Light and Sound on the Path: If Your Eye Be Single, Your Whole Body Shall Be Full Of Light
Podcast: The Sermon on the Light — If Your Eye Be Single, Your Whole Body Shall Be Full Of Light: I begin by sharing this unique arrangement of passages on the theme of spiritual-mystical Light attributed to Jesus found in all of the available ancient texts. I call it, “The Sermon on the Light”, since it really does read, and when said out loud, sounds like a spiritual discourse on the theme of Light spoken long ago in antiquity by a spiritual Master to some of his students. Also today, a discourse on how to find your third or single eye. “If your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of Light.”
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Quotes during today’s podcast come from: Jesus (Yeshua), Bible: New Testament, Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of John, Nag Hammadi Library (Gnostic Gospels): Apocryphon of James, Dialogue of the Saviour, Saint Jerome, Symeon, Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, Sant Kirpal Singh, Sant Tulsi Sahib, Swamiji Maharaj, About the Ihidaya, Gospel of Thomas, Pistis Sophia (The Resurrection Gospel of Faith Wisdom), George Fox of the Quakers, Saint Isaac the Syrian, Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life, Joseph the Visionary, John of Dalyatha, John the Solitary, and Dadu Dayal.
“Seek, all of you, after the Light, so that the power of your soul that is in you may live. Do not cease seeking day or night until you find the mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you, make you into pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of the Light.” (Post Resurrection Gospel of Pistis Sophia, the Book of Faith Wisdom)
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Satsang Discourses from: Sawan Singh, Baba Somanath, Baba Ram Singh, and Kirpal Singh
“Love enables us to feel a kinship with all life on earth — to feel that all are children of the same benevolent Father. All jealousy and ‘otherness’ disappear from the heart as soon as love comes in. Love is the path of complete self-sacrifice and giving one’s heart away. Love is a constant and everlasting pull. A heart in which love has made a permanent abode is no longer subject to the mutations of time. It is free from transmigration. It is always enraptured with the ever-abiding sweetness of love. Love is a bond which can neither be loosened nor severed. Love is the vital sustenance of the world — the life sap of our very existence. It is the foundation of purity and simplicity. Without it the world would be an abandoned wasteland. It is the vital essence that keeps our life flourishing and prosperous.” (Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, My Submission)
“Until you understand the Truth, love will not enter your heart. And until the love manifests within you, that Almighty Lord, who is love personified, will not meet you. A friendship is formed when the love of the Lord and the love of the soul become one, both without and within. When your within overflows with love, then that Loving Power will be attracted to you. He will become your Friend.” — Baba Somanath Ji
Satsang And Meditation Are The Nutrients Of Our Soul, Spiritual Discourse by Baba Ram Singh (in the lineage of Baba Somanath and Huzur Baba Sawan Singh)
Santji would often say this, “Leave a hundred things and go and attend the Satsang. And leave a thousand things and sit for meditation.” Because this is the true work for which God Almighty has given us this body.
All the other things that we are doing, we do for others. Whether it is nurturing of our children, it is for the children. Whether it is working in employment or farming or for a business, it is for that particular occupation or service or business. So, all of the things that we are engaged in is all work being done for others.
So, what is the work that we are really doing for ourselves for which we have been sent into this world?
Satsang and meditation are the nutrients of our soul.
Sant Ji used to often say, “Like we give food to the body, it is very important for us to give food and water for the soul.”
So, the Satsang that we listen to is the water that we are giving to the soul and the Bhajan Simran that we are doing is the food that we are giving to the soul. When we give this food and water — the Satsang and Bhajan Simran — to the soul, the soul becomes stronger and the mind becomes weaker.
On the contrary, when we do our outward things, then the mind becomes stronger and the soul is becoming weaker. So, it is very important for us to give proper food and water to the soul.
It is very important for us to listen to Satsang every day and sit for meditation and do our Simran Dhyan Bhajan every day. Whenever we work out a schedule for the day, we should always prioritize our meditation and keep that first on the schedule and complete our meditation. And, only then, get on with the other duties.
We do the opposite. We usually give time for every other thing and then, if we have some spare time, we give it for meditation or Simran. And we often forget our Simran and meditation.
Now, when we do like this, mind becomes stronger, and then it takes us away from all of this.
As to why we do not do our meditation and we do not listen to Satsang regularly, it is because we do not have faith — adequate faith — in it. We do not have that much love and affection for our Master and for our Bhajan Simran. We are manifested completely outside. So, we are identifying ourselves with everything outside. We have complete faith in what we see outside and we have our full love and affection for everything that we are doing outside. And that is why we are not able to sit and do that meditation regularly and listen to Satsang regularly.
When we make it a habit of sitting regularly for our meditation and we make it a habit to listen to Satsang every day, then slowly, our mind will become weaker and we will be able to spend more time doing our meditation. And we will start enjoying that meditation more.
So, we should make it a part of our schedule, our daily schedule, and we should prioritize our Bhajan Simran and keep that as the first thing in the schedule. By doing that, our love and affection will grow towards our Master and towards Naam and meditation. And we will start, more and more, enjoying it and doing it.
So, the atmosphere is very quiet and nice and we should make the most of this. We should close our eyes and sit for our meditation.
(Morning Meditation Talk, Aug 8th, 2018, Guddella Ashram, Andhra Pradesh)
“Meditation is the process of withdrawing the attention from the world outside, and focusing it at the seat of the soul in the body, behind and between the eyebrows. This point is known as the inner eye, third eye, the single eye… In order to withdraw our attention and focus it on this point, mind must be controlled and stilled. Sit in one pose, and move not your head, limbs or eyes. Sit straight but relaxed with no tension in the body below. Sit still, please. 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.” — Kirpal Singh
“True discipleship does not start until one has risen above body consciousness.” — Kirpal Singh
“He who has once been initiated by a competent Master is assured, once and for all, his liberation from the bondage of mind and matter; it is but a question of time. The seed of spirituality sown in him is bound to sprout and fructify. The spirituality when awakened and the spiritual experience gained must develop, and the Master Power cannot rest contented until the child owned is reared and taken home to the house of the Father.
“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 loathe 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.” — Sant Kirpal Singh Ji
The Path of the Living Ones – Sant Mat Satsang Podcast
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Today a satsang discourse based upon: The Syriac Book of the Odes; The Great Song to Mani, in, The Gnostic Bible: “You Freed Souls from Samsara (the World of Changes), Ignorance, and Gave Wisdom”; The Gospel of Thomas; Path of the Masters, by Julian P. Johnson; Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry; Discourse from Baba Somanath; Inner Light and Sound Meditation Practice According to Yogani Mataji (Disciple of Baba Faqir Chand); Maharshi Mehi Paramhans on Daily Meditation Practice; “The Contemplative Eye of the Soul” from the Corpus Hermeticum; LIVING ONES: Baba Ram Singh on Simran Practice; Swami Vyasanand on “The Traveler of the Subtle Inner Path”; Correct Posture, and Inner Light Meditation Practice by Shri Bhagirath Baba; and, Swami Achyutanand on Inner Sound Meditation Leading to the Ascension of the Soul to the Realm of Anami, the Soundless State, the Many Reuniting With the One.
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Gratitude For Divine Grace, also, A Collection of Syriac and Gospel of Thomas Podcasts
“When evening comes, collect your thoughts and ponder over the entire course of the day: observe God’s provincial care for you, consider the grace which he has wrought in you throughout the whole span of the day; consider the rising of the moon, the joy of daylight, all the hours and moments, the divisions of time, the sight of different colors, the beautiful adornment of creation, the course of the sun, the growth of your own stature, how your own person has been protected; consider the blowing of the winds, the ripe and varied fruits, how the elements minister to your comfort, how you have been preserved from accidents, and all of the other activities of grace. When you have pondered on all this, wonder at God’s love towards you will spring up within you, and gratitude for his acts of grace will bubble up inside you.” (John the Solitary, Moran Etho: Spirituality in the Syriac Tradition, by Sebastian P. Brock)
Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts @ Youtube on the Syriac Mystics, Gospel of Thomas, Odes of Solomon and Acts of Thomas, Favorites of the Syriac East
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Receiving Inner Guidance in the Silence of Meditation:
Lost Psalms of The New Testament Discovered: The Odes of Solomon:
The Spiritual Message of the Gospel of Thomas and the Syriac Mystics:
The Gospel of Thomas as a Kind of ‘Second Coming’ of Christ, “Thomsonian” Sayings of Jesus Quoted in Other Ancient Texts:
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Light and Sound On The Path: Sant Mat Fellowship: Happy New Year 2021!
“Go on regularly with your [meditation] practice, keeping your mind and senses undisturbed as far as possible; and trust in the mercy of the Supreme Father to grant you strength gradually as you advance. You will progress inward daily.
“Merciful Radhasoami [The Lord of the Soul] 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.
“The morning time will be the best for you to practice Bhajan [meditation upon the Sound Current].
“Go on with your practice as much as you can and the Supreme Father, through His mercy, will gradually help you in the purification of the mind; and the devotional practice will then become easy and pleasant; but this cannot be accomplished soon and therefore patience and trust should be adhered to.
“If you remember the Supreme Father by practising devotion and by sometimes repeating the Holy Name you will find that Grace won’t forsake you, but on the other hand will always extend its protection to you in all matters.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur)
Satsang Podcast: Light on the Teachings of the Lord of the Soul (Radhasoami Mat Prakash by Huzur Maharaj)
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What About Those Who Get Re-Initiated, Who Have Associated With More-Than-One Spiritual Master? At a forum online I belong to someone was asking who their spiritual master is if they have been initiated more than once, have associated with more than one guru, which can happen on this Path of the Masters. This podcast contains my reply to that question. @ Youtube:
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“Yeshua said, ‘Whoever is near me is near the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom.'” (Gospel of Thomas, Saying 82)
Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat: Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) @ Youtube:
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The focus of the bhakti Saints of India (Santmat, RadhaSoami, The Path of the Masters) is not on constructing earthly temples, building organizational structures, or temples of the mind. Rather, they guide their students into entering the Temple of the Spirit. The Portal or Doorway to this Temple is within, at the Third Eye Center. Masters say: “An intense longing to meet the Supreme Lord during one’s lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. ‘Seek, and ye shall find’, is the principle'”. Being properly initiated into the secrets of meditation — the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens (deeksha/diksha) — by a living Master is the beginning of the Inward Journey. Then, go and do the meditation.
The Origins of Sant Mat, the Five Names, and the Identity of Tulsi Sahib’s Guru (Update) — Sant Mat Satsang Podcast @ Youtube: https://TinyURL.com/TheSants
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Video: Mystic Verses of Tulsi Sahib, Saint of Hathras, Part One:
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1부-신비주의 시: 하트라스의 성자 툴시 사히브 Mystic Verses of Tulsi Sahib (vegetarian), Saint of Hathras – Satsang
“Keep on repeating the Lord’s Name continuously in the proper way as explained by the Guru with love and faith, says Tulsidas. Good fortune shall be yours today, tomorrow and forever.” (Sant Tulsi Das)
“Soul is a conscious entity, a drop of the Ocean of All Consciousness, and in its miniature capacity carries all the divine attributes of Godhood. Since it is environed by mind and matter, it has lost its heritage and forgotten its origin, the True Home of the Father. The Masters come to our help, to awaken us from this long slumber of ignorance.” (Kirpal Singh)
“We should do a lot of Simran and Bhajan, and we should also do Simran in other times when we are free. And, with this, we should try to rise as fast as possible to the Tenth Door. By doing Simran and by doing devotion we will get the Grace of the Master.
“Therefore, Nanak Ji in this bhajan* has said, “This whole world and all that we see is an illusion… We should move our attention and our love and devotion from here, and take it to the Feet of the Masters.” We should make the most of this priceless time and opportunity that has been given to us.
“So, morning time is good for us. We have woken up. The mind is fresh. So, we should use and make the most of this time and do our Simran and Dhyan. So let us close our eyes and sit for meditation.” (Baba Ram Singh)
A note about “God” in Santmat, by James Bean
I kinda like the old-timey Greek description of “The One”. It refers to a Supreme Being but socially distances from those Greek gods and goddesses of mythology that represent the anthropomorphizing of various powers of nature, or a bearded god sitting on a throne presiding over some tribe somewhere. The One is I think a better way of conceiving of a Supreme Being, and in this approach souls represent shards or sparks or drops from The One according to the various schools of mysticism: Kabbalah, Sufism, Gnosticism, and the living school of mysticism called Sant Mat. The theological term for devotion to the Formless God in the east is Nirguna Bhakti, a belief which isn’t so far from the Buddhist concept of Nirvana, a Divine State above the material plane that is timeless. So a bit like Einstein’s God of Spinoza. But beyond merely a collection of natural laws working in the universe, The One or the State of Nirvana is not so cold, distant and mechanical, but is really a unified state of Consciousness behind-beyond-but-also-within the cosmos. I prefer most of all the term Anurag Sagar, meaning Ocean of Love, as the most accurate characterization (and as experienced by meditators), and is a much warmer description than that of Spinoza’s god or the god of the Deists (as in Deism).
“The whole creation is sustained by God who is not a distant Deity but closer is He than anything else.” (Kirpal Singh)
A podcast listener asked me: “Is there anything God can not do?” My reply: I would say the thing that God can not do, or does not wish to do, is not violate the free will of souls. All have the power to choose in every plane of creation, even in the heavenly realms. All souls are free to choose their degree of oneness/closeness/nearness or distance from God. Even in the higher levels of Sach Khand, souls may remain separate spirit-entities (Sat Lok), or try out merging into God temporarily (Alakh Lok) and then revert back again to an individualized state, if they wish. There is freedom to choose, even at that level. Love allows.
Kabir says: The only woman awake is the woman who has heard the flute!
“O friend, awake, and sleep no
more! The night is over and gone,
would you lose your day also?
Others, who have wakened,
have received jewels;
O foolish woman! you have
lost all whilst you slept.
Your lover is wise, and you are
foolish, O woman!
You never prepared the bed of
O mad one! you passed your
time in silly play. Your youth was passed in
vain, for you did not know
Wake, wake! See! your bed is
empty: He left you in the
Kabir says: “Only she wakes,
whose heart is pierced with
the arrow of His music.”
— Kabir, Songs of Kabir, Tagore
“What wonders has your love effected!
When someone is still alive
he has left this world:
though his bodily condition remains
with the world’s bodily condition,
yet his spirit has been raised up towards You,
so that for a period of time
he is where he knows not,
being totally raptured and drawn towards You.”
– John of Apamea, Prayers of the Mystics section,
The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life,
translated from Syriac Aramaic into English by Sebastian Brock
“May every bodily image
be wiped away from my mind’s eye,
and may you alone
be depicted before the eye of my mind.
And now, when your Spirit descends from heaven
upon your Mysteries,
may I ascend in spirit from earth to heaven.
At this time
when your power is mingled in with the bread,
may my life be commingled
with your spiritual life.”
– Joseph the Visionary on the contemplative life,
Prayers of the Mystics section,
The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life,
translated from Syriac Aramaic into English by Sebastian Brock