PODCAST: The Mandaean Gnostic Scriptures and NDE’s — Spiritual Awakening Radio

 
PODCAST: The Mandaean Gnostic Scriptures and NDE’s — Spiritual Awakening Radio
 
 
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Image: Ancient Mandaean art from Iraq, the Mandaean book-man illustrating that the scriptures are within, and to know thyself is true wisdom.
 
Some Mandaeans (literally, “possessors of secret Knowledge”) live in Iraqi cities like Baghdad and Basra. There’s a large Mandaean population that resides in smaller market towns and villages of the marshland in southern Iraq, and near the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Iran also has a Mandaean population; many of them dwell along the river Karun in Rhuzistan province. These days, many Mandaeans are relocating to western countries.
 
The Prophet Mohammed called them “Sabians,” i.e. “Baptists or baptizers,” a name which occurs in the Quran and which enabled them to continue under Islam. Islam also categorized them as “a people of the book,” a religion that possesses their own ancient scriptures. Another factor that has traditionally enabled them to operate in the Islamic world is their affiliation with John the Baptist. John the Baptist is one of their greatest prophets.
 
Though the historic connection between John and the Mandaeans is hard to verify, it is indeed possible they are descendants of disciples of John the Baptist, who 2,000 years ago had a large number of followers which believed him to be a great Master and Prophet, if not the awaited Messiah. After John’s death, the New Testament portrays Jesus as being the spiritual successor, but other leaders in John’s community might have seen things differently. Like Jesus, others might also have claimed to be John’s successor and thus would have become the leaders of a John-community that maintained its independence from the Jesus Movement, instead remaining what they were — an unorthodox baptismal sect of the Trans-Jordan.
 
According to scholars of Mandaean studies like Werner Foerster, indeed the origins of the Mandaeans do go back to the Jewish tradition of first century AD Palestine and the region of the Jordan River. Foerster states in Gnosis II, published by Oxford University Press, that in the context of the Jewish war of independence and the consolidation of Orthodox Judaism after AD 70, “its position as a minority opposition evidently led to the persecution of the community and finally to its emigration from its native Jordan territory to the east, to begin with in Harran and the median hill country, then in the southern regions of Mesopotamia.” Eventually the community settled in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where they could continue the ritual of baptizing initiates in “living waters” (rivers) symbolizing the connecting of their souls with “heavenly Jordan rivers of Light.”
 
The role of the Heavenly Messenger is to give the mystic experience of light to souls and eventually guide them back up to the Place of Light, the Mandaean term for the highest heaven where the Great Life (God) resides. 
 
The mystical encounters recorded in the scriptures of the Mandaeans may seem at times like ancient near-death experiences (NDE’s), the visions of souls who were embraced by the Light long ago.
 
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PODCAST: The Yoga of Love (Bhakti), Part 4 — Spiritual Awakening Radio

 
PODCAST: The Yoga of Love (Bhakti), Part 4 — Spiritual Awakening Radio
 
 
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Welcome to this Sant Mat #Satsang Podcast. Genuine Sant Mat is Path of #Love (#Bhakti) as well as Inner Light, and Sound: “All Sants, and Soami Ji Maharaj in particular, have, in their Bani [hymns], laid great stress upon engendering love. The idea is that the task can be accomplished quickly and easily with the help of love. Mere renunciation cannot afford so much advantage, nor can mere comprehension of the Faith confer such a benefit. All activities in the world are going on because of love and desire. If one does not have any feeling of love or he has no interest in a matter, he can do nothing. For the real spiritual welfare of their soul, it therefore behoves all Jivas [souls] to develop real love for the true Supreme Being.” (Huzur Maharaj, Prem Patra Radhasoami)
 
On this Path of the Masters (#SantMat) there are books that represent the “science of the esoteric”, providing technical details about subtle bodies, inner regions, karma, meditation practice, and so on. And there is also the poetic side expressing the heart of mysticism. In English, the words of many bhajans and banis (hymns) of Saints (Sants) have become available. They read like poetry or psalms. #Rumi poetry is similar. These Mystics of the East provide very beautiful and Bhakti devotional teachings — the Way of the Lover and the #Beloved. There are the compositions of #Kabir, the Guru Granth, Namdev, Ravidas, Dadu, Mirabai, Dayabai, Sahjo Bai, Tulsi Das, Paltoo Sahib, Surdas, Tukaram — so many great souls. These are such priceless sources of inspiration. It’s absolutely essential for the initiate/satsangi of #Sant_Mat to be in touch with the Bhakti side of the Path.
 
Huzur Baba Sawan Singh’s #Introductory #Meditation #Instructions: “As to any exercises which might help you, until the time of your initiation, I can only suggest at this time that you may sit in meditation, in a quiet place, like your own bedroom or some room as secluded as possible, and with spine and body erect, in a comfortable position, fix all the attention at the center just back of the two eyes, and slowly repeat the word #RADHASOAMI [RadhaSwami], fixing the mind on the Supreme Being who is your Supreme Father.” — Hazur Baba Sawan Singh
 
“Sant Mat is not the path of information. This is the Path of Transformation.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)
 
“Blessed are the souls who in today’s materialistic world have an inclination towards #spirituality.” (Gurudev and Beloved Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj of Maharshi Mehi Ashram)
 
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God is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness.
 
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PODCAST: The Yoga of Love (Bhakti), Part 3 — Spiritual Awakening Radio

 
 
PODCAST: The Yoga of Love (Bhakti), Part 3 — Spiritual Awakening Radio
 
 
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“There never was or ever will be anything but love, expressing itself infinitely.” (Sant Jnaneswar of Maharashtra)
 
“Without love, there is no spiritual path.
The path lives in love.
With intensification of love, one comes in contact
with the True Sound,
And like a lotus in water, abides in its peace and bliss.”
— Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar
 
“Love is that power that makes God break His own laws in order to serve the devotee. Love is that meditation or method that makes the impossible possible. That which is harsh becomes gentle; the enemy becomes friend; the weak become strong; the concealed becomes revealed. Even though it is said that it takes many lifetimes to realize the Divine, if a devotee performs sadhana [meditation practice] with true, unwavering devotion, then the Divine Will manifest at that moment.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
 
“Without Bhakti [spiritual love] and devotion, nobody can swim across the vast and deep ocean of this samsara [sansaar, world of changes] even if one makes use of lakhs [thousands] of ways and means; but if one takes to the Word and develops love for Shabd [the Sound Current], one will one hundred percent go to his eternal abode.” (The Essential Kabir, M.G. Gupta translation)
 
“How can one sit so still, repeat only holy names and think of God constantly? ‘By falling in love,’ Mataji answered serenely. ‘Because when one is truly in love nothing but the beloved can enter one’s mind. So the secret of surat shabd yoga and of mysticism,’ she goaded, ‘is not necessarily practice and more practice, but love. To be so devoted to one’s Lord that nothing can stand in the way-this and nothing else is the truth of Sant Mat,’ Mataji stressed.” (Yogani Mataji, Enchanted Land)
 
“The Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul] is, the Ocean or Reservoir of Love, and Surat [the Soul], which is His particle, i.e., emanation or current, is also of the essence of love. Therefore, unless love is engendered in the Surat [the attention-faculty of the Soul], it cannot merge into its Reservoir. In other words, the practice of traversing on this path and reaching the Source (which is known as the practice of Surat and Shabd [yoga or meditation]) could never be performed properly or correctly carried on.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Radhasoami Mat Sandesh)
 
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God is the Ocean of Love and All-Consciousness.
 
In Divine Light and Sound, Namaste’, Gnosis, Peace, Jai Guru, Jai Sat Naam, Bandagi Saheb, Satya Raam, Radhasoami, 
James
 
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