This is an excerpt from a lecture by Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan on July 6, 1980 in Espanola, NM, USA, which appeared in an article from Beads of Truth, Fall 1980, Issue #5
There is a great tragedy going on today. People who have never done Simran, who have not experienced simran, who have not reached an acknowledged state of simran, they talk about simran. Simran is not japa. Japa gives the power of simran. Japa is the repetition of the Holy Naam, Meditation is not simran. Meditation gives you the power of simran. Yoga, Raaj Yoga is not simran. Raaj Yoga is a technology to achieve, receive and conceive the simran. Sahaj Yoga is not simran. Sahaj Yoga is a concept through which you can pursue simran. Prayer is not simran. Prayer gives you the power so that your mind can be set for simran.
When the state of consciousness reaches simran then you do not need to do anything; God follows you. At that stage the Almighty, the Infinite, the Omniscient, the Omnipotent God, the Something which you are so proud of, and which you talk about and you perceive about and scriptures talk about and saints and sages sing about, that entire Universal Power is totally looking towards the teeny, tiny individual. That is simran for which Guru Arjan sang:
simrao simar simar sukh paavao, kal kalays tan maahi mitaavao
To the one who meditates on Him, there comes a perfect peace and all pain and sorrows depart
This is hypocrisy of simran, where some people want to sing Gurbani because of ego. And some people get up in the morning and say, “Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru,” and they think they have got the whole world in the palm of their hand. Now, these are symptoms of spiritual ego, and in the entire scripture of yoga there is one definition that states that you can do anything you want, but you should never have a spiritual ego. Out of all the ways that ego can manifest the most dangerous ego is spiritual.
You have seen in the world that normally people who are experts in a certain aspect of life – like a doctor, an attorney, an executive, a business person, all those who have worked hard in one profession – you will often find them very much in pain. They are very successful in one aspect of life and very unsuccessful in the other aspect of life. You will find there is not a balance, because the earthly balance and spiritual balance is not there, and that man can never be happy. It doesn’t matter what you belong to, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what your intentions are. The purpose to live happily is to understand the deep flow of spirituality. And you have to be firm in it. This flow has to be constant.
Some people you may know in a daily way of life are very fanatic. They will love you, respect you, and they are with you and then afterward they’re all “blown out,” “burnt out.” Their flow is gone, the life is gone, the respect is gone, that adherence is gone, that continuity is gone. This speculative behavior is not in any way, form, and shape, a symptom of spiritual flow. Spiritual flow is just like a river: anything can be taken out of it, it still continues. And that flow comes out of simran.
Simran is a continuous, meditative, longingly creative feeling. It’s a feeling, it’s a flow, it is a touch, it is a substance. “Ang Sang Wahe Guru” (God is with me through every limb, every millimeter, every situation of mine.)