descends on this earth in different forms from time to time.
He came as a king in the form of Rama, as a devotee in the form
of Hanuman, as an annihilator of the oppressors in the form
of Parasurama and even in the form of persons in the lowest
rungs of society. The God that manifests in the form of the
guru is the same God that manifests in the form of a devotee.
When a devotee is paying obeisance at the feet of a guru, God
is a giver as also a receiver of the obeisance. Therefore, God
and his devotee or the guru and disciple are complementary to
each other. The guru and disciple together achieve the form
of divinity and one without the other cannot reflect divinity.
If the devotion of the devotee and the acceptance of the master
were not working in the same frequency, then there cannot be
The universe created by God is broadly ruled through two
principles or systems. The first principle is the "Law
of Justice". It works like the Newton's Law of Motion
of Matter, which propounds that to every action there is
an opposite and equal reaction. This physical law can equally
be applied to the world of meta-physics and spiritualism,
although in a subtler way. Such subtler principles of action
and reaction taking place perceptibly or imperceptibly in
the metaphysical world are generally not understood by human
beings due to the limitations of their cognitive faculty
and brain capacity.
While holding that every action would necessarily have
an equal and opposite reaction, Newton did not say that
the reactions to such actions would necessarily be instantaneous.
The reactions to such actions can be potentialised to be
kinetized later. It is similar to winding a coil, which
stores potential energy and releases it in the form of kinetic
energy later. This mechanism of potentialization and kinetization
of the impact of the actions of human beings is guided by
certain invisible principles of nature. In Hinduism, this
Principle of Justice is stated as Sanchita-Kriyamana-Prarabdha
theory of Karma. The Prarabdha Karma are like a debit in
a Chartered Accountant's book. These are supposed to be
the reactions to the actions (bad, good or neutral) done
in previous lives. However, the total quantity of such actions
carried forward from past lives cannot be mitigated in one
life. This total quantity of 'carry forward' is known as
It may further be mentioned that the reactions to all the
past Karmas cannot be measured in terms of the total volume
of past karmas. Such Karmas of past life mitigate item-wise.
Since each and every action has to generate an equal and
opposite reaction, it has to be highly specific in nature.
Let us examine the reactions to two actions such as murder
and ingratitude. A man who has murdered someone will be
killed by the same person in one of the ensuing lives. Doing
harm to a person who has done good is like double jeopardy
in law. The first part is that the good done by that man
will not be repaid and second part is the harm that we are
doing in addition to the ingratitude. Human beings also
commit good or evil deeds in the current life when suffering
the reaction of past lives' karmas. This 'karma-syndrome'
is very complex and nobody has been able to understand it
completely. As a result, human beings go on having an incalculable
number of life cycles.
To save human beings from a cyclical fate, God created
another principle of nature, namely the "Principle
of Compassion". God is the ultimate reference point
in the universe. A state of being a master or a guru is
a state of perfection to which human beings aspire to evolve.
The Law of Compassion is the principle under which mothers
give birth to children and rear them. All the so called
devatas (deities) in Hinduism work through the Principle
of Justice as stated above. Only Sadgurus, Qutabs, Perfect
Masters, pirs or fakirs are the embodiments of this Law
of Compassion. That is why we surrender to them and worship
May Shri Sai bless you all.
( Shri C.B. Satpathy, New Delhi )