August 30, 1997 (A) – Philosophers can never be Brahmgianis


            Today Giani ji’s family is having an audience with Maharaj ji. Giani ji is one of Maharaj’s oldest followers, from the time when he was a boy in the small village of Sarawan Bodla, Punjab. Giani ji, whose name was Gurdev Singh, asked Maharaj ji to give him gian—enlightened vision. Maharaj reportedly told him to sleep near him for some days, and thus gian was somehow transmitted to him spiritually. Giani ji has been doing seva for Gobind Sadan for many years and lives in a small room here. Many people come to him with their worldly questions, and he gives them answers that he says come from “Ik Onkar”—the One God, whose name he sees in the sky.

            In contrast to the enlightened vision that allows Giani ji to get answers directly from God, scholars are currently disputing the authenticity of Dasam Granth, the collected writings of Guru Gobind Singh, which he prepared separately from Guru Granth Sahib. Since there are many references to Hindu deities in Dasam Granth and since the Guru kept 52 poets in his court, scholars speculate that perhaps they were the authors of some of the collection. Maharaj ji says that he asked Guru Gobind Singh if he wrote all of it, and then saw his beloved Guru putting a flower garland over the scripture, so he took that vision as meaning that the Guru wrote it all himself. Maharaj also frequently cites instances in which deities who are considered Hindu are appreciated by the Sikh Gurus as well as by saints whose inspired hymns are collected in Guru Granth Sahib. This is the background for what Maharaj ji says to Giani ji and his family:

            No Sikh is ready to believe that Guru Nanak and the Ninth Guru praised Lord Krishna in Sikh scripture. Scholars and enlightened people always clash. Scholars read so many heavy books. Pujaris (those who officiate at religious rituals) have much power because they speak to thousands of people at melas (religious festivals), but they are always against God and truth. Jesus was crucified by the pujaris. Mullahs (leaders of Muslim worship) call others Kafir (non-believers). The Fifth and Ninth Sikh Gurus were martyred for this reason – the idea that those who say “Ram” and “Wahe Guru” are Kafirs, whereas only those who say “Allah” are Mu’mins (believers). Pujaris don’t go to others’ places of worship. On Christmas, the Christian pujaris go to church, and on Janamashtmi, Hindu pujaris go to Hindu temples.

            Similarly, scholars think that those who have written books are authorities. But book writers are not authorities. They are not God-realized Brahmgianis. They are philosophers. A philosopher can never be a Brahmgiani. Such people will always quarrel with Brahmigianis –how one should sit to worship, and so on.

            One saint was so immersed In love for God that his body filled with maggots. When one of them left, he cried, “Why have you left this house?” But the philosophers just considered him unwashed. Scholars are so rigid that they will even say that God has misspoken. Shaikh Farid said that the scholar and the giani will never get together.

            If you hold a seminar on the authorship of Dasam Granth, the only benefit will be that the scholars will have to put a lot of effort into studying it. They will find that Guru Gobind Singh wrote so much about Krishna and the effects of his ragas. For instance, Vasant Rag brings rain. It is only to be used at a certain time. Krishna knew which to use at which time. There is shakti (spiritual power) in all ragas. Sikh scripture is written in ragas, but people don’t know their power. A snake becomes intoxicated by certain ragas. When there are great black clouds, rain comes as the little crickets set up a raga.

            Go ahead and publicize the seminar. The One who is creating this drama will sit there and clap and then answer all the issues.