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Compliance of the following rules will be essential for every man and woman devotee, who is desirous of living permanently in SHRI ANANDPUR SATSANGA ASHRAMA:
l. After attending to the natural calls early in the morning, everyone should meditate and perform Aarti-Puja punctually and thereafter attend to one's assigned duty.
2. To restrain one's desires and to eat simple food and wear simple clothes for the maintenance of one's life.
3. To be contented with whatever food and clothes are provided by the Ashrama.
4. To lead a celibate life.
5. Not to give room to enmity or jealousy against anyone and to conduct oneself with humility, love and sympathy towards everyone.
6. To refrain from wasting time in futile debate and gossip, and to spend one's leisure in the study of the sayings of the saints and in listening to satsanga.
7. To keep one's conduct pure and clean and to abstain from theft, falsehood and various other vices.
8. To behave in a civilised and lovely manner.
9. To derive the maximum benefit out of time and to devote to meditation, sewa and satsanga.
10. To adopt the virtues of truthfulness, tolerance and contentment etc.
11. To reform one's defects, while not picking up faults of others.
12. To own the principles of Bhakti and to be ever ready to abide by the Master's wishes.
13. To have utmost faith, respect and the sentiments of Bhakti for the Master and to be ever happy with the compliance of the wishes of the Master.
14. Always to keep in view one's aim in life - 'Uplift of one's soul', and to make one's life a practical one.
15. To be ever happy, because a happy person alone can achieve success in every work. Such a happiness and peace of mind will be available only by repeating the true ,NAM' and abiding by the above-laid rules.
16. To abide by the rules and regulations of the Durbar and to obey the orders of the Muntazims or the Saint-Administrators.
There is a lonely and quiet area in a sacred, pure and beautiful atmosphere in the midst of gardens in the North-West of Shri Anandpur. This is within the precincts of Shri Anandsar. The places of worship are situated in this area. They have taken the credit of making Shri Anandpur, the great centre of Bhakti and spiritualism, and a place of pilgrimage. The desire of the Second Master to develop this place was fulfilled by the Third Master.
This place is so blessed that it has no parallel. Although the whole area of Shri Anandpur is worthy of reverence and worship, because the Third Master overflowed it with His love, the above mentioned area is particularly of spiritual significance. It is the meeting place of the Masters and has been the centre of shooting movie for the devotees. The moment one reaches there, one recalls to one's mind every spiritual sport of the Third Master, the words spoken by Him from time to time, the scenes of Guru-Sewa and the ways of Guru-Bhakti. One feels that all these things are enacting themselves before one's eyes.
The Third Master awarded His blessings to the devotees through His spiritual sports. It seems that this place was the centre of virtuous deeds, fortunate, and the site of tapasya or austerity and that is why the sacred places of worship have been built here for the future. The Third Master Himself used to observe about this area, "This is the site of severe yogic practices by the Rishis and Munis." For that reason the Third and the Fourth Masters developed it and its further development is being arranged by the Fifth Master.
The Third Master had once Himself observed, "This place has the plan sketches, brought from the 'Sachkhand'. The prominent structures of this area will be covered by the white marble and will be eye-catching."
These very words are now taking shape and will gradually take shape before our eyes. In what words should we describe the significance of this place, which is worthy of our reverence and worship.
The sites of the area are as given below:-
This is situated at a distance of about two or three furlongs in the North-West of the inhabited area of Shri Anandpur. From the inhabited area to Shri Anandsar there is a curved cemented road. On the way the gardens full of beautiful flowers are most attractive. This sacred tank took seven years to be completed. Its length from North to South is 874 ft. and from East to West 850 ft. Its breadth is 100 ft. and its circumference is 3774 ft. There is a circular road around it. All its four sides and the outer and the inner banks are covered with coloured iron lattice. Alongwith its banks, are standing mango trees laden with fruit and on the other sides beautiful parks are laid out. The beauty of these parks is indescribable. Roses, motia, Juhi, jasmine, narcissus, marigold, dahlia and various other families of flowers are swinging on the plants in the parks. Wherever the eye can see, there is verdure and verdure only.
Shri Anandsar has been divided into two parts with the help of a gate, for the Mahatmas and Bhagats to bathe on one side and the Bais and the ladies on the other. Different paths have been provided to reach 'Shri Paramhansa Advait Mandir'. On one side is the bridge for the ladies to cross over to the temple and on the other for Mahatmas and the Bhagats. The waves in Shri Anandsar can be seen moving as if singing the praise of the Master. On one side of Shri Anandsar is situated the 'Shish Mahal' for the Mahatmas and the Bhagats to meditate after taking bath in Shri Anandsar, and at least for an hour before the Aarti. In a lonely, calm and beautiful surrounding one's attention is automatically absorbed in 'Shabad' and one experiences the inner bliss. On the side of the Bais, on the way to Shri Anandsar, there is a separate building, 'Shri Shanti Bhawan' (small), where they sit for meditation, at least, for an hour prior to the Aarti.
On both the corners of Shri Anandsar pavilions have been constructed. While taking a full round of Shri Anandsar, the devotees sit in these pavilions to have an enjoyable view of the holy tank full of water and the calm atmosphere. Full description of the development of Shri Anandsar has already been given. It will not be wrong to say that Shri Anandsar is the crown of all the Tirthas or places of pilgrimage. It looks graceful as the practical proof of the fulfilment of the Master's wishes and in the shape of a worshipable site. By taking bath in it the devotees are benefiting themselves and will continue to do so.
Shri Paramhansa Advait Mandir
This temple is situated almost in the middle of Shri Anandsar. The Third Master got it constructed in accordance with His wishes. This is a beautiful piece of architecture built of huge slabs of white marble. In the middle of the temple three big photographs of the First three Paramhansas, Shri Paramhansa Dayal Ji, the First Master, Shri Sadguru Dev Maharaj Ji, the Second Master, and Shri Sadguru Dev Maharaj Ji, the Third Master, have been placed on a specially constructed cornice within the sanctum sanctorum. The whole temple is fitted with numerous coloured electric bulbs and the decorations of the sanctum sanctorum has its own grace. When the devotees enter the temple, rays emanating from the photographs of the three Paramhansas create a wonderful joy in their hearts. There are steps of white marble on all the four sides of the temple. As one climbs up the steps, one reaches the huge verandas and then - there are big doors and windows of the pillared hall.
In the morning the devotees perform Aarti Puja jointly here. The scene at that time is most attractive. The wind, filled with the fragrance of incense, the glimpses of the Paramhansas and performance of Aarti Puja by the devotees with full absorption present a scene as if 'Sachkhand' has come down on earth. The echo of sweet attractive and melodious tune resounds in the whole atmosphere. After having-the Darshan' of the Paramhansas in the morning one feels happy and remains absorbed in that inner bliss the whole day. The outer view of the temple is also very beautiful and attractive. Early in the morning when the devotees come to the lonely, calm and pure atmosphere of Shri Anandsar, at the divinely auspicious hour, they feel, as if some joyful waves are surging in their hearts. These waves automatically start merging themselves with the breath in the shape of automatic repetition of NAM (Ajapa Jaap). The souls of the gurumukhs automatically pick up these pearls of Ajapa Jaap like the swans. Besides, it seems that the birds, sitting on the towers and the pavilions, are enjoying the inner bliss in meditation. These birds also join their tunes with those of the gurumukhs in that surcharged atmosphere. The splendour of the white tower in the pure blue sky indicates, as if the very stars had come there in strings. The golden top of the tower spreads its rays on the white marble on the full moonlit night like that of the sun on the snow covered Himalayas.
The moment one puts one's steps on the road to Shri Anandsar, one's head bows automatically. The confluence of the Paramhansas, Shri Paramhansa Advait Mandir, is the matchless edifice of Shri Anandpur Durbar.
SHRI ANAND SHANTI BHAWAN
On the Western side of 'Shri Paramhansa Advait Mandir' and on the Western bank of Shri Anandsar is situated 'Shri Anand Shanti Bhawan.' This is the memorial of the Third Master, the Emperor of our hearts, the light of our eyes and the centre of our memory. Its foundation was laid by the Fourth Master with His own hands. The Photograph of the Third Master has been placed on Shri Samadhi. The whole building of Shri Anand Shanti Bhawan is being built with the huge slabs of white marble. As per orders of the Master, all the devotees perform Aarti-Puja here in the evening. When completed, it will be a huge and magnificent building, which will accommodate thousands of devotees for the 'Darshan' of 'Shri Samadhi'. It has circular steps in the four corners of the verandas to climb up to the first floor. There are four pavilions on the four corners there. A dome has been built just in the middle of Shri Samadhi. Shri Anand Shanti Bhawan, standing on the bank of Shri Anandsar with water full of ripples, is displaying its own splendour. This is still under construction.
SHRI ANAND SHANTI DHAM
This is situated on the left of Shri Anand Shanti Bhawan. This is the Samadhi of the Fourth Master. On Thursday, the 16th July, 1970 A. D. or the sankrant of Shrawan, Samwat 2027 B. K., Asarh Shudi Dwadshi, Shri Sadguru Dev Maharaj Ji-- the Fifth Master, placed a big Photograph of the Fourth Master, on the Samadhi. Its foundation was laid by the Fifth Master on Wednesday, the 2nd June, 1971, or 20th Jeshtha, Samwat 2028 B. K.-Jeshtha Shudhi Naumi, on the occasion of the First Death Anniversary of the Fourth Master. A plan-sketch has been prepared to build this building also with white marble slabs. This building is still under construction.
SHRI ANAND AMBIT KUND
The foundation of 'Shri Anand Amrit Kund', which had been decided to be built on all the four corners of Shri Param Hansa Advait Mandir, was laid by Shri Shri 108 Shri Sadguru Dev Maharaj Ji-the Third Master, Who blessed that all the devotees would take 'Charanamrit' from these kunds, (reservoirs) and would thus purify their mind and embellish it with Bhakti and spirituality. This plan still awaits its implementation.
In brief all these sacred buildings, Shri Paramhansa Advait Mandir, Shri Anand Shanti Bhawan and Shri Anand Shanti Dham, which are within the precincts of Shri Anandsar, are the places of worship. It appears as if Shri Anandsar has taken them in its lap and is in a way forming the boundary of these places. It has, thus, taken the credit of making Shri Anandpur as the great seat of pilgrimage. Although the whole area of Shri Anandpur is a place of pilgrimage, the credit of making it the most sacred place of pilgrimage, goes to these sacred places. These buildings and places are the memorials of the Paramhansas and are just proud of their being fortunate, because the devotees and seekers from far and near come here for the 'Darshan' of the Master, for bathing in Shri Anandsar, for satsanga and for acquiring spiritual knowledge.
Today the flame of spiritualism burns in every corner of the world on account of the efforts made by the Great Param Hansas, as well as because of Shri Anandpur Satsang Ashrama, the main centre of Prema-Bhakti. May this Sampardaya (system) ever remain steadfast like the Himalayas in guiding the path-forsaken souls to the right path for ages to come ! May the rays of Divine light, emanating from this sacred and great Durbar, remove the deep darkness from the hearts of one and all, so long as the sun and moon exist in the sky and the earth is there !
The devotees of the whole world pray to the Great Param Hansas that the Fifth Master may continue to be the Presiding Saint, Leader and Guide of this Sampardaya, for ages to come and may He show the devotees the path of Bhakti and spiritualism ! May we, the possessors of shortcomings, the worshippers of the sacred dust of the Master's lotus feet, the lowly of the lowliest, continue to be the black bees, of the Master's lotus feet, and keep on drinking the nectar of Bhakti and spiritualism for ages to come.
Oh, the Spiritual Emperor of the Times ! May Thy reign last for ever ! Thou art the benefactor of the devotees and the Head of the Saints. We make this request crores of times that Thy graceful face may continue to shine in our eyes. Thou art the Lord of our hearts. May we sacrifice ourselves for Thee ! The spiritual throne of Shri Anandpur is matchless in the three worlds. It is the eternal flame of spiritual light. May the glory of the Paramhansas shine and may the Lord remain lovable in His Divine beauty for ever. Thou art embodiment of love and ocean of mercy. Thou hast lighted the three worlds with Thy refulgence. Thou art blissful and calm. We are really fortunate in having Thee as our Master. Thy grace has taken away all our miseries and has filled everyone's heart with joy. Oh, the beloved of the three worlds, Thou art the light of our eyes. Thy words render our hearts cool and calm. Oh, the merciful Lord ! May Thee live for crores of years. May we enjoy Thy protection for ever ! Such are the prayers of all the human beings, the Munis and gods. Oh, the benefactor ! This humble devotee seeks Thy protection. Kindly grant him place at Thy feet. Thou art kind and merciful. Kindly accede to our prayers. After presenting these humble flowers of our faith at the lotus feet of the Master, we are in front of Him with our skirt spread for His mercy, so that He may ever benefit the sewaks by filling their skirt with the bounties out of His Divine store of kindness !
(Meanings of a few technical Hindi words used in this book)
Aak. A forest shrub yielding bitter milk and bitter fruit.
Advait Mat. The system based on non-dualism.
Agam Loka. Name of a spiritual realm high up within man.
Akshohini. A measure for counting the armies in olden days.
Alakh Loka. A higher spiritual realm within man and to be achieved by meditation.
Amavasya. Night of full darkness when there is no moon in the skies.
Anami-Loka. The highest spiritual realm, destination of the practiser of meditation. Ashta-grahi-Yoga. Confluence of the eight planets of the Zodiac.
Babool. Acacia tree.
Badi. Dark fortnight of the moon.
Bais. Lady saints.
Baoli. A well bigger in size and rectangular in shape.
Basant Panchmi. A Hindu festival commencing on the advent of spring season.
Bhagtainis. Lady devotees.
Bhakti. Devotion unto God.
Bhandara. Community free kitchen.
Bhanwar Gupha. A spiritual plane high above.
Bhil. A particular race of the forest-living people.
Brahma. The god-creator.
Brahmand Desha. Higher spiritual plane above the eyes.
Brahmin. A high caste in Hindus.
Chakaur. The fabulous bird ruddy-goose which is believed to be much enamoured of moon. Chandrakant Mani. A particular gem which attracts the rays of the moon.
Chaudash. Fourteenth day of moon.
Chet or Chaitra. First month of the Bikrami year.
Chitra Gupta. Secret messenger of the god of death, is believed to keep account of the actions performed by individuals.
Chola. Tunic shirt.
Dal-Phulka. Ordinary and simple meals.
Darshan. Sight or vision.
Daswan Duar. Tenth portal of body situated high above.
Dayal Desha. Higher spiritual plane between Pind-desha and Brahmand-desha.
Deen Dayal. Compassionate towards the down-trodden.
Dbaak. A forest shrub without bearing any fruit.
Dharam Raja. Divine Judge before whom an individual is presented after death for judgement.
Dharamshala. A free inn for the travellers.
Dooj. Second day of the moon.
Durbar. Divine court of the Saints.
Dwapara. Name of an age out of the four ages.
Faqir. A recluse or a beggar.
Gosain. A family-priest of the Hindus.
Granthas. Sacred books or scriptures.
Guru Granth Sahib. Holy book of the Sikhs.
Guru-Mahima. Glory of the Guru.
Hridaya. The heart.
Hukam Nama. Document containing a particular order or behest.
Jagirdar. Owner of an estate.
Jaikara. Slogan of victory.
Jhonparies. Cottages with thatched roofs.
Jiva. Individual soul.
Kaal. Death, time.
Kaal Desha. Part of human body below the eyes.
Kali Yuga. One of the four ages, the dark age.
Kamal, Kamalini. Lotus flower.
Keekar. Acacia tree.
Kumudni. A particular variety of lotus that blooms in the moonlit night alone.
Lingam of Shiva. An effigy of god Shiva.
Maharajadhiraja. Emperor of the emperors.
Maha-Samadhi. Final resting place of the Great Souls.
Maha-Shunnya. A spiritual realm of perfect calm high above the tenth portal.
Mahesha. The god Shiva.
Mahua. A wild tree yielding sweet fruits.
Manglacharan. Solicitation for benediction.
Mantra. Recitation of secret words to produce spell.
Muni. A sage.
Nabis. Plural of Nabi, messengers of God.
Nafiri. A musical instrument producing melodious tunes, a flute.
NAM. Holy Name of God.
NAM-Updesha. Bestowal of holy NAM on someone.
Neem. A wild tree with bitter fruits and leaves.
Palang. A cot.
Papiha. Sparrow-hawk, a fabulous bird which constantly cries for rain, with utmost yearning.
Par-Brahma. God Almighty.
Parvati. The goddess Durga.
Pathan. An inhabitant of mountains.
Patwari. Record-keeper of the village-lands.
Pind. Body, an offering made for the redemption of soul.
Pind-Desha. Part of body below the eyes.
Plash. Same as Dhaak.
Poornima or Purnima. Night of the full moon.
Prasad. Blessed food.
Prayag-Raja. A sacred pilgrim-place where there is confluence of three sacred rivers.
Pukh Nakshatra. Name of a planet.
Puranas. Ancient holy books of the Hindus.
Rajas. One of the three attributes of human nature, activity.
Raj-Tilak. Application of saffron on the forehead of a king indicating his accession to the throne.
Rishis. Hermits, sages.
Saag. Ordinary cheap food.
Sach Khand. The real abode of the High Souls.
Sadguru. The Spiritual Master, Preceptor.
Sahaj-Yoga. Simple way of attaining union with God.
Sahasra-Dal-Kamal. Thousand petalled lotus, a high spiritual plane just above the eyes.
Sanchit Karmas. Accumulated actions of the past births.
Sangat. Congregation of devotees.
Sant-Mat. Path of the Saints.
Saraswati. Name of a sacred river.
Sarson A variety of oil-seeds.
Sat-Loka. Abode of the Saints, a higher spiritual realm.
SAT NAM. True Name of God, bestowed by a Spiritual Master.
Satsangis. Devotees interested in spiritual discourses.
Sattva or Sat. Highest of the three attributes of human-nature, goodness.
Sat-Yuga. First age of the four, in which Truth alone rules supreme.
Sewa. service rendered to the Saints.
Sewaks. Sewadars. Those who render service to the Master.
Shanker. Name of the god Shiva.
Sheesham. A tree providing abundant and cool shade.
Shudi. Bright fortnight of the moon.
Shudras. Persons of lowest caste.
Shunnya-Desha. Same as Daswan Duar.
Sukarma Yoga. An ominous hour according to astrologers.
Swanti. Name of a planet.
Tamas. Tam, despicable attribute of the human-nature, conducive of lethargy and laziness.
Tapasvis. Those who practise austerities.
Tapra. Cottage made of grass or hey.
Tendu. A wild tree bearing sour fruits.
Tiratha. Place of pilgrim.
Treta-Yuga. Third age, the age of Lord Rama.
Trikuti. Triangle-shaped Spiritual plane high above.
Tulsi-Krit-Ramayana. The epic relating to Lord Rama composed by Saint Tulsidas.
Vaishyas. Tradesmen, Persons of the caste of traders.
Vakil. A lawyer.
Vandana. Salutation, Obeisance.
Vedas. Holy books of the Hindus.
Vishnu. The god who provides livelihood to all beings.
Yajna. Sacrificial fire.
Yamuna. Name of a sacred river.
Yogeshwara. One who has mastered the science of union with God.
Yogi, Yogis. Practicant (s) of the science of Yoga.