Two Vegetarian Prayers of Thanksgiving (one is Gnostic from Nag Hammadi; the other is from Jainism)


Two Vegetarian Prayers of Thanksgiving (one is Gnostic from Nag Hammadi; the other is from Jainism)


Prayer of Thanksgiving in the Nag Hammadi Library (Gnostic Gospels) and Corpus Hermeticum


This the prayer that they spoke:


“We give thanks to You!

Every soul and heart is lifted up to You,

undisturbed name, honored with the name ‘God’

and praised with the name ‘Father’,

for to everyone and everything (comes) the fatherly kindness

and affection and love,

and any teaching there may be that is sweet and plain,

giving us mind, speech, (and) knowledge:

mind, so that we may understand You,

speech, so that we may expound You,

knowledge, so that we may know You.

We rejoice, having been illuminated by Your knowledge.

We rejoice because You have shown us Yourself.

We rejoice because while we are in (the) body,

You have made us divine through Your knowledge.


“The thanksgiving of the one who attains to You is one thing:

that we know You.

We have known You, Light of mind.

Life of life, we have known You.

Womb of every creature, we have known You.

Womb pregnant with the nature of the Father,

we have known You.

Eternal permanence of the begetting Father,

thus have we worshiped Your goodness.


“There is one petition that we ask:

we would be preserved in knowledge.

And there is one protection that we desire:

that we not stumble in this kind of life.”


“When they had said these things in the prayer, they embraced each

other and they went to eat their holy food, which has no blood in it.” *


http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/prat.html


* “Vegetarian food” — footnote from the Marvin Meyer translation of this in, The Gnostic Scriptures.


This passage is also found in the Epilogue of Asclepius, in “HERMETICA,” translated by Sir Walter Scott: “Having prayed thus, let us betake ourselves to a meal unpolluted by flesh [animalia] of living things.”


The G.R.S. Mead translation of the same verse: “With this desire we now betake us to our pure and fleshless meal.”


“With such hopes we turn to a pure meal that includes no living thing.” (Asclepius, translated in “Hermetica”, Brian Copenhaver, Cambridge University Press)



Thanksgiving Prayer (from Jainism)



Start the meal with the seven contemplations, or with whatever traditional grace or prayer you prefer to use to express our gratitude.


1. This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard, loving work.


2. May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.


3. May we recognize and transform our unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.


4. May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.


5. May we ask for forgiveness from all living beings that we may have harmed, intentionally and unintentionally. May peace and compassion grow in ourselves and extend to all around us.


6. May we pray that all the people everywhere in the world will avoid inflicting harm on animals and fellow human beings and practice nonviolence and compassion.


7. We accept this food so that we may nurture our sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen our community, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings. (Contemporary Vegan Jain Prayer)





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Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast: Ascension of the Soul Series: God and the Highest Heavens (Sach Khand)


Ascension of the Soul Series: God and the Highest Heavens (Sach Khand)



Swami Ji Maharaj says, “From one step to another the soul beholds strange things which cannot be described in human language… Love plays the supreme part. It is all love. So says RADHASOAMI.”


The Fifth Through the Eighth Heavens: Nirvana — Kaivalya — Oneness/Monad — Sach Khand — The True Eternal Realm Divided Into Four Sub-sections:


5) Sat Lok (True Realm), Sat Naam (True Name, True Sound), Sat Purush (True Original Being)


6) Alakh Lok (Invisible Realm),


7) Agam Lok (Inaccessible Realm, Nearness,)


8) Anami (Nameless Realm), Radhasoami Lok — Radhaswami Dham — The Abode of the Lord of the Soul, Most High Ultimate Reality, “The Eighth” — Ocean of Love — Upper Level of Kaivalya known as Shabdatita [Sabtatit] Pad — Beyond the Sound and Light, the Ultimate Reality of God in the Nirguna or Formless, Soundless State


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“Begin meditation with internally chanting or repeating the Guru-mantra-incantation (the charged words given by the Guru). And then try to visualize the radiant form or image of the Satguru in the still darkness of the inner sky (with eyes closed)*. Follow that with focusing your attention at the seat of the soul within, i.e. at the Third Eye or the Inner Eye or the Til Dwaar, by making the two streams of consciousness in your two eyes converge in a Point.”


“When the two currents of consciousness meet in a Point, Divine Light appears within. Then, practice Surat Shabd Yoga (Yoga of Divine Sound) i.e., try to shift your attention to listening to the Divine Sounds or myriads of melodies (Anahad Naad) ringing inside. Listening to the Divine Sound destroys all the agitations and fickleness of the mind.”


“Ascending beyond or transcending myriads of sounds, try to identify and tune in to the Quintessential Unstruck Melody, called “Saar Shabd” or “Anaahat Naad” which alone is capable of taking you and merging you into oneness with the Supreme Lord; this is the ultimate emancipation or liberation.” (Couplets About Meditation Practice, By Swami Santsevi Ji)


“The tenth gate [third eye] is the gathering point of consciousness. Therein lies the path for our return… We travel back from the Realm of Darkness to the Realm of Light, from the Light to the Divine Sound, and from the Realm of Sound to the Soundless State. This is called turning back to the Source.” (Swami Santsevi Ji)


“In summary, one grasps the central Sounds of the lower realms and progressively is drawn upward to the Sounds of the higher realms. Ultimately, one reaches the center of the Original Sound, the Essential Divine Sound, and thereafter attains the Ultimate State, Sabdatita [Sabtatit] Pad (the State beyond the Sound). The Yoga of Sound [Surat Shabd Yoga Meditation] must be practiced in order to attain the Nameless State. This is fully elaborated and described in the Upanishads and literature of the saints. The Yoga of Sound is the only medium to reach this State, no other. The greatest good is in the attainment of the Ultimate State, the Nameless State.” (Maharshi Mehi)


“The State beyond Sound is acknowledged in the writings of saints as the goal of their teachings. In addition, their writings accept Manas Japa (repetition of a Divine name [simran]), Manas Dhyan (concentration on a form of the Divine), Drshti Yoga (fixing the mind on a Point [accessing the Third Eye Center and inner Light]) and Nada-nusandhana (concentrating on the inner Sounds of the different spheres) as means to reach the Soundless State. These four techniques are therefore essential in Sant Mat.” (Maharshi Mehi)


“How could the love between Thee and me sever?

As the leaf of the lotus abides on the water, so thou art my Lord, and I am Thy servant.

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.'” (Guru Kabir)


In Divine Love,

James Bean

Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

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Third Eye 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.” 

  — Sant Kirpal Singh







Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality: Teachings of Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj – Spiritual Awakening Radio


Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality: Teachings of Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj



“The individual soul has descended from the higher worlds [the Realm of the Divine] to this city of illusion, bodily existence. It has descended from the Soundless State to the essence of Sound, from that Sound to Light, and finally from the realm of Light to the realm of Darkness. The qualities of the sense organs draw us downward and away from our true nature.


“The nature of the soul (atman) draws us upwards and inwards and establishes us in our own true nature. Returning to our origins involves turning inward: withdrawal of consciousness from the senses and the sense objects in order to go upward from the darkness to the realms of Light and Sound. Another way to express this is to go inward from the external sense organs to the depth of the inner self. The natural tendencies of the soul (atman) are to move from outward to inward. The current of consciousness which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and the senses, must be collected at the tenth gate.


“The tenth gate is the gathering point of consciousness. Therein lies the path for our return. The tenth gate is also known as the sixth chakra, the third eye, bindu, the center located between the two eyebrows. This is the gateway through which we leave the gates of the sense organs and enter in the divine realms and finally become established in the soul. We travel back from the Realm of Darkness to the Realm of Light, from the Light to the Divine Sound, and from the Realm of Sound to the Soundless State. This is called turning back to the Source.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Harmony Of All Religions)


An introduction to a living spiritual path from India called Sant Mat, the Way of the Saints. The beloved Satguru Swami Sant Sevi Ji was a very advanced, pure soul, and great teacher of traditional Sant Mat. “Blessed are the souls who in today’s materialistic world have an inclination towards spirituality.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)


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In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be To You,

James Bean

Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

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Ascension of the Soul: The Fourth and Fifth Heavens – Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts

 

Ascension of the Soul: The Fourth and Fifth Heavens: Bhanwar Gupha, the Whirling Cave Vortex, Tunnel to the Fifth Heaven



“The shabd currents in Bhanwar Gupha are so sweet and enchanting, according to the Saints, that souls live entirely off its invigorating nectar, desiring nothing but darshan [vision] of the presiding lord and the manifestations of Light and Sound. Kabir, the most famous of the medieval saints, describes in his writings (or, at least, those attributed to his pen) how hamsas (pure spirits) live on spiritual dweeps (islands) with magnificent palaces for transmundane enjoyment. Faqir Chand, in his Yogic Philosophy of the Saints, gives a more psychological interpretation of the meditator’s experiences in the fourth region: ‘When in the course of meditation man reaches this state of Bhanwar-Gupha he experiences that there was none except his own self. This centre is compared with Bhanwar which means whirl. At this centre a wheel rotates like a cradle. It means that at this centre a wave springs out of the surat of the meditator and again merges in its own source, or say, it rotates around its own source and produces the sound of Sohang-Flute. The Shabd of this centre is so effective that the meditator enjoys the pleasure of being one with the Supreme Soul.'” (Enchanted Land)


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Swan-Soul, Heavenly Bird (Hamsa) – Mystic Poem of Kabir:


Tell me, O Swan, your ancient tale.

From what land do you come,

O Swan? to what shore will you fly?

Where would you take your rest,

O Swan, and what do you seek?

Even this morning, O Swan, awake, arise, follow me!

There is a land where no doubt nor sorrow have rule:

where the terror of Death is no more.

There the woods of spring are a-bloom,

and the fragrant scent “He is I” [I Am That, Ana-HU, Soham] is borne on the wind:

There the bee of the heart is deeply immersed,

and desires no other joy.

(Kabir, version by Robert Bly)


In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be To You,

James Bean

Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

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