Nothing worthwhile would be accomplished by merely reciting the saints'
discourses and by memorising them, so long as one does not take to
practice. For this reason (it is stressed that) whatever discourse you
hear, go deep into it and practise it and live it, or else hearing it
and comprehending it is of no avail. (Saying of Swami Ji Maharaj - Sant
Radhaswami Sahib, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose, Book Two, Agra, India)
The source of all energy is spirit (surat-soul) which enlivens both
body and mind. Yet without the body, the spirit can have no abode, and
unaided by mind, the body cannot find a direction in which to move. The
spirit, therefore, becomes indebted to both Kaal [god of time] and Maya
[illusion] for making it conscious and making it possible for it to
exhaust and remove the covers, so that it becomes fit to ascend.
Now, this debt cannot be redeemed by the jiva [a soul somewhere in
time] himself. This is because in the process of exhausting the covers,
the jiva 'acts' and performs karmas, and these karmas then constitute a
vicious circle in which the debt of Kaal and Maya goes on multiplying.
It is only when the jiva takes shelter of the perfect master (Satguru
sharan) that the forest of the karmas of jiva which keeps on
accumulating in manakash (mind-sky) can be burnt.
Secondly, the jiva has to shed off the layers of Kaal and Maya and
while he does so, both of them fight a pitched battle against the jiva
who has to struggle hard and then gradually realise that alone,
single-handedly and unaided by the Satguru, he will not be able to
survive this battle of redemption of old debt laid on his back by the
Adi Karma. Then alone he will surrender his ego to the Satguru who then
takes over his battle, reinforces him and makes him vanquish Kaal and
Maya. (M.G. Gupta, Commentary on Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose)
This is what is meant by the verse:
Satguru sharan gaho mere pyaare, karain jugaat chukaaye: "Seek the
protection of the Satguru, my love, after paying the taxes, of karma."
(Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan. Poetry, Volume 1. Hymn 13. Discourse 8,
21. Sants and Mahatmas say that only the loving devotees will enter the
Darbar (Court) of the true Supreme Being, be seated in His august
presence and enjoy the bliss of His darshan [vision]. Rest of the Jivas
[souls] who are engaged in various forms of Parmarth [spirituality],
will mostly be rewarded for their Shubha Karams with happiness for some
time. As they are not imbued with the desire for His darshan [vision],
and as they do not wish to meet with Sant Sat Guru, they cannot secure
admittance into His August Mansion [Realm].
22. The true and perfect lovers of the Lord, after reaching a
particular stage, become the beloved of the true Supreme Being. They
become so dear to Him that He does not like, at any time, to part with
them. Whatever they do or wish is acceptable to Him. In other words,
the Mauj [Will] of the Supreme Being and that of these loving devotees
become one. These loving devotees are the most beloved of the Supreme
Being and are called Mahboob-i-Ilahi (Beloved of God). They alone
attain to the status of Sant and Param Sant. This is the acme of
Bhakti[ love and devotion]. This is attained by those extremely rare
devotees who have no desire of any kind, but to meet with the Supreme
Father. (Huzur Maharaj - Rai Saligram, Prem Patra Radhasoami, Volume
Six, Agra, India)
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