Saturday, September 13, 2014

Seeing and Hearing Beyond the Illusion -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Digest & Document of Spiritual Quotes and Sant Mat Satsang Discourses


Seeing and Hearing Beyond the Illusion -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Digest & Document of Spiritual Quotes and Sant Mat Satsang Discourses





Buddha: "As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world."





Contents Below -- In This Issue/Mailing/Blog/Digest:

Short Quotes From Various Sources: Kabir, George Arnsby Jones, Rabia of Basra, Shiv Dayal Singh/Sant Radhasoami Sahib, Swami Vyasanand (a Living One), Guru Nanak, Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Babuji Maharaj, Sant Dadu Dayal, Sant Namdev, Meister Eckhart, Robert Atkinson;

A Top 10 List of Books That (For Me) Have Been Life-changing, Have Been a Major Influence -- May the Blessings Be -- The Blessings Now Are;

Gnostic, Western Scriptures and Eastern Scriptures (Ethiopian Bible, Gospels of the Historic Jesus: Q and Thomas, Nag Hammadi, Mandaean, Manichaean, Qur'an, Adi Granth, Buddhist Sutras, and Kabir), the Mystery of Gospel of Thomas Saying 17: The Master Will Give You What the Eye Has Not Seen, What the Ear Has Not Heard -- The Divine Eye and Divine Ear From East To West;

Rumi: Seeing and Hearing Beyond the Illusion -- From Volume One of the "Mathnawi", Rumi's Magnum Opus Work, Called the "Second Quran" by some Sufis and Sants;

"Stairway to the stars, we got better things to do..." (Blue Oyster Cult);

7 Key Practices of Sant Mat Mysticism, by Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj;

Hail to All Enlightening Teachers and Guides -- Passage and Prayer from a Sutra of Jainism;

Book Review: Kabir 1008 Vani -- the Sant Mat Book of Ethics;

Thoughts About the Anurag Sagar (Gnostic Epic About Kabir);

The One Resides In All -- from the Topical Adi Granth;

The Swan-Soul (Bird of Heaven, Hamsa), by Kabir (translated by Rabindranath Tagore);


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Nanak wrote of many earths and countless worlds back during the middle ages. He lived from 1469-1539. During that same time, Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for holding similar views in the west, but in India, Guru Nanak is considered to be one of the greatest saints of human history.


"Maya (illusion) is like a flame of a lamp and human beings are like moths who keep hovering over the flame. Enchanted by illusion, they keep falling on it. Rare are those saints and sages who follow the teachings of their Satguru and get liberated from the allurements of Maya." (Kabir, Saakhis/1008 Kabir Vani)


"In the Ramayana, Sugriva tells Rama: 'All my actions would be worthless without Your Grace.' Therefore, we should collect the flowers of our aspirations and offer them at the Holy Feet of the Supreme Being." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)





A Top 10 List of Books That (For Me) Have Been Life-changing, Have Been a Major Influence

The order of my book list is from the oldest to the most recently read:

The Book of Enoch (Ethiopian Enoch and the Book of the Secrets of Enoch);

The Confessions of Jacob Boheme (Christian Mystic);

The Nag Hammadi Library in English (Gnostic Gospels);

The Making of a Spiritual Movement: The Untold Story of Paul Twitchell and Eckankar, by David Christopher Lane;

Radhasoami Reality -- The Logic of a Modern Faith, by Mark Juergensmeyer;

Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry (Sar Bachan Radhasoami Nazm yaani Chhand bandh), by Soami Ji Maharaj;

Prem Patra Radhasoami, by Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur;

The Philosophy of Liberation (Moksha-Darshan), by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans;

The Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy), by Beloved Guruji Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj;

The Inward Journey Of the Soul (Chal Hamsa Nij Desh: O, Swan-Soul Return to Your Abode), by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj;



Short Quotes: "There is a vast Reservoir or Focus of Spirituality, which has no beginning and has ever been in existence, and that Reservoir is the Supreme Being and Purush [Original Source of the universe]."  (Discourses of Babuji Maharaj, Volume III)


Kabir: "The essence of life is in remembering God."


"Devotion through remembering God brings every happiness to life and removes every distress of mind. Kabir Saheb says: Remember God! It has a wonderfully powerful attraction. By continuously remembering God, a time comes when the devoted servant (devotee) and the master (God) become one, i.e. he attains self-realization." (Kabir Vani 1008)


"Asked the Yogis: 'By what means are we bound and overcome by maya [illusion]? How does one gain or loose?' Said Guru Nanak: 'The negative thoughts of the mind are what bind us, and then we are overcome by maya. The self-centered one loses, and the one who obeys the will of His Creator is the one who gains.'" (Book of Sidh Gosht)


"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." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)


"Within the innermost recesses, all spirituality is one and it has never undergone any division. Our spirituality or soul (Surat) is an emanation from the Supreme Being. Within the innermost recesses it is one with the Lord." (Discourses of Babuji Maharaj, Volume Three)


"The Master always advises people to explore the Shabd in the depth of their hearts. But they ignore the pleas of the Master -- how then will their inner eyes open? Rare is the deserving soul who makes the teachings of the Master the foundation of his/her life." (Sant Radhasoami Sahib)


"Today's karmas become the fate of tomorrow. According to our last life actions, our mental tendencies are formed in this life. Because of our pure actions we will have the desire to seek the association of Sants [Saints, Masters] and to meditate." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul: Chal Hansa Nij Desh [O Sawan-Soul, Return to Your Original Abode])


"Wherever one's thought dwells, there will that person rest. At his pleasure, he may go to the delusion of unreality or he may merge into the Lord of the self. Where you keep your mind while living, to that abode shall you go after death. The soul finds lodging in a place wherein it has hitherto been immersed." (Sant Dadu Dayal)


Param Sant Tulsi Sahib: "0 Jiva [captive Soul somewhere in time]! Give up all blind adherences and beliefs, concentrate within and seek the Supreme Being there, adopting Him alone as your goal. Do ponder over what I say and see for yourself with eyes wide open that there is none in this world whom you can call your own. You should adopt the Supreme Being alone as your prop and support."


Soami Ji's Special Room, A Mystical Meditation Room-Within-A-Room: "From childhood Soami Ji Maharaj used to shut himself up in a small room which is at the back of another room on the ground floor of his house. For light and air there is a small aperture, otherwise no noise can reach within. This room still exists in a renovated form and is considered as one of the most sacred and hallowed of places." (Biography/Jivan Charitar of Babuji Maharaj, a ONE-VOLUME book published in Agra)


"Experience the state of superconsciousness
Where the Lord’s love surges
And you will see your own form
In each particle of the creation.
0 Nama, the Lord will make
The pupil of your eye his home,
And your eye will expand
To contain the entire universe.
I worship only God-within, nothing else."
-- Sant Namdev


Saints say: "What we are, we behold, and what we behold, we are."


"The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love." (Meister Eckhart)





Rumi: Seeing and Hearing Beyond the Illusion

699-700. The minister replied: "O prisoners of verbal discourses! O seekers of sermons, ears, speeches and tongues! Plug your physical ears with cotton (and turn them inward); remove the bandage of sensuality from your eyes (and turn them inward).

701-02. "The ear of the head is the cotton-wool of the inner ear; until the former becomes deaf, the inner ear is deaf. (As long as your external ears function you will only hear the words of your near and dear ones. These will prevent the opening of your inner ears to 'Unstruck Melody'.) Become deaf to the external word; become 'earless' and your worries will vanish (because then His inner commands will be audible to you). As the Holy Koran says, 'O soul-at peace! Return unto thy Lord content in His good pleasure.'* (*lxxxix, 27-28.)

703-04. "So long as you are engrossed in the conversation of wakefulness, how can you catch the scent of inner conversation? All our acts and words are outer sauntering; the inner stroll is on top of the heaven.

705-06. "The physical senses have only experienced dryness (intellectual knowledge) for they are born of dryness (of earth); the Moses of Spirit has set foot on the Sea (of Divinity, i.e. Divine knowledge).* The stroll of dry body (dia-noetic intellect) is on the dry land (intellectual knowledge); the sauntering of the spirit has set foot on the sea (Divine knowledge).

[*In other words, one who is made of mud sees only the muddy world; but the spirit has descended from the top whither it must return. Moses was put in the Nile after birth so that his bonds with this earth may be loosened and his spirit may soar up to heaven.]

707-08. "Much of your life you have moved about on this earth going to hills, forests and plains. As it is, how can you obtain the Water of Life? How can you regain Divine secrets by cleaving the waves of the sea, like Moses?

709-11. "The waves (pulls and pressures) of the earth are our understanding, imagination and reflections; but the waves of the river (Divine) are elation, ecstasy and merger in God (self-effacement). As long as you are lost in this world, you are far away from Divine rhapsody; as long as you are inebriated with the heady wine of this material world you will only have aversion for that cup (of Divine wine). External talk is like dust that mars your view of reality; you must get used to silence for sometime."

-- Mathnawi of Rumi, Volume One, M.G. Gupta translation -- see the website: HumaBooks (dot) com


“The mystic is also a realist, accepting the invitation of the soul to attain the fullness of life for which we were made. The best, and simplest, definition of a mystic is one who seeks union with Reality, or with the Absolute.” (Robert Atkinson, Bahai Faith, "Mystic Journey")


"Go deeper ... 
Past thoughts into silence.
Past silence into stillness.
Past stillness into the heart.
Let Love consume all that is left of you."
-- Kabir





The Master Will Give You What the Eye Has Not Seen, What the Ear Has Not Heard -- The Divine Eye and Divine Ear From East To West

by James Bean

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

"In this process of meditation the scattered consciousness gets fully collected and there appears a Refulgent Point which is according to holy Bhagavad Gita is the Infinitesimal Form of God. There appears the Refulgent Lights in the inner darkness and our consciousness starts hearing inner Divine Sounds. In this state the true Master guides the practitioner." (Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj)

On the Path of the Masters, being influenced by a competent living teacher who has spent many successful years in meditation, and who has been honestly approved (accredited) by his teacher, is the goal. The essential reason for having a spiritual teacher is not to worship the personality of the teacher, but to learn from them the Methods of spiritual practice. The living teacher preserves the Methods of meditation and passes that Knowledge and Experience on to the next generation. A good spiritual master also motivates his or her students to practice meditation and lead an ethical life in the context of a spiritual community or group of people (satsang).  Books alone isolated from a community of others would not be enough to sustain spiritual practice, especially inner mystical experiences. Satsang inspires, teaches, motivates, and group meditation helps to accelerate one's own inner experience. "Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I Am in their midst."

The Master serves as a catalyst for inner experiences. A great description of what living Masters do for their students is found in the Gospel of Thomas unearthed in Egypt. Variations of this saying have also turned up in the Hebrew Bible, Greek New Testament, other apocryphal gospels, the Quran, Gnostic tests, Mandaean scriptures of Iraq, Buddhist sutras, the sacred texts of the Mandaeans of Iran, in the bhajans of Kabir, Nanak, and other Sants of the East:

The Master said,
"I will give you
what no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
what no hand has touched,
and what has never occurred
to the human mind."
(Egypt: Coptic Gospel of Thomas, 17)

There is an axiom of wisdom found in many world scriptures about exploring Inner Space, the Kingdom of God, spiritually or mystically with new eyes, and hearing spiritually with new ears. This saying about .... "seeing what no physical eye has seen and what no material ear has heard..." appears in many ancient scriptures of the West and East. Visionary mysticism, inner seeing and hearing are universal experiences of contemplative souls in the various world religions.

Living spiritual Masters teach their students how to see and hear spiritually, initiating them into "the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens." I know a few such living Masters. They are rare, but they do exist.

Within the human body, with eyes closed during meditation, there are different kinds of light, stars, moons, and suns, dark voids, lights within lights, visions within visions like a tunnel, and beyond these is bright light like the noonday sun. But the "blind leading the blind" will never speak of these, only the Masters. Only mystics are interested in mysticism.


The Mystery of Saying 17: Eye Has Not Seen, Ear Has Not Heard


In the Ethiopian Bible is preserved a Jewish apocryphal text that reminds me of an NDE (Near Death Experience):

"And this angel said to me, Isaiah, son of Amoz, I set you free; for you have seen what no mortal man has ever seen before. Yet you must return to your garments of flesh until your days are completed. Then will you come up here again." (Ascension of Isaiah 11: 34)


Jesus-Yeshua -- Essene/Ebionite Judaism/Jesus Movement, Israel/Syria:

"How privileged are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. I swear to you, many prophets and righteous ones have longed to see what you see and didn't see it, and to hear what you hear and didn't hear." (Matthew 13: 16-17 = Q/Luke 10: 23-24 -- New Testament and Sayings Gospel Q)

"His power will be given to them, which no eye has seen nor ear heard, and they will rejoice in My Kingdom." (Jesus, apocryphal "Testament of the Lord in Galilee")

"The rest of you shall inherit the kingdom of heaven, whose delights no ear has heard described, which no eye has seen and which has not appeared in the human heart." (Jesus, Apocryphal Gospel of John)

Yeshua says, "What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands cannot touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind -- that I will give you!" (Jesus/Yeshua, "Gospel of Thomas", Saying 17)

"It is written: 'No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.'" (I Corinthians 2: 9, Paul, Orthodox New Testament)


A Manichaean scripture from Central Asia:

"...that I may redeem you from death and annihilation, I will give you what you have not seen with the eye nor heard with the ears nor grasped with the hand." (Turfan fragments, translated in "Gnosis On The Silk Road,")


The 10th Century Persian Sufi Master Abd al-Qadir al-Jalani quotes an interesting passage from the Quran:

"I have prepared for My righteous servants that which no eye has ever seen, of which no ear has ever heard, and of which has never occurred to the heart of man." ("Concerning the Affirmation of Divine Oneness", Al-Baz Publishing)


From a prayer found in the Mandaean scriptures of Iraq:

"Thou hast showed us that which the eye has not seen, and caused us to hear that which the human ear has not heard. Thou has freed us from death and united us with Life, released us from darkness, and united us with Light.... Thou hast shown us that which the eye has not seen, and caused us to hear that which the human ear has not heard." ("Canonical Prayer Book of the Mandaeans", E.S. Drower)


The Divine Eye According to the Buddha -- India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan:

"With the Divine Eye, which is purified and surpasses the human, a bhikkhu surveys a thousand worlds. Just as a man with good sight when he has ascended to the upper palace chamber, might survey a thousand wheel-rims, so too, with the Divine Eye, which is purified and surpasses the human, a bhikkhu surveys a thousand worlds."


The Divine Ear According to the Buddha:

"I have proclaimed to my disciples the way whereby with the Divine Ear element, which is purified and surpasses the human, they hear both kinds of sounds, the divine and the human, those that are far as well as near. Just as a vigorous trumpeter might make himself heard without difficulty in the four quarters; so too, I have proclaimed to my disciples the way whereby with the Divine Ear element... far as well as near. And thereby many disciples of mine abide having reached the consummation and Perfection of Direct Knowledge." ("The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha -- A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya," Teachings of the Buddha, translated by Bhakkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications)


India, Guru Nanak:

"We speak without tongue,
we see without eyes,
we hear without ears,
we walk without feet, and
we work without hands."


Sant Kabir, India:

"May I see You with my eyes,
hear Your Sound
with my own ears.
Speak Your Name
in my own words, O Lord;
rest Your flower-like feet
on my heart."
("Songs of Kabir From the Adi Granth",
translated by Nirmal Dass, SUNY Press)





"O Master, I can’t live in this world without remembering You. How can I endure the next world without seeing Your face?" (Rabia -- Sufi Saint)

Mediate and Chant God's Name(s) Daily (Simran/Zikhr): "The mystic adepts inform us that the exploration of the inner realms (consisting of the first three Grand Divisions) is the heritage of each soul, and if we do not go within and traverse these regions, the fault is ours." (George Arnsby Jones, The Inward Journey of the Soul)

"Stairway to the stars, we got better things to do..." (lyrics, Blue Oyster Cult's first album)





7 Key Practices of Sant Mat Mysticism, by Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj

In these four parts of Satsang Yoga there is an extensive elaboration of the following subjects: Jiva (individual soul), Braham (Supreme God), Prakrti (Nature) Bandha and Moksha (bondage and release), the realization of the Supreme Sovereign God and the importance of moral conduct of behavior, etc. God is realized in one's own self, therefore, the inner practice (meditation) is absolutely essential. Within the work is depicted the systematic practices of Manas Jap [Simran, Zikhr], Manas Dhyan, Drishti Yoga [Inner Vision/Light], and Surat-Shabda-Yoga [Inner Hearing/Sound] through which the Supreme Sovereign is realized. In addition, the work prescribes moral rectitude or leaving the acts of untruth, stealing, use of intoxicating drugs, violence, and adultery.

We can summarize the essence of this work in the words of our great Master Maharishi Mehi:

"In these four parts of Satsang-Yoga, the practice of devotion and striving for Liberation require seven means which are of paramount importance:

1) Satsang (association with the Saints which includes the study of their writings and Scriptures),

2) selfless service of the spiritual Master [seva],

3) extreme love for God [Bhakti],

4) moral rectitude,

5) purity of the heart,

6) Japa (repetition of the Divine name [simran/zikhr/manas jap]) and

7) Dhyana (meditation). In the practice of meditation -- both gross and subtle meditations are described. In subtle meditation -- the meditation of the bindu (point) -- the meditation of Light -- Drishti Yoga (the Yoga of vision) and Nadanusandhana (the meditation of Sound) -- Surat-Shabda-Yoga (the Yoga of Sound) are described."





Hail To All Enlightening Teachers and Guides

"As long as I live,
those who are pure in thought and action
will be my divine models,
those who have overcome their inner
weaknesses will guide my path,
those who have renounced the selfish life
will inspire my life, and those who enlighten my mind
will be my teachers.
As long as I live,
the truths which have been
uttered by the Jina*, I will receive,
and in this way, I will be able to attain
right knowledge and
my destination of liberation."

-- Jain Santhara Porasi (Jainism), "To Light One Candle -- Universal Prayers For Peace", Clare Resenfield and Pramoda Chitrabhanu;

*Jina -- one who has conquered the inner enemies (greed, anger, deceit, and ego-centrism), another word for Arihanta





Book Review: Kabir 1008 Vani, A Sant Mat Book of Ethics
by James Bean
Copyright August 2005
Kabir 1008 Vani -- Nectar of Truth and Knowledge
Essence of the Collection of Saakhis (the Saakhi Granth of Guru Kabir) in Simple Language and Style
Compiled by Lalchand Doohan Jigyasu
Translated into English by Kunwar Anil Kumar

Genres: Ethics, Genuine Ethical Foundation of Spirituality, Morality, Principles, Wisdom, Sant Mat, Kabir Panth, Meditation, Bhakti (Love and Devotion),

This is one of the most important books of Kabir to have. Kabir 1008 Vani is a very beautiful and impressive book of ethics and wisdom featuring 1008 sayings of Kabir, one of Indian's greatest Masters and poet-mystics, who lived in northern India around six hundred years ago. As with Rumi, the Persian Sufi poet, in recent years Kabir has also become increasingly popular in the West. A few decades ago, the only translations of Kabir were, "Songs of Kabir" by Rabindranath Tagore published in 1915, and Robert Bly's 1971 paraphrase or "versions" of Kabir, which were also based upon Tagore's translation. These days however, there are literally hundreds of books available in the English language exploring the poetry and teachings of Sri Guru Kabir Sahib. The Saakhis (a term for a certain kind of poetic composition, a couplet giving testimony of eternal truths) are often used in the satsangs (spiritual gatherings in the name of Eternal Truth) of many spiritual paths based in India. It makes a great deal of sense that spiritual teachers would give satsang talks based upon the Saakhis of Kabir, as they are brimming with wisdom about how to integrate spiritual principals into one's daily life. Kabir was critical of religious hypocrisy, going through the motions of outward rites and rituals without sincerity of heart. His path was that of Bhakti, meaning, love and devotion for the Beloved Supreme Spirit. For Kabir, the true church, mosque, or temple is within the body, within the human heart. The theme of the Saakhis is bringing all levels of our existence, more and more with each passing day, in body, speech, emotions, and thought, into harmony with the soul or spirit inside.

ISBN: 81-8133-515-5
Publisher: Manoj Publications, Delhi,
Can be special ordered in the US via Nataraj Books, also 
Banyen Books of Vancouver in Canada





More Thoughts About the Anurag Sagar

Someone wrote to me asking for my thoughts about this book. Some of those are excerpted below.

The Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love) wasn't literally written by Kabir (disciples wrote down his teachings and musical compositions), but does quote Kabir, and summarizes some of the major teachings about Kabir (Kabirology). It's a kind of "gospel of Kabir", a bit more complex and developed, reminding me of some of the third century AD Gnostic gospels, also with a more developed Christology than is present in the earliest texts. The Anurag Sagar's author is Dharam Das or some individuals in the Dharam Das branch of Kabir Panth, and one of many volumes in a Kabir literature authored over several generations known as the "Ocean of Kabir" or "Kabir Sagar". And there are even more Kabir-related books such as the Brahm Nirupan, which recently was published. Also, Volume Three of the Bijak of Kabir was just published  by the Kabir Association.

Anurag Sagar is a kind of pre-scientific epic type literature attempting to provide an explanation about the origins of evil in the universe. The ethical teachings and teachings about meditation practice can be taken literally but the story is mostly metaphor about the matrix of the universal mind (Kal, time, death, illusion) and the labyrinth of souls (jivas) incarnating into the lower planes of duality struggling to find Eternal Truth (Sat Naam) in a world of illusion. "Kal standing on one foot for many yugas" is metaphor for energy flowing into and powering the lower planes of creation, for instance. Meditating on the Sound Current is "defeating Kal" or the process of overcoming one's own ego/mind and focusing within, transcending mind, knowing one's Self as soul (Surat). That would be the motive the story of the Anurag Sagar is trying to instill in the reader, with it's presentation of a Manichaean struggle between the forces of Positive and negative powers.





"The One resides in the heart of all. In every heart of creatures born from eggs or wombs, from sweat or mud, the Light is found."

"The Light in all of us takes many different colors, but in every heart, at the inmost of all, there is only the One God."

"In the eyes of the Saints all is God, and on beholding that vision all are entranced."

"One who is absorbed in love for the real Master sees the Inner Light and hears the inner Sound. O God, though you are Unseen, Your Light is seen."  (Topical Adi Granth: "The Gospel of the Guru Granth Sahib", Duncan Greenlees, The World Gospel Series, Theosophical Publishing House, Madras)





The Swan-Soul (Bird of Heaven, the Hamsa)

Tell me, O Swan, your ancient tale.
From what land do you come, O Swan? to what shore will you fly?
Where would you take your rest, O Swan, and what do you seek?

Even this morning, O Swan, awake, arise, follow me!
There is a land where no doubt nor sorrow have rule: where the terror of Death is no more.
There the woods of spring are a-bloom, and the fragrant scent "He is I" [Soham, Ana-HU] is borne on the wind:
There the bee of the heart is deeply immersed, and desires no other joy.

(Songs of Kabir, Rabindranath Tagore)