Mere Knowledge of the mode of devotion derived from hearsay or reading the holy books will not help a would-be traveler on his journey homeward; it needs full instructions from an experienced guide and occasional help and information from him to enable a novice to proceed on his journey unhampered by obstacles and impediments which are generally met with in traversing material spheres..
According to Radhasoami Faith the presence and help of a Sant Sat Guru is absolutely necessary for a neophyte to commence the work of salvation [jiva mukti], or in other words, to practice internal devotion for the purpose of first concentrating and then raising his spirit beyond the material spheres..
All embodied spirit entities living here having left their original home from time immemorial, and having passed through various material spheres in their descent to the corporeal body in the third grand division, have become so firmly attached to their present dwelling, viz., the body and its surroundings in this world, that it is difficult, nay, impossible, for anyone to effect a change in the present condition and abode without the aid and instruction from one who is a resident of that sphere and holds communion with the Supreme Father, because He alone can be expected to know all the secrets of the descent of the spirit current to the lower regions and the means of liberating it from the bondage of matter to enable it to rise and return to its original source..
--- Huzur Maharaj, RADHASOAMI MAT PRAKASH - A Brief View of Radhasoami Faith --- Being a message of Eternal Peace and Joy to all nations --- Originally written by Hazur Maharaj in English and published in the year 1897A.D..
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