Spiritual Awakening Program Info For Tuesday, June 11th: KABIR: One of India’s Greatest Poets and Spiritual Masters, Part One (Program #363) — Today at 3 PM Eastern (2 PM Central, 1 PM Mountain, NOON Pacific Time — 8 PM in the UK — 12:30 AM in India).
Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: Dadu the Compassionate Mystic, Part 1: An Introduction — Some Background on Sant Dadu Dayal, His Teachings and Mystic Poetry.
Dadu is one of my all-time favorite classic Sants of India. He was a great poet-mystic and spiritual Master of Divine Light, Sound, and Nirguna Bhakti (devotion to the Formless God) from Rajasthan in the tradition of Kabir. Anyone who studies his teachings will encounter a very genuine, pure version of Sant Mat with the perfect balance of God and guru bhakti, love and mysticism.
One does not have to be “bookish” to follow this Path of the Masters, but it is a great blessing to be informed by the classic Sants of India and their spiritual classics. Kabir, Nanak, Ravidas, Namdev, Dariya Sahib of Bihar, Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, Sant Radhasoami Sahib, Maharshi Mehi, and Sant Dadu Dayal are all major figures in this Way of the Lover and the Beloved. They are the founders of the living Guru-lineages that have made initiation into Inner Light and Sound Meditation possible for countless souls during this Kali Yuga, this vast epoch of time. All have composed from-the-heart mystic poetry that help one to better understand the teachings of the Masters from a more holistic, traditional Indian perspective. If you enjoy Rumi, make room for these great souls who, like Rumi, have also helped to uplift the destiny of humanity.
Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: Dadu the Compassionate Mystic, Part 2:Teachings of Dadu; On the Origin of the Maha-Mantra “Satya Raam”, and the Bhakti (love) Mystic Poetry of Sant Dadu.
Sant Dadu Dayal proclaimed the unity of Divine Life — Self — Existent and Eternal — the One Existence from which all existences are drawn, in which all things live and unto which all existences return. We are apt to look upon all physical objects as having an independent reality of their own. But our conception of physical forms as self-existent objects without the realization of the One Source of all life is due to a lack of true knowledge.
“Repeat within thyself the Name of the Imperceptible One in such a way that God echoes forth from every pore of thy being. Dissolve thyself completely, as salt in water; that is called the true repetition of the Name.” (Dadu)
PODCAST, Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean: My guest is Brian D. Lepard, author of, HOPE For A Global Ethic (Bahai Publishing — BahaiBookstore.com) — Brian D. Lepard is Law Alumni Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he teaches international human rights law, and other classes. He is a member of the Baha’i Faith and worked for three years as a human rights specialist at the United Nations — Program Length: 60 Minutes.
The mystical utterances of Rumi and other great Sufi Masters speak directly to the heart. They encourage us to see the hidden Light, to discover Divine Secrets, to perceive the Way that lovers can find their Beloved. The Sufis, through their poems and ecstatic revelations are attempting to share their Secrets with the world, or at least with those discerning souls who find their words to be, not only nice poetry, but also something much more – soul-expressions coming from lovers caught up in the divine bliss of a higher reality. (from my article on Rumi and the Sufis, http://SantMat.Tumblr.com )
The great Sufi mystic Rumi once said, “If you are seeking, seek us with joy, for we live in the kingdom of joy. Do not give your heart to anything else but to the love of those who are clear joy, do not stray into the neighborhood of despair. For there are hopes: they are real, they exist - do not go in the direction of darkness - I tell you: SUNS EXIST!!!”
The mystical utterances of Rumi and other great Sufi Masters speak directly to the heart. They encourage us to see the hidden Light, to discover Divine Secrets, to perceive the Way that lovers can find their Beloved. The Sufis, through their poems and ecstatic revelations are attempting to share their Secrets with the world, or at least with those discerning souls who find their words to be not only nice poetry, but something much more — soul-expressions coming from lovers caught up in the divine bliss of a higher reality.
These Solstice-related holidays have the theme of the return of Light or miracles associated with the Renewal or Incarnation of the Light in the physical plane. Happy Holidays of Light and May the New Year Bring Much Wisdom.
In the December 2012 issue of HealthyLife.Net ‘s Listener Newsletter I am host of the month.
“Each month we focus on one of our great hosts and this month we are talking to James Bean, an independent spiritual scholar with years of radio experience.”
HL- What is a spiritual awakening?
The soul reaches a stage when it no longer remains satisfied by material or mundane things alone. It begins to go on a quest seeking something greater that makes life sacred.
HL- How did you come to walk this profound path?
I began to take time to ponder the big questions of life and death. Thought, logic, a willingness to contemplate became central for me. Also books, including sacred texts, expanded my world greatly. And since this is also about radio, I can say that listening to unusual or alternative radio broadcasts, including short wave radio broadcasts coming from far away places, has contributed to my spiritual journeys over the years.
HL- What are three things someone can do to have more inner peace?
To search or research what type of meditation practice would be most appropriate for them. Then adopt that practice, meditating each and every day. With some regular practice, inner peace will find them — the peace from within.
HL- What are some things that someone can do to create peace in the world?
Become a vegetarian or vegan, as this is the diet of non-violence! Another thing would be to study ahimsa ethics, golden rule type teachings one will encounter in most any of schools of spirituality. I find Jainism has much wisdom to offer about developing peaceful ways of thinking, speaking, and acting in the world. Spending a few minutes each day being self-introspective, reflecting on one’s own experiences is also an essential tool. One could also keep a journal or diary, but just sitting and reflecting in the silence is the main thing, providing opportunities for gaining new insight and guidance.
HL- What’s on your favorite vegan meal dinner plate?
Vegan versions of Indian foods are always divine! An Indian restaurant that’s vegan is the ultimate for me — nirvana.
HL- If you could invite anyone to your vegan dinner, who might that be?
The Sufi poet-mystic Rumi would be fun or enlightening to talk to if that were possible. I hear he was also vegetarian.
HL- What is one important thing you want listeners to get from your radio show?
I always hope people’s horizons or universes are expanded as a result of tuning into Spiritual Awakening Radio. In the genre of spirituality generally, only certain books or authors seem to always dominate the bookshelves, and get all the attention. My goal is always to introduce people to many other sources of inspiration. I used to be in rock radio and would always be bored with the typical music stations and their predictable playlists playing “Stairway to Heaven” over and over, yet neglecting all the fantastic deep album cuts from Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin, for instance. With spirituality as well, I am definitely not confined to a tediously repetitive narrow “top 40” playlist. From my blog: ‘I know a thousand “Rumi’s” the world needs to hear, to be soothed by the Voice of the Soul that speaks through them all. Countless are lovers of the Beloved.’
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, 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 principals 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