Chapter from “Forever with Master” vol. II (p. 135), section “Living and doing for Him” — by Dr. Harbhajan Singh
Living and Doing for Him
“By serving the true Master the Gurmukh will
know the Unexpressed.”
Become the one who serves Him in whom the
ever-existent and imperishable Lord is
manifested: the Master. Who can know Him?
Only a Gurmukh. And what is a Gurmukh?
He who is one with the Guru. (50)
— Kirpal Singh
Gurmukh is one who penetrates in himself (for
the light of God). This then is the Mission of the
Master – to demonstrate Truth in us and to make
us consciously aware of Truth. (51)
— Kirpal Singh
He who has more responsibilities is more afraid of the consequences. The Gurmukh would like to sacrifice his life to overcome the dire consequences in the Mission of his Master.
Mussan asked his father to cut off his head, lest the theft should be known to everyone. How a father could do that? But Mussan spoke in the name of his Master and his father had to chop off the head of the son. This he suggested to his father, fearing the dire consequences in the Mission of his Master.
Otherness is a sin. If you break in the houses of others, you are caught as a thief. A Gurmukh knows much more beyond that, so he hesitates to do the least. His existence in the world is like the smell in the flower. People affected with name and fame have no access to him. His existence in the body is due to his Master; he has no time to attend to his.
Since he is wide awake in the service to his Master, mishappenings, sorrows, and afflictions have no access in the Mission of his Master. A borrowed servant has no wish than to obey the wishes of His Master; his full attention becomes potent and energetic day by day. In his developing stage he had seen lots of hindrances of his thoughts and was duly helped by his Master. Now the Holy Feet of his Master are his mainstay.
He sings in sweet remembrance the sweet praises of his Master. By doing so he has washed all his demerits. His love and devotion have held him to reside under the gracious protection of his Master.
There are three types of persons:
(a) Those who imitate in doing. When they see others doing, they do as well. When others do not do, they also stop.
(b) There are others who think too much to do but do not put it into practice. Their development is retarded due to their own non-doing.
(c) There are others who determine to do and do up to the mark. Such persons become Conscious Co-workers of the Divine Plan.
The development of God’s Mission is entrusted to such persons by the Grace of God. They get many possibilities and help due to their steadfastness in their thoughts, deeds, and actions. They plunge into fire and play with fire while in fire.
Many things regarding the Gurmukh are written by many philosophers of the world, but these do not credit the Gurmukh; the secret of the Gurmukhta is hidden between his Master and the Gurmukh alone. The work done by the Gurmukh justifies his Master.
When the Gurmukh fulfills all conditions in the Mission of the Master, his Master blesses him with a special blessing: As the Gurmukh may think, the same may happen. The Gurmukh becomes a trust-worthy figure in the whole set-up of the Positive Power.
All matters concerning the spiritual aspect of life which are needed for implementation on the higher planes are done by the Gurmukh at the very right time, since such matters done today are not for today’s function, but carry the essence for the required purpose on the higher planes. Such acts of the Gurmukh overcome the untoward reactions in the Mission.
He does not give undue importance to propagandists as he himself is never interested to flourish the Mission of his Master through fake and void ways. He flourishes the God’s work by setting the holy examples of his Master and brings home the life-giving teaching to the aspirants and the deserved. He does not throw the pearls before the asses. The Gurmukh knows the price of the gem and is the really rich person in the world, and he who merely knows the momentary value of the gem is the lover of the world. The Gurmukh does the right thing at the right time and does not delay the order of his Master. When he sees the lethargy and slowdown and high up patches of clouds of dust arising out of the nefarious ways of so-called masters, he remains silent but fully active to bring in the real change in man.
The Gurmukh has seen his Master working by manifesting His attention in all directions. The wonderful play of his Master has helped the Gurmukh to work in the Mission with undivided attention. His Master still remains carefree while doing good to all, but the Gurmukh bears all the cares of his Master and keeps them in the sanctuary of his heart. His Master feels happy, since His Gurmukh has undertaken all the worries and cares of his Master and directly surrenders them to the Holy Feet of his Master.
If in case of a controversy due to misunderstanding in the Mission of the Master the Gurmukh answers, it is easy to understand. But if one does not believe the Gurmukh, and his Master answers from within, then one has to pay the high price for it.
The Gurmukh brings in noble ideas to be implemented in the Mission of his Master to give it a better shape. This he does to participate with the thoughts of his Master, which further helps him to gain the further discrimination. When the heart regains whatever was once lost by the heart, one follows the way to become Conscious Co-worker of the Divine Plan. By verifying the misunderstanding he transcends the misunderstandings. Like a man who appears in the court seeking all possibilities in his favour, so does the Gurmukh who surrenders to his Master and seeks all possibilities in favour of his Master. For him his Master’s work is his life, bearing a specific aim.
He does not make any bargain for selfish motive. His trials for benefits are for the Mission of his Master. People create fortune for themselves out of their fake hopes. But he does not take anything entrusted to him on his personal level. Whatever is connected with him, is for his Master. The would-be benefits are for the best interests of the Mission of his Master. He is not affected from the outer influence which is contrary to the teaching, although it may seem to be very
prestigious for him.
If the Gurmukh finds any fault in his doing or in the doings of others in the Mission, his heart begins to beat like a drum. He would rather accept all on his physical body, lest any untoward reaction would come in the Mission of his Master. There is no higher worship for him than the smooth running of the Mission of his Master.
Without discharging the duty, the duty itself comes to an end. Duty done not on the proper time loses its significance and charm in the life of the disciple. The duty given by the Master to the Conscious Coworker of the Divine Plan and done by him further gives birth to another one and finally multiplies into lots of duties.
A second time duty is not given by the Master Power. The duty one time given to the Gurmukh serves the whole cause of the Master here and hereafter.
The duty in the Mission of the Master is the new life blessed by the Master. This duty develops the man into perfection.
As it comes, so it goes. The Gurmukh does not keep anything with him, which his Master provides to him. Everything bears its significance and its purpose, so it is utilized in accordance with the wish of the Master. His Master provides the physical needs through His attention. Those who demand something definitely are not wise.
To love the Master is to live whole-heartedly in His Mission. He spends everything to bring charm and beauty in the Mission. He believes in voluntary offers through the devoted disciples and helps the aspirants to do and live for the Master. He shrinks in begging for the Mission from the so-called followers of the faith or from a non-receptive one, for then his Master has to grace the so-called donar. In some cases such a donar may misuse the Grace of his Master, and this is contrary to Gurmukhta (behaviour of a Gurmukh).
The Mission of the Master is like a ladder which has eight steps:
1. To live and do for Him; brings in
2. Devotion; this brings in
3. Receptivity; this brings in
4. Love; this brings in
5. Contentment; this brings in
6. True living; this brings in
7. Grace; this brings in
If something mishappens in the Mission, he presents himself as guilty before his Master, since he knows that it happened due to his carelessness. He takes himself as responsible for every such act. He credits the Master with good acts, but discredits himself if misdeeds are done by others.
When he fails to accomplish something relating to the Mission of his Master, he takes it as his own fault, though it may have been the fault of others; but he would like to do it on personal level and does not involve the prestige of his Master.
As the weak students become a hindrance for the brilliant students in the class, so it is for the Gurmukh regarding the development of the Mission. Those who do not understand won’t undertake, so those with background or those who yearn to develop are gifted with the heritage.
He has learnt from his Master how to work in the Mission. He does not go beyond the rules laid down by the Master. If Sita had not dared to cross the line, Lord Rama would not have faced so many problems. (In exile there was one border line around her, within which she was safe. Ravan [the demon king] came as a beggar and wanted her to cross the line to give him something. As she did it, she was captured.) The Gurmukh upholds the prestige of his Master with each breath and with each thought.
He does not leave the work of his Master in weal and woe. Because of the continuous relationship with his Master he is strengthened with unexhaustible energy from Him.
He does not compel any person in worldly compromise, bargain or transaction, since the compulsion would be done by his attention, and then his Master is bound with it. He gives his opinion, and he who follows this opinion is graced by his Master. He does everything in the interest of the Master and surrenders his doing unto his Master and is not affected by the ego. He keeps his Master happy, hale and healthy, by doing everything in a good way and the best possible way. His Mission is light and life for him, and he lives with each breath in his Master. Through constant thought and radiation of his Master he remains embedded in his Master. The Holy Feet of his Master are the true abode of dwelling and rest.
(50) Morning Talks, p. 184
(51) Right understanding exalted, SSE 6/72