GURPREET NARANG: A true spiritual master makes spirituality simple and practicable to a common man, who is least interested in the obscure paraphernalia of philosophy. Of course, there are seekers who, consciously or unconsciously, hanker after 'spiritual titillation' rather than seeking the Truth.
Visions, ecstasies, kundalinis and other states become the goal although they take the seeker in the reverse direction by fostering his ego.
A true master teaches that God is omnipresent. God is not only up there in heaven, but is at the innermost layer of earth, too. He is not only within, but also without. Everything is in God...and God is in everything.
The Guru Granth Sahib points out: "O Nanak, the Lord is pervading everywhere; He is contained in all space/ and interspaces/ O Saints see clearly that the Lord is near at hand; He is pervading everywhere".
In the Holy Bible, in the Book of Acts, Apostle Paul explains to the people of
Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, He declares me unto you. Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands: ...Though he be not far from every one of us: For in Him we live and move, and have our being".
You might ask: If I am in God and God is in me why don't I realise Him? The Guru Granth Sahib explains: "Without guru there is no understanding (that) the Lord is close to all".
The true master directly bestows God-knowledge on the seeker. Without the true guru it is impossible to acquire know-ledge of God and without true knowledge of God it is impossible to attain salvation.
That is why bhakti saints like Kabir and Ravidass persisted in singing praises of the guru. A bhakti-saint remarked: "It is easy for me to forget God but not the guru, for God hides Himself but my guru reveals himself to me".
The guru imparts to the seeker the Brahm-gyan or God know-ledge, enabling him to perceive directly that the one whom he is seeking is absolute Formless, Eternal and is present everywhere.
"God knowledge is the beginning and God Realisation is the end", says Baba Hardev Singh Ji, the head of the Sant Nirankari Mission. He adds that "Real bhakti starts after God knowledge, not before, only after knowing God one can start surrendering to him".
The Nirankari Mission endorses the age-old truth that God is eternal, without any form, Omnipresent and Omnipotent and perceivable through the true spiritual master. It teaches that the dream of universal brotherhood can be achieved spontaneously if one realises the fatherhood of God through bhakti and selfless service to mankind.
The Nirankari Mission lays great emphasis on loving the Lord and serving him by serving Man.
It firmly believes that bhakti is not meditating, sitting and chant-ing some mantras, but being aware of the fact, all the time, that one is 'moving and acting' or simply 'being' in God.