The Master Answers
A selection of questions and answers with Maharaj Charan Singh
Q: Master, why is Sant Mat and the experiences of the initiate so esoteric, so secretive? Why cannot the initiate compare notes with another initiate? It is my understanding of Sant Mat that it is a science of the soul; and any scientist, to test the validity of his findings, would like to compare notes with somebody else.
A: Brother, there is always danger of ego coming in. When you share your internal experiences with anybody, you are inclined to give yourself airs, and you lose what you have. Also, when people know that you are spiritually advanced, they may tryto take advantage of you, of your powers. Then you may be tempted and thus lose what you had gained.
Spiritual Perspectives, Vol II
Q: If we’re faced with temptations and we do our simran, how does that help?
A: Well, sister, what is simran? Simran is a means to concentrate at the eye centre, and we are tempted by the senses only when our mind is scattered. When the mind comes from the eye centre downward to the senses, only then are we tempted by these senses. When it is not scattered, when it is collected at the eye centre, automatically you will save yourself from all those temptations. In that way simran helps. It keeps you concentrated at the eye centre; it keeps your thoughts at the eye centre.
Die to Live
Q: Master, do the children of satsangi parents receive your protection, and are they marked for initiation in their present lives?
A: Everybody has their individual karmas. So even if they are the children of satsangis, it doesn’t mean they must be initiated. Those who are marked by the Father automatically come to the path, whether or not they are the children of satsangis. But if parents become a living example to their children, naturally the children are influenced and may become interested in the teachings and spirituality.
Spiritual Perspectives, Vol III
Q: What is the name of the supreme being?
A: Give him any name. Call him God if you like. After all, the Lord who is remembered by so many names really has no name. He is also called the nameless one, and his abode is also known as the nameless region. The relationship of mother and child is that of love, and the mother expresses her love by using different names. But it is the love and not the names which form the link between the mother and the child. All these words are just expressions of the mother’s love. She may call him by any name or by a hundred names. The link is love; it’s the common blood they share. Similarly, you may call the Lord by any name. We have so many countries, and every country has so many languages. In one language alone we remember him by different names. Every name is good. Out of love and devotion you may call him by any name. It is the love and devotion that count, not the name. You can give him any name, it makes no difference.
Spiritual Perspectives, Vol I