Espanola Lecture

 
Date:
February 11, 1998
Location:
Espanola, NM
 
 
 
 

You know what, we will make it today question class. You know you never had your chance, you are just like a captured audience. I never prepare a class, I come and I speak. You can ask any spiritual question you need to ask. Have a mike there somewhere and speak on the mike and we will do it. We are talking of awarenessAwareness The pure nature of existence; the power to be consciously conscious without an object or need. A fundamental property of the soul and true self; it is Kundalini as it folds and unfolds itself in existence. and let awarenessAwareness The pure nature of existence; the power to be consciously conscious without an object or need. A fundamental property of the soul and true self; it is Kundalini as it folds and unfolds itself in existence. reach our hearts and see what our doubts are and what is the answer to our doubts so that we can relax in life, okay go ahead. Mike is right before your face.

Student: I have heard you say that word never supposed to pray for ourselves and...

YB: You are never to what?

Student: To pray for ourselves, except on GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. Ram DasGuru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. ' birthday and I want some clarification I am little confused by...

YB: We are never to pray personally...

Student: For yourself except on GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. Ram DasGuru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. birthday and I want some clarification on that...

YB: It's very funny. If you pray for somebody you get six percent free.

(Student's laughter)

Whether the prayer suits that person or not but you get it. And if you pray for yourself it may not be happening so I just want to avoid the risk of not being heard.

(Student's laughter)

You know you must understand me. I have studied this whole thing as a science. Though I have faith and I have a belief and I have lot of experience which God nobody can have it. But still it is a science. To me there is no such God which cannot be explained. Though my GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. says,

"Kudit kaun kaha vichar vaaran gaavai kavar jodath paavey sab (?) nirankaar."

Your infinite of the infinite of the infinite nobody can describe you.

I am saying God is infinite, so we. Simply we have to breakthrough our finite to that Infinity. And moment we break that our finite to the Infinity we are God. We don't want to admit it. Because once you say you are God, you are responsible. Then you have to answer. You have to answer the praise of everybody.

I had a very wonderful day today. And somebody said, "I am very divine but we are human." Can you believe this, they are divine.... What is a human, what is left of human? Pee and poop? If you can live by your Divinity then you don't have duality. It's the excellence, why, why, why to, why to waste the most precious gift of God and create a rift and drift away than that of Infinity within you. All you have to do is to feel Ang Sang Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . There are four, five words you must all remember. Ang Sang Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. that means God is with me, with every limb of me. NamNaam , Nam The manifested identity of the essence. The word derives from Naa-ay-ma , which means "that which is not, now is born." A Naam gives identity, form, and expression to that which was only essence or subtle before. It is also referred to as the Word. chitavey, let me remember my identity all the time. Let me remember your grace, remember yourself. And "Cherdi Kala" be little higher than the situation. You know when you go to the ocean you get into to.... once I went to a very wonderful beach and they told me (?) so waves started coming. And I was jumping. And the wave went away, it was fun, I was enjoying. One wave came and I forgot to jump. And this gave me undertow. When I came my face was very polished with sand and my hair was full of sand and I couldn't even imagine what it is. That was the last day I went to ocean ever.

(Student's laughter)

Twenty years ago.

So I mean forgive me for that; just jump little higher. Horizon will become bigger. You don't understand. Suppose I have twenty million students. And I make three hundred million dollars a day. I live in palaces which are all gold. Let's put it all that together. But if I in my whole life cannot produce through teaching people who will carry the teaching as teachers I have just come and gone in vain. And that's the reality. Somebody has to practice to come through and become ten times better than me then the mission is complete. It may be one person. It's not how much you have... everybody... I have seen so many (?), how many students you have got, how many centers you have got, how much money you make. What is this?

One day somebody questioned me so bad I just got irritated. I said, "Has anybody ever measured their poop everyday?" What do I know where the word falls and who picks it up and who grows and all what are you talking about? It is love of people for their future not anything on my part. When you pray on GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. Ram DasGuru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. birthday then you have one facility. On his, because he is a Lord of miracle. I tell you something very funny. And he becomes compelled, bound to honor your prayer whether it's a good prayer or bad prayer.

(YB's laughter)

So I mean, one prayer in a good day if it is granted. When friend of mine in England on GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. Ram DasGuru Ram Das Fourth Guru of the Sikhs. said, "My wife is not good give me something that I can deal with." Now he has three. So now he wants to get rid of all the four but I told him, I said, "Did you pray that day?" Now he is hiding from everybody. And I was joking with him this morning, I said, "Are you getting four more for next birthday?" So you be careful what you pray. You maybe very innocent in asking. And God may say just have it. If all our wishes and prayer are answered we don't need hell hereafter. It will be all around us. So just say only help me to be you. There is a standard. There is a role model. And that's all you can ask. And then everything will come through.

Yeah.

Student: Sir can you, can you comment on how KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. burns your KarmaKarma The law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches us to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. Instead of acting you begin reacting. Karmas are the conditions required in order to balance or complete these tendencies. Though necessary, karma is not dictatorial or fatalistic. It is the mechanism that allows the finite experience of existence to maintain and stabilize itself. We all have free will and can take actions to re-direct the momentum of a karma. We can transform it or neutralize it using meditation, jappa, good deeds, or intuition that remove your sense of ego and the identification with that past line of action. and how to live personally impersonal?

YB: Oh that we discussed whole thing together what are you asking question?

Student: (---).

YB: Okay (?) can you believe her. We have three hour discussion on this subject. Kundal, kund they call it which contains something. A container is called kund. When you burn fire, the pit of the fire is also called kund. (?) contained wood (?). Kundal means lock of the hair which springs. And the best way to find what is a kundal means is, the (?) they are (?) their head is all shaven. But here you see how artificial this religion is. Whole head is shaved. But here there is a big lock hanging out of the hat. And there is a friend of mine. He goes to office as a normal person. But when he leaves the office he has a hat which has a that lock stitched with it.

(Student's laughter)

So he puts on. And I told him, "Why?"

He said, "I can't go back to my family and in my house through the street and seen as anything other way." So he recognized there is a pressure but he doesn't want to do it.

Kundal. KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. is that spring force in you which if penetrates it is about three fingers down the navel pointNavel Point The sensitive area of the body near the umbilicus that accumulates and stores life force. It is the reserve energy from this area that initiates the flow of the Kundalini energy from the base of the spine. If the navel area is strong, your vital force and health are also strong. , it has a center. And it figures itself through the chakras. And goes and comes down like Naga. That's why they call it serpent power. Serpent is a messenger, Naga, Naga means where you cannot... nothing can go it can go. Snake has that power. Where it is a messenger of death it becomes your protector of your pranaPraana , Prana The universal life force that gives motion. It is the breath in air. It is the subtle breath of the purusha as it vibrates with a psychophysical energy or presence. Praana regulates the modes and moods of the mind. .

KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. burns not KarmaKarma The law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches us to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. Instead of acting you begin reacting. Karmas are the conditions required in order to balance or complete these tendencies. Though necessary, karma is not dictatorial or fatalistic. It is the mechanism that allows the finite experience of existence to maintain and stabilize itself. We all have free will and can take actions to re-direct the momentum of a karma. We can transform it or neutralize it using meditation, jappa, good deeds, or intuition that remove your sense of ego and the identification with that past line of action. of this incarnation but many incarnations. It cleans you out. And it resets you. If in that transit period they call it ShaktiShakti The creative power and principle of existence itself. Without it nothing can manifest or bloom. It is feminine in nature. Pad. You don't freak out, you made it. Practitioner of KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. has to be plus positive. Then it works very fast. If you just work plus it takes, it's a mediocre it takes time. When you work plus, negative plus positive then it takes long time. It's a very direct science. A idiot can become a sage. It opens up all avenues. Problem is people do not practice it with that range of sincerity. In KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. , yoga doesn't matter anything, philosophy doesn't matter anything, it is the KriyaKriya Literal meaning is "completed action." A Kundalini Yoga Kriya is a sequence of postures and yoga techniques used to produce a particular impact on the psyche, body, or self. The structure of each kriya has been designed to generate, organize, and deliver a particular state or change of state, thereby completing a cycle of effect. These effects have been codified and elaborated by Yogi Bhajan and form the basic tools used in yoga and its therapeutic applications. which will give you the experience. And with that experience you get lot of, lot of big horizons and then the fear of distance God becomes yourself. That's, that's the way it is. That way and it reaches the (?) where pair of the opposite, good and bad, right and wrong, high and low. They don't... you cannot judge. It's not that you don't want to judge but you don't judge. You feel very, content, comfortable. Moment you feel content and comfortable you will be very kind, compassionate and caring. It's automatic, it's one goes for the other.

Now anything else? Okay?

Student: Sir could you please explain the difference between hai bhi and hi bhi.

YB: Oh okay this chant of, Aad sach, jugad sach, hai bhi sach, Nanak hosi bhi sach. It's the command by Nanak. Jap means repeat. Repeat this. And that will bring truth to your identity, personality, reality to you and to your environments, it will lift you up. It's going through the jet through the sky when you don't have even donkey to travel. That much this mantraMantra Sounds or words that tune or control the mind. Man means mind. Tra-ng is the wave or movement of the mind. Mantra is a wave, a repetition of sound and rhythm that directs or controls the mind. When you recite a mantra you have impact through the meridian points in the mouth, through its meaning, through its pattern of energy, through its rhythm, and through its naad - energetic shape in time. Recited correctly a mantra will activate areas of the nervous system and brain and allow you to shift your state and the perceptual vision or energetic ability associated with it. can make the difference. But when you chant, hi bhi sach, Nanak hosi bhi sach, suppose with the incarnated KarmaKarma The law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches us to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. Instead of acting you begin reacting. Karmas are the conditions required in order to balance or complete these tendencies. Though necessary, karma is not dictatorial or fatalistic. It is the mechanism that allows the finite experience of existence to maintain and stabilize itself. We all have free will and can take actions to re-direct the momentum of a karma. We can transform it or neutralize it using meditation, jappa, good deeds, or intuition that remove your sense of ego and the identification with that past line of action. or present KarmaKarma The law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches us to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. Instead of acting you begin reacting. Karmas are the conditions required in order to balance or complete these tendencies. Though necessary, karma is not dictatorial or fatalistic. It is the mechanism that allows the finite experience of existence to maintain and stabilize itself. We all have free will and can take actions to re-direct the momentum of a karma. We can transform it or neutralize it using meditation, jappa, good deeds, or intuition that remove your sense of ego and the identification with that past line of action. something just gets struck. And It's not moving. With this not only it removes but the square is cut into two triangles and you can be the most lucky person. When GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Arjan Fifth Guru of the Sikhs. ArjanGuru Arjan Fifth Guru of the Sikhs. wrote the sukhmaniSukhmani Peace Lagoon; a prayer written by Guru Arjan; Song of Peace. at the sixteenth pauriPauri Literally step or ladder. Refers to a particular poetic form used in Siri Guru Granth Sahib. it stopped. He came to Baba Siri Chand. He said, "You are Saputh Nanak, you are son of Nanak and good one. I like your help."

Baba Siri Chand said, "Wait a minute, you are the GurusGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and you should do this BaniBani Literally "Word", Refers to the Word of God contained in the Sikh Sacred Writings; Banis refers to Sikh daily prayers. business, it's not my problem." But GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Arjan Fifth Guru of the Sikhs. ArjanGuru Arjan Fifth Guru of the Sikhs. insisted very politely that just give me a start.

Baba Siri Chand said, "Why?"

He said, "But it has stopped, it must move."

He said, "Okay Arjan, write down this. It will move heaven and Earth for anybody. And nothing will ever get struck." Then he recited, Aad sach, jugad sach, hai bhi sach, Nanak hosi bhi sach. That's the difference.

Student: Sir, in every major religion there is a female aspect represented (?), Adi Aad Shakti , Adi Shakti The primal creative force. ShaktiAad Shakti , Adi Shakti The primal creative force. Shakti The creative power and principle of existence itself. Without it nothing can manifest or bloom. It is feminine in nature. , the madonna, is this aspect of God, is it another face of God or is it a separate energy from the God energy?

YB: I must be very qualified foolish and idiot if I have not explained this in last thirty years. Is you really want to know my point of view or real point of view. Let me give you my point of view.

(Student's laughter)

My point of view is that Almighty God without woman cannot be on this planet. And my point of view is born of a woman if we will not learn to respect a woman that person will never be respected doesn't matter what he does. It's not female. It is a containment. She contains he, female contains male, woman contains man, don't you understand in a simple English what it means? Men who do not understand what containment is and woman who does not give the strength of containment are always discontented. Aye dekho desire kii hai, what is a desire. Desire is like a wood, you keep.... in the fire keep on putting wood and it will be, it will be a fiery more. Desire cannot stop. You have to stop. And then the tragedy is on one hand you desire, second hand you fantasize, third hand you freak out, fourth hand you do not know what you are doing, and all that energy wasted is not right. Let things come to you. Well when you were born somebody changed your diapers, somebody gave you milk, turned her blood into it, some gave all that, some gave protection. Because you were innocent. Why to become a crook? When your parents can do something, heavenly father and Mother Earth can do everything for you. That's the (?). And sometime accept tragedy. You know, all great men have ended up in a tragedy. You know why? Because they want to let the world know that prosperity and calamity is the same for them.

Student: Sir, at the end of JapjiJapji , Japji Sahib The Song of the Soul written by the First Sikh Guru, Guru Naanak Dayv Jee. Saadhana opens with a recitation of Japji each morning at 3:40 am. A mantra, poem, and inspired religious scripture composed by Guru Nanak. Japji Sahib gives a view of the cosmos, the soul, the mind, the challenge of life, and the impact of our actions. Its 40 stanzas are a source of many mantras and can be used as a whole or in part to guide both your mind and your heart. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Nanak First Guru of the Sikhs. NanakGuru Nanak First Guru of the Sikhs. talks about sach khand and it's in the English translation they say it's the realm where the warriors who never die reside. Can you tell us about sach khand?

YB: Sach khand is,

"Eh jag sachay ki hai kothri, is mey sachay kaa hai vaas"

This world is basic reality of truth and truth lives here.

What you feel is not true. I see a class. Now it's a class. After an hour or so there will be no class. You know what I mean. And today a person is sixteen, tomorrow the person will not be sixteen, he is sixteen one day. Anything which changes is not a reality. Infinity never changes. And how you can know this person has practiced Infinity because that person kindness, compassion will be as infinite as Infinity means. I am not guaranteeing you that you will not suffer. Or you will not be tortured or you will not be questioned or nobody will go after you. That is not true. It takes about hundred thousand insane people and twenty-five thousand idiots to need a teacher. I mean, it's quite a proportion. So it's not something. In the city of blinds one eyed man is a king. You know that what, what they say. So lot of people.... What is right and wrong is doesn't matter but lot of people do not excel their caliber, they do not have a applied mindApplied Mind A cultivated capacity of the mind which allows you to focus and respond effectively with intuition, intelligence, and comprehensive comparative consciousness to any demand in the environment or toward your goal. It is creative, stress-free, and can act or not act as needed. . And for small things, you know, the story of that GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Hargobind? GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Hargobind declared, "If somebody can read me correct JapjiJapji , Japji Sahib The Song of the Soul written by the First Sikh Guru, Guru Naanak Dayv Jee. Saadhana opens with a recitation of Japji each morning at 3:40 am. A mantra, poem, and inspired religious scripture composed by Guru Nanak. Japji Sahib gives a view of the cosmos, the soul, the mind, the challenge of life, and the impact of our actions. Its 40 stanzas are a source of many mantras and can be used as a whole or in part to guide both your mind and your heart. of Nanak I will give him whatever he wants." A very old good Gur Sikh came and he satSat Existence; what is; the subtle essence of Infinity itself. down and he started reciting JapjiJapji , Japji Sahib The Song of the Soul written by the First Sikh Guru, Guru Naanak Dayv Jee. Saadhana opens with a recitation of Japji each morning at 3:40 am. A mantra, poem, and inspired religious scripture composed by Guru Nanak. Japji Sahib gives a view of the cosmos, the soul, the mind, the challenge of life, and the impact of our actions. Its 40 stanzas are a source of many mantras and can be used as a whole or in part to guide both your mind and your heart. . As he was reciting and GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Hargobind started slipping from the stone on the side. When JapjiJapji , Japji Sahib The Song of the Soul written by the First Sikh Guru, Guru Naanak Dayv Jee. Saadhana opens with a recitation of Japji each morning at 3:40 am. A mantra, poem, and inspired religious scripture composed by Guru Nanak. Japji Sahib gives a view of the cosmos, the soul, the mind, the challenge of life, and the impact of our actions. Its 40 stanzas are a source of many mantras and can be used as a whole or in part to guide both your mind and your heart. came to the end he jumped up from the very end and came in the center and satSat Existence; what is; the subtle essence of Infinity itself. down. And said, "BhaiBhai Brother. so and so could you please give this Gur Sikh that our best white horse and filled it with gold coin on both sides and that bishala, that big studded blanket I have got to him." And he bowed to the Sikh he said, "Thank you very much you go and collect it and God bless you."

Baba Budda was sitting there. He said, "SatSat Existence; what is; the subtle essence of Infinity itself. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. , I am not a authority to ask or I am not questioning but we were asked to listen to JapjiJapji , Japji Sahib The Song of the Soul written by the First Sikh Guru, Guru Naanak Dayv Jee. Saadhana opens with a recitation of Japji each morning at 3:40 am. A mantra, poem, and inspired religious scripture composed by Guru Nanak. Japji Sahib gives a view of the cosmos, the soul, the mind, the challenge of life, and the impact of our actions. Its 40 stanzas are a source of many mantras and can be used as a whole or in part to guide both your mind and your heart. very perfectly and what were you doing slipping on the sides? Were you not listening?"

He said, "No Baba Buddaji, I was listening and then I was also in my mind it was going on what should I give him for this. And finally I decided that this is a throne of Nanak and he is reciting the JapjiJapji , Japji Sahib The Song of the Soul written by the First Sikh Guru, Guru Naanak Dayv Jee. Saadhana opens with a recitation of Japji each morning at 3:40 am. A mantra, poem, and inspired religious scripture composed by Guru Nanak. Japji Sahib gives a view of the cosmos, the soul, the mind, the challenge of life, and the impact of our actions. Its 40 stanzas are a source of many mantras and can be used as a whole or in part to guide both your mind and your heart. of Nanak, I should give him, this Sikh, this throne and I was going to sit down. But last minute he said, if GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. knows what do I want, then he will give me that white horse and two sides filled with gold and that bishala which that they wore. So he decided it, I just gave it to him."

Sometime we do not know what do we want. But I feel I request you whenever you are going to want, must you want. But please ask for heavens. Earth will be included in it. Don't ask little thing-give me a Parker pen, what is that asking.

(Student's laughter)

Sometime you are too funny, your requests are so little the Almighty God takes more time to find a Parker pen than give you a mountain. Give Him something He can handle.

What else?

Student: Seems like we always hear the stories of the individuals that make (?) where are the stories where the whole community makes it more than one piece of fruit ripen.

YB: Community whether likes it or not makes it. Whole community is a woven thread. The tragedy which in a community is we are very become.... being in community we have become very individual. We shut our hearts and we protect our self. But you see, look at my example. I came to America, in three years I realized that we have to earn our own money and make our own business. That was the decision made. We pushed (?). Everybody wanted to be individual. My business, my home. You see, I am the richest man, I neither have a home nor I have a business. Secondly, I could have taught yoga class in Los Angeles five days, two, three thousand dollars a day I would have earned and that's it. Look at it where, from Oslo to Istanbul. From the end of Russia to California. We are everywhere.

There was a person who was discussing with me, he said, "I cannot work for the money you give me."

Watch these words. And I said, "From next month you are going to get fifty dollars less."

(Student's laughter)

And he said, "Why?"

I said, "Because you are not in gratitude for me what I pay you."

"That's what you said?"

"Yeah. Fifty dollars less."

He said, "No, no, no I cannot even live this money, fifty dollars less I am going to die."

I said, "Then you will soon not work for me."

I didn't do anything somebody asked that person to come and join him for seventy-five thousand dollars a year and he asked me, "I want to go."

I said, "Ask better price."

He came back again he said, "Now the offer is hundred thousand dollars."

I said, "Go. Why you work for me?"

He said, "I am not going. What do you think?"

I said, "You are worth hundred twenty-five thousand dollars a year but I am not going to pay you."

(Student's laughter)

"Why?"

I said, "Here is the ownership. You should pay me for working here. Because I have created it for you. You should give me why should I pay you?" But yet there is not a feeling of understanding, there is no touch with that reality that we are obnoxiously graceful stupidly wise and authentically charming people when we move about. And this is the comments of those who hate you from the core of their heart. But once you start valuing yourself and feel your Divinity within you, your duality will go away, you will become the best leader, then things will come to you. Not you have to go to things. Going and getting is not right. Being and let it come is comfortable.

Yes.

Student: Sir is it possible to practice thoughtlessness and chant God's name with every breath at the same time?

YB: It is, it is, it is. Thoughtlessness is a mental process. Thought comes negative, you go positive. And you practice. And in Vedanta there is one line. Niyath, Niyath namoh, namoh, you are not this, you are not this, you are not this, you are not this, I bow to you, I bow to you again. Because doesn't matter how many people we are here and how much I have tried to explain to you, life is Infinity. Why to steal, why to lie, why to cheat, why to do these small things? You are going to get you are going to get. And if you are not going to identify your finite identity into things then Infinity will give you. Why you are so foolish? You know. But our insecurity, our competing nature and all those kind of things give us lot of trouble. For nothing. And you know, it's very funny; have you gone to sometime garden? Has ever a rose come out and walked in front of you and say smell me? Does it? Have you seen that? No. Rose fragrance is powerful enough that you will smell.

Your grace is powerful enough which people will feel. Is it written on my billboard I am YogiYogi One who has attained a state of yoga (union) where polarities are mastered and transcended. One who practices the disciplines of yoga and has attained self-mastery. Bhajan, have you seen that? It's not that people don't hate me, it's not also true that people do not want to destroy me, it's all there. But doesn't matter. You are who you are because you are as you are. And walk the distance and the destination with dignity. That's all. You never have to regret. Because at the last moment when you have to close your eyes you have to feel fulfilled. Satisfied. You have to feel grateful. Great and full both. And then you go home. That is the purpose of life. To conquer the future in today's time. You build homes. You have gardens, you have businesses, centers, while going what is going to go with you. Not even the satisfaction, rather you will die worried, oh I didn't check my that account, I didn't tell my wife this, I didn't.... what nonsense is this.

I was discussing with Sopurkh, "How much money we can have?"

She (?) she said to me, "You can lot of money."

I said, "But don't I have it?"

She said, "You give it away what should I do?"

I said, "Why not, some people need it, I give it away. What should I do. Sit on a pile of money? When I was born did I have this bank checking (?). When I die why should I have anything? That's why I get rid of everything. Gave it to you. So that you cannot fight like monkeys.

(Student's laughter)

(?) there is (?). I will go up and watch, haahahahahaaaa these are the most faithful disciples, look at their discipline. It will be a fun."

What else?

Student: Sir I was wondering if you could explain the difference between Gurmukhi and Punjabi.

YB: Gurmukhi is a lipi, Gurmukhi is a word given to Punjabi, not all Punjabi, but Punjabi in which sound current is balanced in permutation and combination. Like, like in Punjabi if you write you can pronounce it right. In any other language you can try to pronounce it but the sound will not be exactly in that balance. Like (?) I am never going to teach you Siri GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. GranthGranth Literally: knot: book. because I want you to learn it. You know that certain things I want in respect for that what I have brought you so much knowledge you should practice and you should learn and you should become leaders. I mean to say it's a war between you and me and that's okay. Like, Sochai Soch Na Hovai, if you read like that, it will go to your heart. Sochai Soch Na Hovai (?). What, it's cold? When it's too cold people do (?). That's not what life is all about. Read this GurbaniGurbani Word of the Guru, Refers particularly to the words from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. , BaniBani Literally "Word", Refers to the Word of God contained in the Sikh Sacred Writings; Banis refers to Sikh daily prayers. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. , GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. hai BaniBani Literally "Word", Refers to the Word of God contained in the Sikh Sacred Writings; Banis refers to Sikh daily prayers. which BaniBani Literally "Word", Refers to the Word of God contained in the Sikh Sacred Writings; Banis refers to Sikh daily prayers. AmritAmrit , Aamrit The nectar of bliss; also the ceremony in which a person dedicates their life to the Khalsa. sara. BaniBani Literally "Word", Refers to the Word of God contained in the Sikh Sacred Writings; Banis refers to Sikh daily prayers. kahey (?). In the BaniBani Literally "Word", Refers to the Word of God contained in the Sikh Sacred Writings; Banis refers to Sikh daily prayers. there is a permutation and combination of whole sound system so called that its micro consciousnessConsciousness The nature of the self and being. In the realm of nature, awareness becomes consciousness. It is from the being itself. Being is expressed in consciousness through contrasts and sensations, in awareness through merger, clarity, and reality. can move the macro consciousnessConsciousness The nature of the self and being. In the realm of nature, awareness becomes consciousness. It is from the being itself. Being is expressed in consciousness through contrasts and sensations, in awareness through merger, clarity, and reality. . Have you seen those people they will hate me, they want to kill me they tried best spent all the money. Those who do Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. (?). What is this? What is this.... (?) what is in that Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . Just say, Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. , Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. , pull it from here. Where it belongs to. And see how much it gives you. My nose is closed today otherwise I would have played a conch from my nose. That one is enough for the whole day.

There is a thing to be enjoyed within you. Like a music. Make your body as a instrument of music. When you speak to somebody he should not hear a man, he should hear a piano or a guitar. He should be very deep and effective and affectionate. And if somebody is mad, angry and upset, calm down. You calm down, don't react. It is your honor which is at stake when somebody provoke you. It's not somebody. It's okay. It is got to be learned. And we have to learn pronunciation.

So we have eleven minutes and I am not going to spare you for that come on we talked, now we work right. Correct?

Put your hands like this straight and try to bring elbows as near as possible, as near as possible is that much is do your digestive system defective. Clean (?) bring them straight and bring them just in front of you. Close your eyes.

ArdasArdas Prayer; the formal group prayer of the Sikhs. BhaiBhai Brother. music side.

And you will very politely whistle, your hands will not go down ever one millimeter you will be set straight and it is only eleven minutes.

(The ArdasArdas Prayer; the formal group prayer of the Sikhs. BhaiBhai Brother. tape is played in the class)

YB (Over the tape): Nothing more. If you won't find in eleven minutes God then there is God actually gone to Hawaii. Up, up, up (?).

Come on, keep your hands at the right position, what you are going to get.

You have one more minute. Keep your hands straight, you are not going to get (?) with this. Put your hands up and put them like this. Stop, stop, whistling.

(The tape stops).

And do breath of fireBreath of Fire Also called agni praan. It is a rapid, rhythmical breath pattern, generated from the navel point and diaphragm with an equal inhale and exhale and usually done through the nose. It is both stimulating and relaxing. It heals, strengthens the nerves, and clears out old patterns and toxins. .

Open up the energy to every part and organ of the body. Fast, fast. You have to do this for one minute, already half a minute is gone, hurry up. All right, put your both hands like this in the lap and sit very straight and close your eyes and go thoughtless. You have three minutes only. Use every breath in every moment of it. It is your personal strength against your downfall. So win. Fateh, victory. No thought no problem. A man of a mind who has a thoughtless mind is served by God and nature to be maintained with grace. It's a law which God cannot change.

Inhale deep, hold the breath and press the tongue with upper palate. With all your strength of the neck and the jaws exhale. Inhale deep again. Press hard, squeeze, get going, touch the thalamus. Let it go. Inhale deep, deep, open up your chest cavity deep and press the upper palate with the strength of your tongue, whatever it can give you. Relax.

Well, you (?) it. It took more than eleven minutes and another three minutes and that's it.

(The tape 'On this day.....' is played in the class)

YB (Over the tape): Sing, sing.

(The class sings along with the tape)

(Tape stops)

YB: It is AmritAmrit , Aamrit The nectar of bliss; also the ceremony in which a person dedicates their life to the Khalsa. 's birthday today. And I don't want to do any prayer today. He should learn to pray for everybody. But I will give him the few lyrics which I wrote once. When I was face to face God. Every breath, chal hey, put that tape on. It was one day when I was sitting in the tub of my water and we started talking between me and God. And this is exactly the gist of that conversation we (?). And Niranjan sang two songs. So you can learn what it is to face Almighty God.

(The tape 'Every heartbeat is...' is played in the class)

Side B

The tape continues....

(Tape stops)

It's a fun, there are about twenty-one or twenty-two tapes, how many are there. Something like that. They will be very helpful at the time of when people like to hear what they have not heard so far. It is a status when a person becomes one with person. When creatures become one with Creator. Face to face.

The tragedy of the situation is we have a sense of judgement. He is rich therefore God has blessed him, he is poor God has cursed him. That's not true. If you are very rich and you feel poor you are the worst. If somebody is very poor and feel rich he is the king. So it works differently. Then you will write a story.

There is another tape, what is that. I wrote two in one day. What? I want to let this boy hear these things so he must understand where he is going. Not where he is. Where is the other one?

(The tape 'God is within me...' is played in the class)

YB (Over the tape): Loud, loud.

(Tape stops)

YB: Well, this is my prayer. One day out of the fluke or accident an incident through meditationMeditation Dhyan. It is a process of deep concentration or merger into an object or a state of consciousness. Meditation releases reactions and unconscious habits and build the spontaneous and intuitive link to awareness itself. or through your effort or God's gift you may also feel face to face being in the very little, belittle finite the Infinity of God. It's a experience, it's a trip. Until you do not have that trip you are going to drip from here and there and window shopping and all kind of things. Life is the most beautiful gift.

"GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Kripa thay bhagatBhagat A devotee of God. Kamayi, Taaye Maanas Dehi Payi, Iis Dehi Ko SimranSimran A deep meditative process in which the naam of the Infinite is remembered and dwelled in without conscious effort. Dey, Iis Dehi Bhaj Har Ki Sev."

With God and GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's blessing you earned this human body. This human body is wanted and needed by the angels for their redemption and their salvation. This body is meant to serve the God's creativity.

So it's very wonderful thing that this young man is born on this day and there is a lot of KarmaKarma The law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches us to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. Instead of acting you begin reacting. Karmas are the conditions required in order to balance or complete these tendencies. Though necessary, karma is not dictatorial or fatalistic. It is the mechanism that allows the finite experience of existence to maintain and stabilize itself. We all have free will and can take actions to re-direct the momentum of a karma. We can transform it or neutralize it using meditation, jappa, good deeds, or intuition that remove your sense of ego and the identification with that past line of action. he has to face that he has to penetrate through all obstruction, obstacles, misfortune, calamities and prove he is real nectar. And it's my prayer that he will match up to it and I don't have to kick him hard so I need your blessing and prayer on this day and let's have cookies now, SatSat Existence; what is; the subtle essence of Infinity itself. Sat Naam , Sat Nam The essence or seed embodied in form; the identity of truth. When used as a greeting it means "I greet and salute that reality and truth which is your soul." It is called the Bij Mantra - the seed for all that comes. Sat Naam , Sat Nam The essence or seed embodied in form; the identity of truth. When used as a greeting it means "I greet and salute that reality and truth which is your soul." It is called the Bij Mantra - the seed for all that comes. NamSat Naam , Sat Nam The essence or seed embodied in form; the identity of truth. When used as a greeting it means "I greet and salute that reality and truth which is your soul." It is called the Bij Mantra - the seed for all that comes. Naam , Nam The manifested identity of the essence. The word derives from Naa-ay-ma , which means "that which is not, now is born." A Naam gives identity, form, and expression to that which was only essence or subtle before. It is also referred to as the Word. .

(Student's laughter)

Yeah there is few songs are there, I wrote twenty lyrics, twenty records, why don't you listen to them and become great. These, these songs are where there is no... nothing in-between, it is face to face. Where are cookies? Yeah, thank you. Oh my God.

The students sing: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.......

YB: Don't miss your quarter pound,

(Student's laughter)

She is in Paris, enjoying. Isn't for this big guys wife is a quarter pound?

(Student's laughter)

Proportionately?

It's really a joke. She is smart, though. Very together, very smart.

Hey what you have got today? Why are you sitting there you can't get up? Read us something about that holy mother who gave men the tank of nectar. Kiran, you are leaving?

(Student's laughter)

(?) it should be copied and given to everybody.

Student: (------)

YB: It should be edited? It's very clean (?).

(Student's laughter)

(?) what I can say. Go ahead.

(GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Tej reads the story from the book)

GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Tej: One day Dhuni Chand and his wife called the girls together. They satSat Existence; what is; the subtle essence of Infinity itself. around him in a semi circle. God, they are pretty, he thought I hate to lose any of them. But, he thought further. I have to do this. He motioned to his oldest daughter, who by this time was about fourteen, to stand. "You are my first born," he said, "And who has cared for you and given you everything." Four times he repeated asking the same question of each daughter. And the answer was always the same. He regarded Rajini who, "God has been so merciful and kind to make you such a great man so that you can give so much" she interrupted.

Dhuni Chand stared at her and smiled. Somehow the answer did not satisfy him. But that face and those eyes. He melted. Rajini went to her first sister...., a missing page we will pick it up from here,

(Student's laughter)

Rajini went to her first sister put her little arms around her and hugged her for a long time. Her sister started trembling. She felt calm and at peace. Then without uttering a word Rajini released her and each sister took her turn hugging their big sister. Big sister though still felt Rajini's touch. Rajini was the darling of her sisters. They loved to pamper her as much as their father did. They liked to take her and dress her up, decorate and perfume her, then call the servants to run them through the village on rickshaws. They would also pretend that they were in the Temple of Saraswati or Durga or LakshmiLakshmi Hindu goddess of love, harmony, and prosperity. whatever female deity they had studied about recently. They would dress Rajini up like that deity and pretend that she was the Goddess who had come to life in the Temple.

Rajini would stand in a recess in the walls where statues of the deities were normally kept and her sisters would bow to her and ask her questions which Rajini would answer. Normally the questions would be little girl questions like, "Who will I marry and how many babies will I have and who is the prettiest," to which Rajini would reply, "You will marry the man of your destiny and you will have as many babies as God grants you and we are all beautiful, because the One who made us doesn't make anything ugly." Then they would giggle and bow to her. Sometimes though they would ask her serious questions like, 'oh great Goddess how can I become more like you and oh Goddess why are we born,' and Rajini would answer in very measured tone, like she was hearing the answers from another source and repeating them to her sisters. The girls were intrigued by this and as they grew older it became less of a game and more of a learning experience.

Dhuni Chand was not specially fond of that game and usually made them stop if he found them playing it. They would put the deity back in the wall and go play something else in another part of the house. What he was extremely fond of though, was calling his girls together and asking them who cared for them and gave them everything. They would all answer, "You do, papa," except Rajini. Her answers were usually more like 'I am grateful to God, He is so merciful to all of us, the God's mercy has been... has given you everything and we are grateful that you share with us what you have.' Her answers never satisfied Dhuni Chand. But her face and demeanor so affected him that he couldn't do anything except look at her.

Within the next year Rajini's second sister was engaged and in short time was married. Although, she still had four sisters the house seemed different, more quiet and less alive. She still played with her sisters but they were getting older and their games were less enthusiastic. Once a year the married sisters would return home for a couple of months with their parents and sisters, usually at the end of the monsoon season. These were always happy times for Rajini, they would spend long hours together talking, they would take long walks and the younger girls would learn about married life and the challenges of running a household, managing servants and preserving the vedic traditions in their homes.

"Punditji," Rajini asked one day.

She has that look and that voice, he thought to himself. "Yes my treasure," he answered aloud.

"What makes a good wife?"

By this time four of Rajini's sisters were married and getting on with their lives. Dhuni Chand was still obsessed with his daughters at home and was interfering regularly with the life of his married daughters. Rajini's two unmarried sisters looked after her and still enjoyed spending long hours talking idly to her. But Rajini was maturing and with that maturity came changes in her appearance and personality. She was a startlingly beautiful girl who the sisters were in (?) and who her parents were somewhat afraid of. Dhuni Chand did not fully trust Punditji. But anytime he tried to replace him Rajini would pitch such a fit that Dhuni Chand had him back in the house within hours. Dhuni Chand always believed that punditji was teaching Rajini strange things. Though he could not identify what. It was true that she could recite the Vedas more correctly than her sisters, her academics were superior and her chapatis were rounder. Still she was not like the other six girls and Dhuni Chand wasn't sure what the difference was. She always obeyed but he always noticed that her answers whenever he asked his daughters who cared for them and gave them everything were always vague and never seemed to satisfy him. He reminded himself to pay closer attention to her responses in the future.

"A good wife" said Punditji. "Is one who brings sacredness to the home."

Rajini stared at him. "And what is a good husband?" she demanded.

"A good husband is one who honors and protects that sacredness," said Punditji. Somewhat relieved. He was very happy with this answers.

"But what if a wife has a bad husband who fails to honor the sacredness of the home, then she must honor her own sacredness and pray for her husband to come around and so with a bad wife," she asked.

Punditji did not think things were going well but he could not get out of it now. He closed his eyes and drew a long deep breath through his nostrils and exhaled quickly, his chest falling with the release. "My precious pearl," he began, "First, a woman must know and believe in her own grace. She must maintain herself with dignity at all times. The power of her presence can influence a man to behave with dignity himself. If a woman wants to change a man she has to do so through the power of her prayer and the projection of her radiance. Men are thick and slow to respond. They are not women and they don't think like women. But men have a marked vulnerability to women. A wise woman will bring her man to her without him ever realizing it."

"But punditji the Vedas say that woman should treat her husband as though he were God in her home, what if he is a mindless idiot?"

"You did not understand the meaning then. What that means is make your man believe that he is God in his home and that you respect him as such. Then he will break his, he will bend over backwards to make you happy."

"But God doesn't... doesn't God do that for us. But I have seen many men who abuse that trust given to them by their wives. Not only that they abuse their wives as well. Is a woman just to accept that?"

"Let me tell you a story." Punditji was sweating.

"I once knew a woman whose husband used to beat her. She always took it and never complained or mentioned it to anyone. Finally she could no longer bear it, so she told her five sisters and her closest friends. One day they all came to tea while the husband was home. And they told the young woman to leave the house. They were eleven ladies and the company of this guerilla of a husband. They began talking to the husband and serving him tea in which they had put bhang. After sometime the husband began to feel stupid from the bhang and started exhibiting signs that he was under its influence. So they began to ask him how the marriage was going, how did he like their sister and how were they getting along. As they talked to him they got closer and closer until they had surrounded the dumb guy. Then in unison they all took their shoes and began to beat the husband, they were unmoved by his cries and he was so helpless from the bhang that he could not defend himself. Anyway he could not act with violence on these women. They beat him so badly that he could not move for two weeks. Each day one of the sisters would come to his bed and tell him that any further violence on his part toward their sister would result in his untimely departure from this Earth. Thereafter, he was only loving and kind to his wife

(Student's laughter)

And never once mentioned the incident to her. The point is there is strength in numbers and there are always resources."

Rajini laughed, her tiny body shaking, her red sari fluttering in the air, the gold bangles around her wrists jangled musically and her dark eyes radiated joy.

"One thing to remember my joy," said punditji. "A good man will always know his duty, a good wife will never try to deter him from his duty even though she doesn't like what it is he feels he must do. Men are mission oriented and are very basic. Actually they only require simple maintenance. If you serve your man in this way he will come through for you. Remember a man is incomplete by himself, so a woman. It takes both to make each other complete. A man who understands his KarmaKarma The law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches us to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. Instead of acting you begin reacting. Karmas are the conditions required in order to balance or complete these tendencies. Though necessary, karma is not dictatorial or fatalistic. It is the mechanism that allows the finite experience of existence to maintain and stabilize itself. We all have free will and can take actions to re-direct the momentum of a karma. We can transform it or neutralize it using meditation, jappa, good deeds, or intuition that remove your sense of ego and the identification with that past line of action. and knows his duty is very rare. Pray that you find such a man."

They were interrupted by Dhuni Chand's bellowing; he was gathering his family to announce the engagement of his fifth daughter who would be married within the year. "Who cares for you and gives you everything?" Dhuni Chand demanded. "You do, papa," giggled Rajini's two sisters. Rajini had learnt how to pace her word so that they were lost in the voices of her sisters. "GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. papa" she giggled "And we are grateful."

(Student's laughter)

Continue?

(Student's laughter)

YB: (-----)

GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Tej: At GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's (?) BhaiBhai Brother. Jatha continued to develop the city as GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. had directed him. He stopped work on the tank which became known as Santok Sar, with some simple finishing touches he consecrated the tank and distributed sweets to the congregation. Then he organized the workers and they shifted to the lowlands east of of the Santok Sar where they found the pond. Jatha spent the night there and before sunrise did his morning meditationsMeditation Dhyan. It is a process of deep concentration or merger into an object or a state of consciousness. Meditation releases reactions and unconscious habits and build the spontaneous and intuitive link to awareness itself. . Then the workers joined him there and they said a prayer and distributed Prasad, the blessed sweet of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . Then uttering Wahe Wahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. GuruWahe Guru , Whaa-hay Guroo A mantra of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul. Also called the gur mantra. Guru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Jatha placed his shovel into the Earth at the edge of the pond, dug down deep and lifted the full shovel. He held the shovel across his waist as he gazed at the hole he had dug. He stood there for a moment lost in the realization of what he was doing and what his actions would mean for mankind. Then slowly he emptied his shovel regarding the moist Earth as it fell to the ground.

BhaiBhai Brother. Jatha was not inclined to simply direct the workers in their efforts. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. had told him to construct the tank so he went to work with pick and shovel carrying baskets of earth on his head and coordinating the overall effort. He had learnt a lot from the construction of the (?) and he applied that knowledge here, Jatha worked hard. He was now nearly forty, his three sons were growing up fast and they were all dear to him. But he held his youngest son Arjun closet to his heart. As he worked in the spring time sun thoughts of his son were blended with thoughts of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . It was getting hot now. Summer was fast approaching and the pace of the work slowed. When the heat would become overwhelming Jatha would cool himself with the water from the pond and take refuge from the sun under the shade of the berry tree. He regarded the surrounding area rising up from the pond. This was the lowest point around and the wide dusty plane rose up steadily from it. This is right he thought to himself. The path (?) begins with humility. When we bow our heads down low the only place we can go is up. But, he mused further, if we don't start from the lowest place, from the zero, he startled himself with that understanding. Then GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. cannot come in.

His reverie was interrupted. "Jathaji," the dirt and mud covered foreman came to him.

"What is it Mahesh? he asked."Jathaji there is a large boulder in the new area and we cannot seem to get the leverage to move it. Would you show us what to do?"

He got up and moved towards place Mahesh had indicated. He regarded the boulder recalling some of the techniques used by the engineers sent to Golandwal by the (?). He directed the men to dig behind and under the large stone then they drove heavy timbers what they had dug. Digging deeper still the timbers under the boulder formed a descent from where rested. Jatha jumped up to the timbers behind the boulder and had an ox tied to each one. He then directed several men to push on the timbers while the oxen were driven forward. The stone was dislodged and rolled the short distance down the bottom timbers. It was now clear and could be broken up and removed.

Jatha's body clearly showed the strain and abuse he had subjected it to for the past twenty-two years. The five years working on the (?) had been especially hard on his health. Now breathing the dust of this region, putting his back into the work each hot day he looked warned. His hands were hard and calloused the dirt seeming to be permanently under his finger nails and into the pores of his skin. His feet had deep cracks in the heels and sides of the soles. Just as when he was working on the (?) his body was full of bruises and cuts attesting to the difficult strenuous and somewhat dangerous nature of his work. Still he was always cheerful and worked steadily towards fulfilling the assignment given to him by GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. .

He thought to himself as the workers began breaking up the boulder, I am truly honored to be in the presence of such men. I am here because my GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. told me to be here, but I am not sure why these men are here and do this bone breaking work. He paused his contemplation to give some directions. It is hope, he thought. They are here because they have hope and that hope is driven by the power of love. Slowly the dirt below his eyes began to (?) as silent tears rolled through it. "The power of love," he said out loud. BhaiBhai Brother. Jatha continued working on the tank but a deepening understanding began dawning on him. He worked his (?) in another world while fully cognizant of the one he was in. The progress on the tank proceeded as Jatha daily directed the work and put his own back into it.

One day after a couple of months had passed a messenger arrived from GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. . "BhaiBhai Brother. Jathaji," the messenger spoke with great reverence to the mud covered man before him. The caked mud on Jatha was powdered with sand and dirt which had been blown by the strengthening wind. His hard hands held a large pick, and his eyes were red and were irritated from the dust. "You bring me news of my GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. ?" Jatha said with anticipation.

"I do, my brother," he said. "The GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. wants you in Golandwal, this work is to cease for a while and you are to return to Golandwal right away."

Jatha dropped his pick and called at the foreman. "Mahesh," his voice was remarkably loud for such a gentleman. Mahesh came running "Haanji," Mahesh asked. "Mahesh, my friend, you and your crew have done a great job."

"Thank you sir," he smiled.

"However, the work must stop for now. Collect your people and your tools and leave this place. My GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. calls me and I must see him in Golandwal, take care of your clan and I will send for you when it's time to resume."

"Bur sir," Mahesh exclaimed, "The work is going so well, can't we continue?"

"We will continue but not now I have to go and the time for this work must pause. We will resume Maheshji and you won't believe what we'll create here. All the world would come to this place to bathe in this tank and experience the miracles of these waters. Know that be truth my friend. Now though, my GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. calls. I must go. But Mahesh please be available when I need you."

All of (?) Mahesh for some reason could not look Jatha in the eye. "Whenever you need us we will be here."

BhaiBhai Brother. Jatha left the clean-up to Mahesh. He cleaned himself in the pond and the messenger from Golandwal was startled by how clean Jatha was after the water had touched his body and clothes. He was specially amazed by how much better Jatha (?) looked. He said nothing only stared in amazement. Jatha mounted his horse and began the ride to Golandwal. It was late when they arrived in Golandwal. They had lungarLangar , Lungar Free kitchen associated with Sikh worship service. , then Jatha went home which was the house of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . The GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. was up and wanted to see Jatha right away. Jatha went to GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's apartment and touched his feet. "How are you my son?"

"I am well, sir."

"Tell me the progress."

"I returned as you directed and stopped the work in the Santok Sar. We had a dedication program and served PrashadPrashad Blessed food; refers to sweet food passed out at the end of Sikh worship service; gift of the Guru. and lungarLangar , Lungar Free kitchen associated with Sikh worship service. , then we organized to move to the new location you directed. We have been working there for about two months."

"I know," said the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . "You have done well. Now I need you to be here with me for a while. Return to your previous responsibility of looking after my finances, serve in the kitchen and be around whenever I need you. There is some finishing touches that need to be put on the (?). Please see to them."

Jatha smiled, "As you like sir, I am just happy to be here."

"Let me ask you my boy, you have nearly reached your fortieth year. Now your children are growing fast, you are growing old what you have in mind for your future and the future of my daughter."

"My future is in your hand, I have no other reason to live than to serve you and our DharmaDharma A path of righteous living. It is both an ideal of virtue and a path of action that is infused with clear awareness and comprised of actions that are the soul in total synchrony with the universe. It is action without reaction or karma. . I am grateful for that."

"But you have responsibilities in life that I cannot deliver on your behalf.

What you need to do after my time?"

Jatha closed his eyes, he could not conceive of life without his GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . He brightened slightly, "I will serve whoever sits in your place," he said flatly.

"What about your wife and children, how they will be maintained?"

"What do they need? Arjan is so close to you he has already eaten from your plate, I believe he will someday wear your shoes. (?) manage on his own he is a worldly boy I am afraid and will always look out for himself. Mahadev is deeply meditative and will find his way, they are all grandchildren of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. what more do they need? "My son," said the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. , "People talk about you. They challenge me repeatedly that my own son-in-law has no future. Baani was given that land grant by the sultan so you will always have a place to live. But is this what you want to do the rest of your life? You have great ability to lead and inspire millions. Do you think that will be done from my kitchen?"

Jatha was feeling confused and tired as he was, a little tearful. The words he was hearing sounded so strange to him. He had always served the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's house, he wanted nothing else and the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. had never told him to do anything else. Why now after twenty-two years was the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. challenging him in this way? He could not grasp what was happening to him. His experiences at the pond were so transformational and gave him a sense of something greater than himself. He felt the hand of God upon his shoulder and did not understand why his GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. would be unhappy with him now.

"Jatha, Rama serves me as well as you do, yet he maintains his family and he is appreciated in the community. Everything for you is secondary to my service and you have served me well. But other people think you are irresponsible. Even your own relatives confronted you. Doesn't that disturb you?"

"Guruji," Jatha spoke with a pleading tone in his voice. "There is nothing else from me. You married me to your daughter and she will be maintained, however if for her sake you want me to get a proper job and pursue something else, just tell me. I have no life without you and I want nothing else. If I have dishonored you or my family then please forgive me, I only want to bring honor to your house. If you prefer tomorrow I will find some commercial activity and begin to pursue that." He coughed violently, tears were streaming down his face.

GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. looked deep in the Jatha studying his auraAura The radiant field of energy and consciousness that surrounds the physical body and which holds and organizes the seven centers of energy called chakras. Its strength, measured by brightness and radius, determines the vitality, mental concerns, and psychophysical integrity of a person. . "You are not well my son."

"I am fine, just the dust the of Punjab."

"Dearest Jatha, I must soon choose a successor. I am getting old and maybe unable to carry this body much longer. Who should sit upon my throne?"

"Well, you have two capable sons who could both claim your seat as their birthright. However Rama has provided the greatest service to your mission, he worked with me on the (?) everyday. He ministers to the poor and sick, and he exemplifies all that you have taught. I think you should consider him."

"What about you?" Asked the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. .

"Guruji, I am just a simple man, I have worked hard to serve you and want nothing else. You just said people consider me to be irresponsible. However they hold Rama in very high esteem and he would represent you well. Besides I don't want your job, I am happy with what I am doing."

"Well," said the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. "Tomorrow join Rama at the (?), help him to finish it up. I will meet with you in the evening."

Jatha touched the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's feet, he made his way to his own apartments and joined his wife. But few days later he was working at the (?) with Rama when the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. came and called them both out. In front of the (?) was a large plaza which has since been covered with marble. "I have a job for each of you," the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. said appearing to be somewhat irritated. "I need a platform built here on either side of the (?) so I can speak to the Sangat. I am disappointed you haven't even erected it already. It must be elevated a few meters so they can all see me clearly. I want it to have a proper support for my back and a support for my arm, decorate it and make it worthy of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's presence. Have them finished by this evening. I will return to inspect them and sit upon the one which most pleases me, thereafter I will sit upon one in the morning and the other in the evening. Now move."

Jatha and Rama scrambled. They each one of (?) about Golandwal gathering the tools and materials they would need to do the job and each worked throughout the day. It was now late June and the weather was very hot and humid. Jatha and Rama worked with fixed attention on the job barely aware of each other or of the curious people around them. They sawed and sanded, fitted and nailed as the sun pitched down they each polished and painted their platforms and before the evening kirtan they were finished. The two platforms stood side by side shining in the bright light of the setting sun. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. came down to the (?) and surveyed the work. He grabbed Jatha by the scruff of his neck and said in a harsh voice, "This is not what I asked for, why can't you do something right? Tear it down and rebuild it properly. I told you the way I wanted it, now do it right, I have no tolerance for this sloppy work. Worst of all I am disappointed that you failed to comply with my instructions."

Jatha bowed before the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and said nothing.

The GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. turned to Rama. "Are you trying to make a fool of an old man, do you think I have gone senile and will overlook your failure? Tear this piece of (?) dung down now. It's not fitting for a rat to sit on. How could you have been so blind? Now rebuild this the way I instructed you before. I can't bear this incompetence. You think I will live forever? What hope is there for the future when my two most trusted sons can't comply with a simple directive? Who will carry this mission forward now that you both failed so miserably. By this time tomorrow I expect to see two platforms standing here according to the instructions I have given. There is no room for this lack of consciousnessConsciousness The nature of the self and being. In the realm of nature, awareness becomes consciousness. It is from the being itself. Being is expressed in consciousness through contrasts and sensations, in awareness through merger, clarity, and reality. from both of you. Now get to work. Jatha don't come home tonight. I don't want to see your face until this job is done. Same applies to you Rama, don't fail me again."

The people were stunned. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. normally displayed open affection for both his sons-in-law and they were very concerned about his temper. The GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. was known for always speaking his mind and people were normally deeply affected by his words. They recall the time the raja of Haripur came to visit the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. with all his ministers and queens. One of the young queens who had been recently married refused to remove her veil in the presence of GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. regarded her then spoke. "How insane lady if you are not pleased with the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's face then why have you come before me?" With that the poor young woman tore off her clothes along with her veil and ran naked into the forest babbling nonsense. She lived in the forest for months and was completely out of her mind. Occasionally people would see her darting around the edge of the forest but the people of Golandwal still superstitious despite the teachings of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. were afraid of her and kept their distance. They associated all kinds of evil omens and bad luck with seeing her.

At that time there were many people who enjoyed the company of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . And whenever he would go out there was usually a large entourage that followed him. Some of the people actually had specific functions and service to the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. such as secretary, correspondence, financial manager, group management, security, a large number of the entourage however were people who simply enjoyed the company of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and made it their responsibility to be with him whenever they could. Some of the group were members of the community who held or believe they held certain status and considered their place to be beside the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . Others were people who had no status and hoped the association with the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. would bring them status. Still others neither had nor craze of status they simply enjoyed the company of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and waited for any opportunity to serve him, such as bringing him water or opening his door.

Among those who liked to hang out with the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's entourage was the man of limited mental ability who only covered himself with a tattered old shawl. Anytime the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. spoke the man will hang on his every word and whenever the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. paused the man would utter sach, sach, meaning true, true. He always said it with great authority as though encouraging the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. to continue because he was on the right track with his discourse. Consequently he became known as 'Sach and sach.'

(Student's laughter)

Although he was considered to be an idiot people enjoyed him having around because he had good heart and always made people laugh with the innocence of his behavior.

Sach and sach would go to the forest each morning and afternoon to collect firewood for the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's kitchen. It was a simple job that a man of his limited ability could perform. He enjoyed the outdoors and always hummed to himself whatever he could remember of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's hymns. He usually got the lines mixed up but it never mattered to him. He was innocent and recited the passages out of true devotion. One morning he had finished gathering his load of wood and was trying to negotiate his way back to Golandwal. His arms were full and upon his back was another large bundle of wood.

As he walked he hummed to himself a hymn of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. which in actuality was a mixture of lines from various passages but to the mind of Sach and Sach it made great sense. Movement to his right caused him to pause and he peered into the forest still humming to himself. He heard the sound of foot steps on the dry leaves and branches of the forest floor and his innocent heart raced. 'Could it be a tiger or a lion? Perhaps a jackal. Perhaps it was only a monkey playing in the sunlight.' He moved forward cautiously fumbling the lines he had been reciting to himself his breath quickening with his heartbeat. He stopped again. And thought he heard heavy breathing then realized that it was his own. Suddenly out of the forest sprang a naked woman who lunged at him screaming and thrashing. She attacked viciously, kicking, clawing and scratching the poor man, he dropped his firewood mostly on his own feet and the load on his back fell against his head. He fell to the ground and the insane queen of the raja of Haripur picked up a piece of wood and pounded poor Sach and Sach. Crawling away on hands and knees blood streaming from all over his body he found his feet and ran back to Golandwal. He was a sad sight stumbling into the city. She had clawed his face, chest and arms with her finger nails. She had kicked him repeatedly in the groin and stomach and he had welts and knots on his ribs arms and head (?) been struck by his own firewood. There were several gashes across his forehead and his left eye was severely swollen.

Sach and Sach made his way to the (?), stumbled down the eighty-four steps and with big a splash fell into the well at the bottom. Several of the people there helped him up and dressed his wound for him. Eventually one of his few remaining teeth fell into his mouth and he spit it out. His only possession his old tattered shawl was bloodstained and more tattered than ever. He was taken to the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and relayed the story of how a wild witch had leapt from the trees and attacked him. She tried to steal his soul but the hymns of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. saved him although he barely escaped with his life. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. smiled at him. He had one of his wooden sandals brought to him and handed it to Sach and Sach. "This afternoon when you go back for your firewood...."

"Forgive me my Lord, but Sach and Sach is not going back, Sach and Sach could have been killed, true. True, it's very true, Sach and Sach can't go back it isn't safe, true sir, it's true."

"My dear Sach and Sach, please go on my behalf and when this unfortunate woman approaches you again touch her with my shoe. Her demeanor will change and she will become compliant." "True so true," "Then bring her to me."

"True sir that's right, Sach and Sach will bring her to you."

Sach and Sach took the shoes of GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and after a brief rest and food from the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's kitchen made his way with fear and trembling back into the forest. He began to gather his firewood mumbling the disjointed lines of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's hymns and stopping every half minute to look and listen. He was trembling so much that he could barely hold his wood but he continued to collect it as the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. had instructed him. He heard movement behind him and turned just as the crazed queen sprang from a tree. Sach and Sach had tied the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's shoe to his hand and as the young woman whose body was bruised and scratched from her months in the forest leapt at him. Sach and Sach in a natural defensive movement touched her with it. The young rani fell to the ground and began crying. Then realizing she was naked she began screaming. Sach and Sach though a simple man understood her humiliation and discomfort. Taking his only possession he tore his shawl in half and making sure was the half with the least holes and tatters, covered her with it as best he could. The poor rani was now more frightened and distraught than Sach and Sach had been earlier. The simple old man who was indeed very kind hearted picked her up and carried her back to Golandwal to the house of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . She fell before the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and begged his forgiveness for her arrogance. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. blessed her and had his (?) to her. Eventually she was well enough to travel and was escorted back to the raja of Haripur.

BhaiBhai Brother. Sach and Sach was publicly honored by the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. who bestowed upon him a new shawl and told him he was not only honored in this world but in all other worlds as well. A shrine was eventually built in his honor.

That story was clearly in the minds of all who stood before the two platforms that late afternoon regarding the sons-in-law of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and their humiliation before him. To all present the platforms were beautiful. Each of them, they had been beautifully constructed with the greatest care and no one could decide which one was the better. The words of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. were powerful and both Jatha and Rama were popular among the congregation. No one wanted to see either son-in-law of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. cursed. No one though had ever heard the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. speak so harshly. All the next day the two men worked feverishly on their respective platforms. They each carefully took their respective platforms apart and began again. All day they worked and reworked and as the sun began to set two magnificent platforms waited for the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's inspection. They could hear the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. yelling even before they saw him and each man knew he was in trouble. Again the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. was dissatisfied with the result. He went to Rama's platform and criticized it extensively. 'This is not how I wanted it, it's not straight. You think this old man can't see your inattention to detail?"

"Guruji," said Rama. With some restrained irritation in his voice. "I built it as you instructed, I have worked very hard to make it right."

"I know you have worked long and hard but what is the point of your efforts if it fails to please the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. ? This is not as I wanted. Tear it down and rebuild it to my satisfaction and this time do not fail me."

"Look," said Rama, "You said make it approximately two meters high, well, measure it. You said give it a support for your back, place your back against it. You said give it a support for your arm, what is that sticking up, a compass? I built it twice according to your specifications, can't you see the work and craftsmanship that has gone into this?"

"I can see what you have done. Now tear it down immediately, I no longer want to look at it."

In a rage Rama smashed the platform screaming that GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's age had made him senile and that he no longer was aware of his actions. When the platform lay in a heap Rama turned to the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . "Are you happy now?"

"Not as happy as I would be when you rebuild it to my satisfaction," the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. said calmly.

"No," said Rama, "I won't rebuild it. I have done my best and it fails to please your aged temperament. I won't rebuild it. Perhaps if Jatha's platform fails to please you, he can rebuild his. But I would advise him to give it up as well. I will do no more." Rama turned, picked up his tools and went to his house.

GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. was silent for sometime and no one present dared to move or speak. Many were afraid to breathe and did so slowly. The GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. had his eyes closed and seemed not to be present. He turned to Jatha's platform, "What is this, has your time away made you inattentive? I gave you clear instructions as to how I wanted this to be constructed. One who cannot understand the instructions of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. can never follow those instructions. One who cannot follow the instructions of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. can never find favor in his house and one without a GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. has no hope or life. Rebuild this mess and don't annoy me with your further with your incompetence, do you understand?"

'Yes, my Lord," said Jatha quietly and he bowed and touched the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's feet. Another day passed and as the sun began to set the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. arrived to inspect the work. "Because of your previous failures this wood is no longer acceptable. I cannot sit on a recycled platform, do you mean to insult me by having me sit where you failed before. What is this? Tear it down and rebuild it with new wood. Son, you have not come through as I had hoped. Do this job properly or give it up." And so it went. Jatha worked day and night now trying to build the platform to please the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . Each evening the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. would come to inspect his work and without exception GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. would find fault with it. Each day he appeared to be more abusive toward Jatha finding fault with the most minute detail of the platform. Inconsistencies with the wood, a joint off by a fraction. Incorrect sound when the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. hit it with his walking stick and how the light did not look right upon it. The seventh sunrise came and Jatha extremely tired and apprehensive worked on his seventh platform. He had been working through the night and he paused this is (?) GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. light. He remembered once when he had been with the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and a group of new Sikhs approached him. "Guruji," they asked. "Previously we would always consult the astrologers to find the auspicious time to begin a project. What should we do now?"

"Oh I love the astrologers," said the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . "They are always very entertaining. My problem is I have never found two astrologers who can agree. So which one should I listen to? The one who wants to make me happy and get paid the most or the one who is not afraid just speak the truth?"

"But sir," they pushed further. "Is there a way to guarantee the success of a project?"

"Can your astrologer guarantee your success?" asked the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. .

"No jiJi Soul; used as an endearment or sign of respect. ."

"Success and failure are held only in the hands of God. If you have a problem take it to him. He gave it to you in the first place. Make God deal with the problem he gave you on your behalf."

"How can we do that?" The startled Sikhs asked in unison.

"I'll tell you what my dear ones; invoke the name of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. before you began any undertaking, say a prayer and ask the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. to come through for you. Then leave it up to him. If things don't work out, take it up with God and tell him that the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. is not doing the job" GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. laughed. "Just ask the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. to come through for you. Do so with devotion and humility and see what happens."

Jatha thought about that moment. And in the gathering sunlight he prayed to the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. to help him this time and worked through him to construct the platform to his satisfaction. Jatha worked very hard. It was in exceptionally hot day and the sweat poured off of him. Jatha placed the cloth under himself so his perspiration would not touch the platform.

Across the plaza from (?) Rama watched Jatha in silence. Since his confrontation with the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. he had felt very bad and confused. He had gone to the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and asked for his forgiveness. GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. forgave him readily but Rama still felt uneasy. As he stood there watching Jatha work Rama began to feel more at east. Jatha continued working nonstop, oblivious to everyone and everything around him. He did not stop to eat. Occasionally he would lay down his tools and walk down the cool, moist steps of the (?) to take water from the well. Then he would spring back up the steps and resume again. Rama watched him more for sometime with tears in his eyes. He is the better man he whispered to himself. He is the better man.

Jatha had commissioned a canopy to be made to with the platform and late in the day he collected it from the weaver and mounted it. On this day his seventh platform was by far his best. And all who passed regarded it reverently. Everyone had seen how much Jatha had toiled on the seven platforms. They had all seen how the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. had challenged and (?) abused Jatha at the end of each day. Many could not believe that he continued to do as the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. directed him and many agreed that they would have joined Rama by now. Jatha was unaware of all of this. He was absorbed by what he was doing, he had no sense of time or place or people around him. It was a beautiful platform. The newly woven canopy was spectacular against the the sunset and the platform was decorated with cushions for the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's back.

When GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Guru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. Amar DasGuru Amar Das Third Guru of the Sikhs. arrived for the daily inspection he paused and was silent. He regarded it in every detail in silence. The GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. turned to Jatha. His white beard flowing in the evening breeze. "This does not please me," he said quietly. "Tear it down and build another one."

Jatha sucked in his breath and fell at the feet of the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. holding him as if he were a drowning man who had been thrown (?) lifeline. "Oh my GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. ," he sobbed, "I am a fool, I can't do anything right. I can't even comprehend your simple directions but you accepted me as your Sikh please have mercy on me and do your duty as my GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. and my father. You have all knowledge and all understanding for I know nothing. Please instruct me, show me what to do. I am so sorry that I have failed you please, I can do nothing more without your help, have mercy on this idiot."

GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. smiled and reached down for Jatha's arm. He lifted his son-in-law and looked in his eyes. "Seven times you obeyed my order and built and rebuilt the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's platform. Now my son seven generations of your shall sit upon it." Then turning to the amazed people standing in the evening sunlight he said, "See this man, I have tested him and my other son-in-law, Rama is a good man but I found the heart of Jatha to be pure. It is the heart which the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. shall enter. You have all seen the results of this test and you all must understand why Jatha is so dear to me. Humility and devotion are the only thing that matter to the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. . All else is false. Jatha through his own efforts has achieved perfection. He is incarnated to bring hope and healing to the world. The world that follows him shall be saved from the darkness of this age and from this day (?) he shall be known as Ram Das."

(Applause)

YB: Now you go home.

(Student's laughter)

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GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. Tej: You were (?)......

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