Sant Tulsi Sahab laid the foundation of the Santmat tradition of modern
times, it was exquisitely served and enriched in a completely unique
way by Maharsi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj. Maharshi Mehi was a direct
disciple of Baba Devi Sahab of Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India who had
special blessings of Sant Tulsi Sahab. Before I proceed further, I wish
to place on record that I have a firm opinion that all true sants are
equal, as they all have, by dint of their rigorous meditational
practices, raised their consciousness to merge into that of, and,
hence, have become one with, the Absolute Power that is, God. I, thus,
have (and all of us should have) equal admiration and respect for all
the sants (Lord Buddha, Lord Mahavir, Shankaracharya ji, Ramanand ji,
Kabir Sahab, Guru Nanak, Tulasi Das ji, Tulsi Sahab, Baba Devi Sahab,
Dadu Dayal ji, Sundar Das ji, Swapach ji, Radhaswami Sahab ji, Ravidas
ji, Tukaram ji, Jagjivan Sahab, Palatu Sahab, Gorakhnath ji, Shiv
Narayan Swamiji, Dariya Sahab, Soordas ji, Sahajo Bai, Shabri, Mira
Bai, Maharshi Raman, Rumi, Bulla Sahab, Guru Gobind Sahab, etc. etc.)
whichever sect or 'panth' they are from (in fact, the sants did never
form or even propose to form any sect or panth, it has always been
formed & promoted – sometimes chauvinistically – by their
followers; the sants themselves have always been much beyond any
sect)....... All sants have, in all times, made the noblest efforts to
uplift the human kind from their woeful state of being attached to the
illusory duo of the body & the world. (from an article listing many
Sants and mystics titled, Maharshi Mehi – The Bridge between Scriptures
and the Santmat, by Pravesh K. Singh)
Said Tulsi Sahib: 'Listen, I will now explain what I mean by "Sant". To
mention a few Sants, I pick the names of Dadu, Mira, Nabha, Nanak,
Dariya Saheb and Soor Das. Kabir's name, I mention again. And there
have been many other Sants. Sants, who have reached the Eternal Region,
have given to the world invaluable couplets and hymns in the form of
their poetical compositions. I, Tulsi Das, who am only the dust of the
holy feet of Sants, also said something about the bliss of the
Inaccessible Region.' (Param Sant Tulsi Sahib, S.D. Maheshwari
Huzur Maharaj, on the teachings of Soami Ji Maharaj: A few names of
perfect and true saints and true sadhs and fakirs who manifested
themselves in the last seven hundred years are given here. They are:
Kabir Sahab, Tulsi Sahab, Jagjivan Sahab, Garib Das Ji, Paltu Sahab,
Guru Nanak, Daduji, Tulsi Das Ji, Swami Hari Das Ji, Sur Das Ji and
Raidas Ji [Ravidas]. Among Mohammedans: Shams-i-Tabrez, Maulana Rumi,
Hafiz, Sarmad, Mujaddid Alif Sani. From a perusal of the discourses and
the writings of the great personalities, one can know how far they had
reached, and what was the region they had come from. (Sar Bachan Prose,
Book One, Agra)
Great praises to all the Saints! In which manner will one pray to them?
My mind is so very impure and inexperienced. Saints being destroyers of
sorrows do away with the worldly traps. They are the treasure-troves of
knowledge and meditation. Highly proficient in the techniques of
single-minded concentration and the Yoga of Sound. They propagate the
same in plain language all over the world. Great are the sages and
saints like Buddha, Shankar and Ramanand for eliminating sins.
Sacrifice to the magnificent saints like Kabir, Nanak, Goswami Tulsidas
& Tulsi Sahib, Dadu, Sundar Das, Sur Das, Swapach, Ravi Das,
Jagjivan, Paltu, etc... They are all great benefactors, delivering
human beings from the fears of the world. Sadguru Devi and other Saints
are also highly adorable, Maharshi Mehi sings their magnificence and
lies prostrate at their sacred feet with faith and love. (Padavali of
Maharshi Mehi Paramahansa)
Samadhi: (The State of Divine Union)
Samadhi is the eighth limb of Yoga. Samadhi is of two kinds: One type
of Samadhi is samprajanata — a joyful state in which higher
consciousness working through the mind in all stages. The second type
is asamprajanata. In this type of samadhi the mind is completely
absorbed in a state of pure awareness and all of one’s desires vanish.
Generally speaking, the state of Samadhi is achieved when the subject
(soul) and the object (God) unite. Duality disappears, and oneness is
established. According to the Sant tradition, this state is possible
through the practice of the yoga of Divine Sound. Without the practice
of Sound yoga, the practitioner will not be able to achieve complete
control of the mind.
Sant Kabir speaks about the Divine Sound: "Search the Divine Sound,
control your mind. This yoga is accomplished through the means of
Sound. The true Sound is the essence of creation. The physical body and
world are not real (i.e., not permanent)."
Through the practice of the yoga of Light, complete control of the
senses is attained (dama), and through the yoga of Sound the complete
control of the mind (shama) is accomplished.....
With regard to Sound yoga the Yogshikhopanishad says: "When one focuses
on a finest point and becomes established in this focus, then the
divine Sound automatically becomes manifest and one is able to perform
At that point of focus our ten senses (cognitive senses and active
expressions) are left behind, and we enter in a state of total
absorption. When our eleventh sense, the mind, enters into the ajna
charka (the third eye) the practitioner is hears the Celestial Sounds.
Vedic seers refer to this ajna chakra as sushumna and fakirs of Sufi
tradition call it shahrag.
Sant Tulsi Sahib says: "The path to reach our Beloved lies in shahrag.
Why are you wandering in the outer world to find your Beloved (God)?"
The path leading to God is within your heart. Enter into ajna chakra
and you will find your Beloved. God is not found not in a manmade Ka’ba
(Muslim pilgrimage place), but in natural Ka’ba (holy place), within
your own heart or self. Turn your attention within. You should listen
attentively to the reverberating divine Sound. The celestial sound is
coming to take you back to the source. Remember you cannot hear this
with the physical ears. When you focus your gaze within ajna chakra and
the consciousness in inverted inward your physical ears automatically
will close and the inner ears will open. By that power with inner ears
you can hear the Celestial Sounds. The original Sound of the creation
comes from the abode of God and it will take you to God.
The Nadabindu Upanishad sings the praise of Sound yoga and offers this
image: "When a mad (in rut) elephant goes to a banana orchard and
destroys and eats the orchard, and the elephant keeper comes and
pierces the elephant with a prong, the elephant is brought under
control. In the same manner, our mind is like the mad elephant that is
wandering in the garden of sense objects and is disciplined by the
practice of Sound yoga."
This teaches us that when the mind withdraws from the sense objects and
goes towards a state that is beyond worldly desires, the mind
automatically turns toward God. (Swamisant Sevi Ji, The Harmony of All
Religions, Bhagalpur, Bihar India)
On closing the eyes everyone sees the darkness inside, whether he/she
belongs to whatsoever creed, caste, country or he/she be young, child,
old, male, female, scholar or illiterate. This darkness has not been
created by the people or gods. This darkness has been created by the
Supreme Sovereign God. There are three layers (coverings) over the
Jeevaatmaa (Individual Soul). Those are: darkness, light and sound.
Darkness is the shadow of the light. This darkness is the first layer
on the Jeeva (individual soul) whom all beings see. One who crosses
this layer of darkness through a special kind of meditation sees the
inner light within oneself. This inner light is called Aatma-Aalok
(Light of the self) or Brahma-Prakash (Divine Light). On achieving it,
the Divya-Drishti (Divine Eye, Third Eye) opens completely. (Swami
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