Open session in the morning
Prime Minister Shrimati Indira Gandhi had a big surprise when she came on an unscheduled visit – the scheduled visit was changed at last minute from evening to early morning – to address the World Conference on Unity of Man.
Sant Kirpal Singh's words of welcome for Prime Minister Indira Gandhi:
The inner feelings of heart cannot be expressed through words, for love is always dumb; the power of love works through radiation. I have love and goodwill in my heart for all of you sitting here. And the love and affection that I have for Indiraji cannot be expressed in words. She has devoted her whole life to the cause of Unity of Man. Before this we have been holding many conferences at the level of religion. These were instrumental in mitigating bigotry and narrow-mindedness to a very large extent. So far so good. But there was yet considerable work left to do for unity and for that we now have this conference at the man level, the first of its kind. I recently went to the West. The idea appealed to them greatly. Here in India, too, the need for it is being felt in all quarters. Man has first to become man, in the true sense of the word. Even God is searching for a man – a perfect man. The great Urdu poet Iqbal says in a couplet that Moses went to Mount Sinai in search of God, did he not know that God Himself was searching for (a true) man?
Who is man? He who represents the ideal of manhood, who loves God and since God resides in all hearts he loves all creation: his body and soul should give out radiation of love, of humanity; he should have love and regard for everybody – his compeers, his superiors and those who are below him – for God is in all of them. Man is the roof and crown of all creation and so this conference is being convened on the level of man. Our dear Prime Minister has taken time from her busy hours for which I find no words to thank her. I thank her on my own behalf and on behalf of all of you for coming here to address us.
Second open session in the evening
Know this that we are all one
All Masters who came said the same thing: "God is Light and we are all children of Light." The same Light enlivens all creation. Just as bulbs having electric connection give light when the switch is pressed, the same way the power of God enlivens all creation. When that Power withdraws from the body we have to leave this body. So you see, we are all children of Light, which is one and not two, the one Power that is our source and sustenance, called God, Who is Light. Kabir has explained why we cannot see God. He says: "So long as we are identified with the Indriyas, the outgoing sense-faculties, we cannot see Him. When we rise above them, only then we can see God." All Masters say the same thing.
Kabir further says in the same context: "I saw that All-Pervading Light in me and in all creation, and all my doubts were dispelled." Lord Krishna says the same thing in Gita: "He who sees me in all and all in me, he is dear to me." So you see that we are all offsprings of the same Light. All are equal, no high, no low. All are born the same way. Is there any doubt about it? Where then is duality? When a baby is born we cannot recognize whether it is a Hindu or a Moslem. Let us take the example of foundling homes where abandoned children are sent. When a child is received there it carries no distinguishing marks to show whether it is Hindu or a Moslem child. It is a man, as God made it. This is a fact and needs no reasoning.
So we are all one, no proof is required for that. Only we do not perceive Him in the present state of close identification with body and outgoing faculties, and that is why there is duality. We have made considerable progress, both physically and mentally. We have a body and we have a mind but we are a conscious entity, the soul. With all our physical and intellectual advancement we are unhappy. Because we do not know our real self, that we are children of Light. Great is man. The supreme being once wished: "I am one, let me be many", and with one thought wave of His, the whole creation came into existence. As Guru Nanak says: "There was one source eternal from which flowed countless millions of streams." He is All-Light and we are all children of that Light. When He can create countless millions of planets by mere wish – a single thought wave – we, who are conscious entities and of the same essence as that of God, can we not – by withdrawing our soul currents from all outside and concentrating within – create even a city? Masters who came from time to time, all proclaimed:
"Oh man, you are attached to outer labels, when the source of all joy and happiness is within you. God, the supreme Father, is in you. Father and son, both live in the same house – the manbody – but you, the son of the Almighty, through identification with the outgoing faculties, wander outside. Rise above the body consciousness!"
As I said before, the Masters, one and all, laid stress on unity of man. For that, one has to unravel this body and know oneself. This was the sole purpose of labels of the various formations that we carry on our bodies. We forgot that purpose and got attached to the outer labels. The same light burns in temples, in mosques and in churches. Which light is good and which is bad? Why these conflicts and fights? We revere the temples, the mosques and the churches, but fight each other. This is all due to lack of right understanding. We are already one, no proof is required for that. But we have forgotten that unity. If you want to have a first-hand experience of that, go to a person who has realized that unity within himself. He will put you on the way up and give you practical demonstration of it: that we are one, the children of Light. He will open your inner eye, and you will see that Light within you. What is knowledge? Gurbani, the Holy Scriptures of the Sikhs, says, "By contacting Naam, the God-into-Expression-Power within, one sees the Light of million suns." That Light is within you. All Masters say, "God is Light." Kabir says, "Formerly, I had some doubt about it, but when I saw that Light in all, my doubts were dispelled."
Why then fight each other? If you strike two stones of different colours against each other, they give the same spark which has the colour of fire. You may have a cow of any colour, black, brown or red, the colour of the milk is the same – white. We may have labels and badges of any shape and colour – we are all children of Light. But we have forgotten ourselves. Masters come to awaken us that we are all one. We have to realize that unity. We are man first; labels came afterwards when we became Hindus, Moslems, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains, and further we had labels of East and West and became devotees of countries and nations. Unless we rise above these labels, we cannot realize God.
During my third world tour I was asked in a TV interview, "How can we cement unity?" I said, "When people will rise above 'isms' and the labels that they are carrying and kings and presidents rise above countries." Labels only indicate which school one has joined for self-Knowledge and God-Knowledge. Masters never gave any labels; these came when, after their demise, social bodies were formed to keep their teachings alive so that more people may benefit from them. They were formed with a noble purpose, but the same good old custom corrupts itself, and with the passage of time there was stagnation in the social bodies followed by deterioration. Masters come from time to time to revive the same age-old teachings. They give the call: "Brothers, wake up! You have forgotten yourself. How long will you remain asleep?"They see the Reality within and speak from that level; therefore, what they say, is hundred percent true.
The outer preaching is all true, but without first-hand experience there is no conviction. Remain in the formations to which you belong and keep your forms and formularies. These are just to show that one should realize the purpose for which one has joined a particular formation named after the Master one professes to follow. It is a blessing to remain in a formation, otherwise there would be corruption; but while remaining in a formation, one should keep away from parochialism and narrow-mindedness which, in turn, lead to deception and delusion.
The basic purpose of this World Conference is to bring home to all the fact that we are already one, but we have forgotten that. This is the basic teaching of all Masters and the formations set up to keep alive their teachings. The highest knowledge is to realize the unity which is innate in us. The various places of worship – dome-shaped temples, made after the head, nose-shaped churches, forehead-shaped mosques and others – are all modelled on the man-body, the true temple of God. They are just to remind all those whose inner eye is not opened and who do not see the Reality, that such Light shines within you and such Sound reverberates in each one of you. Those who realize it – the twin-principle of Light and Sound, the manifestation of God-into-Expression-Power – for them body is the true temple of God. And one can realize it at the feet of a competent Master who has realized Him in the man-body.
This is what the Masters give us. They give us direct first-hand contact with reality. They come to make people see who do not see, and those who see outside may be blind. Those who only see the outer physical phenomena are all blind from their point of view. Don't you feel it? If your mind were to be still for just a moment and all thoughts nullified, you would feel this oppressive blindness. Ramakrishna Param-hansa once cited the example of a tree with many birds sitting on its branches. If someone were to clap his hands, the birds would all fly away. We have the Samskaras or impressions of countless incarnations filling the reservoir of our mind. A few moments ago some Sadhus were clapping hands on the stage. Let there be clapping of hands to nullify all thoughts except this that we are all one. Is there any doubt about it in anyone's mind? If there is, let him seek a Master who has realized unity within Him. He will open your inner vision and make you see, and that will dispel all doubts. Let us all pray to God:
Oh Lord, oh God Almighty, whoever You are, called by different names!
It is only through Your Grace that we can wake up from the deep slumber of ages.
Kabir says, "Wake up, oh sleepy head, wake up! It is no time to sleep." This is the lesson that is repeated before you. It is the message for the whole world and a panacea for all our ills today. They asked me in the West during an interview: "How can we evade the disaster of atomic war?" I told them, "When kings and presidents would rise above countries." Then they asked me if I would meet their president. I told them, "Well, this is my conviction. And surely I would like to meet your president." And I told them that they should not only tend their own garden, but help others to keep their gardens in full bloom.
It is a matter of right understanding. Right understanding would lead to right thoughts and right thoughts would result in right words and right actions. Remain in your own formations, but rise above body consciousness, rise into universalism and leap into the Beyond, and know you are already one. These three things have been put before you with one purpose – there is no intention to break any existing formation or to build a new one. Masters do not interfere with social bodies: "They come not to destroy but to fulfil." The Masters after whom the various formations have been set up, are all one. Their teaching is one and the same. As I said this morning, let us pray to God to awaken us. Who can awaken a man from sleep? God or God manifested in man, in other words, a Godman.
I have all love and regard for all of you who have come from India or from far-off places. The teaching of all Masters who came in East or West is the same. I have love and regard in my heart for all Masters who came, those here present now and those who may come in future. They are sent by God from time to time to awaken mankind from the slumber of parochialism and narrow-mindedness. Guru Nanak came in this context and recently Swami Vivekananda. When he returned toIndia from his foreign tour, he raised both hands and said, "Oh Hindus, oh Muslims, you are my own." So what I say is nothing new. I would request all of you to spread it, all that you have heard here, wherever you go. Proclaim it from the house-tops that there may be peace and happiness on earth. So I pray God and you pray with me that He grants us His special grace and provides for us to have first-hand experience of Reality. The ideal before us is:
That we are all one!