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During the First Century AD, the Essenes were one of the three main branches of Judaism. They were opposed to animal sacrifices being made in the Jewish temple and they were also known to be vegetarians. The Essenes were the group that Jesus and the first Christians, the Ebionites, were closest to, sharing with them many of the same values and sacred texts. "James was a vegetarian...." (Robert Eisenman, James the Brother of Jesus) “James, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” (Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3) “John never ate meat.” (Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius, History of the Church II 2:3) "The Apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, hard-shelled fruits, and vegetables, without flesh.” (Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 2, Chapter 1) Peter said, “I live on olives and bread, to which I rarely only add vegetables.” (Clementine Homilies 12,6; also see, Recognitions 7,6).
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During December I share a lifetime's-worth of research into the history of the Masters of India based on my new article, "The Origins of Sant Mat, The Five Names, and the Identity of Tulsi Sahib's Guru". Everyone in contemporary Sant Mat (followers of Inner Light and Sound Meditation) has a clear idea about their own recent history of masters, at least dating back a few generations. Most trace their lineage of gurus back to Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India. Tulsi Sahib (1773-1843) is viewed as the adi-guru or founding guru, the "great grandfather" of modern-day Sant Mat. The identity of Sant Tulsi Sahib's guru has understandably been of great interest to many students of Sant Mat history. It's quite normal for followers of a spiritual path to be curious about "the family tree" of previous masters, wanting to know where their spiritual path comes from. So, who was the guru of Tulsi Sahib? And who was that individual's guru? Who was the guru before that? And so on.
I begin with an examination of Sants or Saints in antiquity, in ancient India during the time of the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, then move forward in time to Gorakhanath, the Nath Yogis, Jayadeva, Namdev, Guru Kabir, Sant Dharamdas and the Dharamdasi Kabir Panth, Dariya Sahib of Bihar, Tulsi Sahib -- the Saint of the South, Seth Shiv Dayal Singh, and the birth of the Radhasoami Faith, up to the living present.
Subtitles of the Article and Radio Series Include: Sants of Antiquity Long Before the Time of Kabir; An Example of Sants Mentioned in a Hindu Scripture Called the Bhagavad Purana; Vedic Dharma vs. Santana Dharma; On the Usage of the Term "Sant Mat" and the Tulsi Sahib Connection; Who Was Tulsi Sahib's Guru? Our One-And-Only Solid Clue; The Ratnagar Rao Theory; Finding Evidence For Tulsi Sahib's Spiritual Master or Group Affiliation -- Noticing Examples of Guru Bhakti in Sant Texts; Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar, a Towering Figure in Sant Mat History Just Before the Time of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras and the Radhasoami Movement; Rare Quotes From Sat Sahib, Dariya's Guru; The Origin of the Five Names, the Panch Naam Mantra; The Many Names of the One Nameless God; Panch Naam Words Traced Back to Kabir/Dharamdasi Texts; The "people of the five names" and "the people of the Anurag Sagar" are one and the same community: the Dharamdasis. This is the source-group and Sant tradition for the five names that existed in India prior to the time of Dariya Sahib, Tulsi Sahib, and Seth Shiv Dayal Singh! And I conclude by returning to the question of who were the Nath Yogis and if scriptures of Gorakhanath and other Nath Yogis also contain the five names: A Panch Naam of the 11th Century Nath Yogis?
12/1/2015: The Origins of Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters, Part 1;
(CHSR Program # 492)
12/8/2015: The Origins of Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters, Part 2;
(CHSR Program # 493)
12/15/2015: The Origins of Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters, Part 3;
(CHSR Program # 494)
12/22/2015: The Origins of Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters, Part 4;
(CHSR Program # 495)
12/29/2015: The Origins of Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters, Part 5;
(CHSR Program # 496)
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Seven Things I Believe (and Experience)
*1) God is Real.
*2) God is Love, the Ocean of Love and Compassion.
*3) All of the world scriptures teach about the same manifestation of God as inner mystical Light and Sound.
*4) Our true identity is soul, the Self. Soul is part of God and therefore is, like God, pure love.
*5) During this human existence we have an opportunity to experience God.
*6) As we experience communing with God's love during meditation -- Surat Shabd Yoga, we can rise above body-consciousness and explore Inner Space, the "Kingdom of the Heavens" that are within us. "We travel back from the realm of Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to divine Sound, and from the realm of Sound to the Soundless State." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj) The drop merges back into the Ocean of Love.
*7) As we get initiated into the Mysteries of the Spirit by a Living Teacher (Sant Satguru), the purpose of our life is fulfilled. Reuniting with God is our reason to be here: "It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth." (Adi Granth) Kabir says: "For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?"
"There are those who have wandered among the darting comets and the shimmering orbs of sounding fire. The soul-explorer is not alone, for there are those who have traveled the highways of the inner cosmos; far more than one may at first realize."
"...The planes of heaven are about us everywhere. One has only to know this simple truth consciously, and then we will be free." (George Arnsby Jones)
Am from Maine, vegetarian (vegan), and practice Inner Light and Sound Meditation in a spirit of Bhakti (Love for the Supreme Being). Am conspiring to make the world more peaceful, vegan, and spiritually awake. "Be Vegan. Make Peace."
Have been involved with Radio For Peace International, the community radio movement, Wisdom Radio, satellite radio and television, am an independent producer currently creating programs for several stations, including HealthyLife.Net -- Positive Talk Radio. I review books, am an author, teacher, public speaker, broadcaster.
Interests: Exploring the World of Spirituality, Comparative Religion, Meditation, Websites, and Books, Including World Scriptures, Gnostic Texts, Spiritual Classics, Guidance by Living Teachers, and Other Books that Matter -- A Format of Essays and Interviews.
Am a devotee of traditional Sant Mat, a school of spirituality based in India.
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