Sant Ajaib Singh Ji Maharaj conducts Satsang.
Transcription of this question and answer session in Mumbai:
QUESTION: Dear Sant Ji, two days back we sang the new bhajan that was printed in the
Sant Bani Magazine. You said that You felt very moved by the bhajan and You would
like to say something about it, but the time was up and You said we should do our
meditation instead. I was wondering if You would be willing to comment on the bhajan
SANT JI: First of all I would like to thank the Masters, Gods Sawan and Kirpal, who
assumed the human body and came down into this world only for us, only for these poor
souls. They left that plane, which we can call the plane of peace. We can only call that
plane as the plane of peace until we have seen it; but it is something more than that.
Without seeing it, we cannot describe that plane which our Beloved Masters left and
came to this plane to shower grace upon these poor souls. Kabir Sahib also said that if
someone knows about this place from where we have come, only then he would know
what that plane is really about. We can know about the taste of the tree, we can know
about the quality of the tree, only after tasting the fruit which that tree bears. Until we
have been to that plane, we cannot say anything, because we cannot have any idea about
what that plane is like. We can only say that plane is the plane of peace. So I am very
grateful to my beloved Master Who came down in this world giving up the plane of peace
and Who assumed the human body to shower grace upon this poor soul.
After that I would like to thank the gracious Satguru Who inspired me from within and
Who made me write this bhajan. Pappu had a lot of difficulty understanding this bhajan
and translating it.
When Pappu was asking me several questions about this bhajan, I felt like laughing
because he is a married man, and the relationship between the Master and the disciple is
like the relationship between the lover and the beloved. The plant of love is planted by
the Master Himself within the disciple. Often I have said that distance does not make any
difference for the Master. It doesn’t matter if He is physically close to the disciple or far
away from the disciple. The distance does not make any difference. So when this plant of
love is planted within the disciple by Master Himself, then the disciple works for that
love. The disciple works to grow that plant. You may call it working or you may call it
meditation. And when this plant of love has been sown within the disciple, then the
disciple always yearns and he always longs to look at the Master. His eyes never get tired
by looking at the Master.
Some Masters have described the relationship of the Master with the disciple as the
relationship between the father and the son; the link which connects both the father and
the son is also love.
But mostly the Masters have described the relationship of Master with the disciple as the
relationship between the husband and the wife, and you know that the link connecting the
husband and the wife is also love. Master Kirpal Singh Ji used to say that a marriage
happens only once in a lifetime and it is better if the partners leave each other only when
they have to leave their bodies.
All the Masters have called it bad to divorce. Whether They came in the east or in the
west, all the Masters have condemned divorce and they have said that whatever we do
after divorcing our partner is like committing adultery. For twenty-five years of His life,
Master Kirpal went on saying that Spirituality is not a subject of reading or writing, it is
the subject of love and sacrifice.
He always said that the eyes give to the eyes. In one of the bhajans you would have read,
“O Blind of Intellect, just look, because Satguru has given you eyes.”
The eye which receives the love is also made by the Master within us. It is all His grace.
I was laughing at Pappu because in married life it is only [the glances] through the eyes
which are connecting or which are keeping both the husband and wife together.
In India, especially in the province of Punjab, the new calendar starts from the month of
Chet (from the middle of March towards the end of April), and after that there are the
months of the summer when it is very hot. The month of Sawan is the month when the
rainy season starts and at that time after getting a lot of rain, everywhere it is coolness.
In the month of Sawan, Master Sawan Singh was born, so keeping the importance of this
month in mind, His grandfather named Him Sawan Singh.
There had been a serious drought in that area at that time when Baba Sawan Singh was
born, and it was so bad that the animals could not get any food to eat and it was even hard
for the people. People even had to eat the grass, and they collected the grass and the other
animal food and they appreciated that as much as they would appreciate the grains and
other human food.
The greenery which we see in our area nowadays was not there in the past. In the past
there was no system of irrigation, there were no canals. That is why it was always very
dry, and there was little vegetation there. But nowadays because of the canal system you
see a lot of greenery all over.
So dear ones when Master Sawan Singh arrived in this world, it rained so much that
everywhere there was a lot of rain and people were able to grow a lot of food and grain.
People were even able to grow fruit over there. Everyone got enough to eat. And
according to the country calendar, they say that it was the most fortunate year because it
rained very heavily and that ended a long-time drought. Whether one is a satsangi or a
non-satsangi, still people in our area remember that year.
So that is why the opening line or chorus of that bhajan is “Sawan dayalu ne, rim jhim
lae” “Gracious Sawan has caused the drizzle to shower.”
After it has rained, in the sky a rainbow is formed. In Punjabi it is called as the swing of
That is why it is said in the bhajan that in the sky there are the swings of love. At least for
once you set the swing of love with me and see. In that time of the year, the married
women, married girls, come back to their parents home, and that is the time of reunion
and enjoying. So the friends get together and they make the swings and they swing on
those swings. So that is why here it is said, “O Beloved Sawan, there are so many swings
in the sky. At least once you make the swing with my soul and you set the swing for me
and then see.”
So dear ones, when the disciple is in love with the Master, he has this desire that maybe
once, at least for once, he may sit in the ship of the Master and he may also travel around
with the Master. He always has this yearning to be with the Master and enjoy with Him.
I have often told you this incident of my life which happened with my Beloved Master
Kirpal. Even though Master Kirpal did not like these things, He would never be pleased
with this kind of thing, but the disciple is sometimes compelled, and because of the
compulsion, because of his feelings and emotions he does certain things even though he
knows that the Master does not like it, but he cannot help it and he does that. So one day
when Master was taking a walk I tried to steal some sand from under the feet of the
Master; I took some sand from the place where Master had just put His foot. When I did
that, Master Kirpal saw that and He got upset and He said, “Now you will go on bowing
down at this thing again and again.” So at that time, even though I knew He would not
like it, but still since I was in the habit of saying the poetry, I recited a small poem for
Him. I always had this urge to say things or to write things and that is why I have written
these bhajans. It is only because of my health that I am not writing many bhajans
anymore and also since Kent and Pappu have told me, “Now it is enough, You should not
write so much more,” that I have stopped. But always right from the beginning I had this
habit and I had this urge to write the poetry. So at that time I recited this poetry, I said,
“This is my desire, my wish is to put this dust, on which You walked, close to my heart.
O My Beloved, Your five Shabds have pierced through my heart.”
Whatever the Master gives to the disciple, he always keeps it with him, he always
protects it. You know that Baba Sawan Singh was a very successful farmer. So once
when some sevadars were doing seva in the field of Baba Sawan Singh I was also there.
And usually in those days whenever Master Sawan Singh would visit the farm while the
sevadars were doing the seva, He would come and distribute the food for them. So when
He came there to give out the parshad, at that time there was no chair or anything on
which Master could sit down. I had a small piece of cloth, a sheet which was not very
expensive, just an ordinary piece of cloth. So I put that down on the floor on which
Master Sawan Singh sat. I valued that very much; I kept it and I preserved it.
When beloved Master Kirpal Singh came to my place, at that time I spread out the same
piece of cloth, that same sheet which I had protected. When Master Kirpal Singh came
there He looked at that ordinary, inexpensive piece of cloth. He looked at it and He
smiled and instead of sitting on it, He took it and put it on His head. Only He knew what
that piece of cloth was. I still have that piece of cloth with me, because on that piece of
cloth two forms of God Almighty have showered Their blessings.
Dear ones, who will appreciate the Master and the things of the Master? Only he upon
whom the grace has been showered and only he who has understood the glory of the
Master. When Guru Teg Bahadur was on His way to Patna from Punjab, on the way He
came to the city of Kashi where Kabir Sahib used to live. From there He took that loom
on which Kabir Sahib used to weave the cloth, and also that piece of wood on which He
used to keep the cloth after weaving. Guru Teg Bahadur took that all the way from Kashi
to Patna which is a very long distance, especially in those days when there were no good
means of transportation. There were no trains or buses, people had to walk.
So Guru Teg Bahadur took these things with Him. Even though the dear ones who were
accompanying Guru Teg Bahadur offered to carry those things, Guru Teg Bahadur said,
“No, this is something which I have to carry, because these are the things which were
used by God Almighty to earn His livelihood when He came down to this world.”
Later in the bhajan it is said, “I will hide you in my eyelashes; at least for once you come
into the courtyard of my heart and see.” You know that the eyelashes are there to protect
the eyes. Kabir Sahib also described the importance of the eyelashes, He said, “O my
Beloved Lord, if You will come into my eyes, I will close my eyelashes. I will close my
eyes, so that You may not look at anybody else, and I will not let anyone else look at
You. You will remain there just for me.” So that is why in the bhajan it is said, “I will
hide You in my eyelashes, at least for once You come into the courtyard of my heart and
During this last tour in Calgary one couple came to see me in the darshan. They both
were seeing me, but you know the heart knows what is in the heart; heart talks to heart.
The man was very devoted and he was looking at me with all his attention, and he was
attracting all of my attention too. So his wife felt as if I was not giving any attention to
her and that only he was getting all of the attention. She felt that, and she was wondering
why this is so. So later on she alone came to see me and she complained; she said, “On
the other day I felt as if You were not paying any attention to me. My husband was taking
all Your attention.” So I told her, “No, that is not the case, my attention was towards both
of you, but the reality is that when you have so much attention to the Master, those dear
ones who look at the Master with so much attention, in a way, they capture the Master in
their eyes and they don’t let the Master look at anyone else. They keep the Master to their
own selves.” So dear ones, this is all a game of love, this is all a bond of love between the
disciple and the Master.
When we were driving to the AK farm from the airport in Calgary, that dear one was
driving the car in which I was going, and I knew about the habit of that dear one, so I told
him, “Don’t look at me, you just look at the road,” because I was afraid that he might hit
someone on the road. I knew the habit of that dear one was that when he gets intoxicated
he just looks at me and he does not let anybody else look.
[From here on, Sant Ji had Gurmel read out the verses one by one. As each was read,
Sant Ji would begin His comments with a hearty “Hah!” Yes!]
Understand the melody of the songs sung by the cuckoo,
At least sing one song of love and see.
The voice of the cuckoo bird is considered to be the most melodious, the sweetest voice.
And if anyone has a very sweet or good voice he or she is often referred to or described
as the voice of the cuckoo.
So the disciple says, “Understand the melody sung by the cuckoo, and along with me,
sing at least one song of love and see.”
Often I have said that since I always liked to sing the bhajans, or write the bhajans,
whenever I would sing the bhajans in front of my Master I would get so overwhelmed
and so intoxicated in singing the bhajan, that many times I would even have tears in my
eyes and the dear ones listening to that bhajan would also have the tears come in their
eyes. Many times when I would sing the bhajans, with every single word I sang, Master
Kirpal would nod, as if He were saying, “Yes, that is true.”
In the early tours I did sing the bhajans when I went [to America] and many dear ones,
even many singers, who had heard the best singers from India told me that even the best
voices from Punjab, “all seemed to singing through their nose, but when You sing, it feels
as if You are singing through your heart.” The last time I sang a bhajan was in New York,
and since then my voice stopped and I do not sing bhajans anymore.
When I wrote this bhajan, Gurmel sang it and Pappu accompanied him.
You will get the happiness of the heavens here itself:
At least come under the shade of the hair and see.
Yes! As we say, that fortunately we met the perfect Master, in the same way, a Master
also gets a disciple only if He has good fortune. When people do devotion in order to get
to the heavens, in order to get the happiness of the heavens, they give up everything, they
work very hard, but still they are far from the happiness which one gets from the heavens.
But when a disciple obeys the instructions of the Master, and when he does the
meditation according to the instructions of the Master, the disciple gives much happiness
to the Master. The Master receives so much happiness from such a disciple which He
would not get even from going to the heavens. So that is why the disciple who does the
meditation and who obeys the Master, he tells the Master, “You come and be with me
and you will get the happiness of the heavens.” This can be said only by the disciple who
does the meditation.
Many dear ones have seen the place where I have done the meditation. At that place I still
have the writing which says, “Come, let us go, O Friends, to see the battlefield where the
lovers are climbing the cross. While they are climbing they are not afraid of death, they
are happy to climb the cross.” Often I used to say such things even in front of my beloved
Master. Once I said, “There is no one as foolish as the lovers, because in all their
foolishness they go on singing and dancing; and borrowing fire from other people, they
burn their own home.”
At the time my family members opposed me very much. They all used to say that Master
Kirpal had done some kind of magic over my head. They were so much opposed that my
elder brother and other members of my family even offered to take me to Amritsar to
give me some electric shock [therapy]. They thought that I was controlled by some magic
or something which Master Kirpal had done and that I had gone mad. Why was that?
Because when you are obsessed by some magic, that magic shows to everyone in the
world that you are obsessed by that magic. You do not need to give any evidence. So it
was because I had put myself on fire with that fire of love which Kirpal had given to me,
that people were saying that. So dear ones, as Bulleh Shah has also said, “Even if
someone is a kazi or a priest, and he is followed by so many people, even if he has such a
large following, when he is hit by the shot of love he will give up his priesthood, he will
give up all his following, and he will follow that Master.” So it was because of that love
that I was behaving like that, and that is why the family members came and they offered
that kind of treatment for me. The brothers and sisters, the family members, of such a
lover have sympathy for such a lover and they try to explain things to him, whereas the
lover knows and he thinks, “These people do not have the understanding.”
When my brother who thought that Kirpal had done some magic and who offered to get
me the electric shock, when his end time came, he said that four butchers were catching
hold of him and they were bothering him. Then the next moment he said, “Now your
Master Kirpal has come and He has freed me, He has saved me from them.” So when he
and the other people were telling me all those things, I said that the Master is still worried
[about your welfare], and even though he did not appreciate the Master, but still because
of His grace He has freed him from the butchers. Since his death my family members
have come to the Satsang and they have taken the Naam.
I will make you drink through the cups of eyes.
At least exchange your glance with me and see.
Yes! Well, this is the line which bothered Pappu. It says that I will make you drink
through the cups of my eyes, at least for once you exchange the glance of love with me
and see. Dear ones, as the disciple is the lover of the eyes of the Master, in the same way,
the Master is also the lover of the eyes of the disciple. As the disciple gets a lot of
satisfaction and intoxication by looking into the eyes of the Master, in the same way if
the disciple is true, and if he is doing what the Master is asking him to do, the Master also
becomes the lover of such a disciple. Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj also said, “My eyes are
yearning and asking when will I see my Beloved.” Bhai Nand Lal Ji said to Guru Gobind
Singh, “O Master, here it is the question of Your one glance, and it is the question of my
Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj says, “We should close such eyes that do not get the blessing
of having the darshan of the Master.”
I will write my whole life in your Name.
At least for once get in love with me and see.
Yes! When the true love is awakened then the disciple understands everything as the
things which belong to the Master; whether it is mind, his body, his wealth, or his
position, he understands that all the things are of the Master.
So Guru Ram Das Ji Maharaj says, “Mother, father, sisters, brothers, wife, You are more
dear than all these. O my beloved Master, You are more dear to me than all my family
members.” Everyone has his own way of explaining things. Master Kirpal Singh Ji used
to say that if a pipe has many openings then the force of the water will be very low, but if
we close all the holes, and keep only one opening at the other end, then the water will
come out with full force. In the same way, if we withdraw our love, our attachment, from
all the other relations, and if we put all our love and attention toward the Master then it
will be very forceful.
So that is why here the disciple says, I will write down, I will transfer, my whole life to
your name, at least for once you get in love with me and see. So what can we imagine of
what is going on within someone. Often I have said that right from the beginning when I
was a very young child, I always had the feeling as if I had lost something. That feeling
went on increasing, and later on, when I became a little older, when I would read or hear
about the Sikh Gurus and Their disciples I would always crave for such a Master and to
become the disciple of such a Master. I would always imagine, I would always think and
wonder: “What kind of disciples were they who were fortunate ones to have the Masters
like the Sikh Gurus. Will I be able to get such a Master in my whole lifetime?” And when
the time came when I was blessed with such a Master, like I said earlier, [because] all the
other openings were closed, all the love and all the attention was directed toward the
In the old times in the army it was a custom that when anyone would join the army he
was supposed to sign a paper saying that whenever my seniors will order me to go and
fight in the battlefield I will not hesitate and I will obey their orders. The people were
asked to put the fingerprints of all their ten fingers and sign that paper. So in the same
way the disciple says here, “At least for once You come and be in love with me and I will
put all my ten fingerprints on a piece of paper and I will transfer my everything, I will
transfer my whole life to You.”
Today the nectar is showering from the skies.
At least for once create the yearning and see.
The drops of love are coming from above. At least for once you drink this drink of love
As there is the sweetness, the intoxication, in the love of the Masters – the love of the
Master can change the life of the disciple – in the same way, in the love of the disciple
also is the sweetness.
This is a very deep relationship. The Master goes there, even to the place where neither
father nor mother, nobody from this world can reach.
Coming into the intoxication of the month of Sawan,
You at least shoot the arrow of your glance and see.
The farmers usually wait for the month of Sawan. They usually wait for the rainy season
to come, because it is the time when they get the rain and they can grow the grains and
things like that. When the black clouds form in the sky and everyone knows that it is
going to rain, then the peacock dances. And it is said that when the peacock in all his
happiness sheds one tear from his eye, and if the female peacock picks that up she
conceives. So that is why the disciple says here, “Coming in the intoxication of the month
of Sawan You at least for once shoot the arrow of Your eye, of Your glance, and then see
how I respond to it.”
Ajaib has become yours for no cost
At least for once you try me and see.
Yes! The Master expects only the meditation from the disciple. He does not expect the
disciple to bring gifts to Him. The only thing which He expects from the disciple that
they may bring to Him is the meditation. So as the Master is expecting only the
meditation from the disciple, here the disciple says, “I do not expect anything from You. I
have become Yours free of cost, and at least for once, You try me and then see.”
If we are working for somebody and expecting the reward for it, that cannot mean that we
are doing devotion. We are working. Kabir Sahib also says, “If the Master is living off
the things of the disciple, then He is the greedy one, and if the disciple is doing the
devotion of the Master expecting rewards from Him then he is also a greedy one, and
they both are playing their games.”
But this is not the case between the true disciple and the Master. As the Master is
expecting only the meditation and nothing else, in the same way the true disciple does not
expect anything from the Master. He does not say, “Master remove my unemployment,”
or “Remove my sickness,” or “Give me this,” or “Give me that,” he only does the
devotion of the Master. So that is why here the disciple says, “Ajaib has become yours
free of cost, now at least for once You come and try me out.”
The story of the Master and the disciple never comes to an end. Don’t think that, after
this session, the story which I have just told you is finished. It is not. For forty-five years
Master Sawan Singh went on telling the stories of the Master and the disciple, and for
twenty-five years Master Kirpal Singh went on telling us the stories of the Master and the
disciple. All the ten Sikh Gurus and all the perfect Masters Who came in this world, They
went on telling us the stories of the disciples and the Masters. They wrote many great
scriptures, the holy books, but still the stories of the love of the Master and the disciple
never come to an end.
There is so much more I can go on saying, there are so many more stories of the love of
the Master and the disciple.
One person from our area went to California; he was not an initiate. But somehow a
satsangi who happened to go to Shamaz meditation retreat, and who happened to hear the
dear ones sing the bhajans and the stories of the love of the disciple and the Master, he
was so impressed that he went to the person from our area and told him, “I have heard the
dear ones sing such beautiful songs about the love of the Master and the disciple.” So that
dear one went to Shamaz and he was also very moved. So after he came back to India, the
first thing he did was to come to the ashram and he saw me, he met me and was very
impressed with that.
So dear ones, these stories of the love of the disciple and the Master never come to an
end. The love is such a thing that it never finishes. The more you talk about it, the more
you bring it out, the more you get. So these stories of the Master and the disciple never
come to an end."
Both Masters Ajaib and Kirpal made a clear point of not copyrighting or reserving rights for any of their works/Satsangs in any format. Recordings were made over many decades by a wide variety of disciples, always with the understanding by all involved that the purpose was for universal dissemination of the Masters' teachings without profit or restriction. Reference:
"Mahatmas (Great Souls) come for all the world and their teaching is for all the world. As long as they are living in the body, in this world, their teachings are well understood and are propagated in their real meaning; everybody gets benefit from that; but when they leave the body, the disciplies limit and confine their teachings only to a certain time, religion or sect, and I understand that this is the greatest injustice to the Mahatmas."
Sant Ajaib Singh, Sant Bani Magazine, July/August 1977, page 30
"I have written books without any copyright- no rights reserved- because it is a Gift of God, given by God, as much as sunlight; other gifts of God are also free."
-from a talk by Sant Kirpal Singh at Santa Clara University, San Jose, California on November 16, 1972.