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.
"I am a bubble of Super-most consciousness. That is what my realization is. This is what I have gained. Now what I feel is that there is One, Infinite, Super-most Element. From IT, when it moves, Sound and Light come out and from that Light and Sound this creation takes place. Cosmic rays and many other types of rays come out of this Light and Sound and all this gross matter is made. So it is the Will of that Supreme Power. Everything is oozing out of IT and is merging back in IT." (Baba Faqir Chand)
The Message of J.L. Chaudhari of the Radhasoami Faith
"The real message of man’s life is 'Be Man'. The question is how to follow this principle and what should we do to adopt this principle and formula for finding a way to God which is nothing but salvation.
"The only way is to surrender oneself in the Lotus feet of Spiritual Master. After this surrender the disciple and Master become one because a true surrender makes a man free from the bondage of senses, dilution, affection, etc, etc. So far we are under the control of worldly desires the surrender is not possible. So the first step is to be free from worldly desires. But that does not mean that the needs for worldly living should not be fulfilled. In fact needs should be fulfilled and not the desires. If we have taken birth as a human being some food (energy) is necessary for the body to work, but it is not necessary that we always aspire for multi-course meals. It is necessary to put on some cloths to cover the body but not necessary that silk linen is put on. It is necessary that there is a shelter for living but not necessary that a marble fitted house is with us.
"As a human being we have to survive in this world without caring for ourselves much, without looking to the ills of others, rather looking towards ills of ourselves, purifying ourselves first, and then do something for the purification of others. This is the living of a 'lotus' in a pond and that is why the Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, wisdom and intellect, sits on the Lotus. The Lotus flower blossoms in muddy pond, but anyone looking at the flower exclaims, “Wow! How beautiful the flower is!” The whole world is a muddy pond and we have to survive in the midst of mud like a lotus flower which does not care for mud, but it blossoms for the pleasure and happiness of others. Every morning with the sunrise, the lotus blossoms. This is what we should also follow. The divine power and light emanated by the Spiritual Master makes us to blossom like the lotus flower provided we have full trust and faith in our spiritual Master.
"Sant Mat does not look at the race, the cast, the sect or any other identification for a person. Rather, it looks into the true sense of service, sacrifice, surrender, devotion, determination, trust, belief of person towards the Master and those who have these characteristics they may be belonging to any cast, race, country, direction or of any identification can join this Yoga, but for that a true spiritual Master is a must. I don’t know whether you have adopted some spiritual Master or your are under the shelter of someone as a spiritual Master. If so, please do surrender yourself to him or her for all what you desire to attain and achieve.
"The spiritual Master is not the body rather it is the Divine Light, the Divine Sound, and your own Wisdom, your own Conscious, and your own Perception which is Selfless and without any expectation from any one on this earth.
"Yours in Him, J.L. Chaudhari" (Assistant of Yogani Mataji, in the Lineage of Baba Faqir Chand and Shiv Brat Lal)
Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, James Bean Sant Mat Society of North America
ANOTHER Top Ten List of Recommended Spiritual Books
1) The Brahm Nirupan of Guru Kabir — A Journey to Enlightenment — The Ultimate Reality [in the Kabir Section of the E-Library];
2) Excerpts from Shabdavali (Hymns) and the Ghat Ramayana of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];
3) Philosophy Of Liberation (Salvation, Moksha-Darshan): A Manuel of Sant Mat Mysticism, by Maharishi Mehi Paramhans — The Goals and Practices of the Sant Tradition of India [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];
4) ALL the Writings of Soamiji Maharaj, Sant Radhasoami Sahib (Sar Bachan Poetry & Prose, Letters, Commentary on the Jap Ji, The Last Words) [RADHASOAMI Section];
5) Radhasoami Mat Prakash, by Huzur Maharaj (the very first Sant Mat book that appeared in the English language near the beginning of the 20th Century — ALL the writings of Huzur Maharaj really, such as Prem Patra, volumes I-VI, represent a great “bible” or “encyclopedia” of Sant Mat. Also see, Prem Bani, volumes I-IV.) [RADHASOAMI Section];
6) A Spiritual Seekers Guide: Dayalpuri Radhasoami Prem Prabhakar Magazine, English Section, and Satsang Discourses (fabulous spiritual discourses liberated from a website that went dark — glad to have made copies and rescued these) [RADHASOAMI Section];
7) The Way Out Is IN (An Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation), by Swami Ram Bihari Lal, successor of Sant Gharib Das, famous disciple of Soamiji Maharaj/Sant Radhasoami Sahib [RADHASOAMI Section];
8) Baba Devi Sahab, Disciple of Sant Tulsi Sahib and also Friend of the Radhasoami Faith (he was close friends with Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram): Essential Teachings in English [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];
9) Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy, English Edition) — Exploring Inner Light and Sound Meditation in the Great World Religions and the Sant Mat Tradition, by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];
10) The Inward Journey of the Soul: Chal Hansa Nij Desh, a new living master-book by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj [Maharshi Mehi/Tulsi Sahib Section];
About the Lost Letters, Papers, and Articles of Soamiji Maharaj
"One thing which Chachaji did and which will be always remembered was that one day, heaven knows what brainwave he had, he tied up into a bundle many letters of Soamiji Maharaj in His own handwriting, His other papers, as well as many articles of His use, and dropped the bundle into the well at Soami Bagh sanctified by Soamiji Maharaj. He then went to Lala Tote Ram and told him what he had done. Hearing him, Lala Tota Ram gave out a shriek and said, 'O Chachaji Saheb, what have you done?' Chachaji Saheb replied, 'Brother, I know the value of these things. There is no knowing in whose hands these precious things will fall and whether they will be preserved with due care. That is why I thought that I should rather drop them in the well sanctified by Soamiji Maharaj Himself '. Said Lala Tota Ram, 'But we are here who can realize their worth. You could give them over to us.' Be that as it may, Chachaji Saheb, too, very much repented his action afterwards, but what could be done? Done is done and cannot be undone. It is a matter of some satisfaction, however, that the well into which the mouthwash of Soamiji Maharaj and the water sanctified by Him had been poured, also turned out to be the repository of many of His articles of use.
"Lala Tota Ram requested Chachaji Saheb to give him any letters or papers in the handwriting of Soamiji Maharaj or any articles of His use which Chachaji Saheb might still I have in his possession, so that they could be preserved in Satsang as relics. Chachaji Saheb's reply was that he had no such thing with him anymore. But he promised to make a search, and if he could find anything he would give it to Lala Tota Ram. Four to six months thereafter, Chachaji Saheb brought a letter written by Soamiji Maharaj to Rai Bindraban Saheb and gave it over to Lala Tota Ram saying, 'Take this. I could trace it to your luck.' A facsimile of this letter has been given on page 12." (Bhaktmal of the Radhasoami Faith, by S.D. Maheshwari, pages 25 and 26 -- NOTE: "Bhaktmal" means: biographical accounts of Bhaktas or devotees)
Chachaji Saheb (Lala Seth Pratap Singh)
Letter From Soamiji Maharaj to His Younger Brother Bindraban Saheb
"My most beloved, blessed and eminent brother Lala Bindraban, may you always prosper.
"After blessings for enhancement of your wealth and rank, which is the genuine wish of my heart, I should like you to know that by the grace of Sat Guru Saheb all is well here, for which we should be grateful to the Almighty. I believe that, since the time you left this place for Ajmer, you have been attending to your official work with care and honesty and that you are leading and guiding others also along the path of honesty and righteousness. Following as a regular rule of conduct, the advice which I have been giving you, of discharging your duties faithfully and honestly, you should, at the same time, remain engaged in your devotion to the Guru, and but for attending to those two duties, namely, first your official work, which provides the means of your livelihood, and secondly, devotion to the Supreme Being, who bestows the precious gift of eternal life, you should, on no account, attend to anything else. Such course of action will lead to your advancement and progress in both the worlds. You should not feel disheartened during the periods of worries and difficulties. Keep on reading the holy books, which you have with you, and do not, even for a moment, forget the two instructions given above. I, too, am busy with official work. Your first letter should contain a description of that place and of the journey. I shall then write to you whatever would seem appropriate at that time. Under all circumstances, keep yourself engaged in the devotion to the Guru. Do not think of doing anything but good to your friend and foe alike. You should attune your mind to the will of the Supreme Creator. Whatever He wills shall come to pass. Under all conditions keep cheerful and smiling and, when necessary, read my letter with attention, so that it may afford you the necessary peace of mind, when you are faced with any difficulty. Keep your spirits high in whatever you do. With blessings.
"Please convey my respects to revered Lala Nandi Shankar. I have the same message for him. He should also keep his mind engaged in devotion to the Almighty alone and should not get himself entangled in unnecessary worldly affairs. To say anything more to him would be like teaching medicine to Luqman. I close with blessings. All is well at the residence of that gentleman.
"Please accept Satnam from Shiva Narain, clerk of the office, and respects from Babu Ram Dhan, writer."
(Bhaktmal of the Radhasoami Faith, by S.D. Maheshwari, pages 13 and 14, English translation of the facsimile of the letter found on page 12)
The Complete Writings of Soami Ji Maharaj Online:
The Hidayatnama (Esoteric Instructions in the Sar Bachan Poetry) of Swami Ji Maharaj,
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Part One,
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Part Two,
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose,
Soami Ji Maharaj's Letters to Huzur Maharaj,
Swami Ji's Commentary (Elucidation) on the Jap Ji of Guru Nanak, and,
My Endorsement and Review of the Book, The Inward Journey of the Soul, by Swami Vyasanand
E-Book in English: The Inward Journey of the Soul: Chal Hansa Nij Desh, by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, translated into English by Professor Veena Howard, Amazon Kindle e-book (and available on many devices via the Kindle APP), See Amazon and Amazon India.
Hard Copies of the Book: English and Hindi Editions: The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chala Hansa Nij Desh):
Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh: O, Swan-Soul Return to Your Abode), Kindle e-book (and via Kindle APP) translated into English by Professor Veena Howard:
In his book, The Inward Journey of the Soul, Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj provides a superbly detailed account of the various essential elements for success in the inward path to union with the Divine Reality (Supreme Being, Paramatman). The components of the inward spiritual path have been elaborated by learned and accomplished Sants of the Santmat tradition, including Maharshi Mehi Parmahans Ji Maharaj and Maharshi Santsevi Maharaj.
It is an impressive book providing much needed depth and detail about Sant Mat principals as well as meditation practice. It makes a huge contribution to understanding this Path more clearly, which is especially necessary for Westerners interested in the Sant tradition, not being fluent in Hindi, to fill in the lacuna or blanks in our understanding.
As with the earlier publications, Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy), by Beloved Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj, and Philosophy Of Liberation (Moksha Darshan), by Sant Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, with this new book, The Inward Journey of the Soul by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, I am learning new things about the teachings of the Sants of India, and am grateful to be able to access this advanced wisdom! It is indeed an impressive book providing much needed depth and detail about Sant Mat principles as well as meditation practice. It makes a huge contribution to understanding this Path more clearly, which is especially necessary for Westerners interested in the Sant tradition, not being fluent in Hindi, to fill in the lacuna or blanks in our understanding. As with the NASA space probes encountering distant worlds -- planets and moons, transforming fuzzy objects into clear view, revealing surface features with sharp resolution, as a result of encountering this book -- may spiritual seekers and satsangis around the world come away with a much clearer understanding of the teachings of the Masters.
Jai Guru, James Bean Sant Mat Society of North America