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    The Dalai Lama: “While we exist as human beings, we are like tourists on holiday. If we play havoc and cause disturbance, our visit is meaningless. If during our short stay — 100 years at most — we live peacefully, help others and, at the very least, refrain from harming or upsetting them, our visit is worthwhile. What is important is to see how we can best lead a meaningful everyday life, how we can bring about peace and harmony in our minds, how we can help contribute to society.


“Scientists speak about evolutionary changes and about how the human body can further evolve. Buddhism also describes the natural evolution of the human body. According to Buddhism there are a limitless number of universes. It is we who are dependent on this Great Triple Thousand World System, rather than our affecting its course. In this vastness, can we ever know why we are here? From the Buddhist point of view, our consciousness has the potential to know every object. Because of obstructions we are, at present, unable to know everything. However, by removing these obstructions gradually, it is ultimately possible to know everything.


“Those who believe in the theory of rebirth would say that we are here because of our own past actions. It can also be said that the essence of life is the search for happiness and the fulfillment of one’s desires. All living beings strive to sustain their lives so that they might achieve happiness. As to why the self, wishing for happiness, came into being, Buddhism answers: This self has existed from beginningless time. It has no end but for it to ultimately achieve full enlightenment.”  (Life Magazine, The Meaning of Life, The Big Picture)

    The Dalai Lama: “While we exist as human beings, we are like tourists on holiday. If we play havoc and cause disturbance, our visit is meaningless. If during our short stay — 100 years at most — we live peacefully, help others and, at the very least, refrain from harming or upsetting them, our visit is worthwhile. What is important is to see how we can best lead a meaningful everyday life, how we can bring about peace and harmony in our minds, how we can help contribute to society.


    “Scientists speak about evolutionary changes and about how the human body can further evolve. Buddhism also describes the natural evolution of the human body. According to Buddhism there are a limitless number of universes. It is we who are dependent on this Great Triple Thousand World System, rather than our affecting its course. In this vastness, can we ever know why we are here? From the Buddhist point of view, our consciousness has the potential to know every object. Because of obstructions we are, at present, unable to know everything. However, by removing these obstructions gradually, it is ultimately possible to know everything.


    “Those who believe in the theory of rebirth would say that we are here because of our own past actions. It can also be said that the essence of life is the search for happiness and the fulfillment of one’s desires. All living beings strive to sustain their lives so that they might achieve happiness. As to why the self, wishing for happiness, came into being, Buddhism answers: This self has existed from beginningless time. It has no end but for it to ultimately achieve full enlightenment.” (Life Magazine, The Meaning of Life, The Big Picture)


    Tagged: dalai lama,
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    "Men of theology and scholars such as they
Will never understand this writing properly.
True comprehension of it only may
Those have who progress in humility;
You must let Love and Faith together be
Your guides to climb where Reason cannot come…”


— Marguerite Porete, The Mirror of Simple Souls, Online: http://www.Scribd.com/doc/9650724/Mirror-of-Simple-Souls

The Image: Marguerite Porete, mystic, and author of a beautiful spiritual classic which I have in my library called, The Mirror of Simple Souls. She was burnt at the stake for “heresy” “in Paris in 1310 after a lengthy trial, after refusing to remove her book from circulation or recant her views.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_Porete

    "Men of theology and scholars such as they
    Will never understand this writing properly.
    True comprehension of it only may
    Those have who progress in humility;
    You must let Love and Faith together be
    Your guides to climb where Reason cannot come…”


    — Marguerite Porete, The Mirror of Simple Souls, Online: http://www.Scribd.com/doc/9650724/Mirror-of-Simple-Souls


    The Image: Marguerite Porete, mystic, and author of a beautiful spiritual classic which I have in my library called, The Mirror of Simple Souls. She was burnt at the stake for “heresy” “in Paris in 1310 after a lengthy trial, after refusing to remove her book from circulation or recant her views.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_Porete


    Tagged: Marguerite Porete, mystics, gnostics, gnostic, gnosticism, friends of God,
  3. Quote

    There was a man who lived in a valley. A great storm rose up, and the river overflowed. The valley began to flood. A horseman rode by the man’s small house and said to him, “Come ride with me, for your house will soon be under water.” The man told him that he needed no help, for God would save him. As the waters rose, the man took refuge on his roof. Two swimmers came by and called out to him, “Jump into the water. we will help you reach dry land.” Again he waved them away, saying that God would protect him. As he sat perched on his chimney, thunder filling the sky, a boat came by. “Jump in”, called the boatman. Again the man refused. Moments later the water swept him away and he drowned.


    The man’s spirit appeared before God. The man was angry. “I believed in you,” he said, “and you failed me”. God looked at him and said, “But my son, I sent a rider two swimmers and a boat. What more did you want?”


    Tagged: parable, living master, satguru, spiritual guide,
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    Guru Kabir, The Bijak of Kabir, Book Two, The Shabdas (The Mystical Teachings of Kabir): Shabd 24:




Hindi:


avadhu so yogi guru mera, jo yaha pad ka kare nibera,
tariwar ek mul binu thadha, binu phule phal laga;
shakha patra kichchu nahi wake, asht gagan mukh gaja;
pow binu patra karaha binu tumba, binu jibhya gunn gawai;
gawanhar ke rup na rekha, satguru hoi lakhawai;
panchchik khoj min ko marag, kahai kabir dou bhari;
aparam par par purushotam, murati ki balihari.




English:


“O seeker! That yogi will be my Guru who can explain the mystery of this poem; 


There is a tree standing without roots, and without producing flowers it bears fruits; 


It has no branches nor leaves, but reaching the eighth sky it thunders; 


The petals have no form, and the gourd is produced without flower, and without having a tongue there is the song of God’s glory; 


The singer has no form nor outline, but if there is a Satguru then he can make Him visible; 


There are two ways of approaching the Supreme, as the path of the bird, or that of the fish, and Kabir says that both are difficult; 


The Supreme Lord is fathomless, but for that Supreme Being I sacrifice everything.”




Commentary by Dr. Das:


This shabd is one of the frequent allegorical teachings of Guru Kabir. In order to understand it we will need to understand the meaning of the things to which he refers. The tree is the tree of meditation which actually has no roots. And this tree bears the fruit of bliss but there is no necessity for flowers to precede the fruit. This tree has no branches or leaves, but it reaches the eighth sky. The eighth sky is the eighth chakra, being one above the seven of the traditional yoga teachings. This eighth chakra is called surati chakra or unmuni chakra. The thundering is the anahad nad or divine melody that the devotee hears when he reaches this highest state in meditation. The chakras are represented as lotus flowers. But Guru Kabir says that the petals of this eighth chakra have no form, and is realized as being without flowers. When one is in this meditative state he does not need a tongue with which to sing the glories of God. This is an inner realization and it is a state of bliss which amounts to singing the glories of God. In that state there is no form or outline of realization, for God has no form. But if there is a true Satguru he can help the devotee to realize God who is Formless.


Guru Kabir is saying that the devotee can approach God realization in two ways. The first is that of the birds flying free in the air. Similarly, the mind can rise above all the material aspects of life, and float into the vast infinity of God Consciousness. The second is the way of the fish. Just as the fish cannot live without water, just so the true devotee cannot live without God, and he has an intense longing for God realization. Guru Kabir is saying that both of these paths are difficult for the average person to follow. A devotee must have dedication and perseverance, and follow the instructions of the Guru in order to reach this highest state of meditation, in which he realizes the Formless God that is manifesting in the whole universe. He states that the mystery of this most exalted Supreme Being is fathomless, and cannot be understood by any rational or intellectual exercise. But for the realization of God the true devotee is ready to sacrifice everything.


In this allegorical shabd, Guru Kabir is referring to the tree of meditation. This is achieved when the mind is subdued, and there is no thought in it. There is only a state of pure consciousness. In this state the devotee hears the divine melody, and realizes the Formless Supreme Being within himself and, at the same time, seeing the Supreme Being present in all things in the universe. ////////

    Guru Kabir, The Bijak of Kabir, Book Two, The Shabdas (The Mystical Teachings of Kabir): Shabd 24:



    Hindi:


    avadhu so yogi guru mera, jo yaha pad ka kare nibera,
    tariwar ek mul binu thadha, binu phule phal laga;
    shakha patra kichchu nahi wake, asht gagan mukh gaja;
    pow binu patra karaha binu tumba, binu jibhya gunn gawai;
    gawanhar ke rup na rekha, satguru hoi lakhawai;
    panchchik khoj min ko marag, kahai kabir dou bhari;
    aparam par par purushotam, murati ki balihari.



    English:


    “O seeker! That yogi will be my Guru who can explain the mystery of this poem;


    There is a tree standing without roots, and without producing flowers it bears fruits;


    It has no branches nor leaves, but reaching the eighth sky it thunders;


    The petals have no form, and the gourd is produced without flower, and without having a tongue there is the song of God’s glory;


    The singer has no form nor outline, but if there is a Satguru then he can make Him visible;


    There are two ways of approaching the Supreme, as the path of the bird, or that of the fish, and Kabir says that both are difficult;


    The Supreme Lord is fathomless, but for that Supreme Being I sacrifice everything.”



    Commentary by Dr. Das:


    This shabd is one of the frequent allegorical teachings of Guru Kabir. In order to understand it we will need to understand the meaning of the things to which he refers. The tree is the tree of meditation which actually has no roots. And this tree bears the fruit of bliss but there is no necessity for flowers to precede the fruit. This tree has no branches or leaves, but it reaches the eighth sky. The eighth sky is the eighth chakra, being one above the seven of the traditional yoga teachings. This eighth chakra is called surati chakra or unmuni chakra. The thundering is the anahad nad or divine melody that the devotee hears when he reaches this highest state in meditation. The chakras are represented as lotus flowers. But Guru Kabir says that the petals of this eighth chakra have no form, and is realized as being without flowers. When one is in this meditative state he does not need a tongue with which to sing the glories of God. This is an inner realization and it is a state of bliss which amounts to singing the glories of God. In that state there is no form or outline of realization, for God has no form. But if there is a true Satguru he can help the devotee to realize God who is Formless.


    Guru Kabir is saying that the devotee can approach God realization in two ways. The first is that of the birds flying free in the air. Similarly, the mind can rise above all the material aspects of life, and float into the vast infinity of God Consciousness. The second is the way of the fish. Just as the fish cannot live without water, just so the true devotee cannot live without God, and he has an intense longing for God realization. Guru Kabir is saying that both of these paths are difficult for the average person to follow. A devotee must have dedication and perseverance, and follow the instructions of the Guru in order to reach this highest state of meditation, in which he realizes the Formless God that is manifesting in the whole universe. He states that the mystery of this most exalted Supreme Being is fathomless, and cannot be understood by any rational or intellectual exercise. But for the realization of God the true devotee is ready to sacrifice everything.


    In this allegorical shabd, Guru Kabir is referring to the tree of meditation. This is achieved when the mind is subdued, and there is no thought in it. There is only a state of pure consciousness. In this state the devotee hears the divine melody, and realizes the Formless Supreme Being within himself and, at the same time, seeing the Supreme Being present in all things in the universe. ////////


    Tagged: kabir, bijak, guru kabir, sant kabir, sant mat, radhasoami, kabir panth, God, Formless, Nirguna,
  5. Quote
    Sufism = Rumi, Hafiz, Sarmad, Bulleh Shah, Hazrat Sultan BaHU, Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi, and other Sufi Poet-Mystics
  6. Audio Originally by spiritualawakeningradio
    Visions of Allah -- Exploring Sufi Mysticism
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts

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    PODCAST: Visions of Allah — Exploring Sufi Mysticism — Spiritual Awakening Radio — Click to Download MP3:
    http://download.liveindexer.com/podcasts/HealthyLifeOD/Audio//ECI_AUTO/Jul2014/SPA072214_wma.mp3


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    Sufism is a form of Islamic Gnosticism which really does have many affinities with earlier Gnostic mystical traditions of the middle east. Like other movements of the past that embrace spiritual experience and mystic transport through the Seven Heavens, Sufis have found it useful to compare out-of-body or ascension journeys to the stripping or shedding of garments. The above quote illustrates their view that each soul on the earth-plane is wearing several garments. We are souls wearing subtle bodies or coverings; our physical body is made out of the material substance of the physical universe. We are, as the late Dr. Carl Sagan put it, “star stuff pondering star stuff.” Our bodies are made out of atoms that once came from stars and other objects in the cosmos. When we enter into contemplation and mystical states, our awareness is elsewhere; we become “dead to the world,” have risen above body-consciousness. In that sense, we have, for the duration of our meditation period, “stripped” ourselves of the garment of the body for the purpose of exploring other levels of our existence. The mystic traveler enters into what has been called “the fourth state of consciousness.” In addition to the waking state, the dream state, the unconsciousness state of deep sleep, the truly holistic explorer can also integrate into his or her experience the spiritual worlds.


    Tagged: spirituality, podcasts, radio, vegan, rumi, sufism, poetry, spiritual awakening radio, podcast,
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    PODCAST: Visions of Allah — Exploring Sufi Mysticism — Spiritual Awakening Radio — Click to Download MP3: 
http://download.liveindexer.com/podcasts/HealthyLifeOD/Audio//ECI_AUTO/Jul2014/SPA072214_wma.mp3

Or Listen Online: 
http://view.liveindexer.com/ViewIndexSessionSLAO.aspx?backTo=ViewEvents&indexSessionSKU=f%2fqtRu2O3ZC5%2fGM1gfWvYQ%3d%3d

Sufism is a form of Islamic Gnosticism which really does have many affinities with earlier Gnostic mystical traditions of the middle east. Like other movements of the past that embrace spiritual experience and mystic transport through the Seven Heavens, Sufis have found it useful to compare out-of-body or ascension journeys to the stripping or shedding of garments. The above quote illustrates their view that each soul on the earth-plane is wearing several garments. We are souls wearing subtle bodies or coverings; our physical body is made out of the material substance of the physical universe. We are, as the late Dr. Carl Sagan put it, “star stuff pondering star stuff.” Our bodies are made out of atoms that once came from stars and other objects in the cosmos. When we enter into contemplation and mystical states, our awareness is elsewhere; we become “dead to the world,” have risen above body-consciousness. In that sense, we have, for the duration of our meditation period, “stripped” ourselves of the garment of the body for the purpose of exploring other levels of our existence. The mystic traveler enters into what has been called “the fourth state of consciousness.” In addition to the waking state, the dream state, the unconsciousness state of deep sleep, the truly holistic explorer can also integrate into his or her experience the spiritual worlds.

    PODCAST: Visions of Allah — Exploring Sufi Mysticism — Spiritual Awakening Radio — Click to Download MP3:
    http://download.liveindexer.com/podcasts/HealthyLifeOD/Audio//ECI_AUTO/Jul2014/SPA072214_wma.mp3

    Or Listen Online:
    http://view.liveindexer.com/ViewIndexSessionSLAO.aspx?backTo=ViewEvents&indexSessionSKU=f%2fqtRu2O3ZC5%2fGM1gfWvYQ%3d%3d


    Sufism is a form of Islamic Gnosticism which really does have many affinities with earlier Gnostic mystical traditions of the middle east. Like other movements of the past that embrace spiritual experience and mystic transport through the Seven Heavens, Sufis have found it useful to compare out-of-body or ascension journeys to the stripping or shedding of garments. The above quote illustrates their view that each soul on the earth-plane is wearing several garments. We are souls wearing subtle bodies or coverings; our physical body is made out of the material substance of the physical universe. We are, as the late Dr. Carl Sagan put it, “star stuff pondering star stuff.” Our bodies are made out of atoms that once came from stars and other objects in the cosmos. When we enter into contemplation and mystical states, our awareness is elsewhere; we become “dead to the world,” have risen above body-consciousness. In that sense, we have, for the duration of our meditation period, “stripped” ourselves of the garment of the body for the purpose of exploring other levels of our existence. The mystic traveler enters into what has been called “the fourth state of consciousness.” In addition to the waking state, the dream state, the unconsciousness state of deep sleep, the truly holistic explorer can also integrate into his or her experience the spiritual worlds.


    Tagged: podcast, spiritual awakening radio, rumi, hafiz, kabir, shams, bulleh shah, sultan bahu, sarmad,
  8. Video Originally by arliss

    El Teide, Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
    http://vimeo.com/22439234

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    Living from the Center of Our Being (God, the Soul, Ahimsa Ethics) 


(Chart Courtesy of the Kabir Association)

    Living from the Center of Our Being (God, the Soul, Ahimsa Ethics)


    (Chart Courtesy of the Kabir Association)


    Tagged: god, ethics, ahimsa, simran, soul, living, spirituality, spiritual life,
  10. Quote
    O Soul (Surat)! You suffer from the pangs of separation from your Beloved Lord. Take recourse to the sanctuary and shelter of the Guru. In this entire phenomenal world, you have no real friend; as it is, make the Naam (Ism-i-Azam, as revealed by the living master) your mainstay. Join yourself with the chord of Shabd* (Word*), and that will remove the barriers and open the door to the Higher Spheres.

    Swami Ji Maharaj, The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami — Sar Bachan Poetry, Volume I, M.G. Gupta translation


    *Note: Surat Shabd Yoga: The joining of the soul consciousness (Surat) with the Word (Shabd) and merging (Yoga) with it. Once the Soul merges into the Shabd, it is carried by the Shabd to its Source (God, Sat Purush).


    Tagged: sant mat, radhasoami, living master,
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    About the Inner Regions — Heavens — Levels: The Hidayatnama (Esoteric Instructions) of Soami Ji Maharaj (from Sar Bachan Online): http://192734808.r.cdn77.net/CDN/Books/EnglishBooks/Sar_Bachan_Radhasoami_Poetry_Part_1/Sar_Bachan_Radhasoami_Poetry_Part_1.html#_Toc281806891

    About the Inner Regions — Heavens — Levels: The Hidayatnama (Esoteric Instructions) of Soami Ji Maharaj (from Sar Bachan Online): http://192734808.r.cdn77.net/CDN/Books/EnglishBooks/Sar_Bachan_Radhasoami_Poetry_Part_1/Sar_Bachan_Radhasoami_Poetry_Part_1.html#_Toc281806891


    Tagged: heavens, planes, spheres, inner regions, creations, universe, multiverse, sant mat, radhasoami, meditation, soul travel, god worlds, ascension, soul, surat shabd yoga, gnostic, esoteric,
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    Some Reflections About the Anurag Sagar (Ocean Of Love)


“Hazur [Baba Sawan Singh] one day told Seth Vasdev, whose car is always at Hazur’s disposal, that he should read Kabir Sahib’s Anurag Sagar (The Ocean of Intense Love). Hazur said that without studying it, one cannot fully understand the difference between Kal (the negative power) and Dayal Mat (the Path of the true and Merciful God), nor can one fully grasp the teachings of Sant Mat.’” (Rai Sahib Munshi Ram, “With the Three Masters”, Vol. 2, p.187)

The Anurag Sagar (Ocean Of Love) — Online Book: 
http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/anurag.html


In dozens of Sant texts used in the Kabir line of Masters, Kabir symbolizes the universal Master, and his gurumukh disciple Dharamdas represents all satsangis or initiates. These texts feature a dialogue between student and Master, Q and A sessions between “Kabir” and “Dharamdas” that provide the spiritual seeker much insight about how to live the teachings of the Masters. They also motivate the initiate to do simran (Remembrance of God), the mental repetition of God’s Name(s), and to meditate upon the Sound Current every day in order to abide in the protection and grace of the Positive Power that defeats Kal (the universal mind, negative power) in the lower worlds of illusion.


“The Anurag Sagar of Kabir” is an epic poem attributed to Guru Kabir that probably was authored by Sant Dharamdas in the Dharamdasi branch of the Kabir lineage after the time of Kabir. It is a faithful presentation of the teachings of the Masters including Kabir. Anurag Sagar has become a great spiritual classic of the East, a kind of Sant Mat “Book of Genesis” or “Gnostic Gospel” of the Four Yugas of time, vast epochs referred to as: Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga.


The out-of-this-world mysticism of the Masters, including the teachings found in the Anurag Sagar, has been called “Esoteric Santism” by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer in his book, “Radhasoami Reality,” Princeton University Press. “Esoteric Santism” is his term for the very developed, detailed decriptions of the experience of inner heavenly regions, the heaven-ascending mysticism practiced by a certain branch of the Kabir lineage known as the Dharamdasis, also by Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar and his spiritual successors, Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, Swami Ji Maharaj of Agra, Huzur Maharaj of Agra, and Sant Mat Masters in certain lineages up to the present time.


Russell Perkins: “The Anurag Sagar occupies a very unusual place in the literature of the Masters; it is at once one of the most venerated and least known of all esoteric books. It is the Masters themselves who venerate it, and they have often made use of it in one way or another…”


“…The alert reader of Swami Ji’s Sar Bachan or the books of Sant Kirpal Singh will notice many points of contact. Tulsi Sahib devoted a major portion of one of his principal books to a detailed commentary on certain aspects of the poem. Baba Jaimal Singh considered it to be the most authoritative book on the teachings of the Masters as the following account by his disciple and successor Sawan Singh shows:


‘On the fourth day I went to attend Satsang. Baba Ji [Baba Jaimal Singh] was at that time explaining the meaning of Jap Ji Sahib. Well, I started my volley of questions-so much so that the audience got tired and began to feel restless at the large number of questions I had put … Now he wanted to point out the way, but I had read Vedanta. When I read Gurbani, my opinion was different; when I read Gita my opinion was again different, and I was unable to come to a decision. At last I applied for eight days leave to enable me to study the teachings of Baba Ji. He advised me to read Kabir Sahib’s Anurag Sagar. I immediately ordered eight copies of this book from Bombay so that I could also give some to my friends…


‘After several conferences with Baba Ji, I was thoroughly convinced and received initiation from him on the 15th day of October in 1894.’


“That Baba Sawan Singh continued to hold Anurag Sagar in high regard after he became Master is shown by the following account, written by one of his secretaries:


‘Hazur [Baba Sawan Singh] one day told Seth Vasdev, whose car is always at Hazur’s disposal, that he should read Kabir Sahib’s Anurag Sagar (The Ocean of Intense Love). Hazur said that without studying it, one cannot fully understand the difference between Kal (the negative power) and Dayal Mat (the Path of the true and Merciful God), nor can one fully grasp the teachings of Sant Mat.’” (Rai Sahib Munshi Ram, “With the Three Masters”, Vol. 2, p.187)

The Anurag Sagar (Ocean Of Love) — Online Book: 
http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/anurag.html

    Some Reflections About the Anurag Sagar (Ocean Of Love)


    “Hazur [Baba Sawan Singh] one day told Seth Vasdev, whose car is always at Hazur’s disposal, that he should read Kabir Sahib’s Anurag Sagar (The Ocean of Intense Love). Hazur said that without studying it, one cannot fully understand the difference between Kal (the negative power) and Dayal Mat (the Path of the true and Merciful God), nor can one fully grasp the teachings of Sant Mat.’” (Rai Sahib Munshi Ram, “With the Three Masters”, Vol. 2, p.187)


    The Anurag Sagar (Ocean Of Love) — Online Book:
    http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/anurag.html


    In dozens of Sant texts used in the Kabir line of Masters, Kabir symbolizes the universal Master, and his gurumukh disciple Dharamdas represents all satsangis or initiates. These texts feature a dialogue between student and Master, Q and A sessions between “Kabir” and “Dharamdas” that provide the spiritual seeker much insight about how to live the teachings of the Masters. They also motivate the initiate to do simran (Remembrance of God), the mental repetition of God’s Name(s), and to meditate upon the Sound Current every day in order to abide in the protection and grace of the Positive Power that defeats Kal (the universal mind, negative power) in the lower worlds of illusion.


    “The Anurag Sagar of Kabir” is an epic poem attributed to Guru Kabir that probably was authored by Sant Dharamdas in the Dharamdasi branch of the Kabir lineage after the time of Kabir. It is a faithful presentation of the teachings of the Masters including Kabir. Anurag Sagar has become a great spiritual classic of the East, a kind of Sant Mat “Book of Genesis” or “Gnostic Gospel” of the Four Yugas of time, vast epochs referred to as: Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga.


    The out-of-this-world mysticism of the Masters, including the teachings found in the Anurag Sagar, has been called “Esoteric Santism” by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer in his book, “Radhasoami Reality,” Princeton University Press. “Esoteric Santism” is his term for the very developed, detailed decriptions of the experience of inner heavenly regions, the heaven-ascending mysticism practiced by a certain branch of the Kabir lineage known as the Dharamdasis, also by Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar and his spiritual successors, Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, Swami Ji Maharaj of Agra, Huzur Maharaj of Agra, and Sant Mat Masters in certain lineages up to the present time.


    Russell Perkins: “The Anurag Sagar occupies a very unusual place in the literature of the Masters; it is at once one of the most venerated and least known of all esoteric books. It is the Masters themselves who venerate it, and they have often made use of it in one way or another…”


    “…The alert reader of Swami Ji’s Sar Bachan or the books of Sant Kirpal Singh will notice many points of contact. Tulsi Sahib devoted a major portion of one of his principal books to a detailed commentary on certain aspects of the poem. Baba Jaimal Singh considered it to be the most authoritative book on the teachings of the Masters as the following account by his disciple and successor Sawan Singh shows:


    ‘On the fourth day I went to attend Satsang. Baba Ji [Baba Jaimal Singh] was at that time explaining the meaning of Jap Ji Sahib. Well, I started my volley of questions-so much so that the audience got tired and began to feel restless at the large number of questions I had put … Now he wanted to point out the way, but I had read Vedanta. When I read Gurbani, my opinion was different; when I read Gita my opinion was again different, and I was unable to come to a decision. At last I applied for eight days leave to enable me to study the teachings of Baba Ji. He advised me to read Kabir Sahib’s Anurag Sagar. I immediately ordered eight copies of this book from Bombay so that I could also give some to my friends…


    ‘After several conferences with Baba Ji, I was thoroughly convinced and received initiation from him on the 15th day of October in 1894.’


    “That Baba Sawan Singh continued to hold Anurag Sagar in high regard after he became Master is shown by the following account, written by one of his secretaries:


    ‘Hazur [Baba Sawan Singh] one day told Seth Vasdev, whose car is always at Hazur’s disposal, that he should read Kabir Sahib’s Anurag Sagar (The Ocean of Intense Love). Hazur said that without studying it, one cannot fully understand the difference between Kal (the negative power) and Dayal Mat (the Path of the true and Merciful God), nor can one fully grasp the teachings of Sant Mat.’” (Rai Sahib Munshi Ram, “With the Three Masters”, Vol. 2, p.187)


    The Anurag Sagar (Ocean Of Love) — Online Book:
    http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/anurag.html


    Tagged: anurag sagar, kabir, kabir panth, sant kabir, guru kabir, bhakti, sant mat, kal, shabda, inner sound, meditation,
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    Kal* has besieged all the world. Few have cared to inquire about the Dayal (the Merciful)…. Few came to know of Sants, therefore the religion of Sants remained hidden, concealed. I now openly and clearly explain the principals of Sant Mat [Path of the Masters].

    Soami Ji Maharaj, 1861, Sar Bachan Poetry, Volume II,

    *Kal: lord of illusion, death, time, negative power, limited perception, universal mind, gnostic demiurge (false god),


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    PODCAST: Not Being Prisoners Of Our Own Habitual Thinking:
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Some Thoughts About Thought: a Satsang Edition with musically accompanied (sitar, flute, tablas) readings from many writings and scriptures: Rumi, Upanishads, Buddha, Guru Nanak/Adi Granth/Sikh Scriptures, Guru Kabir, Namdev, Dadu Dayal, Kirpal Singh (Man, Know Thyself), Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj (Harmony Of All Religions) — exploring the Path of the Masters, focusing on meditation practice about transcending mind and matter, finding our true identity as soul.

    PODCAST: Not Being Prisoners Of Our Own Habitual Thinking:
    http://SpiritualAwakeningRadio.Tumblr.com/post/65464499242/podcast-not-being-prisoners-of-our-own-habitual


    Some Thoughts About Thought: a Satsang Edition with musically accompanied (sitar, flute, tablas) readings from many writings and scriptures: Rumi, Upanishads, Buddha, Guru Nanak/Adi Granth/Sikh Scriptures, Guru Kabir, Namdev, Dadu Dayal, Kirpal Singh (Man, Know Thyself), Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj (Harmony Of All Religions) — exploring the Path of the Masters, focusing on meditation practice about transcending mind and matter, finding our true identity as soul.


    Tagged: podcasts, spiritual awakening radio, satsang, sant mat, spirituality, meditation, mind over matter,
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    From Crisis To Peace: The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer - 2 Podcasts

    PODCAST: Supreme Master Ching Hai Interview, Part One:
    https://medium.com/spiritual-awakening-radio-podcasts/podcast-supreme-master-ching-hai-interview-part-one-63bb46d89e95


    PODCAST: Supreme Master Ching Hai Interview, Part Two:
    https://medium.com/spiritual-awakening-radio-podcasts/podcast-supreme-master-ching-hai-interview-part-two-5ef451ed6882


    “We have to turn back to our caring and compassionate nature inside our heart. That’s very simple. We are that. We are compassion. We are merciful; we are caring.” (Supreme Master Ching Hai)


    From Crisis To Peace: The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer. Make Good Karma: Be Loving. Be Veg. Be Green.


    Tagged: vegan, vegetarian, podcasts, vegan radio,
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The meditation practice is Surat Shabd Yoga, meaning: Union (Yoga) of the Attention of the Soul (Surat) with the Inner Light and Sound of God (Shabd). This practice is also very "out-of-body" as in soul travel. – James

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Welcome! Wherever I am on the web I share podcasts and information, and post 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.

Also see my Sant Mat Radhasoami Blog with search engine: http://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com

About Me http://About.Me/SantMat

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. Am an author, teacher, public speaker, broadcaster.

Am a follower of Inner Light and Sound Meditation (traditional Sant Mat from an Indian perspective).

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

James Bean
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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 principles 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.

This profile and the Sant Mat Satsang Radio PODcasts are non-sectarian in spirit and inter-faith in tone, inclusive of the wisdom of all the great world religions, Masters (Sant Satgurus), and schools of mystics.

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.

'Spiritual Awakening Radio' Explores the World of Spirituality, Comparative Religion, Sacred Texts, Ahimsa Ethics: Peace, Being Veg, Going Green to Save the Planet – Education for a More Peaceful World – A Format of Inter-Faith Essays and Interviews.

Here you can access podcasts of Spiritual Awakening Radio, also the Sant Mat Satsang PODcast, along with a daily stream of spiritual quotes (Sant Mat, Radha Soami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Light and Sound Meditation, the Path of the Masters, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Bahai Faith, Kabbalah, The Essenes, Ebionites, Mandaeans, Christian Mysticism, Lost Books of the Bible, Sufism, Gnostics, and Mystics), links to blogs, news, announcements, and other updates. SCROLL DOWN BELOW!

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 said, “For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?”

"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."

"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)

LINKS TO PODCASTS, E BOOKS/FREE SPIRITUAL BOOKS ONLINE, BLOGS, YAHOO GROUPS, BLOGGER, WORDPRESS, MEDIUM

Sant Mat @ Twitter

Sant Mat @ Google+

Spiritual Awakening Radio @ Google+

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Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts – A Collection of PODCASTS @ Medium

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PODCASTS: Spiritual Awakening Radio – Library of Podcasts-On-Demand

PODCASTS: Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts – A Library of Podcasts-On-Demand

Spiritual Awakening Radio Page @ Facebook

An Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation

Radhasoami E Books @ Scribd

Sant Mat E Books @ Scribd

Sant Mat Library – Recommended Reading – The Path of the Masters

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Book Review of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry and Prose Volumes – the M.G. Gupta Translation

Sant Mat Surat Shabd Yoga Radhasoami Guru Lineage Charts

Charts of the Heavens, Inner Regions

Sant Mat Radhasoami Page @ Facebook

Sant Mat Radhasoami @ Youtube

Sant Mat Meditation and Spirituality Blog @ Medium

Sant Mat Radhasoami BLOG @ Blogspot – Blogger

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LINKS PAGE: Sant Mat Radhasoami Links

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