Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rising Above the Darkness -- Light and Sound on the Path


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








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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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

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



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A Satsang Without Walls: This is the AUGUST 21ST, 2016 Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose -- words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.



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



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



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



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



Waking from the Dreams and Nightmares of Humanity

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



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



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

-- Valentinus, Summer Harvest



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

-- Valentinus, Valentinus' Vision of the Word



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



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



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

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







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



From the Surangama Sutra, a Buddhist Scripture:

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

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

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

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

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

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







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



Being Rescued by the Light

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

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



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

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

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

"Satguru Kabir Saheb's revealing message for life:

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

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

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

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

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

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







The Soul is Being Called From Above

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



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

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







Transcending All the Realms via An Ancient Form Of Meditation

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

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



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



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



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

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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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







Darkness Before Light: Where the Inner Darkness Comes From

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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






Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Sar Bachan Radhasoami -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Blog


Sar Bachan Radhasoami -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Newsletter of Spiritual Quotes & Satsang Discourses



In This Issue... Exploring the Teachings of Soamiji Maharaj and the Radhasoami Faith (Sant Mat), Including the Sar Bachan Radhaswami Poetry -- Also: Who Were the Two Gurus of Soamiji Maharaj?







"In the present time, the Jiva [soul] is unable to do anything else except the Bhakti [devotion] of the Satguru and the practice of Surat Shabd Yoga. And if anyone resorts to other means or methods, it is like beating about the serpent’s hole which will not kill the serpent. The proper and only effective means of catching the serpent of the mind (controlling the mind) is the worship of Satguru and the practice of Shabd. By no other means can it be subjugated." (Soami Ji Maharaj in Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose, Book II, Sayings of Soami Ji Given in Satsang)



An example of parallel verses between the Prose and the Poetry: "By no other means can it be subjugated", and, "by no other means will it come round." Soamiji said something almost identical in the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry: "When one begins to hear Shabd [the inner Sound Current], one's mind is brought under control. By no other means will it come round." (Soamiji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry)



"A million other methods will fail to tame it,

it will submit only by listening to that Melody.

The yogis practice their own methods

while the learned are busy

with knowledge and discussion.

Ascetics wear themselves out with penances

and celibates with their struggle against lust.

Dhyan yogis only delude themselves

in mental contemplation.

Priests read and recite the scriptures --

they too waste their energies,

in learning and preaching.

Intellect and cleverness are of no avail --

scholars have to repent in the end.

No other practice will work for you,

only the practice of Shabd will unite you with God.

When a disciple with longing in his heart

meets a Master who knows the secret of Shabd,

and the disciple devotes himself

to the practice of Shabd,

only then will his mind begin to be controlled.

Indulgence in passions is futile,

so sacrifice your body and mind at the altar of love.

The passionate and the deceitful

can never put their faith in the Shabd Melody,

for this Melody comes from the highest heaven

and rare is the soldier-saint who catches it.

He brings his mind into submission,

gains command of it

and besieges the fortress in the sky of Trikuti [causal plane].

Beyond that is the trench of Sunn [void] and then the plateau

which marks the boundary of Maha Sunn [great void].

Then the soul breaks open the gate of Bhanwar Gupha [revolving cave],

through which the Master shows it

the Lord’s crystal palace.

The spectacle there is utterly fascinating --

each ray glows with the light of a sun,

each sun glows with a novel light,

each moon projects a million images.

The firmament of the heart is illumined

by the light of the higher realms

reflecting through billions of inner skies.

There is a mysterious twist to the whole play --

only to be witnessed by a rare gurumukh (faithful disciple)

who has reversed the downward flow of his attention.

How far can I go in describing the unfathomable secret?

Those who want to know must go into a mystic trance.

I am like a dumb person eating sweets,

unable to relate the taste he enjoys.

How can I possibly describe the unique magnificence

of the unutterable, indescribable realms?

Yet RadhaSoami is immensely pleased

to bring these hidden secrets out into the open."

-- Soami Ji Maharaj, Bachan 9, Shabd 9, Sar Bachan RadhaSoami Poetry



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A Satsang Without Walls: This is the July 7th, 2016 Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose -- words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.



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



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



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Soami Ji’s Mystical Meditation Room-Within-A-Room (We can follow Soamiji's example and also have a darkened meditation 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, Agra)



Some Background on Seth Shiv Dayal Singh (Soamiji Maharaj, a.k.a. Sant Radhaswami Sahib), Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, and Sant Girdhari Sahib of Lucknow

"Shiv Dayal Seth (called 'Soamiji Maharaj' by followers and devotees) was born on the 24th of August, 1818 (in Agra, Uttar Pradesh) and died on the 15th of June, 1878 (in Agra). He was a Satguru of Sant Mat and [the] Radhasoami tradition. Adherents believe him to be [the] incarnation of [the] Supreme Being Radhasoami Sahab." (Wikipedia)

Soamiji Maharaj grew up being part of the Sant Mat Satsang group founded by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib, with branches in Hathras, Agra, Lucknow, and several other cities. Soamiji and his wife Radhaji were initiates and followers/devotees of Sant Tulsi Sahib, as were their families and extended families.

"Gradually, Tulsi Sahab attracted a large number of followers and disciples from among the high caste Brahmins as well as the low caste Sudras. They came from the poor classes, as also from the affluent. He used to visit towns and cities in U.P. and among his disciples were Seth Dilwali Singh Sahab of Agra [Soami Ji’s father], his wife Mahamaya, his mother, his mother in-law and sister. They were all keen disciples of Tulsi Sahab. He used to pay visits to them in Agra, stay in their home in Panni Gali, and hold satsangs there." (Entry for Param Sant Tulsi Sahib in, “Radhasoami White Paper on the Religion of Sants and RadhaSoami Faith”, published by Dayal Bagh in Agra)

Maharaj Girdhari Sahib also was originally part of the Agra Satsang, spending some time there. (Pratap Singh Seth, "Biography of Soami Ji Maharaj", p. 37).

"Tulasi Sahib/Tulsi Sahib: A guru of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, who founded a sect known as Saheb Panth... His chief disciples included Ramakrishna, a shepherd, Girdhari Lal, also known as Girdhari Das, and Surswami. Tulasi died in... 1843, and his disciples carried on his teachings." (the entry for 'Tulsi Sahib' in the book, “Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide", By Roshen Dalal) Sant Tulsi Sahib's spiritual successors included: Surswami in Hathras, Maharaj Girdhari Sahib in Lucknow, and a few other Gurus, who had spiritual missions and ashrams in other locations.

After the death of his initiating Guru Sant Tulsi Sahib in 1843, Soami Ji Maharaj treated Girdhari Das as the next spiritual Master and Tulsi Sahib's primary successor, as well as donated and "gave substantial material support" to Sant Girdhari's spiritual mission in Lucknow for "a number of years" according to, "The Biography of Soamiji Maharaj", also according to Daniel Gold in, "The Lord As Guru: Hindi Sants in the North Indian Tradition", and other sources. Soamiji attended Sant Girdhari's satsang between 1843 and 1860, and was closely affiliated with him. After Sant Girdhari's passing in 1860 is when Soamiji Maharaj began his own open satsang in Agra.

Both Sant Tulsi Sahib and Maharaj Girdhari Sahib were Gurus of Soami Ji Maharaj. Both provided Soami Ji with inner Grace, helping to guide him during his inward ascents through various heavenly regions.

In the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry (Sar Bachan Radhasoami Nazm yaani Chhand bandh) of Soami Ji Maharaj is a very important lengthy section, Bachan/Discourse 21, a kind of "book within the book" called Hidayat Namah (Esoteric Instructions), going into detail about the soul travel or heavenly ascents of Soami Ji Maharaj. It represents the heart of this essential holy book of the Radhasoami Faith. Here Soami Ji provides the following description (7--8):

"Beyond this, there are innumerable palaces made of crystal (sheesh mehal) and diverse spirits inhabit them and are settled there in accordance with the allotments made by the Lord, and they see the peculiar mutual display which is so blissful, and in turn they also establish their own plays and sports. In Hindi, these spirits are described as 'circles of hamsas' (purified spirits). The engravings and the designs carved in these spheres are to be seen in order to be believed. The entire dispensation and workshop there is purely spiritual; it is not at all gross or material.

"Spirits dwelling there are characterized by excessive delicacy, subtlety, refinedness and purity; they don’t have a trace of physical coarseness (kasaafat) and impurity. The details of this sphere are known only to the faqirs. [‘Full particulars of these regions are known only to Sants' -- Maheshwari translation.] To unfold more about it is not proper and advisable. For a long time the spirit of this faqir (i.e. Soamiji Maharaj Himself) sauntered and stayed there and then under instructions from the Teachers and Guides, moved ahead.

8. "Moving on and on, the spirit soared up about 5 arab (1 arab = 1 billion) and 75 crores (1 crore = 10 million) jojans (really incalculable height) and broke into the realm of Hahoot or Mahasunn (in Sar Bachan, Prose, Part I, para 13, the word Hahoot is used for Sunn, and not Mahasunn) and sauntered around it. How shall I describe it? For ten billion miles (again, incalculable distance) there is utter darkness. How shall I describe its depth, except to say that for one kharab (1 kharab = 100 billion, i.e. incalculable extent) jojans, the soul descended and yet its bottom could not be discovered; then again it reversed and turned upward, and following the track pointed by the sages, the spirit treaded that path and then it was deemed improper to determine and find out the depth of this dark region.

"The surat then moved on..."

("The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami" (Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Poetry), Volume I, Translation by M. G. Gupta, M.A., D.Litt. Former Member of the Faculty of Political Science, Allahabad University, MG Publishers, and Huma Books, Agra)

Take note of this particular sentence above by Soami Ji: "For a long time the spirit of this faqir (i.e. Soamiji Maharaj Himself) sauntered and stayed there and then under instructions from the Teachers and Guides, moved ahead."

In the Sar Bachan, words like 'Murshida' and 'Guru' are translated as “Master”, “Guide”, or “Teacher”, but here we have Teachers, Guides... in other words, a plural form of Murshida/Mursheed/Guru  -- not just one Teacher or one Guide or Satguru: “Having sojourned there and having enjoyed the glory thereof for a very long time, the spirit of this Faqir moved on, in accordance with the instructions of the Guides.” In a plural form is how it’s also rendered according to another translation by S.D. Maheshwari, “Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry”, Part 1, Agra.

Sant Gharib Das of the Radhasoami Faith commented on the above verses of Soami Ji’s Sar Bachan Poetry revealing the names of the two Satguru Guides of Soamiji Maharaj:


“Soamiji in his Discourses has said that his surat descended into the dark regions of Maha-sunn but could neither locate the bottom or the end of it nor did it feel it worthwhile to go down any further. Thereafter, his surat adhering to the signs as revealed to him by his Gurus ascended upwards. Here Soamiji says that it was the inner Mercy of his Satguru Tulsi Saheb and that of Maharaj Girdhari Das Ji whose Satsang he attended for a very long period of time.” (Sant Gareeb Das, Book of Anmol Bachan, a Radhasoami publication)

Who was Sant Gareeb or Garib Das? Gareeb Das was a close disciple of Soamiji: "Although the disciples of Swami Ji Maharaj reached to thousands in number, yet three of them were most prominent. They were Rai Bahadur Saligram at Agra, Baba Garib Das of Delhi, and Maharaj Baba Jaimal Singh Ji in the Punjab.” (Jaimal Singh's  Spiritual Letters)

A few months after Maharaj Girdhari Sahib's passing (in August, 1860) Soamiji Maharaj began his own open spiritual mission and satsang in Agra on February 15th, 1861.

For more on Maharaj Girdhari Sahib  -- The ‘Unknown Guru’ of Radhasoami History: A Spiritual Successor of Sant Tulsi Sahib, and Another Guru of Soami Ji Maharaj, see:
https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/maharaj-girdhari-sahib-a-spiritual-successor-of-sant-tulsi-sahib-and-friends-with-soami-ji-maharaj-2f8ffcb7d342#.s09qrjy5m







Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry -- The Rest of the Article is Dedicated to the Teachings of Soamiji Maharaj, the Great Saint of Agra


"...Many prominent disciples of Swami Ji Maharaj, both men and women, humbly requested Him to explain His teachings in their own language and easy terms. The result was that about three years before leaving the world, He dictated the poems called 'Sar Bachan'..." (Spiritual Letters, Baba Jaimal Singh)



Swami Ji’s mystic-verses are quite intricate with layers of meaning, and contain countless terms for various heavenly regions, states of consciousness, visionary and auditory experiences he encountered as he was in communion with his Beloved Radhasoami (Soul-Lord, Lord of the Soul). The Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry is a most other-worldly, heavenly document, based upon Swami Ji’s own inner travels, attainments and spiritual realizations. “For about fifteen years, Soami Ji Maharaj used to shut Himself up in a room which is within another room [a meditation room-within-a-room of his home in Agra]. He was all the time absorbed in the bliss of Surat Shabd Yoga.” (Huzur Maharaj) After this period of deep exploration of the inner regions and union with his Beloved Radhasoami in Sach Khand, Swami Ji emerged and began his Mission of public satsang.

“In January 1861, Soami Ji started publicly explaining the method of Saints (Sant Mat) to a few people who gathered at his home. This satsang (true association, association with Eternal Truth) continued for nearly seventeen years, during which period about four thousand persons  -- men and women -- Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sravagis, and a few Christians were initiated by him into Sant Mat (the Path of the Saints), i.e. Radhasoami path (the Path of the Supreme Being). Most of these were householders; but some (about three hundred) were Sadhus also.” ("Encyclopaedia of Saints of India, Volume Nineteen: Radhasoami", Criterion Publications, New Delhi)

-- excerpted from a book review of the M.G. Gupta Translation of, Sar Bachan Radhasoami, of Soami Ji Maharaj: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/book-review-the-m-g-gupta-translation-of-sar-bachan-radhasoami-of-soami-ji-maharaj-32aa3ad7e3d2#.gvqp6jj31



If you wish to order M.G. Gupta's English translations of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose, and/or copies of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volumes One and Two, from anywhere in the world, please email Shweta Sharma of Huma Books at this address: shweta.humabooks 'at' gmail 'dot' com .



Overview of -- Introduction to -- the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj, M.G. Gupta Translation

"The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami (Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Poetry), Volume I, Translation with Commentary of the Discourses of Sri Shiv Dayal Singh alias “Soamiji Maharaj”, Revealer of the Radhasoami Faith, by M. G. Gupta, M.A., D.Litt. Former Member of the Faculty of Political Science, Allahabad University, MG PUBLISHERS, 34 Hirabagh Colony, Agra 282 005, India.

"The Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Nazm or Chhand-bandh (The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami, Poetry) by the Revealer of the Radhasoami Faith, Sri Shiv Dayal Singh, alias Soamiji Maharaj, (1818-1878) was first published in a single volume (42 Discourses) in 1884. It was in 1921 that it was split into two volumes, each carrying 21 Discourses, and since then it has continued to be printed in two separate volumes.

"This is the first volume which has an Introduction (Bhumika) divided into twenty paragraphs, an Invocation (Mangla-charan) of 18 verses, and a short, two paragraph-message (Sandesh), and twenty-one Discourses, all of which have 201 hymns.

"While all of them are extremely significant and important for any reader desirous to understand the subtleties of the Radhasoami Faith, the outstanding discourses include Discourse 10 which brings out the distinction between the Varnatmak Name (Formal or Articulated Sound) and Dhunyatmak Name (Inarticulate Sound)

"Discourse 11 expounds the majesty of satsang, as also the difference and distinction between the Radhasoami Faith and other prevalent religions, and the process of creation.

"Discourse 12 spells out the greatness of the Bhakti Marg (path of love and devotion to the guru and the Lord).

"Discourse 13 explains the marks of the perfect guru, the features of the true spiritual seeker, and the mode of rendering service to the guru by body, mind, spirit and money.

"Discourses 14-16 warn the followers of the Radhasoami Faith against the obstructions and hindrances placed in their spiritual evolution by mind (Kaal) and indriyas (sensory and motor organs or instruments).

"Discourse 17 cautions the mendicants and the anchorites against the peril of their being defeated and frustrated by their own primordial urges and predilections like lust, wrath, greed, attachment or bewilderment and conceit, and their negligence in the pursuit of Surat-Shabd-Yoga.

"Discourse 18 stresses the importance of ardent devotion to the Satguru.

"Discourse 19, inter alia, details the do’s and the don’ts (the commandments of the guru or Hukum Namah).

"Discourse 20 issues instructions about Surat-Shabd-Yoga and love and devotion to the Satguru.

"The last Discourse (21) has two distinct parts: the first is the “Instrument of Instructions” or Hidayat Namah, narrating the details of the spiritual stages that a practitioner of Surat-Shabd-Yoga has to traverse, starting from the sixth ganglion or the third til, situated midway between the two eyes, three quarters to an inch from the root of the nose inwards -- the seat of the spirit -- and passing through the One Thousand-Petalled Lotus or Sahas-dal Kanwal, the Sphere of Three Prominences (Trikuti), Sunn (the Sphere of Spirit), the Maha-sunn (the Great Barrier between Brahmand and Satt Desh), the Rotating Cave, Satt-lok, Alakh (the Invisible Sphere), Agam (the Inaccessible Sphere), and the Radhasoami Abode.

"This Hidayat Namah [Esoteric Instructions] should be recited only before those who are committed to the tenets of the Radhasoami Faith and who believe in its truth and reality.

"The second part of Discourse 21 contains three lyrics (Ghazaliat) composed by Soamiji Maharaj in Persian...

The basic argument running through all these discourses is that all the existing religions are wide off the mark limited as they are by the confines of mind and body (Manas and Maya), that they do not even seek to emancipate the spirit (surat) from their tentacles, and that this ultimate quest can be possible only through a perfect living Sant Satguru, and not by the meditation on those who are no more, or by studying their works.

"This English translation contains notes and comments numbering 481, given at the end of the translation of the text, and a fairly exhaustive Index which is designed to help the reader to locate these notes and find out which note is about what...

"For several years many satsangis from India and abroad had been asking me to translate the Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Poetry, in English giving explanatory notes and comments, even at the cost of some repetition so that reference may become easy and convenient. This work has been brought out to meet their needs.

"I hope and trust that every one who is interested in understanding the delicate points of the Radhasoami Faith (Sant Mat or Guru Mat, or Millat-i-Ishq) will find this work useful."

M.G. Gupta
Agra (India)
1st October, 2001

If you wish to order M.G. Gupta's English translations of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose, and/or copies of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volumes One and Two, from anywhere in the world, please email Shweta Sharma of Huma Books at this address: shweta.humabooks 'at' gmail 'dot' com







Sant Mat History: On the Origin, Usage, and Meaning of the Sacred Name of God “Radhasoami (Pronounced “Ra-Dha-Swam-E”)



Soami is Ocean and Radha its First Wave


“The founders of the faith have a few allegorical interpretations to put forward to explain the two components of the word -- Radha and Soami. The second guru says that the Supreme Being may be compared to an Ocean. A creative Ocean cannot be perceived without commotion. The first wave of the endless Ocean is Radha. The original Current is not different from but is identical with the Ocean itself and as it comes out so it is ever drawn towards it. The creative Ocean, therefore, is Soami and the first original wave just identical to the Ocean is Radha. The two together form the Supreme Ocean full of spiritual bliss and truth. Hence Radhasoami...

“Radhasoami faith is the religion of pure and spiritual love. Love denotes two components, the Beloved and the lover. The prime Source of all love and spiritual energy is the Beloved and is therefore known as Soami. The first wave of love and spiritual energy arising from its Source and then being attracted towards it again, is the lover and therefore is known as Radha. The Supreme Love is Radhasoami, identifying both the components and fusing them into one.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, Radhasoami Faith, A Historical Study)



“In the Radhasoami Faith, this Supreme Being is called ‘Radhasoami’. The exponents of this faith hold that this holy name has been given out by the Supreme Being Himself and as it is refulgently resounding within the higher spheres, it can be heard by a person who practises Surat Shabd Yoga. The second Guru used to address his Guru as ‘Radhasoami Saheb’. When Hazur Maharaj practised the spiritual exercise of Surat Shabd Yoga and attained the highest spiritual Truth, He listened internally the refulgent resonance of Radhasoami incessantly resounding in the first and highest region of creation and found his Guru identical with the Highest Spiritual Being. He was then filled with divine grace and holy light of love. As such, He addressed Him as ‘Radhasoami Saheb’ and considered Him to be the incarnation of the Supreme Being... It was Huzur Maharaj who revealed the name Radhasoami after he realized in His deep meditation (Abhyas) not only that Soami Ji Maharaj was identical with Radhasoami, the Supreme Being, but also that Radhasoami is an ever reverberating Sound coming from the Highest Abode.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, Petals of Love)



“RADHASOAMI Nam was revealed by the Supreme Being Himself. When the humble devotees of Soamiji Maharaj, as a result of their successful Abhyas ([meditation], devotional practices) and Satsang, came to realize His exalted position and immense spiritual powers, and when He too, in His grace and mercy, enabled them to recognize Him, they started addressing Him by the appellation of RADHASOAMI, the Name of the Original Abode from where He made His advent to this world, for showering His grace on Jivas [souls] in this Kali Yuga.” (Radhasoami Sahia Bhoomika -- Preface to the Sar Bachan Poetry, by Huzur Maharaj)



“Soamiji tested His disciple and He found that Hazur was capable of spreading His spiritual message. The disciple had realized the Master; and the Master had also recognized the spiritual perfection and glow of the disciple. He recognized in Hazur Maharaj His own spiritual counterpart and on a special request of Hazur, Soamiji Maharaj established the Satsang in 1861. In all eternal radiance Soamiji Maharaj bestowed upon him the most precious and sacred gift  --  the revelation of the name ‘Radhasoami’. It was the name that Hazur gave to Soamiji Maharaj after the [inner] realization that his Guru was identical with the Supreme Being. The object of Hazur’s life had been achieved and he felt contented as never before. Later in 1866, at Hazur Maharaj’s stance, Soamiji Maharaj revealed the holy name ‘Radhasoami’ to His followers.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, Petals of Love)



“The Radhasoami Mat or Faith derives its name from its original founder, the Supreme Being, Radhasoami, who appeared in this world in human form and designated Himself Sant Sat Guru or perfect Saint or True Guide and Preceptor, and preached holy doctrines to the sincere Enquirer of Truth for the deliverance of their spirit from the bondage of body and surroundings, as well as from the pains and pleasures of this world, and for the ultimate admission (of their spirit entity) into the Holy Presence of the Supreme Being after traversing and breaking through the trammels and impediments in the material spheres.” (Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat Prakash -- Being a Message of Eternal Peace and Joy to All Nations -- Originally written by Hazur Maharaj in English and published in 1897)



Simran

“Radhasoami Naam -- whoever recites gets across the ocean of life; troubles vanish, bliss abides, and gone’s complete all strife.” (Soami Ji Maharaj, Manglacharan, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Book One)


"I now give out openly that RADHASOAMI [Lord of the Soul] is
that Mool Nam [Root Name, Great Name]. You should grasp
the significance of this revelation."

-- Soamiji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One, Agra



Chanting the Name Radhasoami

“You have to walk with Me, with My spirit, with My radiation. Receive My radiation first, then you can enjoy every radiation with right understanding and without being submerged and drowned in the current of attraction and repulsion they call Maya [illusion].

Always carry My reflection. My aura or reflection is the sum total energy and My spirit of the universe. I am all strength and courage. I am all love and mercy. I am the potential of all talents. I am the source of all riches. I am the light of all wisdom. I am that truth of all truths.

All exist in Me as they are part of Me and I exist in all of them. They are nothing but Me. You will see that I am vibrating everywhere, not only as light waves but also as sound waves, as the creative force, as the procreative force, as the force of all expansion.

I am the creative force, ‘Raaa’.

I am the expanding force, ‘Dhaaa’.

I come back with all the vibrations, ‘Swammm’.

I become again one with you all and you feel one with Me as ‘EEEE’.

Ra-Dha-Swam-i.

(Radhaswami, Ra-Dha-Swam-E, Radhasoami).

Radhasoami

Radhasoami

Radhasoami

Radhasoami

Radhasoami

Radhasoami

Radhasoami

Radhasoami

Chant this Name, this is Me in sound form.

Enjoy Me in sound form, as the magnetic field of love.

(Discourses of Sree Mentu Maharaj, Volume One)



Prem Bani Radhasoami of Huzur Maharaj

The Supreme Father Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul] loves you dearly.

He will redeem you in a moment.
Believe what I say is true.

Know that Radhasoami is your True Beloved.
His heart is overflowing with compassion for souls.
He imparts them his own strength and redeems them.

Have no anxiety or worry in your mind now.

Utter

‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’

...every moment.

Always utter ‘RADHASOAMI’,
the Name of the Merciful Supreme Being.
Then only will mind and Kal become powerless against you.

Radhasoami is my most Beloved Lord.
None other than Him comes to mind.

I sing praises of Radhasoami again and again
and shall remain at His holy feet ever alert and vigilant.

I discard all the evil tendencies of the mind
and enshrine RADHASOAMI Nam in my heart.

I sing ‘RADHASOAMI’, ‘RADHASOAMI’... every moment.

(Huzur Maharaj, Prem Bani Radhasoami, Volume One)



The Sar Bachan of Swami Ji Maharaj

Radhasoami has imparted a unique message.
The moment I utter the Holy Word ‘RADHASOAMI’,
all my doubts and misgivings are dispelled.
Radhasoami has taken me in His lap.
Radhasoami will also redeem you.
Repeat the Holy Word ‘RADHASOAMI’ all the time.
Recite ‘RADHASOAMI’ all the twenty four hours.
Radhasoami dwells in my heart every moment.

(Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Book One)



Satsang

‘’’Satsang’ is association with the Guru or a Sadh [sadhu, or virtuous satsangi, devotee], and the Guru or Sadh should be a follower of the Religion of Saints, i.e., the Radhasoami Faith [Sant Mat]. In such a Satsang there will be no mention of quarrels, disputes, stories, worldly entanglements and such other things. Only the following matters will be dealt with:

(1) Glory of Sat Purush, the Compassionate Radhasoami [God, the Lord of the Soul], the secrets of the path -- of the various stages, and the methods of traversing the path;

(2) Methods of developing love for  -- and faith in  -- the Feet of Merciful Radhasoami and the Guru;

(3) Engendering in one’s mind --  of the condition of indifference to  -- and detachment from  -- the world and its enjoyments;

(4) Description of those obstacles which the mind and Maya [illusion] create to prevent an Abhyasi [practitioner] from proceeding on the path;

(5) Description of the experiences which an Abhyasi [practitioner] gets at the time of Satsang and his Abhyasa [meditation practice]; and,

(6) Description of the ascent of the spirit to higher regions and the conditions therein.” (Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat Sandesh)



Devotional Practices

“It should be noted that all the following activities are included in devotional practices (Abhyas):

(1) Sumiran [Simran: Repetition of the Holy Name];

(2) Sumiran and Dhyan [Repetition of the Holy Name along with Contemplation of the Holy Form];

(3) Bhajan [Listening to the Sound Current].

(4) Recitation of holy books or listening to their recital in Satsang intelligently;

(5) Discussing the principles of the Radhasoami Faith or listening to such discussion;

(6) Thinking about and reflecting on matters pertaining to the Radhasoami Faith and its practices and pondering them; and

(7) Examining the ways of one’s mind and senses daily, keeping them under control as far as possible.” (Huzur Maharaj, Prem Patra Radhasoami, Volume One)

-- Letters from the Masters: Huzur Maharaj (from a collection of extracts from letters written by Param Guru Huzur Maharaj to satsangis)



Ocean (God), Wave (the Living Master/Sant Satguru) and Drop (the Soul)


“The relationship between the Supreme Being, the Guru and the jivas [souls] has been well compared with ocean, its wave and the drop. The Supreme Being is the ocean of all bliss, light, life, sound and truth. The Guru is the wave which is always in union with the ocean and not different from it and the jiva [soul] with the same attributes is a drop far away from the ocean. This contact between the drop and the wave is the true Bhakti [path of love]. Therefore, emphasis has been laid upon establishing contact between the Guru and the disciples at all levels, that is, physical, mental and spiritual. This contact would be developed through the company of the Guru, both external and internal. The external company of the Guru is called the ‘external satsang’ and the internal company of the Shabd form of the

Guru is called the ‘internal satsang’. There are four essentials on which this faith bases its tenets:

1. Sat-Guru (True Master, Spiritual Guide);

2. Sat-Sang (True Association, Spiritual Fellowship);

3. Sat-Anurag (True Love, True Bhakti);

4. Sat-Naam (the True Name, that is, Radhasoami Nam) or Sat-Shabd (True Sound);

“By the Seva [service] and the Satsang [true association] of the Guru the spirit entity would slowly and slowly shake off the coverings [sheaths, subtle bodies] and would be able to catch the Sound Currents and one day reach the Ultimate Abode. The whole process may take a period of four lives which may be shortened in the case of more ardent devotees.

“For the attainment of perfect salvation, the Radhasoami Faith like all other Sant sects, shuns all other paraphernalia and external observances and rituals. It has emphasized upon the pure love in the holy feet of the Supreme Being and the Guru. As such it denounces hatred and discrimination among the human beings. All are the children of one Father and as such there is no place for such a discrimination in point of caste, creed or color and thus cannot check one to adopt this faith. According to the Radhasoami Faith, women are entitled to enjoy the same privileges as men. They also can practice Surat Shabd Yoga and gain high spiritual attainments. The champions of this enlightened faith, advocated in the social set up of the nineteenth century the removal of the purdah system for the ladies and urged them to come out of the narrow social restrictions and respond to the call of the time. Moreover, their preachings strengthened the disintegrating Hindu society by effacing the false barriers of caste prejudices.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, Petals of Love)



“Great emphasis as been made by the Masters on the generation of love for the Supreme Being, the Supreme Master who is all love. Love is the prime source of boundless energy. Love is bliss, and thus the Supreme Being is Supreme Bliss. Love is Light and Truth and from them emanates intelligence. Thus, the Supreme Being is an infinite Ocean of bliss, intelligence, energy, truth and light. He is eternal and unchangeable, the sole director of the whole creation. Such a Supreme Being is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. He is all-pervading. The entire universe is the creation of His own Current and as such He is present at every stage in the creation.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, “Petals of Love”)



“The sole purpose of the incarnation of the Supreme Being as Satguru is to redeem the Jivas [souls] from the cycle of chaurasi [the transmigratory cycle of births and deaths], to reveal to them the efficacy of Surat Shabd Yoga and to engender into them the true and sincere love for the Supreme Being.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, “Petals of Love”)
“Through practicing Surat Shabd Yoga with love and bhakti one is able to attain true salvation. One does not have to forego one’s worldly duties for this practice, which can be performed by anyone, whether young or old, male or female. The key ingredients of this faith are love and devotion.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, Petals of Love)



“In a nut-shell, the Radhasoami Faith is a Gospel of Love. Love towards the holy feet of Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul], love towards the Guru of the time and love with all the human beings is its cardinal message.” (Agam Prasad Mathur, Petals of Love)



“The practice of Surat Shabd Yoga is dependent on the love generated in the devotee’s heart for the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul, Anami, Anadi Purush]. The Radhasoami Faith [Sant Mat] therefore advocates the blending of Yoga with Bhakti [devotion].” (Agam Prasad Mathur)



The Prose (Sar Bachan Radhasoami Bartik): Book One of the Sar Bachan Prose is an Abstract of the Teachings of Huzur Radhasoami Saheb (Soami Ji Maharaj) authored by Huzur Maharaj (Rai Saligram). Book Two of the Sar Bachan Prose is a collection of the Sayings of Soami Ji Maharaj delivered in Satsang.



Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry (Sar Bachan Radhasoami Nazm yaani Chhand bandh): Both volumes of Sar Bachan Poetry represent compositions of Soami Ji Maharaj: “This scripture was written to the dictation of Huzur Radhasoami Saheb Himself. He had no intention to compose any Bani. But some devoted Satsangis and Sansangins persistently beseeched Him, and He was pleased to accede to their prayer.” (Radhasoami Sahia Bhoomika -- Preface to the Sar Bachan Poetry, by Huzur Maharaj)



From the Last Words or Parting Instructions of Soami Ji Maharaj of Agra: “Then Seth Sundarshan Singh then asked whom should they look to for guidance after Him. Swami Ji Maharaj said, ‘Whoever needs spiritual guidance should seek it from Salig Ram (Huzur Maharaj).’”



“Truth should be the guideline in the performance of all activities, spiritual or temporal, for a satsangi. Nothing that falls short of truth should be acceptable to him [or her].” (Agam Prasad Mathur, Petals of Love)







The Cosmos Is A Symphony of Vibrating Currents or Strings, By Huzur Maharaj

“The entire creation is composed of currents. The various bodies are made up of currents (threads or wires). Just as cloth is made from threads or as the branches and twigs of a tree are but clumps of fibres, so is the human body made up of thread-like nerves, through which currents pass. This is how all the physical bodies are made. When a person speaks, his voice becomes audible by means of currents. Similarly it is by the currents of sight (light) that we see the world.

“When there was no universe, the first thing that happened [the First Cause] was that a current issued forth from the Feet of the Supreme Being Compassionate Radhasoami [Lord of the Soul]. This current is the current of Shabda [Mystic Sound] and of Life and Light. The entire creation of all the regions [planes, spheres, dimensions] higher or lower, has been brought into existence by this current.

“The seat of the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal is within everybody. The spirit currents descended from Him creating Dayal Desh [Merciful Region, Spiritual Realms], Brahmand [universal mind] and Pind [physical plane, material universe/multiverse]. From a centre inwards between the two eyes, where the spirit has taken its location in this body [seat of the soul, third eye, wisdom eye], it is supplying energy by means of currents to the mind and the senses and the entire frame. As the spirit current alone is the current of bliss, pleasure and knowledge, it is only on account of it, that all those having physical bodies experience pleasure and relish it through the sense organs.
“Whoever is desirous of reaching the source of this current, which is the fountain-head and reservoir of all bliss, all pleasure and all knowledge, to obtain supreme bliss and eternal happiness, should revert to its source, i.e., the Feet of the Supreme Creator, Radhasoami, with the help of this very current.”

-- Huzur Maharaj (Rai Bahadur Salig Ram Sahab), Prem Patra Radhasoami, Volume One (the Love Discourses of the Lord of the Soul)