We are very fortunate that we are progressing in enhancement of our spiritual strength. But, what is that virtue which a human can attain to or do which can give much happiness from God? If one becomes a saint by the process of elevated consciousness, it is a virtue. If one becomes a beloved of God, it is a virtue. If one gives away all one’s worldly wealth for a good cause, it is a virtue. If one sacrifices one’s given human body in the Name of God, it is a virtue. If one defends the weak and the poor, it is a virtue, but it is not the virtue of virtues. If you read the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, and have mastery of the scriptures, it is a virtue. If one lives in the Rehit Maryada (Sikh code of conduct), it is a virtue.
I can count, time and again all the virtues, but what is the virtue of virtues? There has to be something because when there is a virtue, then there has to be the virtue of virtues. When somebody is falling apart or freaking out, if someone can hold that person up in the flow of the spirit, it is the virtue of virtues. There is no other virtue.
Until a person is mentally prepared to put all actions in the Name of God with the trust of God, all that person’s efforts will fail. Trust of God is when somebody is not what he or she should be, and someone else makes him or her what he or she should be. That is the virtue. A sin is when one gives up on somebody who can be rescued, who could be saved, who could be brought to the House of the Guru. For all those who have come to the House of the Guru, it is a virtue; but those who brought others who were not willing to come, have attained a state of consciousness which is the virtue of virtues.
Practically speaking, we are entering an era of a new time and space. Whatever I speak or I have said so far, people will understand very little. People won’t understand because their caliber is of the era which is an era of change; it is a cusp period. We are at the time of change now. The time of Guru Nanak doesn’t even start at this time. The year 2011 is when we will enter into the era of Guru Nanak. Before that it’s just a hodge-podge. A lot of people will get up and falsely proclaim that they will interpret the wisdom of Guru Nanak, but they won’t. That is why a seeding has started, to rebuild the environment of the Khalsa. Khalsa means pure ones. It does not belong to a religion. That is why today there are Catholics, there are Methodists, there are Seventh Day Adventists, all denominations of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Muslim, and even Sikhs. Khalsa is the combination of the totality of the Universe. There may be one person, just one person, but that one person does represent the flow, the inflow, the spirit, the tributary to that main stream which shall be the Khalsa of tomorrow. I’m not saying all those present today as Khalsa will continue. No, they won’t. Without having one determination, they will not reach the highest state of Khalsa, and that is to be willing to change, and willing to change others into the light and the spirit of the caliber of the Khalsa.
There is no other way of spiritual progress. There are forms of demagogy people will teach you. People will process you, people will reach you. Some will take away a person’s money, some will take away youth, some will take away beauty and some will take away a person’s talents. Some will take away this, some will take away that, but nobody will give one the experience of God consciousness. There is only one way. A person has to have the spirit, and does not allow another person to fall from the spirit. That is the secret of one phrase which you worship and say all the time: Chardee Kalaa, the constant rising of the spirit of Godhood. Chardee Kalaa is a derivative of the word Kundalini. Indian Sikhs will freak out when these things are mentioned to them. Kalaa does not mean that there is a spiral going up clockwise. Kalaa means the flow of that intense spirit. And, it is constant. What is constant? How does one know it is constant? How can one test one’s own constant spirit? A constant spirit is shown by a specific behavior. When one sees that somewhere the spirit is not constant, one chips in. “To be or not to be” is the question before every human life. One cannot waste time in side directions; one cannot afford it if somebody is negative, somebody is depressed.
What is this depression, this negativity, this freaking out? Do you know what it is? It is a curse, a human curse. It is rusting of the steel. Human life is like beautiful stainless steel. When stainless steel gets stained, that is a curse. One will say, “Oh my God. It is terrible!” From where has this terrible situation come? When the spirit does not flow, when it stops flowing, it stinks. When it stinks, it rusts, it creates problems. Continuity of the flow of the spirit should happen wherever a person is, whatever one is.
Whenever it is possible, a person must get into the very moment of the time, knowingly and consciously. One should be conscious to one’s consciousness, consciously conscious. One must chip in to uplift the spirit of the one who’s falling. Somebody once said, “Where is the proof there’s a God?” The other replied, “Once an old man was walking with a stick; he could not walk straight or see the ground well and he fell. There was a young man nearby who came and removed the dust from the old man, massaged his leg, raised him up, gave him his stick, and then put his arm around his back and supported him as they walked.” The wise man said, “That is God carrying the God.” God is caring for the God, God is carrying the God.
The main problem with most people is they don’t do anything. They are dual and obnoxious. They are not one-pointed. They are egocentric. Furthermore, they are a pain in the neck because these people think they do it. In their misfortune, their id, their ego, convinces them again and again that they do it, “I do it.” They are very limited, limited to the extent that they are even unwanted on the planet Earth. They talk of God, they talk of merging with God, and they talk of the spirit of God, but they can’t achieve the spirit of God. How can they achieve the spirit of God when they do not know what God is? God is everywhere. God is unison. God is all pervading, omnipotent, omniscient. Some people know that, and even knowing that they limit themselves and carve themselves a territory. Their territory is the earth and that is their grave. The only territory these sick beings have is their grave. They will be territorized, and will be put to hell by being put in a grave. A stone will be put over them: “Here so and so egocentric idiot had his body dumped on this earth.” They will be made earthbound for the rest of the time.
That is why in the early Aryan times, bodies were always disposed of by fire. Let the tattwas (elements) of which the whole Creation is composed merge into the tattwas of the body so that the ego may not have a chance to hang around. Poor person, his whole life he might have done everything to confine himself: “It’s my house, it’s my child, it’s my tent, it’s my door, it’s my pen, it’s my ink.” He must have been a very virtueless person who came from the Infinite God, the Creator of the entire creation, but he confined himself. “My shoes, my boots, my socks, my pants.” He never learned to wear the shoes which please the Guru, to wear the pants which please the Guru, or the shirts. He never dressed himself once in his life to please his Guru. He calls himself a man of the Guru but if one cannot please his Guru, how can he please God? Gur bin ghor andhaar guroo bin samaij na aavai. How can a person ever reach God without the blessing, the praise, and the pleasure of the Guru? He never spent a minute, never stood before a mirror and imagined, “This is how my Guru looks.”
That is why Guru Gobind Singh gave us the bana (white clothes that give an appearance that stands out). One who wears the bana, also knows what bhana is, the will of God. Bana is not a small matter psychologically, mentally, inwardly, socially, politically, or reasonably or humanly small in essence. Bana is the keynote to consciousness. A very strong keynote. When we dress, we look at ourselves and say: Sat Nam, Wahe Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, dhan, dhan. Because we dressed according to our imaginative potential to be just like the Sikhs of the Guru. That’s all a human being can do. Guru Gobind Singh had a standard. Guru Gobind Singh had a Rehit, he lived it, and he inspired others to live it. His sons, aged seven, nine, fourteen, and sixteen years old, lived it and died for it. They died for it. There’s no option, there’s no leeway, there’s no hanky-panky. Perhaps Guru Gobind Singh knew Americans would have to adopt this way of life so he left no margin. He totally defined it. On the mark, get ready, set, go! Otherwise, you’re a “go-go.” If a person is not on the mark, he or she is a nobody.
Somebody once asked me, “How many Sikhs are there in India?” I said, “I don’t know.” He said, “But when I go to Harimander Sahib I count, and all those who are on the Parkarma are the only Sikhs there at that time.” “Nowhere else?” I said, “Those who wear the bana of the Guru are the other set.” “Anybody else?” I said, “I have a doubt.” Because when we gave five heads to the Guru, he gave us only bana. Bana will give a person the entire technology of bhana. It’s a meditation when a person dresses up. It’s a virtue. It is the greatest virtue. What can woman do? She can dress herself.