2 January 1902

Lots of Love from Jaimal Singh to my obedient son, Babu Sawan Singh. 

May the Grace and Mercy of the compassionate Anami Lord, always be upon you, dear son. 

Please instruct the men from the batteries in the technique of practising Simran and sitting in Bhajan. They should do it like this: they should first do Simran of the five names for a quarter-hour and then contemplate on the form of the Satguru. After that they should gradually attach the attention to the sound of the Shabd. Then slowly and gently fix the Inner Hearing and Seeing faculties, surat and nirat – the inclination of the Inner Mind towards Love is called nirat – into the sound of the Shabd Dhun. Then the mind will never run hither and thither. Please explain all this to these people, and you, too, should never miss your daily Bhajan and Simran. Always keep your mind inclined in that direction, and do not bring your self into any work you do. 

Rather, realise all the time that you are nothing: 

Body, mind, wealth, all, everything belongs to the Satguru; I am not in them.

Realising this, with Love and devotion merge the surat, nirat, and the mind into the Shabd Dhun. Then the mind will not go anywhere. When your self is absolutely uninvolved in anything, then the sound of the fundamental form, Shabd Dhun, that is like the sound of the vina, will descend immediately through Grace from the highest. And even now It is coming every day, but the mind, surat and nirat have been filled with ego, leaving no space for Grace and Mercy. Thus, through the sound of the Shabd Dhun one reaches Sach Khand. It is a heavy and difficult task to part company with the self and to realise that 

I am nothing, everything is the Satguru’s; nothing is mine.

The ego within should disappear completely. Then whatever work is performed is actually done by the Lord Himself, Who comes and does it all.

Do your Bhajan and Simran every day, my son. If you say that you are occupied with too much work, that is no excuse, because the mind, surat and nirat still continue to be unoccupied. The mind stays intoxicated with the world like a person drunk with alcohol: all inebriated, the mind does not engage in Bhajan and Simran, and offers excuses that there is no free time for meditation. This is all false; it is a deception of the mind. Our breaths, our eating, sitting, walking and sleeping are all accountable. 

Except for the Satguru, no one is going to get the individual liberated. Even now try to understand! Keep your attention in the Shabd Dhun, and think how much of your time has been wasted in idle talk. This time will never come again. Think! Remember your own death. We are not going to live here forever. Our days, time, hours, seconds, breaths, are all numbered. Pull your mind out of worldly desires and fix the attention in the Shabd.

Please give my greetings to Chanan Singh, Narain Singh, and Basant Singh. Chanan Singh Ji, the cake of soap that you gave is not with me; it was left behind at your place. Please look for it. All are urged to do their Bhajan and Simran every day.

Warm regards to Babu Amar Singh. I received your postcard; it was well written. 

Before sitting in meditation, do Simran for a quarter-hour or more, and then slowly and gradually put your attention into the Shabd. The attention will become fixed in the Shabd Dhun by doing this every day. The mind will also become still through the daily practice. This is the reply to your postcard. Since the mind and soul are still soiled, they will become pure through practising meditation every day. 

Please give my warmest greetings to Sunder Singh the carpenter, Bhai Sher Singh, the Satsangis of the three batteries, Havildar Ladha Singh of the Twenty-Second Battery, Sunder Singh, Surain Singh, Ram Chand the treasurer, Asa Ram, and the tailor Satsangis of the army barracks. Everyone is urged to do his Bhajan and Simran every day. Bibi’s warm regards to you, her true brother. Best wishes to everyone from Bibi and all the Sadhus at the Dera.

The enclosed names have been sent for your record. Please keep this paper with you. Instructions may be given to those who come to you, but you are not to seek them out. If you are free, hold Satsang for an hour on Sunday. Those who come are to sit in Bhajan for half an hour, but do not send for anyone who does not come. Bachint Singh has not arrived as yet. Probably he is busy. 

2 January 1902