Dear associates in the path,
I am very happy that we are all united again to
celebrate the 141st birthday of our grand
Master Pujya Lalaji Maharaj.
I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped
asking the books and the stars quite some time back. In
fact when I came to the feet of our Lord Babuji these
were given second place in my search. I started
listening to the teaching of my soul.
I understood much later that Sufism and Santmat and
“Samarpan (let-go) and constant remembrance are the
driving forces of his teachings. In the lineage of the
Naqshbandiyya Sufi Order, the transmission of knowledge
is carried out "heart to heart". It travels from the
heart of the Master into the heart of the disciple
through his love and his devotion for the Master and
grows with the practice, provided the disciple
transcends his ego.
Many of the aspirants who are acquainted with this think
that Pranahuti and the heart to heart teachings of the
Sufi are the same and they even state that our Master
has simply adopted this feature without proper
understanding of the procedures in this regard. Some use
such languages that they know with utter disregard to
the Truth in the matter.
It is a fact that Lalaji Maharaj met his Master, the
great Sufi saint Hazarat Fazal Ahmad Khan Sahib Raipuri,
in 1891 and spent 16 years in his company. This saint
gave him full powers to train others on October 11,
1896. However he began his teaching in 1911, after he
had assimilated the best of various religions had
founded a new method drawing liberally from Sufism and
Hinduism. His method however also makes it possible to
realize ones’ true nature in God for all without giving
up family life and in a short period of time. This
becomes possible, thanks to the Master enshrined in
their hearts and who accompanies them through the entire
spiritual journey. His teachings we realise is also
bringing a social and spiritual regeneration. He could
raise his disciples up to the highest states (the
central area) with his will. He is a pillar of Santmat
(Sufism beyond the religion).
His teachings may be shortly stated in 7 points:
Engage your body and soul in the practice of listening
to every heartbeat, super imposing there with the
nomenclature of the Lord (AJAPA JAP).
Pure Keep your heart, away from the corrupting influence
of undesirable things and undesirable company.
Always keep attuned to the Lord; your attention should
never waver for a moment deviating there from.
Concentrate your attention on the heart and keep your
heart centered in the Lord.
Endeavor to attain kin-ship and attachment to the
Eternal truth, the Lord of Universe.
Gradually erase the identity and try to merge in, and
attain oneness with God.
Be ready always to make the Large sacrifice of life in
For qualifying ourselves for this type of training the
most important qualification is having firm grip over
the goal of life. Master stated that it is the primary
duty of man is to realise his nature. How can this be a
duty? Because it is God who has created this universe
with His will. In fact it is the Will that is the basis
of us and I remind all of you that it is because of that
the process of Pranahuti was discovered by the Master. I
may for fun add that “Accha” is the word that is the
origin of Pranahuti as given to us by our Master.
Sacrifice is the root cause of all creation even as
asserted by the Vedas. Sacrifice, service and
cooperation are the ways of being happy and blissful.
The nature of God is bliss and all that He seeks through
creation is the happiness of all creatures.Elucidating
further it is obvious that this is naturally linked to
progress in spirituality of all of us and in fact the
progress of humanity into the next stage of humanity.
The goal of man is divinity. Rev. Babuji Maharaj stated
that it is the primary duty of man to realise. That
leads to the question what is duty? Everyone in his
office or station in life has certain duties to
discharge and he is considered to have successfully
discharged the same when his performance is the
satisfaction of the work required and his supervisors
concerned. What does the Master mean by duty in this
context? Certain times duty is referred as debt like
pitr rna, rshi rna, deva rna etc., In what way are we
indebted to move into the higher realms of spirituality?
The Vedic revelation is that God has sacrificed Himself
so that the Creation or expression of the Divine takes
place. We are all the off shoots of the Original Stir
and off springs of the Stir. We are products of the
sacrifice. God in his original nature is all bliss and
our original nature is consequently bliss. Thus it is
evident and that we are born to share and sacrifice. Our
father and mother die when we are born. Certain times it
is real death in the physical sense of that term but
it is invariably death in the vital, emotional and
Etheric aspects of life. Their intention is their
nature, their duties shall continue to express in their
progeny. The Guru expects us to grasp the truth in all
its aspects. The duty we inherit is to spread the
blissful state of living with all those with whom we
live and move. In other words we have a duty to be
happy. This duty we can discharge only by the attitudes
of sacrifice and sharing and cooperation. These
characteristics we have to develop assiduously and the
help of the parents is there in the initial stages.
Education imparts this in a sense as we grow. To call
all teachers as gurus may not be wrong but the real
teacher or guru is the one who connects us with the
original purpose of life.
We seem to think that we need gurus for various needs.
We get lost because we think that there are thousands of
problems in the world - inflation, drought, stress,
children, this, that... it's enough to drive us crazy.
In fact the world has only one problem- a disorder in
the minds of people that stop us from seeing reality
that stops us from acting correctly.
There is a dark veil that exists in people's
heads- as though we are all blind. We see with our eyes,
but not with our minds, and we cannot interpret what we
see (Dr. Madhava was telling that our brain seems to
grants us vision even when we are blind suggesting there
is another neural path). This functional disturbance of
the mind stops human beings from fulfilling the purpose
for which they were created, and that is to evolve into
spiritual realms where bliss is our true nature.
Master asserts that ‘ the real spiritual training is
that which makes our mind disciplined and regulated ,
restores moderation in senses and faculties and creates
lightness of spirit ‘ To develop these characteristics
individually is what has been going on in the name of
sadhana. And it is possible some of us have imbibed
these in our nature. But to develop these virtues by
humanity as such we understand is a long way to go.
Humanity has been aiming at this goal is what we see in
the efforts of all religions. But religion is
materialistic and sticky particularly to rituals and
procedures going by the name of tradition. Spirituality
struggles to express the noble virtues in a social
context without getting soiled. It is like brothers and
sisters differ, quarrel and almost wage wars but
fraternity and brotherliness persists. This is the
primary lesson we get from history of mankind. This fate
or trend is what we see in families, states, nations and
the world at large. If as Master said we keep the
Mission of the Master all differences die. To be united
we require the original trait of the Divine namely
sacrifice and to be separated all that we require is a
fistful of earth. Matter divides and spirituality
unites. If we remember the original duty entrusted to us
by the divine namely to be blissful and happy all the
time in all our dealings we can say we reached the goal
of life. The noble life of our Grand Master attracts all
of us to copy Him. May he enable us to be so.