The Message of
Sant Kirpal Singh
This darshan session took place on Christmas Day, 1971. It was first
published (partially) in Sat Sandesh, December 1974 (pp. 6-11); it was
republished in Sant Bani magazine, December 1994 (pp. 18-23). A longer
version appears in The Light of Kirpal, under the title «Don't
Forget Him» (chapter 87, pp. 437-446).
QUESTION: Which does the Master feel is the most
important birthday, December 25 or February 6?
THE MASTER: Every day is a birthday, every day is the
greatest birthday. You are blessed, you are seeing your Master in the physical
body. I am not so blessed. There is a vast difference between the Physical
Master in the physical body and the Master who has transcended into the Beyond.
At the human level He is at the same level as you-it is all joy and ecstasy.
The Master does not leave the initiate until the end of the world, but if we
are on the same plane both together . . .
So happy we are of course when we are in the physical
body with our Master; we can never forget it. When we remember those days,
tears are shed, the heart bursts. He is not away from us. I know my Master is
with me. Yet with all that, the physical presence cannot be underrated. That is
why, I tell you, you are happy of course-I am not; it does not mean that my
Master is not with meHe is never away from me even for a moment. But to
be on the same plane together, that is blessedness.
So those who have a Master should enjoy every day as
Christmas. It is only His Will to enjoy that. To enjoy only eating and
drinking, that is no enjoyment. We should enjoy being on the Way; if we are
progressing on the Way, we should enjoy Him inside as well as outside. When my
Master left physically I used to tell people who asked me, "Look here, when an
officer, that soul, withdraws inside his own room, he just engages a boy to
run, to carry on his work." So somebody is carrying on His teachings, His work.
You are blessed, you see, but make the best use of it.
May there never be a day when you forget your Master. Remain in contact with
the Master-you have a great boon-in that case you don't fall away in lower
pursuits. If you see your Master is seeing you every moment of life, how can
you do anything wrong? So blessed you are, I would say, on this Happy
The Christ Power is the same working at different poles
whether it is in Jesus or one of the other Masters, that makes no difference;
Christ never dies. We have to become conscious of that, you see. Truly to
commemorate, to celebrate the birthday of one Master is to live up to it. But
we should celebrate daily. This is the one thing you forget when you are
sitting-if you remember Him daily with an anguished heart, how blessed you
become! We should celebrate the Master's birth daily, at every moment of
breath. Guru Amar Das said, "If I forget Him with one twinkling of an eye-so
much time-it passes like a million years." So Master is the very life of the
initiate: don't forget Him. Do nothing more, you'll become the mouthpiece of
the Master. Sweet remembrance of the Master is the sum total of all practices.
We do them only to show that He may not be forgotten in weal or woe. As you
think so you become.
Celebrate your Master's birthday daily. He is not the
physical body, He is working through the physical body, and those are very
fortunate who see Him at that level. Every moment spent with Him is very
precious because you have got the teachings both ways-one third by word of
mouth, and two thirds by receptivity. I think that is what I would enjoin on
you-become Masters yourselves. It is 1, not now 1, but Christ liveth in me. You
follow me? After all, for what purpose do you do all these practices? To see
Him inside, to see Him everywhere, wherever your attention has gone. He is not
a son of man, He is God in man. Once He initiates you He can never leave you
till the end of the world. The attitude of mind of the Masters cannot be
appreciated by those who are groveling in the physical body. So Happy Christmas
to you every moment of life! You people are more fortunate than me, you see.
I'm talking of the physical plane, don't misunderstand me.
Yes? Any questions?
QUESTION: Why have You come for us? Why?
THE MASTER: I'm a friend.
QUESTION: Why don't you stay with your Master?
THE MASTER: I'm under orders. I was not prepared to live
even one moment after Him. I prayed to Him all through life. I was initiated
physically in 1924, but I was with Him seven years before I met Him, on the
inner planes. In 1927 I had a vision, I saw Master was leaving us-twenty-one
years before He really left the physical body. I never had a moment of joy
afterwards in His lifetime because I always had that sting, I tell you. I knew
that was the very thorn of separation which was awaiting me. So I always
prayed, "Master, let me go before You." He said, "No-you are to continue." Why,
why, why do I have to? Orders cannot be questioned.
Gurmat Sidhant is a book written by me-through my hands
I would say, not by me, by the Master within me. I used to write it down and
take it to the Master to read it to Him, so that He may give the final yes.
Once I wrote what happened to an initiate who is left behind after the Master
has left the physical plane. That was a very practical statement, description
given. There was a Master, Dadu by name, who had an initiate who was not at the
place when His Master left the body; when he came to His tomb he lay down on
the tomb and passed away. And he repeated this couplet: "Oh Master, without You
I could not live for a moment. It is not bearable." So he passed away. The
second Guru of the Sikhs, when his Master left the body, became a recluse never
to show his face to anybody. To live without the Master is very difficult,
unbearable. We know when the Master leaves He is never away from the initiate,
but the initiate as a son of man has great suffering. Even now when I remember
my Master I shed tears. But He left His orders. Why? There is no question why.
When I read out that part of the Gurmat Sidhant to Him
He said, "That's all right; Kirpal Singh, read it again!" I had just quoted two
or three sentences like that. Then again I read it to Him. Again He said, "Will
you read it again?" Again I read it. Perhaps He was telling me, "You, poor
fellow, will have the same fate awaiting you."
These are so many sweet remembrances of the Master, you
see; this is everything. One poet says, "To live in paradise without the Master
is a hell for me. And to live in hell with my Master is a paradise for me." But
these words can be appreciated only by those who are really devoted to the
If your son passes away, your mother passes away, how
grieved you feel! I never felt any grief, thank God. That's a great suffering
you usually feel for the physical relations. What about the relation which is
spiritual? Anyhow, to be with the Master is a great joy. That God Power never
leaves you. But make the best use of the time you have here on the physical
Once it so happened that my Master was photographed for
the first time; I was there. He moved from one station to another; I followed
Him wherever He went. At one place a man who was a big landlord was just
entering the room, standing by Him, and I was sitting by the door outside. He
requested the Master, "Well, Master, will You give me a copy of Your
photograph?" The Master's ways are very mysterious. He told him, "Look here,
even Kirpal Singh wants it, but I won't give it to him." I was sitting outside,
you see. Mysterious are His ways. Later I said, "Well, dear Master, I know Your
love for Your Master is the richest. You cannot scale it, how much love You
have for Him! But still with the little love You have given me, won't You give
me a copy of Your photograph?" "No, no . . . Surely I will give you one." That
was the first time He got Himself photographed. If you have love it is the
panacea for everything. Love is God and God is Love. But if you want to have
this marriage you are having now . . . So the Master always tries to quicken
the love of the disciple for His Master. He knows what it was like with His own
The Tenth Guru, whose birthday was celebrated yesterday,
played the role of a Saint as well as an Avatar. Once he was found in sweet
remembrance of God repeating, "It is You, it is You alone, it is You." Turn hai
means it is You alone, nobody else but You, all the world is You personified.
He was meditating, "Turn hai, turn hai: You are all, everything You are." He
got intoxicated and went on repeating this for three days, day and night, "Turn
hai, turn hai-it is all You, Thou Oh Lord, It is all God." How can you imagine,
appreciate these words of those Masters? If you have love like that for the
Master that will give you blessedness as if you had done penances for a hundred
If you take the Master as a son of man, what will you
get? Sonship-physical relationship. If you take Him as a rich man, you'll have
the same thing. If you take Him as God, then you become God. There are
different angles from which hundreds come to Himonly very few really have
that attitude. Guru Ramdas says go and gather together all the riches of the
world, from the plains and the ocean, gold and precious stones, and put them
all together at one place, then ask a devoted initiate of the Master, "Would
you like the wealth of the whole world-or the Master?" Master is All-Wise-yet
when we do things do we put the Master first, or the world first?
If you learn this message of Christmas Day I think
you'll become Lords yourselves. [...] Why do you delay? He simply wants you to
obey His Commandments. You obey the commandments of your mind as compared with
the commandments of the Master. We give preference to the commandments of the
worldthere we lack badly. That is why we have got very little progress.
Well, this is the message for today; take it to your heart and live up to it.
If you die in that sweet remembrance of the Master you are not to return to the
world. Even Yama cannot look at you-he will run away when you repeat the Names
of God. What are the charged words? They are charged by the Master. The Master
is not the physical body, mind that, but the presence of God. I have written
this-but to hear it is more real. One is from the intellectual level, but this
is from God direct.
Yesterday I went for the sweet remembrance of the Tenth
Guru. When we went there we read from Sikh scriptures. I offered my heart to
them. Who knows what I was and what He was there. The Guru was always the same
one or two living there. They're all One, you see, all Masters are One. Masters
never become two. One bulb is fused and another is put on, when that is fused a
further third one is put on- that's all. The Light is One.
So we'll have a feast today in sweet remembrance of
QUESTION: Will we have a Satsang during the day also?
THE MASTER: This is more than hundreds and thousands of
Satsangs what you have got now. Is it not? It is the very gist, the very soul
of all preachings of all scriptures. What I have told you would you like
anything more once you get That?
QUESTION: Someday maybe You'll give us a feast of
Satsang all day long? Just for one day?
THE MASTER: Pity it is, the feast is given every day by
radiation, you people don't enjoy it. His very moving on earth is a regular
feast. An actor acts in whatever he's doing-even when he's eating, he is
acting. The Master is radiating Love. Even if He is harsh, still that Love is
radiating. Once it happened that a lady came up to my Master when He was very
busy. He does not become angry, but . . . This lady came up and bowed down to
His feet. He said, "Get away! What is it? I'm busy! Wait!" And this lady said,
"That's all I want, Your radiation." You see? His whole attention was there:
"Wait! Wait! Get away!" Is it not the whole attention? "That's all I wanted.
Thank you." So He radiates Love who has got Life in Him. Very few people really
appreciate this because they have no love for the Master.
Hafiz, a great Saint of Persia, referred to the Master
as a lady with red lips. He said, "The very harsh words coming out through
those red lips are the sweetest in the world." The blessed Fifth Guru says,
"Even when You chastise us it becomes very soothing to me, on account of love."
Why is it sometimes He is strict like that? He wants to give you a lesson in
love; He wishes you to become like Himself. And you delay because you have no
love for Him. So take this to your heart-don't forget it or Himthen
you'll progress like anything.
QUESTION: How come, Master, we're so privileged to be
with You when thousands of initiates would like to be with You?
THE MASTER: This is the Grace of God, not me as son of
man. It is all His Grace-He affords the opportunity. You have come from a
foreign land, spent thousands of money with love and anguish to come here and
stay a month or two. The people living here don't appreciate it like that-there
are some who do, but many do not. Some may say the Power of God is there. So
this appreciation arises out of a grateful heart. It is His Grace of course.
Manbody is the highest in all creation. Every moment is
worth millions, trillions, I would say, billions of trillions of money. Direct
every moment to Him, if we are to make the best use of every moment of life.
Kabir said, "The time taken in taking one breath is worth more than the three
worlds, physical, astral, and causal." You see? This appreciation arises only
out of a grateful heart. But how many are there who really go to the Master for
Master's sake? Very few.
QUESTION: What is Master's sake?
THE MASTER: The reason you come to Him is to meet God.
This is a room, it has four corners. There is a man in one corner who has
millions of dollars; whoever goes there, he gives him money. The second corner
is only for diseases; those who come sick to him, he heals them. The third is
for supernatural powers. And in the fourth corner God is sitting Himself. How
many will go to God? Very few. People come only for worldly things, here and
hereafter, or for healing, or for supernatural powers. How many are there who
come to God for God's sake? Very few. People come to the Master only for these
three things -most of them! The man who comes to Him for His sake gets put on
the right Way. So you're blessed, you see. God has directed you from within to
meet you somewhere where you can have your true chance of Life, which is never,
like the world's relations, frittered away, never ruined, never lost.
Those who have got the manbody have the hereditary right
to meet God. Those who think of the Master, who come in contact with All
Consciousness, will become more conscious. If you think of the material things
where there is less consciousness, your consciousness will be decreased-after
death you will go to the lower level of creation. So that is why it is most
important to think of God -All Consciousness-so that you may not come back in
the lower forms of life. If at all you are sent back, that's another thing.
So those who are celebrating today do not appreciate
what Christ did. Did not Christ say, "Whoever loves Me will love My
commandments, and my Father who has sent Me will love him. When he will love
Him, I and my Father both will manifest to him in his vision." Do you remember?
Read your scriptures and see what they say. All Masters say the same thing:
Those who keep My commandments are loved by Me and My Father Who has sent Me.
When My Father loves him, I and My Father both manifest to him an experience.
You see? I'm not telling you anything new, only quoting from Christ.
QUESTION: Could you explain to me what the meaning of
Kirpal Singh is?
THE MASTER: Names are names.
QUESTION: But does it not have a meaning? Singh means
something and Kirpal means . . .?
THE MASTER: Kirpal means Merciful.
QUESTION: And Singh?
THE MASTER: Singh means lion. When the two are put
together: Lion of Mercy. So His ways are full of mercy. He's very strict, mind
that. He has got an iron hand-but His gloves are very smoothlike.