The March Sant Mat Satsang PODcast is now Available at Blog Talk Radio.
Along with Sikh Chant, a reading from Guru Nanak's Conversation with
the Siddha Yogis (Adi Granth Book of Sidh Gosht) on the Big Questions:
God, Salvation, Enlightenment, the Way to Truth, Meditation Practice,
and Living A Spiritual Life - One of the Key Texts of the Masters.
The Book of Sidh Gosht, Guru Nanak's Conversation with the Siddhas.
is One Creator of the creation. This is realized by the Sat Guru's
The siddha yogis formed an assembly, and sitting in their yogic
postures spoke to Guru Nanak: "Make your obeisance to this gathering of
Answered Guru Nanak: "I bow only to Him who is True, infinite and
beautiful beyond compare. My body and mind I surrender to Him and my
head I place before Him. It is in keeping the company of the Sants that
one reaches the Truth, and by the Truth itself one is blessed. No goal
is reached by wandering aimlessly. Purity is only achieved through
practice of the True Name. Without the True Name, liberation comes to
The yogis asked Guru Nanak: "Who
are you? What is your name? What is your sect? What is your goal? We
pray that you give us your true answers, for we are a sacrifice to the
truthful ones. Where is your seat? Where
do you live? From where have you come? Where are you going? The
non-attached siddhas wait to hear your reply. 0 tell us, what is your
Answered the Master: "The Lord is in every heart, and within Him
is my seat and my home. I walk in the will of the Sat Guru [True Guru],
and this is my only caste. I have come from God and I shall go wherever
His will guides me. Nanak is my name, and I live to obey His command.
My way is to sit in contemplation of the Imperishable Lord, and the
attainment of such an all-encompassing vision is my life's goal. By the
Guru's grace I have come to know and recognize myself, and have merged
with the truest of the true."
Charpat, the Yogi: "This life is like a turbulent sea, and it is said
to be most difficult to cross. How can it be safely crossed?"
Nanak: "How can one answer the question of one who already has the
answer? What discussion is required
when you have known that yonder shore? Observe the lotus as it drifts
over the surface of the lake, its roots embedded in the mud below, and
the swan floating carefree on the stream: The waters never reach
beneath the surface of his feathers. One crosses over the terrible
ocean of life with his mind fixed on the Guru's Word, and by repeating
the Name of the Lord. He who lives in the world without desire,
perfectly detached, keeping the One Lord in the mind, seeing the Unseen
and knowing the Inconceivable, and making others to see; Nanak is a
slave to such a one."
Said the Yogis: How does one reach the home of the True Guru?
Sayeth Nanak: With the Holy Name as one's foundation, this wavering mind is firmly
held, and in Truth it dwells. And when in truth one loves the Lord,
then the Lord Himself grants union with Him.
Said the Yogis: Who is Unmanifest? Who is liberated? Who dwells in reality, within and
without? Who comes and goes? Who is pervading the three worlds?
Sayeth Nanak: The Unmanifest is He who lives in every heart. The God-conscious being
is liberated, and he is united with the Word, within and without. It is
the ego-centered being who comes and goes.
The God-conscious being knows that God fills the three worlds.
Said the Yogis: By what means are we bound and overcome by Maya? How does one gain or
lose? How is one purified? How is one overtaken by darkness? The one
who can give us the true answers is our Guru.
Sayeth Nanak: The negative thoughts of the mind are what bind us, and then we are
overcome by the Maya. The self-centered one loses and the one who obeys
the Will of His Creator, is the one who gains. By meeting the True
Guru, all darkness is dispelled, the ego is stilled and one is united
with God. With a mind held in purest contemplation, the mind's thoughts
stray no more and the body is held firm. Then in the sphere of perfect
harmony is one's True Home, And the True Lord loves the True One.
Said the Yogis: Why have you left your home and family to wander across the land? Why
have you taken up the dress of a holy ascetic? What goods are you
seeking and how is it that you will lead your following across?
Sayeth Nanak: I wander in search of the God-conscious being. I have adopted this
dress because I seek the constant vision of the Lord. I seek the
merchandise of Truth, for I am a merchant of Truth. It is by the Guru's
Grace that I will ferry my following across.
Said the Yogis: How have you changed the course of your life? To what have you attached
your mind? How have you stilled your desire and hope? How have you
found the Light within? How is one to eat the uneatable without teeth?
Sayeth Nanak: My comings and goings ceased and my life's course changed, upon my
birth in the home of the True Guru. My mind is held firm by absorption
in the Divine Music of the Word. My hope and desire have been burned
away with the Holy Nam. And through the Guru's Grace I have found the
Light within. When one overcomes the three Gunas,1 one eats the
uneatable. Thus, O Nanak, the Liberator Himself liberates a man.
Said the Yogis: What is your view of the beginning? Where did God live before the world
began? What are the earrings of wisdom? Who lives in all hearts? How
does one overcome the fear of death? How does one overcome his
adversaries? How does one become fearless?
Sayeth Nanak: Knowing God as the Source of peace and harmony, And washing off ego and
sin through the Guru's Word, one comes to live in his True state of
fearlessness. Thus, realizing the Name of the One Creator, O Nanak,
death doesn't strike that man, but comes to serve him instead.
(Peace Lagoon, Anthology of the Sacred Songs of the Sikhs, Translated by Sardarni Premka Kaur, Sikh Dharma)
1): attributes or qualities of nature, sattva, rajas, and tamas and
their influence on beings, that pervade and control matter.
2): The three characteristics or qualities of the illusive energy maya
which is manifested in the form of the universe. They are sattvagun
(the pious or good quality), tamogun (the evil or bad quality) and
rajogun (the mixture of good and bad qualities).
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