|Delusion of Doership||| Print ||
English version of a talk given by Kirpal Singh. Unabridged Source
So long as one feels that one is the doer, One cannot escape from the cycle of births. Contrarily, when one begins to see the Spirit and Power of God, he at once becomes an agent, a mere cog or an insignificant instrument in the Divine set up. Then he is a Neh-karma and all his seeming acts are acts of the invisible Power, and he is only a sakshi or a witness thereof. This is figuratively called becoming a conscious coworker of the Divine Plan. Once this delusion of doership is dispelled, there remains nothing to bind the individual. Guru Nanak says:
I do not wish anything on my own.
A continued and sustained search by earnest and sincere seekers after God is bound to bear, sooner or later, the much coveted fruit. All that you might be doing is just a preparation of the ground; and when the inner yearning grows truly, you will not fail to find a real teacher - nay He will find you out. Just as clouds precede rain, so are good and pious deeds. But unless you do not become a seer of God, there is no salvation, because all actions on the sense-level serve to feed the ego. Good as well as bad actions bind the doer, the one with chains of gold and the other with those of steel:
So long as one feels that one is the doer,
An intellectual giant will give you a very learned talk and may even offer to link up heaven and earth, but all this by tall and loud harangues only. What does he know of God but as a figment of his own imagination and a spark of his heated brain? A Muslim divine says: "The seekers of God lose sight of God. They drown God in the ocean of their talk."
You may have heard of Sarbjeet, a learned Pandit in Kabir's times. He was called Sarbjeet because he had conquered all the learned people of his age in polemics. He was proficient in dialectics. His mother was a great devotee of Kabir and, consequently, was gifted with right understanding of the Holy Path. She wanted to bring her son to the right course. One day she told her son that he could not boast of being a Sarbjeet unless he vanquished Kabir in argument. It is said that in a fit of egotism he carried a cartload of his scriptures and went to Kabir for a discussion. Kabir greeted the young man and inquired of him the purpose of his visit. When he heard the story of the vainglorious braggart, Kabir, to satisfy Sarbjeet's vanity, told him that He could gladly accept defeat without entering into any discussion. The young man wanted affirmation in writing so as to show to his mother. Kabir asked him to write out whatever he liked and offered to sign on it. Sarbjeet hastily wrote a line affirming defeat and got it signed. Upon reaching home, his dismay knew no bounds when he placed before his mother the roll of honor wherein he had admitted his own failure at the hands of Kabir. He was greatly puzzled at his own folly and once again rushed back to Kabir. Kabir smiled naively at the man and asked him to be careful this time. Again, in his confusion he wrote as before, and upon returning home felt humiliated and lost. This gave a big blow to Sarbjeet's vanity, and he penitently went to Kabir to understand the mystery. Kabir took pity on the young man and explained to him Divine Truths in simple and easy terms. When an able surgeon undertakes a big operation, he does not allow the least infection to remain in the body. Kabir then said:
O Pandit! how can we two agree? What I say is from personal experience,
The scriptures provide us with essential knowledge and help us in understanding the subject but cannot deliver the goods. Even for right and correct interpretation of the scriptures, we have to come to an adept Who has Himself experienced the Divine Truths recorded in the books. All the seers tend to converge toward the center, whereas the intellectuals differ variously. Maulana Rumi frankly told the learned Kazis:
I know not what is rhyme and rhythm,
The words of the Master-saints come from the depth of Their being and spring spontaneously at the Lord's bidding and, as such, are artistically perfect. Kabir further explained: "I try to make you understand in simple and plain words, while you talk in riddles and are enmeshed in them. I tell you to rise into higher consciousness, while you prefer to remain in stark blindness."
So long as you do not see with your own inner eye -- the Single Eye -- of God, you must not go by mere hearsay. Do not take anybody on his face value. I am obliged to speak frankly, lest you be overtaken unawares. Do not mortgage your precious soul. The entire world is caught up in this delusion. Excuse me if I say, though I do so with much regret, that there is a lot of black-marketing in the domain of religion. Outwardly, in the mundane affairs of life, you may be duped to a certain extent and yet be able to get something in return for your hard earned money. But alas! in the realm of religious preaching, there is one hundred percent loss of your precious time, money, and energy when in your quest for God you offer your all to the so-called teachers out of loving devotion and in a spirit of dedication. Of what avail this will be when, in course of time, it transpires that they are as much a prey to sensual pleasures as are you. In such moments of dire distress, you involuntarily exclaim: "O, it is all Gurudom. God save us from Gurudom."
Satguru, be it undulated, is the chosen human-pole in and through which the Lord's divine grace works in the world for the spiritual welfare and guidance of the suffering humanity. He is the Word-made-flesh, a manifested God-in-man. The same Divine Principle is working in us as well; but without holy initiation from a perfect Master, this remains a sealed mystery. He is the moving God on earth, living amongst us, sharing in our joys and sorrows. He is out and out engaged in ameliorating our painful condition, and out of sheer compassion grants a conscious contact with the saving lifelines (the Holy Naam). If we scrupulously act up to His instructions, He will make us a Saint like Himself in due course. So we must realize the great value of spiritual riches that a Sant Satguru bestows on us. Finally, Kabir tells us:
Kabir saith, listen all ye to what I say and follow it,
We have, therefore, to search for a Sant Satguru wherever He may be and in whatever garb He may be if we are really in need of God for God's sake. He is a spring of the Water of Life, and we can have from Him the Elixir to our fill.