Hazur’s Disease and His Spiritual Succession
Physical structure composed of flesh, blood and bones, like machinery, can only work up to a limited extent. The result of this carelessness towards His bodily rest and consistent hard labour came out to be that His physical framework could not endure the burden of weariness any more and on continued requests and entreaties from almost every individual, Hazur yielded to their prayers and was inclined to take rest and seek medical advice. Accordingly, in September 1947, He came to Amritsar for medical treatment; but before leaving Dera a Managing Committee for management of Dera affairs was constituted there.
His health improved a little at Amritsar but it became worse on 4th October, 1947. On the 5th October, 1947, Hazur sent for me from Beas. In a week’s time His condition was again better.
On the morning of 12th October, 1947, at seven o’clock He called me. When I was in His august presence, He said:
Kirpal Singh! I have allotted all other work but have not entrusted my task of Naam-Initiation and Spiritual Work to anyone. That I confer on you today so that this Holy and Sacred Science may flourish.
Hearing this, my eyes were filled with tears, and afflicted as I was, I beseeched:
Hazur! The peace and security that I have in sitting at Thy feet here cannot be had in higher planes …
My heart was filled with anguish; I could not speak any more and sat staring – Hazur encouraging and caressing me all the time.
After this whenever I had the honour to be in seclusion with Hazur, He talked about the interior affairs of Dera and instructed me how to act when He departed forever.
During the days of His confinement on the bed of sickness – in the last days of February 1948 – one day Hazur enquired:
How many souls have been initiated by me?
Registers were consulted and after counting was finished Hazur was replied:
Up till now about one hundred and fifty thousand souls have been awakened by Hazur.
*Same day in the evening when I was with Him, Hazur said:
Kirpal Singh; I have done half of your work and have given Naam to over one and a half lakh1 persons and the rest you have to accomplish.
* (This section is adjusted to the Fourth Edition of 1973;
Editor’s Note 2011.)
I, with folded hands and faltering words, said:
Hazur … it will be as Hazur orders … but … I have a request … I wish that this rest half of the work may also be finished by Hazur … We will dance as Hazur will make us dance … I wish Hazur may remain with us and sit only watching all that and all orders will be complied within Hazur’s presence.
Hazur lay silently gazing at me.
In those very days, one night Hazur mentioning His Inner Esoteric Experiences remarked:
The sun2 has risen high. Can the people of Jullundur3 also see this sun?
The relatives and friends sitting nearby were ignorant of this secret expression. The opinion of the doctor in charge was also, like others beside Him, that Hazur’s brain does not work properly on account of His illness.
A little later at night when I went to Him, Hazur repeated the same question addressing me:
Kirpal Singh! The sun has risen high. Can the people of Jullundur also see this sun?
Yes, Hazur, the sun has risen high – and not only the people of Jullundur but also those living in England or America who will traverse to Inner Planes can see this sun.
Thereupon Hazur said:
Thou hast correctly answered my question.
Similarly Hazur made a mention of several hidden secrets but those around Him were hardly able to grasp what Hazur was hinting at – this being a subject familiar only to those who are practical on-lookers and spiritually skilled. What, therefore, could other poor fellows know about them.
Surveying the surrounding occurrences and events Hazur once observed:
It’s a pity that the followers of Sant Mat also are becoming a prey to misconception. The teaching of Saints is
See with your own eyes. Until you do not see with your own eyes, do not even believe your Master.
As is said:
Jab lag na dekhun apni naini tab lag na patijun Gur ki beni.
Until I do not see with my own eyes, I will not be convinced at heart, even by Guru’s words.
This is the dictum and basic pillar of Sant Mat faith and it is an established fact that the disciple should peep inside and talk with his Master. Those engaged in abbhyas4 generally do not forget everything about and leave all thoughts of their physical body for withdrawal and turning inward. Whoever, with Love in his mind, regularly follows the method according to the instructions of his Master will meet the Master within and will testify to the authenticity thereof. This is a way which can be seen and practised in one’s lifetime. Accordingly you do and see. But those who do not apply themselves in abbhyas say: ‘To withdraw and tap inside is wrong, uncertain, and doubtful, and, if at all it is possible that somebody peeps inside, then the Inner Experiences are not believable.’ Unless they themselves peep inside, they cannot have faith in the experiences of those few who do have such experiences.
My followers should never trust in such incredulous persons – unlinked and infirm believers as they themselves are – they will shake their belief and faith. It is, therefore, incumbent on my followers to open their Inner Eye. When their souls will withdraw from physical body, they will realise the truth of it. Remember that this science of traversing to Inner Higher Planes is not wrong, and is correct, definite, certain and sure to the last word.
Those who have traversed have corroborated this:
Sant Tulsi Das says:
Surat sail asman ki lakh pawe koi Sant, Tulsi jagjane nahin at utangpiya panth.
The soul of a rare Saint traverses into the higher planes and beholds the sight of them. The whole world is unaware of this highway to Almighty’s throne which is, so to say, enveloped in mystery and hard to understand.
Sant Paltu Das says:
Gyan Ka Chanda bhaya akashmen, magan man bhaya ham lakh paya. Drishti ke khule se nazar sab aiga, Lakha sansar yeh jhut maya, Jiv aur Brahma ke bhed ko bujh le, Shabd ki sanchi taksal laya, Das Paltu kahe khol parda diya, Paith ke bhed ham dekhaya.
The Light of all knowledge radiated in Heaven inside, seeing which my mind was full of joy. I saw It really existing. It can be seen by opening the Inner Eye. In that Light I saw that all that attracts us here as well as the whole world is a big fraud. How I got to this end – it was by analysing the Self and God, through the mint of True Shabd. Thus attuning to Shabd, Paltu cast asunder the veil and withdrew inside to see the Truth.
Again one day the Master spoke thus:
I am not tied to one or any particular place. The Saints Who come commissioned from above tell the world of the True Path and those who come seeking True Knowledge are informed of the Way to meet God. Worldly people in order to meet their worldly needs gather round them and make them as means of earning livelihood. When such wealth is accumulated in abundance, a number out of them turn as ‘worshippers of Mammon’ whose lust can never be satisfied. When such circumstances are created, Saints withdraw from such a place. The souls of sincere seekers after Truth cannot get any solace from such a place. Such places then become the seat of Mahants and Gaddi Nashins.5 True Saints are not fastened to any religious sect or dress. They are free personalities. They are neither a party to one nor a foe to the other. They impart the True Lesson as to how to reach God. Those who will apply themselves to abbhyas in Their company will succeed and the others who keep themselves aloof and far away from Them remain unlucky.
Hazur more than once emphatically declared:
*The mission of Spirituality can only be carried on successfully by one Adept in Spirituality. It cannot be entrusted to a blind6 person. Whoever has a desire to find me out can reach me within through One Who is linked with me. You will not find me in the company of those who are after the possessions of the world. Be not deceived by such people. Do abhyas and peep inside your own self and meet me. I do not dwell in the midst of mayaic7 insects. Go to some selfless being who is after me and lives for me and is not after possession of Deras. Gurumukh8 is delighted to have His Guru, while a manmukh9 wallows in luxury and pleasures of the world – Maya10.
* (This section is adjusted to the Fourth Edition of 1973;
Editor’s Note 2011.)
On another occasion Hazur said:
*Kirpal Singh! The people will flock to the place where they would find the riches of Naam. What have you to gain from Dera11? You better leave Dera. When Baba Ji12 came from Agra13, He brought with Him neither money nor followers. He fetched within Him only His Guru and through His blessings the present Dera came into existence. (* This section is adjusted to the Fourth Edition of 1973; Editor’s Note 2011.) Sangat14 is dear to me even now just as it was before. It is now imperative for the Sangat to do abbhyas and go within. By doing so all will be able to understand things as they are. Everybody has treasures of knowledge within. Even an illiterate man if he secures the assistance of an educated person can become graduate and M.A. If you sit by some illiterate person for the whole of your life, you will not be able to attain the degree of M.A. Do not waste your ‘time.’ If you want to gain knowledge of Spirituality, then go and sit by some able Spiritualist Who is practically skilled. He will wake up the dormant Spiritual Faculties within you. He has not to give anything from Himself. Keep on impressing the need of abbhyas on the entire Sangat and go on doing Satsang. The souls are getting help from within and will continue to get it. You obey the orders of your Guru. If an obedient wife acts according to the bidding and wishes of her husband and the people call her bad names, let them say so. You have to carry on the mission under the orders of your Master. Do not care if Mrs Grundy grunts. Tell everybody to do abbhyas fondly and to invert within to reach the astral form of the Master.
Thereafter, whenever during Hazur’s lifetime I had an opportunity to go to Him, He talked on the subject of propagating Spirituality and gave necessary instructions regarding its real shape, significance and basic fundamentals of the problem.
Consequently, during Hazur’s lifetime and in strict conformity with His wishes, in November 1947, a proposal for Spiritual Satsang was laid before Him, the main objects of which were solely the ethical and Spiritual Benefit of mankind in general, irrespective of caste, colour or creed – which was heartily appreciated by Hazur saying:
I am wholly and solely at one with you in this endeavour,
and directed me to give practical shape to the scheme. It is, therefore, due to His blessings alone that Ruhani Satsang15 today is working successfully in and outside Delhi. The sole objective of this Satsang is to present Spirituality to mankind in general in a lucid scientific form. The subjects of purification, knowledge of Self and knowledge of God are being dealt with practically so that people of different castes and creeds – living in their own circles – are benefited thereby. Old16 followers as well as the new ones are deriving benefit from this science and everyday’s Inner Spiritual Experiences of both of them plainly show that Hazur Maharaj Sahib is helping them with His hidden hand far more forcefully than ever.
Such ever-living Personalities are personified models of self-sacrifice. Even during His confinement to bed – not caring for His tender health – Hazur continued to quench the thirst of those thirsty for Spiritual Guidance and teachings. Besides the outer help there was Inner Guidance also to its fullest extent. Such Master-Souls are mere human beings to our eyes but in reality are Unseen Supreme Power – clothed in body – that works unfettered beyond the limits of this body also.
Explanation: 1) One lakh is an Indian measurement of a unit 100,000 (editor’s note, 2010). 2) Guru Nanak when nearing His earthly end also spoke of this sun to His sons and His devoted follower Who succeeded Him. Rishis of the old age also refer to this in their Gayatri Mantra. 3) Jullundur is a town in East Punjab about 27 miles from Beas. 4) Spiritual Practices (editor’s note, 2010). 5) Title of Mahant or Gaddi Nashin is usually given to those working or posing at one particular place in the name of previous Saints or Sages after the latter abandon or depart physically. 6) Viz. spiritually blind, whose Inner Eye has not been opened. 7) Those who attach themselves to wealth and worldly pleasures. 8) A mouthpiece of the Guru, the Master (editor’s note, 2010). 9) A mouthpiece of the mind (editor’s note, 2010). 10) Maya means all that, which keeps us attached to the world and away from God – deep forgetfulness (editor’s note, 2010). 11) Dera Baba Jaimal Singh at Beas. 12) Baba Jaimal Singh Ji. 13) A town in U.P., India. 14) Followers. 15) Spiritual Satsang. (Ruhani Satsang was the Spiritual Platform, through which Kirpal Singh could give the wide world population an understanding of the unity and the unchangeable Truth during His sojourn on earth, as He did according to the rules and the explicit wish of His Master, Baba Sawan Singh; editor’s note, 2010; see also Editorial Appendix II). 16) Those initiated by Hazur.