Sunday, August 29, 2010

Inner Light


"It is the Light that lives in every heart,
and Thy Light that illuminates every soul.
It is only through the guru's teachings that
Light comes to be shown."
 
-- Guru Nanak






Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat



Requirements for Initiation


The Sant Mat Quote of the Day:


"You can’t read your way to enlightenment." -- Stephan Hoeller


The focus of the bhakti Sants of India is not on constructing earthly temples, building organizational structures, or temples of the mind. Rather, they guide their students into entering the Temple of the Spirit. The Portal or Doorway to this Temple is within, at the Third Eye Center.


"Do not cease seeking day or night until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you, make you into pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of the Light." -- Yeshua, Book of Faith Wisdom (Pistis Sophia)


"What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands can not touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind -- that I will give to you!" -- Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas, Lynn Bauman, White Cloud Press


Being properly initiated into the secrets of meditation by a living Master is the beginning of the Inward Journey. Then, go and do the meditation.


The Five Precepts of Sant Mat (a Spiritual Way of Life)

Masters say: "An intense longing to meet the Lord during one's lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. 'Seek, and ye shall find', is the principle."

At the time of Initiation one vows to practice meditation each day. The spiritual path is a life-long commitment.


. Moral Requirements for Initiation

1. Abstinence from alcohol and drugs;

2. Non-Violence (Ahimsa in thought, word, and deed) including vegetarianism (abstinence from meat, fish, and eggs);

3. Lead a truthful life;

4. Practice non-stealing -- an honest, ethical source of income;

5. Loyalty to ones spouse/life-partner;


. Another Version of The Five Precepts

1) Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings. [This precept requires strict adherence to a lacto-vegetarian diet: no meat, fish, poultry or eggs (fertilized or non-fertilized).]

2) Refrain from speaking what is not true.

3) Refrain from taking what is not yours.

4) Refrain from sexual misconduct.

5) Refrain from using intoxicants.


Initiation into Inner Light and Sound Meditation

In the Sant tradition the complete methods of meditation practice are communicated at the time of Initiation (Diksha) by a living Master (Sant Satguru) or by a representative of a Master. A living Teacher, being fully acquainted with the 'landscape' of Inner Space, is able to impart to initiate-candidates valuable guidance on how to safely make the journey of ascension to the Inner Regions during meditation practice within. This kind of spiritual transmission and the details of Surat Shabd Yoga practice are not found in books, old scriptures of the past, and are not for sale, but are given freely to seekers by a living Teacher.

Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj: "What is the place to be reached? When we close our eyes and see darkness, this is the realm of ignorance. When the Light dawns within you, then you understand that you reside in noble regions. In darkness resides ignorance and in Light resides Knowledge. For example, as we are sitting in light right now we are able to see one another. However, if the electric power goes out ensuing total darkness we will not be able to see others. We will not even be aware of other people, coming and going. In this analogy Light signifies knowledge and darkness signifies ignorance. In the same manner when we see darkness with our eyes closed, we are in the realm of death and re-birth [we are unaware of our true nature]. When we come out of the realm of darkness and enter into the realm of Light, we will at the same time transcend the web of death. It is not possible that we can remain in darkness and be free from the net of birth and death. Having achieved inner Light we can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death."

Monday, August 23, 2010

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sant Mat Quote of the Day: August 23rd


Sant Mat Quote of the Day: August 23rd


 

"Unfortunate events, though potentially a source of anger and despair, have equal potential to be a source of spiritual growth." (Dalai Lama)

"Sant Mat is a pure spiritual tradition. The teachings of Santmat integrate Devotion [Bhakti] of God with inner Subtle Knowledge [Gnosis] and Yoga disciplines. It has been spoken about by many Saints." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)


Guru Nanak says the True Guru unites us with God, gives us a Godward Focus: "That preceptor is worthy who unites the aspirant with God."

Sant Namdev: "You have blessed me with Your overflowing love within." (The Shri Namdev Gatha)

"Such is the nature of devotion [bhakti], O brother, when devotion appears, then vanity disappears. True devotion is far from thee, sayeth Ravidas. It is the highly fortunate ones who attain it. Give up egotism, efface the distinction of 'mine' and 'thine', and be humble and discriminating like a little ant. Then alone shalt thou be able to pick up and eat the sweet grains of sugar (spirituality) out of the dirt of the world." (Vani of Sant Ravidas)


Sant Ravidas: "So long as inner experiences are not realized, learning and reasoning are of no avail. Learn the letter of wisdom under the discipline of the Satguru, then enter into the meditation of Sahaj." YouTube: Hymn of Sant Ravidas:



"This is a boundless hemisphere, unfathomable and endless. Rarely, through proper technique, can someone cross it. It is known only to the connoisseur Satguru, and to those to whom he reveals it. Gems, diamonds and all the Light are shown by him close by. It is only an intoxicated devotee, a lover of the Saint, who will practice such a discipline of the Sound Current, says Dariya." (Shabd of Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar)

"Only the connoisseur, who will test the Shabda, and listen to the Teachings with full attention, and within whom these Teachings will dwell, only he will understand this. He within whom the Sun of Knowledge will manifest and remove the darkness of attachment -- only he will understand this. I am telling you this Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love) -- only rare saints will understand." (Anurag Sagar of Dharamdas)


Simran: "He who utters the Name of God while walking, gets the merit of a sacrifice at every step. Blessed is his body. It is itself a place of pilgrimage. He who utters the Name of God without ceasing receives liberation while living." (Sant Tukarama, "Mysticism In India", by R.D. Ranade, SUNY Press)

"Carry on the repetition [simran] of the true names, taking it to be your very life-breath." (Sant Dariya Sahib)

"Meditation will remove all your burdens; meditation upon Ram's [God's] name will become your support." (Guru Kabir)

"I wish you all health and happiness, but keep uppermost in your mind Bhajan, Dhyan, and devotion to the Supreme Being. The Grace of God on you is the same, as it was before. Attune yourself to the Will of the Lord. Renouncing all thoughts of the past and future, keep your spirit immersed in Shabd at the time of Bhajan." (from a Letter of Soami Ji Maharaj)

"In all higher regions, Heaven's Music is the spiritual food." ("The Way Out is IN", by Swami Ram Bihari Lal)


Friday, August 20, 2010

Parts 1 and 2 of my Conversation with Veena Howard About the Path of the Sant Mat Masters of India


Parts 1 and 2 of my Conversation with Veena Howard About the Path of the Sant Mat Masters of India - Spiritual Awakening Radio




1) Veena Howard, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat), Part One. Program Length: 60 Minutes - Click to Listen (Activates Windows Media Player or Your Default Player for the .ASX File Type - Streaming Audio): http://view.liveindexer.com/ASXGenerator.aspx?mediaSKU=ExAwfjunIPWNZABxeK7oEg%3d%3d

2) Veena Howard, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat), Part Two (Plus Brief Excerpt of A Talk by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Given at the Maharshi Mehi Ashram). Program Length: 60 Minutes - Click to Listen (Activates Windows Media Player or Your Default Player for the .ASX File Type - Streaming Audio): http://view.liveindexer.com/ASXGenerator.aspx?mediaSKU=ohN8HyUoObJSleVLjI4iFA==

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sant Mat Quote of the Day - and New Satsang Videos Added








Videos of Swami Bhagirath Baba
giving satsang talks at the Maharshi Mehi Ashram 
at Kuppaghat, in Bhagalpur, Bihar, India:



Swami Bhagirath Baba: "Sants/yogis have fixed times of meditation. Those times are: 1) in the pre-dawn, i.e. three hours before sun rise, 2) after taking a bath during the day [mid day], and 3) during the evening (after the sun sets). Meditation done in these three time is called Trayakaal Sandhyaa (thrice-daily meditation). A practitioner must sit for meditation in these three times, and also should do Maanas Jap (repeating the Guru-instructed mantra), or Maanas Dhyaan (involving mind in visualizing Guru's form inside), while doing worldly work. In the evening just before going to bed, the practitioner should sit in meditation for two to four minutes and then go to sleep. A practitioner can continue Maanas Jap or Maanas Dhyaan or keep his/her vision straight inside with closed eyes laying in bed. This practice protects one from terrible, unpleasant dreams, and on the other hand the practitioner can be benefited with the appearance of sages/sants or Satsang in the dream state. The appearance (seeing) of sants/sages in the dream state is an indication of spiritual-upwardness (progress)."


"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)

"Peace comes to this agitated mind. Sorrow has gone, and joy arrives instead to reign. All fears of life and death depart, through the perfect teachings of the Saint. All doubt departs. We live fearlessly, and all afflictions of the mind are resolved." (Adi Granth)

Kabir: "More than all else do I cherish at heart that love which makes me to live a limitless life in this world. It is like the lotus, which lives in the water and blooms in the water: yet the water cannot touch its petals, they open beyond its reach."

"There is no other refuge but Thy Name. By the love of the Name, this form is made beautiful." (Adi Granth)

"Celestial Music is heard in the house that is blessed: In that fortunate home where the Lord's power is manifested, there rings the Melody Divine." (Adi Granth)

My eyes got fixed at the central point between the two eyebrows [third eye center]. The Light of God appears within and darkness of the night vanishes. The Sun, with its extraordinary rays, ascends with so many sparkles. Consciousness finally gets immersed in the Quintessential Word. Baba Sahib tells Mehi to remain absorbed day and night in such applications. (Padavali of Maharshi Mehi)

"Those who enshrine the Beloved in their hearts have both worlds at their command. Lovers remain completely intoxicated in the ecstasy of their love for the Beloved. They offer their souls to the Beloved while still living, and thus immortalize themselves in this life and in the hereafter." (Hazrat Sultan Bahu, Sufi Master)

"Learn the right technique from a Satguru (true teacher, Sant Satguru), walk within yourself, and rid yourself of all the worries, all the stresses, strains, all sorrows by meeting and merging with the Supreme Soul." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)

"Do not live even a single day without inner meditation." (Baba Devi Sahab)