Not many people know that the number one cause of global warming is the livestock industry. If we stop supporting this industry that fouls the air we breathe and pollutes the water we drink, demand will fall and with it, supply. By taking this step our collective carbon footprint will be significantly reduced.
I want to live a healthy life
When we avoid fatty, cholesterol-laden animal flesh and dangerous hormone-filled meat and dairy products, we considerably reduce the risk from serious health conditions such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
I believe all beings have the right to live and thrive on this planet
Animals are precious beings. We have all seen or heard how search and rescue dogs save lives, horses help heal emotional wounds, and bees pollinate our crops. Animals selflessly serve humanity in countless ways. Why then is it considered okay to raise animals for slaughter? To keep them in utterly filthy conditions, continuously pump them with feed and antibiotics and then murderously slaughter them for food is simply unconscionable.
All beings are born with a will to live. We as compassionate individuals have the power to protect and be the voice for those who have none. Vegans help end this global war against the defenceless.
I choose peace
As concerned global citizens, we invite you to join our march to peace. We all want to live in a world where natural resources are abundant, forests thrive and are filled with wildlife, humans live long, healthy and vibrant lives without hunger and harmony exists among nations.
We call upon everyone to be a torchbearer for change and a living example of nobility. Please join us in our effort for peace.
The people of this world are like the three butterflies in front of a candle’s flame. The first one went closer and said: I know about love. The second one touched the flame lightly with his wings and said: I know how love’s fire can burn. The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame and was consumed. He alone knows what true love is. - Rumi
"Kabir Saheb says that the rain affects mountains, high and low plain lands, all alike, but the water does not settle everywhere. It stays only in deep pools or ponds. In the same manner, the teachings of the Master (Satguru) are meant to leave an impact on everyone, but it settles down in the pure hearts of true seekers only."
Sant Eknatha defines Bhakti [Love, Devotion] as the recognition of the Divine nature of all beings. Remembrance of God is likeness of God; forgetfulness of God is illusion of life (Abhangas 36). To utter the name of God is alone Bhakti (Abhangas 37). He who has no devotion in his heart will regard the pursuit of God as a mere chimera. But he who gets spiritual experience will have the greatest value for it (Abhangas 40).
— Sant Eknatha, Mysticism In India — The Poet-Saints of Maharashtra, R.D. Ranade, SUNY Press;
Studying, Meditating, Attending Satsang, Avoiding Bad Company:
"So to develop this love, we must first obey His commandments, second weed out all imperfections, and third devote time to the spiritual practices. You should also have the company of somebody who just reminds you of your ideal. Avoid the company of all others in whose society you are attached to the world or forget Him. If you cannot have the company of those who can help you to remember Him, then it is better to live alone. Live with the Masters speaking through books, through the scriptures. You will be better off. A further symbol that in your love you are drawing closer to Him, is that you will feel separation. You will hanker to see Him. When you hear about Him, your heart will become full and tears will roll down from your cheeks. These are the symptoms to show that the fruit is ripening. These things are the blossoms. Ultimately, when the fruit comes, you are for the Master, and the Master is for you. These are the steps and we have now to judge where we stand."
Kirpal Singh, from, Morning Talks, published by Ruhani Satsang USA
Maintaining a Spiritual Focus Despite the Busyness of Day-to-day Life
Having a spiritual focus is not confined to the time spent in meditation practice. Masters advise us to practice simran (manas jap) as much as possible during the day and night, and thus, when we sit down to meditate we find it much easier to reach the inner Light and have a quality meditation experience. Sant Dadu Dayal (the Compassionate Mystic) said, “Wherever one’s thought dwells, there will that person rest. At his pleasure, he may go to the delusion of unreality or he may merge into the Lord of the self.” Below is something new from Swami Vyasanand on maintaining something closer to a full-time spiritual focus and how the reality of this is reflected during our meditation life.
“Seekers should practice intense and focused concentration during their meditation (sadhana). Furthermore, like a devoted wife, a meditator should infuse himself/herself with intense love for God. We should have a one-pointed focus on one deity and not try to please different gods. Even when we face challenges, we should not seek the help of other deities in times of desperation. Also, a practitioner should not insult other deities, because this interrupts one’s practice of focused devotion. Devotees should visualize the form of their chosen deity in other deities and honor them. It is not advised to worship other deities simply because of the desire for material gains; this may cause disruption in the progress of the devotee.
“Practitioners should be determined to see their ishta deva (chosen deity), just as a devoted wife’s mind is always eager to see her husband. We should yearn day and night for a glimpse of the deity and eagerly wait for it. A devotee should observe the following disciplines in order to please the deity: ‘Abandon the cravings for the pleasures of food; abandon the desire for beautifying ornaments and clothes; forsake the joys of comfortable beds; abandon all the material objects that distract the mind.’ The devotee should also reject names and forms that distract the mind in meditation, and give up all the lifestyles that make the mind agitated.
“Like a devoted wife who completely absorbed in the love of her husband becomes oblivious to her other relatives, similarly, we should only focus all our thoughts on the holy and auspicious countenance of the deity. We should become so absorbed in the Divine form of the deity that we lose any sense of separate consciousness between the devotee and deity, just as a lump of salt becomes one with ocean-water. In a state of such forgetfulness, we attain the mental state ‘in which the deity is seen in all visible forms.’
“If devotees find even the slightest delight in a form other than their ishta devata (chosen deity) and take joy in sensory pleasures, then their resolve is not firm. One who forsakes Divine bliss for transitory pleasures is imprudent, and will not be able to obtain the eternal joy. If, for some reason, the devoted wife’s husband does not return on time, then it must be due to her adverse fate. However, if a devotee is not able to see the Divine form of deity in meditation, then there must be deficiency in the devotee’s meditation. Moreover, there must be some deficiency in his or her devotion, resolve, trust, and conduct. It is not due to the lack of compassion of the deity.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul — Chal Hansa Nij Desh)
Meditation: “When your eye, turning inward into your brain, pierces the sky within and your spirit leaving your body, flies upward, you will sight the heaven which is the location of the post of Sahasdal Kanwal (One Thousand-Petalled Lotus).”
Kabir (Guru Granth, Page 1,349): "My fear of birth and death has ended as the Lord has manifested His love for me. The Divine Light has dawned and the darkness is dispelled. By meditating on Him, I have obtained the jewel of the Lord’s Name. Where there is joy, pain flees from there. The jewel of my mind is absorbed in the love of the essence of God. Whatever occurs, that is Thy will O Lord. Whosoever understands this, is absorbed in serene poise."
Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation @ Tumblr: Bhakti (Love) of the Inner Light and Sound of God – This Living School of Spirituality (Mysticism and Gnosticism) from INDIA called Sant Mat is also known as the Way of the Saints, Radhasoami (Ra-dha-Swam-i), and, the Path of the Masters.
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
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.
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,
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