Saturday, January 18, 2020

7 Teachings of Sant Mat and the Seven Spiritual Principles of Sant Mat


7 Teachings of Sant Mat and the Seven Spiritual Principles of Sant Mat


7 Teachings of Sant Mat


1. God is Real.


2. God is Love, the Ocean of Love and Compassion.


3. All of the world scriptures teach about the same manifestation of God as inner mystical Light and Sound.


4. Our true identity is soul, the Self. Soul is part of God and therefore is, like God, pure love.


5. During this human existence we have an opportunity to experience God.


6. As we experience communing with God's love during meditation -- Surat Shabd Yoga -- we can rise above body-consciousness and explore Inner Space, the "Kingdom of the Heavens" that are within us. "We travel back from the realm of Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to divine Sound, and from the realm of Sound to the Soundless State [Anami, Radhaswami, Anadi Purush, Ram]." (Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj) The drop merges back into the Ocean of Love.


7. As we get initiated into the Mysteries of the Spirit by a Living Teacher (Master, Sant Satguru), the purpose of our life is fulfilled. Reuniting with God is our reason to be here: "It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth". ("Adi Granth") Guru Kabir says: "For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?".

https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/path-toward-the-light-seven-teachings-of-sant-mat-ff7468437ee9



Seven Spiritual Principles of Sant Mat


The Following Principles Below are Recited Daily by Some in India:


1. Ultimate Reality is beyond any beginning or end, infinite, beyond birth, beyond the senses, all-pervading yet even beyond pervasiveness. It must, therefore, be understood as the Supreme Being. This Essential Element is known in Santmat [the Teachings of the Saints] as the Lord of All and is the foundation of all things. This Being is beyond both the inanimate and animate aspects of nature. It is without qualities and beyond qualities. Its nature is infinite, imperishable, all-powerful. It is beyond time and space, beyond sound and beyond form (Nirguna). It is the One without a second. The Supreme Being is beyond the scope of the mind, the intellect and the senses. This entire universe is powered by the energy of this Being. This Being is not human. It is not manifested in physical form. It has existence beyond the illusion of maya [illusion], and there is nothing that exists outside of it. It is the Being which is eternal and is in existence from the beginning. Santmat considers this Being to be the Divine Reality, and this [knowing or merging with] this Being is the goal of all spirituality.


2. The individual soul is an inseparable part of the Supreme Being.


3. The physical world of nature was created. It has an origin and an end.


4. 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 birth we must experience realization of this Supreme Being.


5. By practicing devotion through these four techniques: Manas Japa (Simran, recitation of a divine name or names), Manas Dhyana (Dhyan, focus on the divine form), Dristi Sadhana (Yoga of Inner Light, Inner Seeing, Inner Light Meditation, focus on the Infinitesimal Point), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (Surat Shabd Yoga, concentration on the inner divine Sounds) — the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, Light, and Sound which cloak the Supreme Truth — the Divine Reality. Only in a human body an individual soul is able to achieve unity with the Divine. [In other forms of existence, animal, etc…, it is not possible to tread the spiritual path.]


6. Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must abstain from these vices.*


(* Note: In Buddhism and other Eastern Religions (Jainism, Taoism, Hinduism) these five abstinences are known as the Panch Shila — “The Five Precepts”.)


7. The following are considered to be the requirements for the attainment liberation: (A) Trust and belief in God; (B) Commitment to seek the Divine within; (C) Devotion and service to a Satguru — spiritual Master; (D) Satsang, listening to the teaching and spiritual discourse including study of the Teaching of the Saints and the scriptures; and (E) Dhyana, diligent meditation practice. (“Padavali of Maharshi Mehi”, also quoted in, “Harmony Of All Religions”)

https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/seven-spiritual-principles-of-sant-mat-2e16a6595b05



For more introductory material about Sant Mat, see: http://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com/santmat


See, the Introductory Page of the Sant Mat Radhasoami E Library: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/introduction-to-sant-mat-and-radhasoami.html


See, Introductory Meditation Instructions, Meditation For Beginners: An Introduction to Sant Mat Meditation -- Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast @ Youtube: https://youtu.be/LPLj68bSquc


And See, An Introduction to Meditation in Sant Mat — Introductory Meditation Instructions @ Medium: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/an-introduction-to-meditation-in-sant-mat-introductory-meditation-instructions-e61bb7b70578


Also @ Tumblr: https://santmat.tumblr.com/post/189685655433/santmat-introductory-meditation-instructions


Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat (Surat Shabd Yoga: The Inner Light and Sound of God, Inner Light and Sound Meditation): https://groups.io/g/SantMat/topic/requirements_for_initiation/24165052?p=,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,2,0,24165052 


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Friday, January 17, 2020

PODCAST: Three Central Teachings Of The Sikh Gurus -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast -- Spiritual Awakening Radio



PODCAST: Three Central Teachings of the Sikh Gurus -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast -- Spiritual Awakening Radio




PODCAST (1-16-2020): Three Central Teachings According to the Sikh Gurus: 1) The Living Master, 2) Meditation of the Anhad Shabd/Sound Current, and, Vegetarian Ahimsa -- Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube: 
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Three Central Teachings According to the Sikh Gurus in the Guru Granth: 1) The Need For A Living Master — to Receive Initiation from a Living Satguru Into the Meditation Practice; 2) Hearing the Sound Current in One’s Meditation Practice; and, 3) Following a Non-violent Vegetarian Diet: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/three-central-teachings-according-to-the-sikh-gurus-in-the-guru-granth-living-masters-hearing-the-5a0f65efea06

The Satguru: The Book (Granth) says to not worship books (Granths, Scriptures). Rather, the Sikh Gurus proclaim the need for Living Masters (Satgurus) to show their disciples that God is within their own body.

“The whole world is in the throes of attachment and infatuation. A rare devotee of the Master escapes from the mighty maze of mind and matter. This infatuation keeps in perpetual motion the wheel of life, and it takes one time and again into the grip of Kal.” (Guru Nanak, Asa MI)

“Meet a Satguru and take his initiation. Surrender thine all and peep within.” (Guru Nanak, Gauri M1)

“Live ye in the haven of a Sadh, and leave all thy wisdom and knowledge. Let the Master’s Instructions (Guru Deeksha) abide in thy heart. This, O Nanak! may happen through the Writ of the Lord.” (Guru Arjan Dev, Gauri M5)

The Anhad Shabd, the Sound Current: Such is the power of illusion or maya making souls deaf to the true teachings of the Sant Satgurus, that some think that the “Sound Current” mentioned by the Ten Sikh Gurus is only listening to the sound of outer music or hymns being sung. Living Masters have always initiated their disciples into meditation practice, and this includes the practice of hearing the Anhad Shabd (Unstruck Celestial Melody) within one’s self during meditation practice.

"Seated in my higher mind, I live in communion with God and within me rings ever the Unstruck Music (of Bliss)." (Sri Rag Var, Shloka M. 3)

Vegetarian Ahimsa: Some have suggested that the Sikh Scriptures are not very clear on vegetarianism, the need to strictly adhere to a vegetarian diet for spiritual and ethical reasons.  There are numerous vegetarian passages preserved in the Sikh Scriptures (Adi Granth, Shri Guru Granth Sahib) and related Sikh texts — quotes from Guru Nanak, Kabir, Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Gobind Singh and others. I’ve also included quotes from Bhai Gurdaas Ji and a Persian historian and scholar of comparative religion who long ago wrote about Guru Nanak and the early Sikhs — how the original disciples were all vegetarians.

Nanak abstained from animal food and enjoined against cruelty to animals: “Having prohibited his disciples to drink wine and eat pork, he (Nanak) himself abstained from eating flesh and ordered not to hurt any living being.” (Mohsin Fani, Persian Scholar of Comparative Religion, Author of the, DABISTAN-E-MAZAHIB)


Vegetarian passages from the Adi Granth (Guru Granth, Shri Guru Granth Sahib), Mohsin Fani's, Dabistan-e-Mazahib, Sudharam Marag Granth, and the Proclamation or Hukamnama to the Sikhs of Jaunpur by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Sikh Vegetarian Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/sikh-and-you-will-find-vegetarian-diet.html

Sikh Scriptures: Guru Nanak, Sikh Gurus, Adi Granth, Bhai Gurdas Vaaran, Janamsakhis, Dasam Granth -- Online E Books Relating to Guru Nanak, The Ten Sikh Gurus, Guru Granth, Bhai Gurdas Vaaran, Janamsakhis, Dasam Granth, Bhai Sahib Bhai Nand Lal's Kalaam-e-Goya, and Other Texts -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Sikh Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/sikh-scriptures-sant-mat-radhasoami.html

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In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Satya Raam, Radhasoami, Bandagi Saheb, Peace Be to You,
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