This World is an Illusion, Practise Meditation : Baba Devi Sahab
Sayings of Baba Devi Sahab Part V
[Following is an English rendering of sayings of Baba Devi Sahab of Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India as published in Part II of the book (in Hindi) titled "Satsanga Yog" written by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj, one of the all time greatest exponents of Santmat. Baba Devi Sahab was the Guru of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj
Translated by Pravesh K. Singh]
From the Preface (written by Baba Devi Sahab) to "Baal Kaa Aadi Aur Uttar Kaa Ant" (Beginning of Baal and the End of Uttar) of Sant Tulsi Sahab:
Page 58-59:- In Santmat the world (creation) is not considered to be without an end or never-ending. As the world was born (created) sometime in the past, it shall have to die (be destroyed) also at some point of time. When doomsday will come, all the realms up to as far as there is `roop' or `shakal' (form or shape) will get destroyed. That means such places up to where there exists some `Lok' (world) or `Kamal' (lotus) and `ishwar' (Lord or God) or lord of these lotuses will meet their end or destruction some day.
Page 63: "Animaadik":- This is the divine symbol, mark or sign that is perceived or met with on the way of practicing meditation. It takes a lot of practice to know the inner secrets. It is not possible to practice in a proper way without learning the right technique or trick of the trade and this (learning) may happen in either of two ways, firstly it may very well be achieved with the grace of an accomplished Guru. Secondly, it may come automatically because of the earnings (fruits) of the previous births, and thus he (the practitioner) automatically may inherit the required skills or provisions. But both the categories of persons badly need satsang (noble company or gathering), because it is not possible to understand or perceive those secrets which these people ferret out following rigorous (meditational) practice without the assistance of satsang or Guru.
It is not known yet as to who was that first person who established Guru and the principle of Guru in the world. Had he not laid this rule, neither the Real `maalik' (Lord or God) would have been found out nor would any proper arrangement (for the same) have been feasible.
There would not have been any sages, prophets, fakirs, incarnations, deities, etc. Nor would the world have heard of the Lord of the Universe. There would have been no trace at all of the many fora and societies that are functioning till date. The son would not have had any regard for his father, nor would the wife have been obedient or faithful towards her husband.
All the professions, skills and degrees such as those of B.A., M.A., Shastri, Hafiz, Maulavi, Civil-Physician, Carpenter, Cobbler etc. and the ways to realize God require Guru (teacher). People belonging to such religions and sects which do not believe in Guru or Gurudom will always be fanning or inciting riots and be wandering aimlessly all their life, because neither they have anybody to impart them the wisdom, nor they are going to realize that they did not pay heed to that sacred and divine principle which was first established by man.
Page 68 - Satgur: Satgur is formed of two words, `sat' and `gur': `sat' means truth and `gur' means secret, way, or technique. But here satguru is used to imply the person who can teach the secrets to perceive the Guru in the form of Divine Light and Divine Sound. Such a Guru commands the highest status. Unless jiv would accept (such a Guru) as his Hakim (doctor - to cure him of the diseases of mind) and have unwavering faith in his words, he would not be able to accomplish his true objective.
Satsang (External/outer and Internal/Inner): That satsang is external in which Guru teaches the inner secrets (of meditation, jiv, world, Brahma etc.), and that satsang is internal/inner in which the jiv itself is able to perceive or realize the secrets of Brahma, Parbrahma, Anaam etc.
Page 69 Adhikaari (Eligible, Qualified, entitled Fit or suitable): Such persons who are all the time busy in mundane worldly affairs and are not able to spare even one or two hours a day (for meditation), are not fit to be initiated into inner meditation, for even if these persons get to know about the way to the inner secrets, of what use it would be to him!
[When sadguru Baba Devi Sahib was nearing the time of his departure from this ephemeral world for his true destination, satsangis humbly requested him to bless with his parting words. To their request, Baba Devi Sahab had obliged by saying, "Duniyaa waham hai, abhyaas karo" (meaning, this world is an illusion, practice meditation)]