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Light and Sound on the Path -- Sant Mat Satsang E Newsletter/Digest/Blog: a new Sant Mat Podcast; Bhajan (Hymn) at Youtube of Tulsi Sahib;
a Youtube video about Tulsi Sahib, Saint of
Hathras and certain guru-lineages;
online map of Hathras at the Gate;
Article: Who Was Tulsi Sahib's Guru?
PDF File of Tulsi Sahib writings in English;
Quotes from: Ravidas, Dalai Lama, Quran, Khalil Gibran, Kirpal Singh, Sant Sevi Ji;
passages from Param Sant Tulsi Sahib,
the great grandfather/modern-day founding father or Adi Guru of Sant Mat lineages;
Shyama, disciple of Tulsi Sahib; Maharshi Mehi, "God is Like a Black Hole or Gravitational Singularity",
and, "The Teachings of Sant Dariya of Bihar",
A Good Introduction to Sant Mat from the
Sant Dariya Mission Website -- GO TO:

http://santmatradhasoami.blogspot.com/2011/10/teachings-of-sant-tulsi-sahib-light-and.html

Jul 29, 2011

Focus - Collect Your Diffused Spirituality - Light and Sound on the Path - Sant Mat Satsang



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Satsang PODcasts

Kabir - the "Rumi" of India, Part 1 - Spiritual Awakening Radio PODcast -- Program Length: 60 Minutes. Click to Download MP3:
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NOTE: The August Sant Mat Satsang PODcast will be titled, "Spircon Revisited", and will be a follow up of an earlier program with Mark Juergensmeyer, with more information about the inter-faith Sant Mat event that took place in Agra (Spiritual Consciousness Studies: Spircon). Coming soon at:
http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/ SantMatFellowship


Tao Te Ching: "The sage does not accumulate for himself.
The more he uses for others, the more he has himself.
The more he gives to others, the more he possesses of his own.
The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.
The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete."




Inner Peace,
By Maharshi Mehi


1. Stillness or steadiness is the essence of Shanti.

[Shanti is a Sanskrit word with several English meanings: peace, tranquility, bliss, etc. The peace which results from some degree of communion with God is Shanti.]

2. He who has attained Shanti is a Saint.

3. Sant Mat encompasses the thoughts and Way of Saints.

4. The desire for attaining Shanti is natural in human beings.

In the Upanishads the formula for the attainment of Shanti is expounded by the seers and saints of these ancient works. Similar views have been expressed by the saints of all times, including such saints as Guru Nanak Sahab and Kabir Sahab who expounded their views in the Punjabi and Hindi languages respectively. Such expressions are for the inspiration and edification of all people.

However, the Upanishads uniquely and fully describe the means for attaining Shanti and describe the means for attaining the Highest Wisdom. That is why the Upanishads are considered the foundation of Sant Mat. Further, a comprehensive exposition of the Divine Word-Sound is given in the Upanishads which leads to the Highest Wisdom. The Upanishads explain the yogic techniques and systematic views of transcending thought and attaining the Absolute through the use of Sound (Yoga of Surat-shabda). Sant Mat follows the yogic path as prescribed in the Upanishads and specifically employs Surat-Shabda-Yoga in its practices. The result of such practice is the attainment of the Highest Goal, the knowledge of the Supreme. (Philosophy of Liberation)


Seeing the Unseen Within

Rumi: "Everything you see has its roots in the Unseen world.
The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.
Every wonderful sight will vanish;
Every sweet word will fade,
But do not be disheartened,
The source they come from is eternal, growing,
Branching out, giving new life and new joy.
Why do you weep? The source is within you
And this whole world is springing up from it."


Sant Namdev: "I wandered through the cosmos in search of the treasure but found it within me."


Rumi: "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."


"My eyes have turned inward. My heart clings to the feet of Ram [God]. I worship only God-within, nothing else, says Namdev."


"Always be in rapport with the Lord
And enjoy true contentment -
This is the state of ineffable serenity.
There is no peace except in the Name of the Lord -
Meditate on it with one-pointed attention.

"Experience the state of superconsciousness
Where the Lord's love surges
And you will see your own form
In each particle of the creation."
-- Sant Namdev


"God [Hari] is my companion
in life and death.
Hari, who rescued
the drowning creature.

"Hari, the Giver of joy
is always with me.
I am immersed in
the name of Hari
says Namdev."


"Service.
Worship.
Remembrance.
Meditation.
All are false
without God.....
Sing the name
Ram [God]
the State of Nirvana." (Sant Namdev)


"Dharm Dass pat khol dekho, tattva men nihatattva hai; kahe kabir nihatattva darse, awagawan niwariye. O Dharam Dass! Remove the veil of ignorance, and see that in the manifest forms is the unmanifest God. Kabir says that when God shows Himself to you, your cycles of birth and death will vanish, and you will gain immortality." (Book of Satsang Prayers)


Love bestirs the heart of the separated lover for God, and God responds by enlightening him. He then realizes that the soul and God are one. (Tisa Tantra/Thirty Gems of Kabir)





The Yoga of Inner Seeing and Hearing -- Inner Light and Sound Meditation

"The current of consciousness which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and the nine senses must be collected at the tenth gate (the sixth chakra, the third eye, bindu, center between the eyebrows). Therein lies the path for our return. This is the act of leaving the gates of the sense organs and becoming established in the soul. 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. The Divine Essence permeates all beings yet transcends them." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)


"Avalokiteshvara Buddha [Quan Yin], the hearer and answerer of prayer, has visited all the Buddha-lands of the ten quarters of the universe and has acquired transcendental powers of boundless freedom and fearlessness and has vowed to emancipate all sentient beings from their bondage and suffering. How sweetly mysterious is the Transcendental Sound of Avalokiteshvara! Is is the subdued murmur of the sea-tide setting inward. Its mysterious Sound brings liberation and peace to all sentient beings who in their distress are calling for aid." (Surangama Sutra, Buddhist Scripture)


Reference to meditation on Inner Light and Sound Meditation found in the ancient scriptures know as the Vedas: "May the seeker of Divine knowledge learn its secret from a True Guru, practice (meditation thus learnt) and perceive the divine Light and Sound within. May seekers pray to God for getting such an accomplished Guru from whom this secret could be learnt!" (Yajurveda, Chapter 11, ManDal 3)


"Contemplating on the Sat Shabd [True Sound], even for half of a moment, confers much more spiritual merit than living in the holy city of Kashi for millions of years." (Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)


"Explaining 'Word' or Sound Current, Kabir says that for practical purpose the Sound Current assumes the form of Guru in this world and reforms the souls. Satguru carries a message from God and ties us to the thread of Naam Simran (i.e. concentration on the Word)." (Anurag Sagar)


Kabir: "So plunge into the Truth, find out who the Teacher is. Believe in the Great Sound!"

"A word has a natural characteristic or propensity to attract or draw its perceiver towards its source or origin. That word which has emanated from the Supreme Lord, therefore, possesses the property of leading its perceiver to God. It is also imbued with the qualities of its source and, therefore, endows its perceiver as well with the same. Therefore, Shabda Sadhana or Nadanusandhana, the Yoga of Sound has been regarded as the most essential and the loftiest meditation in Sant Mat." (Swami Achyutanand Baba, Yoga Of Inner Light and Sound)





Stilling the Thoughts of the Mind By Meditating On the Inner Sound, By Swami Achyutanand Baba

With Nada Dhyana [meditation on the Inner Sound] the mind gets completely dissolved. As a result of its dissolution, the mind forgets about the sensory objects, as has been depicted in the Nadabindu Upanishad:

"Just as the honey bee, while sipping the nectar of flowers cares not for their fragrance...The mind that is ever connected to the Divine Sound longs no more for any sensory objects. For it has come under the spell of the Divine Melody and has forsaken its fickle nature for good."

The Upanishad has compared the mind to the poisonous cobra. The venomous cobra is capable of killing several persons with its deadly poison, but the snake charmer renders it non-poisonous by uprooting its venom teeth, and thus the snake's power of lethal bite is destroyed. Similarly, as a practitioner progresses in the Yoga of Sound, his extremely lustful or covetous mind forgets all the objects and never again yearns for them, as is stated in the following lines of the Nadabindu Upanishad:

"The serpent-mind practicing Nada dhyana (Yoga of Sound) perseveringly gets completely lost in it and concentrates itself solely on the Nada (Divine Sound), forgetting all other objects around it."

-- Swami Achyutanand Baba, Yoga of Inner Light and Sound, published in 2011:
http:// SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com/ Yoga_Of_Inner_Light_And_Sound_ .pdf


Collect Your Diffused Spirituality,
By Sant Radhasoami Sahib


O nightingale! Recognize the flower garden, where a
great variety of flowers are blossoming. (1)

Come along and live in close association with Guru.
Go on elevating your mind and Surat. (2)

Collect your diffused spirituality and be whole-heartedly
attentive. You will gradually merge in Jyoti [Light]. (3)

Remove the two slabs or curtains, and behold the
Thousand-petalled Lotus of Sahas-dal-kanwal. (4)

Peep into the creation there, then dwell freely and
openly. Pass over the bridge and get across. (5)

There, whiffs of sweet fragrance of sandal are enjoyed,
and Surat and mind are cleansed of impurities. (6)

The obstacles created by Kal will disappear, and
then, your Surat will apply itself wholeheartedly to
Shabd. (7)

Extricated from the mire of Karma, you will proceed
on and meet RADHASOAMI [Radhaswami, the Lord of the Soul]. (8)


-- Swami Ji Maharaj, Bachan 20 -- Shabd 23,
Sar Bachan Poetry, Volume One





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Special on the Auspicious Day of Guru Purnima!
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{"Repeat the Name of your Beloved, day and night, again
and again. With care in thought, word and deed, you will
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Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras

Arati and Santmat

- Pravesh K. Singh

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Most of the Hindu religious ceremonies end by performing a ritual called 'arati/aaratee' (a ceremony performed in adoration of a deity or a deeply respected religious figure of highest spiritual accomplishments by circular movement of a lighted lamp accompanied by ringing of bells, blowing of conches, beating of drums and gong etc.). The lighted lamp is usually placed in the centre of a large flat metallic plate or platter which is decorated with 'akshat' (whole unbroken rice grains), camphor, flowers, fruits, sandalwood paste/powder, betel leaves, confectionery sweet dishes, incense sticks, camphor etc. Use of light and sound in some form or the other are found to be generally associated with most of religions worldwide. In a mosque, for instance, 'chirag' (lamp or some other source of light; as 'namaz' is not offered in darkness) is kindled and 'namaz' (prayer) is rendered by the 'Imam' (priest) through microphone. Candle and bell can be found in churches. While, in the Buddhist temples a lamp is kept lit and a gong is hung.

Therefore, it emerges that light and sound are central to almost versions of worship. Sants say that this emphasis on worship of light & sound is, in fact, a hint at the fact that the true worship consists in worshipping (focusing one's undivided attention on) the divine Light and the divine Word which are pervading the whole of universe/creation - gross or astral. Even our own life depends on the presence of these two – Light and Sound. Absence of Light (indicated by the complete loss of body warmth; light and heat are mutually inter-related to each other essentially) and sound (manifested in the pulse-rate and heart beat) implies our bodily death. So, sants explain that these outer light and sound are symptomatic or suggestive of the more important inner Light and inner Sound. God has made the creation with the help of these two. Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, one of the all-time greatest exponents of Santmat, would say that Light and Sound are like the two arms of God so that if we wished God to embrace us with all His love and affection, we must try to catch hold of these two limbs of His. Thus, a different notion of 'arati' is found in Santmat. The 'arati' of Santmat is an internal activity and should be accordingly performed within the temple that is, our own body. Sants like Tulsi Sahab of Hathras (U.P.), Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj etc. have composed wonderful verses exhorting seekers to perform 'arati' (signifying meditation on inner Light & Sound) within. Below is presented essence in English of one such 'arati' by composed by Sant Tulsi Sahab of Hathras, based on its Hindi Translations by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj and his worthy disciple & successor Maharshi Santsevi ji Paramhans. This 'arati' is sung at the end of Akhil Bharatiya Santmat (the branch of Santmat started by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj) Satsangs (spiritual gatherings):

"Perform 'arati' (within you) in the company of the True Guru, and behold the Light that keeps illuminating the inner sky. ||1||

Manifest Divine Fire within this body, made of five elements, (this may also be construed as to make the five characteristic colours of the five elements forming the gross universe around us including our own body appear within the body) and spread light by lighting lamp from this fire. ||2||

Placing (decorating) the Sun and the Moon as fruits & flowers on the plate or platter of the inner sky, install the pitcher of camphor i.e. the white luminous Point, in the beginning of 'arati'.||3||

Make 'akshat' (whole, unbroken grains of rice used in arati and other religious ceremonies) of stars and wear the garland of pearls visualized in the inner sky.||4||

[N.B. The spiritual practitioner comes to visualize stars, the Moon and the Sun in the inner sky in the course of meditation. These celestial bodies may be thought of as resembling small grains, flower, fruit etc. (articles used in the ritual of 'arati' performed outside in the gross world) kept on the plate or platter that is, the inner sky itself.]

Different forms of bright light seen within are like the betel leaves, sweets, sandal, incense sticks, lamps etc. used in 'arati'.||5||

While visualizing the refulgent Light within, melodious Sounds of various musical wind and percussion instruments are heard by the mind-fish (just as the fish can swim upstream against even very strong currents of water, mind also ascends in the inner sky and, therefore, has been likened to tiny fish by Sants. Thus the method of 'Surat Shabd Yoga' or 'Naadaanu-sandhaan' – meditation on the inner divine Sound - is also referred to as the 'meen-maarg' or the path of the fish).||6||

Just as the black bee is lost completely in the sweet fragrance of, and gets willingly trapped within, a lotus flower, focused surat plays in the inner sky joyfully, captivated by the fragrance of divine Sound.||7||

The pure Light that appears within destroys all the sins of the beholder.||8||

In the inner void or sky the currents of Light and Sound keep pouring. The spiritual seeker who can ascend himself unto this gateway (of divine kingdom) merrily drenches or soaks himself in this rain.||9||

The surat drinking the nectar (of Divine Light & Sound) gets intoxicated with the resultant joy, and thus marches jubilantly forward.||10||

Brilliance of Light seen within is comparable to the luminance of crores of Suns taken together. Connect yourself (to God) by seeing (ascending) beyond the Unseeable (Quintessential Sound) ||11||

Every moment keeping your surat focused in the inner sky, sip the rare Imperceptible juice by the Guru's grace.||12||

The path to Guru's abode is illuminated with sparkling Lights and reverberates with divine Sound. Sant Tulsi Sahab advises us to forsake the body (rise above the body) by reverting inwards just as the bird 'alal' does. ||13||

[N.B. In Hindu Scriptures there is a mention of a bird named 'alal' which is said to live pretty high above in the sky. This bird never comes down to the earth. The eggs laid by the 'alal' begin to fall down towards the earth. However, these eggs are laid at such great heights that before these can reach the earth's surface, their hatching period is over and the young kids come out of them and fly back towards their homes high above in the sky. Using the allegory of the 'alal' Sant Tulsi Sahab advises our individual souls to climb back, through meditation, to the great heights, our own true Native Abode i.e. the Realm of God.]


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Apr 26, 2008
Vegetarian Diet, Going Green, and the World Religions
 
By James Bean

Copyright April 2008

All Rights Reserved


 

Climate Change, the Green Revolution, and Vegetarian Diet
 
The vegetarian diet is, quite literally, the Green diet. There is now a growing consensus that going vegetarian or, better still, vegan, is the most effective way to fight global warming.  A 2006 United Nations report, said that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. The meat industry is "one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems." (Henning Steinfeld)  Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Producing one calorie of animal protein requires more than 10 times as much fossil fuel input --- releasing more than 10 times as much carbon dioxide --- than does a calorie of plant protein.

(See article titled, "It's Better to Green Your Diet Than Your Car," 17 Dec. 2005, www.NewScientist.com  ).
 

The Diet of Ahimsa (an Eastern Term for Non-Violence)
 
The following passage, on the reason why many practitioners of various spiritual paths advocate following the vegetarian diet, is from the book, The Harmony of All Religions, published by Maharshi Mehi Ashram, Bihar, India:
 
"The saints have addressed violence with particular attention to the foods which are eaten. Foods which are produced by killing living beings, as well as foods which are not pure and fresh, are considered Tamsik. Consumption of these is prohibited by the teachings of the saints. This includes animal products such as meat, fish, and eggs. These foods inhibit the clarity of mind and the health of the body.
 
"Further, Kabir Sahab says: "The kind of food and drink which we consume directly influences how our mind will become. Even the quality of water which we drink will influence our speech."  (Maharishi Santsevi Ji Paramahans Maharaj)
 
Many Masters of the East, Hindus, and various schools of yoga, divide foods into three basic categories: Satvik (pure), Rajsik (kingly), and Tamsik (impure). This last category of foods, which includes all flesh foods and eggs, is to be completely avoided. Satvik, the first category, consists of fresh, simple foods including: grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and dairy (minus eggs, fertile or infertile). Satvik foods promote mental clarity, relaxation, meditation, and spiritual experience including inner visions or Light mysticism.  Rajsik represents very spicy, rich food, and Tamsik diet includes meat and liquor. These stimulate passions, promote mental agitation, and have an adverse effect upon concentration in meditation.
 
Kirpal Singh, New Delhi, India: "Those who take up the practices concerning the lower centers in the body, do take meat ........ but those who are anxious to rise above body consciousness and go into the Beyond have of necessity to eschew all that. This is the Path I have put before you. Liberation or salvation is something which starts only when you rise above body consciousness. For that reason, vegetarianism is the first essential." (The Night is a Jungle, published by Sant Bani Ashram of New Hampshire)
 
The harshest words that Guru Kabir, a great Master from Northern India (loved by Sufis, Sikhs, Jains, and Hindus alike), ever spoke were directed against the slaughter or consumption of innocent animals. Kabir says, "The man who eats meat is a demon in human form. Keep away from him -- his company will ruin your meditation."
 
According to many, the bad karma and other negative effects of flesh-eating apparently to some degree darkens one's inner vision, interfering with the quality of one's meditation, making it more difficult to reach the required deep levels of tranquility, clarity and concentration at the Third Eye Center (ajna chakra). It's interesting to notice that the Satvik diet of the Masters, of Hinduism and the Yoga Philosophy of India, is also: the life-extension diet, the anti-cancer diet, the low cholesterol diet, the diet to get the highest levels of antioxidants and most of the other plant-based nutrients, as well as the diet of the Light & Sound mystics, East and West.
 

East Meets West --- That's 'Meets', Not 'Meats'
 
The notion that vegetarianism is "cultural" and confined mostly to India is the inaccurate assumption of some. There are Christian denominations and organisations that encourage their members to adopt the vegetarian diet, including the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Also see the entry for the Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA) at www.Wikipedia.com   Many early Christians were vegetarian, also Clement of Alexandria, Origen, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great. In some early church writings, Matthew, Peter and James (Brother of Jesus and first leader of the Aramaic-speaking Jerusalem Church) were all vegetarian. According to the historian Eusebius, the Apostle "Matthew partook of seeds, nuts and vegetables, without flesh". Many monasteries in ancient times to the present practiced vegetarianism. Clement of Alexandria wrote, "It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals."
 
Many conventional world religions here in the West condone flesh-eating, but if you do some comparative mysticism you'll soon discover that the esoteric traditions which have practiced Light mysticism, Sound mysticism, and Ascension mysticism through higher planes or heavens are quite consistent in their agreement about the need for contemplative mystics to abstain from the flesh. The list of Western vegetarian paths includes: the Pythagoreans, followers of the Hermetic philosophy of Egypt, the Sethians, Theraputae, Essenes (and other Light-mystics within Judaism), the original Jewish Christians called Ebionites (see The Gospel of Jesus -- In Search of His Original Teachings , John Davidson, published by Element Books, also Clear Press UK), the Gnostic religions, Manichaeans, some Catholic monasteries, some monasteries associated with the Orthodox Church -- including the great mystery school atop Mount Athos in Greece, and the Sufi mystics of Islam who practice Zikar of the Spirit, Light, and Sound. Most every path that advocates a present-tense spirituality, about re-entering Paradise or going Back to Eden during this life, adheres to a vegetarian diet!
 

The Vegetarian Prayer of Thanksgiving --- One of the "Lost Books" Unearthed at Nag Hammadi
 
This is a Hermetic prayer from one of the Gnostic gospels found in Egypt included in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures:  www.Gnosis.org 
 
This the prayer that they spoke:
 
"We give thanks to You!
Every soul and heart is lifted up to You,
undisturbed name, honored with the name 'God'
and praised with the name 'Father',
for to everyone and everything (comes) the fatherly kindness
and affection and love,
and any teaching there may be that is sweet and plain,
giving us mind, speech, (and) knowledge:
mind, so that we may understand You,
speech, so that we may expound You,
knowledge, so that we may know You.
We rejoice, having been illuminated by Your knowledge.
We rejoice because You have shown us Yourself.
We rejoice because while we are in (the) body,
You have made us divine through Your knowledge.
 
"The thanksgiving of the man who attains to You is one thing:
that we know You.
We have known You, intellectual Light.
Life of life, we have known You.
Womb of every creature, we have known You.
Womb pregnant with the nature of the Father,
we have known You.
Eternal permanence of the begetting Father,
thus have we worshiped Your goodness.
 
There is one petition that we ask:
we would be preserved in knowledge.
And there is one protection that we desire:
that we not stumble in this kind of life."
 
When they had said these things in the prayer, they embraced each other and they went to eat their holy food, which has no blood in it.*
 
* A vegetarian meal. This passage is also found in the Epilogue of Asclepius, in "HERMETICA," translated by Sir Walter Scott, published by Shambhala:
 
"Having prayed thus, let us betake ourselves to a meal unpolluted by flesh [animalia] of living things."
 
The G.R.S. Mead translation of the same passage in, Hermetica (Samuel Weiser Books, York Beach, Maine) says: "With this desire we now betake us to our pure and fleshless meal."
 
"With such hopes we turn to a pure meal that includes no living thing." (Asclepius, translated in "Hermetica", Brian Copenhaver, Cambridge University Press)
 
A Western Master of the Music of the Spheres by the name of Pythagoras once said, "Our Earth has abundance of such pure and harmless foods and there is no need for us to partake of meals for which blood has to be shed and innocent life sacrificed."
Sep 13, 2007

Book Review: The Harmony of All Religions (Sant Mat Book)

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By James Bean

Copyright October 2006

The Harmony of All Religions



The Author: Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj




Publisher: The Way of Sages
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Veena Howard translated the English edition of this book from India. In the Editor's Note at the beginning she writes: "From this day onward our whole world has changed. The "shock and awe" witnessed by the destruction of the towers has sent shock waves through all the established value systems. The feelings of fear and distrust have numbed the hearts of people worldwide and have paralyzed the sense of clear vision. But time of despair must be taken as an opportunity, an opening to search for new horizons, to re-assess our values, and to understand other cultures and religions. This is exactly what the great Sant, Maharishi Shri Santsevi Ji, has sought to accomplish by his book, The Harmony of All Religions. Shri Santsevi Ji Maharaj has been teaching the path of mysticism for many decades and believes in the underlying principles of all prominent world religions."

One of the most impressive books I've ever read on comparative religion and comparative mysticism is, The Harmony of All Religions, taking this study to a whole new level. This newly translated book contains chapters on the Vedic Tradition (Krishna, Gita, Hinduism, bhakti, yoga), Jainism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam-Sufism, Sikhism, and Santmat: the Way of Sages, also known as The Path of the Masters. There is also a biography of the author, as well as an editor's note, which affirms the need for a greater, more in-depth understanding of the great world religions and mysticism in an age of increased global travel and communication.




'Depth' is a word I find myself often using to describe the writings of Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, who resides at the Maharishi Mehi Ashram in Bhagalpur, Bihar District, India. His spiritual discourses on each of the world religions are very scholarly, accurately and eloquently communicating all these "gospels": beautiful and charming accounts of the childhood of Jesus, the enlightenment of Guru Nanak hearing the voice of the One God (Ek Ong Kaar Saat Naam) as he was bathing in the river Bein, Siddhartha leaving the palace, Muhammad's experiences with Allah in the cave of Ghar-e Hira, etc.... providing an in-depth analysis of the sacred texts of these above-mentioned faith-communities, brimming with quotes and footnotes, from not only the well-known world scriptures but lesser-known sacred texts and spiritual classics of the mystics and saints at the heart of these traditions. The chapter on Lord Mahavira and Jainism for instance breaks new ground in the study of a major world religion that has received very little attention in the West. The same can really be said for each of the chapters of this new book on inter-faith studies. The author displays an intimate knowledge of the history, terminology, esoteric writings, and meditation practices used by the various schools of mystics within each of the world religions, often pointing out the shared vision, the common goals and common threads along the way, such as similar ethical principals of ahimsa or non-violence in thought, word, and deed (like the Golden Rule), Dharma, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path, chakras, subtle bodies, meditation techniques including the use of mantras, mystical stages of transcendence, Sound-mysticism (Nada Yoga or Yoga of Sound), Light-mysticism (Dristi Yoga or Yoga of Light), the inward journey or ascension to other realms/heavens, jivan mukti or moksha (salvation, liberation of the soul), self (atma) and God (Paramatma) realisation.

The final paragraph of the book summarises the universalist spirit of peace and harmony (as in the harmony of all religions) in the following way: "In different times and different places Saints appear and their followers name their religion according to the Sage or Saint who propounded that tradition. The appearance of differences can be attributed to time, place, and language. This gives rise to various labels for the common views held by all religions. Likewise, due to excessively zealous followers, these seeming differences are often amplified. When all sectarianism and the temporal and linguistic aspects are removed, the basic principles of all the Saints are in accord and the voices of the Saints are in harmony."


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Oct 16, 2006

In This Path Only Your Yearning and Love Count

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In This Path Only Your Yearning and Love Count

In this Path, reading the holy books or listening to Master's orders is not so important if we do not put all the words of the Master into practice. It doesn't make any difference if we have been on the Path for ten years, or if we are newly initiated. It all depends upon your love and yearning. If we do the Simran and we mold our lives according to the instructions of the Master, then in no time we can also progress. But if we are not meditating according to the instructions of Master and are not molding our lives according to what Master tells us, then no matter if we spend all our life on this Path, we are not going to progress. In this Path it doesn't matter whether you are learned or illiterate. In this Path only your yearning and love count. If you have yearning for God and if you have love for the Master and if your devotion for the Master's teachings is strong, you can progress in this Path in no time. (Baba Charan Das)

Studies in the Sar Bachan -- Mystic Hymns of Radhaswami Sahib

Guru miley ami rasa daata ...

Even though I am a wretch, inured to sensual pleasures and hauteur, yet the giver of the sweet sap of ambrosia has gracefully come my way and met me. I am lowly and mean, ignoramus and witless, lacking intelligence, yet He has made my surat [soul] the darling of shabd [divine Sound and Light]! As it is, every moment I sing of the greatness and grandeur of the guru and I engage my corporeal mind (that operates at the place of the sixth ganglion) and my nij mana (that becomes kinetic in Trikuti-- second inner region) at the guru's feet. Inside of me, I ever perform His aarti [worship] and I preserve my surat in the One Thousand-Petalled Lotus [Sahasdal Kanwal] to fly where I penetrate into the Third Til [Eye], kindle the unique flame at Sahasdal Kanwal, and then soar to Gagan (mystic sky, Trikuli).

Then I heard the uproar of the sound of unstruck melody and I fasten my surat on the middle artery (sushumana), broke into the fort of the Crooked Tunnel, 0 brother, and then I could gain accustomed to the melody of Aumkara. There my nirat [seeing faculty of the soul] pushed my surat upward, and abandoning the bluish realm (region of Kaal) got into the whitish realm where I witnessed the lustre and light of the Full Moon (Sunn) and where the hamsas [heavenly beings] are assembled in rows. There I picked up pearls and fed myself on them and I got on to the Atma-pada (Spirit-Pole) presided over by Akshar Purush (the Imperishable Lord).

The Satguru became so compassionate and merciful that I could penetrate into Maha-sunn and go beyond into the Rotating Cave [Bhanwar Gupha] where my surat heard the unstruck melody of the flute. By dint of the grace of the Satguru I made it to Sach Khand (Satlok, Eternal True Realm) where I performed the marvellous aarti of Sat guru. Soaring beyond, I sighted the Invisible Sphere and then the guru showed me the way to the Inaccessible Purush. The love sport of that sphere is so marvellous and ineffable that even the gyanis and yogis (those who have the knowledge of Brahman) are unaware of the secret of that sphere.

Indeed they all remain deluded in the region of the Universal Mind; it is only the saints who know and who have made known the mystery of the sphere of the compassionate Lord. In sum, I have gained access to the wondrous palace of Radhasoami [Lord of the Soul], the extent of the beauteous form of which is unfathomable and ineffable.

Aaj main dekhoon ghat mein til ko ...

Today I watched the Third Til (situated midway between the two eyes, three quarters to one inch from the root of the nose inwards - the seat of surat) inside of me. These developments made a great appeal to my heart. Every moment, the guru made me His own, and I got to know the core of mysteries when I flew to the Nabh (the entrance to Sahasdal Kanwal). Rising to Sahasdal Kanwal [Thousand Petaled Lotus] I met the invisible - Jyoti-Niranjan or the Spotless Lord of the Flame - and leaving this samsara [illusion] I could perceive the Flame. Then I abandoned the bluish region (of Kaal) and reached the whitish sphere (of spirit) and perceived the Region of Three Prominences (Trikuti).

Thereafter, I sighted the bank of Mansarovar [Lake of Nectar], the Sunn [dark void], of which I opened the gate and tore down the curtain (hanging on it). In Maha-sunn [great void], I discovered what was so far concealed and hidden from my understanding; and then I ascended to the Rotating Cave and comprehended the secret and mystery of the (Sohang) Purush. Then my surat moved beyond and met the Satt Pole where she heard the melody of harp (been). Taking to birat (the force that detaches the surat from remaining stuck to a delightful intervening stage) and nirat, I reached the Invisible Realm, after piercing which she proceed to the Inaccessible Sphere, and eventually this wretch like me attained to Radhasoami Abode.

 

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