Self-Healing and Knowing the Self
Beads of Truth, Summer 1982 #9
by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
Too much awareness requires too much patience. Normally when you become wiser, you become less patient and you start shouting like an angry, roaring idiot, because then you see every mistake. When you see every mistake, what are you going to do? You are going to shout, because it is difficult to tolerate mistakes. That is why for the last six years I've been saying that patience pays.
Have patience. Not because it matters to me, but it will matter to you. If you have patience, then you will enjoy happiness. And who can have patience? He who can tolerate. Who can tolerate? He who has strong nerves. Who can have strong nerves? He who has the strength of his moral mind. And what is the moral mind? A learned discipline. What is a learned discipline? A self-training. How can the self be trained? Through meditation.
You must learn to grind yourself. Only the one who learns to grind himself knows his ground. Otherwise, a person is just floating. When you do not know your territory, you do not know where you are. When you do not know where you are, you are not aware of what you are and you do not know what awareness is.
There are two ways to know: the inductive method, or the deductive method. Either deduce or induce. Both come to the same thing. You can know mysteries through mystic ways. And you can know mysteries through analytical ways. Either through shakti (power) or through the gyan (divine wisdom). Through power, or through pleasure.
Why are some people black? So that others would know they are white. Why are some people white? So that others would know that they are black. There is no other reason. But now they both fight with each other. This is known as a trick of Maya. The black did not make himself black, nor did the white make himself white. If white is the best color, why are anemics given a hospital bed? They are almost white: dead white, they call it. If that is desirable, why must they take iron pills every day?
The reality is that nobody knows, everyone imagines. When imagination becomes the known experience, it is known as duality or maya. When experience becomes knowledge, it become reality, the Truth, the Sat. Those who understand "Sat" are able to relate to "Sat." When you love somebody, what do you do? Don't you call his name, or her name all the time? When you love somebody, you like to call the name of that person. If you love the truth, then you will call "Sat Nam." You become identified. And when you say "Sat Nam," everybody knows you are a "Sat Namer." You become identified. And when you say "Sat Nam," it means you are Truth.
My dear friend, there is a dharma of life. This dharma has to be understood as a dharma and then it has to be watched as a dharma. It has to be experienced as a dharma. The life of dharma is the life of the seeker, the Sikh. The seeker must seek. He must suck the infinity as nectar. There are no two ways about it.
If someone says that there are many ways to God, that is a sales talk. If someone says that there are many religions, that is a sales talk too. There is only one religion. Join your religion. Know your religion. Understand your religion. Be your religion.
By belonging to religion and not experiencing religion, do you think you are religious? Never. Denying religion or accepting religion mean nothing. It is the experience of religion, my dear friend, that can hold the mind. It is the desire to experience which matters because that desire is the outcome of an energy that matters. Your ego desires you to be finite, to be limited, but you must experience infinity, because you are a part of infinity. Why shouldn't you experience infinity? Instead you take your ego, and you inflate it like your balloon. The air goes out, and you fall on your face. Then what a silly creature you are. You blame the Creator, and you don't live in gratitude, and you call yourself a man. Without knowing the manners of life, you call yourself a man.
The seeker must know the art of finite and infinite, and the science which teaches him the art of finite and infinite is known as the science of yoga. It is a technology that makes a seeker, a Sikh, a man of God. Where the man of God goes, there goes God. To whomever he talks, he brings God. Wherever he sits, there is God. When he gets up there is also God. Around him is God, above him is God, under him is God. God created man and man created God. The man of God telephones about God. On the telephone, he listens to talk about God. He hangs up the telephone if there's no God. He watches the television to feel God. And if he doesn't feel God, he shuts it off. He eats and says, "God." He gets up and says "God." He takes a shower and says, "God." When he is in fever, he says, "God." When he walks he says, "God." He belongs to God and God belongs to him.
That is actually the way it is. But the middle man who made this simple, safe God so difficult to get to not only makes a normal man believe that he is a sinner, but collects a fee for doing it. The one who lives off the sinner makes the sinner believe he is a sinner. Not only that, but after telling the sinner that he is a sinner, he does not purify him.
Only he can purify you who is himself pure. Only the one who has experienced God, who has seen God, who has a gratitude for God, who feels the goodness of that infinity, can be pure, because he will constantly call the name of God. Every lover will call the beloved God by name, will become pure and healed and have the power to purify and heal others.
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This text was copied from the SikhDharma.org website