“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)”—
“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.””—
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.”
Bhakti: “Such is the peculiar efficacy of the Path of Love and Devotion that if you adopt it, it will transport you to the Reservoir of Ambrosia. In the Source or Fountain, i.e., in Radhasoami Dham [the Eighth Heaven], there is absolutely no trace of maya [illusion]. There it is all love and love alone. It is an immense Reservoir of Love, having no beginning and no end.”
— Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One
Look Within — Bhajan (Mystic Verses) of Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar
“The musk is within the deer,
But he searches for it outside in the grass
instead of searching within himself.
He runs back and forth,
Wondering where the fragrance comes from.
The fragrance is nearby,
But he knows it not.
Caught by delusion, he roams about.
So do all people wander in pilgrimages
and outer observances.
If you wish to obtain your own True Home,
Then find it by looking within yourself
and dwell therein.”
“Simran (Punjabi: ਸਿਮਰਨ, Hindi: सिमरन ) is a Punjabi word derived from the Sanskrit word स्मरण (smaraṇa, “the act of remembering or calling to mind, remembrance, reminiscence, recollection of”), thus ‘realization of that which is of the highest aspect and purpose in one’s life’, thus introducing spirituality.” (Wikipedia)
“In Sant Mat the word Simran is used for the spiritual practice of repeating the mantra given by the Satguru during initiation.” (Wikipedia)
Such is God’s Name
that it heals the disease of the world.
Whosoever repeats the Lord’s Name
while engaged in earthly duties,
remains ever in a blissful state of divine communion.
One absorbed in the Lord’s Name, O Tuka,
has truly attained liberation while living.
“This passage from the Acts of Peter provides a great description of meditation practice: “Give ear; withdraw your souls from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes if yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the reality of Christ and the whole secret of your salvation.””—The Other Bible, Willis Barnstone, Harper Collins
“Some assume that the copying of Gnostic texts came to a grinding halt during the 4th century with Orthodoxy assuming control of the monasteries of Egypt. Plus, Codex Tchacos and Nag Hammadi are 4th century parchments. Since this particular fragment known as the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife dates to the 8th Century or so, that’s good news. Someone in Egypt was still copying Gnostic texts centuries later, a hopeful sign that more Nag Hammadi-like books could turn up one day.”—
Soami Ji’s Encouraging Message to All Devotees of the Spiritual Path
“It does not matter if your bhakti [love and devotion] is imperfect.
Perform bhakti! Radhasoami [the Lord of the Soul]
graciously declares that you should perform bhakti
in whichever way you can. Fear not. He will grant
you the Treasure of Love. You will be a recipient
of the Gift of Love.”
”— Swami Ji Maharaj (Shiv Dayal Singh), Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume II, Agra
“…do not hate anybody, because that force, that hatred, which comes out from you, must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circuit.”—Raja Yoga (via masonictraveler)
“Perhaps the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” fragment was originally a paragraph from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, an ancient Coptic text also discovered in Egypt. A few badly damaged manuscripts of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene exist, each with missing sections. Hopefully a more complete edition will be unearthed one day.”—
“"It is not necessary that there should be only one Master in the whole world or even in a single country. There have been different Masters in different countries at the same time, and even in the same country. Thus Guru Nanak and Kabir were contemporaries, and so also Dadu and Guru Arjan. But their teaching is the same at all times and in every country." (Huzur Baba Sawan Singh, vegetarian, Sant Satguru, Sant Mat tradition)”—
Visions of Primordial Light: “The Light of Christ is noetic Light, and blessed is the soul which is accounted worthy to see it.” (Saint Isaac the Syrian)
Meet the “great grandchildren” of Saint Thomas, Apostle of the East. No doubt this is one of the few programs on radio that has ever explored this little-known tradition of antiquity. Hear Aramaic chant along with readings from the Syriac Mystics of Eastern Christianity (Persian Gulf/Iraq/Syria, India) and another installment of my conversation with Syriac scholar Sebastian Brock of Oxford. We discuss another “Nag Hammadi-like”, “Philokalia-like”, “Dead Sea Scrolls-like” collection — an anthology of the sacred texts and wisdom of an ancient spiritual community of the Middle East/Near East with its own rich contemplative heritage of Gnosis and mysticism. We talk about Saint Isaac the Syrian, the Thomas tradition and writings, including the Gospel of Thomas, Acts of Thomas, and Manichaean Psalms of Thomas, the Jesus Sutras found in China, and various translations of Syriac mystical texts that have appeared in English.
“The rays of primordial Light that illumine purified souls with spiritual knowledge not only fill them with benediction and luminosity; they also, by means of the contemplation of the inner essences of created things, lead them up to the noetic heavens. The effects of the divine energy, however, do not stop here; they continue until through wisdom and through knowledge of indescribable things they unite purified souls with the One, bringing them out of a state of multiplicity into a state of oneness in Him.” (Philokalia)
“The one who possesses noetic Light has no need of visible light. Now the Light of the mind, they say, is the knowledge of the truth, whereby the soul can distinguish the truth from similitudes. The one who has found this, has found a Treasury of Life.” (Book of Grace, Saint Isaac the Syrian)
Create eyes in me, and so may I see with Your eyes,
for I cannot see with my own eyes.
May my mind travel inwards
towards the hiddenness of Your sacrifice,
just as You have travelled out into the open
and been cojoined to Your Mysteries.
At this moment
may I be totally forgetful of myself,
and remain utterly unmindful
of my own person.
May every bodily image
be wiped away from my mind’s Eye,
and may You alone
be depicted before the Eye of my mind.
And now, when Your Spirit descends from heaven
upon your Mysteries,
may I ascend in spirit from earth to heaven.
— Prayers of Joseph the Visionary, “The Syriac Fathers On Prayer And The Spiritual Life,” translated from the original Syriac-Aramaic by Sebastian Brock, Cistercian Publications
The Radhasoami Faith is essentially a Faith of love. Great stress has been laid by its founder leaders on the generation of love for the Supreme Creator, the Supreme Master who is all love. Love is the prime source of boundless energy. Love is Bliss; and thus the Supreme Being is Supreme Bliss. Love is light and Truth and from them emanates Intelligence. Thus the Supreme Being is infinite ocean of Bliss, Intelligence, Energy, Truth and Light. He is Eternal and Unchangeable and the sole Director of the whole Creation. Such a Supreme Being is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. He is all pervading. The entire Universe is the creation of His own current and as such He is present at every stage in the creation. All the religions of the world believe the Supreme Being to be Omnipresent and all-pervading that is Sarva Vyapak and Sarva Deshi but Radhasoami Faith like all other Sant-sects of the past believes Supreme Being to be both Sarva Deshi, i.e., omnipresent and Ekdeshi i.e., confined to one region. Laying great emphasis upon this point, the second Guru of Radhasoami faith, Hazur Maharaj says that without accepting Him to be Ekdeshi, it is not possible to translate and elaborate the Spirit and to cross the limits of Maya and it would be difficult to get admission to His Abode which is pure Bliss, Love and Energy. This is not a mere formal article of Faith, but in fact, the Supreme Being has manifested Himself as such. Thus it is derived that the Omnipresent Supreme Being has manifested Himself more particularly in a region of all Love, Truth and Bliss where He can be perceived and visualized with all His fundamental attributes, which otherwise in His Omnipresent character, it is difficult to perceive. This vision is essential to have full knowledge of the Supreme Being.
According to Radhasoami Faith, the abode of Supreme Being, Radhasoami, is known as Radhasoami Dham and as He is all merciful, He is called ‘Radhasoami Dayal’. Thus, a true seeker after Truth who wants total redemption, should in all submissiveness and humility take protection of Radhasoami Dayal and generate love, in His Holy Feet keeping full faith in His Grace and Mercy.
Supreme Being Radhasoami is limitless and endless. He has a form and is yet formless. He is inaccessible and is yet accessible. He is indescribable yet can be described. When He is formless, He is all pervading. When manifested He is the Master of the Highest Abode, having Love, Mercy and Grace as His chief attributes ever-ready to grant His protection to all who remember him. He is Bliss personified and embodiment of Eternal Peace. He is Personal and Impersonal both.
— Prof. Agam Prasad Mathur, “Concept and the Name of the Supreme Being in the Radhasoami Faith”
Stop Eating Meat If You’re Serious About Fighting Climate Change
New study says people worldwide must eat 75% less meat and dairy to prevent long term climate change.
Serious about battling climate change? Then you might want to consider going vegetarian. That’s because it’s looking like world temperatures will continue to climb unless people stop chowing on so much meat and dairy, according to new research from Sweden.
The United Nations believes it’s imperative to keep future warming from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. To meet that target, there will have to be a sharp decrease in greenhouse-gas emissions by the end of the century. Some of the reductions must come from the energy industry, and some must hail from the agricultural realm.
But with agriculture, it won’t be enough to roll out “smarter” animal feeds and better methods of crop production, say scientists at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Rather, “reduced ruminant meat and dairy consumption will be indispensable for reaching the 2 °C target with a high probability, unless unprecedented advances in technology take place,” they assert in a study in Climatic Change.
Here’s the crux of their findings:
Emissions from agriculture threaten to keep increasing as global meat and dairy consumption increases. If agricultural emissions are not addressed, nitrous oxide from fields and methane from livestock may double by 2070. This alone would make meeting the climate target essentially impossible.
“We have shown that reducing meat and dairy consumption is key to bringing agricultural climate pollution down to safe levels,” says Fredrik Hedenus, one of the study authors. “Broad dietary change can take a long time. We should already be thinking about how we can make our food more climate friendly.”
Many in the agricultural industry are trying to cut emissions of nitrous oxide and methane (the latter being a mightily potent greenhouse gas). There’s the general streamlining of processes to make meat and dairy production more efficient, for example. Then there are technical tweaks. One is occasionally draining the water from rice paddies, as microbes in flooded paddies generate a large amount of methane. Another is adding supplements to livestock feed to prevent the animals from belching so much. Gassy livestock is a serious atmospheric force; for instance, the fermentation taking place inside cows and sheep accounts for two-thirds of Australia’s agricultural emissions….
“Someone connected with a college
where Master was speaking asked Him,
“How many disciples do you have?”
Master said, ‘I have no disciples.
Only God has disciples. These people
are my friends. I love them
and they love me.’”—
“From the beginning of my life I have
been looking for Your face, but today I
have seen it! Today I have seen the charm,
the beauty, the unfathomable grace of the
face I was looking for. Today I have
found You, and those who laughed
and scorned me yesterday are
sorry that they were not
looking as I did.”—Rumi