“What wonders has your love effected!
When someone is still alive
he has left this world:
though his bodily condition remains
with the world’s bodily condition,
yet his spirit has been raised up towards You,
so that for a period of time
he is where he knows not,
being totally raptured and drawn towards You.”
“All praise to You, 0 God, who are hidden from all worlds; all praise to Your love, for no one is able to recount its abundance. For Your greatness bends down so that it may be seen by those who love You, so that human beings may behold the sight of You: this is the exalted position to which You have brought them, actually manifesting yourself to them. How ardent and fervent is Your love for the soul which has become aware of You, for the soul which is truly purified and cleansed during her lifetime. That person whom You have held full worthy to look upon You is raised up towards You in his lifetime: but for his body, he would no longer be in the world!”
“Direct the course of our lives, Lord,
straight towards You,
so that in You we may reach You,
and so that in You we may find You.
Make us worthy to attain to You,
and let us behold nothing beside You.
Hide everything from our mind’s vision
by means of the manifestation of your glorious Light.
For whoever gazes upon You
does not need to look upon anything else;
but whoever does not gaze upon You
is in need of all kinds of other sources of illumination
in order to be able to see.”
“Praise to You
for you are the Light,
and in you our souls have illumination.
You illumine all
with knowledge of Yourself
Draw back the veil of falsehood from our souls
so that we can see Your Light clearly,
for our minds are not totally dark
owing to love of You.”
— John of Apamea, Prayers of the Mystics, “The Syriac Fathers On Prayer And The Spiritual Life,” translated from the original Syriac-Aramaic by Sebastian Brock, Cistercian Publications
Why We Do Simran (Repeat Names of God) Mentally Instead of as a Vocal Chant in Sant Mat: Japa: Recitation of Mantra (Sacred name given by the Guru)
The Sants have prescribed the support of a sacred name and a sacred form in order to break away from the snares of name and form. Just as we need iron to cut iron, and use poison as an antidote to alleviate the effects of poison, similarly, the practices of coming close to God by using a sacred name and form taught by the guru can liberate the student from the bonds of the net of all names and forms. The mantra given by the guru is imbued with the holy radiance of the guru. The Divine form for meditation prescribed by the guru is permeated by the guru’s conscious energy. Then the syllables become the powerful mantra, and the physical form becomes a conscious wish-fulfilling Divine form for the practitioner. It is important to know the precise technique of reciting a mantra, the purpose of reciting a mantra, and the various types of mantra recitation.
Saints have described many methods of mantra recitation, but the results for all these forms of mantra recitation vary. Practitioners obtain results of mantra recitation according to their minds’ stillness and concentration. The method of recitation that produces deep concentration is better and yields superior results…
This involves repetition of the mantra internally and mentally. In this method neither the tongue nor the lips move. The breath or rosary or any other means of counting is not used. The mantra recited is only through the mind. This japa or repetition is the essence of other mantra techniques. It is a form of meditation.
Sants state upanshu (murmuring) qualitatively has ten times more focusing power than vacaka (loud) japa. Svasa (breath recitation) japa yields a hundred times more concentration than upanshu. Manas (mental) japa on the other hand creates one thousand times more concentration than svasa japa. Mental japa is on the same platform as meditation (concentrated focus). Therefore, efficiency of mantra japa is determined by the intensity of concentration.
The meaning and significance of mantra is this: The mantra when recited with faith, surrender, and concentration brings solace to the mind of the practitioner. This occurs when the words are recited repeatedly. Japa means calling out and inviting the deity in order to obtain the darshan (seeing face to face in meditation) of that deity.
— Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh)
The people that composed the Jesus Sutras of China understood the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill”, to also include not killing animals: “From the text on the Stone of the Church of the East, we know that the Taoist Christians were vegetarian and nonviolent.” (Martin Palmer, The Jesus Sutras — Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity)
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Passages from, The Jesus Sutras — Da Qin (Religion of the Light) — Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity
"After a thousand years of silence, they sing out again". (Martin Palmer)
The highest skies are in love with You.
The great Earth opens its palms in peace.
0ur truest being is anchored in Your Purity.
You are Allaha: Compassionate Father of the Three.
Everything praises you, sounding its true note.
All the Enlightened chant praises —
Every being takes its refuge in You
And the Light of Your Holy Compassion frees us all.
You live perpetually in Light
The Light which enters every sphere.
Yet you have never been seen
No eye can see Your Form
Or Your Unclouded Nature.
Among all spirits You alone are unchanging
Making all that is good, beyond reckoning.
The root and essence — the thing itself!
Today I reflect on Your Compassion and Grace,
I delight in Your Delight which covers our land Messiah,
Great Holy Son of the Honored One
As countless of the Suffering are saved —
Supreme King, Will of Ages,
Compassionate Joyous Lamb Loving all who suffer
Fearless as You strive for us
Free us of the karma of our lives,
Bring us back to our original nature
Delivered from all danger.
Great Teacher, I stand in awe of the Father.
Great Teacher, I am awed by the Holy Lord.
Great Teacher, I am speechless before the King of Dharma.
Great Teacher, I am dazzled by the Enlightened Mind —
Great Teacher, You who do everything to save us.
“These Sutras deserve to be better known. They are classics of the most radical fusion of Western and Eastern spirituality as well as classics of Tang Dynasty poetry. I hope that by bringing them to life again through translation they can join the corpus of great works of spirituality. After a thousand years of silence, they sing out again.
"By the time the Da Qin monastery had built its pagoda, it would have had these magnificent Sutras to house. In a remarkably short time the Church of the East had become fully Chinese and produced masterpieces of Chinese spirituality. The future looked assured and good. The light of the Dharma King Christ had never shone so brightly and the sound of praise and singing was to be heard in many places." (Martin Palmer, The Jesus Sutras — Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity)
Hymn to the Soul (A Manichaean Gnostic Liturgical Hymn in Parthian.)
… Worthy are you of salvation.
To you, oh Soul of Light, will I give much counsel,
so that you may attain redemption.
Come, oh souls, to this ship of Light!
My most beloved soul, who is happy and noble,
where have you gone? Return!
Awake, dear soul, from the sleep of drunkenness
into which you have fallen!
Look upon the foes, see how they prepare death all around you!
Reach your home, the heavenly realm created by the Word,
Where you were in the beginning.
Gnostic Studies: Buddha Mani-Christ: You Freed Souls from Samsara, Ignorance, and Gave Wisdom
Below is from the Great Song of Mani, from the Manichaean section of, The Gnostic Bible, Gnostic Texts of Mystical Wisdom from the Ancient and Medieval World: Pagan, Jewish, Christian, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar, Edited by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer, SHAMBHALA Books.
The Gnostic Prophet Mani 1
Unendingly submerged in the dust 2
of forgetting rebirths
and in a state of poisonous savage animals,
they were always mad.
When the passion of greed 3 poisoned them
and they were dying,
you prepared a medicine for them
from the herb of meditation.
YOU FREED FROM IGNORANCE AND GAVE WISDOM
They raved in the passion of anger;
they lacked sense or coherent thought
and you assembled their thoughts,
and so they understood their origin
in the Realm of Light.
Those living beings in the five states of existence 4
you freed from ignorance
and gave them wisdom,
leading them to pari-nirvana. 5
Many differing passions — hatred and bitterness —
troubled these thinking beings
and scattered their thought,
but holy Father, when you descended from the sky,
the families of all thinking beings
reached the peace of Nirvana. 6
YOU RESCUED FROM SAMSARA 7
We who are miserable and with no hope
would have stayed in the torture of samsara,
not finding the end of your path. 8
You set up the ladder of wisdom,
you let us supersede the five forms of being,
and you delivered us.
We who were fettered in suffering
were rescued from rebirth
to see the Buddha-like sun god
who is like you.
For those tied to transitory pleasure,
you preached the true law.
You carried them across the Sea of Suffering
to the good Nirvana.
For those tied to the root of attachment to the world,
you revealed the road to the realm of the Buddhas,9
you raised a Sumeru mountain 10 of virtue,
you let them find endless happiness.
For those plunged in the water of pride,
you showed the bridge of the true law.
You took understanding of the good law into their hearts.
You entrusted them to the holy assembly.
For those confused by the six organs of perception 11
you showed the rising and falling states of being.
You revealed what is the suffering of those in the Avici,
the deepest Buddhist hell.
You let them be reborn in the blessed fivefold heaven 12 of Light.
Look for the ways of salvation,
you crossed lands going to every side.
When you found humans needing salvation,
you rescued all.
1. The Great Song to Mani: translated by Hans-Joachim Klimkeit (Gnosis on the Silk Road: Gnostic Texts from Central Asia, 280-84); revised in verse by Willis Barnstone.
2. Of the next eleven lines, which are badly preserved, five line fragments are here given.
3. The Pali Buddhist term for greed is lobha (a vice also in Manichaeism), for anger dvesa, for ignorance moha.
4. In Buddhism these are the states of gods, humans, hungry spirits (pretas), animals, and beings of hell.
5. This Buddhist Nirvana is the Manichaean Realm of Light.
6. The next six verses are badly preserved and are reconstructed.
7. The cyclical process of metempsychosis, that is, the transmigration of the soul by way of rebirths and deaths, is called samsara. This transmigration extends from the lowest insect to the Brahma, the highest of the gods. The rank of one’s new birth, after passing through a hell or a heaven, depends on one’s karma in the previous life. In Sanskrit samsara means “the running around.”
8. The Realm of Light.
9. Again, the Realm of Light of the previous prophets.
10. The Sumeru mountain is the central mountain of the universe in the Buddhist and Hindu cosmology.
11. The six organs of perception (sadayatana) in Buddhism are the five sense organs and manas, the mind.
12. The Realm of Light.
13. Probably Mani’s Living Gospel.
14. The four Buddhas are probably Seth, Zoroaster, Buddha, and Jesus. “Four” is not in the original text.
* There is a God; the universe is not without a creator, Sustainer and Protector. He is the Ocean of Bliss.
* Our soul is, in essence, a drop from the Ocean of the Lord, whence it separated so long ago as to have totally forgotten its Divine origin. All its woes and miseries will end only when it returns to its original Home and merges with the Ocean.
* God is within us and cannot be realised anywhere outside. He is close to us, but then physical eyes cannot see Him, nor can these physical ears hear His voice. Only when the seeker receives instruction from a real Adept and listens to the Divine Melody within, does he become capable not only of seeing and hearing Him but also of merging in Him, thereby fulfilling human destiny.
The Satguru will give you the techniques at the time of Initiation. He will then tell you how to “go within” the Palace of the Ten Doors, through the eye center, by the withdrawing your attention from the nine outlets and concentrating it at the “Third Eye”. Here the Heavenly Music resounds day and night. This melody comes direct from the feet of the Lord. By attaching yourself to It, in accordance with the instruction of the Master, you will reach the Place where It issues forth. This is the sum and substance of the Teachings of the Saints (Sant Mat). Only a fortunate few come in contact with a True Saint.
According to the teaching of the Saints:
(1) “Bhekh” or the Initiate is he who follows the principles of the Teachings of the Saints and makes sincere efforts to tread the path of God-realisation “within”, according to the instructions of the Master.
(2) “Shishya” or Sikh is a disciple who has reached the first stage on the Way and who sees the Light of the Flame within. Guru Gobind Singh says “A shishya is he who sees the Living Flame within himself.”
(3) “Gyani” [Gnostic] is one who has reached the Brahm stage, which is the Fountainhead of all knowledge, whence the creation of the three gunas [Harmony, action/activity and inertia/darkness] and the five tattwas begin. [The essences, elements which are five in number and may be gross or subtle. The entire universe is made up of the five tattwas: earth, water, air, fire, ether]. This is the highest stage of the yogis, gyanis and most of the religions of the world.
(4) “Sadhu” is one who has reached the Par Brahm Region. Kabir says, “Sadhu is he who conquers this fort.” The last census recorded the number of so-called sadhus in India at five million. But if you try to find the real Sadhus, perhaps you will not be able to find even five. Kabir says: “None hath seen bags of diamonds, packs of lions, flocks of ‘Hansas’ or groups of Sadhus.”
(5) “Sant” is He who has attained the highest stage and has become one with the Lord. The drop, having merged with the Ocean Itself. “God and God’s men are one. There is no distinction.” (Kabir)
There is a military channel, but no peace channel. There is no spirituality channel, but there is a golf channel — several golf channels actually, to cover golf when other golf games are already going on. Cable and satellite tv priorities. “Attention is the most concrete expression of love. What you pay attention to thrives. What you do not pay attention to withers and dies.”
2. Prayer (Communion With God — Conversations With God);
3. Manas Japa (Simran, “Praying Without Ceasing”, Mentally Repeating/Chanting the Name or Names of God — Mantra — the First Stage of Meditation);
4. Manas Dhyana (Visualizing the Form of the Master* — the Second Stage of Meditation);
5. Dristi Sadhana (Seeing Inner Light at the Third Eye Center — the Third Stage of Meditation);
6. Nada Sadhana (Hearing the Inner Sounds — Surat Shabd Yoga — the Fourth Stage of Meditation);
7. Reaching Kaivalya: Oneness with Soundlessness (Shabdatita Pad [beyond the Realm of Sound]), the Nameless One (ANAMI), the Formless Supreme Being, Supreme State, the Ocean of Love (beyond all forms, lights and sounds) — the Fifth Stage of Meditation — the Isht or Goal;
Seven Principals 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”)
"One should not injure, subjugate, enslave, torture or kill any living beings including animals, living organism, and sentient beings. This doctrine of Non-Violence (Ahimsa Dharma) is immaculate, immutable and eternal." (Sant Mahavira, Acharanga Sutra, Ch. 4)
Do Simran with Love. The True Spirit of Simran Practice is Bhakti:
“If the person repeats the name with love, distress disappears and one lives in happiness.” (Sant Tulsi Das) “The practitioner who does Jap [Simran] sitting in a secluded place with the right method and immense love [Bhakti], becomes the excellent devotee.”
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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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