By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Mystic poetry and literature is rich in verses addressing the way to a peaceful, calm life. One of the greatest mystic poet-saints of the past century, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, has written a verse that captures the way to lead lives in which we reduce stress and anger to produce calm and peace within ourselves and for the whole world.
The verse by Sant Darshan Singh Ji says:
Let this world become a temple of love and peace.
Let love and Truth illumine the world, And the adversaries of peace awaken to its Light.
This sacred land of God has been trampled with
the burden of oppression.
Life is not a dagger stained with the blood of hatred;
It is a branch filled with the flowers of love and
Life itself is restless for peace in the world.
Let its noble dream materialize.
May the garden be illumined with wave after
wave of Light.
May the wealth of love grow greater and greater
and enrich every heart.
These verses capture the essence of what I consider the purpose of life and have been the inspiration of my life. These penetrating words by Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, a past master of meditation on the inner Light and Sound, illumine a way to achieve peace through uncovering the Divine within. Once this uplifting peace permeates our being, it can spread to others, bathing this planet in peace.
These verses describe the unity at the heart of all creation. The poet realizes that the same Light of God within us is also in all others, making us one human family. Even science points to our ones through the Genome project. Scientists have found that more than 99% of the genes of all human beings are the same, with only less than 1% being different, accounting for differences in our hair, skin, and eye color, or our size and shape. When we realize we are all one family, we would not cause pain or suffering to others. As we would not want to hurt our parents or children, we would not want to hurt any other human being. The walls that divide us through nationality, social status, or appearance tumble down as we realize that we are all children of the one Creative Power.
Through meditation on the inner Light and Sound within each of us, we can have a firsthand experience of our unity. Through absorption into this Light and Sound current, we experience consciousness of higher spiritual realms. This inner journey leads back to the source of this current and we experience oneness with the Creator. Saints and mystics have described within us a series of realms. Beyond the physical realm, there is the astral, causal, and supracausal realms, and a purely spiritual realm, called Sach Khand. Each realm contains greater and greater light, celestial music, joy, and love. We ultimately merge back in the source of all consciousness, love, and light. Then, we recognize that all humans and all forms of life are created by the Divine and comprise one family. This nondenominational meditation practice, called Shabd Meditation, or meditation on the Light and Sound, can be performed by people of all cultures. The introductory form of meditation, called Jyoti Meditation can be practiced by any one at any place. The more time we spend in meditation, the more we realize the unity within each. Spiritual progress is enhanced by an ethical life of non-violence, truthfulness, humility, love for all, and selfless service.
As we gaze at the wonders within through meditation, we can experience the inner light, enjoy its nourishing peace and bliss, and radiate that loving luminosity to all.