Introduction To Sant Mat, The Path Of The Masters

By James Bean

Below are the Five Precepts of Sant Mat (Moral Requirements for Initiation), On Initiation and an Introduction to the Path, Introductory Meditation Instructions for Spiritual Seekers Not Yet Initiated into Sant Mat Meditation, a List of Worldwide Sant Mat Yahoo Groups, and a Chart of the Inner Planes.     Inner Light and Sound Meditation, also known as Surat Shabd Yoga, is the spiritual or meditation practice of an ancient Eastern Philosophy known as: Sant Mat, Radhasoami, the Path of Guru Kabir, Path of the Masters, The Mystics of the East — the Sant Tradition of India, a living School of Spirituality. Sant Mat is a path of mysticism (Inner Light and Sound) as well as Bhakti and Prem (Love and Devotion) for the Beloved.

Key Words include: Santmat, Sant Mat, Kabir, Radha Soami, Radhasoami, Satsang, Spiritual Science or Science of the Soul, Gnosis, Gnostic, Gnosticism, Nada Yoga, Hinduism, Mystics, Mysticism, Mystic Poetry, God, and Bhakti, also Vegan, Vegetarian.  

Sant Mat is a God-Centered Path of Bhakti and Prem — Love and Devotion for the Beloved (God), also called: The Formless God (Nirguna), The Nameless One (Anami Purush), The Soundless State (Anadi), The Lord of the Soul (RadhaSoami), The Ocean of Love (Anurag Sagar), Oneness and All-Consciousness (Kaivalya).    

On the Path of Love (Bhakti Marg)

Guru Kabir says: How could the love between Thee and me sever?

As the leaf of the lotus abides on the water: so thou art my Lord, and I am Thy servant.

As the night-bird Chakor gazes all night at the moon: so Thou art my Lord and I am Thy servant.

From the beginning until the ending of time, there is love between Thee and me; and how shall such love be extinguished?

Kabir says: "As the river enters into the Ocean, so my heart touches Thee." (Songs of Kabir, Rabindranath Tagore)

Introductory or Interim Meditation Instructions — A Convenient Method For Those Not Formally Initiated Yet Into Surat Shabd Yoga Mediation: Inner Light and Sound

"Meditation is the process of withdrawing the attention from the world outside, and focusing it at the seat of the soul in the body, behind and between the eyebrows. This point is known as the inner eye, third eye, the single eye, shiv netra, tisra til, or the divya chakshu. In order to withdraw our attention and focus it on this Point, mind must be controlled and stilled.

"Sit in one pose, and move not your head, limbs or eyes. Sit straight but relaxed with no tension in the body below. Sit still, please. To be still does not mean moving!"

"Close your eyes as in sleep, and look sweetly, lovingly, intently into the middle of the darkness lying in front of you. You will see a dark veil. That which sees the dark veil within, without the help of your physical eyes, is the inner eye. Do not put any strain on your physical eyes, nor turn them upwards, for that will result in headache or heat. Pay no attention to the breathing process… let it go on naturally.

"There are two currents working in the body; one of motor-currents or prana or the vital-airs, and the other of surat, or attention, which gives us the sense of feeling. The Saints do not touch the prana currents which govern breathing, circulation of blood, growing of hair and nails. The pranic system of breath-control is the way of yogis and not that of the Saints. The Saints’ way is to concentrate surat or attention at the Single or third eye while mentally repeating the mantra of five charged names which act as an "open sesame" to the higher planes.

"Those who are initiated, repeat the Five Charged Words, one by one, very slowly, mentally, internally, at intervals, so that your inner eye is not disturbed. Those who have not been initiated, just sit in sweet remembrance of God ….. repeating with the tongue of thought any name of God or Saint which you hold dear."
[For example:
HU {pronounced "HOOOOO"},
AUM {pronounced "OOOMMM"},
Radhaswami {Ra-da-Swa-MMMEEEEEE},
or some other sacred name]

"As you look within, you will see a sky, or blue sky: If you look minutely into it, you will find it studded with stars, or you may see pinpoints of Light. If so, try to locate the big star out of them, and fix your whole attention on that. Then you may see the inner sun or moon. If so, focus all your attention into the middle; it will break into pieces, and you will cross it. Beyond you will see the radiant form of the Master or his Master… "

"…Become the eye itself. Go on looking constantly without a break…..Any effort on your part stands in the way; let yours be an effortless effort, and you will find that your soul will be withdrawn from the body….."  (Kirpal Singh)

"Those who enshrine the Beloved in their hearts have both worlds at their command. Lovers remain completely intoxicated in the ecstasy of their love for the Beloved. They offer their souls to the Beloved while still living, and thus immortalize themselves in this life and in the hereafter." (Hazrat Sultan Bahu, Sufi Master)

"How can one sit so still, repeat only holy names and think of God constantly? ‘By falling in love,’ Mataji answered serenely. ‘Because when one is truly in love nothing but the Beloved can enter one’s mind. So the secret of Surat Shabd Yoga and of mysticism,’ she goaded, ‘is not necessarily practice and more practice, but love. To be so devoted to one’s Lord that nothing can stand in the way — this and nothing else is the truth of Sant Mat’". (Yogani Mata Ji, Sant Mat Master, quoted in the book, Enchanted Land, MSAC Philosophy group)

The living Master said to his students: "I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, and what has never occurred to the human mind." (Jesus – Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas, Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt, one of the Gnostic Gospels or lost books of the bible, a contemplative gospel for mystics)

Initiation into Inner Light & Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga), The Yoga of the Audible Life Stream

In the Sant tradition the complete methods of meditation practice are communicated at the time of Initiation (Diksha) by a living Master (Sant Satguru) or a representative of a Master. A living Teacher, being fully acquainted with the ‘landscape’ of Inner Space, is able to impart to initiate-candidates valuable guidance on how to safely make the journey of ascension to the Inner Regions during meditation practice within. This kind of spiritual transmission and the details of Surat Shabd Yoga practice are not found in books, old scriptures of the past, and are not for sale, but are given freely to seekers by a living Teacher.

The Mystic Journey of the Soul Back to Oneness

"The individual Soul has descended from the higher worlds [realms 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 (natural tendencies) of the sense organs draw us upward (by withdrawing consciousness) from the darkness to the realms of Light and Sound. In other words, to go inward from the external sense organs to the depth of the inner Self. 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 nine senses must be collected at the tenth gate (the sixth chakra, the Third Eye Bindu, Center between the eyebrows). Therein lies the path for our return. This is the act of leaving the gates of the sense organs and becoming established in the soul. …. 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 [the Ocean of Love and All-consciousness]. This is turning back. This is what dharma or religion really intends to teach us and it is the essence of dharma. (Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)

Masters say: "An intense longing to meet the Lord during one’s lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. ‘Seek, and ye shall find’, is the principle."

At the time of Initiation one vows to practice meditation each day. The spiritual path is a life-long commitment.

. Moral requirements for Initiation

1. Abstinence from alcohol and drugs;

2. Non-Violence (Ahimsa in thought, word, and deed) including vegetarianism (abstinence from meat, fish, and eggs);

3. Lead a truthful life;

4. Practice non-stealing — an honest, ethical source of income;

5. Loyalty to ones spouse [or life partner];

. Another Version of This is: The Five Precepts

1) Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings. [This precept requires strict adherence to a lacto-vegetarian diet: no meat, fish, poultry or eggs (fertilized or non-fertilized).]

2) Refrain from speaking what is not true.

3) Refrain from taking what is not yours.

4) Refrain from sexual misconduct.

5) Refrain from using intoxicants.