SHRI SATPAL JI MAHARAJ
The Secret Knowledge
Insight into the spiritual life
MANAV UTTHAN SEVA SAMITI
SPIRITUAL LIFE SOCIETY
Published jointly by MANAV UTTHAN SEWA SAMITI, 2/12 Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi-26, India
and the SPIRITUAL LIFE SOCIETY,
751 South Branch River Road, Somerville, New Jersey 08876, U.S.A.
Copyright 1984 by Spiritual Life Society
All rights reserved.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 82-061023
ISBN Number 0-911807-05-05 First edition: April, 1987
Printing and phototypesetting by:
Rajeshwari Photosetters Ltd. 2/12 Punjabi Bagh, N. Delhi-26.
Cover design by Michael Green Illustrated by Sarita Rawat
Special thanks to Manoj Bhargava, Linda Gonsalves, Susan Sippel, Rick Roberts and Jan Ehrlichman for their help in the preparation of this book.
What is meant here by the words secret and knowledge? Part One begins with a clear definition of knowledge, but why is it termed secret knowledge? Secrets occur in countless ways, of course, generally for reasons of security or personal advantage through some form of intentional concealment. But the secret of spiritual Knowledge is more akin to how the mysteries of Nature are secret. All things stand as they are: Nature, we assume, isn't trying to remain hidden. Yet it seems that there is a limit to the ability of instruments, however advanced, or our intellects, however subtle, to penetrate to the origin of life. Macrocosm and microcosm both recede into infinite vastnesses. Our reach in these directions is as an infant clutching for the stars.
There is another dimension unhampered by limitations of this kind. This dimension, the spiritual dimension, is accessed by practising specific techniques of inward concentration upon the origin of life. Known, among other terms, as the Way, enlightenment, or salvation, this dimension, this experience shines unobstructed. It remains a secret only because it is ignored. As creatures of the world, we are too entranced or preoccupied by other things. It is as though man has cast up obscuring clouds from the fires of his passions for so long that the reality of the shining sun has become a memory, a myth, a forgotten secret. Thus life passes in ignorance.
But human beings are more than just creatures of this world. The radiant inner life-force that we may call God or Father, Allah or Bhagwan, is our source and sustenance, our goal and our beacon to a better, truer world, a heaven that can be known on earth, for each of us, inwardly. We only have to know where and how to bring our distracted minds into focus upon it.
Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj provides these very techniques of spiritual perception to all sincere aspirants. By disseminating this Knowledge, he is performing a profound service to humanity. His message is not one of any particular political, nationalistic, racial or religious creed. It is instead a call to all humans to stop and listen closely to what the ancient wisdom is saying, and then to begin to live that wisdom. Through the Knowledge that is Shri Satpal Ji's gift to man, the Way is revealed, and the Secret freely shared.
The four aspects
Concerning the eternal techniques of meditation
The importance of faith in living a spiritual life
The Gita on karma yoga
The essential message of the Bhagavad Gita on karma, renunciation, duty, desire and devotion
Analysis of the role of the yogic science of meditation in the perception of fundamental reality
The eternal flow of Knowledge
A wide-ranging discourse on Spiritual Knowledge, with examples from the scriptures of the world and the teachings of saints
Questions and answers
Clear answers to questions on spiritual topics, selected from the discourses Shri Satpal Maharaj has given over the years
Stories and thoughts
Extracted from the discourses of Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj
The eldest son of Paramsant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj was born on 21st September, 1951, at Kankhal, in the holy town of Hardwar. Birth into the family of an enlightened Yogi, combined with his own inherent tendencies, facilitated his spiritual development from a very early age. By the age of two he was already sitting for long periods in deep meditation, and he would encourage others to do so, too. His father once commented that his consciousness, naturally drawn inward to rest within itself, was to be coaxed outwards for the spiritual benefit of others. Growing up in a spiritual environment under the strict guidance of his father and surrounded by mahatmas and devotees, he became a master of the spiritual science at an early age.
When he was three years old, a huge procession through the main streets of Delhi was arranged for him by his father. Thousands of devotees and interested members of the public participated. At one point, when a gigantic traffic jam prevented the forward, progress of the procession, little Satpal Ji Maharaj himself stood up and gave the appropriate directions to clear the way. Even at a tender age his innate leadership and organizing abilities manifested themselves.
Besides the spiritual training he received at home, he went to school to acquire a formal education. From the very beginning of his school life he showed a keen interest in science. Extrethely practical by nature, he would not accept anything until he could verify it through objective analysis or personal experience.
Totally devoted to his own Master, he demonstrated the path of service in his own life. He never expects his disciples to do anything which he himself has not done, and he doesn't preach anything which he himself hasn't practised.
His father passed away in July 1966, bequeathing his mission
and unfinished work to his eldest son. Young Satpal Ji Maharaj took command with his characteristic zeal and efficiency, dedicating himself to the task of fulfilling his father's dreams. He has never deviated from the ideals and path taught by Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, no matter what the cost. His integrity and clarity of vision, his noble character, self-discipline and patient effort have earned him the respect of all sections of society.
Years of tireless effort culminated in three Padyatras, (a long march with a spiritual or social purpose). The first began on September 24th, 1983, from Badrinath, 10,000 feet up in the Himalayas. The 600-km route, covered entirely on foot, included historical places such as Pandukeshwar, Joshimath, Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Rishikesh and Hardwar. At each of the 24 stops along the way, evening satsang programs were arranged to acquaint the local people with the aims of the Padyatra and to inspire them to realize their latent potential, both spiritual and social. The Padyatra ended on 28th October with the spectacle of 60,000 people marching peacefully through the streets of Delhi, calling for the spiritual renaissance of India and the world.
The second Padyatra in March 1985 started from Siliguri, West Bengal, passed through the mountainous area of Darjeeling and ended at Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. This 250-km Padyatra has led to a wave of renewed spiritual and social awareness among the backward but pious local populations. The third Padyatra, in February, 1986, went from Bodh Gaya to Patna, Bihar. At every stop along the way, Maharaj Ji called upon the people to reawaken spirituality and humanitarianism in this, the land of Lord Buddha.
Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj has taken his message of inspiration and hope to the four corners of India and also abroad. Under his guidance, the organization `Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti' is promoting his spiritual and social work throughout India. Ashrams and centres have been established through which the holy Knowledge of practical Self-realization is disseminated freely to sincere aspirants.
Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti
An all-India Registered Society, with its Head Office in New Delhi, Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti's aim is the all-round, integrated development of society. In the tradition of the great Masters such as Kabir, Guru Nanak, Mohammed, Christ and Buddha, it is against discrimination in any form among different racial, ethnic or ideological communities and strives for the unity of mankind.
Evolution of consciousness leads to the upliftment of society. By disseminating the practical technique of Self-realization, which awakens the spirit within man, the Society is actively involved in social progress and the eradication of social and religious evils which are caused by ignorance and lack of understanding. To further its aims, the Society organizes Manav Dharm Sammelans, or spiritual conferences, all over India, at which representatives from other religious and social groups are invited to speak.
Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti's membership is drawn from all classes and communities of Indian society. Distinctions of caste, creed, colour or wealth are not recognized. The Society is totally opposed to casteism and untouchability.
Besides its primary aim of spreading spiritual Knowledge, the Society has various social welfare programs. It maintains schools and charitable clinics at which patients can receive allopathic, homoeopathic or ayurvedic treatment free of charge. The Society also sets up flood-relief camps as the need arises.
Anyone is welcome at any of the hundreds of ashrams and centres, where many thousands of people have found comfort, compassion and renewed spiritual and mental strength.
Main Ashrams and Contact Offices of Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti
1. Shri Hans Satsang Bhawan, Plot No. 2, Road No. 12, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi-26.
2. Satlok Ashram, Near Ganges Canal Bridge, Muradnagar. (Dist. Ghaziabad).
3. Shri Prem Nagar Ashram, Jwalapur Road, Hardwar. (200 rooms plus facilities available).
4. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, 565/566 Rajender Nagar, Lucknow.
5. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, 4 Kotaparcha, Near Dat Bridge, Allahabad.
6. Sary Dharm Mandir, Shri Hans Marg, Ma Rajeshwari Nagar, Sigra, P.O. Memoorganj, Varanasi.
7. L.I.G.W. Block, Bungalow No, 19-20, Juhi,Kanpur.
8. Hansbela Ashram, Bindukhera, P.O. Lalkuan, Dist. Nainital.
9. Manav Utthan Ashram, Ashram Nagar, .Gular Road, Aligarh.
10. Manav Utthan Sewa. Samiti, House No.200, Ward No.4, Singh Dhar, Lower Road, Joshimath (Dist. Chamoli).
11. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti Dharamshala, Kubera Bhandar Lane, (near Badrinath Temple) Badrinath. (N.B.: Permission to stay at Joshimath and Badrinath ashrams must first he obtained from either Hardwar or Delhi.)
12. Shri Satguru Darbar, Road No.4-A, Gardni Bagh, Patna.
13. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, Thalia Rd, in front of Agrasen Bhawan, Jogbani, Dist. Purniya.
14. c/- Kalachan Vera Satsang Bhavan, Chapatri, P.O. Nonihat, Dist. Dumka.
15. Sachcha Darbar Ashram, Hans Tola, Nahar Tola, Jokiyari, P.O. Raxaul, Dist. East Champaran.
16. Mata Rajeshwari Jyoti Mandir, Shri Hans Satsang Bhawan, House No. 23A/402, Block G, Diamond Harbour Road, New Alipur, Calcutta.
17. Hans Bela Ashram, Near Anchal Office, East Vairagi Para, P.O. Sewak Road, Dist. Jalpaiguri.
18. Shri Hans Vaikunth Dham, Hill Cart Rd, Neem ka Danda, Darjeeling.
19. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, Paradise Hotel, in front of S.N.T. Office, Gangtok.
20. Manav UtthAn Sewa Samiti, House No. 3620, Sector 23D, Chandigarh.
21. Hans Satsang Bhawan, 204 Ward No. 9, Moh. Puriya, Sujjanpur, Dist. Gurdaspur.
22. Ashram Bansjor, Ramjari Tola, P.O. Bansjor, Dist. Sundergarh.
23. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, haktinagar, P.O. Sector No.1, Rourkela-14, Dist. Sundergarh.
24. Dulpur, in front of Manikeshwar Mahadev, Gandhi Rd, Morar, Gwalior.
25. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, near Bankhanda Hanuman, Sudama Nagar, Plot 23, Ujjain.
26. Sarvdharm Satsang Bhavan, Plot 4, Aerodrome Rd, Indore.
27. Satsang Bhawan, 9, Nawalgarh House, Sansarchand Rd, Jaipur.
28. Satsang Bhawan, Nala Sheeshgaran, Alwar.
29. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, B-1/117, Sector No. 11, New Model Town, Faridabad.
30. Manav Dharm Ashram, Plots No.7&9, Ramnagar, Kachhwa Rd. Karnal.
31. Satsang Bhavan, Indra Colony; near Water Tank, Rohtak.
32. Akhand Ashram, Bahadur Lake, Near Pratap Gate, Sirsa.
33. Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, Prabhunagar Mandi, near Petrol Pump, Vali Lane, Brahmnagar, Sonipat.
34. Brahmbodh Ashram, Kahili Para, P.O. Vinoba Nagar, Gauhati- 781018.
35. 40 Lakkar Bazaar, Simla.
36. Kalyan Dham, Jail Rd. Mandi.
37. Shri Hansyog Ashram, Tapovan, Panchvati, Nasik.
38. Sohani Mansion, Susra Mala, 107 August Kranti Marg, (Kambala Hill Rd) Near Campus Corner, Bombay-36.
39. 21-7-631/3 Khokar Bari, Chelapura, Hyderabad.
40. Manav Mandiram, 75/2, Bhavanipuram, near Shivalyam Temple, Vijaywada.
41. 78, Vishalnagar, Gujarat Housing Board, Tarsala, Baroda9.
42. M.U.S.S., New Aerodrome Rd, Ajay Bari, Bhavnagar.
43. M.U.S.S., Shivnagar, Sheri No. 1, Gondal Rd, Rajkot.
44. M.U.S.S., behind Patel Sanatorium, Girdhar Nagar, Shahibagh, Ahmedabad-4.
45. Shri Hans Mukti Dham, Purushottam Nagar, Gotala Bari Rd. Idgah, Katar Gaon, Darwaja Bahar, Surat.
46. Spiritual Life Society, 751 South Branch River Rd. Somerville, N.J. 08876, U.S.A.
Publications in English
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The Light of Wisdom—Shri Hans Ji Maharaj
Dharma for Man
The Living Testament
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita
Substance of Gita
Science and Spirituality
The Word of God
Way to Total Satisfaction
Life-Portrait of Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj
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