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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Initiation Into the Mysteries of the Beyond -- The Kingdom of the Heavens

Initiation Into the Mysteries of the Beyond -- The Kingdom of the Heavens

The Light, Sound, and Bhakti (Love) of God


USA Website of Sant Sevi Ji

Below are the basic requirements that are associated with this form of Sant Mat mysticism. There may be an initiation soon in Oregon or Washington, and another later on this year on the East Coast. The website will give you some sense of the teachings. I was drawn to this particular form of meditation as it is very Gnostic, reflecting the Gnostic Universe or cosmology of several different heavens and the journey of the soul as it contemplates various forms of Light, meditates upon different kinds of spiritual sound on its ascent through the Inner Regions within. This mystical journey is described in the Nag Hammadi books found in Egypt. Gnostic Schools of Spirituality long ago got wiped out in the West, but other expressions of Gnosticism blossomed beyond the reach of the Roman Empire to the East, in the form of Sufism and the Sant tradition of India. But trying to figure out the lost teachings and meditation methods found in old scriptures on one's own is not enough. One can only go so far without being connected to a living path. Only with a living Master and associating with his or her School of Spirituality are all the Secrets fully revealed, brought out into the open. These days there are millions of people following various forms of Sant Mat and Radhaswami, including people in North and South America, Europe, and around the world.

Initiation Requirements

Initiation into Surat Shabd Yoga -- Inner Light and Sound Current Meditation

• Moral requirements for Initiation into the spiritual path of Sant Mat:

1. Abstinence from alcohol and drugs (intoxicants)
2. Following Ahimsa: Non-Violence including
vegetarian diet (no fish, meat, or eggs)
3. Lead a truthful life
4. Practice non-stealing (an honest living)
5. Loyalty to ones partner.

• A belief in a Higher Power -- One Supreme Being.

Seven Teachings of Sant Mat (Way of the Saints/Sages/Masters)

*1) There is God.

*2) God is Love.

*3) All of the world scriptures and mystics 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." (Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj) The drop merges back into the Ocean of Love.

*7) As we get initiated into the Mysteries of God by a Living Teacher (Sant Satguru, enlightened spiritual teacher who has become one with God), 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)

Kabir says: "For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?"

Lineage of Sant Mat Masters in the Maharishi Mehi Ashram Branch of Sant Mat

Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Living Master -- Sant Satguru

Maharishi Mehi

Baba Devi Sahib

Sant Tulsi Sahib (older)

Sant Tulsi Sahib (younger)

Sant Dariya Sahib in the Lineage of Kabir (going all the way back to Guru Kabir)

There have been lineages of Masters going back thousands of years to at least the time of Krishna and the Bhagavad Gita.