Since this creation began, many saints & mystics have descended on this earth to spread the teachings of the highest order. Many times we’ve seen them & heard their sermons, never realizing their true potential. Who are these men & women of supreme power & glory beyond reasoning? Who are these saints? who, for our sake gave their lives in pursuit of truth & when they find it, out of their grace & mercy they show us the path towards divinity. History has shown us that we’ve treated them with an ungracious attitude & many saints gave their lives for the benefit of mankind. Yet these amazing entities keep coming back, with the same transcendental message of the Lord, “Come home oh soul, return to your rightful place”.
It’s really difficult to describe who these mystics are. Yes they inhabit the same body of flesh & blood that we carry, yes they eat, sleep & talk just like us, never revealing their true identity, still there is something mysterious about them & only the ones with a pure heart can truly become worthy of knowing about their essence. They are without a doubt the WORD made FLESH. They are one with shabd & they return back to it after their sojourn on earth is over. Their message is one of peace & love for all mankind. They do not come here to divide us amongst the many religions we’ve formed, but to show us the universal principle which is the core of every religion.
The more you go deeper into the mystic philosophy of saints the more you are bewildered with the depths of knowledge & the wonders beyond measure. They are unique among souls. They talk about a world which is greater & far more beautiful than the one we know of. Their words are full of mysteries & marvels yet they speak of a reality which is beyond mind & maya. The call of the great masters is always the same, be in touch with sound of sounds, the light of lights, the essence of all & return back from where you came. They do not judge us on our shortcomings but deliver us from evil out of their mercy for the ones trapped in the world of illusion. With love they teach us & show us the path, even if we treat them with hate & anger simply because we cannot understand, about the truth they speak of.
Still the light of hope always burns & the sons of God keep coming down to our level & take with them, those who believe their words. Let us see who these amazing mystics are & let us learn from them the truth about our origins. With their grace let us return to our source, return to innocence.
Guru Nanak Dev ji
One of the most amazing masters of the past, the one who changed the minds of men, the one who challenged everything that was wrong with this world, the one who was the light of God, the supreme personality of Godhead & my most revered Saint is Guru Nanak Dev ji. Guru Nanak Dev ji was born in 1469 at Rai Bhoeki Talwandi now known as Nankana Sahib situated in Punjab province of West Pakistan. This place is about 55 miles north‐west of Lahore. His father, Mehta Kalu was a Patwari‐ an accountant of land revenue in the government. Guru Nanak Dev ji’s mother was Mata Tripta and he had one elder sister, Bibi Nanki. From the very childhood, Bibi Nanki saw in him the Light of God but she did not reveal this secret to anyone. She is known as the first disciple of Guru Nanak.
He was attributed with many miracles & the fact that his material body disappered when he left this physical plane is not what interests me, as much as the fact that he spoke about the divine music of God, the one power which every saint sings about & the message of etermal abode they bring to us. Now let us see what this great saint had to teach the suffering humaity.
Ik▫oaŉkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa▫o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaŉ gur parsāḏ.
Ād sach jugāḏ sacẖ.
Hai bhī sacẖ Nānak hosī bẖī sacẖ.
Socẖai socẖ na hova▫ī je socẖī lakẖ vār.
Cẖupai cẖup na hova▫ī je lā▫e rahā liv ṯār.
Bẖukẖi▫ā bẖukẖ na uṯrī je bannā purī▫ā bẖār.
Sahas si▫āṇpā lakẖ hohi ṯa ik na cẖalai nāl.
Kiv sacẖi▫ārā ho▫ī▫ai kiv kūrhai ṯutai pāl.
Hukam rajā▫ī cẖalṇā Nānak likẖi▫ā nāl.
One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self‐Existent. By Guru's Grace
Chant And Meditate:
True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True.
By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times.
By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained, even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within.
The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods.
Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end.
So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?
O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will.
Guru Nanak has talked about this creative power or shabd or naam in many of his vanis & how this creative power which was in the beginning & will be in the future, has brought into manifestation everything in this universe & beyond. Where & how does one find this treasure of naam? Let us see what Guru Sahib has to say about this.
Jin ka▫o saṯgur thāpi▫ā ṯin met na sakai ko▫e. No one can overthrow those who have been established by the True Guru.
Onā anḏar nām niḏẖān hai nāmo pargat ho▫e. The Treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is within them, and through the Naam, they are radiant and famous.
Nā▫o pūjī▫ai nā▫o mannī▫ai akẖand saḏā sacẖ so▫e. They worship the Naam, and they believe in the Naam. The True One is forever Intact and Unbroken.
Here he talks about the Master (Guru) through whom he received this treasure & a student must realize that at that time when Guru Nanak Dev ji uttered these amazing banis there was no compilation of Granth Sahib so its but obvious he talks about a living master through whom he received these treasures. Yet people do not understand the simple truth & waste their lives without coming to a true master of the path & receive this gift. Lets see what else Guru Nanak Dev ji says:‐
Bin pa▫oṛī gaṛ ki▫o cẖaṛa▫o gur har ḏẖi▫ān nihāl. How can I climb up to the Fortress without a ladder? By meditating on the Lord, through the Guru, I am blessed and exalted.
Gur pa▫oṛī beṛī gurū gur ṯulhā har nā▫o. The Guru is the Ladder, the Guru is the Boat, and the Guru is the Raft to take me to the Lord's Name.
Gur sar sāgar bohitho gur ṯirath ḏarī▫ā▫o. The Guru is the Boat to carry me across the world‐ocean; the Guru is the Sacred Shrine of Pilgrimage, the Guru is the Holy River.
Now let us see what Guru Sahib tells us about meditating on this creative power, this unstruck melody within.
Anhaṯā sabaḏ vājanṯ bẖerī. The Unstruck Sound‐current of the Shabad is the vibration of the temple drums.
Ėk sabaḏ bīcẖārī▫ai jā ṯū ṯā ki▫ā hor. I dwell upon the One Word of the Shabad. You are mine‐what else do I need?
Pir rīsālū ṯā milai jā gur kā sabaḏ suṇī. We meet with our Beloved, the Source of Joy, when we listen to the Word of the Guru's Shabad.
Bẖai bin nirbẖa▫o ki▫o thī▫ai gurmukẖ sabaḏ samā▫e. Without the Fear of God, how can anyone become fearless? Become Gurmukh, and immerse yourself in the Shabad.
Ėko sabaḏ vīcẖārī▫ai avar ṯi▫āgai ās. Contemplate the One Word of the Shabad, and abandon other hopes.
Bin sabḏai sukẖ nā thī▫ai pir bin ḏūkẖ na jā▫e. Without the Word of the Shabad, peace does not come. Without her Husband Lord, her suffering does not end.
Jab lag sabaḏ na bẖeḏī▫ai ki▫o sohai gurḏu▫ār. Until she has been pierced through with the Shabad, how can she look beautiful at Guru's Gate?
Bin sabḏai bẖarmā▫ī▫ai ḏubiḏẖā dobe pūr. Without the Word of the Shabad, people wander lost in reincarnation. Through the love of duality, multitudes have been drowned.
Man re sabaḏ ṯarahu cẖiṯ lā▫e. O mind, swim across, by focusing your consciousness on the Shabad.
Nirmal mailā nā thī▫ai sabaḏ raṯe paṯ ho▫e. The Immaculate Lord does not become polluted. Attuned to the Shabad, honor is obtained.
So clearly the great master Guru Nanak Dev ji has given us the true way to reach our divine abode. Find the master oh soul & receive the gift of naam from the Master. Connect your consciousness to the shabd within & behold the wonders of the universe.
The Science of Truth disappears in the Sufi's knowledge. When will mankind understand this?
What can I do, Submitters to God? I do not know myself.
I am neither Christian nor Jew, neither Zoroastrian nor Muslim,
I am not from east or west, not from land or sea,
not from the shafts of nature nor from the spheres of the firmament,
not of the earth, not of water, not of air, not of fire.
I am not from the highest heaven, not from this world,
not from existence, not from being.
I am not from India, not from China, not from Bulgar, not from Saqsin,
not from the realm of the two Iraqs, not from the land of Khurasan
I am not from the world, not from beyond,
not from heaven and not from hell.
I am not from Adam, not from Eve, not from paradise and not from Ridwan.
My place is placeless, my trace is traceless,
no body, no soul, I am from the soul of souls.
I have chased out duality, lived the two worlds as one.
One I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call.
He is the first, he is the last, he is the outer, he is the inner.
Beyond "He" and "He is" I know no other.
I am drunk from the cup of love, the two worlds have escaped me.
I have no concern but carouse and rapture.
If one day in my life I spend a moment without you
from that hour and that time I would repent my life.
If one day I am given a moment in solitude with you
I will trample the two worlds underfoot and dance forever.
O Sun of Tabriz (Shams Tabrizi), I am so tipsy here in this world,
I have no tale to tell but tipsiness and rapture.
Mawlānā Jalāl ad‐Dīn Muḥammad Balkhi also known as Jalāl ad‐Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī , but known to the English‐speaking world simply as Rumi, was a thirteenth century(30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273) mystic.Born in Balakh,the present day Afghanistan, he settled in Konya ,present Turkey.He was one of the most towering Mystics of the East ,who preached the path of love.The concept of twahid,the union of the soul (that is suffering the pangs of separation) with the primal root the God. He is a prolific writer, he has written about 25000 verses in Mathnavi and 3000 in Divan‐e‐Shams,and 71 discourses..The Mathnavi weaves fables, scenes from everyday life, Qur’anic revelations and exegesis, and metaphysics into a vast and intricate tapestry. Rumi is considered an example of Insan‐e Kamil — Perfect Man, the perfected or completed human being. In the East, it is said of him that he was "not a prophet — but surely, he has brought a scripture".
The quest is blessed your seeking destroys the obstacles on the way of god.Your seeking is the key to what u seek. This quest is your army and the victory of your banners .Rumi Mathnavi Bk III 1442 ‐43.
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God. For Rumi, music helped devotees to focus their whole being on the divine, and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected. It was from these ideas that the practice of "whirling" dervishes developed into a ritual form. Rumi encouraged samā, listening to music and turning or doing the sacred dance. In the Mevlevi tradition, samā represents a mystical journey of spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Perfect One. In this journey, the seeker symbolically turns towards the truth, grows through love, abandons the ego, finds the truth, and arrives at the Perfect. The seeker then returns from this spiritual journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without discrimination with regard to beliefs, races, classes, and nations.God can be realized through a perfect master,in Rumi’s case it was Shams of Tabraiz.Love for the master is the way to God realization.
I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not. I went into the ancient temples of idolatry; no trace of Him was there. I entered the mountain cave of Hira and then went as far as Qandhar but God I found not. With set purpose I fared to the summit of Mount Caucasus and found there only 'anqa's habitation. Then I directed my search to the Kaaba, the resort of old and young; God was not there even. Turning to philosophy I inquired about him from ibn Sina but found Him not within his range. I fared then to the scene of the Prophet's experience of a great divine manifestation only a "two bow‐lengths' distance from him" but God was not there even in that exalted court. Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else..