Journey To The Realm Beyond Suns And Moons, Nights Or Days

English rendering of Hindi translation, by Maharshi Santsewi ji Paramhans (1920-2007), of a verse composed by Sant Kabir Sahab, excerpted from the August 2005 edition of the Hindi Monthly "Shanti Sandesh" (Message of Peace) published from Maharshi Mehi Ashram, Kuppa Ghat, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India -812 003. 
English Translation by Pravesh K. Singh ( )

Original Verse:

"Kahaun us desh kee batiyaan, jahaan nahi hot din ratiyaan ||1||

Naheen ravi Chandra au taaraa, naheen unjiaar andhiaaraa ||2||
Naheen tanh pavan au paanee, gaye vahi des jin jaanee ||3||
Naheen tanh dharani aakaasha, karai koi sant tanh vaasaa ||4||
Uhaan gam kaal kee naaheen, tahaan nahi dhoop aur chhaaheen ||5||
Na jogee jog se dhyaavai, na tapasee deh jaravaavai ||6||
Sahaj me dhyaan se paavai, surati kaa khel jehi aavai ||7||
Sohangam naad nahi bhaaee, na baajai sankh shahnaaee ||8||
Nihachchhar jaap tanh jaapai, uthat dhun sunna se aapai ||9||
Mandir me deep bahu baaree, nayan binu bhaee andhiyaaree ||10||
Kabeeraa des hai nyaaraa, lakhai koi raam kaa pyaaraa ||11||"


I describe: ||1||
There is no Sun, Moon or stars there, neither is darkness or light. ||2||

No air or water exists there; only those who have reached there know of (that realm). ||3||
Neither is the Earth there nor is the sky, that land is inhabited by Sants (who have accomplished Self-Realisation and have become one with Him). ||4||
Time has no access there, nor do the sunshine and shade exist there. ||5||
(That land) is not attainable through "hathayoga" by (hath) yogis, nor by "tapasis" (ascetics or performers of austere devotion) who burn (trouble or hurt) their bodies in the fire of "panchaagni" or "Panchadhuni" (ascetic practices or self-mortification). ||6||
Those who know the art (right way) of reverting their "surat" inwardly from the outer world, can get there (to that land) easily through dhyan-yoga (inner meditation). ||7||
O Dear Brother! Even "sohangam naad" does not play there, nor are heard the sounds of conch or great pipe (because that realm is "nihshabd" or Soundless). ||8||
There "nihakshara" is spontaneously chanted (without any conscious chanting), and the primeval Sound naturally emanates out of the void. ||9||
This temple (body), which God has filled with divine Light, has become full of darkness for lack of the eye (the inner vision or sight). ||10||
Strange is that country, says Kabir, and is perceived by only a dear devotee of God (who practices inner meditation having learnt the right technique from a true Guru). ||11||


Sant Kabir Sahab was not a linguist or scholar, but his experiential verses are very much in agreement with the Vedas, Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagvad Gita and the sayings/discourses of other sants. Certain such references are produced below for reflection by the learned:-

"Na mrityuraaseedamritam na tarhi na raatraa ahna aaseetpraketah |
Aaneedavaatam swadhayaa tadekam tasmaaddhaanyanna param kim chanaas ||"
(Rig Veda Samhita, Mantra 25)

[Then (that time) death did not occur nor was the "amrit" (elixir or the nectar) there, that is, there was neither life nor the absence of it; neither the awareness of night nor day. The true nature of that entity was the vital life force, but it was not the `sthool vayu’ (gross air). He was equipped only with his own power to hold or sustain the world or creation. There did not exist then any other matter subtler than Him.]

"Na tatra sooryyo bhaati na chandrataarakam nemaa vidyuto bhaanti kutoayamagnih |

Tamev bhaantamanubhaati sarvam tasya bhaasaa sarvamidam vibhaati ||"
(Kathopanishad Chapter 2, Valli 2, Shloka 15)

[In that world neither does the Sun shine, nor do the moon and stars. Even the lightning does not show up there, what to talk of the fire! Everything glows through His Light, everything is seen through His Light.]

"Na tadbhaasate sooryo na shashaanko na paavakah |
yadgatvaa na nivartante taddhaam paramam mam ||
(Shrimad Bhagvad Gita, Chapter 15)

[Neither the sun, moon nor fire can illuminate that Self-illumined One. Mine is that realm, the Absolute Kingdom, going where one does not have to come back or return (to this world).]

Jhilmil jhilakai chandu na taaraa |
Sooraj kirani na bijulee gainaaraa ||

(Guru Nanak, Maaru Mahalaa 1)

[The Moon does not shine there nor do glitter the Sun, stars or lightning.]

"Jahaan chand nahi soor jahaan nahi jagamag taare|  
Jahaan nahi traidev trigun maayaa nahi laare ||
Jahaan veda nahi bhed jahaan nahi joga jagya tap |
Jahaan pavan nahi dharani agin nahi jahaan gagan ap ||
Jahaan raat nahi diwas hai paap punya nahi vyaapaee |
Aadi ant aru Madhya hai, kahai Charandas brahma aap hee ||
(Sant Charandas ji)

[Where there are no Moon, Sun and glistening stars; where there are no trinity of gods (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) and play of the three gunas (three gunas namely `sat’, `raj’ and `tam’). Where there are no Vedas, no dichotomy, no Yoga, no `yajna’ (religious sacrifice and oblation) and `tap’ (asceticism). No air, land, fire, sky (space) and water subsist there. No cycles of days and nights there. No sins or virtuosity. There is no beginning, middle and end of that. There Brahma and Brahma alone exists.]

As per a story in "Bahiyasutta" in the book titled "Udaan" a monk named Bahiya is said to have attained nirvana. Throwing light on the concept of nirvana, Lord Buddha says,

"Yattha aapo cha pathavee, tejo vaayo na gaadhati | Na tattha sukkaa jotanti, aadichcho na pakaasati ||
Na tatha chandimaa bhaasati, tamo tattha na vijjatee | Yadaa cha attanaa vedi, muni monen braahmano |
Atha roopaa aroopa cha, sukh dukkhaa pamuchchati ||

[That is Nirvana where there is no room for water, earth, fire and air. Stars do not twinkle there, nor does shine the Sun. Though there is no moon-light there, there is not any darkness over there. When a muni (hermit) or a Brahmin becomes silent (still), he automatically knows Him (God) and becomes free of the dichotomy of form & formlessness, pleasure & pain.]

Sant Paltoo Sahab also opines,

"Jahavaan dharatee naahi akaasaa |
Chaand suruj naahi paragaasaa ||
Jahavaan Brahmaa Vishnu na jaahee |
Das avataar na tahaan samaahee ||

Jahavaan pavan jaay nahi paanee |
Ved Kiteb maram naa jaanee ||
Aadi joti naa basai niranjan |
Jahavaan shoonya shabd nahi ganjan ||
Nirankaar naa uhaan akaaraa |
Satya shabd naahi vistaaraa ||"

[Where there is no earth and sky, the moon and the sun do not emit light. There are no Brahmaa, Vishnu or the ten incarnations there. Air or water does not have a reach there. Vedas or other scriptures can’t know Him. No light glitters there; sound does not buzz in that land. That place is beyond all form or formlessness or even the essential Sound.]

Listen what does Sant Keshavdas ji have to say on nirvana, "That is the position of Nirvana, the highest or the absolute realm, where there is no scintillating light, no Sun, no Moon, no states of day & night."

Sant Tulsi Sahab of Hathras proved the rank of nirvana to be beyond all sorts of fetters. Narrating his own experience he states,

"Fand faadi baaher gaee, laee jo sataguru baanh |
Jahaan dhoop ravi sasi nahi, Tulsi pahunche taanh ||"

[Holding on gratefully to the gracious hands of blessings of my Sataguru I came out tearing all the trappings and reached unto where there is no sunshine, no Moon or Sun.]

We Are All One, The Opposite Of “Not One Of Us”

By James Bean

Copyright December 2006

"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." — Dadu

One of the most mysterious passages recorded in the New Testament:

"’Teacher’, said John, ‘we saw a man driving out demons in your Name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’

"’Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘No one who does a miracle in my Name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.’" (Mark 9: 38+39)

One can wonder who this mystery person was and what group he belonged to, since the disciples had apparently never heard of him. There is a passage somewhere in the New Testament which says, "I have sheep not of this fold", also implying multiple groups or disciples, more than one "true" group of devotees out there somewhere, in other words.

The initial reaction of the disciples is quite typical — human nature. Some things never change. "Same as it ever was" (line from a Talking Heads tune). I’ve seen people react this way many times: "…..We told him to stop, because he was not one of us."

I was given a video tape once from someone in Oregon. They said it was from Kirpal Singh’s group, Sant Mat. I watched this video, but none of the faces looked familiar to me. None of the names, buildings or the locations looked familiar either. It was like seeing a satsang in a parallel universe or meeting "cousins" you didn’t know you had. It was at a place called Kirpal Sagar ("Ocean of Kirpal"). Eventually I discovered that this was a gathering in India at a school associated with an initiate of Master Kirpal who said he was told by Master Kirpal to look after this school and satsang center. It was a different branch of Ruhani Satsang that did not join with any living Guru after the passing of Master Kirpal Singh in 1974.

According to Ruhani Satsang there were thirty six teachers that emerged after the passing of Master Kirpal who claimed to be his spiritual successor: 36! Most of these teachers are not known to us in the West but have ashrams or small satsangs in various parts of India.

With Sant Mat, and with most spiritual paths, East and West, there is an etiquette of focusing upon your teacher. Each satsang is associated with a certain guru. Only his photographs will be displayed at such gatherings, or those of previous gurus in the same lineage of teachers.

Quite often in many groups there is an ethos that their teacher is the "one-and-only" competent living guru of the present time, that usually there is "only one" such teacher or "gurumukh" spiritual successor at a time on earth. I think of this, not so much a statement of fact pertaining to history, but more of a "bhakti" or "devotional truth" for the satsangi. Having a spiritual Master is sorta like marriage, as it should be. Spiritual promiscuity doesn’t seem desirable and has not been a successful approach that leads to any sort of enlightenment. As one teacher used to say, "Better to dig one deep well and hit water than to keep digging dozens of shallow holes in the ground getting nothing, seeking but never finding." Your teacher is your "one-and-only", so to speak.

In terms of Sant Mat history however, there has never been a time during the last several centuries when there was "only one" Satguru in the world in the Sant tradition. There have been examples of multiple lineages of Masters contemporary with one another since at least the time of Kabir and Guru Nanak in the fifteenth century. Both Guru Kabir and Guru Nanak appointed gurus to be their spiritual successors, each existing contemporary with one another, the Ten Sikh Gurus in one line of Masters and the successors of Guru Kabir in another. Kabir Panth soon branched out into many, many lineages.

At the same time the Tenth Sikh Guru (Gobind Singh) was alive, was another Sant with same name. Who was the Master who initiated this other Gobind Singh? I am not sure. That is probably a mystery lost to forever to history. This other Gobind Singh was the Master who initiated Sant Paltu Sahib (1710-1780), who became a well-known Master. Paltu’s mystic hymns are still popular in India even now.

Meet Dariya Sahib, Saint of Bihar

Dariya was born in 1674 and passed in 1780. At the age of sixteen Dariya was initiated into Surat Shabd Yoga by a Sant Mat guru. He eventually became a very powerful Master and founded the Dariya panth, a spiritual movement with a large number of ashrams and satsangs all over India with many followers. Dariya appointed two spiritual successor gurus to carry on after him. Their names were Guna Das and Teka Das. Eventually Guna Das died so Teka Das became the guru of the entire sangat.

Tulsi Sahib, Saint of Hathras

Tulsi was born in 1763 and passed on in 1843. He would have been in his teens when Dariya was still alive. Early in his life Tulsi did extensive traveling around India. In the book, "Tulsi Sahib — Saint of Hathras", it states: "Tulsi Sahib’s works include words and expressions of Sanskrit, Arabic, and Persian ….. Marathi …. he has freely used words of Braj, Avadhi, Rajasthani (Marwari), Gujrati, Punjabi and Maithili, which leads one to conclude that, like many other Saints, he must have traveled widely in U.P., Rajasthan, Gujrat, Punjab and BIHAR." It is my theory that Tulsi might have received initiation into Sant Mat meditation from Tika Das while he was in Bihar. There’s no way to know at this time, though I am sending this question to a guru in the Tulsi lineage who has an ashram center in Bihar, hoping to get his views about Tulsi’s guru, and my theory about Tika Das being his guru. Tulsi said he had a guru, but this teacher is not named in any of the writings that have survived. We’ll see what this Master from Bihar thinks of my Tika Das theory and some of the other theories about who Tulsi’s guru might have been.

Back to Tulsi: Tulsi Sahib eventually established a satsang in Hathras, where he initiated souls into Surat Shabd Yoga. And his mission was contemporary with Tika Das’s mission in Bihar. At the present time there are still gurus in the lineage of Tulsi Sahib leading satsangs and initiating souls in Hathras, Bihar and other places around India. The same is also true in the Dariya Sahib branch of Sant Mat. Tika Das appointed guru successors. That lineage is still with us even now. According to Domain Singh, webmaster of the Dariya Sahib Website, there are "two hundred Saints" presiding over various ashram centers in the Dariya sangat at present.

From the book, Dariya Sahib — Saint of Bihar, we read: "It was also made clear by Dariya Sahib that these successors would have the right to appoint their own successors and that is how the order would continue. On being asked by Fakkar Das, his brother, how long this order would continue Dariya Sahib replied that as long as the practice of the Sound Current remained central to the discipline, and the order kept pure and free from external rituals and formalism, the line would continue. When the practice of the Sound Current is mingled with outer appearances (bhekh) and external rituals, the Sound Current (Shabd) will part company. Then the power transmitted by me, said Dariya, will leave, and the souls will go into the mouth of Kal. At that stage, he would come to this world and start a line of the Sound Current once again. This is how, he said, he had been coming for aeons.

"Thus, having explained everything and all aspects of the saintly mission, and having fulfilled the purpose of his life, he passed on his responsibilities to his successors and departed from this world in ….. 1780."

One devotee of Param Sant Tulsi Sahib was Shiv Dayal Singh of Agra. Tulsi was the guru of Shiv Dayal’s family. After the death of Tulsi Sahib, Shiv Dayal Singh along with several others became gurus, in and outside of, the sangat of Tulsi Sahib: Baba Devi Sahab, Surswami, Radhaswami, Girdhari Das, and Ramkrishna. One branch of the Tulsi Sahibi group refers to Shiv Dayal as "Sant Radhaswami Sahib."

Due to not desiring to write an entire chapter here, I will rap things up here, only mentioning in passing, that there were many recognized Saints/Sant Satgurus part of Swami Ji’s inner circle in Agra. The Sant Mat "Family Tree" branches out dramatically in all directions ever further after the time of Swami Ji Maharaj, Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Gharib Das, Bagga Singh, Deva Singh, Partap Singh, Sanmukh Das, Data Dayal Shiv Brat Lal, Baba Faqir Chand, Baba Jaimal Singh, Huzur Baba Sawan Singh, Kirpal Singh ………….. etc………….

Of course, I have only written briefly about a few of the "Northern Sant" lineages. There is another major branch to the south, the so-called "Southern Sants", such as Sant Tukarama and numerous Sant lineages of Maharashtra. Typically, the Northern Sants are closer to Sufism and further away from the Vaishnava tradition to some degree. The Southern Sants however seem closer to the Gita, Krishna and Vaishnava. The Hari Krishnas claim Mirabai, Tukarama, Ravidas, and a few other Sants as their own – Saints in their tradition. At the same time as there were Northern Sant lineages of gurus, contemporary with those are many more operating to the south in India.

Tulsi Sahib was of the opinion that Sant Mat dates back to the time of Krishna thousands of years ago, and that Krishna knew of Sants in India back then during the time of the composition of the Bhagavad Gita.

When has there ever been "only one" Sant Mat guru or "Gurumukh successor" "of the time" in Sant Mat history? The answer is: never has there been only "one" guru at a time.

Another general principle of Sant Mat history is: the more we know, the more the numbers go up. In other words, the more familiar we become with the various paths in the Sant Mat category, the more gurus and ashrams and branches we shall discover. A few years back, some were saying that there must be "around two hundred" gurus and groups in India in the Sant Mat category. Based on my continued research, I would say that is a very low number!

Paraphrasing Guru Nanak’s Jap Ji:

Countless are the gurus,

Countless the gaddis,

Countless the satsangs,

Countless are the Sants,

Countless are the Mats,

Countless are the satsangis.

Of course these groups are not all the same. There are several stages groups might pass through during their history. Some may be in the "alive" category, with both guru and disciple having inner experiences, radiant forms, inner regions experienced and not simply theories and teachings found only in books. There are groups that lost their living guru in recent times and there was no successor, thus no new people are getting initiated in those groups. There is one very large group which has become a world religion that worships a book as a kind of guru. Ironically, that very same book says to NOT worship books, idols made of stone, places of pilgrimage, holy rivers, etc… There are groups where nobody has inner experiences. Those usually don’t focus so much on a living Master, and their magazines and satsangs tend to feature quotes from gurus who lived many decades earlier, in the 1940’s, 1930’s, 1920’s or 1520’s.

There have been a couple highly unethical teachers, false, "of Kal", hurting people, with dead bodies buried in the "backyard" and abused members coming forward to tell of their encounters with negative entities. There have been many honest, loving, radiant, Godly beings that have graced this planet with their enlightened compassion. There have been Sadhus with some attainment that have helped the souls that have crossed their path — nothing wrong with that. There have been nice-guy gurus without much attainment, but who have helped to make the world a better place by spreading some aspects of the teachings and ethical ahimsa principals of the Masters to larger audiences around the world.

In other words, amongst this long list of paths will be found groups representing many different states and stages of development, vibrancy and decline, some alive, some slowly becoming another religion looking to the past for inspiration, with past Saints and Prophets — a new People of the Book with temples and holy relics. There are those who market themselves to the new age community in the West and are fast becoming more astral or new age with each passing day, as the ranks are populated by those they have sought to initiate — the downside "successful" marketing. And there are those who seek the path of the masters who go within and successfully practice Surat Shabd Yoga in a way that is almost identical to the Ideal spiritual path described by Swami Ji of Agra, with a rich mystical approach to meditation practice, traveling quite far along in their journey back to God. For them, these teachings of Sant Satgurus are not just "talk" or "myth" or "belief" or about a "hypothesized" Higher Self, but very real experiences that human beings can attain, seeing with their own eyes, hearing with their own ears, traveling through Inner Space, "the Kingdom of the Heavens within."

Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj: "Another common misconception is that prophets, saints and mystics search for ‘new’ truth. Rather, what they do is to simply remove the layers of dirt of accumulated misinterpretations that have corrupted the truth. Then the saint will bring forth the very same truth in a new light. The original truth must repeatedly be presented to suit the current age." (The Harmony of All Religions)

Newly Scheduled Shows

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to fill you in on rescheduled shows and some newly scheduled shows:

The show at Borders on East Liberty and Penn Circle in Pittsburgh, PA is rescheduled for June 20, 2008.

The Barking Spider Tavern show in Cleveland, OH has been rescheduled for July 11, 2008.

The Arabica Coffeehouse show in Canton, OH is still tba, but we will be filling you in as soon as possible.

Some new shows and appearances have also been added:

Private show-August 2, 2008 Cleveland, OH (Indie Filmworkers Banquet)

Promo appearance and CD signing at Monster Mania 11-August 23 and 24, 2008 Cherry Hill, NJ

fall festival show-September 13, 2008 more info tba

Promo appearance and CD signing at Paranormal and Spirituality Conference-September 27 and 28, 2008 Monaca, PA

We are still booking for the latter half of 2008, so if you have a SERIOUS inquirey/offer drop us a line at

The shows and appearances may be more spread out during the time of July through December than they are for the current tour.  Reason being is that I will be starting work on my second album and Jason on his debut solo album.  We will keep you updated on new shows and keep checking the shows section on my myspace for more info.

Some other good news:  My song ‘Ghost’ (the first song off of my debut album Poet) currently has the number 8 spot on Radio’s music charts!  ‘Ghost’ (as well as ‘Porcelain Doll’ and ‘A Prayer’) made the number 1 spot during the summer of 2007 on the Ambient Charts.  Let’s help ‘Ghost’ reach the number one spot on TheBeat by requesting and streaming it on the website!  Visit

Also, stay tuned for a upcoming interview I recently did with The Beat coming soon:)

Have a nice evening!


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From Acts, Chapter 12,

The Unvarnished New Testament

…….He [Herod] seized Peter for good measure—and this was during the days of Passover—and after seizing him put him in jail, assigning four teams of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him up before the people after the Passover. So Peter stayed in jail, while fervent prayers to God were offered by the assembly on his behalf.

When Herod was getting set to arraign him, that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and guards were keeping watch in front of the door. And all of a sudden a messenger of the Lord stood over him, and a Light shone in his cell. Poking Peter in the ribs he pulled him up, saying, "Get up at once!" And the chains fell off his hands.

Said the messenger to him, "Put on your belt and tie your sandals." So he did. And he says to him, "Put your cloak on and follow me."

From, Dialogue of the Savior, Chapter One

When I came, I opened the way and taught them, the chosen and the solitary, the passage by which they must pass……

ODE 34 of,

The Book of the Odes

There is no difficult way where there is a simple heart,

Nor a barrier, in upright thoughts,

Nor a storm in the depth of an enlightened thought.

Where one is surrounded on every side by pleasing country, there is nothing divided in him.

The likeness of that which is below is that which is above.

For everything is from above, and from below there is nothing, but it is believed to be by those in whom there is no understanding.

Grace was revealed for your deliverance: Believe, and live, and be delivered.

Love Is Everything, And Without It Everything Is Meaningless

Radhaswami Dayal ki Daya Radhaswami Sahai: "Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace and Protection"

Love is the Quintessence of this world and the creation. This is the greatest requirement of every living being, and one without it is lifeless. These are some verses from the Saakhis of Guru Kabir, in the book, 1008 Kabir Vani, compliled by Lalchand Doohan Jigyasu, translated by Kunwar Anil Kumar, Manoj Publications, Delhi.

The feeling of love which fluctuates every moment can in no case be considered true love. Love is something which never decreases and which keeps one engrossed in itself all the time, and then only it can be called true love. Everyone saw the lover (of God) getting in love, but where is that love now? This love is nothing but emotion. One, who, in the name of love, starts weeping one moment and laughing the other, cannot be a true lover (of God). This is only an illusion.

A heart, in which there is no love, should be considered a cremation ground, because such a heart seems dead and gives an impression of being devoid of feelings. It is the same as the bellows of a blacksmith, which is made of the leather of an animal which breathes in and out despite being inanimate (the blacksmith stokes up the fire by pumping air out of it).

Love is never governed by any rule, there is no abstinence and there is no binding. One who is in love (with God), does not think of gains and losses, and ‘mine and thine’ is not their concern. Love, under all circumstances, is free from such things. Once someone is deep in love, he forgets everything and in such state of affairs who will care for what day or date it is.

Love is like a deep sea. Only that lover (of God) who will dive into it fearlessly shall be able to get the pearl of ultimate happiness in it. And one who will not be able to muster up enough courage to dive into it, shall remain sitting at the beach. He will remain without love in this world. How will he get the pearls of ultimate happiness then?

The outwardly appearance has absolutely no meaning if there is no love in one’s heart. It is useless even talking about it. Unless the love is truly in practice, wearing an outwardly appearance is meaningless and is a sure sign of ruin.

Only those who have true love in their hearts attain true knowledge. Without love, one may cling to any number of rues, he will not be able to attain self-realization. And so, one should have true love for his Satguru, and this is the only way one can attain true knowledge and enjoy eternal peace.

Love is everything, and without it everything is meaningless. And so, do not fear offering your head while stepping on the path of love. Do not have attachment to yourself and to the world even in your dream. Such lover (of God), who is loved by his Satguru, becomes free from the life-and-death cycle.

We Are Heavenly Swans (Hamsas) Journeying Back To The Beloved

He, who carries on the practice of the true Sound,
Beholds the Truth from the beginning to the end
within his body.
By realizing the true Sound with rapt attention,
He attains the status of a pure swan.
Such a devotee reaches the Immortal Abode,
And there he sees mysterious and wondrous sights. (Sant Dariya Sahib)

The image of the swan is used in poetry and hymns of Sants to represent the soul, a heavenly being of Light, a hamsa. In Sant Mat Mysticism the hamsa or hansa is a soul that has been baptised in the Lake of Nectar and finds Its Original Nature restored — then it continues it’s upward ascent eventually reaching the Fifth Plane or Sat Lok. The Sants (souls have that reached the Fifth Plane or Above and are in Union with God) have composed, and continue to compose, descriptions of the Inner Regions, usually in the form of hymns (kirtans, banis, bhajans) and mystic-poems, including about hansas in Sat Lok or Sach Khand (True Eternal Realm of Timeless Pure Spirit). We are all hansas or hansas-to-be as we journey back to the Beloved, the Ocean of Love and Oneness. 
We are destined to become Hansas — Birds of Heaven

A Hansa is ……..

Hansa: A white swan; esoterically, a soul purified by Shabd [the Holy Stream of Light and Sound]. In Indian spiritual literature, a hansa is symbolic of grace and purity; it is believed that the natural drink of a swan is milk or nectar (amrit), and its natural food is pearls, diamonds and rubies, which signify Shabd. It is further believed that the beak of a swan has the unique ability to drink milk (nectar) after filtering out the dirty water or poison of maya with which it is mixed. As long as a soul is conditioned by karma and dominated by mind and matter, it is an ugly crow. Its transformation into a swan begins in Daswan Dwar, where, in the process of its spiritual enlightenment, it sheds its gross coverings. The process culminates in Sach Khand, the region of immortality. Soami Ji generally refers to all souls in Daswan Dwar and beyond as hansas, but he has also occasionally used the term for devoted disciples who are on their way to becoming swans. 

O Swan-Soul, Where Are You Going?

Swan, I’d like you to tell me your whole story!
Where you first appeared, and what dark sand you are going toward,
and where you sleep at night, and what you are looking for…

It’s morning, swan, wake up, climb in the air, follow me!
I know of a country that spiritual flatness does not control,
— nor constant depression,
and those alive are not afraid to die.
There, wildflowers come up through the leafy floor,
and the fragrance of “I am He” floats on the wind.

There the bee of the heart stays deep inside the flower,
and cares for no other thing.

– Version by Robert Bly, The Kabir Book, Beacon Press
Sar Bachan Mystic-Poetry of Swami Ji

"When it traverses this plane (of the Rotating Cave), it attains to the outpost (naaka) of Sattlok, whence flows the sound Satt Satt and Haq Haq, emanating from the harp. Hearing this sound, the spirit getting ecstatic goes on piercing and penetrating into the higher sphere and from there the view of golden and silvery streams and rivulets, full of the limpid water of life (aab-i-zulal) and huge gardens of which every tree seems 10,000,000 jojans high, and where instead of fruits and flowers, millions and billions of suns and moons hang from their branches. Innumerable spirits and hamsas sing and blissfully warble on these trees. The spectacle and sight of this sphere is marvellous and indeed ineffable. Seeing this spectacle, the spirit or surat enters the Sattlok and catches the sight of Satt Purush…….

"………Thence the surat [soul] moved upward and made it to the Inaccessible Sphere (Agam Lok) whose stretch is quintillion palang (mahashankh) and the body of the Agam Purush is as vast as a quintillion quintillion palang. The hamsas [heavenly beings] dwelling there have a marvellous and unique form, and bliss and beatitude of that sphere is overwhelmingly wonderful. My spirit (says Soamiji Maharaj) stayed and rested there for a very long period." (Sar Bachan Poetry of Swami Ji Maharaj, Agra)

Spiritual Golf

Ian Johnston

For many years, the charms of golf, for the player or the spectator, remained beyond my comprehension. After a brief trial playing the game, I abandoned it decades ago, and if I caught television coverage of a major tournament, I quickly moved on to something else. The undeniable popularity of the sport was one of those great mysteries of modern life. Then, I had an insight, which all of a sudden opened up my eyes. It came to me in the same way divine illumination came to John Bunyan, in a dream, for, as I looked, lo, I gazed and saw that golf is the secular embodiment of the most basic living metaphor of radical Protestantism. It permits one to experience, without the tedious necessity of going to chapel, the most powerful message lurking in the fierce and narrow Puritan heart, life as a solitary odyssey in which the flawed soul of the faithful is sternly put to the test. It is, in other words, the recreational equivalent of the Pilgrim’s Progress

Cleveland Tomorrow

Hey guys,

After speaking with Jason and seeing how poor his health still is at this moment and while I’m ’performable’ but not at my best, we have rescheduled the show at Borders on East Liberty to June 20.  We are really bummed and really wanted to do our in store show there if it weren’t for this stupid flu that is going around.   We will be in Cleveland tomorrow though so we will pretty much be sleeping all day tonight and tomorrow.  It will be better in the end as we don’t want to get our audience or anyone else sick.  Plus, we want to be at our best and really give a good show.  Hope you all understand and can make it out on June 20.

You can still tune in to The SoupyGato Radio show tonight and listen to my music being featured.


Standing At The Crossroads Of Time

"Standing at the crossroads of Time, we must make a firm resolve to do better from day to day…. As there are landmarks on earth, so there are landmarks in Time. The past and future are like sealed books to us: the one is in the limbo of oblivion, while the other is in the womb of uncertainty. It is only the LIVING PRESENT that is ours, and we must make the best use if it, ere it slips away through the fingers and is lost forever. Human birth is a great privilege and offers us a golden opportunity. It is for us to make or mar the same, for it is given to each individual to forge his or her own destiny as best he may.

— Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj