Mankind has been ruling the world with disastrous consequences. We are very adept at messing things up. We have done a right royal job of spreading strife and conflict.
God created the world to be a paradise for humanity. We have succeeded in making this world a living hell.
THE PROBLEM -
The late Saint Scholar Giani Naranjan Singh Ji, Shiromani Kathakar, in answer to the question,
“ When would there be total destruction? “
Saint Scholar replied, ”When religions become nil or zero, then there will be total destruction.”
We are very close to religions becoming “nil or zero.” And obviously, God has to step in and save the world and its population.
About eight years ago, my wife met a lady. She had just returned from the hills after meeting her Spiritual Master.
The Master lives in a cave, spending his time in contemplation.
The Master told her, “ Owing to climate change, half the world’s population would be wiped out. The half that remains will be truly God-fearing.”
In the Christian scriptures, the story is told of Noah’s Ark.
In the Hindu scriptures, the Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu warns the first man, Manu, of an impending flood. This was several millennia ago.
This has happened before. And it will happen again.
Way back in December 1985, Saint Scholar Giani Naranjan Singh Ji said, “ Come to the turn of the century, the economy of the world will start to go downhill.”
To the question, “ Why?” the Saint Scholar replied, “ We will be moving from the Age of Falsehood to the Age of Righteousness.”
The Snowden Tapes, WikiLeaks, Panama Papers, Me Too Movement, The Epstein Saga, and other exposés — these are all part of the plan to expose the wrongdoers. There is a method to this perceived madness. The guilty will have nowhere to hide.
We are moving into the Age of Righteousness. In this Age, there will be no crime, no wrongdoing. However, before this Age comes into fruition, the sins that have been committed over the past couple of millennia or so will have to be cleansed.
Before total destruction takes place, someone will appear to save mankind. This person will be a highly spiritual person, who will preach that all religions are the same.
It is my very firm conviction that this person is already on earth. At the appropriate time, he will reveal himself.
“Science has spread skepticism among educated people. The hope of establishing a heaven on earth by means of material progress has led many to ridicule the search for the spiritual path. But, the god of material progress demands worship at its shrines. We worship the swift-moving machinery of our skills, factories, and workshops — the temples of industry; we worship our office, our trade and commerce, banks, and stock exchanges ( the churches of high finance); we worship scholarship, our schools, and colleges.
And in the midst of all this worship, we have forgotten the worship of the Lord.”
Quoted from the book * Divine Mystic Reflections on Gurmat* by Saint Scholar Naranjan Singh Ji
Note — The Lord refers to the Almighty
Quoted from the book
*Divine Mystic Reflections on Gurmat* by Saint Scholar Naranjan Singh Ji
The founder and the First Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Sahib Ji was asked,
“ Who is higher, a Hindu, or a Muslim?”
Guru Nanak Sahib Ji replied, “ It is not a question of being a Hindu or a Muslim. It is all about actions (karma). Whosoever’s actions are pure is deemed to be higher.”
A Muslim lady asked the Spiritual Master, Saint Scholar Giani Naranjan Singh Ji, Shiromani Kathakar, of Guru Nanak Ashram, Patiala, India,
“What is the difference between Islam and the Sikh religion?”
The Master replied, “There is no difference.”
The lady was astounded at this reply and asked, “ Master, how can you say this”
The Master replied, “My daughter, I say this, simply because the Truth is One. It is only our form of worship which is different.”
In the Holy Quran, it is written in 3:84-
“Say, we believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in the Books given to Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets from their sustainer. We make no distinction between one another.”
Many years ago, someone asked Saint Scholar Giani Naranjan Singh Ji, Shiromani Kathakar, Guru Nanak Ashram, Patiala, India -
“All the chaos in this world, who is responsible for it?”
The Master replied, “2 classes of people who live by the principle of divide and rule. One is politicians and the other preachers.”
The combination of climate change and the pandemic will devastate the economy. The economic calamity of 1929 will pale in comparison to what is coming.
A line is being drawn. On the one side will be the God-fearing folks and on the other side will be the non-believers and people who think money is everything. The population will have to decide on which side they want to stand.
It is extremely critical that the peoples of the world and especially the leaders change their mindset. We have to focus on the unity of men and women.
God does not punish us. By our actions, we reward or punish ourselves. ‘As you sow, so shall you reap” has been the standard law since the creation of the universe.
Omar Khayyam described this law very eloquently when he wrote,
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
Translated in English by Edward Fitzgerald The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, 1859.
In the speech delivered by Saint Scholar Giani Naranjan Singh Ji, on February 6, 1970, in the Inaugural Session of The Fourth World Religions Conference, Ramlila Grounds, Delhi, said -
“Man, at the moment, is at the crossroads of Eternal Life and utter annihilation. The destructive anarchic powers of ‘materialism’ and ‘atheism’ have been unleashed and are fast desecrating the finer fiber of man. The ghastly infernal powers of the fiend, to top it all, are functioning in the guise of saintliness. So much so that even religion is being presented in an adulterated and commercialized way. I wonder if, for them, Caesar’s and God’s domain are not overlapping! I will not hesitate to say that, metaphorically, Caesar seems to be usurping God’s jurisdiction.
The root cause of this degeneration so far as my humble thinking is concerned, can be attributed largely to the desecration of Sainthood and that of the sacred premises.
The responsibility for this state of affairs naturally falls on the people who profess themselves to be saints and sages. If people immersed in the glory of the Divine Grace cannot check the onslaught of this putrefying malady, who is more competent to constrain the infection?
Who, at this crucial moment, will be the blessed one to bridge the cleavage between the is and the ought; the profession and the practice. Of course, I am aware that science and politics can be of some help, but still, they are subservient to a higher faculty and need its constant check. Otherwise, they may fall into the hands of the vicious, selfish, and self-styled leaders; who may use it, without any restraint, for worldly purposes. Hence, these instruments of man’s progress, too, may turn into the demonic tools causing spiritual hibernation.
Hence, it becomes our ethical and spiritual duty, at this stage to make sincere and concerted efforts to cleanse the Augean Stables. The first step in this direction is to see that we no longer continue to be a burden on the earth. According to the Shastras, the real Saint is one from whom noble deeds emanate as spontaneously as does the fragrance from the roses.
Realizing fully well that discriminations and contradictions are prevalent only at intellectual and sensuous levels, we should concentrate all our energies on the regeneration of man en masse.
Our will should rise clear above the petty considerations of form, dress, sect, or creed.
Once again, we should be rejuvenated by the quintessence of the Bhagavad Gita and heed the fervent and loving explanation of the Lord:
“In any way, men love me, in the same way, they find my love; For many are the paths of men, but they all, in the end, come to me.”
(Chapter IV, Sloka II) “
End of quote.
The above speech was given fifty years ago. The words spoken then are relevant even today. If anything, we have certainly degenerated further.
THE SOLUTION -
The Sikh scriptures say that you can cleanse your body with soap and water. You can cleanse your clothes with soap and water. However, the mind can only be cleansed by prayer.
To change ourselves, to cleanse our minds and travel on the road to higher or super consciousness, Sant Mohinder Partap Singh Ji of Guru Nanak Ashram, Patiala, India gave this advice.
In the morning, when we open our eyes, before getting out of bed, repeat 5 times, only one of the following Mantras -
All praise to the Lord. ( Christians)
Hallelujah. (Jews )
Jai Shri Krishna. (Hindus)
Allah o Akbar. (Muslims)
Jai Shri Mahaveer. (Jains)
Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. (Sikhs)
All praise to the Almighty. (For those who believe in the existence of The Unseen Force, but do not follow a religion.)
(The most elementary definition of Spiritualism — doing the same thing, at the same time, every day, meaning, discipline)
The above mantras become your Guru or guide as you find your way on the spiritual path.
Saint Scholar Giani Naranjan Singh Ji, Shiromani Kathakar explains,
“The mere mind, intellect, or other kinds of knowledge is, by itself, unable to render any help to the seeker to reach the Ultimate Goal.
A question may be raised as to how the Word in Christianity, Wahi in Islam, Sruti in Hinduism, and Gurshabad or Bani in Sikh religion, can help us to attain our goal? The Word is linked to the mind, and the mind, through meditation practice of the Word, Wahi, Sruti, or Gurshabad, can establish its contact with God.
Conversely, the mind is connected with the Word, Wahi, Sruti, or Gurshabad and is connected with God.
( Note — the Bible says, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1: 1)
“An analysis of the concept of the Word in Christianity, Wahi in Islam, Sruti in Hinduism, and Gurshabad or Bani in the Sikh religion, shows that these refer to the various modes of the revelation. The undifferentiated Word, which was God, was sent as Wahi, was heard as Sruti, and recorded and presented as Bani. These processes indicate the same phenomenon. We are not suggesting any chronological or historical order here as no such order exists in the highest reality. We are merely seeking to invite your attention to the continuous outpourings of the Divine towards man. If the seeker moves towards the Preceptor a meter, the Preceptor moves a meter and a quarter to clasp his hand and pull him out of the darkness, the movement of the seeker is, thus, to move away from the darkness and towards the Grace of the Guru who stands waiting for the seeker. The test of this movement is two-fold. Every step towards the Light of the Guru releases the seeker from the bondage of fear. The effect of darkness in the person is to overpower and grip him in hesitation and fear. This is the result of his ego and the duality in him. As the seeker walks away from his ego, God’s Light shines in his eyes, and fear and duality begin to leave him. The innate light once freed from the darkness, fear, and hesitation, sets up a response of his inner light to His Light, which in reality are one, but appear to be two or different due to the darkness of the ego. The one who reaches this point has the certitude of his experience. He performs no miracle although there is nothing that he cannot do. In the face of increasing Light, all seeming secrets give away to him. His surrender will then become like that of the elephant — who follows the goad of its master or as the iron under the anvil, and then his writ runs in the world, as he participates in the Universal Light.
Light, Consciousness, and Energy within the self are the different modes of experiences and expression of the person who listens to the Guru and internalises whatever he hears. This sound is another form of the Light. It is made gross for an ear which has, till then, not received it. Once the threshold is crossed, the sound assumes a different mode, the communication and response undergo a new relationship. The Divine, who is transcendent for the self engulfed in darkness, comes in experienceable relation through the mode of Word, Wahi, Sruti, or Gurshabad.
As we have said earlier, this is an experienceable relationship. The fear inspired by the darkness of the ego melts away in the light of the Guru, who performs the Divine function and is the bridge of relationship. What we must remember, however, is that God is not at the other end of the bridge but is also the bridge itself. His judgment, His relationship, and His Light are one and the same thing. The same gets into us as Word, Wahi, Sruti, or Gurshabad, and the material in us loosens its hold over the spirit, and thereafter the ascendant nature of the light within and the light around realize their real relationship of not being far from each other.
Have you often wondered why we seek to be close to our loved ones? Why do we experience the thrill running down our spines as soon as the light is reflected from his or her face and reaches our eyes? The voice of the beloved establishes a set and we eagerly await him. With every sound of the approaching steps, every peal of the laughter growing louder and signifying the gradual melting away of the distance, all pains, all fear, and hesitations may leave. The sound establishes the relationship, reinforces the relationship and then the words uttered sustain the relationship. This analogy is somewhat suggestive of the mystic nature of the Guru, our response to Him, and the resulting fearlessness and bliss through Him and in Him. He is our bridge to God and is God.
The way one could reach God is by reciting only one of the above mantras. Initially, you start by reciting the above mantra only five times, before getting out of bed. As you progress, these mantras will change as also the frequency of recitation. You will continue to receive mantras specific to your religion.
Please bear in mind that religion is very important. By repeating the mantra, we are not eschewing religion. Far from it. It is important to go to church, synagogue, temple, or mosque. Joining the congregation is very important. Religion teaches us the importance of discipline. Without religious discipline, it is not possible to become spiritual.
Having said the above, it is also important to accept that our afterlife depends on our actions when we were on earth. I can abstain from eating meat all my life. However, if my actions on earth violate good behavior, I will not get salvation.
It is my earnest wish that you have read this article with an open mind. This is the only world we have. We all swim or sink according to our actions or karmas.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to your comments.