Exploring Spirituality

Combining Character and Interfaith Education for a Better World

About Babaji and Gobind Sadan

babaji250x347Baba Virsa Singh is a holy person of Biblical proportion. A world-class leader who sought no worldly position, he never referred to himself as a Guru or miracle-worker. He came from a mud-brick village in Punjab, did not read or write in any language but those of great intelligence, wealth, and worldly power bowed at his feet, sought his guidance, and attribute many miracles in their lives to his influence. In his spontaneous talks, he quoted extensively from the scriptures and stories of all religions. His special mission is to bring people of all religious paths closer to God, and bring peace by overcoming the conflicts that plague the world. He worked hard all his life to set an example of how one can rise out of poverty and stressed that without work any philosophy remains just a theory. He liked to be known as an inspired farmer. He communicated with the crops and land, and they responded with record-breaking bounty. When asked, he would reply, “I am just trying to be a better human being.”

Babaji’s Path to World Peace focuses on:

Healing the Human Mind

“When a river overflows its banks it does great damage to the surrounding areas. But when a person’s mind is not controlled, he can destroy entire countries. Anger and hatred are out of control. You must control your anger. Leadership must speak responsibly. Media must deliver messages that soothe the people, not pour more gas on the fire. When our thoughts are poisoning us, how will worldly medicine help? First look to God, then look within and find peace. “Worry afflicts ninety percent of the world. If this disease is eradicated from the mind, all physical diseases will also end.”

Overcoming Religious Conflict

“Celebrate each other’s holidays and share each other’s scriptures.”

To build interfaith understanding, Babaji teaches everyone to show reverence to each other’s traditions and the Messengers. Gobind Sadan is a practical demonstration, where the major holy days of all traditions are celebrated. On a daily basis, while continuous readings from Guru Granth Sahib go on, prayers are offered at the sacred fires (havans) 24 hours a day. People come to pray at Jesus’s place, the Sh’ma Plac the Mosque, and the Mandirs that dot the hillside. Babaji also defends the good name of all God’s messengers and speaks out against those who would malign another’s religion or prophet.

Overcoming Poverty

“Poverty is not a permanent state. There is no such class or nation we can call “the poor. Work hard and thank God and He will lift you out of poverty. That is my own personal experience. World policies are wrong. There should be no poverty!”

For the past 40 years, Babaji has repeatedly transformed barren land into productive farms to show how, through hard work and God’s blessings, poverty can be eradicated. He doesn’t feel that poverty should exist. Despite his great spiritual prowess, he at heart considers himself a farmer.

Overcoming Terrorism

“There is no such thing as a ‘Terrorist’”

Babaji goes so far as to say. He has practically demonstrated how to transform those we consider terrorists into productive citizens, in both the Indian states of Mizoram and Punja. He feels that the current methods to stamp out terrorism have just increased its spread. He condemns violence in the name of religion, stating that religious fundamentalists are the real atheists who turn people away from God.

Science and the Mystical Experience

“Dharam is the greatest science”

“The scientist and the dervish are both lost in their search—one for the key to creation and the other in their love for the Creator. When they sit together, the scientist discovers that spiritual enlightenment is the greatest science and his research can actually progress more rapidly for the benefit of all humanity.

Everyday Miracles

At Gobind Sadan, what some may consider miracles are everyday occurrences. Diseases are cured, business and personal problems, and even social conflicts solved almost immediately through prayer at the various Holy places.

Gobind Sadan, God’s House Without Walls is the international interfaith community which has emerged out of Babaji’s vision