on the festival of Guru Poornima, Swami Shyam gave satsang in the morning,
then invited everyone down to 'The Land' (his family's residence)
for a traditional langar (communal feast) in the afternoon followed
by an evening of music and chanting. Many visitors from various
parts of India as well as from
Kullu itself came to join the celebration. Gentle monsoon
rains fell throughout the day.
Swami-ji: [Swami-ji began the morning session with a lead-in to
meditation in which he spoke first in Hindi, then switched to English .
You must have heard what I have said in Hindi: you dont
need these ears. By now, after thirty years, you have opened your inner ear,
opened your inner eye, opened your inner understandingjust with the sound
of the voice, you know where we are at.
Therefore you knew it when I suggested in Hindi, "Let
us watch Shyam Space which is amar and madhur, and that is our
truth or real being who I say is free and pure."
Even one word is enough: muktit means nirbandh [without
This morning you are just you, because the thoughts are not
going to divide you until the celebration is over. This is what we capture, especially
on Guru Poornima Day.
The name 'poornima' is fullness. Full moon it must
also be, though I havent seen it this time. Fulfilled chaytna (pure
consciousness) is called guru poornima. In all the hearts there is guru poornima.
But we do not see it. We see only the thought and the thought creator, and that
is division. If I continue speaking you will be in the field of division.
Therefore Ill stop and you, the Shyam Space, will automatically
have its place wherever it is.
Ill be quiet for fifteen minutes . . .
The Garland and the Thread
Amarnath: (Offers Swami-ji a garland of flowers.)
Swami-ji: You must have come to know, Amarnath, what is the meaning
of garland. Each flower is a devotee. But what is in all the devotees? A common
thread. With that thread, they are all in one garland. The whole universewhich
is mountain, river, sun, moon, forest, tables, chairs, sofa set, fridge, television,
computercannot exist if God is not permeating. This means they are never
But as long as they think they are separateone flower
is basanti (spring), one is sanyasi (yellow), their colours are
different, maybe their green leaves and stems are different?they could not come
together if the thread was not there. They know they are one because thread is
there. Thread could not reach them by itself. But Krishna reached, consciousness
Today is the day of aanand. Its called Guru Poornima.
If you call it 'fullness of the joy,' its alright. And if you are a human
being, then why not think of living with aanand all the time? Because dukh (pain)
will be there.
If you are a human being, you have two legs. One leg is in
hot water [laughter], one leg is in cold water. And both are painful. Ice water,
cold, gives you pain. And hot watertoo hot if not mixed with coldgives
you pain. Human beings have two of everythingtwo, two. Watch! When a child
is born he has everything in twos. Eyes, two; ears, two; hands, two; feet, two.
And that you have seen.
All the waves and bubbles, eddies and whirlpools are water.
But within a human being, if guru poornima is not there, then he is a-guru (non-guru).
This is what we come to know.
The Kshatriya and the Cows
Swami-ji: Whenever we see a cow we will protect it; we will not kill.
Ill give you one very good example. Two hundred cows were being taken
to be slaughtered. A Kshatriya on his horse was also going on this path, on
his big horse, having his double-barrel gun. At that time they used to have
those. So he saw the cows, and they were all lean and thin, and going to be
cut. Some small, small cows also.
He called out, "Who is taking this group?"
The people taking the cows were very haughty because they
make so much money. One said, "Who are you? Go your way!"
He said, "Leave these cows."
They said, "No. We have bought them."
He said, "For how much money have you bought them?"
"Very throw away prices: less than five hundred rupeestwo
rupees per cowbecause those who sold them are so needy they dont
care whether they have life or not. So, in order to save their fodder, they just
Needy persons. No country should be needy. No man should be
So the Kshatriya said, "Well, Ill give you double
the price at which you bought them."
They said, "No. Well make a hundred times more
than what you are giving to me."
So he said, "I am saying I will give you double of the
price! Leave them!"
They said, "No."
He was Kshatriya. He took the gun and shotall four persons
they died. And he let the cows loose. They just had their joy of mukti.
As you see with British beef. They put so many in the trucks
that there was a movement in France to give them some space when they are transported.
"Give them some space," they say, but then cut them
I have many stories like this because I have a television.
[Laughter] And when I am not in satsang, what can you do? You dont study.
When you have television you dont study. You watch the cricket match!
That Kshatriya chap was hanged because four persons he killedas
you sow, so shall you reap. Nobody can share your karmas. That is karma theory.
Whatever you do, you will have to deal with the results.
A patient in hospital had never been good to his relations.
But on reaching the hospital he says, "Come and see me. Come and visit me." Who
would ever go there? Therefore you have to be nice to each other. [Laughter]
But guru chaytna burns all your karmas. Why? Because
there is no relation. Bondage of relation is, for each person, acting and getting
the result of their action. With hellish action youll get hell. With heavenly
action, you will get heaven. You will have to live in hell that many years or
you will have to live in heaven many years. But it is due to the action that
you have owned and done.
Everybody does wrong actions. So how would you get the result
which is right? These many yearsthirty yearshave been taken for everyone
to become right. Thirty years time! No guru waits for thirty years for making
You see how it works. The Kshatriya was hanged for shooting
the four men. He was on the gallows; the order was given and he was to leave
the platform and hang and die with that hanging cord, noose. But he didnt
die. He was hanging but he didnt die.
The people were very surprised. They said, "Well, once
he is saved. But second time?"
Again they took him back, and again they dropped him.
He didnt die.
It was the law that if you are saved three times, they leave
you. So the third time, after he was hung, he was again standing; and he was
again OK. So he was let loose. Raam was Kshatriya. Kshatriya! Bodiless! [Laughter]
You try to understand with reason why it is. Reasoning power
fails with a human being. Those who are dependent on reasoning power will meet
the dead end of misery. Guru says, "There is no reason why the world is
going on like this. There is no reason why the rain falls on Guru Poornima day."
Who is that who is governing the whole thing? Who is that
who is governing this? Who is governing that? Who is governing all these people?
It is not known. And if you try to apply your reason, you will go crazy. There
is no reason. In a minute, everything changes. What is the reasoning now? How
does it change? We are living in day-to-day life. We are observing, and all this
So the judge asked the Kshatriya, "What happened to you?
How did you get saved? Everyone in this jail who was hanged before died."
He told him, "Under my feet, whenever you released me,
there were cow horns on which my legs were supported."
Good karma! Even though he killed four persons!
God knows how many karmas you have done, but they are all
burnt. [Applause] Never repent. Whatever has been in the past, its all
burnt. Therefore you remain mukt and free. This year, on Guru Poornima
2000, wherever you are, dont become victim of the words and of the information
of the people. Dont believe in them.
A man is a man because he is either into gain or into avoiding
loss. What consciousness is this? Its called raag (attraction) and dwesh (aversion).
What is raag and dwesh? It is I, mein.
What is mein? That which is found to be here in this body.
I am here, you are there. According to my might and power, I am here, you are
One wave says, "I am belonging to Atlantic."
Another wave in the same ocean says, "I am Arab Sea."
And both are in the great ocean.
One says, "I am Canadian."
One says "I am Canadian Indian."
One says, "I am English."
One says, "I am French, Québecois."
So everywhere there is duality. I am talking about worldly
things, and you know it. And having known the changing minds of people, and the
changing nature of the world, you should not relinquish your unchanging, your
being. Guru is unchanging.
Everybody wants to understand what is happening: what great-grandpa
did, what the previous governments did, what the world organizers did, what happened
in Fiji where hostages were released yesterday. One day a man was Prime
Minister, the next day a hostage. What happened? You cannot understand.
Therefore what is essential? To give up this type of understanding
which means rise above it. If waves are bothering, why do you surf-ride? Leave
the board! Thats all. And thats my stage.
I tell you this on Guru Poornima: when something happens,
only God knows what happens; it will not happen in a way which any person has
There is a shloka (spiritual writing) which says: "The
devotee is the one who has attained sam [evenness]"
In heat and cold, he remains sam. With friend and its
opposite he remains sam. With things and forms, with people coming and
going, he remains sam. Who will remain sam? The one who is tuned
in to guru. Gurus vision is sam. In the vision there is no such
thing as blue eyes or black eyes. Vision has no colour; it is sam. Its
not South American nor South African eyes, nor ladys eyes nor mans
The formeyeswill have difference, but vision will
not have difference.
The Guru, the Snake and the Power of Discrimination
Swami-ji (relating a story his guru used to tell): In this village,
all the children in the school were afraid of a black snake who lived nearby.
The children complained to guru-ji, "Whenever we go to school, the snake
is on the way. So we are afraid to come to your place."
So the guru said, "OK. Ill say the mantra."
He repeated the mantra and the snake came before him. (When
these people do not behave properly I call the snake!) [Laughter]
So he called the snake and snake stood, knowing that it was
standing before a guru.
So guru-ji said, "Bhai, why do you trouble these
The snake said, "What else do you want me to do except
my nature? I have a fang! Whenever I see the boys I get inspired and I raise
the fang and they are afraid. Of course, when I am in fan I cannot bite them,
but they are ignorant, they don't know this. They think Ill bite them so
they are afraid by themselves."
So guru-ji said to it in front of the children, "Well
look, I am ordering you that you are not going to bite these children. You will
just not bite."
It said, "Fine."
Often thereafter the snake would be inspired to come out of
its hole, and seeing the children, it wanted to play with them.
Many snakes play with the children. In Canada a child who
was at teething period, five or six years oldthey told me the storyhe
was in the cradle and a snake came over there. He caught the snake and bit it
because it was teething period. [Laughter] He bit the snake! What is the reasoning?
So of course the snake obeyed guru-ji whenever it came out.
And the children knew now, that snake could not bite them. So they took their
pencils and they started teasing him, teasing him, making so many holes in the
snake with their pencils. [Laughter] Yes.
So the snake went back again to guru-ji, "Guru-ji, can
you withdraw your order? Because you told me, now I am bound to obey. But these
children, they are ignorantI told you already and you already know it.
You can make them wise, but I can only play with them.
So guru-ji said, "Whats your problem?"
It said, "Well, I have stopped biting and dont
do anything. And these children have come to know."
Guru-ji said, "Where did I tell you that you should not
raise your fang? You can raise the fang. Whenever they come to you, raise the
fang; they will run away."
So snake said, "Well look, I was acting according to
my own concept. I thought that was your order that I shouldnt bite."
Now this is the problem in the world: if guru tells you, "You
be nice," then wrong people take advantage of you. Therefore guru always
leads your attention to become viveki [a person with the power of discrimination].
Guru says whatever is needed at that time.
And these people have come to know.
Awareness You Are!
Swami-ji: Arjun was sitting in the chariot and his legs started shaking.
His hands trembled. Bow and arrow all fell down in the chariot in front of
Krishna said, "Whats the matter?"
Arjun said, "Well, you are seeing it. You have shown
me my relations standing in the enemy rank against us. And they are our grandfathers
for whom we have respect! There is Dronachariya whom we respect. And they will
be killedby me. I will be deemed to be killer and will get the result of
the killing in hell. And because of that idea, my brain doesnt work, my
lips are parched, my hands are shaking, my feet are trembling, and my state of
mind is very confused. Krishna, you tell me what to do."
Krishna knew whatever state was there, because he is all-permeating
in every being. He didnt say, "Well, you are bad," or this and
that. Many people say to the children, "You are not right. You are not doing
well. You are not able to think well. Your thinking is absurd," and all
So Arjun said, "Krishna, you tell me."
The whole Gitaseven hundred verseswas Krishna's
reply. And the whole world is getting the advantage and will get the advantage.
Millennium after millennium it will remain. Its sutras (verses) are there.
And I have interpreted it. I thought to decide: every day, three verses. And
they will be complete. Thats my way of doing things. Sometimes one revelation,
sometimes a secondall at one time I dont do, but I do regularly.
I meditated regularly.
Guru-ji told me "If you meditate regularly you will never
fail." He said, "If you meditate, everybody will like you and love
you. If you meditate daily you will not fall sick."
Thats why I do guru pooja. Because he told me.
And I accepted.
Just daily. Even if you do ten minutes, five minutes, two minutes, but you
meditate. In meditation what happens? The fourth state dawns by itself; the
Krishna comes to your heart. The gyaan (knowledge) comes to your heart.
Automatically. The highest power comes to your heart only in fourth state.
But if you keep struggling and you say, "I should gain
this, I should gain that," then your meditation will not be alright.
Therefore in meditation you just close the eyes and know that
you are not dead. You are aware. Just aware. And now and then, keep checking:
are you aware or not? Listen to the birds. They speak, and your ears hear. Listen
to your mind: it will say something, some thoughts.
Treat it that you are aware. And awareness you are. Thats
what I say.
I say you are awareness!