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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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PODCAST: Letters from the Masters, Part TWO -- a Satsang Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio -- Listen @ Youtube:
https://youtu.be/YY9BR3pj-hk

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Sant Dadu Dayal on Meditation, and Simran: Repeating God's Name as a Spiritual Practice of Remembrance

"Repeat the Name of God and forget Him not,
Fulfil the purpose of your birth.
by practicing concentration.
Be steadfast in the remembrance of God,
Practice meditation with love
And sing the glory of God.
The human body is the door to salvation.
Repeat the name of God, the Creator of the universe."

-- Sant Dadu Dayal

Satya-Raam!
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Remembrance (Simran) of God

"Dwell on Ram [God]
brother
like the caterpillar
meditating
in the cocoon.
The Lord has all
shapes.
He is the master of
everything.
He lives within
all.
A worm or a moth
whatever moves or is still
Ram is with
everyone.

"Service.
Worship.
Remembrance.
Meditation.
All are false
without God.

"God [Hari] is my companion
in life and death.
Hari, who rescued
the drowning creature.
Hari, the Giver of joy
is always with me.
I am immersed in
the name of Hari
says Namdev.

"What can you lose
if you sing
Ram [God]?
Sing that name
sleeping or waking.
The glory of that name saved Dhruv
and Prahlad
who meditated on the mantra
Ram.
Sanak and others
cherished the name
the name Ram
which grants freedom."

-- Sant Namdev, The Hindi Padavali of Namdev
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Manas Jap or Mental Chant: “Repeat Ram’s Name in Your Heart”:

“Kabir says,
You cannot call anyone your own;
repeat Ram's name [God's name] in your heart
all the time.
Kabir says, Those who want to solve the riddle
will know all if they repeat 'Ram'."
(Songs of Kabir from the Adi Granth”, translated by Nirmal Dass)

-- See the article: "'Ram' — Kabir’s and Namdev’s Primary Simran Word or Mantra Name of the Formless God":
https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/ram-kabirs-and-namdev-s-primary-simran-word-or-mantra-name-of-the-formless-god-by-james-bean-a788301faa5d

Simran (Manas Jap): "Just as high quality seed is the second requirement of success in agriculture, similarly, acquiring a mantra (sacred syllable, sound, word, or phrase that is given by the guru during initiation) from an accomplished teacher is an important component to prepare the practitioner for progress on the spiritual path." (The Inward Journey of the Soul, Swami Vyasanand)

"If you keep walking while doing the Simran, the destination comes to you by itself." (Santji)

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Where to begin? And certainly there's a lot more than one and this is a far cry from a complete list, but here's a few especially significant books for me:

The New Testament,
The Books of Enoch,
The Dead Sea Scrolls,
The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels,
The Nag Hammadi Library,
The Gospel of Thomas,
The Odes of Solomon,
The Confessions of Jacob Boehme,
The Cloud of Unknowing,
Metaphysical Meditations, by Paramahansa Yogananda,
The Tiger's Fang by Paul Twitchell,
The Making of a Spiritual Movement, the Untold Story of Paul Twitchell and Eckankar, by David Lane,
The Sants: Studies in a Devotional Tradition of India (several contributing authors),
Radhasoami Reality: The Logic of a Modern Faith, by Mark Juergensmeyer,
Songs of Kabir, by Rabindranath Tagore,
The Anurag Sagar, Kabir's Ocean of Love, by Sant Dharam Das,
The Adi Granth (all of the volumes of the Sikh Scriptures or Gurbani),
Sant Namdev,
Dadu, the Compassionate Mystic,
Tukaram, The Ceaseless Song of Devotion,
Dariya Sahib, Saint of Bihar,
Tulsi Sahib, Saint of Hathras,
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volumes I & II, by Soamiji Maharaj,
Prem Patra Radhasoami, Volumes I -- VI, by Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram,
Radhasoami Mat Prakash, by Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram,
Prem Bani Radhasoami, Volumes I -- IV, by Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram,
Jugat Prakash, by Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram,
Philosophy of the Masters (Gurmat Sidhant), Volumes I -- V, by Huzur Baba Sawan Singh,
Naam Or Word, by Kirpal Singh,
Cry of the Soul, by Darshan Singh,
Philosophy Of Liberation (Moksha-Darshan), by Maharshi Mehi  Paramhans,
The Padavali of Maharshi Mehi  Paramhans,
Harmony Of All Religions (Sarvadharma Samanvy), by Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj ,
Santmat Tatva-Jnaan Bodhini, by Shri Bhagirath Baba,
The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh), by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj,

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I Will Give You What No Eye Has Seen, What No Ear Has Heard

"I shall give you what eyes have not seen, what ears have not heard, what hands have not touched, and what has never occurred to the human mind." (Jesus, Saying 17, Gospel of Thomas)

On the Path of the Masters, being influenced by a competent living teacher who has spent many successful years in meditation, and who has been honestly approved (accredited) by his teacher, is the goal. The essential reason for having a spiritual teacher is not to worship the personality of the teacher, but to learn from them the Methods of spiritual practice. The living teacher preserves the Methods of meditation and passes that Knowledge and Experience on to the next generation.

Within the human body, with eyes closed during meditation, there are different kinds of light, stars, moons, and suns, dark voids, lights within lights, visions within visions like a tunnel, and beyond these is bright light like the noonday sun. But the “blind leading the blind” will never speak of these, only the masters. Only mystics are interested in mysticism.

The living master reveals to his or her students the inner world, the world of within, inner seeing and hearing, inner Light and Sound. Old scriptures do not initiate souls into the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens but living masters always have in each generation of humanity. Similar versions of the saying above, this axiom of wisdom about the living teacher helping to open up the inner vision and spiritual hearing of initiates has appeared countless times in the spiritual classics and mystic traditions of humanity.

Jesus-Yeshua :

“His power will be given to them, which no eye has seen nor ear heard, and they will rejoice in My Kingdom.” (Jesus, apocryphal “Testament of the Lord in Galilee”)

“The rest of you shall inherit the kingdom of heaven, whose delights no ear has heard described, which no eye has seen and which has not appeared in the human heart.” (Jesus quoted in, Apocryphal Gospel of John)

Yeshua says, “What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands cannot touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind — that I will give you!” (Jesus/Yeshua, “Gospel of Thomas-Wisdom of the Twin”, Saying 17)

“It is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.’” (I Corinthians 2: 9, Saint Paul, Orthodox New Testament)

A Manichaean scripture from Central Asia:

“…that I may redeem you from death and annihilation, I will give you what you have not seen with the eye nor heard with the ears nor grasped with the hand.” (Turfan fragments, translated in “Gnosis On The Silk Road,”)

The Tenth Century Persian Sufi Master Abd al-Qadir al-Jalani quotes an interesting passage from the Quran:

“I have prepared for My righteous servants that which no eye has ever seen, of which no ear has ever heard, and of which has never occurred to the heart of man.” (“Concerning the Affirmation of Divine Oneness”, Al-Baz Publishing)

From a prayer found in the Mandaean scriptures of Iraq:

“Thou hast showed us that which the eye has not seen, and caused us to hear that which the human ear has not heard. Thou has freed us from death and united us with Life, released us from darkness, and united us with Light... Thou hast shown us that which the eye has not seen, and caused us to hear that which the human ear has not heard.” (“Canonical Prayer Book of the Mandaeans”, E.S. Drower)

The Divine Eye According to the Buddha — India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan:

“With the Divine Eye, which is purified and surpasses the human, a bhikkhu surveys a thousand worlds. Just as a man with good sight when he has ascended to the upper palace chamber, might survey a thousand wheel-rims, so too, with the Divine Eye, which is purified and surpasses the human, a bhikkhu surveys a thousand worlds.”

The Divine Ear According to the Buddha:

“I have proclaimed to my disciples the way whereby with the Divine Ear element, which is purified and surpasses the human, they hear both kinds of sounds, the divine and the human, those that are far as well as near. Just as a vigorous trumpeter might make himself heard without difficulty in the four quarters; so too, I have proclaimed to my disciples the way whereby with the Divine Ear element... far as well as near. And thereby many disciples of mine abide having reached the consummation and Perfection of Direct Knowledge.” (“The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya,” Teachings of the Buddha, translated by Bhakkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications)

"What has not been seen by an eye? What has not an ear heard? What has not been touched by a hand? What is not in the heart of man? The true self, which may be experienced but not by the five senses of man and is not confounded to the cardiac muscle." (Maitreya)

From India, Guru Nanak:

“We speak without tongue,
we see without eyes,
we hear without ears,
we walk without feet, and
we work without hands.”

Sant Kabir, India:

“May I see You with my eyes,
hear Your Sound
with my own ears.
Speak Your Name
in my own words, O Lord;
rest Your flower-like feet
on my heart.”
(“Songs of Kabir From the Adi Granth”,
translated by Nirmal Dass, SUNY Press, NY)

“When we close our eyes and do not see any objects, this does not mean that there exists nothing that can be seen. In other words, the shapeless darkness is also an object. Unfortunately, we cannot even see pure darkness because we are constantly thinking about the images of the world, and instead of seeing darkness we see the imaginary sights projected on the screen of inner mind. Without practicing the meditation of focusing in the darkness, it is not possible to see the subtle Light that lies deep within. The experience of Divine Light in the meditation brings joy, and the progress then becomes rapid.” - Swami Vyasanand Baba, Moving On To The Higher Stages of Meditation, by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj (The Inward Journey of the Soul): https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/moving-on-to-the-higher-stages-of-meditation-by-swami-vyasanand-ji-maharaj-the-inward-journey-b0c33a8e4a59

Also See: Rising Above the Darkness — Light and Sound on the Path: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/rising-above-the-darkness-light-and-sound-on-the-path-newsletter-of-spiritual-quotes-satsang-2ab6d7b0cf6c
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"The Light in all of us takes many different colors, but in every heart, at the inmost of all, there is only the One God."

"In the eyes of the Saints all is God, and on beholding that vision all are entranced."

"One who is absorbed in love for the real Master sees the Inner Light and hears the inner Sound. O God, though you are Unseen, Your Light is seen."

(Topical Adi Granth: "The Gospel of the Guru Granth Sahib", Duncan Greenlees, The World Gospel Series, Theosophical Publishing House, Madras, INDIA)
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