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Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji
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Lecture on: 04/12/1988
Category: Khalsa Council
Location: Los Angeles, Ca

Khalsa Council

There is a situation which you and your generations, who you feel shall follow you. You and your generations which shall follow you, you and the surrounding of the generation in the humanity which shall not follow you, but be around, and the generation of the people which shall not follow you, not be around, but shall oppose you. The people who shall oppose you to the point of a kind of insanity, even in that, what you have got spiritually, that is what the fight is going to be about. People have lost their spiritual collection, therefore their mind is dry, and a dry mind is carrying nothing but a very painful confusion. Look at it very honestly. How many people you meet a day, and how many people are trying to make their roots deeper and deeper, and expanded, and supportive on the earth? Do you mean to say, if I make a pillar, and I go two hundred feet down and expand its roots, maybe in a quarter mile area, built into an angle, create a dome like situation, give it the impact against the
violence of the wind and circumstances of the storm. I cover the entire earth with the whole wonderful science of engineering that I know, after that I wanted just to get up and get to heaven. Will that ever happen? No, that can't happen. Therefore, the principle of the beauty of life is that you live light, and spread light. There are two principle factors which are the challenge of the humanity today. Live light, spread the light, world will be at your feet. In the dark room, if the darkness starts moving around, nobody will notice. In the dark room, the relationship between darkness and light is, whenever the candle is lit, how huge a darkness may be, within the vicinity of the voltage of candle light, darkness is gone. Many of you move in life, but forget you are a living light, and that is the handicap you are facing. Otherwise, the world in the darkness just needs a hope. It's not within my power to change the environments and circumstances. It is not within my power to tell a donkey to become a cockroach. It is the hand of the power when a
teacher misses the style of life bestowed on him, the path of being teacher, next life is a cockroach. There is no bigger ego, insanity, logic, reason, than a spiritual ego. A man with spiritual ego will put all the logic and reason to justify, which already knows is consciously wrong. To discuss with spiritual people what is right and wrong, it doesn't work. When they're wrong, they have all the capacity at their command to reason it out. Whenever in life you start reasoning and logicalizing the soul, the spirit, you are absolutely phony. Logic and reason is human. You are above angels. The angels want this body which you already have. You look different because you are different. The strength of you is your consciousness, your intelligence, the understanding, the depth, not the depth of how well rooted you are in the planet earth, your depth of how heavenly you are being on the earth. That's the exchange, that's the change and exchange for prosperity. Not be selfish, you'll have prosperity, virtue, strength. If you are
commotional, emotional, moody, what you can do. You can prostitute yourself, live moment to moment, mess to mess. You will live person to person, situation to situation. I was telling someone this morning, the army units of America which are serving in Germany, have become Germans? The base command is base command. Our base command is our spiritual self, our elegance, our light, to show the world that we are committed Sikhs of the Guru. The joy to belong, and belong in the sense that, that is the priority in life, and that is the understanding in life, there's no ecstacy to it, nothing can match it.
Your personality is zero, but when it stands with the one it becomes ten. We have to stand once for experience with the one who knows the one. That is why Khalsa was given the Siri Guru Granth, so that once said, hundred times, million times said, it should be nothing but true. That truth, Aad Saach, Jugaad Saach, Hebi Saach, Nanak Ho Si Bi Saach, man will interpret wrong, man can say wrong, man will say things under accumulated fear, under subconscious of phobia, man can say to grind his axe, man can say dodge, dominate, make others dummy, and draw people's attention to him, or reject people, man can do so many things, but a Sikh does one thing. He does read the word of the Guru, and act to please the Guru. One action, one God, one action, one statement of facts, read the word of the Guru, and please be the word of Guru. Read the word of the Guru, and please the world of the Guru. That's what Sikh does. Nothing else. When he does it with absolute purity, then he's a Khalsa. Kindness, compassion,
service, nobility, are your primary decorations. I don't have to convince anybody. Look at me. I am presenting my case before you. You arrange me to go to any holiest of the holy men. Moment I will enter, he'll freak out. You bet with me. I know nothing, I'm not going to say anything. Nobody knows the secret to know. When it comes to the test of life, spoken truth and realized truth are two different truths. While speaking the truth you have to use logic, reason, environments. You have to do dramatizations, you have to use trauma to convince and draw and suck and have attention, God knows how many things you're going to do. When truth is realized you don't have to do anything. Then your presence will do. I tell you, in the world of the spirit, a man of God expect the other man has come, right away he's not a man of God. I'm telling you the inner story. A man of God who has thirty forty, two hundred million people, whatever, when he sits, and somebody comes to him..... That's why your
counseling as Singh Sahib's, Mukhia Singh Sahib's, and Sikhs, is mostly wrong. You do not know the art of counseling. You presume the person who comes to you has nothing but need. That is not true. The person who has come may have come with no need but to test you whether you are stupid or wise. Whether you have learned compassion and kindness or not. Whether you are real or not. What do you think? God has his agents, what should I do.
I was talking to God this morning. I said what nonsense is this? You are God almighty, you are everywhere. He said, no, I am not everywhere. I said look God, I have been taught all these years that God is everywhere, and you are everywhere. He said, no, I am not everywhere, I am just in the challenge. I said, where is there not challenge? He said, well, you know it, others don't. So I said, I'll go to the Khalsa Council and tell them, I'm telling you the conversation I had with God. Everything is a challenge and there is a God. Most of the time you don't think it is a challenge. You think it is smooth. That's my baby, that's mine. No ji, that is not true. Sikh goes where God is, and Sikh also goes where God is not. Life is a mission. It moves, it goes, it serves. Those who belong once, they belong forever. Those who belong once and then decided whether they should or not, they don't have a chance. One challenge is enough to win, then go on creating challenges, keep on winning and losing, it is mathematics. Nobody has ever survived through
this. All spiritual people become blind, phony, absolutely idiots, because they think they are spiritual. The very thought that being a human and thinking you are spiritual and raising your kindness towards God, giving your turned back, you become ego maniacs. When a person comes to you, and you think you are superior and spiritual, you should feel superior and spiritual in the sense that God has given you an opportunity to serve. That's what God loves. The mighty who become meek. The test of life is be mighty but become meek. Be poor, but act rich. Be foolish, act wise. For that you have to work, which you don't want. You know what, you want such a situation where wisdom can be packaged and delivered to you in ounces, like ginseng, or yogi tea. You can take, taste it, you feel good, and then you feel good for awhile. No my dear, it doesn't work that way. In this lifetime, wisdom is the only thing which you have to create within yourself. Everybody can give you help to become wise,
everybody can give you knowledge to become wise, everybody can give you help and environments to become wise, everybody can bring the entire wisdom of the world before you to become wise, but to create wisdom within you, you have to work. There is no other way. Why? It's a very simple thing. Hukam is order, Rezaa is the good will. Under the command of the God, and under the good will of the God. What is the good will of the God? Guru's word. This God has decreed with you. How the false walls of the lie can be broken. Pal means the wall. Kul means the lies. How this wall of falsehood in us can be broken. In the command and good will of the God. What is the good will of the God? What is the command of the God? What is the hukam? Ik Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasaad. You are the creation of the one, all is the creation of the one, and so it shall be. That is Guru's blessing. Gurprasaad. Ik Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasaad. True Guru gives that blessing, that you are the creation of the one. There was
but one God in the beginning and all creatures and creation becomes that of that light. From one light everything is born, who can be good, who can be bad. That is where spiritual ego hurts. Where you think somebody who has come to you is inferior to you. No, you should see, somebody has to come to you, it has given you a superior opportunity to serve. I am very happy, I'm not well. It is forcing you to become responsible. It's a wonderful opportunity that you can't bug me and expect out of me that I should be perfect and everything should become perfect. You know I'm not well, and you very well do things which you are supposed to do. You know how polite it is, I am going for the evening walk home, and you've got to take care of the whole thing. Slow, steady, peaceful. You think I became self imposed, I crowned myself being Siri Singh Sahib. I never even knew what Siri Singh Sahib means. That's the truth. One guy told him, make him Singh Sahib, he said you have Singh Sahib's here which are your employee, he's not your employee. Let us take
him to the Akal Takhat, give him Siri Sahib, and make him Siri Singh Sahib. I was asking the secretary of the SGPC, what does this Siri Singh Sahib do. What they are making me with. He said, I do not know, this is the first time I have heard this. When he told me, and I got the Siri Singh Sahib, and they told me I'm the Siri Singh Sahib. I said forget about this Siri Singh Sahib, write down in English, I am a minister, I can appoint ministers. I never knew that I was reading and writing, that was Siri Singh Sahib itself. I never knew that Harbhajan Singh has become Siri Singh Sahib.
It took me a long time, when they challenged I am not Siri Singh Sahib. I woke up, I said I am not, no I am. I am Siri Singh Sahib, I am not, not Siri Singh Sahib. I understood, I am not Siri Singh Sahib, that's right, Siri Singh Sahib is Siri Singh Sahib. I am serving the Siri Singh Sahib. It is true, don't lie about it. It is true, I am not Siri Singh Sahib, but it is also true, I have been bestowed for the moment in time and space, to serve Siri Singh Sahib. Siri Singh Sahib is above me. Siri Singh Sahib has his own independent dictates. Siri Singh Sahib has his own consciousness and his own assessment. My prayer is that God, Lord, Guru, make me worthy to fit in and do it. Otherwise, if the foot does not fit the shoe, callouses will be many. Journey will be painful. As you'll walk, this ego as a nail in your foot, as you walk, it will hurt, hurt, hurt tremendously. That's why, when you read Kirtan Sohila, desire, anger, cities, individual homes are filled with it, but if you
meet the disciplined people, then you can avoid it.
Secretary of the Religion, she was sneaking in late, but her presence was very beautiful. Certain aspects of her are just like that, coming late, that's ok, and doing things. Read this, pauri... All the destiny which is written on my forehead, I have got it from Guru. You do not get your total destiny by yourself. That is the message I think you all have. You do not get the fate or the destiny by yourself. You get it either by the Guru, or by the rejection of the Guru. That is why Guru Gobind Singh gave you the shabad Guru, so that you may not worship a man. After all, those people who say without a personal Guru there is no other way, I am asking them a question, what does a personal Guru say? Hanky panky and different circumstances which he changes or not changes. Why not follow the Siri Guru Granth, change never one thing all the time, one time, over time, at night,.... Can you get such a Guru? There is only one in the world, it's called Siri Guru Granth. Guru Guru Sat Guru, Siri
Guru, Wahe Guru. This is the only one Guru which is called Siri Guru. Everything stops at Sat Guru or Guru. Why? This is Siri Guru? Internationally, universally, it says the same thing, same thing. That's the problem I have seen. Somebody told me once, it was very joyful to me, I really see how Guru works. Somebody wanted to take a hukam and the person took hukam once, same page opened, she didn't like the hukam, then opened again. Then she thought, perhaps this is the place where it normally opens. The she closed her eyes and tried to go different sides, you know with the hand to open it some way different. She opened the page and the same hukam. Then, it was the end of the day, she called. Luckily I picked up the phone. I said what is the matter. She said, well I am taking the hukam. I said, what is the problem, you want some meaning to be understood, you want me to explain something to you. She said, no there is something bad happening here. I said, with the Guru, what bad can happen? She said, I have done this and that, the same page is coming.
I said, well what should I do, this is the Siri Guru Granth. She said, no this is a holy book. It should only tell me. It is commanding and dictating me. I said, yes it does, I can't tell it not to command and dictate, that's its job. She said, do you understand what is happening. I said, now just close your eyes, casually open the Guru, she opened the Guru, same hukam. That's it. I said read it to me, what is your question? Question and hukam fitted so well, I can't even believe it. That's why we call it living Guru. Living soul of the ten Guru's, that's what we call it. That's what you've got. You worship and you reverend it. It is a good and great merit.

Sakhat means those who deny the heavens, and it makes them serve deeper on the earth. Sakhat is the root cause of the opposite of the Sakhat. Sakhat means the power, sakhat means those who deny the power. Sakhat has not found the God's juice. From the sadhu, from the disciplined one. Why he did not know it. Why don't you know it? Inside you is the thorn of that ego. As you walk, it will hurt and hurt, and that will give you pain and pain. Then the God of death will hit your head like a baseball bat.
Basically, what I am trying to explain to you, in even your kirtan sohila, the last time you speak to the God's through the Guru's words, it explains to you life in such a clarity. There's a clarity, there's a purity, there's a dignity, there's a nobility. Be proud of it. Be proud of it, not that you are noble, dignified, spiritual, and you are this and that. Just understand that you have the opportunity to serve it. You are not Sikhs, you are humans who have the opportunity to serve the being of the Sikh. You don't understand that, do you. You think you are a Sikh, forget it. You are not Sikhs. You are human beings. Raw material. You have been fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve the being of the Sikh, in the body of the human. You don't like it. You never even understood it. You never understood the truth. You thought you have become Sikhs. No, you were born human, how can God be wrong? You were born human, you will remain human. You will never become a goat, or a
ram, or a tiger, cheetah, or snake. You'll continue to be human, but in this condition, you are here to serve the body, the being, of the Sikh. When you get baptized, or you are honored, or it is bestowed on you to be a member of the Khalsa, then you have the privilege to serve the body, the council, the being of the Khalsa. You are who was asked to serve being Singh Sahib and Mukhia Singh Sahib and Siri Singh Sahib. These are the chances, given to serve, to the human. These things are not human. These things are which a human serves, and excels and enjoys. You are a human, not a spiritual teacher. You are a human, not a counselor. These things you acquire, through your power of work, experience, and prayer. Then you serve it. Then it is not your will, it becomes good will. Good will belongs to all, will belongs to you. Free will belongs to those who do not have any will of their's. When the will becomes gypsy, it finds no house in the zodiac. Then I know what you serve. You serve loitering, and then you loot away your chance of life's dignity.
Spirituality is a spirituality, and is a science of reality. Human being is creative and raw material, which sometimes gets the opportunity to serve these high exalted offices. If it served with an attitude of gratitude, that's when you reach the divine excellence. With these words, and with my prayer, I understand the members of the Council will become examples, personify their personality, that through the words of the Guru you have been honored to serve. For all these years, people who have come and attended the council regularly, might have a creative doubt, what we are gaining. You are gaining nothing, but simply you are not going to lose anything at all. You are obeying a sentimental personality and emotional reality, to bring into the observation of your magnetic personality, that you know the power to obey. Law of spirituality is, obey, serve, love, excel. What you have, what you can learn, what you can expand, what you can experience, nobody can, provided you have the guts to
serve. Provided you have the depth and courage to obey. Provided you have the ingredients to love, and provided you have the prayer to excel. Nobody excels without prayer. Lot of people say lot of things to me. Then say things against me, for me, to me, to pull the rug from under my feet. They do the thing to just put a canopy on me. When the royal umbrella is spread over your head it is called chatar. Shoe is called chitar. In Punjabi there is hardly any difference between these two words. Those who are willing to demand that they have the canopy of majesty, also be ready to get beaten by the shoes. Real one of those who do not care. Those who try to inscribe themselves as God, their face is beaten with shoes. That's why, the death of a spiritual teacher is when he thinks he is the spiritual teacher. Life of a spiritual teacher is when he thinks he is the servant of the spiritual teacher, which is bestowed on him. You serve the cause and the principle as you within you, for others. Understood? The college which practically teaches it, and
binds you together and gives you the experience, the purity, dignity, nobility of the Khalsa, that is the Khalsa Council of the Western Hemisphere. You are the great ones to belong to it. That's why I always hesitate to take away that privilege with my authority, because I still love to give everybody a chance to straighten out their act, because bestowed privilege is the very act of kindness of God, and blessing of the Guru. Those who blow it, they just not blow a chance, they blow the chance. Therefore I am trying to explain to you. Realize, evaluate, assess yourself. Know yourself, find yourself, go deeper in yourself. Do not give away cheap for a little conch. For a little sea shell you are giving away the pearl, nobody will judge you wise in this game. Please remember, you are a great oyster, minus pearl, you are just damn mussels. Somebody is going to put a little lemon and olive oil on you and swallow you to be his poop tomorrow. I know who does that, and it's name is time. I know the stupidity is called space. Space is flaw, a creative
flaw, but it looks like reality.
You are Western people. You know science, what this old Indian knows. I knew all that when I was three years old. The space is a space, looks to be real, creatively it is dark, empty, and endless, in which there are certain oasis of life like that in Great Sahara, in which experiments are going on. All over millions and zillions of life living are transparent. Only earth has the grossness of experience and sensitivity, through which the reality is experience and consciousness is expanding, to understand the identity, and qualifying and crowning the identity is the purpose of life on this earth. Not to eat bagels from New York, and eastern style pizza and western style spaghetti. Becoming emotional and consciousness creating fuss. Life is a reality in the magnitude of infinity, where a person realizes the deep understanding and the strength within itself to the collaboration of its own self. To crown itself with that experience which God is crowning, to make it real and realize, that's called experience of ecstacy. Not to gossip, and
understand, and not understanding at all. Are you meteorlogicals, that you discuss weather all the time, and waste your twenty dollars on a breakfast. You pay more money to AT & T and other companies. How's the weather, how's it going, how many clothes should I bring, what kind of clothes, the weather will handle it or not. If you are weatherproof and weathered yourself, you understand that weather is weather, it can change while you're on the flight. Weather changes with everybody, but you just discuss the weather which you want to discuss, though it might be changing for you too. Therefore, it is my prayer and my understanding, that's why, I am not a coward that I don't want to act, and I'm not that compassionate either that I am a coward. Some of you are so irregulars in the senior camp, that you think that I don't take action because I am afraid. That's not true. I am not afraid of anything. I just don't want to take away anybody's opportunity. My human does not allow my being to become a party
to write the fatal word for those whom I have loved, nurtured, and nursed. Please understand it very clearly and consciously. Don't ever trust me. I am a spiritual teacher. I'll follow the spirit, realized and loved and contained and sustained in my very being. If you have a misunderstanding somewhere that you can buy me and sell me you are wrong. You are trusting your own foolishness.
When I came in this country and walked in, I never knew one of you, and may not know it still. You never knew me either. Still, I am just the biggest puzzle in your life, but aren't we going on together, that's all that matters. I came under the will of God, to do the Guru's work, and you are here to do the Guru's work. You are the future, I am the past, we are discussing nothing in the present except to keep up. Didn't I sum up everything in the universe, saying keep up, you shall be kept up, rest is hodge podge. What is Cherdi Kalaa? Later on I understood, all my life I have been saying, Nanak, by the virtue of the holy Nam, you will keep up. What is the difficulty? Then you will wish good to all. Naturally, when you are 'keep up' you want good, when you are not keep up, that is where you do the sneaky things. So simple. My humble request is don't make simple things to be complicated. Do I have the assurance that this body of the Khalsa will avoid creating complications?

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

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