘All this, what for…? The answer is ‘just to get merged with its source.’ A fter the river gets merged with its source i.e. ocean, there is no more racing and running, no hurry, no highs and lows, and there is complete silence, infinite rest . This proverbial race continues. Even for Human Beings. It is a divine pilgrimage for the soul to get merged with its ‘source’ that is called ‘supreme soul’ or the Formless one.
  • Holy Scriptures like Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Bible, Holy Quran, and Adi Granth, are the most widely read books. When we read these scriptures, are we fully equipped to understand the ‘essence’ of what we read? ‘ Do we only read the language, or we get the essence also’ is the million dollar question. Let us see, what are the intricacies involved in it.
  • Our subject of discussion is of course, spiritual bliss , but we will have to see how it is different from ‘comfort’ or ‘peace’. Next slide will clarify the point.
  • Many times, we face this dilemma. Whatever we are doing, is it good or bad?; is it punishable or worth reward?; We are in a fix. The issue is whether a particular action is good by the ‘law of god’ or by the ‘law of society’. How to settle this . Let’s see next slides.
  • This is the most talked about, and most mis-understood area of spirituality . When we say ‘Lord Krishna is God’ or ‘Lord Jesus is God’ ; what exactly do we mean? Do we mean to say that ‘the body of Lord Jesus’ is god. No, body can not be god, be it that of Jesus, or of Krishna. If we go back to the definition of God [slide no. 19-21], body can not meet those specifications. If body can not be god, then what is god? It has to be the Formless Nirankar. Also, the ‘true master’ is not the body, but he is ‘in the body ‘. A True master can not be without body, and yet he is not body.
  • ‘ True master of the day’ says that the first step is ‘ to know One’; second step is ‘to believe in One’ ; and the third step is ‘to be one with One’. So, getting the ‘God knowledge’ is the first step. And finally merging with that formless God is the final jump.
  • When we use the word, say ‘rose’, an image of rose comes to our mind ; because we know ‘rose’. On the same lines, we have images associated with the ‘words’ we use. And most of the things we know, therefore there is no confusion. But when we say ‘god’ ; each one will have a different image, because, god of one is different from the god of another. Why is it so? When all of us know that God is one and only one. The answer is that we do not have the direct perception of God. Look at water. Why my water is not different from your water?. Because we all have a direct perception of water; we KNOW water. Same way, we have to KNOW god to believe it.
  • Historically, if we see, we find that all those who were spiritually enlightened, were also equally socially responsible. It is a question of what precedes what . It is like this; that a doctor being aware of value of health, also plays tennis, but by merely playing tennis, one can not become a doctor. Similarly, the spiritually realised people, being aware of their social responsibilities, also do good for the society, and become good citizens - but just by doing these activities, one can not attain spiritual enlightenment.
  • Let us take a simple case of a garden. More the variety, more beautiful it looks; some flowers green, some bright yellow, some small and beautiful, and some big and beautiful. The whole concept of beauty lies in diversity . Same way, for human beings, no two persons are identical ; and they can not be identical; and they need not be identical. It is neither possible nor desirable that each one starts following Hinduism, or Islam, or Christianity or any other belief for that matter. So, the idea is to strive for ‘unity’ not ‘uniformity’. This has also been the core idea behind the teachings of all the ‘true masters’ in the past.
  • Wood is potentially FIRE; that means Fire is hidden within ; every smallest grain of wood carries Fire within. The person who knows how to ignite , can make the Fire to manifest itself . Same way, Every Human being is potentially Divine; that means Divinity is hidden within ; every smallest grain of Human Beings carry that element of Divinity. The person, whom we call True Master (Satguru), knows how to enlighten , and he makes that divine supreme soul to manifest Himself. And then, the recipient is able to see the same Divinity in himself.
  • It is good if ‘truly religious’ or ‘Spiritual’ thinking becomes the basis of running a country. For instance, if the principle like ‘we are all one’ , ‘love thy neighbour’, ‘’tolerance’ , ‘humility’ etc become the corner stones of politics, there is nothing like it. On the other hand, if religion gets governed by political considerations , then destruction is the only outcome.
  • We still remember the Era when Lord Ram was the King. We call it ‘Ram-Rajya’ . This word ‘Ram-Rajya’ has become synonymous with ‘ideal kingdom’ . We still cherish, worship and remember the Era when Lord Krishna was the King. Why, because spiritually enlightened people had taken up the political reins in their hands. On the other hand, if the political principles like ‘me first’, ‘divide and rule’, ‘to possess all’ enter the religious arena, then the results are disastrous.
  • A very logical point is that if a good person runs the show, the results will be good. Same way, the proverbial ‘Ram-Rajya’ can only come if the proverbial ‘Ram’ runs the ‘rajya’. And what is the definition of proverbial RAM? In today’s context, Lord Ram symbolizes an ‘enlightened soul’ , or a ‘god realised person’ or a ‘truly religious person’ .
  • The most pertinent point here is that all the holy scriptures are unanimous about the ‘Spiritual Thought’ , but they definitely differ on the ‘Social Engineering’ part. In fact, ‘Social Engineering’ depends on three factors; Country, Era and Time. But the ‘spiritual content’ has always remained the same, not even an iota of difference. Let us have a brief look at the ‘spiritual content’ contained in all the scriptures mentioned above.
  • As it was mentioned earlier also that all the religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Saheb, Ramchrita Manas, (Ramayan), and Avtar Bani are unanimous on the ‘spiritual awakening’ . While preparing the presentation the above mentioned scriptures have been referred , let us have a look at some of the references.
  • It is very clear from this Proverb 4.17, that the teaching of the Holy Bible is also to get that ‘wisdom’, or ‘brahmgyan’ or ‘God Knowledge’ or ‘tatva gyan’ etc. and this dictum is also clear that this ‘wisdom’ is supreme, that is, there is nothing that is more important than this wisdom.
  • St. John 4.22, it is a clear statement addressed to the the whole of mankind that ‘you do not know the god you worship, and we (Lord Jesus and his disciples at that time) know the god we worship’. So it is a sort of invitation to come, and know the god. Similarly, in the second reference of St. Mathews 4.17, it is made clear that the the God or the so called ‘kingdom of heaven’ where God dwells, is not far off, but very near.
  • Indeed a great commandment !!! ‘no one comes to the father except through me’. When Lord Jesus is saying ‘except through me’ , what is really meant by the word ‘me’ ? There is a subtle difference between ‘me’ and ‘my body’ . Because the ‘true master’ is not a body, but a formless, all pervading ‘spirit’, so how beautifully he is saying that you can not reach god, except through the ‘true master’ of the day.
  • Lord Jesus is talking about the ‘supreme power’ and is clearly stating that ‘that power’ is the beginning and the end of the universe; Alpha and the Omega. It is pertinent to mention here is that when Lord Jesus says “I am the Alpha”, he doesn’t mean that ‘my body is Alpha’ . Here ‘I” mean the ‘Supreme Self’ of Lord Jesus. It is so because the ‘body’, be it that of Lord Ram or that of Lord Krishna or that of Lord Jesus, is not immortal , where as the owner or the wearer of the body always remains .
  • As it was mentioned earlier also that all the religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Saheb, Ramchrita Manas, (Ramayan), and Avtar Bani are unanimous on the ‘spiritual awakening’ . While preparing the presentation the above mentioned scriptures have been referred , let us have a look at some of the references.
  • How beautifully the Holy Quran has given the solution: If we want to learn mathematics, do we start searching for mathematics?, or do we search for the person who knows mathematics ? Similarly, if we want to know Khuda or God Nirankar, we have to search for a person who knows Him. So why to search for God ? Has God gone anywhere, or lost somewhere that we have to search for Him. The definition says that He is everywhere , which means that he is just in front of our eyes but we are not able to recognise Him . So, the action point is that ‘search the Knower, for Knowledge’
  • Just have a look at the dictum of Holy Quran also. “ Religion Unites, Never Divides”; In both the references given above, it is absolutely clear that Holy Quran preaches: Oneness of God , called Khuda or Ram or Nirankar etc Oneness of Messengers or True Masters; oneness of all holy scriptures ; and hence, oneness of Spirituality . And those who differ with this, and say that ‘we believe in this, and we don’t believe in that’ are far away from the realisation, and hence are the ‘Kafirs’.
  • Just have a look at the dictum of Holy Quran also. “ Religion Unites, Never Divides”; In both the references given above, it is absolutely clear that Holy Quran preaches: Oneness of God , called Khuda or Ram or Nirankar etc Oneness of Messengers or True Masters; oneness of all holy scriptures . And those who differ with this, and say that ‘we believe in this, and we don’t believe in that’ are far away from the realisation, and hence are the ‘Kafirs’ .
  • Just have a look at the dictum of Holy Quran also. “ Religion Unites, Never Divides”; In both the references given above, it is absolutely clear that Holy Quran preaches: Oneness of God , called Khuda or Ram or Nirankar etc Oneness of Messengers or True Masters; oneness of all holy scriptures . And those who differ with this, and say that ‘we believe in this, and we don’t believe in that’ are far away from the realisation, and hence are the ‘Kafirs’ .
  • Just have a look at the dictum of Holy Quran also. “ Religion Unites, Never Divides”; In both the references given above, it is absolutely clear that Holy Quran preaches: Oneness of God , called Khuda or Ram or Nirankar etc Oneness of Messengers or True Masters; oneness of all holy scriptures . And those who differ with this, and say that ‘we believe in this, and we don’t believe in that’ are far away from the realisation, and hence are the ‘Kafirs’ .
  • Just have a look at the dictum of Holy Quran also. “ Religion Unites, Never Divides”; In both the references given above, it is absolutely clear that Holy Quran preaches: Oneness of God , called Khuda or Ram or Nirankar etc Oneness of Messengers or True Masters; oneness of all holy scriptures . And those who differ with this, and say that ‘we believe in this, and we don’t believe in that’ are far away from the realisation, and hence are the ‘Kafirs’ .
  • As it was mentioned earlier also that all the religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Saheb, Ramchrita Manas, (Ramayan), and Avtar Bani are unanimous on the ‘spiritual awakening’ . While preparing the presentation the above mentioned scriptures have been referred , let us have a look at some of the references.
  • To understand the concept, take an example of an ‘elephant of wood’ . Now, a child says that ‘it is an elephant’ but the sculptor says that ‘it is wood’. Neither the child is wrong because he is focusing on the appearance , nor the sculptor is wrong because he is looking at the substance or ‘tatva’ which is, of course, wood only. In fact the ‘wisdom’ is to know the ultimate ‘substance of the whole cosmos’ . And then, as declared by Lord Krishna, anyone who gets to know the universe by the ultimate substance or the so called ‘tatva’ , attains the highest state that is called ‘salvation from the cycle of rebirth’ or being one with the Almighty .
  • It is a wonderful declaration by Lord Krishna through Holy Gita. Let us see why is it so? The study of vedas, can make us understand the definition of God, but Vedas can not point out that ‘look, that is called God’ . It is like reading about an ‘elephant’ in a book, and by chance it so happens, that the elephant is also standing there only. But the book can not point out towards the elephant. Similarly, the activities like burning holy fire (with some special herbs) are good for environmental benefits . We may get very good air i.e. pollution free air to breath, but with no relevance with Brahmgyan.
  • In the earlier slide Krishna is telling about certain methods through which one can not know God . But in this very shaloka 4.34, Lord Krishna is giving a clear dictum as to ‘how to realise God’ . The first step is: ‘approach the knower of Truth’ which means that he must be a ‘realised one’; Then, do three things; surrender before him; serve him; and ask him about God in a simple manner; and that is all. Then he will reveal to you the secret of God, and you will realise it immediately. We have examples like Ashtavakara ( King Janak ), Maharishi Vashishtha ( Lord Ram), Lord Krishna ( Arjuna) etc.
  • As it was mentioned earlier also that all the religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Saheb, Ramchrita Manas, (Ramayan), and Avtar Bani are unanimous on the ‘spiritual awakening’ . While preparing the presentation the above mentioned scriptures have been referred , let us have a look at some of the references.
  • If you remember, exactly same declaration was made in the Holy Bible in St. Mathews 4.17, “it is made clear that the the God or the so called ‘kingdom of heaven’ where God dwells, is not far off, but very near”. Exactly the same thing is repeated here in Adi Granth that only the ignorant -- those who have not yet realised – think that the Formless God is far away; somewhere in the sky; or in the mountains; or somewhere in holy waters or the like. But for the realised ones, He is very near, just in front of the eyes.
  • There is no scope for exceptions here. “ No one did ever attain …. Without a True Master”, what a remarkable declaration ; without exceptions. Then how does it happen? Who reveals the secret? Answers are absolutely clear. ‘God himself reveals the secret’ ; How- ‘by placing himself in the true master’ ; and the methodology- ‘through his declaratory Revelation’ . Look at the example of Lord Krishna making the Revelation to Arjuna. The Formless God is placing Himself in the body of Krishna, and manifesting Himself through verbal and gesture oriented declarations. So, the ‘True Master of the Day’ is the only rescue.
  • The recommendation says that the first and the foremost qualification of the True Master (Satguru) is that he must have known the True Lord himself. Otherwise, how can he tell others, or how can he make the revelation to others. Also have a look at the details given in the relevant slide , where the recognition of a true master has been discussed.
  • The True masters in Adi Granth are clearly stating about the ‘all around presence’ of the Formless God, and also about the ‘one and only one method’ of direct perception of this ‘formless surrounding presence’ . A discerning reader can make out that the same thing is said in Gita, same in Holy Quran, Exactly same in Holy Bible, and exactly same in Adi Granth. What’s the matter? The issue here is, that the scriptures are not differing in their dictums, the True masters – both, from the past or of today – are also not differing, then why is there so much of inter-religious intolerance. The reason is the lack of real understanding of the gist of the scriptures, and also the lack of first-hand (self-read) information about the scriptures. The unfortunate part is that normally the social network works on hearsay .
  • As it was mentioned earlier also that all the religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Saheb, Ramchrita Manas, (Ramayan), and Avtar Bani are unanimous on the ‘spiritual awakening’ . While preparing the presentation the above mentioned scriptures have been referred , let us have a look at some of the references.
  • It is becoming repetitive, but then what to do? We have gone through the same statements, same essence , in the last 15-17 slides. In fact, that is what, is being proved here, that the scriptures do not differ , the Masters do not differ, but still why does the mankind feel fragmented and divided. Reason is ignorance. Just have a look at the observation of Ramchrita Manas. “ He only – non else – can know, to whom you – the formless god in the body of true master - choose to reveal the ‘God Knowledge’. And he who gets to know, is able to see his self in the mirror of the Formless God , and immediately realises that he is one with the Almighty.
  • Look at the definition of the Formless God provided in the Ramchrita Manas. The same definition as we have been talking about; that the so called God, has to be colourless, name less, beyond birth and beyond death, the absolute truth, super consciousness, ultimate bliss, origin and the ultimate destination of the existence, all pervading and a lot more, never ending list of His attributes.
  • Just look at the sheer brilliance with which a sort of chronological order for devotion has been provided: From knowing to perception, from perception to Love, and from love to devotion (bhakti). And if we claim that we are doing Bhakti (devotion) without knowing God, then we trying to achieve the impossible; like trying to get butter from water.
  • As it was mentioned earlier also that all the religions and all the scriptures including Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Adi Granth or Sri Guru Granth Saheb, Ramchrita Manas, (Ramayan), and Avtar Bani are unanimous on the ‘spiritual awakening’ . While preparing the presentation the above mentioned scriptures have been referred , let us have a look at some of the references.
  • We have discussed in detail about the True Masters of the past like Lord Jesus, Hazrat Mohammad, Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Guru Nanak etc. What about the True Master of today? If you remember, in postulate no. six , the conclusion is that there is no such time when true master is not there; that means the true master is there today also . Satguru Avtar Singh ji, the True Master of the ‘Spiritual Movement’ of the present times , says that “no religion is greater, than to have an all around, direct perception of God”. Which means that the ‘direct perception of this all around, all pervading, all surrounding Formless God is the essence of all religions’.
  • Satguru Avtar Singh ji, the True Master of the ‘Spiritual Movement’ of the present times , is stating about the ‘all around presence’ of the Formless God, and also about the ‘one and only one method’ of direct perception of this ‘formless surrounding presence’ . A discerning reader can make out that the same thing is said in Gita, same in Holy Quran, Exactly same in Holy Bible, and exactly same in Adi Granth. What’s the matter? The issue here is, that the scriptures are not differing in their dictums, the True masters – both, from the past or of today – are also not differing, then why is there so much of inter-religious intolerance. The reason is the lack of real understanding of the gist of the scriptures, and also the lack of first-hand (self-read) information about the scriptures. The unfortunate part is that normally the social network works on hearsay .
  • Satguru Avtar Singh ji, the True Master of the ‘Spiritual Movement’ of the present times, is stating about the Formless God that He has no beginning and no end; he is One; but the issue is how does one get the realisation of such a God? Same ages old answer; through the blessings of the true master. Once a persons surrenders before a true master ( he must be a true master before whom we are surrendering), and in turn, the true master chooses to bless, then he reveals the ‘Knowledge’ and the realisation takes place .
  • Transcript

    • 1. About the structure of the presentation
      • Primary presentation - Slides 2 to 69
      • Spiritual paradoxes that can be discussed on request – Slides 70 to 137
      • Scriptural references – slides 138 to 164
      • Description available on notes pafe with each slide
    • 2. Human Excellence Through Self Realisation
    • 3. The great Human Truth , is that “we are all one” , The great Human Tragedy , is that “we do not know this” ,
    • 4. They serve the best who serve silently like the Sun, the Moon, Air, and the Water.
    • 5. What is Human Excellence ? Have you heard about … Who invented TV ? Who was the best doctor – 20 years back? so on ,so forth….. Have you heard about … Saint Kabir, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Jesus, Guru Nanak, Hazrat Mohammad
    • 6. Defining – Success in Life [Materialistic Success] Materialistic success is welcome ; it need not be undermined. But what about Spiritual Success ?
    • 7. Two educations….. There are obviously two educations…… One should teach us ‘ how to make a living’ And The other, ‘how to live’ .
    • 8. Two educations….. Our whole education system is focusing on ‘ how to make a living’ But we worship those who focused on The other, ‘how to live’ part Like Saint Kabir, Guru Nanak, Prophet Mohammad, Lord Jesus etc
    • 9. For living…& Living for…
      • We are eating for Living,
      • We are sleeping for Living,
      • We are earning for Living,
      We are Living for ??? Definitely not for the sake of it ???
    • 10. THE REFERENCES….
      • By the REALISED ones :
      • Srimad Bhagwad GEETA
      • QURAN -e- Pak
      • Holy BIBLE
      • Sri Guru GRANTH Saheb
      • Ramcharit Manas
    • 11. The objective is …. Self Realisation Through God Realisation OR Salvation Adi Granth. p-13
    • 12. What is Salvation… ? Part and the Whole Like a glass of water is a part of sea, but not yet sea. It can become sea if it falls into the sea. Likewise , the soul is a part of Brahm, and can also become Brahm, once it merges with it .
    • 13. What is Salvation… ? Merger is salvation. Merger of soul with the ‘supersoul’ or Brahm is known as Salvation .
    • 14. Srimad Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says: ‘ who knows me by ‘tatva’ doesn’t fall into cycle of rebirth, but merges into me’ Chap 4.9
    • 15. Like, we can not see our own face without a mirror , Same way, we can not see our own Self without God Realization , [ Aham-brahm-asmi, Tatva-masi] What is Self Realization ? Concept of Mirror
    • 16. The context…… Rituals Mythology Spiritual Crux
    • 17. What is inside the Spiritual Crux ???
      • Postulates of Spirituality
      • Definition of God
      • How to realise
      • Role of True Masters (Satguru)
      • How to recognise a True Master
    • 18.
      • Postulates
      • Of
      • Spirituality
    • 19. First Postulate
      • God Exists.
    • 20. God Exists……… One God, Many Names
      • 1. There is a Supreme Power,
      • we may call it GOD . OR
      • Allah
      • Ram
      • Parmatma
      • And so on……
    • 21. “ Many Gods” ‘ Gods are not many; Names of God are many;
    • 22.
      • 2. Like water is one, and it has many names like Water, Pani, Jal, Neer, Aab etc.
      • so is God.
      God Exists……… One God, Many Names 3. Why don’t we ever hear that I drink water , I am better than those who drink Jal . ??? Because we KNOW water.
    • 23. 3. But we do hear that I believe in Ram, He believes in Allah . And they believe in Akal Purkh, ??? Because We DO NOT KNOW God as such. One God…, Know God…
    • 24. Holy Bible ‘ Ye worship, ye know not what; We know what we worship’ St. John 4.22
    • 25. Second Postulate What is God ?? How does He look like?? OR Definition of God.
    • 26. Ramcharita Manas ‘ God is one; desireless ; colourless; nameless; deathless; He is the Truth, consciousness and bliss; the ultimate destination; all pervasive and cosmic’ ( ek aneeh aroop anama …….) Balkand
    • 27. DEFINITION OF GOD contd…
      • He is the Creator, Operator & Destroyer
      • He is ONE .
      • He has no beginning , no end.
      • He was never born , and will never die .
    • 28.
      • Fire cannot burn it
      • Water cannot wet it
      • Air cannot dry it up
      • No weapon can cut it
      • Beyond Change
      • Formless and colourless
      DEFINITION OF GOD …….
    • 29. DEFINITION OF GOD contd…
      • He is omnipresent
      • He is omnipotent, Omniscient
      • There was no such time when He was not there , and there will be no such time when He will not be there.
    • 30. Adi Granth True Master says: “ The Formless creator is always very near to us , but the blind (ignorant) thinks that He is too far away ” Page – 267 (Jo thakur sad sada hajure, ta ko andha janat dure)
    • 31. Third Postulate
      • Two Educations…….
      • What are we living for …….
    • 32. Third Postulate God realisation is a MUST for salvation or Moksha, and is the objective of Human Life.
    • 33. A Quick Recap….
      • God Exists, and God is ONE.
      • What are we Living For …….
      • God realisation leads to self realisation
      • Main Objective is God realisation.
      • Definition of God.
    • 34. Fourth postulate
      • Role of True Masters
      • OR
      • Avatars
      • OR
      • Satgurus ::
      • A
      • Look at History
    • 35. TRUE MASTERS
      • Lord RAM - approx 10,000 years
      • Lord KRISHNA - approx 5000 years
      • Lord JESUS - 2,000 years
      • Prophet MOHAMMED - 1400 years
      • Guru Nanak - 500 years
    • 36. God pluralism….A Myth. Layer –1 : One God Layer –2 : True Masters or Avatars [ Many ] Layer –3 : Bhaktas, or those who got realization from the True Masters [Many*Many]
    • 37. God pluralism….A Myth. Ram 10,000 Krishna Jesus Muhammad Nanak ??? 5,000 2,000 1400 500 Today Hanuman Ram Arjun Ram Krishna Ram Philip Krishna Ram Jesus Krishna Ram Abu Bakr Jesus Krishna Ram Muhammad Jesus Krishna Ram Today Meera WE Layer –1 : One God
    • 38. MASTERS OF MASTERS
      • Lord RAM - Maharishi VASHISHTHA
      • Lord KRISHNA - Maharishi SANDEEPAN
      • Prophet Mohammad - Gibriel
      • Lord JESUS - St John, the Baptist
      • Guru Nanak - Saint Rein
    • 39. Adi Granth True Master says: “ No one did ever attain …. without a True Master (Satguru); God places Himself in the True Master And manifests Himself through his declaratory Revelation ” Page – 466 (bin satguru kineh na payo……)
    • 40. Jesus will come back… Re-incarnation: “ I come again and again…” Lord Krishna . Content and the Container
    • 41. Can you appreciate? ‘ There is no god except Allah ; Muhammad is the Prophet’ ‘ A writing’
    • 42. The Master cannot be without body . Still, He is not the body . Though , He is in the body . True Master and the body …?
    • 43. The Master is only one; and that is the Formless Creator; Only bodies change, True Master and the body …?
    • 44. There has not been many Masters ; there has been only One Master in many bodies . True Master and the body …?
    • 45. Why Realization..???
      • A slight Diversion…..
      • Two questions are pending: How to realise ?? How to recognize the True Master ??
    • 46. The Problem…..today
      • God pluralism
      • Master differentiation
      • Religious pluralism
      • Division of mankind
      • Result ::: Hatred Violence Intolerance
    • 47. The Solution…..
      • ONE God….
      • Oneness of Masters
      • Spiritual oneness
      • Universal Brotherhood
      • Result :::: Love Compassion Humility Harmony
    • 48. Holy Quran “ Have faith in Khuda, his all messengers, and all scriptures” 4 / 136
    • 49. Holy Quran Those who differentiate between khuda and His messengers ; and those who say that they believe in this, and they don’t believe in that , are pucca Kafirs . 4/ 150-152
    • 50. Brotherhood of Man Through Fatherhood of God…
      • No Caste,
      • Colour & Creed
      • No Regional Differences
      • No Religious Differences
    • 51. Benefits of Realisation For the world or mankind Universal brotherhood, No hatred, No regionalism, No caste differences, No religious Pluralism.
    • 52. Fifth Postulate
      • Whether God can be known or realized ??
    • 53. Whether God can be known ? An Emphatic ‘ YES’ Gita 4-34, Bible, A.G.
    • 54. Then, How to Realise ??
    • 55. Srimad Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says: ‘ In this Form , I can not be seen through vedas, charity, sacrifices austere penances and ritualistic practices’ Chap 11.48-52
    • 56. Adi Granth True Master says: “ No one can know…. through, recitation, penances, bookish knowledge, Meditations & concentrations, study of vedas, yogic practices, religious acts and rituals, wandering in forests, and charity ……” says Nanak. Page – 265. (Jap, tap, gyan sab dhyan, khat shaster simriti bakhian….)
    • 57. Some Common Activities : The Real Meaning Nothing to do with Brahmgyan . Yogasan, Vrata, ishnan [ physical benefits ] Daan, Punya [ Social benefits, like schools, Hospitals, colleges etc. ]
    • 58. Havan, and Yagya : [environmental benefits] Jap, Sandhya, Dhyan: [cannot be performed without knowing God.] A.G. Some Common Activities : The Real Meaning
    • 59. One Common Method: recommended by all scriptures Living True Master OR Satguru is the Way. Gita 4-34 Bible -St John 14.6 Quran
    • 60. Adi Granth True Master says: “The Formless creator is everywhere, surrounding everyone , but He can not be realised without the blessings of a True Master” says Nanak. Page – 924. (kaho nanak gur bin nahin sujhe, hari sajan sabke nikat khara)
    • 61. Fifth postulate
      • God can only be realised with the blessings of a LIVING TRUE MASTER.
    • 62. Sixth Postulate
      • TRUE MASTER .
      • is always there.
      • [Naam rahio, sadhu rahio, rahio guru gobind…]
      • Adi Granth. P-1429
    • 63. Who is a True Master ? or How to recognize a True Master? Seventh Postulate
    • 64. Who is a True Master ???
      • He is above
      • Caste, Creed and Colour,
      • Dress and diet,
      • Region and country
      • Any language
    • 65. Who is a True Master ??? The only recognition of a True Master is “ Who knows God, and blesses with God Knowledge in no time, to anyone, Who submits to him”. And never Pushes you in search of it. ( Ashtavakara, Vashishtha, Krishna etc) Adi granth
    • 66. Adi Granth True Master says: ‘ He, who has known the True Lord, is called the Satguru (True Master) ’ Page – 286. (satpurkh ji janya, satguru its ka nau…)
    • 67. Srimad Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says: ‘Approach the Knower of Truth ; surrender, serve and politely ask ; the knower will reveal The Knowledge to you’ Chap 4. 34
    • 68. Spiritual Journey
      • Spiritual chronological order
      • Know One
      • Believe in One
      • Be One
      • Back
    • 69. So, What to do ??? We have to search the True Master not God. “ Search the knower, NOT Knowledge ”.
    • 70. The Baton Further…….. Thank you very much And wishing you all God Realization.
    • 71. Spiritual Paradoxes
      • Spiritual Vs Religious
      • Spiritual Experiences
      • Spiritual Journey
      • Spirituality Vs Science
      • Creation Vs Creator
      • Swaroop vs tatva
      • Reprensentation Vs Actual
    • 72.
      • Unity Vs Uniformity
      • Why realisation so difficult
      • Meditation Vs Concentration Vs imagination
      • Politics in religion…
      • Meaning and the Essence
      • Laws of God Vs Laws of Society
      • Why are we punished when He is the doer of all?
      Spiritual Paradoxes contd..
    • 73. Scriptural References
      • Holy Bible
      • Holy Quran
      • Srimad Bhagwat Gita
      • Guru Granth Sahib
      • Ramacharita Manas
    • 74. Spiritual Vs Religious
    • 75. Spiritual Vs Religious Being religious means involvement in social activities like donating for temples, schools, hospitals etc. Being spiritual means in search of the Absolute Truth.
    • 76. What is Absolute Truth ? It has got nothing to do with speaking truth or lie. Truth means Always true that means which is not subject to change, which is Avinashi, Sanatan
    • 77. Spiritual Vs Religious A spiritually enlightened person ALSO becomes religious in due course BUT A purely religious person can never upgrade to spiritual enlightenment.
    • 78. Spiritual Vs Religious These are two related but different lines . LIKE A doctor can also play Tennis, But by merely playing Tennis, you can’t become a doctor. i.e. vice versa is not true
    • 79. Religious Pluralism & Spiritual Oneness Religious Pluralism is because of Rituals and Mythology And Spiritual oneness is because of One God.
    • 80. Religious Pluralism & Spiritual Oneness At the core , There are NOT many religions as we say. There is only one religion And that is HUMANITY
    • 81. Spiritual movement Vs Religion During the Era of Living True Master , it is called Spiritual Movement. And After that what remains is the Religion, which primarily contains Proceduralism or Rituals. Back
    • 82. Spiritual Journey
    • 83. The road less traveled :::::: THE ROUND ABOUTS No. 2
    • 84. Spiritual Journey
      • Spiritual chronological order
      • Know One
      • Believe in One
      • Be One
    • 85. “ Just as rivers are continuously flowing towards the mighty Ocean , our life is but a pilgrimage towards the Nirankar, the Formless Ocean .” Journey Divine…
    • 86. Spiritual Experiences We are Human Beings and getting Spiritual Experiences, NO, In fact, we are Spiritual Beings and getting Human Experiences. Back
    • 87. Spirituality Vs Science
    • 88. Spirituality Vs science Science is the study of Creation, And Spirituality is the study of Creator .
    • 89. Creation Vs Creator The Sun, moon, stars, Earth, air, water , ether, etc are all a part of creation as they all are subject to change. Who is the creator then: The million dollar question?
    • 90. Creation Vs Creator Creation is subject to change And the creator is not. - by definition . All scriptures Back
    • 91. Brahmgyan, Tatva Gyan, Enlightenment, Realisation, or The Wisdom
    • 92. Brahmgyan: the Wisdom Shabad - Word, Name Arth - Meaning Padarth - Matter
    • 93. Brahmgyan flavours : so called… Shastriya gyan [ bookish: the read one ] Shravan gyan [ Heard from others ] Tatva gyan [Direct perception or Realisation from the True Master]
    • 94. Swaroop Vs Tatva Toys of Sugar Elephant of wood Glass of water Vs Sea Water Vs Ice berg Back
    • 95. Realisation of God, why so difficult?
    • 96. Representation Vs Actual Prateek Vs Pratyaksh Globe Vs Earth Map Vs Haryana
    • 97. Realisation : why so difficult? Because of focus on representation for a very long time. [ a grown up child clinging to her barbie] Cigarette smoking for 25 years. back
    • 98. Meditation Vs Concentration Vs Imagination
    • 99. Meditation Vs Concentration
      • A concentration exercise is NOT meditation,
      • Concentration is always ON something, it may be a candle, your own breath, or any other object .
    • 100. Meditation Vs Concentration When that object is God, it is called Meditation. So without knowing God, No meditation is possible. Adi Granth
    • 101. Target is all that matters…..
      • Firing by a soldier is rewarded but by a gangster is punished.
      • Hitting a hammer is important but where to hit is more important.
      • Concentration is OK but what to concentrate on, is more important.
    • 102. Meditation Vs imagination We imagine what we don’t know And We remember what we know. Meditation is remembrance of what we know. Back
    • 103. Realisation Vs Illusion
      • Realisation comes after contemplation and it is permanent. ( From shravan to Manan to Dhyan )
      Illusion is temporary and magic-like. back
    • 104. Understanding the Scriptures :::::: Meaning and the Essence
    • 105. Meaning and Essence ? Shabadarth (Meaning) ( Who knows the Language ) Essence (Bhavarth) ( Who knows the Subject ) e.g. All Scriptures talk about Brahm.
    • 106. Meaning and Essence ? A student of class IV can read higher mathematics, but can’t understand. Likewise we can read the scriptures, But can’t understand because we do not know the Brahma about which they are talking about. Back
    • 107. Spiritual Vocabulary Karm – For gyan Bhakti – after gyan Satsang – Where is Truth Sumiran – Vs Recitation Depression ( for a Psychologist or whether Forecaster)
    • 108. SPIRITUAL BLISS :::::: Body, Mind, and the Soul
    • 109. Spiritual Bliss
      • Body - physical - Science
      • Comforts
      • Mind - peace - Concentration
      • Or attention diversion
      • Soul - Bliss - Brahmgyan
    • 110. THE ROAD MAP
      • Gyan
      • ( knowing the Self through God realisation)
      • Guzran
      • ( Living, earning, etc)
    • 111. Container and the Content
      • we are not a body,
      • but we wear one.
      • Only Actual realisation can
      • shatter the myth.
    • 112. Whether I broke a ‘Law of God’ or ‘Law of Society’
    • 113. Law of God Vs Law of Society
      • Law of Society
      • ( Varies with Era, Country, and Time)
      Marriage, Education, Eating habbits, Plus a lot many such things….
    • 114. Law of God Vs Law of Society Law of God (Universal - no change) Living for…..?, Realisation of Tatva-gyan, Universal Brotherhood. Back
    • 115. Sakaar and Nirakaar :::::: From Matter to the Essence
    • 116. Sakaar and Nirakar
      • Swaroop Vs Tatva
      • Ice Water
      • Sweets Milk
      • Swaroop ( Shape & size )
      • carries Gunas.
      • Nirakar is Nirgun
    • 117. Which Nirakar ???
      • Wisdom
      • Mind
      • Air
      • Soul
      • Pain
      • Love
      • Ether etc. etc.…..
    • 118. Moving : in what direction?
      • Direction
      • is a lot more important
      • than
      • mere Move.
    • 119. Spiritual paradox…..
    • 120. Spiritual paradox….. If God is the doer of everything, then why we get the punishment for wrong doings ??? If God is super conscious, then why doesn’t He stop us from doing wrong acts ???
    • 121. Spiritual Paradox : Karta or Karan; Doer or cause Energy does nothing of its own, The instrument does everything. ( Like Electricity, fan , tube, heater )
    • 122. Karta or Karan: Doer or cause Because of Language we can read, but language is not responsible for what we read, nor language provides any hindrance.
    • 123. Karta or Karan: Doer or cause Like-wise, God, being a supreme energy is the reason for all action, But not the Doer. Gita. Back
    • 124. Thoughtless or fully thoughtful??
    • 125. What is an Eye without Vision?
      • What is an Ear without Hearing
      • [it is not doing its Job]
      • The Job of mind is Sankalpa/ Vikalpa.
      • What is Mind without thought ???
      • We donnt have to stop mind but we have direct it to Gyan.
    • 126. Thoughtless or fully thoughtful?? We don’t have to stop mind but we have direct it to Gyan. Mind doesn’t have to be thoughtless, rather it has to be fully thoughtful about God remembrance. Gita 18-xx
    • 127. God remembrance
      • God consciousness
      • is
      • God remembrance
    • 128. God Realisation
      • God knowledge (Brahmgyan)
      • is the means
      • And
      • God realization
      • is the End
    • 129. Knowing about. .. vs Knowing…
      • Knowing a lot about Shia-chen would be either read or heard information,
      • Not the direct perception.
      Likewise, Knowing a lot about God is different from knowing God i.e. direct perception.
    • 130. We remember those……..
      • People
      • who forget their self
      • are the folks
      • we remember.
    • 131. Word and the Image Rose, Water Sky, Air …. ( same Image… because we know) God - All different images When God is ONE, we agree, then why SO ???? Back
    • 132. Good Citizen Vs The Realised One
      • A realised person will also become a good citizen in due course of time,
      • But, the reverse is not true.
    • 133. Unity Vs Uniformity
      • [ in a garden, variety leads to beauty]
      • There is beauty in diversity, not in uniformity.
      • Unity in diversity is also possible.
      • But, uniformity is neither possible nor desirable.
      • We should strive for unity, not uniformity.
      • Back
    • 134. The Divinity Within…
      • Like, Wood is
      • potentially FIRE .
      • Same way,
      • Every Human Being is
      • Potentially DIVINE .
    • 135. Religion in Politics…
      • Religion in Politics is a BOON . ( Lord Ram, Lord Krishna etc.)
      • Politics in Religion is a BANE .
    • 136. Religion in Politics…
      • It is a BOON if a Religious Leader takes up the reins of Politics . ( Lord Ram, Lord Krishna etc.)
      • It is a BANE if a Political Leader takes up the reins of Religion .
    • 137. Religion in Politics…
      • What is Ram-Rajya ?
      • “ if Ram runs the Rajya” .
      • Who is Ram ?
      • “ A spiritually enlightened person” OR “A truly religious person”
    • 138. Scriptural References
      • Holy Bible
      • Holy Quran
      • Srimad Bhagwat Gita
      • Guru Granth Sahib
      • Ramacharita Manas
    • 139. Holy Bible :::::: Some References
    • 140. Holy Bible ‘ Wisdom is Supreme, therefore, Get Wisdom’ Wisdom = Brahmgyan Proverb 4.17
    • 141. Holy Bible ‘ ye know not the God ye worship We know the God we worship’ St. John 4.22 Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand (near) St Mathews 4.17
    • 142. Holy Bible Jesus says “ I am the way, the Truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” St. John 14.6
    • 143. Holy Bible “ I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” says the Lord , “who is and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” Revelation, 1.8
    • 144. Holy Quran :::::: Some References
    • 145. Holy Quran ‘ Khuda is merciful, ask about him from the one, who knows Him 25 / 59
    • 146. Holy Quran ‘ Those who divided religion into sects; Khuda will take care of them’ 5/ 159 Those who differentiate between khuda and His messengers ; and those who say that they believe in this, and they don’t believe in that , are pucca Kafirs . 4/ 150-152
    • 147. Holy Quran “ Have faith in Khuda, his all messengers, and all scriptures” 4 / 136
    • 148. Holy Quran “ But they have no knowledge (Brahmgyan); They follow nothing but Guess ; and a Guess can never take the place of Truth .” 53 / 28
    • 149. Holy Quran “ O’ Believers, do your duty  to Allah and seek the means to approach him” 5 / 35
    • 150. Holy Quran “ Allah will reward those who believe in Him and those who have been granted the Knowledge .” 58 / 11
    • 151. Srimad Bhagwad Gita :::::: Some References
    • 152. Srimad Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says: ‘ who knows me by ‘tatva’ doesn’t fall into cycle of rebirth, but merges into me’ Chap 4.9
    • 153. Srimad Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says: ‘ In this Form , I can not be seen through vedas, charity, austere penances and ritualistic practices’ Chap 11.48-52
    • 154. Srimad Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says: ‘Approach the Knower of Truth ; surrender, serve and politely ask ; the knower will reveal The Knowledge to you’ Chap 4. 34
    • 155. Shri Guru Granth Sahib (Adi Granth) :::::: Some References
    • 156. Adi Granth True Master says: “ The Formless creator is always very near to us , but the blind (ignorant) thinks that He is too far away ” Page – 267 (Jo thakur sad sada hajure, ta ko andha janat dure)
    • 157. Adi Granth True Master says: “ No one did ever attain …. without a True Master (Satguru); God places Himself in the True Master And manifests Himself through his declaratory Revelation ” Page – 466 (bin satguru kineh na payo……)
    • 158. Adi Granth True Master says: ‘ He, who has known the True Lord, is called the Satguru (True Master) ’ Page – 286. (satpurkh ji janya, satguru its ka nau…)
    • 159. Adi Granth True Master says: “The Formless creator is everywhere, surrounding everyone , but He can not be realised without the blessings of a True Master” says Nanak. Page – 924. (kaho nanak gur bin nahin sujhe, hari sajan sabke nikat khara)
    • 160. Ramcharita Manas :::::: Some References
    • 161. Ramcharita Manas “ He only can know to whom you have revealed the knowledge ; and who knows you, becomes one with you” Ayodhya Kand ( soi jane, jehu dei janai, janat tume tmhi hoi jai)
    • 162. Ramcharita Manas ‘ God is one; desireless ; colourless; nameless; deathless; He is the Truth, consciousness and bliss; the ultimate destination; all pervasive and cosmic’ ( ek aneeh aroop anama …….) Balkand
    • 163. Ramcharita Manas ‘ Perceptio n is not possible without knowing God; Love is not possible without perception ; Bhakti is not possible without Love ; Bhakti without perception is like trying to get butter from water’ (jane binu na hoi partiti, binu partiti hoi nahi priti…) Uttarkand
    • 164. Sampuran Avtar Bani :::::: Some References
    • 165. Sampuran Avtar Bani Satguru Avtar Singh ji says: ‘ No religion is greater, Than to have an all around , direct perception of God’ Shabad 154, line -1
    • 166. Sampuran Avtar Bani Satguru Avtar Singh ji says: ‘ Formless God is everywhere, yet we don’t have that eye to perceive Him; without the blessings of a True Master, the Revelation will not take place’ Shabad 13, line 3-4
    • 167. Sampuran Avtar Bani Satguru Avtar Singh ji says : ‘ Formless God is one; having no beginning, no end … ; when a person surrenders unto the True Master; and when the True Master chooses to bless , only then realisation takes place . Shabad 12

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