Baba says, ‘This is the family path. You children receive the kingdom; that is, if you obey the Father.’
The family path has continued in Bharat from the beginning, Baba explains. This is why Vishnu has been given four arms. Here, there are Brahma and Saraswati. Saraswati is an adopted child. Brahma’s real name was Lekhraj and then he was named Brahma. Shiv Baba entered Brahma and then made Radhe belong to Him and named her Saraswati. Brahma is not the physical father of Saraswati. Both of them had their own physical fathers but they both have the same parlokik Father.
But this is not the story of just two souls, says Baba. You too are adopted children; Brahma too, is a child of Shiv Baba. He creates creation through the lotus mouth of Brahma, and this is why Brahma is also called the mother. It is sung: ‘You are the Mother and Father and we are Your children. We experience a lot of happiness through Your mercy.‘ Baba says, you Brahmins have become children. This is something to be understood. Unless I become the child, I cannot receive an inheritance from the Father. To be a child means to surrender my will to God and become the trustee. Everything I have- even this body, mind and wealth- all belong to You, nothing is mine. I belong to You. When this is my awareness, then I will think, speak or act only according to the Father’s shrimat. When I follow the elevated directions, I become elevated; I change from iron-aged human into golden-aged deity and receive the sovereignty of the pure world.
This tilak of sovereignty, therefore, is not something someone else or even Baba gives me, it is something I give myself, based on how well I follow the Father. The more accurately I follow His directions, the more I will ascend. How well I follow depends on how much I consider myself to be the child. So the fundamental question, Baba says to ask myself is: what is my relationship with the Supreme Father, the Supreme Soul? Have I really, deeply in my bones, accepted Him as my Father and myself as His child? or am I simply continuing to speak the words ‘You are the Mother and Father’, like I did during the days of bhakti?
The more I spend time with Him, the more I get to know Him. The more I get to know Him, the more I love Him and experience His love for me. He is the Ocean of Love, the Ocean of Mercy, the Ocean of all Virtues. Only He loves me unconditionally, all day, every day, no matter what. No mistake I make or anything I accomplish can make Him love me anymore than He does right now. There is nothing that I cannot go to Him for. He understands my deepest insecurities and is the only one Who can help me overcome them. He is my Mother and Father, He wants to be and considers it His right to be involved in every tiny aspect of my life, His child’s life. ‘You are My long lost child‘, He reminds me, ‘it’s been a long time since you left home.‘
He cleans me up of all the dirt of Ravan’s world and decorates me with the sparkling jewels of knowledge. When I imbibe this knowledge, that is, when I once again remember who I am and Whose I am, when I remember my incredible inheritance, when I remember what I am becoming, I start to sparkle again. Only the one Father, Who is the Father of souls, is the Ocean of Knowledge. I, the soul, receive this knowledge from Him and when I remember, that is, become aware, I apply to myself the tilak of self-sovereignty. I take charge of myself once again, change from a beggar in Ravan’s world to a prince, from a prickly thorn to a fragrant flower. The more I claim sovereignty over the self now, the closer I get to world sovereignty in the future.
‘The alloy that has been mixed into the soul over half a cycle can only be removed through the power of remembrance‘, says Baba. To remember is what it means to spend time with Him. It means I am aware of Him at every step, at every second as my Parent, my Beloved, my Friend, my Companion and I involve Him in my life. I no longer do life as I please or as I think right, instead, I consult with Him, take His advice, His direction, His guidance at every step. This is the bond I need to forge and make strong. While the bonds of Ravan’s world tie me down, this bond with God is the only one that liberates and sets me free. It enables me to come into my own, to leave the masks and labels behind and become who I really am- a pure elevated deity soul, a child of the Highest-on-High.
In your 24 hour day, give eight hours to this practice of remembrance, says Baba. That doesn’t mean I sit down in one place and try to meditate for eight hours, no! While cooking food, while eating your meal, while walking and going about your tasks, simply remember the Beloved with a lot of love, He says, you need to practice this in everything. Stay in remembrance whenever you have time. You have to be desperate in remembrance like the gopikas, He says. This is how the mothers and sisters in bondage remember, He points out, they remember more than those who are free. They are desperate day and night to meet Shiv Baba while you repeatedly forget Him. You experience many storms while they are desperate in their remembrance. They face opposition, some are even beaten but the more they suffer, the more they remember the Beloved. This is why, He points out, they can claim a high status while sitting at home.
You have found the Father but you become careless, Baba points out, thinking that you are Baba’s child anyway. Sure, I am always Baba’s child but I need to become it, practically, at this time. I always belong to Baba, but I have make myself belong to Him, practically, at this time. That is, I have to obey the Father. Only then will I become the person who has the power to give myself the tilak of sovereignty. ‘I will shed this body and go and become a prince in the new world.’, there should be this happiness permanently inside you, He says. By having remembrance, you remain very happy, you claim your inheritance. By not staying in remembrance, you continue to choke.