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Letter 71

My last spiritual teacher was Shaykh Hamid who was teaching from the Mevlevi sufi tradition[Turkey]. He taught us from 1985 to 1990 at which time he disbanded his teaching circle and told us we could go anywhere spiritually that our "heart's" took us. Another spiritual brother from that group and I have "wandered" for 21 years looking for our next teacher. Personally I have looked in India, Central Asia[Uzbekistan], the middle east, Egypt, Europe and North America. Lastly, even though I have spent many year's in the sufi tradition I am not Muslim. I was born and raised Christian. As always thank you for your time and any consideration.

Ishwar's Reply

When you will meet "your" Perfect Living Master your "heart" (INTUITION) will tell you this is it! After spending some time with the PLM your experience will confirm that too! Do not allow your mind to mess up your experience by creating unnecessary doubts and fears! The Spiritual Path is not a Religion. It is as good for a Muslim as for a Christian! Indeed it is even good enough for an Atheist. All that it requires is that you seek the Truth and that the Truth lies within you'

Love and regards:
Ishwar Puri

Letter 72

Listening to your recorded lectures have brought up some questions that I've wanted to ask you. I've tired to consolidate some of these as succinctly as possible, and I'll save
others for some other time. I want to ask you about effort on the path; time and space; learning lessons through karma; and perfect living masters and changing our karma.
On Effort During my visit to Chicago, you advised me to meditate effortlessly, which makes a wonderful difference. You've also discussed leaving everything to the master's hands,
which is a form of effortlessness. It thereby seems that a big part of the path is effortlessness--certainly, this would result on fewer karmas by leaving the master to be
the doer. We learn on the path that we cannot find a PLM (i.e., effort); rather, a PLM finds us (i.e., effortlessness.) But then we also learn that we are to meet the master at the rail road,
from where the path truly begins. My question is: Isn't it ultimately the master's will when, how, and from where we make it to the station? In other words, why isn't it true
that much as were are found by a PLM, we similarly will be brought to the train station by the PLM (i.e., effortlessly and with patience), rather than us coming to the train station
(i.e., with effort)?

Can we say the same about reaching Sach Kand--that effort is not required, as this will occur when we are either destined for it or when the master sees that we are ready (i.e., instead of "going" beyond the mind, we are "taken" beyond the mind)?
On PLM and Changing our Karma, In a letter from GM to an initiate, He explains that while PLMs can change the karmas of initiates, this is not generally advised. Why is this?
On Time & Space, Do we always reincarnate along a linear path in time, or can we re-incarnate into prior years? For instance, is it possible for me to pass away in this life time and then re-
incarnate to the time of GM so as to be physically by his feet?

On a separate note, there is a definite point in space where we need to collect our scattered attention in order to exit the time-space continuum (i.e., rise above the
mind/causal plane), notably, the third eye center, in close proximity to the pineal gland. Similarly, is there a definite point in time when we are to reach this point with sufficient
attention to rise above? If so, then this ties into effortlessness on the path as well, I would think. It would further mean that with each passing second of time, we get closer and
closer to reaching out true home. Is this true?

On Karma, In sat sang, you teach that karmas function in part as lessons to be learned; sometimes we learn the lesson and consequently evolve spiritually, while other times we don't learn the
lesson and potentially reincarnate to lower life forms until we learn. But while learning implies that we have a free will to either accept or reject the lesson, you also teach that
free will truly doesn't exist; rather, everything is written out, implying that whether we learn a lesson is not up to us. How is it determined whether we learn a lesson or not? Is
it karmic load (i.e., the more of one type of bad karma we have, the more times we must be punished before we can learn and move on, and vice versa)?

In discussing the Anurag Sagar, you explain a deal made between Sat Purush and Kal, by which souls are not permitted recollections of past lives. Why is it, then, that we are able
to hold on to some lessons learned? Isn't this one form of recalling something from past lives? And furthermore, why is it that in spite of this deal, we are indeed able recall the
past through deep meditation?

Finally, the path teaches us that karma can be ameliorated by meditation. Does this mean that meditation makes us care less about the impact of karma (i.e., losing an arm is not as devastating to us when we're meditating when compared to when we're not meditating), or does meditation actually reduce the karmic load we experience (i.e., instead of losing an arm, we lose a finger tip)?

With All My Love,

Ishwar's Reply

1. On Effort: The whole path is covered with "effortlessness" ! What looks like effort in the beginning also turns out to be Master's Grace later on.

2. On Karma: Mixed Karma (good and bad) creates human life. A big change either way can set up a life form other than human which would take away the opportunity to escape from this prison of continuous reincarnations !

3. On Time and Space: There is a fixed point in space as well as in time for things to happen including progressive steps upward on the spiritual path. We can discuss these and other related topics in greater detail when we meet next.


Letter 73

I wanted to ask you a spiritual question. I know that the saints say the happiness increases as we rise up in consciousness. When we go beyond to the infinite realm when
we loose all of ourselves in god and beyond it is said not this not this ect. At this level can we say it is more than just peace as some other spiritual teachings say? Is there more
love and happiness here than at self realization? Is there something more positive to attain at this highest level?

Ishwar's Reply

Rising in consciousness above the Mind gives you Happiness and Bliss that is way beyond anything that is given while you are under the realm of the Mind and which at best gives limited peace and joy !

Letter 74

What is the mystery of disappearance from one's physical frame (the death).Is the death pre-determined with respect to time and place? How and why the death appears to human beings at different age and human frames?

Why there is no premonition of death? With kind regards

Ishwar's Reply

1. Death destroys the physical body but not the astral body which contains the same mind and the same soul that was in the dead physical body.

2. Death is predetermined both with regard to time and place.

3. The timings of death for different people are different because of their different Karmas.

4. Sometimes there is premonition of death specially with people who practice meditation.

Ishwar Puri

Letter 75

When the Father created the fifth son, Passion, to enter into the Creation, surely He had the foresight to see what was to come. Kal wanted his own kingdom and this pleased
the Father. Kal committed errors that caused him to be banished and the separation from his Father made him insane. The Father said, .If I bring him back, I will have to bring the
whole Creation back. This I do not wish to do.. My question, does this not suggest some error in thinking that Kal would do his Father.s bidding and not go wrong.

Surely the Father could look down the aisle of the future and see the consequences that eventually came to pass. In my limited vision: that this was an adjustment in thinking due to unforeseen circumstances.
Help me to understand how an all-knowing Consciousness could apparently miss what was bound to ensue.

Ishwar's Reply

In our Father's Home there is no time and space and no Judgment of any kind. It is only His "Mauj" (Playful Will) that creates everything ! So error of judgment does not arise!

Letter 76

You discuss how initiation occurs in the astral plane, because the physical body's lifespan is too short for initiation to be of any use in the physical plane. Presumably,
then, this means that initiates almost always need to re-incarnate into a physical body at least once from the time of their first initiation, and that when they do, they remain
initiated in the astral plane. So any re-peat initiation in the reincarnated body is simply a gesture through which we-- in the physical plane-- become aware that we are initiates.

What I am curious about is the following: Is there a limit to how many times we, as souls that are initiated in the astral plane, return to the physical plane, before the master decides
to takes us back?

On a related note, I've heard after the physical body dies, the master can sometimes have us stay in the astral plane rather than return to the physical plane, and have us meditate
there, but that meditation in the astral plane is more difficult. In what types of circumstances would the master want this for an initiate, and-- assuming what I heard is
correct-- why is meditation more difficult in the astral plane? Can the master ever bring us to the mental plane, rather than the astral plane, to meditate after the physical body
passes, and if so, is it even more difficult to do there?

On another related note, I've heard that the more remembrance and devotion-- including meditation-- that we do now on the physical plane, the easier it is for us when we are
taken back; why is this?

Finally, when the physical body dies, is this one way in which we can "wake up" from the dream of the physical world? Do we become aware of our astral body at that time?

Or are we unaware of anything else until we return to this physical plane in another body-- so that re-birth is akin to the same night of sleep, with two separate dreams back to back,
without waking up in between the dreams?

Thank you Ishwar. As always, I appreciate your time in answering my questions.

Ishwar's Reply

It is true that Initiation by a Perfect Living Master takes place at the Astral plane. How often one returns to the physical plane depends on our attachments to things physical but never exceeds four visits each subsequent visit having less attachment and less load of Pralabhad (Fate) karma.

It is more difficult to meditate in the Astral plane because of greater knowledge of the future, and becomes even more difficult in the Causal plane because of full knowledge of the future in that plane. In that sense it is appropriate to say that "ignorance is bliss"! The Astral plane has two parts, the Upper Astral where you feel the Physical was merely a dream, and the Sub Astral where we get several non-physical experiences but not that of full wakefulness.

Love and regards,

Letter 77

I have read that you are Great Masters disciple and that you are initiated since your 9. Did you meditate from your 9 till now everyday for 2 hours? How did you manage that?

What do you think of masters today? I hope you can say a few words on this theme?

Ishwar's Reply

I am happy to receive your e-mail and to know that you are a follower of the Spiritual Path. I am a disciple of the Great Master Hazoor Maharaj Baba Sawan Singh Ji and have tried
to live by his teachings. Whatever I am doing today is my Seva to my Master. I have been with many Masters in my life and have great respect and reverence for all Masters who
teach that the Way to Truth is within you. All Masters can help you to go up to the level of higher consciousness that they themselves have realized. We must keep meditating with love and devotion till we come in steady contact with the
Radiant Form of the Master. Our true Spiritual journey then starts in the company of the Master who takes us as far as he has gone!

With love and RS greetings to you from Ishwar Puri

Letter 78

If you could advise me on a couple more issues I've been carrying around with me, I would appreciate it.

1. Should I avoid taking any herbal capsules, that are made out of Gelatin?

2. My old friend Martin recently showed up in my life. For years he's been trying to convince me that it is a good idea to be ready for a disaster, have an emergency supply of
foods, a place to hide, a bug out bag, a gun to defend myself etc. Now he believes a polar shift could occur, followed by an ice age, like his master predicted...

Should I do any of his suggested preparations?

Ishwar's Reply

1. If taken for medical reasons you may take the capsules.

2. It is not necessary to make any special preparations for a possible future disaster, like the return of the ice age, as there does not appear to be any imminent threat like that. One
can always keep normal household articles in the house for any shortage one may encounter. The best is to use one's common sense in these matters.

Love and regards,
Ishwar Puri

Letter 79
Ishwar's Reply

The negative Power always creates several fake Masters around every Perfect Living Master! The difference in the Real and the fake is discovered when the strong pull by the
unconditional love of the Real Master not only remains steady but grows to an extent that the doubting mind of the seeker cannot resist it inspite of it's skepticism! Often this takes
time. But even Masters who are not Perfect Living Masters perform an important function in taking a genuine seeker towards a Perfect Living Master! A Master can take
you only as far as he has gone and no further. But if the seeker is not satisfied and keeps on seeking eventually a Perfect Living Master finds him.

In sharing these Teachings of the Great Master Hazur Maharaj Baba Sawan Singh Ji and a few selected experiences I am only doing Seva for my Master. I carry out His Instructions as best as I can.

Love and regards,
Ishwar Puri