Radha So Am I – On the Sacred Name Radhasoami (Radhaswami)
In the teachings of the classic Sants and Sufis of India (Kabir, Guru Nanak, Dadu, Raivdas, Namdev, Sultan Bahu, Baba Farid, etc….), in their bhajans and banis appear numerous names of God. In each of these cases, the Name represents the Formless God, all Spirit, all Love, Timeless, no duality or maya, a Formless Krishna, a Formless Allah, Formless Ram, really — names for the Nameless, Soundless God [Anami, Anadi], beyond all names and forms. One can read verses exhorting devotees to repeat many names of the Formless One:
“Repeat the Name of Ram”.
“Repeat the Name of Hari”.
“Repeat the Name of Govind”.
“Repeat the Name of Vitthala”.
“Repeat the Name of Allah”.
“Repeat the Name of HOO (HU)”.
More recently with Soami Ji Maharaj and Radhasoami:
“Repeat the Name of Radhaswami”.
Radhasoami is the Name of the Supreme Being.
Radhasoami is the “Beneficent Father and Mother of All”. (Shiv Brat Lal)
“The Name ‘Radhasoami’ is the Name of the Supreme Being whose Region is the highest of the high and where there is no trace of maya.” (Huzur Maharaj, quoted in “Spircon 2010”, Agra)
The word Radha is an “imitation of the Sound of the first spiritual current in articulate speech.” (Glossary of the Radhasoami Faith)
Radha means ‘Soul’ (feminine word), and Soami is ‘Lord’ (masculine), thus Radhasoami is ‘Soul-Lord’, or ‘Lord of the Soul’, and represents an interesting fusion of, yin/yang, lover and Beloved, soul and Lord, into ONE.
On the origins of the usage of Radhasoami, the following is from, “Radhasoami Faith — A Historical Study”:
Radhasoami is Soamiji Maharaj
“The second guru used to address his guru as ‘Radhasoami Saheb’. When Hazur Maharaj [Rai Saligram] practiced the spiritual exercises of surat shabd yoga and attained the highest spiritual Truth, he listened internally the refulgent resonance of Radhasoami incessantly resounding in the first and highest region of Creation and found his guru identical with the Highest Spiritual Being. He was then filled with divine grace and holy light of love. As such, he addressed him as ‘Radhasoami Saheb’ and considered him to be the incarnation of the Supreme Being.”
From the first Sant Mat book to appear in the English language, Radhasoami Mat Prakash.
1. Radhasoami – the Holy Name of the Supreme Being
1. The Radhasoami mat or Faith derives its name from its original founder, the Supreme Being, Radhasoami, who appeared in this world in human form and designated Himself Sant Sat Guru or perfect Saint or True Guide and Preceptor, and preached holy doctrines to the sincere Enquirer of Truth for the deliverance of their spirit from the bondage of body and surroundings, as well as from the pains and pleasures of this world, and for the ultimate admission (of their spirit entity) into the Holy Presence of the Supreme Being after traversing and breaking through the trammels and impediments in the material spheres.
2. The holy name Radhasoami has been given out by the Supreme Being Himself. It resounds in splendid refulgence in the higher spheres and can be heard within themselves by those, who perform devotion by practicing Surat-Shabd-Yog according to the instructions given by the Supreme Being Himself.
3. All obstacles thrown in the way and traps laid by Universal Mind and Matter to stop or interfere with the progress of a pilgrim to the highest mansion of the Supreme Being in pure spiritual regions disappear at once on the pronunciation of name Radhasoami by the devotee; such is the immediate effect and beneficial influence exercised by this Almighty Name. It, at once, strikes awe and terror in the heart of the conflicting agents and revolting forces met with by the devotee while traversing the material regions and gradually removes them altogether from his path.
4. This holy name Radhasoami signifies both the Supreme Being and the Original Spirit or Sound Current (or Word), which emanated from His Holy Feet, and which is the prime factor and principal agent in the whole creation.
Soami is Ocean and Radha its First Wave
The founders of the faith have a few allegorical interpretations to put forward to explain the two components of the word – Radha and Soami. The second guru says that the Supreme Being may be compared to an ocean. A creative ocean cannot be perceived without commotion. The first wave of the endless ocean is Radha. The original current is not different from but is identical with the ocean itself and as it comes out so it is ever drawn towards it. The creative ocean, therefore, is Soami and the first original wave just identical to the ocean is Radha. The two together from the supreme ocean full of spiritual bliss and truth. Hence Radhasoami.
It Denotes Two Spiritual Components: The Lover and The Beloved
Radhasoami faith is the religion of pure and spiritual love. Love denotes two components, the beloved and the lover. The prime source of all love and spiritual energy is the beloved and is therefore known as Soami. The first wave of love and spiritual energy arising from its source and then being attracted towards it again, is the lover and therefore is known as Radha. The Supreme Love is Radhasoami identifying both the components and fusing them into one.
Radha is Adi-Surat And Soami is Adi-Shabd
As already explained, Radhasoami is the spiritual resonance reverberating incessantly in the highest region of creation where no mind and matter exist. The original resonance of adi-shabd (first sound) is Soami. Radha is the creative force which emanated from adi-shabd. In other words, Soami is the storehouse of the shabd and so it is called adi-shabd. Radha, being the first creative force, having its source in adi-shabd, and completely identical to it, is known as adi surat. Radhasoami together signify the storehouse of shabd which is sound and energy both.
Radhasoami is Santsatguru
Maintaining the revelations of the second guru, the followers of the faith designate the living Satguru as “Radhasoami”. In fact, a devotee who practises surat shabd yoga and attains such spiritual heights as to identify the Satguru with the Supreme Being can alone reveal the secrets of this name. But as the Satguru is the human manifestation of the Supreme Being and is known as His son or representative in the world, he is generally addressed as “Radhasoami”. Such a one possesses all the attributes of the Supreme Being and like the tidal wave of the ocean, remains in constant union with Him.
It is Also the Name of The Sect
Followers of the faith are knitted in one organization known as “Radhasoami Satsang”. It was named thus when the first guru established the organization in 1861. The reason, evidently, is that devotees are required to keep the name of the Satguru constantly in their heart; by giving this name to the organization the first guru perhaps also meant to provide a built-in reminder to them about the holy name. It is, therefore, logically correct to name the sect as “Radhasoami Satsang”.
— RADHASOAMI FAITH – A HISTORICAL STUDY: Birth of The Faith and Its Name, Prof. A.P. Mathur: http://www.radhasoamisatsang.org/rsname.htm
Simran — Repeating God’s Name
Simran leads to happiness,
Through simran pain departs;
Says Kabir, do simran
And you will merge in the Lord. (Kabir)
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. (Sant Dadu Sahib)
Chanting the Name Radhasoami (RadhaSwami: “Ra-Dha-Swa-Mmmeee”)
You have to walk with Me, with My spirit, with My radiation. Receive My radiation first, then you can enjoy every radiation with right understanding and without being submerged and drowned in the current of attraction and repulsion they call Maya [illusion].
Always carry My reflection. My aura or reflection is the sum total energy and My spirit of the universe. I am all strength and courage. I am all love and mercy. I am the potential of all talents. I am the source of all riches. I am the light of all wisdom. I am that truth of all truths.
All exist in Me as they are part of Me and I exist in all of them. They are nothing but Me. You will see that I am vibrating everywhere, not only as light waves but also as sound waves, as the creative force, as the procreative force, as the force of all expansion.
I am the creative force, ‘Raaa’.
I am the expanding force, ‘Dhaaa’.
I come back with all the vibrations, ‘Swaaa’.
I become again one with you all and you feel one with Me as ‘MMMEEEE’.
Ra Dha Swam i.
(Radhaswami, Ra-Dha-Swam-i, Radhasoami).
Chant this Name, this is Me in sound form.
Enjoy Me in sound form, as the magnetic field of love.
(Discourses of Sree Mentu Maharaj, Volume One)
Prem Bani Radhasoami of Huzur Maharaj
The Supreme Father Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul] loves you dearly.
He will redeem you in a moment.
Believe what I say is true.
Know that Radhasoami is your True Beloved.
His heart is overflowing with compassion for souls.
He imparts them his own strength and redeems them.
Have no anxiety or worry in your mind now.
…….. every moment.
Always utter ‘RADHASOAMI’,
the Name of the Merciful Supreme Being.
Then only will mind and Kal become powerless against you.
Radhasoami is my most Beloved Lord.
None other than Him comes to mind.
I sing praises of Radhasoami again and again
and shall remain at His holy feet ever alert and vigilant.
I discard all the evil tendencies of the mind
and enshrine RADHASOAMI Nam in my heart.
I sing ‘RADHASOAMI’, ‘RADHASOAMI’,……every moment.
(Huzur Maharaj, Prem Bani Radhasoami, Volume One)
Radhaswami has imparted a unique message.
The moment I utter the Holy Word ‘RADHASOAMI’,
all my doubts and misgivings are dispelled.
Radhasoami has taken me in His lap.
Radhasoami will also redeem you.
Repeat the Holy Word ‘RADHASOAMI’ all the time.
Recite ‘RADHASOAMI’ all the twenty four hours.
Radhasoami dwells in my heart every moment.
(Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One)
Love Fulfills and Satisfies Life
Sree Sree Mentu Maharaj, “The Truth Absolute”:
Love fulfills and satisfies life. Life is meant for true love for its Becoming and ultimate Union with God, the goal of your life. Any love that creates a barrier between you and your Mediator, you and your God, is a false, illusory love that leads nowhere. The love that unites you with God and His creation is the real Love. Blessed are those who have achieved this real Love, become close to God and realised their identity with Him and the eternal Reality of their self.
Huzur Maharaj, in, “Radhasoami Mat Prakash”:
The Supreme Being, being a boundless ocean of spirit or love; and, 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.
Love or the power of attraction is the basis of the whole creation and the cause of its sustenance and preservation.
The Supreme Being loves and takes special care of those who love Him with all their heart and soul, and gradually draws them towards Himself, the Grand Centre of Pure Light and Attraction; while those whose hearts are imbued with worldly love and passions recede from this centre, or in other words, they of themselves fly away towards the circumference or darkness and untruth.
Every wave of love rising in a lover’s heart brings tidings of goodness and joy from the beloved, and every thought springing up in such a heart is a harbinger of good works and good services for the sake of the beloved.
Love has no bounds, knows no restrictions, and is not limited by conditions, and like its source is extensive and far reaching in its beneficial results.
Huzur Maharaj, “Prem Bani Radhasoami”. Volume One:
Radhaswami is my Father and Mother. Beloved, merciful to the humble, Radhasoami, does good to my soul every moment. Do not allow any doubts and misgivings to bother you. Have firm faith in, and reliance on RADHASWAMI. Radhasoami will accomplish all your tasks. The Supreme Father Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul] loves you dearly. He will redeem you in a moment. Believe what I say is true. Know that Radhasoami is your True Beloved. His heart is overflowing with compassion for souls. He imparts them his own strength and redeems them. Have no anxiety or worry in your mind now. Utter ‘RADHASOAMI’ ‘RADHASOAMI’ ‘RADHASOAMI’ ‘RADHASOAMI’ ‘RADHASOAMI’ ‘RADHASOAMI’ ‘RADHASOAMI’ ‘RADHASOAMI’ …….. every moment. Always utter ‘RADHASOAMI’, the Name of the Merciful Supreme Being. Then only will mind and Kal [demiurge, universal ego-mind matrix] become powerless against you. Radhasoami is my most Beloved Lord. None other than Him comes to mind. I sing praises of Radhasoami again and again and shall remain at His holy feet ever alert and vigilant. I discard all the evil tendencies of the mind and enshrine RADHASOAMI Nam in my heart. I sing ‘RADHASOAMI’, ‘RADHASOAMI’,……every moment.
Prayer of Shiv Brat Lal
O August Radhaswami (Lord of the Soul),
Thou Living Self and Living Master,
Beneficent Father and Mother of All!
Be merciful — make us Thine own,
And thus save us from the snares of Time.
Past are the Golden Age and others,
Unknowing of the Heavenly Melody proper,
Yet now art Thou Merciful, in this hard Dark
To chant in loud and lucid strains, the Sacred
O Lord, having descended into this plane
Helpest Thou the living entities,
To span the Worldly-Ocean across;
To cast off the Trinity, and reach the Fourth
Whence the Living Name unfolds,
And the Living Mastership.
Bathed in Glory and Effulgent Light,
Thy servant tenders this Solemn Petition:
Grant us even The Regionless Region,
The Chief Abode, the Sphere of Bliss,
The Holy Refuge at Thy Feet,
— Prayer of Sant Daata Dayal Ji (Shiv Brat Lal), “Light On Ananda Yoga — The Yoga of Happiness,” Edited by Steve Morrow, Sant Bani Books, New Hampshire