God is a Frequency That Exists Within You — Light and Sound on the Path — Sant Mat Radha Soami Satsang E Newsletter


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“God is a Frequency That Exists Within You. Tune In.”
 

 
“The center-most part of your being — THERE is the Supreme Region. It is the sacred temple of the Spirit.” (Miguel Molinos, The Spiritual Guide)
 
 
“All things are in the universe, and the universe is in all things: we in it, and it in us; in this way everything concurs in a perfect unity.” (Giordano Bruno, Mystic, Philosopher, Astronomer)
 
 
“Ultimately there is light and love and intelligence in this universe. And we are it, we carry that within us, its not just something out there, it is within us. This is what we are trying to re-connect with, our original light and love and intelligence, which is who we really are. So it is important not to get so distracted by extraneous things, but to really remember what we are here on this planet for.” (Jetsun-ma Tenzin Palmo)
 
 
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” (Carl Sagan)
 
 
“Beyond the veils of darkness, Light and Sound, in the innermost layer, the Soul finds the ubiquitous Ram [God]. Climb practicing Surat Shabd into the Inaccessible Home and worship within Lord Ram [All-Pervasive Supreme Being].” (Padavali of Maharshi Mehi)
 
 
 
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Rumi is More Than A Dispenser of Clever Words — Find Your Own Shams
 
People are drawn to the poetic utterances of Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). In the lives of many, Rumi has become the rare example of encountering a genuine spiritual master of the past, what the Sufis call a “murshid”, an advanced spiritual teacher or guide. More than a poet, they sense there is a radiance behind Rumi’s words, that really, Rumi offers a radically different and far more enchanting approach to God or the spiritual world than the conventional religion they know.
 
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic. For some reason, this particular Sufi poet has become extremely popular and well-known to many, yet Rumi is one of thousands of such celebrated Gnostic poet-mystics, Sants and Sufis of the East.
 
Sufism is a form of Islamic Gnosticism, a school of mysticism. Rumi’s spiritual teacher (living master, murshid) was Shams of Tabriz, a disciple of Baba Kamal al-Din Jumdi in a Sufi Order, a living school of spirituality. In Arabic, “Shams” means “Sun”. For Rumi, Shams was his light-giver (guru), the spiritual guide, someone who communicated the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, the methods of spiritual practice, meditation, how to ascend through the heavens and commune with the Beloved Supreme Being.
 
Rumi is a great read, composed great poems, contributed much to the world of literature? Sure. However, to truly “get” Rumi and come to appreciate his message, we need to find our own living Shams of Tabriz. 
 
 
The Master-Student Relationship
 
“Rumi trusted his heart and soul to Shams, and Shams said, ‘That is a good beginning. What more can you offer?’
 
“‘There is nothing more!’ cried Rumi.
 
“Shams replied, ‘Still you sleep, Rumi. It is a new day. Wake up! You resist my words because of your own insecurities and the fear that right now you could be the God that you truly are. Could I, as your friend, allow you to continue living a life of limitation when you know better?’”
 
Rumi says: “If you seek to know God, sit at the feet of the Masters.” “Feed your heart in conversation with someone harmonious with it; seek spiritual advancement from one who is advanced.” Rumi says, may you find your own Shams and learn from them the Secret of Secrets.
 
“Rumi found in poetry the only form of expression befitting his reverence for his teacher Shams of Tabriz.”
 
 
Rumi’s Ode to the Satguru
 
You come to us
from another world
 
From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure,
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love.
 
You transform all
who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns,
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and King.
 
You bewilder us
with your grace.
All evils
transform into
goodness.
 
You are the master alchemist.
 
You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.
 
Through your loving
existence and nonexistence erge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.
 

 
The Traveler of the Subtle Inner Path
 
Many Sants like Sant Tulsi Das, Goswami Lakshminath Paramhans, Sant Kabir, Sahib Surdas Ji, Sant Tukaram Ji, and Shri Maharshi Mehi unanimously pronounce that all human beings — irrespective of gender, age, occupation, and race — have an equal right to follow the inner path to the Divine. This view is verifiable by the fact that many Sants and sages, including Sant Kabir, Sant Ravidas, Sant Garibdas were born in ‘lower castes’ and in the lower strata of their society. Many ancient sages like Vyasa and Narada also have unusual births. Sant Tulsidas emphasizes that physical conditions, including birth in lower caste, poverty, and a lack of bodily beauty do not inhibit the progress of the soul. Sants declare that we are all children of one Supreme Being, God. This Divine Being is all compassionate and generous and does not have preference for any persons on the basis of their birth, class, or gender. However, there are certain disciplines all seekers must follow in order to tread this inner path to realize the Divine. According to Maharshi Mehi, “There are a number of necessary observances required to tread the spiritual path.”
 
Observances: Complete faith in one Divine Being, determination to realize the Divine within, service to the guru, satsang (association of the Sants and the study of scriptures), and steadfast meditation. Prohibitions: Use of intoxicants, practice of adultery, lying, violence (causing suffering to other beings, eating the flesh of animals), and stealing…
 
Thus, scriptures and Sant literature offer guidelines with regard to disciplines and prohibitions. According to these writings, an untouchable (chandala) who is devoted to the service of the Supreme Being is superior to a Brahmin (a person from the priestly class). Such a chandala with his/her devotion and dedication to the Supreme Being purifies the entire clan.
 
According to the Dharmashastras (Law Books), “all are born shudras (the lowest caste).” (One rises upward through the inward spiritual journey.) The caste system is based according to one’s qualities, actions, and samskaras (imprints left on the soul due to previous or past life experiences). The reality is, social status, birth, or social class (caste) does not determine the quality of a person; but, rather, one’s comportment determines one’s true status (i.e. caste). Death is a great equalizer. At the time of death, when the soul leaves the body it becomes isolated from all that was connected to the body, including relatives, sons and daughters, caste and status, wealth and wisdom, honor and power. Then, why discriminate against other human beings on the basis of these transitory, material things?
 
The inner path is accessible to all human beings, but certain disciplines, as cataloged above, are to be followed as also prescribed by the Sants for entering this path. An observance of these disciplines is absolutely essential for the seekers of Divine Reality.
 
O seeker, if you want to become a pilgrim on the spiritual path then do not transgress the disciplines and rules prescribed by the Sants and scriptures! Without following these necessary provisions and disciplines you will not be able to travel upon this inward journey, and will not attain success in achieving the highest goal.
 
– Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, from the chapter titled, The Traveler of the Subtle Inner Path, in the new book, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh)
 

 
Thoughts Are Like Seeds That Sprout Into Words and Deeds
 
“Right Vision or Faith (Samyak Darshana), Right Knowledge (Samyak Gyana), and Right Conduct (Samyak Charitra) — constitutes the path to liberation. These are known as the triple gems (or jewels) of Jainism and hence also known as Ratnatraya. These three are essential for the soul to evolve spiritually.” (Sutra of Jainism)
 
“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.” (Hindu Upanishads)
 
Today’s karmas become the fate of tomorrow. According to our last life actions, our mental tendencies are formed in this life. Because of our pure actions we will have the desire to seek the association of Sants and to meditate.
 
Some argue that nothing goes with the soul after death, but this is not correct. The teachings of Sants and scriptures indicate otherwise. If our past life karmas were not a determinant of our present condition, then, all people would be exactly the same — with identical tendencies and aptitudes. The soul carries with it the results of good and bad actions and this can be attested by the fact of the existence of a diverse population with varied capacities in the world. Some are born beautiful and others lack beauty; some are born in wealthy families and others deprived of basic needs; some are born with a serene nature and others are spiteful; some seek and gain wealth, and others remain poor; some easily rise to scholarly heights and others barely gain minimum success; some become great artists without much effort and others struggle with no success in sight.
 
People are inclined toward different goals according to their past karmas. Therefore, everyone has a unique nature, bodily structure, conduct, countenance, circumstances, and status. All this is because of our actions in previous lifetimes. Furthermore, it is also observed that sometimes our past actions unexpectedly change the course of our present life. This is seen in the change in the direction of our life, or in a sudden change in attitude, or changes in health or status. In these conditions, people’s lives take surprisingly different courses that are unexplainable in the context of the present life’s situations. We cannot know what past karmas have created for our future or how they may affect our future life-situation. Even the great souls go through the ups and downs caused by the effects of good and bad karmas…
 
Without enough resources, and in spite of having all other agricultural means, a farmer is unable to have a successful crop. Similarly, though having met all other basic requirements to tread the path of meditation, a practitioner without favorable past karmas will not have the desired success on the spiritual path. If we continue to create good karmas, then the course of our life will shift and will lead to spiritual progress. Individuals, even if they do not believe in reincarnation or the karmas of past lives — if they carefully tread their path in this life and devote themselves to performing good actions — their deeds will become a source of future progress, and help them move forward on the inward journey of the soul.
 
– Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh)
 
 
“The person who adheres to the meditation on the Supreme Being, the Ultimate Reality, as outlined in this book by Satguru Kabir, will have the effects of his past life karmas, his present life karmas, and future life karmas, uprooted. (A devotee, through deep meditation, identifies with the Supreme Being that is beyond all karmas and their effects. Karmas operate at the level of the mind/body complex, not at the level of Spirit.)” (Saying 333, Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)
 

 
The Devotee Who Wishes Liberation Should First Practice the Nine-fold Devotion
 
195. The devotees who have practiced the nine-fold devotion are the best of all. Now there is a description of each of the nine parts of the nine-fold devotion. Listen attentively to it.
 
196. The first part of devotion is to abolish doubt and illusion, and offer service and worship to the guru who shows you your true nature. The second part is to serve the religious or saintly people. And the third part is the repetition of the Eternal Name with love.
 
197. The fourth part of devotion is to listen very faithfully to teachings that awaken spiritual knowledge, and the fifth part is the removal of the influence of Maya (illusion and doubt) in your life.
 
198. Satyalok (Eternal Abode) is your true dwelling place where there is eternal bliss. The happiness of this world is transitory and false. Having the wisdom to know the difference is the sixth part of devotion. The seventh part of devotion is to always speak the truth just as you have seen or heard it.
 
199. The eighth part of devotion is to have equal vision towards all beings, and to know that the same soul dwells in all of them. Regard their happiness and suffering as you regard your own. The ninth part of devotion is to have nobility of character, so that your thoughts, words and deeds create no enmity with anyone. It is praiseworthy to have compassion, generosity and other noble conduct towards every being.
 
– Brahm Nirupan of Kabir
 

 
Why We Seek to See the Inner Light: Getting Off the Wheel of Reincarnation
 
“If anyone does not receive the Light while he is here, he will not be able to receive it in the other place either.” (Gnostic Gospel of Philip, Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt)
 
Gnostic Book of Pistis Sophia: “All the rulers (archons) of the height have tried to deceive me into believing that I am only a body of matter without Light in it. And after this the merciless powers surrounded me, and tried to take away all the Light that was in me. But You appeared to me out of the darkness and I trusted You, O Light, and said: ‘You are the one who liberated me. I thank You O Light for having compassion on me. And You have saved me, O Light, with your Gnosis [Mystical Knowledge].’”
 
Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj: “What is the place to be reached? When we close our eyes and see darkness, this is the realm of ignorance. When the Light dawns within you, then you understand that you reside in Noble Regions. In darkness resides ignorance and in Light resides Knowledge. For example, as we are sitting in visible light right now we are able to see one another. However, if the power goes out, ensuing total darkness, we will not be able to see others. We will not even be aware of other people, coming and going. In this analogy “light” signifies knowledge and “darkness” signifies ignorance.
 
“In the same manner when we see darkness with our eyes closed, we are in the realm of death and re-birth [we are unaware of our true nature]. When we come out of the realm of darkness and enter into the realm of Light, we will at the same time transcend the web of death. It is not possible that we can remain in darkness and be free from the net of birth and death. Having achieved inner Light we can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death.”
 
Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj: “The practitioner here experiences the joys of the Light realm. There are many regions within the Light realm, with each higher realm being exponentially larger than the previous. Also the bliss and joy of each successive realm increases greatly. In this realm of Light the practitioner sees and converses with his guru and receives further instruction for advancing. The student sees many wonders within each realm.”
 

 
 
Mystic Verse of Sant Tulsi Das Based on a Translation by Swami Swarupanand Baba (Maharshi Mehi Ashram)
 
रैन का भूषण इंदु है दिवस का भूषण भान |
दास को भूषण भक्ति है भक्ति को भूषण ज्ञान ||
ज्ञान को भूषण ध्यान है ध्यान को भूषण त्याग |
त्याग को भूषण शांति पद तुलसी अमल अदाग ||
[वैराग्य संदीपनी -- गो० तुलसीदास ]
 
“The beauty of night is the moon, and of the day is the sun. Likewise, the beauty of the devotee (bhakta) is love (bhakti). The shining (beauty) of devotion is real knowledge, and it is more beautiful when done with meditation. Meditation is most genuine or true when all desires have departed. There is no attachment to material things. It is perfectly bright when there is perfect peace. There is absolute rest, steadiness, a state of stillness — the Soundless state. It is absolutely pure and exquisite (ethereal).” (Sant Tulsi Das)
 

 
Inner Sound Meditation: The Opening of the Inner Subtle Hearing Faculty
 
Inner Sound Meditation in Buddhism: “It is easiest to hear this Sound when it is quiet, particularly at nighttime. Once you have identified this Sound, then you place your awareness on it without wavering. Resting your mind in the Sound, you continue to listen, going further and further into the Sound itself.” (Mind Beyond Death, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche)
 
 
“At first we receive this Teaching through our sense of hearing, but when we are fully able to realize it, it becomes ours through a Transcendental and Intuitive Hearing. This makes the awakening and perfecting of a transcendental faculty of hearing of very great importance to every novice. As the wish to attain Samadhi deepens in the mind of any disciple, he can most surely attain it by means of his Transcendental Organ of Hearing. For many a Kalpa — as numerous as the particles of sand in the river Ganges — Avalokiteshvara Buddha, the hearer and answerer of prayer, has visited all the Buddha-lands of the ten quarters of the universe and has acquired Transcendental Powers of Boundless Freedom and Fearlessness and has vowed to emancipate all sentient beings from their bondage and suffering. How sweetly mysterious is the Transcendental Sound of Avalokiteshvara! It is the pure Brahman Sound. It is the subdued murmur of the seatide setting inward. Its mysterious Sound brings liberation and peace to all sentient beings who in their distress are calling for aid; it brings a sense of permanency to those who are truly seeking the attainment of Nirvana’s Peace.” (Surangama Sutra, Sacred Text of Mystical Buddhism)
 
“Sants have articulated about the closing of three gates of the body to experience the inner Sound. The three gates are eyes, ears, and mouth. Close these and, only then, can one hear the inner Sounds. According to Sant Kabir: ‘Close your eyes, ears, and mouth, and listen to the anahad (inner Unstruck Divine Sound).’ Sant Nanak Sahab says: ‘Close the three gates and listen to the reverberation of the Divine Sound.’ Sant Maharshi Mehi and also Sufi Sants have used similar vocabulary to describe the process of closing three openings for hearing the inner Sound.
 
“Someone asked, ‘If the Sound is not heard with the physical ears then with what kind of ear is this subtle Sound heard?’ When the mind becomes concentrated, then the physical sense of hearing becomes quiet and one does not hear. This occurs because the attention withdraws from the senses and one is unable to hear physical sound.
 
“In response Sant Tulsi Sahab says: ‘A practitioner who is able to focus in the Sushumna or the tenth gate for some time will experience the opening of the inner subtle hearing faculty. That inner sense of hearing is also known as the consciousness Current.’ My Guru Maharshi Mehi said: ‘A practitioner hears the sweet Sound of the flute through the stream of inner consciousness.’ When the outer ear ceases to hear and the mind is fully concentrated within, then the inner hearing opens up and the practitioner can hear the Divine Sound within (through the inner ear)…
 
“By focusing on the third eye he must attempt to recognize the Central Sound, as instructed by the guru. As soon as the practitioner recognizes the Sound emanating from the center of the light realm, this Sound, like a magnet, will attract the consciousness and will draw it to the center of a higher realm. Once a practitioner grasps the Central Sound, he will continue to ascend upward until the soul reaches the ultimate goal of realization of the Divine. Maharshi Mehi says: ‘It might be possible to separate the magnet from the iron but the consciousness Current which is attracted to the Divine Sound cannot be separated in spite of any outward distractions and dangers.’ Sant Daria Sahab elaborates: ‘My mind is always drawn to the Divine Sound (Shabd) and it has forsaken all worldly distractions. Day and night it is focused on the target and listens to the resounding of the Divine Sounds (Shabd) within.’”
 
– Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh)
 
 
 
The Goal of Inner Sound Meditation is Union with Khuda (God): “The meditation on the Sound is Formless and transcends the realm of name and form. Through this meditation the practitioner reaches the Supreme Being. Through this path the meditator goes beyond all obstacles and achieves the ultimate freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The practitioner becomes free from taking birth in this world. The practitioner whose consciousness grasps the Central Sound even once escapes the afflictions of time and death. This practice of meditation is the direct path as was stated by the Prophet Mohammad. By treading this path the practitioner reaches the untainted destination of Khuda (a word for God in Urdu) or the realm of the Supreme. This path of meditation is described by Jesus as the eye of the needle, and by going through it one attains the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the path leading to Nirvana as described in Jainism and Buddhism. This is the Unstruck Sound (Anahat Shabd) revealed by Guru Nanak, which is heard by closing the ears, eyes, and mouth. This meditation is the essence of all the different religions, all sacred texts and the core message of all Sants and sages. This meditation takes the practitioner to the ultimate goal.” (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 

 
The Spiritual Journey According to Sant TukaRama of Maharashtra — Mystic Verses
 
 
Words Are the Only Clothes I Wear
 
“Words are the only jewels I possess.
Words are the only clothes I wear.
Words are the only food that sustains my life.
Words are the only wealth I distribute among people.
Says Tuka, witness the Word — He is God.
I worship Him With my words.”
 
– Sant TukaRama
 
 
Tukaram Freed From Karma
 
“God is now my sanchit, prarabdh and kriyaman karmas;
They are of no consequence to me anymore;
I am freed from the effects of age and death.
In unity as in diversity, the Divine is all pervading.
The omnipresent Lord, O Tuka, is ever at play within me.”
 
– Sant TukaRama
 
 
Contemplating God In Meditation
 
“We must forget bodily consciousness like a deer which is infatuated by music.
We must look up to God, as the young ones of a tortoise look up to their mother.
As a fountain rises upwards, even so must one’s spirit rise to God.
One should entertain no idea whatsoever, except that of God.”
 
– Sant TukaRama
 
 
Chanting God’s Name as a Bhakti Practice
 
Simran: The art of remembering God by repeating his name verbally, or repeating it within as in Manas Jappa: a mental or internal repetition done “with the tongue of thought”.
 
“A single word said with an attentive mind is better than a thousand when the mind is far away.” (Evagrius)
 
The sole way to the realisation of God, according to Tukarama, is the constant repetition of God’s name:
 
“Sit silent,” says Tukarama, “compose thy mind and make it pure, and then happiness will know no bounds. God will certainly come and dwell in his heart. This will be the result of thy long effort. Meditate time after time on God’s name …… says Tuka, “that this will surely come to pass, if thou hast one-pointed devotion” (Abg.1132). “The uttering of the name of God is indeed an easy way for reaching Him. One need not go to a distant forest. God will Himself come to the house of a devotee. One should sit at a place, concentrate his mind, invoke God with love, and utter His name time after time. I swear by God’s name,” says Tuka, “that there is no other way for reaching God: indeed, this is the easiest of all ways” (Abg. 1698). “If we only utter the name of God, God will stand before us. In that way should we meditate on Him.” (Abg. 2021). There are always difficulties which intervene before God is reached. These are dispelled by the power of devotion. “The Name will lead to God if no obstacle intervenes. A fruit becomes ripe on a tree only if it is not plucked” (Abg. 695). “The ship of God’s name,” says Tuka, “will ultimately carry one across the ocean of life. It will save both the young and the old” (Abg. 2457). “The whole body feels cool when one meditates on the Name. The senses forget their movements. . . . By the sweet nectar-like love of God, one is full of energy and all kinds of sorrow depart immediately” (Abg. 1543).
 
– TukaRam, edited by R.D. Ranade, SUNY Press, NY
 
 
Repeat the Name of God
 
“He who utters the Name of God while walking,
gets the merit of a sacrifice at every step.
Blessed is his body. It is itself a place of
pilgrimage. He who says ‘God’ while doing his
work, is always merged in samadhi.
He who utters the Name of God
while eating, gets the merit of a fast
even though he may have taken his meals.
He who utters the Name of God without
intermission receives liberation while living
[jiva mukti, liberation of the soul].
 
“Can one be entangled in the mire of
Illusion
When the Name of the Lord is constantly
on his lips?
One who ceaselessly meditates on Him,
While walking, talking, eating or sleeping,
While engaged in worldly duties,
The Lord is with him at all times.
 
“Repeat constantly the Name of the Lord,
And know that devotion is indispensable
for deliverance.
Thus the devotee becomes the Lord
Himself,
And thus has the Lord become Tuka.”
                                           
                                              (gatha 4161)
 
 
Third Eye — Inner Visions of Light
 
“The soul has been cast in the human body,
It reveals itself as the light of the eye.
 
To realize the Lord,
Saints and Masters denote landmarks;
Whoever turns attention inward,
Captures these inner signs.
 
He perceives the vast Parbrahm,
Intensely hard to cross.
 
I shut off outer communication,
And still myself at the eye center;
I gaze at the inner sky, O Tuka, and lo!
The Supreme Spirit comes to dwell within.”
 
 
Inner Sound and Light
 
“Tuka is absorbed in the surging wave
of Sound Divine;
Its resplendence spreads through his
innermost being.
The Lord has made His home in me,
The lamp of eternal Light has been
kindled.
The all-pervading Sound, O Tuka, is
the Lord Himself.”
                                      (chhandbadh gatha)
 
“In contemplation of the Lord,
My body and mind are transformed;
What can I now say, what can
I convey?
For the ‘I’ that was, has become
the Lord Himself.
My soul and the Lord are united;
The creation has become the Lord
Himself.
Tuka has nothing more to add; in
Divine bliss,
His soul has embraced the Lord.”
 
                                   (gatha 4077)
 
– Sant TukaRama
 

Prayer in the Adi Granth
 
 
 
 

 

The Spiritual Journey According to Sant TukaRama of Maharashtra — Mystic Verses


The Spiritual Journey According to Sant TukaRama of Maharashtra — Mystic Verses
 
 

 
 
Words Are the Only Clothes I Wear
 
“Words are the only jewels I possess.
Words are the only clothes I wear.
Words are the only food that sustains my life.
Words are the only wealth I distribute among people.
Says Tuka, witness the Word — He is God.
I worship Him With my words.”
 
– Sant TukaRama
 
Tukaram Freed From Karma
 
“God is now my sanchit, prarabdh and kriyaman karmas;
They are of no consequence to me anymore;
I am freed from the effects of age and death.
In unity as in diversity, the Divine is all pervading.
The omnipresent Lord, O Tuka, is ever at play within me.”
 
– Sant TukaRama
 
Contemplating God In Meditation
 
“We must forget bodily consciousness like a deer which is infatuated by music. 
We must look up to God, as the young ones of a tortoise look up to their mother. 
As a fountain rises upwards, even so must one’s spirit rise to God. 
One should entertain no idea whatsoever, except that of God.”
 
– Sant TukaRama
 
Chanting God’s Name as a Bhakti Practice
 
Simran: The art of remembering God by repeating his name verbally, or repeating it within as in Manas Jappa: a mental or internal repetition done “with the tongue of thought”.
 
“A single word said with an attentive mind is better than a thousand when the mind is far away.” (Evagrius)
 
The sole way to the realisation of God, according to Tukarama, is the constant repetition of God’s name:
 
“Sit silent,” says Tukarama, “compose thy mind and make it pure, and then happiness will know no bounds. God will certainly come and dwell in his heart. This will be the result of thy long effort. Meditate time after time on God’s name …… says Tuka, “that this will surely come to pass, if thou hast one-pointed devotion” (Abg.1132). “The uttering of the name of God is indeed an easy way for reaching Him. One need not go to a distant forest. God will Himself come to the house of a devotee. One should sit at a place, concentrate his mind, invoke God with love, and utter His name time after time. I swear by God’s name,” says Tuka, “that there is no other way for reaching God: indeed, this is the easiest of all ways” (Abg. 1698). “If we only utter the name of God, God will stand before us. In that way should we meditate on Him.” (Abg. 2021). There are always difficulties which intervene before God is reached. These are dispelled by the power of devotion. “The Name will lead to God if no obstacle intervenes. A fruit becomes ripe on a tree only if it is not plucked” (Abg. 695). “The ship of God’s name,” says Tuka, “will ultimately carry one across the ocean of life. It will save both the young and the old” (Abg. 2457). “The whole body feels cool when one meditates on the Name. The senses forget their movements. . . . By the sweet nectar-like love of God, one is full of energy and all kinds of sorrow depart immediately” (Abg. 1543).
 
– Tukaram, edited by R.D. Ranade, SUNY Press, NY
 
Repeat the Name of God
 
“He who utters the Name of God while walking,
gets the merit of a sacrifice at every step.
Blessed is his body. It is itself a place of
pilgrimage. He who says ‘God’ while doing his
work, is always merged in samadhi.
He who utters the Name of God
while eating, gets the merit of a fast
even though he may have taken his meals.
He who utters the Name of God without
intermission receives liberation while living
[jiva mukti, liberation of the soul]. 
 
“Can one be entangled in the mire of
Illusion
When the Name of the Lord is constantly
on his lips?
One who ceaselessly meditates on Him,
While walking, talking, eating or sleeping,
While engaged in worldly duties,
The Lord is with him at all times.
 
“Repeat constantly the Name of the Lord,
And know that devotion is indispensable
for deliverance.
Thus the devotee becomes the Lord
Himself,
And thus has the Lord become Tuka.”
 
(gatha 4161)
 
Third Eye — Inner Visions of Light
 
“The soul has been cast in the human body,
It reveals itself as the light of the eye.
 
To realize the Lord,
Saints and Masters denote landmarks;
Whoever turns attention inward,
Captures these inner signs.
 
He perceives the vast Parbrahm,
Intensely hard to cross.
 
I shut off outer communication,
And still myself at the eye center;
I gaze at the inner sky, O Tuka, and lo!
The Supreme Spirit comes to dwell within.”
 
Inner Sound and Light
 
“Tuka is absorbed in the surging wave
of Sound Divine;
Its resplendence spreads through his
innermost being.
The Lord has made His home in me,
The lamp of eternal Light has been
kindled.
The all-pervading Sound, O Tuka, is
the Lord Himself.”
(chhandbadh gatha)
 
“In contemplation of the Lord,
My body and mind are transformed;
What can I now say, what can
I convey?
For the ‘I’ that was, has become
the Lord Himself.
My soul and the Lord are united;
The creation has become the Lord
Himself.
Tuka has nothing more to add; in
Divine bliss,
His soul has embraced the Lord.”
 
(gatha 4077)
 
– Sant TukaRama
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Inward Journey — Light and Sound on the Path — Digest/Document of Spiritual Quotes and Sant Mat Satsang Discourses

The Inward Journey — Light and Sound on the Path — Digest/Document of Spiritual Quotes and Sant Mat Satsang Discourses
 

 
Krishna — Gita: The Power Between the Eye-brows — Third Eye — The Seat of the Soul
 
“He who remembers the Poet, the Creator, who rules all things from all time, smaller than the smallest atom, but upholding this vast universe, who shines like the sun beyond darkness, far far beyond human thought; and at the time of his departure is in union of love and the power of Yoga and, with a mind that wanders not, keeps the power of his life between his eye-brows, he goes to that Spirit Supreme, the Supreme Spirit of Light.
 
“Hear now of that Path which the seers of the Veda call the Eternal, and which is reached by those who, in peace from earthly passions, live a life of holiness and strive for perfection.
 
“If when a man leaves his earthly body he is in the silence of Yoga and, closing the doors of the soul, he keeps the mind in his heart, and places in the head the breath of life, and remembering me he utters OM, the eternal WORD of Brahman, he goes to the Path Supreme.” (Gita)
 
 
The Seat of the Soul, Third Eye Center: “The soul is pure and therefore, by nature, still. Due to stillness, the soul is eternal. Lord Krishna advises that the mind should be connected to the soul. Self-realization is the objective and the goal of all human life. But where can we obtain this goal? The answer is within one’s heart. By ‘heart’ is not meant the physical heart, but rather the heart of the inner Self. This is called by the Sants ‘the yoga-heart’ (innermost Self). It is in this space in which the mind is linked to the soul. The Sants have described this place with many names such as: ‘the sky portal’, the ‘tenth gate’, the ‘point’, ‘window’, ‘the lotus flower’, ‘Sushumna’, ‘Ajna Chakra’, ‘third eye’, ‘center of the eyebrows’, ‘bindu’, etc…” — Swami Vyasanand, NEW BOOK: The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hamsa Nij Desh: O, Swan-Soul Return to Your Abode)
 
 
 
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Mystic Verses of Kabir, and Commentary
 
Kabir: “As the night-bird Chakor gazes all night at the moon:
so Thou art my Lord and I am Thy servant.
From the beginning until the ending of time,
there is love between Thee and me;
and how shall such love be extinguished?
Kabir says: ‘As the river enters into the ocean,
so my heart touches Thee.’” 
 
Commentary by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj: We are human beings and the Supreme Being is always with us. However, we are unable to love the Supreme Being as the Chakor bird loves the moon. We try to focus our gaze at the Divine form of the deity in our inner heart, but our mind gets distracted and we begin to see other scenes created by our thoughts. We get preoccupied with unimportant distractions. Our mind gets diverted by the slightest sounds outside and by minor diversions. Ironically, the bird cannot live without the moon. Nevertheless, we, without any care for the vision of the Divine Being, consider ourselves happy without the experience of the Supreme.
 
The moon does not love the bird but the bird loves the moon. However, the Supreme Being has been loving us since our beginning and never forgets us, though we have entirely forgotten the Divine. The bird is ready to sacrifice its life for the moon but we cannot even sacrifice even insignificant pleasures for the Divine. The bird becomes impatient when the moon disappears behind the cloud and cries in separation. Yet, we are not concerned that the Divine has been hiding under the material layers of our body and mind and we never become restive or yearn for Him. Instead, we fill our stomach and go to sleep. Through this example it becomes clear that we are conceited devotees and worse than this bird. Sant Sundar says: “Focus in the inner sky of heart just as the Chakor bird keeps intense attention on the moon.”
 
According to Sant Tulsi Das Ji Maharaj: “Just as Chakor is delighted to see the moon, similarly, the devotees become joyful by seeing God.”
 
The Chakor bird is far away from the moon. The moon does not love the bird back, but the Chakor is in love with the moon and stares at the moon. Sants compare the intense and unrequited love of the Chakor bird with the love of a devoted practitioner. Sant Paltu Sahab describes the plight of the practitioner as follows:
 
“The method of inner seeing is understood through allegories. Just as a Chakor bird, according to myths, stares at the moon without blinking, in the same way a practitioner with full and single-minded concentration must focus within. Just as the bird does not remove her eyes from the moon and turns her head to stare at the moon as it moves across the sky — even when the moon sets she continues to look for the absent moon. Just as when the bumble bee gets trapped overnight in the lotus when sun sets and the lotus flower closes its petals — in its love for the lotus, it does not leave the lotus and dies as a result. Just as an insect is attracted to the flame and surrenders its life to it, so a practitioner should focus on a single point in mediation. Just as a thief loves to take the money of others, in the same way a practitioner through intense focus should try to attain that secret treasure within. In essence, just as the bird loves the moon, the bumble bee loves the lotus flower, as the insect loves the flame and the thief loves others’ money, in the same way through drishti yoga (yoga of focused gaze with intense concentration) the mediation practitioner should seek to attain the divine light within through intense love for the Supreme Being.”
 
– Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul, Sant Mat Books
 

 
The Meaning of the Word ‘SANT’
 
Inner Peace: “OM Santih, Santih, Santih” (‘Peace, Peace, Peace, in the Divine Sound’). Shanti/Santih/Santi/Sant: Shanti is a Sanskrit word with several English meanings: peace, tranquility, bliss, etc…. The peace which results from some degree of Divine communion is Shanti. The Embodiment of Peace is a Sant: “He who has attained Shanti is a Sant (Saint).” — Maharshi Mehi
 
The term “Sant” is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Sat’ (Eternal Truth, Reality, God). Thus the “one who knows the Truth,” and who has experienced Ultimate Reality. Even though the word Sant does not cognate with “Saint” it is often translated in English “Saint.” In this book [Harmony Of All Religions], for the sake of convenience, we use the words ‘Sant’ and ‘Saint’ interchangeably. A Saint in the Sant Mat tradition is one who experiences the mystical State; it is a title conferred because of yogic achievements. This is different from the way this word is commonly understood in Western traditions, where a saint is considered to be morally correct and is only canonized as a saint after death on the basis of some form of miracle that he/she had performed during their lifetimes. In the Sant Mat tradition, a Saint is a living person who leads a moral life and has achieved realization of the Divine. — Footnote in the book, Harmony Of All Religions
 
“There is no end to the number of Sants who appeared in the yugas (epochs) of Sat, Treta, Dvapar, and Kali. I sing of the celebrated one I have encountered, and bow my head to all the others.” (Jan Gopal, disciple of Sant Dadu Dayal)
 
“Obeisance to the Worthy souls. Obeisance to the Liberated souls. Obeisance to the Preceptors (Spiritual Guides). Obeisance to the Spiritual Teachers. Obeisance to all the Saints in the world.” (Sant Mahavira)
 

 
Making Spiritual Progress During the Golden Opportunity of This Lifetime
 
 
“Spirituality is a very personal thing that you can only experience within yourself. And the path that I’ve found that works for me is a path called Sant Mat.” (Steve Vai)
 
“Everything we do in life is virtually an expression of our desire, whether we know it or not, to become closer and basically you know, life is a series of experiences that we go through, to grow. And to become more evolved. That’s the basic gist. But to get to what we are inside, really the only way to truly get there is through meditation, a prayer or whatever. Because the mind is… you asked so I’m telling you, I usually don’t talk about my spiritual path. But you know, the mind is always running about. It’s never satiated. It always wants more. In meditation, the object is to still the mind. And to focus, focus on right here, you know, that’s the seat of the soul. So you try to bring your consciousness, your focus you know, to a fine focus.” (Steve Vai)
 
“You go within. That whole concept is very appealing to me, cause I’m a seeker after spiritual truth. And the particular doctrines within the Sant Mat path resonate within me… vegetarianism, meditation, living a clean moral life. So that’s what I, you know… and I’m not perfect and I’m not an authority either. On spirituality. Some people approach me as such, I’m really not. I’m a beggar when it comes to thirst after spiritual truth.” (Steve Vai)
 
 
“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.”
– Rumi
 
 
“You faltered through a million lives before you found this human form. Do not waste it this time — devote every moment to remembering God.” (Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry)
 
 
Metanoia (n.): “the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life” (meh-tah-NOY-ah).
 
 
“Some argue that nothing goes with the soul after death, but this is not correct. The teachings of Sants and scriptures indicate otherwise. If our past life karmas were not a determinant of our present condition, then, all people would be exactly the same — with identical tendencies and aptitudes. The soul carries with it the results of good and bad actions, and this can be attested by the fact of the existence of a diverse population with varied capacities in the world.” (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
 
“Today’s karmas become the fate of tomorrow. According to our last life actions, our mental tendencies are formed in this life. Because of our pure actions we will have the desire to seek the association of Sants and to meditate.” (Swami Vyasnanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
 
“Different people are interested in various kinds of religious practices such as pilgrimages, satsang (association of Saints, wisdom of the wise, and the reading of scripture’s), meditation, chanting, etc. This difference in interest is because of good samskaras (imprints/impressions left on the mind due to one’s actions) in previous lives. Lord Krishna says: ‘The practice of austerity and good deeds for many lifetimes purifies the mind, then the mind naturally is drawn to the practice of concentration in meditation.’” (Swami Vyasanand)
 
 
“Even a day’s break in one’s meditation practice lessens the accumulated benefits, as the everyday impressions which gather in the chitta, (memory) make it more difficult to go into the beyond. An irregular sadhaka (practitioner of meditation) either sleeps in meditation or is lost in his samskaras (impressions in the mind). A regular sadhaka is able to overcome sleep and dream states, and have experiences on the subtle planes.” (Glimpses Into Sant Mat Ashram Life, Rishikesh, Sanctuary of Sadhus, Sages and the Occasional Enlightened Master)
 
 
“With Swami Ji there is no such thing as idle chatter; he talks of the impermanence of the body and the purpose of life — attaining spiritual enlightenment to avoid samsara (endless rebirth). He reminds me that when I die nothing will go with me; I will have to leave everything behind, except the accumulated spiritual wealth of my personal sadhana [meditation practice].” (Glimpses Into Sant Mat Ashram Life, Rishikesh, Sanctuary of Sadhus, Sages and the Occasional Enlightened Master)
 
 
The Audible Life Stream/Sound Current: “A soul that attaches to this Sound is able to merge in the Ocean of incomprehensible bliss of the Supreme Being. After uniting with the Supreme Being the soul attains moksha or liberation. This marks the cessation of the wandering of the soul in the cycle of rebirth and death.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 

 
Ethics, Ahimsa, Non-violence, Being Peaceful, Vegetarianism/Veganism
 
“Be gentle of disposition and kind of heart, and seek spirituality (parmarth).” (Swami Ji Maharaj)
 
“The heart where kindness dwells, has mindfulness of God. That heart is full of fragrance of flowers.” (Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar)
 
“One who has faith, devotion, compassion, and other noble qualities is said to be a devotee.” (Commentary from the Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)
 
“By doing nothing more than simply living as a vegan — which means to eliminate one’s support for all products and practices that exploit animals — people can greatly lessen their ecological footprint, take their health into their own hands, play a part in eliminating world hunger, and experience the peace of mind that comes from making such a powerful personal contribution toward the beginning of peace on earth.”  (from, The Vegan Evolution, by Angel Flinn)
 
“The single most effective thing we as an individual can do to save the planet is eat an organic vegan diet. It can stop 80% of global warming, end world hunger, drastically reduce pollution, end deforestation, conserve water & energy and make ailments such as cancer and heart disease a rarity rather than a common occurrence.” (from the Vegetarian House website)
 
“The Yoga of Sound is not mere child’s play. A person who does not follow the prescribed yogic principles of Yama and Niyama (observance of ethical disciplines, including abstaining from lying, stealing, harming others, and adultery) cannot successfully practice the Yoga of Sound. Numerous gross sounds vibrate in this material body, and it would not be accurate to describe listening to these material sounds as the Yoga of Sound. Moreover, considering these precepts as unnecessary to attain spiritual freedom only displays ignorance with regard to the practice of meditation. The belief that an individual is able to practice this path without the prescribed yogic disciplines is contrary to the teachings of Sants and is unfit. The meaning of the lack of prescribed disciplines is this: A life devoid of observance of ethical disciplines including, truth, non-violence, non-stealing, sense-control, contentment, purity, self-study, etc. In other words, the one who speaks untruth, who is violent in mind, speech, or actions, who steals, who engages in sexual misconduct, who hordes money — who is obsessed with making money,  who is unclean, who is unwilling to endure hardships while performing sadhana, who does not follow the teachings of the sacred texts, and who does not yoke their mind with God, is lacking and would not able to progress in the inner path of meditation.”  (Sant Maharshi Mehi)
 
Darkness Before Light: Where the Inner Darkness Comes From! “We are in the grip of sensory desires because of our earlier karmas. Our past impure actions* have taken the form of the sheath of darkness (that is seen when we close our eyes in meditation) and ignorance, and have obstructed the Divine light and knowledge of the truth.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
“There are two basic kinds of scenes visible within the inner world. One is darkness and the other is light. Initially, when a practitioner closes their eyes, the darkness is seen within. Then, after some time of diligent meditation practice, the light emerges… the practitioner is able to concentrate their gaze upon the inner light.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
*Note: That’s why serious spiritual paths that advocate Inner Seeing — Inner Light and Sound Meditation — are vegetarian or vegan and follow other karma-reducing ahimsa principals of non-violence. We progress from illusion to truth, from time (kal) to timelessness (akal), from violence to peace, from darkness to light, from light to sound, and from sound to Soundlessness (Anadi Purush, Anami-Radhasoami, the Lord of the Soul, Supreme Soul, Most High God).
 
Bhakti: Love and Devotion
 
Compassionate Radhasoami* was pleased to declare that whenever anyone is initiated into the Path of Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabda Marg), their contact is immediately established with Sat Purusha Radhasoami [the Lord of the Soul]. Hence, Sat Purusha, the Merciful Radhasoami will continue to shower Grace upon everyone who will sincerely perform the meditation practice to some extent with feelings of love [Bhakti] and will not indulge in the evil tendencies of their mind as far as possible, i.e. He will gradually make the mind and spirit of the devotee ascend higher and higher internally, and will protect them from the obstacles put up by Maya (Illusion) and Kal (god of time, universal mind).” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Bahadur Salig Ram Sahib, Radhasoami Mat Updesh)
 
*Note: Pronounced “Raa-dhaa-Swam-i (eee)”
 
 
“Love is that meditation or method that makes the impossible possible. That which is harsh becomes gentle; the enemy becomes friend; the weak become strong; the concealed becomes revealed. Even though it is said that it takes many lifetimes to realize the Divine, if a devotee performs sadhana [meditation practice] with true, unwavering devotion, then the Divine Will manifest at that moment.” (Swami Vyasanand)
 
 
“The Supreme Being, being a boundless Ocean of Spirit or Love; and, the human being, being a drop or current of spirit or love from this ocean; and, love being the very essence and means of existence of the whole creation, it follows that no effort in any direction, temporal or spiritual, unless actuated by love or affectionate regard, can be crowned with success, and, the work or labour rendered easy, sweet and harmonious. Love is most sublime, having its origin in the highest region, the abode of the Supreme Being. In whatever heart it sprang up, it will gradually raise and carry the fortunate possessor of this lofty and noble passion to the highest region.” (Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat Prakash)
 

 
Meditation Practice — Sadhana: Name, Form, Inner Light, Inner Sound, and, Nirguna Bhakti: Love for the Formless God — Ocean of Love
 
“The mind is inconceivably more subtle and faster than even the speed of light. Physicists have told us that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. We can see light, but one does not see the mind due to the subtle nature of mind. This is something to ponder: How fast can the mind travel when it is collected and concentrated instead of being spread and dispersed in the external world? Now consider that consciousness is even more subtle than the mind and permeates it just as radio waves travel through physical objects. When collected, consciousness has the unimaginable speed. This is how (with the immense energy) the soul is capable of reaching God.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
 
 
“Among the seven essential steps for successful farming, the fifth is complete dedication to the task. Similarly, for the inner journey to attain the Divine, the fifth step is whole-hearted devotion (Bhakti) and commitment to the practice. Just as a farmer who works wholeheartedly receives the benefit in the form of a successful crop, in the same way, a practitioner who devotes himself to the spiritual path is more likely to achieve success according to the amount of devotion and effort. If a farmer does not make a full commitment to his work, then his effort does not yield adequate results. Similarly, a seeker who does not approach this path with devotion would not achieve adequate success despite investing time in the practice of meditation. Sant Kabir says: ‘Without devotion one cannot reach the abode of the Satguru (Divine), which is difficult to attain.’” (Swami Vyasanand)
 
“Just as high quality seed is the second requirement of success in agriculture, similarly, acquiring a mantra from an accomplished teacher [genuine living spiritual master] is an important component to prepare the practitioner for progress on the spiritual path.” (Swami Vyasanand)
 
 
The Beginning Stages of Meditation Practice: “The Saints have prescribed the support of a (sacred) name and (sacred) form in order to break away from the snares of name and form. Just as we need iron to cut iron, and use poison as an antidote to alleviate the effects of poison, in the same way the practices of coming close to God by using a sacred name and form taught by the guru can liberate the student from the bonds of the net of all names and forms. The mantra given by the guru is imbued with the holy radiance of the guru. The Divine form for meditation prescribed by the guru is permeated by the guru’s conscious energy. Then the syllables become the powerful mantra, and the physical form becomes a conscious wish-fulfilling Divine form for the practitioner.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
 
Why We Repeat Sacred Names Mentally During Meditation Practice Instead of Out Loud: “Sants state upanshu (murmuring) japa has ten times qualitatively more focusing power than Vacaka (loud) japa. Svasa japa (breath recitation) yields a hundred times more concentration than upanshu. Manas (mental) japa on the other hand creates one thousand times more concentration than svasa japa. Mental japa is on the same platform as meditation. Therefore, efficiency of mantra is determined by the intensity of concentration.
 
“Manas Japa [Simran, Zikhr]: This involves repetition of the mantra internally and mentally. In this method neither the tongue nor lips move. The breath is not used, nor rosary or any other means of counting. Only through the mind is the mantra recited. This japa or repetition is the essence of other mantra techniques. It is a form of meditation.” (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
Meditation at the Third Eye Center: “…the great Sage Maharishi Mehi compared the ascending of consciousness to a fish swimming upstream. The mind must go inward, which is the reverse of its usual and easy outward path. Just as the fish struggles against the current, so an equal effort must be made to go against the current of the mind. By going inward against the current of the mind, one experiences the divine joy.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
 
“Look within yourself with the inner eye. The whole expanse inside is replete with the refulgence of the Divine Light.” (Sant Dadu Dayal)
 
“Within thine own Self, behold the splendor of thy Beloved.” (Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
 
“And through the Light bindu-point (the tenth gate, third eye) the practitioner enters into the realm of Light. In that state the practitioner begins to experience awe-inspiring Lights of varying forms… Sometimes the practitioner may experience Light similar to that of a streaming ray of the sun reflecting colorful floating particles; or he may experience the radiance of a precious jewel. Or we may experience the Light similar to that of nine kinds of glowing gems… We may see the North Star rising in the morning, or the Light from a cluster of stars, which is called ‘the star mandala’. We may see the Light of the five elements, or the Light of moonlight…” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
“A devotee who controls the mind and practices hearing the Divine Melody, reaches the difficult-to-obtain state of union of the right and left nerve currents in the central channel in meditation. This central is called the Sushumna in Yoga. These three meet at the third eye. In deep silence the devotee sees the intense Eternal Light of Reality.” (Saying 30, Brahm Nirupan of Kabir)
 
Light in the Darkness: “When we close our eyes and do not see any objects, this does not mean that there exists nothing that can be seen. (In other words, the shapeless darkness is also an object.) Unfortunately, we cannot even see pure darkness because we are constantly thinking about the images of the world, and instead of seeing darkness we see the imaginary sights constructed by the mind. Without practicing the meditation of focusing in the darkness, it is not possible to see the subtle light that lies deep within. The experience of Divine light in the meditation brings joy, and the progress then becomes rapid. Consequently, one’s faith and conviction becomes stronger. Goswami Tulsi Das says: ‘This form of meditation of the Divine is easy and gives joy; who will not enjoy it.’” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
In Meditation, Gaze Into the Middle of the Darkness, and the Light: “As discussed earlier, the center of our energy is the Divine Being. However, as our consciousness is bound in the physical body, its visionary center is considered to be the Ajna Chakra (tenth gate). As soon as the consciousness becomes focused on the bindu (point) in the center of the realm of darkness, it realizes that its source is beyond this center. Thus, consecutively transcending the centers of lower realms and ascending upward within, the consciousness goes beyond the world of material name and form and merges into the root center of the Supreme Being, the original source of all creation.
 
“When we gaze at a scene in the middle, our mind becomes focused and we only see the center of the scene, which is the source of the scene. This focal point can be likened to a seed. At the very center of the seed lies the invisible energy, which is the source of the visible tree. Even though the source of the tree lies in the seed, many are not able to understand the mystery. The implication of this analogy is that the cause of darkness lies in the light, the cause of the light lies in the sound, the cause of the sound lies in the subtle sounds, the cause of the subtle sounds lies in the Infinite Divine Reality. In other words, the primal seed, the cause of this whole world — both seen and unseen — is the Divine Being.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
 
“Upon entering the light realm, the intense effort to focus as prescribed in dhristi sadhana has yielded its reward, and the effort of dhristi focus is now no longer necessary for continuing on the path to the Divine. The practitioner here experiences the joys of the light realm. There are many regions within the light realm, with each higher realm being exponentially larger than the previous. Also the bliss and joy of each successive realm increases greatly. In this realm of light the practitioner sees and converses with his guru and receives further instruction for advancing. The student sees many wonders within each realm, including seeing gods and goddesses and incredibly beautiful scenes of light or landscapes. These realms are still in the world of the senses and mind. However, here the senses experience intense beauty and delight. Suffering as experienced on earth is unknown. Pleasures and joy abound and are so alluring that the student would get trapped here were it not for his guru, who beckons and guides the student to higher and higher regions. Many yogis who arrive in these realms believe they have reached the final destination of bliss and joy. And because these realms are so alluring, they become trapped here. However, these yogis are mistaken and this is not the case. The truly most awesome and blissful regions are further above.” (Swami Vyasanand)
 
The Celestial Sound
 
Mystics Often Report Hearing the Inner Sound: “I heard a noise like wind blowing in my ears and knew it for the Sound of the Holy Spirit which became like the voice of a dove. When the Lord spoke to me I lost all sense of time. I did not know if he was with me five or six hours or only one. It was so holy and full of grace that I felt as if I had been in heaven.” (Margery Kempe, The Mirror of Love)
 
In the Nad Bindu Upanishad is written: “An infinite number of Sounds and millions of pranav bindus merge into the Sound of the creation. Here is the end of the multi-phonic Sounds. Here, only one essential Divine Sound remains.” Sant Kabir says: “This One Celestial Sound reverberates day and night. It is beyond all description. And my heart becomes joyful listening to this Sound.”
 
Here the otherness of the soul and the Supreme Soul ends. Here nothing else exists apart from the pure essence, the soul. Therefore, this Fifth Realm [Sat Lok] is called Kevalya Mandala or the Realm of “Oneness” or “Unity.”
 
The Sound of its center takes the consciousness to the Realm that is beyond consciousness (chetana). This place is known as the meeting place of Supra Causal (mahakarana) and Kevalya or the fifth center.. The Sound that is grasped here has been called by various names such as Ram Nam, Visnu Nam, Nirguna Nam, Om, Udgitha, Sphota, Pranava, and is the essential Divine Sound of the Beginning. This Sound is very sweet and superior. Maharishi Mehi called it the extremely sweet Sound of creation. This Sound is sweeter, alluring, and more subtle and pervasive than any other Divine Sounds of the lower realms. This Sound wave bursts forth from the Supreme Reality for the creation of this universe. This Sound is the seed of the universe. Since this Sound pervades every atom of the universe it is called Ram Nam. This Sound has the power to attract the living beings of the entire universe and that is why it is called the Krishna Sound. It is called the Flute of the Divine because it attracts all being. This Sound illuminates the soul and is blissful, therefore, is called Sacchidananda (source of truth, knowledge, and bliss). This Sound is the sound of the Divine and is therefore called Pranvava. This Sound is imbued with the energy to to sustain and destroy the creation, and, therefore, is known as Om. This Sound preceded the creation of the universe, and, is therefore called the Sound of the beginning. This Sound aids the soul to realize its original form, and, is therefore known as the Sound of universal consciousness. This Sound emerges from the Divine and is known as the primal burst of creation or Origin. This Sound descended from the above as the Divine music, and, is therefore known as the Song from Above. This Sound brings well-being to all, and, is therefore known as the Shiva Sound. This Sound controls both material (apara) and nonmaterial (para) natures (prakriti), and, therefore is known as fierce Shakti or pure divine energy. A practitioner’s stream consciousness or a soul that attaches to this Sound is able to merge in the Ocean of Incomprehensible Bliss of the Supreme Being. After uniting with the Supreme Being, the soul attains moksha or liberation. This marks the cessation of the wandering of the soul in the cycle of rebirth and death. (Swami Vyasanand)
 
Inner Sound Meditation: “The meditation on the Sound is formless and transcends the Realm of name and form. Through this meditation the practitioner reaches the Supreme Being. Through this path the meditator goes beyond all obstacles and achieves the ultimate freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The practitioner becomes free from taking birth in this world. The practitioner whose consciousness grasps the Central Sound even once escapes the afflictions of time and death. This practice of meditation is the direct path as was stated by the Prophet Mohammad. By treading this path the practitioner reaches the untainted destination of Khuda or the Realm of the Supreme. This path of meditation is described by Jesus as the eye of the needle, and by going through it one attains the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the path leading to Nirvana as described in Jainism and Buddhism. This is the Unstruck Sound as described by Guru Nanak which is heard by closing the ears, eyes, and mouth. This meditation is the essence of all the different religions, all sacred texts and the core message of all Sants and Sages. This mediation takes the practitioner to the Ultimate Goal.” (Swami Vyasanand Ji, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
Consciousness Merges with Inner Sound During Meditation: “Upon merging the mind with the Sound, there remains only the consciousness, free of the association with the mind. The consciousness free of the mind will be drawn to the Flow of Sounds, ultimately merging in Soundlessness or the Supreme Sovereign God.” (Maharshi Mehi)
 
“Through inner meditation the jiva-atman (individual soul) begins its ascent toward the Soundless State [Anadi-Anami-Radhasoami Purush] where it will eventually merge with God. When the soul thus experiences oneness with God, it will attain ultimate peace and supreme joy. Sant Mat teaches a path to the attainment of this joy and peace. This is the significance of the Way of the Saints and the importance of Sant Mat.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
 

 
New Book of Kabir — The Brahm Nirupan
 
My copy of the Brahm Nirupan of Kabir has arrived. It’s published by the Kabir Association of Canada. Thank you Dr. Das. What a beautiful book!  Always a good day when books come out from behind the veil of Hindi and become available to us English readers. There are many more volumes in Hindi of the Kabir Sagar, Ocean of Kabir, such as the Anurag Sagar. Always nice when another volume of it gets translated.
 
“Contemplating on the Sat Shabd [True, Eternal, Quintessential Divine Sound Current], even for half of a moment, confers much more spiritual merit than living in the holy city of Kashi for millions of years… Knowledge of the Sar Shabd (Essence of Reality) has such power that it can quickly destroy the karmas of the present life. This is indeed very desirable fruit of such knowledge that needs to be thoughtfully considered and understood. Knowledge of the essence of reality dawns within and gives enlightenment.” (Brahm Nirupan)
 
If you like the Anurag Sagar (Kabir’s Ocean of Love), you will also enjoy the Brahm Nirupan, a manual about meditation and mysticism in the tradition of Guru Kabir and Sant Dharam Das.
 
In the Brahm Nirupan Satguru Kabir explained the inner meaning of spiritual life to Dharam Das, his foremost disciple. It is a matchless text that discusses the essence of the Word or Sar Shabda.
 
The Brahm Nirupan of Kabir, A Journey to Enlightenment — The Ultimate Reality, Translated by Dr. Jagessar Das of the Kabir Association (published by Xlibris (Also see Amazon).
 
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-1-4931-1257-9
ISBN (Softcover): 978-1-4931-1256-2
ISBN: (eBook): 978-1-4931-1258-6
 
‘The Brahm Nirupan is one of the most important sacred texts of the Kabir Panth, a treasure-trove of wisdom about living an enlightened, ethical and spiritual way of life culminating with union with God. Thank you Dr. Das for making this priceless spiritual classic available in English for the edification of us devotees in the West seeking to learn as much as we can about the Path of Guru Kabir.’ (James Bean, Spiritual Awakening Radio)
 
Spiritual Masters are from the Ocean of Love
 
 
 

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