Question and Answer (with IPIP Retreat guests)
Q. You give importance to disciplines ie. 4am and 7pm yoga. Some ask why they should be in the bondage of discipline.
Amrit vela meditation is very special. When you have experience of that yoga then you won’t want to miss that time. When one is careless they don’t value time and then there is no value for discipline. When you value your time you use it in a worthwhile way. In the evening one can be quiet, peaceful and silent and can finish the things of the past. The early morning and the time of twilight are very powerful. In the morning you experience God’s love and in the evening you check your activity of the day. These can be called systems and there is great benefit in them. We should pay a lot of attention on being accurate with time.
Q. Dadi, you have a lot of love for a simple life but some people worry about letting go of the way they live. When something is renounced there should not be any fear of renouncing. But how can we really enjoy the simple life?
The way we lived before, our food, clothes, travel etc. was to show and keep up with other people. When I eat and dress according to the way people in the world do then I need to spend a lot of money. When someone doesn’t waste money they can remain healthy, wealthy and happy and everything comes to them automatically. Some work for 5 or 6 days and then spend all their money on the 7th day! One does to have to work for their livelihood but then use your extra time and money in a worthwhile way. Shiv Baba and Brahma Baba love the foreigners! The foreigners make sure they save enough money for their trip to Madhuban every year, no matter what! This is the attraction of spirituality, Godly love and truth. In fact, it is spiritual love that is the attraction. Even your friends and family won’t see you in a spiritual way. It is fine to work but let your work be one in which you practice what you learn. The activity of some is such that they earn the respect and love of their employers. Those who are true and give love and respect and love, automatically earn the love and respect of others.
Q. Why do we keep Brahma Baba’s picture if we say we don’t have a guru?
He is not our guru. He is not God. Yet, it is through Brahma Baba that Shiv Baba has shown us what to do. Brahma Baba did not want anyone’s attention to be drawn to him. He drew everyone’s attention to Shiv Baba. He did not want anyone to keep his picture. Shiv Baba is incorporeal, He doesn’t come into the cycle of rebirth. Yet, He tells us the difference between knowledge and ignorance. He teaches us who we are and who we belong to, what type of actions to perform. Brahma Baba became an angel and we learned from that what we now have to do. Without Shiv Baba how could Brahma have become what he did? God gave us peace, happiness, love and power. When there is peace and truth in one’s life then we feel love for everyone. Firstly though, I have to become my own friend. If I am not my own friend then I am my own enemy. When I do what God teaches then strength comes in my life. I then develop faith and I can do everything with understanding. There is then nothing to worry about as God is my friend. There is truth and falsehood, wrong and right, sin and charity and yet, with God as my friend, it is not possible for me to do anything wrong. Success is always with me when God is my friend. When God is your friend then everyone will be your friend.
Q. If someone doesn’t believe in God can they still meditate?
Sometimes people say they just want to sit peacefully. Yet, when they come to the centres they feel the peace. When someone feels that peace, love and happiness then they become interested in knowledge. When they feel attainment through the atmosphere people start to feel that ‘yes, I think I can bring this into my life’. When people take benefit from Madhuban then they can start to practice there. There has to be the aim. Some say they don’t believe in God yet when there is a problem they remember God, the intellect goes up above.
Q. There is conflict in the world. Why doesn’t God intervene and prevent this conflict?
When you understand the reasons for the conflict then you will understand why God cannot prevent it. Brahma Baba had visions of civil war, nuclear events and natural calamities. These cannot be prevented, in fact they are increasing. We have to become such that we are creating a new age. Yet, when one remains clean and pure inside they will remain safe. There should be no thought of deceiving others: sarf (clean) means safe. You will receive a touching of what to do and what not to do at times of danger. Keep yourself so clean that God can touch your intellect and take you to safety. People in the world either deceive others or are deceived themselves. In times of danger, if you remember God you will remain safe.
Remember there is silence, sweet silence and dead silence… We have to learn to speak less and do everything with silence. Sound is of three types: Speaking with bossiness and a strong tone. The second is speaking at length, trying to teach others. The third is to speak less, to aim to teach through one’s activity. God is teaching us and all we have to do is to follow and others will automatically get inspired. The more you stay in silence, the more power you will receive. Just remain peaceful and smile.
Q.What would you like to tell this group so they can take maximum benefit?
The main thing is the wonder of this knowledge. This knowledge, given by the Supreme soul is clear and also essenceful. It is like a mirror that one can look into. If you don’t have a mirror how can you see yourself? I have to see myself in the mirror of my own mind. My life should be good… it should be elevated. In my company others should become elevated. Company, co-operation and love… remember these things. Now remember what is useful to you and forget that which is not useful.
There two things: doubts and questions. When there is doubt in something there are questions. When doubts finish, questions also finish.