Light and Sound on the Path: Life Has Been Wasted If We Do Not Enter the Eye Center
"If we listen to Satsang every day, and we do Bhajan Simran every day, then we will definitely get success on this Path, and we will be fit for getting the Grace of our Masters." (Baba Ram Singh Ji)
The Third Eye in Meditation: “Close your eyes as in sleep, and look sweetly, lovingly, intently into the middle of the darkness lying in front of you. You will see a dark veil. That which sees the dark veil within, without the help of your physical eyes, IS the inner eye.” (Kirpal Singh)
"The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love." -- Meister Eckhart
Life Has Been Wasted if We Do Not Enter the Eye Center -- Sant Mat Satsang PODCAST: Some Inspiration Today For Spiritual Seekers Looking For the Way to the Beyond, the Kingdom of the Heavens, the Way That Leads to the Worlds that are Within: Featuring the Wisdom of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, Baba Somanath, Sant Kirpal Singh, Baba Ram Singh Ji (Guddella Ashram, Andhra Pradesh), Sarmad the Sufi Saint, Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar, Niloba of Maharashtra, Sant Paltu Sahib, Sant Pippa Saheb, the Adi Granth (Guru Granth), Baba Kehar Singh, Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, Baba Devi Sahab of Moradabad, and Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj (Maharshi Mehi Ashram).
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Hazur Baba Sawan Singh: "The Saints tell mankind that above this dark world there are many higher and more beautiful spiritual regions, and that everyone in due course of time will rise to those regions. They speak always of the Divine Music of Naam, the Word of God, which their disciples hear and which, by its purifying and magnetic power, cleanses the minds of the disciples and draws their souls up to the higher domains."
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Simran Is The First Step In Sant Mat
Simran is the art of repeating a name or names of God in one's mind (manas jap, guru mantra) for the purpose of Remembering the Divine -- Practicing the Presence of God. It is a way to remain spiritually awake in a world of slumber, a way to remain centered instead of being thrown off-center by the influence of maya (illusion). In the Path of the Saints and Mystics this spiritual exercise of repeating or chanting Names of God is done not only in meditation practice, but as often as possible throughout the day as a way to spiritualize all aspects of life, inner and outer. Baba Ram Singh on Simran:
"So, when you are here, you should do Simran* as much as possible, while you are walking, while you are eating, and while going about your other work. And with this, you will get the Grace of Baba Ji. Because, when we do Simran like this and then when we sit for meditation, it is the Simran, which we have done the day long, that helps us at the time of meditation. If we are not doing Simran, then our mind is scattered, and all the other things then affect our meditations. So, we should spend as much time as possible and maximize our Simran. We should focus our attention towards Simran. Simran is the first step in Sant Mat, and it is only with Simran that we leave out the nine doors and come to the Tenth." (Baba Ram Singh Ji, from the satsang discourse, Simran Is The First Step In Sant Mat)
*Simran [Remembrance]: "Repetition of names or thoughts; in Sant Mat, the simran of worldly thoughts is controlled through the Simran of the Five Charged Names, repeated by an initiate throughout the day and when sitting for meditation as a means of collecting the thought currents at the Third Eye Center; also used as a password of sorts to higher planes and protection from Negative Power influences." (Glossary in the discourses of Baba Ram Singh)
Give Priority To Your Meditation (from a Satsang Discourse of Baba Ram Singh Ji)
THE PATH OF SANT MAT is the path of love and affection. Mahatmas have been explaining that the soul is a form of love and the Master is also a form of love. God Almighty Himself is a form of love. And the Path of going back to God Almighty is also a form of love. But ever since the soul has separated from God Almighty and has got engulfed in the net of Kal and Maya, it has separated from God Almighty and has manifested itself in the form of Kal and Maya here.
So, that same love, which has manifested in the outward pursuits of Kal and Maya here, if we are able to inwardly direct that same love and affection, then we can move within at great speed and velocity.
Therefore, our love and affection have to be prioritized. And, oftentimes, we prioritize all of the other things, all of our mundane activities, and other things. And because we have a love and affection for those things, we prioritize those and we say, "Okay, after we have finished all of those activities, we will sit for meditation." And then, sometimes we sit for meditation; sometimes we do not sit for meditation. And that's how our meditation gets affected.
So, if you have love and affection for your Master, then you will prioritize that love and affection for giving priority to your meditation first.
It is, therefore, incumbent on a disciple, once he has been initiated, to prioritize his meditation. He should always keep that to the forefront and do his meditation first, and then all of the other activities should follow that.
And why do we do this meditation? It is so that we get free from this ocean of life and death and we rid ourselves from this illness of life and death. And that is the technique -- that is the trick -- that the Master has taught us. That is what we should do -- and do it with a priority.
The Ladder Of The Sound Current Connects The Soul Back To God Almighty
Ever since God has created this whole Creation and has created the human body and human form, He has created the Path to go back, for the soul to go back, and meet God Almighty within the human form. This is not a Path created by any Mahatmas. It is a Path created by God Almighty Himself. It is a natural law that has made this. On the same Path, Saints have gone and met God Almighty with the Grace of Their Masters. And, on the same Path, we can also go with the Grace of our Masters and meet God Almighty.
There is one Sound Current emanating from God Almighty coming down, but there are five planes in-between. And each plane, where the Sound Current traverses, it makes a different sound.
So, this ladder of Sound Current is there connected within, and each step we take, each plane we cross, that same ladder is connected internally. The same Sound Current gets connected and goes back to God Almighty. It is on the Sound Current only that the soul rides and goes back to God Almighty, all which are connected within.
But, to manifest this Sound Current within, we have to take the help of Simran and Dhyan and we have to concentrate our attention, we have to focus our attention from outside, within. And that is how we will get to manifest the Sound Current within.
Our mind is scattered in outward, worldly thoughts. And it is continuously in the repetition of these thoughts, which are all outwardly drawn. And that is why the mind is also outwardly drawn. By doing the Simran of the Naam given at the time of initiation, we repeat that and the mind starts getting focused, and its attention gets focused within.
When we sit for meditation, we close our eyes and then we focus our thoughts at the back of the Eye Center. And our faculty of visualization is also there, which also visualizes the Form of the Master within. And by doing Simran, we concentrate our attention and focus at the back of the Eye Center. Then, automatically, when we sit for meditation, our attention starts getting focused on the Form of a Master at the back of the Eye Center.
There are the rishis and munis who also do meditation. But their meditation and their focus and attention are slightly different. Instead of focusing at the back of the Eye Center, what they do is, they start focusing on the chakras.
So, in the physical body, we have six chakras. And starting from the lowest chakra, they start doing the mantra. Each chakra has a mantra, and what they do is, they repeat the mantras. And, when a certain number of times that mantra is done, tens of thousands of times, then that chakra opens up. And, that way, they start progressing by opening each of these chakras and going inside and up within their body. So, for them to take and open each of the six chakras and then the seventh above that and go up, inside, it takes a very, very long time.
Mahatmas say that when someone has to climb a mountain and he is midway, standing on the mountain, there is no point in going down to the bottom of the mountain and then climbing all the way up again. Instead, he should climb upwards from where he is.
So, the soul is currently situated at the back of the Eye Center. And, therefore, Saints say that you start from there. You start focusing there and focus your attention where the soul and the Master stay. That is at the back of the Eye Center.
So, therefore, we should lovingly focus our attention and do the Simran and the Dhyan, that is, the contemplation of the Form of the Master while doing Simran at the back of the Eye Center. When we do this lovingly, we also start getting the Grace of the Master there.
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So, this morning time is good. We have woken up. Our mind is fresh and it is quiet. A quiet mind is good for meditation. So, we should close our eyes and get connected to Simran and Dhyan.
-- Baba Ram Singh Ji, Meditation Talk 08 Aug 2016 -- Morning
"Look at God within yourself, how ‘God is Light.’ For his Nature is a glorious, many-splendored Light. He manifests the Light of his Nature to those who love Him in all the worlds…" -- John of Dalyatha, Syriac Mystic
Ode 12: The Truth, the Word or Sound of the Logos, and the Aeons... the Cosmic Worlds
The Word of Truth filled me,
and in order that I might speak it.
And like the flowing of water,
truth flowed from my mouth,
and my lips declared its fruits.
And it increased in me it's Gnosis,
because the true Word is the
mouth of the Lord
and the gates of his Light.
And the most high gave the Word to his Aeons,
the interpreters of his beauty,
and the narrator's of his glory,
and the confessors of his thought,
and the revealers of his mind,
and the teachers of his works.
For the swiftness of the Word is indescribable,
and like its narration, so are its
swiftness and sharpness,
and its course is Limitless.
For it is the Light and dawning of thought.
And the Aeons spoke to one another by the Word
and they acquired speech,
those who were silent.
And from its was friendship and Harmony,
and they spoke, one to another by it.
And they were goaded by the Word
and knew him who had made them,
because they were in Harmony.
Because the mouth of the Most High
spoke to them,
For the dwelling place of the Word is man,
and it's truth is love.
(excerpted from the more 'Gnostic' Lattke translation of the Book of the Odes)
ODE 12 sounds almost like it was composed by the same folks behind the Gospel of John and other John community texts.
-- Ode 12, Odes of Solomon -- not really Solomon, as it's from a pseudepigraphicaly titled apocryphal text. An accurate title would be, The First Known Collection of Hymns (Psalms) from Early Christianity Preserved in Syriac-Aramaic, Coptic, and Greek
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