Four Shabds (Hymn, Mystic Poems) of Param Saint Tulsi Sahib of Hathras,
from the book, Param Sant Tulsi Saheb, S.D. Maheshwari, Agra, India
Peeping through the latticed screen, I had a glimpse of the Beloved. O
friend ! I sacrifice myself before my Sat Guru. (1) He gave me the eyes
and took care of my Surat and through His grace I could know of the
Abode of the Infinite Being. (2) I proceeded to the unique cave in
Gagan where neither the sun nor the moon has any access. (3) Says
Tulsi, Surat prepared the Beloved's bed and, lying there, enjoyed great
bliss. (4) Shabd 89
Listen, O friend ! Great is the status of Sants. It is beyond the reach
of Yoga and such other methods or practices. (1) In that region of
Sants [in the Soundless, Formless Plane Above] there is neither sound
nor any form. It is beyond Sunn and Maha-sunn. (2) The Gunas and
Nirguna have no access there. Sat Nam is the Beloved's region, which
the Jiva should attain. (3) Says Tulsi, he knows the True Name of the
Abode of the August, Nameless and Infinite Being. (4) Shabd 90
O Friend ! My Guru showed me the way through which I could see the
Invisible One. When I could recognize the current of spirituality
coming from above, I constantly applied my Surat to it. (1) Unique is
the spectacle seen on the peak in the sky and I made my Surat
participate in the activities going on there, all the time. (2) By
lifting the barrier beyond the door on the West, that is, beyond Sunn,
I gained access to Sat Lok. (3) Says Tulsi, the Essence resides within
the human body, and therein can Atma be found. (4) Shabd 91
Friend ! I searched further ahead and, after ascending, merged my Surat
in Gagan (Trikuti). Proceeding still further I found a path as subtle
as a spider's thread, along which, I quickly elevated my Surat. (1) I
then beheld Man-sarovar and, taking my seat at the Ghat (bathing place)
of Triveni, I bathed in its waters. (2) Withdrawing myself from there
and proceeding further within, I saw a unique spectacle of the
refulgence of a crore of suns pervading all round. (3) At its middle or
centre, I found a door through which I could see a Being who has been
described as the Source. (4) Says Tulsi, by applying my Surat to Shabd
within, I merged it in the region of Guru. (5) (Param Saint Tulsi Sahib
Sayings of Baba Devi Sahab (Pravesh K. Singh translation)
"Do not live even a single day without inner meditation."
"Such persons who are all the time busy in mundane worldly affairs and
are not able to spare even one or two hours a day (for meditation), are
not fit to be initiated into inner meditation, for even if these
persons get to know about the way to the inner secrets, of what use it
would be to them!"
"What is important is not to live a single day in life without
practicing meditation, all the experiences of pains & pleasures of
the world, one has to go through, notwithstanding."
"The loftiest or the highest outcome of adopting and following the ways
of these (Sants) is that it takes one beyond 'aawaagaman' (the
repetitive cycles of birth & death)."
"So, we should go to that place where the way to remove these veils is
taught. In the terminology of Sants and noble people, such a place is
called `satsang' where methods are taught to inculcate bhakti [love and
devotion] and remove the veils that keep it under-cover".
"God and bhakti are otherwise one and the same thing".
"In short, bhakti is such a thing without which no worldly or heavenly
acts can be accomplished. He alone is a human being (in the true sense)
who knows the key to or secret of bhakti. He whose heart is devoid of
the spirit of love is not even as good as an animal; he is rather much
more inferior to that".
"Bhakti is that essential substance without which any work, either of
this world or of the other world, can not be fulfilled; for all such
tasks which a man performs with genuine zeal get accomplished well, and
all other works in which we do not feel sincerely involved remain
incomplete or are only half done".
"What is most significant about bhakti is that is opens up inside man
the easy pathway to God, treading on which man reaches his centre or
destination from where he never (needs to) return".
"The other Music or Sound is internal and the way to listen to that is
by focusing our attention on the internal `Shabd' or Sound which is
Ringing within each one of us. Shabd is a highly precious wealth in the
life of every human being. So long as this Shabd is present in a man he
is alive; as soon as the Shabd exits, it is the end of him.".
"It is the highest duty of every individual to acquire experiential
Knowledge of this Shabd, and to investigate or explore the Origin or
Source from where this Shabd flows out".
"Our Lord resides in all (of us). He, our Lord, is so wonderful that
though He pervades everything, (yet) He is separate from and transcends
everything. It is not possible to see Him (in His true form) without
meeting, and learning the secrets from, (the accomplished) Guru. He is
blessed and adorable within whose body He reveals Himself."
When Sadguru Baba Devi Sahib was nearing the time of his departure from
this ephemeral world for his true destination, satsangis humbly
requested him to bless with his parting words. To their request, Baba
Devi Sahab had obliged by saying, "Duniyaa waham hai, abhyaas karo",
meaning, "This world is an illusion -- practice meditation." (Baba Devi
Below is from the Padavali of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans
56 Inside one’s body, one witnesses unique and most delightful performances, In the centre of the eyebrows, you fix firmly your Surat [attention-faculty of the soul], Watch the wonderful light inside your body, As you see that light try to experience it; It is difficult to know its reality by describing or hearing it; It is to be sought inside one’s own body only. Within the body itself is Sagun [form], Nirgun [formless] and the abode of the Lord; If you do not believe, you serve Sadguru, abandoning your pride, Even now is alive in the world Baba Devi Sahib, the light of knowledge, Who specifically teaches the means of inner worship; Mehi says, one going to his shelter, gets inexplicable joy inside one’s body.
57 O devotee! There is a wonderful display within this body, In the darkness of this body is the sky studded with the stars, the Moon and the Sun, There is the subtle body within the gross one and in that subtle body is the causal one, And yet there is the fourth one, that is, the supra-causal body, The fifth body, that is, Kaivalya (Oneness) is without attributes and full of knowledge, Mehi says, the Quintessential Word along with the Absolute, is present in one’s body. (Maharshi Mehi)
Couplets of Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj
Begin meditation with internally chanting or repeating the
Guru-mantra-incantation (the charged words given by the Guru). And then
visualize the radiant form or image of the Satguru in the still
darkness of the inner sky (with eyes closed). Follow that with focusing
your attention at the seat of the soul within, i.e. at the Third Eye or
the Inner Eye or the Til Dwaar, by making the two streams of
consciousness in your two eyes converge in a Point.
When the two currents of consciousness meet in a Point, Divine Light
appears within. Then, practice Surat Shabd Yoga (Yoga of Divine Sound)
i.e., try to shift your attention to listening to the Divine Sounds or
myriads of melodies (Anahad Naad) ringing inside. Listening to the
Divine Sound destroys all the perversions, agitations and fickleness of
Ascending beyond or transcending myriads of sounds, try to identify and
tune in to the Quintessential Unstruck Melody, called "Saar Shabd" or
"Anaahat Naad" which alone is capable of taking you and merging you
into oneness with the Supreme Lord; this is the ultimate deliverance,
emancipation, welfare, or liberation. (Sant Sevi Ji)
Shri Bhagirath Baba on Manas Jappa - Simran - Name Repetition Done With Devotion and Love (Prem-Bhakti)
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, Divya-Drishti (Divine
Eye, Third Eye) opens completely. One should repeat (reiterate) the
Guru-instructed mantra within the mind, gazing into the darkness that
appears while closing the eyes. This process is called Maanas Jap. In
doing this process neither lips are oscillated nor the tongue. Instead,
the mantra (word or name given by Guru) is repeated within, through the
mind. This Jap is actually a kind of meditation. Repeating mantra
through the mind is to call the Ishta (the tutelary deity, most
beloved, Sadguru) near oneself. So, Jaapak (a practitioner who does
Jap) should perform Jap with great love. He (Ishta, Guru) becomes
happy/merciful if one does Jap with immense love and devotion, and he
appears at will.
The practitioner who does Jap sitting in a secluded place with the
right method and immense love, becomes the excellent devotee. Sant
Charan Das says:
"Sakal shiromani naam hai, sab dharman ke maahi | Ananya bhakta wah jaaniye, sumiran bhoolai naahi ||" [Name (Jap) is the crown of all and has been described in all creeds. Know that person as the superior devotee who never forgets Jap.]
By doing Jap, the mind and heart become devotionally pure, morale is
uplifted, one gets strength in inner meditation. Japaat Siddhi (divine
power after getting perfection in Jap) is obtained. By doing Jap, so
much sanctity begins to flow within the body and mind of the
practitioner (Jaapak) that the vibration or wave of Jap (mantra the
practitioner repeats) penetrates (flows into) whatever the practitioner
touches. (Gurusevi Shri Bhagirath Baba)
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