Shonyo Maharaj - A Saint that reached the top
It is not wrong to say that
Shonyo is a Master of both worlds.
Shoonyo Maharaj/V.J. Negi is a torch bearer for a
spiritual Indian tradition coming from the unique Mystic
Faqir Baba and stretching back the famous Mystic Kabir.
Most of his 70-year-old life he has lived in
an intense and
serene state of consciousness which may be called illumination.
That you do not have to be impractical and unrealistic in order
to realize your spiritual potential, Shoonyo Maharaj has fully shown
in his own life. He was chief of the antiterror squad of the Eastern
frontier states of India and the General Secretary of Police
in the state of Haryana.
Before that he served as a
Professor in Philosophy in Punjab with ethics as his favorite Subject.
For his service to India he has got the highest Indian award possible
by the Prime Minister at that time, Narasimha Rao.
Fighting corruption within the
he has often put his own life at risk.
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Meditation is being in Nothingness -
Talk by Shoonyo
What do you want me to say?
You want me to say nothing? ...
I will say something on Nothing.
Yes, my effort is to let everyone become 'Nothing'.
Nothingness is the goal of al creativity, goal of the highest
achievements. Whatever you want to achieve in life, worldly or other
worldly, you will find 'Nothingness' to be very useful. A person who can
become 'Nothing' can become everything. A person who can be the servant
of all can be the master of all. A person who can become nothing today,
can become very powerful. His power will unlimited, provided he becomes
zero. That is the secret. Zero itself has no value. It is the cipher.
But look at the power of the cipher, it geometrically multiplies the
numbers, once it is connected to a number. One zero makes so much of
difference. So Nothing is very beautiful.
we were talking of meditation. Meditation is attaining 'Nothingness' In
the moment 'you come at the point of 'Nothing , meditation. When ever
there is something inside you or outside you or above you or below you
or right or left, whenever something surrounds you inside or outside,
you cannot be in meditation. When you are nothing from within and
without, than alone you can be in meditation. and then you reach the
highest point of creativity, the highest acme of existence. You become
yourself al powerful, omniscient, omnipresent - you get into you all the
qualities of the Lord, of God; you become God yourself, Godhood dawns
upon you-when you are nothing.
I was not saying anything. I was only
trying to reflect you. I told you I have nothing of my own and yet
everything is mine. It is not a controversial saying. Don't think I am
saying something which is not being understood.
were showing me the pictures of my face when I was in meditation. In
meditation, you have to leave your body. Only, then you are in
meditation. Your body is left far behind. The world, of course, is left
far behind. Your body goes, our mind goes, your intellect goes and with
it our ego, everything goes. And transcending your mind, you immediately
plunge into that state of super -consciousness. But you don't disconnect
yourself from the body. If you do , you will not be able to come back.
It may be very, very difficult to come back at all, and you may not be
able to come back at all, and your body may wither away and you may
eventually die. So even if you are. in a super conscious state, you do
have a very thin, subtle energy-line which connects you to your body.
You have expanded yourself and you are limitless Your vastness and
expanse has no limits, no boundaries, yet you are having your fulcrum
within your own body. You are connected to it, you are anchored to your
body. If you snap those ties also, if you cut that connection too, then
you cannot come back.
You wanted to know my own experience. When
I plunge into that Vastness, that Wholeness, that Entirety, that
Totality of Existence, that Cosmic Universal Being, that Supreme Being,
I once I plunge my self into that ocean of ecstasy and bliss and try to
lose my identity, I immediately come out, and come down. It is a
blissful state. If I stay there longer, I snap my connections from my
body and I leave my body in this world, my body will die and I will
merge with the Whole, I will merge with the Existence. But I don't want
to merge at this moment A saint can, at will, live and at will die. I
can always say, look, I am going into mahasamadhi'. 'Mahasamadhi' is
when you don't return from that state of bliss. So I can chose to go
into 'Mahasamadhi' and say, look, I am going to leave my body. Get ready,
I will go into samadhi'. That is what Data Dayal did, that is what
everybody does, that is possible any moment. day, if you want me, I can
do that. I sit here, I leave my body.
In any case, in order to merge with the
Universal truth, the Universal Reality, with the Absolute Totality, in
order to merge into that ocean, to dip into that ocean, I have leave my
body and mind, and with mind, my intellect, my ego -everything will be
left far behind. Otherwise, I cannot transcend and reach there. Earlier
it used to take longer but flow it almost takes no time and soon I can
reach there. But then I know that I have to stay connected to my body.
Body is not going to perish now. It has to live it has to do some work
still. So I have to still make use of this physical frame. This body has
some more work to perform the mission which my Guru gave to me, to carry'
the tasks assigned to me, which the Destiny has desired. After that
mission is complete and I hand over that torch to someone else or I hand
over the light to someone else, to perpetuate this light and to
perpetuate this knowledge, this teaching; then I can gladly leave my
body and can merge into that Absolute Reality. And I will be too happy
to do that and need not come back. I still feel miserable many times. I
am a human being---don't think that I am beyond misery I do feel
miserable, me too, I feel the misery of the people around me, people
weeping. They are misery. It affects me. I am very compassionate
Compassion is a divine quality, love is a divine quality. No amount of
explanations can make it clear what kind of bliss, and what extent of
bliss you experience. when you are there. It is a Life beyond lives,
which is a kind of floating in an endless void of pure ecstasy and bliss.
While we talk of it, I am there without closing my eyes You cannot stay
there for longer. If you are staying there for longer, anytime your
connection with the body will be snapped and your body start wither away,
after about 3-4 days it will dl and you would have gone from this earth.
So a Yogi and a realised soul, an enlightened person, an enlightened
saint, a real Master can die at will and can leave his body when he
wants to. It is just like putting off your shoes. As and when you want,
you can put off your shoes. Nobody else is to decide It for you. You can
put off your clothes any time you want. So simple and so easy. The Final
GoaI is the Merger with the Supreme Being:
But you don't do it. No one should do It.
Before you do it, realise that highest state, that highest level of
super-consciousness. This is the goal of life; this the goal of all
lives. If you do not do it this life, You will have to be reborn and
reborn and reborn You will keep on coming and keep on passing through
this mill and keep on suffering and keep n being ground and put into the
furnace again and again. Thus this life of trials and tribulations, and
this life of struggles and sufferings will continue. This life of action
and reaction and pain and pleasure will continue. You will keep on
tossing on tribulant currents of life. There will be no peace for you
until and unless you find that eternal abode to which you originally
belong and from where we all have come and descended. unless you return
back home, there Is no peace, there cannot be peace. 50 unless you reach
there, you realise that there can be no resting point. Don't take rest
till then. This is the only goal of life. The earlier your reach there
the better it is---in this life itself - no further. I don't agree with
those who say you have to be reborn two hundred times to reach there, it
is a long journey. No ! The journey is not long. In this life here and
now you can touch that the door and the moment you touch that it will
open ajar, it will open unto you. Jesus Christ said, 'knock and It shall
be open unto thee, seek and ye shall find'. I say you need not even seek,
you need not even knock. No, no, no need to knock. The door is already
open. The destiny is you, yourself. It is within you, it is already
there---you have Just to look to that, you have just to turn into
yourself. Give your life a turn and you reach your destination. It is so
blissful, so beautiful. Then there Is no suffering, there is no death,
then there is no disease, there Is no parting there is no sorrow---
there is end to all these. Just in a minute It can happen--- just in a
minute It can happen.
I can see that you are flowing out. Flow
out, flow out to Him, the sooner the better. You must melt. People have
become hard stones. You are all competitors. The cut-throat competition
of life has made us hard, have made us stones. Man has also become a
piece of matter. He has lost his soul. Let's get up, let's arise, let us
awake---let us reach our goal. Even this is wrong when I say ' reach our
goal'. We have not to reach anywhere---where ever you are, sitting here
wherever you are at any point of time, at any place you may be stationed;
there itself enlightenment will take place, Enlightenment will happen.
This word Enlightenment has been grossly misused. Enlightenment is not
merely closing the eyes and seeing all light and all light. Some saints
have tried to describe that as if thousand suns have shone together, and
their light is limitless. Luminous white light is limitless and that is
Enlightenment. No, that is the beginning of Enlightenment, that is the
first stepping stone to Enlightenment. Even Enlightenment should not be
used as it is being used these days. Okay, let the appearance of light
and sound be the state of Enlightenment- then the final goal is not
Enlightenment The final goal is merger - this merger of your self with
the Supreme Being. The final goal is home-coming, returning to your
eternal abode, becoming one with that absolute Existence of which you
are originally a part and from there you have separated. You are with
your father, but somehow in this melee in this crowd, in this
great jungle, this world and all. this helter skelter existence, you
have lost your father, you have forgotten him, your finger has slipped
out of his hands.
All effort of the Master is through
meditation to take you back to your father. He is waiting all the time,
every time, every minute, with open arms. He is waiting for a son to
return to him. It is we who have turned our back towards Him. He is
always waiting for us. It is we who are running away from Him. He Is
always there. The moment you decide to go back home, he starts
decorating your abode, he starts decorating your bedroom, your chamber
that his son. is coming. The moment you have this seed of desire of
meeting your father, the moment this ambition of reaching your home, the
moment this urge of reaching of your home gets borne in you, the whole
Universe starts making preparations for your reception from that day,
from that moment. It is you who are delaying.
The Universe is ready to
receive you with open arms, any moment.
So let's be there, let's be there, here
and now lets be there, lets reach there in body, this body. What a
beauty! Is it not a beauty? While remaining in the body, you can be the
whole Universe, you can expand our self limitlessly in all directions,
even though rooted to our body in this: little frame. How beautiful it
is! How grand! And the entire Universe is waiting for you. The moment
you start thinking of going on this path, reaching on this path,
backwards, back homewards, the moment you start journeying onwards your
home, the whole nature bends and brows flowers on your path to make it
comfortable, to make it soft, the clouds come in the sky and rain, start
showering to give you cool breeze, the whole nature starts making merry,
starts celebrating. What a pity! Man is rotting in dirt and rubbish and
stink and stench, while there the whole are awaiting him with fragrance,
with flowers and with the celebrations of a much higher life.
Temples - Talk by Shoonyo
Why do you
set up Ashrams ? Why do you build temples? What is the purpose behind it?
Is It the collection of money or accumulation of funds or are they
actually providing services to the society?
I have not built any Ashram. I have not
built any temple. People keep asking me-'Where Is your Ashram?', I say,
'Everywhere is my Ashram, wherever I sit there Is my Ashram'. They say
you must have an Ashram. You also told me to raise a new Ashram. Are
there not sufficient number of Ashrams already in the world? I find
Ashrams galore. In every city, in every town, in every little habitation,
there Is an Ashram. If there is not an Ashram, there is a temple, the
rising minarets into the sky everywhere. Where ever you go, look at the
skyliné, you find temples in abundance. What are they, doing? What
purpose are they serving? Are they really the beacons of light? Are they
showing paths to the stumbling and groping humanity? Are they helpful in
dispelling darkness around the world? Are they giving more happiness to
mankind? Have they added laughter to life? Have they given more smiles?
Have they banished disease from earth? What have they done? I think
hospitals and places where the sick are being treated are better than
the temples and the Ashrams of these days. I am also attached to one such
Ashram which is not my Ashram where the My Guru, my Master, built it and
raised this Ashram in Hoshiarpur. And you have seen it. Even the temple:
and the Ashram to which I have been linked-I am not linking myself to
the Ashram, but I have been linked-Is also trying to serve humanity and
spread love, tolerance, humanism and impart practical knowledge of
spiritual sciences. But is it really fulfilling its mission and serving
the cause of humanity?
Those who manage the Ashram, want me to give discourses because people
come to listen to me from far and wide. They offer money and it is for
the sake of these offerings and donations that I am being dragged to s
place, because if more people come, more money will be there. And thus
an Ashram becomes a money- minting machine.
They are publishing books, they are running schools, they are publicing
their literature, they are selling discourses, they are taking
I put only one question to my self-Are they of any real use or utility
to the common man? And is he finding peace? Is he finding joy? Is he
finding peace? Is he finding joy? Is he finding some sort of body relief
or mental relief when he comes to this place? Does he become more
blissful and happy? Does he gain anything worthwhile? If he does, yes,
continue with the Ashram. But don't fleece him, don't charge him. God Is
not sold, spirituality has no price. Books - I have said even this Manav
Mandir magazine should not be sold. And even the school should be run
without charging fees from the students. If the Ashram cannot be run
without money, dose it. Why are you spinning money everywhere?
visits from outside and doles out money, the so-called priests feel very
happy. You get better "Parshad" and better treatment when you give more
money. You are not given that much attention in the temple, If you do
not give money. Is this one the temple of God? Is this spirituality? Are
we doing what we are preaching? Are our actions commensurate with our
thoughts and with what we are saying? There is a lot of dichotomy in the
whole system. If the Mandir or temple itself is not harmonious, how will
it bring harmony in the society - in the city, in the country, in the
world? The very foundation Is faulty. The very foundation is on a ground
which Is slippery.
It is because of
this that I am against such Ashrams and temples. But I am not against
all Ashrams and temples. If it is an ideal Ashram, if It is a real
temple and a temple which is named as 'Manavta Mandir' i.e. the temple
of humanity, it should not and would not distinguish between a man and
man, and would be above caste, color, creed, country, community and sex
and would open its gates to everyone. Let everyone come, whosoever he or
she is-a criminal or a saint, the doors should be kept open. Nobody
should be prevented from entering the temple. Even if an assassin comes
and seeks entry and declares his designs and intentions-"I have come to
murder so and so", he should be welcomed -"Come, Come into the temple
and do your job".
We should not
prevent anybody from coming into a temple 'devote to the cause of
serving humanity, if he or she wants to come to seek peace, to do
meditation, to sit there and listen to discourses or even if he or she
wants to do some bad act. Such is the temple of God. None is bad or good
and all are walking monuments of the Almighty, of the Absolute Truth, of
the Supreme Being. All are the sons and daughters of God. They are
themselves the walking symbols of God. God has extended Himself into
them. Everyone of them Is a living extension of God.
None should be prevented from entering the temple". Whatsoever comes in,
embrace him or her, call him or her inside and give your love. Your duty
Is to bless, your duty Is to give peace, to show kindness, to shower
grace. This is what you should do.
A temple comes
into being to give peace to the peaceless, to give health to those who
are diseased-physically or mentally. The people who are tioundering and
stumbling and who are astray on the path, to hold their hand and to lead
them to their destination, to show the path to them who are not on the
right path. That is the duty of the temple. The temple is needed more
for the culprits, more for those who are errants, for those who in the
eyes of the society are a bad lot, persons whom even the society has
rejected and thrown out. Temple should embrace them and take them into
its fold, because it has come into existence primarily for the diseased.
A temple is functional -
for whom? Not for the good, righteous and the
virtuous, for they are already on the right path, they are already happy.
The temple has little function to perform for them. The first preference
for entry and stay in the temple should be given to those who are
wrongdoers. Those who are outcastes, those who are thrown out by the
society as criminals - as errants should be welcomed and given a place
in the temple for their reformation.
They should be
the first ones to come into the temple. The people who are doing the
right things or are already on the right path, should have a second
place. They should be considered subsequently.
I am not
particularly against raising Ashrams and certainly not against those
doing good service. But, I said, this is also a projection of a desire
of the mind. A saint raises an Ashram, a temple. That is what Param
Dayal Ji Maharaj, my Master, did long back. And a large complex has come
up at that place now. That is what Baba Sawan Singh Ji did in Beas. It
was just by the side of a river, and a forest all around. He started
living there and n6w there is a very large sprawling temple, the temple
of Radhaswami at Beas in Punjab, where people come from all over the
world to listen to the satsangs. He is no more but there are his
nominees and disciples, sitting in that temple, on that seat and
imparting the teachings of the Radhasoami sect. Now, I am put this
question straight to all such great and enlightened personalities - Why
all this? The desire never dies and if the desire never dies, you cannot
be one with the existence. A temple comes into being because the saint
had a desire. He has only given a higher direction to his desire, a new
Thus, there Is
no difference between a common man and a saint-a realized saint, a
Buddha. The Buddha also builds a Vihara, he builds a temple to live in,
where people come. It is a commercialized house, a shop going on. And a
common man has a small establishment of his own. He Is sitting in a
market place. He Is earning his livelihood there. The only difference Is
that the Buddha is sitting outside, the enlightened one is sitting away
from the market place away from the city where he has built a
temple. Both are desiring. 'In common man, who Is also full of desires
running alter money, wealth, power and position. There Is a competition
in life. And what Is the saint doing? What Is the Master doing? What Is
the enlightened one doing? He Is also having the same kind of desires --
to do something, to act; the feeling of doership has not been abandoned.
The mind is still active, as active in the saint as when he was a common
man. The enlightened one has only given a new direction to his desires
and instead of building a palace, has built a temple.
In order to be
in Samadhi, in order to melt into the whole existence, in order to
attain to Godhood, You have to transcend the mind, you have to transcend
all desires. Mind is nothing but a bundle of desires. It is ever
desiring, hoping, dreaming-a state of existence that we call mind.oal
because of the very presence of desire. You achieve the goal, you reach
the ultimate, you do lose yourself into the Absolute, the Supreme Being,
you rise to the state of pure superconsciousness, only when there is no
desire, when all desires are left far behind, when your mind is not
Then how come these
Enlightened ones start building these Ashrams, temples and start
collecting money and start raising buildings here, there and everywhere?
They are also as much engaged in activity as' the common man. The only
thing is that the quality and the nature of work has changed-but the
work remains-the feeling of doership is still there. It is a non-doing
It is only in a state of no-mind that you reach the apex, the zenith of
the existence and there you do not have desires. Even if you have a
desire to attain liberation, "Moksha", even if the slightest desire
remains in you, even the desire to meet or see God, the desire to attain
liberation from birth and death for ever, to attain Nirvana, to be ,a
Buddha-you will not be able to achieve your g
A Buddha, a real Buddha is a non-doing
entity-a non-thinking entity. Because he is the Existence, he is the
Whole; he is Oneness and just God because he too does not think. God has
not to think. God is existence itself and existence is God. Similarly a
saint, a real saint, an enlightened one has to be above all desires.
Fifteen Pointers - by Shoonyo
All life in and around this Universe is utterly divine.
Each human is the most perfect epitome
of the entire cosmos.
He himself is potentially the most sacred abode of the Supreme being.
Therefore, approach yourself and every other creature
with utmost reverential obeisance and devotion.
Embrace life as it comes, in toto.
Accept it with gratitude, patience, humility and total detachment.
Love it as the greatest blessing this Highest wisdom
has bestowed upon you.
Perform righteously all your duties and obligations,
consecrating all your deeds and actions
to the Lord,
as an offering to Him.
Don´t run away from your responsibilities and challenges.
Plunge into them whole-heartedly and yet detachedly as a supreme
service to God without
the slightest desire for results or fruits thereof.
Life comes to you only as a fleeting moment.
Long or short, live it lovingly, happily, spontaneously
and in all its simplicity and fullness, here and now, from moment
to moment. Act in the
without the thought of doership.
Eat as less as possible and take only vegetarian, simple food.
Keep a weekly fast. Do daily cleaning, both external and internal, of your
body and mind.
Do moderate physical and mental exercise regularly every day. Practice some selected Yogic
postures that suit you. Sit in "pranayam"
(Breath-Control) and meditation every
morning and evening, at least twice a day at fixed times.
Observe absolute purity, sincerity, honesty
and integrity in thought, speech and action.
Think good, hear good, speak good, do good
- irrespective of time, space and causation.
Selfless service to all pleases the Lord most
and is the highest religion, the highest
the highest prayer and the highest worship.
Be a messiah and serve those in distress
in need and do your every bit to relieve their
sufferings and shortcomings. Work for
welfare of others in thought, emotion, word
and deed. Share and divide your happiness
and your wealth and whatever belongings
every day with them, especially those in need.
Ask not. Desire not.
Seek not. Stop, see and surrender.
All is Beautiful, Bountiful and Blissful.
All existence is God.
All Existence is fun and play and love and laughter.
Rejoice, celebrate, play, sing dance in all your innocence,
in all your nakedness.
Keep shedding yourself-your ego, your fear, your greed,
your anger, your hatred, your
sorrow, your shame, your passions,
your worries, your desires, your masks and all your
moment, so that you grow anew each moment into godhood.
Remain ever wakeful, alert and let your breath flow
in and out, deep and calm, in full awareness.
Just float in the stream of
and drift with the flow.
Become hollow, empty and void. Turn inward:
Transcend beyond body and mind and dig daily,
transfixed within your own self to reach the Lord´s
door that opens into pure bliss
enlightenment inside you.
Dissolve into that Ultimate Reality to become the Ultimate
A small event in the company of Shonyo Maharaj
We were driving in a small car in the Himalayan mountains,
Shoonyo Maharaj, some passengers and me.
It was becoming darker.
So one could no longer see the step gorges,
200 m or more
following us all the time on the left side of the small road.
Shoonyo and I were sitting in the back seat.
He was becoming more and more introvert.
Suddenly he shouted: Stop the car!
and we all went out on the small road.
Look at the mountains
lighted by the moon and the stars
and the small villages!
Look! Do you really see?
Can you see their beauty?
Can you see your beauty?
He began to dance in the dark with his hands in the air
He embraced me - a divine drunkard grabbing for equlibrium.
Now give me the keys!
I want to drive the car!
And with divine-dancing-driving on the line
we all reached to the plains in no time.
I guess this kind of surrender
is not mentioned in the holy books.
Line of Tradition
Please note that the correct name of Faqir
is Faqir Chand
and not Faqir Dayal, as written on this poster.