Be Completely Absorbed

Be Completely Absorbed

from a walk talk given February 27, 1980, in Rajasthan

In singing the bhajans to the Master I have noticed at least in myself that there is a tendency for the ego to get in the way and decide I am singing well or I am singing poorly. What I would like to know is what is the best attitude to have when singing a bhajan to the Master?

This question has been asked many times and maybe it was printed in Sant Bani Magazine also--when we are singing bhajans to the Master we should have only love and affection for the Master in our within. No other thought should come there when we are singing a bhajan to the Master, because singing bhajans to the Master has a lot of importance. Guru Nanak Sahib calls a group of people who are singing bhajans to the Master the devotees of the Master. Because when a group of people are singing a bhajan to the Master, if they have love and humility within them, the love of all the people is directed towards the One Who is sitting in front of them in the physical form and He is the very personality for Whom they are searching in their within.

When they are lovingly and humbly singing the bhajans to the Master, Master also feels that love and He equally responds with love. So at that time the love is multiplied and in that way love is communicated between the Master and the disciples.

That is why whenever we are singing bhajans to the Master we should not let our ego come there and we should not even think whether what we are singing is correct or not. We should not go beyond the quality of our singing. The main thing required is our humility and the love which we should have for the Master when we are singing bhajans. If we are singing the bhajan to Master with love and humility then many of our sins are removed just by singing the bhajan to the Master and we become much more receptive to His grace.

So whenever we sing bhajans to the Master we should not remember anything except the Master Who is sitting in front of us. Whenever I used to sing bhajans to my beloved Master Kirpal I always had only love and humility and I never remembered any other thing except the beautiful form of my Master in front of me; I used to absorb myself in that singing so much that I was not even aware how many people were singing with me.

Whenever you sing bhajans to the Master you should be completely absorbed in that and you should not remain aware of any other thing. And the other people who are singing the chorus or joining in singing the bhajan, they all should join in singing because when everyone is singing to the Master with love and humility it charges the atmosphere and makes you all receptive.

If a patient goes to a doctor and if he doesn't pray to or if he doesn't request the doctor, "Please give me the medicine," he will not feel contented. No matter how much sympathy the doctor has for the patient, until that patient makes that prayer, or that request, he cannot be contented. In the same way, we are also the patients because we have the burden of many karmas and we are suffering from those karmas of our past lives. So whenever we come to the Master and we get the opportunity to sing to Him then we should always make a prayer as Guru Nanak Sahib does in one of His bhajans, "We are the dirty ones and You are the One who will purify us. We don't have any qualities in us but You are the abode of qualities." We should make prayers like this when we sing the bhajans to the Master. Truly speaking all the bhajans are like a prayer which the disciple makes to the Master.

When Master first came to my ashram I sang a bhajan to Him which said, "Today is the auspicious day and it has come with great fortune because today I am having the darshan of my beloved Satguru." [Aj Shub Diharda E, Songs of the Masters, page 32] I sang that bhajan because that was the fact of my life, it was the truth in may life. I had never seen such an auspicious day before and moreover I was not sure whether I would have that opportunity again or not. That is why I called that as the most auspicious day and I sang that bhajan to Him. On the same day I sang the song that says, "God has come in the form of man," [Banda Banke Aaya, page 34] and that was also true. Master listened to those bhajans and He paid a lot of attention to them.

Whenever we are singing bhajans to the Master don't think that Master is not paying any attention or that you are not getting any extra benefit from singing the bhajan to Him. If we are receptive, if our vessel is made, then we can easily feel and see how much we have received just by pleasing the Master by singing the bhajans to Him. Whenever we sing bhajans to the Master, He always showers extra grace on us which we can feel if we are receptive.

During that time when I was singing to my master He gave me His darshan the way Kabir Sahib gave His darshan to Dharam Das, His disciple...

In the same way when Master Kirpal met me He showed me very clearly that He was looking for me and that He was waiting for me to come to Him to get Initiation and go up. So that is why when Master Kirpal came to my ashram I sang those two songs which I mentioned earlier. He liked those bhajans, and when a lot of satsangis were sitting in front of Him I said, "Master, at least for today You should give Your darshan openly to all the dear ones so we will not have to struggle day and night for Your inner darshan. If you don't want to give us this blessing daily, at least for today, because today is the most auspicious day in my life. You should give Your inner darshan to me and to all the people so that everyone will know that God is only One, and He neither resides in the temple nor in any mosque or any church; He resides in the heart of all the devotees."

I told Him, "Give us Your darshan openly so that the priests in the temple as well as the mullahs in the mosque may all realize that God does no reside with them in their buildings, but He resides within us, within the devotees of God."

...If you want to know about the pain you should go and ask the suffering one. If you want to know the value of the doctor go and ask one who has gotten comfort from the doctor, go and ask the suffering man who is being treated by the doctor.

In the same way, if you want to know the value of the bread, go and ask the one who is hungry.

In the same way, if you want to know the value of the Master go and ask someone who knows the value of the Master and who has taken his soul up to the Eternal Home. Only he will be able to tell you what Power the Master is and what qualities the Master has and how much we should respect and appreciate the Master. Only he will be able to tell you because he knows the real glory of the Master.

So whenever we are singing the bhajans to the Master we should have only love and humility in our within so that every single line which we sing to Him may become like our prayer to Him.

Many times I sing this bhajan which means, "Now the New Year has come and without Simran, O man, you will repent in the end. Even if you live for billions of years, in the end you will have to die, and if you have not done the devotion of God you will repent. You will become free from the noose of Yama only if you will sing the bhajans to the Master.

"If you will forget the Naam you will get much suffering, you will be deskinned and you will have many problems.

"When will you bring your sinner mind back after making him understand the reality?

"When will you request to your Master and ask for forgiveness?

Ajaib says, 'Meditate on the Naam of Kirpal, otherwise in the end you will repent.'" [Chade Chet, page 46]

So that is why when we are singing the bhajans to the Master the love should overflow in us.



This talk is published in the booklet:
Sing the Praises of the Satguru:
Eleven short talks by Sant Ajaib Singh Ji

published by Sant Bani Ashram, Sanbornton, New Hampshire, 1993.