We have to make plans for our work, we have to take action towards goals, but we must do so without desire. We do it as duty, as part of our work in the world, but we do so with an attitude of acceptance. — Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj delivered his first Saturday night satsang since his return from India on October 8. Prior to opening the floor to questions, the spiritual Master shared the news of the birth of his second grandchild. He then went on to deliver a touching and poignant discourse about the juxtaposition of joys and sorrows of this physical existence and the fleeting nature of life. Speaking of the various phases of our lives, beginning at birth and ending with our own death, he commented on the pendulum of joys and sorrows that life swings through. The death of a loved one brings us great sorrow, he said, but we should derive joy from knowing that a better place awaits them in the worlds within. This can only happen as we embrace the truth that all that transpires is under God’s Will. Living by the principle of “sweet is Thy will” brings stability into our lives, and stability comes only from the Lord. Everything else is shaky. It is those who anchor themselves in the Lord who are always happy, calm, and peaceful in the face of all adversity. Faith in God, he said, is key to a joyous and happy life for each and every one of us, and it is the strengthening of this faith that we should ask God for in our prayers.
In the October 9 Sunday satsang, the spiritual Master returned to the theme of the ups and downs of life. He said as we experience hardships in life that are difficult to comprehend, we are left with many questions. It is human tendency to look for answers in the outer world that we can see and hear. However, the the more we focus on the world outside, the more entangled we become in its web of illusion. The answers to many of life’s seemingly difficult questions lie beyond the physical; they lie in the inner spiritual regions which can be accessed only through the process of meditation. True meditation, he continued, is an active means by which we search for truth. It is a search that, if carried out in the proper manner, will reveal the reality of our existence. Focusing our attention into the inner spiritual regions clarifies our vision for what this life is all about and helps us realize the purpose of this life, our relationship with the Creator.
On Sunday, October 23, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s focused on how we can find God. He said we set goals for ourselves in life, and their achievement – physical, mental or emotional – brings us joy. However, the highest goal we can set for ourselves is in the spiritual arena: the goal of experiencing God, the supreme goal of human life. We may pursue different paths to achieve this, depending on our faiths and traditions, but saints and mystics tell us that God cannot be found in the knowledge and rituals of the outer world. To find God, we must go within. He explained how the macrocosm is in the microcosm; how we are at our core, soul, a part of God. When we go within and experience our soul, we will also be able to experience God. Everything the physical level is but a series of reflections of the true reality. Mired in the web of illusion, we don’t see our existence for what it truly is. When we behold each other, we focus on boundaries and outer differences. Instead, we need to build bridges and break down walls.
Describing the story of creation, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj said God wanted to love and be loved. Just as two parents choose to have a child to create something of their own, God, too, created all the universes out of love. And it is only love, he stressed, that will guide us back Home into the lap of the Lord. By learning the mechanism of stilling the body and mind, we can begin to pave our way toward experiencing God’s love. As we experience the revelations of the divine, we will, in time, recognize that everyone is the same, an extension of God.