Shortcut to Immortality
God has highlighted in the various scriptures, time and again, that we can transcend death and live forever. This state can be attained by karma yog and/or gyan yog. Both these paths give us the supreme bhava of God, which makes us immortal. A karma yogi attains the supreme bhava when he is perfected in yog and crosses over the attributes of nature, realising that he does nothing and that all actions are performed by nature. Karma yog could not be practiced by the mankind due lack of its understanding and hence the supreme bhava of God could not be attained by anyone. The path of gyan yog was also not feasible since the understanding of the words of God in the scriptures was not available. But now this understanding has come from God and is available in the form of the discourses of Daljit Singh. The supreme bhava of God is itself God and it can be easily attained. All we have to do is to listen to and then understand and accept the knowledge that has come from God. This is the direct approach to God.
The understanding of the scriptures that has come from God constitutes the truth. This truth is itself God, which means that God has come in the form of truth. When a person listens, understands and accepts the truth it is instantly converted into God/light, which dwells in his heart. That is why this has been called the direct approach to God. The person who attains God/light is able to see that light with his open eyes. It has been seen that those who listened to the weekly discourses of Daljit would start seeing the light within four to five weeks. A few of them started seeing the light during the course of listening to the first discourse itself. They are those who understand and accept everything that is spoken in the discourse.
Every person who understands and accepts the truth spoken by God will instantly attain God. Regular listening, understanding and accepting will lead him to a state of immortality and he will live without stress, diseases or old age.
Excerpts from discourses of Daljit Singh, held in New Delhi, where God spoke through him and gave the understanding of His words already written in the holy books:
We have to first know why we have assembled here. We are in search of truth, for salvation cannot be gained without truth. ‘Satsang’ means union with truth. Where one does not get united with truth, it cannot be called a satsang. This truth has to be known. We do not have to become a gyani since it is written in the scriptures, one does not gain anything by becoming a gyani. We do not have to do meditation since meditation, too, does not give us anything. We do not have to do good deeds since that also does not take us to God.
Which God? Whom do you regard as God?
First, you must know whom you are searching; for whom are you undertaking various acts of worships and devotions. Whom do you have to attain? Where is your mind fixed? You must know whom you have to attain. Does He have any form or colour? Is He a power that cannot be seen? We should have clarity on all this as per the scriptures, only then will we be able to tread on the right path. It is written in the Guru Granth Sahib that ‘Gyan dhyan kuchh karam na jana saar na jani Teri, Sab to wadda Sat Guru Nanak jis kar raakhi meri.’
What do these words tell us? They clearly state that the ways of knowledge, meditation and action will not be able to protect you; they are not your God, nor can they lead you to God. We read these words and understood that these ways and devotions would not save us. Yet we carried on doing them. This indicates that we have not accepted what is written in the scriptures.
The holy books are not accepted by bowing before them or by paying respect to them. The knowledge of the scriptures is respected only when one walks according to that and acts upon its commands. Only then does one get united to them. These are teachings of the guru. They are the guru and these writings are the precepts of the guru. This guru is eternal. Numerous holy people came and went but the scriptures are still here and will always be here. They are eternal. You should have utmost respect for their teachings. See what happens by walking under their guidance. Take one step and you will reach where you are meant to reach, which is your ultimate destination. You cannot reach there without acting according to the commands of the guru.
Mankind has devised numerous ways of worship and devotion and is continuing to engage in them. Has anyone said I have seen/attained God, come with me and you will also see/attain Him? All are walking but no one has reached their destination. Numerous births have passed but our destination has not arrived. We have still not reached our destination while it was actually only one step away.
What a tragedy! Man was capable of reaching his destination by taking just one step but he has been walking over numerous births and has not managed to reach his destination even today.
What is the reason for this? We have to know this reason for only then will we be able to walk on the right path and get a glimpse of God. What kind of glimpse? According to the scriptures, ‘Netri satguru pekhna, sarvana sunana gur nao’. See Him with your eyes—have a glimpse of Him and hear His sound with your ears. This is the definition of God. When you have such a glimpse of God, you should know that you are proceeding according to the command of your guru. And if this does not happen, it means you are not able to proceed as per his command. You are faltering somewhere. Remove that deficiency and God will be before you. It was such a simple thing but we made it complicated and hence we are still searching. He who can see God can then enable others to see Him; he can reveal the path to others. Whoever walks on that path will see God and become a witness. We do not need to indulge in various forms of devotions, we only need to know the way by which we can have a glimpse of God. Our aim is not to become a gyani. If you acquire gyan, you will certainly become a gyani but this gyan will not be able to protect you. There are others who tell you to meditate, but the scriptures say that you cannot attain God by meditation. Performing good deeds, too, cannot lead you to God.
We have not been able to reach God since we did not obey the command of the guru; we failed to understand the significance of the words contained in the scriptures. We did not grasp their true meaning and, what was the result? Instead of attaining God, kaliyug is on the increase. People’s problems and hardships are rising in proportion to an increase in kaliyug. We are forgetting the path of God, not realising that he who walks on the path of God goes into joy.
What do we have to do to walk on the path of God?
First of all, you should try to know yourself. Until you know yourself you cannot attain God. Every morning we get up, reach for the newspapers and try to know what is going on in the world. But did you ever think that you should first know yourself for, ultimately, self-realisation is God-realisation?
You did not know yourself but you have known many other things. What have you gained? Without self-realisation you cannot attain God or even happiness. Know yourself, ask yourself the all-important question: Who am I?
We are not as we think about ourselves. We are such as we do not know about ourselves. You know that you are a body and that this body is made up of five elements. This is the body that comes into the world. But at that time, do we know ourselves; do we know why we have come into this world? Do we even have the realisation that we have come into the world?
We do not know these at birth since we do not exist; we are nothing. If we were some thing we would have known that we have taken birth or we have come to this world. We were not like that at birth as we know now that we are humans. But you were not like this when you were born. You did not have the understanding of who you were.
You kept playing in your mother’s lap, but still you could not know or realize whether you are or you are not.
So when did you realise this? Who made you realise it?
This realisation of who you are came with the knowledge that was given to you. You learnt that this is your mother, this is your father, this is your brother and sister; all this worldly knowledge started going inside you. Slowly, you started realising that ‘I am’.
Who realised this? The worldly knowledge realised that ‘I am’. This was not you but it was worldly knowledge.
What has been written in the scriptures? None of our thoughts or knowledge should be outside the scriptures. If we are talking according to the scriptures only then are we on the right path. If we say anything that is not as per the scriptures, we will be wrong.
The scriptures have said there is none here besides the Lord/God. If there is only Lord/God, then in what form is He here? How have we been associated with God? How are we connected with Him and who are we?
God is gyan, that is, knowledge; His form is knowledge. If there was anyone here it was only gyan and none except gyan. That gyan had in it light and this light was your life. Our story starts from here.
Whether gyan is worldly or truthful, it is the form of God.
Time will keep moving as long as the worldly knowledge remains within you. And when does it stop? When the truthful knowledge goes in, it stops because the knowledge of truth is beyond time. The worldly knowledge is within time. The knowledge that came and realised, ‘I am’, that knowledge is mayavi (delusive). This maya is the half portion of God; maya and truth both are forms of God.
In the beginning, God came into the world in the form of worldly knowledge and created the whole play.
So who is creating the play here? Gyan, the knowledge; it is the chief here. That is why the Guru Granth Sahib says, ‘Gyan khand mein gyan prachand’, which means that the entire creation is made up of knowledge and knowledge is ruling here. Then how can we say that we are ruling here? You should accept that gyan is ruling within you. You are living in the world of gyan and gyan is ruling inside. You should regard this as a play of gyan that has come inside, and not as your play. We were never there. If we were there, we would have realised on being born that we are. You are not there but gyan is there. Who enables you to go about in this world? It is worldly knowledge that is making you act according to the ways of the world. If gyan is making us act and do things we are not at fault; nothing is in your hands. According to the Guru Granth Sahib, ‘Haath kisi ke kucch nahin, Jo kucch kare karaye so Ram Raje.’ (Ram here refers to the worldly form of God—the worldly knowledge that is functioning inside all bodies.)
You became united with this knowledge by declaring that this is my doing, or I am doing this, which included the good as well as the bad. As a result of this, you got entangled. All sorts of sorrows started coming into your body when you accepted that this is my deed. If you had simply said that this is not my doing but the doing of gyan and I have nothing to do with it, your sorrow would have got converted into joy. Those who have followed this practice, saying the sorrow is not mine, I am not involved in it, it is gyan who is doing all this and hence gyan is responsible, then the sorrow starts giving way to happiness. Try doing this practically every time you feel sorrowful; if you accept it with belief you will find that your sorrow soon changes to joy. This is the first attainment and you can confirm it yourself, if you like. But before you do that, you have to know the complete path. I have so far told you only one thing and revealed only one secret. I have told you that it is gyan that is dominating over you.
You may ask what difference does it make if I say it is not I but gyan that is doing all this? The answer is, you become truthful. The truth that you are seeking starts developing within you, for you have uttered the truth. You were speaking untruth till now; you were saying I am doing all this. You were untruthful.
What developed within you? Falsehood, not truth. Truth develops by speaking the truth; falsehood develops by speaking lies. There is either truth or falsehood; there is no third thing here. You can either be true or untrue; you can either speak the truth or untruth. One truth is worldly and the other is godly. Worldly truth and worldly untruth are the same but it is godly truth that has been referred to as the truth in the scriptures. The truth that has been praised by the scriptures is the truth that is connected with God, called sat-naam. There is only one truth, as stated in the Guru Granth Sahib, ‘Ek shabad mere pran basat hai mor janam naa aavaa’.
It is said to be one because there is only one truthful word. You must understand this word for you will only accept it once you know it. First you will get the information and then only will you accept that it is correct. It will then start developing within you by itself. When you know this secret about this truth and how it is to be adopted, you will be able to become truthful. Truth develops by speaking truth. The truth is that it is gyan that is doing everything, you are not the doer. Your sorrows will start going away by this truth and, soon, your diseases will disappear as well.
All you have to do is to accept the words of God and understand that you are not what you think you are. You are being driven by your knowledge. It is your thoughts that are driving you; it is your thinking that moves the body. For instance, you first get a thought: ‘I am thirsty, let me stand up and drink water.’ You then pick up a glass, pour water and drink. But who drank the water? Who said: ‘I am thirsty’? That statement did not originate from your body; rather, it came from your thoughts. And how do thoughts drink? They do not have any mouth, hence thoughts drink from the body’s mouth. Thoughts became thirsty, the water went inside through the mouth and their thirst was quenched. You quenched the thirst of the thoughts, not of the body. The body is made up of earth, the body does not become thirsty.
Similarly, who gets tired? Your thoughts declare: ‘I am very tired, let me lie down.’ You think that your body is tired and is lying down. But that is not true. You have to understand that it is not the body but the thought that is resting. Thoughts do not have any form nor do they have a body. Thoughts are like air that cannot drink or eat or sleep or take rest. Hence thoughts partake everything through the body.
I am giving you knowledge of what you are. You may ask, what is the benefit of this? This information about you has been called truth, and this truth is God. This truth is light and your everlasting life. It is everything. This is your Supreme God in the form of truthful knowledge. It has been written at many places in the scriptures that truth is God. God has said that He in the form of truth is your God. What is that truth? Each and every piece of knowledge about us is truth and that truth is God.
When you came here to attend the discourse, on the first day you were given some information about yourself. I did not give you any mantras to recite, nor did I ask you to do any chanting or meditation. I did not ask you to sit in any particular posture. What I did was to give you some information about yourself that you did not know. At the end of the discourse, a light appeared in front of many of you. That light is God, which came to dwell in your heart and it also manifested outside you. This way of attaining God was not known, hence man continued to engage in various forms of devotions to God. While God could not be attained by any devotion, He is being attained during the discourse itself. Now you can see the difference.
God says that it is our dharma or duty to tread on this path as it leads us to God. In one of the discourses, Daljit Singh asked a very pertinent question:
Why do we need God?
We need God because we do not have any medicine in this world for removing sorrow and worries. Even doctors do not have any medicines to remove worries. Yet even they tell us that most of our prevalent diseases are due to excessive worrying. And, when you take medicines to cure a disease, you invariably find that the disease has not got cured, but two more diseases have come up due to some reaction or the other. Will you call it a medicine that does not cure a disease but gives you two more diseases? All have died here while eating medicines. Not a single person has survived. But, aren’t medicines meant to save lives rather than kill people?
Then comes old age. Has anyone managed to escape from old age? You may do exercises or yoga and deep breathing regularly. You put yourself in all kinds of discomfort, eat the ‘correct’ food, but what do you gain? Ultimately, we all die. That is why I am telling you – to accept the words of God and attain Him. God alone has a solution for all your miseries. He says, ‘Come to me, I will remove all your miseries, sorrows, pain. I will give you bliss, make you immortal and provide a happy and pleasant life. In that bliss you will flourish and have a large family and live in peace.’
It is written in the scriptures that you will die and that you can be saved. God says that he who does not accept His words will die and he who accepts His words will get everlasting life. If everlasting life was not possible, God would never have said that it is. But everyone started walking on the path of death, of worldly devotions and hence all died. Just think, if paras [philosopher’s stone) can convert iron into gold, can’t God provide everlasting life to the body? Doesn’t God have the power to stabilise the body forever? This body is liable to decay. When God leaves the body, it starts decaying. You hurry to cremate it. You can’t keep it for long otherwise it will start smelling.
Understand that whatever is happening is by the power of God, which is sitting inside us. If this power remains within us for thousands of years, the body will remain as it is and will not decay.
Today, God is giving you this knowledge through me. I am the instrument for His words. I am simply giving you knowledge about yourself, which is the truth and truth is God.
Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Truth, Light, Beautiful)—these words were uttered for this truth. It means, he who has truth in him is enlightened; this truth is light and this light is your life. The life that is made by truth is beautiful. Your present life is not beautiful, it is ugly. Your appearance becomes ugly and your life also becomes ugly, full of sorrow, diseases and pain. But when you adopt the truth, that is, when you listen to, understand and accept the words of truth, light will glow within you. This light will then come out of your eyes and you will be able to see it. Your form will become beautiful, your thoughts will become like God’s, your vision will become like God’s, you will be freed from diseases, you will be made as pure as God and attain happiness. Life becomes beautiful. When it is dark from inside, it can’t be beautiful outside. When the inner being becomes beautiful, then the outer self also becomes beautiful. Your face is the mirror of your inner self. If there is fear or worry inside, it reflects on the face. When the light is lit within, there will be an immediate transformation for this light is power and it gives life, hence it is called jeevan jyoti (life giving light). This will happen when truth goes within you, when your thoughts become truthful and you receive the true knowledge.
Truth is the name of God. Truth is itself God. When you start accepting this knowledge you will become true, your form (kaya) will become God-like and you will be complete. There will be no enmity for anyone in your heart.
In a subsequent discourse, Daljit Singh went on to quote from the Guru Granth Sahib:
Aad ant eke Avtara, soi guru samjhio hamara
Namaskar Tisi ko hamari, sagal praja jis Aap sawari.
[From beginning till end, there is only One who has incarnated; regard Him as your guru and bow only before Him, who has created the entire beings.]
God says that He created this universe and, until it will come to an end, when there will be nothing here, there is only One who has incarnated.
If only One has incarnated, then God Himself has incarnated. He alone is here; only One has come and will remain here till the end of time. Regard Him alone as your guru and do not bow before anyone else. Daljit Singh emphasised that in the discourses, he only presents the understanding of the words of God:
We should understand the words of God in the scriptures in order to know what guidance has been given to us and we can then follow it fully. If you take even one wrong step, you will go astray and your path will not lead to God. Everyone is on the wrong path and hence heading towards death.
No one really believes God when He says, ‘Na oh mare na thage jaye, jiske Ram vase man maye’—those who have God in their hearts do not die, nor are they deceived by delusion or untruth. God said this but you did not believe Him. For mankind, death is the greatest truth. Even if deathlessness has not happened, man could have at least accepted it for it is written in their scriptures. All regard themselves as gyanis whereas they are agyanis. No one asked God for gyan. He alone is said to seek gyan who accepts that he is agyani. He who considers himself a gyani does not seek gyan nor does God give him gyan. Identify your mistakes and then try to rectify them for if you do not do so, you will not be able to walk on God’s path.
I can, however, say with certainty that no one is walking on God’s path. If anyone had followed that path, he would have attained Him. But no one said, ‘I have attained God, come and I will show His path to you. Take one step and have a glimpse of God.’ God is attainable; He is not a figment of your imagination. He is not a thought; He is a reality, a truth. He is something that can manifest; His existence can be confirmed. He is a power which truly is.
Who exists? God has said that there is no one here except Him. You chose not to accept God in these forms but you accepted yourself. He had said that only one has incarnated and there is no second here. But you accepted all except Him. And where did you accept Him? You made a form of stone or kept a picture and accepted that as God. But you did not accept where He was alive, where He was walking, where He had come to life. You accepted a stone and so much more as God but refused to recognise Him. Is this not ignorance? Does this not show that we are all agyanis? If you want gyan, first accept yourself as an agyani, only then will you attain gyan. The knowledge of the scriptures is gyan but the entire knowledge of the world is agyan and that is why no one understands this gyan. People interpreted their scriptures differently, according to the agyan present in them, and hence there are so many sorrows, killings, atrocities and so much unrest in today’s world.
All these sorrows have come to us because we are agyanis. If we had found one word of gyan, that is, if we had known one truthful word, then we would have been freed from further births: ‘Ek shabad mere pran basat hai more janam na aavaa.’ This confirms that your entire knowledge is ignorance since if you have even one word of truth or gyan in you, you would be liberated.
If you want God, just throw all your knowledge; regard it as agyan. Become empty by thinking that, from today, I am listening to the words of gyan for the first time. When you become empty, every word of God will settle in your heart. Remember, each and every word of God is God, it is guru bani. It is clearly said in the Guru Granth Sahib: ‘Guru hai bani, bani hai guru, vich bani amrit-saar [God is the word in the scripture, the word is God, this word has immortality giving nectar].
The guru or God mentioned here is the writing in the scripture. Now, who is the writing in the scripture? The answer is God! And what is in this writing? Immortality.
Accept this writing as God, believe that you are assimilating or taking in God. It is only by accepting the words written in the scriptures that you will attain God.
We have come into this world for only one purpose—to attain God. That is our life’s destination and we will keep encountering death until we reach it. We will know that we have reached this destination when we get a glimpse of God, of the light, and hear the naad or sound: ‘Netri satguru pekhna, sarvana sunana gur nao’, that is, see the true guru/God with your eyes and listen to His name with your ears. Until you see Him with your eyes and listen to Him with your ears, you will keep revolving in the cycle of birth and death.
Naad is a vibration by which the universe is made. All material is within this sound. Even the five gross elements—fire, water, air, space and earth—come out of this vibration. God, in the form of naad, creates the universe and everything in it. He is the doer, there is none other. As the doer, He is engaged in all activities.
It is clearly written in the scriptures that death is not imperative. Sceptics may well ask why the greatest mahatmas/devotees have not managed to defeat death and become immortal. They then tend to disregard the scriptures as untrue. Others believe that great beings get immortality after death. But, according to the understanding received from God, we keep dying because we carry on asking God for death, accepting it as the inevitable end of our lives:
Unless you follow the path shown by God you will not attain Him but keep wandering. And those who wander meet with death and keep taking birth after birth. It is written in the Guru Granth Sahib that those who have God in their hearts do not die, nor are they deceived by delusion or untruth. You cannot refute this. If it has not happened, it does not mean that the word of God is incorrect. If we could not achieve it, then it was owing to some deficiency in us. God has not made such a system that death is imperative.
God said, ‘Whosoever will not attain me he will surely die, he cannot escape death. And he who attains me cannot die, he will live.’ But man says that there are great devotees here and all have died, hence the word of God has not been proved. Man says there have been great mahatmas and they all have died, then who will survive? But then do the scriptures contain untruth? Man has termed the holy books as untrue as he could not accept the word of God from the heart. He says that its meaning is not this but something else. Man believes one will become immortal after death. But how can one be immortal after death? All who say that death is imperative, that everyone has to die, are asking for death. Throughout life, when you kept asking for death or accepted the fact that you were going to die, God fulfilled your wish and gave you death. This was your demand that you had confirmed within. You would have accepted the word of God if you had said to God, ‘I have accepted Your word that I can live and that I will not die. Now it is for You to see how this happens. You have said that I will not die, so I will not die.’
But you never asked God for life, you always asked for death. Even if you say that death has to come, accept it to see what happens. Will it increase your loss or will you die twice? Death has to come once and even otherwise you are going to die, so why don’t you take a chance and accept the word of God when He clearly states that man can live forever.
Daljit Singh’s discourses, where God spoke to the gathering through him, have clearly shown that man can live forever. The scriptures have said the same, it is only that the interpretations were wrong. It is now time to discard our old beliefs, the dogmas and doctrines, and accept the truth that will make us immortal.