The Traveler of the Inner Subtle Path, by Swami Vyasanand



The Traveler of the Inner Subtle Path, by Swami Vyasanand





Those who are constantly immersed in devotion to the Divine are aligned with the truth. Those souls immersed in the elixir of truth and devotion are known as Sants (variably described as mystics, prophets, and masters). Sants focus on spiritual qualities and are seers of the reality of consciousness; they taste the Divine joy. The path followed by all the Sants and their teachings is given the name “Santmat” (it is also spelled as Sant Mat).




From times immemorial, numerous Sants have appeared on earth. These Sants were born in different countries and social classes; spoke different languages; and were of different gender and ethnicities. However, the underlying principle or the truth of their teachings has always been essentially one. In spite of the variants in their origins, the goal of Sants is one: realization of the Divine and the attainment of the state of absolute joy and peace. Having considered the perennial wisdom found in their teachings, we can say with certainty that the underlying teachings of Sants are essentially in agreement.




The question arises: What is this essential teaching? The answer is: The Divine Reality is one and the path to realize that Reality is within each of us. The path is not found in the nine gates (i.e. through the sensory organs) of the body but only through the tenth gate (the third eye or the spiritual eye). The body cannot tread this path — only the inner consciousness along with the mind, intellect, and ego principle can travel this path. However, during the last and final stages of the inner spiritual path, the conscious soul alone journeys and reaches the Divine. This path is very subtle. Sant Mehi described it as being, “more subtle than even the point of the needle.” Sants unanimously agree that the path to the Divine can be taken up by any human being belonging to any caste, social status, gender, ethnicity or country.

To say that the path to the Divine can only be accessed by individuals with certain specific abilities or aptitudes is against the teachings of the scriptures and Sants. The great sage Veda Vyasa says, “Even a man or woman of lower caste, if they have in their hearts the desire to follow the spiritual path, they will reach the highest states through the path of meditation.” Further, “If an opportunity to receive knowledge from the person of any caste, including the lowest caste, arises, true seekers must accept it with faith. An individual who maintains a firm conviction in the teaching goes beyond the death (also ignorance).”




Many Sants like Sant Tulsi Das, Goswami Lakshminath Paramhans, Sant Kabir, Sahib Surdas Ji, Sant Tukaram Ji, and Shri Maharshi Mehi unanimously pronounce that all human beings — irrespective of gender, age, occupation, and race — have an equal right to follow the inner path to the Divine. This view is verifiable by the fact that many Sants and sages, including Sant Kabir, Sant Ravidas, Sant Garibdas were born in ‘lower castes’ and in the lower strata of their society. Many ancient sages like Vyasa and Narada also have unusual births. Sant Tulsidas emphasizes that physical conditions, including birth in lower caste, poverty, and a lack of bodily beauty do not inhibit the progress of the soul. Sants declare that we are all children of one Supreme Being, God. This Divine Being is all compassionate and generous and does not have preference for any persons on the basis of their birth, class, or gender. However, there are certain disciplines all seekers must follow in order to tread this inner path to realize the Divine.


According to Maharshi Mehi, “There are a number of necessary observances required to tread the spiritual path.”


Observances: Complete faith in one Divine Being, determination to realize the Divine within, service to the guru, satsang (association of the Sants and the study of scriptures), and steadfast meditation. Prohibitions: Use of intoxicants, practice of adultery, lying, violence (causing suffering to other beings, eating the flesh of animals), and stealing.



7 Teachings of Sant Mat and the Seven Spiritual Principles of Sant Mat

7 Teachings of Sant Mat and the Seven Spiritual Principles of Sant Mat





7 Teachings of Sant Mat



1. God is Real.



2. God is Love, the Ocean of Love and Compassion.



3. All of the world scriptures teach about the same manifestation of God as inner mystical Light and Sound.



4. Our true identity is soul, the Self. Soul is part of God and therefore is, like God, pure love.



5. During this human existence we have an opportunity to experience God.



6. As we experience communing with God's love during meditation -- Surat Shabd Yoga -- we can rise above body-consciousness and explore Inner Space, the "Kingdom of the Heavens" that are within us. "We travel back from the realm of Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to divine Sound, and from the realm of Sound to the Soundless State [Anami, Radhaswami, Anadi Purush, Ram]." (Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj) The drop merges back into the Ocean of Love.



7. As we get initiated into the Mysteries of the Spirit by a Living Teacher (Master, Sant Satguru), the purpose of our life is fulfilled. Reuniting with God is our reason to be here: "It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth". ("Adi Granth") Guru Kabir says: "For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?".
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Seven Spiritual Principles of Sant Mat



The Following Principles Below are Recited Daily by Some in India:



1. Ultimate Reality is beyond any beginning or end, infinite, beyond birth, beyond the senses, all-pervading yet even beyond pervasiveness. It must, therefore, be understood as the Supreme Being. This Essential Element is known in Santmat [the Teachings of the Saints] as the Lord of All and is the foundation of all things. This Being is beyond both the inanimate and animate aspects of nature. It is without qualities and beyond qualities. Its nature is infinite, imperishable, all-powerful. It is beyond time and space, beyond sound and beyond form (Nirguna). It is the One without a second. The Supreme Being is beyond the scope of the mind, the intellect and the senses. This entire universe is powered by the energy of this Being. This Being is not human. It is not manifested in physical form. It has existence beyond the illusion of maya [illusion], and there is nothing that exists outside of it. It is the Being which is eternal and is in existence from the beginning. Santmat considers this Being to be the Divine Reality, and this [knowing or merging with] this Being is the goal of all spirituality.



2. The individual soul is an inseparable part of the Supreme Being.



3. The physical world of nature was created. It has an origin and an end.



4. The individual soul (jiva), bound by illusion (maya), remains in the cycle of death and birth. This is the cause of one’s suffering. In order to escape from this cycle of death and birth we must experience realization of this Supreme Being.



5. By practicing devotion through these four techniques: Manas Japa (Simran, recitation of a divine name or names), Manas Dhyana (Dhyan, focus on the divine form), Dristi Sadhana (Yoga of Inner Light, Inner Seeing, Inner Light Meditation, focus on the Infinitesimal Point), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (Surat Shabd Yoga, concentration on the inner divine Sounds) — the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, Light, and Sound which cloak the Supreme Truth — the Divine Reality. Only in a human body an individual soul is able to achieve unity with the Divine. [In other forms of existence, animal, etc…, it is not possible to tread the spiritual path.]



6. Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must abstain from these vices.*



(* Note: In Buddhism and other Eastern Religions (Jainism, Taoism, Hinduism) these five abstinences are known as the Panch Shila — “The Five Precepts”.)



7. The following are considered to be the requirements for the attainment liberation: (A) Trust and belief in God; (B) Commitment to seek the Divine within; (C) Devotion and service to a Satguru — spiritual Master; (D) Satsang, listening to the teaching and spiritual discourse including study of the Teaching of the Saints and the scriptures; and (E) Dhyana, diligent meditation practice. (“Padavali of Maharshi Mehi”, also quoted in, “Harmony Of All Religions”)
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Three Central Teachings According to the Sikh Gurus in the Guru Granth: 1) The Need For A Living Master — to Receive Initiation from a Living Satguru Into the Meditation Practice; 2) Hearing the Sound Current in One’s Meditation Practice; and, 3) Following a Non-violent Vegetarian Diet: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/three-central-teachings-according-to-the-sikh-gurus-in-the-guru-granth-living-masters-hearing-the-5a0f65efea06




The Satguru: The Book (Granth) says to not worship books (Granths, Scriptures). Rather, the Sikh Gurus proclaim the need for Living Masters (Satgurus) to show their disciples that God is within their own body.




“The whole world is in the throes of attachment and infatuation. A rare devotee of the Master escapes from the mighty maze of mind and matter. This infatuation keeps in perpetual motion the wheel of life, and it takes one time and again into the grip of Kal.” (Guru Nanak, Asa MI)




“Meet a Satguru and take his initiation. Surrender thine all and peep within.” (Guru Nanak, Gauri M1)




“Live ye in the haven of a Sadh, and leave all thy wisdom and knowledge. Let the Master’s Instructions (Guru Deeksha) abide in thy heart. This, O Nanak! may happen through the Writ of the Lord.” (Guru Arjan Dev, Gauri M5)




The Anhad Shabd, the Sound Current: Such is the power of illusion or maya making souls deaf to the true teachings of the Sant Satgurus, that some think that the “Sound Current” mentioned by the Ten Sikh Gurus is only listening to the sound of outer music or hymns being sung. Living Masters have always initiated their disciples into meditation practice, and this includes the practice of hearing the Anhad Shabd (Unstruck Celestial Melody) within one’s self during meditation practice.




"Seated in my higher mind, I live in communion with God and within me rings ever the Unstruck Music (of Bliss)." (Sri Rag Var, Shloka M. 3)




Vegetarian Ahimsa: Some have suggested that the Sikh Scriptures are not very clear on vegetarianism, the need to strictly adhere to a vegetarian diet for spiritual and ethical reasons.  There are numerous vegetarian passages preserved in the Sikh Scriptures (Adi Granth, Shri Guru Granth Sahib) and related Sikh texts — quotes from Guru Nanak, Kabir, Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Gobind Singh and others. I’ve also included quotes from Bhai Gurdaas Ji and a Persian historian and scholar of comparative religion who long ago wrote about Guru Nanak and the early Sikhs — how the original disciples were all vegetarians.




Nanak abstained from animal food and enjoined against cruelty to animals: “Having prohibited his disciples to drink wine and eat pork, he (Nanak) himself abstained from eating flesh and ordered not to hurt any living being.” (Mohsin Fani, Persian Scholar of Comparative Religion, Author of the, DABISTAN-E-MAZAHIB)







Vegetarian passages from the Adi Granth (Guru Granth, Shri Guru Granth Sahib), Mohsin Fani's, Dabistan-e-Mazahib, Sudharam Marag Granth, and the Proclamation or Hukamnama to the Sikhs of Jaunpur by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Sikh Vegetarian Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/sikh-and-you-will-find-vegetarian-diet.html




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Sant Mat Radhasoami Books — The E Library: Main Page — Portal—Contents — Index— Sections




WELCOME to the Sant Mat Radhasoami E Library, with many large collections of links to Sant Mat, Radhasoami (Radha-Swami), and Surat Shabd Yoga E Books from a diversity of sources, also, Audio Books.




These have been uploaded by various individuals over the years at Google Books or Documents, Archive.org, Gutenberg.org, many Sant Mat and Radhasoami Websites, Kabir Panth Websites, Sikh Websites, Scribd, and other third-party online libraries around the world — creating a kind of Sant Mat “Granth” or collection of spiritual discourses, satsang talks, hymns (bhajans, banis, shabds), scriptures, commentary, letters, mystic poetry and prose — Literature of the Sants — The Mystics of the East.




The research that has gone into this E Library is intended to provide online resources from a non-commercial, inter-faith, non-sectarian perspective exploring the Sant tradition of India, with its many guru-lineages or branches, Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Love and Devotion (Bhakti), The Way of the Saints or Path of the Masters.




Note: Also, further below, are sections devoted to comparative religion/mysticism, Sayings of Jesus, Ebionite or Hebrew Gospels, Gnostic Gospels, Syriac and other Christian Mystical literature, Rumi and other Sufi Mystics, and there is also a Vegetarian/Vegan Section. At the bottom are two LINKS PAGES: one devoted to Sant Mat; the other to Inter-Faith Studies and Comparative Religion.




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CONTENTS: Site Map of This Sant Mat Radhasoami E Library— Various Collections of E Books






(1) An Introduction to Sant Mat and Radhasoami (Radha Soami -- Pronounced "Radha-Swami") -- The Path of the Masters -- India's Sants and Poet-Mystics (Lovers of the Beloved), and Surat Shabd Yoga Meditation Practice: Bhakti (Love) of the Inner Light and Sound of God: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/introduction-to-sant-mat-and-radhasoami.html






(2) Top-Twenty List of Recommended Reading: Spiritual Books: Kabir, Sant Mat, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga -- Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Mystic Poetry and Prose of the Sants -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Recommended Reading/Top 20 Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/top-twenty-list-of-recommended-reading.html






(3) Recent Publications Related to Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, Baba Devi Sahib of Moradabad, Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, and Their Successors up to the Living Present -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Tulsi Sahibi and Maharshi Mehi Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/sant-mat-e-library-maharshi-mehi-sant.html






(4) Guru Lineage Charts of Sant Mat, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga (Inner Light and Sound Meditation), Guru Kabir, the Dharamdasis of Kabir Panth, Dadu Panth, Dariya Sahib, the Ten Sikh Gurus, Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras and Successors, Radhasoami Faith, the House of Kirpal, and Maharshi Mehi -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Guru Lineage Charts Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/guru-lineage-charts-of-radhasoami-sant.html






(5) Charts of the Heavens -- Inner Regions -- Planes -- Levels - Various Illustrations of the Spheres of Creation According to Sant Mat -- NOTE: At the bottom of the page are two Gnostic Charts of the Heavens (created by Zeke Li) as well as, The Threefold Nature of Man Chart (Christian Mysticism) -- 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






(6) Kirpal Singh Books -- And E Books Relating to the Teachings of Sant Kirpal Singh, Ruhani Satsang and Sant Bani Publications -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Kirpal Singh Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/kirpal-singh-books-sant-mat-radhasoami.html






(7) RADHASOAMI BOOKS, E Books, E Library on the Radhasoami Faith (Radha Soami, Radhaswami) -- A special thanks goes out to the Digital Library of India, Archive.org, the Library of the Radhasoami Faith, prolific writers & translators such as S. D. Maheshwari and M.G. Gupta, and to all those who have uploaded Radhasoami books in recent years representing the various branches of Radhasoami, sharing all these important historic documents and spiritual classics of the Path of the Masters, especially the writings of the founding Gurus such as Seth Shiv Dayal Singh (Soamiji Maharaj) and Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur. This section of the Sant Mat Radhasoami E Library is intended to be as thorough and complete as possible, bringing together a collection of what's available for Radhasoami classics and related documents regarding the history of Seth Shiv Dayal Singh and the Radhasoami movement. -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books -- The E Library: Radhasoami Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/radhasoami-books-e-books-e-library-on.html






(8) Julian P. Johnson, Path of the Masters, and Other Johnson-related Publications -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Julian Johnson/Path of the Masters Section:







(9) Sant Mat History — Reflections: Books, Articles, and Blogs -- Reflections On Sant Mat History, Origins of the Path, The Five Names, Various Guru Lineages — Traditional Sant Mat From An Indian Perspective -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: History Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/sant-mat-history-reflections-sant-mat.html






(10) Sikh Scriptures: Guru Nanak, Sikh Gurus, Adi Granth, Bhai Gurdas Vaaran, Janamsakhis, Dasam Granth -- Online E Books Relating to Guru Nanak, The Ten Sikh Gurus, Guru Granth, Bhai Gurdas Vaaran, Janamsakhis, Dasam Granth, Bhai Sahib Bhai Nand Lal's Kalaam-e-Goya, and Other Texts -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Sikh Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/sikh-scriptures-sant-mat-radhasoami.html






(11) Kabir, Kabir Panth: The Bijak, Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love), Kabir Sagar, Sakhis, Songs of Kabir, Songs of Kabir in the Adi Granth, Many More Online E Books Relating to Guru Kabir -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Kabir Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/kabir-and-kabir-panth-bijak-anurag.html






(12) Anurag Sagar Studies Page, where you can read the Anurag Sagar online -- Guru Kabir's "Ocean of Love", one of many sacred texts composed and used by the Dharamdasi branch of Kabir Panth and Sant Mat, the Sant Dharam Das line of Masters. The Anurag Sagar is a volume of the "Kabir Sagar" Series ("Ocean of Kabir"), a collection of several Hindi-language volumes devoted to the teachings of Guru Kabir and Sant Dharam Das. -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Anurag Sagar Section: http://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com/anurag.html






(13) The Classic Nirguna Bhakti Sants of India -- Online E Books Relating to the Devotees of the Formless God (Jayadeva, Namdev, Dadu Dayal, Ravidas, Mirabai, Tukarama, Dariya Sahib of Bihar, etc...) -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Classic Sants Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/the-classic-nirguna-bhakti-sants-sant.html






(14) Gnostic Gospels, Contemplative or Mystical Christianity, Syriac Mystics, Mandaean, Manichaean, Apocrypha, Nag Hammadi Library, Pistis Sophia, Jesus Sutras, Lost Books of the Bible and Spirituality of the West -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Gnostic or Western Mysticism Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/gnostic-gospels-contemplative-or.html






(15) Sayings of Jesus (Yeshua), Ebionite (Nasoraean, Jewish or Hebrew Christian) Scriptures and Vegetarian Gospels -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Ebionite/Hebrew Christianity Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/ebionite-nasoraean-jewish-or-hebrew.html






(16) Vegan and Vegetarian Ahimsa: 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: Vegan and Vegetarian Ahimsa Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/vegan-and-vegetarian-ahimsa-non_8.html






(17) Sikh And You Will Find: The Vegetarian Diet, Sikh Gurus and Scriptures, A Collection of Passages from the Adi Granth (Guru Granth, Shri Guru Granth Sahib), Mohsin Fani's, Dabistan-e-Mazahib, Sudharam Marag Granth, and the Proclamation or Hukamnama to the Sikhs of Jaunpur by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Sikh Vegetarian Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/sikh-and-you-will-find-vegetarian-diet.html






(18) Rumi — Sufi Books -- E Books of Rabia, Hazrat Sultan Bahu, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Hafiz, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, Rumi, etc...  -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Rumi/Sufism Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/rumisufi-books-e-books-of-rabia-hazrat.html






(19) LINKS: SANT MAT LINKS PAGE: Huge Collection of Websites: Sant Mat, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Kabir, Adi Granth, Path of the Masters, Inner Light and Sound  Meditation: http://SantMatRadhasoami.Wordpress.com/2013/09/18/sant-mat-radhasoami-links-page-sant-mat-radhasoami-surat-shabd-yoga-kabir-and-the-bhakti-sants-of-india-the-path-of-the-masters-and-mystics-of-inner-light-and-sound






(20) LINKS PAGE: Spiritual Awakening Inter-Faith Links Page of World Religions and Sacred Texts, Lost Books of the Bible, World Scriptures, Spiritual Classics, East and West, Online Books, Inter-Faith Libraries, and Websites Around the World: from Apocrypha to Zoroaster: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Wordpress.com/2013/09/18/spiritual-awakening-inter-faith-links-page-of-world-religions-and-sacred-texts-east-and-west-from-apocrypha-to-zoroaster






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The Third Level of Satsang (Association with the Writings of Masters 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)




For a very long time I’ve been a collector, researcher and lover of books. These are for the most part translations of writings from other places and other times: Egypt and the Middle East, Near East, and further to the East, as in India. These can be described as sacred texts, rare spiritual classics, world scriptures, writings of mystics, saints, Sufis, and especially the Sant poet-mystics of India. I also continue to have a major interest in those “lost books of the Bible” or what’s known as “extra-canonical” or “apocryphal” texts — in other words, someone else’s scriptures — other Bibles from other branches of Judaism, Christianity, and various Gnostic movements of the ages.




I find it to be rather liberating actually to be able to explore the roots of a spiritual path or world religion, to take things right back to the very beginning, or before the beginning, opening one’s self up to significant and sometimes fairly radical discoveries, coming upon new or unanticipated insights or realizations about what is genuine, authentic, meaningful, and true. This approach of examining the foundations of spiritual movements, no longer bound by time, no longer tethered to one’s own particular cultural province or bias, in my case has caused me to change my religion on more than one occasion over the decades, and make other major course corrections along the way!




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Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat (Surat Shabd Yoga: The Inner Light and Sound of God, Inner L


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: https://medium.com/sant-mat-radhasoami-books/charts-of-the-heavens-inner-regions-planes-levels-spheres-of-creation-according-to-sant-mat-9132697adaa7




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







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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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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





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