Friday, August 23, 2019

Mystic Poetry of Hazrat Sultan BaHU, a Sufi Master of Inner Light and Sound

Mystic Poetry of Hazrat Sultan BaHU, a Sufi Master of Inner Light and Sound

The path of the Masters is the highest of all;
It is beyond all comprehension!
On this path there is neither teaching 
Nor learning from books.
There are neither discussions nor expositions
Nor stories from the past.
Love of this world is sheer idolatry, a denial of God;
Let no one trust its loyalty.
Only the one who knows the mystic art 
Of dying while living*,
knows the real secret.

Love has inspired me to explore the heavens:
From earth it has raised me to the worlds of Spirit.
Begone, foul world, beguile me no more!
I am already in anguish about my stay here.
I am a wayfarer, my home is far away,
And you have enticed me with false promises.
Only if you forsake the world and die while living*
Can you find the Lord, O Bahu.

*NOTE: “die while living” or “death before dying”: a popular saying used by Sants and Sufi poets espousing the view that rising above body-consciousness or soul travel during meditation practice is a preparation or rehearsal for the afterlife. Hazrat Sultan Bahu: “Let us die before dying, O Bahu, only then is the Lord attained.”

Gospel of Philip, Nag Hammadi Library: "When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness... The powers do not see those who are clothed in the perfect light, and consequently are not able to detain them. If anyone becomes a son of the bridal chamber, he will receive the light. If anyone does not receive it while he is here, he will not be able to receive it in the other place."

Within Me Are Five Great Mansions

Within me are five great mansions - 
All five brightly lit;
What need have I of another lamp?
I am no longer accountable 
To the five lords and tax collectors,
Who barricade the inner path.
Five prayer leaders call the faithful 
To the five mosques within.
What need have I of another mosque?
IF the Lord calls for your head,
O Bahu, do not hesitate; offer it at once.

-- Hazrat Sultan Bahu, Sufi Mystic

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Baba Jaimal Singh Artist Rendition



Baba Jaimal Singh Artist Rendition

It's a sketch made by a Radhasoami satsangi.


Baba Jaimal Singh Artist Rendition (original unedited copy as given to me)

There is a description of Baba Jaimal Singh in Kirpal Singh's biography of him: "A Great Saint: Baba Jaimal Singh, His Life and Teachings", pages 56 & 57:

"His dress and appearance were as simple yet elegant as the man himself. Of medium height, some five feet and six inches, he was sturdily built. He had a knotty protrusion on his forehead above the right eye and a lotus mark, symbolic of true spirituality, on the sole of his right foot. He had fine features, wheatish complexion and a glowing face whose ruddy color was set off by a rich freely flowing beard which retained its lustrous blackness to the very end, except for a few straggling streaks of white. When not in army uniform, he wore a white turban in Jat style, a white muslin kurta (loose shirt), and tight-fitting pyjamas of the same color. While in his quarter informally among his fellows, he would usually wrap a khadi sheet about himself tucking it on the left side, cover his hair (which when unloosed fell to his waist) with a towel, and move about in kharaon (wooden sandals) or jooti (Indian shoes)."

Thursday, August 15, 2019

PODCAST: Meet a Vegan Rumi, the Sufi Poet Mystic -- Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean

PODCAST: Meet a Vegan Rumi, the Sufi Poet Mystic -- Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:

Listen and/or Download @ The Internet Archive: 

When I saw these veg verses of Rumi I thought, at last! this is going to make for a great new podcast! It's awesome being able to claim Rumi, the King of the Sufi poets, for the #vegan cause! (#Rumi: "To me, even milk is forbidden.") I also reflect a little about the vegetarianism of early Christianity, and about how a religious or spiritual movement like the disciples of Rumi in Sufism, Jesus, Guru Nanak, Buddha, etc... can start out following a vegan or veg diet and yet a few generations later knowledge of that gets lost and the religious sects operating in their names might be adhering to a completely different diet. 

Says Vegan Rumi:

"I have existence and I value it so much
So have all the beings on earth and they too, try to preserve it.
Then, how can I kill even the tiniest creature
Just to satiate my palate?"

"Even a seemingly lifeless stone has a degree of consciousness; respect it."

"To me, even milk is forbidden."

"Look at all animals as you look at humans."

"If we consume an animal, its blood and gore will make us act like a slaughterer."

"We began as mineral. We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early Spring when we slightly recall being green again."

Master Kirpal Singh speaking about Rumi and the other most advanced Murshids (spiritual masters) of Sufi mysticism once said: 

“Those who take up the practices concerning the lower centers in the body, do take meat — the Mohammedans and people of other religions also. But those who are anxious to rise above body-consciousness and go into the Beyond have of necessity to eschew all that. This is the Path I have put before you. Liberation or salvation is something which starts only when you rise above body-consciousness. For that reason, vegetarianism is the first essential.” (The Night is a Jungle, published by Ruhani Satsang)

Also See/Hear: 

A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity, and, The Gospels of the Ebionites:

Article: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians, By James Bean:

The Vegetarianism of Guru Nanak and the Sikh Scriptures Today on Spiritual Awakening Radio:

Vegetarianism Is Going Vegan; Sant Mat and Veganism; Also: The Oldest Veg and Vegan Quotes on Earth:

Various Spiritual Quotes Followed by Two of the World's Oldest Passages Referring to Being VEGAN:

Interview with Supreme Master Ching Hai by James Bean of Spiritual Awakening Radio:

#Rumi #Sufism #Vegan #Veganism #Veg #Vegetarian #Vegetarianism #ColemanBarks #BawaMuhaiyaddeen #Ebionites #Jesus #HebrewChristians #SpiritualAwakeningRadio #SantMatSatSangPodcast #JamesBean #SpiritualPodcasts #Podcasts #ReligionPodcasts #Radio #Spirituality #SufiPoetry #Mevlevi #Mysticism  

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Kabir: "Honour those who live and speak the truth."

Kabir: "The soul is like a philosopher’s stone, and the world is like iron. With the touch of the philosopher’s stone, the world became gold." (Sakhis of Kabir, # 57)

57. pāras rūpi jīw hai, loha rūp sansār,
pāras te pāras bhayā, parakh bhayā taksār.

Commentary by Dr. Das: "Guru Kabir is using this belief to explain that the indwelling soul is like the philosopher’s stone, and that the world is like iron. All the physical bodies have no life or consciousness until they are touched by the soul. Once the soul dwells (touches) in the bodies, then the latter become alive and manifest consciousness and intelligence. Our goal in life is to realize the soul and truly become golden i.e. liberated."

Kabir: "O Kabir, put on the clothes of love and dance! Give honor to those who, in mind and body, uphold the Truth." 

58. prem-pāt kā cholanā, pahir kabīrū nāch,
pānip dīnho tāsu ko, jo tan man bole sānch.

Commentary by Dr. Das: "One who I awakened to God’s love i.e. Self realized, will often sing and dance with joy. The next thing such a devotee needs to do is to honour those who live and speak the truth." (Sakhis of Kabir, # 58)

-- The Complete Bijak of Kabir, Guru Kabir's Mystical Teachings on God-Realization, Translation and Commentary by Jagessar Das

#kabir #gurukabir #therealkabir #bijak #sakhis #sakhisofkabir #sants #santmat #scriptures #india #spirituality #meditation #God #realization #thesoul #knowthyself #theself #atman #spiritualquotes

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Saawan* is the Month of Love, of Longing for the Beloved

Following is the complete translation of this Shabd of Virah (a song sung when the lover suffers from the agony of separation from his sweetest Beloved) by the Tulsi Saheb Hathraswale. Translation into English by Shweta Sharma.

“Saawan* is the month of love, of longing for the Beloved and as the drops of rain touch the earth, the soul thirsts more and more for union with the Beloved, the Guru.

“Tulsi weeps “Saawan without my piya (the Beloved, the husband) is nothing, the pangs of separation rise like waves in the ocean do, in the inmost core of my heart. Uttering and hearing words do not entertain me or suit my mood, my body and mind are convulsing with immeasurable pain.

“The sorrow caused by the absence of my Beloved husband is so intense that it makes me wander like a mad woman. My heart seethes with anguish, this separation torments me like a thorn that pricks the skin. In this severance from the Beloved Guru, all the money and wealth of this world has become to me like the dust of this earth.

“Dark clouds laden with moisture have now become my enemies as they roar and whirl. I feel the twinge of the aching cry of the peacock and with this, the rumbling and twirling of the clouds fills my inner being and I become one with the turbulence of the skies. My soul begins to whirl and swing between the chakras (the doorsteps of these stations within) and I lose all awareness of the world outside.

“If my Beloved comes along with me, I would undertake this journey within the realms of my inner being day and night. Surat (the soul that is a drop from the Ocean of the Supreme Being) is the current that moves up when it engrosses itself in the Divine Shabd and Nirat (the current that detaches the Surat from the Shabd so that the journey of soul does not get hampered by getting stuck at one region of higher bliss).

“Tulsi makes a string of Surat and Nirat and ties this string with a pole that he makes of his mann (mind) and intellect. He merges with the rhythmic waves of the Divine Word that he encounters higher up and the surat rises swinging with these waves.

“This rainy season, Tulsi says, get active in pursuit of true satsang (‘sat’ — truth and ‘sang’ — company: company of the true Guru, the Beloved, the husband). Only those who cross the third til climb up and down this thread of Surat and Nirat and realize the path of Truth.”

* Month of Saawan: Summer, Mid July to Mid August, Rainy Season;

Saturday, August 03, 2019

For the Sake of the God-conscious Beings Heaven and Earth Came Into Being

For the Sake of the God-conscious Beings Heaven and Earth Came Into Being 

"Whenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember, 'For my sake, the entire world was created.'" (Baal Shem Tov)

The Baal Shem Tov is sort of the "Rumi" or "Kabir" of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), an example of a towering figure and great mystic of one of the great schools of spirituality. The ending part, "For my sake, the entire world was created", is a variation of an ancient axiom of wisdom. A version of it even turns up in saying twelve of the Gospel of THOMAS: 

"The students said to Yeshua, 'We know you will leave us. Who will be our leader?' Yeshua said to them, 'Wherever you are, seek out Yaakov the just [James the Just]. *For his sake heaven and earth came into being*.'"

Martin Buber elaborates and expands on this axiom in a way that includes us all:

“Every person should know and consider the fact that you, in the particular way that you are made, are unique in the world, and no one like you has ever been. For if someone like you had already been, there would be no reason for you to be in this world.” (Ten Rings: Hasidic Sayings, Martin Buber)

Here's a big picture view from the Sikh scriptures of India, the Adi Granth, Peace Lagoon translation: 

"It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth". 

Since I'm downloading some books on Kabbalah today, I should also take the opportunity to share this passage on the spiritual journey.

The Reality of the Upper Worlds Will Remain Invisible to Us Until Our Spiritual Path Opens Up to the Higher Reality

"As the eighteenth century Kabbalist Moses Luzzatto taught, the higher soul 'ties man to the highest roots'. Thus, the awakening of each higher soul results in an increase in the amount of nourishment the branches of the upper worlds receive, thereby effecting the outcome of events here on earth in a more positive way. Thus, each one of us can have great influence and none are powerless.

"However, like infants who cannot penetrate the mysteries of the adult world, despite the fact that these mysteries are lived out in front of it, the reality of the upper worlds will remain invisible to us until our spiritual path opens up to the higher reality. 

"This higher reality is multidimensional in nature, standing in sharp contrast to the narrowness of everyday life. Once awakened, the human experience becomes vast and boundless, as the awakened individual participates in a universal consciousness as broad, deep, and wide as the universe itself."

--  Shulamit Elson, in, Kabbalah of Prayer -- Sacred Sounds and the Soul's Journey

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Meet a #Vegan #Rumi, the Sufi Poet-Mystic, by James Bean

Meet a #Vegan #Rumi, the Sufi Poet-Mystic, by James Bean

Meat consumption (carnism), being part of an oppressive system of denial and cruelty, in the area of mainstream institutional religions relies heavily on ignorance, outdated Sunday school notions and avoidance of lesser-known sacred texts to maintain the illusion of meat-eating Messiahs, Buddhas and spiritual Masters. 

We see this all the time. With Christianity for instance, so many are biblical mythicists and skeptical textual critics of the New Testament cept when it comes to dem loaves with fishes! A couple of references to loaves and fishes with the young disciples of Jesus are elevated into some imagined everlasting Apostolic Fish Company of Galilee whilst ignoring most of the Gospels and literature of the Hebrew Christians (Ebionites) about the various apostles -- who they became -- and the diet they came to follow as part of the ethics of the spiritual path they adopted. 

An assumption of Rumi and other major Sufi poets being halal has also been used to provide cover for carnism. The notion put forth goes something like this: "If Rumi was an advanced mystic or Master and he ate meat, then what's the big deal then?" But what if the assumption that Sufi poets like Rumi must have followed a halal diet is another one of those carnistic false assumptions promoted by later pro-halal religious sects in the same way pro-meat Roman Christianity had it's fish symbol, canonized gospels popular with the school of the Apostle Paul while marginalizing the other apostles and banning Ebionite gospels, labeling them as "heretical"? (*1)

See my article: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians: “James was a vegetarian….” (Robert Eisenman, James the Brother of Jesus) “James, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” (Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3) “John never ate meat.” (Church historian Hegesippus according to Eusebius, History of the Church II 2:3) “The Apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, hard-shelled fruits, and vegetables, without flesh.” (Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 2, Chapter 1) Peter said, “I live on olives and bread, to which I rarely only add vegetables.” (Clementine Homilies 12,6; also see, Recognitions 7,6):

There Have Been Many Pro-Veg Spiritual Movements in Mesopotamia and Persia Including Sufis

The following is excerpted from a New Delhi Times article on the vegetarianism of Rumi -- actually vegan -- as you'll see from the passages they quote from Rumi ("shunned even milk and milk products").

"At the age of 12, Rumi, born in a Muslim meat-eating world, wrote this quatrain and became a vegetarian till he died.

"‘Shadeed-az-kwa nee ast munazin/Ya rafeer ul-qist amnazeer/Choon ke ast shadaaz raftam ke azdaan/Wahen ul-khirama, za dizt’un bu’azir’? (I have existence and I value it so much/So have all the beings on earth and they too, try to preserve it/Then, how can I kill even the tiniest creature/Just to satiate my palate?).'

"Rumi believed that all lives were sacred: 'Taa’shif nifaak b’astz sang (Even a seemingly lifeless stone has a degree of consciousness; respect it).' Rumi was a staunch vegetarian and shunned even milk and milk products ('Sheer mun-haraam nuzt: To me, even milk is forbidden'). He even refrained from sacrificing animals as an Islamic ritual on Eid-Al-Adah (Bakrid).

"Rumi says in Turkish, ‘Ye’k dez charinda-ul-insaan rish’h’aaz (Look at all animals as you look at humans'). This is of paramount importance. This creates sensitivity that further blossoms into universal empathy. The sanctity of every life is to be saved and preserved: ‘Kahin nish shudam el-fazeer-un-nisaar.’

"Rumi  writes that what we eat, directly influences our thinking. If we consume an animal, its blood and gore will make us act like a slaughterer: ‘Un qasaab, gosht-e-zakaaf’. (*2)

“'We began as mineral. We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early Spring when we slightly recall being green again'” -- Rumi, Selected Poems, Penguin UK

"When Rumi died his body was interred and a shrine, the Yeşil Türbe (Green Tomb), was erected over his place of burial. His epitaph reads:

"'When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men.'" (*3)

Read the full article here:


(*1) The orthodox religions of the world have always had a great way to rig the curriculum and manipulate history (practice revisionist history). They suppress the evidence, ban/burn books and even whole libraries (Ebionite gospels, vegetarian verses, gnostic mystical texts, etc...) and then they shout: "Hey! Where's the evidence?"

(*2) When I saw those veg Rumi verses, I thought, at last! This is going to become a blog, and this is going to become a podcast.

(*3) Are there Sufi Orders following the halal diet these days? Yes. Most of them are halal except for the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen group. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen taught vegetarianism. There likely must be a few other veg Sufi Orders too, but probably only a small number of them. Rumi was veg, and the Sufi Order he founded might have began that way, but as we've seen with other religious movements of the past, gradually over time as the masses join a group swelling it's ranks, the dietary customs they bring with them will take over and dominate, in this case the halal diet of the Muslim majority. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Make the Mind Quiet

(This offers some very helpful insights about meditation and exploring the world of within, inner space.) A meditation talk given April 4, 1985 by Santji, recorded in, The Ambrosial Hour, pages 177, 178, and 179.

Make the mind quiet as only a quiet mind can meditate. Don’t understand meditation as a burden, do it lovingly. Don’t pay any attention to the outer sounds during the meditation; concentrate at the Eye Center.

The dear ones who have difficulty in finding the Third Eye should know that when they close their eyes, whatever they see within – it is their Third Eye which is seeing all those things. When you have to focus your attention, you should be looking exactly in the center of your two eyebrows, you should not take your attention upwards or downwards or on the left or right side, it should be right in the middle of what you see.

Some dear ones have this complaint, that the Light sometimes comes and sometimes goes; sometimes it becomes very brilliant. They should know that it is not the Light which comes and goes. When our mind is still, when our mind does not run a lot, then we find the Light still there, but when our mind is not there, when it is running all around, then we feel that the Light has gone away. Light is at one place; it is always our mind which comes and goes.

You know that the reflection of the trees or things on the shore of the sea can be seen clearly only when the water of the sea is still. If the water is moving, if there are many waves in that sea, we cannot see the reflection of the things on the shore. It does not mean that the trees or other things have gone somewhere else, they are still there, but it is only because the water is not still, all the waves are moving it, that is why we cannot see the reflection of those things very clearly. We see them only when the water is still; in the same way, as long as our mind is still we see our reflection, we see the things very clearly. But our mind is also like a very big ocean, in this ocean there are many waves of lust, anger, greed and all the things, many thoughts are also coming up, and they are always moving around our mind, and that is why we are not able to see our own image, our own reflection very clearly. We have to still our mind with the Shabd, with the Naam, with the Simran, and only then can we see our image and the inner things very clearly.

Often I have talked about the training which I got in the army when they were teaching us how to shoot. They would teach us that first of all you should keep your body, the gun, and the target all in one line, and then you should keep the crosshairs of the two sights in one line, and it should be in line with the target. And you should hold your breath, and you should not look here or there, and very slowly, very lightly you should just pull the trigger. Those who shot according to the training, keeping all the things in one line and doing it very gently and smoothly, would always become successful. But some people who did not keep their body, the gun, and the target in one line, who would move, those who would not hold their breath, those who would not do it correctly, they would never become successful.

The same thing applies in the practice of Sant Mat also. If our body is still and our mind is still, what is the target we have to hit? The target is the Eye Center, and after hitting the target we have to go further, we have to go to Sach Khand. So if our body is still, our mind is still, and if we are concentrating correctly at the Eye Center, then only after a few sittings you will know that you have progressed a lot.

Those who used to change their aim at the target again and again would not become successful. This is my personal experience; we had to shoot five bullets, placing them in an area of one inch. And I myself have done that only by keeping one target all the time, only by trying to hit the same place again and again. And the same thing helped me a lot in the Sant Mat, because my Master taught me, “Dear Son, if you will go on changing your contemplation, if you will go on changing the place where you have to concentrate, you will not become successful. You have to go on looking at the same place, you have to concentrate at the same place if you want to become successful.”

You should try to understand this: when our thoughts are stilled, then the Light also gets manifested within us and it also remains still there. And when such a thing happens then the Sound of the Shabd also starts coming within us. Only in the beginning do you need to close your ears, later on when the Light is manifested the Sound starts coming from within that Light, and even if you have not closed your ears still you will hear the Sound of the bells or of the conch or some kind of Sound. And whatever Sound you are hearing you should always try to listen to that, you should not go on changing the Sounds. Whatever sound you have caught, you should continue with that same sound and concentrate on it, because even if it is a smaller sound, or a little sound, still it has the connection, it has the contact with the higher Sound.

When the soul sees the Light and hears the Sound of the bell, then all the impurities, all the dirt of the soul is removed, and then the mirror of the soul becomes very clean, very reflecting, and after that, all the forces of the mind which were pulling the soul downwards, all the chains are broken one by one, and after that whenever we sit for meditation, just in a moment our attention goes straight to the Eye Center.

I hope that you will sit in the meditation according to what I have tried to explain to you. You should meditate here as well as when you go back to your home, because those who will meditate according to these instructions, they will definitely get success and it will be very helpful.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Salvation-By-Calendar, Apocalypses, Second Comings, and Yugas

Salvation-By-Calendar, Apocalypses, Second Comings, and Yugas 

Pink Floyd - "Time" (2011 Remastered): 

I have this old book published back in the 1920's and it gave me a eureka moment about this topic of prophecy, the never-ending fixation about the end of days. It shows a sketch of the Great 19th-Century Meteor Shower and in the caption is a verse of scripture about "stars falling from the heavens". It also has an old black n white photo of a steam engine train and in the caption underneath a passage from the Book of Daniel:  "But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”  

"Same as it ever was." (Talking Heads lyrics from "Once in a Lifetime") 

Look busy, [Treta Yuga, Aquarius, Jesus, earth changes... fill-in-the-blank] is coming: 

"His disciples said to him: 'When will the resurrection of the dead take place, and when will the new world come?' He said to them: 'That resurrection which you are awaiting has already come, but you do not recognize it.'” 

That's saying 51 of Gospel of Thomas, a somewhat Buddhist-like or mystical version of a gospel that places emphasis on the now, the present moment. Copies of it have been found at Oxyrinchus, Egypt and near Nag Hammadi, also in Egypt.   

There is no salvation-by-calendar presented in the Gospel of Thomas.

While Mayan calendar mathematicians, polyester clad prophets, black rock city shamans, vague Nostradumbass quatrains, and the National Enquirer predictions for 2019 (2018, 2017, 2016, etc....) are never impressive, there are some very real apocalyptic concerns, and those are the ones we already know about and have been living with for awhile now.

The Anthropocene Age, the epoch we find ourselves living in:   

Vasili Arkhipov, the hero of the Cuban Missile Crisis who deserves much greater recognition:

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The Mystic Traveler Transcends the Universe (Ocean of Samsara) Through Meditation

The Mystic Traveler Transcends the Universe (Ocean of Samsara) Through Meditation

"Association with a true Master [Satguru] is a prerequisite for the attainment of true spirituality (Parmarth). If the Sant Satguru is not met with, one may also achieve one's object by associating with a loving and devoted satsangi (initiate, disciple, representative of the Satguru) who has himself associated with him, is engaged in spiritual (Parmarthi) pursuits and is chosen of the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal [Compassionate Lord of the Soul], i.e., who is the recipient of his grace and mercy. When a sincere seeker learns the secrets and methods of practice from that satsangi and commences meditation practice (Abhyas), Radhasoami Dayal will take him under His protection and augment his love and faith by giving him palpable (perceptible, incontrovertible) help internally and externally." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram)

"Raise your Surat [attention faculty of the soul] to higher regions where Dhun [the inner Sound] is audible all the time.

"Then you will make your human life truly fruitful and you will find rest and peace in Shabd [the Inner Sound and Light, Surat Shabd Yoga].

"The drum of breath is beating perpetually as a warning to eventual departure from here.

"Radhasoami has made available a boat. Get across the ocean of the universe free of any charge."

-- Soamiji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Examine the Nature of Existence -- The Opening Verses of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose in Two Translations

Examine the Nature of Existence -- The Opening Verses of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose in Two Translations

Translation One

This world is perishable and so also is all that pertains to it. A wise man is he, who, having closely examined the nature of existence here, has realized that it is all transitory and illusory, and consecrated his human form by devoting himself to Bhajan and Simran (listening to inner sounds during meditation practice), and repetition of the Holy Name of the Supreme Being, and who, taking the fullest advantage of the various faculties which the Supreme Father has graciously endowed him with, has translated the invaluable jewel within him, which is Surat (spirit [see note below]) or the essence of his being, to its Original Abode [Realm].

1. The soul or spirit is known as Surat or Ruh. It has descended from the highest region, that is, the regions of Sat Naam and Radhasoami, and has taken location in this body. It has got enmeshed here in the mind, the three Gunas (attributes), five Tattwas (original conditions of matter), ten Indriyas (senses and organs) etc. and so tight are the bondages of the body and things connected therewith that it has become difficult for it to extricate itself. Freedom from these bondages is called Moksh (liberation). Inner bondages are the mind, indriyas, tattwas, etc., and the external bondages comprise property, family and kinsfolk. The soul, that is, spirit, is so much entangled in these two kinds of bondages that it has even lost consciousness of its original abode. So remote is the destination that it is now difficult for it to return to its original abode without the Mehar (grace) of a perfect guide. Now, all that a man has got to do is to take his Surat (spirit) back to its reservoir and place of origin, that is, Sat Nam and Radhasoami. Until this is attained, there can be no escape from joys and sorrows and pleasures and pains of this world. (Radhasoami Satsang, Agra)

Translation Two

This jagat (phenomenal world) is perishable (nashman) and all its causes and effects are also perishable; that the wise and shrewd man is he who having carefully examined the burden of its activities (karobar) and having discovered that this is a fantasy world (kalpit) and mythical (mithya), has fruitfully and gainfully employed this human body (and its related instruments and material) in the remembrance (sumiran) and contemplation (bhajan) of the Absolute Lord; that having benefited from things with which the Supreme Doer (the Absolute Lord) has equipped this human frame, he has restored his invaluable core (jauhar-i-be-bahaa, i.e. the quintessence of his being or tattva vastu which is the surat or jivatma) into its real, original abode – the Radhasoami Sphere whence it descended.

1. Jagat (the embodied spirit), i.e. surat*** is called as ruh (literally, breath or perfume). And having descended from the highest sphere, i.e. the sphere of Satt Naam and Radhasoami, it has come to abide in this body. And it has got tied up with three gunas (sattva, rajasa and tamas corresponding to oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen respectively) and five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth), and ten indriyas (five instruments or senses of knowledge and five of action or karma indriyas) and mind, etc.

Such bonds (bandhan) have come about between it (i.e. Surat) and the body (sharir) and its related objects of pleasure (padara- thas) that release from them has become quite difficult. This release is called moksh (emancipation). The internal bonds refer to cords that bind the surat with senses, elements and the mind. The external bonds imply the strings which tie up the surat with object of pleasure, family and clan (qabila).

In both these bonds, the jivatma has become so entangled that it has lost all remembrance and consciousness (denoting or relating to a part of the human mind that is aware of a person’s self, origin and history, environment, and mental activity) of its real abode. Its destination (original abode) has become so distant that its return to its original abode has become extremely difficult without the grace of the perfect murshid or Satguru. All that man has to accomplish is to take back his surat or ruh to its head spring and source, i.e., the spheres of Satt Naam and Radhasoami. Until and unless this task is accomplished, there can be no release from the worldly gaiety and grief (khushi and rani) and all the pains and pleasures pertaining to this (phenomenal world). (The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami, M.G. Gupta)

***NOTE: “Surat”: The surat is a drop from that Ocean – The Supreme Radhasoami. Anami, beyond space and time, void of vikalp, of boundary, of lineament (roop-rekha), of motion, of modification, of within and without, the Formless, even Soundless and Nameless, in a State of perfect bliss – “So Am I”. When surat assumes body and form, it becomes known as jiva (soul, entity) or jivatma. (M.G. Gupta)

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