A Gift to You

“Atithi Devo Bhava” – Our ancient scriptures tell us that a guest is like a deity and should be treated as one, but we have taken it a bit too literally. There is however, a deeper, spiritual meaning behind it. We are all guests on this planet … and as guests we do not own anything. It is absolutely absurd for a guest to think that he can gain or lose something here. There is nothing to run after – be it people, power or possessions. All we have to do is enjoy every moment of our visit. If this perspective is applied accurately, even for a brief moment, we notice that all problems fall away.


Deities are shown to have this clarity which is visible through the effortless smile they wear on their faces. Krishna is always shown to have an easy nature; constantly smiling no matter how big an obstacle there may be. It is believed that deities descended from the sky above, performed their task and returned. This image symbolises ‘guest’ consciousness. In fact, we are all spiritual beings who belong to a completely different world – the Sky beyond Sky. We come into this body as guests for a short period of time. If this reality is held for a few moments, a state of zero desires and vicelessness can be experienced. Our inner treasures – virtues, wisdom and power can be unlocked and freedom can be experienced from these chains of desires and sorrows that we create in this guest- house.


Though unspoken, it is a universal norm that any guest be treated with the utmost care in every aspect by the host. He is treated like a deity. However, this treatment or status of a guest holds true only when the guest is aware of his boundaries. If he goes beyond the line of participation and begins to feel a sense of ownership over something or somebody, then his experience of hospitality would be very different. The host would feel that he has overstepped the boundaries of a guest. When we hold the perspective of a guest, the whole universe starts to treat us like a god and nature provides us with the best of everything. Luck would be on our side. Indeed, being a guest, without any expectations, would make every small moment appear as a wonderful gift. If we forget that we are guests, then the whole experience would turn out to be unpleasant.


Now, isn’t it better to be a guest? Guests are happy, involved, yet they have no attachments and hence no sorrows! ….
The good news is, we are all guests!


A friend took her children on one of those rollercoaster rides, which took them through the Haunted House. On this ride they experienced ghosts, scary sounds, sudden movement of the carriages…. all of which made everyone scream. At the end of it, they all felt like they had had a wonderful time and a great experience!  Knowing that they would be secure at the end of the ride, enabled them to enjoy the ride and see the different experiences as an entertainment and a good laugh.


Imagine that a confused person enters the ride and forgets that he is on a rollercoaster. He forgets his home, his life and family and tries to settle down in the haunted house, as if it were his home! It is the same journey, but a different experience. For such a person the whole experience is like torture; a haunted house is the worst place for a home. Paradoxically, this is the story of the human race.


Seen from a spiritual perspective, from a broader model, we are all on this rollercoaster ride called life and have forgotten that it is a ride. We have forgotten that there is the supreme home, an eternal and secure home with the family and the Father. We have settled down in this ‘haunted house’ and called it our only world. It’s no wonder that our lives are full of complaints, questions and criticisms.


We have the option to come out of this ‘madness’ and understand the joke. For the one who is awake, every moment of the ride is enjoyable i.e. his entire life on earth. Unlike the example of the confused individual, he remains aware of his supreme home, supreme parents and his supremely beautiful reality. The fact that he enjoys the rollercoaster ride as a ride, as entertainment, means that he approaches it in a sensible way. Every second and every experience is seen as it is meant to be seen. That makes his quality of life the highest possible, a sign of true spiritual intelligence. There cannot be a higher quality of life than this in the cycle of time. Om Shanti

The ‘awake’ angel has the highest quality of life and the highest standard of living. ‘Awake’ means he experiences the whole dimension, the real dimension; love from God, love from the family and their noble and elevated company. He also knows he is immortal.


For him, every aspect is the best. This is the life of one who is awake. From here, he looks into the story world and in that story world every moment is a wonderful gift. Every scene is seen as entertainment or a joke….. And, that is why there is nothing in the three worlds that he needs to be concerned about, nor is there anything to complain about.


For the awake angel, his life is of love, bliss and wisdom…. eternally….


This is the truth of everyone. So, what prevents everyone from experiencing this? For the soul to ‘wake up’, the ‘ego’ has to die. If there is anything that deprives the angel of this supreme truth, it is the ego. For every second the soul is accurately conscious, the ego suffocates and fights back.

Three steps towards transcendence:

  1. Harry becomes a spiritual student. He learns skills to restrain and stop Ravan. His life is now for Truth and for God.
  2. the student, Harry, is seeing the soul
  3. the soul, is seeing Harry, the student

In the third step, ‘transcendence’ has taken place. It is as if consciousness was at the level of Harry, and now, has shifted to the soul. The soul is awake, and the awake soul is seeing ‘student Harry’ as part of the story! The awake soul is aware of the region of light where he belongs. He knows his family of angelic souls and his eternal sweet bond with God, his very dear and constant Companion.

The awake soul is naturally in that experience. He is the embodiment of knowledge, embodiment of yoga and embodiment of virtues. Only the one who is himself awake can help others to wake up.
If one stays at the level of step two, that is, of Harry seeing the soul, it is ego-based effort. The student Harry is trying to make Harry more spiritual, trying to make Harry egoless or virtuous. It is like saying that bodily Harry is trying to become bodiless and the ego is trying to become egoless! It then becomes ‘labour’ with no ‘real’ success. Step three is like taking a jump; the soul wakes up and discovers true spirituality and natural perfection.


What is life like in the Golden Age?


Golden Age means zero ego; the starting position is this. So, in the Golden Age, the emphasis will not be on the golden palaces and the diamonds. Of course that is happening at a physical level. When ego is absent, the emphasis is on the subtle and the alokik. That which is experienced by the angels at the Confluence age is what continues in the Golden Age; it is alive and important to them. Everyone is a soul and though they may not use the language of soul and God, these are people of perfection and bliss, immensely lovely, beyond harm and harmless…..god-like and loved by all, forever. The highest words from the dictionary need to be used to describe them and their feelings.


Everyone is like this; immensely lovely and loved. In this dimension, love is uninhibited compared with the love experienced at the drama level in the Iron Age. It is uninhibited because there is no fear of rejection, no fear of loss, no possessiveness, no fear of competition; Ravan is absent. Just as God is an ocean of love, so too here, love is an ocean and all are lovely forever and worthy of immense love. There is a sense of belonging to each other, but not of possessiveness. There is security and an eternal bond. Only if there is some kind of insecurity does possessive come. Because of the security of this eternal bond, there is freedom and lightness. Their happiness is uninhibited and full. They know they have the best in every aspect; their treasures are the best forever and their happiness is not based on the ‘cartoon’ drama.


Because they have ‘paras budhi’, they are not deceived by the sparkle of the ‘cartoon’ and, therefore, have no possessiveness, such as ‘this is my house’ or ‘this is my car’. They see it like a cloud that comes in front of them….it is just a cloud. They watch the episodes of the ‘cartoon’.


What do the deities look like? They look like stars. ‘Soul conscious’ means that they know that their world is rich. ‘Paras budhi’ means that they have the sight to appreciate this wonder; the richness of this eternal world, the wonder of it, the stability of it. They enjoy solitude and do not feel the need for constant change. They are not slaves to anything; they are happy to see the cartoon changing, but they are not a slave to it. Their inner world is full and because of that, everything external appears to entertain them. There is no sorrow with any change i.e. death or birth. Because they have not ‘crossed the line’ into ignorance, there is zero sorrow.

Two individuals are watching ‘Laurel and Hardy’. One of them is in some delusion and is complaining about Laurel and about Hardy. ‘Why he is doing this? He shouldn’t be doing that’. As a result, he feels disappointed and begins to question everything. The show finishes and he feels even more depressed; so much was done and now it is all over. What is the attitude of the other person? Carefree entertainment! He is not only free from sorrow, but he is entertained; he sees the director and the producer, he sees the details and the humour, the actors and the fun. One mind is hell and the other is heaven. ‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, and hell of heaven’. (Milton)


At present, we are watching a ‘Laurel and Hardy’ show. In this context, when the word ‘angel’ is used, it is synonymous with one who is very detached. The angel is the one who enjoys ‘Laurel and Hardy’ the most. By contrast, the other option is someone who is attached and, therefore, sees everything as very important and serious. What he experiences is hell, madness, waste thoughts and sorrow.


We have the option to check which mind we are using at any moment in time – do we make ‘hell of heaven, or heaven of hell’? If we have the attitude of expectations with little complaints, little worries, little anxieties, it means we have already crossed the line into madness. The whole Iron Age is iron age because of this. Going ‘beyond the line’ means that we have understood the nature of this world, that there is nothing to complain about.


The awakened prince (angel) enjoys the sky (home), enjoys the company of the King (God) and the angelic royals (family). He has the company of people of great character; noble, the wisest and holiest. He has a life with all treasures, where there is benevolence towards others and he also enjoys the extended ‘Laurel and Hardy’ entertainment. For him every moment is a gift and an entertainment. Whoever has this perspective, can be called an angel and he has the highest quality of life.

The word ‘Satyagraha’, coined by Mahatma Ghandi in the year 1906, was used to describe the philosophy of his movement of passive resistance, meaning ‘insistence on truth’. ‘Sat’ means ‘truth’ and ‘agraha’ means ‘insistence’ or ‘no compromise’. As an example, if he understood that to be a vegetarian was ‘true’, then he would not compromise that truth for any reason. So, whichever aspect of life he understood as true, it had to be taken forward with determination or ‘insistence on truth’. Thus, the movement of Satyagraha came into being.


The same philosophy is relevant to the practising yogi. What is truth for us? The invisible dimension is true for us; the world of the invisible prince – the region of love, truth and of wisdom. This is a world of immortality and perfection; a region with the ultimate treasures of bliss, contentment and security, together with the family of angelic royals.  This eternal world is one of wonder and amazement. Though it all exists at the invisible level, for one who is awake, this is the truth.


For one who has a paras intellect, the whole physical world appears like a three minute cartoon story. The expression ‘three minute’ is used because it is so short, gross and lifeless, hence a cartoon film which may finish at any moment.  The yogi cannot even think of creating attachments in the three-minute cartoon film. He stays in his truth. For such a yogi to make that cartoon film big, important, or relevant, or, to become a beggar in some form, even for a second, is like ‘not being in the truth’. He needs the energy of Satyagraha to take this truth forward and make it his natural nature. Ordinarily, the ego is stubborn and will take the prince across the line into the life of a beggar or a slave. Hence the energy of Satyagraha is needed to overcome the ego and succeed.



Attitude creates perception of what is happening in our relationships in the drama. If I have the attitude that someone is irritating, I will always find something irritating in that person’s behaviour so my attitude is a mind set that determines my experience of the relationship. That attitude of irritation comes from the ego mind. The ego attitude is of taking and selfishness and is based on the limited events of the drama. The attitude of an angel, my true identity, is benevolent and altruistic, of giving and accepting. The Angel  is aware of the bigger picture beyond the events of the drama.



Are all angels?

All are souls and so angelic beings and have the lovely qualities of the soul. This understanding enables us to appreciate the natural beauty of everyone’s true identity.



Where do likes and dislikes come from?

Personal likes and dislikes come when the ego mind sees the role and not the soul or the angel. In a theatre we may like Cinderella and dislike the Ugly Sisters but the actors are not those roles they are playing. In the same way we, the souls, are all actors playing our parts in the drama. So we, the actor souls, can have an attitude of acceptance towards others because we understand that each soul is playing their part accurately and the role they are playing is not who they are.



Why do we have likes and dislikes?

Likes and dislikes are drama-based opinions of the ego. Opinions are not truth because they can change. Also others may dislike those we like and like those we dislike. Who is right?



Is seeing a group as undesirable company an attitude of non-acceptance, ie., judgemental and critical?

To discriminate what is factual enables us to avoid being judgemental. A certain group won’t be the choice of company because that choice is based on observable factual behaviour and is not a personal judgement or criticism.  One can still accept how they are and simply choose not to go there.

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What happens to the old sanskars (tendencies, habits) and vices, when one has apparently transformed? Do they disappear? Do they get suppressed or transformed into noble sanskars (tendencies, sanskars)? Does anger get transformed into something else? Where do the noble sanskars come from?


Let us imagine a garden in the dark. In the darkness, there is no experience of flowers or colours and it appears frightening and dangerous; a world of insects and bats. When the sun rises and light comes in, the same garden is full of colours, flowers and beauty. Even the sky and the clouds above appear beautiful. All this richness was missed in the darkness.


In the dark, one sees shadows and they might look menacing but, in light, one may see a dear friend and the shadows disappear. Shadows are not suppressed or transformed – they disappear.


In the light i.e. in clarity, we can see the spiritual richness. It is like seeing the prince (soul), his eternal treasures and his sweet and eternal bond with the King; a bond of immense love, equality, respect and recognition. In the light, he notices the noble family of princes (souls), all immensely lovely, harmless, childlike, god-like, worthy of immense love and loving. He notices that he has everything and needs nothing; he experiences his home of contentment, peace and bliss. In the light, he ‘sees’ his security and immortality. For him, the entire physical world appears like a story and that story cannot change anything of his home, the sky. The story appears as a great joke.


Just by talking about light, one wouldn’t see the flowers and colours. There has to be light. In the same way, to have knowledge (spiritual light) necessarily means the experience of fullness and perfection at every level.


With such experiences of richness, fullness and the reality of his eternal wonder, all that can emerge are his natural, noble sanskars and divine virtues. In light there are no shadows. A person who has just won a lottery would not be planning to rob, cheat or beg.


As the light becomes less and less, the same wonder is seen with less and less clarity. Flowers and colours are less attractive. In the atmosphere of darkness, a person cannot see the prince or the King; he cannot see the treasures, the riches, and the wonder. All is there, as always, but he cannot experience any of these things; he feels himself empty and insecure. It is in this darkness that the ‘ghosts’ appear; sanskars of the shudra, the beggar and the demon.



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A great doctor can be recognised only at the time of a serious illness. In a perfect world where there is no illness, a talented surgeon with great skills, will be just another ordinary mortal, unrecognised for what he is. The same applies to everyone else; there may be many with exceptional talents, but they are unrecognised because there is no situation to demand their specialties. God, too, can be recognised and appreciated only in the right context. Ram (God) can use his supreme knowledge and skills to eradicate the ever evasive demon, Ravan (our inner demon), who is the root of all evil.


To understand this task of God, let us imagine a scenario of a mother whose children are drowning. In such a situation, the mother’s urgency is to save the children and to take them out of danger. God sees the present world situation with that urgency. What is the situation? Souls are drowning in delusion. The situation is complicated because, in delusion, one doesn’t know that one is drowning. So, one is neither seeing the danger nor asking for help.


Under the spell of delusion, they may ask for many other things, like a big hat and other desires that are totally irrelevant, like their idea of success. When all are under the spell, God is the only one who has a grasp of the situation and the method to save them from drowning; that is what makes him God. The Mother wants them to be out of delusion, with the urgency that it deserves.


Under normal circumstances, the aim of a mother is not to get her children to worship her, let alone in a situation of crisis. Her satisfaction is in knowing that the children are doing the right thing; that they are out of danger, benefiting themselves and others. Once out of the spell, the Mother knows that they will discover themselves and discover the waking reality. Only when they are out of delusion, can they truly understand the seriousness of the danger and the value of the Mother’s help. In this ongoing game between the soul and Ravan, if we recognise the murkiness of Ravan, we will immensely appreciate Ram and the knowledge from Ram.


In this context, what is the value of all the worship, music, rituals, and architecture of cathedrals and temples? At best, an innocent waste, at worst, a clever ploy of Ravan to distract us from Ram’s help. When Ram incarnates to help the souls, Ravan creates his own Ram to distract the souls from the real Ram i.e. a statue of Ram or some fashionable concepts about Ram. If they were to go to the real Ram, they would get help and be out of the delusion. Achieving freedom from the vices, from Ravan, and from delusion, is in itself proof that one is connected to the real Ram. God is pleased with that one. Ravan has no qualms about them singing and dancing in the name of God, or writing books on God, as long as they do not aim to free themselves.


Does God love me? Does He accept me? Does He forgive me? Does God exist? Such questions are the indulgences that we can afford when under the spell. One who is aware enough to know that he is himself drowning, will catch the rescue ring and help himself get out.


It appears as if there is a hidden intelligence in nature; as if nature has a direction or a purpose to sustain life. It is because of nature and nature’s laws that we are alive and plants are alive. For example, in the same second that an individual cuts his finger, mechanisms start to heal it; it is nature that heals. Doctors have to work within the structures of nature. Nature is also responsible for the plants, insects and the larger universe.


In such a friendly nature, there is also the phenomenon of pain which only exists to give us a message of impending danger. Pain draws our attention to the harm. For instance, without the pain, we would continue to cut ourselves and bleed, not even knowing that we were doing anything wrong. Wherever there is free will, it has to be balanced with the pain option. Otherwise, these free-spirited creatures, (that’s us) can harm themselves with their free will.


If we follow this reasoning, it suggests that there may not be any pain receptors in the plant kingdom. There is no benefit in knowing the harm, if they have no free will to change anything. Therefore, nature is also economical.


We experience pain if we touch a sharp object or sit in a wrong posture. Pain in the form of a foul smell, protects animals and humans from poisonous foods. There are also more complex pains. Headaches and joint pains have their own messages. Emotional pains may draw our attention to our lifestyle or attitudes. Nature will definitely find a way to protect what is natural and normal, and the only way it can do that, is to give a message through pain.


The whole complex department of illness may just be nature giving us a signal. If we ignore it, the message steps up and becomes louder. At present, our lifestyle and our attitudes toward sense objects needs to be questioned.


At a subtle level, a life of ego, is an extremely wrong posture and will invite pains. If we are souls, then nature wants us to be in the awareness of the soul. If we are guests in this physical dimension, nature wants us to be free from attachments.


If we ignore common sense and create attachments, and then, in order to deal with the complications, create more attachments and more egos, the mechanism of pain also gathers momentum. We can then expect more complex pains, like illnesses, emotional discomforts and misfortunes. These are all messages from our ‘friendly nature’.


“Man and nations do the right thing, only when they have exhausted all other options”. We have an option to use common sense.

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It’s difficult for ego to be egoless and for Ravan to become viceless. Unless one is accurately soul consciousness (awake), ego and Ravan are the rulers. That may explain why a lot of spiritual effort ends up in battling with oneself. How can we bring about any shift?


For this, we need to examine the hierarchy or levels of consciousness in the animal kingdom. For example, a pig is at one level of consciousness and a donkey is at another level. What is important for a pig may not be important for a donkey. A pig will be attracted towards all sorts of food and react in a certain way, different from that of a donkey.  A donkey will be attracted towards grass. It will think about grass, and possibly even fight with other donkeys over grass. At that level of consciousness, donkeys would find it unnatural or impossible to have disinterest in grass; it is as if they are hardwired for it.


Now, let’s move to the level of human beings. They are not hardwired to have interest in grass, but they are hardwired to another interest, the vices. It all starts with interest in various things within this drama; they can’t stop thinking and talking about people, positions, possessions and pizzas. They may understand the benefits of being free from vices, but when at that level of consciousness, they have no option. They can, at most, suppress or displace their compulsions.


We have an option to shift our consciousness to yet another level. We can call this ‘avyakt’ or ‘angelic consciousness’. Just as humans have no interest in grass, angels have no interest in things that humans are interested in. They naturally have no pull towards people, position and possessions. If there is no interest, it is less likely that they will create attachments and egos based on any of these things. Angels are free from the human vices naturally

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In many cultures, the name for God is ‘Zero.’ In Sanskrit, ‘Shambho’ is a name for God, meaning zero. One interpretation of ‘Shiva’ is ‘zero.’


In what respect is He zero? He remains zero i.e. zero attachments, in His attitude towards the physical world.

In relation to the physical world:
He owns nothing
He needs nothing
He loses nothing
He misses nothing
He lacks nothing
He identifies with nothing
He feels he deserves nothing
He knows that He has entitlement to nothing
He takes credit for nothing
He expects nothing

He remains free from the web, the trap, of the physical world.


When you look at a zero, you see nothing. When you look through a zero, you see everything.

Since He has zero bondage, it allows him to experience the ‘Ocean.’
He experiences:

Ocean of Bliss . . .
Ocean of Love . . .
Ocean of Knowledge . . .
Ocean of Contentment . . .
…unlimited treasures

Resistance comes with a situation we do not like in the drama. It traps us into the story of the drama. We lose our clarity. The irritation about the situation is ego based and is simply the difference between what is and what the ego would like it to be. Ego needs drama situations that generate energy in order to survive and make itself seem real.

Effect of Resistance

  • What effect on the situation does resistance have?         None – waste of energy and time, eg. car alarm goes off at 2am in my street; my irritation will not stop the alarm.

Consequence of Resistance

  •  Who is the master?     The situation is the master because the situation dictates our feelings.


  • What is the behaviour? Defensiveness, resentment, dislike, criticism, complaints, irritation, sorrow and so on.

Ego’s Gain

  • If the ego dislikes the situation what is the gain?   The energy of irritation feeds the ego and makes it seem real; it pulls us into the drama story.


  • Will blaming solve the problem?  Ego blames to avoid the responsibility of addressing the problem/situation.


  • What attitude will help? Acceptance and patience – with acceptance no irritation and so no food for the ego.


  • Why is acceptance a good idea? The mind remains clear, calm and creative – solutions come.


  •  Was there any benefit? Instead of stress, the problem will be resolved. That will empower the real you. Ego is the loser. Game over.

Maureen McC.


In the murli of 1.4.78, Baba was teasing when he said, “Whilst singing praise of the Father, you begin to sing your own praise.”

We shouldn’t be surprised because the blatant agenda of the ego is the praise ‘me, me, me.’ Ego, in fact, is incapable of singing praise of God. It is like telling Ravan to praise Ram! At most, he can pretend that he loves Ram and create another ego based on that. Ego is shamelessly stalking one role in the drama. The spiritual game is to make Ravan surrender to Ram. A mythological character, Hanuman, is a hero for bhagats because he makes Ravan surrender to Ram.


The mission of an angel is quite different. The angel is completely independent and free from the drama. The awake angel loves the Father immensely. He knows the greatness of God, is enormously grateful to God, and wants to glorify Him from his heart at every possible opportunity. That is the life of the angel. Interestingly enough, that was the life of Father Brahma. Obviously, the angel was the ruler and there was no rule of ‘me, me, me.’ ‘How can I promote me?’ was not the priority. ‘How can I promote the task of the Father?’ was the priority in every situation. Not ‘my’ interests, but Baba’s interests, not ‘my’ preference, but Baba’s preference, not ‘my’ likes, but Baba’s likes. ‘What will happen to me?’ was not an issue. Everything is good because the Father is good.


In the murli, Baba referred to the renunciation of ‘me’ as the most subtle and greatest renunciation and that, on this basis, the number one soul created the number one fortune. It’s worth checking who is most important to us, most of the time? Is it God? Or is it ‘me’? How absurd that there is so much hype around just one role from a little drama. (It appears ‘little’ from the unlimited perspective – from beyond) We have billions of other roles and it is, after all, just a theatre. But, for the ego, that one role is everything; for the ego, that role is ‘me.’ Ego breeds in ignorance and has to live with absurdities.


Let’s say you see a beautiful rainbow. To whom do you want to show it? Most want to show it to ‘me’ and that’s the end of it. Some might like to show it to their best friend first. They are not living for themselves; they are living for their friend. The best goes to the friend. A mother may have that kind of feeling for her child. For Father Brahma, his life was for the Father. He could not give enough to the Father. His instinct from the heart was, ‘whatever is the best, goes to the Father’; whatever he felt was important or interesting, he wanted to show it to Him, give it to Him. He wanted the Father to use his body.


Such is the bond between the angel and the Father of the angel. The silent chant of the heart is not ‘me, me, me’ … but ‘Baba, Baba, Baba.’ The angel is not remembering God by programme; he lives with Him and his heart celebrates.



If you go to a garden, you will see butterflies and also slugs. What is the life of a butterfly? It experiences flowers, colours, fragrance, sky, and other butterflies. Its life is a dance and it makes others dance in happiness.


The same garden also has slugs and earthworms. What is their life? They experience stones, shells and mud. They are probably oblivious to the flowers and their fragrance. Butterflies are possibly unaware of the stones and the mud. It is the same garden, but two different realities.


This is the story of all humans. We have options. A life ruled by ego is a life brought down to the ground. Ego is obsessed with the ‘story,’ either worrying, complaining, or indulging in the story. It is a life with stones, shells and mud.


We all have an option. It is the same world, but a life ruled by the angel sees the sky; it sees that all are good and sees the virtues and the greatness of others. It sees the angelic souls; that all are immensely lovely, that all belong to God, are loved by God and worthy to be loved by all. It sees eternity and the immortal home. Angels are busy celebrating the company of God and know the greatness of God. Their silent chant is that they are lucky and that all are lucky. Their life is a ‘celestial dance’ and they help others discover their own dance.
… one garden……two worlds.

My and Mine create value

  • however, that value is not part of the object or person I call mine.
  • where is that value? that value is in the mind. An image of the object or person which includes the value is created in the mind, that is, my car, my child.
  • that image in my mind is not real, it is only an idea created by my mind.

Consequences of my and mine

  • I put my sense of self into my car or my child, that is, I identify with them. I do not do this with a car or a child which is not mine.
  •  my car or my child is not who I am. This identification aims to make the relationship permanent, but instead I create attachment.

Consequences of attachment

  • worry, anxiety and fear of loss.
  • Sorrow. These emotions feed the ego.

What I want to experience is love and appreciation

  • love is an expression of giving because I want what is best for the loved one (the child).
  • appreciation – I appreciate having this useful facility (in this case the car).

To be free from attachments I see myself as a trustee

  • attitude of a trustee means freedom from fear of loss.
  • I know that nothing is mine.


The law of the existing outer world is change, it is completely unpredictable. If one creates even the slightest attachment, that is, dependency in this world, then sorrow is guaranteed.


At present we are subservient to this world that is constantly changing and our quality of life is diminished. We have the option to go into this world as detached observers; a guest that owns nothing and who creates zero expectations. Such a person experiences a rich inner life and is useful to himself and to others.


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Who is wise? Is it one who has read many books and knows every answer to every question?


In Baba’s words, the ‘proof of wisdom is freedom.’ If an animal can be deceived by a bait and trapped, then it is not wise. A bird or an animal will be considered wise if it can remain safe, i.e. remain free.


So, if a human creates new bondages, new attachments in this web of the physical world, then he is not very wise. If he is trapped in addictions and lust, he may have lots of knowledge, information and many wise answers, but he will be considered ignorant.


There was a seagull in a park in Cambridge who was playing with a dog. The seagull was flying in a circle and the dog was chasing it. The seagull was gliding round and round and the dog, though exhausted, could not stop but kept running behind the bird. The cleverness of the bird was that it maintained enough distance from the dog. When there was distance, the seagull could play with the sky and also play with the dog. If the bird were to come too close to the dog, then it would definitely lose the sky and also lose the earth. The whole notion of life for that bird would be either more pain or less pain, all depending on the dog.


This is a message for us on the planet. Keep a distance. This World Wide Web is immensely beautiful but, remain free from it. What distance? The distance of a guest. Soul maintains an attitude of a guest with everything here on earth. In Baba’s words, remain “mehman” (guest) and you become “mahan” (great).


In the murli of 13.1.78 (Group Meetings), the expression ruhaniat was used, which can be translated as ‘spiritual reality’ or ‘spirituality’. The result of the Father’s company is ruhaniat. It implies that human company does not help us to go into ruhaniat. Instead, human company binds us in the gross dimension, the dream reality or ‘The Matrix’.


It is good to refer to these two worlds as two realities or dimensions. We can bring things like rocks from one planet to another planet, but there cannot be an exchange like that between the ‘dream reality’ and the ‘waking reality’. They are totally different and independent, which is why the word dimension is used to emphasise that difference.


It so happens that in this ‘waking dimension’, there is God, the family of angelic souls and perfection. It is a region of absolute love and bliss; truly a region of disbelief. For the one who is awake, he is with the family of souls. In this dimension, it is normal to be a star of light; it is normal that all are worthy of love, it is normal to experience bliss, forever. As usual the language and the experience of the awake angel cannot be understood by the dreamer.


Most of the world, when caught up in this dream dimension, tries to improve the dream reality and indulge in a sweet dream. The spiritual message is to discover the waking reality, the ruhaniat. Gross intoxication and the excitement of gross treasures pull us in the ‘dream dimension‘. The choice is either to live in ‘truth’ or in ‘delusion’.


Contrary to the message from the film The Matrix, the waking reality is sweeter than the sweetest dream, leave aside any nightmare. A pioneer spirit is necessary to venture into the uncharted lands of ‘truth’. To stay in ruhaniat, to experience the wonder, perfection, immortality and the world of God means to shine light in that ‘sky’, in the waking reality. Light always helps many others to wake up.


Is this the future of the human family? We have the option to wake up and be useful to the self and others.


Imagine an individual is on his way to catch a train. On the way, he is offered the biggest diamond in the world, but just for 10 minutes. If he is impressed and considers having the diamond for 10 minutes to be a success, he will miss the train. At best, the offer was a waste of time; at worst, a deception and a bait. Such limited thinking is said to come from a stone intellect.


If we approach life with a stone intellect, we are deceived. Ten minutes or ten years can appear to be eternal. For the one in clarity (paras intellect), the scale of time is different. For him, only that which is eternal has any value. The rest is a distraction. What appears to be a success for one with a stone intellect is seen as a deception for the paras intellect.


The whole of our spiritual effort is to help us attain true success and to experience ultimate, eternal treasures. If we are not distracted by side scenes, like the diamond trap, we will catch the train and reach our destination. Not being deceived by any bait is all that is required to discover these ultimate treasures.


By its very definition, the treasure is eternal and secure. In this treasure, there is contentment, peace, God, wisdom, the noble and divine family, love, bliss and our own authentic virtues. For the paras intellect, success is to get in touch with these eternal, unlimited and authentic treasures.


One who has experienced these higher treasures will not be flustered by the seeming successes and defeats of the physical world, but will find it fun and will have the courage to continue. It is also a spiritual law that the one who has experienced true success, promotes magical success at the level of the physical world. For historians, the success of Gandhi is inexplicable. Scholars cannot explain how an ordinary individual like Ghandi, who had no political position, who refused to carry any weapon, who refused to have a bodyguard and who refused to criticise his political opponents could defeat a super-power of that time.


It is only when we experience success at a higher level that that success will resonate and bring about success at the level of the physical world.

It does not matter how it all began.  What really matters is how it all ends.

Many consider themselves to be lucky if they are born wealthy and healthy; they consider that to be a success.  Seen from a spiritual perspective, the birth and origin are rather irrelevant.  What really matters is what has been achieved by the end.


For the one who sees the bigger picture and the journey of the soul, this life is an opportunity for a much more important future and the moment of death is truly the birth of a new beginning.  For the person with attachments, the last moment is the moment of failure and of a loser.   Impressions of a loser go with him into the future.  A life of indulgence will have an end of regret, repentance or guilt, and that becomes his results in the examination.


For the spiritually enlightened individual who has lived his life as a trustee and for the service of mankind, striving to be with God, in the moment of death feels he is coming even closer to his trusted Friend. His final impressions are of a winner. The greater experience is of love, beauty, perfection, fullness, truth, God, security and immortality.  These are his final impressions in the final moment.  He looks at his life with fondness; for him and for God that life was a success.


It does not matter how it all begins – it matters how it all ends.



The Eternal Prince



Become a Detached Observer



See the Physical World like a Story


Within the Raja Yoga philosophy, God is one who is in the highest consciousness, who knows things in total clarity. As a result, He experiences richness of the heart, richness of the head, that is, complete wisdom, full love, bliss and contentment. He is free from anything inauspicious, in an absolute way.


The effort is to know that high consciousness and to experience it.  A description of Raja Yoga is that you see what God sees, you know what God knows, you think the way God thinks and you feel the way God feels.


What does He know and how does He remain in that richness of head and heart? How is it possible for anyone, whether God or an ordinary mortal, to be free from anything inauspicious; free from sorrow and complaints?  How is it possible for anyone to be able to love everyone, forever, regardless of their actions?


Listen to the audio.

A river had broken its banks and the water was rising rapidly. A bird was perched on the branch of a tree, flapping a round and shouting to every passer-by:

Help! Help! Please help me! Please do something!


Just then a lion was making his daily round through the rising waters.

Seeing the lion, the bird called out:

Oh, King of the animals! Help me! The water is rising and I will be drowned. Please save me!


The lion looked at the bird and said:

You have wings.


Are we very different from the bird? Probably not.

When we learn to see things differently, our lives become easier, happier and more successful.

The message is simple and the method is simple. However, in today’s world we have learned to make simple things complex.

Our journey will be much easier, if we become like children once again, to see with innocence and simplicity.

It is very easy to make anyone wealthy. This is because they are already wealthy.


They already have immense wealth of the most refined quality and these treasures have no comparison. There are no words that are appropriate to describe this wealth. This wealth is without limits and is there to stay forever. It is easy to make someone wealthy, as long as they stop begging. The experience of all of this wealth gets blocked by the mentality of a beggar. The smallest desire instantly blocks the experience of all the treasures.


Even as an experiment, if someone was able to experience a mind with zero desires, they would discover the treasures. We can attain this by seeing the whole physical world as a ‘story’. As an experiment, we can hold this perspective just for a few minutes. Seen as a story, it would appear absurd to create desires or create expectations. By this standard, even ‘preferences’ and ‘hopes’ within the story are desires and thus begging!


The attitude required is total freedom, acceptance and equanimity towards the outer world. Then the experience of the ultimate wealth is yours. It is so easy to be rich and it is so easy to make others rich.