19 Sep 2012
September 19, 2012

The Desire for God's Darshan



Photo by Robert S.

A lecturer from Allahabad University asked Baba, “How can I have God’s darshan?” Baba immediately replied, “Go to a forest in search of God on a dark night without a light or weapon. You will meet God.” The lecturer was puzzled and said, “I will not be able to undertake this difficult task. Tell me a simpler method.” Baba said, “Man is very selfish. Do not see anyone’s face. Live in total solitude and you will have his darshan.” The lecturer said, “I have to live in society. How can I isolate myself? So tell me a method easier than this.” Baba said, “Well, while living among people, do not speak to anyone. Observe silence.” The lecturer explained his position saying, “Teaching is my profession, so I cannot observe silence.” Baba then suggested to him that he could speak while teaching and observe silence at all other times. At this he said, “It is not possible, as I have to seek guidance from my seniors at the university.” At last, telling him about the simplest method, Baba said, “Speak to everyone, but do not greet anyone, and if someone greets you, go on your way without looking at him.” The lecturer, explaining his difficulty again said, “It would be bad manners and people would form a bad opinion of me.” At this Baba said, “You concern yourself with the opinion of others and forget about your desire to have God’s darshan.”


Excerpt from The Divine Reality of Sri Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj by Ravi Prakash Pande “Rajida”

  • http://www.yahoo.org Jane Davis

    I very much like the idea of being SILENT at least for a day. At Lama one time a saw a young man who had a sign around his neck. It said I`m being Silent today.” I`m to live in an Assistive Living Facility Soon and after residents get to know me alittle, I think they will accept my being Silent for a day — and not think, oh, that looks aliitle odd – that sign around her neck.” Of course, what they thk about me is their business. Yet, I sorely want to be accepted in this community I`ll hopefully, be apart of (if I get awarded Medicaid.) All a tough row to hoe. But a chance to Awaken too. Thanks Agaun, Ram Dass.

  • jeanne viviani

    Baba said…..If you want God’s darshan be a woman, be a mother and serve everyone …. keeping God’s name on your lips and in your heart.

  • Heidi

    This is a beautiful thought. I always find that the fewer words come out of someone’s mouth, the more impact those words will have on those who are really listening.

  • http://DavidEmil.com David Emil Lombard

    Hahaaaa! I love this.

    I am a recovering people pleaser….
    & an increasing Sadhana pleaser.

    What a wonderful anecdote & reminder.

    Much love,