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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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sar Bachan Poetry, Early Edition


Agam Prasad Mathur (Dadaji) in Agra holding a copy of the early Sar Bachan Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj. The original had all the poems in a single volume. Later it was divided into two volumes.

Monday, June 10, 2019

My Top Ten List of Essene, Christian/Ebionite/Gnostic, and Mandaean Scriptures, First Century Through the Eighth Century AD

My Top Ten List of Essene, Christian/Ebionite/Gnostic, and Mandaean Scriptures, First Century Through the Eighth Century AD:

1) The Gospel of Thomas (and related collections of the sayings of Jesus like “Q” and the Gospel of the Hebrews),

2) The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,

3) Odes of Solomon (not really by Solomon but a collection of early Christian psalms from the late 1st Century AD),

4) the Psalms by the Teacher of Righteousness in the Dead Sea Scrolls,

5) Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice (related to the Dead Sea Scrolls),

6) Trimorphic Protennoia (from the Nag Hammadi Library),

7) The Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandaeans (from the John the Baptist group),

8)  The Clementine Homilies (a kind of Ebionite book of acts),

9) The Prayer of Thanksgiving (from the Nag Hammadi Library), and…

10) The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life (a collection of writings from the Thomas Christians/Church of the East).

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

PODCAST: The Case For The Book of ENOCH As Scripture (I, II, & III Enoch), and... The Ascension of the Soul

PODCAST: The Case For The Book of ENOCH As Scripture (I, II, & III Enoch), and... The Ascension of the Soul

PODCAST: The Case For The Book of ENOCH As Scripture (I, II, & III Enoch), and... The Ascension of the Soul -- Satsang Discourse for the Week of June 2nd, 2019 -- Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:

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The Books of First Enoch, Second Enoch, and Third Enoch ONLINE: 

Behold, the scripture about Enoch the prophet, who communed with God and, while alive, soul traveled through the heavens, hearing heavenly sounds, seeing heavenly lights, colors, encountering many beings and visions. The Enochian literature represents some of the earliest scriptures of humanity articulating the off-world concept of soul travel, that human beings while alive can explore various heavenly realms, that indeed, it's is part of our spiritual journey that we do experience such visions, that this is intended to be the norm... part of our heritage, a paradise lost that can easily be found again... a mystical journey back to eden we're all invited to take.

As it says of Adam in the Garden of Eden existing, not physically in this realm, but in the Third Plane called Paradise, one of the inner regions of consciousness:

"I made the heavens open to him, that he
should hear the angels singing the song of
victory, and see the bright, radiant Light."

The Case for the Book of Enoch as Scripture

1) Enoch and the Dead Sea Scrolls: The book of First Enoch was part of the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible -- the Essene Library of Qumran in Israel. First Enoch was included amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls, in fact was one of the most widely read holy books at Qumran (400 BC -- 70 AD). This observation is based upon the large number of Aramaic Enoch fragments that have been found there. Many Jews were studying Enoch before and during the time of Jesus.

2) Jude Quoted Enoch in the New Testament: The author of the Book of Jude quoted First Enoch in his New Testament epistle (letter), a great canonical endorsement for the Book of Enoch by the Original Jesus Movement. The Bibles that bare the most resemblance to the Scriptures of Jude and the Original Aramaic-speaking Christians is the Ethiopian Bible, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls-Essene-Qumran Bible. Jude not only quotes from Enoch, but also from the Assumption of Moses. Both Enoch and Assumption of Moses were recognized as Scripture by the Essenes; see more on the Ethiopian Bible below. In addition to Jude, Biblical scholars also have noticed many parallel verses and shared ideas between the New Testament and Book of Enoch, illustrating how influential the Book of Enoch was on Jesus, the authors of the Gospels and other New Testament books. The Book of First Enoch is an important key foundational text of early Christianity.

3) The early Church father Tertullian Referred to Enoch as "Scripture": The Early Church father Tertullian quotes passages from the Book of Enoch, referring to these passages as "Scripture". The Epistle of Jude (verse 14) is also appealed to by Tertullian as a testimonial to the authority of Enoch. (see, De cultu feminarum. 1.3)

Tertullian's canon of the Old Testament included the deuterocanonical books, since he quotes most of them. He also cites the Book of Enoch as inspired, and thinks those who wanted to remove it were wrong. (

Barnabus, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origin and Clement of Alexandria were also fans of Enoch: The Book of Enoch was extant centuries before the birth of Christ and yet is considered by many to be more Christian in its theology than Jewish. It was considered Scripture by many early Christians. The earliest literature of the "Church fathers" is filled with references to this mysterious book. Second and Third Century "Church fathers" like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origin and Clement of Alexandria all make use of the Book of Enoch. Tertullian (160-230 C.E) even called the Book of Enoch "Holy Scripture". The Ethiopic Church included the Book of Enoch as part of their official canon of the Bible. (Wikipedia Entry About the Books of Enoch)

4) The Epistle or Letter of Barnabas: Like some other major leaders, Barnabas quoted from Enoch, even using the term "Scripture" to describe Enochian passages. See, the Epistle of Barnabas, translated in the book Early Christian Writings -- The Apostolic Fathers, published by Penguin Classics.

5) Enoch is in the Bible: The ETHIOPIAN BIBLE INCLUDES THE BOOKS OF FIRST AND SECOND ENOCH: The Ethiopian Bible contains the books of Enoch (and several other surprising books once banned and thought to be forever lost), thus preserving this earlier understanding dating back to the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament that viewed Enoch to be an inspired sacred text.

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