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In this realm maya (illusion) seems to be quite successful at occupying minds with infinite kinds of distractions. As Kabir has said: 
 
"Delusion fills the three worlds,
delusion everywhere.
Kabir says (and he’s thought about it),
you live in Delusion Village.
They don’t listen to wise words 
and won’t think for themselves. 
Kabir continues to scream. 
The world goes by like a dream.” 
 
"Blessed are the souls who in today's materialistic world have an inclination towards spirituality." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
 
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the Beloved puts into my mouth."
(Guru Nanak) 
 
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Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat (Surat Shabd Yoga: The Inner Light and Sound of God, Inner Light and Sound Meditation) #radhasoami #initiation #santmat #sant_mat

 
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Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat (Surat Shabd Yoga: The Inner Light and Sound of God, Inner Light and Sound Meditation)
 
 
 
 
 
 
"You can’t read your way to enlightenment." -- Stephan Hoeller
 
 
The focus of the bhakti Sants of India is not on constructing earthly temples, building organizational structures, or temples of the mind. Rather, they guide their students into entering the Temple of the Spirit. The Portal or Doorway to this Temple is within, at the Third Eye Center. See the Charts of the Heavens - Inner Regions - Planes - Levels - Spheres of Creation According to Sant Mat:

Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Charts of the Heavens Section: 
https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/charts-of-heavens-sant-mat-and-gnostic.html 
 
 
Masters say: "An intense longing to meet the Lord during one's lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. 'Seek, and ye shall find', is the principle'".
 
 
"Do not cease seeking day or night until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you, make you into pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of the Light." -- Yeshua, Book of Faith Wisdom (Pistis Sophia)
 
 
"What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands can not touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind -- that I will give to you!" -- Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas
 
 
Being properly initiated into the secrets of meditation -- the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens -- by a living Master is the beginning of the Inward Journey. Then, go and do the meditation.
 
 
For a thorough introduction to the teachings about Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, see: An Introduction to Sant Mat -- The Path of the Masters -- India's Sants and Poet-Mystics (Lovers of the Beloved), and Surat Shabd Yoga Meditation Practice: Bhakti of the Inner Light and Sound of God: http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/santmat
 
 
The Five Precepts of Sant Mat (a Spiritual Way of Life)
 
At the time of Initiation one vows to practice meditation each day. The spiritual path is a life-long commitment.
 
 
+ Moral Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat
 
1. Abstinence from alcohol and drugs (intoxicants);
 
2. Non-Violence (Ahimsa in thought, word, and deed) including vegetarianism* (abstinence from meat, fish, and eggs) -- see footnote* below on vegetarianism and veganism;
 
3. Lead a truthful life;
 
4. Practice non-stealing -- an honest, ethical source of income;
 
5. Loyalty to one's spouse;
 
 
+ Another Version of The Five Precepts
 
1) Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings. [This precept requires strict adherence to a lacto-vegetarian* diet: no meat, fish, poultry or eggs (fertilized or non-fertilized).] (See footnote* below on vegetarianism and veganism);
 
2) Refrain from speaking what is not true.
 
3) Refrain from taking what is not yours.
 
4) Refrain from sexual misconduct.
 
5) Refrain from using intoxicants.
 
 
Initiation into Inner Light and Sound Meditation
 
In the Sant tradition the complete methods of meditation practice are communicated at the time of Initiation (Diksha) by a living Master (Sant Satguru) or by a representative of a Master. A living Teacher, being fully acquainted with the 'landscape' of Inner Space, is able to impart to initiate-candidates valuable guidance on how to safely make the journey of ascension to the Inner Regions during meditation practice within. This kind of spiritual transmission and the details of Surat Shabd Yoga practice are not found in books, old scriptures of the past, and are not for sale, but are given freely to seekers by a living Teacher.
 
"What is the place to be reached? When we close our eyes and see darkness, this is the realm of ignorance. When the Light dawns within you, then you understand that you reside in noble regions. In darkness resides ignorance and in Light resides Knowledge. For example, as we are sitting in light right now we are able to see one another. However, if the electric power goes out ensuing total darkness we will not be able to see others. We will not even be aware of other people, coming and going. In this analogy Light signifies knowledge and darkness signifies ignorance. In the same manner when we see darkness with our eyes closed, we are in the realm of death and re-birth [we are unaware of our true nature]. When we come out of the realm of darkness and enter into the realm of Light, we will at the same time transcend the web of death. It is not possible that we can remain in darkness and be free from the net of birth and death. Having achieved inner Light we can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
 
 
The Goal of Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation: Our Path Back to the Source -- The Inward Journey Back to God, by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj 
 
"Sant Mat (the path and teachings as taught and practiced by Saints [Sant Satgurus]) delineates the path of union of soul with God. The teachings of the saints explain the re-uniting as follows: 
 
"The individual soul has descended from the higher worlds [the Realm of the Divine] to this city of illusion, bodily existence. It has descended from the Soundless State to the essence of Sound, from that Sound to Light, and finally from the realm of Light to the realm of Darkness. The qualities (dharmas, natural tendencies) of the sense organs draw us downward and away from our true nature. 
 
"The nature of the soul (atman) draws us upwards and inwards and establishes us in our own true nature. Returning to our origins involves turning inward: withdrawal of consciousness from the senses and the sense objects in order to go upward from the darkness to the realms of Light and Sound. [We experience this phenomenon of withdrawal as we pass from waking consciousness to deep sleep.] Another way to express this is to go inward from the external sense organs to the depth of the inner self. (Both of these expressions are the metaphors that signify the same movement). The natural tendencies of the soul (atman) are to move from outward to inward. The current of consciousness which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and the senses, must be collected at the tenth gate. 
 
"The tenth gate is the gathering point of consciousness. Therein lies the path for our return. The tenth gate is also known as the sixth chakra, the third eye, bindu, the center located between the two eyebrows. This is the gateway through which we leave the gates of the sense organs and enter in the divine realms and finally become established in the soul. We travel back from the Realm of Darkness to the Realm of Light, from the Light to the Divine Sound, and from the Realm of Sound to the Soundless State. This is called turning back to the Source. 
 
"This is what dharma or religion really intends to teach us. This is the essence of dharma." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, "Harmony Of All Religions"). 
 
 
* Note about Vegetarianism, Veganism, and Sant Mat: Traditionally in India the diet of Sant Mat and the yoga system generally has been, and is, lacto-vegetarian. But, if Buddha, Mahavara, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Tulsi Das, Tulsi Sahib, and so many other great Saints were with us now, I am convinced they not only would be vegetarian, but that they would be advocating the vegan diet as the ideal in keeping with ahimsa values of non-violence and peace for the 21st Century. I believe, based on the current practices of the dairy industry in India and around the world, that classic Saints such as Guru Kabir, Guru Nanak, Tukarama, Ravidas, Tulsi Das, Namdev, Dariya Sahib, etc... if they were here today, would not only be advocating a vegetarian diet but a vegan diet. These days, many are making this transition, including in Sant Mat. This is the direction that the vegetarian movement is headed in. Vegetarianism is going vegan.
 
 
See the article, Vegetarianism, Veganism, and Sant Mat, Plus a Compilation of Veg Quotes of the East & West: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/vegetarianism-veganism-and-sant-mat-by-james-bean-plus-a-compilation-of-veg-quotes-of-the-east-5cf75671e0a8
 
 
The Vegan and Vegetarian Ahimsa Section of the Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Library: Non-Violence in Thought, Word, and Deed, Including in the Area of Diet -- E Books, Blogs, Websites, and Videos on the Wisdom of Following a Non-violent Vegetarian or Vegan Diet -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: 
https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/vegan-and-vegetarian-ahimsa-non_8.html
 
 
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PODCAST: The Spiritual Seekers Guide, Simran Practice in Sant Mat, and Introductory Meditation Instructions #santmat

 



PODCAST: The Spiritual Seekers Guide, Simran Practice in Sant Mat, and Introductory Meditation Instructions -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio
 
 
 
 
PODCAST: The Spiritual Seekers Guide, Simran Practice in Sant Mat, and Introductory Meditation Instructions -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:
 
OR Listen to, and/or DOWNLOAD the Podcast MP3 Here: 
 
 
Below Are NOTES About Today's PODCAST (7-3-18)
 
There is No Spirituality Without Spirit: "So long as you do not experience the withdrawal of spirit within you [during meditation], the spiritual path is a myth for you. To attain this experience, you have to perform the spiritual practices with full zest and fervour every day as prescribed by a living master." (The Spiritual Seekers Guide)
 
This spiritual exercise of repeating God’s Name (Simran) helps to uplift our day, to bring some of the heaven and bliss of meditation into our down-to-earth daily experience, and is a way to remember in a world of forgetfulness, to remain awake in a world of spiritual slumber, to abide in Truth, no longer dominated by the forces of illusion. Be who you really are wherever you go, "a spiritual being having a human experience."
 
"Sit silent," says Tukarama, "compose thy mind and make it pure, and then happiness will know no bounds. God will certainly come and dwell in his heart. This will be the result of thy long effort. Meditate time after time on God's name ...... says Tuka, "that this will surely come to pass, if thou hast one-pointed devotion".
 
"Without doing the practices of Sumiran [Simran, the Remembrance of God by the repetition of His Name or Names] and Dhyan [meditation upon the form of a Sant Satguru], the hold of Karmas past and present on the mind will not be loosened and therefore the mind will always be wavering with thoughts.... The Lord is bountiful. Your entire life must revolve round Him. Subject yourself to this way of life. There is no room for dejection. With firm faith in the Divine Hand you should aspire for Truth. You will realise the Creator within you. God helps those who realise their own limitations and pine for the Ultimate Truth in all humility." 
(The Spiritual Seekers Guide)
 
Till All Souls Are Emancipated: "The human frame becomes blessed when the Supreme Father descends in it. Such a person enjoys the highest bliss...Param Guru Soami Ji Maharaj was pleased to ordain that the Supreme Current would continue to remain in the world in human form so long as the entire creation is not redeemed."  (The Spiritual Seekers Guide)
 
"The Way of Sages -- Santmat -- encompasses a set of ageless moral values, a belief in a Higher Power, and most importantly a methodology for realization of the Highest and the state of absolute Peace within one’s own self. Incorporated in that methodology is an interior road map, as it were, of the various stages, spiritual landmarks, and relevant advice from a qualified adept for achieving the goal.
 
"Santmat is not confined to the beliefs, rituals, and dogmas of any specific religions. Being universal in nature it embraces the Truths found in most of the world’s sacred texts and religious traditions. Santmat emphasizes the universal thread running through all the various traditions.
 
"The attainment of ultimate spiritual Peace and supreme Joy within oneself is the ultimate goal of Santmat as described by Maharishi Mehi and other great sages. Although this path is not content with meager goals, it is extremely easy to understand and practice. Progress is certain, although, for most, eager and persistent effort is required."  (TheWayOfSages.com)
 
Introductory Meditation Instructions From Huzur Baba Sawan Singh
 
"As to any exercises which might help you, until the time of your initiation, I can only suggest at this time that you may sit in meditation, in a quiet place, like your own bedroom or some room as secluded as possible, and with spine and body erect, in a comfortable position, fix all the attention at the center just back of the two eyes, and slowly repeat the word RADHASWAMI, fixing the mind on the Supreme Being who is your Supreme Father."  (Hazur Baba Sawan Singh)
 
Online e-Book: The Spiritual Seekers Guide is a collection of discourses on the spiritual journey and Radhasoami Faith by Huzur Dayal Sahab. They are originally from an english Magazine Dayalpuri Radhasoami Satsang:https://archive.org/details/ASpiritualSeekersGuide
 
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James (at) SpiritualAwakeningRadio (dot) com
 
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The Seven Elements of Meditation Practice in Sant Mat -- Light and Sound on the Path

 



The Seven Elements of Meditation Practice in Sant Mat -- Light and Sound on the Path -- e-Newsletter Digest/Blog/Booklet of Recently Shared Writings Mostly Pertaining to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Love, Light and Sound, The Sant Tradition of India, and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts
 
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The Path of the Masters -- Light and Sound on the Path -- e-Newsletter

 



The Path of the Masters -- Light and Sound on the Path -- e-Newsletter Digest/Blog/Booklet of Recently Shared Writings Mostly Pertaining to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Love, Light and Sound, The Sant Tradition of India, and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

The light humans seek outside lies within the soul.

 

 

 

"I am not this hair,

I am not this skin,

I am the soul that lives within."

-- India.Arie

 

 

 

"On this ever-revolving wheel of life

The individual self goes round and round

Through life after life, believing itself

To be a separate creature, until

It sees its identity with the Lord

Of Love and attains immortality

In the indivisible Whole."

 

-- The Shvetashvatara Upanishad

 

 

 

Like Galileo discovering new worlds through the lens of his telescope, mystics have been trying to tell humanity for eons of something quite similar. The reason why the contemplative state of being is still hidden from most of us is that, unlike Galileo’s telescope, in order to look through this particular lens, the third eye or inner vision, we mustn’t focus on the outward sensory impressions, but go in the opposite direction: into Inner Space. Look through the lens of the third eye to access the world of within. Tune the inner radio dial, listening for the subtle inner sounds coming from beyond the silence. This is how to access the Kingdom of the Heavens, the Inner Space within you. The spiritual path is all about this: transformation. Beyond a certain point, when we’ve gone as far as we can go on our own at trying to figure out the mysteries of reality and the cosmos, inspiration can come from others (we trust). The deluxe version of this mentoring process (for a few of us) comes from living and enlightened spiritual masters. (James Bean, Spiritual Awakening Radio)

 

 

 

"While we sojourn in this dark region of matter, we have to deal with the negative power. With him we must contend in our struggles for spiritual freedom. It is his duty to try to hold us here, while it is our duty to try to escape. The resulting struggle purges us and makes us strong, and fits us for our homeward journey. This everlasting fight, this struggle in a welter of pain and blood and heart cries, is designed by the Supreme Father to purge us and make us clean, ready for our homeward ascent. Let us never become discouraged. All of this is designed by the Father for our benefit. It is much as if one enters a gymnasium to take exercise. If we meet these difficulties in the right spirit, we shall greatly profit by them. The idea of pain and struggle is to purge us and inspire in us a longing to rise above the regions of pain and shadow." (Julian P. Johnson, Path of the Masters)

 

 

 

"The highest form of religious practice is the creation of spiritual love within the heart. When the living flames of love have been removed from religious movements and sects, these become empty shells and miserable shams. Lasting love can only be attained at the lotus feet of a mystic adept, a living Godman. The teachings of such a saint will not ensnare the aspirant in a web of rites and ceremonies. He teaches only the practical evocation of the power of love that dwells within the soul." (George Arnsby Jones, The Mystic Adept: Love Incarnate)

 

 

 

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"When we close our eyes and do not see any objects, this does not mean that there exists nothing that can be seen. In other words, the shapeless darkness is also an object. Unfortunately, we cannot even see pure darkness because we are constantly thinking about the images of the world, and instead of seeing darkness we see the imaginary sights projected on the screen of inner mind. Without practicing the meditation of focusing in the darkness, it is not possible to see the subtle Light that lies deep within. The experience of Divine Light in the meditation brings joy, and the progress then becomes rapid. Consequently, one’s faith and conviction becomes stronger." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)

 

 

 

"The serenity arises, the Soundless Music plays only when you are empty, thoughtless and totally devoid of desires. The serenity is the Buddha and the Buddha is the serenity. In the vast emptiness of the Buddha, God appears, flows through your being, playing the Sound of Silence." (Experiencing the Sound of Silence, recent article at Speaking Tree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation Instructions to Initiates by Master Kirpal Singh

 

Kirpal Singh: "The Light within should be penetrated while fixing your gaze intently in its center when it will grow stronger and burst to give you further way up." (Spiritual Elixir)

 

Kirpal Singh: "As you look within, you will see a sky, or blue sky: If you look minutely into it, you will find it studded with stars, or you may see pinpoints of Light. If so, try to locate the big star out of them, and fix your whole attention on that. Then you may see the inner sun or moon. If so, focus all your attention into the middle; it will break into pieces, and you will cross it. Beyond you will see the radiant form of the Master or his Master." (Spiritual Elixir)

 

Kirpal Singh: "The inner Light does not come or go. It is always there within. It appears only when we are attuned and concentrated and disappears as soon as there is the slightest dispersion. The Light will not vanish if you just keep your inner gaze constantly fixed." (Spiritual Elixir)

 

Kirpal Singh: "Once you discover this Light and learn to live by it, your whole existence will be changed. Love will permeate your very being and it will burst forth from the very pores of your body, transmuting all dross into sterling gold." (Spiritual Elixir)

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mission is to share the wisdom of the masters, mystics or lovers of the Beloved Supreme Being, the Ocean of Love, worldwide via the web, radio, and podcasts.

 

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A SATSANG WITHOUT WALLS

 

This is the April 21st, 2018 (4-21-18) Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose -- words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.

 

This Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Newsletter is dedicated to the Path of the Masters (Sant Satgurus of the Past, the Living Present, and Future), and to the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Soul Who is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness, and explores the poetry, prose, spiritual discourses, books, scriptures, letters, prayers, ahimsa ethics, audio, videos, philosophy, cosmology, gnosticism, meditation, mysticism, and history of the Masters from a traditional Indian perspective that's non-sectarian, and might also include quotes from various world religions in harmony with the Way of the Saints, the Path of the Masters and Mystics.

 

NOTE: This newsletter is for educational purposes only. Fair Use of Quotations: "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research..."

 

NOTE: This newsletter is supportive of, The Murar Declaration -- the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic event held in Agra attended by the leadership and representatives of several branches of Sant Mat & Radhasoami lineages.

 

NOTE: The Usage of the Term "Sant Mat": "Sant Mat" means: "The Teachings ('Mat') of the Saints or Sages" or "Path of the Masters". In India it's common knowledge that the term "Sant Mat" was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. "Sant Mat" was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Sant tradition, with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India.

 

"What's the use of receiving this human form if we do not serve others in thought, word, and deed. If we hold our thoughts only on worldly material things and refuse to think of that which is higher and more subtle, then our faith in the Transcendental will inevitably diminish." ("Quintessence of Yoga: Secret of All Success", a Sant Mat publication)

 

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Upcoming May 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Show Titles

 

The Sant Mat Family Tree or Lineage of Masters;

 

Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose and Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj;

 

A Culture of Love, The Heart of Mysticism;

 

Rumi Poetry and the Sufi Gnostics: Visions of Allah;

 

Kabir and the Anurag Sagar, India's Gnostic Gospel;

 

 

April 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Show Titles

 

A Spiritual Talk (Satsang Discourse) by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj;

 

Mark Juergensmeyer on: Radhasoami Reality, the Spircon Gathering in Agra, and Sant Mat History;

 

Viewing Jesus (Yeshua) as a Spiritual Master: A Sant Mat Perspective on Christian Mysticism;

 

A Kirpal Singh Satsang: We Must Be Sincere;

 

 

March 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Show Titles

 

Finding a Spiritual Path and Guidance, a Community of Kindred Souls -- An Introduction to Satsang;

 

Meditation For Beginners: An Introduction to Sant Mat Meditation;

 

Finding a Competent Qualified Spiritual Teacher;

 

Sant Mat and Hinduism: Introducing the Sant Tulsi Sahib, Bihar, Maharshi Mehi Satsang of India and Nepal;

 

 

February 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Show Titles

 

Vegetarianism Is Going Vegan; Sant Mat and Veganism; Also: The Oldest Veg and Vegan Quotes on Earth

 

An Introduction to Sant Mat, The Path of the Masters, The Way of the Saints & Mystics;

 

An Introduction to Radhasoami (Radha Swami), The Path of the Masters;

 

Introduction to Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabda Yoga) -- The Yoga of SOUND;

 

The Yoga of LIGHT: An Introduction to The Third Eye Center and Inner Light Meditation;

 

 

January 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Show Titles

 

The Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi -- An Inclusive Rather Than Exclusive Spirituality;

 

Gnostic Spiritual Practice, AND... Exploring the Ignored, Forgotten Gnostic Gospels;

 

The Philosophy of Liberation, by Maharshi Mehi;

 

The Mystic Poetry (Padavali) of Maharshi Mehi;

 

The Definition Of Sant Mat by Maharshi Mehi;

 

The Radhasoami Faith is a Gospel of Love, Prem Updesh Radhaswami, by Huzur Maharaj;

 

 

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“Human beings are not on earth to be citizens, or taxpayers, or socially engineered pawns of other human beings; rather they are here in order to grow, to transform, to become their authentic selves.” (Stephan A. Hoeller, Freedom: Alchemy for a Voluntary Society)

 

 

 

You have seen the external Gurus; now also behold the internal True Guru.

You have seen the external Thakurs; now also see the internal True Thakur.

You have seen the external temples; now also see the internal True Temple.

You have read the external Shastras (holy books); now also read the internal True Shastra.

You have listened to the external Shabds; now also listen to the internal True Shabd (Divine Melody).

You have read the external Bani; now also read the internal True Bani.

You have recited the external Names; now also meditate on the internal True Nam (Word) which is constantly resounding by itself.

You have listened to the external Kirtan (Hymns); now also listen to the internal True Kirtan.

You have gained the external bookish knowledge; now also acquire the internal True Knowledge.

You have tasted the external Amrit (Nectar); now also drink the internal True Nectar of Immortality.

You have bathed at the external places of pilgrimage; now also bathe at the internal True place of Pilgrimage.

You have practised the external sectarian worship; now also practise the internal True Worship.

 

-- Pujya Param Sant Gurbax Singh Ji

 

 

 

"Whatever actions bring you closer to God, they are good actions. Whatever actions take you away from God, they are bad actions." (Kirpal Singh)

 

 

 

"All Masters came to unite men, not to separate man from man. They were the lovers of God, and they taught men how to love all humanity. You will see, this is one side of the thing that we have before us. We are to love all humanity because God resides in every heart." (Kirpal Singh)

 

 

 

"The night is a jungle -- do your work (worldly duties) in the daytime and then benefit from the night. The true purpose of having the human form is to make daily progress toward the great Goal, so sit down each day and see where you are. As the renunciate leaves everything and goes to the woods, you can sit down nightly in your home, forgetting the world and freeing yourself from all entanglements." (Kirpal Singh, The Night is a Jungle)

 

 

 

 

 

Till All Souls Are Emancipated

 

"The human frame becomes blessed when the Supreme Father descends in it. Such a person enjoys the highest bliss. He does not hate anybody. His desire to help others will be genuine. Universal love for man will pervade his entire being. Man should first get rid of the shackles of 'Kal and Maya'. Then he can wish the same for others. Mother Nature wants to evolve everybody and will look to the spiritual evolution of all in due course. Param Guru Soami Ji Maharaj asked His Star Disciple (Huzur Maharaj) to put up a list of all those for whom He desired emancipation. Huzur Maharaj submitted that the entire Humanity be redeemed from the clutches of 'Kal and Maya'. Param Guru Soami Ji Maharaj was pleased to ordain that the Supreme Current would continue to remain in the world in human form so long as the entire creation is not redeemed."

 

-- Spiritual Seekers Guide, a Collection of Discourses on the Spiritual Journey: https://archive.org/details/ASpiritualSeekersGuide

 

 

 

New Horizons of Spirituality

 

"The spiritual practice adopted in Sant Mat is very subtle. It requires much wisdom and concentration. Very few people enter this path and very few people adopt its practice. People join this Faith for some show or for some gain and are deprived of its enormous benefits. Ordinary persons cannot reap the full benefit of Sant Mat as so few have a real desire for the search for Truth. This creation has been under the sway of Kal for many ages. Good 'Sanskari Jivas' [souls] are very few. Even though Santmat is there and the Satguru has manifested, there are some impediments. To practice Sant Mat requires right attitude and approach. The person who does not see the destructive nature of this universe will not become detached from it. Even though he adopts spiritual life he will be wavering and wandering. The gates of '*Santmat' are always open so that souls may acquire noble sanskaras through satsang, service and sacrifice."  (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

 

 

 

"To find a Satguru is itself a very rare and precious experience. Are you able to realise this? You should bring in a change in your outlook and practice. You should experience the Truth of spirituality in your life. You have to do the internal practice sincerely. If any one is lagging behind in this preparation and practice he will come under elimination process. You should be alert always. Be true to yourself. Give proper place to 'Satkarni' [true, spiritual endeavors] in your life. Do not turn away from it. If there is lull in the practice, service, sacrifice and prasad all become useless. Regular spiritual practice is fundamental. All other things are only aids and helpers." (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

 

 

 

"So long as you do not experience the withdrawal of spirit within you, religion is a myth for you. To attain this experience, you have to perform the spiritual practices with full zest and fervour every day as prescribed by a Living Master." (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

 

 

 

"Without doing the practices of Sumiran [Simran, the Remembrance of God by the repetition of His Name or Names] and Dhyan [meditation upon the form of a Sant Satguru], the hold of Karmas past and present on the mind will not be loosened and therefore the mind will always be wavering with thoughts. The more one does the meditation practices, the more is the realization of the ephemerality of this life. In other words, the sense of Vairaga [detachment] gets consolidated. Only with the foundation of Vairaga will the seedlings of true Bhakti [love and devotion] germinate." (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

 

 

 

Waste of Life

 

Understand, O people,

understand when I proclaim loudly:

no one will remain here forever --

all will have to depart in the end.

Caught up in attachment for your family,

you ignored the worship of the Lord

and thus wasted your opportunity.

You spent the day working and the night in sleep --

this is how you have passed your years.

Every minute of the day you have wasted in vain.

Not even for a moment

did you repeat the Lord's Name.

How then will you find bliss?

As a child you remained lost in play.

In youth you were intoxicated with yourself.

In old age you were beset with worry,

and sorrows robbed you of all joy.

Why are you lost?

Be vigilant, O foolish one!

Kaal (Satan) is standing over you with his arrow aimed at you.

He will draw his bow, shoot poisonous arrows

and tie you up before you know it.

Give up your attachment to this false world

and repeat the true Name.

Says Charandas: Sukdev (Master) cautions you to

reflect on your own welfare!

 

-- Saint Charandas (1703-1782)

 

 

 

"To be aware of one’s own faults and sincerely pray for their correction is a sign of Grace of the Supreme Being and this is the only method by which heart is purified. Give more and more place to it in your life. Do *Sumiran and **Dhyan as much as possible. The more you do the *Repetition of the Name (Simran) and 

**Contemplation of the Form (Dhyan), the more will be your progress. Spirituality needs sincerity. Without it, truth will not be revealed and success is not achieved." (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

 

 

 

 

 

A Great Hidden Treasure of Spirituality is Within Every Human Being

 

"A great treasure is hidden in every human being. If a person does not have the key to open it, he will remain poor only. His future is full of sorrow and misery. That is why it is very necessary for man to know the technique of opening that treasure and utilize it properly after getting the key. When a child grows up his father and mother send him into the world to learn and enhance his knowledge. After that he does not ask them for every trivial matter. Circumstances teach him every lesson and he progresses gradually. After a certain age, man needs spiritual awakening. He has to learn from the treasure of knowledge. If he does not, his material knowledge remains imperfect. To enrich several aspects of life he has to open the treasure of knowledge. This will be opened with the repetition of Radhasoami Name* in the prescribed way. The treasure contains wisdom which brings in happiness, peace, fearlessness, and bliss which are very helpful. Everyone is lacking in happiness, peace, fearlessness and bliss. Food and shelter are also essential but in the absence of the above, life is incomplete. Radhasoami Name* [simran] is the key to that treasure. You have to utilize it fully to get full benefit. Give proper place to spirituality in your life. It is the greatest decoration. Try to achieve happiness, peace and knowledge of Supreme Being in this precious life. If spirituality is practiced, even dull intellect becomes active. Every person should strive to uphold the practical aspect of Radhasoami religion. If you are not doing spiritual sadhana [meditation practice] with peace and tranquility do not give up. Try to do more and more. Install the Form of the Supreme Being in your heart. Otherwise you will be far away from that treasure. Life will be full of sorrows and miseries. Being a Satsangi is not sufficient to be relieved from the clutches of Kal. You must engage in spiritual pursuit all the 24 hours, otherwise there is danger of your downfall. Many people are under the sway of Kal [the negative power] due to their negligence. After the departure of Saints, they became selfish and forgot spirituality. Those who sacrifice their selfish interests at the altar of spirituality are the real seekers of Truth. Give prime place to spirituality in your life. Everybody should be aware and strive for higher life."

 

-- Spiritual Seekers Guide

 

* Simran – The Power of Repeating God’s Name

 

Repeating a Name (or Names) of God with love and devotion, called in the east "Simran", "Manas Jap", or "Zikhr," is one of the key spiritual exercises used to cultivate love for God and to invoke the Positive Power in our daily lives, making it possible to live a life of love. Simran is a mental repetition of a Name of God done during meditation, and this spiritual practice is also done during available moments throughout the day and night as a way to remember God all the time. Says Sant Tukarama:

 

"Such is God’s Name

that it heals the disease of the world.

Whosoever repeats the Lord’s Name

while engaged in earthly duties,

remains ever in a blissful state of divine communion.

One absorbed in the Lord’s Name, O Tuka,

has truly attained liberation while living."

 

This spiritual exercise of repeating God’s Name helps to uplift our day, to bring some of the heaven and bliss of meditation into our down-to-earth daily experience, and is a way to remember in a world of forgetfulness, to remain awake in a world of spiritual slumber, to abide in Truth, no longer dominated by the forces of illusion. Be who you really are wherever you go.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the newly renovated Moradabad ashram, the Baba Devi Sahab Sant Mat Ashram. The whole project is a good metaphor for Swami Vyasanand's mission, to renew Sant Mat for another generation.

 

 

 

After a lot of wandering search, I found my Guru at Moradabad.

He spread the light, infinitely resplendent light of wisdom from the ward of Atai.

The grief-stricken people mired in dark dungeons of ignorance,

began to smile with hope, finding a heartening saviour in him.

Baba Devi Sahab, the Complete Master of inner secrets, is a renowned name all over the world. |

Upon those who show even slight love to him, Baba showers infinite compassion,

Mehi, the humble servant, gratefully sings his glory.

 

-- Verse No. 101 of Maharshi Mehi from the Maharshi Mehi Padavali

 

 

 

"...The greatest and most unique contribution of Maharshi Mehi was that he brought together, bridged the gulf that had come to separate not only the Holy Scriptures [of Hinduism] and the Santmat but also the different traditions or sects of Sants from each other."  (Pravesh K. Singh, Article: Maharshi Mehi -- The Bridge Between Hindu Scriptures and Sant Mat)

 

 

 

"Baba Devi Sahab became a great Sant after Sant Tulsi Sahab. Sant Tulsi Sahab had predicted the incarnation of Baba Devi Sahab as a born yogi. Munshi Maheshwari Lal had utmost devotion for Sant Tulsi Sahab. So, due to that love Tulsi Sahab used to visit his home. Maheshwari Lal had no son and so he used to remain sad. Being pleased by his selfless service and love, Sant Tulsi Sahab once blessed Munshi Maheshwari Lal, saying that soon he would have a great sant-soul as his son who would change millions of lives by his spiritual power. Sants' sayings never are false. Thus Munshi Maheshwari became father of a boy that very year, March 1841... Baba Devi Sahab started the propagation of Sant Mat widely from the year of 1887, visited many places in India and neighboring countries and spread the knowledge of Sant Mat. He delivered many discourses on different subjects such as Salvation, Devotion, the Universe, God, and Meditation." (SadGuruMehi website)

 

Baba Devi Sahab used to travel widely to awaken the masses by propagating the precepts of Sant Mat. In this process, he had also traveled and delivered his discourses in a number of cities located in what is now Pakistan, such as Multan, Quetta, Karachi, etc...

 

Baba Devi Sahab was in possession of a hand-written manuscript of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras printed at Hathras itself in the year of 1896, and had it published, sharing the teachings of the great Saint of Hathras with spiritual seekers everywhere: "The book Ghat Ramayan is said to be the work of Tulsi Saheb of Hathras. The first edition of this book was published by one Munshi Devi Prasad Saheb alias Devi Sahib. Subsequently, an edition was brought out in the year 1911 from Belvedere Press….." ("The Esoteric Meaning of the Ramayan", by S.D. Maheshwari, Agra)

 

"This spiritual path and its destination is divine love... The remover of difficulties is the one spiritual teacher who has given you the secret knowledge (spiritual guidance and experience)." -- Baba Devi Sahab

 

"We should understand that bhakti [love] is the life or soul of the entire universe." (Baba Devi Sahab)

 

"The pathway to the liberation of the 'jiva' (individual soul) already exists within each one of us." (Baba Devi Sahab)

 

-- Essential Teachings of Baba Devi Sahab of Moradabad

 

 

 

NOTE: Baba Devi Sahab and Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram of the Radhasoami Faith were close friends. Baba Devi even spent some time in Agra as Huzur's honored guest. They both had much reverence for Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras.

 

 

 

"Merciful Radhasoami was also pleased to declare that whenever anybody is initiated into the Surat Shabd Marga, his contact is immediately established with Sat Purusha Radhasoami. Hence, Sat Purusha Merciful Radhasoami would continue to shower his grace on everyone who would sincerely perform the practices to some extent with feelings of love and would not indulge in the evil tendencies of his mind as far as possible, i.e. He would gradually make the mind and the spirit of such a devotee ascend higher and higher internally and would protect him from the obstacles put by Maya and Kal." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Radhasoami Mat Updesh)

 

 

 

The True Seeker and True Lover of God (Sat Purush Radhasoami): "One can successfully perform the activities pertaining to true paramartha* [spirituality] only when true yearning and love for meeting the Supreme Lord has been in gendered in the heart." -- Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Radhasoami Mat Updesh

 

* Note: Paramartha: The word 'paramartha' is a compound of two words 'param', i.e. highest, and 'artha', i.e. object or purpose of life. Spiritual development and the realization of one's 'Self' or 'Atman' and of the Supreme Being are considered to be the highest objects of man's life. Religion helps in the achievement of these goals or this 'paramartha' and as such, religion or spiritual activity has generally been identified with 'paramartha'.

 

 

 

“The practices which have been taught for purifying the spirit and making it ascend upwards should be performed regularly and with feelings of love.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Prem Updesh Radhasoami)

 

 

 

"The Supreme Being is a boundless ocean of spirit, or love, and the human being a drop or current of spirit or love from this ocean; and love being the very essence and means of existence of the whole creation, it follows that no effort in any direction, temporal or spiritual, unless actuated by love or affectionate regard, can be crowned with success, and the work or labor rendered easy, sweet and harmonious." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram)

 

 

 

Transcending Illusion, Making This Life Peaceful and Fruitful

 

"The Satguru's Shabd or NAAM [inner Sound meditation] should be practiced properly and punctually. Then the reverberations, which are heard distinctly within, protect the devotees from all the miseries of Maya [illusion]. Thus neither Kal [lord of time and death] or Maya can overpower him, nor the mind can subdue him. It should always be borne in mind that the Satguru's Shabd is the Supreme protector. Apart from this, there is no other power in this world, which can free man from the forces of Maya. Therefore, without wasting such precious time, one should always concentrate upon the Shabd [the Sound Current in meditation practice], the divine utterances and instructions of the Satguru, and derive full benefit from this golden opportunity to make this life peaceful and fruitful." (Shri Swami Vairag Anand Ji Maharaj, Saar Updesh)

 

 

 

In one hymn Mirabai said: "Maine leno amolak mol", meaning: "I have bought the invaluable God." When she was asked, with what did you buy him? Mira says: "Wah aawat prem ke mol mai ri". That means: "He can be bought only with love." Love can be defined as that which diminishes the gap between the lover and the Beloved. When no obstruction remains between the devotee and God, only then true union takes place. (Swami Vyasanand)

 

 

 

 

 

"Just as the water of the river find peace in union with the ocean, in the same manner when the soul unites with God, duality disappears, and the soul becomes tranquil. The river is no longer a river -- it becomes the ocean. When the soul (atman) is united with the One or God it is no longer an individual soul (Jivatma), but it is the Supreme Soul (Paramatma). This is the highest state of achievement and bliss: the state of complete unity of the Soul and God."  (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Book of Sarvadharma Samanvy/Harmony Of All Religions)

 

 

 

"In this world, very few tread the path taught by the Satguru. Such persons lose egotism. They do not make any distinction between the rich and poor. They always discard ill-thoughts from their mind. No difference is made by them amongst people of different colour, race, caste, creed, etc… They wander in this world like a lotus which does not get wet by the water though it grows in water. (Dariya exhorts to clean the dirt of the mirror-mind to get the image of the Lord)." (Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar)

 

 

 

"When we receive initiation from a Saint, practice Naam simran to retrace our consciousness from toes to a spot behind the eyes [Third Eye Center], only then something is accomplished." (Baba Kehar Singh)

 

 

 

"Once you have met a True Human Being,

Let him not disappear from the horizon of your Heart."  -- Rumi

 

 

 

Pale Blue Dot

 

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there -- on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

 

"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

 

"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

 

"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

 

"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

 

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: Sant Mat and Hinduism: Introducing the Sant Tulsi Sahib -- Maharshi Mehi Satsang of Bihar in Northern India and Nepal

 
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Image: Shri Bhagirath Baba at the Maharshi Mehi Ashram, Kuppaghat, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India

NOTES About Today’s PODCAST (3-28-18)

 

Maharshi Mehi — The Bridge Between Hindu Scriptures and Sant Mat

 

 

"Sant Tulsi Sahab of Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, India undoubtedly occupies the most pre-eminent position in the lineage of Sant mat and can be said to be the First Saint in the glorious tradition of Modern Age Sant mat. Mr. James Bean, who has made an intensive study of Sant Mat and runs several groups on Santmat very rightly depicts Sant Tulsi Sahab as the “Adi Guru of many if not most all contemporary Santmat guru-lineages, the grandfather or founding-father of modern-day Santmat” and as a “connecting link between the classic Sants of India including earlier Masters in the Kabir lineage, and contemporary Santmat”, and advocates that “any serious study of Santmat teachings must include the hymns and spiritual discourses of Sant Tulsi Sahib”.

 

"While Sant Tulsi Sahab laid the foundation of the Santmat tradition of modern times, it was exquisitely served and enriched in a unique way by Maharsi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj. Maharshi Mehi was a direct disciple of Baba Devi Sahab of Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India who had special blessings of Sant Tulsi Sahab...

 

"...The greatest and most unique contribution of Maharshi Mehi was that he brought together, bridged the gulf that had come to separate not only the Holy Scriptures [of Hinduism] and the Santmat but also the different traditions or sects of Sants from each other."

 

-- Pravesh K. Singh, Article: Maharshi Mehi — The Bridge Between Hindu Scriptures and Sant Mat (Santmat):

 

 

 

 

Monastic Santmat Tradition: Bridging the Boundaries Between Sanatana Dharma and Sant Traditions

 

"...Notice that by expanding its conventional definitional identity, Santmat communicates experimental dharma in this tradition. It recognizes sants, religious leaders, and prophets, such as Kabir, Shri Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi, Lord Mahavira, the Buddha, Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Jesus Christ, Sufi mystics, and Guru Nanak, as seekers of Truth having practiced the inner path of Divine and Light and Divine Sound in order to attain spiritual liberation or unity with the Supreme. Simultaneously, the tradition affirms both lay and monastic practitioners’ inherent ability—irrespective of caste, ethnicity, and gender—to experience the inner truths through the initiation into the meditation of Divine Light and Divine Sound. It is intriguing to witness how female followers of the tradition, who might live in the gendered world of social constraints, equally participate in the inner world of spiritual experiences. Thus, the circle of experimentation continues through teachings and experiences.

 

"At the same time, Santmat affirms the often-overlooked connection between Sanātana Dharma and Santmat. Various teachers of the tradition systematically analyze Hindu texts (Rāmāyana, Mahābharata, and Purānas) to show the four principles of Santmat integral to the Vedic Dharma or Sanātana Dharma. Maharishi Mehi extrapolates the mystical essence of Hindu texts while simultaneously rejecting the dogma and rigid customs of Hinduism. In an interview James Bean, who has been involved with the study of various Sant traditions, surmises:

 

'Maharshi Mehi Paramhans and other Sants of India have been in the cultural context of Hinduism what Sufis, Gnostics, and Christian Mystics have often done in relation to their respective traditions: focusing on the esoteric passages contained in their scriptures. They find mystic jewels or gold embedded in the “mud” of tradition, including references to the all-loving God beyond space, form and ritual. While not paying much homage to institutions or outer temples made of wood and stone, they make the heart of their message a contemplative meditation practice that promotes the exploration of inner space in the “temple” of the human body'...

 

"What is unique about Maharshi Mehi is that he methodically demonstrated the roots of the Sant teachings in the ancient scriptures of Sanātana Dharma in his compendium, Satsang Yoga. By providing texts from the Vedas to modern sant traditions, he challenged those views that situate Sant traditions outside of Sanātana Dharma. In his article, Singh (2013) writes about Maharshi’s efforts to prove the unity between Santmat and Sanātana Dharma. Maharshi Mehi’s compositions, including Ved Darshan Yoga (the Philosophy of Vedas), Shri Gita Yoga Prakash (the Light of Gita Yoga), and Ramcharit Manas Sar Sateek (The Essence of Ramcharit Manas), aim to render the essence of these texts consistent with the principles of Santmat (guru, dhyān, satsang, and sadācar) in an accessible language. Likewise, his writings emphasize the nirguṇa -- attribute-less, formlessness of the Divine -- but did not reject saguna bhakti (meditation on guru) as a means to reach the nirguna. Maharshi Mehi also composed a compendium of verses Padavali, which are reminiscent of medieval sant poetry. Men and women sing these verses in their daily practice." 

 

-- fair use quote above excerpted with permission from, Professor Vina Rani Howard, The Modern Monastic Santmat Movement of Bihar: Building Bridges between Sanātana Dharma and Sant-Mat, published in the International Journal of Dharma Studies (2017)

 

 

 

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Rivers Become the Ocean

 


Rivers Become the Ocean

 

 

"Just as the water of the river find peace in union with the ocean, in the same manner when the soul unites with God, duality disappears, and the soul becomes tranquil. The river is no longer a river -- it becomes the ocean. When the soul (atman) is united with the One or God it is no longer an individual soul (Jivatma), but it is the Supreme Soul (Paramatma). This is the highest state of achievement and bliss: the state of complete unity of the Soul and God." 

 

-- Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Book of Sarvadharma Samanvy (Harmony Of All Religions), Chapter One: http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/Harmony6-ChapterOne.pdf

 

Publications Related to Maharshi Mehi, Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, and Successors: https://medium.com/sant-mat-radhasoami-books/recent-publications-related-to-maharshi-mehi-and-sant-tulsi-sahib-of-hathras-96bcadbb2ec0

 

Rare Satsang Talk by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj in English Given at the Maharshi Mehi Ashram:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/santmatfellowship/2009/01/12/sant-mat-satsang-part-two-a-satsang-talk-

 

Long-separated Rivers and Streams Will Reunite One Day, Hymn of Guru Nanak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXLNuVLuVBg&index=226&list=PL9B1AF14F9E5BD556&ab_channel=RajKaregaKhalsanet

 


Remembering Master Kirpal Singh (1894–1974) on His Birthday Today

 

 

Remembering Master Kirpal Singh (1894–1974) on His Birthday Today

 

Kirpal

 

Kirpal Singh would often quote this particular saying of Jesus: "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (John 14:15) Rather than the ritual of dates on the calendar, what's most important is to honor his legacy by studying his teachings. Here are links to various books and other documents of Sant Kirpal Singh available freely online:

Kirpal Singh Books @ the Sant Mat e-Library:
https://medium.com/sant-mat-radhasoami-books/kirpal-singh-books-c2c6a6061daa

Kirpal Singh Booklets:
http://kirpalsingh.org/Booklets.html

Ruhani Satsang USA Books:
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Kirpal Singh Books and Videos @ http://ajaib.com

Kirpal Singh Library @ MediaSeva: 
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The Modern-day Example of Master Kirpal Singh

The spiritual Master from India, Sant Kirpal Singh, advised his students to follow a satsang template that included a long reading list of potential scriptures and sources of inspiration or Master-instruction: “For the subject of a talk, we may take up the hymns from any scripture, preferably from the Masters of the Sound Current. It may be supplemented by apt quotations from the parallel writings of other Master Saints. The Holy Gospels themselves are full of such material as may fit in with such a context. The illustrations from various Masters are essential so as to bring out the essential unity in the teachings of all the Saints.” (Instructions For Holding Satsang, by Sant Kirpal Singh)

“To fill the human heart with compassion, mercy and universal love, which should radiate to all countries, nations and peoples of the world. To make a true religion of the heart as the ruling factor in one’s life. To enable each one to love God, love all, serve all, and have respect for all, as God is immanent in all forms. My goal is that of oneness. I spread the message of oneness in life and living. This is the way to peace on earth. This is the mission of my life, and I pray that it may be fulfilled.” (Kirpal Singh)

Kirpal Singh was a prolific writer, publishing scores of books over the years, quoting from most every world scripture, mystic, poet, philosopher, and great Master that has ever existed spanning the centuries, very much embodying this same curiosity and inclusive universal spirituality we find present in the Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt. May the legacy of both always be remembered and honored for all time to come. -- An Inclusive Rather Than Exclusive Spirituality: Kirpal Singh and the Lesson of Nag Hammadi: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/an-inclusive-rather-than-exclusive-spirituality-kirpal-singh-and-the-lesson-of-nag-hammadi-1ecc3e4ad33f

 

 

 


Staying on the Path: The Three Levels of Satsang -- Light and Sound on the Path

 



Staying on the Path: The Three Levels of Satsang -- Light and Sound on the Path -- e-Newsletter/Digest of Recently Posted Writings/Blog/Booklet of Rare Spiritual Quotes & Satsang Discourses Most Spiritual Seekers Don't Normally Have Access To

 

(My mission is to share the wisdom of the masters, mystics or lovers of the Beloved Supreme Being, the Ocean of Love, worldwide via the web, radio, and podcasts.)

 

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The Inner Master is a Light in the darkness come to take us home.

“I thank Thee O Light for having compassion on me. And Thou hast saved me, O Light, with thy Gnosis [spiritual perception].

-- Pistis Sophia

 

Tibetan Book of The Dead: "You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them."

 

What are the Influences You Let Into Your Life? Still Not Making Any Progress? Still Not Meditating? Still Not Following the Path?

Don't let your mind drown in eclectic new age spiritual quotes on the Internet. So many paths and religions; so little time. It's been my observation that, in the category of spiritual teachings, influences and motivation, serious Sant Mat spiritual seekers or devotees must make the teachings of the Masters their top priority, their PRIMARY FOCUS. Otherwise, we just end up hopelessly distracted and not properly motivated to seek initiation, or follow the guidance of the Masters, or do our meditation. Our minds drown in feel-good syrupy passages about stuff we already know... or ain't so, or don't matter whether true or not, or that may seem harmless yet provides us with no destination, and we end up getting talked out of our original dreams and yearnings to return to the Abode of Love, the home of the soul in the highest of heavens. See the article below on the Three Levels of Satsang (Associating with Eternal Truth) that serve as regular reminders about adopting the Path, following the Path, staying on the Path, doing our meditation practice, and having some "within" time. Garbage in, garbage out? Be the snoose or be the change? Take the proverbial Matrix  red pill or the blue? Who you let influence your thoughts and let into your life... is up to you.

 

Honor Your Present Lifetime, by Baba Sawan Singh Ji, July 21, 1913

"My dear daughter, I will repeatedly ask you to honor your present lifetime and try your best to raise yourself toward your own home. As soon as you reach the first stage of your journey, you will notice the wonderful spiritual scenes there, which will fill your heart with  happiness and gratefulness to the Holy Father. After getting through your daily domestic work, always concentrate your thoughts or attention inward and upward: it will refresh your brain and will remove the fatigue of the whole day and the hidden mysteries will be opened to you. Our Satguru is always ready to help you and is doing the best for you. Any time you meet any resistance in your way, you may write for its explanation."

With best wishes for yourself and the Doctor,

Yours affectionately,

SAWAN SINGH

 

"We should all seek Truth for the sake of Truth.
Truth is valuable indeed.
It is the only thing we should run after.
It is not the property of any country, religion or person; but everyone, irrespective of caste, creed or country, is entitled to it.
It is within everybody.
Just as water is present under all soils, and those who toil and dig for it get their lands irrigated and succeed in raising crops, similar is the case with seekers after Truth.
They will surely get It if they toil for It.
They have only to seek It within themselves." (Sawan Singh)

 

"Why flounder on this side of the eye-focus? Peep into the opening of the third eye and cross over. Learn the technique from a master, dear friend – without his help this door will not open. Practice that technique with love and devotion (Bhakti) – conquer your mind and take your soul across into sahaj [natural state of the soul]. The soul will then advance with the help of Shabd [the Sound Current] to a place where a stream of nectar constantly flows."  (Soamiji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry)

 

Rumi: "You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter. Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin."

 

The Soul or Spirit Should also be Given Nourishment and Pleasure just as is Done in the Case of the Body and Mind: "It appears proper for everyone, whether a man or a woman, that as they work day and night for providing nourishment and enjoyment to their body, mind and senses, they must also work a little for securing sustenance and nourishment to their spirit... If they will do so with sincerity, they would themselves feel its beneficial effects after practising Abhyas [the meditation practice] for a short time, and would then realize within themselves the presence of the Supreme Being and of His grace... The spirit can get the highest form of nourishment, pleasure, strength and freshness, if it is raised upwards by the practices of Surat Shabd Yoga [Inner Light and Sound Meditation] and brought into contact or merged with the Current of nectar which comes from above."

-- Huzur Maharaj (Rai Saligram), Prem Patra Radhasoami

 

The Goal of Meditation: having "direct knowledge and realization of one's own Essential Nature as well as direct knowledge and realization of the Supreme Sovereign [God]." (Maharshi Mehi Paramhans)

 

Attempts at "soul travel", spiritual "science" or mystical experiences divorced from following the ethical precepts and love for God are merely an astral illusion of Inner Light and Sound. Rumi says: "If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it."

 

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"The practices which have been taught for purifying the spirit and making it ascend upwards should be performed regularly and with feelings of love." (Huzur Maharaj/Rai Saligram, Prem Updesh Radhasoami)

 

"A true spiritual devotee (paramarthi) should search for the Master (Guru) who knows the secret and who performs the practices. After recognizing him to some extent, one should apply himself to the performance of the practices of Surat Shabd Yoga [meditation of the inner Light and Sound], should follow the rules of self-restraint taught to him, and thus continue to correctly perform his activities accordingly. He would then be able to verify internally what the Saints have taught and would also continue to experience the grace and mercy of the Supreme Being within himself. In this way, his love for, and faith in, the Holy Feet will go on increasing day by day, and he would one day attain the Holy Feet of the Supreme Being." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, Radhasoami Mat Sandesh)

 

They who reflect, who reflect upon You, they live peacefully in this world

“They who reflect, who reflect upon You,
they live peacefully in this world.
They are freed, they are freed who remember the Divine [God],
their snare of death is cut.
They who remember the Fearless One, the Fearless One,
all their fears are dispelled.
They who serve, who serve my Beloved,
they merge with the Divine Form.
Blessed, blessed [happy] are they who remember the Divine.
Says Nanak, the servant, I offer myself to them.”

-- Adi Granth/Sikh Scriptures, translated in, "The Name of My Beloved, Verses of the Sikh Gurus, Devotional Poetry from the Guru Granth and the Dasam Granth”, by Nikky Singh, The Sacred Literature Trust Series

 

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Glimpse of the Invisible -- Mystic Verses of Sant Tulsi Sahib

Lightning flashed in my eye, O friend,
And brightly did shine the light of the moon.
I got a glimpse of the Invisible within,
And thirst and longing for the Lord were aroused.
My ears received the boon of Unstruck Music,
And Knowledge came like the explosion of light, O Friend.
Dark clouds began to scatter and the sight
Of the Divine Mansion was revealed unto me.
Beyond the sun, the moon and the tunnel,
Tulsi beheld the abode of the Lord Almighty.

(English version above by S. L. Sondhi)

 

Consider the following as the requirements to attain liberation:

1) Trust and belief in God;

2) commitment to seek the Divine within;

3) devotion to a spiritual master;

4) listening to the teaching of the spiritual discourse including study of the teachings of the saints and the scriptures; and,

5) diligent meditation practice.

-- Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj

 

In one hymn Mirabai said: “Maine leno amolak mol”, meaning: "I have bought the invaluable God." When she was asked, with what did you buy him? Mira says: “Wah aawat prem ke mol mai ri”. That means: "He can be bought only with love." Love can be defined as that which diminishes the gap between the lover and the Beloved. When no obstruction remains between the devotee and God, only then true union takes place." (Swami Vyasanand)

 

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A Satsang Without Walls: This is the JANUARY 27th, 2018 Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose -- words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.

 

This Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Newsletter is dedicated to the Path of the Masters (Sant Satgurus of the Past, the Living Present, and Future), and to the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Soul Who is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness, and explores the poetry, prose, spiritual discourses, books, scriptures, letters, prayers, ahimsa ethics, audio, videos, philosophy, cosmology, gnosticism, meditation, mysticism, and history of the Masters from a traditional Indian perspective that's non-sectarian, and might also include quotes from various world religions in harmony with the Way of the Saints, the Path of the Masters and Mystics.

 

NOTE: This newsletter is for educational purposes only. Fair Use of Quotations: "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research..."

 

NOTE: This newsletter is supportive of, The Murar Declaration -- the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic event held in Agra attended by the leadership and representatives of several branches of Sant Mat & Radhasoami lineages.

 

NOTE: The Usage of the Term "Sant Mat": "Sant Mat" means: "The Teachings ('Mat') of the Saints or Sages" or "Path of the Masters". In India it's common knowledge that the term "Sant Mat" was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. "Sant Mat" was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Sant tradition, with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India.

 

"What's the use of receiving this human form if we do not serve others in thought, word, and deed. If we hold our thoughts only on worldly material things and refuse to think of that which is higher and more subtle, then our faith in the Transcendental will inevitably diminish." ("Quintessence of Yoga: Secret of All Success", a Sant Mat publication)

 

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"We usher in a new era, Sat Yuga -- the Age of Truth." (Universal Proclamation)

 

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Mystic Poetry of Sant Maharshi Mehi (Padavali, Hymns Sung in Satsang) -- Spiritual Awakening Radio
(Special thanks to Madhulata Arya for providing us with examples of the Padavali being sung and recited in the original Hindi.)  At the Sant Mat Radhasoami Youtube Channel with this podcast is also provided a link to the Padavali, the English-language translation, which is now online at the Internet Archive and at 
* The Sant Mat Radhasoami Online e-Library (In the Tulsi Sahib/Maharshi Mehi section:  https://medium.com/sant-mat-radhasoami-books

The Philosophy Of Liberation -- The January 2018 Sant Mat Satsang Podcast

The Definition Of Sant Mat by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans

Shri Bhagirath Baba on Meditation Practice -- The Sant Mat Satsang Podcast with James Bean

What's New at Spiritual Awakening Radio and the Sant Mat Satsang Podcast

False Gurus, True Masters, and the Rules For Being Guru -- The Sant Mat Satsang Podcast

Gnostic Spiritual Practice, AND... Exploring the Ignored, Forgotten Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi -- An Inclusive Rather Than Exclusive Spirituality

The Wisdom and Mystic Poetry of Sant Dadu Dayal of Rajasthan -- Spiritual Awakening Radio

Guru Nanak and the Adi Granth: The Sikh Scriptures -- Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean

Lost Psalms of The New Testament Discovered: The Odes of Solomon -- on Spiritual Awakening Radio

God is the Ocean of Love -- The Anurag Sagar of Kabir Explored -- Spiritual Awakening Radio

Letters from the Masters, Part TWO -- a Satsang Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean

Letters from the Masters, Part ONE -- a Satsang Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean

Meditation: Your rediscovery and inner peace, Sant Mat TED Talk by Rohit Kapoor

A Spiritual Lifestyle: Contemplative Life From Egypt To India -- Spiritual Awakening Radio

Near Death Experiences, Other Dimensions, Other Worlds, Inner Light And Sound Meditation

Chand Mat: The Radhaswami Teachings of Baba Faqir Chand -- Spiritual Awakening Radio

Top Ten Recommended Sant Mat Books -- Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean

The Inward Journey of the Soul: Swami Vyasanand's New Sant Mat E-Book

The Life and Wisdom of Baba Jaimal Singh of the Radhasoami Faith

The Way Out Is IN: The Sant Garib Das Branch of the Radhasoami Faith

Vegetarianism, Veganism, and the Path of the Masters -- Podcast of Spiritual Awakening Radio

A History of Vegetarianism and Veganism in the Great World Religions

Vegetarianism is Going Vegan: Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism

 

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Subjects include: The Path of the Masters, Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Spirituality, Love (Bhakti), Compassion, Non-Violence (Ahimsa), Peace (Shanti), Being Vegan/Vegetarian, Gnostic Gospels, Rare Spiritual Classics, Saints and Mystics, World Scriptures, Sacred Texts, Poetry and Prose:

1/30/2018     (Upcoming) Prem Updesh Radhasoami of Huzur Maharaj
1/23/2018     The Mystic Poetry (Padavali) of Maharshi Mehi
1/16/2018     The Philosophy of Liberation, by Maharshi Mehi
1/9/2018       Gnostic Spiritual Practice, and, Ignored Gnostic Gospels People Aren't Aware Of
1/2/2018       The Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi
12/19/2017   Saint Dadu Dayal -- the Compassionate Mystic
12/12/2017   Guru Nanak -- Sikh Scriptures: the Adi Granth
12/5/2017     Odes of Solomon, Lost New Testament Psalms

Upcoming Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Show Titles

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2/6/2018: An Introduction to Sant Mat, The Path of the Masters;
(CHSR Program # 606)

2/13/2018: An Introduction to Radhasoami, The Path of the Masters;
(CHSR Program # 607)

2/20/2018: An Introduction to Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga);
(CHSR Program # 608)

2/27/2018: The Yoga of LIGHT -- Inner Light Meditation;
(CHSR Program # 609)

 

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Spiritual Awakening Radio explores the teachings of the masters (satsang), the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West, God, meditation, near death experiences, the vegan diet, and ahimsa ethics --  education for a more peaceful planet.

Freedom of the Airwaves: It’s unhealthy in a democracy for the media, including radio, to be dominated by one or two religious voices, as if they are the only ones that exist and no other faith community or point-of-view matters. If the religion/spirituality section of a bookstore was like the radio airwaves are in most places, only one or two books would be found there. The shelves would be mostly bare, covered in dust. No longer being content with the empty silence, I began recording my own programs.

“There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.” (Buddha)

Mission Statement: ‘There’s not just one religion --  there are thousands. After years of being concerned that too few voices, too few points of view were getting heard when it comes to spiritual paths and world religions  -- that the radio airwaves were not reflecting the diversity that really exists -- I started producing my own programs, exploring the world of spirituality, comparative religion, meditation, mysticism, vegetarianism, the vegan diet, and books, bringing to the airwaves the gentle voices of Saints, the Wisdom of Masters or Mystics, world scriptures, sacred texts, the great spiritual traditions and classics of the East & the West.’

 

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The Three Levels of Satsang (Associating with Eternal Truth)

According to Saint Tulsi Das there are several modes of Bhakti practice. One major practice is called Satsang  -- the society of realized Saints. Satsang means “association with Eternal Truth” as well as “association with God,” and is to some extent comparable to “church” or “temple,” but not in any institutional sense. A saying of Jesus in the New Testament provides a good definition of this spiritual gathering called a “Satsang”: “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am there in their midst.” When devotees or initiates of a spiritual Master sit together for worship, instruction, and meditation, the Masters teach that there’s a spiritual charge or energy, a stronger manifestation of the loving Presence of God and a kind of ‘communion of Saints,’ past and present.

Satsang is also an experience of spiritual community, an opportunity to be uplifted by the collective energy of our brothers and sisters on the Path, for we’re influenced by the company we keep. Devotees make this a time and place of spiritual Remembrance, and this helps to keep us on the Path.

The format of Satsang can include: a spiritual discourse, guidance about following the teachings of the Masters, a recording of a Master giving a talk, readings from the writings of the Masters, the reciting or singing of banis, bhajans or kirtans (hymns of worship composed by Sants), and silent group meditation. It’s considered the greatest of blessings if it is a genuine spiritual Master (Sant Satguru) who conducts the Satsang in person.

The effect of Satsang is that of divine remembrance, thus, with such a spiritual boost, encouragement and support for the spiritual journey, those who attend Satsang are much more likely to stay-on-the-Path and put effort into daily spiritual practice at home. (from the article, The Yoga of Love, Becoming a Lover of the Beloved)

“Dear Aspirants! Each day strive to do both kinds of satsang: inner and outer. Outer satsang is listening to the teachings of great saints and studying the sacred texts. Inner satsang is the practice of one-pointed meditation.” (Maharishi Mehi Paramahans)

“Without the association of great saints, there is neither discourse of the Divine nor the understanding of the scriptures. Without these two, selfish attachment does not loosen its grip. And without dispelling attachment to the world one cannot attain the realm of the Divine and the true devotion that is essential to realize the Divine.” (Sant Tulsi Das)

“On the gate of liberation are found four gate keepers endowed with wisdom. These four are: discipline, thoughtfulness (reflection), contentment and association with saints.” (Maha Upanishad)

“Discord and delusion can be removed by the power of the association of saints. For those who associate with saints, suffering dissolves and they will remain immersed in joy. Joy arises from noble company and pain arises from association with the wicked, says Kabir, go to a place where saints dwell and their association is possible.” (Kabir)

“By association with a pure soul the mind becomes pure and the darkness of attachment is dispelled. In attending to these quotes from different saints it becomes clear that satsang is vital and very necessary for any serious spiritual seeker.” (Yogi Panchanan Bhattacharya)

The Three Levels of Satsang (Associating with Eternal Truth), by Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj

The word satsang is comprised of two words sat and sang. What is sat?

Sat is that which can never be destroyed. It is the essential element which is indestructible and beyond the limitations of time. And it is Truth. Sang means association or contact. Thus association or coming in contact with Sat or Truth is satsang.

In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says:

“Whatever is Truth always exists and is never non-existent. That which is non-Truth has no existence whatsoever.”

* The First Level of Satsang (Association with God)

What is this element which is indestructible, has always been constant and will forever remain as such? That element is the Supreme Being of the universe. Association with this Being, in reality, is association with Truth (satsang). But, what is it that would associate with this Supreme Being? Is it the body or the senses? The answer is that it is neither of these two. It is only apart from the body and senses that we will be able to associate with the Supreme Being. This is because it is only our soul that is an inseparable part of the Divine. It is only we (our soul) that is capable of merging with the Divine. Our individual soul is truth, and also, the Supreme is Truth. True satsang is the unity of the soul with the Supreme Truth. This is the highest kind of sat-sang. However, this highest kind of satsang, unity with the Divine, does not occur all of a sudden. This category of satsang requires many lifetimes of good actions and spiritual imprints (samskaras).

* The Second Level of Sat-sang (Association with the Saints)

Sant Tulsidas says:

“The association of the saints brings association with the Divine, and alliance with people who are engrossed in the world leads the way back to this world again and again.”

To attain Ultimate Liberation it is essential to have association with the saints. Saints, having realized the true form of God, become that True Form. The accomplished great beings who have attained unity with the Divine, and who have experienced the Supreme Being even while living in this body, have become the Supreme Being [They become one with their true Divine Form]. Association with these saints is this second category of satsang. However, finding such a saint is not an easy task. A true saint is rare and difficult to find.

Sant Tulsidas says:

“Without accumulation of many good deeds one will be unable to gain the association of a great saint.”

When our good karmas permit, we are able to come to experience the association of these sentient beings. A more important point is that even if we have a direct encounter with such a saint, we often do not have the wisdom to be able to recognize a genuine sage.

A great Sant, Tulsidas, says:

“If someone says ‘I have recognized a saint,’ then I put my hands on my ears in astonishment. [It is not an easy task.]”

If ordinary people could recognize saints, then why, since antiquity, have so many great saints, sages, and prophets been tortured, maimed and killed? Many saints have had to face horrible atrocities. This simply would not have happened if we were able to recognize the genuine great saints.

* The Third Level of Satsang (Association with the Writings of Sages and Saints)

In daily life we need the guidance of a great sage or saint. Even though we might encounter many so called mahatmas or sadhus, the task of finding and identifying an accomplished guide is difficult. So, in consideration of this, how would satsang (association with a true saint) be possible? The answer is that we can study the teachings of the great saints of the past, because in their teaching we will find the elaboration of the Truth. This then is the third category of sat-sang. Generally, when we speak of satsang, it is this third category that is meant. This kind of satsang includes the study of scriptures and the words and writings of the saints and prophets of the past.

As we continue diligently in this third type of satsang we accumulate the meritorious karmas which will lead to the meeting with a true saint. Then we will be able to do the second category of satsang. As we continue in association with a great saint, and with the saint’s blessings, we will gradually begin to meditate and undertake the prescribed spiritual disciplines. By diligently practicing these disciplines, we will one day, experience the first category of sat-sang  -- the association with the Supreme Being. When we have thus accomplished the highest category of satsang, our life’s purpose will be fulfilled.

-- Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj, Harmony of All Religions,  an online e-book at the Sant Mat Radhasoami e-Library

 

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Pay Less Attention to the Illusion and Focus Within to Find the Eternal

"Our mind is connected to the senses and worldly objects. However, the soul is attached to the Divine. The sensory attractions are tainted and that is why the mind is material and unstable. The soul is pure and stable. God is pure and the soul connected with it is also pure and divine in nature. In impurity lies instability (distractions), and in purity lies stillness (tranquility). Therefore Sants guide us to attach our mind to the soul. Due to the association with the pure soul the mind can also gradually attain purity and stillness.

"For the purpose of keeping the mind steady many virtuous deeds are performed. True joy is hidden in the serenity of the mind. As the mind becomes still, so also joy and peace begin to arise. Only in the complete stillness of the mind, true delight and peace can be found. Today, in spite of the availability of worldly luxuries and entertainment, people are still seeking to attain true joy and eternal peace. This is due to the agitation of the mind. The Sants say that ignorant people of the world seek happiness in fleeting sensory pleasures and material things. Where there is no true peace there is no hope of attaining joy either. And where there is no true joy how can one hope to attain happiness? This is like looking for warmth in the snowy mountains or looking for coolness in a blazing fire.

"The soul is pure and therefore by nature still. Due to its stillness, the soul is eternal. Therefore, Lord Krishna advises that the mind should be connected to the soul. Self-realization is the objective and the goal of all human life. But where can we obtain this goal? The answer is within one’s heart. This is not the physical heart, but rather the heart of the inner Self. This is called, by the Sants, the yoga heart (innermost Self). It is in this space that the mind is linked to the soul. The Sants have described this place with many names such as: the “sky portal,” the “tenth gate,” “the point,” “window,” the “lotus flower,” “sushumna,” “ajna chakra,” “third eye,” “center of the eyebrows,” “tip of the nose,” “bindu,” etc..."
(Swami Vyasanand)

 

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Announcement: Program details: 14th Annual Vishv Istarea Sant Mat Satsang at Amritsar (Punjab State) on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of February, 2018. You can also watch it as a direct telecast on TV channel (SDHNA tv) India, 8 am to 10am and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm local time. Online streaming of these satsang talks will be viewable online via Sadhna (dot) com

 

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Ascending and Returning to Our Original Source or Abode

"All embodied spirits living here having left their original home from time immemorial, and having passed through various material spheres in their descent to the corporeal body in the third grand division, have become so firmly attached to their present dwelling, viz., the body and its surroundings in this world, that it is difficult, nay, impossible, for any one to effect a change in the present condition and abode without the aid and instruction from One Who is a resident of that sphere and holds communion with the Supreme Father, because He alone can be expected to know all the secrets of the descent of the spirit to the lower regions and the means of liberating it from the bondage of matter to enable it to rise and return to its original source...

"Mere knowledge of the mode of devotion derived from hearsay or reading the holy books will not help a would-be traveller on his journey homeward; they need full instructions from an experienced guide and occasional help and information from him to enable a novice to proceed on his journey unhampered by obstacles and impediments which are generally met with in traversing material spheres. When no worldly knowledge or art or profession of any sort can be acquired by anyone without undergoing training under an experienced master, how could it then be possible for anyone to acquire any knowledge of the Supreme Being and hold communion with Him without help and instruction from an experienced Master or Guide called the Sant Sat Guru, who would spiritually keep an eye on His disciple and watch the progress of his homeward journey to the spiritual regions and at the same time take care of him, so that he may not be tempted and detained by Superior Mind and matter or their agents on the journey."

-- Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat Prakash (Light on the Teachings of the Lord of the Soul)

 

The Third Eye Contemplating Inner Light

"Dristi yoga [Yoga of Inner Seeing, Meditation Upon the Inner Light] can be explained through translation of the words: Dristi is the faculty of vision, and Yoga means union. Thus Dristi yoga refers to the concentration of the dispersed vision into a focus on a Single Point which is beheld with the mind’s eye [third eye]. The aspirant of Dristi yoga is instructed by the preceptor to bring both beams of vision to a unity by focusing and intense gazing on a Single Point.

"Through this practice the aspirant pierces the realm of darkness within and enters the realm of Divine Light. The aspirant thus moves from the microcosm (body, the material realm) to the macrocosm (Divine Realm), and from the gross material world to the subtle Spiritual Realm where the aspirant is also able to perceive the Subtle Divine Sounds. With this connection to the Subtle Sounds the practitioner of Dristi yoga is enabled to proceed further on the Path."

-- Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj

 

Meditation, Inner Eye Focus, and, Meditation Dark Room

"Meditation is the process of withdrawing the attention from the world outside, and focusing it at the seat of the soul in the body, behind and between the eyebrows. This point is known as the inner eye, third eye, the single eye... In order to withdraw our attention and focus it on this point, mind must be controlled and stilled. Sit in one pose, and move not your head, limbs or eyes. Sit straight but relaxed with no tension in the body below. Sit still, please. Close your eyes as in sleep, and look sweetly, lovingly, intently into the middle of the darkness lying in front of you. You will see a dark veil. That which sees the dark veil within, without the help of your physical eyes, is the inner eye."

-- Kirpal Singh, Meditation Instructions PDF booklet

 

Meditation Dark Room

Meditating in a darkened room, at night or early morning, makes it easier to see the inner Light. Soamiji’s Special Room, A Mystical Meditation Room-Within-A-Room: “From childhood Soamiji Maharaj used to shut himself up in a small room which is at the back of another room on the ground floor of his house. For light and air there is a small aperture, otherwise no noise can reach within. This room still exists in a renovated form and is considered as one of the most sacred and hallowed of places.” (Biography/Jivan Charitar of Babuji Maharaj)

 

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For the Yogi, Night is Day, and Day is Night: Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 69 – Inversion of Day and Night

The Bhagavad Gita in Chapter 2, Verse 69 describes an enigmatic reversal of day and night in the life of a Yogi.

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"ya nisha sarva-bhutanam tasyam jagarti samyami
yasyam jagrati bhutani sa nisa pasyato muneh"

"That which is day to the many is night to the sage,
That which is night to the many is day to the sage."

In ordinary life, the five senses in Man seek to alleviate their thirst by participating in social life. In such cases, the waking consciousness is the day (i.e. the place of activity) while the inner worlds are dark like the night.

In case of a Yogi/Yogini, the situation becomes inverted when the doorways to the subtle worlds are opened because then the inner worlds burn brightly and are full of activity (i.e. the day) while the waking state seems dull and boring (i.e. the night).

 

O Traveller! Seek the Path That Lies Within You -- Padavali 52, Maharshi Mehi

O traveller! Seek the path that lies within you,
You and your Beloved are in the same body;
Your Beloved is pervading everywhere, but not being perceived,
Those initiated by Guru are able to recognize Him within their bodies,
O traveller! If you wish to go alone on the path of the Lord,
You look for the path within and do not delay;
The four spheres of darkness, light, sound and soundlessness –
They all lie within the fortress of your body,
You stepped down to the darkness, but your beloved is in the sphere of
soundlessness;
Now you again go back to the sphere of soundlessness through the tenth
door,
Pursuing the inner light and practising the yoga of sound,
Listen to the orchestration of sounds and closely watch the dazzling light,
And go along the path where the five Naubats resonate,
Mount up as you get drawn towards them;
Never think that there are other means of going to the sphere of
soundlessness,
Without the Yoga of vision and the Yoga of sound.
Mehi says, that going along this lone path,
Is the secret path to Divinity, as shown by the saints,
Catching the most subtle one amidst different sounds,
Go along the solitary path, lying within your body.

 

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Arati Hymn of Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras  (Padavali Hymn # 145)

Do Arati [worship] with the Sadguru [True Guru] and contemplate the light glowing within you,

Igniting the five elements of the body, light the lamp to get brightness inside;

The Sun and the Moon are like fruits

and flowers kept on a dish-like firmament [plate of the inner sky],

As one starts worshipping, pieces of camphor are burnt and a kalash [pot, pitcher,] is planted in the inner sky,

The stars-like pearls and the broken rice grains are visible,

Weaving the garland of flowers, put it around your neck,

And offer betel-leaves, sweets, incense, sandal, earthen lamps, etc...

In such a light, the accompaniment of various musical sounds of cymbals, majira and drum are heard,

Scent-like currents of consciousness are spread all over the body and float up in the sky,

And in that sphere, the consciousness-like bee feels blissfully content,

Listening to the multiple sounds,

Pure light is burning inside and as one sees it, all one’s lapses are eliminated forever;

In the inner sky, nectar pours down and the devotees are fully drenched,

Drinking that ambrosia, consciousness is fully awakened

and makes fresh endeavors to ascend,

Beauty, like millions of shining Suns, is so very illuminating,

And there, beyond the quintessential sound, attain the Absolute,

You strike your bond with the Supreme Sovereign [God] or pure consciousness;

Every moment, keep consciousness [your attention, surat,] alive in your inner sky,

Suck out the milk of paradise by the grace of Guru,

Says Tulsi, the abode of Guru is all-illuminating

and the loud musical notes are heard,

Like the Alal-bird, let your consciousness ascend,

Shaking off the wrappings of the body.

 

(Sung at the end of daily satsangs, and on special occasions.)

 

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Love is the Force of Attraction That Sustains the Universe

81. Love or affection is but another name of the Force of Attraction (i.e. Quvvat-i-jaziba). It is on account of this force that the entire universe, which has come into existence through the combination of small particles and atoms, is being maintained. And it is also on account of this force that all bodies or forms are being maintained. If there be no love, no one would care to meet anybody, nor would anyone do any work attentively.

82. When it is established that the whole creation is functioning through love, or rather the whole creation is being maintained and sustained by love, then how can Parmarth ([spirituality] the supreme object), i.e., the union of the Spirit (the Surat or Soul, which is a particle of the Ocean or Reservoir) with Shabd (the Divine Ocean or Reservoir) be achieved without love? How can these two (i.e., the Surat and Shabd) unite?

83. The Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul] is, the Ocean or Reservoir of Love, and Surat [the Soul], which is His particle, i.e., emanation or current, is also of the essence of love. Therefore, unless love is engendered in the Surat [the attention-faculty of the Soul], it cannot merge into its Reservoir. In other words, the practice of traversing on this path and reaching the Source (which is known as the practice of Surat and Shabd [yoga or meditation]) could never be performed properly or correctly carried on.

– Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Radhasoami Mat Sandesh (Discourse 15, Prem Patra, Volume II)

 

"On hearing of the glory and majesty of the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal and His Dham (abode) and Shabd, true desire for obtaining His Darshan [vision] and the bliss of Abhyas [meditation practices] is engendered in the mind and love for Sant Sat Guru and His devotees is enhanced.  On observing the desire for emulating them is created in the mind.  The mind is thus corrected day by day and the Jiva [soul] becomes fit to receive the grace and mercy of the Sant Sat Guru.

"All persons of all categories have to take Saran (protection). Their task cannot be accomplished without coming under the protection of the Supreme Being Omniscient Radhasoami Dayal and the Sant Sat Guru."

— Huzur Maharaj, Prem Patra Radhasoami – Part V, Discourse 9, paragraphs 13-14

 

"My Radhasoami [the Lord of the Soul] is a profound Ocean of Serenity which none can fathom."  (Soamiji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Poetry, Volume I)

 

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PODCAST: Shri Bhagirath Baba on Meditation Practice -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast

 


PODCAST: Shri Bhagirath Baba on Meditation Practice -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast

 
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Notes About Today's PODCAST

Mystic poem of Sant Tulsi Sahib titled, "Behold Thy Beloved Within";

Simran (Manas Jap, Mantra, Sacred Name Recitation) Done With Love is the Most Effective;

How to Have Spiritual Dreams and Satsang in the Dream-state;

A Discourse by Shri Swami Sant Bhagirath Baba on Where to Find God;

Swami Vyasanand has written about Why We Do Simran (Repeat Names of God) Mentally in Sant Mat Instead of Vocal Chant;

Shri Bhagirath Baba on Spiritual Practice: the Stages of Sant Mat Meditation; and,

The Day That Counts is the Day That Includes the Repetition of God's Name(s): Mystic Verses of Kabir;

God is the Ocean of Love.

Jai Sat Naam, Sat Naam Satguru, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, Bandagi Saheb, Namaste', In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be to You, 
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Vegetarianism, Veganism, and the Path of the Masters

 

 

 

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The Vegan Evolution of Humanity: Vegetarianism is Going Vegan

Traditionally, Sant Mat and the yoga philosophy have advocated the lacto-vegetarian diet: abstinence from meat, fish, fowl, and eggs, but allowed dairy. Vegan means complete abstinence from all animal products and strictly adhering to a plant-based diet: no dairy, eggs, or meat of any kind, or products made from animals. Based on the current cruel practices of the dairy industry in India and around the world that violate the principle of ahimsa or non-violence, plus all the scores of medical studies showing that dairy consumption adversely affects our health and well-being, I believe if they were here today, the classic Saints such as Mahavira, Guru Kabir, Guru Nanak, Tukarama, Ravidas, Tulsi Das, Namdev, Dariya Sahib, etc...  would not only be advocating a vegetarian diet, but a vegan diet. These days, many are making this transition to vegan, including a growing percentage of those following Sant Mat. This is the compassionate direction that the vegetarian movement is headed in. Vegetarianism is going vegan.

In the East as well as in the West, the Gnostics and other advanced mystics: those serious practitioners of soul travel, inner Light and Sound meditation, have universally adhered to a plant-based diet. It’s hard to reach more subtle states of tranquility in meditation on an animal flesh diet based on the suffering of other beings. "A man of spiritual intensity does not eat corpses." (George Bernard Shaw)

Today a satsang edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio about the spiritual and ethical reasons for going veg, or better still: vegan. There are readings from Kabir, Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Darshan Singh, Kirpal Singh, Sawan Singh, Diet and Spirituality, by Dona Kelley (from Lotus Leaves), a document called, "My Visit to a Dairy Farm -- The Reality of Dairy Cruelty -- the Final Destination of Dairy Cows is the Slaughterhouse", published by Pravin K. Shah of the Jaina Education Committee of Jainism (the Vegan Jain movement), and Pythagoras. 

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Vegetarianism is Going Vegan: Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism -- Spiritual Awakening Radio:https://youtu.be/gpO61cO6VlY

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God is the Ocean of Love.

In Divine Light and Sound, Peace Be to You, 
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O Soul, Return to Your True Home, the Abode of the Beloved Lord -- Light and Sound on the Path #santmat

 


 

O Soul, Return to Your True Home, the Abode of the Beloved Lord -- Light and Sound on the Path -- e-Newsletter/Blog/Booklet of Rare Spiritual Quotes & Satsang Discourses

 

(My mission is to share the wisdom of the masters, mystics or lovers of the Beloved Supreme Being, the Ocean of Love, worldwide via the web and radio.)

 

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"O Soul [Surat]! Who are you and whence have you come? This world is a net spread by the mind. Why do you get entangled in it? You are a ray from the Purush (the Supreme Being) and an inhabitant of the purely Spiritual Region. Kal [the lord of time] has put a noose round your neck. Turn back and go to your Home, by the grace of Sat Guru and in the company of Sadhs (those who are engaged in Parmath [spirituality]). Listen to Anhad Shabd within, says Radhasoami." (Soamiji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One)

 

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"Radhasoami is the moon; Radhasoami Himself is the moon-kala (moon-beam, the moonlight and moonshine and all its phases of waning and waxing, rotation and revolution). Radhasoami is the akash (gagan [mystic sky]) and He Himself is the akash baani [Sound]."

"Radhasoami is the Ocean (of Love and spiritual zest, i.e. anshi); Radhasoami is also the drop (i.e. the ansh or the jiva surat [the soul])."

"Radhasoami Himself [the Lord of the Soul] is ever present (omnipresent), whether it is day or night (i.e. He looks after His disciples every moment whether he is in distress or in delight); Radhasoami is there to redeem him every instant and in all parts of day and night. Radhasoami is the sunshine; He is the shade. Radhasoami is the sun and He is the moon..."

"Develop and activate that love and longing for the Satguru as the fish has for the current of water and as the red-legged partridge (chakor) has for the moon, at which it looks fixedly; develop that trust in him which would illuminate and light up your inner self. But then none of this can be attained without the required luck without which one remains helpless; and yet this luck can be possible only with the grace of the guru."

"Those who have developed such a love for the master (as that of chakor-bird for the moon) are the gurumukhs [true disciples, faithful devotees], and they are accepted by the guru as his own." (above, some moon verses from the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj)

 

"How could the love between Thee and me sever?
As the leaf of the lotus abides on the water: so thou art my
Lord, and I am Thy servant.
As the night-bird Chakor gazes all night at the moon: so Thou art
my Lord and I am Thy servant.
From the beginning until the ending of time, there is love
between Thee and me; and how shall such love be extinguished?
Kabir says: 'As the river enters into the ocean, so my heart
touches Thee.'" (Songs of Kabir)

 

"O my heart! let us go to that country where dwells the Beloved,
the ravisher of my heart!
There Love is filling her pitcher from the well, yet she has no
rope wherewith to draw water;
There the clouds do not cover the sky, yet the rain falls down in
gentle showers:
O bodiless one! do not sit on your doorstep; go forth and bathe
yourself in that rain!
There it is ever moonlight and never dark; and who speaks of one
sun only? That land is illuminate with the rays of a million
suns." (Songs of Kabir)

 

"Maya [illusion] is devoid of truth, therefore forget her and look at the Truth within. Realizing this Truth, you will silently feel pearl-drops of nectar inside. You will intuitively see the light of the moon and the sun, and the shining light of eternal knowledge. There will be no more aimless wandering of the mind. You will feel a shower of love all around, and the door to God opens for you."

"O Ocean of Love! Through your merciful glance, shower such mercy on us that we will be absorbed in your true love."

– Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers, published by the Kabir Association

 

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A Satsang Without Walls: This is the JUNE 18th, 2017 Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose -- words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.

 

This Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Newsletter is dedicated to the Path of the Masters (Sant Satgurus of the Past, the Living Present, and Future), and to the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Soul Who is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness, and explores the poetry, prose, spiritual discourses, books, scriptures, letters, prayers, ahimsa ethics, audio, videos, philosophy, cosmology, gnosticism, meditation, mysticism, and history of the Masters from a traditional Indian perspective that's non-sectarian, and might also include quotes from various world religions in harmony with the Way of the Saints, the Path of the Masters and Mystics.

 

NOTE: This newsletter is for educational purposes only. Fair Use of Quotations: "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research..."

 

NOTE: This newsletter is supportive of, The Murar Declaration -- the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic event held in Agra attended by the leadership and representatives of several branches of Sant Mat & Radhasoami lineages.

 

NOTE: The Usage of the Term "Sant Mat": "Sant Mat" means: "The Teachings ('Mat') of the Saints or Sages" or "Path of the Masters". In India it's common knowledge that the term "Sant Mat" was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. "Sant Mat" was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Sant tradition, with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India.

 

"What's the use of receiving this human form if we do not serve others in thought, word, and deed. If we hold our thoughts only on worldly material things and refuse to think of that which is higher and more subtle, then our faith in the Transcendental will inevitably diminish." ("Quintessence of Yoga: Secret of All Success", a Sant Mat publication)

 

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During June, 2017 on Spiritual Awakening Radio I present an exploration of vegetarianism and veganism in the great world religions -- the world religions that are going vegan. We explore how vegetarianism itself is going vegan. There are readings from early gospels used by the Hebrew Christians, sometimes called the Ebionites, that original Yeshua Movement that formed long before the Apostle Paul's Roman/European version of Christianity. There's discussion about the relationship between the Essene branch of Judaism and the Jesus Movement. Hear readings from Christian and Gnostic scriptures, the Adi Granth or Sikh scriptures, Buddhist texts and other contemporary Buddhist sources, and Supreme Master Ching Hai from the online book, From Crisis To Peace: The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer. I also mention the Jesus Sutras discovered in China -- that the Church of the Light group that once used those texts also adhered to a vegetarian diet. All for the love of wisdom and radio, James Bean, Spiritual Awakening Radio

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Subjects include: The Path of the Masters, Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Spirituality, Love (Bhakti), Compassion, Non-Violence (Ahimsa), Peace (Shanti), Being Vegan/Vegetarian, Gnostic Gospels, Rare Spiritual Classics, Saints and Mystics, World Scriptures, Sacred Texts, Poetry and Prose:

6/27/2017   (Upcoming) World Religions Going Vegan -- A History of Veganism, Part 4;
6/20/2017   (Upcoming) World Religions Going Vegan -- A History of Veganism, Part 3;
6/13/2017   World Religions Going Vegan -- A History of Veganism, Part 2;
6/6/2017     World Religions Going Vegan -- A History of Veganism, Part 1;
5/30/2017   The Spirituality and Wisdom of the Lost Books of the Bible (Secrets of the Gnostic Gospels);
5/23/2017   More Lost Books of the Bible (Genuine Gnostic Spirituality & the The Sermon on the Light);
5/16/2017   Lost Books of the Bible Continued;
5/9/2017     Lost Books of the Bible Revealed;
5/2/2017     The Mandaean Gnostic Scriptures
4/25/2017   The Yoga (Path) of Love (Bhakti), Sant Mat Satsang Series, Part 4;
4/18/2017   The Yoga (Path) of Love (Bhakti), Sant Mat Satsang Series, Part 3;
4/11/2017   The Yoga (Path) of Love (Bhakti), Sant Mat Satsang Series, Part 2;
4/4/2017     The Yoga (Path) of Love (Bhakti), Sant Mat Satsang Series, Part 1;

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Sant Tulsi Sahib: "Cleanse the chamber of your heart, so that the Beloved may enter. Remove all the foreign impressions, so that He can take His seat there."

 

"Having been blessed with this human form, one must make proper use of his 'Pradhan Buddhi' or Supreme Intellect by utilizing it for the attainment of Self-Realization and thus make fruitful or productive this human birth." (The "Big Blue Book" -- The Shri Paramhans Advait Mat Granth of the Shir Anandpur Satsang)

 

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IMAGE: Chart of the Inner Realms: there are both English and Hindi versions of this chart hanging on the walls of various Sant Mat ashrams and satsang meeting locations associated with Maharshi Mehi Paramhans and Sant Tulsi Sahib.

"O Soul-swan! return to your home; return to your Divine Abode (realization of the Divine within) where the infinite sea of tranquility and joy is brimming. There you will attain eternal joy."

Since the beginning of creation, every living soul in this transient world has been going through various afflictions. Each soul imprisoned by the darkness of ignorance, within the nine-gated body (the body has nine orifices, therefore, it is known as "nine-gated"), endures the cycles of death and rebirth. The captive soul experiences three kinds of suffering: physical, mental, and countless afflictions caused by natural forces and subtle inner passions. The soul is consumed by the conflagration of the desires of the five senses; it is trampled by the mind that is livid like an elephant in rut. Distractions such as greed, lust, and attachment haunt the soul. They are like robbers that deprive the soul of its peace. Sadly, in spite of being a child of God the soul thinks of itself as a slave of the senses and sense organs, and is lost in the quagmire of sensory desires and temptations. In such conditions, the soul is very restive and frantically searches for truth and tranquility. Having witnessed this state of humanity, the Saints say: "O Soul-swan! return to your home; return to your Divine Abode (realization of the Divine within) where the infinite sea of tranquility and joy is brimming. There you will attain eternal joy." 

-- Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul -- Chala Hansa Nij Desh! ("O Soul-swan! return to your home!")

 

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"In the Loka of Kabir he saw the forms of many Kabirs, but looking again he saw that it was but one form multiplied." (Book of Amar Mul)

Says Kabir, There is One Sound and One God Manifest In All

The Anurag Sagar is one of several Dharamdasi "dialogues gospels",  conversations between Sant Dharam Das, the disciple, and Guru Kabir, the Master. The Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love) has been published in English but the other Dharamdasi Kabir Panth texts are generally only available in Hindi. Sukh Niddn and Amar Mul, have been discussed in the book, "Sant Kabir, Mira Bai, Shaikh Farid, Bhikan, and Surdas", Edited by O.P. Ralhan, Anmol Publications, New Delhi:

The following is from an abstract of the Book of Amar Mul:

[From Chapter Nine] The Sat Guru [Kabir] explains that all sense of duality is due to Maya [illusion], that when man knows himself he becomes himself, and when he realize himself he unites with God. Until he knows himself he weeps and cries, and wades through the swamp of delusion.

The Light of Knowledge shines forth
when God abides in the heart.
Then Karma and Dharma are obliterated;
then there is neither coming, nor going.
As it was, so it is,
and all intervening delusion disappears.
All apparent contradictions are reconciled
in the Fullness of Knowledge.
God himself is the Word that cannot be uttered,
and himself the Word that speaks to all;
himself is Formless and himself is all the forms;
he is both Nirguna [Formless] and Saguna [Form].
Dharam Dass is warned that he must first
purify his own heart and mind before
he can so preach to others that they
can obtain Mukti [liberation/salvation, jivan mukti]
and escape from the toils of transmigration.
All reasoning and religious writings
are the work of Maya [illusion];
what is required is devotion
and Tattwa-gyana, (the Knowledge of Essentials).
All delusion is removed through meditation.

The Sat Guru explains that he was once in Satya Loka [First True Plane or Heaven or Realm], or rather beyond it, and that he then saw what is indescribable; that the form of Purusha was wonderful, to be imagined, not described; that the abodes in Satya Loka were innumerable and that in all Hansas [souls] was discernible the one Word. In the Loka of Kabir he saw the forms of many Kabirs, but looking again he saw that it was but one form multiplied. In the light of the true Shabda all is one, there is no second.

The people of the world are taught by means of stories, but for those who understand, all such stories fall far short of the Truth. All apparent distinctions are the creation of the mind. He who knows the letter thoroughly suffers no duality to enter into his mind. The only difference between God and Jiva [the soul] is this, that the latter is the reflection of the former.

[From Chapter Ten] The Sat Guru tells how once when he was in Satya Loka Purusha appeared to him and said:

"Kabir, you and I are one;
entertain no thought of duality.
I am in you and my form is in all the earth.
There are eighty-four lakhs of species and I live in all.
Beside me there is no second.
All creation is delusion.
All the countless gods and sages,
even Brahma himself,
are entangled in delusion."

Dharam Dass rejoins,

"O Guru, this is your statement.
Is there no need of a second witness?"
The Sat Guru replies that he made this statement
in the Treta age,
and that Madhukar, Brahmin, is the second witness".

He continues,

"Kabir is in all bodies;
the speaker is Shabda.
There is one form and one Shabda.
There is only one form, and one Shabda.
There is only one form,
one Shabda and one Purusha [God], manifest in all.
He who knows One is one;
the second is this world."

Dharam Dass asks how it is that Jivas [souls] fail to realize their unity with God. The Sat Guru replies.

"All the Jivas came from Satya-Loka
undefiled and devoid of Karma.
The clouds lift up the water from the ocean
and rain down pure water,
but in contact with the earth the water becomes impure.
Then is the Jiva embraced by Maya;
the body at birth is defiled by Karma.
As the air purifies the impure water,
so does Gyan [Gnosis, Knowledge or Acquaintance]
remove Karma and the purity of the Jiva is restored.
Knowing itself, it separates itself from the water
and being disembodied
reaches the Durbar [the Abode, Satya Loka].
The Atma [soul] mingles with Paramatma [God],
as the rivers flow into the ocean.
Only in this way
can Paramatma be found.
The Atma without Shabda is blind
and cannot find the path.
He who sees Atma-Raam [the Spirit of God] is present everywhere;
all he sees is like himself,
there is nought else beside God.
'I am he, I am he; the true Kabir.'" (Amar Mul)

 

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The Path of the Masters: Sant Mat and Maharishi Santsevi Ji

Below provides great definitions of the terms "Sant Mat" and "Sants", and is excerpted from the Biography section of, Harmony Of All Religions, published by Maharshi Mehi Ashram.

Maharishi Santsevi Ji (12-20-1920 -- 6-4-2007) was the exponent (acharya) of Santmat, the branch which is directly linked to the lineage of Sant Tulsi Sahib.

The word Santmat, usually written as Sant Mat, literally means the "point of view" or the "conviction of the Sants and sages." Historically, Santmat was not a homogenous movement; but the term is a generic label for the Sant movement in the northern part of India, beginning around the 12th Century. The early Sants, such as Kabir, Raidas [Ravidas], Namdev and Mirabai, represented a shift in religious and social attitudes -- on the one hand, freedom from sectarian boundaries and ritualistic confinements; on the other hand, direct communion with the Divine without mediation of any authority or liturgy.

The word Sant is derived from the Sanskrit word SAT (Truth, Reality). The root meaning is 'one who knows the truth' or 'who has experienced Ultimate Reality.' Thus, a Sant is a person who has achieved Shanti (inner tranquility [ultimate peace]) as a result of union with God, as in mystical enlightenment.

The word Sant is translated "saint" in English. However, both in etymology and definition, there are significant differences that get lost in translation. The English word saint is derived from the Latin word sanctus, which has come to mean a "good person whose life is moral," or a "holy being." Thus, in English a saint is thought of as a “spiritual exemplar,” and the word has been attached to a wide variety of gurus and holy men and women.

But, in Sanskrit, the dimension of inner unity with the Truth is inherent in the word Sant. Some of the Sants come from the lower castes, and some of them are even from the untouchable class, but they have enjoyed an honorable status in the tradition. (Although we use Sant and saint interchangeably in this book, we imply the original meaning of the word Sant for both.)

Santmat, the Way of Sages and Sants, as we prefer to refer to it, not only emphasizes a life of moral rectitude, but underlines the inner journey for God realization, or Liberation. Therefore, Santmat is not confined to the beliefs, rituals, and dogmas of any specific religion. It is universal in nature and embraces the truths found in most of the world’s sacred texts and religious traditions, even while not advocating any particular religion. Santmat encompasses a set of ageless moral values, a belief in a Higher Power, and even more important, a methodology for realization of the Highest Reality. This method elaborates the path of Divine Light and Sound through which one attains the state of absolute Peace within one’s own self. The unifying philosophy of Santmat leads the way beyond the boundaries of sectarianism, religious fanaticism, and communal distrust which plague our world today. Maharishi Santsevi Ji has taught the teachings of Santmat to more than a million people from multiple religions and from many countries.

-- Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy, English Edition), by Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj -- Online e-Book at the Internet Archive with several formats as well as a talking/audio book option:

   http://archive.org/stream/HarmonyOfAllReligions/Harmony-Of-All-Religions#page/n0/mode/1up

 

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Paying Attention to the Attention-Faculty of Your Soul

"The whole thing depends on the concentration of your attention within yourself. Then, whichever way you direct your attention, you will work wonders." (Kirpal Singh)

"Our mind is ever in a state of oscillation. It is covered with the dust of ages upon ages. All the time our mental faculties are flowing outward into the world, and never for a moment have they known any rest. Until the mind is purified and stilled, one cannot listen to the reverberations of the Sound Current." (Kirpal Singh)

"When doing spiritual practices, you should sit in one unflinching posture and do mental Simran [repetition of names of God] only, with your inner gaze fixed. Think of nothing else except Simran. Sit in a position most comfortable to you, one in which you can sit the longest without moving; that while sitting in this position, you are to remain wide awake with your attention directed at the seat of the soul behind and between the two eyebrows; that you are to look sweetly and serenely into the middle of the darkness in front of you, repeating the Simran of five charged names slowly and at intervals. At the time of hearing the Sound Current, listen to the Sound only and do not do Simran while hearing the Sound." -- Sant Kirpal Singh

Have Faith in the Love of My Father

"Nothing is impossible unto you in the removal of the mountains. Now therefore have faith in the love of My Father." (A saying of Jesus from an unknown gospel fragment written in the Sahidic dialect of Egypt, translated in, "Texts and Studies," Volume Four, Coptic Apocryphal Gospels section, Kraus Reprints)

"Have full faith in the Supreme Father and Surat Shabd Yoga [inner Light and Sound Meditation, a means of soul travel through the heavens] and full confidence in His compassion and grace, and you will find yourself under the Father’s protection at all times, and your mind and spirit working their way easily though slowly, propelled by love and eager desire to approach the Supreme Father. Don’t be disheartened or discouraged. The Father’s love is full of compassion." (excerpted from a letter of Huzur Maharaj)

 

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Resting in the Holy Sound, by Huzur Baba Sawan Singh

"Please devote some time daily without fail to Sound-practice and Repetition, as this is the only fruit of our life which we will take with us on leaving this world; whereas, even the kingships of this earth shall have to be abandoned when death overtakes us. Therefore, it is necessary that we should add to our spiritual wealth, which is the only thing to help us at the time of departing. And the only way to increase our spiritual power is by means of Sound-practice and Repetition. The greater our love for Holy Sound, the greater will be our peace of mind and spiritual progress. As far as possible, we should try to make the focus above the eyes, in the brain, our resting place. Just as a man, weary with the day's work, resorts to his home to take rest, so we habituate our soul, on being tired with worldly work, to take rest in the Holy Sound. The attention has to be brought inside, and when it likes to rest there, like the wanderer coming home, it will find peace within."

 

"Since this Quintessential Vibration or Sound springs forth directly from God, it is imbued with the qualities of God and it bestows its own qualities upon its perceiver also, and has a natural propensity to attract its perceiver (soul) to its Source, thereby effecting the complete merger of the soul into the Supreme Soul that is God. That is why meditation on the inner Sound has been reckoned by sages and scriptures to be the loftiest of all forms of meditation." (Swami Achyutanand, Yoga of Inner Light and Sound)

 

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Awaken Your Divine Nature

"Awaken your divine nature to God. Strengthen your soul (to be) without evil…Seek what is permanent, what is not generated. The Father of everything summons you…You have not come to suffer. Rather you have come to escape from what binds you. Release yourself, and what has bound you will be undone. Save yourself, so that what is in you may be saved…Why are you hesitating? Turn around when you are sought. When you are summoned, listen." (Book of Zostrianos, Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt, one of the Gnostic Gospels -- translation by April DeConick)

Ingredients of a Living Spiritual Path: Seven Gnostic-Sant Mat Parallels

"Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth!" (Rumi)

With a living mystic path, initiation into the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven includes inner direct seeing and hearing. If we can't see or hear, how could we possibly begin exploring Inner Space for ourselves? The information written in restaurant menus might be informative and yet can not resolve one’s hunger. And tales in sacred texts of people who once enjoyed glorious feasts centuries ago does not feed the living.

"When we see darkness with our eyes closed we are in the realm of death and re-birth [we are unaware of our true nature.]. When we come out of the realm of darkness and enter into the realm of Light, we will at the same time transcend the web of death. It is not possible that we can remain in darkness and be free from the net of birth and death. Having achieved inner Light, we can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Harmony of All Religions)

1) living masters/teachers with students (past masters, scrolls, cuneiform tablets or old scriptures are not enough: a living guide is required);

Rumi says, "If you seek to know God, sit at the feet of the Saints".

"People, where are you rushing, so intoxicated and having so fully drunk the strong wine of reasoning unaccompanied by acquaintance? You cannot hold it; already you are about to throw it up. Stop, get sober! Look up with the eyes of the mind [heart or soul] -- and if you cannot all do so, at least those of you who can! For the imperfection that comes from unacquaintance is flooding the entire earth, corrupting the soul along with the body that encloses it and preventing it from putting in at the Haven of Safety. So do not be swept away by the main current! Rather, you who can must avail yourselves of a counter-current, take to the Haven of Safety, put in there, and look for a leader to show you the way to the Doors of Gnosis (Acquaintance), where there is bright Light, pure from darkness; where no one is intoxicated, but all are sober, fixing their eyes on that Being who wills to be seen -- but mentally [with the eye of the soul], for that Being cannot be heard or told of or seen by eyes, only by the mind's eye [the eye of the soul]." (Hermetic Tractate VII, Corpus Hermeticum: The Greatest Human Evil is Unacquaintance With God, Bentley Layton translation)

2) a cosmology of several heavens/inner regions/planes/spheres;

“Blessed are those chosen and unified. The Realm of the Kingdom is theirs. For out of her you have come, and back to her you are returning.” (Saying 49, Gospel of Thomas, Wisdom of the Twin, Lynn Bauman translation)

3) an understanding that souls can access these realms here and now during this present life (a present-tense Kingdom of Heaven available to souls right now, not a spirituality postponed till some magical date on a calendar or hypothesized future age);

"In this life the concept of salvation all describe;
To meet the Lord by dying while living, none discloses.
They all speak of the goal of salvation after death;
How to attain it while living, no one says. Were they to reveal the method of attaining release while living,
Then alone would Tulsi be convinced of their words.
Who speak, after seeing with their own eyes, and teach the method of salvation during life,
Are of the stage and stature of Saints, for they reveal the quintessence of the soul."
("Seek To See God Now -- Liberation During This Life" -- Mystic-Poem of Tulsi Sahib)

4) an initiation into the mysteries of the heavens, imparting to spiritual seekers the meditation techniques and sacred names;

The Living Master said,
"What your own eyes cannot see,
your human ears do not hear,
your physical hands cannot touch,
and what is inconceivable
to the human mind --  that I will give to you!"
(Saying 17, Gospel of Thomas, Wisdom of the Twin, Lynn Bauman translation);

"Come, that I may teach you about secrets no person has ever seen. For there exists a Great and Boundless Realm, whose extent no generation of angels has seen, in which there is a Great Invisible Spirit, which no eye of an angel has ever seen, no thought of the heart has ever comprehended, and it was never called by any name*." (Yeshua, quoted in, The Gnostic Gospel of Judas)

5) visionary and auditory mysticism (inner Light and Sound, spiritual seeing and hearing) -- descriptions of souls traveling within through various inner regions;

"Man’s soul shall become, when it leaveth the body, a great flood of Light, so as to traverse all the regions until it cometh into the Kingdom of Mystery... Seek, all of you, after the Light, so that the power of your soul that is in you may find Life. Do not cease seeking day or night until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you, transform you into pure Light, and guide you into the Kingdom of the Light." (Gospel of Faith-Wisdom -- Pistis Sophia)

"Look at God within yourself, how 'God is Light.' For his Nature is a glorious, many-splendored Light. He manifests the Light of his Nature to those who love Him in all the worlds..." (John of Dalyatha, Syriac Mystic)

"When your eye turns inwards in the brain and you see the firmament within, and your spirit leaves the body and rises upwards, you will see the Akash in which is located Sahas-dal-kanwal, the thousand petals of which perform the various functions pertaining to the three worlds. Its effulgence will exhilarate your spirit." (Soamiji Maharaj, "Esoteric Instructions")

"At first, Mataji pointed out, there will be only darkness but eventually light will appear in the form of either small flashes or small star-like points. In any case, one should focus on the radiance, keeping one’s simran intact and allowing the light to draw the soul inward. The third and most important step, Mataji said, is to listen to the sound that issues forth from the light. It is this internal music which will numb the body and allow the consciousness to leave its ordinary dwelling. By riding this current of light and sound, like a fish going upstream, the soul will be able to go back to its original home. On the journey within, however, the soul must be guided by a true master so as not to be detained in any of the lower illusory regions. According to Mataji, what near-death patients experience is only the beginning of a vast sojourn into great universes of light, love and beauty."

-- Yogani Mataji of the Radhasoami Faith

"... Listen to the Sound that issues forth from the Light." (Some valuable guidance about correct and proper Surat Shabd Yoga practice made by Yogani Mataji.)

"I am the silence that is incomprehensible.
I am the Voice whose Sound is manifold
and the Word whose appearance is multiple...
I am the hearing which can be attained by everyone."
(Thunder: Perfect Mind, Nag Hammadi Library)

6) they have an ethical code, and this ethical foundation includes a vegetarian diet, then and now;

"In Sant Mat all Masters have decried killing and meat-eating." (Sant Tulsi Sahib, "Ghat Ramayan")

"As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." (Pythagoras)

7) The Goal of the teachings and meditation practice is experiencing direct union with God;

"Within this body breathes the secret essence. Within this body beats the heart of the Vedas. Within this body shines the entire Universe, so the saints say. Hermits, ascetics, celibates all are lost seeking Him in endless guises. Seers and sages perfectly parrot the scriptures and holy books, blinded by knowledge. Their pilgrimage, and fasting, and striving but delude. Despite their perfect practice, they discover no destination. Only the Saints who know the body’s heart have attained the Ultimate, O Tulsi. Realize this, and you’ve found your freedom (while teachers trapped in tradition know only the mirage in the mirror)." ("Within This Body" -- Mystic-Poem of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)

"The center-most part of your being -- THERE is the Supreme Region. It is the sacred temple of the Spirit." (Miguel Molinos -- Spanish Mystic in, "The Spiritual Guide"

 

IMAGE: Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj

 

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Rising Above the Darkness -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Newsletter of Spiritual Quotes & Satsang Discourses

 


Rising Above the Darkness -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Newsletter of Spiritual Quotes & Satsang Discourses








"I am merely a guest born in this world, to know the secrets that lie beyond it." (Rumi)



"Men have journeyed to the physical moon, but they know nothing of the regions of the blissful music within themselves -- regions which lie beyond the moon, beyond the sun, beyond the most distant stars and galaxies." (George Arnsby Jones, The Pilgrimage of James, An Odyssey of Inner Space)



"No mission is of greater importance to a person than the awareness of his own consciousness, the profound significance and purpose of his existence on earth and to find out the path for ultimate bliss, eternal happiness and cheerfulness i.e. the quest for truth." (quote from the Shabd Pratap Ashram website)



"By giving proper place to spirituality in your life, you will be happy and peaceful in all circumstances whether they are favorable or unfavorable. You have to give more attention to this and enrich your life." (A Spiritual Seekers Guide, Dayal Sahab, Dayalpuri Radhasoami publication)



Serving, Helping Others During This Life: "The advantage of being in the human mode of existence lies in giving and serving only, i.e. helping others as much as possible. Because, possibly you will not get this body [human form] again. This time you have been given this body, and so do not hesitate; serve others and that is all." (Guru Kabir, Saakhi Granth of Kabir, “1008 Kabir Vani”)



"The saint helped the scorpion over and over again and the scorpion each time returned a sting. Some said, 'Do you not know it is the nature of the scorpion to sting?' And the saint replied, 'It is my nature to save.'" (Kabir)



Not Everyone is Ready to Receive the Help They Need: A Man Trapped in a Well Arguing with the Person Above (the Master) Holding a Rope

"Saints do not wish to satisfy Their audiences by empty words. They offer to take the inquirer to the other end, and thus give him first-hand knowledge. One beauty of it is that, at that end, these questions do not arise. So, if the curious questioner would exercise a little patience and faith, most of his questions would be answered automatically as his experiences increase.

"Suppose a man finds himself at the bottom of a deep well where he is very lonely and uncomfortable. Another man happens to pass that well. He carries a long rope. Finding this man in the well, he lets down his rope and offers to pull the man up, if only he will catch onto the end of the rope. But our man in the well enters into argument with the man above, and demands to know just how he came to fall into that well, and what is the guarantee that he may not fall into the well again, if he is pulled up. The utmost that the man with the rope can say is that he will take him out of the well and then he can study the situation for himself. But if the man in the well does not take advantage of this opportunity, it only means that his time has not yet come to escape from his imprisonment." (Huzur Baba Sawan Singh)



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This Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Newsletter is dedicated to the Path of the Masters (Sant Satgurus of the Past, the Living Present, and Future), and to the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Soul Who is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness, and explores the poetry, prose, spiritual discourses, books, scriptures, letters, prayers, ahimsa ethics, audio, videos, philosophy, cosmology, gnosticism, meditation, mysticism, and history of the Masters from a traditional Indian perspective that's non-sectarian, and might also include quotes from various world religions in harmony with the Way of the Saints, the Path of the Masters and Mystics.



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NOTE: This newsletter is supportive of, The Murar Declaration -- the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic event held in Agra attended by the leadership and representatives of several branches of Sant Mat & Radhasoami lineages.



NOTE: The Usage of the Term "Sant Mat": "Sant Mat" means: "The Teachings ('Mat') of the Saints or Sages" or "Path of the Masters". In India it's common knowledge that the term "Sant Mat" was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. "Sant Mat" was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Sant tradition, with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India.



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"In all truth it can be said that the fall of the human being took place when he began to forget himself. That is to say: to forget his Supreme Being, the mysterious Source whence he emerged." (The Law of Attention -- Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance, Edward Salim Michael)



"The three worlds are a cage, virtue and vice a net. Every creature is the prey, and one hunter: Death. They don’t listen to wise words and won’t think for themselves. Kabir continues to scream. The world goes by like a dream. Within the five elements a secret thing. A rare one finds the mystery, the proof, the guru's word. If you know you’re alive, find the essence of life. Life is the sort of guest you don’t meet twice." (Kabir, The Bijak)



"The perfecting required by the disciple must be gained there where his karma has placed him. But he must progressively learn the value of renunciation of perishable things and find, even in success and terrestrial happiness, that bitter savour by which he recognizes he is but an exile in the world and to experience even in the sweetest hours the poignant homesickness for a lost native land." (Julian Johnson, Path of the Masters)



Waking from the Dreams and Nightmares of Humanity

"Either they are fleeing somewhere, or they lack strength to escape when pursued. They are involved in inflicting blows, or they themselves receive bruises. They are falling from high places, or they fly through the air with no wings at all. Other times, it is as if certain people were trying to kill them, even though there is no one pursuing them; or they themselves are killing those beside them, and they are stained by their blood. Until the moment when they who are passing through all these things -- I mean they who have experienced all these confusions -- awaken, they see nothing because the dreams were nothing. It is thus that they who cast ignorance from them like sleep do not consider it to be anything, nor regard its properties to be something real, but they renounce them like a dream in the night and they consider the knowledge of the Father to be the dawn.  It is thus that each one has acted, as if asleep, during the time of ignorance, and thus a person comes to understand, as if awakening. And happy is the one who comes to himself and awakens." (Valentinus of Alexandria, Gospel of Truth, one of the Nag Hammadi Library texts)



"When the pearl is cast down into the mud, it becomes greatly despised, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil will it become more precious. But it always has value in the eyes of its owner. Compare the Sons of God: wherever they may be, they still have value in the eyes of their Father." (Valentinus of Alexandria, Gospel of Truth)



"In the spirit I see all suspended,
In the spirit I know everything held:
The flesh hanging from the soul
The soul held aloft by the air
The air suspended from the ether
Fruits manifest themselves out of the Depth
A child emerges from the womb."

-- Valentinus, Summer Harvest



"I saw a newborn child, and questioned it to find out who it was. And the child answered me saying, 'I am the Word'".

-- Valentinus, Valentinus' Vision of the Word



"The desire of an individual to be free from sufferings and to attain the happiness of absolute peace is naturally present in the hearts of all. The purpose of Sant Mat [the Teachings of the Masters] is to provide a system which fulfills the desires of attaining absolute peace." (Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, Philosophy of Liberation)



"Peace of mind is a sign of God’s presence." (Sant Tukaram)



"The love of Maya (illusion) is sweet to the world, but in the end, this delusion is dispelled. So perform devotional worship, link your consciousness to the Lord, and dispel anxiety from your mind. Nanak speaks the Truth; focus your consciousness on the Lord, O my stranger soul. Rivers and streams which separate may re-united sometime. That rare person who centers his consciousness on the True Guru, knows intuitively and realizes the Lord. Nanak speaks the Truth; through the True Word of the Shabad, those long separated from the Lord, are united once again."

-- Shabad (hymn) of Guru Nanak in Raag Aasaa on Ang 438 of the Adi Granth (Sikh Scriptures)







Once upon a time,
A true peace lover wandered around the many worlds
in search of eternal happiness.
She walked over the face of the earth,
The suns, the moons and the clouds.
At last She found:
That it was all the while
Hidden in Her very heart.
Then She sat down
And was about to enjoy the new found Bliss.
But suddenly She looked down:
And saw countless beings were still
groveling in darkness,
For they were searching for happiness without,
Just like Her before, erring over millions of ages.
Her tears were then rolling down…
One drop,
two drops ...
and many more ...
Each drop became a shining Jewel
and soon the firmament was studded with glittering tears
which are the stars today;
They are too shy in the day
and too restless in the night
to go to sleep.
For all peace seekers,
The stars are there to light the Way
And to remind them of the Compassion of a holy Sage.
(Supreme Master Ching Hai/Suma Ching Hai, Silent Tears Poetry Book)



From the Surangama Sutra, a Buddhist Scripture:

"I will appear as a Buddha to teach them the Dharma to liberate them."

"World Honoured One, as I (followed and) made offerings to the Tathagata Avalokitevara, He taught me to use my illusory hearing and sublimate it to realize the Diamond (Vajra) Samadhi which gave me the same power of mercy of all Buddhas and enabled me to transform myself into thirty-two bodily forms for the purpose of visiting all countries in samsara (to convert and liberate living beings).

"World Honoured One, if there are Bodhisattvas who practise Samadhi to attain the transcendental, when there is a chance for them to realize absolute Wisdom, I will appear as a Buddha to teach them the Dharma to liberate them.

"If there are solitary students seeking (only) self-enlightenment, who practise the stillness of Nirvana, when there is a chance for them to realize it, I will appear as a teacher of self-enlightenment to teach them the Dharma to liberate them.

"If there are students of the Four Noble Truths who, after realizing the unreality of suffering and its accumulation, tread the Path leading to the extinction of passions, when there is a chance for them to achieve this, I will appear as a hearer (sravaka) to teach them the Dharma to liberate them..."

-- Surangama Sutra  -- Shurangama Sutra  --  大佛頂首楞嚴經 (Leng Yen Ching), Scripture of Esoteric Buddhism







"Just as the lotus blooms after getting the light of the sun, in the same way the sufferings of the souls from ages and ages are finished after having darshan [vision] of Sat Purush [True Eternal Being, God]." (Anurag Sagar)



Being Rescued by the Light

"All the rulers (archons) of the height have tried to deceive me into believing that I am a body of matter without Light in it. And after this the merciless powers surrounded me, and tried to take away all the Light that was in me.

"But Thou appearest to me out of the darkness and I trusted Thee, O Light, and said: 'Thou art my Savior. I thank Thee oh Light for having compassion on me. And Thou hast saved me, O Light, with thy Gnosis.'" (The Book of Faith-Wisdom -- Pistis Sophia, a Gnostic Gospel from Egypt)



"'Sawan Jindagee Thore Din Ki Gumaan Mat Karna.
Kya Balak Kya Jawan Ek Din Sabhi ko Marna.
Jaan Tan Dhoke ki Tati, Ur Gaye Pran Pawan Nahi Tan Mein Mile Maati Mein Maati.'  (Sant Dharam Das)

"Human life’s journey is momentary. Dharmadas Saheb says not to feel pride/arrogance for this momentary phase. Child, young or old, everyone has to go, none has permanency. It’s a matter of time, each one of us are ready, progressing towards the moment of departure, so be humble, do good deeds and spread love and help the needy if you have to spare. Spend your life in bliss and contentment at the lotus feet of Sadguru.

"I feel that each one of us are waiting for our turn, this period can be spent in prayer, love and bliss. Perform your daily chores and routine in bliss and contentment, life will become simple and uncomplicated.

"Satguru Kabir Saheb's revealing message for life:

'Maali Aawat dekh kar, kaliyan kare pukar,
Phoole phoole chun liye, kal Hamari baar.'

"Meaning: 'Buds call out upon approaching Gardener. Today He picked up the bloomed tomorrow will be our turn.'

"Definitely my turn is tomorrow, but today is with me. Righteous application of this time has significance. The full moon night is bathed with moonlight; similarly our life shall bathe in the light of devotion and revelation of the Satguru. This is a journey to do justice to one’s life. A determined sight of goal simplifies everything. A humble and uncomplicated human being is the true seeker and devotee, his sight and company fills us with bliss.

"Sant Dharam Das says: 'Isi Darshan Ki Balihari, Guruji, Tumhare Darshan ki Balihari,
Tumhare Darash se paap Katat Hai, Awagawan Niwari Guruji, Tumhare Darshan ki Balihari.'

"Meaning: 'Guruji I am offering myself for your Darshan, Darshan that erases bad deeds and will break the cycle of rebirth.')

"To be in presence of Saheb [God] on the auspicious occasion of poonam is a blissful experience." (Shri Hajur 1008 Ardhanam Saheb, Acharya Kabir Panth, commenting on some verses of Sant Dharam Das)







The Soul is Being Called From Above

"How else would a person hear, if that person's name had not been called?... Whoever has gnosis (acquaintance) is from above: and if called, hears, replies, and turns to The One who is calling; and goes to Him." (Valentinus of Alexandria, Gospel of Truth)



The Practice of Remembering God's Name (Simran) That Leads One to the Real Name: Divine Sound

"The efficacy of Naam (the Name) consists in that if one calls a man while he is asleep, by his name, he wakes up. Then why should not the Awakened Being hear, if He is called by His Name (Naam)? It is, therefore, incumbent upon all, that for their spiritual welfare, they should learn the secrets and whereabouts of the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal [Compassionate Lord of the Soul], and repeat His real Name methodically and listen to its Dhun (Reverberation) within themselves." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, Prem Patra Radhasoami, Volume Five, Agra)







Transcending All the Realms via An Ancient Form Of Meditation

A Sabbath Rest From the World of the Five Senses (via Meditation): Beyond the confines of body and mind, the mystic seeks a vision of God and the heavens on the spiritual level:

"If the soul is to see God, then it must see no temporal thing, for as long as the soul is conscious of time or space, or of an idea, it cannot know God." (Meister Eckhart)



"Whatever little is possible, do meditation everyday. But never ever give up or discontinue meditation. You will definitely meet with success." (from, The Last Words of Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj)



"Through the practice of meditation one can progressively move the consciousness inward within oneself. In the beginning, the practice of subtle meditation is difficult to accomplish owing to its unfamiliarity. Through the initial practice of Manas Japa (repetition of mantra [simran]), the mind begins to focus. Then one progresses to the subtler practice of Manas Dhyan (visualizing the form of Deity or Satguru) and prepares for the subtle meditation. Subsequently, through Drshti Yoga one practices one-pointedness [Inner Light Meditation). Finally, through the practice of Surat Shabda Yoga (Inner Sound Meditation) the transcending of all the realms is achieved." (Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, Philosophy of Liberation -- Moksha Darshan -- A Manual of Sant Mat Spirituality)



"This practice can be conducted easily and comfortably if the devotee has a little love for the Supreme Being. Without love it will be too hard and difficult to practice Surat Shabd Yoga [inner Light and Sound Meditation] with any good result to be obtained within a short time.

"The Supreme Being, being a boundless Ocean of Spirit or Love and the human being, being a drop or current of spirit or love from this Ocean, and love being the very essence and means of existence of the whole creation, it follows that no effort in any direction, temporal or spiritual, unless actuated by love or affectionate regard, can be crowned with success, and the work or labour rendered easy, sweet and harmonious.

"Love is most sublime, having its origin in the highest region, the abode of the Supreme Being. In whatever heart it springs up, it will gradually raise and carry the fortunate possessor of this lofty and noble passion to the highest region." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, Radhasoami Mat Prakash)



"Soar high on the wings of love." -- Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry



"Meditation without love is useless." -- Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra



"This spiritual path and its destination is divine love... The remover of difficulties is the one spiritual teacher who has given you the secret knowledge (spiritual guidance and experience)." (Baba Devi Sahab)



"Unlike other worship methods popular in religions and sects with different names, these two methods [Seeing the Inner Light and Hearing the Inner Transcendental Sound] are not man-made. God himself is the founder and operator of these methods. Since the beginning, God has kept these two methods inside human beings with full qualifications. The way of redemption of jivas (i.e. bounded souls) is available within all human beings." (Baba Devi Sahib of Moradabad)



"Clear your karmas with the true Sound Current.
You will obtain the profound wisdom of the Guru.
Destroying all karmas and delusion,
You will reach your Immortal Home."
-- Sant Dariya Sahib, Book of Gyan Ratan



"The real greatness is in Shabd Dhun and Naam. Therefore, fix your 'surat' and 'nirat' and 'nij man,' with devotion, in the Shabd Dhun. If you listen for ten minutes, or five minutes, or four minutes, or two minutes, or even one minute, with love and devotion, millions of sins and obstacles will be removed." (Baba Jaimal Singh)



"The waves or vibrations of Sound permeate the whole of the body through light, darkness, the brain and the tiny blood vessels (arteries/veins), in that order. It exists in the body in the form of vitality or Life-Current. It exists in the mental sky in the form of Light, while it exists as Sound in the void. This Sound is an immensely valuable entity. In ancient times Greeks, Egyptians, Romans and Hindus had authored several books on Sound. That is why, I say that it is the highest duty of every individual to acquire experiential knowledge of this Sound and to investigate or explore the Origin or Source from where this Sound flows out." (Baba Devi Sahab)



"The Sound heard internally is a Current which has originally emanated from the Supreme Being and is the means not only of concentrating the will but also of raising the spirit to the Source from which it emanates. At the time of initiation, a novice receives instructions as regards the particulars of the Shabd [Sound] of each sub-division by means of which he has to raise his spirit upwards." (Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat Prakash)



"Hearing the Divine Melody, the mind remained absorbed. Obtaining samadhi, it remained devoted at the Master’s feet, and all its mental sufferings have been removed. Grasping the rope of the Divine Melody, the soul has climbed to liberation. At the mountain peak of the Void the decorations are resplendent. There the Nectar rains, and Divine Love keeps flowing. Kabir says: '0 brother sadhu, listen to me! Tasting this Nectar over and over, the mind has become intoxicated.'" (Kabir Bhajan Amritam, Devotional Bhajans of Satguru Kabir, Dr. Jagessar Das, Kabir Association of Canada)







Darkness Before Light: Where the Inner Darkness Comes From

"We are in the grip of sensory desires because of our earlier karmas. Our past impure actions have taken the form of the sheath of darkness (that is seen when we close our eyes in meditation) and ignorance, and have obstructed the Divine light and knowledge of the truth." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)

Veiled by Realms of Darkness, Forms, Light and Sound, God is at the Center of Being, the Divine Ground of Being: "Through Diligent Meditation My World Will Merge in the Mind, the Mind Will Merge in Me, and Then I Will Merge in the Divine", by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj:

"When we close our eyes and do not see any objects, this does not mean that there exists nothing that can be seen. In other words, the shapeless darkness is also an object. Unfortunately, we cannot even see pure darkness because we are constantly thinking about the images of the world, and instead of seeing darkness we see the imaginary sights projected on the screen of inner mind. Without practicing the meditation of focusing in the darkness, it is not possible to see the subtle light that lies deep within. The experience of Divine light in the meditation brings joy, and the progress then becomes rapid. Consequently, one's faith and conviction becomes stronger. Goswami Tulsi Das says: 'This form of meditation of the Divine is easy and gives joy; who will not enjoy it.'

"However, until the sheath of darkness is in front of us, it seems that this is a very difficult path to realize the Divine. The fountain of joy has not yet opened, and progress in meditation is slow. Furthermore, if the conviction of practitioners is weak; their faith is also not mature. Gradually, the practitioner may become doubtful of the meditation technique because progress is not in sight. Some even leave meditation and become fake sadhus. Some abandon the path and expound meditation to others to save face. Some open ashrams and indulge in satisfying the sensory desires. This apparently impermeable vast realm of darkness is capable of destroying the enthusiasm of many great seekers, making them disheartened and turn toward the world. However, keep in mind that a coward leaves the battleground but a fighter continues to struggle to the end. The courageous practitioner battles the realm of darkness and diligently engages in the yoga of drishti or focused gaze. This is the juncture. It is essential to be firm in moral rectitude. At this time it is important to dedicate day and night to the practice. It is necessary to discipline your daily lifestyle and study the scriptures. It is essential to focus the mind and gaze, follow the practice according to the instruction of the guru. Therefore, it is necessary to surrender oneself to the guru, and serve the guru with the mind, body, and life-breath, in other words, diligently following the teachings of the guru. For this, it is important to surrender to the holy feet of the guru.

"When we gaze at a scene in the middle, our mind becomes focused and we only see the center of the scene, which is the source of the scene. This focal point can be likened to a seed. At the very center of the seed lies the invisible energy, which is the source of the visible tree. Even though the source of the tree lies in the seed, many are not able to understand the mystery. The implication of this analogy is that the cause of darkness lies in the light, the cause of the light lies in the sound, the cause of the sound lies in the material subtle sounds, the cause of the subtle sounds lies in the Infinite Divine Reality. In other words, the primal seed, the cause of this whole world -- both seen and unseen -- is the Divine Being. Until we realize the direct experience of the Divine, we are engrossed in the delusion of the material world. As soon as we have complete knowledge of the Divine, the other forms of material and subtle reality dissolve.

"As discussed earlier, the center of our energy is the Divine Being. However, as our consciousness is bound in the physical body, its visionary center is considered to be the Ajna Chakra (tenth gate). As soon as the consciousness becomes focused on the bindu (point) in the center of the realm of darkness, it realizes that its source is beyond this center. Thus, consecutively transcending the centers of lower realms and ascending upward within, the consciousness goes beyond the world of material name and form and merges into the root center of the Supreme Being, the original source of all creation.

"As we discussed earlier, the imaginative center of our consciousness energy is the Ajna Chakra or third eye. The attenuated form of the conscious energy is categorized under four names: mind (manas), intellect (buddhi), thought processes (chitta), and ego or 'I' principle (ahamkara). These four create this world, which is transitory and conditional. In essence: As we progress toward our center, then these created images of the world slowly begin to dissolve in the mind, because this is all created by the mind. Then the mind and intellect become dissolved in me. I created my world and I am created by the Supreme Being. Logically, the creation becomes dissolved in the cause. In the same way, through diligent meditation my world will merge in the mind, the mind will merge in me, and then I will merge in the Divine.

"Thus holding onto this deepest conviction you should meditate (sadhana). You should consider that all the darkness you see is illusory and it is inevitable that illusion will be destroyed. In this way, first you should disassociate yourself from the names and forms of the world created by the mind. Then with full intense concentration you should gaze at the darkness within. Gradually begin to concentrate scattered thoughts and gaze into the darkness. Slowly, by concentrating your sight, focusing your gaze (concentrated seeing within), establish yourself in the center of the darkness. In other words, focus on the middle of the darkness.

"Remember, do not hasten to get success in this endeavor. With great patience and earnestness withdrawing your mind constantly, try to prevent your gaze from wandering up or down or left to right. When the gaze moves away from its focal-point, then concentration disappears. When the gaze is unstable, the mind becomes restless. When the mind becomes restive then again, the thoughts of name and form of this world begin to arise in the mind. During this practice, it is very important to concentrate both the gaze and the mind so no disturbance arises between the sight and the focal-point. However, as one begins to have success reaching the state of concentration, some physical, material, and supernatural obstructions emerge."  (Swami Vyasanand, Inward Journey of the Soul, Amazon Kindle e-book)







Couplets of Swami SantSevi Ji on the Stages of Sant Mat Meditation Practice

"Begin meditation with internally chanting or repeating the Guru-mantra-incantation (the charged words given by the Guru). And then try to visualize the radiant form or image of the Satguru in the still darkness of the inner sky (with eyes closed). Follow that with focusing your attention at the seat of the soul within, i.e. at the Third Eye or the Inner Eye or the Til Dwaar, by making the two streams of consciousness in your two eyes converge in a Point.

"When the two currents of consciousness meet in a Point, Divine Light appears within. Then, practice Surat Shabd Yoga (Yoga of Divine Sound) i.e., try to shift your attention to listening to the Divine Sounds or myriads of melodies (Anahad Naad) ringing inside. Listening to the Divine Sound destroys all the perversions, agitations and fickleness of the mind.

"Ascending beyond or transcending myriads of sounds, try to identify and tune in to the Quintessential Unstruck Melody, called 'Saar Shabd' or 'Anaahat Naad' which alone is capable of taking you and merging you into oneness with the Supreme Lord; this is the ultimate deliverance, emancipation, or liberation."











Top Ten Recommended Sant Mat Books -- Light and Sound on the Path

 
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Top Ten Recommended Sant Mat Books -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Newsletter of Spiritual Quotes & Satsang Discourses



The Illusion of Being Trapped by Our Own Beliefs: If we think that meditation practice is too difficult -- it's just too hard, that we aren't very good at it and can't possibly get very far, so shall it seem to be for us. If we believe God to be millions of light-years distant and our spiritual experience will remain cold and uneventful, so shall it seem to be for us. If we're stuck with the impression that the way forward will never be clear and spiritual guidance is nowhere to be found, so shall it seem to be for us. If however, we come to know that we can have quality meditations beginning right now, and there is no reason why we can't make much progress on the spiritual path during this life, so shall this come to be our experience. As Kabir says:

"If you place the Guru at a distance from you, then it is but the distance that you honour: If indeed the Master be far away, then who is it else that is creating this world? When you think that He is not here, then you wander further and further away, and seek Him in vain with tears. Where He is far off, there He is unattainable: where He is near, He is very bliss. Kabir says: 'Lest His servant should suffer pain He pervades him through and through.' Know yourself then, O Kabir; for He is in you from head to foot. Sing with gladness, and keep your seat unmoved within your heart." -- Songs of Kabir, Rabindranath Tagore



"The person who adheres to the meditation on the Supreme Being, the Ultimate Reality, as outlined in this book by Satguru Kabir, will have the effects of his past life karmas, his present life karmas, and future life karmas, uprooted. (A devotee, through deep meditation, identifies with the Supreme Being that is beyond all karmas and their effects. Karmas operate at the level of the mind/body complex, not at the level of Spirit.)"  -- Brahmn Nirupan of Kabir, Saying 333 


The Brahm Nirupan is another volume of the Kabir Sagar (The Ocean of Kabir) from the same Sant Mat lineage that authored the Anurag Sagar -- the Sant Dharam Das branch of Kabir Panth, the Path of Kabir representing Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters, in earlier times -- earlier generations of Sants practising Surat Shabd Yoga Meditation before the time of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, Sant Radhasoami Sahib of Agra, and Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar. Brahm Nirupan, translated by Dr. Das, is now available via Amazon.



"O Dharam Dass! Before you, Chaturbhuj, Bankeji and Sahteji had been my disciples. You are the chief one among them. Through your lineage of forty-two generations, instruct the people about the Absolute, even as I have instructed you, and liberate them.

"I also instructed them how to destroy the powerful Kal by the knowledge of the Absolute. They became steadfast in this knowledge, and they will definitely liberate seekers from the bondage of the worldly ocean.

"These disciples gave up false, hypocritical and dualistic philosophies, and contemplated the single Absolute Being all the time. God has no form, so one has to meditate on the inner Sound and Light...

"And they always recited the one hundred and one names of Satya Purush, the Absolute. (Sar Nam or Sar Shabd is the Essence of all Names. It cannot be written or pronounced. It is the Unstruck Melody. It can only be experienced.) These disciples embody forgiveness, peace and compassion and, as liberated souls, they move around on the earth.

"They will teach any person about the incomparable power of the Essence of all Names, and how to meditate on it. But such a person must desire liberation and go to their refuge for instruction.

"By reciting the many names of the Supreme Being that signify His attributes, and meditating on Him, the devotee purifies his heart, and obtains Divine Knowledge. He then destroys millions of negative karmas of his previous births, and is no longer subject to the birth and death cycles." (Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)



"In meditation the ardent seeker obtains these seven attributes that assist him in his spiritual attainment:1. Swati or deep concentration
2. Sahaja or an easy disposition
3. Sindhu or depth of sincerity
4. Ankura or initiator of noble actions
5. Sravana or listening to words of wisdom
6. Sudaya or compassion for all beings
7. Sulila or virtuous conduct." (Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)



"The four virtues:
1. Discernment of the Reality from the unreality.
2. Detachment from worldly things.
3. The six assets:
i. Control of the mind
ii. Control of the senses and body
iii. Faith in the guru and scriptures
iv. Endurance in face of hardship such as weather, etc.
v. Indifference to religious rituals
vi. Proper concentration and meditation
4. Intense longing for liberation.)"



Prayer: "O Ocean of Love! You are in the form of inner experience, and you are immutable. You are in the form of knowledge and the giver of liberation. You are in the form of wisdom and you are imperishable. You are the ocean of bliss, and you are free of the limitations of time. You are immortal. Heartfelt salutations to you!

"You are changeless in the three periods of time -- past, present and future. You are beyond the perishable world, and the imperishable soul. You are free of all desires and are the giver of peace. Your form is perfection. You have given the knowledge of the Eternal Name to your devotees for their liberation. Heartfelt salutations to you!

"You are free of the troubles of the body and mind, and you are without beginning. You are immanent, indestructible, blissful, the embodiment of wisdom, the repository of perfect knowledge, the ocean of compassion, the protector of all, and the remover of their suffering. Heartfelt salutations to you!

"You are free of mental distractions, doubt, etc. You are the source of happiness and your power is the creator of all. You are the mine of compassion, the giver of light and eternal joy, and the destroyer of ignorance. Heartfelt salutations to you!" (The Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)



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A Satsang Without Walls: This is the April 24th, 2016 Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose -- words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.



This Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Newsletter is dedicated to the Path of the Masters (Sant Satgurus of the Past, the Living Present, and Future), and to the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Soul Who is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness, and explores the poetry, prose, spiritual discourses, books, scriptures, letters, prayers, ahimsa ethics, audio, videos, philosophy, cosmology, gnosticism, meditation, mysticism, and history of the Masters from a traditional Indian perspective that's non-sectarian, and might also include quotes from various world religions in harmony with the Way of the Saints, the Path of the Masters and Mystics.



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NOTE: This newsletter is supportive of, The Murar Declaration -- the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic event held in Agra.



NOTE: The Usage of the Term "Sant Mat": "Sant Mat" means: "The Teachings ('Mat') of the Saints or Sages" or "Path of the Masters". In India it's common knowledge that the term "Sant Mat" was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. "Sant Mat" was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Sant tradition, with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India.



"What's the use of receiving this human form if we do not serve others in thought, word, and deed. If we hold our thoughts only on worldly material things and refuse to think of that which is higher and more subtle, then our faith in the Transcendental will inevitably diminish." ("Quintessence of Yoga: Secret of All Success", a Sant Mat publication)



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Top-Ten List of Recommended Reading -- E-Books by Masters of Inner Light and Sound (the Sants of India)  -- These Books Are In Various Sections of the Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Library Online Here:

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1) The Brahm Nirupan of Guru Kabir -- A Journey to Enlightenment -- The Ultimate Reality [in the Kabir Section of the E-Library];

2) Excerpts from Shabdavali (Hymns) and the Ghat Ramayana of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];

3) Philosophy Of Liberation (Salvation, Moksha-Darshan): A Manuel of Sant Mat Mysticism, by Maharishi Mehi Paramhans -- The Goals and Practices of the Sant Tradition of India [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];

4) ALL the Writings of Soamiji Maharaj, Sant Radhasoami Sahib (Sar Bachan Poetry & Prose, Letters, Commentary on the Jap Ji, The Last Words) [RADHASOAMI Section];

5) Radhasoami Mat Prakash, by Huzur Maharaj (the very first Sant Mat book that appeared in the English language near the beginning of the 20th Century -- ALL the writings of Huzur Maharaj really, such as Prem Patra, volumes I-VI, represent a great "bible" or "encyclopedia" of Sant Mat. Also see, Prem Bani, volumes I-IV.) [RADHASOAMI Section];

6) A Spiritual Seekers Guide: Dayalpuri Radhasoami Prem Prabhakar Magazine, English Section, and Satsang Discourses (fabulous spiritual discourses liberated from a website that went dark -- glad to have made copies and rescued these) [RADHASOAMI Section];

7) The Way Out Is IN (An Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation), by Swami Ram Bihari Lal, successor of Sant Gharib Das, famous disciple of Soamiji Maharaj/Sant Radhasoami Sahib [RADHASOAMI Section];

8) Baba Devi Sahab, Disciple of Sant Tulsi Sahib and also Friend of the Radhasoami Faith (he was close friends with Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram): Essential Teachings in English [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];

9) Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy, English Edition) – Exploring Inner Light and Sound Meditation in the Great World Religions and the Sant Mat Tradition, by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];

10) The Inward Journey of the Soul: Chal Hansa Nij Desh, a new living master-book by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];

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"The soul hears a wave of sound and rhythm that becomes visible... It opens the door -- unspeakable, indescribable. Going beyond rhythm and sight, one enters the gate of the tower of emptiness, where by means of the two doors of sight and sound one finds the level of highest reality (parbrahma). Then one sees the Sound Current issuing forth hundreds of universes, and Sound penetrates to the middle of them all, their crown jewel, which is tiny as an insect." (Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)



Obtaining The Fourteen Jewels (Book of Brahm Nirupan)

O Dharam Dass! The person that meditates is, figuratively, churning the ocean of the WORD and obtains fourteen beneficial jewels. Listen to them! (Note: In Indian mythology the gods and demons churned the ocean of milk and got fourteen precious "jewels." The churning rod was mount Mandara, and the rope was Vasuki, the king of serpents. Satguru Kabir’s churning is different. It is churning of the Word inwardly. It is mystical and metaphorical and deals with accomplishments within the self.) ...

When the wise, discriminative devotee churns the Ocean of the WORD, fourteen "jewels" are obtained. (Note: The fourteen jewels of the Indian mythology are placed in brackets for comparison.)

The first is Love for Satnam, the name of God. (Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, obtained from the churning of the Ocean of Milk in the mythology.) This love engenders sweet speech, friendliness, contemplation on the Divine, and discards mental agitation, lust, anger, etc... and endows perfect peace.

The second is Compassion. (Kaustubha, precious jewel worn by Lord Vishnu.) Do not use hurtful words, remove bondage and sins and increase love for others, protect the life of animals, etc... Compassion is a priceless jewel.
The third is Good Character. (Parijatak, the divine flowering tree identified with the wish-fulfilling tree.) The person of good character always performs good actions, whether those actions are continuous or temporary.

The fourth is the Sense of Service. (Dhanwantari, physician of the gods.) The person with this jewel serves those in need that are less fortunate, such as with food, clothing, comforting words, etc... It is a generosity of spirit.

The fifth is Bliss of the Self. (Madira, wine.) The person awakened to Self-knowledge is, figuratively, drunk with bliss. This Self-knowledge is the knowledge of the divine soul that produces unalloyed bliss.

The sixth is Forgiveness. (Kamadhenu, the wish fulfilling divine cow.) The forgiving person sincerely forgives others that have insulted him or lied to him, or have done wrongs to him. By the power of forgiveness his actions are purified, and his life becomes stress free.

The seventh is Contentment. (Airavat, the elephant of the god Indra.) The person with this jewel is satisfied with what is available to him. He is at peace and is blissful, and is not troubled by the problems caused by others.

The eighth is Awareness of Reality within. (Rambha, a celestial dancing nymph.) The world manifests in countless material forms, but they are all illusory, as they have no permanence. The Reality within is Spirit and it is eternal. The one having this awareness gets salvation.

The ninth is Seven-fold Knowledge. (Uchchaihshravas, the divine seven-headed flying white horse.) This seven-fold knowledge helps to unite the soul with God:

1. Good wishes for the welfare of all.
2. Right thinking or inquiry into the nature of the Self.
3. Self-reliance in body and mind for seeking Truth.
4. Subtle or inner Realization that the Self or soul is Absolute.
5. Detachment from Maya through Love and Devotion to God.
6. Surrendering to God, and not needing the four goals of life.
7. Knowledge of the Super-conscious State.

The tenth is True Faith. (Amrit, the nectar, drinking which one becomes immortal.) True Faith is like nectar. The person having firm faith in the words of the guru goes across this world of birth and death. He knows that the teachings that are unproven are false, and has firm belief in truth.

The eleventh is Devotion to the Self. (Sharanga, the bow of Lord Vishnu.) Practice the devotion and love taught by Satguru Kabir. With Self-realization, destroy the enemy that is the trap of Death.

The twelfth is Spiritually Knowledgeable Speech. (Shankh, the conch of Lord Vishnu.) The person with this jewel performs noble actions, meditates, reflects sound intellect, and sees the presence of God everywhere. He remembers God always, and keeps his mind united with Him.

The thirteenth is Auspicious Peace. (Shashi, the moon.) The person with this jewel always experiences bliss with no trace of suffering. He is saintly, destroys all defects of the mind, and knows that God is his support.

The fourteenth is Knowing the World as Poison. (Vish, the poison swallowed by Lord Shiva) The world is full of suffering, sins, delusions, hypocrisy, falsehood, etc. Peace is illusory and the mind is restless. The devotee must thus realize the world to be poison, and detach from it. It is being in the world but not of the world.

The devotee that churns the Ocean of the WORD and obtains these fourteen jewels will find peace, bliss and unity with God.

These fourteen jewels are the giver of salvation to the one that always meditates and obtains them. They reveal to him the pure light of God, and enable him to have unalloyed bliss. Those that are not so rewarded cannot enjoy such bliss.

The person that is absorbed in meditation on the Supreme Being remains free of the dualities of joy and sorrow, praise and criticism, attraction and repulsion, etc. He enjoys permanent happiness by becoming liberated in his present life. Such a great soul is free of the three-fold suffering, and lives for the sake of freeing others from the bondage they are in.

"Meditation of the Absolute Name as previously mentioned is the source of the fourteen jewels, and is the essence of the scripture. Contemplate this and become absorbed in the practice. By its power you will obtain eternal bliss. Sing the glories of the Essence of all Names. Satguru Kabir has made it clear that you will obtain salvation." (Kabir)

O Dharam Dass! Seeing your devotion and piousness, I know that you are a very good disciple, so I have happily revealed to you the secret knowledge. Now, keep it in your heart and enjoy eternal bliss.

-- THE BRAHM NIRUPAN OF KABIR
A Description of the Nature of Absolute Reality
(The Necessity of Liberation)
Translation by Jagessar Das M.D.



Being Conscious of the Absolute God Within All Things -- Everywhere I look, You Are

"The one who always knows the Absolute in his waking, sleeping, sitting, standing, walking or wandering, is a rare saint in the world." (Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)

"You are pervading and permeating all places and inter-spaces, O Creator. You made all that has been made. You created the entire universe, with all its colors and shades; in so many ways and means and forms You formed it. You are the support of the unsupported. In all places and inter-spaces you are the Giver, the Great Giver. Everywhere I look, You are. Lord, You have no end or limitation. You are pervading and permeating all places and inter-spaces; reflecting upon the Word of the Guru's Shabad, You are found." (Adi Granth, Sikh Scriptures, Gurbani)

Below is from the Brahm Nirupan


158. Think of a tree that has branches, leaves and fruit, etc... If someone wishes to have fruit, or leaves or branches, then he would take what he wants. Similarly, one who wants to realize the Name would seek it, instead of the countless other things available in the world.

159. In the same way, the Absolute has many "parts" such as nature, Maya and actions, the gods and the incarnations etc., as the Absolute is in all. According to the name of any part of the Absolute that the disciple hears from the guru, that is what he will firmly believe, and that confers knowledge of the Absolute.

160. It is possible to realize the parts of the Absolute as mentioned above, but to realize the causal and astral forms, and the seed that is the Absolute, that has within It the whole of creation, one needs the grace and compassion of the Satguru. It is not possible otherwise.

161. By the grace of the Satguru, when a spiritually wise person's mind is steadfast on the Absolute, it will be absorbed in the Absolute. At that time he will see the Absolute in everything, both inside and outside the gross and subtle manifestations. (In one of his couplets Kabir stated, "When I was, God wasn’t. Now God is, I am not.")

162. With such a vision he would see that the things that are far off or near, and the visible and invisible, the enemy that causes suffering, and the friend that brings happiness, and the things that he has or does not have, that all of these are really the Absolute. Such a person has equanimity of vision.

163. The person who has control over his mind and senses, and is governed by noble qualities is called a master. The one who performs service with a pure heart is called a servant. And the reason for the origin of all things is the cause, and the things that were created are the effect. All of these are the Absolute. The beginning, middle and end of creation are all the Absolute.

164. The realms of heaven, earth and hell are all the Absolute. Even the earth, water, air, fire and ether or space, are all the Absolute.

165. The living beings that have movement (man, animals) and those without movement (trees) in the whole world are the Absolute. The various gods and demons are also the Absolute. Even the demigods are the Absolute.

166. The one who has realized the Absolute sees Indra and the other multitude of gods, the celestial musicians, and the sun, moon and stars, as the Absolute. Therefore who has realized the Absolute, sees the Absolute everywhere.

167. The upholder of the world, and the things that are thinkable and unthinkable are the Absolute. The gross, astral and causal manifestations that are the world, are also the Absolute.

168. The realized saint has the true knowledge that the whole world is the Absolute. To say that this is a body, and that is a piece of cloth, is false. Whatever you can see is no other than the Absolute. (Seeing differences in objects occurs in the relative world of duality.)

169. The one who always knows the Absolute in his waking, sleeping, sitting, standing, walking or wandering, is a rare saint in the world.

-- The Brahm Nirupan of Kabir: A Journey To Enlightenment -- The Ultimate Reality, translated by Dr. Jagessar Das, Kabir Association



Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry: "Why flounder on this side of the eye-focus? Peep into the opening of the third eye and cross over. Learn the technique from a master, dear friend -- without his help this door will not open. Practice that technique with love and devotion (Bhakti) -- conquer your mind and take your soul across into sahaj [natural state of the soul]. The soul will then advance with the help of Shabd [Sound Current] to a place where a stream of nectar constantly flows."



"The Word is Soami and Surat is Radha, and this dhar of Surat that turns back and merges into the Shabd (Word) sings 'Radhasoami'. When you sing the name 'Radhasoami', you do the simran of the ‘Five Names’." (Sant Garib Das/Gareeb Das, Book of Anmol Bachan)



"You have to see for yourself how much importance you have given to the practical aspect of Santmat. How much desire is there for Satsang? Such an approach reveals the purity of heart. Without purity and without the help of that Great Power, the Supreme Being, transformation is impossible. The person who is endowed with devotion and dedication alone can do sadhana [meditation practices] and enter the subtle world."  (Spiritual Seekers Guide)



"Without Love Divine man cannot concentrate at the spirit pole [third eye center within in meditation]. The human mind is attracted to so many things in day to day life and they all cause an impression on it although they do not in any way enrich or ennoble it. But man’s mind rebels when he attempts to concentrate at the spirit pole. So man must possess 'Bhakti Ang' or Love Divine in order to realize the Truth. Only such gifted souls are fit for deriving the full benefit from the teachings of Saints and Seers. However if this criterion is made for admission into Satsang very few people will be found fit for it. So the doors of Satsang have been thrown open for all." (Spiritual Seekers Guide)



"A true devotee who performs spiritual practices prescribed by the Living Spiritual Master knows that he is able to gradually throw off the poison which accumulated in his present life and the past ones..."

"Looking at his limited resources, the Supreme Father comes down on this planet and awakens the unlimited potentialities inherent in man. Man possesses 'the atom of spirit' which has unlimited powers. Unfortunately there are too heavy coverings over it. Man is unaware of this potential power. The Supreme Father sends Saints and Seers for those who yearn for awakening this power. The moment such an individual comes in to contact with messengers of God, his spirit power is ignited. With little effort from his side and with the help of the Master, he is able to cast aside the coverings over his soul. As the coverings go off, he feels lightness and develops power of penetration into the past and the future. When all the coverings are thrown off, he becomes one with Supreme Father. There is no difference between him and the Supreme Father. Attainment of this state is real freedom [jiva mukti]." (Spiritual Seekers Guide)



Worthiness of a Spiritual Seeker

A serious seeker has to prepare a fertile ground within his or her inner Self. The prerogative of God-realization and attainment of the vision of the Divine only belongs to the atman (inner Self) or consciousness within the body. However, it is not possible to accomplish this while engrossed in the distractions of the mind and the body. It is only possible by being free of these distractions while living in the body. To be liberated from the sensory distractions is no easy task. However, it can be achieved with the grace of the Satguru (true teacher). For this, a practitioner must be determined, morally upright, and follow the instruction of the guru. Without these, it is impossible to obtain the grace of the guru. The practitioner can only diligently perform sadhana (literally, exertion to attain an objective, meditation, spiritual practice), but only the grace of the guru yields success in the endeavor. To attain the due rewards of sadhana [meditation practice] it is important to follow the gurus’ instruction vigilantly and steadfastly. Resolve means: not wavering from the path in any situation…

To create resolve in seekers, the Sants give specific guidance:

First, keep a diligent meditation schedule as instructed by the guru.

Second, leave all desires except the yearning for seeing the Supreme Being.

Third, keep in mind the reverence of the guru.

Finally, observe instructions of the guru as the highest duty and consider the guru as the dearest of all.

Students who can follow the above instructions are qualified to follow the path.

For success in meditation it is important for a sadhak to be cautious in the following ways:

* Following the example of a crow: be repetitive (always at it, never giving up), always remaining vigilant and attentive in sadhana, and in following the guru’s instructions.

* Have concentration similar to that of a crane: always be attentive at listening to the teaching of the guru;

* Nap or sleep similar to that of dog: be willing to follow the instructions of the teacher without laziness;

* Eat less: cultivate a sense of detachment from all physical pleasures and bodily desires;

* Finally, detachment: indifference to the ‘ups and downs’ of home and family relations.

It is important that a student should cultivate these qualities. Without the grace of the teacher, progress on the spiritual path and attainment of the Divine is not possible.

A seeker should pay attention to five factors:

1. Receive the teachings of the guru with great attentiveness.

2. After listening to the teaching, learn the esoteric techniques (diksha, initiation) from the guru for treading the spiritual path.

3. Make a diligent effort to succeed in the tests presented by the guru.

4. Joyfully endure the trials and obstacles on this arduous path.

5. Cultivate patience and perseverance.

Just as a traveller withstands the pains of the journey and calmly endures the delays of the train and discomforts of the railway station, in the same manner, the spiritual traveller on the Divine path, although not seeing the Divine for many years, does not waiver from the path. Rather, the seeker endures the delay, and keeping faith in the guru’s words, enthusiastically waits for the moment of Divine realization.

Infinite knowledge is like an ocean with unlimited water. The ocean makes its water available to anyone who wishes to draw from it. However, the person who wants to draw water from the ocean is only limited by the capacity of his vessel for carrying the water. It is not the fault of the ocean if humans are limited in their capacity to draw water. Those who have bigger vessels have the capacity to carry the most water. In the same way, humans vary in their capacities to draw from the Divine Ocean of knowledge.

In the words of Sant Maharshi Mehi: "All the Sants are said to be impartial and are equally compassionate toward all beings and their grace showers like the rain, equally on everyone. Nevertheless, just as the flowing rainwater gathers only in the deep hollow places, the grace of Saints gathers in the hearts of those disciples whose hearts are emptied from worldly distractions and whose devotion is deep. They are ready to receive the grace of the guru. Furthermore, a devotee through service becomes eligible for the guru’s grace and, not surprisingly, attracts the teacher’s grace. Those who are careless and do not tend to the vessel of their hearts are able to hold only a little that the guru offers. Others, who are diligent in caring for the vessel, gain benefit by attracting the grace of the guru. In the teachings of Sants, this is the secret of serving the guru and following his teachings. Those who learn knowledge from the guru become humble and grateful and the devotion to the guru arises in their hearts naturally and effortlessly."

The seeker is like a vessel. Some vessels are small and hold very little substance. Other vessels are deep and wide and can hold large amounts. And still again, some vessels are very shallow and hold almost nothing. In this way, a seeker attempts to make himself or herself like a deep and wide pot which is capable of holding a great deal.

-- Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh: O, Swan-Soul Return to Your Abode), Kindle e-book (and via Kindle APP) translated into English by Professor Veena Howard



From Light to Sound, From Form to Formlessness -- Stages of Meditation on the Path of the Masters

"These various kinds of meditation, both gross and subtle, have been described by the Sants in the following ways. Withdrawing from all other physical names and sounds and only focusing on the name given by the guru is called: 'material but Formless meditation.' Withdrawing from all material forms and focusing on the image of the deity as taught by the guru is called material-visualization meditation. The meditation on the point or bindu is the subtle form of meditation. The meditation on the countless Divine Sounds is considered the subtlest form of meditation since it does not require visualization or focus on any form. This is called the most subtle and Formless meditation.

"When we close our eyes and do not see any objects, this does not mean that there exists nothing that can be seen. In other words, the shapeless darkness is also an object. Unfortunately, we cannot even see pure darkness because we are constantly thinking about the images of the world, and instead of seeing darkness we see the imaginary sights projected on the screen of inner mind. Without practising the meditation of focusing in the darkness, it is not possible to see the subtle Light that lies deep within. The experience of Divine Light in the meditation brings joy, and the progress then becomes rapid. Consequently, one's faith and conviction becomes stronger. Goswami Tulsi Das says: 'This form of meditation of the Divine is easy and gives joy; who will not enjoy it.'"

-- Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh)



"By practising devotion through these four techniques -- Manas Japa ([simran, mantras, zikhr] recitation of the Divine name), Manas Dhyana (focus on the Divine form), Dristi Sadhana (focus on the infinitesimal point [third eye center and inner Light), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (concentration on the inner Divine Sounds [Surat Shabd Yoga]) -- the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, Light, and Sound which cloak the Supreme Truth -- the Divine Reality."

-- Swami Sant Sevi Ji, "Harmony Of All Religions" (Sarvadharma Samanvy) -- on Inner Light and Sound Meditation in the Great World Religions and the Sant Mat tradition



"The meditation on the Sound is Formless and transcends the realm of name and form. Through this meditation the practitioner reaches the Supreme Being. Through this path the meditator goes beyond all obstacles and achieves the ultimate freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The practitioner becomes free from taking birth in this world. The practitioner whose consciousness grasps the Central Sound even once escapes the afflictions of time and death. This practice of meditation is the direct path as was stated by the Prophet Mohammed. By treading this path the practitioner reaches the untainted destination of Khuda (a word for God in Urdu) or the realm of the Supreme. This path of meditation is described by Jesus as the eye of the needle, and by going through it one attains the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the path leading to Nirvana as described in Jainism and Buddhism. This is the Unstruck Sound (Anahat Shabd) revealed by Guru Nanak, which is heard by closing the ears, eyes, and mouth. This meditation is the essence of all the different religions, all sacred texts and the core message of all Sants and sages. This meditation takes the practitioner to the ultimate goal. Without this meditation the existence of any religion, sect, or path is incomplete."

-- Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh)



"Once established in Light, the practitioner hears various types of sweet inner melodious Sounds. The saints have named this Sound the Anahad (Un-struck, self-producing Divine Sound). Through the technique of Shabad Yoga (Yoga [Meditation] of Divine Sound) the practitioner goes beyond these Sounds and enters the Eternal Sound... Through this the practitioner reaches God (Paramatma -- the Supreme Spirit) and reaches the point where the distinction between the devotee (practitioner) and God (object of worship) disappears. The soul which is united with the Supreme Soul, becomes the Supreme Soul. This State is known as Moksha, Nirvana, or Mukti (Absolute Freedom)." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji, Chapter on Jainism, Book of Sarvadharma Samanvy -- Harmony Of All Religions)



Ethical Teachings of the Radhasoami Faith

Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you.

That action which helps the approach to the Holy Feet of Radhasoami, is good, and that action which creates separation or distance, is bad.

Do whatever you like, but do not wound the feelings of your neighbors with taunting terms and wounding words.

Religious discussion should be avoided, for therein is greater danger of wounding a man's heart than in anything else.

Do not force your ideas on others. It is undesirable. Wait till the aspirant has acquired the necessary development of mind.

Clemency, love, tolerance and happiness should be the characteristics of a devotee's life.

Happy mood does more work than anything else.

Love should be centered in the Ideal. Love which is not grounded on the Ideal, leads one astray. Love a man, but love with unselfishness and warmth of mind. Keep your deed, word, and thought under control, lest they wound some one. A deed done to injure an individual is like a sword stabbing hard. Foolish words spoken at random are pointed arrows which make some man's heart their target. So beware of speaking random words.

If you are great, neither give an affront nor hear it. If you are small, let humility be your refuge, but see that you do not lose your self-respect.

Man's superiority lies in the "greatness of his Soul" and not in pomp and public show.

Be "man," "entire and whole" and in everything.

-- Shiv Brat Lal (Data Dayal), a disciple of Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bhadur
Light on Ananda Yoga -- The Yoga of Happiness,
Published in India, and long ago in English by Sant Bani Ashram





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