Satsang given by Maharaji Sunday March 5th, 1978. London England.
Published in Divine Times ~ March 1978 Volume 7, Number
The rest of this series will appear here as soon as
Click on the thumbnails for the original scans or
scroll down for the transcribed text..
THE TRUE MIRROR
Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang in London, England on Sunday,
March 5, 1978
Dear premies, its really beautiful to just feel so much Grace and so
much Love. When you feel something, you don't want explanations. When you
feel something, you don't want to know anything else except to feel what
that beauty really is, to feel what that perfection really is, and never
in our hearts to lose track of that feeling, of that Love, of that
I was just sitting right down there. There's a little place to sit
down. And I was listening to all the satsang. And you feel; you don't see.
You don't have to see. And you don't have to look at things. And there
need be no bright lights. And there need not be barriers or no barriers,
or whatever. Just a very strong feeling, an incredible feeling. And that
feeling comes when we really understand our Guru Maharaj Ji. That feeling
really comes when we see our Guru Maharaj Ji. That feeling really comes
when we obey our Guru Maharaj Ji.
Before I received Knowledge, there was of course a lot of love and a
lot of respect for Shri Maharaj Ji. And it was really incredible, it was
really something. It was different than my classmates had. And in the
communication that was there, it was beautiful. But not until I received
Knowledge, not until he imparted me Knowledge - not until I had been
through the thing of "What is this world all about? Is there more? Is
there more? Is there something more in this world? - not as though I had
gone through everything than maybe you have gone through, or maybe even a
fraction of what you have gone through - What was there to go through? It
was very simple.
I was just a little boy, and I went to school every day and came back
home to play. But that was it. And even within that, I realized there was
unmeaning -just meaningless things happening in people's life, in my life:
45 minutes of different periods of different things; geography, or
arithmetic, grammar. Everyday you had a chart and you had to make sure you
brought the right book and so on and so forth. And it was like this
senseless globe. It was a globe that was so confusing. And then when Guru
Maharaj Ji revealed us the Knowledge, when Guru Maharaj J revealed me the
Knowledge, it became different. It became so different, so beautiful, so
incredible, because now ...
It was like being in an abandoned boat, in a little life raft. And
okay, if you know about the new, modern life rafts, they even have a
canopy, and the canopy is made so that in case it rains, it catches water.
It has food. And it has an S.O.S sender. And it has all these different
modern conveniences. But after a while, life becomes like this life raft
that once was great, that once was incredible. Now that same canopy that
was supposed to catch the rain water has a hole in it, the S.O.S. signal:
Nobody is receiving it: the battery has run down on it. The flashlight -
everything that's in that, is losing its aim, it's losing its purpose,
it's losing its goal. Blindly, as we hope and expect and dream and imagine
to go on everyday, we meaninglessly leave the greatest meaning behind of
just being able to realize how beautiful Guru Maharaj Ji is, how beautiful
this Knowledge really is, how beautiful it is to be there. It's an
incredible feeling, just to know.
And I know that people have so much logic. And people abide by logic,
their meaning, their little rooms, their little capsules that they live
in. Things must to be a certain way. We all live like that. It's not just
one individual. And yet, in living that life of our capsule, we leave
something behind. We lose the reality of Why are we here? Why aren't we
with Guru Maharaj Ji? Why aren't we with Knowledge? Why, for even one
second, can't we obey Guru Maharaj Ji? Why is that mind there? Why is such
an illusion existing that the canopy that it is getting bigger every day,
that the canopy is starting to accumulate - or make - fresh water, that
the battery for the S.O.S. sender is getting charged automatically? The
imagination, the mind, is taking over; and in reality forgetting the
reality that even the air is starting to leak out of that life
And to look, and to see this ship coming at you, piercing through the
fog, honking its horn. And seemingly it's the most beautiful ship coming
through. And all of a sudden it stops and drops these lines. And you're
just lost in your illusion, lost in your dream, in your ignorance. "Let
go!" You say, "Thanks, but no thanks." And the captain says, "But what are
you doing" And you just go "No. It's okay. Its okay. It's okay."
That's how it is sometimes, premies. Here we are. And Guru Maharaj Ji,
by his infinite Grace and infinite Mercy, really - there's a saying in
Hindi that in the middle of this whole world, the whole universe, all
these big pieces of metal, red-hot, are falling. And if it wouldn't have
been for that Master in this world, this whole world would just burn up.
And it's really incredible, because it's not in the sense of "Hindi"
that we would all understand, or even I understood. But it was like trying
to imagine that. Trying to imagine little hail, pieces about as big as
hail dropping from the sky, red-hot, over the whole world over the whole
earth at the same time. And the earth just getting burnt to ashes. But
that's what's happening.
Our little holes, our little capsules: We've got to leave them behind.
We've got to say, we've get to convince, got to see, open our eyes!
Look around. Feel. And know that the raft is no good anymore. The things
that we have held onto for such a long time are giving up. And there is
only one thing that ever was there, that ever will be there, and that was
supposed to he there for us to grab onto. And that's the Love, the Grace,
the Knowledge. Guru Maharaj Ji. And that's what we have to do. That's the
effort that we have to make.
Because look at where the mind puts us every day. Where does it take
us? Can you for one moment in your imagination re-create a day?
I'll take an example. You get up. Let's say you are a premie and let's
also portray an image of a person who's partially practicing. Okay! So he
gets up, he sits down in the mode of meditation - and I mean the mode
of meditation, the physical posture. And then after a 1itt1e while be has
trouble. He can't really meditate, so he just rolls over and takes a
little nap. And then be gets up, goes out, gets his paper, gets the scene
together, sees a picture of Guru Maharaj Ji, goes like this (bows). And
then, that's it. He just splits. Split, into this world. Just splits into
You know, I'm positive as a matter of fact I'm 100 percent positive
there are people in the audience, there are people in this hall saying,
"What unreality? What is unreality? Everything's real, isn't it? Anything
I can touch, see, perceive. It has to be real.
No! You see the problem is that the glasses that you're looking through
are red. And everything that you see is red. That doesn't mean that
everything is red, just because you see it red.
What I'm trying to say is that you take for granted your perception of
this life as real. And that is why you say, "This microphone is real
because I can touch it, this chair is for real. I can touch it." My
question goes beyond all that reasoning. My question goes, "Am I,
the one who's touching this chair, real or not?" Are you, the person, the
hand, the body that touches, that goes out, that picks up the newspaper,
that thinks, that imagines, looks out, and calls, and makes codes fort
reality, and announces things to be real - are you real? Have you
actually understood the real purpose? Have you understood reality? Do you
even know if you are artificial or you are real?
What I am talking about is that you are a glass that does not have a
base. And therefore, keep filling it with water, and seemingly endless,
endless, endless gallons go into you and you never fill up. That's what
I'm trying to say. What I am trying to say is that it you cannot have the
real thing, the real experience of satsang, and meditation if you cannot
base that understanding of Guru Maharaj Ji - then you are like that glass
that doesn't have a bottom. And therefore, your reasoning is baseless.
And that's what we pursue every day, in this whole world that's what we
like to pursue, that's our pleasure to pursue.
Okay, maybe I'm being a little too strong about this. But the thing is,
this is not my first satsang. I started giving satsang a long, long, long
time ago. As a matter of fact, you could say if you wanted to that I used
to give satsang even before I had Knowledge. (So-called. It would appear
to be satsang.) It just strikes me again and again, that since then I have
been telling the people of this world the same exact thing: Realize that
Knowledge, Realize who you are. Realize that Reality. Forget the illusion.
Forget it. There is nothing to it. There really isn't.
And they don't. It hasn't happened yet. And that's why, sometimes, it
seems quite natural to tend to get a little strong about it.
To just tell people, "Listen, don't he like that donkey" And I'll give
you that example. There were two donkeys. And one was carrying salt, and
one was carrying cotton. And obviously, the one who was carrying salt
didn't have seemingly that big of a load on his back. It just had two very
little bags of salt. And the one who was carrying the cotton had a huge
load, seemingly. Because it was very light, the guy made it a big load,
with a lot of cotton. And they both came to a stream. And they were both
getting really tired.
And the "cotton" donkey says to the donkey who's carrying the salt,
"Man, this guy is really mean to me, because, look, he has given you - and
I envy you because you are not carrying as big of a load as I am!"
The donkey said, "No, that's not true, you know. Your load looks big,
but actually I'm carrying a lot more load."
And he said, "No, I don't believe you. I envy you. I'm jealous of you."
They were tired, the donkey who was carrying the salt was little smart ...
(that doesn't rhyme together). He sat down in the water, in the stream,
and just the flow of the water dissolved the salt, and his load became
light. And all of a sudden, the donkey got up, and he was really happy
because the weight was gone off his back.
So this other donkey said. "Wow Look at that! That's great! All I have
to do is just sit down in the water, and my weight will get less and then
I can go." And so the donkey did sit down in the water. And slowly the
cotton stared getting wet and heavier unti1 the donkey couldn't even get
up and drowned in the river.
So now, premies, here is an example. And it's not that funny. But it's
a true example. That's what we do in our river. We see some odd happiness
- happiness maybe that's not even real. And we pursue it. We start
pursuing it. We start getting into it more and more and more.
And then we say, "Well, if I do the same thing, my weight will
decrease. My weight will get less, and then I don't have to carry so much
in my life." And so we sink in the river of maya more and more and more
and more. (Incidentally, if you don't know the meaning of maya,
it's illusion. It's whatever is out there.) And sink into it more and more
and more and more, till we can't even get out, till we can't even get up,
until we completely drown.
To me, that's the way a lot of people are. I mean, really, for one
moment just look at it. What is the purpose of your life? Why is there a
It always gets me real concerned when all these people come out with
all these crazy explanations, generation of cells and degeneration of
cells, and test tube babies, and all these different trips - you know,
making people so that they could use them as robots. Or something like
watching Star Trek where these people are travelling in time people
are travelling in space, these people are coming with all these theories,
of how this odd-looking monkey was your ancestor, and trying to prove it,
trying to take the bones and saying, "Yeah, see how this is more similar
to your hone structure. This is more similar to your bone structure, till
now you here." And, like Marolyn was saying, why has there been a
refinement? Why have we come to this point? That's a good question.
And of all the questions that we ask ourselves or ask other people.
There's a good question that we have to ask ourselves: Why are we here,
after all? Why are we here? What is the purpose to be here in this world?
Is it to get stuck in the traffic jams every day? I mean so many things
happen out there. Is that it that we so blatantly and dedicatedly pursue,
as though that were it, as though that was the goal of this life. You
start looking at it and you see, it feels like a sponge, like a great big
I saw this little disc, this little gadget like a holograph. It's about
this big, and it has a concave mirror. And you put something in the center
of it, and because of the reflection from all the sides, it creates an
image on top of what's in the enter of it. And you reach over to grab it,
and it's not there. And you keep looking at it.
Or it' s like sometimes at night time when you're going up some stairs
and you think there is a stair there and you step. You feel the whole
adrenaline shooting right up you, as if you fell or something. The whole
thing just feels like such an illusion. And it is!
And you can't really get rid of that illusion. And yet, here you. There
is this machine; here you are. And here is this big machine: illusion, a
mirage. And here is the reality. And reality is real; it has no shape, has
no weight, has no mass. And therefore, it need not exist in any shape.
Because it' s real. Reality doesn't have to prove itself. It doesn't have
to do anything! It's there. It's perfect. It's infinite.
But it's there. And we are in the middle. And here is the mirage here
is the illusion. And somehow, in this mirage, in this illusion, we have to
go under this illusion, then through the middle of this illusion. Go back
where we supposed to be, and then right into reality. It's sort of like
making an infinite sign.
To be able to be in this world because we are born ... it really was an
incredible example. Because when a baby is born, that baby is so pure! I
mean. it's not like a baby is born and there's a guy standing at your door
with a summons saying, you know, "You should appear in court on
So now, if you were to now take your calculations and calculate: There
is this baby, and that's the way we all were. Okay, So maybe now we might
be six feet tall, and look at things from a little different perspective.
But remember, once we were all babies. Yes, those things that have to wear
diapers! And here we are. And between that baby that has just been born,
to what this world is, is an incredible, incredible thing.
It should not be too hard to calculate who put that link there. Because
it's completely obvious to me that it's us who put this complete
craziness, this complete worldliness, this complete attachment, there. And
then, there's a very good principle: Two things cannot be at the same
place at the same time.
So either we can be full of that Love, of that devotion, and really
experience the reality because the only way you can experience the reality
is to become real yourself! As I said, reality has no shape. It need not
have any shape. Because it does not have "generation." It does not
generate and it does not degenerate. Because it's real. And therefore, to
be able to be, to be able to perceive it, to he able to he one with it, is
the only way to become real. And I mean it's such an incredible thing to
look at it from that perspective.
Because, wow! Everybody has concepts. If there's 8500 people in this
hall, there's 8500 concepts. And it's 100 percent that two concepts don't
meet. Maybe they might be resolved, or seemingly look like they are the
same things, but they are going to come from different sources. Became we
are all different. And yet, are we supposed to be all different? I don't
know how many billions of people are on this earth, but are we all
supposed to be different?
And yet, what makes us different? It's really something, because you
look at it. And every country's fighting a nationalistic war. There is
this whole scene going on everywhere. I know that when Westerners come to
India, they are made fun of - very much so. And when the Indians come to
West, they are made fun of. When white people come into Africa, they are
made fun of. When Africans go to America, they are made fun of. There is a
whole nationalistic war going on everywhere. Somebody might be smart
enough to come out with an answer saying, "Oh yeah, because you see, God
has put us into different continents, and God has given us
different complexion, and has given us different features and so on
and so forth", okay?
What about the Canadians? They're having a big one this time! The
French Canadians want to have nothing to do with the other Canadians. And
I'm not saying that this should be the justification of Mr. Trudeau to
say, "Listen, stop the war, because you're all Canadians." No. But it's
like that's not one problem of Canada. Believe me you, it isn't. That's
the way it is everywhere: so much separation, and separation and
separation and separation and separation and separation and separation.
And do you know what that indicates? Isolation. You want to isolate
something your life. And you peel away, peel away, peel away at the wrong
things! You want to get to the source. You want to dig and dig and dig and
dig till you hit the heart of the gold mine. But