Obeying His commandments

Chapter from “Forever with Master” vol. II (p. 141), section “Living and doing for Him” — by Dr. Harbhajan Singh

If you live by His words, what is left between you
and the Master? The servant becomes the
Master. Sevar becomes Swami. Gurmukh
becomes a Guru. What is there? We don’t keep
the commandments. “If you love me, keep my
commandments.” (52)
— Kirpal Singh

Like an animal in the possession of his master has no option, so is the condition of the Gurmukh with his Master. Whether in the physical presence of the Master or in the absence of Him, his devotion is full of fear and respect for his Master. He feels His presence all the times. Devotion and responsibility have given his life a mirrorlike appearance, and on him, who sees with attention, the life of the Gurmukh reflects.

The Gurmukh remembers the creative day of God, and he takes the separation from that moment. Each moment of his life surpasses all barriers of comforts and discomforts, and he finds his link with the One who sent him here, and now He is the One on whom the Gurmukh is fully dependent. His eyes do not believe and do not have interest in anyone than the One. He views the abode of Oneness in him.

Without sacrifice you cannot have anything in hand. The life of the Gurmukh is a living example of various lifelong sacrifices unto his Master. The sacrifice of his thoughts holds the most top place of his life. Through learning and yearning he got some virtues from his Master. Those virtues affect others through his physical existence.

His Master has destroyed the sense of acting and posing. What is left in the Gurmukh is the sense of faithfulness unto his Master and the sense of piousness. He never creates any wish to see or experience anything with his astral and causal vision. He feels no bounds, whenever he experiences the joy with his Master within or outside. His faith, love and devotion and receptivity has made him a slave of his Master, which does not allow him to move away from the holy sight of his Master. His breathless obedience towards his Master serves the very secret and holy cause of the Master.

There is nothing hidden or apparent, as both make distinction. Whatever happens affects the Gurmukh at once and is transmitted to his Master at once. The Gurmukh desires and prays to his Master that whatever is needed by others may be given directly to them. The Gurmukh may or may not know, since his condition is that of a borrowed servant unto his Master.

He is tempered with forbearance and never turns violent; in spite of heavy odds during his lifetime he remains receptive for the cause of his Master. In the playfield of action and reaction he ever defends the cause of the Master loveably and respectfully and obediently.

In his physical body he is the borrowed servant of his Master. His status does not change after leaving his physical body. He remains with his Master and will remain with his Master forever in the same service unto his Master. The love of his Master is a free will which binds him like a silkworm in the cocoon, and he serves the Mission of the Master by sacrificing all his wishes. The sincerity and obedience unto his Master surprises the supernatural powers. The various possibilities with which he is blessed by his Master appear through the Conscious Co-worker of the Divine Plan.

He respects all equally, high or low, beggar or rich, since he would never lose the essence of love with which he is blessed by his Master. Ibrahim Adham, the devoted disciple of Kabir, brought a slave and asked the slave what he would like to eat, and where he would like to sleep, and what sort of clothes he would like to wear. He did it from the core of his heart without thinking of his high position. The slave answered that it was up to him, what he would give him to eat or where he wanted him to sleep or which clothes he wanted him to wear. This was striking the heart of Ibrahim Adham, as he saw that he himself had not yet become such a slave of his Master. So a great change came in his life.

Being a borrowed servant of God, he never believes in non-doing or shows his inability to work. His sweet and everlasting thoughts to remain under the direct commandment of his Master please his Master, and He blesses him with the ever increasing radiation of His compassion. The Gurmukh is a holy ghost, a holy messenger standing near the threshold of his Master, waiting for His fresh orders.

The Gurmukh sees his responsibility and duty through the transparent mirror fitted by his Master and works accordingly. He has to keep the mirror clear and neat so as to work without break.

Whose mirror is broken into hundred pieces sees his work split into hundreds of forms. The Gurmukh sees his work in one form and does it in one way and one opinion.

The inner life of the Gurmukh is divided into many phases. Being cared for and blessed by his Master, he performs all the jobs entrusted to him in the physical, astral and causal plane. In the physical plane he discriminates between the merits and demerits. In the astral plane he grinds the demerits into merits, in the causal plane he grinds the merits for the Grace of his Master and surrenders them unto the Holy Feet of his Master. He generates the regular supply of humanity to the deserved and receptive.

He does His work in His sweet remembrance, and while doing he surrenders the work done unto His Master’s wish and Grace. He would never like to take the fruit of anything he did; during his whole life, the fruit of his doing goes directly to his Master.

So far one wanders aimlessly in the world, one does no further good deed. Such people sometimes commit evil deeds and lose their aim in life. A Gurmukh does not while away his time. If for certain reason he has to stay for something else than the work of his Master, he repents over and overcomes such reasons in his further life. Knowing only the work of his Master, wastage of time or idle talk are a sin for him.

There are certain deeds in the entire creation which a Conscious Co-worker of the Divine Plan must do for his Master. When he overcomes and finishes, his work with his Master multiplies, and he cannot live separately.

The Gurmukh wants to accomplish much more than he is expected to do. When he finds no work, he transcends by the Grace of his Master and does his astral work blessed by his Master. In reality the purpose of the Gurmukh is to transcend and to cut the roots of reactions, which bind the man into transmigration. He is never more than a duty-bound labourer of his Master’s order.

To think of possibilities and impossibilities is not the work of the Gurmukh. He starts doing and does not leave any work unfinished. For him the commandments of his Master do not touch his intellect, rather those settle in his heart. If the Gurmukh took it on intellect level, he would be surprised, as how such a work could be accomplished by him.

As the job, so is the like and dislike, and so are the people of various tastes. The work of the Gurmukh is the wish of his Master and does not change. The tastes of like and dislike are momentary, and the Gurmukh is above those tastes.

The physical life of the Gurmukh is very active. Mostly he does not get sick. Sometimes out of devotion unto his Master he is affected out of sympathies done to others. He is affected badly when he sees his Master working on the higher planes, fighting against the negative power due to the reaction of what the human beings have done against humanity. What is against humanity, is against the Master, and His Gurmukh ever remains busy in doing good to the humanity. Something against the humanity means something against the Positive Power.

The Master radiates His loveable feelings for humanity through His Gurmukh. The effect of that love multiplies and transmits into many, many hearts through the Gurmukh. The Gurmukh’s work is like a transformer. Even a little attention of his Master is used in the maximum possible way by the Gurmukh.

The eternal bliss of his Master enshrines the great wish of the Gurmukh and enriches his heart with everlasting happiness. He becomes a personality of all noble pursuits of life. The one who works constantly with the Gurmukh gets all gifts of his life. Both understand each other and their Master, their work and their responsibilities. There ever exist noble souls of such high criteria, but without a Gurmukh their services are difficult to utilize. This is the Gurmukh who brings lots of people unto the fold of his Master.

The Gurmukh moves in the world and does His work by remembering his Master with each breath and strengthens his positive way of life by sipping the Water of Life blessed by his Master through each of his doings. The life of the son dwells in the life of the Father. Thus the belief of the son is sanctified, and the belief of the Master dwells in the heart of the son, replacing the reasoning.

In selfless service the Gurmukh does not compel anyone to do this way or that way. When others work, he is engaged in Simran. Only with his attention he helps others to finish the work as desired by his Master, otherwise the work done on the level of mind and wish does not credit the Master, and the man who does it is like the glass above the pitcher.

He does not accept the life without His work (His life is His work). For him only the higher consciousness can affect his consciousness. Once he has determined and accepted, he thereafter does not like to come off his decision. For him there is truthful living and life in full in His work. He found the easy access to the love, contentment, and devotion unto his Master. By living and doing unto Him, he learnt that whatever is the easiest and the simplest makes him more receptive and devotional. He prefers only this way of life as it is very practical and potent in itself. Lots of Holy Scriptures speak of it also, but by living and doing it adds beauty and charm to those Holy Scriptures. Without doing in Him one suffers from duality.

Whenever the Gurmukh takes up a new assignment from his Master, he examines its ins and outs thoroughly and does not get emotional, otherwise he has to experience the consequences arising out of it
in the worldly way.

Whenever a decision is confirmed by the Master and is for further implementation, the Gurmukh sticks to the decision, though he may have to take upon his own shoulders the problems affecting him while implementing it.

He who follows His commandments is the blessed one, and only he who serves is further blessed with His Grace. Without obeying the commandments the Grace is not possible. The Grace earned by doing His work is the highest of all and works wonderfully, when it is delivered upon the soul to lead to the eternal journey. It is the real heritage which the Conscious Co-worker of the Divine Plan multiplied while spending.

His brain is fully occupied with various duties and responsibilities, and he has no time to follow another way than the way blessed by the Master.

He follows the commandments of his Master all the times. His commandment is light and life to him. Throughout his life he teaches others the very art of life, and with light he helps others to overcome the riddle of life.

He never forgets the very exact word of his Master. He keeps His word on the top of the reservoir of his thoughtless thoughts.

His heart is devoid of otherness, there is no place of duality in him. He never keeps the ill feelings and unsolved problems and temptations of others in his heart. He keeps himself clear and clean and free for the commandments of his Master.

What is in the heart of his Master, the same is written in the unending pages of life of the Gurmukh. He sometimes closes his eyes and reads the commandments of his Master and compares the genuineness of his doing with the original. His joy knows no bounds when he experiences the exactness of his doings. He thanks the Master and credits Him by closing the chapter and forgets for ever. He would never think that he did such works without the Grace of his Master.

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(52) Gurmukh and manmukh, SSE 11/68

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