|HUMBLEST OF HUMBLE
SHANTI PRAKASH was the humblest of humble.
From the beginning His life has been of a Sevak.
He was eager to serve and perform lowest service.
He never liked to be a Guru.
He liked to be a Sevak.
He was eager to tolerate rebuke.
He endured a great many insults, and so tolerance become a part of Him.
He never had a faintest desire to be Worshipped, nor had a seed of pride.
He never had an ill thought for anyone, nor He saw a fault of anyone.
He cared for everyone.
He served everyone.
He never affronted anyone, nor hated anyone.
Outwardly, SHANTI PRAKASH seemed a simple saint. Inwardly,
His simplicity melted into the shores of vastness.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
This is not a book, nor it is an album. It is a Spiritual
trek into the life of a great Saint SHANTI PRAKASH MAHARAJ. For all
pilgrims, who venture to take this trail, it will reveal the summits of
HIS GURU SATGURU TEOONRAM MAHARAJ
“Even flies and ants walk around that seat …….
SATGURU SWAMI SARVANAND MAHARAJ
His birth today calls for a great spiritual celebration, yet
on 15th August in the year 1907 A.D., the village Chak of
Sind allowed it to pass quietly with little stir
or attention. Neither Shree Asoodomal, nor Jugal Devi, His father
and mother were aware of
the magnitude of the birth of their child. And they routinely named Him ‘Khairaj’.
Accepting Khairaj under his fold, Satguru Teoonram Maharaj
brought him to his
headquarter Amrapur Asthan, a great temple on the top of sands in
Then onwards Khairaj moulded his future according to the
wishes of his Satguru Maharaj. His life progressed like a silent stream,
destined to become an ocean.
Khairaj dedicated himself in the service of Satguru Maharaj.
He thrust himself in the service of temple. He gave up caring for his
personal body, dismissed any desire of the world that dared to cross his
path. He rose beyond self importance and spent his days in arduous service. Waking before 4:00 a.m. and resting not earlier than
past mid-night, he washed utencils, swept the temple yard and halls,
served pilgrims and cleaned the kitchens, cared for ill and old and not
eating till the last man in the temple has satisfied his hunger. It was
hard life, physically exhausting, but he enjoyed every moment of it, for
his service brought joy to others. He passed his many nights under the
mound of sands to protect himself from chilling cold of the winter. Side
by side he continued his penance and meditation. In his total surrender
to God and Guru, he became the recipient of the Divine Grace of his
Divine Master, who sent him to Rishi Dayaram Gidumal Pathshala Hyderabad
and then to Haridwar to learn Holy Scriptures
In Haridwar, Khairaj along with Saint Ishwar Anand stayed in
Kutir of Shri Chetan Dev and learnt Vedant Shastras from Shri Shankar
Anand Maharaj. He grasped Divine Virtues and Scriptures from saints and
sages, hermits and holymen, rishis and munis. He visited all places of
pilgrimage like Rishikesh, Laxman Jhulla, Mansha Devi, Kankhal,
Saptrishi, Chad Devi with great reverence. He used to take daily dips in
holy waters of mother Ganga. He attended religious discourses with
devotion and enthusiasm. He then went on a pilgrimage of the Himalayas
along with Saint BhajanDas,
Saint KishanDas, Saint GangaRam and others. One could see his strong
will-power and longing for God realization, when he traversed bare
footed the narrow steep and difficult paths, sharp curves and
sky-scrapping hill tops. Travelling in days and taking rest at nights,
he visited Uttar Kashi, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath,
Gandhamalaya mountains, Gauri Kund, Bhrigu Ganga, Kailas Mansarover etc.
He spent all his time in reciting sacred Naam with deep down in his
He went to Amritsar where he learnt Guru Granth Sahib from
Shri Hameer Singh and committed Granth to memory in two years.
Thereafter he came back to Amrapur Darbar, prostrated at the lotus feet
of Satguru Maharaj and with heart full of ecstatic emotions prayed,
“Oh, Satguru, the Enlightner, engage me in thy adoration, submerge me
in thy service, blend me in thy Divine colour, let me burn in thy Holy
candle. Oh Sweat Father!, give me all peace and purity.” He offered
respectful salutations to other sages of Mandal like Satguru Swami
Sarvanand Maharaj, Swami Gwalanand, Saint GurumukhDas and Saint Basant
Ram. He continued to serve and meditate as usual, unaffected by hunger
or thirst, heat or cold. In this way, slowly but surely, the sapling of
devotion, Divine knowledge
and renunciation of Maya rooted deeply in his heart; began flowering and
fruitifying. He became a symbol of love and brotherhood, patience,
purity and prudence, silence and submissiveness, renunciation and
On 14th Nov. 1937, at the age of 39 he was
initiated into Sanyas by his Holy Master, and rechristened as SWAMI
SHANTI PRAKASH MAHARAJ. He was instructed by his Gurumaharaj to dedicate
his life to the service of humanity and to spread holy knowledge to all
corners of the world.
He traveled East and West, South and North, enlightening
people from all walks with Satguru’s teachings and filling their
hearts with KRISHNA LOVE. During religious discourses, he sang hyms,
bhajans and soul searching songs in praise of Gurumaharaj and Govind. He
enchanted the hearts of audience and made them go in ecstatic trance.
While singing Bhakti Bhajans in transcendental
Love of Lord, he would forget himself and become so completely
absorbed in chanting His name and singing His praises that he would
become totally oblivious of the surroundings. Only a transcendental
lover can feel that height of nothingness and Oneness!
“BAHUT JANAM SEY KRISHAN MERA, JHAGRA
CHALTA AATA THA,
KAHEY TEOON UB AISI KEENI, ALAG NAZAR
NAHIN AATA HOON.”
Acharya Satguru TeoonRam Maharaj merged in the Supreme Lord
in May 1942 and Satguru Swami Sarvanand Maharaj was crowned as Head of
Prem Prakash Mandal. Swami Shanti Prakash was deeply grieved, but he
resigned himself to the will of God and said, “Gurumaharaj is
Omniscient, Omnipotent, all pervading everywhere, Guru’s flame
radiates to his successor, so we all should maintain same kind of
devotion and service to Satguru Swami Sarvanand Maharaj.”
Partition took place in 1947. Satguru Swami Sarvanand Maharaj,
Satguru Swami Shanti Prakash Maharaj and other saints of the Mandal came
to Ahemdabad in January 1948. Swamiji sought permission and blessings
from Satguru Maharaj for going on religious Jaunts. He visited Delhi,
Haridwar, Mathura, Kurla-Bombay and then reached Kalyan camp to pay
salutations to his father who was settled in camp No.5. His visit to
Ulhasnagar was like a ray of sunlight on a mistry day. His mere presence
transmitted peace to many restless souls.
His melodious Bhajans touched soft corners of many wavering
hearts. Persons like Jashanmal Pahuja, Dwarkadas, Vallarmal and many
others became his devotees. These devotees made Swamiji settle down in
Ulhasnagar. On October 10th 1948, Swamiji built a small
temple in the name of Satguru TeoonRam Maharaj above the two rooms (His
father’s house) of Camp No.5, Swamiji started regular religious
discourses, prayers and preachings in this small temple. A stream of
visitors, seekers of salvation, devotees and travelers on spiritual path
started pouring in. He initiated those who wished to take refuge at his
Lotus feet and tied them in a strong bond of Love and Protection. Once
explaining Divine knowledge of Soul, Swamiji said –
“You are not this body in which you are living. In reality
you are a Soul (Atma), part and parcel of the Supreme Soul (Param Atma).
Thus you are made of two things : i.e. Body and Soul. To understand this
One has to understand the difference
between living and
dead body. When someone dies, the ‘Soul’ or the living force leaves
the body and therefore the
body is called ‘Dead’. That is why the relatives dispose off the
body. They do not keep the body at home or love the dead body, be it of
one’s wife or husband, father or mother. The question is why it is
like that? The only answer is because the Soul has left the body and
without it body becomes useless. Therefore, you must come out of this
concept of body (Dehatma-Buddhi). You are an Eternal Soul. The soul has
no birth or death. It is eternal, immutable and primeval.” Swamiji
further explained –
“From birth to death your body is changing continuously.
First, you were a new born, you grow from a child into a boy, then
become full youth and adult, and then become an old person. Throughout
all this time, although your body has been changing, you still feel
yourself to be the same person with the same identity. Just see, the
body is changing but the occupier of the body – the Soul, is remaining
the same. As you cover your body with shirt or coat, the Soul is covered
with body. And as you change your shirt or coat, Soul also changes his
body after death, but he never dies. This is
called “Transmigration of Soul”.
KISHIN BHAJAN SEY JO KUCH MILLIYA
SAB KO SO BATLATA HOON”.
People coming to the temple were enlightened with his
teachings of self-realisation. Seekers of truth approached Swamiji for
solution of worldly problems. Devotees invited Swamiji to conduct
Satsangs in their houses. Swamiji showered his blessings, practically in
each and every house of the Camp.
That small temple is today a Great Tirth Asthan. Noble Souls
like A.C. Bhakti Vedant Swami Prabhupad, Brahmachari Swami Prabhu Dutt,
Swami Leela Shah, Jagat Guru Shankaracharya, Satguru Swami Sarvanand
Maharaj, Dada Jashan Vaswani, Swami Ganeshdas of Sadhubella Mission,
Saint Asha Ram and many more have visited this Sacred Asthan and blessed
the devotees with their teachings.
On, 11th July 1977, Swamiji received news of
dropping health of Satguru Swami Sarvanand Maharaj. He rushed to Jaipur
and remained in the service of Satguru Maharaj till the morning of July
21st, when Satguru Swami Sarvanand Maharaj decided to depart
from this world to their heavenly home. Swamiji were so grieved that he
cursed death. “Death should come to you, Oh death”. Immediately
after performing 13th day ceremony of Satguru Swami Sarvanand
Maharaj on 4th August 1977, Swamiji were adorned as GADI
NISHAN (Guru Gadi) by all
saints and sages of Prem Prakash Mandal. At this occasion Swamiji said,
“You all have entrusted me great responsibility. I am most humble
servant of Guru Maharaj. I am nothing. I am zero. All are his plays. He
is the Supreme Director. We all are his artists and will carry on his
work. Guru Maharaj will bless us with necessary strength and divine
knowledge to follow his foot steps. Prem Prakash Mission is firmly
established by him. The light of mission is to be kept burnt and
kindled. The lamp after lamp has got to lit up. The real image of Guru
is visible in their teachings and scripture. We have only to obey and
follow their teachings by heart and soul. Guru Maharaj have been our
protector in the past and will guard us in future too. You all bless me
so that I may carry this holy mission under benign guidance of Satguru
Teoon Ram Maharaj and Satguru Swami Sarvanand Maharaj.
Now he was 70 and the whole responsibility of the progress
and welfare of lakhs of people were upon his shoulders. He dedicated his
life for fulfilment of His Guru’s mission. He worked round the clock
for the welfare of whole universe. He showered rain of BRAHMA GYAN and
KRISHNA LOVE all over the earth. He tirelessly moved from place to
place, from country to country, city to city, village to village,
visiting every hut and home. His Mission remained to free people from
the grips of addiction and superstitions, and help them to lead a holy
life. His affectionate nature drew both children and youngsters, who
enjoyed his company and valued his wisdom. Some became saints and joined
his Mission, others helped to run various centers established all over
the world. Apart from temples he advocated the construction of
educational institutions, hospitals and elderly homes. Swamiji encircled
India more than 100 times for propagating his Guru’s teachings and
KRISHNA BHAKTI. He visited many foreign countries like U.S.A., Spain,
Japan, Dubai, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and many more on
lecture tours, that have enlightened whole world with Krishna Love and
of course Spiritual knowledge.
He became magnet for crowds of visitors. He explained Vedic
literature, the philosophy of Bhagavat Gita and message of Sanatan
Dharam. He preached for recitation of the name of Krishna – “JAI SRI
KRISHNA”, Vegetarianism and Cowworship. His Bhajans sung in praise of
Lord Krishna purified the hearts and ennobled the minds of all the
devotees. His teachings have created a revolution of thinking in the
minds of millions of people worldwide. His achievements are extra
His writings, Bhajans Verses and teachings have been compiled
in the holy book “PREM PRAKASH GRANTH”, which is a Ved for all
On the night of August 14th 1992, He took leave of
his devotees in Bombay and boarded Bombay-Singapore flight accompanied
by his close disciple Swami Dev Prakash and few others. Swamiji knew he
would be departing from this world and chose to do it in mid-air.
Swamiji left his devotees in India exactly as Lord Krishna left his
gopis, when leaving Vrindavan never to return. His last words in this
material world were, “What is time?” Swamiji enquired from Saint Dev
Prakash. “It is 3:45 a.m. Your Holiness” replied Saint Dev Prakash.
“Still time is there, take me to bathroom please” he told Dev
Prakash, who took him to bathroom.
Swamiji came back to his seat at 3:55 a.m., but this time he
occupied chair in Samadhi posture and peacefully merged in the Supreme
Lord, soon after. His last rites were performed at Ulhasnagar in Prem
Prakash Ashram on August 18th 1992. Hundreds of thousands of
devotees, followers and great saints from India and abroad came to pay
their last respects.
Swamiji was a master craftsman of the hearts of people. He
never forced or compelled, never hurt or humiliated the feelings of
others. He simply lived his life in Divine harmony with the Lord. And in
doing so, somehow, His presence inspired answers to life’s toughest
The light of mission is to be kept burnt and kindled. The
lamp after lamp has got to lit up.
You are an Eternal Soul. The soul has no birth or death. It
is eternal, immutable and primeval.”
Under Swamiji’s Spiritual Leadership, Noble Saints like
Swami HardasRam (now His Successor), Saint Brahmanand, Saint Ved
Prakash, Saint Dev Prakash, Saint Gyan Prakash, Saint Anant
Prakash, Saint Naam Dev, Saint Manoharlal, Saint Jai Dev, Saint
Raju Prakash and many others have spread like stars in the universe.
They are working as missionaries of Prem Prakash Mission.
In conclusion, under the umbrella of Pujania Satguru Swami
Shanti Prakash Maharaj, Prem Prakash Mission has become dynamic and
multidimensional Spiritual movement that is making significant
contribution to the intellectual, cultural and Spirtual life of modern
man on global scale.
Complete devotion to KRISHNA, freedom from materials desires,
truthfulness, self-realisation, charity, study of Shastras and service
to all creatures of universe are the great pillars of this Mission. Till
today Prem Prakash Mission has established following centers along with
charitable hospitals, cowsheds, Gurukul Schools, guest hosues, elderly
homes. In every center devotional songs and spiritual discourse
alongwith regular public kitchen (Bhandara) is going on in religious
way. These centers also send food from time to time, to blind schools,
homes for disabled, homes for aged and infirm and charitable hositals.
His teachings have created a revolution of thinking in the
minds of millions of people worldwide. His achievements are extra
Prem Prakash Ashrams
are established in following cities
Amrapur Asthan Jaipur
He had cast a charming spell upon hundreds of thousands
people worldwide, he was being adored and worshipped for his spiritual
care and depth. Great Saints & Scholars sought his blessings and
glorified him with heartfuls of praise.
In 1987 a Great Parade had been arranged in the town of
Ulhasnagar to welcome Swamiji, on his return to India from a successful
spiritual mission to foreign lands. After the event an aged person made
his way to Swamiji’s room, and with adoration, he said, “You have
“No! No! I am just a humble servant”, hands, folded,
Swamiji stood up and bowed low to the aged person. Devotees present
there experienced the endless impact of simple humility.
His visit to Ulhasnagar was like a ray of sunlight on a misty
day. His mere presence transmitted peace to many restless souls.
The experience, I had of Swamiji, cannot be expressed in
language. He is a living mass of what is the Experienced in the
Upanishads. The Bliss of the Self Supreme exploding out of that aged
body, wefting a steady fragrance of pure love, gushed into those who
came near him. Hence none wants to leave him and his presence. To such a
Master we can only prostrate and not write about.
Dada Jashan Vasvani
He was a modern world’s greatest self realized Master. His
living was one hundred percent exactly what Krishna tells in Geeta about
a living of Brahma Gyani.
He was a man ripened with love, Meeting him was like hugging
Yet great people are better understood through experience
than expression, for they choose to write their lives through actions.
He indiscriminately inspired the humanity that surrounds him
with purpose of life, and offering them not in mere theory but a
practical way of living.
Saint Avidaynath M.P.
Besides being a man of deep moral strength, humility and
holiness, he was genuinely renounced. His life is an epitome of his
ideals, and ideals that he setforth for others to follow.
ALL ARE EQUAL FOR SWAMIJI
In 1985 Swamiji were invited to perform Murti Asthapana
ceremony of Julelal Sain at Rajendar nagar New Delhi.
Respecting the request, Swamiji, Saint Dev Prakash, Saint
Gyan Prakash and other Saints and devotees arrived at the venue on that
auspicious Day. Mr. Tahilramani, the then Naval Chief of Govt. of India
was there to preside over the function. A rich crowd had gathered to
witness the event.
The auspicious ceremonies of Murty Asthapana, garlanding and
prayers concluded on a high note of Joy. Amongst the by standers was a
simple watchman on his usual job. No sooner, did, Swamiji left seat, the
watchman rushed to him, fell at his feet and Bengan to pray : “O
Swamiji, please come to my small place, bless my poor hut as well.’
Many shrugged away, feeling insulted in being with a
watchman. ‘‘Not now!”. Someone from Swamiji’s devotees sternly
denied, “the sun is already high and we have to reach Malkagunj at the
‘But look at his love’, Swamiji indicated, “We cannot
turn him away. Come, we must fulfil his wish.
Not waiting for others, he began to follow the watchman, and
the whole crowd shadowed him. A 15 minutes walk in the blazing heat
brought them to his hut. The watchman’s heart had burst at its seams
and grown wings, his love had touched the skies. He ran around to
perform Aarti and Pooja of Swamiji, who was refulgent with a happiness
that eneveloped him. Finally, he once again held the feet of Swamiji,
letting his tears trickle, unable to believe that Swamiji was in his
‘o Swamiji, please come to my small place, bless my poor
hut as well.”
Perfect Answers By Perfect Master
THE PERFECT ANSWERS BY PERFECT GURU
Devotee : What is a Guru?
Swamiji : Who ever teaches Brahma Gyan (Knowledge to reach
God – The Supreme power) is a Guru or Spiritual Master. A Spiritual
Guru is the external manifestation of God. He is the personification of
Veds. He is empowered by the Lord to deliver the conditional Souls.
Sometimes the Lord Himself becomes the Spiritual Master like Krishna,
who showed Arjun his original form.
Devotee : Are Guru and Parmatma one?
Swamiji : Guru is the form of Parmatma.
Devotee : Do you talk with God? How can we know?
Swamiji : Those who have attained such a state can know. Just
as I have not learnt English and so cannot understand if someone speaks
in english. Similarly those who know the language of God can only
Devotee : What should be relationship between a true Guru and
Swamiji : That cannot be explained through language. It can
be only expressed though feelings of heart.
Devotee : Swamiji, Total Person like Krishna failed to
satisfy his dearmost friend and devotee Arjun through his words which
runs through 18 chapters of Geeta. Ultimately Krishna succeeds in
dispelling Arjun’s doubts only by unfolding himself, exposing his
univeral form. Then why don’t you show us your original form?
Swamiji : You are all my ‘Varat Swaroop’. I am there in
all of you and all of you are in me. You have only to trust. The moment
you develop firm faith, you will see me everywhere.
Devotee : Lord Krishna says in Geeta – “Everyone has to
bear the fruits of his Karmas.” Can Guru save his disciple from
punishment of his irreligious acts?
Swamiji : One cannot escape from Karma-Phal. That is a
universal law. Nature never changes its rules.
But a Brahma Gyani, Brahma Nistha Guru can help his devotee, if
his faith and devoti on to Guru is unshakeable.
Suppose a person has to fall from a 7th floor of a
building due to his previous Karmas. No one can save him from falling,
because this is his Karma’s matured fruit. But a Mahatma, a Satguru
can help the person, making him fall on some truck full of Dunlop or
cart carrying cotton. The person is to fall this is his Karma’s
punishment. But he will be saved from hurt or injury by any means. This
is Guru’s help.
Devotee : Your Holiness, what is difference between Atma and
Swamiji : Atma and Parmatma are one and the same.
The whole modern civilization is operating one the
misunderstanding that body is the self, but this is the mentality of
animals as they are not having Buddhi for self-realisation.
I am there in all of you and all of you are in me. You have
only to trust. The moment you develop firm faith, you will see me
In fact the living force in all human beings, animals, birds,
beasts etc. is nothing else but Soul-The Atma. This Soul is part and
parcel of the Supreme Soul – The Parmatma.
“BRAHMA ATMA KE HAI, SATCHIT ANAND ROOP, KAHEY TEOON GYANI
JISE, JANAT NIJ SWAROOP”
Quality wise the Atma and Parmatma are equal. The difference
is only of quantity. Atma is just like a drop of sea, and Parmatma the
sea Itself. The drop of sea is having same qualities as the whole sea.
The constitutional position of Atma is different from the position he
takes in material world. When Atma is in material consciousness, he has
to take on various bodies in this material world depending on his Karma.
But when he attains Spiritual Knowledge (With the Help of Guru) and
realizes himself in Spiritual consciousness, it becomes one with Supreme
power – Parmatma. That is why all Holy Souls and self realized Saints
say, “AHAM BRAHMASMI”.
Devotee : By surrendering to Guru, what does one get?
Swamiji : By taking the shelter of a bonafied Spiritual
Master and obeying his instructions with firm faith and devotion, one
gets knowledge, detachment and ultimately Liberation (Moksha).
Devotee : Our Vedant declares, “Destiny is irrevocable and
unavoidable.” Then why one should unnecessarily bother and labour
Swamiji : It is indeed true that one would get only what is
destined for him. However it behoves One to make a clear and proper
distinction, between where it is appropriate to be resigned to one’s
fate and where it is appropriate to exert personal effort. Securing a
job is a matter of destiny, but having secured one, to sustain it with
sincerity is a matter of personal efforts. To acquire or come into
wealth is dictated by destiny, but how to use that wealth for a good
purpose is a matter of personal choice and efforts. Whatever One is
given by destiny, what one gets is his destiny; But how one uses it is
his freedom of choice and efforts (Purushartha or New Karmas).
Devotee : Swamiji, is it true that Heaven and Hell are only
on this Earth?
Swamiji : Heaven and Hell on this earth are only samples.
As per our Holy Scriptures, there are eighteen varieties of
Heaven and Hells. Among them one type of each is here on this earth.
They are like samples. When a trader, like a cloth merchant, comes to
you to fetch order, he only brings his samples to show you. Again a
grain merchant will only show Samples of grains. He does not carry his
godown with him. Likewise nature has created only one sample of his
Heaven and Hell here on earth.
Devotee : How One can live without sufferings?
Swamiji : By simply observing without reacting. By simply
examining any phenomenon objectively with equanimity, with a balanced
mind. Like during meditation one feels pain in knee. Now, if he can
learn just to observe the physical pain, if One can examine the
sensation of pain objectively like a doctor examining someone else’s
pain. Then One can se that pain itself is changing. It does not remain
forever, it comes and goes, every moment it changes, but you-the
observer-remain the same, unchangeable. If One understands this by
personal experience, One can find that pain can no longer overwhelm and
control him. Perhaps it goes away, perhaps not; but it does not matter.
One cannot suffer from pain any more, because now he observes it with
“Destiny is irrevocable and unavoidable.’ Then why one
should unnecessarily bother and labour hard?
SUPREME POWER ; NIRGUN OR SAGUN
Answering a quarry of a
devotee Dr. Raj Mhale thorasic surgeon, of St. George Hospital at a
seminar held at S.N.D.T. women university Juhu Bombay on 4th
May 1991 Swamiji said, “The Supreme Being is both Personal and
Impersonal. He is both One and Many and also Absolute beyond One and
To a devotee (dualistic worshipper) the Lord may manifest
Himself in various forms. To one who has reached by His will, to the
height of Absolute knowledge in Samadhi, He is the Absolute once more,
Formless, unconditioned. Krishna himself has declared in Geeta, Yes, I
am the father of universe. I am the Brahma of the Vedant. I am the Atma
(Nirgun Brahma) of Upanishads. Then the Personal God reveals himself,
that revelation is the proof of his existence as personal as well as
Again the Impersonal, undifferentiated God, the Absolute, is
revealed by the Personal God. The Saint in ‘Samadhi’ cannot say
anything about the Absolute, because during ‘Samadhi’ his ‘I’ is
merged or lost in the Absolute.
Just like salt-doll stepping down to measure the depth of sea
tells no tale, as it becomes lost and one in Infinite Deep. Nor can he,
coming down from ‘Samadhi’ say anything about undifferentiated or
Absolute form. Once in relative world his mouth is shut or he cannot
express in words the Absolute or Nirgun or Impersonal Brahma.
Were it ever possible to lay down the position by an anology,
you might say that the original milk was Brahma, realized in
‘Samadhi’ the butter was Impersonal – Personal God revealing
himself, and the butter milk the universe.
“The supreme Being is both Personal and Impersonal. He is
both One and Many and also Absolute beyond One and Many.”
Krishna says in Geeta, ‘I am the Brahma of Vedant
(Impersonal-Personal God). It is within my power to give absolute
knowledge. This I do when I cause the effacement of the lowerself (Ego)
and realization of higher ‘Self’ – ‘Samadhi’.
Then you may come unto Brahma by only His will through the
path of Jnana-Yoga. But it is very difficult especially in this KaliYuga
to come through this road; it is to shake off the conviction, ‘I am
the body’ which clings to us.
Again you may come through other path, that is, Prayer
to him i.e. Bhakti Path. Self surrender to him and devotion to
God are the elements of Bhakti. First you come to him-Krishna-the
Personal God-through these.
Take my word for it, when your prayer comes from the bottom
of your heart, Lord Krishna shall respond to it. Pray to him again and
again if you want to realize his Impersonal Self. He is Omnipotent-You
would be in a position to realize in Samadhi his Impersonal Self also.
Only I must add that a devotee will be quite content to
realize the Divine Person-My Divine Krishna-or any of his infinite forms
of glory including Divine Incarnations – Sri RAMA, SRI NARSINGH, SRI
WAMAN etc. The Bhakti does not long for the realization of the
Impersonal. He is anxious that the whole of his ego shall not be effaced
in Samadhi. He would prefer to have sufficient individually left to him
to enjoy the vision as a Person.
He would fain taste the sugar in place of being one with
The Saint in ‘Samadhi’ cannot say anything about the
Absolute, because during ‘Samadhi’ his ‘i’ is merged or lost in
He was Nishkami – a life time celebrate. The radiant luster
on his face, reflected the purity of his mind. Through he made many
institutes, temples, cowsheds, hospitals but not one of them was under
his name. He was a great Karma Yogi. He is an ideal of Krishna’s
Nishkam Karma Yog.
Beyond pride and ego he considered himself low and
insignificant, unable to do anything without the blessings of Guru
TeoonRam Maharaj. Whatever good he did for humanity, he credited it to
his Guru and Lord. Not once doeshe seem to be conscious of being Maha
Mandleshwar of Prem Prakash Mission. He was beyond the dint of ego, and
that helped him reach out to one and all.
He had no attachment to anything or anyone except his Guru
and Lord. He traveled throughout the world like a traveler not a
tourist. He used this whole world as stage, and acted like a mirror. He
reflected whatever came in front of him. He himself remained aloof.
Nector of his Teachings
Swamiji always looked upon his Satguru Maharaj as Lord-all
pervading and Omnipresent. He says :
‘‘GURU BHAHAMA, GURU VISHNU, GURU HAI SHESH MAHESH
KAHAY TEOON, GURU SURYA HAI, GURU GAUR GANESH”.
The Satguru is the human form of God, and the devotion to
Guru is really the devotion to Lord.
Swamiji quotes from 17th chapter of Eleventh canto
of Srimad Bhagwatam, where Lord KRISHNA states “My dear Uddhave, the
spiritual master must be accepted not only as my representative
but as My veryself and by serving the Satguru, one is able to
serve not only all demigods but Me the Supreme Soul.”
Satguru Swami Teoonramji Maharaj says Guru should be looked
upon as greater than God :
“KAHE TEOON, BHAGWAN SE SATGURU ADHIK PACHHAN
KARMON KA PHAL DE HARI, GURU DE MUKTI DAAN”
As a child however brilliant he may be, can not pass school
classes without teacher, A devotee can not attain God consciousness or
Moksha without a Spiritual Guru.
Even the Supreme Lord appearing on earth as Lord Ram and Lord
Krishna got themselves initiated by their Gurus and bestowed upon their
respective Gurus, the title of God.
“GURU BIN RANG NA LAGHIN, GURU BIN GYAN NA HOYA
KAHE TEOON SATGURU BINA, MUKTI NA PAVE KOYA”
Swamiji assures that a devotee who has unshakeable faith in
his Satguru, who obeys his orders under all circumstances, and who keeps
food, conduct and thoughts of mind as per Guru’s instructions achieves
all the worldly and spiritual pursuits.
Speaking eloquently on the deep and mysterious metaphysical
truth of Vedanta, Swamiji says, “Human being hankers after eternal
Bliss, but he is the very embodiment of truth, knowledge and bliss.
Vedas have already declared – “Blissful is the form of
In Geeta Lord Krishna says, “The Jeevatma (Soul) in the
body is an eternal portion of Myself.” This Eternal joy is in the Soul
of a man. The Soul and Bliss are inseparable. But man has forgotten it
and is trying to find it, in the outside objects in the same way as deer
is running at all the time to obtain the musk which is verly hidden in
its own naval. This Eternal Joy or Bliss is not away from us, the only
condition is that we have to be introspective.
If a fish living in sea says, that she is thirsty, you will
simply laugh at fish, because there is no need for her to be thirsty,
she is living in sea!, why she should be thirsty?
Man is already part and parcel of Brahma. It is not a
question of being Brahma, you are already there! Brahma means Existence,
that which exists. And this Existence is very much within you! Only you
have to be aware of this fact!
To be aware, one has to go inward. Instead of running hither
and thither, when one dives deeply inwards, he becomes aware of his own
self, and unbelieveably beautiful, that is Eternal Bliss.
Aare Colony, Goregaon, Bombay
- 1st June 1991
“Human being hankers after eternal Bliss, but he is the
very embodiment of truth, knowledge and bliss.”
BE A “SAKSHI” – A WITNESS
Swamiji says, “Always live on the stage of world as a
Sakshi – A witness – A spectator, without identifying oneself with
“SAKSHI THI DIS TOON SANSAR”
DAO RAKH NA KAHN SAAN PANHIJO”
Make your mind mirror not camera. A mirror reflects
everything that appears before it, but unlike the camera it does not
retain impression when the object moves away from it. He explains, we
use our eyes like a movie camera and what we see with our eyes, is
imprinted on our mind’s film, and we then watch it inside with closed
eyes. All our thoughts and images are concerned with the others. Not
only do we think of our friends and loved ones, we also think of our
adversaries and enemies whom we hate. And it is ironic, that those we
hate, haunt us much more than those we enjoy and love. But when we
neither identify ourselves with something nor condemn it, when we are
neither interested in remembering something nor in forgetting it, then
the things drop and disappear on their own; we do not have to do
anything, it removes itself from the scene of mind. And by and by the
witnessing Consciousness alone
remains without any object before it.
A man of such consciousness will relate with people and
things, but he will not enter into relationships, involving attachments
and a versions. He will mix in society, but his aloneness will remain
inviolated and untouched. Whatever he will do, his consciousness will be
still and steady like the center of cyclone. He will no more remain a
doer, but an actor on the stage of life.
His consciousness is no more like the film of a camera, but
like a mirror and he will use it as a mirror. By turning inward one
attains to non-attachment. And turning in is possible only if he becomes
a witness – A “Sakshi”.
Begin witnessing from any point of life and you will reach
innermost depth. And the most you aim at your centre, you are non –
attached, you are like a lotus in flowers.
SO ALWAYS LIVE AS A “SAKSHI”
And it is ironic, that those we hate, haunt us
much more than those we enjoy and love.
non-attachment. And turning in is possible only
if he becomes a witness – A “Sakshi”.
much more than those we enjoy and love.
non-attachment. And turning in is possible only
if he becomes a witness – A “Sakshi”.
non-attachment. And turning in is possible only
if he becomes a witness – A “Sakshi”.
if he becomes a witness – A “Sakshi”.
WHAT IS DEATH?
(Religious lecture on 24th Feb 1991 at Amrapur
Death does not exist. There is nothing like death.
Death is only a change which you cannot see with your eyes.
When a doctor operates upon a patient, he makes him unconscious with the
help of anesthesia, either general or local, so that the patient does
not feel pain, otherwise the patient will not be able to bear pain and
this is about the small surgery. Death is the greatest surgery. Your
whole consciousness or in other words your whole self is taken out of
your body. Naturally, you become unconscious before it happens. So, even
if you die, and you have died many times, you do not remember. Because
you were unconscious – how you can remember? So the only way to know
death is deep meditation. You have to go inward very deep and you will
know that you are only pure consciousness, through which you will come
to know that you and your body are absolutely separate. They are working
together in deep harmony, but they are not one and same. The body is
surrounding you, but it is not inseparable from you. You can see the gap. That very moment you see that
death is fiction. It does not exist. Because now you know your
consciousness is your life. And the moment life leaves body, people
think you are dead, but actually that body which is made of dead
material dies. You just leave it and go to other place. Fear of death is
by product of your unconsciousness. So the only way to get rid of it, to
know its bogus reality, is to become conscious.
You just become ‘Sakshi’, Witness and meditate deeply
Guru Mantra. You will realize your origin that is consciousness
And once you know your origin, your fear of Death will
disappear which in reality has no existence.
Fear of death is by product of your unconsciousness.
Swamiji says, Satsang – the assembly of Divine man is the
court of Lord. It should be attended regularly. Human birth is a
wonderful gift and one can attain glorious heights. It is essential to
purity and perfect the self by the constant schooling i.e. Satsang. Each
of us has fourobligations to fulfil. First to preserve and protect the
self, secondly to serve the akin, thirdly of occupation and fourthly to
master the means to attain Moksha, the Eternal freedom. But because of
Maya (Delusion) every body is busy with his first three obligations,
fourth is albet forgotten. This is the reason that no one has the
perfect peace. But if the fourth function is accompolished concurrently,
the Eternal peace is guaranted.
Thus the Satsang be also carried out punctually. Not a single
day be missed in attending Satsang. Maya can deceive the wisest and
greatest, but not the one who livesin steel castle of Satsang. Thus
never turn your back to Satsang. Orientate the modes and manners to the
teachings of Satsang. Swamiji assures “if you will get into the boat
of Satsang, you will cross safely the river of life with death and birth
as its shores, without suffering and sorrows.
“PAAR KARAT BHAV SINDHU SE, SATSANG PARAM JAHAJ
Veds and all religious Granths clearly say, “The chanting
of Lords name is greater than even the dutiful performances of one’s
actions, knowledge and worship.
“KAHE TEOON SANSAR MEIN,
Satguru Swami Shanti Prakash Maharaj says, “There is no
difference between Lord Krishna (Personal form) and His name. In this
age of Kali the Holy name KRISHNA is sound incarnation of Lord KRISHNA.
Krishna and Krishna’s name, are the same ABHINNATVAM NAMA – NAMINOH
“There is no difference between Krishna’s name and Krishna.” If
one chants his Holy name with each and every breath – JAI SHREE
KRISHNA – JAI SHREE KRISHNA, he shall reach highest perfectional stage
of life. This is very easy and everyone can take part in it. There is
neither necessity of education nor previous qualifications. The only
requirement is true devotion and love for KRISHNA. This chanting of JAI
SHREE KRISHNA is a great means for spreading love of Lord. JAI SHREE
KRISHNA can be changed by any man in any country and in any age for Lord
KRISHNA is the Supreme Lord of all the people in all the countries in
Lord KRISHNA says in Geeta
“ABHYASA – YOGA – YUKTENA
CETASA – NANNYA – GAMINA
He who meditates, on me as the Supreme God, his mind
constantly engaged in remembering me, undeviated from the path, he O
Partha, is sure to reach Me.
YOU ARE A TRUSTEE
You work as a trustee, as a Manager, or as an employee of
Lord KRISHNA, because everything belongs to Him. Empty handed you have
come and so you will return. You have not brought anything with you. The
fact is that anything, which you are having was already here and you are
allowed to use it, But never claim proprietorship. If one claims that
anything belongs to him, he is the greatest thief. He is stealing that
thing from Supreme Father – KRISHNA and claming it to be his. Nothing
belongs to us. Everything belongs to KRISHNA. SHREE ISOPANISAD says
“Everything moving or non moving that is within the universe is owned
and controlled by the LORD”. All things are transient and so also this
existence. One should never be disturbed by material gain or loss. As
such keep your mind calm and undistressed. Work as trustee of Lord
KRISHNA under the guidance of Satguru. Then only you will cross the
oceans of pain and penitence. One should accept KRISHNA as his Lord and
every thing done should be done for Him.
Lord Krishna tells Arjun in Geeta
“YAT KAROSI YAD ASNASI
“O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all
that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may
perform should be done as an offering unto me.”
“Swamiji himself are humblest of humble and so advises to
followers, “always be humblest of humble, be servant of servants.
Because by positioning at low level, one gets blessings and energy from
all higher levels, just like water flows from a higher to lower level.
FASTING ON EKADASHI
Swamiji says the real sense for observing fasting is to
minimize the demands of the body, to control senses, to engage our time
in the service of Lord, by chanting his name and to increase one’s
faith and love for Mukanda.
RESPECT FOR COWS AND TULSI
A devotee should offer water to the Tulsi and Banyan tree. He
should offer respect to cows and Brahamans. All of this processes will
help the devotee to diminish the reactions to his past sinful
Enlightment is nothing but your disappearance or more
correctly disappearance of your mind. The fact is that mind wants to go
on living, and it can live only in your enlightment. It does not want
you to be aware of your very origin. It does not want you to be
enlightened, because that is it’s death. You have to choose between
mind with which you are absolutely identified and your Ownself. You have
to create distance between mind and You – You, the Witness – You,
Enlightment is not something to be achieved, it is your very
nature. Anyday just turn in, dive deep inside, and you are enlightened.
It is not something apart from yourself – It is you. There is no
distance between you and enlightment. Know Yourself and your enlightened
– You are already there! Nothing has to be achieved, nothing has to be
added to your being. All that is needed is just turn inside from
outside, - Inwards from Outwards! There also you have not to search, You
have only to know, - Know it with faith, - Know it with devotion, - Know
it by witnessing, - Just witnessing inside. By searching you cannot find
your ownself, because search creates desires, and desires can be
fulfilled only through efforts and human efforts cannot help you
transcend humanity, human efforts cannot take you beyond yourself. To
know your Origin, self you have to go beyond yourself.
After long penance and struggle when Gautam Siddharth
attained to enlightment, ….the Awakened one …… ‘BUDDHA’,
someone asked him what is it that you have achieved? He said I achieved
nothing, I only discovered what I already had with me. Earlier I did not
knew that it had been with me forever and ever. Now I know it. It is
nothing new. Even when I was not aware of it, it was very much there.
Therefore Swamiji says “Enlightment is present right in
you, with you. You have not to go anywhere, you have not to renounce
anything. Just you have to know it, to grasp it. You have not to seek
anything. It is already there, you have only to know it!
You have to stop the movement of mind, which is always
moving, sometimes for money, power, prestige, God, paradise, or anything
will do. Just it wants to keep you moving. Any direction is okay, Just
stopping is dangerous, because the moment you stop, the mind dies the
moment you stop, your personality dies the moment you stop, you
disappear into the Oceanic Existence – in Eternal Peace. Now you have
to choose between state of mind and state of no-mind. Reasons for your
ignorance of yourself is not that – that you are not enlightened. But
the reason is that your mind wants to go on living – it is not ready
to die. Because the moment you arrive at your Ownself – You become
silent – a stage of nothingness – a stage of Samadhi – though
alive, abundantly alive, overflowingly alive, full of fragrance but
there is no movement – You are absorbed in Eternal Ocean – You are
no more individual, but whole Cosmos – Full Enlightment.
Enlightment is not something to be achieved, it is your very
I achieved nothing, I only discovered what I already had with
The most important person from the conception to the
publication of “UNIVERSAL WELL WISHER” is Swami Dev Prakash Maharaj.
“UNIVERSAL WELL WISHER” would have remained a dream, but for his
inspiration, guidance and blessings. All this and more!
He was born on 1st January 1942 in a small village
Hyder Chandia near Larkana Sind. Shri Hukumatrai and Smt. Tulsi Devi,
the father and mother named their child Sanmukhlal.
After partition they migrated to Agra and then shifted to
Ulhasnagar Camp No.1 in 1949. Here child Sanmukhlal came in touch with
Satguru Shanti Prakash Maharaj, who blessed him with ‘Guru Mantar’
Satguru Maharaj sent Sanmukhlal to Kashi for learning holy
Sanskrit scriptures. He worked hard for 11 years to achieve title of
He was initiated by Satguru Shanti Prakash Maharaj into
ascetic order (Sanyas) in 1967 and was rechristened as Swami Dev
His service and surrender to Satguru Maharaj is an unique and
unparallel. His love and dedication to Satguru Maharaj cannot be
explained by words. His truthfulness and faith to Satguru Maharaj cannot
be explained by any language.
Swami Dev Prakash has been elected as President of Swami
Shanti Prakash Ashram Trust in Sept. 1992.
He is working round the clock to complete Guru Maharaj’s
projects. He is leading all devotees with firm faith towards their
Under his able leadership, Swami Shanti Prakash Trust has
built up a unique temple in memory of Satguru Maharaj, in Swami Teoonram