The Power of Simran
Simran will enable the disciple to withdraw his consciousness to the eye centre, listen to the sound, and see the light within. Sant Tukaram, in The Ceaseless Song of Devotion, says, “By repetition man becomes God.”
It is the power of simran that will lead us to the Shabd. Nothing is in our hands except trying to repeat the simran as much as possible throughout the day and at the time of meditation. Simran is the only thing we can do. It is the key to making progress on the path of the Saints. The holy words given to the disciple at initiation have the power of the Master in them. Those words, when repeated during meditation, will pull the mind away from worldly things and attach it to something better.
Sant Tukaram then tells us about the power of simran: “And the One who could not be found before will himself come to meet you on repeating the Name.”
The Master is always present, but it is through simran and bhajan that we become aware of his presence twenty-four hours a day. With our effort and his grace we will feel his presence - he will come to meet us.
Maharaj Charan Singh writes in Light on Sant Mat:
Regularity in meditation gives confidence and strength that are difficult to acquire in any other way. Then you would also realize how the Master is helping you and, in fact, molding you.
Then in another letter he writes,
Truly, Nam is the greatest gift of all, and one can only begin to have some idea of the magnitude of this wonderful blessing after going in.
The more we meditate, the more we will feel the Master’s love. In Spiritual Perspectives, Vol. II, Maharaj Charan Singh explains:
And the more we love, the more it grows. Of course, it starts with the Father; but then we try to search for him, and our love grows and grows. The more he gives, the more it grows. The more effort we make, the more love we feel; the more his grace is there, the more effort we make. These will always go side by side.
From this love, and with the Master’s grace, we will begin to look for any opportunity to sit in meditation. Our whole day will be geared to finding time to be with our Master. Every moment that our mind is free will be turned to simran and, eventually, even when we are talking, it will go on automatically in the background. When we sleep at night, the simran will go on, and when we awake, it will be there. We will live in that atmosphere day and night. We will be able to hold on to our Master at every moment.
In Tukaram: The Ceaseless Song of Devotion, Sant Tukaram pleads:
O my Lord, let my eyes be forever
Fixed on your form.
Your form is so sweet,
Your Name is so sweet -
Endow me with your love forever.
This will be our state through the power of simran.