Ultimate Reality is beyond any beginning or end, infinite, beyond
birth, beyond the senses, all-pervading yet even beyond pervasiveness.
It must, therefore, be understood as the Supreme Being. This Essential
Element is known in Santmat [the Teachings of the Saints] as the Lord
of All and is the foundation of all things. This Being is beyond both
the inanimate and animate aspects of nature. It is without qualities
and beyond qualities. Its nature is infinite, imperishable,
all-powerful. It is beyond time and space, beyond sound and beyond form
[Nirguna). It is the One without a second. The Supreme Being is beyond
the scope of the mind, the intellect and the senses. This entire
universe is powered by the energy of this Being. This Being is not
human. It is not manifested in physical form. It has existence beyond
the illusion of maya [illusion], and there is nothing that exists
outside of it. It is the Being which is eternal and is in existence
from the beginning. Santmat considers this Being to be the Divine
Reality, and this [knowing or merging with] Being is the goal of all
2. The individual soul is an inseparable part of the Supreme Being.
3. The physical world of nature was created. It has an origin and an end.
4. The individual soul (jiva), bound by illusion (maya), remains in the
cycle of death and birth. This is the cause of one’s suffering. In
order to escape from this cycle of death and birth we must experience
realization of this Supreme Being.
5. By practicing devotion through these four techniques -- Mānas Japa
([Simran], recitation of the divine name), Manas Dhyāna ([Dhyan], focus
on the divine form), Driśti Sadhana ([Yoga of Inner Light], focus on
the infinitesimal point), and Nadanusandhana Yoga ([Surat Shabd Yoga],
concentration on the inner divine sounds) -- the practitioner
consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, light, and sound which
cloak the Supreme Truth -- the Divine Reality. Only in a human body an
individual soul is able to achieve unity with the Divine. [In other
forms of existence, animal, etc., it is not possible to tread the
6. Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and
violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be
avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of
violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must abstain
from these vices.2 (2 Note: In Buddhism these five abstinences are
known as the Panch Shila (the Five Precepts).
7. The following are considered to be the requirements for the
attainment liberation: (A) Trust and belief in God; (B) Commitment to
seek the Divine within; (C) Devotion and service to a sadguru --
spiritual Master; (D) Satsang, listening to the teaching and spiritual
discourse including study of the Teaching of the Saints and the
scriptures; and (E) Dhyana, diligent meditation practice.
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