Baba Faqir Chand and the Radiant Form of the Inner Master

“Maharaj Faqir Chand ji Sahab established his Ashram after his retirement from Railway service [station master] in 1962. The Ashram is located on the outskirts of Hoshiarpur in the foothills of Himalayas. It is called ‘Manavata Mandir’ — ‘Be Man Ashram’.

“Although the lineage is the same, this Satsang sees every religious tradition from Radhasoami to Advait Vedanta as being parts of the total reality. Baba Faqir Chand was a devotee of Shiv Brat Lai ji Sahab and had a large and devoted following.

“Faqir Chand ji Sahab was the first guru in the Sant Mat tradition to speak about the ‘unknowing’ aspects of visionary manifestations, which were called the ‘Chandian Effect’ after him. However, other Sant Mat gurus like Baba Jaimal Singh Ji went beyond this hypothesis and spoke of manifestation and knowledge of manifestations. Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji, for whom both Faqir Chand ji and his master Shiv Brat Lai ji had high regard, wrote and explained that the outward guru can and does know about the inner condition of his disciples. This knowledge is conveyed to the physical master via the inner Shabd, though only in extreme cases where the outer master’s attention is needed. The Perfect Master is one with the Supreme Lord and when He initiates a devotee He creates an Astral Image of Himself in the disciple and, then on, never leaves the disciple, remaining therein as the Inner Master. When the life of the disciple needs the personal attention of the Master, this Inner Master reports to the Conscious Master.” (R.S. White Paper on Religion of Sants and Radhasoami Faith, Dayalbagh, Agra, 2011)

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