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.
“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).
“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),
Vegan — Vegetarian: Dr. Will Tuttle on the origins of war on this planet:
“From the very beginning of animal agriculture ten thousand years ago, when our forebears first enslaved wild sheep and goats for meat, milk, and products, it has brought out the worst in us. It was a small and inevitable step from enslaving animals to then enslaving the fellow humans who were defeated in the first wars our planet ever saw, driven by, as Gavyaa, the first word for war we know of, indicates. It means ‘the desire for more cattle.’”
“The divinely romantic and mystical poetry of Kabir I especially recommend. The Hermetic axiom, “As above, so below” declares that some aspects of creation are reflections of even more glorious heavenly realities above, and thus, it makes sense these words of mystics embracing the divine in a soul-Oversoul relationship, would parallel soul-to-soul romantic love, and that many of those very same verses would be perfect to share with someone on Valentine’s Day.”—
A Satsang Edition featuring numerous readings from an extremely wide variety of sources, Spiritual Masters and Sacred Texts: About Practicing Meditation on Inner Light and Sound at the Third Eye Center; The Timeless State Gives Birth to Time and the Way Back is to Become Timeless Again: Guru Nanak; Swami Ji Maharaj’s commentary on the Jap Ji; Kabir in the Adi Granth; a Sakhi of Kabir; Kabir Vani; Anurag Sagar (Ocean Of Love); Shiv Brat Lal; Baba Kehar Singh’s Commentary on the Anurag Sagar; Yeshua in the Gospel of Thomas; footnote from Love’s Last Madness; Swami Ashutosh Baba; Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj; Ajahn Sumedho on the Sound of Silence; Edward Salim Michael, author of the book, “The Law of Attraction — Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance”; Gurdeep Singh, Scholar, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India, from Abstract of Presentation Papers in, “Spiritual Consciousness Studies, Spircon 2010”, Agra; Harmony Of All Religions by Swami SantSevi Ji Maharaj. And as always, many vegan messages are included promoting the vegan diet during each program.
“Love is too big for just one nation, and God is too big for just one religion.” (Michael Franti)
“Neither inherited beliefs nor those taken on hearsay can advance a seeker on the path of divine revelation.” (Note from the Darshan Singh poetry book, Love’s Last Madness)
“Just as a coded document shows the way to a Hidden Treasure, just so this bijak shows the way to realize the soul; It teaches such words to the soul but there is seldom anyone to understand them.” (Sakhi of Kabir)
“Death enshrouds the whole world, including all the superstitious wisemen. Kabir says, ‘Only those will be freed who find the Path of Love.’” (Songs of Kabir from the Adi Granth, by Nirmal Dass, SUNY Press)
Kabir says, “Recognize me and manifest the Guru in the form of the Sound Current behind the eyes [at the Third Eye Center]. Then you will have no doubts left. If you want to be free from anxiety, then catch the Sound Current. When ever you are in trouble, sit down for doing simran. When you reach the state of concentration, then you are surrounded by a protective aura automatically.” (Anurag Sagar)
It will be one of the greatest moments in science, and also one of the greatest moments in history. After decades of searching, a signal from extraterrestrials is received by a radio telescope on Earth. SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) analysts quickly check the transmission using other instruments, and prepare to announce the great discovery. The media descends on the story and soon millions of people around the world are reading the news. Then what?
Psychologist and SETI scholar Doug Vakoch has been exploring this question for years. He is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, as well as the only social scientist employed by a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) organization. Dr. Vakoch researches ways that different civilizations might create messages that could be transmitted across interstellar space, allowing communication between humans and extraterrestrials even without face-to-face contact. He is particularly interested in how we might compose messages that would begin to express what it’s like to be human.
True Masters Focus Us Within and Above — Soami Ji Maharaj:
“The Master has assumed a human form
to set you free, one way or another.
Serve him, follow him, devote yourself to him.
Don’t you realize who he is?
He is Guru Nanak, he is Kabir,
he is Satnam, the true Lord,
he is the spirit of all Saints, past and present.
Only through your own Master
will you accomplish the goal of life.”
"Radhasoami gave His Darshan [Vision] to the Jivas [Souls] in the
form of Sant Sat Guru, and turned their minds
and Surats upwards and inwards.”
”—Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Poetry,
quoted by Swami Ram Bihari Lal,
“The Way Out Is IN”,
Sarai Rohilla, Delhi,
“Baba Gharib Das (disciple of Soami Ji Maharaj) of the Radhasoami Satsang, Sarai Rohilla in Delhi, published some writings long ago. If anyone knows of any books of Baba Gharib Das, please share how to acquire these writings.”—
“Vegetarian Saying of Jesus: “Be on guard, so that your hearts do not become heavy with the eating of flesh and with the intoxication of wine and with the anxiety of the world, and that day come upon you suddenly; for as a snare it will come upon all who dwell upon the surface of the earth.””—(Luke 21:34, Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe — Old Syriac-Aramaic Manuscript of the New Testament Gospels)
8-Minute Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: Guru Purnima Message 2014 (@ the Internet Archive) —Happy Master’s Day! Devotees of Eastern spiritual paths pay homage to their Guru or Spiritual Teachers especially on this day.