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The Inverted Well, Mystic Verses (Bhajan) of Sant Tulsi Sahib
This poem describes the inner spiritual experience which comes after crossing the third eye center during meditation. It is reminiscent of a similar poem by Paltu, who also compares the inward journey through the third eye center to realms within to an inverted well.
Lakhi akas oundha kua
I beheld in the firmament an inverted well,
and was filled with the resplendence of the
In the resplendence of brilliant Light, I had a
glimpse within the flame;
All was suffused with brightness, and I had
a peep into myself.
The path leading to the shores of
Mansarovar* was revealed unto me.
In the Sukhmana* I went into a trance and
then crossed to the other side.
Whosoever hath thus experienced, O Tulsi,
hath got the pledge of union from the
I beheld in the firmament an inverted well,
and was filled with resplendence of Light
Saints show us the Path of Sound and Light,
They still the mind and raise it to the skies
The soul gets concentrated at the Door and
is in bliss;
Ascending the celestial skies she is in sight
of Gagan (Inner Mystic Sky of the Second Stage).
The fortunate soul sets out on its journey
along with the Divine Melody;
Listening to this Celestial Music day by day,
she becomes detached.
— Sant Tulsi Sahib (Book of Shabdavali)
“Mansarovar:” A lake of nectar in the third spiritual region, a baptism in which makes the soul absolutely pure.
“Sukhmana:” The central Current in the finer body, starting from the Eye Center and leading upward to the higher spiritual regions.
Why We Seek to See the Inner Light (in Sant Mat Meditation): Getting Off the Wheel of Reincarnation
“If anyone does not receive the Light while he is here, he will not be able to receive it in the other place either.” (Gnostic Gospel of Philip, Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt)
Gnostic Book of Pistis Sophia: “All the rulers (archons) of the height have tried to deceive me into believing that I am only a body of matter without Light in it. And after this the merciless powers surrounded me, and tried to take away all the Light that was in me. But You appeared to me out of the darkness and I trusted You, O Light, and said: ‘You are the one who liberated me. I thank You O Light for having compassion on me. And You have saved me, O Light, with your Gnosis [Mystical Knowledge].’”
Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj: “What is the place to be reached? When we close our eyes and see darkness, this is the realm of ignorance. When the Light dawns within you, then you understand that you reside in Noble Regions. In darkness resides ignorance and in Light resides Knowledge. For example, as we are sitting in visible light right now we are able to see one another. However, if the power goes out, ensuing total darkness, we will not be able to see others. We will not even be aware of other people, coming and going. In this analogy ‘light’ signifies knowledge and ‘darkness’ signifies ignorance.
“In the same manner when we see darkness with our eyes closed, we are in the realm of death and re-birth [we are unaware of our true nature]. When we come out of the realm of darkness and enter into the realm of Light, we will at the same time transcend the web of death. It is not possible that we can remain in darkness and be free from the net of birth and death. Having achieved inner Light we can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death.”
Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj: “The practitioner here experiences the joys of the Light realm. There are many regions within the Light realm, with each higher realm being exponentially larger than the previous. Also the bliss and joy of each successive realm increases greatly. In this realm of Light the practitioner sees and converses with his guru and receives further instruction for advancing. The student sees many wonders within each realm.”
Why We Repeat Sacred Names Mentally During Meditation Practice Instead of Out Loud: “Sants state upanshu (murmuring) japa has ten times qualitatively more focusing power than Vacaka (loud) japa. Svasa japa (breath recitation) 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. Therefore, efficiency of mantra is determined by the intensity of concentration.
“Manas Japa [Simran, Zikhr]: This involves repetition of the mantra internally and mentally. In this method neither the tongue nor lips move. The breath is not used, nor rosary or any other means of counting. Only through the mind is the mantra recited. This japa or repetition is the essence of other mantra techniques. It is a form of meditation.” (Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
"Meditation on Bindu [inner Light/inner Seeing] and Nada [inner Sound] occupies the highest pedestal in Sant Mat [the Path of the Masters], for this meditation is the only means to scale the dizziest of heights that a spiritual seeker can ever aspire for." (Swami Achyutanand)
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"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 (Inner Light Meditation), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (Surat Shabd Yoga — Inner Sound Meditation, 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." (Maharshi Mehi)
"The Light of one soul is equal to that of sixteen suns." (Book of Anurag Sagar, The Ocean of Love)
The Inner Voyage of Light and Sound
"Before the inner voyage of Light and Sound can begin, the meditator must become adept at withdrawing his/her attention from the world and concentrating one pointedly at the third eye center. Accordingly, when the neophyte has achieved even a modicum of success, having sensations of numbness just up to the solar plexus, flashes of light will begin to manifest. At first it appears that the light is coming and going, causing the phenomenon of bright sparks, but in actuality it is the mind which is ascending and descending (Charan Singh, 1958, 1967, 1973, 1979).
"The feeling of physical insensibility is one of the important "acid tests" to determine if the mediation process is proceeding correctly. Starting in the feet, numbness rises slowly through the lower extremities, until the entire body feels like stone. When such a voluntary paralysis occurs, the meditator gravitates more to the inner universe than to the outer one. According to the masters (Julian P. Johnson, 1974), it is the function of simran to instigate this type of benumbing impression, which releases the mind from its constructing hold on the material corpus.
"It is at this junction when the meditator senses an intense feeling of upward movement, as if being literally pulled by a magnetic force. This sucking effect is the direct result of one’s attention moving inward away from the outer orifices. Though it but a preliminary stage, the student experiences first-hand what it is like to have an out-of-body sensation. With practice, the meditator finally does achieve total out-of-body consciousness, traveling at immense speeds through regions of darkness, not dissimilar in content to reports of clinically dead patients who have been resuscitated (Raymond Moody, 1975, Kenneth Ring, 1980, Darshan Singh, 1982). After complete withdrawal from the physical body, the neophyte’s capacity for inner sight (nirat) and sound (surat) increases tremendously, enabling him/her to see and hear clearly what was only thought before to be a figment of religious imagination. Accompanying this ability is also the realization of a super-conscious state of awareness, remarkably more vivid and lucid than the ordinary waking state (Sawan Singh, 1974)."
— from “The Journey” chapter of the book, “Enchanted Land — A Journey with the Saints of India”, MSAC Philosophy Group: http://www.Scribd.com/doc/151013915/Enchanted-Land
Soul Travel via Meditation: “The soul leaves the body and reaches the reservoir of Light. It merges into this Light, as water merges into water.” (Sant Dadu Dayal of Rajasthan)
Glimpses of Heaven Now via Meditation (“Dying While Living”), Mystic Verses by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras
"In this life the concept of salvation all
To meet the Lord by dying while living,
They all speak of the goal of salvation after
How to attain it while living, no one says.
Were they to reveal the Method of attaining
release while living,
Then alone would Tulsi be convinced of
All their accounts are mere hollow conjectures;
They dole out falsehood, not by seeing….
One who has seen, his evidence I accept as
He who speaks without seeing, speaks but
Whoever speaks, after seeing with their own eyes,
And teach the Method of salvation during
Are of the stage and stature of Saints,
For they reveal the quintessence of the soul.”
Seven Teachings of Sant Mat, and, The Meaning of the Term “Sant Mat”
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 [Anami, Radhaswami, Anadi Purush, Ram].” (Swami Santsevi 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 (Master, 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”) Guru Kabir says: “For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?”.
The Meaning of the Term “Sant Mat”
In India it’s common knowledge that the term “Sant Mat” was coined or adapted by Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras during the 19th Century. “Sant Mat” was adopted and popularized by Tulsi Sahib as a new name for this spiritual path or genre of mysticism, but the Nirguna Bhakti Sant Tradition of India (devotees of the Formless Supreme Being, the Ocean of Love), with its many guru-lineages or branches, is a spiritual movement that dates back many centuries to ancient India. Tulsi Sahib was of the opinion that the Sant movement goes back to the time of Krishna thousands of years ago, that Krishna knew of Sants or Rishis during his day, the age of the Bhagavad Gita.
"While the title of Sant Mat (translated as ‘Teachings of the Sants’) was not coined until the late 19th century by Tulsi Sahib, the philosophical mindset was indeed prevalent for many centuries." (Andrea Grace Diem, Ph.D., "Lions in the Punjab: An Introduction to the Sikh Religion", from Chapter One, The Sikh-Sant Connection)
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"The tenth gate is the gathering point of consciousness. Therein lies the path for our return. The tenth gate is also known as the sixth chakra, the third eye, bindu, the center located between the two eyebrows. This is the gateway through which we leave the gates of the sense organs and enter in the divine realms and finally become established in the soul. We travel back from the Realm of Darkness to the Realm of Light, from the Light to the Divine Sound, and from the Realm of Sound to the Soundless State. This is called turning back to the Source." (Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj)
Moved by the pangs of separation from the Beloved, peep through the latticed screen. You are unnecessarily idling away your time amidst the mind and the senses which are the aliens.
The perfect Sat Guru gives you the secrets of your true home. Stop wandering. You have got an opportunity to escape, this time. You will not have it again.
Now press the Til (sesamum seed), extract oil and kindle the flame within you.
[If you penetrate third Til [Third Eye], you will be a recipient of the current of ambrosia and will be able to get Darshan (Vision) of Jyoti (flame, inner Light).]
Radhasoami says that this is the first stage in the process of ascension to higher regions.
— Swami Ji Maharaj (Shiv Dayal Singh), Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One
The Goal of Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation: Our Path Back to the Source — The Inward Journey Back to God
"Sant Mat (the path and teachings as taught and practiced by Saints [Sant Satgurus]) delineates the path of union of soul with God. The teachings of the saints explain the re-uniting as follows:
"The individual soul has descended from the higher worlds [the Realm of the Divine] to this city of illusion, bodily existence. It has descended from the Soundless State to the essence of Sound, from that Sound to Light, and finally from the realm of Light to the realm of Darkness. The qualities (dharmas, natural tendencies) of the sense organs draw us downward and away from our true nature.
"The nature of the soul (atman) draws us upwards and inwards and establishes us in our own true nature. Returning to our origins involves turning inward: withdrawal of consciousness from the senses and the sense objects in order to go upward from the darkness to the realms of Light and Sound. [We experience this phenomenon of withdrawal as we pass from waking consciousness to deep sleep.] Another way to express this is to go inward from the external sense organs to the depth of the inner self. (Both of these expressions are the metaphors that signify the same movement). The natural tendencies of the soul (atman) are to move from outward to inward. The current of consciousness which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and the senses, must be collected at the tenth gate.
"The tenth gate is the gathering point of consciousness. Therein lies the path for our return. The tenth gate is also known as the sixth chakra, the third eye, bindu, the center located between the two eyebrows. This is the gateway through which we leave the gates of the sense organs and enter in the divine realms and finally become established in the soul. We travel back from the Realm of Darkness to the Realm of Light, from the Light to the Divine Sound, and from the Realm of Sound to the Soundless State. This is called turning back to the Source.
"This is what dharma or religion really intends to teach us. This is the essence of dharma." — Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj, “Harmony Of All Religions”: http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/santmat
Those Practitioners Who Assiduously Practice Meditation Will Behold Wonderful Visions Within
Maharshi Mehi Paramhans Ji Paramhans has said, “Sit on a pure ‘Asana’ (small piece of mat, carpet, cloth or woolen sheet, etc.) with your back, neck and head held in a straight (vertical) line. Then keeping your mouth and eyes closed, internally chant the name of the deity you worship (or master) [simran], and internally visualize the form of your (Guru or) desired deity [dhyan]. By doing so regularly, with loving devotion and perseverance, the mind gradually gets purified.”
That is, the practitioner should sit in a comfortable posture holding his body, neck and head motionless in a straight line, close his mouth and eyes, and first practice manas japa (mentally reciting or chanting — without using or moving the lips or the tongue — the sacred mantra, given by the Guru, repeatedly with the fullest attention and alertness). This should be followed by manas dhyan (fixedly gazing at the imagined form of the Guru within us, keeping our eyes closed). Practicing thus regularly and with sincere love, the mind gets purified. The mind is, by its very nature, fickle and prone to frequently straying from manas japa and manas dhyan. If that happens while meditating, it should be immediately brought back to focus on its due target. Thus perseveringly practicing pratyahara (the process of applying the mind back, again and again, every time it drifts away, to the selected target), the mind slowly gains in strength and is able to hold or stick to its goal. With the mind getting focused thus, the inner Current, the current of Light, is subsequently easy to grasp, facilitating the journey ahead. This is why, Gurudev (Maharshi Mehi Paramhans Ji Maharaj) has said:
"The mind (while trying to focus it on a fixed target) often strays to numerous other thoughts. In all such cases when the mind wanders away from the target (as soon as its flight to objects or subjects other than the target is realized), immediately … Bring it back, again and again, and focus it on your target. Thus practicing the ‘pratyahara’ (the process or practice of repeatedly bringing the mind back to focus on its target every time it strays), acquire the state of ‘dharana’ (the state of mind staying focused on the target for a short duration)."
Move ahead and ascend yourself, counsels Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, holding on to the Current in the Inner Sky, then move further ahead.” We will have to merge into the Current of Light that is always there, within our own body. Those practitioners who assiduously practice meditation will behold wonderful spectacles within their own house (body).
— Swami Achyutanand Baba, “Yoga of Inner Light and Sound” — Online Book: http://www.Scribd.com/doc/96228547/Yoga-of-Inner-Light-and-Sound
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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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