My friend Peter wrote a poem:
Strange flowers...no smell
a dogshit...heavy smell
It reminds me of Shabdanands stories about
pure Spirit called Baba Faqir.
Faqir means beggar, Listen to what the Beggar has to
say about big Ashrams and great Avatars:
This is the hard fact: the plain truth does
help in establishing centers; it does not increase the number
But how is
anyone to understand it?
Only after this realization: that I am a bubble
A bubble of consciousness would not
claim itself to be a yogi, sadhu, or a
Had I not realized this Truth, I might have made
claims of my greatness and got
by you and exploited you.
me Baba Faqir Chand is a tremendous important Master.
I did not have the good luck to meet him - he left the
body I 1981.
But I have heard his words and felt his great Spirit through several
of his highly elevated devotees.
They are all some way or another spiritually tattooed with his mark
of humility, courage and honesty.
From what I could hear and sense from his devotees,
Capt Lal Chand and
Sita he was an uncompromising honest and straight forward
When he visited his own ashram in
Hoshiarpur - the Manavta Mandir Temple - he paid rent according to
the days he stayed. The money for the rent was from his meager
The Master who got enlightenment through his Devotees
Following story is quoted from Shabdanand:
Baba Faqirs Master the great
Data Dayal at
some point said: Baba Faqir! You are going to be my
successor. Upon hearing this Baba Faqir jumped in the air
and started singing and dancing in joy.
But suddenly he stopped his dance, fell to the ground and started to
Oh, Faqir! - Why were you dancing and why are you now crying
- Data Dayal asked.
The Faqir replied: Oh Master! First I got overwhelmed by joy
hearing that you have chosen me
for such elevated task. But then I was reminded that I have yet not
understood the truth - I have yet not grasped your teaching! How am
I supposed to teach anyone when I myself have not understood?
Don't worry my dear Faqir, said the wonderful teacher with
What I as teacher not have been able to show to you, will be
revealed to you through your own devotees. I am soon to leave my
body. But you will realize the Truth after my passing away.
You will attain enlightenment by giving Satsang (spiritual
After the passing away of Data Dayal, Baba Faqir started giving
Satsang and just as his teacher had predicted he attained the
highest state of realization. After this Baba Faqir always addressed
his own devotees and students as his real Master(s).
The power of many closed eyes - the master does not need to be
This story, among many others around Baba Faqir, is indeed
remarkable. For me it shows the great power of true humility. It is
also an indicator of the enormous and intelligent power of a
collective group of humans sitting in oneness with closed eyes or
looking single pointed in the same love-direction.
Actually it is the group itself that generates the spiritual
energy that uplifts each individual in the group.
The master does not need to be enlightened himself! All he actually
needs is an absolutely non-corrupt and honest character - strong
enough not to get inflated by the collective love and trust
projected upon him from the group. But most so called masters easily
get trapped into tasting the sweetness of power.
Baba Faqir's devotees went to him as devotees always have done in
India and elsewhere with following message:
Dear Guru Ji! I was in a very dangerous situation. But then
suddenly you materialized in front of me and saved me!
Up to now most Gurus would smile and nod and say that they
indeed were there to save the devotee. A happy devotee would after
this event donate a lot of money to the Gurus ashram.
Now people also started come to Baba Faqir with the same
experiences. But His answer would be
a shock to the believer:
I was not there saving you. I have no knowledge of the scene you
refer to. Actually it is your own strong faith and inner power that
has materialized in my form to save you!
This message was honest - but not good for ashram-business.
Faqir's Ashram went bankrupt
short after he revealed this truth.
Truth revealed - once again
This new message from the Faqir for me also points at the great
inner power lying dormant inside each of us.
This power is activated through our thought reality and amplified in collective fields of meditation.
This power belongs to you and you alone! But we do not dare to take
this gift - rather we look for
leaders to project this power into and then to follow blindly.
It is most probably the ice-age man inside us that compels us to do
When a duckling opens its eyes for the first time, any moving object
will be programmed into its brain as its mother. If you move a toy
figure in front of the duckling in the moment it comes out of the
egg, the toy figure will automatically
be its mother.
We humans are not that different from the duckling.
spiritual opening of a human being is often dramatic and essential
like our first birth:
"Once born – twice
And pretty much the same way as the duckling we will
project our own Inner Power into the hands of the
guru, the teacher or the leader of the new age workshop or self
development course we are attending.
In old times of mother India, ashram-economies were dependent of the
delusion that the Gurus were full time workers, materializing
themselves in front of the devotees to help them.
Today most of the New Age scene is making money on basically the
same delusions. These delusions project Godhood into any Tom, Dick
and Harry presenting themselves as teachers of
all kind of schools and new spiritual theories. And very often the Tom,
Dick and Harry-Avatars begins to believe what the participants of
the course believes about them. Well it is a very tempting and sweet
thought to be powerfully better than others.
A thought reality is thus created and amplified in a collective
field of meditation.
In this field of reality you will always be doomed to be a
devotee and not a Master of your own life. As the great
Poonjaji has put it: You are a lion
dreaming that you are a sheep.
I can narrate following stories from my own meditation workshops around 25 years ago.
An very sweet and good hearted Indian man around 50 fell into a sort
of trance at the end of the
group-meditation session. When he came back from the trance that lasted for
around 30 minutes he said:
Gunnar! What did you do to me? I am in total and absolute bliss! First
you came into my head and from there you took me out in the vast
Universe. After enjoying infinite bliss here you took me down
to earth and we were flying as levitated bodies to South India where
we had the darshan of
Satya Sai Baba. It was wonderful. And now we are back here again!
You are indeed a great Master!
Dear friend! I told him - I am very happy for you - But I
don't know anything about your experience apart from I was holding
your hand when you were in the trance.
This incident was by far was the most
powerful spiritual opening he ever had.
He is a devotee of Sataya Sai Baba. Often when he goes deep into
meditation he get the vision of Sai Babas face. But since this
incident now and then he will see my face
in his meditations.
I had become his toy figure master. And there is tremendous money
and power in being a toy figure master... believe me!
And at the same time he and you and me are all equally that Great
No need of middle men, mediators, teachers, priests!!
Just have the courage to feel and see what is your birth right and
pray for a flock of fellow travelers to find you so that you
together and in total democratic equality can amplify
each others individual universal TRUTH!
He who thinks himself different from
the Guru is in duality.
Therefore, I lay stress time and time again on this fact
you remain attached to the physical existence of any Guru,
you shall not get liberation. Our mind is within and our
are also within. The questioner within is the disciple,
and he who answers within is the Guru.
When the questioner gets satisfactory answers to all his queries,
he becomes silent. When our mind does not have any more
questions or when your mind has no desire to know anything,
it becomes silent.
This state of silent is known as the union of Guru and disciple.