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The Birthright of Each Soul is to Spiritually See, Hear and Ascend: "Every human being is within his or her right to transcend all the layers of nature: darkness, light and sound, through devotion to God by taking recourse to spiritual practices such as Maanas Jap ([simran] mentally repeating with eyes closed some holy word instructed secretly by the spiritual preceptor), Maanas Dhyaan (concentration and meditation over some holy figure with eyes closed as instructed secretly by one's spiritual preceptor), Dristi Saadhan (the yoga of inner seeing or Light), and Surat Shabda-Yoga [the yoga of inner [transcendental] hearing or Sound], and to attain salvation through re-identifying with the Supreme. (The Principles of Santmat, excerpted from Maharshi Mehi's "Padaavali")
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There is a Light Within You: "On closing the eyes everyone sees the darkness inside, whether he/she belongs to whatsoever creed, caste, country or he/she be young, child, old, male, female, scholar or illiterate. This darkness has not been created by the people or gods. This darkness has been created by the Supreme Sovereign God. There are three layers (coverings) over the Jeeva-atmaa (Individual Soul). Those are: darkness, light and sound. Darkness is the shadow of the light. This darkness is the first layer on the Jeeva (individual soul) whom all beings see. One who crosses this layer of darkness through a special kind of meditation sees the inner Light within oneself. This inner Light is called Aatma-Aalok (Light of the Self) or Brahma-Prakash (Divine Light). On achieving it, the Divya-Drishti (Divine Eye, Third Eye) opens completely." (Shri Swami Bhagirath Baba)
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"After the departure of Maharshi Mehi from this world, Bhagirath Baba started his long and hard meditation in the holy cave of Kuppaghat in which Maharshi Mehi had realized the Self and achieved salvation. That continued for about three years. He got some disturbance because of visiting the cave by the devotees. He tolerated it but [eventually] built a small cave on the bank of river Ganga in the premise of Kuppaghat Ashram. In that cave he started his continuous and unceasing meditation...... After that he started propagation of Sant Mat [the Teachings of the Masters] on the kind request of Satsangis (Santmat-devotees)."
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#RUMI: "To find the Beloved, you must become the Beloved."
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You Permeate All, Yet Why Aren't You Perceived? (Padavali of Maharshi Mehi)
 
Why aren't You (God) seen, O spark of the eyes[1], O Beloved of all?
Why are You not grasped by senses, though You enliven the Individual Soul[2]? ||1||
You pervade every particle of the body from top to toes. |
Yet why are You not caught though You fill every atom of Cosmos? ||2||
All forms are Yours, still You are Formless!
Subtler are mind and intellect, why even these are helpless? ||3||
As space spreads evenly, within and without a pot. |
So You permeate all, yet why aren't You perceived? ||4||
Between You and own Self, he who can erase the dualism …|
All his doubts, O Mehi, get dissolved; he becomes You and You become him. ||5||

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[1] The eyes appear to be seeing, but actually these derive the power to see from the current of consciousness connected to God. If that current of consciousness leaves the eyes they are rendered useless. Hence, God, whose current of consciousness keeps pervading all our senses, has been referred as the spark or the jewel of eyes.
 
[2] Individual Soul is also called Jiva-atma. It refers to the un-liberated Individual Soul. The Pure Soul when attached with the ephemeral antaHkaran or internal organs (Mind, Intellect, Chitta and Ego) is termed as Jiva-atma or Un-liberated Individual Soul. Though the Soul is unchanging, indestructible and beyond changing states of pain and pleasure, the Jiva-atma because of its association with the mind, intellect, etc... becomes trapped into a state of illusory bondage and also experiences pain and pleasure and undergoes the painful transmigratory cycle. If the Individual Soul can, tactfully, shed all the illusory veils that keep it shrouded, it comes into its pure state which is the same as that of God, ending all dualistic experiences. That tact which helps the Soul regain its free state is inner meditation.

An English translation of a verse (verse No. 34) composed by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans Ji Maharaj taken from his book "Mehi Padavali" (Elixir Verses of Maharshi Mehi).
 
-- Translated by Pravesh K. Singh
You Permeate All, Yet Why Aren’t You Perceived? (Padavali of Maharshi Mehi) Why aren’t You (God) seen, O spark of the eyes[1], O Beloved of all? Why are You not grasped by senses, though You enliven...
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Hindi Padavali of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, Hymn 34:
Naino ke tare chashm roshan kyon nazar aate nahi...
Ruh roshan aatm bhushan kyon pakad jate nahi..
Nakh se sikh laun bindu prati mein tum rame ho hey prabho..
Prati pakad mein tum bhare ho kyon dhare jate nahi....
Sarv rupi ho kahate fir arupi ho gaye...
Sukshmtar man budhi hu se kyon gahe jate nahi....
Prati ansh mein antar v bahar ghat ke vyapak vyom jyon....
Tyonhi tum hu sarvvyapak kyon prakat hote nahi...
Tum mein nij mein bhed budhi ko jo sakte hain mita....
Vah tumhi tum vahi mehi prashn puni rehte nahi.....
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Master's Day/Guru Purnima is Dedicated to Celebrating Living Masters/Spiritual Teachers: "To show the students the correct path, to help them increase their inner strength, to give them good advice, to keep them on the right path, to assist them when in need, to protect them from obstacles, to bring them to the right path even using sternness or harsh treatment, these are the responsibilities of a true teacher. It is the teachers’ responsibility to see the students’ success in the journey from the beginning to the end. Therefore, a student needs to seek the teachers’ advice throughout his life." (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul)  
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On Being A Steadfast Practitioner of Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Maanas Jap -- Simran, Maanas Dhyaan, Dhristi Saadhan, and Surat Shabda-Yoga):  

"The meaning of steadfast practice is as follows: until the goal of a task has been realized and manifested it is important to not impede the speed and steadfastness of the practice. Even though countless obstructions and challenges emerge we should remain diligent in the intensity of action to achieve the goal. We should even further increase our determination. During the task of sadhana [meditation practice] one should see the goal alone and should think of nothing else. The action of sadhana should be embraced with a firm commitment. Quick expectation of results for the goal should be eschewed. During the process and action of meditation, the mind should be fully absorbed in the task, i.e., the mind fully engaged in the action of sadhana. During any sadhana undertaking, one should keep the mind disciplined and on the task of meditation. When one is distracted she or he should bring the mind resolutely and continuously back to the task of concentration.

"Steadfastness means firm, immovable, and strong. Practice means diligent repetition of an action and constant effort. Here we use the word steadfastness with practice because often when practitioners direct their minds to meditation, the mind wanders toward worldly things. The practitioners should repeatedly refocus their mind on meditation whenever the mind strays into worldly thoughts. This state of diligent struggle is known as steadfast practice. 

"Sage Patanjali calls this practice Pratyahara. Lord Krishna elaborates this subject to the Sage Narada: 'The mind which is unsteady and fickle and wanders around, should be stopped by the practitioner and repeatedly brought back to focus on God.' He further states: 'The mind wanders around struck by the infliction of desires, but a learned person should bring the mind back to the goal of concentration.'

"Many Sants like Sant Kabir, Sant Paltu, Shri Tulsi Das, Maharshi Mehi, and the devotee Mira Bai elucidate on this struggle with the mind. In their teachings they all instruct the practitioner to fight the inner combat of the mind diligently and bring their mind constantly back to the object of meditation. In this way, a constant struggle between sensory attractions and the inner contemplation continues in the mind of the practitioner. Whoever succeeds in this struggle becomes victorious and is known as a steadfast practitioner. And those who get defeated wander from life to life..." (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul, Amazon E Book)  
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"Shri Swami Bhagirath Baba was very special to Maharishi Mehi and he said many very great things about him. His level is extremely advanced and one certainly can trust his guidance. Maharishi Mehi had his room between Santsevi Ji's room and Bhagirath Baba's room [at the Maharshi Mehi Ashram]. Both tended to him constantly. Bhagirath Baba told us many fascinating stories about his relationship to his Guru. Santsevi Ji and he were good friends." (Spoken to me by a devotee of Sant Mat.)
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Happy Guru Purnima -- Master's Day -- In India, Celebrating the Role of Living and Past Teachers

Serving the Satguru ends all kinds of woes and stumblings, all sorts of doubts.
This world is one’s temporary accommodation for only four days [four stages of life], nothing here is ‘mine’ nor ‘yours’.
Both are the hands of the messenger of death (Yama). 
Yama's prison is this world, all creatures here are prisoners.
(It surrounds the individual souls from all sides.)
Without the saving grace of the Satguru, none can set us free from Yama’s noose.
So, hasten and alertly find a true Master, and serve him in all possible ways. 
Sacrifice body, mind, possessions and soul at his feet and be freed of Yama’s fetters.
It is the Living Master who is awakening grateful souls in the world. 
Mehi says that he lovingly serves at Satguru Baba Devi Sahab's holy lotus-feet.

(A composite based on two different translations of the Padavali of Maharshi Mehi, Hymn # 109)


Rumi says, "If you seek to know God, sit at the feet of the Saints."


An Ode to the Sant Sat Guru

In Praise of the Sant-soul of love
who has reached the Spiritual Realm above,
and merged in God.

Hail to the Competent Living Master,
the Qualified Teacher,
rare to find in this world,
so few and far between,
the True One,
a genuine mentor of souls,
righteous and worthy Guide,
a Fearless Being,
Light-giver,
leader of a spiritual community.

With gratitude to the Competent Living One!

In a Sea of Samsara – illusion and world of changes,
of falsehood and posing,
there is a bright Light in the darkness.

A silent Music becomes audible.

At the feet of such a Loving, Radiant One,
the soul can not help but find inner Light and
slip into deep samadhi meditation.

In the eyes of a Saint are
love, wisdom, light, compassion, grace,
a reflection of God in this realm of the material plane.

The Master-Power connects the soul with the
Supreme Lord of Love.

-- Guru Purnima Ode to the Sant Satguru published in the article, "There is No 'Vatican' of the Spirit"
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"Why I Don’t Eat Faces" -- A Neuroethical Argument for Going #Vegan — the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U_D89kYdA0&feature=youtu.be      If extraterrestrials did visit the earth, we would most definitely wish for them to be vegetarians and not treat us the way humanity treats animals (carnism).
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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)


About Me

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,

James 
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