January Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: Chand Mat
Baba Faqir Chand's Commentary on the Esoteric Instructions of Swami Ji Maharaj (Hidayatnama)
Program Length: 41 Minutes
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"The sages of India discovered the truth of man's potential perfection
and his ability to actualize it in their thousands of years of
spiritual experimentation. They wrote down the steps for this
attainment for their followers. The tradition of passing, from master
to disciple, this spontaneous achievement of living in God in our
waking life has continued in almost all the cultures of the world, but
the secrecy and mystery of this mysticism have often led to confusion
even until the present day.
"Some paths and techniques of meditation are indirect, vague, complicated, and difficult.
"The uncovering of this secret and the simplest explanation of this
universal way of man's union with God is the fundamental purpose of
"The epitome of the pathway of God-realization is expounded in
Surat-Shabda Yoga, or Union with God through the technique of Light and
Sound. This path has been present, although concealed, in all major
religions of the world. Recently however, its direct revelation and
practical application have openly emerged." (I.C. Sharma, from the
Introduction to, Instructions For Seekers-Surat Shabda Yoga-The Yoga of
Light and Sound)
Baba Faqir Chand, Radhasoami Satsang Hoshiarpur (Manavta Mandir Ashram)
The theme this month is "Chand Mat", that is to say, the teachings of
the Baba Faqir Chand branch of the Radhasoami Faith, with readings
from: The Sar Bachan Poetry of Swami Ji Maharaj, including from the
Esoteric Instructions (Hidayatnama) of Swami Ji, a prayer from Light On
Ananda Yoga by Shiv Brat Lal, readings from Dr. Ishwar C. Sharma and
Baba Faqir Chand from Instructions For Seekers-Surat Shabda Yoga-The
Yoga of Light and Sound (Chand's Commentary on the Sar Bachan), Baba
Faqir Chand from Jeewan Mukti (Liberation In Life), Enchanted Land from
the chapter dedicated to Yogani Mata Ji, and a satsang discourse from
Swami Ji Maharaj: Sadguru Khojo Ri Pyari, Jag Main Durlabh Ratan
Yahi."My dearest aspirant! Continue your research for a true and
perfect master, because he is rare like a precious diamond."
Baba Faqir Chand: "The masses adopt a Guru, merely on reputation,
without making thorough research themselves. That is why they do not
find real Gurus. If such rare saints are difficult to find, one should
associate with those saints who are on the way to perfection. Only
those persons are capable of uniting with God, or Truth, who consider
other human beings equal to themselves and hold no jealousy, hatred, or
other negative ideas in their mind....
"Disciple: But, most of the disciples have been associated with their
Gurus for a very long time. Why then, have they not attained anything
that is granted by a saint? Also, the Gurus have been engaging their
disciples in different kinds of services. Why do they advise some
disciples in one way and others in a different way?
"Faqir: In fact, a true master knows very well why a special disciple
has come to his refuge. Some Gurus, who are keen to recruit as many
disciples as they can, to exploit those people who are in trouble. But
a true or perfect master never exploits his dear disciples. He loves
them and advises them according to their respective backgrounds and
capabilities, which are different for different people. He tells his
disciples to be engaged in different kinds of activities, which either
help them to fulfill their worldly desires of material things, or to
rid themselves of those desires after a good deal of experience. A
person can never realize Truth, or attain peace, as long as he is a
slave to passions and desires. That is why Hidayatnama clearly says
that first a devotee should resign his desires for wealth, prosperity,
and family to the will of God and then go to the saints for guidance.
In this way all his problems will be solved. Those who do not follow
these instructions take a longer time to resolve their problems. The
order of the perfect master and the path suggested by him should be
considered as supreme. The seeker would experience peace and bliss by
applying the instructions of his master to his practical daily life....
"Many Gurus are concerned with accumulating wealth and fame and their
disciples are equally motivated by worldly desires. So instead of being
enlightened and liberated, seekers are more and more involved in
material things and thus subjected to the cycle of birth and death.
When a Guru who is the true practitioner of The Yoga of Light and Sound
is found by a disciple who is truly desirous of being freed from the
spatio-temporal world, then and only then the relationship of the
disciple and the master has some significance."
Jai Guru Radhasoami,