Teachings of Haidakhan Babaji | 4 part
29 JULY 1982
Those who come here should not be lazy. You must be prepared to work. I want very much that everybody be brave, active and hard working. Never lose courage. Because you have taken this birth, you must seek achievement. And to be successful you must work hard. The world requires fortitude. Become courageous and lead others to courage.
As you have known for some time, the world will change. The lazy person is a burden to the world. That is why I tell you to work hard and have others do the same. There was only one Christ but through Him many have been transformed. Do not think there will be many Christs, Ramas or Krishnas. Throughout history it has taken only one determined man to lead others and change the world.
Times will change, so you must resolve in your hearts to be industrious and courageous. Those who are strong like iron are fit to flourish. To become strong does not mean to become harsh and heartless. To become strong means to grow beyond pleasure and pain: beyond heat and cold.
The creation is vast and there are many doctrines. Adhere to one principle – that of Truth, Simplicity and Love. Live in Truth, Simplicity and Love and practise Karma Yoga.
This, more than others, is an era (yuga) of great destruction. Man has become enslaved by his lower nature. I have come to guide humanity to a higher path. I do not belong to any particular religion, but respect all religions. I seek the elevation of all mankind. The higher self in people must be developed and enthrallment with the lower nature destroyed. It will be destroyed in countries all around the world by changing the hearts of mankind. Do you understand? Now that you understand, you must live in Truth, Simplicity and Love and take this message into the world.
This ashram belongs to you. Learn the rules and follow the discipline while you are here. Then, wherever you go, teach others the same discipline. Become powerful and help others to do the same. Be very attentive and alert and prepare to face life in the times that will come.
17 AUGUST 1982
I want to describe again how you must be diligent in your work. The world demands hard work and constructive action, so you must apply yourselves fully to your work. Do not fall back, but instead go on. Each step you take will benefit the whole world.
Fulfilling your duty is the highest accomplishment - higher than any other sadhana, penance and the rest. Your duty comes first. The result of hard work is happiness and the result of laziness is pain. Troubles of this world are caused by inactivity. I repeatedly tell you this so that you will be industrious and be benefitted.
Everybody worked hard on the Ashram "Company Garden" and you can see the results - how green it has become. Now you are working hard on the ashram fruit orchard. The first garden was agriculture and this one is horticulture. But the point is that these fields are not for me: they are for everybody. As much right as I have to this property, you have also.
I want you to become brave warriors and attend carefully to your own duties. This is good for you.
I want to see all the people liberated who have become dependent on the illusions of the material world. Life itself is uncertain and now the earth is endangered by atomic weapons and nuclear power, which will be eliminated.
I want a world of brave and courageous people. Indeed those who work hard and are agnostics are more acceptable, for a time, than lazy spiritual hypocrites.
I want to see the mis-use of non-violence eliminated. Man's powers of discrimination and his very blood have become thin from pursuing false doctrines. Those who would misuse appeasement defeat the purpose of life and become like mindless donkeys carrying loads on their backs.
You must all join in this universal work, so that these things can be accomplished here and now. People devoted to God are active, and in India, the temples and religious centres that have been destroyed will be renovated. People are becoming more and more aware of the efficacy of spiritual potency.
Each of you must cultivate great courage in yourselves to overcome harmful tendencies in this period. There have not been hundreds of Rams, Krishnas, Christs or Moseses. But the individuals have had tremendous effects on the whole world. Now change on a vast scale, such as at the time of the Mahabharata, will take place.
Do not fall back in your work, but go on. Karma yoga is your first duty.
I have said all of these things many times before.
Every moment, in each breath, while eating, sleeping and working, remember the Lord's name.
30 SEPTEMBER 1982
To follow and demonstrate the path of Truth, Simplicity and Love is man's supreme duty and the highest Yoga. Diligent work is a quality of this path, for laziness is death on earth. Only by work can one claim victory over karma. All must strive to do their duty in the best possible way and not to wander from that duty. Service to humanity is the first duty. During these times, inhumanity and laziness have increased, so it is important that you work hard and not lose heart. Be brave, be industrious; work hard and have courage.
14 SEPTEMBER 1982
Bhajans should be sung like a flower gives nectar - sweetly and softly. Drums, 'chimtas' and other instruments should be played quietly. Some bhajans are more appropriate for singing at different times of the day. Listen and learn to make proper selections for the morning and evening.
On the same day, Babaji recited a new bhajan for singing in the evening:
RAM NAM TUM RATAT CHELORI (Ram, name, you, recite, continue/continually/go on)
Recite Ram's name continually
RAM NAM TUM JAPAT CHELORI -do jap
RAM NAM TUM BHAJAT CHELORI -sing
RAM NAM TUM PARHAT CHELORI -read
RAM NAM TUM MAN MAIN CHELORI -in your heart
RAM NAM TUM LIKHAT CHELORI -write
RAM NAM TUM BARAT CHELORI -fill with
RAM NAM TUM KAHAT CHELORI -say
RAM NAM TUM BOLAT CHELORI -speak
16 SEPTEMBER 1982 (Evening)
Babaji invited everyone who comes to Hairakhan to return to their countries with water from the Gautama Ganga and Vibhuti (ash from the Sacred Fires). These are to be used for healing and blessings from Hairakhan.
1 OCTOBER 1982
Conversation with Babaji
In the Kirtan hall at Hairakhan, a Western devotee approached Babaji, having in mind to ask permission to obtain a long-term visa for returning to India and to present all of his belongings to Babaji. The Westener, who had been assigned temple duties by Babaji, had recently been offered yoga initiation by another Babaji devotee and had asked Babaji if he could accept the offer. Babaji had told the Westener that he should take initiation from somebody else and then told him that he should go back to his country. Babaji's comments were made directly to the Westerner.
"You are being sent back to your country because you have lost your faith. If you were a true devotee, you would have unshakeable faith and a steady mind. What are you doing believing that a man who himself is not a yogi could initiate you into yoga? This I do not like. By giving you temple duties, I had accepted you as a devotee. To devotees I give Abhaya Dhan, the blessing of My protection, by which you will always be protected and should be fearless. I am responsible for you and your liberation. Whatever initiation you need, I will give to you. Why then should you doubt or seek elsewhere?"
The Westener responded that he had been motivated by spiritual greed. Babaji continued - "What would you not receive from me? Your faith must be as mighty as Mount Meru. Even the sun and the moon can move from their course, but the faith of a devotee should not be shaken. A true devotee will be ready to shed his life for God and will have faith to his last breath. Never be moved by false doctrines. You are protected in every moment."
30 OCTOBER 1982
Hairakhan Vishwa Mahadham is the most sacred place on earth and the residence of Shri Hairakhan Babaji. All who come here are members of a universal family who must demonstrate to the world their good character and attentiveness.
Two traits which Shri Babaji dislikes in people are acting like sheep, one blindly running after the other, and deceitfulness or cunningness. Shri Babaji appears in the world to lift people out of such conduct to the highest level of character and to enlighten all mankind. The basis of the fellowship of those who come to Hairakhan is faith in Shri Babaji and His teachings. Faith increases with time and so do the numbers of people coming to Shri Babaji. One of the signs of the greatness of the attraction of this place is that Babaji has never travelled outside of India, but just as all rivers flow to the sea, so too do people from all over the world travel to Hairakhan.
According to the traditional Hindu measurement of time, we ' are now in the 28th kalpa. The first man and first woman in each kalpa are called Manu and Shatrupa. They are very holy and learned people.
From the dawn of creation Manu, from which the word Mansarovar is derived, and Shatrupa have done penance in this sacred place. Here on the Kurmanchal Mt. Kailash, the first Yagna (sacred fire ceremony) was celebrated by them. At that time, there was nothing but deep forest from here to Delhi and northward everything was covered with snow and ice. With time, cities developed and the area became populated. Along with Lord Shiva, who had His main seat here, they moved to the Mt. Kailash in Tibet, and Lake Mansarovar also moved to the north. The original Manu performed the first yagna here and the last Manu did yagna at the Tibetan Kailash. Arid, it was here that Lord Shiva and Parvati, daughter of the Himalayas, came to live. Lord Shiva also always remains here with the gods as His courtiers and servants and plays His divine lilas. The asan of Lord Shiva is the top of Mount Kailash and the old cave below is the divine place of austerities of Lord Shiva. The original havan kund (sacred fire place) is still here on Kailash as well as signs of the original Lake Mansarovar.
It was here at Siddheshwar, the peak next to Kailash, where Lord Vishnu came to perform penance. When Lord Shiva was at Mt. Kailash and Lord Vishnu at Siddheshwar, the great Rishi Gautama came to. do penance. By the powers gained from his penance, the Rishi created the Gautama Ganga river which still flows here. Rishi Gautama went each day to Kailash to worship Lord Shiva. The river was then very broad and difficult to cross, so the Rishi asked Gautama Ganga to make herself narrower. Gautama Ganga became obstinate and refused, so the Rishi cursed her and sent her below the earth, where she flowed underground to join the Ganges at Banares. This underground connection still exists, however, the Rishi in time took pity on Gautama Ganga and lifted her to the surface a short distance from Hairakhan, where she began to flow in a smaller stream, as today. Once this was the greatest river in India. Those who bathe in these holy waters will be liberated from the ocean of this world.
An incident involving Lord Vishnu gave this place the name Hairakhan. Lord Vishnu took an incarnation as Haya Griva (horse-faced), because a demon who had a face like a horse had been granted the boon that he could only be killed by one with a similar face. Lord Vishnu took this form and killed the demon. This happened here, so the place came to be known as Haya Griva Khand (Khand means area or place). Over time, the name was transformed to Hairakhand or Hairakhan.
Having some doubt, Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva, once asked what would happen to man during the Kali Yuga when there would be so much trouble in the world. The Holy utterance of Lord Shiva was that he would manifest in the Kali Yuga to uplift the world and liberate those who turn to God. Shiva now lives among us in Shri Babaji, Who is doing the services for mankind now from Hairakhan Vishwa Mahadham.
At Hairakhan, no one is restricted to only one kind of devotion or learning. All have a right to their form of devotion to God. You, who have assembled here are able to experience the development afforded by this place. Not all who come here are advantaged or rich, but all have been pulled by their hearts. As air enters a vacuum to fill it, so too you have been pulled. Those coming from the West have been saints in their former lives and were born in technologically advanced cultures to fulfil Karmic desires, but are drawn to Shri Babaji when that karma is about to be satisfied. Shri Babaji teaches us about the unity of creation. We are all made from the five elements; we are all of one spirit. In all respects, we are one humanity, one human family. Limitations arise from political beliefs
and world leaders who hold thinking to time, place and culture, thereby creating differences and separateness. The birth-right of all mankind is to love and follow God. Limitations arise from erroneous human beliefs. Shri Babaji has appeared to illumine the minds and hearts of mankind, so that unity and harmony may be known by all.
OM NAMAḤ ŚIVĀYA
16 NOVEMBER 1982
Of greatest importance is that the repetition of God's name increases daily. In this way, your heart and mind will be purified. Only then will you find God in yourself.
The mind can be purified only by japa. This is the only medicine for the disease of the mind. While your mind and heart are impure, how can God live in your heart? The water to clean your heart is the Name of God. So teach everyone to repeat the name of God - everywhere.
I do not want idle people. Japa does not take the place of karma. Japa and work go together. You must be active in God's work, like King Janaka who ruled his kingdom always with his mantra in his mind. Arjuna fought the Mahabharata battle, constantly remembering God's name.
I do not want japa to be a pretext for idleness. Do japa with your work and be liberated.
I do not want God's name to be like stagnant, muddy water, but like sparkling running water. Work and be Light; Repeat God's name. With a concentrated mind always repeat God's name.
We must always have good thoughts for each other. When you meet, say "Jai Mahamaya Ki!" Mahamaya is the great energy of the universe.
OM NAMAḤ ŚIVĀYA