The Great Master Explains …
During a discussion session with the Great Master, a disciple humbly requested, “Sir, I need your mercy and grace. Without that nothing is possible.”
“Saints are the embodiment of mercy,” said the Great Master in reply. “Few can realize their unbounded compassion and mercy. What brings them down here to this world of misery, pain and sorrow from their abode of peace and bliss? Would a person living in the happy valley of Kashmir like to come down to a burning desert in the summer months of the searing hot simoom (a violent dust storm)? This would be as nothing compared to what the saints take upon themselves in leaving their palace of purity and bliss and descending to this prison-house of falsehood, filth and gross uncleanliness. They come down to this lowest material region and place themselves under the hardships of human life simply for our sake. Their only purpose in putting on this dirty covering of flesh and blood is to take us up and out of this darkness and death back to our original home where eternal bliss rules supreme. They not only show us the way to our home, but in addition they take the heavy load of our karmas off our shoulders and lift us up to the pure spiritual regions. Who is there born of woman who can, by his own efforts, break the chains of mind and maya and reach Sach Khand without the help of the Satguru? Saints are one with God, and by their transcendent divine powers, they elevate our souls and make us fit for the upward flight.”
“The Guru’s relationship with his disciple is one of great love,” the Great Master continued. “No worldly relationship can stand comparison with it. All our relatives leave us sooner or later, but not so the Satguru. He does not leave us even after our death. How beautifully Guru Ram Das describes this relationship! He says that just as a mother tends her child with loving care – always keeping an eye on him both indoors and outdoors, feeding him at the proper times and constantly cuddling him – in the same manner the Satguru keeps his disciple in the love of the Lord.”
Another disciple asked: “Sir, how long does it take a satsangi to reach Sach Khand?”
“There is no general rule for that. It depends on one’s love, faith and devotion, one’s zeal, and the effort one makes,” the Great Master replied. “The Lord’s grace also plays an important part, and so does one’s karma. I have known cases where at the very time of initiation people have conversed with the Master within. There are also cases where after ten years the attention is still wandering out. It is entirely a path of love. If a person has love for the Master, even though he has not been able to give much time to meditation, the Master’s grace will take him very high up provided he has not been piling up bad karmas. But one thing is certain: After initiation there is no going down below the human stage, and it takes no more than four births for an initiate to reach Sach Khand. The principal difficulty is that few people realize the great value of human life. As a consequence, most people waste their lives in useless pursuits.”
Call of the Great Master
The words of the Master bear fruit in accordance with
the extent to which you act upon them.
To obey the Master is to give devotion to him.
Maharaj Sawan Singh, Philosophy of the Masters, Vol. V