Even though I no longer belong to Radha Soami Satsang Beas, I know that many people who visit this blog are still interested in the RSSB philosophy, and how the current RSSB guru, Gurinder Singh Dhillon, is taking that philosophy in a new direction.
Here's a message I got today from Osho Robbins, who enjoys speaking with Gurinder Singh, a.k.a. "Baba Gurinder," about subjects few, if any, people raise at RSSB meetings, or satsangs.
As I've noted in previous posts, it's good that Gurinder Singh is acting less like a traditional RSSB guru and more like a Zen master. However, even the new slant he's putting on the RSSB teachings is still way too religious for me.
This is what Robbins sent to me, suggesting it could be a blog post. Which, it now is.
There are two distinct “paths” in Sant Mat.
The path of karni (doing).
The path of surrender.
So last Sunday, I asked Baba Gurinder a question at Haynes Park Sunday satsang.
This was my question:
It is said there are TWO ways on the path. One is KARNI and the other SURRENDER.
You are famous for saying……
“My way or the highway” – he says, interrupting me, but quite accurately, as that was exactly what I was about to say.
Yes, exactly. Which means there is only “my way” because “highway” is not a way.
Would you agree that actually there is only ONE way, which is surrender and that karni is just a means to arrive at surrender, since you also say that “your efforts will not succeed, but keep on doing anyway.”
His reply was,
“Well, yes, ultimately the path of doing leads to surrender and very few of us can surrender without the struggle. Hence most people are on the path of karni.”
He then explained in detail that surrender means to let go of the mind and to accept everything the master says, without fighting it.
His reply was interesting for a few reasons:
He is making it very clear that ultimately it’s about going beyond the “trying to do it your way”.
He is in effect saying that the whole path of doing is about tiring the ego, until it gives in.
The previous path was about seriously achieving and attaining exact regions and making progress was a specific task. You had to meditate for 2.5 hours a day, in order to take your soul upwards and inwards to the Astral Region and meet the Radiant Form of the Master. As far as I am aware it was not about tiring the ego out.
The point I am making is that these are two very different and distinct paths.
Trying to get to a certain region, meditating to leave the body, struggling to get somewhere, seeing light, getting to the radiant form, traversing inner regions, meeting Sat Purush, having tea with him, while chatting about old times.
That was the old path.
The new one is very different: just realize the ONE. You already ARE the one, you just need to realise it, not attain or merge in it.
Merging means you are now separate and have to do something to merge.
Now this is the really interesting part:
He plays to both audiences, and now I know why.
Those who are on the old path, he lets them carry on, but more than that, he actively encourages them to continue on the old path.
He only engages in a discussion on the new path, if the person conversing with him is clearly on the same page.
So, WHY does he do this?
He told me exactly why.
If someone is unable to understand the new path, why bother to explain?
Let them carry on and when they finally get tired, they will begin to see what the truth is. Telling them prematurely does not help as it just becomes an idea to them, not a reality.
So he lets them believe what they want to believe.
So he clearly says one thing to me and the opposite to another just a few minutes later.
Unless the other person questions it – he just carries on.
He plays both sides, because it is up to the seeker to fathom what the fuck is going on here.
What becomes very clear is that there are no seekers of truth in the audience, as any true seeker will raise this point.
For what it's worth, this is the basic schema of the old path referred to above, which I found with the grace of the Great God Google. Since I experience darkness when I close my eyes and meditate, it looks like I've reached a pretty damn high region of the divine cosmos, Maha Sunn, the Great Void.
Feel free to worship me, since neither our dog nor my wife does. (Well, our dog does a pretty good imitation when it's time for me to take her for a walk, or feed her, but I strongly suspect that worship is highly conditional.)