Hidden Light: October 1974
Who understands a point of view that no words can express, and follows a path that no man can trace? You may call such a man The Celestial Reservoir. You can draw upon him without draining him, and pour into him without him overflowing, yet no one knows his secret. It is known as The Hidden Light.
KNOWING THAT PERFECTION
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
After all that we have experienced recently, it has become so clear that everything comes back to that one point, and that is to be constantly experiencing that flow in our life through meditation.
Everything that we do in life through that experience of love will help us grow more in the Knowledge. So first, for us all, we need that experience of the love in our life through meditation on that source of love inside each of us. Knowing that Perfection, receiving the Knowledge, makes everything else in our life so much easier.
There are a few things each of us, as premies on this spiritual path can have some confusion about. Our responsibility is to clear up this confusion so we can grow easily and quickly along the path of Knowledge. If there are any premies having difficulty in understanding things you hear about Guru Maharaj Ji, Divine Light Mission, or that you experience in the Knowledge, I will be happy to speak with you about any of these things. The main source of continuation of any confusion we may have, in my experience, has been through a lack of communication. Through communication, the highest form being the communing of souls in satsang, any disharmony we feel can be removed. The more we all tune in to that one vibration of love, and experience truth together, the more we are able to realize this Knowledge and feel Maharaj Ji's love in our life.
Maharaj Ji has given us a very beautiful life and community here. If anyone has any suggestions for the community, or would like to share some satsang, feel free to drop by the DUO Office or see me at satsang.
Your brother in His Love,
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DEAR WASHINGTON D.C. COMMUNITY,
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this knowledge makes you fearless
SATSANG EXCERPT GIVEN BY MAHATMA JAGDEO - SEPTEMBER 16, 1974 IN DENVER, COLORADO
Perfect Master is always present in the world, in the living body. And that is why it is said, and also realized, that He is present all the time. He is present all the time, spiritually, but for the living human beings, he is always present in the human body. Whenever he quits his body, then He declares "I am coming again to reappear in this body." And so, Guru is always present in the world to teach, to preach, and to reveal the Truth to the living human beings. So whoever says that I had a guru, he really doesn't understand the meaning of "guru". It can never be said of Guru that "I had a guru," because if I had a guru, then I had a life. If I have a life, if I am alive, then Guru is alive, becasue due to Guru I am alive. Due to Guru you are alive, and it is the Guru who is the source of life. And so, when Knowledge is revealed to devotees, and devotees are devoted to the Guru, then they realize the Truth, that the Perfect One is Guru. And, as far as worldly traditions and cultures, moralities and characters, conventions, rituals and rites are concerned, these are only our external way of manifesting our life, through our hopes, our faith, our devotion, etc. So Guru reveals the Truth inside. Going there, we think everyone is the same, and according to climate and external natural requirements, we have our external different ways and manners of living. But as far as faith is concerned, it is inside us, because when we are convinced of the Truth then there is Faith.
… God is One, Truth is One, and that is the same Truth, which is called Master, Perfect Master, Guru, or God, or Supreme Spiritual Master, and so on. But He is One. There is no other one to be remembered. He is Guru only. So, the Master of the family is One. If anyone such as a member of the family talks about the Master of the past, or the Master of the future, he is really not aware of the Master. Or maybe he is trying to impose his mind upon others, maybe trying to trace the devotion of the members of the family, to see whether they are devoted to the only one Master or not. In the Guru Puja at Amherst, Guru Maharaj Ji and Durga Mata Ji declared that we are one family. This DLM is a family. And Master of this family is Guru Maharaj Ji. And you know, this realization lies inside the heart, and thus the place for the master is within the heart, not in the intellect and mind. And that is why people of this world who are crazy people in the world, and also confused members of the family, may try to confuse devotees of the Lord. But devotion is really … devotion itself is perfect. And its perfect proof is what? In the West, Guru Maharaj Ji has tested this already. Now it is the turn of Maharaj Ji to test his devotees in the East. In the West, everyone is united. If even an ordinary call comes from the Lord, than premies are prepared to do anything.
So, this is known by the world, that the Lord is the center for peace, not anything in this world. Guru Maharaj Ji himself is the Perfect One and through him one can get peace. This is the challenge. Others can inspire anger, hate, envy, ideas of competition, quarrelling, fighting, and so on. But what does Guru Maharaj Ji say? "I have given you Knowledge--meditate. Be in peace, be happy, make others happy." Really, if you want peace and happiness, this the Way. If you deviate from this Path, then that other path is just opposite to the Peace, and the Love, and the Truth, and God, and the Guru Himself. And so, those who know not, they are called ignorant. Those worldly brothers and sisters are not to be blamed because they have not been given the opportunity, by receiving Knowledge, to realize it. And so, it is our duty to appeal to them--to reach them, to approach them, with this experience of supreme Knowledge, supreme precious conscious energy within all. And so, we are to approach everyone and so, this is the time for us to propagate. This is the time for us to manifest the love for the Knowledge and the Lord. And to be in Truth, and to be prepared to do anything for the sake of Truth, for the sake of Peace. To be prepared to sacrifice this life. Because life does not belong to you or to me. This is what the Knowledge shows. It belongs to whom? Guru Maharaj Ji. Because He himself is the Source. So this Knowledge' makes us fearless. This Knowledge makes us detached. Our minds should not be attached to anything If the language of Truth, and the vibration of conscious energy makes our mind feel tension, (really, it is my experience) then be happy. Because tension of the mind is the state, is the situation where you can reach a decision, a perfect decision. And that perfect decision is to be with the Perfect One, the Perfect Lord! The living Lord! Because Lord is always living in a human body. Never in the past, never in the future. How fortunate we all are!
And so, this is the time to be One with the Lord, to be devoted to the Lord. So, this Knowledge, this opportunity, has been given to us to please the Lord, the Lord of Devotion, the Lord of Love, the Lord of Truth, the Lord of Peace, the Lord of Energy, the Lord of Life, and Source of Everything in the world, and He is Guru Maharaj JI! Thank you all, present in this glory.
Bolie Shri Satgurudev Maharaj Ki Jai!!
Salutations at the Lotus Feet of Satgurudev
DIVINE LIGHT MISSION
FIVE ELEVEN SIXTEENTH STREET
DENVER COLORADO S0202
22 July 1974
The project Blue Aquarius Band was formerly founded for one and only one reason, and that was to do prachar.
In years that have past, this project has completely failed itself and has only brought a lot of confusion, not only to the premies who work or worked in it, but also to a lot of premies outside of it. I personally feel that such projects are not worthwhile to be continued.
I have no intention of forming another group like Blue Aquarius for such groups only
bring confusion. If any premies are contacted to join or support a group with Bhole Ji, it is my agya that they do not become involved. It is in the best interest of prachar that Bhole Ji return to India for that will help a lot of premies not get confused.
I am sure you will understand the importance of this message. All premies should always be doing service, satsang, and meditation, as these are my instructions. Any premies wishing to do music should clear this through me through the National PLA Office.
Blessings to all the premies.
Sant Ji Maharaj
Shri Hans Food Service is only one of the many existing DUO agencies designed and established by Guru Maharaj Ji to help propagate Knowledge as well as to provide an important service to premies and all humans. At present, there are 30 functioning cooperatives across the country and as each community grows, the coops will eventually expand into a nationwide chain of Rainbow Groceries. Our own coop in Washington is continuing to evolve in the shelter of our Lord's Grace, and this letter presents a good opportunity to keep everyone up to date on our progress.
The week of October 5th-12th will be a busy week for us, as the coop takes up a new residence in the lower level of Utah House, 5721 Utah AvenueL NW. Along with this move come other necessary changes including a $5.00 membership fee per person, (children under 12 free), not to exceed $25.00 per household. This annual fee will not only entitle members to our super-discount savings, but also will enable the coop to buy in bulk some items which we are still having to purchase from other coops, such as cheeses, dried fruits and nuts. With this buying power our prices on these items will drop considerably, which is a help to us all. And of course we're always looking to expand, and by having a small capitol head we are able to take steps forward.
In a continuing effort to better serve all premies, we'll be opening up the coop on Saturdays between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for cash-and-carry shopping. At first this may be limited to grains and other bulk staples which we always have in stock, and a few fruits and vegetables. But eventually, as we get an idea of how many people are interested in this type of shopping, we'll be able to purchase produce and dairy items accordingly, and perhaps even extend this service to more days. This should be alot of fun for us while giving us a good feeling of what running our own store will be like.
Now Maharaj Ji is opening up new avenues of service for us all to enjoy and as we serve together we begin to realize more and more what a beautiful big family we truly are. Premie-run food cooperatives and grocery stores will really serve an important function in our lives, and in our community's growth, by giving us a point of focus and a physical structure through which we can express our devotion and love, while at the same time providing us all with our essential foods. Being that this coop is a reflection of the entire Washington Premie-dom, it needs the constant support and inspiration which we all are capable of expressing. Please continue to express what you feel would help us all be of more service and give what service you can, so that this project may grow and become a purposeful tool of our Lord in spreading His most precious gift to all of Washington and the world.
Call me at 362-7857. With love, Karl.
Dear Sisters and brothers,
Each of us can find our own special service for Guru Maharaj Ji because if we really want to do service, Guru Maharaj Ji will give us the service that is best for us. It can be in any number of possibilities. For awhile, the skill you were good in didn't always mean it would be your service. The service that was available was the service you needed to grow with.
After becoming firm in the Knowledge and realizing the value service has with meditation, many premies returned to use the skills gained in life before receiving Knowledge.
Now we are able to perform the service not for our own self-gratification bur for Guru Maharaj Ji. I want to take this opportunity to express my feelings about art as a service to Guru Maharaj Ji.
Now I an seeing the many possibilities of art, as a part of DUO, coordinated with DUO, to serve preuies and non-premies alike. I also see a channel for proppagation in the fields of art. Here are a few possibilities:
- Social Service art Classes for socially deprived children, and handicapped people
- Selling arts and crafts wares at city-wide festivals so as to give satsang and that holy vibration over the table, along with making money for Guru aharaj Ji.
- Art as therapy: To be used in conjunction with the Hedical Social Services.
- A Free School of Art for not only inter- art production but a place for satsang about art and spirituality.
- Projects for DLM & DUO functions either to be used or sold.
- Special projects to make things for Guru Maharaj Ji Himself.
So if you would like to do some Service and use our artistic skills there will be a workshop for you to come together. Only if there are enough willing volunteers will there be any projects. Please see the announcements about time and location of the workshop.
Quick Community Tour
Unity Electronics is located at 5108 MacArthur Boulevard, NW. Here three premies serve the public by fixing TVs and stereos. They do home service and give free estimates. Customers have been so satisfied with their service that they have phoned in their thanks.
BLISS-OUT! That's what happened to Steve and Ben one Sunday afternoon at a community picnic. The picnics were a really nice opportunity to get together with all the premies over a watermelon, under a touchdown, or even in the middle of a softball home run.
These are some of the guys at Divine Sales. Divine Sales, located at 1811 Columbia Avenue, NW, is a thrift shop that recycles clothing, furniture, books, dishes, etc. from people's homes to other needy homes. In the current issue of the Washingtonian Magazine, Divine Sales was rated as one of the 5 best thrift stores in Washington, D.C.
THE SATSANG PEACE TRAIN
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
It is our amazing good fortune to be able to attend satsang so easily here in Washington. In the company of Truth, frustration and confusion melt away. It seems as if the normal boundaries of space and time are suspended while premies are united in love and praise of. Guru Maharaj Ji. The warmest feelings of love clear away the shadows in our minds.
To attend satsang is to surrender because by attending satsanq our ego is melted into the bond of one humanity. Much of the time we cling to our suffering for through focusing on pain we retain some sense of individuality. In satsang we really lose ourself and feel simply united with the One and with All. The more we lose ourselves the better we feel about meditating and serving Guru Maharaj Ji and we begin to get closer to His Lotus Feet.
Once Mata Ji said that "Without satsang one begins to lose the joy of practising Knowledge." If you find yourself in this predicament you'll be glad to know that satsang is being held in over 13 locations in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area each week. Premies are feeling that inner connection with Maharaj Ji being fused permanently. Consequently, a spontaneous and joyous surge of real satsang is flowing through the community and there is regular satsang happening in several premies' homes. In this warm and informal atmosphere, newcomers really understand and experience the love of the premies.
Many premies living in the world have experiences in realizing Knowledge, and these experiences can only be appreciated by others having the same experiences. The premies living at the White House (alias Children's House) are offering their home as a place where premies who are parents can come and have satsang about the service of raising and teaching children, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Anyone with an interest is welcome.
On the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, satsang related to realizing Knowledge while being involved in a relationship will happen at the White House. Single premies are also welcome to come and share satsang here. This will be called Couples Satsanq.
If you're feeling like getting into meditation, there is group meditation along with satsang at the Asbury House each night of the week with the exception of Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights. By meditating with a number of premies we sometimes experience more concentration and focused energy. There is generally a half-hour of satsang or a tape of Guru Maharaj Ji followed by arti and then meditation, ending at 9:00 p.m.
If you are a Spanish sneaking premie, or know someone Spanish who is hungry for satsang, there is a brother named Monk Topping that you can contact at 966-3346 to arrange for sane specific times to get together to have satsang for Spanish-speaking people.
Adult satsang is always held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month but the location has changed to the Utah House, 5721 Utah Avenue, NW. This is satsang especially geared towards parents of premies and adults that are interested in Knowledge and meditation. The speakers are mature premies and usually engaged in some active profession. Refreshments are served and the evening ends in informal conversation and satsang.
Premie meetings are held each 2nd and 4th Friday at various locations (call DUO or see bulletin). These meetings are a nice time to get together with all the area premies and to find out more about Maharaj Ji's activities and directions. The love we experience at these gatherings keeps us inspired to meditate constantly.
Most everyone is aware of the Wednesday night Program at the American University in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. These high energy programs bring everyone together. Here premies can obtain a copy of the weekly bulletin (don't forget!) and find out what's happening in the community as well as social service activities. Publications are also sold.
And of course there is always satsang nightly (except Wednesday) at the ashram. It is here that people can find out what they need to know about receiving Knowledge. The ashram is the spiritual base of the community where mahatmas stay during their visits and also where Guru Maharaj Ji Himself has stayed during his last visit to Washington, DC.
All satsangs start at 7:30 p.m. There's never a night that satsanq isn't happening. We are very fortunate. Sometimes we don't appreciate a thing until it has gone. But we don't have to wait that long. Satsang has a wonderful way of suspending our minds so that love can flow in. Satsang is like the magic formula to wash away our troubles and worries and remind us of our true purpose in life. By attending satsang, we gain inspiration and serve Guru Maharaj Ji at the same time. It is a very special gift to be in satsang. If you have a friend or if you know someone interested in satsang, you are most welcome to bring him to any of the above satsangs, with the one exception of premie meditations at the Asbury House.
Guru Maharaj Ji's Message
Every satsang is just a discussion on one subject and that is True Knowledge which brings peace of mind. Many great saints got fantastic experiences from this wondekful Knowledge and just wanted to spread it to all people. In every age a great saint like Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Mohammed, and Christ has taken birth on earth for this purpose, to give this Knowledge to other people because, in their time, the Truth had declined, spiritual understanding had been lost. As far as spiritual matters go, they were ages of darkness.
Now in the same way, an age of darkness is again here and the Perfect One had come on earth again to plant the seed of Truth. His presence is most necessary because of the strength of the opposite forces which are working in the world, attracting man with his weak and fickle mind. Against Truth there is always un-truth. Against love there is hatred. Against peace there is war, and so on. There are also so many subtle forces working in a man's mind to make him search for satisfaction in places where it has never existed.
People today are so sophisticated they have become foolish because they cannot believe that the Perfect One is here. Even if they have some religious feeling, some inner understanding of the Truth, they cannot conceive of the Living Master. In other subjects they will not be satisfied with something that is dead, with something that is past. If in India we abandon the government of Indira Gandhi and start trying to follow Mahatma Gandhi's ideas the result will be failure. If you only read scriptures properly you will see that they all talk about a Living Master. No scripture exists which does not talk about True Knowledge, or divine experience, being imparted to a disciple by a Living Master.
We read the scriptures without understanding what they are saying. Indian people read the Bhagavad Gita and in this Lord Krishna, the Living Master of His time, said clearly, "Don't recognize me by my external appearance for this is perishable. My true form has no beginning and no end. And you, Arjuna, cannot meditate with these external eyes. For how can you see the imperishable with that which must die? Enw can you behold the infinite through the finite? But I can open up your Divine Eye with which you can see my Divine Form."
So how are we going to recognize God if He comes on earth? Are you going to ask to see His identity card or passport? See if it says, "Name … God. Occupation … Generator, Operator, Destroyer." That is foolish! Or are you going to recognize Him only if He fits in with your mental picture of Him, what you have picked up from the scriptures and other impressions, what you imagine Jesus or Krishna to look like? But even two Christians will have different impressions of what Jesus will look like. So what will be recognized by one will not be recognized by the other. But the test of the Perfect Master will be that which is undeniable to everybody and this is the experience of Himself which He can give, and that is the True Knowledge.
All over the world people follow the same daily routine. They go to work in the morning and come home in the evening. That's O.K. You have to work to support yourself. But many people use their daily routine as an excuse for not realizing anything about spiritual truth. We don't work twenty-four hours every day. We can always spare a few hours for devotion but people spend their spare time on worldly pleasures and when troubled they complain to God.
Believe it or not the fact is that God is supreme and pure; the people are lying on a bed of ignorance and dreams and doubts. They expect God Himself to come, they pray for it, they ask for it, they announce about it, but when He comes they fail to recognize Him. And not recognizing Him in His physical form, they cannot recognize Him within themselves. People have forgotten their Creator. What is the Name of your Father? Does anybody here know what He looks like? There's going to come a time when you are going to be asked, "Who is your Father?" What reply are you going to give? Nil. Born without a Father.
Every Master has said that people should know the Holy Name. They advise everybody to become wise and to recognize how precious is their life. And that's what I am trying to make this world understand. Know how precious life is, and then know how precious is that which gives us life. Know that Divine language which men did not create but which the soul always speaks. Every soul speaks the same language. Know that language of love which swells within the human temple.
It is said in the Vedas, the Indian scriptures, that when the Dark Age comes, the only thing that can save a man is constant meditation on the Holy Name. So we are so lucky to know that Holy Word and to have got it at a discount. I am prepared to reveal this Knowledge at any time so it is up to you to take this golden opportunity. If you don't seem to make progress with this Knowledge do not blame Guru Maharaj Ji. You have it in your power to conquer the egos and doubts in the mind. These are the thorns, but the Knowledge is the rose.
I don't mind the difficulties that are being put against me. Whenever He comes to the world the Perfect Master has to tolerate many difficulties. I have come to spread this Knowledge and that is what I am going to do. Understand this and believe it. Are you hesitating to receive this Knowledge? Why? It is very simple Knowledge. It will give you complete peace of mind. It will give you infinite bliss. Do not complain later on that you were never told about this Knowledge. Again and again, I do nothing but to tell you all to take this Knowledge.
Thank you very much.
"If you want to stay in this world, be like a lotus flower who stays in the dirty water, who was born in the dirty water, but never gets adapted to dirty water. You can live in the world of concepts, but live in such a way so that they don't affect you:' "…if you are really meditating, as soon as the bomb explodes, the Knowledge goes in and goes "Wwwhhck!" And all that space that was there for mind, it grabs it. The mind is out of business."
"Now, if there is one personal agya from me all premies would like to have, there is one: that they should do meditation. This is what I would really like you to do; this is kind of a personal agya, because that will make you understand.This is the reason that this knowledge has been given to you - to meditate and to realise who you are and to be in satisfaction and to be in peace."
DARSHAN DREAMS: In the next issue of "Hidden Light" there will be a special feature on Darshan Dreams, or unusual premie experiences. So if you have something that other premies would enjoy, please don't hesitate to bring or send it in before the 20th of November, or call Susan at nuo 654-5224.
HANS JAYANTI: for this year is still up in the air, but there is a very strong possibility that it will be held in the Nest. For further details, just come to the Wednesday night programs.
MULTI-MEDIA PROGRAMS: are a new happening to take place in the near future on alternate Fridays from premie meetings. Various movies (W.C. Fields, etc.) will be shown; chai and popcorn or similar refreshments will be sold. It will be a nice opportunity to have satsang with everyone.
ART STUDENTS: We need help establishing a student group at the American University campus in order to obtain rooms for programs and meetings. Any interested persons please contact John H???? or Betsy L???? at 337-0967.
BICYCLE CLINIC: If you have a broken bike in need of repair, take to Martin's cycle clinic at 3420 Patterson Street, NW, and put them in basement with your name and phone number on it. If you would like to donate any parts, call Martin, 244-4005.
ART WORKSHOP: The Social Service Workshop at Bock Creek Terrace Apts. is in the process of changing. If you still wish to participate, call Cathy M???? at 652-4888. ALSO: There will be a special get-together for all premies interested in doing art service for Guru Maharaj Ji, on the 27th of October, at 1:00 P.M., at the Edgemoor House, 5301 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland. Bring your own art, your own food, and snacks will be served. RSVP to Cathy Miller at 652-4888.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you every have a change of name or address, please fill out the form below and send it to DUO, Box 5529, Washington, DC. 20016. We can then continue to send you the newsletter, and other mailings. Thanks!
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After making a fundamental decision to start on the Path, our goal must be to live in the highest state of consciousness we can conceive of and to work with the recognition of the presence of God within ourselves. Through meditation and close observation of our higher feelings, we can stir a recognition of the spiritual beauty within ourselves and then in others. If we cannot sense this presence in ourselves, we will not be able to sense it in others.
where's satsang tonite?
MON - Newcomers: 4528 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Premie satsang and meditation: 4903 Asbury Lane, Bethesda, MD. Virginia satsang: Jim and Cathy ?????, 12 West Glendale Avenue, Alexandria, VA. 548-6815.
Baltimore satsang: S?????? Family, 1129 Courtney Road, (Off Wilkins Avenue Exit 12 of the Baltimore Beltway), 301-242-6739.
Potomac satsang: The ????'s and ?????'s, 7807 Brickyard Road, 299-2390.
TUE - Newcomers: 4528 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Premie satsang & meditation: 4903 Asbury Lane, Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda satsang: Jack and Janis ?????, 5811 Maiden Lane, 3205583. Adult satsang: first & third Tuesdays, at 5721 Utah Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. (New location***)
Virginia satsang: Nancy ??????, 3405 Duff Drive, Falls Church, 820-7533.
The B?????, 2823A S. Abingdon St., Arlington.
WED - Program discussing the Knowledge and meditation at the American University's Kay Spiritual Life Center at 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Baltimore satsang: P??? Family, 1009 Halstead Road, 301-821-7375.
THUR - Tape Night at Fessenden: 4528 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Premie satsang & meditation: 4903 Asbury Lane, Bethesda, MD.
Satsang for premie parents: 5719 Nebraska Avenue (White House), NW., held 2nd and 4th Thursdays only.
Couples satsang: 5719 Nebraska Avenue (White house), NW., held on 1st and 3rd Thursdays only.
Laurel, MD. satsang: K?????, 12802 Jericho Park Road, 464-2463. Bethesda satsang:W??????, 5301 Edgemoor Lane (Edgemoor house), 652-4888.
FRI - Newcomers: 4528 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Premie meeting: 2nd and 4th Fridays each month, location announced. Multi-media program: on alternate Fridays from the premie meeting; the 1st and 3rd Fridays each month.
Baltimore satsang: C??????? Family, 501 Kenilworth Drive, Apt. T4, Towson. 301-828-0067.
SAT - Newcomers: 4528 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Premie satsang & meditation: 4903 Asbury Lane, Bethesda, MD. Bethesda satsang: "Satsang & sharing" at Yvonne ????'s, 4822 Leland Street, 986-1531.
SUN - Satsang at 4528 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We all know that it is by Satguru Maharaj Ji's Grace that we have received this Most Holy Knowledge of God. It is our foremost duty to practice this Knowledge constantly. It is only through this Divine Knowledge that we can be meditating on God's Holy Name at all times whether we are working or relaxing. So we are so fortunate to have this Knowledge. We all realize that satsang, service and meditation are very necessary and that if we are meditating on Holy Name that service and satsang happen naturally.
This world is changing so rapidly and things seem so unstable that we have to understand that this Knowledge is the only real constant thing that we can hang on to and that will give us true peace, strength of heart, and character. If we are not practicing Knowledge then we see how easily we get caught up in this world and swept away. We should always remember the goal of this Knowledge and meditate.
There are so many beautiful experiences in Knowledge. Sometimes, because of the heaviness of this mind, these beautiful experiences we have with Know- ledge may seem vague or far away. But we must remember that before manifest form takes shape there has to be the thought pattern to make that manifest form possible. So in the same way this Universe is only existing because of God's Holy Word. Therefore, the more we meditate on the Word and get closer to God, the more we experience reality. So these beautiful experiences that we have practicing Knowledge are very real and powerful. We should always recognize these spiritual realizations we have as being the basis for our life. We all have moods and doubts but by constant practice of meditation these low moods will become less frequent and then our spiritual moods will become so strong that our frame of mind will be dominated by positive spiritual moods and the meditation will become much more constant and consequently much deeper.
Our attitude towards Knowledge is very important. If we have doubts about it or if we do not feel we can truly get into the meditation it becomes easy to make excuses to not be practicing the Knowledge. So we must constantly culti- vate a strong, positive attitude toward Knowledge. We can do this, of course, by satsang, service, and meditation. It has been my experience that if I am experiencing a poor attitude or poor frame of mind that I have to examine my present life pattern and determine which part of the Knowledge I am unbalanced in--satsang, service, or meditation? We must always remember that satsang inspires us and gives us understanding of our brothers and sisters. Service awakens pure love, devotion, and humility. Meditation is the whole foundation for service and satsang. Meditation on the Holy Name of God awakens true spiritual awareness and cultivates firm conviction and unshakeable faith in Knowledge. Also, Darshan is a must. The physical presence of the Perfect Spiritual Master awakens and unfolds pure bliss and joy from our souls. A deeper sense of devotion always springs from darshan.
So by meditation we realize more and more how this Knowledge transforms our life into a life of real meaning and joy. There is no obstacle too great that this Knowledge can't overcome. But we must be firm in our spiritual discipline and whenever we catch ourselves not practicing Knowledge we must gently bring our lifestyle back into focus on this Knowledge. Otherwise we lose foothold and fall a few rungs down the ladder that leads to realization of this Knowledge. We are only human and we are bound to slip and fall, but by constant spiritual discipline we may stagger a few times but we always reach our goal by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace.
So let us be strong by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace and realize that this Knowledge is the basis for all life and that we as human beings have to realize this Knowledge and understand its real significance in our life. Let us always be engaged in constant meditation on God's Holy Name. By constant meditation and Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace we learn true devotion. Our life becomes full as it should be. Let us realize our oneness at His Holy Lotus Feet.
A LITTLE INSPIRATION
In the past few months there has been renewed effort to make the Mission more financially secure and able to run independently of any outside agencies or without having to depend upon large single contributions. For this purpose, premies have been asked to dedicate a set amount --generally 10% of their incase--on a regular basis to the service of Maharaj Ji.
Below we have reprinted part of a pamphlet we came across called The Magic of Tithing. Every premie knows the true magic--the magic of our relationship to Guru Maharaj Ji and the peace that Knowledge brings, but often we forget our responsibility--the promise we made to Maharaj Ji--to help spread Truth to the whole world. It is for this purpose that we ask your
help in supporting the Mission--so that everyone may know the joy that comes from devotion and service to Guru Maharaj Ji.
ADAPTED FROM THE MAGIC OF TITHING by EMMET FOX.
The secret of demonstrating prosperity in the spiritual way--is to understand that the only source of our supply is God, and that our business or job are but the particular channel through which that supply is at the mcuent caning to us from God. The practice of tithing is the material demonstration of this understanding.
Anyone who understands the Spiritual Idea, knows that the one and only thing that the world needs to deliver it from its difficulties is knowledge of Spiritual Truth; that until a man comes to this Knowledge, no other thing will really benefit him; that until this Knowledge becomes general, no amount of political reconstruction, can do any real good; and that once this Knowledge becomes general, all political and social problems will adjust themselves automatically. We know that by virtue of possessing the Knowledge of Truth of Being, we are nothing less than trustees for humanity, and that our first duty is the dissemination of Truth--
"Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."
To many it is not given to hear of the self. Many, though they hear of it, do not understand it. Wonderful is he who speaks of it. Intelligent is he who learns of it. Blessed is he who, taught by a good teacher, is able to understand it.
Though it is twilight, some can nemembet morning. Do you recall how the Sun tooked upon Earth at dawn? It danced on the dew and brightened every small clover and fiber of grass. Its vast countenance radiated to every rives, cloud, golden field, and invisible molecule of air.
Some remember another sun. There are many small incidents that ignite this memory; each a ray of light, each detail being a mirror reflecting…something. In childhood Mother spoke sweet, gentle words of comfortt. During infancy there was a less distilled fleeting; pure perception of goodness from positive vibrations. And at any age, when one has a particular yearning that is abstract to the mind and tangible to the heart, the memory may spring up once again. It floods one's heart when one spends time with nature, or looks into the eyes of a saint or a beltoved, who perhaps is also a saint, momentarily transformed by one instant of beholding spiritual Love.
Peoples' eyes are mirrors of their consciousness, and it is a scientific fact that when two mirrors one placed opposite one another the reflections are infinity. Like-wise, when one turns one's attention inward, gazing into the third eye, the inner eye of the soul, and perceives one's own consciousness, the result is infinity…which rhymes with divinity which stands for God, Truth, and Peace.
So to all souls who, though ancient pray as children, and though weary yet still would long to dance with the fairies as we ascend this steep mountain path, and who, though still asteep in bed, pethaps caught between two worlds, yet remember and love the sun; lift up your eyes. Morning has broken.