This is a speech given by Shastriji on 5 May 1982, in the presence of Shri Babaji, on the occasion of the wedding of Manju and Prabhat Joshi and the inauguration of the new “Company Garden” , located on the river bed about 50 yards below the bottom of the 108 Steps at Herakhan. Shri Babaji became a participant in the speech towards the end. To the Absolute Lord, Herakhan Bihari, Kashi Vishwanath, Lord of the Universe, and to all brothers and sisters, devotees of Babaji present here today. Today is a very auspicious. It is the month of Vaisakh and the 13th day of the waxing moon . It is the day Prabhu has selected to hold a Darbar (sacred audience). The field where we are sitting is now called Company Bagh. This name is given to honour the people who, in company, have worked here with a spirit of great devotion since March 26th. Their good work goes on. Prabhuji sits with us so that we may come to understand the importance of Karma Yoga and remove idleness from our lives. The stones to build the surrounding wall were taken from this field by the practice of Karma Yoga. Only by Karma Yoga can achievement be gained in this world; idleness is a despicable thing. Before, this field was rocky and uneven; but now you see it level, like a garden. Similarly, only by hard work can a man achieve success. Today is the inauguration of the Company bagh (Garden). Today is also auspicious because two souls will be united in a wedding ceremony here. By playing with us during -this event, Babaji gives us so many teachings. If we try to understand these teachings with cool and steady minds we will be successful. Babaji teaches all people—householders, seekers, celibates, and renunciates—according to their needs. In olden times, kings like Shrayati used to go to the ashrams of great rishis for the marriages of their daughters. These ashram marriages were and are very helpful to society. We sometimes read in the newspapers that a girl has committed suicide because her parents were unable to raise a dowry for her. Parents, likewise, suffer for this reason. With this in view, Babaji has such ceremonies as the thread and wedding ceremonies performed in the ashram. Ceremonies performed in accordance with instructions and in the presence of saints and Manifestations like Babaji bring great peace to the participants. Marriage is of great importance in one’s life. This relationship may last for centuries. In marriage, two souls coming from different places unite through an inner inspiration. This is a great thing and an ancient tradition. On these occasions a family is prepared to spend what it has earned. And here is something awesome; the girl, along with many household goods, is offered by her parents to the bridegroom. The bride surrenders completely to an unknown person, and the man offers half of his worldly goods and future earnings and accumulations to the bride. Therefore, this ceremony has great importance. But now, day by day, these ties in society are being loosened. What can a householder do? Great Beings like Babaji come to show man the right practices. When a person comes to Herakhan, his mind grows steady and peaceful. In the last three years Babaji has built nine temples, a big garden, and two houses, out of what used to be a hillside. Formerly, there were no stairs on which to climb, and no buildings above; this was a forest. It was difficult even to get cement brought here. But now see how many buildings there are ! See how much construction has been done. Everyone must be constructive like this. Babaji has given some guidance to the bridal party. From the beginning of their married life they will become alert. Marriages are not made by men; they are made by God. This boy and girl who will be married are very fortunate; in the future, they will shine and the blessings of Babaji will be with them. There are very few who have this opportunity. Usually, people are married in a haphazard way in their own houses, but there is great fortune to be married in a holy place. The marriages that take place here are long-lasting. The history of this place becomes a witness to the event. As long as there is a Company Garden here, this marriage will be remembered.* Shri Babaji has come into the world to show us the right path. He is doing it for everyone, while sitting here. There are ashrams devoted to Babaji in many foreign countries and He directs them from here. This is a divine leela of Babaji: within eleven years of His coming He has made many ashrams and temples. Even the greatest of kings cannot accomplish these things without a penny in hand. Shri Babaji has unfathomable powers to satisfy individual needs. Many people have encountered frustration and failure before coming here and have been shown encouragement and the correct path. Many people have come here suffering from various diseases, and were cured. Babaji sometimes plays with His disciples like a mother plays with her child. Sometimes a mother wants to see her child cry, so she hugs him very hard. Babaji also does this with His disciples. Babaji has come to change the world—not by fighting or with weapons and armaments. He transforms by changing the hearts of people through a simple method—repetition of God’s Holy Name. The vibrations of the Name will change the world. There will be universal understanding—one nation, one family. This is Babaji’s intent and it will soon come about. Great armaments have been made, which can destroy humanity and most of the earth. But there is a greater protection sitting before us and He has given a means of protection more powerful than the atomic bomb. Those that want to kill will be destroyed. You must concentrate on the name of God and the instructions that Babaji has given you. Repeat OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA and you will receive Babaji’s Blessings. (Babaji speaking at this point began to give instructions to Shastriji about what should be said.) Prabhu’s mood now opposes non-violence. Non-violence is now contaminating the world. Non-violence of itself should be removed from the world. Culprits must be punished. For security we must employ strength. Babaji wants some violent people so that others may grow in wisdom and discrimination and learn to make decisions. Now you see a sweet form of God, but in the future you will see a fierce form of God. Peace will come only after a Kranti (destruction/revolution). Babaji says a Kranti will come very soon and in the twinkling of an eye will spread over the world. This is why Babaji cautions us again and again to be alert. During this Darbar a glance of future events is given. There will be destruction in the Punjab, West Bengal, and some Muslim countries. Some countries will be obliterated and nothing of their future will remain. Most parts of America will be destroyed. Russia will survive. In the times of the Pandavas (Lord Krishna’s time), a Rajsuya Yagna ** was performed and Russia was not affected then. In the time of Lord Rama, an Ashwamedh (similar to a Rajsuya Yagna) was conducted and Russia was not challenged. Somehow, due to the Grace of God, Russia is always protected. In Siberia, there is a temple community devoted to Hanuman, where Hanuman can be seen depicted serving Ram and Sita. Somehow there will be peace in Russia. Babaji again cautions us to be alert. A great revolution is coming. It is not of the ordinary type. Between heaven and earth this type of revolution has never been seen before. It will be astonishing and terrible. The destruction will be such that people will die as they work, sleep or stand. People will be killed by gas; buildings will remain but the danger is to humanity. Babaji reminds us to be prepared.
*The bride’s family arrived in Haldwani two days before the wedding, but waited there until the morning of the wedding and arrived late at Herakhan. Babaji told them they had lost sight of their real purpose—to reach Herakhan and gain the Lord’s Blessings—and that their conflict and delay was not worthy of the pending marriage. For some time He refused to allow the wedding to proceed, but finally relented.
**This was a religious ceremony followed by challenges to surrounding countries and kings with the intent of gaining supremacy over an enlarged empire.