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You Are God – The Bhagavad Gita as never before

Inspiration

You Are God, based on the Bhagavad Gita, and Life Unlimited, based on the Gita, Bible and other Holy Scriptures are inspiration for every generation – the new, the old and the yet to arrive. They unify the message of God from various scriptures all over the world.

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Synopsis

You Are God- The Bhagavad Gita as never before is not just another commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita. This is the first book that gives the true sense of the words of Lord Krishna that were spoken 5,000 years ago.

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Significance

Go ahead, ask yourself the simple question: Why do I need new books on the Bhagavad Gita and Bible? Why do I need to read the message of Lord Krishna and Jesus Christ? Is there anything common in their message?

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Editor's Note

I joined Quest Publications as Consultant Editor in January 2005 to assist Mr Shashi Verma in the process of re-writing, editing and translating a book on the Bhagavad Gita that he had already written.

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What is this highest wisdom?

The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting is called wisdom. Being wise is also wisdom. The highest wisdom consists of putting the knowledge of God in to practice so that one may derive the boons promised by God.

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Why buy this book?

The world does not have any medicines for your stress and worries. All kinds of positive thinking and meditation techniques give only temporary relief but fail to check the root cause, leaving you stressed, worried and depressed.

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Book Reviews

By Ritu

Thousands of books have been written on God and the means of realization of God. The various religions too propagate different rituals by which God can be reached. But if the truth is that there is one God how can there be so many means of reaching Him? Logically there should be but one means of attaining God. Most of the books I have previously read do not lay down a clear path ordained by God which can lead man to God.

For the first time someone has ventured into giving straight and clear answers to the eternal questions and that too based on the knowledge and wisdom imparted by Lord Krishna and already written in Gita.

By Sanjay

The words of the Bhagavad Gita have been explained in a very simple and easy-to- understand manner in this book You Are God. I feel I have acquired the correct understanding of these words and I truly believe that this book will show me the path to peace and happiness.

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About the book

There are a countless number of treatises and interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita. In fact, this holy book has been read and re-read by people down the centuries. What, then, you may well ask, is the need for bringing out a new version and sub-titling it ‘The Bhagvad Gita As Never Before'?

You Are God is a re-look at the words of God in Bhagavad Gita through the lens of understanding given by God Himself. God gave this knowledge to the world more than 5000 years ago, but owing to a lack of understanding, the true meaning of the words in the scripture could not be comprehended.

The understanding of God’s knowledge was destined to come only when it was time to usher in a new age. That time has now arrived and with it has come the understanding of God’s knowledge. This book is based on the understanding that has come from God through a chosen person, Kanwar Daljit Singh Shihn, for the entire mankind.

God says in the Gita that the true knowledge and science of yog imparted by Him is a sovereign secret knowledge that constitutes righteousness. He says that those who doubt His words and do not have faith in this righteousness revolve in the circle of death. But, He elaborates, those who follow this knowledge and science cross over the attributes of nature. They become completely free from sorrow, old age and death and attain immortality. This truth is also written in the other holy Books that those who believe in God and keep His sayings will never die but have everlasting life.

Mankind has failed to free itself from death and attain everlasting life since the understanding of God’s knowledge was not available. But not anymore.

Any person, following any faith, can now free himself from sorrow, diseases, old age and death by understanding the words of God written in the Gita and other holy books. Unlike other treatises, You Are God is not any one's personal interpretation of the words of God, rather it is based on the true understanding that has come from God. If God says that those who believe Him and follow Him will not die but have everlasting life, then following the path shown by Him will, no doubt, lead to immortality.

About the book

There are a countless number of treatises and interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita. In fact, this holy book has been read and re-read by people down the centuries. What, then, you may well ask, is the need for bringing out a new version and sub-titling it ‘The Bhagvad Gita As Never Before'?

You Are God is a re-look at the words of God in Bhagavad Gita through the lens of understanding given by God Himself. God gave this knowledge to the world more than 5000 years ago, but owing to a lack of understanding, the true meaning of the words in the scripture could not be comprehended.

The understanding of God’s knowledge was destined to come only when it was time to usher in a new age. That time has now arrived and with it has come the understanding of God’s knowledge. This book is based on the understanding that has come from God through a chosen person, Kanwar Daljit Singh Shihn, for the entire mankind.

God says in the Gita that the true knowledge and science of yog imparted by Him is a sovereign secret knowledge that constitutes righteousness. He says that those who doubt His words and do not have faith in this righteousness revolve in the circle of death. But, He elaborates, those who follow this knowledge and science cross over the attributes of nature. They become completely free from sorrow, old age and death and attain immortality. This truth is also written in the other holy Books that those who believe in God and keep His sayings will never die but have everlasting life.

Mankind has failed to free itself from death and attain everlasting life since the understanding of God’s knowledge was not available. But not anymore.

Any person, following any faith, can now free himself from sorrow, diseases, old age and death by understanding the words of God written in the Gita and other holy books. Unlike other treatises, You Are God is not any one's personal interpretation of the words of God, rather it is based on the true understanding that has come from God. If God says that those who believe Him and follow Him will not die but have everlasting life, then following the path shown by Him will, no doubt, lead to immortality.

Author of Gita

The Gita contains the science of Yog that was first proclaimed by the Supreme God to the Sun God. This science was then handed down through generations and was known to the royal sages before it was lost to the world. Krishna imparted the science of yog to Arjun some 5,000 years ago before the commencement of the battle of Mahabharata between the Pandavs and the Kauravs in Kurukshetra. The Gita is part of the epic, the Mahabharata, which was written by sage Ved Vyas after the end of the battle.

Who, then, is the author of the Gita—Krishna, who gave the knowledge to Arjun or Ved Vyas, who wrote the scripture?

The answer is clear: none of them!

As revealed in the holy book, the science of yog was proclaimed by the Supreme God to the Sun God in the beginning. It is, therefore, necessary to understand that the science of yog is not the wisdom of Krishna but of the Supreme God.

In verse 4:1 of Bhagavad Gita the Supreme God says that the science of yog was given by Him first to the Sun God (that is, some billion years ago). This statement confused Arjun and he asked Krishna that as Krishna’s birth was much later than that of the Sun God, then how could He have given the wisdom of yog to the Sun God. The Supreme God clarified that He had taken many births earlier and that whenever righteousness declines and unrighteousness grows in the world, He manifests for the establishment of righteousness.

Righteousness here means the science of yog that was lost to the world. It has been stated in many places in the Gita that the performance of action by karma yog constitutes righteousness and, conversely, not practising it is unrighteousness. The loss of the science of yog due to a long lapse of time had resulted in unrighteousness in the world. The Supreme God came in the form of Krishna to impart this science so that righteousness could be established once again. Practising the science of yog constitutes righteousness and leads to immortality. Not practising it constitutes unrighteousness and it subjects mankind to death and rebirth.

As explained in the book, the science of yog consists of performing one’s actions without attachment to the actions and their fruits. In absence of the understanding of this science, the entire mankind performs actions by remaining attached to the actions and their results, which constitutes unrighteousness. That is why all the men and women in this world are subject to sorrow, diseases, ageing and death.

Righteousness by way of practising the science of yog, however, liberates mankind from sorrow, diseases, old age and death and grants everyone immortality. In order to achieve this state, we need to understand that the science of yog is the wisdom of God, which is meant for the entire mankind and not just for people of any particular faith. We also have to understand that man does not fulfill his dharma or become righteous by performing rites, rituals or other religious acts. Man becomes righteous only when he performs his actions in the spirit of yog by remaining unattached to the actions and their fruits.

As stated in the Gita, the science of yog is very easy to practise. You do not have to bring any changes in your lifestyle and actions to practise this science. You have to simply understand this secret science imparted by God and then bring a change only in your thoughts. This change in thoughts while continuing to perform the same actions will make a person righteous and lead him to immortality.

The Chosen One

Knowledge and its understanding are different from each other. While knowledge gives information, understanding enables a person to follow this information in the correct manner. The purpose of God's knowledge in the Bhagavad Gita and other Holy Books was to free mankind from sorrow, diseases, old age and death and give them eternal life in their present physical bodies. However due to lack of understanding no one could free oneself from these ills and all remained subject to death and rebirth.

Mankind can attain freedom from sorrow, diseases, old age and death only by understanding the words of God. Fortunately for mankind, this understanding has come into the world owing to a defining moment in the childhood of Kanwar Daljit Singh Shihn.

Young Daljit once asked his parents why they were paying homage to the Guru Granth Sahib. For, he had seen that the holy book was wrapped in cloth, placed in a separate room and revered. His parents told him that the scripture was their guru. When he asked why they were pressing the legs of the stool on which the holy book was placed, they said those were the legs of their guru. And, when he asked why they were cooling the book with a handheld fan, they answered that the guru was feeling hot.

Secure in the knowledge that this scripture was his guru who would show him the path, Daljit chose not to seek knowledge from any sage, saint or mahatma. He firmly believed that the Guru Granth Sahib was his teacher and, when the time was ripe, the teacher would reveal all to him. Many people tried to persuade Daljit to go to some master or visit some shrine, but he refused to do so and instead waited for the guru in the form of the scripture to ‘speak’ to him. The devotion of waiting made Daljit's heart pure. And at last, the true understanding of the scriptures came to him over three decades ago. It was when Daljit was 45 years old that a bright light appeared before him. It remained before him for some time and then filled his entire being. At that moment, understanding of the true knowledge written in the scripture came to him. He received so much knowledge that it clarified the whole scripture to him. Then an inner force directed him to read all the holy books to see that the truth that is written in the Guru Granth Sahib was written in the other scriptures as well. He spent the next two years in reading all the holy books. When he finished this task, he realised that all the scriptures were gurus since they all contain the same truth. He understood that whichever scripture one might follow, it was the complete guru.

After God came to him in the form of understanding, Daljit found that he was becoming free from all worries and tensions; his chronic diseases were getting cured. It did not take him long to realise that this change, both physical and mental, was because of the new wisdom. The true understanding of the scriptures that had been revealed by God revealed to him the science of karma yog and much more. Daljit started sharing this knowledge with his friends and relatives. He found that those who understood, accepted and followed this wisdom also started getting the same results. First, they began seeing the source-less light with their open eyes and then their worries and diseases started disappearing. Daljit began giving discourses on the new wisdom, at the same time realising that he was not the speaker but a listener like others. The Supreme Power or God was imparting the understanding of the knowledge already written in the scriptures through him. He himself was also coming to know of it only during the discourses. And all this knowledge underscored one simple fact: We are meant to be immortal, to live forever in bliss. Those who understand and accept the words of God will become free from sorrow, diseases, ageing and death; they will live in the same bodies forever.

Who Am I?

The objective of worshipping the Supreme God is to attain Him and to find an answer to the eternal question: Who am I? These three words constitute the greatest riddle that has intrigued mankind since the beginning of time.

The entire knowledge of God given in the Gita and the other scriptures is the knowledge of human beings who are in fact God. However, man never perceived this knowledge as his, he always presumed it was that of God and that he and God were two different entities. If he had applied that knowledge on himself, realising that it was his knowledge, he would have reached the truth much earlier.

We could not understand the words of God written in the scriptures that all bodies are embodied by God or that all of us are forms of God. Due to this lack of understanding, we failed to realise that we are not men and women but God.

God unfolds this truth at various places in the Gita:

A fragment of Myself having become an eternal living being in the living world, draws to Himself the six—the senses and the mind—that abide in Nature. When Ishwar [God] acquires a body and also when He leaves it, He takes these [the senses and the mind] and goes as the wind carries the scents from their seat. Presiding over the ears, the eyes, the organs of touch [skin], taste [tongue] and smell [nose] and also the mind, this [God] enjoys the objects of the senses. Departing or dwelling or enjoying, attached with the attributes, the deluded do not perceive; those with the eye of gyan perceive.

Bhagavad Gita

15:7-10

In these verses God declares that the being dwelling in the body is His fragment and he is Ishwar or God. He explains that each body is acquired by God, with the five senses and mind and when God leaves the body he takes these with Him. He goes on to reveal that this is God who presides over the five sense organs and enjoys the objects of the senses. This is God who enjoys His created objects by seeing, listening, touching, smelling and tasting the objects and also by thinking about them. In fact, there is no ‘I’ here for God lives in each body and enjoys the objects of senses created by Him.

There is this story of a woman who had lost her only child. Frantically, she went in search of the child everywhere. She asked numerous people about the child’s whereabouts, but nobody was able to help her. Her desperation kept increasing. Then, later, while she was looking for her child in a busy market, a person approached her and asked: ‘Are you looking for the child who is sitting on your shoulders?’ The woman was stunned, as she had been searching for the child who had always been with her.

One may laugh at the ignorance of the woman but the message here is profound. Just like that woman, we have been searching for God for the past many millennia. We go from pillar to post, wanting to find God. The people approached do not know God but they give all kinds of advice. Thousands of years have gone by, but no one has yet found God or known oneself. And, sadly, we have not come across that simple, well-intentioned person who could tell us that we are God.

Yes, the simple truth that mankind has been seeking for so very long is that man is God. That, indeed, is the answer to ‘Who am I?’ This truth is written in the scriptures, but we failed to understand the significance of the words of God. We did not understand that all we have to do is to realise that we are all God. Those who fail to know that they are God remain subject to death and rebirth. But those who realise that they are God, not ‘I’ or men and women, will be freed from sorrow, ageing and death and attain immortality.

We can look at ourselves either as ‘I’ or as God. We cannot perceive ourselves as ‘I’ and God at the same time. When we see ourselves as ‘I’ and think, ‘This is I’, we are in ignorance and delusion but when we perceive ourselves as God and think, ‘This is God, not I’, we come out of that delusion. We are then established in God.

The science of yog

As stated by God in the Gita, man can know, reach and attain God either by understanding and accepting the true knowledge given by God, called gyan yog, or by performing actions in a detached manner, called karma yog. But we could not attain God by gyan yog for the understanding of the holy books was not available to us. God could also not be attained by karma yog for the same reason.

Revealing the science of yog, the Gita asks all beings to perform actions without attachment to the objects and to mentally renounce the fruits of these actions to God:

Your right is to action only, never to the fruits. Let not the fruit of action be your motive nor let your attachment be to inaction. Firm in yog, perform actions, O Dhananjay, renouncing attachment, having become the same in success and failure; this sameness is called yog. Mere action is far inferior to buddhi yog [union by intellect]. O Dhananjay, take refuge in buddhi yog; unintelligent are those who seek the fruit. One who is a buddhi yukta [united to God by intellect] casts off both good and bad deeds. So devote yourself to yog for yog is skill during actions. Renouncing the fruit, the buddhi yuktas are liberated from the bonds of birth and reach the state beyond sorrow.

Bhagavad Gita

2:47-51

Buddhi yog is a science by which we can attain peace and happiness while living and also free ourselves from further birth after leaving the bodies. In the absence of taking refuge in this yog, we are certain to live in sorrow and to take another birth after death. Buddhi yog consists of performing actions for God instead of oneself and mentally renouncing the fruits of actions to God. When we engage in actions for ourselves and think that the fruits in the form of success, failure, pleasure and pain are ‘mine’, we fail to unite with God and remain under the delusion created by the ego. Unless a person is united to God while living in the body he cannot attain peace or liberation from birth. One becomes united to God only when one performs actions for God thinking that the fruits belong to God. Those who do not perform actions for the sake of God and do not renounce the fruits to God are said to be unintelligent; they become bound by the actions and remain subject to rebirth. As against this, the buddhi yuktas, or those united to God by the renouncement of fruits, cast off good and bad deeds. They do not become bound by their actions; they are liberated from the bonds of birth and also attain a state beyond sorrow.

The renouncement of the fruits of actions is not to be done physically or from the outside. These fruits have to be mentally renounced to God by saying in one’s heart, ‘God, the fruit—success, failure, joy, sorrow and so on—is Yours.’ The method of renunciation has been explained in detail in You Are God, but it will suffice mentioning here that a person does not have to change his lifestyle or actions to practise yog. He can remain engaged in his usual activities but he has to mentally renounce the fruits of these activities to God. The yog comprising the renouncement of fruits gives us peace and liberates us from further birth. But there is a higher state that can be attained and that is freedom from death. This can be achieved by understanding the words of God in the scriptures and by following the science of karma yog.

People tend to think that doing some good deeds or performing one’s duty sincerely constitutes karma yog. However, no one could understand that we were not the doers of any actions and, therefore, there was no question of our doing any good or bad deeds or doing our duty diligently or otherwise. The Gita says:

All actions are performed by the attributes of nature, but he who is deluded by the egoism thinks, ‘I am the doer.’ Renouncing all actions to Me, with mind fixed on self-knowledge, free from hope and egoism, do your duty without mental fever.

Bhagavad Gita

3:27 and 30

Elaborating on the practice of karma yog, the Gita says:

Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever charity you do, whatever austerity you observe, offer all that to Me.

Bhagavad Gita

9:27

The truth, as revealed by God, is that all actions from our bodies are performed not by us but by the attributes of nature. Truth is God but it does not dwell in us. Instead, the untruth, the bhava that ‘I am the doer’, is ingrained in us. God guided us to offer or renounce all our actions to Him while performing the actions so that He in the form of truth could reside in our hearts. This renouncement or offering of actions to God is truth and it constitutes the worship of the Supreme God. It has been called karma yog since it unites an individual to God by his actions.

When a person, while performing any action or while eating food, thinks or says in his heart, ‘God, You are performing the action or You are eating the food,’ he will have offered his action to God or performed the action by way of karma yog. He will have developed in his heart the truth that is God. The person who thinks, ‘I am performing the action or I am eating the food’ fails to offer his action to God and remains in delusion and untruth. The Gita clearly says:

He who is united and knows the truth must believe, even though seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, walking, sleeping, breathing, speaking, releasing, seizing, opening and closing the eyes, that 'I do nothing at all', holding that only the senses are moving among the objects of the senses.

Bhagavad Gita

5:8-9

These words of God could not be understood by the world and hence no one could perform actions by karma yog. No one thinks that he is not the doer of various actions taking place from his body. No one knows the truth that has been lying unexplored in the scriptures. As clearly stated in Gita all actions taking place from the body are performed by the attributes of nature and not by us—the beings. As long as we think that we are performing the actions, we remain attached to the attributes (purity, passion and delusion) and fail to attain the supreme bhava of God, which is free from these attributes. The renouncement of both, fruits and actions, to God frees us from attachment to the attributes. On crossing over the attributes, we attain the supreme bhava of God and become completely free from sorrow, old age and death. Karma yog—performing action without attachment or the renunciation of action—is what is going to make us immortal. The practice of this yog starts in the morning. Every person wakes up with the feeling that ‘I have woken up’. To practise karma yog, one should say once within, ‘God, You have woken up’ or ‘God has woken up’. When one drinks tea or coffee, while drinking one should say once within, ‘God, You are drinking tea/coffee’ or ‘God is drinking tea/coffee’. Even while making tea/coffee, one should say once within, ‘God, You are making tea/coffee’ or ‘God is making tea/coffee’. If one goes for a walk, one should say once within, ‘God, You are walking’ or ‘God is walking’.

You have to say this once during every action such as brushing teeth, exercising, bathing, getting ready, cooking, eating, drinking, driving, working, playing, reading, writing, watching television, listening to music and so on. And, at bedtime, one should say within, ‘God, You are going to sleep’ or ‘God is going to sleep’.

All our actions are means to become truthful, that is, to unite with God. We are engaged in action every moment of our lives and this affords ample opportunities to practise karma yog.

Though the beings are not the doers of any actions taking place from their bodies, they become bound to these actions by thinking or accepting that they are the doers. All actions from the body are performed by nature, which is the worldly and material knowledge called agyan or ignorance. It is also called untruth by the scriptures. This is the lower nature of God owing to the presence of materialism and egoism in it: Earth, water, fire, air, space, mind, intellect and also ego [I-ness]— this is My nature, divided eightfold. This is the lower nature. But different from it, O Mahabaho, know My higher nature, the life principle by which this world is sustained.

Bhagavad Gita

7:4- 5

The lower nature of God consists of worldly or material knowledge that has a bhava of egoism—‘I am performing the actions’ and ‘The fruits are mine’. The higher nature of God is devoid of attachment and ego; it sees all as one and has the supreme bhava of nonattachment to actions and fruits—‘I am not the doer’ and ‘The fruits belong to God’. This bhava is itself life, which sustains the entire universe. The higher bhava of God can be attained by us by yog, that is, by the renouncement of all actions and fruits to God. Being life, when this bhava is attained by us we are freed from sorrow, old age and death and attain immortality.

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.

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Shashi Verma, a Chartered Accountant by profession, feels that he is very lucky to get the chance of listening to the discourses by Kanwar Daljit Singh Shihn, through whom God is revealing the understanding of His words in the Bhagavad Gita and other Holy Books. He listened and re-listened to thousands of these discourses over a period of more than eight years. He could see that the understanding revealed during the discourses completely matched with the words of God in the Scriptures. He could also see that the world had not understood the science of Karma Yog that was imparted by God thousands of years ago for the well being of the entire humanity. He also found that whosoever took up the practice of Karma Yog started deriving the results written in the scriptures, namely glimpse of God in His light form, reduction in the stress and worries and curing of one’s diseases. He became convinced that if one could attain God in just four to five weeks and also start deriving these results then one would also attain freedom from old age and death by following the wisdom of God, as stated in the Holy Books.

Inspired by truthfulness of the path and the results derived by him and others he took up the work of writing a commentary on the Gita, based on the understanding given by God during the discourses of Daljit. Soon he realized that it was not an easy task to explain the words of God and with this started the process of writing and re-writing the book many times for the next six years.

Author realizes that it is not possible for any person to completely unfold the truth hidden in the words of God in the Scriptures. He therefore advises all the seekers to also listen to the original discourses to fully understand the God’s knowledge to derive the benefits of His words and wisdom. He says that every person who understands and follows the words of God in the Scriptures he will be freed from stress, worries, diseases and old age and attain everlasting life imbued with eternal peace and happiness.