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The Teachings of Sri Tirtha Lal Mahanandhar

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Editor's Note: Sri Tirtha Lal has written this as being identified, as it were, with the Supreme Reality and the use of  "I", "me' and "mine' should be understood in that context.

        Biblical sport, this vast creation, is 'NO MAN' game. All the creatures realise they are in need of My blessing and that is why they invoke Me seriously whenever they are in trouble. I have blessed from the very beginning - this creation itself is the very symbol of My blessing. If, in this gigantic world, anyone is asked individually, "Who are you?'' - in reply, all will say "I am so-and-so". This 'I' is equally equal in all creatures. This one single eternal 'I' is common for all. But most people, even though they call themselves 'I' all the time, do not realise who 'I' really am.

        This is one of the puzzling parts of My mysterious rainbow. This 'I' which is none else except Myself - the One Single Truth - is imparted equally in all. This, those who are ignorant do not realise, yet it is the ground for belief in My blessing. Except for realised souls, who are very few in this world, all creatures 'quake up to the ben' (tremble to the utmost) for fear of death because this trifle play of Mine proves to be the hardest problem for them to digest.

        Now listen - you are all here in this world to realise the Truth, therefore come to Me and then you will know that without Me nothing exists and that I am here, there and everywhere. Inside each crawling cell of all the living and dead bodies also, I am crony in the form of life. But pity,  deluded people think I am somewhere within their chosen images or concepts only, so they try to get Me with a fine tooth comb and every time they reach me, they duck and pass Me by - missing Me every time in their egoistic investigation.

       This is why modern science and technology have been unable to find Me out so far. But the seekers of truth who have searched thoroughly - without any search - to find Me, have realised Me and clearly understood that I am that which their egoistic ransacking can never find out as long as the sun and moon remain in the sky. Realising Me in Reality, perfect men or women of Truth time and again incarnated in this world and announced that the unchangeable divinity, this 'I', is one super voidness.

       That is why I am the cause of none, even though egoistic people think I am the root cause of 'tiresome trochee' - trouble and trophy. If you want to realise this truth, give up your ego and come to Me. As long as this most dangerous impediment, your ego, is not removed completely, you will not be successful to uncover this truth.

       Look at Me with My own eyes and then understand this fact that 'I' alone am in your past, present and future. This whole creation and life of all is but one of My phantoms - a visual illusion. This is the Truth. This is what I am.

       Hence, O man or woman of ego - you are requested not to blame others. You have learnt already that this whole creation is none else but Myself, the Real. Since time unknown, the greatest scientists with whom none can compete, are also I. Please pay attention to My science which is applied in you all. You are nothing more than a perishable model. This creation and these transitory forms of human beings and other creatures are just like dewdrops. Countless varieties of such models have filled this creation and no-one has been able to count them all as yet. With this one can understand the ability of those high talking, egoistic people. In practice they can do nothing but talk and all their theoretical knowledge is unable to realise Me. This is how it is - what more do I need to say about My mystery?

        Even self-realised people cannot express exactly how I am - that is to say they are helpless to bring Me out through their words. When this is the case with realised ones, you can judge the capacity of those chatterboxes who only talk for the sake of talk about Me. As long as you are here in this world of limitation in this physical form, your changeable speech, action and all other talents will fail to produce me exactly as I am - the unchangeable truth beyond your dreamland.

        You can all realise Me - through intuition you can feel, but you can't explain this truth in words - here lies the mystery. Moreover, as long as you are trying to tell this truth to someone, even then you are mistaken because none of your activities have ever actually existed in Me, the One Single Truth, from the very beginning.

        Only realised souls, no others, will fully appreciate these sayings of Mine, there is no doubt about it. Liberated souls know well that the limited activities of this delusion can never squeeze out this truth even if all the creatures together tried their utmost. Then how can a single creature dare to wink at Me?

        So you all are wrong, as long as you have this concept to get hold of me with your ego. Liberation is not a pancake you can toss from hand to hand so easily. This truth is not like other objects that you can give and take. I am as I am - at all times, whether I am with you all or beyond creation. Therefore totally give up your egoistic attempt to realise the Truth - there is no other means. This naked truth is none else but yourself - your True Self. When you are free from egoistic search you will be void completely at the end. Realising this Truth you will be one with Me for ever. This is God realisation.

        Oh! Beautifully dressed ego of the world, please pay attention to reality. However you cover your physical body, you are naked by nature - this is what you are beneath the coverings. Again, in the same way, if you look inside the covering of this ego, the dirty, stinking flesh and bone of your separate entity, the Truth is also nude in reality. By nature you are one single voidness, thee eternal divinity and all-pervading truth - this will be realised. This is why you are everywhere in this entire creation, but visible nowhere for these worldly eyes. Your impermanent sight is not capable of perceiving Me, the Truth which is all-pervading. Without any change at any time, I am in you all - yet you don't see Me - this is My mystery.

        So long as this ornamental creation is definitely something for you, the ego, you will not realise Me. Come out of ego completely if you want to be one with Me. Look, the finest matter in the world is ether; it is too deep and vast - all the planets are within it. It is complete voidness - spacious and colourless. Even then you are seeing blueness in it due to the sight of your limited ego. This is ignorance. This very ether, that seems to be super-fine for the ignorant, proves to be an absurdly thick cover in the eyes of the Supreme Truth. For in Me there are never any such objects nor their activities - nor anything else at all.

       This inexpressible complete voidness is always one single super 'NO MAN'. He (or She) alone is the most precious one - the ultimate target of all creatures. The seekers of truth will realise this super emptiness only when, being empty, they will come to Me.

       This whole creation is just like one of those puzzle rings. If you know the technique you can make it into a ring and wear it without any problem. Otherwise this ring (Truth) is a puzzle for all as it is. Ignorance is the only cause of this puzzle. To get rid of this trouble, take the help of this book, 'BED CROW'. The technical know-how of this puzzling creation is inside it. The moment you gain knowledge you will be liberated and you will be the master of this puzzle, this eternal game. It will no longer have any effect on you, the Real, though physically you may remain inside this world.

       Practice is essential. To have real knowledge, theory will never help to take you to the ultimate goal of life. This book is full of practice which will prove to be of great help for you to reach the destination more easily and faster than any other practice.

       I am form for the formless, and again I am formless for the form, but at the same time I am beyond both (form and formlessness) - and far beyond your imagination too. Inexpressible I am. The realised soul knows it well that this One Single Truth is he (or she) and all other creatures.  This is the Truth.


       Therefore realise this truth within your lifetime and enjoy your own eternal blessing for ever.  Look at your own body - the outer structure indeed indicates that you are a man or woman with form, but in reality you are formless and visible nowhere. You are perfect by yourself, the Real Divinity. This you will realise only when you are free from the ego concept entirely and without any hesitation, because your ego has no concern with Me the Real. Thus, without facing the practical death of your own ego and its habit (attachment to unreal objects), you can't realise Me, the Self of all.

       Due to ignorance your habits involve you in all the good and bad functions of the world. The effect of such activities will touch you somewhere inside as long as you identify with ego. This is how it goes with the unreal ego, this delusive creation, inside My mystic game.  People are puzzled to see varieties of objects and this creation at large. They think everyone comes down to this earth, somewhere from heaven, stays for a time then goes to an unknown destination after death. But in reality this coming, staying and going have never been in Me from the very beginning.

        I am as I am - ever free, the One Single Truth. This puzzling game confuses the whole world of ego and so everyone is perplexed and spellbound in the face of this incredible, nerve-shocking mystery. The most baffling thing in the world is life and death, yet which everyone faces in every walk of life.

        I assure you, My dear aspirants, that all your problems will end for ever on the very day that you realise Me correctly - worry not. Therefore have no doubt on My sayings - better you come to Me and experience My doubt-free state in practice. Gaining this practical knowledge, the wise step on your part is to remain permanently free from ego and its worldly habits. 

        The sum and substance of this mysterious game is One Single Truth, and you are That in reality. Thus, before trying to understand others, realise yourself first. You are your own teacher as well as disciple because no-one will walk this path for you, and even if they did, for you it would be of no use.

        Therefore you must walk with your own steps on your own way. Don't use others' footwear or depend on them. Your feet require their own size. Heading towards the Truth, move on your own way. This is how all the great souls moved and realised Me. Do you think your hunger will subside if someone else eats for you? No, certainly not. Similarly you must walk on your own to reach and realise the Truth.

         When you realise this Truth, you will see there is no difference between you, Me and others. When you come to this height and realise the truth, you will see you are without any problems because you are ever free from ego. That is why you are known as 'FREE'. When you are That, what more can you need? Nothing indeed do you require in this transcendental state. This self-realisation is known as the land of peace.

         So, come to Me on your own. There is no such record of physical teachers and disciples who died for each other - the one to guide and the other to follow. When you are sure that no-one will die for you under any condition, why don't you walk on your own, depending fully on one single Truth. If, without believing this truism, you choose to ignore My words, there is no doubt you will fall into the tricky, swampy ditch of hell created by your own ego.

         There is immortality in your right habit, and mortality in the wrong. Keep to the one you most prefer. Do as you wish. Your sincere effort and firm determination, with full faith in Me, will give you salvation. My blessing will only bear fruit for those who walk on their own with this belief on the path of realisation. Let triumph be on the part of the real seeker.

         My best wishes are always with you from the very beginning of this creation. Realise My sayings practically. Good luck to all of you.

         Thanks for this invocation.

- OM -

Tirtha Lal Mahanandhar

Kathmandu, Nepal

January 1985


        The day breaks at dawn and then only the sun rises in the morn. This unchangeable fact of nature at once breathed in me and then, at the very beginning, this praxis¹ broke open with these few real lines, the bolt-hole² of this book. That is why it is essential for readers to go through this preface, before coming to the context, and before touching the super-voidness with finishing touches.

¹ praxis /"praksIs/ · n.

1 practice, as distinguished from theory.

2 custom.

ORIGIN C16: via med. L. from Gk, lit. 'doing', from prattein 'do'

² bolt hole · n.

chiefly Brit. an escape route or hiding place.

        This is the starting point, so please have a look! This common structure of a human being has been created in the form of filthy flesh and bones, yet everywhere inside these stinking skeletons, this Eternal Light is shining on. Time and again, to tell this truth for the whole ignorant world, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, Christ, and all other genuine spiritual lions, knocked at the door of  the people's 'brain cabin' where 'HE' alone is hidden. This is the mystic way of  'Thee Light' going on over here, day and night.

         People cover their bodies with thick coverings to protect them from the chilly breeze at dawn. But as time goes by, they take off all those coverings one by one. Finally, they prefer to stay without any coverings - they like to stay naked and remain completely empty when the unbearably hot sun comes over their heads at noon.

        I am 'Thee Light', the Eternal Light. This light is everywhere. It is with all those coverings, it is with all the people. They know He is with them when they feel their hearts beating. They don't know where He is, but in reality they themselves are that Light. Here, I am that same Light that wants to uncover the light which is shining in all.

        Those who have not realised Self think it is somewhere else, at a distance, far off outside this world - separate, like all the other objects here. Each and every object is always separate, therefore 'veiled faces' look for this light with the same objective eyes. Our parents who took care of this body at the beginning of life are separate. Wife, husband, relatives, society, country, world, and the whole of this vast creation, including our bodies, are separate. Is it not strange? Really it is. Everything is separate, but even then, people think they are not. They think these objects are not separate, so we are theirs and they are ours - they belong to us. This is our usual concept.

        If you are sure enough that I, the Pure Self, am totally separate from this 'mask' - well, it is lovely. If you stay at this point, at this stage, with full consciousness, realising the Pure Eternal Light and always being aware of the Real Self - this is a wonderful achievement. I will definitely say you have done your duty, and your purpose in coming to this world has been fulfilled. Here is my salutation to those who are beyond religion and above all - one without a second. Such realised souls can but tell the truth, like the buzzing of bees.

        But most people do not recognise the Self. Without perceiving the Pure Self, the Light that resides in all, they want to impose themselves as enlightened beings, using only theoretical knowledge. This hypocrisy is a dangerous veil for the common people. These people are 'perilous periwigs'.³ They know they have nothing. They are first class liars for themselves and others, so they are not trustworthy. They are chatterer, they are cheat. Such stupid ego is ruining this world every now and then. Such pranksters are wicked parasites.

³ periwig  n.

a highly styled wig worn formerly as a fashionable headdress by both women and men and retained by judges and barristers as part of their professional dress.

DERIVATIVES periwigged adj.

ORIGIN C16: alt. of peruke, with -wi- representing the Fr. -u- sound.

        O! Real aspirants of this world, my heart! You may be of any religion, I have nothing to do with that, but please listen! At the end, do you not want liberation to be your ultimate aim? I know this is your target - to be free for ever. You, the Real, are ever free. There is no attachment, there is no ego in you. But the ego concept that you have had from the very beginning has covered you with so many coverings, just like a spider's web ties the bee.

        Freedom is your birthright! This is your eternal property. Hence you must get free from this ego and its concepts, which are truly nothing but pure hallucination. Though this ego is ever so delicate, yet it has its grip - its network - all over this world. This whole creation is dangerous for all, like the spider's web for the bee. Constant practice alone will prove to be the best means to get rid of this ego forever.

        But nowadays people think they are much more advanced - they think they are modernised. The objective of this scientific era is to continuously advance. This is going on all the time. In this spiritual subject also, people like to show their advancement, but see how this advancement depends on their identity with objects and how they take objects to be themselves. When speaking, they say, "This is my body, house etc.", but in practice they don't take them to be separate. Nearly everyone here behaves as if they are the body, though in reality, body is definitely separate from the Self. But alas! This modern, educated society promotes this kind of false knowledge, and thus we agree to accept this body as our self.

        In this way you have developed the habit of agreeing to the unreal being real. Your false outlook and mistaken thinking have made such an impression throughout your daily life that all these coverings have created ego in you. Thus this ego started to welcome all the wrong ideas to be right and developed the habit to agree with erroneous concepts - all of which which survive without any fundamental basis in reality. One after another, these false concepts spread all over the world. Once you compromise with one false concept, the whole family of wrong concepts will run to join hands with you, one after another. Thus ego is toned heavily in the form of creation as we see it here.

- OM -

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