Saturday, March 01, 2014
The Inward Journey -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Digest/Document of Spiritual Quotes and Sant Mat Satsang Discourses
The Inward Journey -- Light and Sound on the Path -- Digest/Document of Spiritual Quotes and Sant Mat Satsang Discourses
Krishna -- Gita: The Power Between the Eye-brows -- Third Eye -- The Seat of the Soul
"He who remembers the Poet, the Creator, who rules all things from all time, smaller than the smallest atom, but upholding this vast universe, who shines like the sun beyond darkness, far far beyond human thought; and at the time of his departure is in union of love and the power of Yoga and, with a mind that wanders not, keeps the power of his life between his eye-brows, he goes to that Spirit Supreme, the Supreme Spirit of Light.
"Hear now of that Path which the seers of the Veda call the Eternal, and which is reached by those who, in peace from earthly passions, live a life of holiness and strive for perfection.
"If when a man leaves his earthly body he is in the silence of Yoga and, closing the doors of the soul, he keeps the mind in his heart, and places in the head the breath of life, and remembering me he utters OM, the eternal WORD of Brahman, he goes to the Path Supreme." (Gita)
The Seat of the Soul, Third Eye Center: "The soul is pure and therefore, by nature, still. Due to stillness, the soul is eternal. Lord Krishna advises that the mind should be connected to the soul. Self-realization is the objective and the goal of all human life. But where can we obtain this goal? The answer is within one's heart. By 'heart' is not meant the physical heart, but rather the heart of the inner Self. This is called by the Sants 'the yoga-heart' (innermost Self). It is in this space in which the mind is linked to the soul. The Sants have described this place with many names such as: 'the sky portal', the 'tenth gate', the 'point', 'window', 'the lotus flower', 'Sushumna', 'Ajna Chakra', 'third eye', 'center of the eyebrows', 'bindu', etc..." -- Swami Vyasanand, NEW BOOK: The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hamsa Nij Desh: O, Swan-Soul Return to Your Abode)
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Mystic Verses of Kabir, and Commentary
Kabir: "As the night-bird Chakor gazes all night at the moon:
so Thou art my Lord and I am Thy servant.
From the beginning until the ending of time,
there is love between Thee and me;
and how shall such love be extinguished?
Kabir says: 'As the river enters into the ocean,
so my heart touches Thee.'"
Commentary by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj: We are human beings and the Supreme Being is always with us. However, we are unable to love the Supreme Being as the Chakor bird loves the moon. We try to focus our gaze at the Divine form of the deity in our inner heart, but our mind gets distracted and we begin to see other scenes created by our thoughts. We get preoccupied with unimportant distractions. Our mind gets diverted by the slightest sounds outside and by minor diversions. Ironically, the bird cannot live without the moon. Nevertheless, we, without any care for the vision of the Divine Being, consider ourselves happy without the experience of the Supreme.
The moon does not love the bird but the bird loves the moon. However, the Supreme Being has been loving us since our beginning and never forgets us, though we have entirely forgotten the Divine. The bird is ready to sacrifice its life for the moon but we cannot even sacrifice even insignificant pleasures for the Divine. The bird becomes impatient when the moon disappears behind the cloud and cries in separation. Yet, we are not concerned that the Divine has been hiding under the material layers of our body and mind and we never become restive or yearn for Him. Instead, we fill our stomach and go to sleep. Through this example it becomes clear that we are conceited devotees and worse than this bird. Sant Sundar says: "Focus in the inner sky of heart just as the Chakor bird keeps intense attention on the moon."
According to Sant Tulsi Das Ji Maharaj: "Just as Chakor is delighted to see the moon, similarly, the devotees become joyful by seeing God."
The Chakor bird is far away from the moon. The moon does not love the bird back, but the Chakor is in love with the moon and stares at the moon. Sants compare the intense and unrequited love of the Chakor bird with the love of a devoted practitioner. Sant Paltu Sahab describes the plight of the practitioner as follows:
"The method of inner seeing is understood through allegories. Just as a Chakor bird, according to myths, stares at the moon without blinking, in the same way a practitioner with full and single-minded concentration must focus within. Just as the bird does not remove her eyes from the moon and turns her head to stare at the moon as it moves across the sky -- even when the moon sets she continues to look for the absent moon. Just as when the bumble bee gets trapped overnight in the lotus when sun sets and the lotus flower closes its petals -- in its love for the lotus, it does not leave the lotus and dies as a result. Just as an insect is attracted to the flame and surrenders its life to it, so a practitioner should focus on a single point in mediation. Just as a thief loves to take the money of others, in the same way a practitioner through intense focus should try to attain that secret treasure within. In essence, just as the bird loves the moon, the bumble bee loves the lotus flower, as the insect loves the flame and the thief loves others' money, in the same way through drishti yoga (yoga of focused gaze with intense concentration) the mediation practitioner should seek to attain the divine light within through intense love for the Supreme Being."
-- Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul, Sant Mat Books
The Meaning of the Word 'SANT'
Inner Peace: "OM Santih, Santih, Santih" ('Peace, Peace, Peace, in the Divine Sound'). Shanti/Santih/Santi/Sant: Shanti is a Sanskrit word with several English meanings: peace, tranquility, bliss, etc.... The peace which results from some degree of Divine communion is Shanti. The Embodiment of Peace is a Sant: "He who has attained Shanti is a Sant (Saint)." -- Maharshi Mehi
The term "Sant" is derived from the Sanskrit 'Sat' (Eternal Truth, Reality, God). Thus the "one who knows the Truth," and who has experienced Ultimate Reality. Even though the word Sant does not cognate with "Saint" it is often translated in English "Saint." In this book [Harmony Of All Religions], for the sake of convenience, we use the words 'Sant' and 'Saint' interchangeably. A Saint in the Sant Mat tradition is one who experiences the mystical State; it is a title conferred because of yogic achievements. This is different from the way this word is commonly understood in Western traditions, where a saint is considered to be morally correct and is only canonized as a saint after death on the basis of some form of miracle that he/she had performed during their lifetimes. In the Sant Mat tradition, a Saint is a living person who leads a moral life and has achieved realization of the Divine. -- Footnote in the book, Harmony Of All Religions
"There is no end to the number of Sants who appeared in the yugas (epochs) of Sat, Treta, Dvapar, and Kali. I sing of the celebrated one I have encountered, and bow my head to all the others." (Jan Gopal, disciple of Sant Dadu Dayal)
"Obeisance to the Worthy souls. Obeisance to the Liberated souls. Obeisance to the Preceptors (Spiritual Guides). Obeisance to the Spiritual Teachers. Obeisance to all the Saints in the world." (Sant Mahavira)
Making Spiritual Progress During the Golden Opportunity of This Lifetime
"Spirituality is a very personal thing that you can only experience within yourself. And the path that I've found that works for me is a path called Sant Mat." (Steve Vai)
"Everything we do in life is virtually an expression of our desire, whether we know it or not, to become closer and basically you know, life is a series of experiences that we go through, to grow. And to become more evolved. That's the basic gist. But to get to what we are inside, really the only way to truly get there is through meditation, a prayer or whatever. Because the mind is... you asked so I'm telling you, I usually don't talk about my spiritual path. But you know, the mind is always running about. It's never satiated. It always wants more. In meditation, the object is to still the mind. And to focus, focus on right here, you know, that's the seat of the soul. So you try to bring your consciousness, your focus you know, to a fine focus." (Steve Vai)
"You go within. That whole concept is very appealing to me, cause I'm a seeker after spiritual truth. And the particular doctrines within the Sant Mat path resonate within me... vegetarianism, meditation, living a clean moral life. So that's what I, you know... and I'm not perfect and I'm not an authority either. On spirituality. Some people approach me as such, I'm really not. I'm a beggar when it comes to thirst after spiritual truth." (Steve Vai)
"You think of yourself
as a citizen of the universe.
You think you belong
to this world of dust and matter.
Out of this dust
you have created a personal image,
and have forgotten
about the essence of your true origin."
"You faltered through a million lives before you found this human form. Do not waste it this time -- devote every moment to remembering God." (Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry)
Metanoia (n.): "the journey of changing one's mind, heart, self, or way of life" (meh-tah-NOY-ah).
"Some argue that nothing goes with the soul after death, but this is not correct. The teachings of Sants and scriptures indicate otherwise. If our past life karmas were not a determinant of our present condition, then, all people would be exactly the same -- with identical tendencies and aptitudes. The soul carries with it the results of good and bad actions, and this can be attested by the fact of the existence of a diverse population with varied capacities in the world." (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
"Today’s karmas become the fate of tomorrow. According to our last life actions, our mental tendencies are formed in this life. Because of our pure actions we will have the desire to seek the association of Sants and to meditate." (Swami Vyasnanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
"Different people are interested in various kinds of religious practices such as pilgrimages, satsang (association of Saints, wisdom of the wise, and the reading of scripture's), meditation, chanting, etc. This difference in interest is because of good samskaras (imprints/impressions left on the mind due to one’s actions) in previous lives. Lord Krishna says: 'The practice of austerity and good deeds for many lifetimes purifies the mind, then the mind naturally is drawn to the practice of concentration in meditation.'" (Swami Vyasanand)
"Even a day's break in one's meditation practice lessens the accumulated benefits, as the everyday impressions which gather in the chitta, (memory) make it more difficult to go into the beyond. An irregular sadhaka (practitioner of meditation) either sleeps in meditation or is lost in his samskaras (impressions in the mind). A regular sadhaka is able to overcome sleep and dream states, and have experiences on the subtle planes." (Glimpses Into Sant Mat Ashram Life, Rishikesh, Sanctuary of Sadhus, Sages and the Occasional Enlightened Master)
"With Swami Ji there is no such thing as idle chatter; he talks of the impermanence of the body and the purpose of life -- attaining spiritual enlightenment to avoid samsara (endless rebirth). He reminds me that when I die nothing will go with me; I will have to leave everything behind, except the accumulated spiritual wealth of my personal sadhana [meditation practice]." (Glimpses Into Sant Mat Ashram Life, Rishikesh, Sanctuary of Sadhus, Sages and the Occasional Enlightened Master)
The Audible Life Stream/Sound Current: "A soul that attaches to this Sound is able to merge in the Ocean of incomprehensible bliss of the Supreme Being. After uniting with the Supreme Being the soul attains moksha or liberation. This marks the cessation of the wandering of the soul in the cycle of rebirth and death." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
Ethics, Ahimsa, Non-violence, Being Peaceful, Vegetarianism/Veganism
"Be gentle of disposition and kind of heart, and seek spirituality (parmarth)." (Swami Ji Maharaj)
"The heart where kindness dwells, has mindfulness of God. That heart is full of fragrance of flowers." (Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar)
"One who has faith, devotion, compassion, and other noble qualities is said to be a devotee." (Commentary from the Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)
"By doing nothing more than simply living as a vegan -- which means to eliminate one’s support for all products and practices that exploit animals -- people can greatly lessen their ecological footprint, take their health into their own hands, play a part in eliminating world hunger, and experience the peace of mind that comes from making such a powerful personal contribution toward the beginning of peace on earth." (from, The Vegan Evolution, by Angel Flinn)
"The single most effective thing we as an individual can do to save the planet is eat an organic vegan diet. It can stop 80% of global warming, end world hunger, drastically reduce pollution, end deforestation, conserve water & energy and make ailments such as cancer and heart disease a rarity rather than a common occurrence." (from the Vegetarian House website)
"The Yoga of Sound is not mere child's play. A person who does not follow the prescribed yogic principles of Yama and Niyama (observance of ethical disciplines, including abstaining from lying, stealing, harming others, and adultery) cannot successfully practice the Yoga of Sound. Numerous gross sounds vibrate in this material body, and it would not be accurate to describe listening to these material sounds as the Yoga of Sound. Moreover, considering these precepts as unnecessary to attain spiritual freedom only displays ignorance with regard to the practice of meditation. The belief that an individual is able to practice this path without the prescribed yogic disciplines is contrary to the teachings of Sants and is unfit. The meaning of the lack of prescribed disciplines is this: A life devoid of observance of ethical disciplines including, truth, non-violence, non-stealing, sense-control, contentment, purity, self-study, etc. In other words, the one who speaks untruth, who is violent in mind, speech, or actions, who steals, who engages in sexual misconduct, who hordes money -- who is obsessed with making money, who is unclean, who is unwilling to endure hardships while performing sadhana, who does not follow the teachings of the sacred texts, and who does not yoke their mind with God, is lacking and would not able to progress in the inner path of meditation." (Sant Maharshi Mehi)
Darkness Before Light: Where the Inner Darkness Comes From! "We are in the grip of sensory desires because of our earlier karmas. Our past impure actions* have taken the form of the sheath of darkness (that is seen when we close our eyes in meditation) and ignorance, and have obstructed the Divine light and knowledge of the truth." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
"There are two basic kinds of scenes visible within the inner world. One is darkness and the other is light. Initially, when a practitioner closes their eyes, the darkness is seen within. Then, after some time of diligent meditation practice, the light emerges... the practitioner is able to concentrate their gaze upon the inner light." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
*Note: That's why serious spiritual paths that advocate Inner Seeing -- Inner Light and Sound Meditation -- are vegetarian or vegan and follow other karma-reducing ahimsa principals of non-violence. We progress from illusion to truth, from time (kal) to timelessness (akal), from violence to peace, from darkness to light, from light to sound, and from sound to Soundlessness (Anadi Purush, Anami-Radhasoami, the Lord of the Soul, Supreme Soul, Most High God).
Bhakti: Love and Devotion
Compassionate Radhasoami* was pleased to declare that whenever anyone is initiated into the Path of Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabda Marg), their contact is immediately established with Sat Purusha Radhasoami [the Lord of the Soul]. Hence, Sat Purusha, the Merciful Radhasoami will continue to shower Grace upon everyone who will sincerely perform the meditation practice to some extent with feelings of love [Bhakti] and will not indulge in the evil tendencies of their mind as far as possible, i.e. He will gradually make the mind and spirit of the devotee ascend higher and higher internally, and will protect them from the obstacles put up by Maya (Illusion) and Kal (god of time, universal mind)." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Bahadur Salig Ram Sahib, Radhasoami Mat Updesh)
*Note: Pronounced "Raa-dhaa-Swam-i (eee)"
"Love is that meditation or method that makes the impossible possible. That which is harsh becomes gentle; the enemy becomes friend; the weak become strong; the concealed becomes revealed. Even though it is said that it takes many lifetimes to realize the Divine, if a devotee performs sadhana [meditation practice] with true, unwavering devotion, then the Divine Will manifest at that moment." (Swami Vyasanand)
"The Supreme Being, being a boundless Ocean of Spirit or Love; and, the human being, being a drop or current of spirit or love from this ocean; and, love being the very essence and means of existence of the whole creation, it follows that no effort in any direction, temporal or spiritual, unless actuated by love or affectionate regard, can be crowned with success, and, the work or labour rendered easy, sweet and harmonious. Love is most sublime, having its origin in the highest region, the abode of the Supreme Being. In whatever heart it sprang up, it will gradually raise and carry the fortunate possessor of this lofty and noble passion to the highest region." (Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat Prakash)
Meditation Practice -- Sadhana: Name, Form, Inner Light, Inner Sound, and, Nirguna Bhakti: Love for the Formless God -- Ocean of Love
"The mind is inconceivably more subtle and faster than even the speed of light. Physicists have told us that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. We can see light, but one does not see the mind due to the subtle nature of mind. This is something to ponder: How fast can the mind travel when it is collected and concentrated instead of being spread and dispersed in the external world? Now consider that consciousness is even more subtle than the mind and permeates it just as radio waves travel through physical objects. When collected, consciousness has the unimaginable speed. This is how (with the immense energy) the soul is capable of reaching God." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
"Among the seven essential steps for successful farming, the fifth is complete dedication to the task. Similarly, for the inner journey to attain the Divine, the fifth step is whole-hearted devotion (Bhakti) and commitment to the practice. Just as a farmer who works wholeheartedly receives the benefit in the form of a successful crop, in the same way, a practitioner who devotes himself to the spiritual path is more likely to achieve success according to the amount of devotion and effort. If a farmer does not make a full commitment to his work, then his effort does not yield adequate results. Similarly, a seeker who does not approach this path with devotion would not achieve adequate success despite investing time in the practice of meditation. Sant Kabir says: 'Without devotion one cannot reach the abode of the Satguru (Divine), which is difficult to attain.'" (Swami Vyasanand)
"Just as high quality seed is the second requirement of success in agriculture, similarly, acquiring a mantra from an accomplished teacher [genuine living spiritual master] is an important component to prepare the practitioner for progress on the spiritual path." (Swami Vyasanand)
The Beginning Stages of Meditation Practice: "The Saints have prescribed the support of a (sacred) name and (sacred) form in order to break away from the snares of name and form. Just as we need iron to cut iron, and use poison as an antidote to alleviate the effects of poison, in the same way the practices of coming close to God by using a sacred name and form taught by the guru can liberate the student from the bonds of the net of all names and forms. The mantra given by the guru is imbued with the holy radiance of the guru. The Divine form for meditation prescribed by the guru is permeated by the guru’s conscious energy. Then the syllables become the powerful mantra, and the physical form becomes a conscious wish-fulfilling Divine form for the practitioner." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
Why We Repeat Sacred Names Mentally During Meditation Practice Instead of Out Loud: "Sants state upanshu (murmuring) japa has ten times qualitatively more focusing power than Vacaka (loud) japa. Svasa japa (breath recitation) yields a hundred times more concentration than upanshu. Manas (mental) japa on the other hand creates one thousand times more concentration than svasa japa. Mental japa is on the same platform as meditation. Therefore, efficiency of mantra is determined by the intensity of concentration.
"Manas Japa [Simran, Zikhr]: This involves repetition of the mantra internally and mentally. In this method neither the tongue nor lips move. The breath is not used, nor rosary or any other means of counting. Only through the mind is the mantra recited. This japa or repetition is the essence of other mantra techniques. It is a form of meditation." (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
Meditation at the Third Eye Center: "...the great Sage Maharishi Mehi compared the ascending of consciousness to a fish swimming upstream. The mind must go inward, which is the reverse of its usual and easy outward path. Just as the fish struggles against the current, so an equal effort must be made to go against the current of the mind. By going inward against the current of the mind, one experiences the divine joy." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
"Look within yourself with the inner eye. The whole expanse inside is replete with the refulgence of the Divine Light." (Sant Dadu Dayal)
"Within thine own Self, behold the splendor of thy Beloved." (Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
"And through the Light bindu-point (the tenth gate, third eye) the practitioner enters into the realm of Light. In that state the practitioner begins to experience awe-inspiring Lights of varying forms... Sometimes the practitioner may experience Light similar to that of a streaming ray of the sun reflecting colorful floating particles; or he may experience the radiance of a precious jewel. Or we may experience the Light similar to that of nine kinds of glowing gems... We may see the North Star rising in the morning, or the Light from a cluster of stars, which is called 'the star mandala'. We may see the Light of the five elements, or the Light of moonlight..." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
"A devotee who controls the mind and practices hearing the Divine Melody, reaches the difficult-to-obtain state of union of the right and left nerve currents in the central channel in meditation. This central is called the Sushumna in Yoga. These three meet at the third eye. In deep silence the devotee sees the intense Eternal Light of Reality." (Saying 30, Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)
Light in the Darkness: "When we close our eyes and do not see any objects, this does not mean that there exists nothing that can be seen. (In other words, the shapeless darkness is also an object.) Unfortunately, we cannot even see pure darkness because we are constantly thinking about the images of the world, and instead of seeing darkness we see the imaginary sights constructed by the mind. Without practicing the meditation of focusing in the darkness, it is not possible to see the subtle light that lies deep within. The experience of Divine light in the meditation brings joy, and the progress then becomes rapid. Consequently, one's faith and conviction becomes stronger. Goswami Tulsi Das says: 'This form of meditation of the Divine is easy and gives joy; who will not enjoy it.'" (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
In Meditation, Gaze Into the Middle of the Darkness, and the Light: "As discussed earlier, the center of our energy is the Divine Being. However, as our consciousness is bound in the physical body, its visionary center is considered to be the Ajna Chakra (tenth gate). As soon as the consciousness becomes focused on the bindu (point) in the center of the realm of darkness, it realizes that its source is beyond this center. Thus, consecutively transcending the centers of lower realms and ascending upward within, the consciousness goes beyond the world of material name and form and merges into the root center of the Supreme Being, the original source of all creation.
"When we gaze at a scene in the middle, our mind becomes focused and we only see the center of the scene, which is the source of the scene. This focal point can be likened to a seed. At the very center of the seed lies the invisible energy, which is the source of the visible tree. Even though the source of the tree lies in the seed, many are not able to understand the mystery. The implication of this analogy is that the cause of darkness lies in the light, the cause of the light lies in the sound, the cause of the sound lies in the subtle sounds, the cause of the subtle sounds lies in the Infinite Divine Reality. In other words, the primal seed, the cause of this whole world -- both seen and unseen -- is the Divine Being." (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
"Upon entering the light realm, the intense effort to focus as prescribed in dhristi sadhana has yielded its reward, and the effort of dhristi focus is now no longer necessary for continuing on the path to the Divine. The practitioner here experiences the joys of the light realm. There are many regions within the light realm, with each higher realm being exponentially larger than the previous. Also the bliss and joy of each successive realm increases greatly. In this realm of light the practitioner sees and converses with his guru and receives further instruction for advancing. The student sees many wonders within each realm, including seeing gods and goddesses and incredibly beautiful scenes of light or landscapes. These realms are still in the world of the senses and mind. However, here the senses experience intense beauty and delight. Suffering as experienced on earth is unknown. Pleasures and joy abound and are so alluring that the student would get trapped here were it not for his guru, who beckons and guides the student to higher and higher regions. Many yogis who arrive in these realms believe they have reached the final destination of bliss and joy. And because these realms are so alluring, they become trapped here. However, these yogis are mistaken and this is not the case. The truly most awesome and blissful regions are further above." (Swami Vyasanand)
The Celestial Sound
Mystics Often Report Hearing the Inner Sound: "I heard a noise like wind blowing in my ears and knew it for the Sound of the Holy Spirit which became like the voice of a dove. When the Lord spoke to me I lost all sense of time. I did not know if he was with me five or six hours or only one. It was so holy and full of grace that I felt as if I had been in heaven." (Margery Kempe, The Mirror of Love)
In the Nad Bindu Upanishad is written: "An infinite number of Sounds and millions of pranav bindus merge into the Sound of the creation. Here is the end of the multi-phonic Sounds. Here, only one essential Divine Sound remains." Sant Kabir says: "This One Celestial Sound reverberates day and night. It is beyond all description. And my heart becomes joyful listening to this Sound."
Here the otherness of the soul and the Supreme Soul ends. Here nothing else exists apart from the pure essence, the soul. Therefore, this Fifth Realm [Sat Lok] is called Kevalya Mandala or the Realm of "Oneness" or "Unity."
The Sound of its center takes the consciousness to the Realm that is beyond consciousness (chetana). This place is known as the meeting place of Supra Causal (mahakarana) and Kevalya or the fifth center.. The Sound that is grasped here has been called by various names such as Ram Nam, Visnu Nam, Nirguna Nam, Om, Udgitha, Sphota, Pranava, and is the essential Divine Sound of the Beginning. This Sound is very sweet and superior. Maharishi Mehi called it the extremely sweet Sound of creation. This Sound is sweeter, alluring, and more subtle and pervasive than any other Divine Sounds of the lower realms. This Sound wave bursts forth from the Supreme Reality for the creation of this universe. This Sound is the seed of the universe. Since this Sound pervades every atom of the universe it is called Ram Nam. This Sound has the power to attract the living beings of the entire universe and that is why it is called the Krishna Sound. It is called the Flute of the Divine because it attracts all being. This Sound illuminates the soul and is blissful, therefore, is called Sacchidananda (source of truth, knowledge, and bliss). This Sound is the sound of the Divine and is therefore called Pranvava. This Sound is imbued with the energy to to sustain and destroy the creation, and, therefore, is known as Om. This Sound preceded the creation of the universe, and, is therefore called the Sound of the beginning. This Sound aids the soul to realize its original form, and, is therefore known as the Sound of universal consciousness. This Sound emerges from the Divine and is known as the primal burst of creation or Origin. This Sound descended from the above as the Divine music, and, is therefore known as the Song from Above. This Sound brings well-being to all, and, is therefore known as the Shiva Sound. This Sound controls both material (apara) and nonmaterial (para) natures (prakriti), and, therefore is known as fierce Shakti or pure divine energy. A practitioner’s stream consciousness or a soul that attaches to this Sound is able to merge in the Ocean of Incomprehensible Bliss of the Supreme Being. After uniting with the Supreme Being, the soul attains moksha or liberation. This marks the cessation of the wandering of the soul in the cycle of rebirth and death. (Swami Vyasanand)
Inner Sound Meditation: "The meditation on the Sound is formless and transcends the Realm of name and form. Through this meditation the practitioner reaches the Supreme Being. Through this path the meditator goes beyond all obstacles and achieves the ultimate freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The practitioner becomes free from taking birth in this world. The practitioner whose consciousness grasps the Central Sound even once escapes the afflictions of time and death. This practice of meditation is the direct path as was stated by the Prophet Mohammad. By treading this path the practitioner reaches the untainted destination of Khuda or the Realm of the Supreme. This path of meditation is described by Jesus as the eye of the needle, and by going through it one attains the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the path leading to Nirvana as described in Jainism and Buddhism. This is the Unstruck Sound as described by Guru Nanak which is heard by closing the ears, eyes, and mouth. This meditation is the essence of all the different religions, all sacred texts and the core message of all Sants and Sages. This mediation takes the practitioner to the Ultimate Goal." (Swami Vyasanand Ji, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
Consciousness Merges with Inner Sound During Meditation: "Upon merging the mind with the Sound, there remains only the consciousness, free of the association with the mind. The consciousness free of the mind will be drawn to the Flow of Sounds, ultimately merging in Soundlessness or the Supreme Sovereign God." (Maharshi Mehi)
"Through inner meditation the jiva-atman (individual soul) begins its ascent toward the Soundless State [Anadi-Anami-Radhasoami Purush] where it will eventually merge with God. When the soul thus experiences oneness with God, it will attain ultimate peace and supreme joy. Sant Mat teaches a path to the attainment of this joy and peace. This is the significance of the Way of the Saints and the importance of Sant Mat." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
New Book of Kabir -- The Brahm Nirupan
My copy of the Brahm Nirupan of Kabir has arrived. It's published by the Kabir Association of Canada. Thank you Dr. Das. What a beautiful book! Always a good day when books come out from behind the veil of Hindi and become available to us English readers. There are many more volumes in Hindi of the Kabir Sagar, Ocean of Kabir, such as the Anurag Sagar. Always nice when another volume of it gets translated.
"Contemplating on the Sat Shabd [True, Eternal, Quintessential Divine Sound Current], even for half of a moment, confers much more spiritual merit than living in the holy city of Kashi for millions of years... Knowledge of the Sar Shabd (Essence of Reality) has such power that it can quickly destroy the karmas of the present life. This is indeed very desirable fruit of such knowledge that needs to be thoughtfully considered and understood. Knowledge of the essence of reality dawns within and gives enlightenment." (Brahm Nirupan)
If you like the Anurag Sagar (Kabir's Ocean of Love), you will also enjoy the Brahm Nirupan, a manual about meditation and mysticism in the tradition of Guru Kabir and Sant Dharam Das.
In the Brahm Nirupan Satguru Kabir explained the inner meaning of spiritual life to Dharam Das, his foremost disciple. It is a matchless text that discusses the essence of the Word or Sar Shabda.
The Brahm Nirupan of Kabir, A Journey to Enlightenment -- The Ultimate Reality, Translated by Dr. Jagessar Das of the Kabir Association (published by Xlibris (Also see Amazon).
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-1-4931-1257-9
ISBN (Softcover): 978-1-4931-1256-2
ISBN: (eBook): 978-1-4931-1258-6
'The Brahm Nirupan is one of the most important sacred texts of the Kabir Panth, a treasure-trove of wisdom about living an enlightened, ethical and spiritual way of life culminating with union with God. Thank you Dr. Das for making this priceless spiritual classic available in English for the edification of us devotees in the West seeking to learn as much as we can about the Path of Guru Kabir.' (James Bean, Spiritual Awakening Radio)
Spiritual Masters are from the Ocean of Love