October 16, 1976
Published in Sant Bani Magazine, January 1977
This is the second half of a talk given by Sant Ji in the Punjabi language on October 16, 1976, at the monthly Satsang at Sant Bani Ashram, 77RB, Rajasthan, India; the first half was published in last month’s issue. The talk is based on a hymn of Swami Ji Maharaj and has been translated into English by the Sant Bani staff.
The Gurumukh obeys the Guru’s commandments,
Those who obey the Guru are liberated soon.
There are two types of human beings in this world. In the Hindu scriptures one is called manmukh, the other is called Gurumukh. In the Muslim tradition, one is called Momin and the other is called Kafir. Who is the Gurumukh or Momin? He who reaches Sach Khand. But no one can become a Gurumukh only by talking.
Guru Nanak says: He who is above the three gunas, he is a Gurumukh and he gets praise. He who rises above the three gunas or qualities — Rajo, Sato, and Tamogun [activity or restlessness, peace or equipoise, and inertia, respectively] — experiences the splendor of the Lord’s court. The Gurumukh can liberate millions of souls.
Guru Nanak says: Gurumukh liberates millions of souls through His Naam. He gives his earned Naam to other souls and liberates them. This is not only a matter of talking; it is a matter of fact and experience.
Swami Ji Maharaj says: A Gurumukh’s qualities are unique; they liberate millions of souls. They come for liberating souls only. So He lovingly explains that Gurumukhs are always happy in God’s Will. But manmukhs are doing whatever comes into their mind. If mind says, “Drink wine,” they do it; if it says, “Fight with others,” they do it. If it says, “Enjoy pleasures,” they do it. Wherever they see money they go there. They never remember that nothing will accompany them. I have often given the example of Mahmud of Ghazni. He invaded India 17 or 18 times, and plundered an enormous amount of wealth from India. When his end-time came, he ordered his servants to display that wealth in his tents. He went around all the tents on a sedan chair looking at all the wealth. Then he cried, saying, “Oh! For the sake of this wealth I made many women widows, many children orphans, but nothing is going with me now.” He ordered his servants to keep his open hands out of the coffin and to proclaim this slogan: “Tyranny goes with me; I am going empty-handed.”
He told them, “Whatever will come I will suffer; but at least the world should learn this: That when Mahmud of Ghazni went he didn’t carry anything.”
How I praise the Guru!
There is no one like Him.
Guru’s invocation is in every faith,
For Him there is no substitute.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says, “I’m not the only one who is singing the praise of Guru: in each and every faith, every religious book and scripture, there is emphasis on the Guru’s praise. Without the Guru there is no liberation; without the Guru you cannot reach God’s court.”
We say that we do not need a Guru. But what does Guru Nanak say? What do Hindu books say? What do scriptures say? The Hindus say, “To drink water from the hand of a Nigura [one who does not have a Guru] is equal to drinking wine,” and “to look at him is ominous.”
Kabir says: “It is better to meet a thousand sinners than to meet one who does not have a Guru; those who do not have a Guru carry millions of sins.”
Sukhdev Muni was the son of Ved Vyas, who was a famous Rishi. He was proud of being his son, and thought, “What is the need of a Guru? I am Ved Vyas’ son.” But when he was barred from entering Vishnu Puri (a division of the astral plane) because he did not have a Guru, he came to his father complaining. His father told him, “That rule is for all.” He asked his father, “What should I do? Whom should I follow as my Guru?” His father replied, “At present King Janak is a perfect Saint; only He can initiate you.” Now Sukhdev thought, “I am a renunciate and King Janak is a householder; how can I worship him as Guru?” But there was no substitute. It is written that he went twelve times to King Janak’s palace, but always came back with negative thoughts about him.
Sukhdev Muni had fourteen supernatural powers. Each time he doubted the Master he lost one power. So he lost twelve powers and only two were left.
It is the law that if you criticize or have negative thoughts for somebody, it will not affect him; it is your loss. He will gain. Guru Nanak Sahib says: Criticism is not good, even if it is done for amusement. Those who criticize will blacken their face in shame and will go to hell. Sheikh Sadi says: If I have to criticize I will criticize my mother so that at least my good qualities will remain in the same home.
Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji used to say: To criticize someone is just like eating his garbage. Guru Nanak Sahib says the same thing: Criticism is like eating rubbish. You get taste in everything, but what is the taste of criticism? It is neither sweet, nor salty, nor dull, nor hard. Is there any taste in it? Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji used to say: You will get the sins of him whom you criticize; he will get your good deeds.
We should protect ourselves from this disease. It is not doing us any good. We cannot harm anybody by criticizing him; but we will harm our own self.
So each time Sukhdev Muni came back after criticizing King Janak, he lost one supernatural power. In this way only two powers were left. Now Narada [a celestial sage in Indian mythology] thought, “Sukhdev is losing all his powers.” He disguised himself as an old man and created a river on the way to Janak’s palace. He started throwing mud in the water. Sukhdev Muni was passing by. He saw what he was doing and advised him. (We people not only think that we are not lacking in anything, but we also advise others.)
So he advised Narada saying, “Look here, old man. First you arrange small sticks in the river, then put in big stones, and then put mud on it; then the dam will be built. Otherwise your labor will be wasted.” Narada replied, “Well, I have wasted only one day’s labor. But Sukhdev Muni, son of Ved Vyas, has wasted his twelve supernatural powers.” When Sukhdev Muni heard this he was stunned. He fell down. He thought, “I have lost so much.” When he came back to consciousness, there was nobody there: neither Narada, nor any river.
He continued on to King Janak’s palace. But still he had ego in his mind: “I’m Ved Vyas’ son. Probably King Janak will come to receive me.” So he went and stood in the door. He stood there for three days. At last King Janak called him. He didn’t say anything to Sukhdev, but he taught him a powerful lesson. His servant came running, saying, “Maharaj Ji, the cantonment is on fire!” Hearing this King Janak said, “It’s God’s Will.” Now Sukhdev Muni thought, “If Janak had any son in the cantonment, he would try to stop the fire; but only others’ sons live in it, so why should he worry? He is not a good ruler.”
Because he was judging him within the limits of his mind and intellect, he thought like that.
Again the servant came running in, informing him that the city was also on fire. Again King Janak said, “It’s God’s Will.” Then also Sukhdev thought, “Why should Janak worry about the city? He is in the palace.”
The servant again came, saying, “Maharaj Ji, the palace is also catching fire.” Then also Janak said, “It’s God’s Will.”
Now when Sukhdev came in he left his bundle, containing his only possessions — a gourd to use as a pot, a loin-cloth, etc. — in the courtyard. Now he was worried about them and hearing that the palace was on fire, he stood up to run to save them. But King Janak held him, saying, “When my city was burnt, my cantonment was burnt, and now even my palace has caught fire, I didn’t run to save them; but you run to save your useless mean things. Now tell me: who is the renunciate? Who is attached and who is detached?” Now Sukhdev was ashamed and he asked for initiation, but King Janak told him, “You’ll get it, but it will take time. You are not yet ready.” But he was eager to get it. He came back home and told his father. His father replied, “Whatever he asks, do it; but only he can initiate you.” Now Sukhdev went daily to Janak’s palace. He would wander for the whole day. But in the evening when Janak would throw his garbage out the window, Sukhdev would come and allow it to fall on him. In this way he spent twelve years; but he never allowed his mind to think any negative thoughts. He wanted initiation. Those who know the value of the human body and want to improve their life act this way. So when he was ready, Janak initiated him. When Sukhdev came back home his father asked if he was initiated. He said, “Yes.”
Then his father asked him to describe his Guru. But Sukhdev kept silent. Then his father asked him, “Is he like the sun?” Sukhdev answered, “Yes, he is radiant like the sun; but the sun is hot, he is not hot.” Again Ved Vyas asked him, “Is he like the moon?” Sukhdev told him “Yes, he is cool like the moon, but the moon has a stain; he is stainless.” Ved Vyas asked him to say more about his guru. But he told him, “I cannot describe him with words. He is all in all.”
Guru Nanak says: How can one describe him? He is all in all, he is perfect, he is the owner of creation. Those who do not have a Guru find no peace. Even Rama and Krishna, who were the Lords of the three worlds, also had Gurus.
Kabir says: Those who do devotional practices without a Guru and make donations without a Guru — Ask the Vedas and Puranas: It is all useless.
Worldly wealth and pleasures can be had from the ruler.
Swami Ji Maharaj first explained about the importance of the human body. Then he told us about the Guru, then about Naam; after that he explained that the Guru’s praise is sung in every faith. Now he talks about worldly wealth.
Saints have only Naam with them. Those who want to take Naam and improve their life should go to them. But those who want worldly pleasures and wealth, who are in search of worldly enjoyments, should go to the rulers, because they have all these things. Saints have only earnings of Shabda Naam. Those who want to make the best use of their life should go to them.
For the sake of wealth and fame how well you serve them.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says when we are initiated by a Saint, we do not meditate on Shabda Naam. Some say, “Our mind is not still.” Some say, “Our back is aching.” Some say, “We have a headache.” Some say, “We can’t wake up early in the morning and meditate; we feel it as a burden.” But when you serve rulers or wealthy persons who have influence in the world, how well you serve them! Why? Only because they are able to give you wealth, good position, name and fame.
You obey them, at the cost of life, and even miss your sleep and food for their service.
Now the orders of the ruler or the influential man are obeyed even at the cost of life. You will serve them even if you have to miss your food or sleep. If you feel sleepy, you’ll drink tea or do something to get rid of sleep. To please the ruler or wealthy man, if you want from him what he has to give, you will never complain even if you miss sleep or rest.
But what have you done with that money?
Only wasted it to keep your good name intact.
Now he says, “How have you earned this money? Serving very hard, making yourselves slaves and sycophants, manipulating — it was earned with wrong means. But what did you do with all that money? Wasted it to keep your good name intact in the eyes of others and to avoid public shame; wasted it in drinking wine, wasted it in expensive weddings of your sons and daughters to keep up appearances in society.” But with all that, there is no profit from it.
But the world’s attitude is the same — happiness of few days and again the same sorrows.
In the beginning Swami Ji Maharaj said that whatever happiness we see is temporary; life is like a night’s dream. One person’s life is fifty years, another person’s life is twenty years or one hundred years. But it is only a dream.
Guru Nanak says: You are attached to the dream [life] and are carrying others’ burdens. We are attached to the dream of this life’s few days and are dying by carrying others’ burdens and worries. But a few days after we are gone, no one will ask, “Where are they gone? Nobody will care.
I cannot describe how people serve rulers only for worldly wealth.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says, only for wealth and name and fame, people prostitute themselves for their rulers in such ways, I can’t even describe. How deeply they are involved with them and how easily they use unfair means.
The service of the guru, which is helpful to them,
they turn their backs on;
Not in a day, not in a week, not even in a year do they long for the Guru’s darshan.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says: “Guru-seva or the service of the Guru, which is always helpful to us, which is also going to help us in the beyond, we turn our backs on. We do not care for it. We never longed for his darshan, neither in a week, nor in a month, not even in a year. If by chance we go to see him, we do it as a ritual.” They don’t have longing for his darshan. If one does have longing for his darshan, then the disciple’s life is in his darshan. Guru Nanak says: I am not satisfied having Thy darshan again and again.
Why did the Satguru come in this body? Why did the Lord come down in this body leaving Sach Khand? Why did He come to undergo sufferings, to hear the taunts of people? Why did He come into this body?
How can you be liberated?
Who will help you in that pain? –
You will suffer in the Beyond
If you have not developed love for the Guru.
Swami Ji Maharaj says, how can you be liberated? You have not made him your friend by loving him — He who was going to help you in the Beyond. You have made them friends, and you have loved them, who can’t even help you in this world; when you die, then also they will worry only about their own interests. We have seen many incidents when if the husband dies, the wife will weep saying, “Oh God, who will look after me?” If the wife dies, the husband will say, “Oh God, who will take care of my children? Who will serve me?”
But Guru Nanak Sahib says: Break the false friendship and search for a Real Companion Who is never separated from you and Who will never leave you even in the Beyond
While you are living it is good to carry out your worldly responsibilities, understanding them as your duty. But do not be attached to them; love Him Who is always helping, even in the Beyond.
Who will help you in that pain? —
If you have not developed love for the Guru?
If you have not made Him your friend, have not loved Him, who will help?
This is an incident of Kunichuk Ashram: around thirty men were working in the field. One man was named Harnam Singh and he belonged to a low caste. He had Satguru Kirpal Singh’s darshan only once. It was the time of midday and people were working; a boy called me, that Harnam Singh had become suddenly very ill. But before I reached there, he had left the body. I became sad. But soon he came back for a few moments to inform me that, “An old Sikh man with white beard and white clothes has come to receive me, and He will come to this ashram in due course of time.” He was not initiated but had His darshan with devotion and love only once. Everybody looked down on him all his life, but my beloved Master didn’t look down on him, and came to protect him.
If you do not believe, persuade your mind like this:
Diseases and sufferings are the messengers of death.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says: “If you do not believe that you will also die one day, and if you think, ‘Who is going to ask us? Everyone else will die, we are not going to die! We only have to bury the people’!” — We take our beloveds to the graveyard and bury them; but still we forget that one day we will also have to go. For those people Swami Ji Maharaj says, “If you do not believe that you will also die, then look to the diseases. These sufferings are death’s messengers.” You cannot be sick at your own will. If He can give you disease and sufferings at the fixed time, then He can also bring you to your death bed at the fixed time.
There is no doubt that death will come.
The Lord of Death takes all.
You will also be taken,
Kal will conquer you.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says, “Forget this foolishness that you will never die. Certainly death will come to you.” Definitely. It will come, today or tomorrow or someday, but it will surely come. Nobody can postpone it. One day Kal will come and take you.
Farid Sahib says: The Lord of death is never late: he does his duty well, he comes on fixed time.
Devise a solution for that day,
When wealth and rulers will not help.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says, “What is the use of Saints explaining that devotion [Bhakti] is essential? Why should we be detached from the world? When the end time comes, wealth does not help, nor do rulers or wealthy people help.”
It is said that Alexander the Great boasted that he would conquer the whole world. He came to India after conquering many countries. On his way back, in Turkistan, he fell very sick with malaria. Earlier, his astrologers had told him, “Where sky will become of gold and earth of iron, you will die there.” So he was proud and fearless; he thought, “The sky will never turn golden and earth will never become of iron, and I will never die.” but he was seriously ill now, and was unable to go on. So he told his minister, “I cannot go on, I am feeling much pain.” so he descended from his horse. At that time battles were fought with swords, and kings were wearing armor made of iron. He took off his armor and lay down on it. As he was a king, he had a golden shield. His minister held his golden shield above his face to shade him from the sun.
When death comes, one feels beforehand; and Alexander realized, “Now the sky is made of gold, and the earth is made of iron; my end has come.” Soon his doctors came. He offered them much wealth if they would keep him alive long enough to talk with his mother. But the doctors said, “Your majesty, who can do that?” Then he increased the amount; he told them that he would give them half his wealth. But then also they refused. Then he said that he would give all his wealth but the doctors said, “Your majesty, if you ask for only one more breath, that also no one can give you.” Now he cried, thinking, Why had he wasted his life? — if even one breath was so precious. Now neither his wealth helped there nor his power helped there; so you can think, where are we? We do not have any kingdom. We become proud even if we talk with any big personality. But we never think that we should fear God or the Guru and we do not find out what pleases Him.
Kabir says: No one can be free from Kal’s clutches; He is eating someone constantly, and he is ready to eat others. So he says: “At that time your wealth will not help, your kingdom will not help; everything will stay here.”
If you had been sensible
You would have put your money to good use.
How would you have done that?
By spending it in Guru seva.
Now Swami Maharaj Ji says: “If you had collected money with God’s grace, had you been wise, you would have utilized it in some good cause.” Which is the good cause? Guru seva: spend it in the holy cause of the Beloved of God’s will.
Guru is not hungry for your money;
He has the wealth of Bhakti Naam.
But He is taking it for your benefit,
Distributing among the hungry and thirsty.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says, “The Guru is not hungry for your wealth. He has the wealth of Naam given by God. But he is doing it for your benefit.” Kabir says: I will die before I ask for anything for my own self; but for the sake of others I am not ashamed.
Saints will die, but they will never ask for their own self. They will never beg. But for the Sangat they don’t feel ashamed. They will make buildings for the Sangat, or will run langar [free kitchen] from that money. Sawan Singh Ji used to say: “Rich people donate, poor people eat.” Whatever they do, they do for the Sangat. For their own needs, God has given them a lot.
A Saint’s life is an example for others. Ravidas spent his whole life making shoes. Guru Nanak was a farmer; Kabir Sahib was a weaver; Mohammed Sahib was a trader and served Sadh Sangat free. Saints come as givers and not as beggars. If a Saint is a beggar, how can he liberate us?
Guru Nanak says: Never bow ye before him who, while claiming to be a Pir [Guru],lives on the alms of others. Saints earn their livelihood with the sweat of their brow and tell the Sangat to earn their livelihood by hard labor. Saints are our free servants, but still we do not take benefit from them. So he says, “Had you been sensible, you would have utilized your money in spending in Saint’s service. He was not hungry for your money, but he would have distributed it to needy people.”
You will get their grace, without any cost,
If you please them.
Pleasing them has great meaning;
Sat Purush’s grace will he showered on you.
Now he lovingly explains that you will get their grace if you will please them. To please the Guru is to please God.
Blessed is the soul with whom He is pleased.
If Guru is pleased, God is pleased; Kal cannot play any tricks.
Now he says, if Guru is happy with you, then God is also happy with you. It doesn’t matter even if the whole world turns its face: if the Guru is pleased, do not worry.
Guru Nanak says: Kal cannot do any harm if Guru is pleased with you.
Even Sukhdev, Narada, Vyas, sing the Guru’s praises;
Please only the Guru; to please others is not useful.
No one is doing anything for the profit of others. Everyone is worried about his own interests. If there is anyone who loves us truly and who has the true right to our love, it is a Saint.
Guru Nanak says: When death comes neither our mother nor our father can help us; neither our wealth will come to our rescue nor will our community come to save us. Who is our true friend? Only he who helps in misery is our true friend. So whom do we have to please? He who helps us in the most difficult hour, when death comes. At that time everybody is sitting there surrounding us, but nobody can help. The only thing they can do, to show their love, is weep; that’s all.
Guru Nanak says: He who accompanies you when you go, he who helps to pay your account — he is your true friend. Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji used to say: “He who knows the sorrows of others is Pir [Guru]; he who does not know others’ sorrows is kafir [blasphemer].” He is Pir [Guru] who understands others’ pain as his. Only the Beloved of God can do that. So he says, “If we please Him, it doesn’t matter if the world is pleased with us or not.” You cannot please the world; nobody can please it.
If one pleases his Guru and the whole world is displeased, not a hair of his head can be touched;
But one who pleases others and has enmity with the Guru —
Now he lovingly explains: he who pleases the Guru is protected even if the world is displeased with him. But what is the plight of those who are hostile to their Guru? This will be explained in the coming verses.
— who is not afraid to slander his Guru, and takes Him as only a man —
Now you see, Saints warn us away from all bad habits, so if we do any bad practice, people will criticize our guru. If a dog turns mad, his master is blamed. People will say, “They are disciples of such and such guru and they act this way?” So we should always be afraid to do anything that will cause our guru’s abuse. If we do wrong deeds, or sins, we are slandering our Guru. We should beware. A Satsangi should be like a virgin girl: he should remain cautious.
“And understands Guru as an ordinary man.” Guru is not only a man. He is God in man’s body. A man is bound in self-interest, but He is above all that, He has only one interest — to improve us; to unite us back to God.
Saints say: You have spent your life enjoying pleasures, and still your mind is not yet satisfied; when can it be satisfied? If the mind is not satisfied even after enjoying all these pleasures, then when can it be satisfied? Come on now: the past is past and the future is in front of you; come on now! Even the graveyard is calling you.
— He murders his own self; the messengers of death will trouble him;
So brother, be wise: Please the Guru.
Now he lovingly says, those who are not afraid to slander the Guru, who do not please Him — they are troubled by the messengers of the Angel of Death. Guru Nanak says: Worldly people are troubled by Kal’s messenger, while beloveds of God are respected.
Neither your family nor your society will help.
These are friends of a few days;
Their intellect is dyed with the color of self-interest.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says: “You are afraid of people making fun of you or parents scolding you — ‘If I go to Satsang, what will they say?’” but he says, “Brother, these are friends of a few days. They love you only to fulfill their own interests. None of them will come to your rescue at your death time.”
Do not worry about public fame, do not be afraid;
Concentrate your attention in Guru Bhakti.
Guru will help you everywhere;
Even Kal is afraid of the Guru.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says: “We should not fear. We should do bhakti. Only bhakti will help us. It will rescue us from the Lord of Judgment. Guru will help you there, where no one can help.”
Family, friends cannot solve the problem;
Accompanying them you’ll go to hell.
Only for carrying out responsibilities, work with them.
Attachment will cause pain.
Now Saints do not mean to say that you should leave your families and go into seclusion in the forests, etc. But they say, carry out your duties lovingly, fulfill your give and take, but use your discrimination. If you become attached to them, then, “Where you are attached, there you will go.” You will have to come again and again here.
Kabir Sahib used to tell of an old man who loved his home very much. Kabir used to go to him. He used to say to him, “Old man, do bhakti.” But he would reply, “Yes, I will do bhakti, but now my children are too young, I have to take care of them.” Time passed on. He was serving and loving his children, grandchildren, and animals. He loved them too much. Death never overlooks anybody. He also died and was again born in the same home, but in the form of a bullock.
Kabir Sahib again visited that house inquiring about that old man. The owner of the house replied that he had left the body many years ago. Now, Kabir Sahib was all-conscious. He saw that he was now a bullock in that home. They used the bullock as long as he was useful to them and then they sold him to one who harnessed him to a cart. He also used him as long as he was useful and then sold him to a miller who used him to run an oil mill. But when he grew too old for that, the miller sold him to a butcher, who slaughtered him and sold his flesh; then sold his skin to a drum maker, who made a drum out of it and beat him daily, in the morning and in the evening. So Kabir wrote a hymn to that old man, who never had time for bhakti: First he became bullock and plowed the field, then he was harnessed to a cart. Then the miller used him and sold him to the butcher, who sold his meat to be eaten and his skin to the drum-maker. Whatever karmas were still remaining, for them he is getting a beating twice a day. Look here old man! This is your condition.
So do Satsang with Satguru, and meditate on Naam.
Now he says there are only three means of liberation: Satsang, Naam, and Satguru. Maharaj Kirpal Singh Ji used to say, “Leave a hundred urgent works to attend Satsang, and a thousand urgent works for meditation.”
In the Bhagvad it is written: Man is awakened only through Satsang. No rituals can ever awaken him. You can see in history that whoever got knowledge, he got it from Satsang. Satsang is a great thing. Now the question arises: “Whose Satsang should we do?”
Guru Nanak says: Satsang is the place where only one Naam is talked about. In Satsang of Saints there will be no slander, no criticism, no abuses. Only that is the true Satsang where Naam is talked about, where Naam is praised. The message of Naam is given there.
Naam is His hukam; Gurumukh makes you acquainted with it. Guru Nanak Sahib says Naam is His Hukam — His Will. The Gurumukh explains about it and gives the knowledge of it. He can do that because he has manifested it. So he says it is a great thing — Satsang and Naam.
Guru Nanak has written this strongly: Without Satsang, if anyone is doing any rites, rituals, almsgiving or austerities, he is taking out clean water from a well and putting it into dirt.
So Satsang should be done of such-like Saints. “A Satguru forms Satsang.” The sangat cannot make the Guru but the Satguru makes the Sangat. Sangat relies on the Satguru, but when He leaves His body, the Sangat goes astray. To do Satsang of such a Saint is beneficial for us. There is no loss in it.
No other Satsang is good except Guru’s and Naam’s.
Now Swami Ji Maharaj says there is no pilgrimage, no good deeds, capable of paying off karmic debt except Guru, Naam and Satsang; only these three are successful.
All work will be done by them;
You will pay your Karmic debt and reach your True Home.
Now obey me:
Otherwise you will repent in the end.
Hazur Swami Ji Maharaj has explained to us each and every point: how we have got the human body; and how we can make the best use of it. We have been given this human body for His devotion and love. Then he clearly said, “Nothing will accompany you — neither your wealth nor your power.” How can we make the best use of money? To utilize it in Seva. But Saints are not hungry for your wealth; they earn their own living. Now he lovingly explains if you will not mould your life according to the teachings of the Saints, your death time will be painful and you will come again and again into this world. “If you will not obey me, you will cry in the end.” To meditate on Naam or to do bhakti is not any obligation to the Saint or to God; by doing this we are having mercy on our own self. So after giving out the whole hymn, he gives only one piece of advice: that if you will not take benefit from this opportunity, from this human body, then you will have to repent in the end, saying, “Oh! Why didn’t I meditate? Why did I waste this life?” This is because the purpose of getting this human body is only to do bhakti of God. Even gods and goddesses are longing for the human body.
Wealth and power will not help;
Name and fame will not help;
Do bhakti, and earn something real.
Hazur Maharaj Kirpal Singh Ji once told Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, “Pandit Ji, make something for your own self.” He replied, “I’m Prime Minister of India; how much time will be taken for initiation?” Master smiled. He said, “It can take an hour or two for explanations, but it doesn’t take any time to give the thing. As soon as glances are exchanged it is given. But Pandit Ji, many people became rulers of India and they are gone; but India is still standing here.” Three days after this meeting, Pandit Nehru left the body; Master was informed and He attended his funeral.
So Swami Ji says: “Earn something real.” At that time no kingdom will help you. No wealth can save you. No. If we want to save ourselves, we should earn Shabda Naam.