"I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS"
On November 9, 1963, Mr. Jack Holt, the Master's group leader from Galesburg, led the motorcade from Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky. Kirpal Singh was greeted at the Ohio River Bridge by Mrs. M. Gordon Hughes, his representative in Louisville and the Mid-West, and Edward L. Strater, at whose home the Master and his party were to stay. Almost eighty disciples were gathered at the Strater residence, many of whom had traveled from New York and California. The next day was Sunday, and after the usual morning meditation sitting had been instituted, the Master's six-car motorcade drove to the local Unitarian Church where Kirpal Singh was to give an address. Before his discourse, the Master was taken by the minister, the Reverend David Brown, to meet all the children of the congregation. The Master welcomed this idea with great pleasure. "A child is very near God," he has said. "Become as a little child and you will realize God." After his discourse, many people in the large congregation asked Kirpal Singh if they could meditate with him after the service. The Master consented to this, and for ten minutes the congregation meditated in the holy and uplifting company of the Sat Guru.
That afternoon the sad news reached the Master's party that Ernest Beldauf, a member of the Ruhani Satsang group in New Albany, had been severely injured in a car accident when on his way to see Master. He was now lying in a hospital and was hardly expected to live. Kirpal Singh requested Mrs. Hughes to accompany him to the hospital. When he arrived there, a nurse informed him that no visitors were allowed to visit Ernest because of his critical condition. However, the Master still proceeded to the room where Ernest Beldauf was lying as still as death. Ernest could not speak to the Master because of his great pain, but the love and the happiness in his eyes showed that he knew who his visitor was. Kirpal Singh bent forward and placed his hands lightly on Ernest's chest and asked him if this was the place where the pain was most severe. Ernest Beldauf nodded. The Master patted his arm and smiled deeply into his eyes. "Now meditate," he told him, "and do not worry."
The following day the news was brought to the people assembled at the Master's house that Ernest's chest was "miraculously" healed. The bones of the chest had been crushed in the accident, but now, to the amazement of the doctors and nursing staff, Ernest was sitting up in bed, smiling and happy. "It is a mistake to say that we know the Master," exclaimed one of the devotees, "for who can fathom his mysterious depths?"
Kirpal Singh visited the American Printing House of the Blind where he gave a talk which was reproduced on records for the blind. The Master has pointed out that the only true "blind" man is one who cannot see the reality within. Many so-called "blind" people have far greater vision than those who have the use of their physical eyes. It is the "single Eye" within all mankind—whether they can see physically or not—which is always latent and which can only be dimmed by man's concentration on external, transient things. The Master also gave talks at the local Y.W.C.A. and at the Henry Clay Hotel.
Kirpal Singh also addressed the student body of the Transylvania University at Lexington. This center of higher learning is the oldest university west of the Alle-ghenies, being founded in 1780. The Master spoke to the students in a crowded hall, and the young people were deeply interested in his discourse, many of them attending a question and answer period held immediately after the talk in the University Chapel. After leaving the University, the Master and his party proceeded to the State Capitol at Frankfort, where the Governor bestowed the honorary rank of Kentucky Colonel upon Kirpal Singh in recognition of his humanitarian service to America and the world.
On that same day, Benedict Ringel, the New York group leader who had driven a car and trailer of stores across the United States for the tour party, received a long distance telephone call from his wife in Philadelphia, informing him that his mother was dying with terminal cancer. Ben Ringel was presented with a problem which cut him in two. He loved his mother dearly, but he was responsible for the trailer of stores and many administrative aspects of the tour. He was a true disciple serving his Master. He placed his dire problem in the hands of the Master, who then asked him what he intended doing. Ben replied that he would only go home if it was absolutely necessary. Kirpal Singh nodded and told Ben to keep in constant touch with his wife by telephone.
The following day Ben was extremely busy and did not get the opportunity to telephone his home until Kirpal Singh mentioned that he should call his house at the first opportunity. When he did so, he received the most amazing news of his whole life. His mother had been X-rayed for the final check on the cancerous growths, and the results showed completely negative. There was no trace of cancer to be found. Ben, with loving humility and gratitude, continued the tour in the service of his Master.
Many events of the tour paralleled the stories of the New Testament, But "miracles" are not used by the Masters for the purpose of show and self-advertisement. When Jesus was asked to turn the stones into bread, he was able to resist the temptation to do so, saying, "Man shall not live by bread alone." Jesus had great spiritual attainments, he was hungry, yet he refused to use his spiritual power for the purpose of satisfying his physical hunger. In this story we recognize the symbol of the Negative Power as it manifests in the world. The symbol of bread denotes an everyday necessity. When the lower self discovers that the soul has certain powers, it is often tempted by the Negative Power to use those powers to gratify man's desire for the manifold possessions of life.
Jesus recognized that such a step would have been retrogressive and would have led to the destruction of much hard-earned fruit of spiritual aspiration. As the disciple advances along the spiritual path, he must ever be aware of his motives and always certain of the relative values of transient life. It is a truism that the great Masters never perform miracles in public merely to win applause or popular support for their mission. The Sat Gurus are well capable of performing "miracles," but if such an action is found necessary, it is usually performed away from public gaze and kept a strict secret between Satsangis (spiritual disciples). Jesus, himself, endeavored to avoid as much publicity as possible when he effected his so-called "miracle cures." The Master's protection is always with the disciple. It comes unbidden and not at the whim or fancy of Fate.
Ben Ringel was again to experience a "miraculous" happening when he left the city of Minneapolis en route for Seattle, Washington, several days after his experiences in Louisville. The trailer was loaded with luggage and supplies, and all went well until Ben had traveled for six hundred miles, and the car broke down with a defective clutch. The new clutch was installed at a small town in Montana, and Ben set off for an eight hundred and fifty mile drive to Seattle. Ben ran into snow storms and high winds, and, whilst traveling on an elevated road on a hillside, he took a sharp turn and skidded across the highway. Car and trailer dropped sixty feet over a bank. Ben closed his eyes. "This is the end," he thought. As he was falling, he heard the strong voice of Kirpal Singh assuring him that all was well. Ben was alone, physically, in the car. Mentally he placed himself in his Master's hands.
When he opened his eyes, both car and trailer had landed on a narrow lane, sixty feet beneath the highway, the right side up and with the car engine still running smoothly. Ben thanked his Master for the divine protection extended him. Within a few minutes he was back on the road again. He drove the remaining eight hundred odd miles through terrific blizzards and ice-bound mountain passes without further mishap. Ben had realized many times that a Master-Saint is a giver and not a receiver. He asks only for the disciple's love and devotion to God working through the Master. He does not preach from books, indulge in rituals or formal ceremonies, but speaks and acts from personal knowledge and experience. A Sat Guru is a fully grown Son of God and practices and teaches the Sound Current which connects man with the Supreme Being. He extends all feasible protection, on every level, to his disciples. Is it not apparent that Jesus, with the great emphasis he laid on the Word, knew of the supreme science of spirituality? To attain liberation, the aspirant needs a living Master-Saint. Thus, it is necessary to follow the Path of discipleship.
On November 14, 1963, Kirpal Singh left Louisville by train, en route for Minneapolis. Changing trains at Chicago the next day, many members of the Master's party were astonished to see a huge crowd of devotees awaiting Kirpal Singh's arrival. As the railroad journey had been a last-minute arrangement—it had been originally intended that the Master travel by air—many wondered how these disciples could have known of their Master's presence on the train. This is not incredible to those who understand the Path of the Masters, however. The movements of Kirpal Singh are known to many of his disciples without recourse to outer information. Many initiates contact the Master in meditation and know the plans of his outer movements before such plans have been put into operation outwardly.
Kirpal Singh spoke on the subject of spirituality at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium, University of Minnesota Hospital, in Minneapolis. This meeting was sponsored by the Sikh Study Circle, and new aspirants came for the initiation sitting which was given on November 16, before the Master flew to Seattle, Washington. He was welcomed at Seattle by Dr. John Lovelace, his California representative, Mr. Dara Emery, the group leader from Santa Barbara, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lacy, his group leaders in Seattle, and many other disciples. Whilst in Seattle the Master stayed at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Russel Smith, and gave two public talks to overflow meetings at the Women's Century Club. Further people were initiated into the Science of the Soul on November 18, and the Master left for Vancouver, British Columbia, later that day.
Arriving in Vancouver, Kirpal Singh was received at their residence
by Mr. and Mrs. Piara Niagra, his group-leaders in that city. In the evening
he delivered a lecture at the Vancouver Sikh Temple. A thousand people
listened in enraptured silence while the Master read from the Guru Granth
Sahib in Punjabi, giving a bilingual commentary in Punjabi and English
on this classic scripture of the Sikh faith. East and West were united
before the Master. The old order had passed before their very eyes and
the new—and yet so ancient—revelation was given to them. The Science of
the Soul was expounded, through these holy stanzas, to the people of the
world, represented in that temple. A living Master-Saint sat before them
and gave "food for the hungry and water for the thirsty." They were prepared
to test the Sat Guru, and, having tested and experienced the positive fulfillment
of their test, they knew the three basic truths of the Holy Science:
1) Sat Guru, the Master-Saint.
2) Shabda Dhun, the Sound Current, the Divine Melody.
3) Jivan Mukti, spiritual freedom here and now, liberation in the present lifetime.
Kirpal Singh addressed an enthusiastic audience at International House, University of British Columbia, where once again all available space in the hall was taken up. Further talks were given in the Y.M.C.A., the Quakers' Center, and the Sikh Temple to crowded and attentive audiences. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji flew to San Francisco, California, on November 22, 1963, the tragic and fateful day of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States.