The Lord is within every one of us. The path leading back to the Lord is also within every one of us. Our spiritual journey starts from the soles of our feet and ends at the top of our head. In the body, the soul and the mind are knotted together here, at the eye centre, in the forehead. From here our mind spreads into the whole creation through the nine apertures: the two eyes, two ears, two holes of the nose, the mouth and the two lower apertures. Through these nine apertures our thoughts are spread into the whole creation.
We are always thinking about one thing or another. The mind is never still. No matter how much you close yourself off in the darkest room, you will not be there - your mind will be scattered into the whole creation. And whomever we are thinking about, their form appears before us. If I am thinking about my child, my child's form will appear before me. If I am thinking about my wife, my friends, I will start visualizing their forms. Automatically we start visualizing the faces of whomever we are thinking about, and slowly and slowly we get attached to them, so much so that we start dreaming about them. And at the time of death, all their forms appear before us like a cinema screen.
The mind is fond of pleasures, and it has become a slave of the senses because it is very fond of the pleasures of the senses. Unless the mind gets a better pleasure than the sensual pleasures, it refuses to leave the sensual pleasures.
The Lord has kept within every one of us at the eye centre that better pleasure, which is known by different names. It is referred to as the holy ghost, word, spirit, name in the west; Indian mystics generally call it shabad or naam. Some call it akaash baani, hari-kirtan, nirmal naad, some call it kalmaa, ism-e-azam or baang-e-asmani, some call it sarosh, but we are not concerned with words at all.
When we are attached to that divine melody within, it starts pulling us away from sensual pleasures, from worldly love, from worldly pleasures. That is why it is known as amrit – because from it we get immortal life. Some call it the ‘living water’, some call it aabe-hayaat. Once we taste it, we become free from birth and death. So that is shabad and naam, which the Lord has placed within every one of us here at the eye centre.