Baba says, ‘have regard for one another.’
Giving regard, Baba says, is the special way to take my Brahmin life into the stage of ascent. Those who give regard are the special souls of the present time and they also become worthy of receiving regard from all souls for birth after birth, He explains.
From the moment that BapDada played His part in the corporeal world, He gave regard to the children. He always considered the children to be more elevated than Himself and surrendered Himself to them: ‘Children first, then the Father.’, this was His attitude. Father Brahma always considered himself to be the world servant, the children’s servant and made the children the masters. He always saluted them as the masters. He gave little children love filled with respect and saw them in the form of future world benefactors. He always saw the kumars, kumaris and youth as the ones who challenged the great, well-known souls of the world and the ones who made the impossible possible, the ones who made the heads of the great souls bow down; he saw them with the respect of such pure souls. He always gave them regard, considering them to be great souls who performed even greater wonders than he did. Similarly, he always considered the elderly souls to be experienced; he gave them the regard of being his equals. He always saw those in bondage with the regard of being number one in remembrance.
This is why he became the soul to receive the number one imperishable regard. He is number one in receiving respect in the kingdom- a world emperor and in the worthy of worship form too, he is worshipped the first after the Father, in the form of Lakshmi and Narayan. So he became number one in both receiving respect as a ruler and also in terms of being worthy of worship because he gave everyone respect and regard. He never thought that he would only give regard when he received regard. Those who give regard, Baba explains, even consider those who defame them to be their friends. They don’t consider only those who give them regard to belong to them, but even those who insult them are considered to belong to them because the whole world is their family.
And so Baba says, ‘now, follow Father Brahma.‘ Check yourself, He says, to what extent you have regard for the Father. Secondly, to what extent, you have regard for the knowledge you have received from the Father. Thirdly, how much regard for the self and fourthly, how much regard you have for all souls– Brahmins or non-Brahmins.
To have regard for the Father is to know and recognize Him accurately as He is and to fulfill the code of conduct in all my relationships with that accurate recognition. He says: ‘First of all recognize the Father. Look how lovely I am! I am the saccharine of all relationships.‘ To have regard for the relationship of the Father means to follow the Father. To have regard for the relationship of the Teacher is to be regular and punctual in my study and to pay full attention to all the subjects I am studying. Baba says, ‘you receive an explanation for everything in the Murli. But some children don’t note down the points from the Murli and they then continue to ask Baba the same things.’ To have regard for the relationship of the Satguru means to follow His instruction to forget my body and all bodily relations; to become soul-conscious. It means to be ever-ready to return home. The Father says: ‘Manmanabhav! You now have to return home and so the home would definitely have to be remembered.’ To have regard for the relationship of the Bridegroom means to be lost in the love for that One in every thought at every second and to fulfill your faithfulness in everything you do: ‘I eat with You, I do everything with You.
To have regard is to follow the saying: ‘Mine is the one Father and none other.‘ The Father says something and I put it into practice; I step constantly in the Father’s steps. The dictates of my own and of others should be removed to such an extent that it seems as though they never existed. Only the Shrimat of the One should be in my intellect. I only listen to the Father, only speak of the things that the one Father has told me, only see the one Father, only walk with the Father, only think of things that the Father has told me about and only perform the elevated deeds that the Father has told me to perform. This is called maintaining the record of having regard for the Father.
Secondly, to have regard for this knowledge means to have unshakeable faith in all the elevated versions that have been spoken from the beginning to the present time. To have questions such as: ‘how would that be possible? when will it happen? it is the truth, but…’ means to have subtle doubts and that is to disregard this knowledge. Even when the so-called great souls of this world, who perform temporary miracles speak, people accept what they say to be the truth. So then, asks Baba, to raise questions about the knowledge given by the Satguru, who is the Supreme Father, the Creator of all the great Souls, is to give disregard. To ask questions for clarification is one thing but to ask questions such as: ‘yes, the Father says this, but is it really possible for this to happen?’ is disregard.
Thirdly, to have regard for the self is to move along according to the titles of self-respect, like Father Brahma did. To continue to interact with others, knowing myself as I am – as a master almighty authority, as an ancestor soul etc.-, is known as having regard for the self. Instead, if I move along thinking: ‘I am weak! I don’t think I have any power of tolerance..’, ‘I simply fail against anger, I can’t seem to overcome it…’, ‘I’ll be happy with whatever I receive in the drama…’ is to disregard the self. The Father is telling me one thing, I am telling myself something different. This is therefore also disregarding the Father.
Finally, to have regard for all souls is to have good wishes and pure feelings for all, whether they are Brahmins or those who don’t have this knowledge. ‘You should always have the elevated feeling’, Baba teaches, ‘of wanting to uplift them, to make them move forward and to benefit everyone in the world.‘ To interact with all souls by adopting this virtue means to have regard for everyone. ‘Constantly look at the virtues and specialties of all souls‘, He instructs, ‘don’t see their defects.‘ Or even higher than that, He teaches, is to transform the defects with my positive attitude. To have the attitude of ‘you first’, to be able to accommodate rather than spread stories about someone’s defects – all this is to give regard to others, He teaches. ‘You should reduce someone’s big weakness from a mountain into a mustard seed instead of making a mountain out of a mustard seed: this is known as having regard.’, He teaches. To make hopeless souls powerful– not to be colored by their company but constantly to give them zeal and enthusiasm is known as having regard.
Those whose regard for everyone and all four aspects become worthy of receiving regard from all the souls of the world. That is, at present, they will be known as world benefactors and in the future, they will be the world emperors and in the middle period, they will be the worship worthy souls. This is also what it means to follow Father Brahma.