Shri Sant Ji Maharaj speaking in Boulder, 17 September 1971
Today people are trying to find peace in books and peace in nature. But nature itself is a part of peace, and so is your soul. Your soul is also natural, it is not artificial. Your body is also natural, it is not artificial. Ha! Maybe your way of living is artificial, but your body is not artificial. It is real, it is natural, like a tree. And you have to realize what is the mystery of that nature that is working within your body. Because God made that nature, He made so much nature, so much.
So realize that constant thing. Today we buy a certain thing – we love it. Tomorrow it is destroyed – where has our love gone? Where does our love go? We know that our love should be always constant. But it isn't. That's why there are so many opposites, that's why so many people are confused. They go into their churches and marry, and tomorrow they divorce each other. Because that love that we do externally is not constant. External things are not constant. But always when the True Master has come, He has guided the people and shown them the True Light and told them to follow this True Light. Then only can you reach the true destination that you ought to reach.
I went to Aspen and I saw huge mountains. I was seeing the snow falling the whole day. From where does this snow come? Is there any refrigerator in God's heaven that is putting out snow? What is
that thing that is making it snow? What is that nature? What is that thing that is making you alive? Is there any cell in your pocket, or is there any generator in your pocket, that is putting current into you and you are moving? This is the mystery of nature, that there is hidden Light in everything, and you have to realize what is that hidden Light, what is that hidden thing, what is that hidden current in you that is constant and can never die. These are the teachings of all the saints on record. That thing that is making things alive is the most constant thing in the world because it is the power of God, and this is making everything alive.
This is the body, this is a frame. One day something will go out of it and the whole body will become like a plank of wood. You can lift the body now by just holding the legs, but what is that thing that went into this form, and made it alive, and then went out of this form? That secret you should know.
People ask why did God create evil. If God did create evil, He also created the way to get rid of it. He created a pistol for it with four bullets and we have to shoot, and shoot, and shoot and shoot, and when we have shot all four bullets, we really have killed our ego, we really have killed it. Our pistol is meditation, and the bullets are the four noble Truths which kill the devil in us. Buddha said that knowing the four noble Truths, you will know something eternal. So what is that eternal thing? Know that. This is your aim in coming into the world. We haven't come into this world to eat drink and be merry. Remember, the plant that you are loving today, to which you have given so much water, will finish one day. Why? Because the plant is not constant. Nature is also not constant. In nature you see so many things coming up and so many things dying, like man. Nature is not constant. So what is the constant basis of all life, knowing which we are made constant?
Some people think that God is a human being, but He is not. God hasn't got ears like us, nose like us, eyes like us, mouth like us, teeth, tongue, lungs, chest, bones. He isn't like that. These eyes only see in a limited way, but God's eyes can see everything. His eyes are different from these.
Same way, His Word is a different word, and we need a different eye to see that different Word, a third eye. This is the mystery. Jesus Christ said, "People will be able to look into the Kingdom of Heaven with one eye." He never meant, "Take a stick and put out one eye and become a blind person or become half blind with only one eye." He never said that. So how to make one eye out of two eyes? The only way is to take a stick and put out one eye? Is that the way? Jesus said get one eye but He did not take a stick and put out eyes. There is some other way that is an internal way, it is the source of all nature and it is all the bliss that you can expereince, all the bliss that you can experience. This is the cause of snow falling on this earth, this the cause of everything you can see, feel, touch and think about. People try to think about God with their limited minds. I've told you so many times, you cannot think about God with your limited mind. God is unlimited and your mind is limited. It can only think about limited things. But when we enter nature, when we enter the heaven of God, then we realize what is the heaven of God.
I'll tell you a story. Once there was a queen. She went to take a bath, took off her necklace and hung it on a hook. A crow came and flew off with it. When he saw that it was not edible, that it was only a necklace, he let it drop down. The necklace fell from the sky and dropped onto a tree. Under that tree the river was flowing in which all the dirt of the city was flowing. Very dirty. When the queen came out of her bath she saw the necklace was missing. She cried, "A thief, a thief has taken my necklace." Was that crow a real thief? She never knew, but still she said, "A thief has taken my necklace, and until I get it back' I won't take food." So nobody could find the necklace and the king ordered that whosoever could find that necklace and bring it to him, he would give half his kingdom. Some travellers were going by, and they stopped under that tree to take some shelter and looked into that dirty river. "Oh there is the necklace," they cried, "Now we are the owners of half this kingdom. Let us jump in the water and take out the necklace."
So they all jumped in the river, and swam deep but they could get nothing. They came out and again saw the necklace was there.. So they again jumped in but again they got nothing. Again they came out and again they jumped in. When they came out they still saw it. When they jumped in, the necklace disappeared and when they came out the necklace was there. And so they thought, "That thief is very clever. Whenever we come out he shows us the necklace but when we jump in he takes it and hides it. He is very clever." After some time a huge crowd gathered, and later the king was passing and said, "What is the matter, why are so many people there by that river?" The people said, "There is the necklace, king." The king said, "Yes, that is the necklace, I should go and jump in and take it." But his Prime Minister said, "O.K, king. I am going to jump in and get this necklace for you." Then the king thought, "If the Prime Minister gets the necklace for me, then
half the kingdom will be his, so why should I lose my kingdom? These clothes are very fine, but they are not as expensive as half the kingdom." See, the king was very cunning. "I will jump in the water," he said. So he jumped into the river with all his clothes on, into that dirty river. He searched all around but he couldn't get that necklace. He came out and said, "Well, the necklace is there and as soon as I jump in it disappears. Why should this be?"
Just then, a Guru, a man who knew this Knowledge, was passing by, and he said, "This is neither a fasting day nor a Holy day. What is the matter? Why are so many people gathered around here?" And they said, "Sir, this is the matter. The necklace is there and we want to take it out." He said, "Can't you find it in the water?" They said, "No." He said, "O.K. Wait." Then he climbed the tree, took the necklace down and gave it to the king. Because in that river, there was not the real necklace, there was only the reflection of that necklace. The necklace was up there all the time but. they could only see the reflection.
Some butterflies always fly round bulbs and lamps and think, "This is the light," so they fly in there and what happens? There is fire inside, they burn and die. They fly in and they die. They thought something was there but nothing is there. So many people are come into this world and so many people have died, but what have they gained? Life then death. They think there is a mystery of life that they must search for, but where to search? They think the mystery of life is in materialism, but it is not there. Materialism is the reflection. You can see the sun, the moon, so many beautiful things – they are the reflection of this mystery – and they think, "Oh yes, here it is." And they jump into that mystery, but they find nothing. There are some people, even in India, who don't want houses or possessions or anything materialistic. They just want to live with nothing. They just stay in caves and say, "We don't want to be near materialistic things." But can they find real Truth there? Can they find real peace there? No, because they are only touching nature, they are not touching the mystery of nature.
What is materialism? To have a beautiful car, to have so many things around you, this is materialism. Sometimes the car breaks down then you pay money for it to be repaired. It is a fine. Sometimes television breaks down and you pay money for it to he repaired. It is also a fine. Really, it is a fine. You are being fined. So why do you have things for which you will be fined? We must put ourselves on the middle path in this world, not too low, not too high. Should the temperature of your body be 0 degrees centigrade or should it be 140 degrees centigrade? No, it should be 99, it should be normal. There are three types of levels. One is the most materliaistic and one is the most natural, but neither materialistic living nor natural living can help you. The level that will help you is the middle one. And when you know this Knowledge you know the secret of being in the middle.
Today, people remember the name of Rama and say, "Ram, Ram, Ram." But what was His name before He was born? Was it baby? So why don't we say, "Baby, Baby, Baby"? What was the name Rama's father meditated upon? What was that secret? What was the Mystery of the Light? We have to know that Mystery, because that is the main source, that is the spark plug. The white part of the spark plug is not beautiful. There are two things only which are useful in the spark plug. That little pin there and that little pin there. The spark goes between them, so they are the most useful, not the plug. The car is so expensive, but without this spark it is useless. Same way, this body is so big, but the thing making it go is so small, so very small. You cannot look at it through microscopes, not even through atomic microscopes. A microscope will not help you to know that Mystery. For that you need a third eye, you need to make both eyes into one eye. When you have that one eye you will see what is the Mystery of the mysteries. And you will say, "Yes, it is really far out." But you cannot see so you do not know.
There were two toads. I think you understand the meaning of toad, they go, "Trrr, trrr, trrr," in the night, you know? And these two toads met. One toad belonged to the sea and one toad belonged to the well. And the sea toad said, "I am very far away from my ocean, so you had better give me shelter." He said, "O.K, come into my well," and he took him into his well. When they were there they both started talking. The toad who lived in the well said, "How big is the ocean?" And the other one said, "Huge big, big, big, huge." So the toad who lived in the well made a circle and said, "This big?" And the other said, "No, huge, much bigger." So he drew a bigger circle. He said, "Bigger than this?" The other said, "Yes, much bigger." He carried on making circles saying, "Bigger than this?" "Yes, bigger than this." Ultimately, he reached the boundary of the well. He said, "Bigger than this?" The sea toad said, "Yes, bigger than this." He said, "It is impossible. Nothing can be bigger than my well. This is the biggest thing." The other said, "Brother, be patient, wait a little."
In the morning they both rose and the sea toad took the other one to the sea and all he could see was water, water, water and not an end to it.
Maybe you think these are just bare words which you listen to with your ears. But there is something beyond them, there is something beyond that which you think is limited, it's like the toad.
There were two ants, and one ant loved salt and the other loved sugar. When they met, the salt ant said, "My salt is the sweetest thing, the most beautiful thing." And the other said, "No, my sugar is sweeter." They said, "O.K, we are both tired today, we will rest and in the morning we will meet." And the salt ant said, "I will come and taste your sugar in the morning."
Morning came, they both rose up, and the salt ant said, "Probably there won't be any salt near that sweet thing, so I had better take some along." So she took some salt in her mouth and went to where the other ant lived. "Yes I have come," she said, "Where is the sugar?" "Here it is, taste as much as you like." The salt ant tasted some and then said, "Well, this is just like my salt, your sugar is just like my salt." She took another bite, "Yes, it's just like my salt." Because she had a piece of salt in her mouth, she could not taste the sugar.
The same thing is with us. In our minds there are egos, confusions, and so many things, so when we go to something we say, "Oh, this is just like our confusions." Because we are really confused, we get more confused. But once our confusion is removed we really will face the sweetness. And then the ant said, "Open your mouth," and the salt ant opened her mouth and, yes, there was a piece of salt there. The sugar ant said, "Take this out. Wash out your mouth and then come." So she did, and then she came and tasted the sugar and then said, "Oh, yes, this is beautiful. This is sweet."
Same thing with humans. People come to me, saying, "Oh, this is confusing." But when I say, "O.K, what are your questions, what are your doubts?" they tell me those questions. I give them the answers, and what happens? The salt, the confusion, comes out of their mouths. "O.K," I say, "Now go and wash out your mouth, go and listen to satsang and wash out your confusions." Then they go and listen to satsang and then I say, "O.K, now come and take the Knowledge," and I give the Knowledge to them and they are really satisfied.
You won't be able to understand my Knowledge by these bare words, because the Knowledge is a matter of practical experience and I think God will bless you to know this Knowledge. If you can't get this Knowledge outside, come to me and I will give it to you. I have got this Knowledge. I have given it to many people and they are all satisfied. So if you want it, come to me and I'll give you this Knowledge, because this Knowledge is a bank account which won't finish, even if I give it three thousand times to the people of this universe. It is a huge bank account I have got. It is not money that is in my bank account, it is the most precious jewel, it is a diamond which I am giving to everyone.
There was a farmer in the desert and he saw this piece of glass shining so he picked it up. He said, "Oh this is not precious," and he threw it away and went on his way. And after some time a jeweller came and he took it, and he said, "Oh it is a diamond, how lucky I am." So he put it in his pocket. So they both came, they both picked up that diamond, but one was clever enough to know its value and the other was ignorant and left it. This is confusion. This Knowledge is supreme, just supreme and you cannot take it with your mind, which is what you are wanting to do. I am very sorry, but you cannot have it like that. You cannot think this Knowledge in your mind. You cannot imagine this Knowledge. So if you have any doubts and confusions, ask me and I will remove them and I'll ask you to go and wash your mouth and that means listen to satsang. When you are ready I'll come and turn your battery on. When a car is ready, still one more thing is needed, and that single thing is the ignition. I can switch on your ignition. At this time you haven't even got an engine, you have only got a body, a chassis. But ultimately, satsang, by removing doubts, does many things and it will place an engine there, a big, huge, powerful engine. Everything will be fixed. You will become eager, but you have no battery and no ignition switch. You cannot turn yourself on. But when you are given this Knowledge you become ignited and then to go forward you do your service and your meditation and then you will go onto that highway that is the fastest highway in the world. It never goes crooked, it goes straight to God, straight to God, and it is a very short highway. Your car has got no steering wheel because there is just one direction, straight. It has got no tyres because it flies, it flies straight to one point and that is God. Only then do you become a real part of God, only then are you a real human being. Then you will be being. Up till now you are only human, not yet beings, but then you become beings, human beings. And then you become perfect, you become part of God and part of the Son of God.
So now I am here again, speaking to you, giving you my satsang. Some of you will be like a strainer, and all the precious water will drain out, and only the tea leaves will remain. But other people will be like combine harvesters. They will take out the hay and keep the grains inside them.
So let's see who is like which. If you are like a tea strainer, the water will leak out and you will not be able to use the leaves again. But if you are sincere you will be like a combine harvester and you will really be part of God. So let's see which you are. So come tomorrow and receive the Knowledge. People who go to work can come after they finish. You are always welcome to come. We never stop.
So now you know why you have come to this world. Look at your watches and you will see how fast the second needle is running, so fast, extremely fast, and your precious moments are being wasted. You know the proverb, time and tides wait for no-one. Time and tides wait for no-one. And time won't wait for you. It's passing by like anything and there is no certainty in your life. Suppose you are going out and your car slips on some ice and it crashes into a bridge or something and you die. So there is no certainty about your life and there is a heart-attack disease that is very popular. You are .sitting there and you don't know when you will die and suddenly you die.
So know why you have come into this world. Take this full opportunity that you have got, that God has given you, take full opportunity of it, otherwise…
Dogs bark but the elephant carries on going. When an elephant passes in India all the dogs come round and bark, bark, bark. Elephant never even sees them. Elephant isn't aware of what is happening around him. If you don't realize why you have come into this world, if you don't use every single moment, then you are like an elephant, having nothing to do with nature, having nothing to do with Knowledge and having nothing to do with time. Everything is saying, "Know, know, know, know me," but you aren't interested. Realize why you have come into this world, why God placed you in this human frame, why God made you so handsome, why God graced you with that most intelligent brain. Why did He do that? Know. Only know.
And when you know it, meditate upon it, start walking on that way, start climbing up that ladder, and if you do not know the way, if you do not have that ladder, come to me and I will give you the Knowledge. You are always welcome. My Knowledge does not have any religion, it does
not have any way of life. If you want to cut your hair, cut your hair, my Knowledge won't affect that. If you are growing your hair, grow your hair, my Knowledge won't affect that. My Knowledge is like a river. Let a lame man come, it is the same water, let a rich man come, it is the same water, let a poor man come, it is the same water, let a beggar come, it is the same water, let a king come, it is the same water, let an enemy come, it is the same water, let a friend come, it is the same water. The same water is flowing for everybody. This Knowledge is the same for everybody. External things do not affect this Knowledge because it is internal. So know why you are following the crooked paths of this world and turn away from them to the straight path of this Knowledge. In the mountains in India there is a leaf and if you touch it it will give you an electric shock. Your fingers will feel tingling as if thousands of spiders are there, but nearby you will find a plant, a small plant, and if you take the leaf of that plant, you can rub it on your fingers and you will be cured. So where God has created evil He has created good also. But people who look at evil cannot look at good, they don't know where goodness is. The toads who live in the well don't know what the sea is and the toads who live in the sea don't need to know what a well is. So live in that ocean, live in that ocean of mercy, know where that ocean is and make your life a golden life, a precious life, a good life, a marvellous life. And I've got a way, I've got a technique …
People who have received Knowledge, my blessings are always with them and they should carry on and build an ashram here where many people can come and receive Knowledge. You are not building the ashram for my benefit, you are building the ashram for your benefit. You will reap what you have sown, everybody knows that. If you sow mangoes, you won't reap berries. You will reap mangoes. If you build an ashram, many people will come and take Knowledge and they will bless your soul. It will be a wonderful thing. I will come where there is love and unity for I love love and I love unity. I want this whole Universe to unite in the Name of God so that very soon the Kingdom of Heaven may come on this earth, so that very many people can take advantage of it. I am working for that, I am working very fast and I need your constant co-operation. What I want is to bring forth the Kingdom of Heaven quickly because by the grace of God nothing is impossible, except a few things. And I can bring it forth by this grace.
Remember, Jesus prophesied that there will be famine and thunders before the Kingdom of Heaven comes but remember at the same time that God is very merciful. He is complete mercy. And probably, if He has mercy on you, the world won't explode, and I am working for that. I am increasing this Knowledge like anything to stop the bombs destroying the whole world and I need your co-operation. If you don't co-operate with me, 0.K, then let the bombs explode. They won't wait for me, but if you want real peace, co-operate with me and really, I will bring it along, very fast, because God is merciful, all merciful. He is complete bliss and if you pray to Him, maybe He will protect us from the thunder, the famine and the bombs and change those bombs into bombs of flowers.
You don't think this can happen, but this can happen. Meena was a Princess who devoted everything she had to spreading this Knowledge, and her husband and father both thought this is evil. So they took a basket and put a snake in it and gave Meena this basket. They said, "Meena, these are flowers, this is a garland for your Lord." So Meena took the basket to her Lord and placed her hand inside and what came out was a garland.
With this Knowledge, thieves and robbers are converted into peaceful men, so no-one would think that once they were thieves and robbers. So I need your co-operation. God is co-operating with me from that side but you must co-operate with me from this side. You'll have to spread this Knowledge like lightning and you know what is the speed of lightning. Even faster than that. That's why you are devotees, that's why you were made disciples. Why are your names written as disciples of Guru Maharaj Ji? To do something, and that is to spread this Knowledge. You don't kill the egos, you bring them to me and I will kill them. So co-operate with me, give people satsang and do what else you can. I have devoted my whole life. If I have done it you can also do it very easily, very easily. There are no problems. If I have devoted my whole life to this purpose, and I have, then so can you. Sow it now and then reap what you have sown. Sow apples and you will reap apples, sow thorns and you will reap thorns. That's all.
So this is a Holy place and we are doing the work of God and we have to make it, make it, make it and make it. So do that, go on the line and start moving, move faster than anything in this world, make the bombs flowers. It is really possible. So I think you are all like combine harvesters now. I am staying in Denver, so come there for the Knowledge. If I have come all the way from India to Denver, then you can come from Boulder to Denver. It isn't very hard. So thank you very much.
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