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Chapter from “Forever with Master” vol. II (p. 40), section “Leading a life of perfection” — by Dr. Harbhajan Singh
All the differences can be solved with right
understanding. Darkness cannot be removed by
fighting but by just having a ray of light of right
understanding. We should sit together in the
company of the spiritual people, those who have
experience with their Self and the Overself, and
have heart to heart talk with them. We then will
come nearer Truth. This we can do only on the
level of man or on the level of soul. If we will
have experience of Truth, we will understand that
we are all children of the same Light. We are
brothers and sisters in God and children of the
same Father. (11)
— Kirpal Singh
It is said that the paras-stone (philosophers’ stone) converts eight metals into gold. Has one ever seen it? In the three worlds (physical, astral and causal planes) discrimination is the paras-stone which turns the eight elements (classical five elements: ether, fire, air, water, earth; plus mind, intellect and ego) into the gold (right understanding). Beyond the three worlds the eight elements finish and discrimination ends. More powerful than the paras is the power of the Master. He alone can shape the disciple into His own image.
If the man understands, what he had done and what he wanted to do further, all his heavy odds of life are solved. If he understands, how he behaves and how he must behave, how he got the habits and how to get rid of them now, he can overcome the heavy odds of his life. The Gurmukh goes through all these stages but with discrimination.
The mean and vain attitude of the worldly people do not help them to live within themselves, and this is the greatest separation. He who does not discriminate the dark and the light cannot see the sun of life. How will a Gurmukh help them in other way than to pray before his Master.
Deliberating over the right understanding blessed by his Master, the Gurmukh remains close to his Master. A competent Master is the only manifestation of God, and the Gurmukh being the manifestation of the Master overcomes the self-conceit and enters into the meritorious deeds of his Master.
He does not make an outward show nor misuses the virtues with which the Master blessed him. He takes those virtues for the benefits of others and never uses those virtues for his own use, because of the right use the virtues are multiplied and help further to bring a flood of right understanding in the world.
Devoid of misunderstanding and blessed with right understanding all the outer and inner senses of the Gurmukh are under his control. He makes no mockery of those who do not understand him, but feels sad and unhappy, when good persons start misusing their senses and forget to believe in the right way of life. He has conquered his wishes and heart, and resides in the body as its sole owner. Once he has surrendered all his wishes to his Master, he finds no reason to get them back for any comfortable view throughout his life.
He does not force his opinion upon others, but brings them close to the right opinion by winning their heart with all love. By doing selfless service through the right understanding blessed by his Master, he sets an example of a common opinion.
(11) Right understanding, SSE 12/68