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Acharya Sachidananda

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.

Copper Nickels

Mahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours, he addressed a meeting in Orissa. After his speech a poor old woman got up. She was bent with age, her hair was grey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers tried to stop her but she fought her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting. “I must see him,” she insisted and going up to Gandhiji touched his feet. Then from the folds of her sari she brought out a copper coin and placed it at his feet. Gandhiji picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully.

The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Gandhiji for the coin but Gandhiji refused. “I keep cheques worth thousands of rupees for the Charkha Sangh,” Jamnalal Bajaj said laughingly “yet you won’t trust me with a copper coin.” “This copper coin is worth much more than those thousands” Gandhiji said. “If a man has several lakhs and he gives away a thousand or two, it doesn’t mean much.” But this coin was perhaps all that the poor woman possessed. She gave me all she had. That was very generous of her. What a great sacrifice she made. That is why I value this copper coin more than a crore of rupees.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 18-10-2017

Husk Fry

All the Pundits in and around Cossipur heard that Swami Vivekananda is at his friend’s house at Cossipore. They gathered around him there to hear his philosophy. All these Pundits were well versed in Sanskrit and began conversing with him in Sanskrit. Swamiji but was away from India for long and had not used the language anywhere there. As the discussion went on, Swamiji used Asti instead of Svasti, at which all the pundits laughed out. Swamiji quickly admitted the mistake and continued the discussion.

After all the Pundits left the place, quite happy, Swamiji told his disciples that in the West no one would make a big point of the small grammatical mistake which he made. Instead, they would give more importance to the point which he intended to assert. Pointing at similar silly mistakes deviate general attention from the real topic. He further said that in our country, all the fighting is going on over the husk; nobody searches for the
kernel within.

The disciples learned a great lesson. Even those among them, who thought that their Master was squeezed for the best of advices, could realize that the Pundits have taken out nothing, except a knowledge that philosophical discussions are possible in Sanskrit too.
“Sisters and brothers of America!” A crowd of seven thousand, listening to these words, responded with a standing ovation which lasted for two minutes. Swami Vivekananda’s talk in Chicago in 1893 brought to him world attention. Narendranath Dutta (Swami Vivekananda: 1863-1902) was born in an aristocratic Kayastha family of Calcutta
(West Bengal. He later became the best disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa and continued to live as his Master’s voice all the life. Swami Vivekananda is regarded as one of India’s foremost thinkers.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 06-10-2017

Tyagarchana

‘The term ‘Tyagarchana’ consists of two constituents: ‘Tyaga’ and ‘Archana’. ‘Tyaga’ here means to sacrifice something dear to one’s heart voluntarily. ‘Archana’ here implies offering something with loving devotion to God. Hence, the concept of ‘Tyagarchana’ implies sacrificing something dear to one’s heart voluntarily and offering the saving from such voluntary sacrifice to God with loving devotion. It is an inter-religious sadhana, spiritual exercise that integrates divine grace with human endeavor….

‘Loving devotion to God is best expressed through selfless service to our own needy fellow human beings. The Spirit of God dwells in all human hearts. Hence, in every human person we should strive to see and experience the living presence of God. This inherent divinity of every human person is the true basis of human dignity and equality. It demands of us to respect and love all human beings. ‘Madhav Seva, Manav Seva’, that is, ‘service to God is service to humanity’ is a dictum given to us by the saints and sages of our land. Loving service to fellow human beings, especially to the poor and needy, is the best form of devotion to God that we can offer. All religions and their saints and sages teach us this truth….

‘A 100 Rupee note has just the monetary value of 100 rupees. But when this amount comes from the loving sacrifices of one’s own poor mother, it has a much greater value than just the monetary value. This ‘spiritual value’ added to the monetary value by loving sacrifices has within itself the power to inspire and transform others, especially the beneficiaries of the service rendered by that amount. Money with only monetary value has no inspirational or transforming power…..

‘Similarly, when an amount of hundred rupees with just the monetary value of 100 rupees is used for selfless and loving service of the needy fellow beings, it also acquires great spiritual value. This is the basis of ‘Nishkama Karma’….

‘Thus, we can add spiritual value to the monetary value of any amount if the amount is saved from our loving sacrifices. We can also add spiritual value to the monetary value of an amount of money if it is used for rendering selfless service to our needy fellow human beings. This is a spiritual principle which also holds good in case of the services that one can render….

‘Any selfless service rendered with love has great spiritual value and has healing and transforming power added to it. Doing service without love, or with personal or political motive, has no spiritual content and will not heal or transform anyone…..

‘Saving money through voluntary sacrifices, and using that amount for rendering loving service to the poor and needy fellow human beings will double the spiritual value and transforming power of money and service. All your temples can promote this among their devotees……

‘Money with spiritual value, if used for helping undeserving people, will lose its healing and transforming power. ‘Do not cast pearls in front of swine’, taught Sadguru Jesus Christ. Money saved through voluntary sacrifices is like pearls. It is to be used only to help really deserving poor and needy fellow human beings with love, if it has to produce the desired results……

‘The ability to add spiritual values to money and service is perfectly within the power and reach of every human person. No one can take away from us this God-given ability to add spiritual power to money and service. This is the foundational principle of ‘Tyagarchana’ which can find innumerable practical expressions, maharaj……..

‘Skipping one meal and using it for feeding a poor and hungry fellow human being with love is a simple act of Tyagarchana. Giving up some luxury item or celebration, and using the saving to help a poor person is Tyagarchana. Surrendering all our pains and sufferings to God with love and devotion following the example of Sadguru Jesus Christ is the highest form of Tyagarchana….

‘One can simply send out positive thoughts to the world with love in one’s heart. This is also Tygarchana. Grand parents can take good and loving care of grandchildren as Tyagarchna. Family members can spend prime time with one another. Parents can give up their own comforts and restrict their ambitions for the sake of their children. Spouses can spend more prime time with one another…

‘Everything done voluntarily with love becomes Tyagarchana. The old, the sick and the poor can undertake Tyagarchana by simply surrendering their loneliness, sickness or poverty with love to God or by praying for others with love…..

‘Children can practice Tyagarchana by serving their parents with love and gratitude…

By Acharya Sachidananda on 21-08-2017

The Big Tool

The Baba told him in a firm and clear voice.

‘Your life-mission, my son, is to be an instrument of the Lord of light and love for a culture of peace and reconciliation in the world….

‘You must begin your divinely ordained life-mission from India, your own motherland. India is your ‘karma bhoomi’…

‘In order to accomplish your life-mission, you have to be rooted deep in the living Spirit of Christ which is the light and love of God. Remember, the living Spirit of Christ is also the Divine Spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace within the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent Supreme Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit of God….

‘The living Spirit of Christ is the light of God that shines on all humankind and enlightens every human soul. It is also the love of God that is the source of all creation, and that enlivens every human heart. He is thus the Lord of light and love…

‘You are chosen and called by the Lord of light and love to work tirelessly, fearlessly and prayerfully for a culture of peace and reconciliation in India with the wisdom and power of Spirit that are given to you as free gifts by an ever loving God through Sadguru Jesus Christ…

‘Take Jesus of Nazareth as your Sadguru and inspirational role model in your quest to root yourself firmly in the living Spirit of Christ because he is the divine standard of the living Spirit of Christ in human history….

‘A culture of peace and reconciliation in India will need a spiritual unity and regeneration of religions in India, my son. Hence, focus your energies on this mission. This is an inter-religious mission with economic and political implications that will take care of themselves once the spiritual foundation is laid strong and deep. This is your life-mission. This must be your focus always, everywhere and in everything you speak, teach or do….

‘Religions in India must be invited, motivated and guided to work together for this spiritual unity and regeneration of India based on an inclusive vision, a holistic philosophy, a shared mission and concrete action programmes…

‘The inclusive vision will be that of the ‘Dharma Rajya’, the Kingdom of God of love, unity, peace and joy on earth. The holistic philosophy will be ‘Dharmodaya’ based on the seven spiritual laws of peace, ‘Sapta Rishi’. The shared mission will be spiritual unity and regeneration of India…

‘Tyagarchana’ and ‘Pancha Sutra’ can help religions in India to bring about a spiritual unity and regeneration of themselves and the nation…..

‘Remember my son, morality and spirituality are not for people with empty stomachs… So, you must begin your mission with an all out effort to liberate India from poverty and hunger.

‘Poverty and hunger in India are perpetrated by the dehumanizing caste system and the all-pervasive corruption in the country..… Hence, you must first work for a ‘hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India’…

‘This calls for an Integral Revolution of an unprecedented order to make economics and politics in India value-based… You need to spiritualize and divinize them… It can be achieved only through great sacrifices….

‘Mahatma Gandhi was a chosen instrument of God. Remember Gandhiji’s words in his letter written from Delhi on 27th January 1948, just three days before his martyrdom calling for a Second Freedom Struggle, much more difficult than the first, to win the remaining economic, social and moral freedoms for India….

‘Purna Swaraj’ built on the pillars of political freedom, economic freedom, social freedom and moral freedom will be the final goal of the Integral Revolution which should have Enlightened National Politics as its liberative action plan.….

‘The tremendous youth power of this ancient land of religions must be awakened and channelized for the Integral Revolution which is the mission of the third millennium ahead of all sovereign spiritual persons in India…

‘Teachers in India are called to provide enlightened leadership for the Integral Revolution. Hence, the teachers must be enlightened, empowered and enriched for this divine mission of the millennium.’ The Baba said

His guru kissed Atma Prakash Bharat on his forehead… and disappeared.

Atma Prakash Bharat was now absolutely clear in his mind of his life-mission,…….. and how to accomplish it.

‘Dharma Rajya,…Dharmodaya,…. living Spirit of Christ,… culture of peace and reconciliation,..inter-religious cooperation,… Tyagarchana, … Pancha Sutra,….Enlightened National Poltics, …. Second Freedom Struggle,… hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India,… awakening the youth power,… Integral Revolution,…. teachers as enlightened leaders….’

Atma Prakash Bharat repeated these key concepts in his mind…. as if storing them in his memory.

Excerpts from ‘Integral Revolution’

By Acharya Sachidananda on 12-08-2017

Anointed for the Mission

After few minutes the Baba opened his eyes. He looked into the eyes of his beloved disciple and said:

‘You were a man of violence. The Lord of light and love has called you to a great mission with the wisdom and power of His Spirit. I was appointed by Him to be your guru, friend and companion. ….

‘The good Lord in His infinite grace has blessed me abundantly, even with a ‘second life’ on earth. A good portion of those divine blessings that I have received from Him are also being passed on to you as your divine legacy…

‘Now the time has come for you to put into practice what you have learnt from me so far. Knowledge with experience makes wisdom. Wisdom is a great treasure to be acquired and cherished with utmost care. I pray for God’s special blessings upon you. May His wisdom and power rest upon you….

‘Never be enslaved by religion, power, wealth and pleasure, my son. They are for you, but you are not for them. They are essential, but do not allow them to enslave you….

‘Respect all religions. Remember, religion and scriptures are good and necessary, but they are only pointers to the Ultimate Truth, the one true God. So are prophets and saints. They are only means, not ends in themselves…..

‘The one true God is the omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Supreme Spirit. He is the source of our being and ground of our existence. We live, move and have our being in Him. We are created in His image and likeness. That means we are a spiritual being with the power to exercise our ‘free will’. The one true God is also the ultimate goal of our life. We should worship this one true God as divine spirit, divine light and divine love. The one true God is incarnated in and embodied by all great saints and sages of humankind…..

‘Accept, acknowledge and follow Sadguru Jesus Christ as the best teacher and perfect example, and as the divine standard of the living Spirit of Christ incarnated in human history…

‘Remember, the God we worship will determine our value system, our character, our relationships and our worldview. Hence, do not ever worship the ‘false gods’ created by human imagination. Walk in the path of light and love….

‘From today you will be known not merely as ‘Atma Prakash’ but as ‘Atma Prakash Bharat’. It implies that you are dedicated to ‘Bharat Mata’, Mother India. You are called to be an instrument of God for spiritual unity and regeneration of India. You have to be a dedicated instrument of the living Spirit of Christ for building a great new India of peace, prosperity and power….

‘Remember the things that I have taught you, my son. Write them down in your heart. They will enrich your life and the lives of those who come in touch with you. They will help to make you an effective divine instrument of light and love in this world….

‘But you have to reinterpret and reformulate all that you have been taught by me in the context of your life-mission using your own imagination and creativity. That will be your creative fidelity….

‘I have given you enough seeds of light and love during these three years. You have been a bright student. I can see the light in your eyes. I can feel the peace in your mind, and the love in your heart….

‘It is time for you to venture out further, to enter into the next stage in your life-mission, the stage of creative fidelity…

‘The next one year will be a stage of practical field work and training for you… I have made arrangements for you with my friends in Tamil Nadu, the land of temples…

‘Go to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari… Meditate in the temple…. Begin your life-mission from there…’

The Baba closed his eyes and was silent…

Excerpts from ‘Integral Revolution’

By Acharya Sachidananda on 05-08-2017

Commas and Fullstops….…  

On the TV next day was the news of violent clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities in western UP. Atma Prakash remembered such clashes that used to occur regularly at Hyderabad during his school days.

Many teachers and students used to look forward to such clashes as they would get holidays to enjoy….

‘Guruji, some say that Islam is a religion of violence and wars…How do you look at it?’ Atma Prakash asked the Baba that day…

‘A jaundiced man sees everything yellow, my son…When there is selfishness, greed, lust and violence within us, we also use our religions and scriptures to satisfy them… It is not religion that is to be blamed. It is the followers of a religion who make that religion good or bad, peaceful or violent…’ said the Baba reflectively and continued….

‘The very word ‘Islam’ means peace. It also means submission to the will of God. To my mind, Islam is a great world religion of peace which has also shown the path of peace…..

‘This religion of Prophet Mohammad is highly misunderstood and misinterpreted by many of its own adherents….

‘I had the opportunity to study Islam in a deeper way… and to interact with some very enlightened Islamic scholars and sufi saints. Their life and ideology were very inspiring… At Delhi, at Lucknow, at Ajmer, and at Hyderabad… I could meet very many enlightened Muslims scholars and saints… But I am sad to say that these enlightened masters are overshadowed by the uneducated and fanatic mullahs and moulavis who seem to rule the roost….

‘Son, please remember, every religion has specific cultural and historical backgrounds, as well as unique social and spiritual contexts. Islam was born in the cultural and historical backgrounds of Arabia….

‘Culture and language have deep relationship. Scriptures, including the Holy Quran, were written by prophets and sages, inspired by the Spirit of God, but in their own languages which were conditioned and influenced by their cultural backgrounds…Once we understand this truth, we will not be fanatic about the ‘Word of God’ or about the ‘Book’ but will try to imbibe the spirit behind these words.. and books….

‘I had met a Muslim group at Mumbai who claimed that they were the true Muslims following the Holy Quran without even changing a comma or fullstop! I could only sympathize with them….

‘I feel such individuals and groups are often missing out the spirit behind the scriptural words because of their obsession with commas and fullstops….…

‘You can read the book, ‘The Prophet of Peace’ by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, one of the most enlightened Muslim scholars of this century. It will help you to understand how this great religion of Prophet Muhammad is being distorted by fanatic Muslims…..

‘I also had a very interesting experience with a Christian group many years ago… I was invited to speak to them by a dear friend who was organizing a seminar for them. I had quoted to them the parable from the Holy Bible about a master giving five talents, three talents and one talent to three of his servants before setting out on a long journey… On his return after years, he asked the servants for accounts.. The one who was given five, made it ten and was blessed… the one given three made it six and was also blessed. But the servant who was given one talent did not use it at all and was punished…..

‘One of the pastors from the group jumped up with an open Bible… He accused me for ‘abusing the Word of God’… He brought the Holy Bible and showed me that the second servant was given not three talents, but ‘two talents’. He created such a fuss on the issue..…

‘He missed out the spirit of the message and was clinging on to the words… This approach leads to conflicts and violence… and to religious fanaticism…

‘Please remember, dear son, religions and their scriptures are for humankind. They are there to guide us in our forward, upward and Godward journey in this world…

By Acharya Sachidananda on 27-07-2017

Sadguru Jesus and Christianity

‘Please, revered one, what will be these pillars of a Swadeshi Church?’ Atma Prakash was very eager to know.

‘Let me share with you the four ‘pillars’ of a Swadeshi Church as I visualize them’, the Baba began.

‘The first pillar of a truly Christian and truly Indian Swadeshi Church according to me will be the vision of the ‘Kingdom of God’, or ‘Dharma Rajya’ as we may refer to it in our Indian context….

‘The mission and message of Sadguru Jesus Christ were centered on the vision of the ‘Kingdom of God’. The term ‘Kingdom of God’ appears more than 125 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ presented this vision to his disciples in many ways using many parables in order to drive home this one truth. The sum and substance of his mission and message was the ‘Kingdom of God’. He also presented himself as ‘the way, the truth and the life’ of this Kingdom of God….

‘The term ‘Kingdom of God’ represents a vision of the highest state of love, unity, peace and joy beyond time and space limitations. This is a vision shared by most religious traditions of humankind, though different religions use different terminologies and imageries to represent this one ultimate goal of human life on earth. In our Indian context we can refer to the Kingdom of God as ‘Dharma Rajya’….

‘The term ‘Dharma Rajya’ implies, as we had seen earlier, a nation or a world of love, unity, peace and joy. It is also a physical expression of the ‘Kingdom of God’ preached by Sadguru Jesus Christ. Hence, the vision of ‘Dharma Rajya’ can be accepted as the first pillar of a ‘Swadeshi Church’. This is an inclusive vision that can be shared by all religions….

‘The second pillar of a Swadeshi Church will be the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ as included in the Gospel according to Mathew, Chapters 5, 6 & 7….

‘The Sermon on the Mount is the compendium of the teachings of Sadguru Jesus Christ. Together these teachings of the divine master can be termed ‘Christu Dharma’. The Christu Dharma consists of universal spiritual principles that can be applied and practiced by anyone anywhere anytime. The spiritual results experienced by those practicing the Christu Dharma sincerely will speak for themselves….

‘Mahatma Gandhi used the Sermon on the Mount as an eternal source of inspiration for himself. Swami Vivekananda had declared that even without any other religious scriptures, the Sermon on the Mount would be sufficient enough to bring about a spiritual regeneration of humankind….

‘The third pillar of a Swadeshi Church is the ‘Way’ of Christ to the Kingdom of God. As mentioned earlier, during the initial stages of the ‘Kingdom of God Movement’ that was initiated by Sadguru Jesus Christ, his disciples were known as the followers of the ‘Way’. This was the Way of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love….

‘Sadguru Jesus Christ told his disciples that he was giving them a new commandment; to love one another just as he had loved them. He had said that all people would know that they were his disciples, if they had love for one another….

‘Jesus Christ also wanted his disciples to love their enemies and pray for those who persecuted them… He himself set an example by praying for those who crucified him…..

‘The Way of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love taught and demonstrated to the world by Sadguru Jesus Christ is the sure way to the Kingdom of God. In fact, there is no other way to the Kingdom of God because God is love. However, the Christian love has to extend to one’s enemies, and should motivate and empower one to lay down one’s life for his or her friends. This calls for self-sacrifice of the highest order….

‘This was what Jesus Christ himself had demonstrated on the cross. Rising above the agony of death, he had prayed for those who crucified him: ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’…..

‘There is no other way to reach the Kingdom of God except through the path of love. This Way of love was preached and presented as the ‘Christu Marga’ by St. Thomas the Apostle. The term ‘Christu Marga’ means, as mentioned earlier, the Way of Christ….

‘This Christu Marga can be termed ‘Sahana Yoga’ from an Indian spiritual perspective. The word ‘Sahana’ means to suffer, to bear. The term ‘Yoga’ implies communion with God. Sahana becomes a Yoga only when it is accepted with love. We had studied this concept earlier. We only need to recollect them. Sahana Yoga is self-sacrificing love that will lead to ‘Dharma Rajya’…..

‘Sahana Yoga can never be confined to Christians and Christianity. It is a path of love that will lead us to unity and peace. It is open and available to anyone anywhere anytime….

‘Newton’s ‘Law of gravity’ is independent of the followers of Newton and of Newton himself. It existed before Newton. It can and will exist without Newton. Similarly, ‘Sahana Yoga’ is independent of Christians and Christian Churches. It was taught and embodied by Sadguru Jesus Christ. The power and glory of ‘Sahana Yoga’ was demonstrated to humanity by Mahatma Gandhi through the greatest non-violent revolution the world has ever seen. We had discussed this before….

‘I believe that ‘Sahana Yoga’ will be India’s unique contribution to the world. I believe that just as the institutionalization of Christianity had begun from Rome, the most powerful civilization of the first century, the spiritualization of Christianity has to begin from India, the oldest living civilization of the twenty first century…

‘The institutionalization of Christianity was initiated by Emperor Constantine after a vision of the ‘cross’ that he had. But he himself had not become a ‘Christian’ when he had made Christianity the official religion of the Roman empire…

‘The spiritualization of Christianity was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, who also had a vision of the ‘cross’ in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He too had never become a ‘Christian’….

Excerpts from ‘Integral Revolution’

By Acharya Sachidananda on 23-07-2017

Power of Devotion

Guru Raghavendra was a 16th century South Indian Hindu saint. Venkitanatha (early name) was born in 1595 as son to a refugee family from Vijayanagar Kingdom.  He grew up to a very devoted religious scholar and skilled musician. Though he married a lady from a quite noble family, the family lived in utter poverty. He never demanded any fee for his. However, without any means to support his family, he had to endure a life of utter poverty. A description of the hardships faced by him might melt anybody’s heart. When other families observed Ekadasi (traditional Hindu one day full fasting) twice a month, his family did that several times every week. He could not afford a drop of oil to take an oil-bath even on a festival day like Diwali. His family did not see new clothes for years.

In spite of all these, he never wavered in his faith towards the Lord. He continued his self-study and free teachings, determined to be content with whatever came to him, unsought and unasked.  He later became a very powerful saint, who did many miracles in his life.

He once attended a wedding.  Seeing his poor cloths shabby appearance, the host mistook him for a beggar, who has come for free food. They asked him to grind sandalwood, to which he readily agreed. While working on it, he chanted Vedic Sukthas (verses). Further, those who used the paste on their body felt a strong burning sensation. On enquiry, they
understood that Venkatanatha was reciting Agni (Fire) Sukthas from Vedas, while
grinding sandal wood. The host immediately understood the saint’s magnificence and
begged him to make the paste again, chanting Varuna (Wind) Sukthas. He grinded
the salndal wood again, this time chanting Varuan Sukthas and when the new
paste was used, all burning subsided.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 17-07-2017

Gospel of prosperity and wellness

‘The Americans, as we know, are very enterprising people. They are also very commercial-minded. They believe in the power of their dollar, their weapons and their economy. Whatever they get hold of will be transformed into means of power and wealth. They have managed to transform the Gospel of light and love of Sadguru Jesus Christ also into a ‘Gospel of prosperity and wellness’…..

‘Thus we have today a Christian faith that has gone through five major evolutionary phases. As a result it has become completely distorted.’ The Baba said. He stopped and looked at Atma Prakash who was all attention.

He then continued: ‘I believe, my son, the Christian faith will be able to rediscover its spiritual roots only during an ‘Indian phase’ that is yet to emerge. Christianity has to rediscover its Indian roots and rebuild itself on it. This is the spiritual task ahead of disciples of Sadguru Jesus Christ in India….

‘We are also included in this historic spiritual mission. Though we are not baptized Christians, we are also disciples of Sadguru Jesus Christ. We are trying to follow his path of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love. We try to remain in communion with the living Spirit of Christ in, with and through the spirit of Sadguru Jesus Christ. We also believe in his Gospel of light and love. In fact, I personally believe that his Gospel of light and love will find its best spiritual expression in the Indian soil.’

The Baba stopped again, at looked into the eyes of his disciple.

Atma Prakash waited eagerly for his guruji to continue.

But the Baba only smiled…

It was very interesting to listen to this systematic analysis of the evolution of the Christian faith by his guruji. It made much sense.

Excerpts from Integral Revolution

By Acharya Sachidananda on 12-07-2017

Hajj at 16

It was the first day of the month of Ramzan in A.D. 1173. On this auspicious day Farid-ul-Din Masaud Shakar Ganj was born. All began to wonder whether to open their fast or not. A holy man advised that a great Soul has been born in the house and if that infant suckles then we can break the fast and to everybody’s amazement, infant Baba Sheikh Farid ji was fasting.  When Baba Farid was a few years old, his mother taught him his prayers. The boy asked her what was gained by prayer. His mother replied sugar. Accordingly, she used to hide some sugar under his prayer-carpet, and, when he had finished his prayers, draw it forth, and give it to him as a reward of his devotion. One day his mother forgot to put the sugar but after prayers, there was sugar under the carpet.

When Baba Farid was 16 years old, he went to Hajj. On hearing Farid’s language, a saintly man foretold the Boy’s subsequent greatness. The high reputation Farid obtained during his theology studies in Delhi soon became irksome to him. He therefore made his way to Hansi, where he remained for some time. Later he assumed the mantle of his late spiritual guide. He ultimately left it in the keeping of Jamal-ul-Din of
Hansi and thence proceeded to Ajodhan, the present Pak Pattan. The manner in which the name of Ajodhan changed to Pak Pattan was that a canal which derived its water from the river Sutlej passed near the town. It was usual for all who visited Baba Farid to wash their hands and feet there. The place then became known as Baba Sahib ji da Pak Pattan, or Farid’s cleansing ferry.

Baba Farid, in accordance with his mother’s advice, went to forest, and lived there as an anchoret for some years on leaves of trees. Sheikh Farid ji made Pak Pattan a great center of Sufi Thoughts. People from all over India and Middle East would come to see him. He always used his language that was Punjabi spoken by common people, even though he was highly learned and educated in Arabic, Persian, etc. His all couplets are written in Punjabi, with Persian script. He generally rejected offerings of money, but would accept gifts of food, etc for public kitchen. Baba Sheikh Farid was a great saint of India, who is considered as a pioneer of the modern Punjabi culture and the concept of Punjabiat. His successors and descendants carried his torch of thoughts quite successfully, after Baba Sheikh Farid died of pneumonia in the year of 1266.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 02-07-2017