Mundaka Upanishad – The Way Of The Sages

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The eye cannot see it; mind cannot grasp it.
The deathless Self has neither cast nor race.
Neither eyes nor ears nor hands nor feet.
Sages say this Self is infinite in the great
And in the small, everlasting and changeless,
The source of life.   As the web issues out of the spider
And is withdrawn, as plants sprout from the earth,
As hair grows from the body, even so,
The sages say, this universe springs from
The deathless Self, the source of life.  

The deathless Self meditated upon
Himself and projected the universe
As evolutionary energy.
From this energy developed life, mind,
The elements, and the world of karma,
Which is enchained by cause and effect.  

The deathless Self sees all, knows all. From him
Springs Brahma, who embodies the process
Of evolution into name and form
By which the One appears to be many.  

The Imperishable is the Lord of Love.
As from a blazing fire thousands of sparks
Leap forth, so millions of beings arise
From the Lord of Love and return to him.  

(The Sage that authored chapter two of the Mundaka Upanishad, translated by Eknath Easwaran, in, The Upanishads, Nilgiri Press) 

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Kabir In Sat Yuga – From Anurag Sagar

"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

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NOTES — Terms Used in the Anurag Sagar Passage Below  

RAMA   Ra means "beyond"; the mantra of Rama is supposed to take its votary beyond Maya. But it cannot because it did not originate beyond Maya. The word rama comes from a word meaning "vibration" in Sanskrit, and is applied to the Sound Current. Worship of Ram Naam antedates the worship of the avatar Rama, who was an incarnation of Vishnu in the second or Silver Age.  

SAT YUGA  The Age of Truth, or Golden Age, the first and longest in the mahayuga or Day of Brahma- the cycle of four yugas. According to Hindu tradition Sat Yuga was 1,728,000 years in length, and the people lived an average lifetime of 100,000 years. The quality of life under these conditions is incomprehensible, but this view of the universe can best be understood as a wound-up watch operating at maximum efficiency when first wound and then gradually deteriorating-winding down. The universe as a whole is not evolving, it is involving; there is no question of "things getting better." What does evolve, in a sort of grand counterpoint to the universe, is the individual spirit — at least when it is on the upward swing of the wheel of eighty-four. Here the people of the Sat Yuga were at a distinct disadvantage, even though they were able to "go up" with ease: life was so good and so secure that very few understood  the nature of the trap they were in. That is why Kabir’s "concession" of the first three yugas to Kal is essentially meaningless: it is only in the Kali Yuga that the nature of existence becomes obvious enough for people to recognize the trap as a trap. Only in the Kali Yuga have significant numbers of people followed the Masters; only in the Kali Yuga do people understand that they are asleep and so make efforts to awake; only in the Kali Yuga is suffering the norm and substratum of life on the physical plane.  

DECEPTION OF YAMA   Death; Yama is Kal’s name as Death God. Death of course is very far away for most people in the Sat Yuga.  

TIKA  The reservoir behind the eyes: it has to be filled with the attention before the soul can go up.  

BHAKTI  The loving devotion of God or the Satguru.  

ARTI  This word is used in Hinduism to mean a ritual centering around the presentation of light; here the word is used more specifically to describe a ceremony accompanying initiation which is an acted-out parable, every detail of which is symbolic of one or another aspect of the inner path. A complete explanation of the inner significance of this ceremony was given by Tulsi Sahib (1763-1843), a Master in the line of descent from Kabir, and may be consulted by the interested reader in Param Sant Tulsi Sahib (trans. S.D. Maheshwari, Agra, n.d.); in a pre-literate age, ceremonies of this type, in which every detail has a specific meaning which could be committed to memory and passed on to others, served as convenient ways to codify the teachings. The outer performance of the ritual has long since been abandoned by the Masters, if indeed it ever was performed in the literal sense; the inner Reality remains however, and is still conveyed in the initiation as described here.  

FIVES SACRED WORDS  The mantra of the Basic Names of God, referring to the manifestation of the Naam or Sound Current on each of the five inner planes, and taught by the Masters as the means for Simran or remembrance, was instituted at this time-the first initiation into Sant Mat ever performed. Not that the words themselves were necessarily the same as they are given today; they have varied from language to language and today exist differently in Sanskrit and Arabic. But the symbolic relationship of the words to the Naam or Word is the same.  

Anurag Sagar (The Ocean of Love), in English, is published by Sant Bani Ashram, Sanbornton, NH, USA    

In the Sat Yuga:
[Kabir’s] Incarnation as Sat Sukrit  

The Satguru [Kabir] said:   0 Dharam Das, listen about the Sat Yuga.
I will tell you about the souls to whom I gave Naam.
In Sat Yuga my name was Sat Sukrit and by the orders of Sat Purush I awakened the souls.

THE STORY OF KING DHONDHAL  

I went to King Dhondhal and made him hear the true Shabda.
He accepted my Sat Shabda, so I made him see immediately.

HYMN  

King Dhondhal, a saintly gentleman, caught my Shabda with determination.
He took the peace-giving Parshad and the water, after touching it to my feet.
He was overwhelmed with Love-giving up illusion, he shone.
He recognized the Essential Shabda and contemplated on the feet of the Master.

THE STORY OF KHEMSARI  

After awakening Dhondhal in Shabda, I appeared in the city of Mathura.
There Khemsari came running, with many women, old people and children.
Khemsari said, "0 Ancient Man, from where have you come?" I told him the teachings of Shabda, about Sat Purush and about the form of Yama.
Hearing that—when he understood the deception of Yama—love manifested within Khemsari.
Making Khemsari have the darshan [vision] of Sat Lok   But he had one doubt: only after seeing Sat Lok would he believe.
So keeping his body here, I took his soul within a moment to Sat Lok.
After showing him Sat Lok, I brought his soul back.
After returning to his body, he repented: "0 Lord, take me to that plane.
Here there is too much of Kal’s miseries.
" So I told him, "Listen to my words.
Obey whatever I say:   Sat Lok is achieved only after Tika is filled   Brother, until the Tika is filled up, keep your attention attached to Naam.
You’ve seen my Lok, so give that teaching to the souls.

Fruit of teaching the souls  

Even if one soul comes in His refuge, such a soul is appreciated by Sat Purush.
If a cow, about to be eaten by a lion, is saved by some brave man, that man is praised a lot.
The lion is afraid of the brave man.
In the same way the jiva is the food of Kal, and If one makes even one soul determined in bhakti he gets the fruit of saving ten million cows.
" Khemsari fell at my feet and said, "0 Lord, save me! Shower grace on me and enlighten me so that I may not fall in the trap of Kal again." Sat Sukrit said: "Listen, 0 Khemsari.
This is the country of Yama; without Naam the fear cannot be removed.
By catching the rope of Sat Purush the soul breaks the straw traps of Yama.
One who gets the gift of Sat Purush’s Naam does not come back in the ocean of life."
Khemsari said, "Give me the passport; freeing me from Yama, make me Your own.
And to the other souls in my house, 0 Lord, give them also the gift of Naam.
Please put Your feet in my house and explain the message of liberation to the souls."  
Kabir said to Dharam Das:   Then in his house the Meeting of Love took place.
The feet which were full of nectar and liberation-giving, stepped in that house.
Khemsari spoke to everyone explaining, "Brothers, all of you make your life successful."
Khemsari said to the family: "Brothers, those who want liberation of the soul, accept the Satguru Shabda.
He is the only one Who can save you from Yama; believe me, this is true."  
Kabir said to Dharam Das:   All the souls believed in him firmly, so they all came with Khemsari.
They came to my feet and said, "0 Lord, liberate us so that Yama won’t harass us and we may chase away the pain of birth after birth." When I saw the men and women so helpless, I said this to them: "No one can stop those who will accept my Shabda.
The suffering created by Kal will be finished for the soul who believes in my teachings.
Yam Raj will not go near one who gets the passport of Sat Purush’s Naam."
Sat Sukrit said to Khemsari: "Bring what is needed to perform the arti, so that I may finish your soul’s pain, which was created by Kal." Khemsari said, "0 Lord, explain to me what is needed for the arti to be performed."  

HYMN  

"Listen, Khemsari, to the meaning of arti which I will explain to you.
Bring sweets, betel leaf, camphor, banana, eight kinds of dried fruits,   Five vessels, a piece of white cloth, clean leaves of a banana tree, A coconut, and a white flower-and’ make a white chauka of sandalwood.

COUPLET  

0 Khemsari, bring all these things and perform the arti.
Marking the boundary with betelnut, perform the chauka by means of the Shabda.
And bring other good pure things — the beautiful white ghee of the cow."  
Kabir said to Dharam Das:   Hearing my words Khemsari obeyed them; immediately he brought everything.
He set up the white canopy and was determined to know how to perform the arti.
With the wish of Sat Purush, Five Sacred Words were created.
Devotion, meditation, and Knowledge given by the Master were also there.
I sat on the chauka, and in the meditation the Indestructible Sound Current was manifested.
In the meditation the Indestructible Sound of the Shabda came into manifestation—No one can stop It in this world! At the appropriate time the chauka was performed and the Radiance of the Indestructible Light was manifested.
When the chauka was performed by means of the Shabda and the coconut was broken, Kal ran away.
When the coconut was struck on the rock, the head of Kal was split open and all the pains went away.
When the coconut broke, a fragrance came out which gave the message of Sat Purush.
I told them the Five Words and at that time they got the Naam of Sat Purush.
Brother, for a moment Sat Purush came and sat there.
All the people got up and performed the arti.
Again the arti was performed in the house, a straw was broken, and all the people drank water.
First Khemsari drank the water and after him the other jivas drank that with respect.
I explained to them about Dhyan.
By contemplating on the Naam, their souls would be saved.
I explained to them the ways of living and told them that by doing the Simran of Naam their souls will go back Home.

HYMN  

After giving the knowledge of the Satguru to twelve souls I went to the Ocean of Peace; I touched the Lotus Feet of Sat Purush, Who, smiling, made me sit in His lap.
In many ways the Owner of the Souls asked me about my well-being and happiness.
Brother, I was happy looking at the glory of that place, which was very beautiful.

COUPLET  

0 Dharam Das, the glory of the Light of the Soul cannot be described.
In Sat Lok the light of one soul is equal to the light of sixteen suns.
For a few days I resided there, then I came to see my disciples.
Day and night in this world I remained secretly, and no soul recognized me.
The souls whom I initiated I sent to Sat Lok.
In Sat Lok they were living happily in the Eternal Spring of Sat Purush.
Only he sees this who reaches that place.
He who has created this universe is saying this to awaken the souls.

Vegetarian Diet, Going Green, And The World Religions

By James Bean  
Copyright April 2008
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Climate Change, the Green Revolution, and Vegetarian Diet

The vegetarian diet is, quite literally, the Green diet. There is now a growing consensus that going vegetarian or, better still, vegan, is the most effective way to fight global warming.  A 2006 United Nations report, said that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. The meat industry is "one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems." (Henning Steinfeld)  Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Producing one calorie of animal protein requires more than 10 times as much fossil fuel input — releasing more than 10 times as much carbon dioxide — than does a calorie of plant protein.

(See article titled, "It’s Better to Green Your Diet Than Your Car," 17 Dec. 2005, www.NewScientist.com  ).  

The Diet of Ahimsa (an Eastern Term for Non-Violence)  

The following passage, on the reason why many practitioners of various spiritual paths advocate following the vegetarian diet, is from the book, The Harmony of All Religions, published by Maharshi Mehi Ashram, Bihar, India:   "The saints have addressed violence with particular attention to the foods which are eaten. Foods which are produced by killing living beings, as well as foods which are not pure and fresh, are considered Tamsik. Consumption of these is prohibited by the teachings of the saints. This includes animal products such as meat, fish, and eggs. These foods inhibit the clarity of mind and the health of the body.  

"Further, Kabir Sahab says: "The kind of food and drink which we consume directly influences how our mind will become. Even the quality of water which we drink will influence our speech."  (Maharishi Santsevi Ji Paramahans Maharaj)   Many Masters of the East, Hindus, and various schools of yoga, divide foods into three basic categories: Satvik (pure), Rajsik (kingly), and Tamsik (impure). This last category of foods, which includes all flesh foods and eggs, is to be completely avoided. Satvik, the first category, consists of fresh, simple foods including: grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and dairy (minus eggs, fertile or infertile). Satvik foods promote mental clarity, relaxation, meditation, and spiritual experience including inner visions or Light mysticism.  Rajsik represents very spicy, rich food, and Tamsik diet includes meat and liquor. These stimulate passions, promote mental agitation, and have an adverse effect upon concentration in meditation.  

Kirpal Singh, New Delhi, India: "Those who take up the practices concerning the lower centers in the body, do take meat …….. but those who are anxious to rise above body consciousness and go into the Beyond have of necessity to eschew all that. This is the Path I have put before you. Liberation or salvation is something which starts only when you rise above body consciousness. For that reason, vegetarianism is the first essential." (The Night is a Jungle, published by Sant Bani Ashram of New Hampshire)  

The harshest words that Guru Kabir, a great Master from Northern India (loved by Sufis, Sikhs, Jains, and Hindus alike), ever spoke were directed against the slaughter or consumption of innocent animals. Kabir says, "The man who eats meat is a demon in human form. Keep away from him — his company will ruin your meditation."   According to many, the bad karma and other negative effects of flesh-eating apparently to some degree darkens one’s inner vision, interfering with the quality of one’s meditation, making it more difficult to reach the required deep levels of tranquility, clarity and concentration at the Third Eye Center (ajna chakra). It’s interesting to notice that the Satvik diet of the Masters, of Hinduism and the Yoga Philosophy of India, is also: the life-extension diet, the anti-cancer diet, the low cholesterol diet, the diet to get the highest levels of antioxidants and most of the other plant-based nutrients, as well as the diet of the Light & Sound mystics, East and West.  

East Meets West — That’s ‘Meets’, Not ‘Meats’   The notion that vegetarianism is "cultural" and confined mostly to India is the inaccurate assumption of some. There are Christian denominations and organisations that encourage their members to adopt the vegetarian diet, including the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Also see the entry for the Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA) at www.Wikipedia.com  

Many early Christians were vegetarian, also Clement of Alexandria, Origen, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great. In some early church writings, Matthew, Peter and James (Brother of Jesus and first leader of the Aramaic-speaking Jerusalem Church) were all vegetarian. According to the historian Eusebius, the Apostle "Matthew partook of seeds, nuts and vegetables, without flesh". Many monasteries in ancient times to the present practiced vegetarianism. Clement of Alexandria wrote, "It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals."  

Many conventional world religions here in the West condone flesh-eating, but if you do some comparative mysticism you’ll soon discover that the esoteric traditions which have practiced Light mysticism, Sound mysticism, and Ascension mysticism through higher planes or heavens are quite consistent in their agreement about the need for contemplative mystics to abstain from the flesh. The list of Western vegetarian paths includes: the Pythagoreans, followers of the Hermetic philosophy of Egypt, the Sethians, Theraputae, Essenes (and other Light-mystics within Judaism), the original Jewish Christians called Ebionites (see The Gospel of Jesus — In Search of His Original Teachings , John Davidson, published by Element Books, also Clear Press UK), the Gnostic religions, Manichaeans, some Catholic monasteries, some monasteries associated with the Orthodox Church — including the great mystery school atop Mount Athos in Greece, and the Sufi mystics of Islam who practice Zikar of the Spirit, Light, and Sound. Most every path that advocates a present-tense spirituality, about re-entering Paradise or going Back to Eden during this life, adheres to a vegetarian diet!  

The Vegetarian Prayer of Thanksgiving — One of the "Lost Books" Unearthed at Nag Hammadi   This is a Hermetic prayer from one of the Gnostic gospels found in Egypt included in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures:  www.Gnosis.org   

This the prayer that they spoke:

"We give thanks to You!
Every soul and heart is lifted up to You,
undisturbed name, honored with the name ‘God’
and praised with the name ‘Father’,
for to everyone and everything (comes) the fatherly kindness
and affection and love,
and any teaching there may be that is sweet and plain,
giving us mind, speech, (and) knowledge:
mind, so that we may understand You,
speech, so that we may expound You,
knowledge, so that we may know You.
We rejoice, having been illuminated by Your knowledge.
We rejoice because You have shown us Yourself.
We rejoice because while we are in (the) body,
You have made us divine through Your knowledge.  

"The thanksgiving of the man who attains to You is one thing:
that we know You.
We have known You, intellectual Light.
Life of life, we have known You.
Womb of every creature, we have known You.
Womb pregnant with the nature of the Father,
we have known You.
Eternal permanence of the begetting Father,
thus have we worshiped Your goodness.  

There is one petition that we ask:
we would be preserved in knowledge.
And there is one protection that we desire:
that we not stumble in this kind of life."  

When they had said these things in the prayer, they embraced each other and they went to eat their holy food, which has no blood in it.*  

* A vegetarian meal. This passage is also found in the Epilogue of Asclepius, in "HERMETICA," translated by Sir Walter Scott, published by Shambhala:  

"Having prayed thus, let us betake ourselves to a meal unpolluted by flesh [animalia] of living things."  

The G.R.S. Mead translation of the same passage in, Hermetica (Samuel Weiser Books, York Beach, Maine) says: "With this desire we now betake us to our pure and fleshless meal."  

"With such hopes we turn to a pure meal that includes no living thing." (Asclepius, translated in "Hermetica", Brian Copenhaver, Cambridge University Press)   A Western Master of the Music of the Spheres by the name of Pythagoras once said, "Our Earth has abundance of such pure and harmless foods and there is no need for us to partake of meals for which blood has to be shed and innocent life sacrificed."

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Studies In The Sar Bachan Of Swami Ji Maharaj Part 1

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

The opening Verses of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose in Two Translations  

Translation One  

This world is perishable and so also is all that pertains to it. A wise man is he, who, having closely examined the nature of existence here, has realized that it is all transitory and illusory, and consecrated his human form by devoting himself to Bhajan and Simran (listening to inner sounds and repetition of the Holy Name of the Supreme Being) and who, taking the fullest advantage of the various faculties which the Supreme Father has graciously endowed him with, has translated the invaluable jewel within him, which is Surat (spirit [see note below]) or the essence of his being, to its original abode.  

1. The soul or spirit is known as Surat or Ruh. It has descended from the highest region, that is, the regions of Sat Nam and Radhasoami, and has taken location in this body. It has got enmeshed here in the mind, the three Gunas (attributes), five Tattwas (original conditions of matter), ten Indriyas (senses and organs) etc. and so tight are the bondages of the body and things connected therewith that it has become difficult for it to extricate itself. Freedom from these bondages is called Moksh (liberation). Inner bondages are the mind, indriyas, tattwas, etc., and the external bondages comprise property, family and kinsfolk. The soul, that is, spirit, is so much entangled in these two kinds of bondages that it has even lost consciousness of its original abode. So remote is the destination that it is now difficult for it to return to its original abode without the Mehar (grace) of a perfect guide. Now, all that a man has got to do is to take his Surat (spirit) back to its reservoir and place of origin, that is, Sat Nam and Radhasoami. Until this is attained, there can be no escape from joys and sorrows and pleasures and pains of this world. (Radhasoami Satsang, Agra, India)  

Translation Two  

This jagat (phenomenal world) is perishable (nashman) and all its causes and effects are also perishable; that the wise and shrewd man is he who having carefully examined the burden of its activities (karobar) and having discovered that this is a fantasy world (kalpit) and mythical (mithya), has fruitfully and gainfully employed this human body (and its related instruments and material) in the remembrance (sumiran) and contemplation (bhajan) of the Absolute Lord; that having benefited from things with which the Supreme Doer (the Absolute Lord) has equipped this human frame, he has restored his invaluable core (jauhar-i-be-bahaa, i.e. the quintessence of his being or tattva vastu which is the surat or jivatma) into its real, original abode — the Radhasoami Sphere whence it descended.  

1. Jagat (the embodied spirit), i.e. surat*** is called as ruh (literally, breath or perfume). And having descended from the highest sphere, i.e. the sphere of Satt Naam and Radhasoami, it has come to abide in this body. And it has got tied up with three gunas (sattva, rajasa and tamas corresponding to oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen respectively) and five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth), and ten indriyas (five instruments or senses of knowledge and five of action or karma indriyas) and mind, etc.

Such bonds (bandhan) have come about between it (i.e. Surat) and the body (sharir) and its related objects of pleasure (padara- thas) that release from them has become quite difficult. This release is called moksh (emancipation). The internal bonds refer to cords that bind the surat with senses, elements and the mind. The external bonds imply the strings which tie up the surat with object of pleasure, family and clan (qabila).   In both these bonds, the jivatma has become so entangled that it has lost all remembrance and consciousness (denoting or relating to a part of the human mind that is aware of a person’s self, origin and history, environment, and mental activity) of its real abode. Its destination (original abode) has become so distant that its return to its original abode has become extremely difficult without the grace of the perfect murshid or Satguru. All that man has to accomplish is to take back his surat or ruh to its head spring and source, i.e., the spheres of Satt Naam and Radhasoami. Until and unless this task is accomplished, there can be no release from the worldly gaiety and grief (khushi and rani) and all the pains and pleasures pertaining to this (phenomenal world).  (The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami, M.G. Gupta)

**NOTE: "Surat": The surat is a drop from that Ocean — The Supreme Radhasoami. Anami, beyond space and time, void of vikalp, of boundary, of lineament (roop-rekha), of motion, of modification, of within and without, the Formless, even Soundless and Nameless, in a State of perfect bliss — "So Am I". When surat assumes body and form, it becomes known as jiva (entity) or jivatma. (Gupta) 

Guru Nanak: Spring

"Do not live even a single day without inner meditation." — Baba Devi Sahab

Bara Maha (The 12 Months)

The Month of Vaisakhi (April–May)
 
Lovely is the month of Vaisakhi,
When the bough turns green again,
And the bride awaits her Beloved,
With her eyes ever watching at the door:
Come, my Beloved, and show me your kindness,
It is Thee alone who can carry me safely across
The turbulent waters of life.
Without Thee I have
As little value as a shell.
Who can estimate my worth if I am pleasing to Thee?
My love, I see Thee and I make others to see Thee.
0 Lord, to me You are never far away:
I believe that Thou art living in me,
And I have realized Your presence within.
Says Nanak, she who realizes her Lord in Vaisakhi
has her soul filled with the meditation of the Name.

(Peace Lagoon, an anthology of the Sikh Scriptures — Sacred Songs of the Sikhs — Shri Guru Granth, Sardarni Premka Kaur, Published by G.T. International, Los Angeles, CA)

Rise, O Moon, And Spread Your Light — Hazrat Sultan Bahu

Sufi Poetry: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sufi_Poetry_and_Wisdom

Kalaam Hazrat Sultan Bahoo (Abyaat E Bahoo) Part 1

Ode to the Soul-Realm

Rise, 0 moon,
and spread your light across the heavens;
the stars remember you in silent prayers;
their hearts glimmering with hope.
Now, like beggars,
we roam the alleyways of earthly life,
when once in our own Homeland,
we were merchants of rubies.
0, may no one ever have to leave his own home,
for one is not worth a piece of straw
In this alien land!
They need not clap their hands
to startle us out of this world, 0 Bahu;
we are already disposed to fly back
to our long-lost Home.
Rise, 0 moon, and spread your light —
They are all fondly talking of you!
Even if thousands of moons like your were to rise,
without my Friend I would still be in utter darkness.
For, where my true Moon rises,
your light will pale into insignificance.
May my beloved Friend,
for whom I have sacrificed my life,
come before me just once!

— Hazrat Sultan Bahu
Abyat – verses 70 & 71
"Sultan Bahu", page 276, RS Books

Kabir: God Takes Care Of The Soul + Youtube Bhajan

Kabir at Yahoo Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KABIR

Prabhu binu dukh nar ko kown hare

Other than God who can remove the suffering of humanity? Whenever and wherever distress assails his devotees, there and then God presents himself. But if one is full of ego, then he suffers heavily. If he is humble then he gets positive rewards. If he is always engaged in devotion meaningfully, he will remain free of hypocrisy. If the devotee is humble and feels the pangs of separation from God then God takes care of him.

— Kabir Bhajan Amritam — Devotional Bhajans of Satguru Kabir, Translated by Dr. Jagessar Das, Kabir Association of Canada

YouTube Video: Kabir bhajan from Dr Pooja Angra and Madan Rana’s concert at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield U.K. on the 12th of August 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp0NfSbOMlY

Prayer of Guru Kabir With folded hands I pray: hear, O Ocean of Mercy! Grant me the gifts of compassion, humility, knowledge and happiness, in the company of the Saints. Kabir with thoughts fixed on Thy lotus feet prays, 0 Guru! tell me about the True Path of the Saints.

http://www.ruhanisatsangusa.org/pray/pray_a2.htm