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Friday, December 18, 2020

Sant Tulsi Sahib and the People of the Anurag Sagar (Lineage of Sant Satgurus)

 

Sant Tulsi Sahib and the People of the Anurag Sagar (Lineage of Sant Satgurus)



Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras is the founding guru (Adi Guru) of modern-day Sant Mat, with most all Sant Mat and Radhasoami lineages tracing back to him. My podcasts, earlier booklet, and various blogs have focused on finding out who his guru was, and from there getting a glimpse of the overall Sant Mat family tree, the lineage of this Path of the Masters (Inner Light and Sound Meditation) dating back many centuries. I trace that spiritual heritage back to Dariya Sahib of Bihar, his guru Sat Saheb. Sat Saheb connects back to the gurus in the Sant Dharam Das lineage, a mystical branch of the Path of Guru Kabir.


Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar (left), Sant Tulsi Sahb and Kabir (right)


An important text for all of these is, The Anurag Sagar, a kind of Gospel of Kabir. This is an important book for followers of Sant Mat to read and study. It's a free online book one can access at Archive.org and a few other places. See, the Anurag Sagar Studies Page, where you can read the Anurag Sagar online at Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Anurag Sagar Section: http://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com/anurag.html




“‘Hazur [Baba Sawan Singh] one day told Seth Vasdev, whose car is always at Hazur’s disposal, that he should read Kabir Sahib’s Anurag Sagar (The Ocean of Intense Love). Hazur said that without studying it, one cannot fully understand the difference between Kal (the negative power) and Dayal Mat (the Path of the true and Merciful God), nor can one fully grasp the teachings of Sant Mat.’” (Rai Sahib Munshi Ram, “With the Three Masters”, and also included in the: Introduction to, The Ocean of Love: The Anurag Sagar of Kabir, 1982, Published by Sant Bani Ashram, Sanbornton, New Hampshire, USA)



"Among the saints whom Tulsi Sahib himself singles out in Ghat Ramayan as Satgurus (true masters) are Buali Qalandar, Jalaluddin Rumi, Kabir Sahib, Dadu Dayal, Rai Das Ji, Dariya Sahib (who may have been Tulsi Sahib's own Guru), Guru Nanak, Surdas Ji, Nabha Das Ji, Mansur, Mirabai, Sarmad, and Shams-e Tabrizi." (Tulsi Sahib - Saint of Hathras, second edition, 2017, Introduction, page xiii)




The Origins of Sant Mat, the Five Names, and the Identity of Tulsi Sahib's Guru - Sant Mat Satsang Podcast With James Bean

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Or listen/download wherever you get your podcasts from (Apple, Spotitfy, Amazon Audibles, Pandora, Gaana, TuneIN, etc...). I also have a new podcast website. People can listen, download, and subscribe there as well. Plus it has buttons that go to Youtube, Apple and many other podcast sites: https://spiritualawakeningradio.libsyn.com/website


Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India


Guru Lineage Charts of Sant Mat, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga (Inner Light and Sound Meditation), Guru Kabir, the Dharamdasis of Kabir Panth, Dadu Panth, Dariya Sahib, the Ten Sikh Gurus, Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras and Successors, Radhasoami Faith, the House of Kirpal, and Maharshi Mehi -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Guru Lineage Charts Section: 

https://santmatradhasoami.blogspot.com/2019/01/guru-lineage-charts-of-radhasoami-sant.html





Monday, December 14, 2020

Light and Sound on the Path -- Sant Mat Fellowship



Light and Sound on the Path -- Sant Mat Fellowship


See New eGroup Home Online (Replacing Yahoo Groups): https://santmatfellowship.groups.io/g/main
Also see the SantMatRadhasoami Blog @ Blogspot, and @ Wordpressand Radhasoami @ LiveJournal.



"Life is a progression. We progress from childhood to adulthood, from simplicity to complexity, from ignorance to knowledge, from innocence to wisdom and from birth to death. It is the law of life. But there is also a progression from the external life to the internal, from the hustle and bustle of material life to the serenity and silence of internal life. It is in the latter that we experience the beauty of the Self and its connection with Divinity. (Jagessar Das, New Book: Doctor by Chance, Mystic by Choice)

"The Master finished speaking and fell silent for a while. I felt the import of his words penetrate my entire being. I pledged myself to explore the universe of love, that universe that transcends time, space and causality. It is a universe which needs no spaceship for its conquest. It has riches undreamed of in the outer physical universe. The physical universe is a place of awe-inspiring beauty, and the mind of man is naturally inclined to plumb the wonders of its creation; but this outer universe is only the material robe of the Supreme Lord, who is all love. God has upheld His entire creation with the power of love, and the very soul of man is infused with this power. I have sojourned in the physical world for eons, and I have known the three states of slumber, dream and wakefulness. Now, through the grace of a living Master, I would attain the state of superconsciousness. I will be shown how to reassert my own true nature and thus walk upon the highway of love, the radiant way of return to my true home." (Pilgrimage Of James -- An Odyssey of Inner Space, by George Arnsby Jones, now an online book at The Internet Archive)

'In this labyrinth of existence we can become quite habituated into remaining as surface-dwellers living inundated by all the outward distractions that life on earth provides. We may ask of ourselves, “Am I availing myself of the spiritual direction and wisdom that comes from within?”

'Over the centuries contemplative souls have taught that the human body is a kind of temple, and that within this temple are portals that lead to other dimensions, that by looking within this microcosm we may access the macrocosm of the heavens.

'We are children of both worlds.
We human beings are a Tree of Life
with roots in the earth
and branches rising into a mystic sky.'

(recent podcast, A Human Being, Where Inner And Outer Worlds Converge)



The Latest Sant Mat Satsang and Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts:

@ Youtube: the largest collection is at the SantMatRadhasoami Youtube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c/SantMatRadhasoami/videos

@ The Internet Archive: The Internet Archive has the second largest archive of shows dating back a couple of years:  https://archive.org/details/@spiritualawakeningradio 

@ All the Podcast APPS and Curators -- Shows from August of 2019 Up to the Present: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and Audibles, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, Gaana (popular in India), Himalaya, Pandora, Stitcher, Android Podcast Apps, Overcast, Podbean, Player FM, Deezer, TuneIN, Libsyn, I Heart Radio, MyTunerRadio, CastBox, ListenNotes, etc..., also the embedded Podcast Player @ my New Radio Website: 


The Wisdom of Guru Kabir and Dr. Jagessar Das;

Awakening from the Soul Slumber of the Ages;

John the Baptist's Vegetarian Diet -- An Exploration of Early Christian Writings and Scholarly Texts, Locust Beans (Not Locusts) -- Beans, Not Bugs;

A Human Being, Where Inner And Outer Worlds Converge;

The Path of the Living Masters: How A Formless God Communicates With Souls Living in Worlds of Form;

Teachings of Baba Jaimal Singh of the Radhasoami Faith;

The Rule About Not Sharing One's Inner Experiences in Sant Mat, and... The WONDERS of Inner Space;

Seven Teachings of Sant Mat, and... Requirements For Initiation;

A Spiritual Talk (Satsang) Based on the Teachings of Beloved Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj of Sant Mat;

Sant Darshan Singh: Love's Last Madness (Mystic Poetry);

Baba Faqir Chand;

Mystic Poetry of Maharshi Mehi;

The Origins of Sant Mat Revisited, then... Satsang Readings from the Mystic Poetry of Kabir, Tulsi Sahib, and the Anurag Sagar;



This is the last mailing via Yahoo Groups. Join for Free Groups.IO, the Replacement for what has been Yahoo Groups

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Not Necessarily Saints, Says Tukaram

They're not mystics because they write poetry,
not saints because they're related to a saint.
Their names and costumes don't matter;
only those who face the enemy in battle are brave.
They're not mystics just because they play instruments
and drape an ascetic's blanket over their shoulders,
or sing and recite scriptures.
Reading the Vedas and performing rituals
does not make them saints.
Penances, pilgrimages and living in forests
make no one a mystic.
Beads, caste marks and smeared ashes --
these don't make a saint.
If they don't forget the body*, says Tuka,
they're just people of the world.

-- Sant Tukarama, Many Voices, One Song, The Poet Mystics of Maharashtra

* Note: “forget the body”, or in other words, being able to transcend the material realm via meditation practice.



Paramahansa Yogananda: "Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas. For spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization."



Question: Is this a Covid warning?

“Be on guard, so that your hearts do not become heavy with the eating of flesh and with the intoxication of wine and with the anxiety of the world, and that day come upon you suddenly; for as a snare it will come upon all who dwell upon the surface of the earth.” (Jesus, Luke 21:34, Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe — Old Syriac-Aramaic Manuscript of the New Testament Gospels)

Answer (my reply): It certainly does fit a tragic pattern. Not that Covid 19 is the only example of a zoonotic apocalypse, just the latest in a long series of pandemics and killer flu seasons or bird flues leading to much self-inflicted human suffering due to a diet that includes eating meat. The 1918 pandemic called the Spanish Flu was an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. There is now discussion about a future zoonotic pandemic that could be far worse, even more deadly than the current one. And this is part of a long sad history of diseases being passed from animals to humans. Wet markets and factory farms are the perfect setting for deadly diseases to transmit from species to species to human. The consequences of the eating of flesh leading to anxiety and pestilence goes back many centuries, and may ultimately bring civilization to an end one day soon… unless we collectively change our ways. #GoVegan

Above: Someone commented on my article @ Medium (SantMat.Medium), and my reply: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians, By James Bean.

#vegan #zoonotic #zoonoticdiseases #apocalypse #syriac #gospelofluke #jesus #yeshua #vegetarian #h1n1 #SwineFlu #wetmarkets #factoryfarming



"Blessed are the souls who in today's materialistic world have an inclination towards spirituality." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)



"What wonders has your love effected!
When someone is still alive
he has left this world:
though his bodily condition remains
with the world's bodily condition,
yet his spirit has been raised up towards You,
so that for a period of time
he is where he knows not,
being totally raptured and drawn towards You."

-- John of Apamea, Prayers of the Mystics section, The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life, translated from Syriac Aramaic into English by Sebastian Brock ////////




Friday, November 13, 2020

Podcast: A Human Being: Where Inner And Outer Worlds Converge


Podcast: A Human Being: Where Inner And Outer Worlds Converge




Podcast: A Human Being: Where Inner And Outer Worlds Converge 

@ Youtube: https://youtu.be/RSI6Cul7LvU


In this labyrinth of existence we can become quite habituated into remaining as surface-dwellers living inundated by all the outward distractions that life on earth provides. We may ask of ourselves, “Am I availing myself of the spiritual direction and wisdom that comes from within?”


Over the centuries contemplative souls have taught that the human body is a kind of temple, and that within this temple are portals that lead to other dimensions, that by looking within this microcosm we may access the macrocosm of the heavens.


"Anyone who has probed the inner life, who has sat in silence long enough to experience the stillness of the mind behind its apparent noise, is faced with a mystery. Apart from all the outer attractions of life in the world, there exists at the center of human consciousness something quite satisfying and beautiful in itself, a beauty without features. The mystery is not so much that these two dimensions exist -- an outer world and the mystery of the inner world -- but that we are suspended between them, as a space in which both worlds meet … as if the human being is the meeting point, the threshold between two worlds." (Shaikh Kabir Helminski)


We are children of both worlds.

We human beings are a Tree of Life

with roots in the earth

and branches rising into a mystic sky.


Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean, and the Sant Mat Satsang Podcast -- Education For A More Peaceful Planet


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All for the Love of Wisdom and Radio, Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, Bandagi Saheb, In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be To You,

James

Spiritual Awakening Radio

Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

Sant Mat Fellowship


God is the Ocean of Love, and Souls are Drops from this Ocean.


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A Human Being: Where Inner And Outer Worlds Converge -- New Podcast @ Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/InnerAndOuter



Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Seek God Within via Meditation, by Maharshi Mehi


Seek God Within via Meditation, by Maharshi Mehi



Sant Tulsi Sahib: "Within the tiny poppy seed [point of concentration] is found the abode of the Supreme Being. Focusing upon this point between the eyes [third eye], one finds the path to the Beloved. One who stills their consciousness at that point pierces through and sees the reflection of the entire universe."

The Supreme, being the Subtlest, can not be apprehended by the material sense-organs... Although, all the outward and inner tasks are performed by them, the sense-organs are material and cannot grasp the Supreme Sovereign. It is impossible to have the Knowledge of the Supreme while being in the realm of the senses or Non-Conscious nature. One must go beyond the senses and Non-Conscious nature in order to realize the Supreme. For this reason, the outward practices of devotion are of not much use in attaining direct knowledge of the Supreme. The attainment of the state of Oneness is impossible by outer means. The state of Oneness is attained by going beyond all the realms of the non-conscious nature and by moving upward within the body. Waking and dreaming are the evidence that various states exist and can be altered.

One may argue the following premises:

1. The Supreme Sovereign is all pervasive and as such is already realized; therefore, there is no need to seek It.

2. The Supreme Sovereign is pervasive only through its energies or rays. The presence of Its actual form is in a locality. If we are able to go to that locality, then we will attain It.

In response to the first argument, although the Supreme Sovereign is all pervasive, one is not experiencing It directly. It is like attempting to satisfy oneself with imaginary sweets.

In response to the second argument, the Supreme Sovereign, by definition, is infinite. The Infinite cannot be contained in a single place, but must by definition be in all places. Further, the concept of locality contradicts the Unlimited form of the Supreme Sovereign. The Supreme Sovereign can only be Unoriginated and Unlimited.

In conclusion, the Supreme Sovereign should be sought within, beyond the sense realm as previously described. To move spiritually upward within one’s self, through and beyond the realms, is to progress towards union with the Supreme Sovereign.  

-- Maharshi Mehi, Philosophy Of Liberation: 

download here: https://www.maharishimehi.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/PHLB-609-ver108pre-acrobat-final.pdf

or download here: https://archive.org/stream/PhilosophyOfLiberationAManualOfSantMatMysticism/Philosophy_Of_Liberation#mode/1up


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Light and Sound on the Path -- Sant Mat Fellowship Online


Light and Sound on the Path -- Sant Mat Fellowship Online 








Join for Free Groups.IO, the Replacement for Yahoo Groups

Over the years so many of you have signed up with my various Yahoo groups and this has served as a great mailing list I've used occasionally to share spiritual quotes, blog entries or satsang radio podcast announcements. Recently, Yahoo announced that even the email listserv version of Yahoo Groups will soon be discontinued... as of December 15th. BUT, I've already created some groups at a wonderful free site that represents a great improvement over Yahoo. You're invited to join Groups.IO, the 2020 version of eGroups. -- James Bean

Joining is very simple. Just go to: https://groups.io/register   type your email address and create a password, and POOF! You're in. You'll have an account there. 

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The Latest Sant Mat Satsang and Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts @ Youtube. Like, Subscribe, Click the Bell to get Alerts, and Share With Others:  https://www.youtube.com/c/SantMatRadhasoami/videos


Teachings of Baba Jaimal Singh of the Radhasoami Faith;

Spiritual Discourses of Baba Somanath, Disciple of Huzur Baba Sawan Singh;

A Prayer For Peace or Ahimsa -- Praises To A Formless God;

Ethical Guidance From Kabir and An Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality;

Overcoming Distracting Thoughts So We Have Great Meditations;

The Living Spiritual Path of Sant Mat Based in Bihar, India, Parts 1-5  (so far -- more to come);

The Vegetarianism of the Jesus Movement: The Syriac-Aramaic Clementines & The "Yoke of the Lord" in the The Didache

Veg Sayings of Jesus, Rumi, Rabia & Bawa Muhaiyaddeen in Sufi Islamic Sources

The Original Jesus Movement (Ebionites) Recognized Those in India Who Worship the One God, are Vegetarians, and Follow the Same Peaceful Ethical Precepts;

Loaves Without The Fishes in Early Christian Writings;

Vegan & Veg Teachings in Buddhism;

Rules For Being Guru, By Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj;

Reincarnation in Gnosticism, and... Let the Gnostics Be Gnostic;

The Gospel of THOMAS and Initiation Into the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens, also Kirpal Singh on Initiation;

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Gnostic Spirituality;

The Science of Spirituality According to Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj;

The Goal of Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation: Our Path Back to the Source;

Meditation Practice According to Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj;

Meet the Unknown Guru of Radhaswami: Maharaj Girdhari Sahib;


Spiritual Awakening Radio is now available via ALL the podcast APPS, pod-catchers, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Audibles, Public Radio, Google Podcasts, TuneIN, Stitcher, HealthyLifeNet, The Internet Archive, etc... also the embedded Podcast Player @ the NEW Podcast Radio Website. At my Libsyn Podcast site you can subscribe to my podcasts, and you'll see links there to the Sant Mat Facebook Page, Sant Mat @ Twitter, and various podcast options: https://SpiritualAwakeningRadio.libsyn.com/website






Sant Mat Radhasoami Books -- EXPANDED Free e-Library Online: Recommended Reading, Recent Publications, Radhaswami Books, Kirpal Singh Books, Julian Johnson Books, Anurag Sagar, Kabir, Classic Sants of India, Adi Granth/Guru Nanak, Guru Lineage Charts, Charts of the Inner Regions/Heavens, Gnostic/Christian Mysticism Section, Sayings of Jesus/Early Jewish Christian Scriptures/Vegetarian Gospels, the Vegan Section, Sufi/Rumi Section, and Two LINKS Pages: 

https://SantMatRadhasoami.blogspot.com/2019/01/sant-mat-radhasoami-books-main-page-e.html




Remembering the Forgotten Self (Soul) Lost in the Dust of Creation



Rumi: "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."


Stevan L. Davies: "I think that Gnosticism is about discovering the way that God has turned into you, and then realizing that if you can describe how it is that God turned into you, you can reverse the process."


Over the many centuries there have always been mystical branches of Judaism, Kabbalah, Sethian Gnosis, and others that have had an ethical, peaceful philosophy of life, adhered to a vegetarian diet, had living teachers or Masters of the Name, a system of initiation into holy names, and the #meditation practice of ascension of the soul through several upper worlds of Light and Sound, with the goal of reuniting with the Supreme Being. Sometimes these teachings get lost or partially forgotten over time, but there is evidence for their existence, and the quest of the mystic soul is to REMEMBER. (from one of my blog entries)


Like Galileo discovering new worlds through the lens of his telescope, mystics have been trying to tell humanity for eons of something quite similar. The reason why the contemplative state of being is still hidden from most of us is that, unlike Galileo’s telescope, in order to look through this particular lens, the third eye or inner vision, we mustn’t focus on the outward sensory impressions, but go in the opposite direction: into Inner Space. Look through the lens of the third eye during meditation to access the world of within. Tune the inner radio dial, listening for the subtle inner sounds coming from beyond the silence. This is how to access the Kingdom of the Heavens, the Inner Space within you. (from one of my blog entries)


"Look within yourself with the inner eye.

The whole expanse inside is replete

with the refulgence of the Divine Light."

-- Dadu Dayal, the Compassionate Mystic


“Sant Kabir Sahab asks: ‘You have lost an object in one place and you are looking for it in an entirely different place. How could you possibly find it?’ Let us consider this dilemma in view of the way people usually attempt to find peace, joy and contentment. People wander ceaselessly through life, always seeking to acquire material resources, thinking they will thus achieve their goal of happiness. However, as the saints tell us, even if we acquire all these physical possessions – status, fame, or wealth – we are still unable to attain true peace, joy and happiness. The peace we seek is not found in the outer material world but only in the inner world of the soul. The outer manifest world is merely sensory. It is transitory and ever-fleeting. But within us lives the Supreme Being whose true form is peace and bliss. The Divine is unmanifest (without physical form), eternal, and beyond the senses. Only by turning inward and ceasing the outward wandering, will we be able to attain lasting joy and eternal peace.”


– Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj – Finding Peace Within – Light and Sound on the Path


“Bring the sky beneath your feet and listen to Celestial Music everywhere.” -- Rumi







Monday, September 21, 2020

God is Already Within Us

 

God is Already Within Us




“Take up the broom of love, and sweep the chamber of your heart.” (Bani of Kabir Sahib)

“Only when we have made our hearts clean, can the Lord – Who is immaculate and pure – manifest there. He is already residing there, but he will manifest. We don’t need to bring some other Lord from outside. The false worldly thoughts come from outside and fill up our within. But the Almighty Lord is already innate in our within. He does not descend from some other realm.” (Baba Somanath’s commentary)

“But my Friend resides within me.” (Bani of Kabir Sahib)

“What need do I have to look for Him outside? When we direct our yearning toward the Lord over and over, we become his very form. Then we say, ‘He has become my true friend. I have no more need to wait for His coming. If He were separate from me, then I would have to search for Him and wait for Him. But I am in Him and He is in me. So now what is the point of seeking Him? Where would I search and who would I wait for?’” (Baba Somanath’s commentary)

Meditation

“Without eyes, you see; without ears, you hear.” (Bani of Kabir Sahib)

"To see without eyes, to hear without ears – this is an inner experience.

Guru Nanak has also spoken on this subject: ‘To see without eyes; to hear without ears.’

All the saints teach the same thing. No matter how hard you may try, you will not be able to have the darshan [vision] of that inner Lord using these physical eyes.

Ramdas Swami tells us: ‘These eyes of flesh cannot see Him; you can behold the Lord only with the eye of knowledge (the inner eye).’

He cannot be seen with these eyes of flesh. Only when you look with the inner eye of knowledge will you behold Him. In the same way, you will hear without ears. Through the physical ears, you hear the sounds of the outer words. But the inner Dhun is resounding of itself, and that Sound is heard without ears. We hear outer sounds through the physical ears, but if the inner Sound did not exist, our sense organs would not function – our very life-breath would cease." (Baba Somanath’s commentary)



Thursday, June 25, 2020

PODCAST: Ethical Guidance From Kabir & An Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality -- Spiritual Awakening Radio @ Youtube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIN, etc...



PODCAST: Ethical Guidance From Kabir & An Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality -- Spiritual Awakening Radio @ Youtube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIN, etc...




PODCAST: Ethical Guidance From Kabir & An Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality -- Spiritual Awakening Radio @ Youtube: https://youtu.be/hzFLgaD7Tbw

An Outline of Today's Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: The Story of Ants in a Burning Log -- The mysterious figure of Kabir made his entry into the life of Dharam Das; The Ethical Foundation of Sant Mat -- Ahimsa Values -- The Five Precepts -- Moral Requirements to Qualify For Initiation; Seven Key Practices of Sant Mat Mysticism; Selections from the mystic poetry of Kabir from several sources; Readings from the Anurag Sagar and Baba Kehar Singh's commentary on the Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love), a spiritual classic of the Sant tradition of India: God is Just Behind Our Eyes at the Third Eye Center; Initiation Into Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) and Protection from Above Following the Path of Sants; A Book of Sant Mat Ethics: "1008 Kabir Vani" -- One of the Most Important Books of Kabir, a review of the book followed by selections: the Guru Verification Process; the Kal Niranjan (Negative Power): "This mind is like an intoxicated elephant;" The Repetition of God's Name; Meditation, Prayers of Guru Kabir; and, closing thoughts.

Says Kabir:
"One after another,
Many births I took;
Many paths I followed
To escape this relentless cycle.
Only when I made my mind still
Did I obtain the state
Of lasting repose." 
-- Kabir, the Weaver of God's Name

"Meditation will remove all your burdens; meditation upon Ram's [God's] name will become your support." 
-- Guru Kabir

"Just as the lotus blooms
after getting the light of the sun,
in the same way the sufferings of the souls
from ages and ages are finished
after having darshan [vision]
of Sat Purush [True Eternal Being, God]." 
-- Anurag Sagar

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Book of Sant Mat Ethics: “Kabir 1008 Vani” — One of the Most Important Books of Kabir



A Book of Sant Mat Ethics: “Kabir 1008 Vani” — One of the Most Important Books of Kabir




Serving, Helping Others During This Life: "The advantage of being in the human mode of existence lies in giving and serving only, i.e. helping others as much as possible. Because, possibly you will not get this body [human form] again. This time you have been given this body, and so do not hesitate; serve others and that is all." (Guru Kabir, Saakhi Granth of Kabir, 1008 Kabir Vani)

“Love is like a deep sea. Only that lover (of God) who will dive into it fearlessly shall be able to get the pearl of ultimate happiness in it. And one who will not be able to muster up enough courage to dive into it, shall remain sitting at the beach. He will remain without love in this world. How will he get the pearls of ultimate happiness then?” (Kabir 1008 Vani)

"This mind is like an intoxicated elephant. It needs goading with the goad of pure thoughts, so that it gets rid of worldly desires and drinks nectar of spiritual self control... The imaginations of the mind are just as innumerable as the innumerable waves of an ocean. If somehow this mind can become quit by itself, attainment of true knowledge like diamond will become easily accessible (everyman in this world is sad and restless because of lack of knowledge. This true knowledge can be attained only when the mind becomes quit.)" (Kabir 1008 Vani)

A Wonderful Book to Consult: 1008 Kabir Vaani, Selections from the Sakhis, a Book of Ethical Precepts of Kabir: Read Online (scroll down the page to download PDF): https://archive.org/details/1008KabirVaani/page/n5/mode/2up

Book Review: Kabir 1008 Vani
by James Bean
Kabir 1008 Vani — Nectar of Truth and Knowledge
Essence of the Collection of Saakhis (the Saakhi Granth of Guru Kabir) in Simple Language and Style
Compiled by Lalchand Doohan Jigyasu

Translated into English by Kunwar Anil Kumar

Genres: Ethics, Genuine Ethical Foundation of Spirituality, Morality, Principles, Wisdom, Sant Mat, Kabir Panth, Meditation, Bhakti (Love and Devotion),

This is one of the most important books of Kabir to have. Kabir 1008 Vani is a very beautiful and impressive book of ethics and wisdom featuring 1008 sayings of Kabir, one of India’s greatest Masters and poet-mystics, who lived in northern India around six hundred years ago. As with Rumi, the Persian Sufi poet, in recent years Kabir has also become increasingly popular in the West. A few decades ago, the only translations of Kabir were, “Songs of Kabir” by Rabindranath Tagore published in 1915, and Robert Bly’s 1971 paraphrase or “versions” of Kabir, which were also based upon Tagore’s translation. These days however, there are literally hundreds of books available in the English language exploring the poetry and teachings of Sri Guru Kabir Sahib. The Saakhis (a term for a certain kind of poetic composition, a couplet giving testimony of eternal truths) are often used in the satsangs (spiritual gatherings in the name of Eternal Truth) of many spiritual paths based in India. It makes a great deal of sense that spiritual teachers would give satsang talks based upon the Saakhis of Kabir, as they are brimming with wisdom about how to integrate spiritual principles into one’s daily life. Kabir was critical of religious hypocrisy, going through the motions of outward rites and rituals without sincerity of heart. His path was that of Bhakti, meaning, love and devotion for the Beloved Supreme Spirit. For Kabir, the true church, mosque, or temple is within the body, within the human heart. The theme of the Saakhis is bringing all levels of our existence, more and more with each passing day, in body, speech, emotions, and thought, into harmony with the soul or spirit inside.

ISBN: 81–8133–515–5
Publisher: Manoj Publications, Delhi



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Friday, May 22, 2020

PODCAST: Meet The Unknown Guru of Radhasoami: Maharaj Girdhari Sahib... and... Lost Shabds of Soamiji



PODCAST: Meet The Unknown Guru of Radhaswami: Maharaj Girdhari Sahib... and... Lost Shabds of Soamiji




PODCAST: Meet The Unknown Guru of Radhasoami: Maharaj Girdhari Sahib... and... Lost Shabds of Soamiji, and other Lucknow Shabds, Sant Mat History Research Update -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast, a Production of Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Listen @ Youtube: https://youtu.be/wRvcF1n8rjg


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The Great Soul Soami Ji Maharaj (Radhasoami) was initiated by Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India, and after Sant Tulsi's passing in 1843, Soami Ji was affiliated with a successor of Sant Tulsi by the name of Maharaj Girdhari Sahib. Thanks to Pramod for being my contact at the Lucknow Satsang, and Roohi for translating material from Hindi into English. We are blessed to access new verses of mystic poetry of Saints, which helps inspire spiritual practitioners to go within and meditate upon the inner Light and Sound of God. History can be liberating, opening up new vistas of appreciation and avenues of wisdom, as we endeavour to sit at the feet of the Masters.

Part of a Shabd of Soami Ji Maharaj from Lucknow:

"My MASTER introduced me to the identity of Soul, and I realised the self as highest element. (Main)
The Formless Purush is beyond the second door. 
Beholding Him, the soul became blissful. (1)
Inside this body is the whole creation of the Vedas,
The Perfect MASTER showed this to me. (2)
Inside is seen brilliant sunlight...
and in the inner sky
a huge ocean. (3)
Inside the inner cave are billions of suns..."

Scholarly References to Girdhari in Academic Sources;

Disciples of Soami Ji Maharaj (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Garib Das) Mention Their Spiritual Master's Association with Girdhari Sahib;

Girdhari Update......Contact With the Lucknow Satsang Established... the Satsang Associated with Sant Girdhari Sahib;

Soamiji Maharaj was a Successor of Girdhari Sahib;

So There Are Now Two Ashrams and Gurus in Lucknow;

The Missing Years and Lost Shabds of Soami Ji Maharaj, Sant Radhaswami Saheb;

Readings from the Lucknow Shabds (Mystic Poetry, Hymns): Selections, Rough Translations of Shabds and Fragments of Shabds of Sants Tulsi Sahib, Maharaj Girdhari Sahib, Shri Surswami, Soami Ji Maharaj (Radhasoami), Garib Das, Sukh Das, Lachman Das, and Haricharan Das;

PDF File/E-Booklet: Lucknow Shabds (Mystic Poetry, Hymns): Selections, Rough Translations of Shabds and Fragments of Shabds of Sants Tulsi Sahib, Maharaj Girdhari Sahib, Shri Surswami, Soami Ji Maharaj (Radhasoami), Garib Das, Sukh Das, Lachman Das, and Haricharan Das: https://archive.org/details/LucknowShabdsSantMatGirdhariSahib

*  Correspond via Email: Questions? Seeking information on how to be initiated into the meditation practice (Inner Light and Sound of God), or trying to locate a satsang meetup in your area of the world? Email me here: James (at) SpiritualAwakeningRadio (dot) com

All for the Love of Wisdom and Radio, Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, Bandagi Saheb, In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be To You,
James
Spiritual Awakening Radio

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