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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.
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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"The RADHASOAMI Faith leaves the lower plane centres all alone and advises ascension into the regions above where there is ‘the confluence of humanity and Divinity’ within the human body."* [* Third Eye Center and Sahas-dal-kanwal (Thousand-petalled Lotus)]

"The plane of spirit is beyond the plane of mentality and physicality. It is there that the spirit rules supreme."

"Spirit pervades all. In the spiritual realm it is paramount. That is the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is neither in the realm of mind nor of matter. It is there where mind and matter do not go. It is beyond their reach."

"Spirit, Mind and matter have their respective valuation in their respective spheres, but the most supreme of all is the spirit."

-- Shiv Brat Lal: http://www.manavtamandir.com/books/english/Light-on-the-Anad-Yog.pdf


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"The ocean of existence is unfathomably vast and without any port of safety. It cannot be crossed -- If you meet the Satguru, the boatman, then only will you get across and reach your Abode. Listen, O friend! Great is the status of Sants. In that region of Sants there is neither sound nor any form. It is beyond Sunn [the void] and Maha-sunn [the great void]. Says Tulsi, he knows the True Name of the Abode of the August, Nameless and Infinite Being."

-- Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, Book of Shabdavali

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Kirpal Singh: "Be regular and lovingly devoted to your holy meditations, as that is the central pivot around which the whole sacred teaching revolves and therein an all around development of the soul is granted."

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Valentine’s Day Verses of Mystical Love and Romance from Rumi, Darshan Singh, Guru Amar Das, Baba Farid, and Sultan Bahu

Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to share these powerful, loving verses of the heart. The words of mystics are directed towards God as the Beloved lover of their soul, yet their words are so loving, blissful, and ecstatic that they are, at the same time, quite romantic and appropriate for Valentine’s Day between soul-mates! I believe the soul-to-soul-mate relationship of romance is a kind of ‘reflection’ of the soul’s relationship with God (soul-to-Oversoul), the ultimate pure love from the Ocean of Love.

“True lovers are those
who love with all their hearts.” (Baba Farid)

Love is the Voice of Two Hearts Beating Together

Below is from, Love’s Last Madness — Poems On A Spiritual Path, By Sant Darshan Singh, Published by Hohm Press (an English translation from the Urdu language, from the book, Mataa-e Noor [Treasury of Light], edited by Barry Lerner and Harbans Singh Bedi).

“Love lends sparkle to this happy, sad world;
Love is the voice of two hearts beating together.

If not the enchanting look of the true believer’s eyes,
What changes rational life into mad existence?

My lonesome mornings yearn for the sound of your footfall,
My anguished nights strain to hear your voice.

Love is not talked of in the marketplace:
Love is unknowable mystery, end to end.

My impatient eyes dare not turn audacious
But for the beckoning of her seductive look.

Love’s capital lasts forever — love is a thing divine;
It makes lovers soar inconceivably high.

Silence would conceal your heart’s secret, Darshan,
Were it not for the telltale tears of your restless eyes.” (Darshan Singh, from the book, Love’s Last Madness – Poems On A Spiritual Path)

“They are not said to be husband and wife, who merely sit together.
They alone are called husband and wife, who have One Light in two bodies.” (Guru Amar Das)

“Lovers remain completely intoxicated in the ecstasy of their love for the Beloved.
They offer their souls to the Beloved while still living, and thus immortalize themselves
in this life and in the hereafter.” (Hazrat Sultan Bahu)

“There is no salvation for the soul
But to fall in love.
It has to creep and crawl
Among the Lovers first.

Only Lovers can escape
From these two worlds.
This was written in creation.

Only from the Heart
Can you reach the sky.
The rose of Glory
Can only be raised in the Heart.” (RUMI)

“Lovers would give up both worlds
and sacrifice hundreds of years of life
for just one moment together,
They jump though thousands of hoops
after the smell of one breath,
and would sacrifice thousands of lives
to satisfy a single heart.

"Lovers are such strange people.
They are not like everybody else.
They don’t carry their souls in their bodies.
Instead, their souls carry them.
People run to the river of the waters of Life
in hopes of becoming immortal,
yet the waters of Life
are always running to the lovers.”

– Rumi, The Rubais of Rumi – Insane with Love",
Translations and Commentary by Nevit O. Ergin
and Will Johnson, Inner Traditions

You and I – Rumi

“How happy we are when seated in a palace,
you and I,
With dual forms and bodies but with one soul,
you and I.

Birds’ voices and the grove’s moody colours offer
Immortality when we enter the garden,
you and I.

Above, stars will emerge and gaze upon us;
We’ll reveal to them the moon’s splendour,
you and I.

Individuals no more, you and I shall mingle in ecstasy
Full of joy, and beyond the reach of stupid talk.

All the hearts of Heaven’s high-plumaged birds will be rotten with envy,
In the place where our laugh sounds similar,
you and I.

The greatest wonder is this: that we sit here in the same spot,
In Iraq and Khorasan at this moment,
you and I.”

– Rumi, “Where Two Oceans Meet – A Selection of Odes from the Divan of Shems of Tabriz, By Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi”, James G. Cowan, Elements Books
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Necessity of Sincere Love for the Supreme Being

Great stress is laid in the Radhasoami Faith on engendering love for the Supreme Being. This can only be done when all worldly desires are gradually eradicated from the mind, and it becomes impressed to the inmost core, with the unbounded bliss that might be attained approaching the Supreme Being, Radhasoami. Love being attraction, it is quite plain that the devotional practice for approaching the Supreme Being will become very easy indeed, if there is true love for Him, and devotion, instead of being a thing of duty, will be the highest and most blissful work in this world.

Necessity of Sincere Prayer

"Prayer is necessary to obtain blessing and mercy to help human being’s perfect salvation, but it must be offered from the innermost of heart and not confined to mere utterance. It must also be backed up by works of faith and charity performed through love and affection for the Supreme Being."

-- Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat Prakash,

An Example of Prayer

"O Merciful One! Take me across. Great is the glory of your mercy. I have been wasting my life in this world, going astray all the time in this desolate region. Extend your compassion towards me. Transport me to your holy feet. Reveal to me the secrets of the Sound Current. This mind gives rise to troubles everyday. Transform it completely so that getting purified and drenched in the color of love, it may proceed to the abode of Trikuti [Causal Plane]. When you bestow immense mercy upon me, my surat [soul] will proceed on the path to the Inaccessible Region [Agam Lok]. O Beloved Radhasoami! Show your grace and compassion on me now. Most sublime and exalted is your status. Ferry me across in an instant. I dedicate my body, mind, wealth, and everything to you. Beloved Radhasoami, the perfect Satguru has liberated me."

-- Huzur Maharaj, Prem Bani Radhasoami, Volume Two,

Radhaswami Dayal ki Daya Radhaswami Sahai: "Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace and Protection".
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Wake Up From the Sleep of the Aeons and Eons -- Mystic Verses of Sant Tulsi Sahib

Wake, 0 traveler, wherefore dost thou sleep?
The night has already ended.
Whosoever sleeps, loses all; whosoever wakes,
is blessed with great good fortune.
One who has forgotten the Master and the secret of his Primal Home,
He struts about in the world, unfortunate that he is.
Worldly attachments hold him fast in their grip.
Know thou the essence of human birth and
lose not this golden opportunity;
Break all thy shackles and get deliverance from the ceaseless cycle
of birth and death.
Swim across this turbulent ocean, 0 Tulsi.
Whosoever has concentrated his soul has
been freed from the fear of Death.
She [the soul] has ascended the Firmament with force,
and has found refuge at the feet of the Lord.
She has taken abode in the Infinite Region and has attained union
with the Beloved.

(Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India, Book of Shabdavali)

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Seven Principles of Sant Mat

The Following Principles Below are Recited Daily by Some in India:

1. Ultimate Reality is beyond any beginning or end, infinite, beyond birth, beyond the senses, all-pervading yet even beyond pervasiveness. It must, therefore, be understood as the Supreme Being. This Essential Element is known in Santmat [the Teachings of the Saints] as the Lord of All and is the foundation of all things. This Being is beyond both the inanimate and animate aspects of nature. It is without qualities and beyond qualities. Its nature is infinite, imperishable, all-powerful. It is beyond time and space, beyond sound and beyond form (Nirguna). It is the One without a second. The Supreme Being is beyond the scope of the mind, the intellect and the senses. This entire universe is powered by the energy of this Being. This Being is not human. It is not manifested in physical form. It has existence beyond the illusion of maya [illusion], and there is nothing that exists outside of it. It is the Being which is eternal and is in existence from the beginning. Santmat considers this Being to be the Divine Reality, and this [knowing or merging with] this Being is the goal of all spirituality.

2. The individual soul is an inseparable part of the Supreme Being.

3. The physical world of nature was created. It has an origin and an end.

4. The individual soul (jiva), bound by illusion (maya), remains in the cycle of death and birth. This is the cause of one's suffering. In order to escape from this cycle of death and birth we must experience realization of this Supreme Being.

5. By practicing devotion through these four techniques: Manas Japa (Simran, recitation of a divine name or names), Manas Dhyana (Dhyan, focus on the divine form), Dristi Sadhana (Yoga of Inner Light, Inner Seeing, Inner Light Meditation, focus on the Infinitesimal Point), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (Surat Shabd Yoga, concentration on the inner divine Sounds) -- the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, Light, and Sound which cloak the Supreme Truth -- the Divine Reality. Only in a human body an individual soul is able to achieve unity with the Divine. [In other forms of existence, animal, etc..., it is not possible to tread the spiritual path.]

6. Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must abstain from these vices.*

(* Note: In Buddhism and other Eastern Religions (Jainism, Taoism, Hinduism) these five abstinences are known as the Panch Shila -- "The Five Precepts".

7. The following are considered to be the requirements for the attainment liberation: (A) Trust and belief in God; (B) Commitment to seek the Divine within; (C) Devotion and service to a Satguru -- spiritual Master; (D) Satsang, listening to the teaching and spiritual discourse including study of the Teaching of the Saints and the scriptures; and (E) Dhyana, diligent meditation practice. ("Padavali of Maharshi Mehi", also quoted in, "Harmony Of All Religions")


See More: Introduction to Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters: http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/santmat


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Kabir Says: Repeat the Mantra of God’s Name (Raam Naam Bhaju)

1. Recite God’s name*, O man! Recite God’s name. Look deeply into your mind and be aware.
2. You have collected a great deal of wealth and have safely buried (secured) it. But you will leave the
world empty-handed.
3. Your grandfather, great-grandfather, and great great grandfather possessed land and pots (valuable
articles).
4. Why did they leave these and go? Are you not aware, or are your inner eyes (perception) blind?
5. The world is engaged in a futile business. In the end no one stands by you, and you depart alone.
6. Birth and death are transient and take no time. They are like the shadows of passing clouds.
7. What is there to boast about relatives, lineage, clan and family when all are transient?
8. Kabir says that without devotion to God’s name all of your cleverness drowned.

1. rām nām bhaju rām nām bhaju, cheti dekhu man māhīn ho.
2. laksh karori jori dhan gāde, chalat dolāwat bānhi ho.
3. dādā-bābā ow parpājā, jinhke yahh bhuīn bhānde ho.
4. āndhar bhaye hiyahu kī phūtī, tinhh kāhe sab chhānde ho.
5. ī sansār asār ko dhandhā, antkāl koi nāhīn ho.
6. upjat binsat bār na lāge, jyon bādar kī chhānhīn ho.
7. nātā-gotā kul-kutumb sab, inhh kar kown badāī ho.
7. kahin kabīr ek rām bhaje binu, budī sab chaturāī ho.

(Kahara # 5 of The Complete Bijak of Kabir, Dr. Jagessar Das translation)
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*NOTE: Recite God’s name (“Raam naam bhaju”): A universal saying of all the Sants of India’s Sant tradition is: “Repeat God’s Name.” The name or names of God one uses in meditation are given to you by your living master at the time of your initiation into the meditation practice. The repetition of Divine names is the first step of meditation practice on the Path of the Masters. This practice of the mantra of God’s name or names is also called Simran, meaning Remembrance. Zikhr, a Sufi term, has the same meaning as Simran: remembering God by repeating his name. This centering practice at the heart of Sant Mat is also called Manas Jap, meaning, a mental repetition of sacred names — one chants these names mentally, “with the tongue of thought”. Christian mysticism had a similar practice called the Prayer of the Name, and (also speaking in the past-tense) the Gnostic tradition of the early centuries C.E. also had a nearly identical practice, as the Gnostic texts show many examples of sacred names corresponding with inner heavenly regions.

“He bears a thousand Names, call on Him by any;
summon Him to the assembly of your thoughts and
adore Him. Suffuse your life-blood with His Name,
and fix Him in your soul. You surely will meet Him,
just let your soul soar, He is close to you,
just call for Him.” (Darshan Singh, from “Manzil-e Noor”)

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“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” — Saint Francis of Assisi

Like a Fish Swimming Upstream, Riding the Current of inner Light and Sound in Meditation

"Listen to the Sound that issues forth from the Light. It is this Internal Music which will numb the body and allow the consciousness to leave its ordinary dwelling. By riding this Current of Light and Sound [in meditation], like a fish going upstream, the soul will be able to go back to its original home". (Yogani Mataji)
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