Illustration to
'The Narration of Khemsari'

Yama: Yama is Kal’s name as death god.

Tika: The reservoir behind the eyes: it has to be filled with the attention before the Soul can rise up. The disciple has to keep the Truth that he has received within himself and increase it by daily practice. If then one day the reservoir is flowing over, others can benefit thereof too.

[…] Those Who have communed with the Word, Their toils shall end. And Their faces shall flame with Glory, not only shall They have salvation, oh Nanak, but many more shall find freedom with Them.

Jap Ji (Second Edition, 1964) –
Finale by Guru Nanak,

edited by Kirpal Singh, 1894–1974

Bhakti: The loving devotion of God or the Satguru.

Kirpal Singh wrote:

It is said that when Daya Nand – later on Swami and Maha Rishi – went to his Guru Virja Nand in the garb of a great scholar with books on ancient wisdom, the Guru said:

Daya Nand, I would give you something which is not in the books that you are carrying. If you want to learn anything from me, you shall have to throw all these books into the river Yamuna.

As Daya Nand was keenly desirous of gaining God-Knowledge, he just bowed his head and did as he was commanded by his preceptor. This is called Gurubhakti or unstinted devotion to the Master.

Satsang – Riddle of Life,
by Kirpal Singh, 1894–1974

Source: Sat Sandesh / September 1969

Arti:  In Hinduism this word is used in order to describe a ritual that centres around the presentation of light – normally in the form of a lamp with a burning camphor; here the word is used more specifically in order to describe a ceremony that accompanied initiation in former times. It is an acted-out parable, of which every detail is symbolic for one or the other aspect of the Inner Path. In a pre-literate age, ceremonies of this type, every detail had a specific meaning that could be committed to memory, served as a convenient way of preserving and passing on the teachings. A long time ago the outer performance of that ritual had been abandoned by the Masters, if actually it had ever been performed in the literal sense; the Inner Reality however remains and is still conveyed at the time of initiation as it is described here. (See the illustration for 'Arti' in the subchapter 'The Importance of Arti.') It is important to understand, that initiation is no ritual at all (see Kirpal Singh‘s statement in the aforementioned illustration).

Five Sacred Words: The mental repetition of the basic names of God, referring to the manifestation of Naam or the Sound Current on each of the five Inner Planes, and given by the Masters for the purpose of Simran or remembrance, was introduced at this time. In the 20th/21st century, these words exist in Sanskrit as well as in an Arabic translation for members of this language area. But the meaning of the words and the relationship of the words to Naam or the Word and to the Inner Planes is the same. Besides, the effect of Simran is not up to the words themselves, but to the charging they get, when they are given by a real Saint. – The Simran given by a false Master does not have this charging. (See the illustration 'Have finished all the snares of Kal for you' in the subchapter 'The Description of Performing Arti.')

Sincerely repeating the Simran  given by a Saint, His representative or Khalsa*, one inevitably sends for the Master-Power or Christ-Power.

* One Who, with the flame burning brightly, meditates in His mind on the One without thinking of another; One Who is filled and adorned with complete Love and affection and does not believe in fasting or the grave or the tomb; One Who recognises only One and no other and does not indulge in pilgrimages, charity, kind acts, austerities and self-discipline. When the candle burns clearly inside Him, then He is Khalsa or the pure one.

Gurumat Sidhant – Part I, Chapter XIX:
Do not extend your Hand in Supplication before
anyone other than the Lord and the Master,
by Kirpal Singh, 1894–1974

Radiance of the indestructible Light: Kirpal Singh said on this:

The Light of life is in you; indeed you live by that very Light whether you realise it or not. Each one of you has had an experience of that Holy Light. Now you must live in constant contact with the Holy Light. It is uncreated and shadowless, eternally the same and peerless. The whole creation came into being by the same Light, and that very Light is shining in every heart. All are Divine in nature, and religion is the expression of Divinity already existing in man.

Spiritual Elixir (First Edition, 1967) –
Part II:
II. Meditation,
by Kirpal Singh, 1894–1974

And St Augustine said:

I entered even into my inward self. Thou being my Guide and able as I was: for Thou were become my helper. And I entered and beheld with the eye of my soul – such as it was –, above the same eye of my soul above my mind, the Light Unchangeable. Not this ordinary light which all flesh may look upon, nor as it were a greater of the same kind, as though the brightness of this should be manifold brighter, and with its greatness take up all space. Not such was the light but other, yea, far other from all these […] He that knows the Truth, knows what that Light is and he that knows It, knows Eternity.

Loose translation from:
Confessiones – Book VII, X.,
by St Augustine

Head of Kal: This means that the Soul rose above mind and, for a while, saw her essence – Sat Purush.

Dhyan: Contemplation, that is attained as a result of Simran.

Simran: Simran is  a term for the repetition of the five Charged Names, with the tongue of thoughts.

Simran, sincerely done, leads to Dhyan and Dhyan leads to the connection with the Sound Current.

As Kabir said:

[…] The natural Inner Music is continuously flowing of itself, but only a rare soul knows of this communion, the all-pervading spirit surges through every pore of the body.

The True Simran consists in perpetual attuning of the soul, with the Inner Music, without any outer aid – of lips, tongue, throat or the heart. He who contacts the hidden crest-jewel, is our True Friend.

Spirituality / What it is (First Edition, 1959) –
XV. / (iii) Sat Naam,
by Kirpal Singh, 1894–1974

Remained secretly: His mission in Sat Yuga was hidden due to His promise to Kal.