Radhasoami Reality, Mark Juergensmeyer Interview -- Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast
Mark Juergensmeyer on: Radhasoami Reality, the Spircon Gathering in Agra, and Sant Mat History: My guest today is Mark Juergensmeyer. Our conversation explores: the spirit of Sant Mat "ecumenism" and dialogue of the historic Spircon conference, the International Seminar on the Religion of Sants -- Radhasoami Faith -- Spiritual Consciousness Studies; also some Sant Mat history speculation on the origins of the Radhasoami Faith: the ashram of the Tulsi Sahib group in Hathras, "the People of the Anurag Sagar" or the "Esoteric Santism" of Sant Dariya Sahib and the Dharamdasi Branch of Kabir Panth.
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Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including, "Radhasoami Reality, The Logic of A Modern Faith", Princeton University Press; "Songs of the Saints of India" (Mystic Poetry of Kabir, Guru Nanak, Ravidas, Mirabai, Sur Das, and Tulsi Das), Oxford University Press; contributed chapters to, "The Sants - Studies in A Devotional Tradition of India", Motilal Banarsidas Books of Delhi.
I've always been supportive of the goals of, The Murar Declaration, which lead to the Spircon event: the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic gathering convened in Agra attended by the leadership and representatives of several branches of Sant Mat and Radhasoami lineages:
"We are all pilgrims treading the same path and desirous of reaching the same destination ultimately. Satsang movement has been started to spread the true religion and peace and tranquility in the world and to draw people towards the Holy Feet of Huzur Radhasoami Dayal. This object can be better served by maintaining mutual affection and brotherly relations among different Centres of Radhasoami Faith and working in cooperation to attain the common goal 'as the object of worship of everyone is the same (i.e. Merciful Radhasoami) and the Original Home of everyone is the same (i.e. the Abode of Radhasoami) and the real teachers of everyone are the same Bani and Discourses of Merciful Radhasoami, obviously then, all should have amity and heart-felt love and affection for each other.'" (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, Prem Patra Radhasoami)
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