What amounts to the essence of life is the knowledge that God, Nirankar, can, in fact, be realised. We, unlike other animals, have enough insight to evaluate life and its purpose. We can decide who we are, where we have come from, and where, after the demise of this mortal coil, we are to go. We, as human beings, have the consciousness to analyse all this.
We can look at this logically or through the aid of scriptures. For we, as the atma, individual spirit, are part of what we call the Paramatma, omnipresent spirit. We can recognise, while living our lives, the very form of the Formless Nirankar. This is exactly what Arjuna realised on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Ravidas, Kabir, Tukka Ram, Meera and many other saints here and abroad, also experienced the same Formless, which elevated their lives above others.
The Nirankari Mission’s introduction to the Formless is akin to a candle that can illuminate the darkest of rooms. Through it, we can fully realise Him. Though called by different names all over the world, it is ultimately one and only One Nirankar. Although He is one in essence, we cannot believe in Him if we do not know Him as one.
Quite naturally, just as we have to know someone before we believe in him, the One God also has to be known before we can believe in Him.
It is important to realise that though different in diet and dress, we have all emanated from the same one Source. It is, therefore, only by knowing God that we can believe in Him and henceforth become Him.
If we were to look at the process of boiling water, we see that we require fire, water and a vessel. We can pour the water into a vessel, which when placed on the fire eventually boils. But if we were to pour the water directly on to the fire, not only is the fire doused, but the water is never boiled. What is of the utmost importance in this process, is the vessel – the medium through which the task can be accomplished.
In life similarly, we too need a medium – a true master, with whose help we can realise the difference in the behaviour of the enlightened and the ignorant. In the absence of such a medium, we cannot transform from one state to the other. With the advent of such a medium the heart harbouring hatred can be transformed into a loving one.
Hence, sitting in sangat, at a oneness gathering, and being decent, attentive and disciplined is not enough. The sangat’s import – significant learning and wisdom – has to be firmly planted into the mind, so that not even a single trace of darkness remains. Just as the rising sun illuminates everything everywhere, the light of the congregation works exactly the same way.
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