Excerpt from Siri Singh Sahib’s New Year’s Eve Gurdwara Talk 12/31/1987 at the Bonaventure Resort, Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Tere mere bole na tooday ke ardas. Guru guru wahe guru Guru Ram Das. Aad Guray namey, Jagaad Guray namey, Sat Guray namey, Siri Guru devay namey. Wahe Guru ji ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru ji ki Fateh!
There’s a word in Sikh Dharma and its a very beautiful word, Its called Bheta. Bheta means offering. Charity or Dhan means what you give. Dhan means charity. Dhan you give to the lower than you. Dhan you give to the needy. Charity you do with the needy or you share with the others. Bheta is you give to the superior. Offering when you are in a state, you bring an offering to the King. We bring our offering to the Guru. As today is a day we bring our offering to the Guru. Especially, normally we bring our offering to the Guru but today we bring our offering to the Guru with a petition. And that is a Sikh tradition. It’s not something we are doing beyond that Sikh tradition.
Bheta is a very complex situation. I would like to explain to you, Bheta justifies the fact that you offer your body, mind, and soul. You become a martyr. You become a total sacrifice for the Guru’s cause. Bheta means you give your wealth, you give your health, you give your time, you give everything in the world before anything you believe is your altar, something you believe which is higher, something you believe is a cause. But, it is all giving. Nobody has explained what it means actually. The psyche of the unit self which is called Pranee. A body of a human is given an amount of the pranic breath for which he lives, on the space, time measures it. He lives on the space, and this Pranee, this unit always starts and ends within that limit of the Prana.
The air, Pavana, is the carrier of that Prana. There are five tattwas. Akasha. Akasha is the sublime self. Akasha is the sublime self through which the psyche and the governing self of the psyche self is administered. This is the seat of the God. Pavana, or air you call it, carries the strength of the pranic body to manifest the human in activity and in inactivity. It is also the duty of the balance of the Pavan with the Prana and Apana that you sleep and rejuvenate within a few hours. Your body excels and continues. Repair center is within it.
Then comes the most powerful thing. The fire. Agana granthi. Your circulation, your heart, your stomach, your digestive system, your atmosphere, your growth, the weather, all that is based on low and high pressure. Heat, high and low, it is administered again by the prana. By the air. Try to understand.
Then comes the water. Water is the excellence in which you are 60%. And fluctuation of life and the movement of life is based on the water which is 60% of you governed by the moon. Whereas the fire or Agana granthi is governed by the sun, Hara. But, the water is still governed by Prana Pavana, by the currents of the ocean. And that is which gives you what you have to get through the excellence of the earth.
Then comes the earth. Earth has all the elements in it. It has all the fire, you call it lava, it comes out and when it shows up you do not even remember it. It has the momentum. Sometimes the place moves and it causes the earthquake. You remember, the earth is not as permanent as is, but actually it moves. And it keeps moving. There is nothing in this universe which can live and not move. There is nothing which is stable except God. God is stable and in movement. Stable and unstable.
Therefore in this universe of ours, our understanding is based on these five tattwas. Five tattwas of understanding. Can you offer these five tattwas? By offering the physical body you can become a martyr. By also offering the wealth, you can give yourself the status of a man with charity. By giving all what you have plus time and space, you can become anything and everything. But does Guru approve it? No.
Therefore try to understand Sikh Dharma today in the light of this fact, Guru tells you to offer yourself to the God at the instruction of the Guru that in the ambrosial hours you clean out your mind, strengthen your body, and create an understanding with your soul. We call it Sadhana, and just now the Shabd was about all great things to be in the company of the Holy one must excel. That is the highest thing. And what is the company of the Holy? All the time it is being said there are nine holes in the body. Company of the Holy is when through your own consciousness, what comes in through the holes and gets out the holes you understand and you control, you watch , you govern and you are in command including the breath of life.
This third eye or Agia Chakra is only that eye which watches over you. This is the conscious eye. Whenever you think “let us logically discuss it”, “let us reasonably discuss it”, that may give you an answer or not, but when you will try to consciously discuss anything within yourself, you should get the correct answer.
Key to prosperity in Sikh Dharma is Nam Japo… meditate at the ambrosial hours. Dharma ke kirat karo. Let the action be according to righteousness and dictate of the Dharma. Vand Chako share with others in equal partnership. Rehit kamao, live by the instructions of the Guru. Seva sim balao, serve those who need to be served. Now the idea of Bheta is a onetime offering. You go before the King, you go before the Guru and you offer yourself. That is offering, Bheta. Dhan you give away the money, you give away the charity, you give here, you give there, and everybody is taken care of. But, fortunately for Sikh he offers himself under all circumstances in readiness, in alertness, in activity. While he sleeps he’s ready; while he’s awakened he’s ready; while he’s working he’s ready; while he’s not working he’s ready. He’s ready to help the universe because he’s the King of the universe. A King serves his domain. We have a very little concept of Bheta. But in Sikh Dharma it’s a very meaningful word. We offer ourselves, to the creation of God.
Do you know what our title is? Entitlement is Ek Ong Kar. That One Creation and the Creator. We are One Creator’s Creation. When we pronounce it, when we announce it, when we believe it, when we understand it, we live it… we share it. Then there is nothing we can restrict back; and all confusion, unhappiness, destruction is based upon people’s own action when they get scared and they will drop.
“May I, may I not, should I, should I not, can I, can I not.” Because you don’t believe in tomorrow. You don’t believe the earth will rotate tonight and the sun will rise tomorrow. You don’t believe the One who took birth with you. Actually when we are born, God is born with us. When we die God carries us. God has never learned to abandon anybody. Can’t afford it. That One cannot create the creation and let it go. His creation is systematic, is flawless, is harmonious and has no contradiction.
Just understand, and understand it well. We get upset. We allege people, they lie to us; we allege people, they do not tell us the truth; you allege people you are disappointed. You have a list from the sky to the earth, what negative you can do, what negative people can do to you. If you multiply the negativity exchange, you will be surprised what a huge list you have.
Have you understood in the light of God, is there anything which has been mismanaged or misrepresented or misunderstood? Everything is to the scale… harmonious. Time and scale, time and space, self is selfless in activity. Sun is fixed, stars around their orbit, earth is on its axle orbit, human life weathers all or in schedule… with 20% changes. Axle of the earth, the psyche of the universal earth which we belong to, has 20% vibratory change. That is why, eighteen years is the life cycle. Just remember, eighteen years is the life cycle, eleven is the intelligence cycle and seven years is the conscious cycle.
So what is the purpose of life, offer yourself to the consciousness, and the consciousness offers you to the universe. That is the relationship. Not you offer yourself to the Word, YOU don’t exist. The day you will offer yourself, you’ll destroy yourself. Understand it once and for all. The day you will offer yourself, you will become weak. Because you can not afford to give. Your body has that energy, partly given to you at the very beginning. Keep it. That’s the sacred trust. And when you always display the sacred trust with distrust, what happens? You get insulted. You get weak. You meet failure. I am giving with you, sharing with you the greatest secret what God acts, so you can act like God. Give yourself to your consciousness and let your CONSCIOUSNESS give yourself to the Word. “Guru ki mata leha mania…” Take the wisdom of the Guru, Oh ,innocent. Without Bhagatee all the people are drowned even though they are very wise.
Now, what is Bhagatee? Bhakatee. Bhaoghatee. Bhagatee means Bhaogatee. Bhao means the reverence. Conduct of life in offering has the definite rule. Rule is that you offer yourself to consciousness, and then your consciousness offers you. You should never offer yourself to anybody, because nobody belongs to you and you do not belong to anybody. You belong to God and God belongs to you. You are made in God. God is your Creator and you are His Creation. Is that an established relationship? In all religion, is it or not?….”