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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)