The following is written inspired by a conversation with Baba Ji.

The Devil In Disguise

When I was a kid I hid behind a pillow while watching Count Dracula
about to bite the neck of some poor girl. And then trying to creep
upstairs past the open window was terrible. Thoughts of "What if a
vampire bat flies and bites me?" We all like to feel a bit of fear
and that’s why we watch scary movies, and afterwards we can laugh it
off "its not real – just a story."

We can laugh of Count Dracula as a fictional character, but billions
of people actually believe in the existance of the Devil. Listen to
any Christian evangelist on the GOD channel screaming about how the
Devil is running the world. Or even within Sikhs we hear people
say "Kaljug" (The Dark Age) came as a Devil to tempt Guru Nanak
Dev Ji.

Why do religions need the concept of the Devil? A Christian
psycholgist told me that in the old days Christian preaching was done
with the basic premise "DO THIS OR GOT TO HELL!". Meaning people
who didn’t fit in with the general society would be punished. Fear
was the motivating force to make people pray to God and to conform to
the religious belief system. But scientific thinking has exposed
the false belief systems imposed by religious organisations.

For example, Galileo lived around the time of Guru Arjun Dev ji –
1600s. He was a monk as a kid and then became a famous mathemetician
and astrologer. He worked out that the planets revolve around the
sun. However, the Catholic Church interpreted the Bible to mean
that the Earth was the centre of the Universe. The Pope of the time
had Galileo sentenced to lifelong imprisonment. Even upto this day,
the Catholic Church has not admitted they were wrong for what they
did.

"On 31 October 1992, 350 years after Galileo’s death, Pope John Paul
II gave an address on behalf of the Catholic Church in which he
admitted that errors had been made by the theological advisors in the
case of Galileo. He declared the Galileo case closed, but he did not
admit that the Church was wrong to convict Galileo on a charge of
heresy because of his belief that the Earth rotates round the sun."

http://www-groups.dcs.st-
and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Galileo.html

If the Pope of Galileo’s time and the Pope of our time are more
concerned with preserving their Church’s reputation than accepting
the Truth, then who is the Devil that is corrupting the masses?
Some imaginary being with horns and a red tail, or some real figure
dressed in white , smiling and looking good on the outside but fake
on the inside?

Are the relgious leaders the Devil in disguise?

Are the President and Prime Ministers the devil in disguise?

Gurbani teaches that the individual consumed by the 5 thieves –
anger, greed, lust, attachment and pride – is the living, talking,
walking Devil.

It doesn’t matter that on the outside the religious leaders look
good in their robes and preach morality. That they lay down what
they think is God’s law about social topics like abortion, gay
marriage, using contraception etc etc. It doesn’t matter that
Presidents wear business suits and have utmost respect from world
leaders. It doesn’t matter that they justify wars saying "Good
against evil". None of it matters if they are consumed by the 5
thieves. Then all they say and do is corrupt. Beware of these
Devils that walk about in broad daylight to the adoration of the
media and the masses. Its just a show.

Are they not corrupt? In the old days the power lay with the King
and the Church, and the musicians entertained them whilst the masses
lived in fear. Now in the 21st Century, neither the Rulers nor the
Religions managed to save the starving in Africa. Why? Because they
are not interested where people of their nation or their relgion are
not involved. They have not had enough compassion to help the God in
the heart of the dying Africans. So where the Rulers and the
Relgion have failed, the Heart of God singing love songs from the
mouths of musicians have managed to move the world into action (Live8
concerts last weekend).

The time where people lived in fear of their Rulers and of the
Relgions is coming to an end. Now is the time for the heart of God
in every body to come forward and make a difference.

God is the power in our body that can make the world better for
everyone. Don’t be scared of some imaginary Devil or "Kaljug",
look inside and only be scared of yourself turning into the Devil in
disguise. And avoid the Devils in organised religion and politics.
Don’t give them time or money, don’t give them respect. With your
own hands go and feed the poor and needy. There’s a saying "The
mouth of the poor is the Guru’s moneybox." Don’t waste your
money in donations to Building funds and travelling preachers
building Temple complexes in India.

Guru Nanak Ji says that wherever the poor are looked after God’s
mercy rains down. So become God on Earth, not a Devil in Disguise.
And remember "If you are not part of the solution, then you are part
of the problem."

Written under GurPrasad.