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.
The vegan revolution will never include violence; it is a celebration of the joy and beauty of life, and an awakening to the beauty and potential of our shared life on this planet. The only strategy for each of us is how to love and give more deeply, fully, and authentically, and in harmony with our unique talents and gifts. Together, we are transforming our world! (Dr. Will Tuttle)
Why Hindus Don't Eat Meat
(Excerpts from, Hinduism Today)
By Dr. Jai Maharaj
Vegetarianism is the key to good health and happiness. The Hindu view is multi-dimensional, including the ecological, medical and spiritual, as is evident in the following excerpts from Hinduism Today:
Besides being an expression of compassion for animals, vegetarianism is followed for ecological and health rationales.
In the past fifty years, millions of meat-eaters -- Hindus and non-Hindus -- have made the personal decision to stop eating the flesh of other creatures. There are five major motivations for such a decision:
1. The Dharmic Law Reason
Ahinsa, the law of non-injury, is the Hindu's first duty in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God's creation as defined by Vedic scripture.
2. The Karmic Consequences Reason
All of our actions, including our choice of food, have Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in equal measure the suffering caused.
3. The Spiritual Reason
Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we ingest affects our consciousness, emotions and experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger, jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of death, all of which are locked into the the flesh of the butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower consciousness.
4. The Health Reasons
Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, provides a wider ranger of nutrients and imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier, more productive lives. They have fewer physical complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined and skin more beautiful.
5. The Ecological Reason
Planet Earth is suffering. In large measure, the escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient rainforests to create pasture lands for live stock, loss of top-soils and the consequent increase of water impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary ecology as the decision not to eat meat.
The book Food for the Spirit, Vegetarianism and the World Religions, observes, "Despite popular knowledge of meat-eating's adverse effects, the non-vegetarian diet became increasingly widespread among the Hindus after the two major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and later the British. With them came the desire to be 'civilized,' to eat as did the Saheeb. Those actually trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.
"That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-Hsien, a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century, travelled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of the scriptures.
"These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way of life. In the Mahabharata, for instance, the great warrior Bheeshm explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the flesh of one's own son. Similarly, the Manusmriti declares that one should 'refrain from eating all kinds of meat,' for such eating involves killing and and leads to Karmic bondage (Bandh) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja Parikshit, is quoted as saying that 'only the animal-killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth [Shrimad Bhagvatam 10.1.4].'"
He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth. Mahabharat 115.47
Those high-souled persons who desire beauty, faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts of injury. Mahabharat 18.115.8
The very name of cow is Aghnya ["not to be killed"], indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who, then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a bull commits a heinous crime. Mahabharat Shantiparv 262.47
The purchaser of flesh performs Hinsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does Hinsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-eaters. Mahabharat Anu 115.40
He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all that is -- immortal in the field of mortality -- he sees the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest path. Bhagavad Geeta 13.27-28
Ahinsa/ahimsa is the highest Dharma. Ahinsa is the best Tapas. Ahinsa is the greatest gift. Ahinsa is the highest self-control. Ahinsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahinsa is the highest power. Ahinsa is the highest friend. Ahinsa is the highest truth. Ahinsa is the highest teaching. Mahabharata 18.116.37-41
What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how it may avoid killing any creature. Tirukural 324
All that lives will press palms together in prayerful adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor meat. Tirukural260
What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroying life, for killing leads to every other sin. Tirukural 312, 321
Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's flesh. Tirukural 253
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The Path of the Masters - The Way of Inner Seeing, Hearing, and Oneness
"The knowledge of the soul and Supreme Soul is the highest level of knowledge for human beings. It uplifts us from earthly suffering, births and deaths to the State of Salvation (i.e. Moksha, Nirvana)." (Swami Ashutosh)
"When the practitioner collects and joins both the currents of consciousness at a Single Point within, as taught by the Master, in a state of complete concentration, the veil of darkness breaks and he views the Refulgent Light. There he hears many melodious Inner Sounds. With the Master's benevolence, he identifies the Quintessential Sound centered amongst those other Sounds. And with the help of that Quintessential Inner Sound, the practitioner's consciousness ascends to the Soundness Realm. He knows soul and Supreme Soul by experience, attaining salvation in the Living State itself, and thus he becomes the Supreme Master. This is the ultimate Level of knowledge in which Light and Sound play the principal role." (Swami Ashutosh)
"Look for and search for God within yourself, within your own body. God resides in your heart -- look for Him there. The White Point shines straight ahead and twinkles. You must concentrate in sushumna [middle path, middle nadi tube or channel in yoga] by leaving the restlessness of the mind behind. Where the Subtle Sounds vibrate in the ajna chakra, stay and make your dwelling. The door is subtle and sushumna is the Point or Window. With great effort, you can go through." (Sant Maharishi Mehi)
"I am glad to note that you saw stars, sun and moon as well as the Form of the Master, and heard the Sound of conch-shell. In future, when you see stars just try to pick out a big star among them and fix your inner gaze into the middle thereof. It will grow brighter and ultimately burst to give you further way up. If, however, you see the sun and the moon within you, just look into the middle thereof. That will also give you a way up. But when you see the Form of the Master within, just absorb yourself sweetly into It, so much so that you forget yourself. That will develop receptivity in you and the Master will speak to you as He does outside." (Kirpal Singh)
"The inner Light does not come or go. It is always there within. It appears only when we are attuned and concentrated and disappears as soon as there is the slightest dispersion. The Light will not vanish if you just keep your inner gaze constantly fixed." (Kirpal Singh, Spiritual Elixir, A Ruhani Satsang Book)
Upanishads: "Oh God, lead me from untruth to Truth, from darkness to Light, and from death to Immortality."
Quran: "Those who have faith in Allah, then Allah is their protector and helper. Allah takes them from darkness to Light."
Yeshua in, The Book of Pistis Sophia (Gnostic Gospel of Faith Wisdom): "Do not cease seeking day or night and do not let yourselves relax until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you and make you into pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of Light."
Youtube Video: "One's light merges with the Supreme Light, and becomes perfect." Subtitled Music Video: "Sooraj kiran milay jal kaa jal hoo-aa raam. Jotee jot ralee sampooran thee-aa raam."
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." (William Arthur Ward)
Important Sant Mat Texts Soon
to Be Available as E-Books
I hear that soon the books, Philosophy of Liberation, and, Harmony of All Religions, in their entirety, will be available online as PDF Files. As I said to the publisher: 'It would be wonderful to have these books online, and be able to link to them, send people right to them, to share the depth and wisdom they contain with spiritual seekers everywhere. As I found, no doubt many others will find also, that they bring a much-needed depth and clarity to the study of Sant Mat. They remain at the top of my list of recommended reading. Rather than decreasing book sales, it may increase them, as people realize how essential they are.'
The Seven Principles of Sant Mat By Maharshi Mehi, The Padavali of Maharshi Mehi, also Quoted in the Book, Harmony of All Religions
The Following Principals Below are Recited Daily 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] 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 the divine name), 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. 2 (2 Note: In Buddhism 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.
In the Forms I Beheld the Formless.....
Mystic Verses of Kabir
What a music of the flute!
It fills me with bliss.
No wick yet a lamp lights up,
no roots yet a lotus blossoms,
and myriad flowers nod their heads.
cries for the moon,
and rain-bird pines for the rain-drop,
so longing for God,
I live forever with saints.
The restless mind is put at rest,
and the heart is illumined.
In the forms I beheld the Formless,
along with the Friend.
Breaking the shackles,
You set me free from all the bondage.
Now Inaccessible is accessible,
and soaked in love is Kabir.
-- Guru Kabir
The above is translated
by Sushila Mahajan, in,
A Collection of One Hundred and Ten Poems of Kabir
Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India: "External practices and formalism are worth nothing. The real sadhana [spiritual or meditation practice] is within one's own self."
Param Sant Tulsi Sahib: "There are five real jewels in this world, namely, 1) Association with Sadhs [initiates, satsangis, devotees, the virtuous, sadhus, saints, sages], 2) Saran [protection, refuge] of the Satguru, 3) Love, 4) Humility, and, 5) Compassion."
Param Sant Tulsi Sahib: "Masters reveal the Path of Inner Light and Sound. They still the mind and raise one's attention to Mystic Skies within. The soul concentrates at the Portal [Third Eye] and is in bliss."
Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj: "Those desirous of seeing God should first seek the company of Saints."
Below is Excerpted From the February, 2011 Edition of Sadguru Shanti Sandesh Magazine - English Section:
There are two types of dharma in the world. They are first, "udhaar", and second, "nakad". Udhaar dharma is that in which it is said, one attains salvation after death, and nakad dharma is that in which the state of salvation is believed to be experienced/attained during this lifetime. People keep thinking and living on-borrowed-dharma. Some are involved in rituals and outward devotions, while others are pretending to have become divine themselves. They are unaware of the natural screens or veils of Darkness, Lights and Sounds between jiva-souls and God. (God is veiled by five different bodies and subtle bodies, each one inside the other [physical, astral, causal, mental, and etheric]). These are veils which can't be transcended by merely reading some mantras or performing yagna or outward devotions/rituals. For them to be shed, you will surely have to be oriented towards going within, perform Dristi-sadhana [Yoga of Inner Light], and Shabd-sadhana [Yoga of Inner Sound], which will make it possible for your consciousness to travel along the solitary Inward Path, crossing the natural and supra-natural realms to reach to such an auspicious place from where your soul would never become detached again to return back in the outer world. But no one can really know of, and practice, these processes by simply reading authentic scriptures.
First of all, the screen of Darkness can be accessed by closing your eyes. Secondly, the screen or veil of Light can be experienced by crossing the Darkness. Thirdly, the veil of Sounds can be known by listening to them. Fourthly, not so much a screen or veil, but there is a Mystery which can not be understood like the first, second and third. It can only be experienced by perfect practice.
According to Sant Mat, having crossed these realms or levels, we achieve the final goal called Mukti (i.e. salvation). To attain liberation/salvation, Sant Mat does not follow numerous complicated practices, but two essential methods:
1) Drishti Marg (i.e. the Path of inner Light/Vision) and,
2) Shabd Marg (i.e. the Way of inner Sound/Transcendental Hearing).
Unlike other worship methods popular in religions and sects with different names, these two methods are not man-made. God himself is the founder and operator of these methods. Since the beginning God has kept these two methods inside human beings with full qualifications. The way of redemption of jivas (i.e. bounded souls) is available within all human beings. Unless the jiva walks along this way, it can't achieve salvation; the real and ultimate goal of religion. ////////
he satyasindhu! aisi kripa karo jisse ki sarv asatya se chhut kar apko hi prapt ho jaun. "O Ocean of Reality! Shower such grace on us that we will be free from all untruth and realize you." (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayer)
he satya! asatya se bachakar sarvada satya ki ohr le javo. "O Ocean of Truth! Save us from the unreal and lead us to the Ultimate Reality." he premmayi! apne kripa kataksh dwara aisi daya karo ki apke satya prem men magn ho jaun."0 Ocean of Love! Through your merciful glance, shower such mercy on us that we will be absorbed in your true love." (Kabir, Sandhya Path/Book of Prayer)
"Awake! O man, 'Regain your Godhead' before it is too late. Most of the time has been frittered away in other pursuits. Make the best use of the time left at your disposal." (Kirpal Singh)
Anurag Sagar of Sant Dharamdas: "Be absorbed in the Shabda of the Satguru and act according to the Master's orders: Keep the attention in Naam, giving up all doership, illusions and dictates of the mind."
Who You Are
"Only he who has full command over his mind can be happy and content. All others, from kings to beggars, who lack control over the mind, are discontented." (Swami Ashutosh Gurusnehi)
"Cleanse the chamber of your heart, so that the Beloved may enter,
Remove all the foreign impressions, so that He can take His seat there." (Param Sant Tulsi Sahib)
"Knowing ourselves and being willing to stand for who we are makes life authentic." (June Singer, A Gnostic Book of Hours)
"At whose behest does the mind think? Who bids the body live? Who makes the tongue speak? Who is that effulgent Being that directs the eye to form and color and the ear to sound?
"The Self is ear of the ear, mind of the mind, speech of the speech. He is also breath of the breath, and eye of the eye. Having given up the false identification of the Self with the senses and the mind, and knowing the Self to be Brahman [God], the wise, on departing the world, become immortal." (Upanishads)
"Him the eye does not see, nor the tongue express, nor the mind grasp. Him we neither know nor are able to teach. Different is he from the known, and different is he from the unknown. So have we heard from the wise." (Upanishads)
"The soul has three coverings: the material, the astral, and the causal. The soul employs these bodies in their respective regions, but its True Home is in the fourth realm, which is beyond these three." (Encyclopaedia of Saints of India, Volume 19: Radhasoami)
"We are conscious entities, we are all attention [surat]; if we control our attention, then we can know the Overself [God]." (Kirpal Singh, The Coming Spiritual Revolution)
Being Open To Learning New Things From A Living Preceptor
"Wisdom is the superpower. It sees to it that we are not seduced into stupid activities. It provides us with an outlook from which to observe compulsive thoughts rather than being drawn into them. It protects us from selfish desires to exploit others or to escape from our responsibilities. This meditative mind maintains a vision for the future -- a vision that can actualize our life-energy into becoming everything it can be." (Ajahn Sumano Bikkhu)
"Without the Saints ... we are tossed about endlessly. Without the merciful, compassionate Master, aeon after aeon we rove." (Param Sant Tulsi Sahib)
"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)
"The one who has purity of character, who practices diligently the Yoga of Sound, and who can explain clearly Sant Mat (the complete Path of the Masters with nothing missing), can be accepted and trusted as Satguru/Teacher." (Maharshi Mehi)
"Consider for a moment the nature of knowledge you wish to learn. After high school, the student thinks about his direction and chooses a field of study: liberal arts, commerce, or science. If, for example, the student wants to learn liberal arts but goes to a professor of science instead, will this teacher have much to offer? The student must choose a professor proficient in the knowledge he wishes to learn. In the same manner, if you want to learn spiritual knowledge, then you must go to a spiritually competent teacher.
"The appropriate spiritual teacher should be a person who has considered and discovered the realities of Atma and anatma (Spirit and matter, bondage and Liberation), and who practices a spiritual path. Such a teacher should have attained direct experience of Truth through spiritual disciplines. This is teacher you should take instruction from. The grace of teacher is also necessary for success in the spiritual pursuit. When you learn the methods for inner meditation, you should practice diligently. Moral rectitude is also very essential in this pursuit.
"This is the seventh limb of yoga, dhyana (meditation; absorption). When one has become accomplished in dhyana then one attains Samadhi (union)."
-- Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Harmony of All Religions
"In this material world there are lots of snares and obstacles to keep the soul bound within this physical world. But when the soul goes to the astral plane there are so many temptations and allurements in its way that its fall is almost unavoidable. The allurements in the causal region are correspondingly greater and more subtle than those in the lower regions. Beyond these three planes lie the pure spiritual regions. It is impossible to enter them much less to traverse them without a Master. To traverse this Path is like walking on the razor's edge. There are dangers involved at every step. Thus, the seeker who wishes to unravel the Mysteries of the Ultimate, who wishes to attain True Knowledge and to get united with the Lord will need to seek a perfect Master who is fully acquainted with the Path." (Encyclopaedia of Saints of India, Volume 19: Radhasoami)
"The personal and private instruction in the art of this spiritual practice should be received from a Satguru (an accomplished spiritual Master). Once the technique has been learned, one should practice it regularly and daily according to the instructions given by the Master." (Maharshi Mehi, Philosophy of Liberation)
"When the Surat-disciple meets the Shabd-guru, the path will be traversed." (Param Sant Tulsi Sahib)
Rumi: "When the Master discloses the Mysteries of the human microcosm, your soul and mind will rush in rapture towards the high heavens."
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
-- The Upanishads
Sant Mat is not a Metaphysical or New Age "Science" but a Bhakti Path - Love and Devotion for the Supreme Being
"In Sant Mat [the Teachings of the Saints], great importance has been attached to Bhakti; it is the sine qua non of Sant Mat. If there are all other attributes but no Bhakti, then there is nothing." (Maharaj Saheb)
"He who carefully considers Reality, and keeps it in his heart, will enjoy eternal bliss, and gain freedom from all sorrows." (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
"All Sants, and Soami Ji Maharaj in particular, have, in their Bani [hymns], laid great stress upon engendering love. The idea is that the task can be accomplished quickly and easily with the help of love. Mere renunciation cannot afford so much advantage, nor can mere comprehension of the Faith confer such a benefit. All activities in the world are going on because of love and desire. If one does not have any feeling of love or he has no interest in a matter, he can do nothing. For the real spiritual welfare of their soul, it therefore behoves all Jivas [souls] to develop true love for the true Supreme Being."
-- Huzur Maharaj
The surat regularly engages in spiritual practices with patience and calm.
Cherishing love and yearning within, she comes to the Guru's Abode.
On hearing Guru's instructions, she feels extremely delighted and daily augments her love for Him.
Understanding the inner secrets from Guru, she applies her Surat to Shabd.
By performing Simran [repeating God's Name], she undergoes internal purification. In Dhyan, she has Darshan [Vision] of Guru's form.
Illumination within goes on increasing day by day and Shabd [inner Sound] creates greater and greater tumult.
She regularly makes spiritual endeavours with patience and calm. She awakens love within her with yearning at heart.
She hears the Ringing of the Bell, the blowing of the Conch, the beating of the Drum, the tuneful music of the Violin and the melodious note of the Flute.
Hearing the Sound of the Bin (Harp), she gets intoxicated and reaches the Abode of Sat Purush.
Relying upon the grace and mercy of Radhasoami, she proceeds further and repairs to her True Home.
-- Huzur Maharaj, Prem Bani Radhasoami, Volume Two
Simran - Manas Jap - the Bhakti Practice of the Remembrance of God
Kabir says: "Keep on doing your work. Keep on reciting God's name, and you will live pleasantly in the world."
Only the day spent
In repetition of the Lord's Name
Is reckoned fruitful
In the court of the Lord.
He who is absorbed in the Name,
The Lord is always with him
As his companion. (Guru Kabir)
Kabir: Recite God's Name!
Realize the Absolute!
Understand His indescribable glory!
God's grace showered on you
Will awaken you from the illusory world.
satyanam satyanam soham guru raam, satyanam satyanam soham guru ram -- The Eternal Name is God, and God is the Eternal Guru dwelling in me. (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
Experiencing, Seeing, Hearing, Knowing For One's Self
"You can't read your way to enlightenment." (Stephan Hoeller)
Knowledge is like a child of all books. Love is the mother of all books, for God is Love and the soul, being of the same essence as the Lord, is also Love. (Kirpal Singh)
"Whatever little is possible, do meditation everyday. But never ever give up or discontinue meditation. You will definitely meet with success." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
sukh pawai guru dhyan te, thir bhaya man mor; nirkho apa saban men, kewal nand kishor - Meditation on God rewards you with bliss and a tranquil mind. See yourself in all beings, and in all beings see only God. (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
prem jagawai viraha ko, viraha jagawai piv; piv jagawai jiv ko, vahi jiv vahi piv. Love bestirs the heart of the separated lover for God, and God responds by enlightening him. He then realizes that the soul and God are one. (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
Close Your Eyes And See
"Shut your eyes and change to and wake another way of seeing, which everyone has but few use." (Plotinus)
Sant Tulsi Sahib: "Behold the Cosmos within, through your astral eye. When that eye is opened, everything stands revealed."
Saint Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India: "My Master has given to me knowledge of the Self. Time and again my soul ascends to celestial regions. Traversing the regions within, I beheld the Brahmand [Cosmos]."
"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." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji)
"If one is whole, one will be filled with Light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness." (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas)
Cosmic Music That Will Take You Home
satya purush chowthe pad basa, santan ka wahan sada nivasa,
so ghar darsaya guru pure, bin baje tahan achraj ture--
God dwells in the Fourth State (Superconscious), and that is where the liberated Saints always dwell through meditation. The Perfect Guru has shown that Abode where, without musical instruments, the miraculous Divine Music (Anahad Nad) plays. (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
"When one begins to hear Shabd, one's mind is brought under control. By no other means will it come round." (Sar Bachan Poetry of Soami Ji Maharaj)
Pierce through the six chakras, and ascend
Listen to the Melody Divine arising there.
Through the Melody, the turbulent mind is
Realize that only thus is thy practice made
-- Sant Namdev (from the Shri Namdev Gatha)
"So, physics are nothing but the laws of harmonies on a string. Chemistry is nothing but the melodies you can play on vibrating strings. And the mind of God, the mind of God that Einstein worked on for the last 30 years of his life, the mind of God would be cosmic music. Cosmic music resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace." - Michio Kaku
"There is not a cubic millimeter of space in existence which is not filled with this Music. Sweeter and sweeter its heavenly strains vibrate through every living being, great or small, from world to world, and from universe to universe. Its life-giving melodies may not be consciously heard by those who are not trained to catch them, but there is not one living being in all creation which does not derive its life from this Current." (Julian P. Johnson)
"It is the highest duty of every individual to acquire experiential Knowledge of this Shabd, and to investigate or explore the Origin or Source from where this Shabd flows out". (Baba Devi Sahab)
"Communion of the spirit with Shabd or Sound consists in (1) listening to the Shabd, (2) being drawn up into the Shabd Current and (3) visiting the higher region from where that particular Shabd comes. These are the three phases of one and the same phenomenon. If one listens to the real Shabd, one is necessarily drawn up into the Shabd Current and towards the higher region from where the Shabd comes." (Maharaj Saheb)
Anurag Sagar of Sant Dharamdas: "As long as the soul remains in the body, practice the Path of Shabda [meditation on the Sound Current]."
"You should listen attentively to the reverberating Divine Sound. The celestial Sound is coming to take you back to the Source." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
age Alakh Purush darbara, dekha jaye surat se nyara,
tis par Agam Lok ek nyara, sant surati koi karat vichara --
As you advance, there is the Invisible God's royal court that can be seen in unique meditation. There is the unfathomable and marvelous Abode that Saints in meditation can contemplate. (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
"Ascending beyond or transcending myriads of sounds, try to identify and tune in to the Quintessential Unstruck Melody, called "Saar Shabd" or "Anaahat Naad" which alone is capable of taking you and merging you into oneness with the Supreme Lord; this is the ultimate deliverance, emancipation or liberation." (Couplet of Swami Sant Sevi Ji)
God - Anadi Anami Purush, is Beyond Light and Sound
"The Yoga of Sound must be practiced in order to attain the Nameless State (God, Anami, Anadi Purush)." (Maharshi Mehi, Philosophy of Liberation)
tahan se darse atal atiri, adbhut Satguru mahal sawara, surat hui Sat karman gami, Purush Anami jai samani -- From there you will see the Immovable Palace, where the immortal Satguru dwells. When your karmas and meditation harmonize, then you will merge with the Nameless God. (Kabir and Dharamdas/Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
Youtube Video: In the Beginning Was the Sound - Creative Kabir Animation in Nepali: