Title: "How To Merge With The Guru", Date Given: April 26, 1972
By: His Holiness M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him)
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.
I am telling (this to) my children who are members of the Fellowship. There are about one hundred members, who are members of the Fellowship, and who have accepted the Guru, who have accepted me as your Guru.
It is only when you hold onto a Guru, and rest on the Guru, that you can develop your own wisdom and grace. You must take your heart and merge that heart with the heart of the Guru, and you must take all of your responsibilities and hand it over to the Guru as His responsibilities.
And then you must hand over your soul, your body, and everything that you have to the Guru, and you must take on (the form of the Guru) - your body must become the form of the Guru, the body of the Guru, and your soul must be the Guru Himself.
Only when you have surrendered your entire responsibility to the Guru, will it be possible for you to merge with the Guru, and become One with the Guru.
During the last eight months there were more than 80,000 people who have come at various times, but there were only about 100 of the people who have come here who have accepted the Guru.
The others who have come here have other gurus, and when they come here they pick things from this market, and then take it away with them. So the others who come take these things from the Guru and go.
But it has no effect, because it is like the echo. It is like the echoing sound. It is only when one has handed over the entire responsibility to the Guru, then all of these things that He says is going to have an effect on His disciples.
Otherwise it is like an echo. You just get the echoing of that same sound coming back.
There are many people who have come here, and like this echo, taken things with them when they go back. But what they have taken returns, returns like the echo.
But this doesn't have that penetrating power to go into their own hearts. It is like driving an automobile without a driver. There are so many children who do this, take these things and go.
What they do is take the various things that are given here, and then they try to analyze it in the light of their own knowledge, and in the light of the knowledge of their gurus.
They try to analyze it through their own elements and their own senses, and they don't get anything out of this, because only the Guru who gives it, can analyze what He
gives, or what He says.
So tricks without a Guru exist neither below or above (skills learned without a Guru are neither here or there, are of value neither in this world or in the next world).
But if you want to reach God, then you want a true Guru, a perfect Guru, a Qutb. And that Guru will have the characteristics of God. All of the qualities and attributes of God will be found in that Guru.
If you find such a Guru, a perfect Guru, and merge in that Guru, then since the Guru is already lost in God, when you lose yourself in the Guru, you also merge in God.
This is the Triple Flames of God; the disciple, the Guru, and God. And these three flames become One, when the Disciple merges into the Guru, into the Guru who is already merged into God.
So, my children must understand this clearly.
You have a Guru. You are very lucky to have a Guru, and you are very lucky to have a very perfect Guru.
He may be in this world for some more time. (And), I request that you, even later, ever after that, (that you help) other children who may come and see you. Then it is your duty to take them, and hand them over to the Guru. So that they will also find their own salvation.
The Guru that you have in this world could be the only Guru. And even if you do not know who this Guru is now, once you have handed over your entire responsibility to the Guru, then perhaps you may come to know who the Guru is in fact.
But to see that Guru, you have to have that firm determination and certitude. He will not search for your help. He will not search for the help of the disciples. All that He will search for or perform are God's duties, and God's commandments.
He doesn't want your food. He doesn't want your things. He doesn't want what you have.
Whatever He says, since He is not there, since He is not learned, will come from somewhere else. Whatever He says comes from somewhere else. He will speak only when that vibration of the sound comes, and He will not speak at any time without the permission, without the voice of God, asking Him to speak.
And for every word that He says there will be four or five other witnesses to the words that He speaks. It is like that. That is a secret.
The way that He speaks is a secret. The Guru is a secret. My children are a secret. The world is a secret. And God is a secret.
If you want to realize these five secrets then you must have this faith, determination, and your certitude (iman).
My children must not feel that they are the only people who must escape and reach salvation. Any children or any one who comes to you requesting the same thing, requesting the truth from you, then you must teach them the same thing that has been taught to you by the Guru, with love, with compassion, with patience, with tolerance, with peacefulness, and with the 3000 good thoughts and good characteristics of God.
When they come to the Fellowship, and they say that they want to become members and accept the Fellowship, then you should show them.
You should show them and embrace them with love and with compassion. Then it becomes your duty to show them the right path, to show them the truth, and also to accept them in your fold.
Because the world is itself a mystery, and it is a magic, (it can sometimes make you tired). And this world, being a magic, will sometimes give you the feeling of tiredness and exhaustion.
When you are acting or you are dancing, you might feel very happy about that, at that time, but as soon as you finish your act or finish your dance, then you are going to be tired. It is only when you become tired after the act, that you begin to understand the state of the body.
At the stage when they have been acting, and they have gotten very tired and exhausted, and when they are aging, and their life seems to be coming almost extinct, or death is approaching, these are the times when they may come and ask you to show them the right path, to show God to them.
All of my children, everyone of them, must be ready to accept such people, show them the truth, teach them what your Guru has taught you, and try to show them God.
You must accept the responsibility (to do this). I ask this of the 100 members of this Fellowship. To accept this responsibility. And also I request that the members of this Fellowship, if others what to join this Fellowship, and if they also want to find the true path, that you take upon the responsibility to show them that path.
The true wisdom, the true words of the Guru, and His true blessings, are the real powerful forces of this mystery, the secret behind this truth, this path of truth.
And it is only then, it is only when he is accepted, when the disciple or member is accepted by the Guru, then only God accepts the same disciple.
But if you don't learn it that way, but learn it like looking at a book, or looking at a picture of a fruit, how can you enjoy the taste of that fruit?
It will be like that, like looking at a picture of a fruit, but you are not going to taste it and enjoy it. It is like that. Unless you have the grace of the Guru, with what He says, it will be like this picture of a fruit, which you can neither eat nor taste.
They have no use to those who just pick them up and go, or like the rain that falls in the oceans, you can't drink them because they are salty.
The water becomes useful for drinking purposes if it falls on the places where water is used for drinking. That is the good water. The water that serves people and quenches people's thirst.
Therefore, it is important to remember that, whatever the Guru preaches, it is going to be effective only to those who have surrendered themselves to the Guru. Otherwise it is of no use, it does not quench anybody's thirst.
About meditation. There is only one kind of meditation, that there is to see God. The one who worships God, must be God. The one who performs the duty of God, must be God, to perform His duty. And the one who worships God, must be God Himself, because it is only God Himself, who can worship Himself. And it is only God, who can see God.
And if he remains separate and God remains separate, then you cannot see God.
It is only when the disciple, through his firm conviction, his certitude and his determination (iman), falls and loses himself in the heart of the Guru, that he becomes Light.
When he falls into the Guru, then he becomes a seedling in the Guru. Then he is nourished and grows within the Guru. And when he emerges out of the Guru. then he emerges in the form of light.
His body gets transformed. He doesn't come in this form. He comes in the Light form or the formless state. And that formless state is God. And that formless state is the One who will know God.
And if one doesn't transform oneself into this form (of Light), then he will never see God.
If you think you can reach this state after the Guru dies, you will never be able to do that. You can do this only when the Guru is alive, and when you plant your seedling at this stage.
If you take alcohol, beer, whiskey, opium, and ganja. This is not how you transform into a Guru. You have to become like the Guru. You have to take on His characteristics and become like the Guru.
If you want to know the characteristics of a Guru, and if you want to know His age, and if you want to know His mysteries, (you should first realize the size of this undertaking).
(For example), if you dig a hole which has a diameter of about one and a half feet, and you dig it about one and a half feet deep, and you fill this hole with the finest sand that you can find from the river bed, and then count each grain of sand, perhaps then, you might be able to estimate his characteristics, and also his age, and various other things about the Guru.
There are so many things (to know about the Guru). That (hole filled with sand) would be a rough estimate of His age. And there will also be divine secrets, and things like that which are mysterious in various ways.
But if you try to measure what the Guru has with your external vision, with your mind, and with your desires, it will be like trying to measure the ocean with a one foot ruler. Or it will be like trying to measure the quantity of water in the ocean with a very small vessel.
It will be like that when you try to estimate a Guru with your mind, with the illusion of your eyes, and with your desires. What the monkey mind can estimate, and what the external visions can estimate, and what the desires can estimate, will be like that little vessel.
When you bring these little vessels to measure Him, He will look at the vessel and smile, and will look at you and says, "Oh, is that so!" And then He sends you back.
If we want to clean our dirt, we must first fall into the pond. If you fall into the pond, then only will you know the freshness of the water, its coolness, its depth, its width, and its refreshing aspects.
It is like that, you will only know the Guru when you fall into Him, when you completely surrender yourself and fall into the Guru. Then you don't exist any more. And when you don't exist any more, then you, being the seedling of the Guru, can traverse in His various worlds, and know what He is.
And then you will be able to see the 18.000 universes, you will be able to see who you are, who the Guru is, who God is. And many other things like this.
But if you don't do that, but (instead) bring your own cameras and try to picture Him, you will never be able to photograph Him. You will never be able to photograph His real dimensions, His real Self.
You might be able to photograph the trees that may be in front of the secret, but you will never be able to picture the secret itself. You can only show what can be photographed, but you cannot show what the secret is within.
My children must reflect on this. Why I said this was to try and teach my children the way that one should worship, and one should meditate on God.
End of Spiritual Discourse 1
- original version -
Go To Spiritual Discourse 1: