Path of the Masters: Sant Mat - Santmat, Radhasoami - Radha Soami, Satsang, Inner Light and Sound Meditation: Surat Shabd Yoga, Audible Life Stream, Quan Yin Method, Spiritual Science, Spirituality, Kabir, Maharshi Mehi, Kirpal Singh, Gnosticism, Third Eye, Out Of Body Experiences, Near-Death Experiences, Inner Space, the Kingdom of the Heavens Within, Mystic Poetry, Vegetarian Vegan, Ahimsa, Love, and God. The term "Sant Mat" was coined by Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century.
"He alone is the Adept, the Holy and the Gnostic, who is in rapport with the Divine. Says Namdev, he alone has obtained peace in whom God's Name has taken abode." (Hindi Padavali of Sant Namdev)
Maharshi Mehi has clearly stated that Sant Mat is not a new creed. It is a union of all the Sants (God-realized souls). We respect all the Sants. We study the speeches of all the Saints and remember them, and follow them. If we dive into the opinions of Sants (Saints) like Buddha, Sant Kabir, Guru Nanak, Dadu, Sant Tulsi Das, Sant Paltu, Swami Ramkrishna, Sant Tulsi Sahab, Baba Devi, etc. you will get one and only one way to attain salvation. There will never be a little bit difference among their views on Drishti Yoga (the Yoga of Vision) and Surat-Shabda Yoga (the Yoga of Sound) for self-realization and God-realization. (TheSantMat.com)
"Without the Saints, O Tulsi, we are tossed about endlessly. Without the merciful, compassionate Master, aeon after aeon we rove." (Shabdavali of Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
The individual soul (jiva), bound by illusion (maya), remains in the cycle of death and birth. This is the cause of one's suffering. In order to escape from this cycle of death and rebirth we must experience realization of the Supreme Being. (Maharshi Mehi, The Principles of Sant Mat)
"The individual soul is an inseparable part of the Supreme Being." (Maharshi Mehi, The Principles of Sant Mat)
Sant Namdev: "Whatever man thinketh, that he obtaineth. If he were to dwell on the Absolute........he would become immortal." (Adi Granth)
Tulsi Sahib said: "When the Surat-disciple meets the Shabd-guru, the path will be traversed."
O Guru ! You let my consciousness ascend the sky.
Kindly let me catch the current of seven melodies that is the Quintessential One,
After allowing me to catch the support of your Radiant Being,
Let me have a glimpse of your highly resplendent Vision.
(Padavali of Maharshi Mehi)
"One who is called the disciple of a True Guru should get up early in the morning and meditate on the Guru's Nam. He should put in efforts to bathe in the Pond of Nectar early in the morning." (Adi Granth)
Surat -- Attention
The term "Surat" means: Attention or individual consciousness, the attention of the Soul, the ability of the Soul to concentrate within, and experience the bliss of inner regions, Self-absorbed intelligent Energy, Spirit.
Surat Shabd Yoga: Surat refers to spirit and Shabd to the Sound Current; hence, it is the union the soul with Shabd; the spiritual exercise by which the Current of Consciousness is applied to the hearing of the Sound within; joining the mind and the Attention to the Sound Current. Surat Shabd Yoga: Union (Yoga) of the Soul (Surat) with the Inner Light and Sound of God (Shabd).
"A human being's attention is the most precious treasure he possesses." (Edward Salim Michael, "The Law of Attention - Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance")
Quality of Concentration in Meditation: "Single-pointedness results in absolute concentration, which causes ascension (vertical rise) enabling one to move onto a higher level or stage. This way it would be possible to transcend all illusory sheaths [subtle bodies, astral, causal, etc...]." (Maharshi Mehi Paramahans, The Way of Liberation)
Sant Ravidas [Raidas]: When the soul (surat) mergeth into the Sound (Shabd) and becometh one with it, then one obtaineth the supreme Bliss. The lamp burneth inside, 0 Ravidas, and Divine Bliss ariseth within. Steeped in meditation with one-pointed attention, practice devotion to God, 0 Ravidas. Let the automatic repetition be continued within, Reverberating the True Naam.
"From the Source of the Ocean opens a Window of Light. Awaken that resplendent Light within thee....Repeat the name of the Lord and secure Him." (Shabdavali of Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
"Moment by moment gather thy soul and hold it at the Eye Center. Cleanse thou the mirror of thy mind, and catch the Divine Melody with thy soul. If thy longing is keen, thou shalt pierce the veil and attain the Quintessence." (Shabdavali of Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
"Within thine own self, behold the splendor of thy Beloved. In the pupil of thine eye is a mole, wherein is hidden the entire mystery. Peep within and behold thou what lieth beyond this dark curtain. The secret of the fourteen realms will, for certain, be disclosed to thee. Let thy attention not slip, see that thou art ever vigilant." (Shabdavali of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
"I beheld in the firmament an inverted well, and was filled with resplendence of Light within." (Shabdavali of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
Tulsi Sahib: "The disciple sees within himself the Akash (sky) which is like an inverted well, and merges his Surat [soul's attention] in it."
The glittering point between the two eyebrows is visible, O brothers! Closing your eyelids, try to see. Let the two currents of light converge at the central point of the eyebrows. Fix your gaze and cross your bodily sphere. Enter the egg of the universe. The sky, studded with stars, looks so wonderful. Light, like the earthern lamp, is visible that eliminates the darkness of the closed eyes. The incomparable Moonlight, unique in itself is spread in all corners. And the light of the young Sun also radiates beautifully. Surat, with its spiritual vision, catches the multiple Sounds without being impaired. O individual souls! Catching these Sounds with a Surat-like rope, traverse the final abode, which is the real home. Mehi has revealed this mystery, the Quintessential One. One who serves Guru without any cleverness, has no difficulty in reaching the real home. (Padavali of Maharshi Mehi)
The Quintessential One along with Surat at the final stage disappears. The very stage of Soundlessness, Wordlessness or Namelessness is entirely different. According to Mehi that stage is devoid of dualism. Surat [soul], merging with the Absolute, never returns to the physical world. (Padavali of Maharshi Mehi)
Kabir: I went looking for Him, and lost myself;
The drop merged with the Sea.
Who can find it now?
Looking and looking for Him, I lost myself;
The Sea merged with the drop.
Who can find it now?
"The drop merges in the Ocean and becomes one with IT." (Param Sant Tulsi Sahib)