Monday, December 30, 2019

Too Many Books Are Still Not Enough! by James Bean


Too Many Books Are Still Not Enough!
by James Bean




For a very long time I’ve been a collector, researcher and lover of books. These are for the most part translations of writings from other places and other times: Egypt and the Middle East, Near East, and further to the East, as in India. These can be described as sacred texts, rare spiritual classics, world scriptures, writings of mystics, saints, Sufis, and especially the Sant poet-mystics of India. I also continue to have a major interest in those “lost books of the Bible” or what’s known as “extra-canonical” or “apocryphal” texts — in other words, someone else’s scriptures — other Bibles from other branches of Judaism, Christianity, and various Gnostic movements of the ages.

I find it to be rather liberating actually to be able to explore the roots of a spiritual path or world religion, to take things right back to the very beginning, or before the beginning, opening one’s self up to significant and sometimes fairly radical discoveries, coming upon new or unanticipated insights or realizations about what is genuine, authentic, meaningful, and true. This approach of examining the foundations of spiritual movements, no longer bound by time, no longer tethered to one’s own particular cultural province or bias, in my case has caused me to change my religion on more than one occasion over the decades, and make other major course corrections along the way!

Access to the wisdom of great sages and mystics of the centuries has certainly provided me with inspiration I previously did not know existed and has kept me on the path, given me a clarity about spiritual practice (meditation) I otherwise would never have known. I am especially fond of the poet-mystics of the East.

And some of what I’ve researched or simply enjoyed reading before meditation time, or before falling asleep at night, gets bookmarked and often included as material for my Spiritual Awakening Radio podcasts, and sometimes in articles. As my spiritual teacher once said, “What’s the use of receiving this human form if we do not serve others in thought, word, and deed.”

I love sharing passages from the teachings of various spiritual masters, especially from rare books few have heard of or have access to in the West. This can be in the form of a reading during a podcast, or talk somewhere, or via social media. I even created a couple of spiritual e-libraries online, one at my Spiritual Awakening Radio website, and more recently, an expanded library at my Sant Mat Radhasoami blog. There are so many free online books these days one can link to. Whether one’s interest is in Dead Sea Scrolls, Books of Enoch, Gnostic and other Gospels of the early centuries AD, Syriac-Aramaic contemplative mystics, Mandaean scriptures, the Manichaeans, Jesus Sutras, those medieval Christian mystics of Europe, Sufi poetry, Sikh scriptures, the Path of the Masters — recent and lesser-known contemporary living Masters from rural India as well — we are blessed these days with so many e-libraries and uploaded books hosted at countless sites. At one’s fingertips and a couple of clicks away are so many wonderful collections of poetry and prose, beneficial pathways to wisdom.

I know a thousand “Rumi’s” the world is yearning to hear, to be soothed by the Voice of the Soul that speaks through them all. Hafiz, Shams of Tabriz, Sarmad, Kabir, Rabia, Mira Bai, Daya Bai, Sahjo Bai, Tukaram, Hazrat Sultan Bahu, Baba Farid, Guru Nanak, Dariya Sahib, Tulsi Sahib, Surdas, Namdev, Ravidas, Paltu, Sant Radhaswami Sahib, Maharshi Mehi, and many more besides, right up to the living present — countless are lovers of the Beloved. _/|\_

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Sant Mat Radhasoami E Books and E Library



Sant Mat Radhasoami E Books and E Library


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Monday, December 23, 2019

PODCAST: Receiving Inner Guidance in the Silence of Meditation



PODCAST: Receiving Inner Guidance in the Silence of Meditation




PODCAST (12-19-19): Receiving Inner Guidance in the Silence of Meditation -- Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:   
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Today, wisdom from the Masters or Mystics of the East and West on the power of silence to guide our every step, so each step brings us closer to our most noble goals, leading us into a life of love, peacefulness, an enlightened existence.  The art of listening in the silence of meditation provides us with countless opportunities to see clearly without the usual day-to-day distractions, perceiving the events of our life from a higher vantage point.

"I will come to you in the silence." (Acts of Thomas)

"Silence gives us a new way of looking at everything." (Mother Teresa)

"To be pure and still means to be open to purity and stillness -- as a result you can intuit the truth." (7th Century Da Qin Scripture of China -- The Jesus Sutras of the Church of the Light)

"Within each of us there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are." (Gunilla Norris)

"Bestow upon us a spirit of knowledge for the revelation of your Mysteries, to come to a knowledge of ourselves: where we have come from, where we are going, and what we should do in order to live." (Book of Allogenes, The Nag Hammadi Library)

Silence allows angels to whisper advice into our ears. It also makes it possible for the authentic self to rise to the surface, introducing a new divine power or grace into this dimension of reality. It imparts insight, and ultimately, wisdom borne out of the depths or womb of contemplative silence gives birth to the realization of the soul itself.

Most of the time we human beings are distracted surface-dwellers. We live from the levels of conscious mind and ego, with our attention hopelessly held captive by the turbulence and agitation of our day-to-day circumstances. If we can develop a daily meditation practice, learn to take a break and detach ourselves, allowing some space for the silence to speak to us, we will gain access to a higher wisdom. If we can pause and listen, taking time each day to meditate, this will provide opportunities for angels, the Inner Master-Power or the Great Invisible Spirit to communicate, to whisper into our inner ear.

"Learn to sit still and be mentally still, and the silence thus generated with be more vocal than words spoken and written; and you will have an instantaneous solution not only to your own personal problems but to the problems of others as well." (Kirpal Singh, The Way of the Saints)

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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: We're Already In Heaven But Don't Realize It



Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: We're Already In Heaven But Don't Realize It




PODCAST (12-5-19): We're Already In Heaven But Don't Realize It -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:          https://youtu.be/A8TBpWEmtRw                    

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One can say the journey is far, that much of the inward journey remains to be traversed...so many planes, so many levels, so many heavens to pass through on our way back to God. There is however, another way of seeing this, whether experienced in meditation or not. Heaven may seem far, and yet, the Reality is that it is near — close by — in our midst, within us, even now, in the living present. We are already connected to the Positive Power, the God Power as we repeat (do the simran) of God's Name, see the Inner Light, hear the Inner Sound. Here’s something to rest upon and be inspired by: Whether we know it or not in our experience, the soul is already in Sach Khand, has always been in Sach Khand. There’s no other place for the soul to be other than the soul level (Sat Lok, Sach Khand, the true, eternal, timeless dwelling-place of all souls). We are (the soul is) wearing several coverings: physical, also subtle bodies: astral, causal, mental, and etheric. We have to contend with the outer distractions of the five senses, and yet, our true identity remains what it always has been: soul or spirit. Sant Mat Meditation is about knowing this, experiencing this, shifting awareness from the outer world to the world of within. We are drops of soul consciousness from the Ocean of Love. We are already in heaven but don’t know it. And, as Rumi might say, this is “the Secret of Secrets”. A great Master by the name of Huzur Baba Sawan Singh was once asked, "How long does it take you to go to Sach Khand (the spiritual realm, Sat Lok)"? He closed his eyes for fifteen seconds, and then opened them again, saying, "just that long". This is the real Secret of secrets. Whether it takes fifteen seconds or perhaps longer, may you experience this for yourself in meditation.

"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus."  (Ephesians 2:6)

“The soul is a particle or wave (ansa) of the Supreme Being just as the ray (ansa) of the Sun is an emanation of the Sun.” (Huzur Maharaj, Prem Patra Radhasoami)

"The greatest mistake of a soul is non-recognition of its real Self, and it can only be rectified by recognizing itself. Know thyself; 
recognize thyself; be immersed in thyself -- you will attain the Divine."  
(Sant Mahavira of Jainism)

"You will become available to your true Self by doing inner meditation practice."  -- Swami Achyutanand Baba

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

PODCAST: Studies in the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry of Soami Ji Maharaj: Characteristics of a True Spiritual Master and a True Parmarthi: True Disciple, a Genuine Seeker of Spirituality




PODCAST: Studies in the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry of Soami Ji Maharaj: Characteristics of a True Spiritual Master and a True Parmarthi: True Disciple, a Genuine Seeker of Spirituality -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube: https://youtu.be/M5QJcHXSL-k


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Today's spiritual satsang discourse is based upon readings from the three most prominent disciples and spiritual successors of Soamiji Maharaj: Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur of Agra, Sant Garib Das of Delhi, and Baba Jaimal Singh in the Punjab. After this we explore Studies in the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One, by Soamiji Maharaj (In Three Translations): BACHAN 13, Shabd 3: Characteristics of a True Spiritual Master and a True Parmarthi: True Disciple, a Genuine Seeker of Spirituality.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

PODCAST: The Teachings of Yogani Mata Ji (Tripta Devi) of the Radhasoami Faith



PODCAST: The Teachings of Yogani Mata Ji (Tripta Devi) of the Radhasoami Faith




PODCAST: The Teachings of Yogani Mata Ji (Tripta Devi) of the Radhasoami Faith -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast @ Youtube: https://youtu.be/IACAV3q8OUw

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The guru-lineage of Yogani Mata Ji: Swami Ji Maharaj (Sant Radhaswami Sahab) of Agra to Huzur Maharaj (Rai Saligram) to Shiv Brat Lal to Baba Faqir Chand to Yogani Mata Ji.

"How can one sit so still, repeat only holy names and think of God constantly? 'By falling in love,' Mataji answered serenely. 'Because when one is truly in love nothing but the Beloved can enter one’s mind. So the secret of Surat Shabd Yoga and of mysticism,' she goaded, 'is not necessarily practice and more practice, but love. To be so devoted to one’s Lord that nothing can stand in the way-this and nothing else is the truth of Sant Mat,' Mataji stressed...

"Instead of seeing God in only one form, Mataji sees God in every form, even in someone as completely ignorant as myself.

"To Mataji, the beautiful saint of Manavta Mandir, there isn’t just one God and many sinful creatures, or a God of Light and a World of Darkness; rather there is only one God manifesting throughout a myriad of forms."

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Hadewijch of Antwerp -- Clothe Yourselves With Light



Hadewijch of Antwerp -- Clothe Yourselves With Light




"When you remove envy from you,
then you will clothe yourselves with Light
and enter the bridal chamber."
(Yeshua, Dialogue of the Savoir,
Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt)

"May your service of love be a beautiful thing; want nothing else, fear nothing else and let love be free to become what love truly is." (Hadewijch of Antwerp)

Hadewijch:

God be with you and give you
True knowledge of the methods of Love;
May he enable you to understand
What the Bride says in the Song of Songs:
I to my Beloved, and my Beloved to me!
If anyone allowed Love to conquer him,
He would then conquer Love completely.
I hope this will be your experience;

...Oh, may you fully grow up according to your dignity, to which you were called by God from all eternity! How can you endure it that God has fruition of you in his Essence, and you do not have fruition of him?

...The souls engulfed in God who are thus lost in him are illuminated on one side by the Light of Love, as the moon receives its light from the sun. The simple knowledge then received by them in this new Light, from which they come and in which they dwell -- this simple Light then catches their darker half, so that the two halves of the soul become one; and then there is full Light.

If you had demanded this Light to choose your Beloved, you would be free. For these souls are united and clothed with the same Light with which God clothes himself (Ps. 103:2).

... God is with you.

-- Hadewijch of Antwerp -- The Complete Works, Paulist Press, The Classics of Western Spirituality


About Hadewijch

Belonging to the early thirteenth century, Hadewijch brings us a spiritual message of extraordinary power. She was endowed in no less degree than St. Teresa of Avila with the gifts of visionary mysticism and literary genius. She felt herself strongly a woman, as can be seen from her choosing to join the women's movement of her day, that of the Beguines, who dedicated themselves to a life of true spirituality without taking the veil.

Hadewijch understood that she was called to communicate to others the profound knowledge of the things of God granted to her in her mystical life. She directed her apostolate to some younger Beguines, and early all her writings, both prose and poetry, were intended for them.

From the Spiritual Letters of Hadewijch

Loving God With His Own Love

God be with you! And may he teach you the true ways that belong to high Love.

For your part be vigilant and discerning in what you are doing, attentive to yourselves and your quest, and firm in your faith. Provided you seek in truth -- following not your emotional attraction but God's will -- you shall obtain everything for which, in his love, he has destined you.

You must also live in joyful hope and strong confidence that God will allow you to love him with that great love wherewith he loves himself, Three and One, and wherewith he has eternally sufficed to himself and shall so suffice eternally.

In contenting him with that love, all the denizens of heaven are and shall be eternally engaged. This is their occupation, which never comes to an end; and the incompletion of this blissful fruition is yet the sweetest fruition. According to this, men on earth must strive for it with humble hearts and realize that, as regards such great love, and such sublime love, and this never-contented Beloved, they are too small to content him with love. Oh, this never-completed work must stir every noble soul like a storm, causing it to cast aside all superfluity and all that is either unlike or less than that which can content Love.

If two things are to become one, nothing may be between them except the glue wherewith they are united together. That bond of glue is Love, whereby God and the blessed soul are united in one- ness. To this lofty surrender, holy Love at all times exhorts the noble, proud souls who are willing to understand it and cast away all things for the sake of Love, as he himself cast away all when he was sent by his Father, and when he finished the work Love had commanded him to do...

Serving With Wisdom

May God be to you vast and eternal Love, and may he give you the wise life and the excellent virtue through which you may content his holy Love.

Work to this end every moment without sparing. Always be fervent in humility and serve with wisdom. May God be your help and your consolation in your whole being; and may he teach you the veritable virtue by which we render Love the most honor and justice. God must teach you that well-pleasing oneness which he offered to his Father, when as Man he lived for him exclusively and purely. And may he teach you the holy oneness he taught and prescribed for his holy friends, who for the love of God rejected all alien consolation. And may he also make known to you, in truth and reality, that sweet and delightful union the experience of which he still gives to his dear friends who conform to his holy sweet love above all things...

Oh, it is truly fitting, if anyone belongs exclusively to his Beloved, that his Beloved, in return, belong exclusively to him! As the Bride says in the Song of Songs: "My Beloved to me, and I to him!" (Song 2:16). Oh, to whom else should anyone belong exclusively but to his Beloved? For all that anyone does for another, unless as one beloved for the other Beloved, is estranged from Love. But only what comes from the Beloved is sweet and welcomed in all respects.

If you wish to experience this perfection, you must first of all learn to know yourselves: in all your conduct, in your attraction or aversion, in your behavior, in love, in hate, in fidelity, in mistrust, and in all things that befall you. You must examine yourselves as to how you can endure everything disagreeable that happens to you, and how you can bear the loss of what gives you pleasure; for to be robbed of what it gladly receives is indeed the greatest sorrow a young heart can bear. And in everything pleasant that happens to you, examine yourselves as to how you make use of it, and how wise and how moderate you are with regard to it. In all that befalls you, preserve your equanimity in repose or in pain. Continually contemplate with wisdom our Lord's works; from them you will learn perfection.

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Monday, November 04, 2019

Radhasoami: The Mystery of Soamiji's Well, Lost and Surviving Letters of Soami Ji 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?’ (Bhaktmal of the Radhasoami Faith, by S.D. Maheshwari, pages 25 and 26)

The Surviving and the LOST Letters of Swami Ji Maharaj & the Mystery of Soamiji's Well! Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/TheMysteryOfSoamiJisWell

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Saturday, November 02, 2019

PODCAST: The Surviving... and the LOST... Letters of Swami Ji Maharaj, & the Mystery of Soami Ji's Well

PODCAST: The Surviving... and the LOST... Letters of Swami Ji Maharaj, & the Mystery of Soami Ji's Well -- Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast With James Bean @ Youtube: 

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Below Are NOTES About Today's PODCAST (11-1-19): The Surviving... and the LOST... Letters of Swami Ji Maharaj, & the Mystery of Soami Ji's Well

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Today represents two programs in one. The first part pertains to some Radhasoami history. I explore the mystery of Soami Ji's well, the LOST letters and other documents... what some of them might have been, and the politics behind the destruction of those sacred writings. The second part is a satsang consisting of spiritual readings from the surviving letters of Soami Ji Maharaj, which are very wonderful, spiritually uplifting, containing much authentic wisdom for spiritual seekers and devotees on the Path.

See My Article: Denying or Minimizing Past Guru Affiliations:

The Complete Writings of Soami Ji Maharaj Online:

Soami Ji Maharaj's Letters to Huzur Maharaj: 
Soamiji Maharaj's Letter to His Younger Brother Rai Bindraban Saheb:
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;
Artiyan – Selections from The Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry and Prem Bani; Niyamawali – Selections from the Shabds (Hymns) from the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry;
Swami Ji's Commentary (Elucidation) on the Jap Ji of Guru Nanak; and, The Last Words of Soami Ji Maharaj;

Plus, Also of Interest:

The Biography Of Soamiji Maharaj;
The Biography of Radhaji;
and, Bhaktmal of the Radhasoami Faith: Short Biographical Sketches of Early Satsangis;

For these and other related books -- GO TO:

See my article: Maharaj Girdhari Sahib — The ‘Unknown Guru’ of Radhasoami History: A Spiritual Successor of Sant Tulsi Sahib, and Another Guru of Soami Ji Maharaj: 

And check out my two earlier Sant Mat History Podcasts: 
Maharaj Girdhari Sahib, The Unknown Guru of Radhasoami History, Part ONE: 

Girdhari Sahib, The Unknown Guru of Radhasoami History, Part 2:

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