Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sant Mat Satsang, Weekly Stream of Updates: Light and Sound on the Path, Dec. 19th




Sant Mat Satsang, Weekly Stream of Updates: Light and Sound on the Path, Dec. 19th:



Rumi: "Love is the energizing elixir of the universe, the cause and effect of all Harmonies."


"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, Inner Traditions)


Yeshua: "If your spiritual guides say to you, 'Look, the divine realm is in the sky,' well then the birds will get there ahead of you. If they say, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. No, the divine Reality exists inside and all around you. Only when you have come to know your true Self will you be fully known - realizing at last that you are a child of the Living One. If, however, you never come to know who you really are, you are a poverty-stricken being, and it is your 'self' which lies impoverished." (Gospel of Thomas - Wisdom of the Twin, Lynn Bauman, White Cloud Press)


"O Surat [Soul]! Who are you and whence have you come? This world is a net spread by the mind. Why do you get entangled in it? You are a ray from the Purush (the Supreme Being) and an inhabitant of the purely Spiritual Region. Kal [lord of time] has put a noose round your neck. Turn back and go to your Home, by the grace of Sat Guru and in the company of Sadhs (those who are engaged in Parmath [spirituality]). Listen to Anhad Shabd within, says Radhasoami." (Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Poetry, Volume One)


Youtube: The Audible Life Stream - Ancient Secret of Dying While Living:


Kabir says: "Keep on doing your work. Keep on reciting God's name, and you will live pleasantly in the world."


Guru Nanak: "With the holy Name as one's foundation, this wavering mind is firmly held, and in Truth it dwells. And when in truth one love's the Lord, then the Lord Himself grants union with Him."



Recently my guest on the Sant Mat Satsang PODcast at Blog Talk Radio was Mark Juergensmeyer, author of the book, RADHASOAMI Reality. Click to download podcast MP3 and enjoy:



More satsang MP3s have been added to the Anurag Sagar Page ("Center For Anurag Sagar Studies") along with some other updates:

Anurag Sagar: The Ocean of Love



Recommended Reading: New PDF E Book Online: Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, translated into English by S. D. Maheshwari, containing: A Short Biographical Sketch about Tulsi Sahib, a large collection of Shabds: mystical Hymns from his Shabdavali, and excerpts from the Ghat Ramayan (Dialogue Between Tulsi Sahib and Phool Das of the Kabir Panth, with commentary on the Anurag Sagar, and contains some hymns of Tulsi Sahib, Kabir, Dadu, Dariya Sahib, Guru Nanak, Mirabai, and Soor Das). This collection of Tulsi Sahib writings was originally published in the Hindi edition of, Prem Patra Radhasoami, Volume Six, by Huzur Maharaj of Agra:


Recommended Reading: New PDF E Book Online: Sar Bachan Poetry, Volume One:



Soami Bagh's Online Radhasoami Library: A Through Z - PDFs of: Sar Bachan Poetry (Volumes 1 and 2), Tulsi Sahib, Prem Patra volumes, etc.. 77 Books in English - There is also a Hindi Section:


Helpful Online Sant Mat Glossary - PDF File:


More Recommended Books on the Path of the Masters, Inner Light and Sound Meditation:


Param Sant Tulsi Sahib: "Pure Light is shining within."


Kabir says, "It is the mercy of my Satguru that has made me to know the unknown. I have learned from Him how to walk without feet, to see without eyes, to hear without ears, to drink without mouth, to fly without wings. I have brought my love and my meditation into the land where there is no sun and moon, nor day and night. Without eating, I have tasted of the sweetness of nectar; and without water, I have quenched my thirst. Where there is the response of delight, there is the fullness of joy. Before whom can that joy be uttered? Kabir says: "The Guru is great beyond words, and great is the good fortune of the disciple." (Songs of Kabir, satgur soi daya kar dinha)


Rumi: "O lovers, lovers it is time to set out from the world. I hear a drum in my soul's ear coming from the depths of the stars."


Rumi Says: "Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth."


Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Poetry: "Practise the Abhyas of Surat Shabd Yoga. Apply your body and mind to Sumiran (recitation of the Holy Name). Go on beholding the countenance of Guru. Listen to the Sound of Anhad Shabd every day. Cultivate a keen desire to attend Satsang, and do so whenever you can."


"The deeper one goes in meditation, and the loftier the spiritual states one touches, the more the motion and feeling of time will alter and take on an entirely different aspect. The greater the merger into one's higher state of consciousness, the slower and less perceptible will time become until, in the still more exalted mystical states, it will feel as if it stops altogether." (Edward Salim Michael, "The Law of Attraction - Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance", Inner Traditions, Vermont)


Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Poetry: "The devotee should sit in a secluded place, turn his senses inward and perform Abhyas [meditation practices]. He will attain peace of mind. He should withdraw the two petals (the currents flowing to the two eyes from the focus), and advance to Gagan [mystic inner Sky]. He will hear Shabd and feel delighted. He will behold Jyoti flame (in Sahas-dal-kanwal), the Sun (in Trikuti), and the Moon (in Sunn). He will reach Sat Lok and settle there. On hearing the incessant resounding of Shabd, his Surat will smile in ecstasy and bliss."


"O devotee! There is a wonderful display within this body. In the darkness of this body is the sky studded with the stars, the Moon and the Sun. There is the subtle body within the physical one and in that subtle body is the causal one. And yet there is the fourth one, that is, the supra-causal body. The fifth body, that is, Kaivalya (Oneness) is without attributes and full of knowledge. Mehi says, the Quintessential Word along with the Absolute, is present within one's body." (Padavali of Maharshi Mehi)


"Whatever a seeker's higher destiny is, and whatever direction his Supreme Being bids him take to accomplish it, he must obey and not let himself be swayed by the persuasive arguments or criticism of others, no matter how logical their reasoning may appear or how harsh their condemnation may be." (Edward Salim Michael, "The Law of Attraction - Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance", Inner Traditions, Vermont)


"Those, within whom the Truth dwells, obtain the True Name; they speak only the Truth. They walk on the Lord's Path, and inspire others to walk on the Lord's Path as well." (Guru Ramdas)


"True scriptures are those which teach kindness and compassion towards all living beings." (Nigam soi jo daya dridhave.) -- Sant Dariya Sahib


Just finished watching a review DVD copy of a new film called "I Am". Very inspiring and all about changing in the world, the process of change. Hope everyone can see it. February 2011 it will be coming to theaters. Trailer at Youtube:




"This mysterious path is described in the holy books, but it cannot be found simply by the study of sacred texts. It is found by the grace and guidance of an accomplished teacher." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)






Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rumi - The Big Red Book Review



Mixed Media: Book Reviews, Film, Website, Food, and Music Reviews, By James Bean

Copyright December 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Book Review: "Rumi - The Big Red Book - The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship", by Coleman Barks, HarperOne, ISBN 978-0-06-190582-7




Says the 13th Century Poet-mystic Jalaluddin Rumi:

Something opens our wings.
Something makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us.
We taste only sacredness.

If you've been wondering which collection of Rumi poems to get, this one, 492 pages in length, represents a most excellent vintage indeed, offering cup after cup of a spiritually intoxicating elixir you'll only find at Rumi's tavern. "Rumi - The Big Red Book", represents the essence or distillation of many decades-worth of translation effort -- Bark's life's work.

Not long ago I had the privilege of interviewing Coleman on my program, Spiritual Awakening Radio. During the course of the conversation he confirmed that it was the Christian Science Monitor that said, "Rumi is the most widely read poet in America." By "liberating Rumi from a scholarly purgatory", as he put it, Coleman's intimate, contemporary English translations have almost single-handedly made Rumi into a household name.

What is that "Something" people are magnetically drawn to in Rumi's verses, like a moth to the flame? From where does this sparkling radiance and inspiration emanate? Perhaps the highest answer is, Rumi gives voice to the Cry of the Soul within us all.

Another answer would be, Rumi was a Sufi Master and mystic-soul. Many may not realize, when they enjoy reading Rumi poetry, they are encountering, perhaps for the first time, teachings that come directly from a living school of spirituality known as Sufism, and Sufis are the gnostic or mystical branch of Islam. When Rumi writes about Shams of Tabriz, he is referring to his spiritual teacher and mentor in a long line of Sufi Masters spanning many generations. And to this day, there are numerous Sufi Orders in the world.

During the interview, Coleman mentioned that he had met the great Sufi teacher Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, at first in a dream! then eventually, in person, visiting with him many times (1977-86). Muhaiyaddeen would often come to the US. Named after their founder, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship is a Sufi center located in Philadelphia.

Rumi, with his message of tolerance between religions and spiritual oneness with God, "The Beloved", was so far ahead of his time, he seems right at home here in the 21st Century. The vision of Rumi is a life-affirming one that so desperately needs to be shared with humanity.

There are so many other gnostics, mystics, and heretics also doing time in various "scholarly purgatories" of academia, wooden translations of obscurity. I know a thousand "Rumis" the world needs to hear, to be soothed by the Voice of the Soul that speaks through them all. Hafiz, Shams of Tabriz, Sarmad, Kabir, Rabia, Mira Bai, Daya Bai, Sahjo Bai, Tukaram, Hazrat Sultan Bahu, Baba Farid, Guru Nanak, Dariya Sahib, Tulsi Sahib, Surdas, Namdev, Ravidas, Paltu, Sant Radhaswami Sahib, Maharshi Mehi, and many more besides, up to the living present -- countless are lovers of the Beloved.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Inner Lotus Will Wither Without the Water of Love


The Inner Lotus Will Wither
Without the Water of Love






From the Dariya Sagar ("Ocean of Dariya") by Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar:


Carry on the repetition of the True Names,

taking it to be your very life-breath.

Obtain thereby the True Sound.


Sat Naam is the essence of all.

Recognizing it within yourself,

Cross the ocean of this world.


The Boundless Supreme Lord who

is in the beginning and the end,

Has descended to this earth.



Aeon after aeon
He has been coming
to impart wisdom to you.


Understand His teachings

And be immersed in His wisdom.

When one looks within ones heart,

being awakened,

One is pulled up by a magnet-like Divine Sound.


Without that Sound, a living being

is comprised of mere bones and blood,

Covered with skin on the outside.

In a moment life comes to an end,

And all our kith and kin are left behind.


But if the disciple follows

the instructions imparted by the Guru,

And takes to heart the words from the Satgurus tongue,

Then ones inner eye is illumined

And one finds the Source,

Laden with blooming flowers of immortality.

One then attains the pure-swan state,

And is rid of the vices of the wicked crow.

Such a one joins the family of the pure swans,

And is never lost in the ocean of the world, says Dariya.


Hold fast to the Sound Current,

And offer your body and mind to it.

Have love and endearment for Naam,

And you will not be lost in the ocean of the world.


There can be no devotion without love.

The inner lotus will wither without the water of love.

So long as the technique of love is not gained,

Whatever one talks of knowledge is in vain.

But when one is merged

into the Satgurus tranquil Sound Current,

One automatically obtains the taste of the nectar of love.

Just as the bee is allured by the lotus flower,

And being unable to bear the agony of separation unites with the flower;

Or just as the moon-birds heart is absorbed in the moon;

So should one be in love with the Sound Current

without ever being forgetful.




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Saturday, December 04, 2010

December 2010 Sant Mat Satsang PODcast at Blog Talk Radio


December 2010 Sant Mat Satsang PODcast

Go to the Blog Talk Radio Sant Mat Page and click "Play" or "Download":

(Program Length: 65 minutes)

Program Contents: The spirit of Sant Mat "ecumenism" and dialogue of the recent Spircon conference held at Dayal Bagh in Agra; also some Sant Mat history speculation on the origins of the Radhasoami Faith: the ashram of the Tulsi Sahib group in Hathras, "the People of the Anurag Sagar" or the "Esoteric Santism" of Sant Dariya Sahib and the Dharamdasi Branch of Kabir Panth.

Am back for a new season and series of Sant Mat Satsang PODCasts. My guest today is Mark Juergensmeyer, director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including, "Radhasoami Reality - The Logic of A Modern Faith", Princeton University Press; "Songs of the Saints of India" (Mystic Poetry of Guru Kabir, Guru Nanak, Ravidas, Mirabai, Sur Das, and Tulsi Das), Oxford University Press; contributed chapters to, "The Sants - Studies in A Devotional Tradition of India", Motilal Banarsidas Books of Delhi; also: "Gandhi's Way", University of California Press, and many more:

We discuss the recent "Spircon 2010 International Seminar on the Religion of Sants - Radhasoami Faith - Spiritual Consciousness Studies", held recently at Dayalbagh, which is associated with the Radhasoami Satsang Dayal Bagh, Agra. Other branches of Sant Mat/Radhasoami that participated in this historic event include: Huzuri Bhawan/Pipal Mandi (Agam Prasad Mathur), Radhasoami Satsang Tarn Taran (Baba Kehar Singh), and Radhaswami Satsang Dinod (Sant Kanwar Singh).

If you are seeking initiation into this form of meditation practice (Inner Light and Sound), are looking for books, are searching for information, a local satsang or meditation group to attend in your part of the world, email me at this address:
James@SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com

Jai Guru,
James



Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Rumi: Coleman Barks Interview on Spiritual Awakening Radio


Coleman Barks Interview on Spiritual Awakening Radio

Here is a link to my newest show, featuring a spirited conversation with Coleman Barks, famous translator of Rumi poetry, one of my mentors. It was a pleasure speaking with him recently.

The Coleman Barks Interview: "Rumi and the Sufi Poet-Mystics, Part 5" - Program Length: 60 Minutes.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Aeon After Aeon of Big Bangs and Universes


Aeon After Aeon of Big Bangs and Universes




Sant Mat Quote of the Day:
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An infinite expansion of an old saying about the number of galaxies and grains of sand: There are more bubble universes in the grand multi-verse than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth.


Jainism - Wikipedia: "Jain cosmology considers the loka, or universe, as an uncreated entity, existing since infinity, having no beginning or an end."


In the 1920s Julian P. Johnson wrote in, Path of the Masters: "It [Pinda, the Material Realm] extends out into space far beyond the reach of any telescope. Astronomers have never been able to count these worlds - although their instruments become more perfect, the range of their observations extended. Who shall set limits or indicate bounds to those starry depths? Who can number the numberless?"


"It is impossible to confine love to the temporal and transient levels of life, and it is impossible to confine the grandeur and majesty of God to the dimensions of the mind. When I had come to a partial realization of this fact, wise adepts of the inner realms provided me with guidance through the fragrant mystic universe, the spirito-mental region. They showed me their many magnificent planets of light and wonder. It was they who ultimately persuaded me to roam and explore untold realms of gold within myself. I had no fixed starting place in time and space, for I dwelt in a multi-verse that was co-extensive with all the ages. But my inner world was still limited by the boundaries of creation; I needed the guidance of a spiritual adept, within the physical world itself, to give me new birth into the freedom of eternity." (George Arnsby Jones, An Odyssey of Inner Space, Peacehaven Press)


Roger Penrose: "I think I would say that the universe has a purpose, its not somehow just there by chance ... some people, I think, take the view that the universe is just there and it runs along--its a bit like it just sort of computes, and we happen somehow by accident to find ourselves in this thing. But I dont think thats a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it."


In the news, Roger Penrose: Echoes of Events Before the Big Bang Revealed:


Roger Penrose: Before the Beginning of the Universe: BBC Audio: "Big Bang follows Big Bang follows Big Bang":


"Aeons Before the Big Bang?", a video lecture by Roger Penrose presenting a cyclic multiverse: aeon after aeon of Big Bangs and universes, as opposed to one Big Bang, one-time-only, leading to one universe. At 68 minutes into the video, he describes how there can be evidence that has left its mark in the cosmic background radiation that there was a previous universe before the Big Bang:


Travel to the Edge of "The Known Universe":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXrXTx94aFg




Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hear Rumi and the Sufi Poet-Mystics of the East, Part 4, Spiritual Awakening Radio

Hear Rumi and the Sufi Poet-Mystics of the East, Part 4, Spiritual Awakening Radio, Broadcast On November 23rd via HealthyLifeNet - The Positive Talk Radio Network

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All for the love of wisdom and radio,
James

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sleep On or Awaken



Life After Life: Sleep On or Awaken - The Choice Is Ours


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Profile of a True Spiritual Seeker

Padavali of Sant Namdev: "He alone is the adept, the holy, and the Gnostic, who is in rapport with God. Says Namdev, he alone has obtained peace in whom Gods Name has taken abode."

Kabir: "When a brave knight takes the field, a host of cowards is put to flight. It is a hard fight and a weary one, this fight of the truth-seeker: for the vow of the truth-seeker is more difficult than that of the warrior, or of the widowed wife who would follow her husband. For the warrior fights for a few hours, and the widows struggle with death is soon ended: But the truth-seekers battle goes on day and night. As long as life lasts it never ceases." (Songs of Kabir, Rabindranath Tagore)

Padavali of Sant Namdev: "Gods Name will take you across the ocean of samsara. Why work yourself to death for the falsehood of maya [illusion]?"

Maharshi Mehi: "The desire for attaining a state free from suffering and to attain happiness of Shanti (absolute Peace) is natural in human beings. The purpose of Sant Mat is to provide a system which fulfills the desire of attaining absolute Peace."
The Path of the Masters

Buddha: "As the moon follows the path of the constellations, one should follow the wise, the intelligent, the learned, the much enduring, the dutiful, the noble". (Dhammapada)

Hazrat Sultan BaHU: "My Master is a bird of paradise; he only flies with his own kind. Through great good fortune you will have his vision -- if the Lord pulls the strings of destiny in your favor."

Rumi: "When the Master discloses the Secrets and Mysteries of the human microcosm, your soul and mind will rush in rapture towards the high heavens."

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

Encyclopaedia of Saints of India, Volume 19: Radhasoami, By Dr. S.R. Bakshi and Dr. Sangh Mittra: "All religious scriptures mention the Sound Current or the Word, but unfortunately most remain unaware of it......When a Master initiates a soul he brings to that soul, at that moment, the ability to become conscious of this Sound Current. During all the millions of years we have been wandering around, lost and blind, we have forgotten our true selves and our Maker; we have lost the way (the Sound Current). Now it will be different. We are to meet our Creator through the Sound Current, which keeps creation in being.....In the Path of the Masters the three things required for realizing God and attaining liberation are: (1) Satsang; (2) the Sant Satguru; and, (3) the Shabd Naam." 

Anurag Sagar: "After meeting the Satguru, one understands the play of Shabda [the Sound Current, Positive Power] and Surat [the Attention of the Soul]. It is the union of the drop and the ocean. What else can one say? Giving up the qualities of mind, one should follow the Path of the Master. Such a soul goes to Sat Lok [True Eternal Realm] and derives happiness from the Ocean of Happiness."

Kirpal Singh: "It [Shabd] is a current from the Ocean of Consciousness and is characterized by Sound-vibration, or in other words, It is alive and active principle which, emanating from God, is enlivening all creation. It is the instrument with which God creates, controls and sustains His vast universe. It acts as a life-line between the Creator and His creation and serves as a golden bridge between the two."

Footnote from the Anurag Sagar: "Shabda": "The Sound Current; also called Naam or Word. The projected Creative Force of the Positive Power or Sat Purush, ultimately responsible for the entire creation and present in each individual in the form of Light and Sound, which can be seen and heard, and which are the agency that pulls the individual back to his/her essence, Sat Purush." (Anurag Sagar)

Maharshi Mehi: "To know yourself means to know that you are a spiritual being, with the consciousness of God dwelling within. Realization of the true self gives immense peace and bliss, and fills the heart with abiding love for all."

"The attainment of ultimate spiritual Peace and supreme Joy within oneself is the ultimate goal of Sant Mat as described by Maharishi Mehi and other great Sages. Although this path is not content with meager goals, it is extremely easy to understand and practice. Progress is certain, although, for most, eager and persistent effort is required." (TheWayOfSages Website)

The Gift of Life After Life

Swami Ji Maharaj: "You faltered through a million lives before you found this human form. Do not waste it this time - devote every moment to remembering God." (Sar Bachan)

Guru Arjan: "In many lives, became insects and moths. In many lives, became elephant, fish and deer. In many lives, became bird and snake. In many lives, became yoked horse and ox. This is your turn to meet God, the Lord of All. This human body has been shaped after a long wait."

Guru Amardas: "O my body, God installed the Light in you. That is why you came into the world."

Kabir: "When Love lit up the cage [of the body], my soul was flooded with Light."

Guru Arjan: "You have received the human body, your opportunity to meet God, the Preserver." 

Guru Arjan: "By meditating on God you attain salvation."

"This world is an illusion. Practice meditation." (From, The Last Words of Baba Devi Sahab)

Sant Namdev: "Hope is a lie and desire a mere dream -- yet both are construed as actual reality. But when my Guru gave me his holy wisdom, I awoke from my dream and my heart yielded." 

Rumi: To Him We Shall Return

I died as mineral and became a plant;

I died as plant and rose to animal,

I died as animal and I was a man.

Then why fear disappearance through death?

When was I less by dying?

Next time I shall die

To soar -- with angels blessed,

But even from angel-hood

I must pass on;

All except God doth perish.

When I have sacrificed my angel soul,

I shall become what no mind ever conceived.

What you cannot imagine,

I shall be That.

Oh! let me not exist, 

for non-existence

Proclaims in organ-tones,

To Him we shall return.

Seeing Within, Hearing Celestial Harmonies, The Ascension of the Soul

Rumi: "O lovers, lovers it is time to set out from the world. I hear a drum in my souls ear coming from the depths of the stars."

Rumi: "With every breath the Sound of Love surrounds us, and we are bound for the depths of space, without distraction. Out beyond duality, we have a home, and it is Majesty. That pure substance is different from this dusty world. We once came down; soon well return."

Guru Nanak: "You have a thousand eyes yet without eye are You. You have a thousand faces yet without face are You. You have a thousand feet yet without foot are You. You have a thousand noses yet without nose are You. I am enchanted by Your wonders. There is a Light in all, and that Light is You. By that Light we are all illumined. The Light is revealed through the Gurus teachings."

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

Sant Kabir: "May I see You with my eyes, hear Your Sound with my own ears. Speak Your Name in my own words, O Lord; rest Your flower-like feet on my heart."

Yesuha, Gospel of Thomas: "What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands cannot touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind - that I will give to you!"

Yeshua: "How privileged are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. I swear to you, many prophets and righteous ones have longed to see what you see and didnt see it, and to hear what you hear and didnt hear."

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

Rumi: "When He Himself is the Light of your eye, a hundred worlds like ours appear. If this one looks bottomless and vast, remember: to Omnipotence it is less than an atom."

Bawa Muhaiyaddeen: "There is Unseen Light within you which the eyes cannot perceive. It dwells within you, and you within it, in unity." (The Golden Words of a Sufi Sheikh)

Kirpal Singh: "This Single or Third Eye provides an ingress into the spiritual worlds - the Kingdom of God - now a lost realm to most of us...Of this inlet or ingress little is known by the people at large."

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

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

Padavali of Sant Namdev: "I had chains around my feet, but now I have no fear of this ocean of samsara. Liberation awaits."

Padavali of Sant Namdev: "Pierce through the six chakras, and ascend upwards. Listen to the Melody Divine arising there. Through the Melody, the turbulent mind is quelled. Realize that only thus is thy practice made fruitful."

Padavali of Sant Namdev: "Listen to the heavenly Music and attain liberation while still living."

Maharshi Mehi: "The Original Divine Sound, which originated from the Supreme Sovereign, continuously without break reverberates throughout the hearts of the entire macrocosm and microcosm. The Sound will inherently go on for the duration of creation because the evolution of creation depends upon the existence of Sound. Should the Sound cease so would creation." 

Maharshi Mehi: "Sound by its nature has the quality to draw one to its point of origin.........No other means is better than the Sound for transcending the concealments (realms) of creation." 

Padavali of Sant Namdev: "It is your Music I hear O Lord. The rhythm of drums, jantar [a three stringed musical instrument], and Vina. The supreme moment has come."

Maharishi Mehi: "They are similar to the sounds of the Veena (stringed instrument similar to the lyre), the Murali (flute), the Nafeeri (horn instrument), the Mridang (drum), the Mrdal (cymbals), the Singi (a horn), the Sitar (stringed instrument), or the Sarangi (similar to a lute). Other descriptions compare these Sounds to a peal of Thunder and a roar of a Lion."

Rumi: "We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee; we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee."

Peter Fripp: "The Music of the Shabd is distant and unsteady when first heard, but as it deepens, it lifts the listeners into a hitherto unknown peace....The Sound of the Shabd is like a constant theme with variations on all levels [planes or heavens]. These variations are described as the rushing of a mighty wind, the sound of a lute, the deep resonance of a bell or conch, or the tinkling of glass in the wind. There are also wonderful lights and radiance to accompany the sounds...The sounds and lights progress in a definite order, corresponding to each stage of the journey inwards, and they clearly indicate the disciples progress."

Hazrat Khan: "It sounds like Thunder, the roaring of the Sea, the jingling of Bells, running the Water, the Buzzing of bees, the Twittering of sparrows, the Vina, the Whistle, or the sound of Shankha..."(The Mysticism of Sound)

Svatmarama Yogindra, Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika: "The practitioner may hear sounds like the sound of the Ocean, a Rain Cloud, a Drum, a Kettledrum, a Conch, a Bell, a Horn, a Flute, a Lute, or a bee [Hum]." 

Anurag Sagar: "As long as the soul remains in the body ... practice the Path of Shabda."

Swami Ji Maharaj/Sant Radhasoami Sahib: "In the company of Shabd, withdraw and concentrate your spirituality. Do not drift in the ocean of this world, which has a vast expanse. Without Shabd, you cannot find the way home. The stages of Shabd are to be found within yourself. Be thus allied to Shabd and then repose in peace." (Sar Bachan Poetry, Volume One)

Maharshi Mehi: "Upon merging the mind with the Sound, there remains only the consciousness, free of the association with the mind. The consciousness free of the mind will be drawn to the Flow of Sounds, ultimately merging in Soundlessness or the Supreme Sovereign God."

Or "Sleep On" - Rumi:

Those who dont feel this love
Pulling them like a river,
Those who dont drink dawn
Like a cup of spring water
Or take in sunset like supper,
Those who dont want to change,
Let them sleep!
This love is beyond the study of theology,
That old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,
Sleep on!
Ive given up on my brain.
Ive torn the cloth to shreds
And thrown it away.
If youre not completely naked,
Wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,
And go back to sleep!