About the Soul (Jiva, Surat, the Attention-Faculty of the Soul) and Surat Shabd Yoga, the Union of the Soul With the Sound Current via Meditation Practice, and the Ascension of the Soul Back to It’s True Abode
Below is from the Notes and Commentary of M.G. Gupta, M.A., D.Litt. Former Member of the Faculty of Political Science, Allahabad University, in his Volumes of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry — The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami.
Sleeping Destiny: At various stages in its descent, the jiva-surat left some of its essence at all intervening regions. This is called as its “sleeping potential destiny” (soya bhaag or naseeb-i-khufta) which can and will be roused when it travels back through these regions. At these stations, in its descent, the jiva-surat adopted the form and the colour of the centre through which it passed. In this samsara, it assumed the form of manas and Maya. If now it wants to return home, it must retrace its path. It must draw back all the energy it had diffused (sametna and ulatna) and then proceed ahead. This will be possible only with the help and grace of the guru.
Sleeping destiny: In Sant Mat mysticism, the phrase “sleeping destiny” (soya bhaag or bakht-i-khufta) implies a concept of seminal importance. The spirit has descended from the realm of Haq (Hoot) [Eternal Truth, Sat] to the fleshly realm of Nasoot through several intermediate levels of consciousness — from Hoot to Hootal Hoot, the region of Great Darkness or Imperishable Deity (Akshar Purush) to Hahoot, to Lahoot, to Jabroot, to Malkoot, to Shahood and on to Nasoot.
At all these levels, man’s spirit has left, as if in a safe deposit, a part of its energy, of which it went on becoming oblivious. That part or portion of the spirit is inoperative and is, as it were, dormant and sleeping. It is only when the perfect living master appears in a manifest form, that makes the spirit-entity conscious of its sleeping fortune which it would now aspire to reclaim. Gradually, under the living master’s close guidance and supervision, the jiva ascends to the higher level and recovers the sleeping portion it had left in the safe deposit of that level. Thus reinforced, it goes higher up and up, until it reaches its abode in Hoot — the region of Haq [Eternal Truth, Sat].
Sleeping destiny or soya bhaag: As the surat had descended from Satt Desh [True, Eternal Spiritual Realm or Heaven] to the regions of mind and body, on the way she left portions of its energy at the intervening spiritual stations which are all still there, awaiting its return. Of these portions, the surat has become oblivious but when it ascends to those stations, these dormant portions come alive and the surat meeting them becomes reinforced. This is made possible by the Satguru who is said to rouse the “sleeping destiny” of the jivas.
Yoga: It connotes the system of reverting the current of surat present in the eyes inward and upward and join or unite it with the current of primordial energy (chaitanya) that comes from the top of Dayal Desh.
Surat and nirat: Surat is the spirit that ascends and gets fascinated at any spiritual region; nirat is the force which goads it forward.
Surat which is swallowed up by mind and Maya must wriggle out of their jaws, if not wholly, then at least partially, to begin with, so that it may begin to be engaged in the practice of listening to Word. It is only the surat which is of a piece with the Word and it alone can be absorbed in the Word. And the surat tends to cling to the delight it gets by hearing the Word of the lower spheres and does not move up unless goaded by a force called as nirat (that which disengages).
Surat, Birat and Nirat: Surat means that which is absorbed in itself; birat is that which separates the surat from a particular spiritual region; and nirat is that force which pushes the surat onward in its march to the Eternal Abode.
Surat, Birat and Nirat: Surat is that which tends to become absorbed into the Sound of a particular sphere and does not proceed higher up; birat is that which detaches the surat from that pleasure or bliss; nirat is that force which urges the surat to proceed to higher regions.
(Yay!) PETA Plans to Fly Vegan Banner over Rockland Lobster Festival, By KEITH SHORTALL, ROCKLAND, Maine — An animal rights group says it plans to hire an airplane to fly over the Lobster Festival here tomorrow that will carry a banner reading “Keep your paws off their claws: Try vegan.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the plane will circle the festival every 15 minutes starting at just after noon, until 2:30 p.m. on the event’s opening day, to highlight the organizations belief that lobsters feel pain and fear, and are killed in gruesome ways for human consumption.
Image: Now venerated as a sacred place — a location where Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar used to spend much time in meditation. Photo: courtesy of Domain Singh of the Sant Dariya Mission:http://SantDariya.org
Says Dariya: Life is short, use it in devotion.
Listen to my instruction, and take to the Sound Current.
Without devotion (Bhakti), nothing proves to be of any avail.
Vainly does one wander life after life.
With intense longing, sing, therefore, the praise
of the Lord,
Who created your body, mind and wisdom.
O wise one, search for the God,
Who is the Source of all.
Discarding all leaves and branches,
Hold fast to the Immutable Root of the tree.
(Dariya Sagar/Ocean of Dariya)
He who is freed from all delusions
and is dedicated to the Sound Current,
Is absorbed in the nectar of love, says Dariya.
He stills the mind and makes it one-pointed.
Such a one never comes to the cycle
of old age and death [transmigration/reincarnation].
So long as the soul does not obtain
the Primeval Sound,
She cannot go to her Abode.
Someone Asked Me Four Questions For an Blog They’re Writing
Would be happy to reply to these questions.
1. What is the greatest lesson you learned?
To be relaxed, content to be myself and not bothered by what other people think… to be genuine, authentic, staying in touch with my vision and passion, never giving up on that vision… ever …no matter what.
2. What is something you are deeply grateful for?
Am very grateful for the Internet revolution of the 90’s up to the present. Gone are the dark days of all our freedom of speech and creativity being tethered to the veto-power of a few narrow-minded media gatekeepers with their five designated categories of: sports talk, news talk, rock, country, and pop/top-40 radio!
“I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
Ive had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth”
— John Lennon, lyrics from “Gimme Some Truth”
The new networking power of the Internet has represented a kind of greater legalization of free speech, spirituality, and musical diversity like nothing else!
HealthyLife.Net founded by Linda Mackenzie is such a great example of this, with an oasis of positive programming that makes the world a better place.
3. What’s the most important thing you do (or be) to keep your life positive?
Two things actually: 1) Meditation, which provides repose, insight, inner wisdom, and a renewed spiritual charge, and 2), the wisdom of the “Sages of the Ages”, the inspiration and guidance of all those mystics, masters, saints and luminaries of the world religions and schools of spirituality.
4. If you could DARE the listeners to do anything that will create positive change for them, what will you dare them to do today?
Choose to become vegan. Just start transitioning to a vegan diet. It’s never too late to learn new things about food, nutrition and the healing effects of a plant-based diet. Your future self will be glad you did.
"It is impossible to confine love to the temporal and transient levels of life, and it is impossible to confine the grandeur and majesty of God to the dimensions of the mind. When I had come to a partial realization of this fact, wise adepts of the inner realms provided me with guidance through the fragrant mystic universe, the spirito-mental region. They showed me their many magnificent planets of light and wonder. It was they who ultimately persuaded me to roam and explore untold realms of gold within myself. I had no fixed starting place in time and space, for I dwelt in a multi-verse that was co-extensive with all the ages. But my inner world was still limited by the boundaries of creation; I needed the guidance of a spiritual adept, within the physical world itself, to give me new birth into the freedom of eternity." (George Arnsby Jones)
Vegetarianism is Going Vegan: If Mahavira, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Tulsi Sahib, Dariya Sahib, etc… were with us today, they would not only be advocating a vegetarian diet, but based on the cruelty of the modern-day dairy industry and factory farming violating ahimsa ethical values, these great saints would be advocating a cruelty-free vegan diet.
The Prem dhar and the Bhakti dhar [the Current of Love and Devotion] is uninterrupted and blooming at Huzuri Bhavan. The Sant Satguru has shown the path, practiced it and established the flame in hearts of the satsangis which will ever bloom and provide solace and bliss to humanity in general and satsangis in particular. The beauty of this flame is that it does not burn and sacrifice the beholder but strengthens the Love Current and spreads the bliss and mercy of Huzur Data Dayal. In the closing words of His Excellency:
"I wish all of you fond memories of Huzur Maharaj and lots of uninterrupted love."
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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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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)
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