Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Ahimsa Prayer

The Ahimsa Prayer

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The following prayer is called the "Prarthana-panchak se" by Ramesvarananda Saheb, a guru or sadhu in a lineage associated with Guru Kabir, and is translated in David Lorenzen's book, "Praises to a Formless God", SUNY Press, NY. It also somewhat reminds me of the music of George Harrison.

Naamaste',
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O Gurudev, give me peace, Give
worthy feelings, worthy intelligence.
Give mutual cooperation.
Give purity to my heart.
Let there be pure feelings in my mind.
Let there be pure conduct by my body.
May my speech be free of falsity and slander.
May the sentiment of devotion increase.

May my thoughts not be agitated
by the ripening of innate karma.
May my body and mind be healthy,
may my worship be free of obstacles.
May I remain in the presence of Saints
and be filled with the sentiment of devotion.
May I swim across the ocean of samsara, the ocean
filled with passion, hate, change and fear.

Let there be neglect for wicked persons
and compassion for the destitute,
Happiness among those of good conduct
and friendship with good people.
May buffoonery cease and may we delight
in the words that lead across samsara.
May we be merry in the study of wisdom;
may we keep our minds under control.

May we have hope of refuge with the Satguru,
may we have no fear of lust and other vices.
May we ever yearn for self-awakening
and have faith the the words of revelation.
May the darkness of ignorance be destroyed;
may the lamp of knowledge be lit.
May the law of death be forgotten,
and immortality be expanded.

May there be no harm done to living beings
through my words or my actions.
May I never feel the least attachment
to the objects of my senses.
May there always be happiness
and the absence of desire.
May there be an end to the power of samsara,
and a beginning to the knowledge of God.






Thursday, February 15, 2007

Kabir Books at the Library of My Website

Collections of Kabir at the Spiritual Awakening Website

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At the library of my website is: The Anurag Sagar, divided into four PDF files, also, Songs of Kabir translated by Rabindranth Tagore, and a link to the online library of the Kabir Association, where you can read the first two volumes of the Bijak, along with the Satsang Book of Prayers, also published as the book, The Path of Spiritual Realization, plus there are many editions of the Kabir Voice newsletter.

Spiritual Awakening Library:
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Namaste',

James

Radiant Form of the Master

Radiant Form of the Master





(Translated by a satsangi in India.)

Guidance and help of Guru is inevitable and indispensable for progress in one's spiritual pursuits. Without his help it is impossible to move ahead in the spiritual sojourn. Hence, all the saints have underscored the importance of Sadguru and glorified the role and noble virtues of the Guru in their numerous hymns. Below is presented an English translation of a verse taken from "Mehi Padaavali" composed by Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, one of the greatest exponents of Santmat.


O exemplary and Honourable Guru! Kindly bless me so that my consciousness may ascend/rise in the inner (spiritual) sky. Please be generous enough to enable me catch hold of (perceive) the current of the all-pervading eternal Divine Sound. Holding on to your benevolent ray, may I be able to behold your refulgent subtle form. There is none other so lacking or destitute in spiritual means and meditation as am I. So, O Lord! Kindly cast aside these weaknesses and deficiencies inherent in me. Please be forgiving and merciful and destroy or demolish the huge stockpile of evil samskaras I have amassed during my numerous previous births owing to my own improper actions or deeds. O Guru! It is in your basic nature to liberate the disgraceful, sinful souls (mortals). Kindly emancipate me, too, beseeches Maharshi Mehi, in keeping with your true & natural disposition.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Meditation Done With Love and Devotion

Meditation Done With Love and Devotion



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{Radhaswami Dayal ki Daya Radhaswami Sahai:
"Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace and Protection"}





The one who gets initiated into the secrets of the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul], His Region, and the path leading there, singing the Name Radhasoami with love and devotion, performing Simran (repetition of God's Name), doing Dhyan (contemplation), listening to the Sound internally with attention [Bhajan, Yoga of inner Sound], they would, by the grace and mercy of the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal and the Satguru, sail across the ocean of existence, secure perfect bliss, and be liberated from the torments of Kal, the pains of births and deaths.

-- Huzur Maharaj
   in, "Radhasoami Mat Sandesh"



Saturday, February 10, 2007

Kabir YouTube Video -- Nice Indian Music & Quotes

Kabir YouTube Video -- Nice Indian Music & Quotes

Kabir Video
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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Reducing or Eliminating Karma Through the Divine Current of Shabd

Reducing or Eliminating Karma Through the Divine Current of Shabd

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{"Do not live even a single day without inner meditation." ----- Baba Devi Sahab"}

Reducing or Eliminating Karma Through the Divine Current of Shabd

Worldly Thoughts and Impulses Should Be Converted into Zeal For Securing Internal Bliss and Happiness -- Spiritual Experience

Man's actions are the manifestations of his thoughts. The mind, by projecting thoughts to sense-organs, enjoys pleasures. It, more or less, identifies itself with these thoughts and pleasures. At that time, it does not think of any thing else.

The Effect of Karmas Can Be Effaced By Performing the
Meditation Practice of Surat Shabd Yoga, Union of the Soul With the Divine Light and Sound.

The meditation practice consists in reverting and raising internally the Current of the Surat (spirit, soul) along the Shabd (Divine Sound Stream) and the Light within. The seat of that Current is behind the eyes [at the Third Eye Center].

When such a condition begins to supervene to some extent, as a result of performing the meditation practices, the working of Karmas, both internally and externally, is automatically enfeebled. On getting some bliss and joy internally, and on witnessing the Refulgence, grace and mercy of the Supreme Being, the satsangi's mind is, of itself, detached from the world and its pleasures. The pleasures of the world become insipid. The longing for progress in meditation, and higher and higher bliss, goes on increasing. Worldly desires are curtailed. The practitioner of Shabd Yoga always gives priority to the will, grace and mercy of the Supreme Being in whatever he does. He subordinates his desires to the will of the Supreme Being. Thus the devotee is entangled in Kriyaman Karmas very little or not at all. This cuts short the chain of his Karmas.

Prarabdh Karmas are those, which unfold in this very life. The effect of such Karmas will be very much mitigated by the grace and mercy of the Supreme Father Radhasoami Dayal [The Merciful Lord of the Soul]. To the extent to which a practitioner of Shabd Yoga is able to withdraw from the eyes, he goes on getting detached from the body and the world. In the wakeful state, the seat of the spirit is behind the eyes. It is here that desires, pains and pleasures are felt and the seeds of Karmas or actions are created. Therefore, as the Current of spirit is withdrawn from here with the help of spiritual exercises, pains and pleasures cease to be felt. In this way, the effect of Prarabdh Karmas is lightened.

As to Sanchit Karmas, they are stored in Manakash (mind-sky) in the form of seed-impressions. They will fructify in a future life. As the practitioner's Surat penetrates Manakash in its ascent to higher regions, the Sanchit Karmas appear in the form of thoughts and impulses. They come into play for a short while only and are obliterated. That is to say, if the spiritual exercises are performed correctly and methodically, the Surat Shabd Meditation practitioner's soul crosses over the region of Manakash in a short time, and the store of his Sanchit Karams is cleared off.

In this way, all the Karams of a practitioner can be exhausted and eradicated in one or two lives. If he is slack in meditation and desires for the pleasures of the world remain embedded in his mind to some extent, purification will take three lives. When the Surat [the attention-faculty of the soul] experiences bliss and joy of Shabd and inner visions in higher regions, pure love and longing for Surat Shabd Yoga goes on increasing day by day.

-- Huzur Maharaj, Prem Patra Radhasoami -- The Spiritual Discourses

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Philosophy of Liberation

The Philosophy of Liberation
By James Bean
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{The one who has purity of character,
who practices diligently the Yoga of Sound,
and who can explain *clearly* Sant Mat
(the complete Path of the Masters with nothing missing),
can be accepted and trusted as Satguru/Teacher.}

Surat, going to glimpse the Absolute, concentrates through its gaze at the tenth door,

Watching the luminous point, the pole star, the Moon and the Sun,

Surat hears different multiple sweet tunes of the five spheres;

Mehi says, this is the quintessence of Santmat;

And he has only repeated the words of the saints,

He has understood and got some of them fully tested,

They are so very true and are of great benefit to all.

-- Maharishi Mehi Paramahansa Ji Maharaj

Mixed Media: Book Reviews, Website Reviews, Music Reviews

By James Bean

Book Review:

The Philosophy of Liberation

Copyright Februrary 2007

"The Philosophy of Liberation"
By Maharishi Mehi Paramahansa Ji Maharaj
Translated by Veena Howard

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http://MaharshiMehi.net
Website of the Publisher in INDIA: http://MaharshiMehi.net

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This is the first book in English featuring the teachings of Maharishi Mehi, in the lineage of Paramsant Tulsi Sahib, the famous Saint of Hathras, India. The lineage began with Tulsi, then the torch was past to Baba Devi Sahib. Mehi was the next teacher, the third guru. Veena Howard, who was initiated into meditation practice by Mehi, tells me that more writings from this lineage of Masters will soon be published and made available to spiritual seekers in the
West.

This is an intriguing book that provides some surprisingly technical details about meditation practice. Anyone interested in developing their own successful daily meditation practice will greatly benefit from the wisdom and depth of, "The Philosophy of Liberation", as it systematically covers all aspects of the philosophy of the path and the technical details of spiritual practice rarely ever seen in print from any source outside of India. It is not light reading, and that is precisely what I like about it!

There are several techniques described, the specific details of which are taught to students at the time of their deeksha (initiation) into the practice: 1) developing a daily routine, the habit of meditating at the same time or times each day; 2) proper posture so that one is truly focused at the Third Eye and remains alert and awake; 3) Manas Japa, a mantra repetition of a sacred word done mentally; 4) Manas Dhyan, the technique of mentally visualising a form of God or one's teacher; 5) Drshti Yoga, the technique of focusing upon an infinitesimal point. This point will eventually blossom into inner Light or visions of Light. One gazes into the middle of the darkness or the Light one sees while in meditation. Think of the infinitesimal point as being like a laser pointer or cursor keeping one focused. One passes from scene to scene and vision to vision always looking toward the center; 6) Nada Sadhana, the practice of inner spiritual hearing; and, 7th) reaching the State of Kaivalya, Oneness with the Supreme Being in the Pure Conscious Realm. The ultimate goal is to merge into the upper level of Kaivalya known as the Ocean of Love and Compassion, the Ultimate Reality of God in the Nirguna or Formless State, also described with terms such as Anami (Nameless) and Anadi (Soundlessness). The poet-mystic Tulsi Sahib describes it this way: "There is a Being who is Inaccessible (Agam), unfathomable (Alakh), and Nameless (Anami), and who has no locality, location, and is not confined to space." Tulsi also often uses the Sufi language of love or bhakti, describing this timeless spiritual State of Oneness as "the Abode of the Beloved". "On having found the teacher, I shall adopt his refuge, and I shall follow the path to the Beloved's Abode. The way to the Beloved lies within. My heart's desire, says Tulsi, is that my soul may meet the Beloved." "The love-intoxicated soul is bubbling with joy. The darling of the Beloved has prepared and bedecked the bed and, imbued with the Beloved's bliss (ananda), has cast away all bondages. The soul prepared the Beloved's bed, and, lying there, enjoyed great bliss." (The Shabdavali of Tulsi Sahib)

Excerpt from, The Philosophy of Liberation, On Daily Practice

"A comfortable asana (pose of sitting or posture) of keeping the head, neck and trunk straight and steady is a must for meditation. Without the ability to sit in such a steady posture for prolonged periods, meditation cannot be practiced.

"Meditation should be practiced being alert, without being drowsy, shutting the eyes comfortably and without turning the eyeballs or pressing them in any way.

"The practice of meditation should be an essential part of the practitioner's daily routine. The preferred time of meditation is Brahma-Muhurta (very early in the morning: 3:00 A.M.). [The Sikhs call this peek spiritual time of the morning "Amrit Veela", the Hour of Elixir.] Likewise one should meditate at mid-morning and then again in the evening time. While falling asleep, one should also engage his or her mind in meditation."