Life is beautiful. And it’s beauty unfolds as early as in the womb of the mother. Some babies come easily into this world, but some are naughty and bringing them to this world requires a good amount of effort. they can’t come easily even though for nine months the mother’s body has prepared, even though the mother has tried her best and even though the family waits with a bated breath, the baby won’t come out easily.
At these times, a specialist is called. A specialist for the naughty children. He helps usher them to the world waiting for them outside, he lovingly guides them out of the mother, disconnects the umbilical cord, cleans them, prepares them so they may survive, they may be happy, they may brave the new world which awaits them. And then as the baby is out, the specialist does not stake any claim or credit for bringing the baby to the world. He selflessly gives the baby back to the mother so that she may love him and as the mother kisses her child, he the specialist, the helper, the angel, slowly walks away for there is another naughty child somewhere who needs to be helped out.
And, like the naughty child I too once needed deliverance, after many years, my soul was ready to be delivered, the good inside me wanted to be born. Many find their own way, but just like so many others, i was the one who was lost in the darkness, stumbling, shouting, praying, pleading and seeking to be delivered. And when all seemed lost, he came, my angel. He showed me the path, out of this maze of ignorance which I had created for myself. He wanted nothing in return. What can a child give anyways?
He was selfless, held my hands and very playfully guided me like the river guides the fish to the ocean. i swam with him, I danced with him, I was inspired by his aura. Mesmerized, I followed him, till the day came when I was delivered. My family was overjoyed as now they saw a new me, a powerful me, a great me. And as I saw my day in the light, he gracefully withdrew, just like the sun withdraws into the clouds. But now I know the day I open my window he’ll be there. He has always been with me. I am a part of him today. I know he is the all powerful, the all-knowing, the one I love the most, my guiding light, my savior. He is - myGuru.
Guru Purnima signifies the day when I give homage to the one who gives me the means and the path to reach the destination as also the code which keeps me honest on the way.
You see, people may ask why a Guru? I’ll find my own way.
But what you do not realise is that the law of survival of the fittest is applicable only on animals. Natural gifts may help you to a certain point. That too if you are in a jungle and you are bigger and faster and stronger than all the animals.
When it comes to humans, natural gifts are nothing but a minor advantage. The situation is akin to having a sword to sharpen and there is an iron surface on which you will do so. But, the two are kept ten feet apart from each other.
You see raw iron must also be forged, it has to be sharpened. And the more you sharpen the sword, the more effective it becomes.
That is why a child is not born a sports star or a singer. He may have natural talents on the surface or deep within. But the raw talent needs to be refined. To do that, it has to be brought on the surface by a master. A man who knows the path – the Guru. It is he who brings all our talents on the surface.
And the master who brings god on the surface is called a Siddha Guru.
Many are born as mortals. But few die as immortals. And those who become gods while they live, have the honour to meet a true master, the master of Rama, the master of Krishna. And to share a secret with you today, your very own master - Baba ji is part of that great Guru Mandal.
You see, the work of the Guru is like that of the farmer. Just like the farmer, first the Guru rips you apart like the field needs to be ploughed. This part is difficult. Many sadhaks out of ego cannot take it. The karmas are too strong. Their coloured perception makes them think that Baba ji is being rough on them and is scolding them. At these times the better the farmer, the more thorough is the cleaning he will do. It would seem he is destroying the land. But he is just preparing, as only when the ground is stripped bare can a beautiful orchard be planted.
I had also come to my Guru like a wild jungle, filled with animalistic tendency. But he was an artist. He had handled so many before me. It was a beautiful dance. A tango if you will. But every one cannot take that dance as their ego will simply not allow. i was lucky. But let me be honest. He was hard on me. For a while, subtly savage also, but you have to be wild if you are entering a dense forest and believe me, I was dense in every way.
I remember first came the body. I was trained from dawn to dusk in every martial artimaginable, till my body would be on the verge of a total breakdown. I was made to hearsermons till my head would ache and if that wasn't enough, at times I was given a good dressing down, made to do menial tasks. But I realize now that they were menial just in my head. Today, I know all work is god’s work. I wish I was this wise then. But I would sit thinking why does he say like this?
He says pyar ka sagar but why can’t he love me? He says forgiveness. Why does he not forgive me?
And i would break.
Today I know what was breaking then wasn't breaking at all. It was hatching. I had to hatch. I was in the egg of my ego for so long. But many can’t take it. But some day in some life, you have to take it. Only then can you evolve. The ego may bring the logic of disbelief. But you don’t need to believe. Just like your disbelief in gravity will not make you float, believing does not matter. All you need to do is understand. Understand that it is good for you. i am glad I did. Because after that comes the easy part, the best part when the plants the seed. At this time, the Guru will become unconditional. He will give and give and give. But this is also the preparation for the final part, the most important part. Only a fraction of the genuine seekers make it to this part. The ones who do, immortality awaits them. You see after the farmer has planted the seeds, he spreads the fertilizers and then the crop grows on a massive scale. Results begin to show. Gains of healing unfold. Power and glory are at the feet. However, at this stage too the ego may be prove to be a deterrent. People say now why do I need the farmer? To hell with the farmer, the Guru.
But that is the most dangerous mistake. A mistake to which the best of us are not immune.
UNDERSTAND THE CODE - YOU NEVER LEAVE THE PATH.
You see as the unconditional Guru, like the farmer, showers you with his grace, which is like the fertilizers, all that is within you will grow infinitely. The grace does not differentiate, like the fertilizer does not differentiate. You see the fertilizer will make the crop grow but it will make the weeds grow as well. And that is why the constant care of the farmer is needed to pull out the weeds. Otherwise, the jungle will reappear. That is why in all our puranic stories of all the divine demons, you will see the final mistake which the demonds do is the demons forsake the Guru.
Through the power of his meditation, the disciple is bound to receive the grace, but when there is no Guru to clean the weeds, the vices, they too keep on growing till it is too late and all beauty is lost to the wilderness of darkness . That is why no matter how much you receive, never leave that poor farmer. Let him do his work. Let him purify you forever. As, even though you will become God, he, like the mother will continue. He is relentless when it comes to loving you and he will remain so till you want him. And even if you don’t, he won’t leave you. He will just withdraw. But, he will wait for the day you wish to call him again.
You are lucky. Very few human generations have ever been witness to a Siddha. The rest of the generations are doomed with myths and legends. You are great as you are a witness to Him.
A MAN WITHOUT A DESTINATION IS NOT A MAN AT ALL.
So, let him give you the destination, but more than that, receive the path he has crafted for you to achieve your goals. The path which is true to our time and our generation, the path which has not been corroded by the rust of generations, a path which is free from the dilution of time, a fresh path just for us.
Receive it. After all, it is your true inheritance.
But remember, a Siddha does not just give a path. He gives a code with it. If path is the car, code is the key, a code to keep our car working. And in the true sense, to keep us honest.
This Guru Purnima, all Shiv Yogis must honour the code as homage to the One who has given you everything.
This is our Code, our principles.
- The first tenet of ‘The Code’ is that of honesty to all aspects of our life. May it be to our relation, our job, or our gods.
- The second is loyalty to the One who shows us the path – The Guru.
- The third is acceptance of humanity for what they are, as like you all are on the same path, some with a guide, being more fortunate than the rest.
- The fourth is discipline. in terms of body, through exercise, mind through Swadhyay and soul through meditation.
- And the fifth and final precept of The Code is to respect women. A Shiv Yogi never harms a woman, verbally, emotionally or physically. He must protect her, love her and pamper her.
And as we respect The Code, the Master will guide us into the light.
This Guru Purnima, all Shiv Yogis must commit to change.
We cannot continue doing the same thing and expect different results.
I urge you to understand time is less and so much needs to be done. So much needs to be taught to you. And he is working so hard. Day and night he meditates to give.
All I say is let not a drop of his love be wasted. I want you to receive it all. From today, help me help you.
And together, we shall walk into the light, into a world where all is Divine. Where love prevails and laughter is the motivator. Where good health is the only truth. It is in that world where they all are waiting for us the Divine Guru Mandal.
Till then, this is the prayer i give to you. A prayer to keep you connected. I thank the Siddhas for all the miracles which have manifested in my life till today. And I thank them for all the miracles which are to manifest in my life from today.
Blessings and love to you all.
May you all achieve what I have, through His grace.