The One who is commissioned by the Godpower, he comes with the Word. Word is a fire, a holy fire. That will burn all the past karmas, they are the storehouses of karmas. And they are burned and the soul will leave the body like you remove the hair from the butter. It is so easy. Because what is needed? First it needs the right understanding.
When you enter into the Heaven, from there you will get two things. Discrimination power – discrimination power is in the Holy Light. And with Water of Life and Bread of Life there is consciousness. Consciousness and power of discrimination are with you. Now you are alone with these two things. Consciousness and discrimination power – then what will you determine in your life? Only to live and do for Him!"
Today the subject is karma. This is a very, very important subject, because karma is the root-cause of our existence – coming again and again into the manbody and bearing all the sufferings. This is a very beautiful subject, because karmas go with us up to our last breath.
Our thoughts are very potent and each thought bears the reaction. Every action has a reaction. So in this subject I will try to discuss the four matters – I have to differentiate not only into the physical body, but into the astral, the causal and beyond. So anyhow it is a long subject but I will try to wind it up. One thing I must tell you: I am not a lecturer but I would like to talk with you from heart to heart. It is not a new philosophy; man is older than all the philosophies of the world. This teaching never changed and would never change. So the experience of our competent Master that is written in the holy scriptures. What is written in the holy scriptures that is in this manbody, but whatever is in the manbody that even does not exist in all the holy scriptures of the world. So all the competent Masters have told: "Tap inside, go within. It is a wonderful house we live in." So in this connection not only I would tell you from the holy scriptures but I would also tell you from my practical life, which my Master has blessed me with. So in this connection this subject which will come up, that is the subject of all of us. Because our purpose is one. We all have come from the one and the same source and we have to go back to the same source. Our Father is one and there is no second doer in the world. Who is the Doer? The Christpower, Masterpower, Godpower is the Doer. If we know that even our Self is not the doer, we can get rid of lots of problems and we can go back to our home eternal.
What is karma? We are bound with our own actions. So I would try to tell you that this Christpower, Masterpower or the Godpower, who is that Power? Jesus and Christ, they were two. Jesus was the son of man, on whose pole the Christpower worked. And Christ lived before Jesus. Christ is the Power. It has no beginning and no end. It has sustained the whole creation and sustains all of us. We have direct and independent contact with that Power. So when we know, we start from this very point, then our subject can be cleared. Because if we take the teaching of all the competent Masters, whether they came in the East or West, came at different places and different times, They taught the same very truth with one opinion. And this one opinion exists in all the holy scriptures of the world. So all these competent Masters, They all came from one and the same source and went back to the same source. Some time that Power came as Christpower, some time He came as Guru Nanak, some time He came as Kabir, some time He came as Sant Kirpal Singh. So, who is that Power? That is the radiant form of the Master. That enlivens this body. When that Power leaves us we stay no more in there. So our purpose, our karmas, our destination starts from the very teaching because I told you that there is only one Doer. He is the Masterpower, He is the Godpower, even in the holy scriptures it is said, there is none in a million, maybe one in a billion. So did hundred thousand Masters also come into the world when Jesus came, when Guru Nanak came, and other competent Masters came? They were the only one. But all those who came with them, who were they? It is said, directly or indirectly, they worked for the negative power. Kabir has told that they were the evil-doers. Our reactions, our karma started more from them, but not from our own self. We were misguided in the world, and ignorance and misguidance is the root-cause of all the karmas.
Now you see everywhere in the world people say, they are meditating. Christ appears to them. In India people say, Guru Nanak appears to them. If really we see our life – did our life change? No, we are the same. Christ said, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." If really Christ has appeared to somebody, he must have become a living example in the whole world. Our life has not changed. We are still the same. We are drifted away on the level of senses. We are totally misguided by the mind and the outgoing faculties of the mind. So this whole subject I will try to make clear to you. I assure you, when you go back, you will have a gift of life in your hand. So this is a very beautiful subject.
The purpose of human life is to meet a good end. And to meet a good end, we have to attain the higher values of life. And to gain these higher values of life is not possible unless you have the discriminating power and you have the consciousness within you. The discrimination power and the consciousness, that is concealed in the soul and only on a certain level – when we know the competency of our Master – only then we can get it. Otherwise it is concealed, and when we will go – it is still concealed. Because there is no end to the competency of the Masterpower, Godpower, Christpower, and there is no end to the learning. So in this subject it will be very very easy how to overcome the karmas. While living in the world, you must know how to live in the world. You must have the art of life. It is not difficult to remain unattached in the world of attachment, if you really know how to live in the world. How to live consciously, how to live with discrimination power.
So, how are these karmas created? This world is a playfield of the negative and positive power. So is the manbody. These two forces are the impelling forces in this world. They have their destination fully fixed, and they are doing their utmost. So like in a field: "As you sow, so shall you reap." If in the field we sow a seed of chilly, you will get hundreds of chillies out of it. And if in the same field you sow a mango tree, you will get hundreds of mangos. So the sharpness of the chilly and the sweetness of the mango that grows in one and the same field. So every action has its reaction. So we do not know what to sow in this field, how to get rid of the reaction. Man consciously and unconsciously is sowing the seed within and they are growing automatically. And there is no way out. But Masters tell us, "It is very exact as two and two make four – you can overcome it, when you know it consciously!" And how will you know it consciously? This will be the subject. Because there is a Law of Karma, but there is a Law of Grace also. When this Grace, this Law of Grace works, then the Law of Karma finishes. Means you uproot the cause and the effect will be destroyed.
Lord Rama killed the brother of the King Lanka, and when Lord Rama came back as Lord Krishna, he was in the forest taking rest and there one hunter came along. There was a lotus sign on his feet, the lotus mark of the avatar. It looked like the eyes of the antelope. So he thought it is an antelope. And he shot an arrow and killed him. Before he left the body, the hunter went there and saw that it was not an antelope, but it was Lord Krishna. So he wept and said, "Oh Lord Krishna. I made a big mistake in my life. I killed the avatar, this was not my intention. Forgive me’." Lord Krishna said, "No, there is nothing to forgive. You did the right thing, because when I was Lord Rama, I killed you." So reaction is there. These avatars cannot get rid of the reaction, but man is next to God. It is only the man in the manbody, who can get rid of the reaction, because he has the awakening, he is next to God. The purpose of human life, of all of us, is to go back. Our destiny is to become like Him; that is written in all the holy scriptures.
All these gods, goddesses, avatars, angels and supernatural powers, they are the servants of this holy body. But what are we doing? How are we creating the reactions? Now the question arises.
Everyone wants to be happy in the world. And just to be happy in the world, we have to create a wish. When we create a wish, then we commit lots of negative facts of life. We tell lies, we slander others, we hurt the feelings of others. People even murder only to fulfil their wishes. So what happens, when we get fulfilled this wish? It becomes our attachment: "Oh, I am great, I could wish, I could fulfill my wish." It becomes an attachment. And when it has become an attachment, I will not leave it. I say, "I have done it. I am very strong." Then the ego comes up. So with one wish we are affected with two problems, attachment and ego. And after some time the same wish, which we got fulfilled, that becomes fake and void, and then, just to be happy again in the world, we have to create another wish. So throughout our life we are going on again and again creating wishes upon wishes. We are bound with it. And you know what happens with it? With attachment the diseases of the mind appear and with the ego diseases of the physical body appear. When the diseases of the mind and the diseases of the body get together, man goes into the negative circle. Man dies with the couriers of death. It is very, very dreadful. In the holy scriptures it is said, there are two circles. One is the negative circle, one is the positive circle. If you are in the negative circle, you are not in the positive circle. If you are in the positive circle, then you are not in the negative circle. So in the negative circle there is a reaction, there is a karma. There are heaps lying over here in our storehouse. But with the positive life, when you live positively, there is no reaction. Every positive action will never have any reaction. So here we have to discriminate, how we can get rid of these problems. Because no man can live without wishes in the world. But Masters tell us, "We can live." It is not difficult to live unattached in the world of attachment. Our boat can remain in the water, but water must not enter into the boat.
So without the higher values of life you cannot get rid of the karmas, you cannot get rid of the reaction. There are so many things to tell about, because this reaction, this karma does not finish with the physical body. Then it continues in the astral body and then, if we leave the astral body, it still continues in the causal body. It brings us back into the world again and again, because neither in the physical, nor in the astral, nor in the causal regions, there is any truth. Whether it is the physical world, or astral world or causal world, they are all made of matter and there is no truth in it. We have to rise above. Masters tell us, "This manbody is not fivefold. It is eightfold. Everywhere it is said, the manbody is fivefold: it is made of earth, water, fire etc. But it is eightfold. And which are these three? These are the mind, the intellect and the ego. These are the root-cause of all the karmas. Intellect, mind, and ego. Because these are inherited in our mind. Mind is the king of the three worlds. And this intellect, mind, and ego will bring us back into the body. How do you get rid of the ego and the mind?
What is mind? Mind is made of matter. Mind, maya, negative power – it is all called "the mind." Mind has no power of itself. It takes the power from us, from the soul and uses the same power against us, just like a parasitic plant. It has no root of itself but it gets all the nourishment from the tree and so our soul is mind-ridden. It is driven by the mind. It has no essence in it. As for example, people do not differentiate between the mind and the soul, no. We are the spirit, we are the soul; we are not the mind, we are not the intellect, we are not even the body. We are the driving forces in it. So as for example, my mind might tell me, "Well, Mister, see what is going on behind!" So I can say, "Well, I don’t want to see. If you have the power, you can see." So the mind will not see. Mind is matter, but it is getting the power from us. It has the control. Like a fire it is a good servant but a bad master. So, not only this: mind is the master of the three worlds, I tell you. It can become anything, it can create any form and can appear to you. So when Masters come into the world, they give us the right understanding, they give us the awakening, they give us the higher consciousness to discriminate each and everything in our life. When we rise into this life with higher values of life, then there is no problem. Everything will be very visible to you. As we say: "Let the sun rise, I will see to it." Because when the sun rises, you can see everything in its original condition. So awakening within is like a sun. Now I tell you, what are the delusions, what are the illusions in this world? So far we do not discriminate and so far we do not know our purpose, the Law of Grace will not work.
The Law of Grace will immediately start, when you rise above these things, when you know it. How to know it? When you determine and when you decide something. And determination and decision will only come when you will be gifted with the positive facts of life. You cannot decide as long as you are in the negative circle. So when Masters come into the world, they help you to come near to the truth. Truth is within, but it is a big curtain there. They remove the curtain of ignorance and bring home to us the very truth within us. So this subject, which I will tell you, is not only with this physical body, but it transcends above. It goes up to our last breath. We have to live the eternal life with our Father. So what is our purpose? This purpose along with the karma and the Law of Grace will be discussed now.
All these karmas, all these reactions are due to our lack of right understanding. Because we are misled, we are misguided by the so many so-called masters of the world and we are now dealt with reactions upon reactions, and we are bound with them. And we have to meet a very dreadful life. That will be the end. So I tell you, this hell, which is mostly told about, that was not created by the Godpower. Master asked the negative power, "How did you create the hell?" You know, in the astral plane there is the hell and there is the heaven. And in the astral plane there is excessive light but this light is from the astral world. It is full of illusion, it is full of miracles. It is full of other supernatural powers. So he (the negative power) said, "Your children created wishes and I fulfilled those wishes, and due to that they strengthened my hand. So I created a hell for them." And there is a heaven in the astral plane and that was not taught by the Christ. That is not the real Heaven – that heaven is created by the negative power and only those pious egoists live there, and they are bound there. So hell and heaven in the astral plane, they are both binding us with the reactions. How? Because pious people, they have bound themselves. Master tells them, "Yes, you have bound yourselves, now you unbind yourselves." They cannot unbind themselves. So is the condition in the astral and the causal plane. Those powers who remain there, they go there out of their wishes. Their wishes were fulfilled, now they are bound in the astral and the causal plane. And they lose their discrimination power and the consciousness. So in the three worlds, in the astral and in the causal and supercausal world, there is no person who can discriminate. All those powers, they are bound. Gods, goddesses, avatars, they are still bound with the lust, ego, greed. All these passions are there, they are fighting with each other. It is said, there is a Brahmpuri, there is a Vishnupuri, all these. They have strengthened their hand. There is no reality. So we have to transcend! What is in the astral plane?
I tell you, in this body you can very well discriminate. What happens in this manbody, when one rises above the body-consciousness at the time of death. People say, here is the seat of the soul, everybody says, here is the seat of the soul, but were is the seat of the soul? First there is the intellect, then there is a mind, above that there is the soul. So far you are not free from the intellect and the mind, how can you sit at the seat of the soul? Only if you are led to the seat of the soul, only then some competent Master can drag you above the causal region. If you rise above the causal region, from there you see the cause and effect of the world. There the present, future, and the past will become one and they will disappear at once, and from there you see the whole cause and effect of the world. And then from that place you are reborn. You enter into that Heaven which was taught by the Christ.
So neither in the astral nor in the causal there is the Heaven. Heaven is above that. Now what is in the astral plane? There is excessive light. It is said that lots of Rishis and Munis, they meditated thousands of years – it is said in the history. They became the skeleton of the bones but could not solve the mystery of life, because there is no sound. The light without sound is stationary. There is excessive light, but once the soul goes there, it is entrapped by the negative power. So it is called to be a death-trap, and those who go there, they lose their consciousness for all the times. Unless by God’s Grace, somebody is released from that place, there is no way out. And this astral plane is open for everybody. It is said in the history, in holy scriptures, that a master and his disciple both were sitting in meditation and the disciple was more receptive, he could enter the astral plane more easily and more effectively than his master. Because all those negative people, those who claim themselves as Masters, they are all so-called masters. In all the holy scriptures, it is said, he who is commissioned from the Godpower he would never say he is a Master, he would say, "I am a borrowed servant of the Master. Because the Doer is the One. The only Doer that is the Christpower, Masterpower. Our subject is there. We have to solve this subject. We must know how to solve it. So in the astral plane, what is there? There are only miraculous things there. It is said, just like beautiful flowers they are scattered, riddhis and siddhis, miraculous powers are there. When you look at them, you will be attracted and you will come out with these miraculous powers. So all these masters, hundred thousand masters – the world is full of such masters – who are only playing with us and giving little light, they say, "Yes, we are meditating." It is not the right subject.
My purpose is to take you near to the solution of your life. Beware of those persons who emotionally tell you so many things. So many beautiful experiences – that was never taught by the Christ. Beautiful sayings of the Christ are there. "Learn to die, so that you may begin to live." If your ten doors of the temple are shut down, you will see the heavenly light within. And he stressed upon it: "Die daily! Once you are reborn, why to come into the world? It is the same experience which happens at the time of death. What do all other experiences mean to you? They simply make you emotional and bind you with the more reaction of the life, I tell you, that you never would get rid of it. Then you are bound with it for all the times. You lose the life. Those who do it, they are caught in the net of transmigration, Kabir says. Certainly they will go to the transmigration because they can only live in the astral and from there they will go to the transmigration. And there is no way out. The abode of your own principle lies within you. You have to make the best use of it.
Christ has told, it is the same experience which happens at the time of death. Did you get that experience from him? From a master? No. You did not get it. I tell you why. Now in this manbody, in the physical body, our mind is always the astral mind. This is why we get very emotional at once, it is the astral mind. So when we stress over here, it is the mind, it is the light from the mind. That will at once take you to the chakras and there is excessive light. So this light is not the holy light, it will make you emotional. It is nothing more than that. Now what is there? Only the astral experience, astral dust. That, when it appears on the physical dust, we say, "Oh, he is a competent Master. He has shown a miracle." It is not reality. It was never the teaching of any competent Master. So here is the reaction, it is the biggest reaction, when you are caught in the net of the negative power, you are bound there.
It is the fire, holy fire, that will burn all what is there inside, what is there as reactions of the past karmas, that will burn the karma. Because this is the only holy fire that can burn the karma. There are the storehouses of karma. So as for example, if one is sick and he has a terrible pain in the body and he wants to get rid of this body – he cannot get rid of this body. He may have to go to hospital for operation but he cannot leave the body because there is a very big hard barrier, a very hard barrier, it is stone-like. These are the reactions of the karmas of the past. There they are stored. Ages upon ages they are stored. It is only the fire, the holy fire, that will burst it into flames and your soul will go light on the very first experience. Your soul will go light like you take the hair from the butter. It is so easy-going because it is with the attention of the Master and what He gives you.
The One who is commissioned by the Godpower, he comes with the Word. Word is a fire, a holy fire. That will burn all the past karmas, they are the storehouses of karmas. And they are burned and the soul will leave the body like you remove the hair from the butter. It is so easy. Because what is needed? First it needs the right understanding. When you enter into the Heaven, from there you will get two things. Discrimination power – discrimination power is in the Holy Light. And with Water of Life and Bread of Life there is consciousness. Consciousness and power of discrimination are with you. Now you are alone with these two things. Consciousness and discrimination power – then what will you determine in your life? Only to live and do for Him! When Masters come into the world, they live hundred per cent for others. Because with each thought you have to live with Him, because with each thought there is a reaction. With positive life it is so easy to live with positive thought. When you live with positive thought, there is no reaction. And when there is no reaction, why you come into the world? So it is a very, very beautiful subject, because then our purpose stands before us. We do what we have to do further. Because our life is now destined according to the Pralabdha karma, the reaction of the past. Nobody has any spare time. When these karmas will finish, we immediately have to leave the body. So Masters tell us to live while you are in the body, to live a positive way of life. And a positive way of life is only possible when you rise above the plane of senses and the shackles of the mind. When you rise into the Heaven that was taught by the Christ, and once you have established a place, below the seat of the soul it is all dirt, I tell you. Below the seat of the soul it is full of dirt. Where you meditate? The intellect is adulterated, mind is adulterated. Where is the seat of the soul? So once you rise above the level of the senses and the shackles of the mind, there you get the Bread of Life and theWater of Life, you are reborn. And that will change your life.
So Masters come into the world. They teach and affect the humanity. You have to go the straight way. It is in the Bible. Straight is the way and narrow is the way, because you cannot take the intellect and the mind. Mind is like a big snake, it is like a big elephant. How can it enter into the tenth door, whereas the tenth door is one tenth of the mustard seed? Only the soul can enter! The way is very straight but it is narrow. Only you have to go, you cannot take anything with you. You cannot have any wish there. So this teaching will help you to determine your life, I tell you.
Talk given by Dr Harbhajan Singh, Salzburg/Austria, July 1992