Many books have been written throughout history about the purpose of life, the Knowledge, the Perfect Master, and his guidance towards the realization of Knowledge. But here are the words of the living Master. And what he is offering is more than just words; he can reveal the practical experience of what our existence is all about.
This booklet contains excerpts from a magazine story on Guru Maharaj Ji in April, 1979.
Guru Maharaj Ji, you are quoted as saying: "I declare I will establish peace in this world." The dictionary defines peace as "the absence of war." Is that what you mean?
No. To me, peace is really the inner contentment. War is only a by-product of man not being content within himself. When i say peace, I mean the peace which is within us and which comes when man is in harmony with his Creator, the Almighty Lord God. When one has experienced inner peace, then and only then can the absence of war really manifest.
How will you establish peace in this world?
Through Knowledge, which is the experience of one's real self, and harmony with the ultimate, which is inside of all of us. When one can really understand the purpose of existence, then there is no doubt. All pain and suffering from one's self disappears and hence the Kingdom of Heaven is established. It is tranquil and peaceful.
What is Knowledge, and how does receiving Knowledge change a person's life?
Knowledge is the true realization of one's self. Knowledge is knowing the energy which has created us and sustains us, which is primordial and infinite.
This Knowledge doesn't bring about any physical change but just the inner contentment, the peace within oneself.
Is Knowledge a new or "cult" religion -- or a religion at all?
Knowledge is neither new, religion, nor cult. Knowledge is the primordial source which sustains us. Knowledge is life, Knowledge is Truth and Knowledge is what our heart wants to know.
Knowledge is the true experience of one's self, which is neither new, cult nor religion. That experience has been there since time immemorial.
After Knowledge is revealed to a person, what part does Guru Maharaj Ji play in that person's life?
After the Knowledge has been revealed to a person, Guru Maharaj Ji is there to help in one's life. Without the help of true teacher, it is very hard to learn, and without learning, the experience of this true Knowledge cannot manifest in person's life. For a person who wants the experience of peace, the teacher's aid to him is very important and necessary.
You refer to yourself as Perfect Master. What does that mean?
it is really quite simple. Separate "perfect" and "master." A math teacher may be referred to as math master. In the same way, one who teaches perfection may be referred to as Perfect Master. The connotation of Perfect Master may appear to some people as meaning physically perfect. Because the body has a beginning and an end, the body itself cannot be perfect. But the Knowledge that a Perfect Master reveals is perfect, and therefore he is known as Perfect Master.
Why do people need a Perfect Master in the first place? If God is within, can't people experience God without the help of someone else?
God being within is one thing, and experiencing God is another. Just like having water in front of you is one thing, and drinking it is another. God is within you. God is omnipresent. But, without the help, without the assistance, without the guidance of a true living Master, the experience of God is not only very, very hard, but impossible. The true teacher can make that experience manifest.
Most people think of a Guru as someone who has renounced all worldly things and sits on the top of a mountain. What does "Guru" actually mean?
The word "Guru" is a very simple word and has a very simple meaning. It derives from Sanskrit and means, "One who can take us from the darkness and brings us to Light." "Gu" meaning darkness; "Ru" meaning Light. The word "Guru" is in some circumstances misused. Guru is that embodiment, that human being, who can take us from darkness, bring us to Light, show us the perfection within, show us the experience of God within, and bring us the inner contentment.
if a Guru isolates himself by being on top of a mountain then how do you think he can reveal to people of this world the satisfaction within that he is here for?
What message would you like to give to the readers of this magazine?
The message that I would like to give is not only to the readers of this magazine, but for the entire human race: to understand the purpose of this life; to really experience the peace within; to be, in the real sense of it, happy.
This life is too precious and more meaningful than we can possibly understand. This life is such a precious gift, and as far as I have understood, it is the crown of creation. To be here, to be alive, is such a Grace, such a gift, from that Almighty Lord God. And that is all the more reason why we have to realize Him, recognize Him, experience Him within.
The struggle in this world to exist goes on more and more day to day. And yet it is so obvious that the Creator Who created us, and Who sustains us, has not created us or the creation for discontent, anger, hate and darkness. The threat of war grows every day. We don't have to choose war when we can choose the love of God and the peace of the Kingdom of Heaven within. Undoubtedly, to me, that is what we should experience.
I feel I have something through which you can experience peace and the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, within. I urge everyone to realize the Truth within, and thus experience that love of our Creator, the Almighty Who has created us all.
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