The Master Is Always with Us
From the moment of initiation by a perfect living Master, the Master is always with us. At the time of initiation, he places his Radiant or astral form within the disciple at the eye centre. This is also referred to as the Shabd form of the Master. Even if the Master leaves his physical form before the death of a disciple, his Shabd form guides the disciple in this life and at the time of death. Speaking about this in Light on Sant Mat, Maharaj Charan Singh says:
The Master is always with you. His real form is the Shabd, and that is within you, and it is for you to work your way up and contact the Radiant form.
So our Master is always aware of us and guiding us. Through our meditation practice and his grace, our consciousness rises so that we can meet the Radiant form of our Master. One day we will see him inside, face to face. Master as Shabd is our constant companion and watches over us. He is the protector of our soul, and he will see us back to our true home.
In another letter in Light on Sant Mat, Hazur tells a disciple:
The Master is always with his satsangis and protects them.… You put forth your best efforts regularly, then leave the rest to him and he will take care of everything.
The Master is love incarnate or the Word made flesh. As souls, we have been separated from God and our true home for ages. The Master has come to take us home. He is the great liberator.
With other relationships we part company at the end of our lives, but not with our Master. Initiation by a living Master is the greatest gift that can be given to a soul. It is the greatest event in our lives since we were separated from the Father and came into this creation.
Master is our greatest benefactor. He is our best and everlasting friend. And as this relationship grows and develops, we become more and more receptive to his infinite love for us.
In Spiritual Letters, Baba Ji Maharaj explains to Babu Sawan Singh that in reality the Master and disciple are one and the same, something to be realized after the gift of initiation:
You are never separate from me, my son, because our real form is the Shabd-dhun, which is never separate, and the Shabd-dhun has been bestowed upon you. Because of the physical body, the business of the world has to be carried out.
However, Baba Ji Maharaj is also saying that we still have our fate karma to go through and it must be lived out. No one can take away what is in our destiny. We will get what is in our fate, no more or no less. So, how much attention do we want to give to thinking about all of this? Isn’t it better to fix our attention in simran during the day when our mind is free than to worry about what might happen in the future? After all, if our Master is with us, why should we worry?
He is letting us know that the key to living a stress-free life is to remember the Satguru with love. When we keep him in our mind, even our worldly work can be part of our spiritual growth. And as we grow spiritually, we will eventually realize that the Master is always with us because his real form and ours are united in Shabd.