Monday, August 14, 2017

The Lost Letters, Papers, and Articles of Soamiji Maharaj


The Lost Letters, Papers, and Articles of Soamiji Maharaj


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"One thing which Chachaji did and which will be always remembered was that one day, heaven knows what brainwave he had, he tied up into a bundle many letters of Soamiji Maharaj in His own handwriting, His other papers, as well as many articles of His use, and dropped the bundle into the well at Soami Bagh sanctified by Soamiji Maharaj. He then went to Lala Tote Ram and told him what he had done. Hearing him, Lala Tota Ram gave out a shriek and said, 'O Chachaji Saheb, what have you done?' Chachaji Saheb replied, 'Brother, I know the value of these things. There is no knowing in whose hands these precious things will fall and whether they will be preserved with due care. That is why I thought that I should rather drop them in the well sanctified by Soamiji Maharaj Himself '. Said Lala Tota Ram, 'But we are here who can realize their worth. You could give them over to us.' Be that as it may, Chachaji Saheb, too, very much repented his action afterwards, but what could be done? Done is done and cannot be undone. It is a matter of some satisfaction, however, that the well into which the mouthwash of Soamiji Maharaj and the water sanctified by Him had been poured, also turned out to be the repository of many of His articles of use.

"Lala Tota Ram requested Chachaji Saheb to give him any letters or papers in the handwriting of Soamiji Maharaj or any articles of His use which Chachaji Saheb might still I have in his possession, so that they could be preserved in Satsang as relics. Chachaji Saheb's reply was that he had no such thing with him anymore. But he promised to make a search, and if he could find anything he would give it to Lala Tota Ram. Four to six months thereafter, Chachaji Saheb brought a letter written by Soamiji Maharaj to Rai Bindraban Saheb and gave it over to Lala Tota Ram saying, 'Take this. I could trace it to your luck.' A facsimile of this letter has been given on page 12." (Bhaktmal of the Radhasoami Faith, by S.D. Maheshwari, pages 25 and 26 -- NOTE: "Bhaktmal" means: biographical accounts of Bhaktas or devotees)


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Chachaji Saheb (Lala Seth Pratap Singh)

Letter From Soamiji Maharaj to His Younger Brother Bindraban Saheb

"My most beloved, blessed and eminent brother Lala Bindraban, may you always prosper.

"After blessings for enhancement of your wealth and rank, which is the genuine wish of my heart, I should like you to know that by the grace of Sat Guru Saheb all is well here, for which we should be grateful to the Almighty. I believe that, since the time you left this place for Ajmer, you have been attending to your official work with care and honesty and that you are leading and guiding others also along the path of honesty and righteousness. Following as a regular rule of conduct, the advice which I have been giving you, of discharging your duties faithfully and honestly, you should, at the same time, remain engaged in your devotion to the Guru, and but for attending to those two duties, namely, first your official work, which provides the means of your livelihood, and secondly, devotion to the Supreme Being, who bestows the precious gift of eternal life, you should, on no account, attend to anything else. Such course of action will lead to your advancement and progress in both the worlds. You should not feel disheartened during the periods of worries and difficulties. Keep on reading the holy books, which you have with you, and do not, even for a moment, forget the two instructions given above. I, too, am busy with official work. Your first letter should contain a description of that place and of the journey. I shall then write to you whatever would seem appropriate at that time. Under all circumstances, keep yourself engaged in the devotion to the Guru. Do not think of doing anything but good to your friend and foe alike. You should attune your mind to the will of the Supreme Creator. Whatever He wills shall come to pass. Under all conditions keep cheerful and smiling and, when necessary, read my letter with attention, so that it may afford you the necessary peace of mind, when you are faced with any difficulty. Keep your spirits high in whatever you do. With blessings.

"Please convey my respects to revered Lala Nandi Shankar. I have the same message for him. He should also keep his mind engaged in devotion to the Almighty alone and should not get himself entangled in unnecessary worldly affairs. To say anything more to him would be like teaching medicine to Luqman. I close with blessings. All is well at the residence of that gentleman.

"Please accept Satnam from Shiva Narain, clerk of the office, and respects from Babu Ram Dhan, writer."

[signed]
(Shiv Dayal)

(Bhaktmal of the Radhasoami Faith, by S.D. Maheshwari, pages 13 and 14, English translation of the facsimile of the letter found on page 12)


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The Complete Writings of Soami Ji Maharaj Online:

The Hidayatnama (Esoteric Instructions in the Sar Bachan Poetry) of Swami Ji Maharaj,
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Part One, 
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Part Two, 
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose, 
Soami Ji Maharaj's Letters to Huzur Maharaj, 
Swami Ji's Commentary (Elucidation) on the Jap Ji of Guru Nanak, and, 
The Last Words of Soami Ji Maharaj,
also related material and links -- GO TO:


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

 

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

 

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My Endorsement and Review of the Book, The Inward Journey of the Soul, by Swami Vyasanand

E-Book in English: The Inward Journey of the Soul: Chal Hansa Nij Desh, by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, translated into English by Professor Veena Howard, Amazon Kindle e-book (and available on many devices via the Kindle APP), See Amazon and Amazon India.

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

In his book, The Inward Journey of the Soul, Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj provides a superbly detailed account of the various essential elements for success in the inward path to union with the Divine Reality (Supreme Being, Paramatman). The components of the inward spiritual path have been elaborated by learned and accomplished Sants of the Santmat tradition, including Maharshi Mehi Parmahans Ji Maharaj and Maharshi Santsevi Maharaj.

It is an impressive book providing much needed depth and detail about Sant Mat principals as well as meditation practice. It makes a huge contribution to understanding this Path more clearly, which is especially necessary for Westerners interested in the Sant tradition, not being fluent in Hindi, to fill in the lacuna or blanks in our understanding.

As with the earlier publications, Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy), by Beloved Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj, and Philosophy Of Liberation (Moksha Darshan), by Sant Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, with this new book, The Inward Journey of the Soul by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, I am learning new things about the teachings of the Sants of India, and am grateful to be able to access this advanced wisdom! It is indeed an impressive book providing much needed depth and detail about Sant Mat principles as well as meditation practice. It makes a huge contribution to understanding this Path more clearly, which is especially necessary for Westerners interested in the Sant tradition, not being fluent in Hindi, to fill in the lacuna or blanks in our understanding. As with the NASA space probes encountering distant worlds -- planets and moons, transforming fuzzy objects into clear view, revealing surface features with sharp resolution, as a result of encountering this book -- may spiritual seekers and satsangis around the world come away with a much clearer understanding of the teachings of the Masters.

Jai Guru,
James Bean
Sant Mat Society of North America

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Photos of Soamiji Maharaj and His Home at Panni Gali, Agra, India


Photos of Soamiji Maharaj and His Home at Panni Gali, Agra, India


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An actual original photograph of Soamiji Maharaj (Sant Radhasoami Sahib, Seth Shiv Dayal Singh) as well as photos of His home at Panni Gali in Agra, an important location in the history of Sant Mat and the Radhasoami Faith, a place of meditation, initiations, and satsangs.

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A small satsang gathering perhaps somewhat resembling what it was like during the earliest days when Soamiji first began holding satsang at his home at Panni Gali.

"In those days during the mid-fifties [mid 1850's], Soamiji did not have a large following. He had not yet begun giving public discourses, and confined his meetings to small private audiences at his home in Panni Gali after having discontinued his talks at the Mai Than Gurdwara [local Sikh temple]. Seven or eight of his disciples were especially devoted to him and constantly sought his company and there was great affection and harmony. Every morning the Master gave an inspiring talk, displaying before his listeners' eyes the spiritual treasures hidden in the Granth Sahib or the writings of Kabir and other great Saints. After the morning Satsang those present sat down for their meals. The food was cooked by Swami Ji's wife, Srimati Naraini Devi, who came subsequently to be addressed as Radha Ji as a mark of public respect and adoration; while Swami Ji personally served the food to all with loving attention to each. In the afternoons and evenings there would often be informal conversations and discussions and at times regular discourses." (Kirpal Singh writing in, A Great Saint, Baba Jaimal Singh, His Life and Teachings)

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Approaching Soamiji's front door at Panni Gali

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Front door of Soamiji's Home

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Top part of the front door

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Soamiji's Home at Panni Gali in Agra (currently being renovated)

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Soamiji's Home at Panni Gali in Agra (currently being renovated)

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Up the Stairs -- Soamiji's Home at Panni Gali in Agra (currently being renovated)

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Soamiji's Meditation Room-Within-A-Room: Photo # 1, the place where Soamiji was "born and departed". It was the location where he spent much time in meditation from the age of six onwards. Baba Jaimal Singh, Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, and others were also initiated in this very special place, where Soamiji often conducted initiations into Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga).

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Soamiji's Meditation Room-Within-A-Room: Photo # 2

“From childhood Soamiji Maharaj used to shut himself up in a small room which is at the back of another room on the ground floor of his house. For light and air there is a small aperture, otherwise no noise can reach within. This room still exists in a renovated form and is considered as one of the most sacred and hallowed of places." (Biography of Babuji Maharaj)

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Soamiji's Meditation Room-Within-A-Room: Photo # 3

After the passing of his Satguru Sant Tulsi Sahib in 1843, Soamiji spent over a decade meditating and preparing for his own eventual role as Guru.

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Soamiji’s Meditation Room-Within-A-Room: Photo # 4 (recent photo of the other section of this room, also apparently renovated)

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The Mystery of Soamiji's Well at Soamibagh: old photo

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Soamiji's Well at Soamibagh: newer image

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Soamiji's Well at Soamibagh: now being renovated

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Soamiji Maharaj (Seth Shiv Dayal Singh, Sant Radhasoami Sahib)

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Radhaji (Srimati Naraini Devi: Soamiji's Wife)


Friday, July 14, 2017

PODCAST: The Life and Wisdom of Baba Jaimal Singh of the Radhasoami Faith -- Spiritual Awakening Radio

 

PODCAST: The Life and Wisdom of Baba Jaimal Singh of the Radhasoami Faith -- Spiritual Awakening Radio

 

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A Glimpse of Soamiji's Home Satsang Held at Panni Gali, Agra in the Mid 1850's

"In those days during the mid-fifties [mid 1850's], Soamiji did not have a large following. He had not yet begun giving public discourses, and confined his meetings to small private audiences at his home in Panni Gali after having discontinued his talks at the Mai Than Gurdwara. Seven or eight of his disciples were especially devoted to him and constantly sought his company and there was great affection and harmony. Every morning the Master gave an inspiring talk, displaying before his listeners' eyes the spiritual treasures hidden in the Granth Sahib or the writings of Kabir and other great Saints. After the morning Satsang those present sat down for their meals. The food was cooked by Swami Ji's wife, Srimati Naraini Devi, who came subsequently to be addressed as Radha Ji as a mark of public respect and adoration; while Swami Ji personally served the food to all with loving attention to each. In the afternoons and evenings there would often be informal conversations and discussions and at times regular discourses." (Kirpal Singh writing in, A Great Saint, Baba Jaimal Singh, His Life and Teachings)

Baba Jaimal Singh's Initiation Into Surat Shabd Yoga (Inner Light and Sound Meditation)

"Swami Ji then began to instruct him into the theory and practice of Surat Shabd Yoga, and when the instructions were over, asking the youth of seventeen to sit down for meditation, he left the room.

"As soon as Jaimal Singh sat down for meditation, he got lost in samadhi. The night came and passed away, the day broke, but he continued motionless, lost in the inner bliss he had discovered. Another day saw itself swallowed by the night, and the night saw itself replaced by another day, and yet the youth sat lost to the world around him.

"When some forty-eight hours had thus gone by, Swami Ji asked some of the disciples if they knew where the visitor from the Punjab had disappeared. 'We saw him two days ago at the Satsang,' they said, 'but we have not seen him since.'

"Swami Ji smiled and proceeded straight to the little room where he had left his latest disciple and which none had entered for two days. He placed his hand on Jaimal Singh’s head, and when the latter’s soul returned to the normal physical consciousness and he opened his eyes, he saw his Guru beaming at him. 'Do you, my boy, still doubt if your Master be a true Sikh or not?' He asked with a twinkle in his eye." (A Great Saint, Baba Jaimal Singh, His Life and Teachings)

Practice Meditation on the Sound Current Every Day: Do Bhajan and Simran Every Day

"There is nothing more important than meditation. Increase this practice from day to day; never decrease it." (Baba Jaimal Singh)

"Whenever you are free from ... duty, you should not waste your time even a little, nor fritter away the attention of your 'chit' [mind stuff, memory], for this time will not come to you again, even for a minute and we have to carve a place for ourselves in the Shabd Dhun while we are still in this body." (Baba Jaimal Singh)

"Listen to the Sound Current every day when you are free, and do Simran even while walking. Then all your worldly work will by done by the Master Himself. Do not worry in any way. The Lord Himself has given you this Way to meet Him, so you should consider this your great good fortune and you should always hold onto the Sound Current. One day it will surely take you to Sach Khand." (Baba Jaimal Singh)

"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)

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In Divine Light and Sound, Peace Be to You,
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