During last Sunday’s powerful spiritual discourse, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj shared a particularly moving story.
A father and his young son were traveling together, when the child became frightened by a bee buzzing inside the car. The father told the boy not to worry, that the bee would not bother him. Concerned over his son’s growing fear, the father suddenly snatched the flying bee in his fist, held it for a few moments, then opened his hand to release it. Seeing the boy even more alarmed by the flying bee, the father lovingly reassured him by opening his hand to show the stinger embedded in his palm.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj then explained that this is one of the great benefits spiritual Masters bring to our lives. Out of love and compassion, they help us deal with our storehouse of karmas, accumulated through ages of transmigration, even to the extent of sometimes bearing our karmas themselves.
This concept is not unique to the Sant Mat tradition. We find it in many of the world’s great spiritual traditions–in the Bodhisattva’s vow, the Passion of Christ, the healing touch of saints like Ramakrishna, and what Theosophists call “shouldering the karmic burdens of others.” In short, it is God’s love expressed through spiritually realized beings as compassion, grace, and self-sacrifice.
This is just one of the many benefits spiritual Masters bring to humanity. These are not, after all, ordinary human beings. Yes, they have bodies, minds, and souls just as we do. However, but by virtue of having completed the course of their own spiritual development and fully realized their identity with the Divine, they are able to assist other souls in completing the spiritual journey. That help reaches us in many forms.
At the intellectual level, our understanding deepens through their wisdom and guidance. We cherish their inspiration and support in our efforts to become better human beings. We practice the powerful meditation technique they teach, strengthening our own connection to the Divine. Above all, they restore our spiritual perception, connect us with the Naam or Word–the divine Light and Sound of God–and then serve as our inner guide, as we transcend physical and mental consciousness through meditation, and traverse the spiritual regions within. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj writes:
When we try to understand the spiritual path or God, the Creative force, we cannot experience it in its true original state, because we are in the human body, and those experiences are beyond the realm of human experience. The two primary manifestations of God, the divine Light and the divine Sound of God, are within us. To connect to the Light and Sound, which is the power of God within ourselves, we need that door to be opened so that we can go and partake of it. Therein lies the role of a spiritual Master, a mystic, a saint, a murshid, or whatever name we might use for someone who can help us to be connected with that divinity within.
This Saturday, April 21, at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, Mike Ribet will explore this and many other benefits of having a spiritual Master. If you are committed to spiritual advancement, we hope you will join us and consider the many ways a spiritual Master can help you.
After the program, you are invited to stay for a question/answer session with Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.
And on Sunday, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj continues his series of Chicagoland spiritual programs with a discourse in Aurora, IL. See the location for both programs in the left column.
We look forward to meeting you this weekend.