O My Master, Who Are You?
O my Master, who are you?
From what exalted region do you come?
From what endless waves of ecstasy?
What luminous fields of bliss do you leave behind
to enter the prison house of this dark plane,
where one being eats another to stay alive,
where every smile soon knows sorrow,
and every light must have a shadow?
O my Master, what kind of love is this?
You give up your freedom to soar infinity.
You cage your boundless spirit
in this heavy human form,
so you can sit beside me on the curb
in the city of my despair
and tell me the story of a soul
sent out so long ago
from the Ocean of the One.
O my Master, what have you done?
What sacrifices have you made?
What treasures did you trade?
What dreadful bargain did you strike
on my behalf, to take me back?
O my Master, what kind of mercy is this?
You give up your freedom to give me mine.
You trade the heaven you have found,
to set my soul in the Holy Sound.
You ask nothing for your pain
to lead me home to the One
who ends my suffering.
O my Master, what can I do?
How can I show my gratitude
for the grace you shower on me?
Let me follow perfectly
the teachings that flow from your life,
in an endless river of living light.
Let me listen with all my love
to the Ringing Radiance within,
that calls me back to where I was
before this all began.
You are quite right when you say that the Master rewards disciples according to the amount of effort they put in with the proper attitude. The more we strive on the path, the more help we receive from the Master. Those who do not make an effort of their own have no idea of the blessings that are being showered on us every day of our life. The rewards that are received by a disciple are far greater than one could ever expect or even dream of, and this realization comes only when we are doing our part of the duty. Then our heart is full of gratitude to the Master. Those who do not do their best in the spiritual practice and in living the life according to the high principles of Sant Mat belong to a class of sluggards who keep on expecting everything from the other party. Sloth has never achieved anything in any field of life. All good wishes for you in your sincere pursuit of the path.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Quest for Light