PODCAST: A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity, and, The Gospels of the Ebionites, The Hebrew Christians

PODCAST: A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity, and, The Gospels of the Ebionites, The Hebrew Christians — Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio

PODCAST: A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity, and, The Gospels of the Ebionites, The Hebrew Christians — Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:

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NOTES About Today’s PODCAST (6-12-18)

Link to My Updated and Expanded Article: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians, By James Bean (Exploring the World Religions Column):

https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/evidence-that-jesus-and-the-original-aramaic-christians-were-vegetarians-b8784ac42506

Two Podcasts Combined to Create a Presentation Over Ninety Minutes in Length Intended to Be the Most Comprehensive Collection Ever of Vegetarian References Providing Evidence For the Vegetarianism of Yeshua (Jesus), the Apostles, the Jesus Movement (Hebrew Christians, Ebionites,) and Other Expressions of Early Christianity. An Outline, the Major Segments Include the Following:

Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians:

Dueling Gospel Traditions — Pro-Meat and Pro-Veg;

What About Those Pesky ‘Fishes and Loaves’?

Textual Variations in Greek Manuscripts;

Was John the Baptist Really A Bug-Eater?

Christianity Before Paul (The Original Hebrew Christians or Ebionites) and the Essene Connection — The Essene Branch of Judaism Not Just Kosher But Vegetarian;

Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Biblical Basis For Vegetarianism: A Vegetarian Ideal Described In Genesis and Isaiah — #AssistingIsaiah;

A Reflection About Saint Paul’s Leniency For New Converts and Mystery School Organisational Format: a two-fold or two-level approach of: 1) “Hearers of the Word”, new converts to the faith, and 2): “the Elect”, those initiates of the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven more mature who were “being perfected in love and knowledge” adhering to a stricter discipline that included vegetarianism. — Signing Up Paul to the Vegetarian Cause After All;

Uncovering a Vegetarian Jesus (Yeshua) at the Beginning of Christianity: Vegetarian Sayings of Jesus;

Jesus Stopping Animal Sacrifice in the Temple;

The Vegetarian Apostles (Leadership of the Original Jesus Movement) — Vegetarian Quotes About the Apostles:

Peter said, “I live on olives and bread, to which I rarely only add vegetables.” Also: “The unnatural eating of flesh meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils, with its sacrifices and its impure feasts, through participation in it a man becomes a fellow eater with devils.” (Saint Peter, Clementine Homilies)

Matthew: “And happiness is found in the practice of virtue. Accordingly, the Apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, hard-shelled fruits, and vegetables, without flesh.” (Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 2, Chapter 1)

The Apostle Thomas: “He continually fasts and prays, and abstaining from the eating of flesh and the drinking wine, he eats only bread with salt, drinks only water, and wears the same garment in fine weather and winter, accepting nothing from anyone, and gives whatever he has to others.” (Acts of Thomas, chapter 20)

“John never ate meat.” (Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius, History of the Church II 2:3)

Jesus’s Family was Vegetarian: James the Just, Brother of Jesus, Head Apostle and the Next Leader of the Church, was a Vegetarian: “James was a vegetarian.” (Prof. Robert Eisenman in, James the Just, The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls)

“James, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” (Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3)

“James, the brother of the Lord was holy from his mother’s womb; and he drank no wine nor strong drink, nor did he eat flesh.” (Hegesippus, quoted in The Church History of Eusebius, book 2, chapter 23)

Church Fathers And Other Later Voices Affirming the Existence of the Earlier Veg Tradition;

“The consumption of animal flesh was unknown up until the great flood. But since the great flood, we have had animal flesh stuffed into our mouths. Jesus, the Christ, who appeared when the time was fulfilled, again joined the end to the beginning, so that we are now no longer allowed to eat animal flesh.” (pro-vegetarian early church father Hieronymus [St. Jerome] who apparently read the Gospel of the Hebrews and was influenced by Ebionite views)

Inter-Faith Love! An Ebionite Christian author had very nice things to say about those in India who worship One God, follow peaceful customs and laws, and are vegetarian or vegan. 

The Gnostics Were Vegetarians;

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

Texts I DO NOT CITE: What About Those Modern-Day Essene Gospels of Peace? What About Those Groups That Call Themselves Essenes: “Essene” VS. the More Accurate Term: “Ebionite”; 

Did Jesus Travel to India? Gospel of Isa, another text I AVOID.

Real Wisdom from the East: The Spiritual and Ethical Reasons Why Saints Advocate Following a Non-violent Vegetarian or Vegan Diet;

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The Seven Elements of Meditation Practice in Sant Mat — Light and Sound on the Path

The Seven Elements of Meditation Practice in Sant Mat — Light and Sound on the Path — e-Newsletter Digest/Blog/Booklet of Recently Shared Writings Mostly Pertaining to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Love, Light and Sound, The Sant Tradition of India, and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

My mission is to share the wisdom of the masters, mystics or lovers of the Beloved Supreme Being, the Ocean of Love, worldwide via the web, radio, and podcasts.

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A SATSANG WITHOUT WALLS

This is the June 3rd, 2018 (6-3-18) Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose — words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.

This Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Newsletter is dedicated to the Path of the Masters (Sant Satgurus of the Past, the Living Present, and Future), and to the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Soul Who is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness, and explores the poetry, prose, spiritual discourses, books, scriptures, letters, prayers, ahimsa ethics, audio, videos, philosophy, cosmology, gnosticism, meditation, mysticism, and history of the Masters from a traditional Indian perspective that’s non-sectarian, and might also include quotes from various world religions in harmony with the Way of the Saints, the Path of the Masters and Mystics.

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NOTE: This newsletter is supportive of, The Murar Declaration — the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic event held in Agra attended by the leadership and representatives of several branches of Sant Mat & Radhasoami lineages.

NOTE: The Usage of the Term “Sant Mat”: “Sant Mat” means: “The Teachings (‘Mat’) of the Saints or Sages” or “Path of the Masters”. In India it’s common knowledge that the term “Sant Mat” was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. “Sant Mat” was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Sant tradition, with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India.

“What’s the use of receiving this human form if we do not serve others in thought, word, and deed. If we hold our thoughts only on worldly material things and refuse to think of that which is higher and more subtle, then our faith in the Transcendental will inevitably diminish.” (Quintessence of Yoga: Secret of All Success, a Sant Mat publication of Maharshi Mehi Ashram)

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Lineage Clarity

I’m recording new satsang programs/podcasts based on ‘lineage clarity’ — presenting a big picture view of the whole lineage of Masters directly related to contemporary Sant Mat, a subject I enjoy researching thoroughly; a life-long quest. This includes the poetry of Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar, Sat Sahib, Anurag Sagar, and several Kabir-related scriptures. These programs and podcasts are based on being very mindful of the direct lineage of Masters going back centuries: Guru Kabir (and related Kabir literature, Anurag Sagar, Saakhi Granth, Brahm Nirupan, Bijak, etc…), Sant Dharam Das, Sat Sahib, Dariya Sahib, Sant Tulsi Sahib, Baba Devi Sahib, Sant Radhasoami Sahib, and more recent Masters up to the living present.

Upcoming June 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio — Show Titles

6/5/2018    (Upcoming)  A Vegetarian Jesus at the Beginning of Christianity — New Research

6/12/2018  (Upcoming)  The Vegetarian Gospels of the Ebionites — New Research

6/19/2018  (Upcoming)  The Origins of Sant Mat — Reflections About the Benefits of Lineage Clarity 

6/26/2018  (Upcoming)  Anurag Sagar Sant Mat — Another in a series of Lineage Clarity-based satsangs

Most Recent Podcasts @ Youtube

Kabir, Sant Dharam Das and The Anurag Sagar, Kabir’s Ocean of Love, India’s Gnostic Gospel 

The Sant Mat Family Tree or Lineage of Masters;

Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose and Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj;

A Culture of Love, The Heart of Mysticism;

Rumi Poetry and the Sufi Gnostics: Visions of Allah;

Kabir and the Anurag Sagar, India’s Gnostic Gospel;

A Spiritual Talk (Satsang Discourse) by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj;

Mark Juergensmeyer on: Radhasoami Reality, the Spircon Gathering in Agra, and Sant Mat History;

Viewing Jesus (Yeshua) as a Spiritual Master: A Sant Mat Perspective on Christian Mysticism;

A Kirpal Singh Satsang: We Must Be Sincere;

Finding a Spiritual Path and Guidance, a Community of Kindred Souls — An Introduction to Satsang;

Meditation For Beginners: An Introduction to Sant Mat Meditation;

Finding a Competent Qualified Spiritual Teacher;

Sant Mat and Hinduism: Introducing the Sant Tulsi Sahib, Bihar, Maharshi Mehi Satsang of India and Nepal;

Vegetarianism Is Going Vegan; Sant Mat and Veganism; Also: The Oldest Veg and Vegan Quotes on Earth

An Introduction to Sant Mat, The Path of the Masters, The Way of the Saints & Mystics;

An Introduction to Radhasoami (Radha Swami), The Path of the Masters;

Introduction to Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabda Yoga) — The Yoga of SOUND;

The Yoga of LIGHT: An Introduction to The Third Eye Center and Inner Light Meditation;

The Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi — An Inclusive Rather Than Exclusive Spirituality;

Gnostic Spiritual Practice, AND… Exploring the Ignored, Forgotten Gnostic Gospels;

The Philosophy of Liberation, by Maharshi Mehi;

The Mystic Poetry (Padavali) of Maharshi Mehi;

The Definition Of Sant Mat by Maharshi Mehi;

The Radhasoami Faith is a Gospel of Love, Prem Updesh Radhaswami, by Huzur Maharaj;

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“The limitless beauty of the worlds created cannot be described. It is a wonderful creation; its beauty is such that it is impossible to describe in words. All worlds get light from the Light of Sat Lok. Even the sun and moon shine with the Light of one hair of Purush.”  (Anurag Sagar, The Ocean of Love)

“All the souls are of the Lord Sat Purush [Supreme Being], but as they are compelled by attachment, they are in darkness. The essence of Sat Purush resides within everyone, but it is not manifested; It remains hidden… Rare are the souls who recognize me after testing Shabda! They run and meet their Beloved and give up the support of Kal [the negative power].”

— The Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love)

“All the jivas [captive souls] have become foolish and think that Kal is the Inconceivable One. Involved in the tides of Karma, they are suffering pain birth after birth. Kal troubles the jivas, involving them in many Karmas: He himself plays the tricks — but gives the consequences to the jiva.”

“Kabir said to Dharam Das: Explaining these things to the goddess, Niranjan became invisible. He resided in the cave of Void consciousness — who can know this secret? He has become invisible; now understand your mind as Niranjan. When one defeats the mind and gets the Knowledge of Sat Purush, Sat Purush Himself manifests within such a person.”

— The Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love)

Too Much New Age Internet Consumes or Distracts People’s Focus or Attention — Not Enough Master-Wisdom — Sant Mat Mixed with Astral Teachings = Something Other Than Sant Mat

“We have more data at our fingertips than ever before, and yet data is not enough… Our computational powers are painting ever more intricate pictures of an increasingly dire situation. We have the most powerful divination tools known to human history. The question is whether we will choose to digest that data into wisdom.”

— Sam Barlow, The Mystic In The Machine, The Tao of Computation

“Kabir Saheb says that one should keep oneself in the sacred company* of saints and sages all the time as it leaves a tremendous impact on one’s life. This will take ignorance away and one will be benefited by the true knowledge imparted by saints and sages, i.e. all the improper and impure deeds performed by someone due to his ignorance will be set right by the teachings imparted by saints.” (Saakhi of Guru Kabir)

* Books, writings of Sant Satgurus (other kinds of electronic media, e-books, etc…) can also provide a degree of positive influence or “a level of satsang”, as the Masters say.

“Without doing the practices of Sumiran [Simran, the Remembrance of God by the repetition of His Name or Names] and Dhyan [meditation upon the form of a Sant Satguru], the hold of Karmas past and present on the mind will not be loosened and therefore the mind will always be wavering with thoughts. The more one does the meditation practices, the more is the realization of the ephemerality of this life. In other words, the sense of Vairaga [detachment] gets consolidated. Only with the foundation of Vairaga will the seedlings of true Bhakti [love and devotion] germinate.”

— Spiritual Seekers Guide, a Collection of Discourses on the Spiritual Journey

“It is imperative that the practitioners recognize their falls and diversions, and return to the path as prescribed by their Satguru. These setbacks happen and it is important to reestablish oneself with the help of the Guru [Master].” — Swami Vyasanand

“There is no separation between the individual soul and the Supreme Soul. Only the lack of devotion and intense desire keeps the two apart.” — Swami Vyasanand

“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 [Saints, Masters] and to meditate.”

— Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul: Chal Hansa Nij Desh (O Sawan-Soul, Return to Your Original Abode)

There is No Spirituality Without Spirit

“So long as you do not experience the withdrawal of spirit within you, religion is a myth for you. To attain this experience, you have to perform the spiritual practices with full zest and fervour every day as prescribed by a Living Master.”

— The Spiritual Seekers Guide (@ The Internet Archive — See the Sant Mat Radhasoami e-Library, Radhasoami Section)

“The sensory sheaths cover the individual soul. Just as a colored pair of glasses obstructs the true color of reality, in the same way, the physical and subtle senses obstruct the true nature of the Divine. Even though Divine Reality is close to us, we are unable to see it due to these obstructions. Many Sants have described this condition through metaphors.

“Sant Kabir and Sant Tulsi Das describe the soul as being hidden by a veil or screen of concealment made up of the three layers of darkness, light, and sound. Sant Paltu Sahib cries out: ‘Lift the veil and Khuda (God) will reveal himself.’ Sant Tulsi Sahib explains that the human condition is like someone with an eye disease (cataracts), which clouds their vision.

“Maharshi Mehi says: ‘Three covers of darkness, light, and sound encumber the soul. We need to lift this veil in order to have the vision of the Divine.'”

— Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj

“Kabir, a vast ocean is this body,

Hard to fathom its depth;

One who dies while living

And plunges within

Earns the rarest of Jewels.”

— Kabir, the Weaver of God’s Name

“When we receive initiation from a Saint, practice Naam simran to retrace our consciousness from toes to a spot behind the eyes [Third Eye Center], only then something is accomplished.”

— Baba Kehar Singh

“Man has got himself so enmeshed in mind and the outgoing faculties that his release from them can only be brought about by struggle and perseverance. His plight is, in a way, similar to that of a bird that has been kept in a cage for so many years. Even if you should open the door of the cage, the bird will be loath to fly out. Instead, it will fly from one side of the cage to the other, clinging with its talons to the wire mesh, but it does not wish to be free and fly out through the open door of the cage.

“Similarly, the soul has become so attached to the body and the outgoing faculties that it clings to outside things and does not wish to let go of them. It does not wish to fly through the door that has been opened by the Master at the time of holy initiation, at the threshold of which the radiant form of the Master is patiently waiting to receive the child disciple. True discipleship does not start until one has risen above body consciousness.”

— Kirpal Singh, The Cage of the Soul

The Soul or Spirit Should also be Given Nourishment and Pleasure just as is Done in the Case of the Body and Mind:

“It appears proper for everyone, whether a man or a woman, that as they work day and night for providing nourishment and enjoyment to their body, mind and senses, they must also work a little for securing sustenance and nourishment to their spirit… If they will do so with sincerity, they would themselves feel its beneficial effects after practising Abhyas [the meditation practice] for a short time, and would then realize within themselves the presence of the Supreme Being and of His grace… The spirit can get the highest form of nourishment, pleasure, strength and freshness, if it is raised upwards by the practices of Surat Shabd Yoga [Inner Light and Sound Meditation] and brought into contact or merged with the Current of nectar which comes from above.”

— Huzur Maharaj (Rai Saligram), Prem Patra Radhasoami

The Seven Elements of Sadhana (Spiritual Practice, Meditation Practice), by Swami Vyasanand Baba

Kabir: “Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and also quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you.”

1. Worthiness of a Seeker: “A serious seeker has to prepare a fertile ground within his or her inner Self. The prerogative of God-realization and attainment of the vision of the Divine only belongs to the atman (inner Self) or consciousness within the body. However, it is not possible to accomplish this while engrossed in the distractions of the mind and the body. It is only possible by freeing us of these distractions while living in the body. To liberate us from the sensory distractions is not an easy task. However, it can be achieved with the grace of the Satguru (true teacher). For this, a practitioner must be determined, morally upright, and follow the instruction of the guru. Without these, it is impossible to obtain the grace of the guru. The practitioner can only diligently perform sadhana (literally, exertion to attain an objective, meditation, spiritual practice), but only the grace of the guru yields success in the endeavor.”

2. The Mantra of an Accomplished Teacher: “Just as high quality seed is the second requirement of success in agriculture, similarly, acquiring a mantra (sacred syllable, sound, word, or phrase that is given my the guru during initiation) from an accomplished teacher is an important component to prepare the practitioner for progress on the spiritual path…

“According to the Saints: ‘Until you receive the auspicious mantra from a propitious Sadguru, you cannot change your life and remove all forms of inauspicious providence.’ Until you receive spiritual teaching from a Sadguru, you will not be able to escape the grip of inauspicious luck and will not attain contentment and peace. Therefore, you should carefully choose a Sadguru and commit yourself to his service. Through learning a path or method for God-realization, following moral conduct and performing sadhana, you should make this human birth fruitful and auspicious. Maharshi Mehi says: ‘Leave all hubris and desire and obtain the mantra from a Sadguru and make progress within — this is the instruction of an accomplished guru’.

3. Without Essential Information No Meditation (Necessary Knowledge Prior to Meditation Practice): “Among the seven requirements for successful farming, the third one is the proper knowledge of farming techniques. Similarly, among the seven phases of meditation practice, the third is: accurate understanding of principles relating to the path of meditation. Just as a farmer who does not have adequate knowledge of all the tools and techniques relating to farming will be at a disadvantage in the success of his agriculture, so also, a practitioner who does not have proper understanding of the principles and practices concerning meditation will have difficulty realizing all the desired benefits. Therefore, a practitioner should seek to understand the essentials and fundamentals before treading the path of meditation.”

“Deep attachment will leave a practitioner incapable of focusing or concentrating during meditation. Can a person deafened by his or her ego hear the inner celestial sounds? How will one who is always looking to be honored be able to honor others? The one who is looking for honor and titles and respect cannot accomplish samadhi. Can one who performs wrongful acts be able to concentrate on the pure image of the Divine? Can one who desires sensory pleasures yearn for God’s love? Can someone who holds animosity for others be able to tread the pure path leading to inner Divine experience? If we are caught in the above traps it will not be possible to have genuine divine experiences. Success comes from perseverance, and to those who are able to avoid the above-mentioned obstacles. Therefore, know the particulars of the inner path from an accomplished guru and then begin the path of meditation, otherwise your efforts will be wasted.”

4. Resolute Practice: “The fourth among the seven requirements of successful farming is ‘hard work.’ It is on the basis that a farmer can achieve success even on barren land and reap the benefits of making land fertile. However, in the absence of hard work even fertile land will not yield the desired crops. A lazy farmer suffers poverty due to the resultant lack of prosperity. In a similar manner, of the seven elements of meditation practice, the fourth requirement is hard work. Without this a practitioner cannot continue for even a single step on the path of meditation. On the path of meditation ardent practice holds the key to success.”

A. Japa: Recitation of Mantra (Sacred name given by the Guru); B. Manas Dhyana (Mental Focus on the Form of the Deity); C. Drishti Yoga (The Yoga of Inner Seeing  — Inner Light Meditation); and, D. The Yoga of Sound (Inner Sound Meditation):

“The Formless pervades the form. The realm of light is the manifestation of the form of the macro-cosmos (brahmanda). And the Sound is the Formless macrocosm. The practitioner who becomes accomplished in the light realms begins to experience Divine Sound along with various Divine light experiences. However, after the center of Trikuti (the center of Brahma Jyoti) the light form becomes absorbed in the Sound (that is formless) since the form arises out of Formless. According to the natural law anything that is created must return to its source and be dissolved therein.”

5. Bhakti: Devotion and Love for God: 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… Sant Kabir says: ‘Without devotion one cannot reach the abode of the (Divine), which is difficult to attain.'”

“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 with true, unwavering devotion, then the Divine will manifest at that moment.”

6. The Merits of Past Lives: “…The sixth essential element for success on the path of meditation is acquired good karmas and merits… 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.”

7. The Will of God: Divine Grace: “No matter how much humans may desire, without the Divine Will (Mauj), the goal is not achieved. Despite one’s worthiness, association with an accomplished guru, knowledge of the path, resolute (meditation) practice, devotion, favorable accumulated karmas, a devotee cannot succeed without the Will of God.”

“To surrender ourselves and live according to the Will of God is not an easy task. Such a mindset is realized in the final stages of meditation practice. This is the climax of meditation. We will have to accomplish the other six stages of sadhana first in order to completely surrender ourselves to the Divine Will. The result: one day, the seventh component of the inner journey of the soul will be realized. To sum up: if a practitioner does not practice these seven stages of the inward journey, then he will not be able to see even the initial signs of the Divine. Therefore, practitioners should follow the seven elements of sadhana as elaborated above according to their individual capacity.”

— Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul

“The Unstruck Sounds of the material realm are pervading within the material creation. This is the reason some fortunate practitioners can hear the Divine Sound in meditation even in the realm of darkness. But generally, the Sound experience begins after one has accomplished focus on the subtle point in the Third Eye.

“The Formless pervades the form. The realm of Light is the manifestation of the form of the macro-cosmos (brahmanda). And the Sound is the Formless macrocosm. The practitioner who becomes accomplished in the Light realms begins to experience Divine Sound along with various Divine Light experiences.” (Swami Vyasanand)

True Spiritual Love — Mystic Poetry of Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar

Without realizing the true Name [Sat-Naam],

Gods, people and sages are all led astray.

One who is in love with Sat-Naam

Is the glorious Saint full of love and affection

Have love and endearment for Naam,

And you will not be lost in the ocean of the world.

There can be no devotion without love.

The inner lotus will wither without the water of love

The one in whom love dwells day and night 

Will never fall into evil.

The one in whom the refulgence of primeval Naam appears,

Within him the luminous light burns at all times.

Such a pure soul who is absorbed in love for Naam

Goes to the hidden realm.

She goes to that realm never to return again.

Her agonies of life after life come to an end.

When the lid of the vessel of love is

removed,

The lover is intoxicated by drinking the nectar of love.

Drink now by filling your cup from the well of nectar

And enjoy the fruit of this divine nectar,

Which brings the dead to life.

As the soul becomes purer by drinking nectar,

Her sight becomes increasingly clearer.

The one in whom the true Sound is manifested

Goes to the immortal realm.

There one finds the nectar of love and the fruit of immortality

Whereby the hunger of life after life is satiated.

— Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar

NOTE: Books of Sant Dariya Sahib of Sant Tulsi Sahib in English are now online. See the link above to the Sant Mat Radhasoami e-Library. Click on that and go to the section of the Sant Mat e-library titled, Publications Related to Maharshi Mehi, Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, and Successors.

The Thing Lies Somewhere. Elsewhere You Go On Its Quest. Mystic Verses of Kabir

“The Thing lies somewhere,

Elsewhere you go on its quest;

How can you obtain

The precious jewel?

Says Kabir: Only when you seek

In the company of the one

Who is conversant with its secret,

This treasure will you gain.”

“When I took with me

The master of the secret.

He revealed the jewel;

That path that was

A million lives long

In a twinkling

I covered it and reached

My destination.”

— Guru Kabir, Kabir, The Weaver of God’s Name

Our Creed: Sant Dadu Dayal’s Ideal Vision For Living A Spiritual Life On Planet Earth

Here’s a beautiful poem by the 16th century Mystic Sant Dadu Dayal of Rajasthan who outlined the Sant Mat vision of a spiritual life to be pursued during our time here on planet Earth:

“Recognize the Path to your Beloved, O travelers

and take the route of the anguished lover in separation.

Keep the Master’s grace in your thoughts,

and reflect on his pure teachings.

Develop love and devotion with endearment,

and keep the thought of the Creator always before you.

Try to merge yourself into God like water in water.

Fix your mind within by following the Path of the Sound Current.

A yearning will arise; make then an intense and anguished call.

Repeat the Name of your Beloved,

day and night,

again and again.

With care in thought, word and deed,

you will cross to the other shore.”

Happy Maharshi Mehi Jayanti

Happy Maharshi Mehi Jayanti.

 

MaharshiMehiParamhansChair

The Path of the Masters — Light and Sound on the Path — e-Newsletter Digest/Blog/Booklet of Recently Shared Writings Mostly Pertaining to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Love, Light and Sound, The Sant Tradition of India, and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

The Path of the Masters — Light and Sound on the Path — e-Newsletter Digest/Blog/Booklet of Recently Shared Writings Mostly Pertaining to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Love, Light and Sound, The Sant Tradition of India, and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts

The light humans seek outside lies within the soul.

“I am not this hair,

I am not this skin,

I am the soul that lives within.”

— India.Arie

“On this ever-revolving wheel of life

The individual self goes round and round

Through life after life, believing itself

To be a separate creature, until

It sees its identity with the Lord

Of Love and attains immortality

In the indivisible Whole.”

— The Shvetashvatara Upanishad

Like Galileo discovering new worlds through the lens of his telescope, mystics have been trying to tell humanity for eons of something quite similar. The reason why the contemplative state of being is still hidden from most of us is that, unlike Galileo’s telescope, in order to look through this particular lens, the third eye or inner vision, we mustn’t focus on the outward sensory impressions, but go in the opposite direction: into Inner Space. Look through the lens of the third eye to access the world of within. Tune the inner radio dial, listening for the subtle inner sounds coming from beyond the silence. This is how to access the Kingdom of the Heavens, the Inner Space within you. The spiritual path is all about this: transformation. Beyond a certain point, when we’ve gone as far as we can go on our own at trying to figure out the mysteries of reality and the cosmos, inspiration can come from others (we trust). The deluxe version of this mentoring process (for a few of us) comes from living and enlightened spiritual masters. (James Bean, Spiritual Awakening Radio)

“While we sojourn in this dark region of matter, we have to deal with the negative power. With him we must contend in our struggles for spiritual freedom. It is his duty to try to hold us here, while it is our duty to try to escape. The resulting struggle purges us and makes us strong, and fits us for our homeward journey. This everlasting fight, this struggle in a welter of pain and blood and heart cries, is designed by the Supreme Father to purge us and make us clean, ready for our homeward ascent. Let us never become discouraged. All of this is designed by the Father for our benefit. It is much as if one enters a gymnasium to take exercise. If we meet these difficulties in the right spirit, we shall greatly profit by them. The idea of pain and struggle is to purge us and inspire in us a longing to rise above the regions of pain and shadow.” (Julian P. Johnson, Path of the Masters)

“The highest form of religious practice is the creation of spiritual love within the heart. When the living flames of love have been removed from religious movements and sects, these become empty shells and miserable shams. Lasting love can only be attained at the lotus feet of a mystic adept, a living Godman. The teachings of such a saint will not ensnare the aspirant in a web of rites and ceremonies. He teaches only the practical evocation of the power of love that dwells within the soul.” (George Arnsby Jones, The Mystic Adept: Love Incarnate)

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

“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 projected on the screen of inner 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.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)

“The serenity arises, the Soundless Music plays only when you are empty, thoughtless and totally devoid of desires. The serenity is the Buddha and the Buddha is the serenity. In the vast emptiness of the Buddha, God appears, flows through your being, playing the Sound of Silence.” (Experiencing the Sound of Silence, recent article at Speaking Tree)

Meditation Instructions to Initiates by Master Kirpal Singh

Kirpal Singh: “The Light within should be penetrated while fixing your gaze intently in its center when it will grow stronger and burst to give you further way up.” (Spiritual Elixir)

Kirpal Singh: “As you look within, you will see a sky, or blue sky: If you look minutely into it, you will find it studded with stars, or you may see pinpoints of Light. If so, try to locate the big star out of them, and fix your whole attention on that. Then you may see the inner sun or moon. If so, focus all your attention into the middle; it will break into pieces, and you will cross it. Beyond you will see the radiant form of the Master or his Master.” (Spiritual Elixir)

Kirpal Singh: “The inner Light does not come or go. It is always there within. It appears only when we are attuned and concentrated and disappears as soon as there is the slightest dispersion. The Light will not vanish if you just keep your inner gaze constantly fixed.” (Spiritual Elixir)

Kirpal Singh: “Once you discover this Light and learn to live by it, your whole existence will be changed. Love will permeate your very being and it will burst forth from the very pores of your body, transmuting all dross into sterling gold.” (Spiritual Elixir)

My mission is to share the wisdom of the masters, mystics or lovers of the Beloved Supreme Being, the Ocean of Love, worldwide via the web, radio, and podcasts.

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A SATSANG WITHOUT WALLS

This is the April 21st, 2018 (4-21-18) Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation Satsang Newsletter (Blog, Digest, Document, E-Booklet,) of much poetry and prose — words of light and love from various spiritual Masters, spiritual classics or scriptures. Enjoy all of the readings below. May they provide you with some helpful satsang reading material wherever you are in the world, near or far, and lead to a further in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Masters, including from lesser-known or newly translated material you may not have encountered before in English.

This Sant Mat Radhasoami E-Newsletter is dedicated to the Path of the Masters (Sant Satgurus of the Past, the Living Present, and Future), and to the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Soul Who is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness, and explores the poetry, prose, spiritual discourses, books, scriptures, letters, prayers, ahimsa ethics, audio, videos, philosophy, cosmology, gnosticism, meditation, mysticism, and history of the Masters from a traditional Indian perspective that’s non-sectarian, and might also include quotes from various world religions in harmony with the Way of the Saints, the Path of the Masters and Mystics.

NOTE: This newsletter is for educational purposes only. Fair Use of Quotations: “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research…”

NOTE: This newsletter is supportive of, The Murar Declaration — the universal principles of peace, affection, harmony and cooperation as outlined at the Sant Mat conclave known as Spircon 2010, a historic event held in Agra attended by the leadership and representatives of several branches of Sant Mat & Radhasoami lineages.

NOTE: The Usage of the Term “Sant Mat”: “Sant Mat” means: “The Teachings (‘Mat’) of the Saints or Sages” or “Path of the Masters”. In India it’s common knowledge that the term “Sant Mat” was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. “Sant Mat” was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Sant tradition, with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India.

“What’s the use of receiving this human form if we do not serve others in thought, word, and deed. If we hold our thoughts only on worldly material things and refuse to think of that which is higher and more subtle, then our faith in the Transcendental will inevitably diminish.” (“Quintessence of Yoga: Secret of All Success”, a Sant Mat publication)

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Upcoming May 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio — Show Titles

The Sant Mat Family Tree or Lineage of Masters;

Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose and Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj;

A Culture of Love, The Heart of Mysticism;

Rumi Poetry and the Sufi Gnostics: Visions of Allah;

Kabir and the Anurag Sagar, India’s Gnostic Gospel;

April 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio — Show Titles

A Spiritual Talk (Satsang Discourse) by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj;

Mark Juergensmeyer on: Radhasoami Reality, the Spircon Gathering in Agra, and Sant Mat History;

Viewing Jesus (Yeshua) as a Spiritual Master: A Sant Mat Perspective on Christian Mysticism;

A Kirpal Singh Satsang: We Must Be Sincere;

March 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio — Show Titles

Finding a Spiritual Path and Guidance, a Community of Kindred Souls — An Introduction to Satsang;

Meditation For Beginners: An Introduction to Sant Mat Meditation;

Finding a Competent Qualified Spiritual Teacher;

Sant Mat and Hinduism: Introducing the Sant Tulsi Sahib, Bihar, Maharshi Mehi Satsang of India and Nepal;

February 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio — Show Titles

Vegetarianism Is Going Vegan; Sant Mat and Veganism; Also: The Oldest Veg and Vegan Quotes on Earth

An Introduction to Sant Mat, The Path of the Masters, The Way of the Saints & Mystics;

An Introduction to Radhasoami (Radha Swami), The Path of the Masters;

Introduction to Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabda Yoga) — The Yoga of SOUND;

The Yoga of LIGHT: An Introduction to The Third Eye Center and Inner Light Meditation;

January 2018 Spiritual Awakening Radio — Show Titles

The Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi — An Inclusive Rather Than Exclusive Spirituality;

Gnostic Spiritual Practice, AND… Exploring the Ignored, Forgotten Gnostic Gospels;

The Philosophy of Liberation, by Maharshi Mehi;

The Mystic Poetry (Padavali) of Maharshi Mehi;

The Definition Of Sant Mat by Maharshi Mehi;

The Radhasoami Faith is a Gospel of Love, Prem Updesh Radhaswami, by Huzur Maharaj;

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“Human beings are not on earth to be citizens, or taxpayers, or socially engineered pawns of other human beings; rather they are here in order to grow, to transform, to become their authentic selves.” (Stephan A. Hoeller, Freedom: Alchemy for a Voluntary Society)

You have seen the external Gurus; now also behold the internal True Guru.

You have seen the external Thakurs; now also see the internal True Thakur.

You have seen the external temples; now also see the internal True Temple.

You have read the external Shastras (holy books); now also read the internal True Shastra.

You have listened to the external Shabds; now also listen to the internal True Shabd (Divine Melody).

You have read the external Bani; now also read the internal True Bani.

You have recited the external Names; now also meditate on the internal True Nam (Word) which is constantly resounding by itself.

You have listened to the external Kirtan (Hymns); now also listen to the internal True Kirtan.

You have gained the external bookish knowledge; now also acquire the internal True Knowledge.

You have tasted the external Amrit (Nectar); now also drink the internal True Nectar of Immortality.

You have bathed at the external places of pilgrimage; now also bathe at the internal True place of Pilgrimage.

You have practised the external sectarian worship; now also practise the internal True Worship.

— Pujya Param Sant Gurbax Singh Ji

“Whatever actions bring you closer to God, they are good actions. Whatever actions take you away from God, they are bad actions.” (Kirpal Singh)

“All Masters came to unite men, not to separate man from man. They were the lovers of God, and they taught men how to love all humanity. You will see, this is one side of the thing that we have before us. We are to love all humanity because God resides in every heart.” (Kirpal Singh)

“The night is a jungle — do your work (worldly duties) in the daytime and then benefit from the night. The true purpose of having the human form is to make daily progress toward the great Goal, so sit down each day and see where you are. As the renunciate leaves everything and goes to the woods, you can sit down nightly in your home, forgetting the world and freeing yourself from all entanglements.” (Kirpal Singh, The Night is a Jungle)

Till All Souls Are Emancipated

“The human frame becomes blessed when the Supreme Father descends in it. Such a person enjoys the highest bliss. He does not hate anybody. His desire to help others will be genuine. Universal love for man will pervade his entire being. Man should first get rid of the shackles of ‘Kal and Maya’. Then he can wish the same for others. Mother Nature wants to evolve everybody and will look to the spiritual evolution of all in due course. Param Guru Soami Ji Maharaj asked His Star Disciple (Huzur Maharaj) to put up a list of all those for whom He desired emancipation. Huzur Maharaj submitted that the entire Humanity be redeemed from the clutches of ‘Kal and Maya’. Param Guru Soami Ji Maharaj was pleased to ordain that the Supreme Current would continue to remain in the world in human form so long as the entire creation is not redeemed.”

— Spiritual Seekers Guide, a Collection of Discourses on the Spiritual Journey: https://archive.org/details/ASpiritualSeekersGuide

New Horizons of Spirituality

“The spiritual practice adopted in Sant Mat is very subtle. It requires much wisdom and concentration. Very few people enter this path and very few people adopt its practice. People join this Faith for some show or for some gain and are deprived of its enormous benefits. Ordinary persons cannot reap the full benefit of Sant Mat as so few have a real desire for the search for Truth. This creation has been under the sway of Kal for many ages. Good ‘Sanskari Jivas’ [souls] are very few. Even though Santmat is there and the Satguru has manifested, there are some impediments. To practice Sant Mat requires right attitude and approach. The person who does not see the destructive nature of this universe will not become detached from it. Even though he adopts spiritual life he will be wavering and wandering. The gates of ‘*Santmat’ are always open so that souls may acquire noble sanskaras through satsang, service and sacrifice.”  (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

“To find a Satguru is itself a very rare and precious experience. Are you able to realise this? You should bring in a change in your outlook and practice. You should experience the Truth of spirituality in your life. You have to do the internal practice sincerely. If any one is lagging behind in this preparation and practice he will come under elimination process. You should be alert always. Be true to yourself. Give proper place to ‘Satkarni’ [true, spiritual endeavors] in your life. Do not turn away from it. If there is lull in the practice, service, sacrifice and prasad all become useless. Regular spiritual practice is fundamental. All other things are only aids and helpers.” (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

“So long as you do not experience the withdrawal of spirit within you, religion is a myth for you. To attain this experience, you have to perform the spiritual practices with full zest and fervour every day as prescribed by a Living Master.” (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

“Without doing the practices of Sumiran [Simran, the Remembrance of God by the repetition of His Name or Names] and Dhyan [meditation upon the form of a Sant Satguru], the hold of Karmas past and present on the mind will not be loosened and therefore the mind will always be wavering with thoughts. The more one does the meditation practices, the more is the realization of the ephemerality of this life. In other words, the sense of Vairaga [detachment] gets consolidated. Only with the foundation of Vairaga will the seedlings of true Bhakti [love and devotion] germinate.” (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

Waste of Life

Understand, O people,

understand when I proclaim loudly:

no one will remain here forever —

all will have to depart in the end.

Caught up in attachment for your family,

you ignored the worship of the Lord

and thus wasted your opportunity.

You spent the day working and the night in sleep —

this is how you have passed your years.

Every minute of the day you have wasted in vain.

Not even for a moment

did you repeat the Lord’s Name.

How then will you find bliss?

As a child you remained lost in play.

In youth you were intoxicated with yourself.

In old age you were beset with worry,

and sorrows robbed you of all joy.

Why are you lost?

Be vigilant, O foolish one!

Kaal (Satan) is standing over you with his arrow aimed at you.

He will draw his bow, shoot poisonous arrows

and tie you up before you know it.

Give up your attachment to this false world

and repeat the true Name.

Says Charandas: Sukdev (Master) cautions you to

reflect on your own welfare!

— Saint Charandas (1703-1782)

“To be aware of one’s own faults and sincerely pray for their correction is a sign of Grace of the Supreme Being and this is the only method by which heart is purified. Give more and more place to it in your life. Do *Sumiran and **Dhyan as much as possible. The more you do the *Repetition of the Name (Simran) and 

**Contemplation of the Form (Dhyan), the more will be your progress. Spirituality needs sincerity. Without it, truth will not be revealed and success is not achieved.” (Spiritual Seekers Guide)

A Great Hidden Treasure of Spirituality is Within Every Human Being

“A great treasure is hidden in every human being. If a person does not have the key to open it, he will remain poor only. His future is full of sorrow and misery. That is why it is very necessary for man to know the technique of opening that treasure and utilize it properly after getting the key. When a child grows up his father and mother send him into the world to learn and enhance his knowledge. After that he does not ask them for every trivial matter. Circumstances teach him every lesson and he progresses gradually. After a certain age, man needs spiritual awakening. He has to learn from the treasure of knowledge. If he does not, his material knowledge remains imperfect. To enrich several aspects of life he has to open the treasure of knowledge. This will be opened with the repetition of Radhasoami Name* in the prescribed way. The treasure contains wisdom which brings in happiness, peace, fearlessness, and bliss which are very helpful. Everyone is lacking in happiness, peace, fearlessness and bliss. Food and shelter are also essential but in the absence of the above, life is incomplete. Radhasoami Name* [simran] is the key to that treasure. You have to utilize it fully to get full benefit. Give proper place to spirituality in your life. It is the greatest decoration. Try to achieve happiness, peace and knowledge of Supreme Being in this precious life. If spirituality is practiced, even dull intellect becomes active. Every person should strive to uphold the practical aspect of Radhasoami religion. If you are not doing spiritual sadhana [meditation practice] with peace and tranquility do not give up. Try to do more and more. Install the Form of the Supreme Being in your heart. Otherwise you will be far away from that treasure. Life will be full of sorrows and miseries. Being a Satsangi is not sufficient to be relieved from the clutches of Kal. You must engage in spiritual pursuit all the 24 hours, otherwise there is danger of your downfall. Many people are under the sway of Kal [the negative power] due to their negligence. After the departure of Saints, they became selfish and forgot spirituality. Those who sacrifice their selfish interests at the altar of spirituality are the real seekers of Truth. Give prime place to spirituality in your life. Everybody should be aware and strive for higher life.”

— Spiritual Seekers Guide

* Simran – The Power of Repeating God’s Name

Repeating a Name (or Names) of God with love and devotion, called in the east “Simran”, “Manas Jap”, or “Zikhr,” is one of the key spiritual exercises used to cultivate love for God and to invoke the Positive Power in our daily lives, making it possible to live a life of love. Simran is a mental repetition of a Name of God done during meditation, and this spiritual practice is also done during available moments throughout the day and night as a way to remember God all the time. Says Sant Tukarama:

“Such is God’s Name

that it heals the disease of the world.

Whosoever repeats the Lord’s Name

while engaged in earthly duties,

remains ever in a blissful state of divine communion.

One absorbed in the Lord’s Name, O Tuka,

has truly attained liberation while living.”

This spiritual exercise of repeating God’s Name helps to uplift our day, to bring some of the heaven and bliss of meditation into our down-to-earth daily experience, and is a way to remember in a world of forgetfulness, to remain awake in a world of spiritual slumber, to abide in Truth, no longer dominated by the forces of illusion. Be who you really are wherever you go.

Photo of the newly renovated Moradabad ashram, the Baba Devi Sahab Sant Mat Ashram. The whole project is a good metaphor for Swami Vyasanand’s mission, to renew Sant Mat for another generation.

After a lot of wandering search, I found my Guru at Moradabad.

He spread the light, infinitely resplendent light of wisdom from the ward of Atai.

The grief-stricken people mired in dark dungeons of ignorance,

began to smile with hope, finding a heartening saviour in him.

Baba Devi Sahab, the Complete Master of inner secrets, is a renowned name all over the world. |

Upon those who show even slight love to him, Baba showers infinite compassion,

Mehi, the humble servant, gratefully sings his glory.

— Verse No. 101 of Maharshi Mehi from the Maharshi Mehi Padavali

“…The greatest and most unique contribution of Maharshi Mehi was that he brought together, bridged the gulf that had come to separate not only the Holy Scriptures [of Hinduism] and the Santmat but also the different traditions or sects of Sants from each other.”  (Pravesh K. Singh, Article: Maharshi Mehi — The Bridge Between Hindu Scriptures and Sant Mat)

“Baba Devi Sahab became a great Sant after Sant Tulsi Sahab. Sant Tulsi Sahab had predicted the incarnation of Baba Devi Sahab as a born yogi. Munshi Maheshwari Lal had utmost devotion for Sant Tulsi Sahab. So, due to that love Tulsi Sahab used to visit his home. Maheshwari Lal had no son and so he used to remain sad. Being pleased by his selfless service and love, Sant Tulsi Sahab once blessed Munshi Maheshwari Lal, saying that soon he would have a great sant-soul as his son who would change millions of lives by his spiritual power. Sants’ sayings never are false. Thus Munshi Maheshwari became father of a boy that very year, March 1841… Baba Devi Sahab started the propagation of Sant Mat widely from the year of 1887, visited many places in India and neighboring countries and spread the knowledge of Sant Mat. He delivered many discourses on different subjects such as Salvation, Devotion, the Universe, God, and Meditation.” (SadGuruMehi website)

Baba Devi Sahab used to travel widely to awaken the masses by propagating the precepts of Sant Mat. In this process, he had also traveled and delivered his discourses in a number of cities located in what is now Pakistan, such as Multan, Quetta, Karachi, etc…

Baba Devi Sahab was in possession of a hand-written manuscript of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras printed at Hathras itself in the year of 1896, and had it published, sharing the teachings of the great Saint of Hathras with spiritual seekers everywhere: “The book Ghat Ramayan is said to be the work of Tulsi Saheb of Hathras. The first edition of this book was published by one Munshi Devi Prasad Saheb alias Devi Sahib. Subsequently, an edition was brought out in the year 1911 from Belvedere Press…..” (“The Esoteric Meaning of the Ramayan”, by S.D. Maheshwari, Agra)

“This spiritual path and its destination is divine love… The remover of difficulties is the one spiritual teacher who has given you the secret knowledge (spiritual guidance and experience).” — Baba Devi Sahab

“We should understand that bhakti [love] is the life or soul of the entire universe.” (Baba Devi Sahab)

“The pathway to the liberation of the ‘jiva’ (individual soul) already exists within each one of us.” (Baba Devi Sahab)

— Essential Teachings of Baba Devi Sahab of Moradabad

NOTE: Baba Devi Sahab and Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram of the Radhasoami Faith were close friends. Baba Devi even spent some time in Agra as Huzur’s honored guest. They both had much reverence for Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras.

“Merciful Radhasoami was also pleased to declare that whenever anybody is initiated into the Surat Shabd Marga, his contact is immediately established with Sat Purusha Radhasoami. Hence, Sat Purusha Merciful Radhasoami would continue to shower his grace on everyone who would sincerely perform the practices to some extent with feelings of love and would not indulge in the evil tendencies of his mind as far as possible, i.e. He would gradually make the mind and the spirit of such a devotee ascend higher and higher internally and would protect him from the obstacles put by Maya and Kal.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Radhasoami Mat Updesh)

The True Seeker and True Lover of God (Sat Purush Radhasoami): “One can successfully perform the activities pertaining to true paramartha* [spirituality] only when true yearning and love for meeting the Supreme Lord has been in gendered in the heart.” — Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Radhasoami Mat Updesh

* Note: Paramartha: The word ‘paramartha’ is a compound of two words ‘param’, i.e. highest, and ‘artha’, i.e. object or purpose of life. Spiritual development and the realization of one’s ‘Self’ or ‘Atman’ and of the Supreme Being are considered to be the highest objects of man’s life. Religion helps in the achievement of these goals or this ‘paramartha’ and as such, religion or spiritual activity has generally been identified with ‘paramartha’.

“The practices which have been taught for purifying the spirit and making it ascend upwards should be performed regularly and with feelings of love.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Prem Updesh Radhasoami)

“The Supreme Being is a boundless ocean of spirit, or love, and the human 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 labor rendered easy, sweet and harmonious.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram)

Transcending Illusion, Making This Life Peaceful and Fruitful

“The Satguru’s Shabd or NAAM [inner Sound meditation] should be practiced properly and punctually. Then the reverberations, which are heard distinctly within, protect the devotees from all the miseries of Maya [illusion]. Thus neither Kal [lord of time and death] or Maya can overpower him, nor the mind can subdue him. It should always be borne in mind that the Satguru’s Shabd is the Supreme protector. Apart from this, there is no other power in this world, which can free man from the forces of Maya. Therefore, without wasting such precious time, one should always concentrate upon the Shabd [the Sound Current in meditation practice], the divine utterances and instructions of the Satguru, and derive full benefit from this golden opportunity to make this life peaceful and fruitful.” (Shri Swami Vairag Anand Ji Maharaj, Saar Updesh)

In one hymn Mirabai said: “Maine leno amolak mol”, meaning: “I have bought the invaluable God.” When she was asked, with what did you buy him? Mira says: “Wah aawat prem ke mol mai ri”. That means: “He can be bought only with love.” Love can be defined as that which diminishes the gap between the lover and the Beloved. When no obstruction remains between the devotee and God, only then true union takes place. (Swami Vyasanand)

“Just as the water of the river find peace in union with the ocean, in the same manner when the soul unites with God, duality disappears, and the soul becomes tranquil. The river is no longer a river — it becomes the ocean. When the soul (atman) is united with the One or God it is no longer an individual soul (Jivatma), but it is the Supreme Soul (Paramatma). This is the highest state of achievement and bliss: the state of complete unity of the Soul and God.”  (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, Book of Sarvadharma Samanvy/Harmony Of All Religions)

“In this world, very few tread the path taught by the Satguru. Such persons lose egotism. They do not make any distinction between the rich and poor. They always discard ill-thoughts from their mind. No difference is made by them amongst people of different colour, race, caste, creed, etc… They wander in this world like a lotus which does not get wet by the water though it grows in water. (Dariya exhorts to clean the dirt of the mirror-mind to get the image of the Lord).” (Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar)

“When we receive initiation from a Saint, practice Naam simran to retrace our consciousness from toes to a spot behind the eyes [Third Eye Center], only then something is accomplished.” (Baba Kehar Singh)

“Once you have met a True Human Being,

Let him not disappear from the horizon of your Heart.”  — Rumi

Pale Blue Dot

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

“The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

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