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5 Stages of Meditation, Important Links, The Journey Back to the Soundless God

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    5 Stages of Meditation, Important Links, The Journey Back to the Soundless God Sant Mat Fellowship: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship {The one
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 6, 2006
      5 Stages of Meditation, Important Links, The Journey Back to the
      Soundless God

      Sant Mat Fellowship:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship
      {The one who has purity of character,
      who practices diligently the Yoga of Sound,
      and who can explain *clearly* Sant Mat
      (the complete Path of the Masters with nothing missing),
      can be accepted and trusted as Satguru/Teacher.}
      Meditation Sangat:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MeditationSangat
      {"Do not live even a single day without inner
      meditation." -- Baba Devi Sahab}

      Important Links

      Online Chart Number One -- Subtle Bodies and Inner Regions:
      http://www.geocities.com/santmat_mystic/CHART.jpg

      Online Chart Number Two, PDF File -- Higher Planes/Inner Regions:
      http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/chart.pdf

      Online Books: Selections from The Harmony of All Religions,
      Philosophy of Liberation, and Qualifying a Spiritual Master:
      http://www.thewayofsages.com/new_page_7.htm

      Online Book: Path_of_the_Masters___Part_1.PDF File:
      http://tinyurl.com/ymljpo

      Online Book: Path_of_the_Masters___Part_2.PDF File:
      http://tinyurl.com/ydevqr

      Online Book: Mystic Bhakti-Love Poetry of Kabir: 100 Songs of Kabir:
      http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/sok/index.htm

      Eight "Limbs" or Levels of Yoga, Based on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali:
      http://www.expressionsofspirit.com/yoga/eight-limbs.htm

      Sant Mat Site at Yahoo Groups: Sant Mat Fellowship Worldwide:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship

      Comprehensive Links Page to All Things Sant Mat, Radhaswami -- Surat
      Shabd Meditation Websites:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship/links

      Peace or Shanti

      "Each stage of meditation has specific hallmarks to indicate
      progress. Although the techniques may sound complex, this path is
      extremely simple to practice as is evidenced by the great numbers of
      people who have been practicing this meditation since ancient times."
      (Maharishi Mehi, The Philosophy of Liberation)

      The ultimate hallmark or fruit of successful meditation is a genuine,
      Divine or supernatural sense of peace (Shanti): "Santi [shanti] is a
      Sanskrit word with several English meanings: peace, tranquility,
      bliss, etc... The peace which results from some degree of Divine
      communion is Santi." (footnote on page 7 of, Philosophy of Liberation)


      Where We Came From, Where We Are Going

      "The individual soul has descended from the higher world [realm of
      the Divine] to this city of illusion [bodily existence]. It has
      descended from the Soundless State to the essence of Sound, from that
      Sound to Light, and finally from the realm of Light to the realm of
      Darkness.

      "The current of consciousness which is dispersed in the nine gates
      of the body and the nine senses must be collected at the tenth gate
      (Seat of the Soul, the sixth chakra, also known as the Third Eye,
      bindu, center between the eyebrows) therein lies the path for our
      return. This is the act of leaving the gates of the sense organs and
      becoming established in the soul. We travel back from the realm of
      Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to divine Sound, and
      from the realm of Sound to the Soundless State [The Nameless One,
      Ultimate Reality]". (Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)


      Here Are The Stages of Meditation As Taught in Traditional Sant Mat

      All of the following spiritual exercises represent a transition from
      outer to inner, from lower to higher, from physical to mental to
      spiritual, a shift in one's awareness through several different
      layers or regions, on the way back to God beyond all these veils of
      illusion. As Sant Sevi Ji writes: "The natural tendencies of the
      Soul are to move from outward to inward. The Current of Consciousness
      which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and the nine senses
      must be collected at the Third Eye. Therein lies the path for our
      return."

      In the book, Quintessence of Yoga -- Secrets of Success, published by
      the Maharishi Mehi Ashram, before the inner stages of meditation is
      mentioned the practice of japa, the verbal chanting of God's name.
      One could, at first, do this briefly as a way to relax and settle
      into meditation practice. Mostly however in Sant Mat meditation,
      mental or inward chant is perceived to be a thousand times more
      effective than verbal chant, but if one is so inclined, there can be
      some vocal chant, singing of hymns or arti at the beginning.

      The following is by Sant Sevi Ji's Satguru: Maharishi Mehi, from the
      book, Philosophy of Liberation (Moksa Darsan).

      "The practice involves a specific meditation taught by a qualified
      Teacher. Meditation has four levels of practice each building on the
      preceding practice:

      Going Within -- Stages of Sadhana (the Inner Spiritual Practice of
      Meditation)

      "The first stage is manas japa", mentally repeating a sacred
      name "with the tongue of thought" (mantra, simran, zikhr). This is a
      simple technique and has been widely taught and practiced in the East
      as well as the West. It has the effect of calming the
      restless "monkey-mind" and preparing for the following stages of
      meditation.

      "The second stage is the manas dhyana" -- practice of mentally
      focusing on a specific image -- mentally contemplating or visualizing
      the form of one's teacher/Satguru is called dhyan or manas dhyana.

      "The third stage is known as Drishti Yoga -- uninterrupted
      concentration of an infinitesimal point" [The Yoga of Light lets one
      find the Third Eye and access the inner Light, visions or lights of
      various colors, stars, suns, moons, other visions, or the Radiant
      Form of the teacher at the Third Eye Center or Single Eye].

      "The fourth stage Surat Shabad Yoga (the art of inner hearing -- the
      meditation of Divine Sound) is focus on celestial inarticulate
      sounds within, which ultimately leads to the final goal [merging
      with the Soundless God]."

      "The Sounds are somewhat similar to the sounds of: the veena
      (stringed instrument similar to the lyre), the mridang (drum or
      thunder), the mrdal (cymbals), the singi (a horn), the sitar
      (stringed instrument), or the sarangi (similar to a lute).

      Also see, the Nada Bind Upanishad, for a list of inner Sounds:
      http://www.vedarahasya.net/nadabind.htm

      and the Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika on Nada Yoga/Inner Sound Meditation:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship/message/2117

      Surangama Sutra of Buddhism as well:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship/message/2059


      Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, in, Quintessence of Yoga: Secrets of Success",
      writes: "Devotee Jaydayal Goyandka taught clearly about the Yoga of
      Vision or Light and the Yoga of inner divine Sound. To consolidate
      vision and meditation with closed eyes causes:

      1) steadiness of mind,
      2) purity of character,
      3) inner peace, and,
      4) removal of ill-will.

      "Closing the ears when we hear the divine Sound within ourselves is
      the best approach. There is no harm in it. We can include this along
      with other practices. This practice of inner Sound can go on in the
      night, because there is no noise at that time and environment is
      peaceful......When the inner divine Sound merges into the
      imperishable Supreme Lord, there is the absolute State of
      Soundlessness (the Ultimate Reality, God, Anadi Purush)."

      You may ask, what does it mean to "close the ears"? There is a bhajan
      technique initiates learn to do just that in order to focus on inner
      Sound. Also, sometimes people use earplugs to block outer sounds
      during inner Sound practice. But there is another meaning. Some
      clarification is given in the book, The Harmony of All Religions, by
      Sant Sevi Ji, who states that closing the ears is primarily an
      internal reality that occurs after one's attention has gone
      within: "When you focus your gaze within ajna chakra then
      automatically your physical ears will close and the inner ears will
      open."

      Maharishi Mehi from, The Philosophy of Liberation, reveals the final
      goal of Sant Mat Meditation -- The Fifth Stage that few talk about:
      merging with the Soundless, Nameless One: "Upon merging the mind
      with the Sound, there remains only the consciousness, free of the
      association with the mind. The consciousness free of the mind will
      be drawn to the flow of sounds, ultimately merging in Soundlessness
      or the Supreme Sovereign God. The internal practice of meditation
      ends here: the Supreme God is realized and the work is completed."
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