The Sound Current Transports Souls Back To The Source

This is from the new Sikh Website: http://www.BhagatSinghThind.com

Nãm-the Holy Name is Shabda (the Word sound). Before creation, Shabda was hidden. It was Nameless. Before the Shabda, there was neither sun nor moon, nor akasha, nor fire. It was formless. "In the beginning there was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God." In it a desire arose and then currents issued forth on after the other, and by their interplay creation began.

The sound-current is the most stupendous and vital fact in all the realms of nature, and to emphasize its utter importance for salvation of the soul Saviours have come to our Humanity and laid strongest stress on this Great Truth. Every force moving from a static to a dynamic expression must vibrate from the potential to the actual, and vibration is the sound of the current running between, to, and from the universal to the individual.

The great Power of Shabda-sound current-is that like a magnet it pulls the soul upward, and without the soul’s being lifted up by its saving grace, salvation is not possible. Shabda is the spirit-sound-current, it is substance-quality-vibration, it is life-current which has originally emanated from the Supreme Being and is the only means of taking and raising the Spirit to the Source from which it emanated. Shabda is the bridge that carries the devotee across the chasm of birth and death to the bosom of the Eternal. It is like a ship carrying souls across the oceans of birth and death to the Port of Paradise in the land of Immortality.

Thoughts Become Things – The Power Of Thought

The following story illustrates the power of thought, how our thoughts are like radio waves, going out and effecting people in ways we can’t even imagine. This is why genuine Masters teach the principals of Ahimsa, Peace and the Golden Rule: nonviolence in thought and word, as well as deed.

This story is found in the book, "Tales of the Mystic East," RS Books.

Naam Bhakti,

James

Love Begets Love

When Akbar was once taking a walk, accompanied by Birbal, one of his ministers, they saw a peasant coming from a distance. King Akbar told Birbal that he would like to shoot this man and asked Birbal:

"When we meet the peasant, please find out what is passing through his mind."

When the peasant came near, Birbal, pointing to King Akbar, asked the peasant what he thought about him, saying:

"Please do not hesitate nor cheat, but speak out your mind truthfully."

"I would like to pull out every single hair in his beard," the peasant told him, with some venom.

When Birbal repeated this to the King, he sighed, and said:

"Ah, Birbal, it is as the holy men who visit my court have so often told us. It is love alone that leads us to find a Saint and by him be taken to the mansion of the Lord. Hatred brings only hatred in return, and binds us still tighter to this world."

"Love is the key to the secrets of God." (Rumi)

"This is my commandment, that you love one another." (Christ)

"The Truth do I utter, let all hear:
Who loveth, he alone findeth the Lord." (Guru Gobind Singh)

Up-Coming Spirtual Awakening Radio Guests-Topics, October

September 28th — This Friday (repeated on Sunday), online via HealthyLife.Net a Radio Satsang based on verses from the mystic-poetry of Sant Namdev. I follow a traditional satsang format of quoting verses and then commenting on them, followed by more verses, etc…. Playing in the background are Indian classical ragas with Bansuri flute and tablas.

Oct 5th and Oct 12th, Energizing Body, Mind & Soul —
Readings & Audio Clips from Sree Sree Mentu Maharaj,
and a phone interview with Rosemary Cornford;

October 21st, Chandi Devi of http://KarmaCaffe.com on social networking, spiritual singles, and tantra;

October 28th, Jan Mitchelle-Fyfe, author of the book,
Healing from the Heart.

Spiritual Awakening Radio is heard Fridays at 1 PM Eastern Time, which is Noon Central, 11 AM Mountain, and 10 AM Pacific Time (which is 6 PM in the UK).

There are also encore repeat broadcasts, twelve hours later, on Friday nights, and on……………

Sundays at Noon Eastern, which is 11 AM Central, 10 AM Mountain, and 9 AM Pacific Time (and is 5 PM in the UK).

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At the times listed above go to the website and click the "Listen Live" button for the audio stream.

Namaste’,

James
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Self Introspection To See Ourselves Clearly

"After warning his disciples to guard against opening any new account of bad deeds, the Master grants a general clemency in respect of bad deeds, part of which the disciple has already settled in this life up to the time of Initiation. He is enjoined to lead a clean life and to weed out all imperfections in him by self-introspection from day to day." (Kirpal Singh, Man! Know Thyself )

"Devotees are blessed souls as they always try to have self introspection to understand their interests and intentions perfectly and to see themselves clearly. Some devotees utilise religion, faith, their Master or God for their selfish interests, name, fame, profit or comfort. But there are some devotees who have dedicated themselves for the interest and establishment of their Ideal and to convey love, wisdom and the truth of the Holy Spirit to the lives of others to awaken them, as they have been awakened."

— Sree Sree Mentu Maharaj,
   The Truth Absolute

New: Rumi – Bridge To The Soul – To Commemorate Rumi’S 800th Birthday

Translated by Coleman Barks

Newly Translated Poems to Commemorate Rumi’s 800th Birthday

Published by Harper One

A Light Within His Light

I circled awhile with each of the intelligences,
the nine fathers that control the levels of spirit growth.

I revolved for years with the stars
through each astrological sign.

l disappeared into the kingdom of nearness.
I saw what I have seen, receiving nourishment
as a child lives in the womb.

Personalities are born once.
A mystic many times.

Wearing the body-robe, I have been busy
in the market, weighing and arguing prices.

Sometimes I have torn the robe off
with my own hands and thrown it away.

I have spent long nights in monasteries,
and I have slept with those who claim
to believe nothing on the porches of pagodas,
just traveling through.

When someone feels jealous,
I am inside the hurt and the need to possess.

When anyone is sick,
I feel feverish and dizzy.

I am cloud and rain being released,
then the meadow as it soaks in.

I wash the grains of mortality
from the cloth around a dervish.

I am the rose of eternity,
not made of water or fire,
not of the wandering wind
or even earth. I play with those.

I am not Shams of Tabriz,
but a light within his light.

If you see me, be careful.
Tell no one what you have seen.

The Mystic-Journey According To J.L. Chaudhari And Mata Ji

"This mysterious path is described in the holy books,
but it cannot be found simply by the study of sacred texts.
It is found by the grace and guidance of an accomplished teacher."
Sant Mat Fellowship

The guru-lineage of Yogani Mata Ji: Swami Ji Maharaj (Sant Radhaswami Sahab) of Agra to Huzur Maharaj (Rai Saligram) to Shiv Brat Lal to Baba Faqir Chand to Yogani Mata Ji

The Path of Inner Light & Sound According to J.L. Chaudhari

An email I received a few years back from J.L. Chaudhari, an assistant and spiritual successor of Yogani MataJi, sums up the Path of the Masters (Santmat mysticism) quite well:

"The real message of man’s life is "Be Man". The question is how to follow this principle and what should we do to adopt this principle and formula for finding a way to God which is nothing but salvation.

"The only way is to surrender oneself in the Lotus feet of Spiritual Master. After this surrender the disciple and Master become one because a true surrender makes a man free from the bondage of senses, dilution, affection, etc, etc. So far we are under the control of worldly desires the surrender is not possible. So the first step is to be free from worldly desires. But that does not mean that the needs for worldly living should not be fulfilled. In fact needs should be fulfilled and not the desires. If we have taken birth as a human being some food (energy) is necessary for the body to work, but it is not necessary that we always aspire for multi cause meals, it is necessary to put on some cloths to cover the body but not necessary that silk linen is put on, it is necessary that there is a small shelter for living but not necessary that a marble fitted house is with us.

"As a human being we have to survive in this world without caring for ourselves much, without looking to the ills of others rather looking towards ills of ourselves purifying ourselves first and then do something for the purification of others. This is the living of a "lotus" in a pond and that is why the Goddess Saraswati the Goddess for knowledge, wisdom and intellect sits on the Lotus. The Lotus flower blossoms in muddy pond, but any one looking at the flower exclaims wow! How beautiful the flower is? The whole world is a muddy pond and we have to survive in the midst of mud like a lotus flower which does not care for mud but it blossoms for the pleasure and happiness of others. Every morning with sunrise the lotus blossoms. This is what we should also follow. The divine power and light emanated by the Spiritual Master makes us to blossom like the lotus flower provided we have full trust and faith in our spiritual master.

"Sant Mat does not look at the race, the cast, the sect or any other identification for a person rather it looks into the true sense of service, sacrifice surrender, devotion, determination, trust, belief of person towards the Master and those who have these characteristics they may be belonging to any cast, race, country, direction or of any identification can join this Yoga, but for that a true spiritual Master is a must. I don’t know whether you have adopted some spiritual Master or your are under the shelter of someone as a spiritual Master. If so, please do surrender yourself to him or her for all what you desire to attain and achieve. The spiritual Master is not the body rather it is the Divine Light the Divine Sound and your own wisdom your own conscious and your own perception which is selfless and without any expectation from any one on this earth."

Yours in Him,

— J.L. Chaudhari

THE MOTHER ——– Yogini Mataji

[from the book, Enchanted Land, published by the MSAC Philosophy Group]

Since Baba Faqir Chand’s death in September of 1981 a number of his disciples serve as gurus. Outstanding among these is a middle-aged woman respectfully called Yogini Mataji who currently lives in a small room on the third floor of the Manavta Mandir ashram in Hoshiarpur.

On my second trip to India in the winter of 1981-82 I was not informed beforehand that Mataji was living within the temple compound. So it was a pleasant surprise when I arrived at Manavta Mandir to learn from Dr. J. L. Jaura, the present administrator of the ashram, that one of Faqir Chand’s most advanced disciples was living only a few yards away across the courtyard. I could tell by Jaura’s expression that he regarded her as a remarkable woman. Knowing that saints seldom talk about themselves, I asked Jaura to tell me her life story.

I learned that Mataji had shown saintly qualities even as a young child. Although she was married at an early age, as is the custom in India, she did not consummate the relationship because of her singular devotion to God. Nevertheless, as befits a genuinely good person, Mataji personally chose another wife for her husband, who desired to raise a family. When the second wife died several years later, Mataji, not forgetting her responsibility, sought out another wife for her husband.

During all this time Mataji applied herself to intense devotion to God. Her spiritual quest came to fruition when she visited Baba Faqir Chand, the renowned shabd yoga master. At their first meeting Baba Faqir Chand declared that the young woman was already a saint. And on that very day Faqir also appointed her a guru for a number of his women disciples. She has since then been affectionately addressed as Mataji ("Mother dear").

On the night of my arrival at Manavta Mandir, Dr. Jaura invited me to visit Mataji. I readily agreed to the Doctor’s kind invitation and was startled when I first saw Mataji as she opened the door to her cloister. I had met her before! Her face also bore an expression of surprised recognition. We had met three years earlier in the home of our mutual friend Swami Yogeshwar, an elderly Christian monk. At that time I had not been informed of Mataji’s exalted status but I clearly remembered her exuberant smile and loving eyes. Mataji immediately gave me a strong hug, welcoming me as if I were one of her children.

Mataji exuded a sense of joy and happiness. We talked for more than three hours about a variety of subjects, but I was most intrigued with Mataji’s experiences on the inner spiritual planes. I asked her what it was like to leave the body. Mataji responded with a beautiful description of how consciousness can be released from the mortal frame by attaching itself to the stream of celestial music radiating from the top of the head and beyond. To do this, she said, one first must be initiated by a genuine mystic who has gained access to the higher realms. The practice itself, although it may take years to master, sounds relatively simple. The body should be kept perfectly still with one particular posture held for at least three hours. One may choose a cross-legged position (like the yogis in the lotus pose) or a more comfortable, relaxed position in a chair. Keeping the back erect and the mind alert, one continuously repeats God’s name as given by his/her guru. This simran, as Mataji termed it, should be done with one’s attention centered behind closed eyes.

Coupled with this physical stillness and ceaseless repetition of God’s name, the next step is to contemplate the light within. At first, Mataji pointed out, there will be only darkness but eventually light will appear in the form of either small flashes or small star-like points. In any case, one should focus on the radiance, keeping one’s simran intact and allowing the light to draw the soul inward. The third and most important step, Mataji said, is to listen to the sound that issues forth from the light. It is this internal music which will numb the body and allow the consciousness to leave its ordinary dwelling. By riding this current of light and sound, like a fish going upstream, the soul will be able to go back to its original home. On the journey within, however, the soul must be guided by a true master so as not to be detained in any of the lower illusory regions. According to Mataji, what near-death patients experience is only the beginning of a vast sojourn into great universes of light, love and beauty.

Personally I was overcome with the profundity of Mataji’s account. Although it seemed plausible, especially given the findings of near-death patients who have been resuscitated, the soul’s journey in the beginning stages appeared too difficult. 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," Mataji stressed.

It was hard for me to leave Mataji that night after such a peaceful and delightful visit. I did, however, see the "dear mother" one more time before my departure. Early in the morning I was ushered into her room to pay my respects and also to thank her for the previous night’s delightful conversation. However, I was a bit surprised when I saw Mataji. She was smoking a small Indian cigarette. Now I must confess that I didn’t imagine that yogis, especially female yogis, smoked tobacco. But here was Mataji doing exactly that and puffing away nonchalantly, completely oblivious to my childlike notions of how gurus should behave. But, after a few moments I realized how stupid I was in being surprised by the simple act of Mataji’s smoking. In the West we sometimes wrongly assume that masters and sages are non-human, as if they didn’t get hungry, didn’t get sleepy, or didn’t urinate. This is not the case, of course, and every mystic I have met is thoroughly human. Each have their own peculiar tastes and dislikes. Each are very normal in their own way. What makes these individuals distinctive is their steadfast devotion to discover the truth within themselves. Instead of searching outside for peace, these mystics focus the majority of their energy to seek the truth within. Spend any time with such enlightened sages and you will automatically feel the pull to do the same.

I think this is perhaps what impressed me the most about Mataji. She put on absolutely no "airs" about her attainment. She was down to earth, personable, affectionate, and not self-conscious (in the bad sense of that term) in the least. She was simply delightful and I found myself won over by her graceful, natural charm. It was also at that moment when I realized the extent of Mataji’s enlightenment. As I bowed my head to say good-bye to the "smoking" mother, Mataji said, with a smile, "You are my maharaj, my guru." At first I was a bit thrown off. I reflected to myself, "What could she possibly mean by that statement. I don’t even know how to get train directions from Delhi to Hoshiarpur, much less know the inner secrets of the universe." Then it struck me and I understood her meaning. Instead of seeing God in only one form, Mataji sees God in every form, even in someone as completely ignorant as myself.

To Mataji, the beautiful saint of Manavta Mandir, there isn’t just one God and many sinful creatures, or a God of Light and a World of Darkness; rather there is only one God manifesting throughout a myriad of forms.

Simran — Repeating God’s Name

Simran leads to happiness,
Through simran pain departs;
Says Kabir, do simran
And you will merge in the Lord. (Kabir)

Repeat the Name of your Beloved, day and night,
again and again. With care in thought, word and deed,
you will cross to the other shore. (Sant Dadu Sahib)

In the classic bhajans and banis of the classic Sants of India appear numerous names of God. One can read verses exhorting devotees to repeat many names of the Formless One:

"Repeat the Name of Raam".
"Repeat the Name of Radhaswami".
"Repeat the Name of Hari".
"Repeat the Name of Govinda".
"Repeat the Name of Vitthala".
"Repeat the Name of Allah".
"Repeat the Name of HOO (HU)".

Chanting the Name Radhasoami (RadhaSwami: "Ra-Dha-Swammmmm-e")

You have to walk with Me, with My spirit, with My radiation. Receive My radiation first, then you can enjoy every radiation with right understanding and without being submerged and drowned in the current of attraction and repulsion they call Maya [illusion].

Always carry My reflection. My aura or reflection is the sum total energy and My spirit of the universe. I am all strength and courage. I am all love and mercy. I am the potential of all talents. I am the source of all riches. I am the light of all wisdom. I am that truth of all truths.

All exist in Me as they are part of Me and I exist in all of them. They are nothing but Me. You will see that I am vibrating everywhere, not only as light waves but also as sound waves, as the creative force, as the procreative force, as the force of all expansion.

I am the creative force, ‘Raaa’.

I am the expanding force, ‘Dhaaa’.

I come back with all the vibrations, ‘Swammm’.

I become again one with you all and you feel one with Me as ‘EEEE’.

Ra Dha Swam i.

(Radhaswami, Ra-Dha-Swam-i, Radhasoami).

Radhaswami

Radhaswami

Radhaswami

Radhaswami

Radhaswami

Radhaswami

Radhaswami

Radhaswami

Chant this Name, this is Me in sound form.

Enjoy Me in sound form, as the magnetic field of love.

(Discourses of Sree Mentu Maharaj, Volume One)

Prem Bani Radhasoami of Huzur Maharaj

The Supreme Father Radhasoami Dayal [Merciful Lord of the Soul] loves you dearly.

He will redeem you in a moment.
Believe what I say is true.

Know that Radhasoami is your True Beloved.
His heart is overflowing with compassion for souls.
He imparts them his own strength and redeems them.

Have no anxiety or worry in your mind now.

Utter

‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’
‘RADHASOAMI’

…….. every moment.

Always utter ‘RADHASOAMI’,
the Name of the Merciful Supreme Being.
Then only will mind and Kal become powerless against you.

Radhasoami is my most Beloved Lord.
None other than Him comes to mind.

I sing praises of Radhasoami again and again
and shall remain at His holy feet ever alert and vigilant.

I discard all the evil tendencies of the mind
and enshrine RADHASOAMI Nam in my heart.

I sing ‘RADHASOAMI’, ‘RADHASOAMI’,……every moment.

(Huzur Maharaj, Prem Bani Radhasoami, Volume One)

The Sar Bachan of Swami Ji Maharaj

Radhaswami has imparted a unique message.
The moment I utter the Holy Word ‘RADHASOAMI’,
all my doubts and misgivings are dispelled.
Radhasoami has taken me in His lap.
Radhasoami will also redeem you.
Repeat the Holy Word ‘RADHASOAMI’ all the time.
Recite ‘RADHASOAMI’ all the twenty four hours.
Radhasoami dwells in my heart every moment.

(Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One)

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James Bean
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Live From Your Higher Self Through Meditation

The soul cannot govern conditions unless it realizes it is above conditions. Confirmation of what we consider good and needful for ourselves and others must first be sought within our own divinely illuminated intuition. Hesitate not to act the strongest emphasis of your soul to accept, retain, enjoy, or give and do to others.

No evil shall befall him who is thus seated in his soul and gives expression to the spontaneity of his own-Being. No good shall pass him by, for all good is inside one’s own-Being. Live and reign in Self- Possession and Self-Expression forever and ever.

Charged with endless vitality, create and express in the harmony of your own-Being on Earth-the Kanna-Bhumi, the place of action. Established in the unity of your own Pure Being, engage in as many enterprises as you are prompted for. Throw fresher, ever fairer, currents of thought and emotions into things until they are saturated, electrified with the divine atmosphere. The soul can bloom, blossom, and bear celestial fruits only in its own native atmosphere. It can be happy only when it is in elements that are natural to its growth and Being. Sunk in Maya, its light is quenched; freed, it is all light itself, joy itself, Heaven itself.

To view an object in the proper light, one must stand away from it. View with God His whole universe and play your part in perfect at-one-ment with His will. As He is above the world yet in His world, so be yourself that way. If the eye were not sunlike, how could it behold the sun? If the soul were not God-like, how could it yearn for God? Thoughts of deathless spirit, of him who lives in His True Being are alive, dynamic, and their vital force is indestructible. Progress is not the work of multitudes, however organized, but of individuals who have found their True-Self.

— Bhagat Singh Thind, in the book, Radiant Road to Reality — see the website: http://www.BhagatSinghThind.com

Space Is Not The Final Frontier


The Path of the Masters: KEY TEACHINGS of Sant Mat Mysticism

By James Bean

Copyright September 2006

1. A strong feeling of love for God, the Ocean of Love and Compassion: Sant Mat is a God-based path in the bhakti tradition (love and devotion).

2. The need for living Saints and Mystics: Only living mystics teach mysticism. Guidance about meditation practice and mystical states are the first thing to disappear in a religion when the Satgurus-Apostles -Mystics die off. Each surviving branch of Sant Mat is a living spiritual community headed by a Satguru, a living teacher. If there could be Essene teachers, Mahavera, Jesus and the Apostles, Rumi, Hafiz, Nanak, Kabir, Meister Eckhart in the past, then we can have living teachers now as well.

3.Our  True Identity: We do not have a soul, we ARE a soul that has a body. The soul is a being above time. Truth be told, we are free from time, and the "cruel hand of fate." The soul is already in heaven (Sat Lok) but does not know it, is not aware of itself. It thinks the five-sense virtual reality movie it is watching is the only reality. The soul is above the stars and need not be oppressed by negative forces of the physical universe, astral or mental regions that always seek to keep us tethered and tell us we don’t have enough "time" for spiritual pursuits.

Human beings can directly access the spiritual realm (i.e. "Kingdom of God within") right now in the present moment. We need not wait for "prophecies" to be fulfilled years into the future, dates on calendars to come round, second comings, or the end of the world to happen first. Rumi says, "Many have waited for years around that door, but tomorrow never comes. The Sufi is the Child of the Present Moment."

If illusion (time, kal, demiurge, false beliefs or lower mental creations of universal mind) can no longer talk us out of our spiritual quest, saying "we are not worthy," it is not possible", "only in another lifetime" or "after this prophecy gets fulfilled", "only after I get old", etc… — if all the self-limiting beliefs fall away, then we are ready to begin.

Space is not the final frontier

The soul has eyes (nirat) and ears (surat). We can see and hear spiritually, access the inner regions. It’s only a matter of proper guidance by a teacher who is already experiencing these states and can communicate this to others. It’s also a matter of concentration in meditation practice, reaching the third eye center, which is the beginning of the Inward Journey. The term soul travel is a bit of a misnomer. It is really our attention or awareness that travels, temporarily during meditation practice, as it learns to explore Inner Space, the other "rooms of the Interior Castle", inner regions connected to the various levels or heavens/planes of creation.

God, though described as "Unseen", set in motion this great multiverse of dimensions of consciousness by projecting "the Word", also called: AUM, TAO, Shabda, Nada, Song of the Creator, Christ, Logos, Saunt-e Sarmad, Harmony of All Harmonies, Music of the Spheres, Anhad Shabd, Naam, etc…. Each world religion has a name for this Positive Power that vibrated all things into existence "In the Beginning."

This Life-stream/Light-stream/Sound-stream of creation is a river or current of energy that can be seen as inner Light, and heard as inner Sound. It can carry us back to the Source, the Ocean of Love. The axiom is, "We become what we see" (quote from the Gita) What we focus our attention (surat) upon, we become one with that. If we focus the attention (surat) of our soul upon the inner Light and Sound (Shabd) of God, we can experience union (yoga) with God (Surat Shabd Yoga) The Greek mystics have called this "Theosis" and "Divinization", being united to God by contemplating It’s divine Light. Initiates of Sant Mat meditation practice union with God by becoming one with the inner Light, as well as the mystic Sound. Masters and yogis have always reported that Sound is much more effective than Light at taming the serpent-mind, making it possible for advanced levels of meditation to become attainable.

Sant Mat Meditation has several steps:

1. Manas japa: simran, mantra, zikhr — repeating names of God to still the mind and begin the process of going within — meditation.

2. Dhyan: visualizing the form of one’s Ideal (isht), a form of God or one’s SatGuru.

Those first two techniques are steps that prepare one, make one receptive to, inner Light and Sound…

3. The Yoga of Light: When we reach the third eye center we will begin to see Light in the darkness, lights of various colors, inner stars, suns, moons, or other visions of Light. "If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of Light." This is the beginning of Gnosis, inner Knowing.

4. The Yoga of Sound: A inner astral bell sound, a reverberation that keeps on reverberating or tone, humming, ocean waves, flute-like sound, sitar-like sound, veena-like sound, or other mystic sounds, can be heard. This is the Heavenly Voice of the Creator speaking softly in the center of our being calling us Home.

Up the tunnel beyond the portal of the third eye and the crown chakra of the thousand petaled lotus are several stages one passes through, crooked tunnel, dark voids, Whirlpool Cave or vortex, other realms as well, eventually reaching bright light like a million noonday suns, a realm or stage where the soul knows itself. Beyond that is a realm where the soul can try out the experience of merging back into God and then reverting back to individuality again. The drop tries out merging into the Ocean at the level known as Agam Lok, the Seventh Heaven. There is free will and choice even at that level, what some mystics have called "Nearness", meaning nearness to God. And finally……

5. There is a State beyond Light and Sound in the Eighth Plane known as Anadi (Soundless) Anami (Nameless), Radhaswami (Lord of the Soul), and the Ocean of Love and All-consciousness (Anurag Sagar). This is God, Nonduality, Ultimate Reality, without any coverings of illusion.

All of these holy spiritual practices are to be done with an attitude of love and devotion for the Supreme Being, the Ocean of Love and Compassion — the Lord of All Souls.

Sant Radhaswami Sahib, the great Saint of Agra once said: "The Supreme Being Sat Purush Radhaswami is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. His attributes are Grace, Mercy, Love, Light, Bliss and Peace."

"From one step to another the soul beholds strange things which cannot be described in human language. Every region and everything is utterly beyond words. What beauty and glory! How can I describe them? There is nothing here to convey the idea. I am helpless…."

"Love plays the supreme part. It is all love."

"So says Radhaswami."

"This mysterious path is described in the holy books,
but it cannot be found simply by the study of sacred texts. It is found by the grace and guidance of an accomplished teacher."