Maharaji's Teaching about Eternal Eternity - In His Own Words
Maharaji's English is and was poor and very idiosyncratic. When he was still calling himself Guru Maharaj Ji in the 1970's he referred to himself as the Perfect Master (Satguru) and explained that there was only ever one unique person alive on Earth at any one time who was the Perfect Master and that this Perfect Master has come into the world again and again since Eternal Eternity to reveal to human beings the Knowledge that has existed eternally and that allows them to "realize God" or as he now explains it, the "possibility of peace." "Eternal Eternity" is reasonably specific and I'm sure it began a very long time ago and will continue forever. His father and previous Perfect Master used the words often, or at least their Hindi equivalents.
Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj Originally Published by Divine Light Mission, B-19/3, Shakti Nagar, Delhi 7, India - 1970, 8th November, 1970
He was a fearless, realised saint who followed the path of all great seers, shunning traditions, superstitions and rituals. He emphasised the worship of the living Guru. But the relation of the Guru and the disciple transcends human relations, and are based on eternal bond of the jiva and God. Every individual soul is destined to achieve salvation through the grace of a living Guru.
Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj
Hans Rawat aka Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj
Every man has within him the eternal essence. He is in fact, part of the totality of its essence. This word of God has the ability to manifest itself in a potent form in order to bring mankind closer to its truth. This manifestation is called Guru, or the Spiritual Master. While as a spiritual master is in the human body, he is not human. He is the Word made flesh. While living in the world he is not of the world.
Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj
Hans Rawat aka Param Sant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj at Prem Nagar Ashram, Hardwar, India
Permanent peace can be achieved when lust, greed, hatred and fear are overcome by people en-masse. But this is only possible by the control and concentration of mind. Only Knowledge of God's Holy Name and realisation of Divine Light enables man to gain the concentration necessary to achieve eternal bliss.
Divine Light magazine, Volume 2, Number 6
Yogiraj Param Sant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, June 1961, Prem Nagar, India
In the same way, the divine Light which is self-existent in all beings is God without physique, whereas the Satguru of the time, or the realized soul, is God with the physique. Submersion of the mind into the divine light; obedience and service to Satguru together with supreme love for Him; consecration of body, mind, and all activities to Him; together with a great anguish for the slightest forgetfulness of Him, constitute sublime devotion. Hence perpetual peace, eternal bliss and salvation within the lifetime are ensured. There is absolutely no other way to achieve them. … Bhakti is a most precious diamond. One who has this diamond in his heart knows not even the slightest misery."
Who Is Guru Maharaj Ji?, 1973
Shri Hans Ji Maharaj (Maharaji's father and guru and previous Perfect Master) in Delhi, India, 18th November, 1963
The Real Name of God is also ever-existent and self-dependent in all living beings. It is the only life generator. The difference between a living body and a dead body is the presence and absence respectively of the Holy Name. The Holy Name cannot be written in any alphabet nor can it be uttered. It is the eternal and secret sound of a vibration which has to be known, and just as fire has the inherent capacity to burn, so the Holy Name has the inherent capacity to purify the mind. Hence it changes a man's nature, making him pure and shining with bliss.
The Golden Age May 1978 Number 45
Hans Yog Prakash, The Magnum Opus of Shri Hans Ji Maharaj
He who gives us the lamp of true Knowledge is Satguru, He is God incarnate. If someone took Him to be an ordinary human being, his ignorance would make his whole life fruitless. We cannot see God except in human form. No one has ever seen the Lord in any form except that of His Incarnation. We haven't seen God, and even if we try, we will not see Him. Why should we even speak about seeing Him, when we cannot even paint His picture without distortion. The Incarnate Lord, who has always worked in this way, and who has never had any desire for the fruits of His actions, remains eternally free. And so it is with anyone who lives in this way, no matter if he lives in a great city where vice and corruption abound, viciousness cannot touch him. A lotus leaf floats on the surface of the water, but still it does not become damp. In the same way, a man such as we speak of can remain free of sin even if he is dipped in the sink of iniquity.
Hans Yog Prakash
Patna, Bihar, India, December 25, 1971
This specialist Guru is one for His own time. He is the one for the present,
commanding the entire age. He is the Supremest Lord of the time.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj said in His own time, "People of the world, always remember that one Supremest Eternal
Power who alone is permeating water, earth and all the creations. Do not remember any other who is in birth and death."
You don't have to remember others. You have to remember the One who is really One for the whole universe.
Why do you have this human body? To know this, we will have to take the shelter of Guru Maharaj Ji. Guru Maharaj Ji knows all. Guru Maharaj Ji is Brahma (Creator). Guru Maharaj Ji is Vishnu (Operator). Guru Maharaj Ji is Shiva (Destroyer of illusion and ego). And above all, Guru Maharaj Ji is the Supremest Lord in person before us.
Élan Vital magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 1977
Satsang of Shri Guru Maharaj Ji, Imperial College, 9 Sept 1972
You know we can believe that there is no proof that God exists, for until we feel inside of our heart, until we feel inside ourselves the eternal grace, the eternal bliss, the real eternal power that is inside us, we cannot believe that God exists. Now in the same way, there is no proof that God exists because we have not seen Him.
Divine Light magazine Volume 2, Number 3, December, 1972
Prior to February 15, 1973
If you want real satisfaction, then it is the mind that has to be conquered; it is the mind that has to be satisfied. And the means to do this is by using a special Knowledge, a special way, a special system. And this is the system that has been described by all the saints. A thousand suns may rise and there will still be darkness. Man will still be in frustration; man will still know, but when a man finds the Guru then he will have the eternal Light. Three kinds of light-sun, moon, and fire-can be seen by everybody. Pigs, dogs, donkeys, and men, they can all see these three lights, but the Divine Light is the fourth light and only human beings can see this, and only those human beings who go to the Master and ask to be shown it (Guru Maharaj Ji, 1972)
Holi Festival, Florida, March 20, 1977
I'm talking about birth into that eternal eternity, where there is complete harmony, where there is complete satisfaction. And the only method that is most successful, and the only method there is, is satsang, service, and meditation. And to give it all a super dose, there is darshan, and these programs, the way they're happening. So premies, let us all really come together, let's really become one in that bond, one in that tie, one in that love, and go ahead. There's no power in this whole world that can stop us from experiencing what we want to experience. Not even mind, if you're strong enough. There's nothing. No power in this world, that can stop us. Just - all we have to do is have faith in Guru Maharaj Ji. Have faith in me..
The Golden Age, May / June 1977, Number 38
Dortmund, Germany, October 1, 1978
No, we all come together to be able to listen to satsang, to be able to share that love, to be able to enjoy the beauty, to be able to be blissed out. What difference does it make how you put it? When that's the idea - to be completely merged in that love. … And now is when you should do it. I very much recommend so. Because, who can wait for that eternal blessings, for that eternal beauty, for that eternal bliss? … Guru Maharaj Ji is that saviour and we have to have that trust, and we have to have that faith. … But now it can happen for you too. You can merge into that river of that eternal bliss. You can enjoy that satsang; you can merge into it.
Golden Age, Issue 51
Denver Colorado, 25 February 1979
Look, it's very simple. A realization, your experience of Knowledge is, by far, stronger than all the elements of this universe put together. This Knowledge is so strong that it defeats all the karmic laws of this universe. That's how strong the experience of Knowledge is. Be it a sin committed on the moon, Mars - anywhere. It defies the entire structure. It's made for that. It takes you above and beyond everything and shows you a realization of Knowledge. of Itself, of that Truth which nobody, nobody ever can deny. If the whole world turns against you. if the whole universe - including the Martians, if there are any - turns against you. still your weight on the scale will be heavier. Because you have realized Knowledge. That's how powerful. that's how strong, that realization really is And it is that way. It has been that way since time immemorial. It is that way on February 25th of 1979. It will be on the 26th, 27th, and 28th. And for time immemorial. Even when the Earth phases out. sun diminishes, everything goes to wherever it goes to, your experience of Knowledge cannot diminish. Because it is from where even, you might say, eternity starts. It is the source of all sources. It is It. It is the experience which is beyond death, beyond creation, beyond anything in this world.
Divine Times - Holi Issue, 1979 Volume 8, Number 2
Montreal Canada, January 1981
(Applause) Peace is eternal. Peace is within you and me and nothing more that an experience of who I am and what I am and nothing more than the experience of that Supreme Thing itself is going to bring me peace and not until every human being is in peace with himself will he be within peace with anybody else either. Cause he has no necessity to. And yet I see that that Creator creates us with such love, such care, such tenderness to bring us, to put us here, give us an experience and what is demanded? No more than to just open up, no more to go that Master, to go to that teacher, to go to that one who has got that realisation and to ask and then that realisation is imparted to us.
Message Of The Heart video
Miami Florida, 31st July 1982
People who believe in religion, who believe in God, believing that there is only one God, they fight. My God is better than yours, my God is better than yours even though unanimously they all claim that there is only one God but where it really boils down to it my God is better than your God. And the thing is none of them have ever seen God, they don't even know what he or she looks like, they don't even know where it lives, what it eats, what it does, what cl, what color clothes it wears, what does it look like. As a matter of fact if God appeared to human beings, just boom one day there he was, the first thing they're gonna do is call the police and call the fire department because they will not be able to comprehend what's going on, what's this and if God's, I mean here they are, their hearts probably going to be beating really fast, their bloods gonna be really gushing out, they're gonna be terribly excited and in this anxiety, fear, you can imagine their situation there's this incredibly bright light, formless, and they look, they open their window shades and there it is. No more neighbors house, no more cars, no more street, no more tree, no more yard, no more driveway just this incredible light surrounding everywhere and they go pick up the phone, "I'd like to report this incredibly bright light that has surrounded at my house. Could you please come and check this out?" And then imagine it, I mean imagine this, imagine this and then all of a sudden the light says "I am God." Chances are, you'd pass out, that it. I mean they're hearing about it is like one thing, it's like the ghosts right. People sometimes sit down in their living room or den or dining room, wherever and they talk about ghosts. It's like whooo you know isn't that weird and isn't that weird and they're all telling ghost stories. What if that moment, point blank you see this figure ??? right across the wall and said "Boo." What do you suppose would happen? I can't imagine, it'd be too much. So here comes this incredible thing and says "I am it. I am what you're looking for." And people are going to say, "How do I know?" And the things says "Haven't you heard that I am light, I am light, I am formless, I am eternity and thus you can't see my end. I am light, believe, now you see me believe" and they're gonna say "Oh come on, you know. Cut the trick, who is doing this?"
Shri Hans Jayanti celebrations, November 9, 1990
Master - the eternal companion !
And in this bhajan it has been mentioned that even your son will accompany you up to the cremation grounds to kindle the funeral pyre. After that he will leave you. He won't accompany you further. You cannot do so. You are simply alone and in this aloofness if anyone can be your true companion - and I have tested it in my life that if there is anyone who can prove to be your real companion, that is the one who is able to lead you, to escort you to this Knowledge. That is your true companion. That companion will prove to be your eternal companion because he has given you such a precious thing which will be always with you.
'Life Force', Volume 7, Issue 2 April - June, 1991
Miami Beach, May 1998
My creator has given me an opportunity to be here. My master gave me the opportunity to be free. I am indebted, eternally grateful.
Miami Beach, May 1998
Today, a breath came into me and brought me the gift of life. For this, I am filled with gratitude. For this, I'm eternally thankful because today I am alive.
Inspire Electronic magazine, v3 i112 26 October 2006
You cannot explain what life means. You need to feel it. You cannot explain your breath. You need to breathe it. You cannot explain what this existence means. It can only be felt. If you understand that, an entirely different door opens up to you. You begin to understand by feeling — not through explanations. You begin to understand the preciousness of life, the joy, and the truest responsibility to be in gratitude to the most magnificent power that has made it possible for you to be alive. Not just for one minute, five minutes, ten minutes. To actually feel the eternal gratitude. That's what it means to be alive. Not doubt. Not confusion. That's not being alive. Not pain, not suffering, not misery, not darkness. Not sorrow and lamenting and wishing. Being alive means to be crystal clear.
ADI magazine, Issue #2, 2007