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Return to the Soundless State Beyond the Realms of Light and Sound -- The Importance of Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, by Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj

People everywhere in the world desire happiness, and none want suffering or pain. Of all living beings, human life is the most advanced. Humans not only desire happiness, they also make many kinds of efforts to achieve peace and happiness on the basis of their knowledge. But the result is apparent: in the effort to find satisfaction people only find unhappiness; in an effort to find peace, even more anxiety often results. It is difficult to find a person in this world who does not have concerns and worries. It is equally difficult to find one who has found peace and happiness and is free of suffering. Each human being is in the grip of physical, mental, or natural suffering. Even those who are wealthy, strong, gifted, beautiful, and bountiful, seem to be unhappy, and have to experience some form of suffering in their lives. 

What is the cause of this unhappiness? Unless we are able to know the cause of a sickness, it will be impossible to find a cure for it.

Sant Kabir Sahab asks: "You have lost an object in one place and you are looking for it in an entirely different place. How could you possibly find it?"

Let us consider this dilemma in view of the way people usually attempt to find peace, joy and contentment. People wander ceaselessly through life, always seeking to acquire material resources, thinking they will thus achieve their goal of happiness. However, as the saints tell us, even if we acquire all these physical possessions—status, fame, or wealth—we are still unable to attain true peace, joy and happiness. The peace we seek is not found in the outer material world but only in the inner world of the soul. The outer manifest world is merely sensory. It is transitory and ever fleeting. But within us lives the Supreme Being whose true form is peace and bliss. The Divine is unmanifest (without physical form), eternal, and beyond the senses. Only by turning inward and ceasing the outward wandering, will we be able to attain lasting joy and eternal peace. 

We can understand this through an analogy: If we throw a rock towards the sky, we find that the rock must return to the earth. And, even though the rock is flying and tumbling through the air as though it is part of the air, it will, nevertheless, soon return to the earth, since it is part of the earth. It is as though the rock, which is a part of the earth, strains to come back to earth, and finds stillness in reuniting with the earth. In the same way, we can think of the human soul, as it wanders through multiple life forms: the Hindu scriptures speak of 84 hundred thousand life forms.1 [1. The various religions of India shed light on the cycle of death and rebirth.] The soul will experience suffering in the cycle of death and rebirth (samsara)—reincarnation after reincarnation—until it merges into the Supreme Soul (Divine), which is inseparable from the soul. The Divine exists in the Soundless State, but the living soul has descended into this realm of darkness.

Maharishi Mehi Paramhans advises to begin the journey: "You have descended into this darkness from the Soundless State. You are now far from your home in the Soundless Divine. You are caught here in this dark realm. Therefore, at this very moment, begin your journey homeward toward that Soundless State."

Through inner meditation the jivatman (individual soul) begins its ascent toward the Soundless State where it will eventually merge with the Divine. When the soul thus experiences oneness with the Divine, it will attain ultimate peace and supreme joy. Santmat teaches a path to the attainment of this joy and peace. This is the significance of the way of saints and the importance of Santmat. 

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"The purpose of living beings is to assist each other." 
(Jain Scripture: Tattvarth-Sutra, Chapter 5, Sutra 21)
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Radhasoami Dwells in My Heart Every Moment

0 my dear companion! Radhasoami has 
graciously made me His own. By His 
grace, today I witness His majestic 
grandeur. 

I hear the most sublime discourses of 
Radhasoami. I recite the most adorable 
Name RADHASOAMI. 

I behold the, inaccessibly exalted Radhasoami 
Anami (Nameless Being). How can words 
describe the high status of Radhasoami!

I touch the Holy Feet of Radhasoami. I keep 
Radhasoami within the core of my heart. 

In the company of Radhasoami, I cut asunder 
the snares of the world. By my association 
with Radhasoami I curb Kal [lord of time and illusion].

Radhasoami has extricated me from this 
world. Radhasoami has made me a 
beautiful Hans (swan) from an ugly Kag (crow). 

Radhasoami 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. 
To whom may I speak about grace and 
mercy of Radhasoami?

-- Swami Ji Maharaj, "Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry," Volume One
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Charming video of Dalbahadur Baba getting ready to travel, saying goodbye and giving blessings to others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhCskuqVHis
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Sants of Antiquity Long Before the Time of Kabir

It's unknown who the first Sant was in ancient times. There are references in Krishna/Vaishnava texts to Sants. A few of the Rishi Sages who authored certain Upanishads pertaining to the Formless God, Inner Light and Sound Meditation (some dating back many centuries B.C.E.) also seem to be at the same level as Sants. In somewhat more recent times, in some circles Gorakhnath, a 10th century yogi, is considered to be a Sant. Gorakhnath did teach Surat Shabd Yoga. Otherwise, the first Masters formally called Sants that are usually mentioned are the 12th-century poet Jayadeva (shown in the IMAGE), author of the Gita Govinda, and, Visoba Khechar, who was Sant Namdev's spiritual Master (Sant Satguru).

Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras was of the opinion that the Sant movement goes back to the time of Krishna thousands of years ago, that Krishna knew of Sants during his day, the age of the Bhagavad Gita.

Sants Mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana

"Such individuals who have achieved the unity of atman (soul) and Param-atman (Supreme Soul, God) are known as Sants. According to the Bhagavad Purana there is no one greater than a Sant in the eyes of the Divine. Lord Krishna says to his disciple Uddhava Ji: 'All devotees like you are very dear to me. They are dearer to me than Lord Brahma, Lord Shankara, my brother Bal Ram, Goddess Lakshmi and even my own soul. Therefore, I walk behind these Sants hoping that the dust arising from their holy feet would touch my body and purify me.'" (Hindu scripture quoted by Swami Vyasanand in, The Inward Journey of the Soul)

"Lord Kuber's sons Nalkubera and Manigreeva told Lord Krishna: 'Oh God, Sants are your manifest forms and my eyes should always behold their Divine darshan [vision].'" (Hindu scripture Bhagavad Purana quoted by Swami Vyasanand in, The Inward Journey of the Soul)

"There is no end to the number of Sants who appeared in the Yugas [Epochs] of Sat, Treta, Dvapar, and Kali [Yuga]. I sing of the celebrated one I have heard of, and bow my head to all the others.” (Jan Gopal, disciple of Sant Dadu Dayal)
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#Vegan Video: A very compelling presentation about the many reasons why vegetarians are giving up dairy and adopting a purely vegan diet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TL5vH9M-J8
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"Saints have a very positive and optimistic view of us. Though they may note our predicament, our current situation, what they really see is what we can become. What they know is that each person can become a perfect being full of light and joy." (Encyclopaedia of Saints of India: Radhasoami)
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Baba Jaimal Singh: Listen to the Sound Current Every Day

While in meditation,
do not think
about worldly problems.
Then the mind will become still.
Argue with the mind thus:
'When you are asleep
you forget all activities
of the world.
What do you lose at that time?
If it does not effect
you adversely then,
why do you indulge
in worldly thoughts now?
If you do not recall affairs
of the world during meditation,
will anything go amiss?'
Be firm and bring the mind
round with determination.
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Listen to the Sound Current every day 
when you are free, and do Simran even 
while walking. Then all your worldly
work will by done by the Master Himself.

Do not worry in any way.

The Lord Himself has given you this Way
to meet Him, so you should consider this
your great good fortune and you should
always hold onto the Sound Current. One day 
it will surely take you to Sach Khand.

-- Baba Jaimal Singh
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Meditating in a darkened room, at night or early morning, makes it easier to see the inner Light. Soami Ji's Special Room, A Mystical Meditation Room-Within-A-Room: "From childhood Soami Ji Maharaj used to shut himself up in a small room which is at the back of another room on the ground floor of his house. For light and air there is a small aperture, otherwise no noise can reach within. This room still exists in a renovated form and is considered as one of the most sacred and hallowed of places." (Biography/Jivan Charitar of Babuji Maharaj) http://38.media.tumblr.com/e2c5fcf6e4f0b2322b6f3bdbb67f46ea/tumblr_ntuq59Urvt1qf6tuko1_400.gif
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Turning God-wards and Returning to the Source -- God is Just Behind Our Eyes at the Third Eye Center

"Our optimal dharma [way, path] is to follow the dharma of the soul (atman) by turning inward and returning to the Source." (Swami SantSevi Ji Maharaj)

Sant Dadu Dayal Ji asks his disciples to seek the Divine within: "O benevolent one! Enter in your inner self, and search. He [God] is very near to you. Abandon all your worldly desires and distractions. By inverting your immature consciousness current (which tends to get distracted by senses) get established, in the self [within] …"

Sant Kabir says: "By withdrawing (from the sense organs) and becoming absorbed in one’s own self the infinite light dawns and manifests... Turn inward and move forward by gathering your dispersed mind... When the water of a vessel (individual soul) merges back into the river (Inner Being, God) then we call this the state of supreme wisdom...."

Guru Nanak Dev says: "[Beholding] the inverted lotus which is full of nectar [indicating the joyous experiences within], now my mind goes not elsewhere."

Sant Gulal Sahab also advises to go inward: "Go inward and see the light permeating within…"

Sant Tulsi Sahab says: "Turn inward and fly to the greatest heights, and leaving the various realms of existence unite your soul with the Divine."

Sant Shivnarayan Swami says: "Looking inward go inward and see the light  permeating within…Lo! By closing the eyes behold the burst of light...."

-- Swami SantSevi Ji Maharaj, quotes found in the book, Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy):  https://www.Scribd.com/doc/106514513/Harmony-Of-All-Religions
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God is Just Behind Our Eyes at the Third Eye Center

“God is just behind our eyes. How may we contact Him? Emerging from Sach Khand [the True, Eternal, Timeless, Spiritual Realm], the True,  Eternal Name or Positive Power is flowing down and is behind our eyes. How may we contact it? On the outside we meet the Satguru. We receive instruction from him or her about the Naam, the Word, withdraw our consciousness from toe to the Eye level, and merge our consciousness into the Word or Sound Current which is resounding there [behind the eyes at the Third Eye Center].”

-- Baba Kehar Singh’s Commentary on the Anurag Sagar, Volume Three  
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Exploring The World Religions: Visions of Allah (Rumi and the Sufis) -- Inner Tapestry Journal: http://heartglow.org/wp/?p=1037
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Guru Nanak Arrived at a Quarrelsome Village

Once, during the course of his travels, Guru Nanak arrived at a village where the people were a quarrelsome lot. He blessed them and asked them to prosper and live in that village forever. In the next village, where the people were peace-loving, Guru Nanak blessed them too but asked them to abandon the village and disperse. Mardana, his close disciple, puzzled by the guru’s strange blessings, asked him why he blessed the first village with prosperity though its people were unworthy of it, and asked the good people of the second village to disperse. Guru Nanak smiled and answered: "The quarrelsome will only spread unrest and friction wherever they go. So I asked them to remain where they were. But it is better for the peace-loving to disperse and take their good qualities with them so that all those who know them can learn the art of peaceful coexistence."  

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Am a follower of Sant Mat Spirituality, Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Rare Books, Sacred Texts, World Scriptures, Teachings of the Saints, Always Promoting the Vegan Diet and Education For A More Peaceful Planet.
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Welcome to my profile at Google+. Wherever I am online: Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Yahoo, etc..., I share podcasts and information, posting numerous spiritual quotes from a wide variety of sources. I often share about Inner Light and Sound Meditation: the Path of the Masters, featuring Words of Light and Love for the Spiritual Journey. 

In addition to making new friends, my focus is spirituality: using the radio airwaves, podcasts, the spoken word, writing, and online social networking/blogging to promote spiritual exploration, meditation, religious literacy, inter-faith studies and dialogue, comparative religion, also education for a more peaceful planet. This includes communicating about AHIMSA principals of non-violence in thought, word, and deed, raising awareness about certain civilization-busting issues including climate change, promoting the vegetarian vegan diet, also promoting inner Light and Sound Meditation. Am always interested in networking with those that desire the constructive use of media to advance health, well being, and positive change.

In a spirit of ahimsa/peace, through the written and spoken word, you will find spiritual quotes based upon the Teachings the Masters of the East, giving everyone access to rare books from India, some of which are only now appearing in English for the very first time. You will hear or read satsang talks, which are spiritual discourses representing a Living School of Spirituality known as Sant Mat.


A Sant Mat Vision For Life on Earth In This Human Form

"Recognize the Path to your Beloved, O travelers and take the route of the anguished lover in separation. Keep the Master’s grace in your thoughts, and reflect on his pure teachings. Develop love and devotion with endearment, and keep the thought of the Creator always before you. Try to merge yourself into God like water in water. Fix your mind within by following the Path of the Sound Current. A yearning will arise; make then an intense and anguished call. 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 Dayal)

"Avalokiteshvara Buddha [Quan Yin], the hearer and answerer of prayer, has visited all the Buddha-lands of the ten quarters of the universe and has acquired transcendental powers of boundless freedom and fearlessness and has vowed to emancipate all sentient beings from their bondage and suffering. How sweetly mysterious is the Transcendental Sound of Avalokiteshvara! Is is the subdued murmur of the sea-tide setting inward. Its mysterious Sound brings liberation and peace to all sentient beings who in their distress are calling for aid." (Surangama Sutra, Buddhist Scripture)

"So plunge into the Truth, find out who the Teacher is. Believe in the Great Sound!" (Kabir)

"All beautiful forms and tones of this world are mere reflections of some aspect of that ultimate Love-Music of the Great Creative Word. Within the vast complex of creation, each individual spirit is himself/herself a spark of that Eternal Song of Love." (George Arnsby Jones)

"Who else is Christ but the Sound of God?" (Gnostic Acts of John)

Kabir says, "Where else have you heard a Sound like this?"

Seven Things I Believe (and Experience) 

By James Bean

*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)


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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.

All for the Love of Wisdom and Radio, In the Love, Light, and Sound of the Beloved, Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, Peace Be To You,

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