Sant Mat recognizes
the great Sages, and Saints of the different traditions who are
accomplished in the spiritual goal of human life. Sant Mat respects the
Saints, Prophets, and Sages of all traditions: Buddha, Mahavira, Jesus
Christ, Guru Nanak, Kabir, Rumi, Bahá'u'lláh, Mira Bai, etc.
Furthermore, Sant Mat believes in the uninterrupted continuation of the
emergence of Saints (Masters, Sant Satgurus) on this Earth.
Contemplative Silence -- The Art of Tapping Into Our Source of Inner Wisdom and Guidance
By James Bean
Copyright, December 2009 - All Rights Reserved
"Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a
holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may
continually return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our
time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny,
calling us home unto Itself. Yielding to these persuasions, gladly
committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly and completely, to the
Light Within, is the beginning of true life. It is a dynamic center, a
creative Life that presses to birth within us." (A Testament of
Devotion, Thomas Kelly, Quaker mystic)
In this matrix or labyrinth of existence we can become quite habituated
into remaining as surface-dwellers living inundated by all the outward
distractions that life on earth provides. We may ask of ourselves, "Am
I availing myself of the spiritual direction and wisdom that comes from
within?" This would be a source of wisdom that not only provides an
inner perception of bliss, insight, or affirms a "Truth" of some sort
that one believes in, but an inner intuition that can also make a
positive contribution to one's outward life on the physical plane.
Mystics teach that the inner and outer life are not separate. There is
a relationship between one and the other. A life-affirming state of
being on the inside leads one to making the outward life into something
more heavenly too.
There are both outward and inward avenues to wisdom. There is the
wisdom of living teachers with us now, as well as the wisdom left
behind in the form of world scriptures and spiritual classics by
teachers of previous generations. "Through association with Masters,
the hearing of spiritual talks and study, wisdom can be acquired.
Wisdom is essential in determining what is the right way to live your
life." (Maharshi Mehi) "Let thy house be a place of meeting for the
wise, and dust thyself with the dust of their feet, and drink their
words with thirst." (The Mishnah, Jewish text) "Approach someone who
has realized the purpose of life and question him with reverence and
devotion; he will instruct you in this wisdom. Once you attain it, you
will never be deluded. You will see all creatures in the Self, and all
in Me." (Krishna, Bhagavad Gita) "The superior man acquaints himself
with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to
strengthen his character thereby." (Confucianism. I Ching 26: Taming
Power of the Great) "Without proverbs [traditional wisdom], the
language would be but a skeleton without flesh, a body without a soul."
(Zulu Proverb, South Africa) "Whoever discovers the interpretation of
these sayings will not taste death." (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas)
"Absorbed in the Scriptures and their purport, he transcends the cycle
of birth and death." (Jainist Sutra)
Outward instruction and inspiration is priceless, and there is also an
inner Voice of the Silence we can tap into. "There is a speaking of God
in the core of the soul where no creature can enter or speak, for only
God lives there and only He speaks. God speaks there when the soul puts
aside all that is created, when she silences her powers and gains a
vision into the foundation of her pure essence. In this pure and silent
soul God the Father speaks and she hears His Voice." (Meister Eckhart,
German mystic) "The imaginations of the mind are just as innumerable as
the innumerable waves of an ocean. If somehow this mind can become
quiet by itself, attainment of true knowledge -- like diamond will
become easily possible [everyone in this world is sad and restless
because of lack of true knowledge. This true knowledge can be attained
only when the mind becomes quiet]." (verse from, The Sakhi Granth of
Kabir) Through silence meditation we can "step outside the box."
Silence speaks volumes. The practice of receiving inner guidance or
hearing the Voice or Life Impulse of God in the silence of
contemplation is a universal teaching of all great saints and mystics.
In, "The Way of the Saints", speaking to both the need for guidance
about more temporal matters as well as inner wisdom that leads to the
eternal experience of Ultimate Reality, Kirpal Singh said, "There is a
cardinal need for developing inner receptivity. The Master-Power, as
you all know, is not confined to any particular place. It is working in
and around you. You have but to turn your face towards Him inwardly to
get the required help and guidance wherever necessary. Learn to sit
still and be mentally still, and the silence thus generated with be
more vocal than words spoken and written; and you will have an
instantaneous solution not only to your own personal problems but to
the problems of others as well........
"God is the Ocean of utmost and
restful silence. So long as we cannot have this restful silence within
us, the soul cannot listen to the Voice of silence arising out of the
greatest depths of Silence. By following that Voice we can reach the
source and fountainhead of the Great Silence called God and be blessed
forever.... In silence the heart illumines; veil after veil is removed.
In the heart shines the Light, and the very silence becomes vocal
giving vent to the Music of the Spheres reverberating in all creation."
From the Depths Within, Living From the Center of One's Being
art of listening/seeing/perceiving/being introspective in the silence
of meditation provides us with countless opportunities to see clearly
without the usual day-to-day distractions, perceiving the events of our
life from a higher vantage-point. As Mother Teresa of Calcutta said: "Silence gives us a new way of looking at everything." Silence
allows angels to whisper advice into our ears. It also makes it
possible for the authentic self to rise to the surface, introducing a
new divine power or grace into this dimension of reality. It imparts
insight, and ultimately, wisdom borne out of the depths or womb of
contemplative silence gives birth to the realization of the soul
itself. "There was within me a stillness of silence, and I heard the
Blessedness whereby I knew my real self." (Book of Allogenes [The
"Stranger" or "Foreigner"], Nag Hammadi Library)
A Diet of Kindness and Compassion
gentle of heart and fill your mind with compassion if you want to
attain the supreme purpose of life." (Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...no matter the species.
will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on
earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." -- Albert Einstein
Reason to Be Here
"We are the pearls of the shoreless ocean, sometimes
the waves and sometimes the sea. We came into the world for this
purpose -- that we might show God to His creatures." (Kamal, one of
Giving Life Meaning
rains, trees, and Saints -- all these four give meaning to their
existence by helping others. A pond is meant to quench the thirst of
living beings. The rains cause crops to grow and fills the world with
greeneries. A tree gives cool shade, fruit, and wood. A Saint gives
meaning to the lives of others by imparting True Knowledge to them." (The Saakhi Granth of Kabir, an ahimsa ethics manual of Sant Mat)
Master always tends and protects his disciples as a gardener nurses his
seedlings. In his divine presence, he nourishes them with his merciful
glance. It is only appropriate to use the name 'Master' for someone who
shows you the Lord within your own body, O Bahu!" (Hazrat Sultan BaHU)
big deal if you had to live for a day without meals, but never live a
single day without meditation!" - Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj
Explore the Currents of Sound
is the highest duty of every individual to acquire experiential
Knowledge of this Shabd [inner Sound Current], and to investigate or
explore the Origin or Source from where this Shabd flows out". (Baba
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." (Baba Devi Sahab)
"Who else is Christ but the Sound of God?" (Acts of John, Gnostic Christian scripture)
The Many Names of the Nameless (Anami) One
Nameless God has been given many names over the centuries. There are
countless divine names used in various schools of spirituality. Some
are given "The Five Names" (panch naam) consisting of five holy names
of God. These are revealed at the time of Initiation into Sant Mat or
Shabd Yoga meditation. These same five names have been used for
centuries in certain branches of Sant Mat connected with Kabir and Sant
Dharam Das, Sant Dariya Sahib, Sant Tulsi Sahib, and Sant Radhasoami
Sahib. Others have been given five Sufi names of God at the time of
Initiation into Surat Shabd Yoga meditation. These five Sufi or Islamic
names have the same essential meaning as the five Indian names used in
Sant Mat, and, as with the Indian names, also correspond to five basic
inner regions. (In one of the Jewish Gnostic paths of antiquity, a
group known as the Sethians, there was also a five-named or panch naam
mantra approach, only with five Hebrew names. Those were associated
with certain heavenly regions: Harmoz-el, Oroia-el, Daveithai,
El-eleth, and another word meaning, the "Self-Begotten One".) Others
are given the name RADHASOAMI (Ra-da-Swam-e, "Soul-Lord" or "Lord of
the Soul") to use in simran practice along one's journey though all of
the various states and stages within. Other Sant Mat lineages use a
two-syllabled sacred word revealed at the time of Initiation, and it
represents a name for the Soundless One, the Most High God.
the classic bhajans and banis of the Sants of India appear numerous
names of God. One can read verses exhorting devotees to repeat many
names of the Formless One:
"Repeat the Name of Raam".
"Repeat the Name of Radhaswami".
"Repeat the Name of Hari".
"Repeat the Name of Govinda".
"Repeat the Name of Vitthala".
"Repeat the Name of Allah".
"Repeat the Name of HOO (HU)".
names have used by various Sants: Param-Atma, Hari, Alakh, Allah, Raam
or Rama, Rahim, Agam, Purushotama, Khuda, Gobind, Panduranga, Pandhari,
Vitthala, Narayana, Vitthoba, Sat Purusha, etc... Some of these names
are used by Hindu paths too, and have different meanings. As Sant
Dariya Sahib once said:
"Consider the four meanings of Ram,
The first Ram (1) is our inner self.
Parashu-ram (2) is said to be the second one.
The third one lived in Dasharath's (3) home.
The fourth Ram is the Primeval Sat Purush (4)
Him (Sat Purush) Ram or call Him Naam, Ram and Naam are one. Both are
mutually indistinguishable; Satguru's Sound Current reveals this
The Life Principle that pervades
everywhere, permeating, witin all. Parashu-ram, the son of Sage
Jamadagni, is regarded as the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ancient
king of Ayodhya, the father of Ram. Rama: the seventh incarnation of
Vishnu and the hero of the great epic Ramayana (Adventures of Rama).
The Nirguna or Formless Raam, All-Spirit. (Sant Dariya Sahab)
the Sants of the East, all names of the One God represent the Nameless,
Formless (Nirguna) God of Love and Compassion Who is Timeless (Akal),
Spirit, and Eternal (Sat).
The True Spirit of Simran Practice is Bhakti
is a term which means "Remembrance", the spiritual practice of
remembering or being mindful of God by repeating his Name. Devotees
sing or chant various names for God. Higher spiritually, and more
"within" is the practice of "manas jap", the mental repetition of God's
name or names "with the tongue of thought" - in other words, chanting
names of God within one's mind. The Sants have always placed much
greater emphasis upon mental Simran over vocal chant.
however, more to Simran than the repeating of sacred names. Simran must
be approached with the right attitude, the right spirit, for one's
intent determines how successful the practice will be, and what effect
it will have upon one's consciousness. Simran has never been intended
to be a dry or lifeless mantra practice. The path of the Sants is a
bhakti path, a path of love and devotion for the Supreme Being. Thus,
the true Masters have always instructed their students to repeat God's
Name with love and devotion, as a lover calling out to one's Beloved,
the Lord of Love.
"Keep your mind ever
engrossed in the Name of the Lord as the lover's mind is ever engrossed
in his beloved. He never forgets her for a single moment - Through day
and night he remembers her.
"Happiness rests in ever-repeated simran,
Sorrow and suffering is removed by simran.
Kabir declares with utmost force and clarity:
Practise this simran and be one with the Lord." (Kabir)
then, is the practice of the Name? It is a form of interior prayer by
which a person learns to keep his or her attention always in the Lord,
in every circumstance and situation, at all moments, through day and
night. It is a form of inner remembrance that leads to a heightened
awareness beyond the limitations of the physical world and the portals
Through meditation on the Name, or Nam bhakti, one learns to draw one's attention away from the outer world.
Always be in rapport with the Lord
And enjoy true contentment -
This is the state of ineffable serenity.
There is no peace except in the Name of the Lord -
Meditate on it with one-pointed attention.
Experience the state of superconsciousness
Where the Lord's love surges
And you will see your own form
In each particle of the creation.
0 Nama, the Lord will make
The pupil of your eye his home,
And your eye will expand
To contain the entire universe.
(Saint Namdev, Mystics of the East Series)
The Simran of God's Name Will Lead One to the True Name: The Sound of God
repetition of the holy Names is the truest spiritual technique. An
uninterrupted inner repetition of the holy Names given by the living
Master has to be practiced daily with love, devotion, and one- pointed
attention. One thereby transcends one's body and is transported to the
realms of Light.
The repetition develops into an ever-going
spontaneous process, and one catches the unceasing inner Music which
takes one to its Source, and reveals God face to face. One is,
therefore, exhorted to search daily for the Source of this Unstruck
Music. Whatever one does and wherever one happens to be, one is asked
to be a sacrifice unto His Name and to have ardent longing to behold
Him and hear His voice.
Sant Dadu Dayal
From within, the indwelling Lord Himself
"The repetition of My Name alone
is true; all else is delusion."
The Name, the essential Truth of the
three worlds, alone is efficacious.
With discrimination, repeat it exclusively
day and night, 0 mind.
At every breath be devoted to it, and
thy Beloved will meet thee one day.
Repetition is the path leading to bliss;
thus hath the Master explained.
Be dedicated to God moment by moment,
even if thou art to lose thy life.
No other way is there to support
Who is that ill-fated one preaching some
Without the Name, tell me, where can
one find a foothold? asketh Dadu.
Let not the Name be separated for
a moment from within thy heart,
Millions have been purified by
repeating God's Name alone.
Be dedicated to God while the body
is in good condition,
Else later on, when the body and mind
are worn out, thou shalt repent,
The whole world is full of poison; rarely
someone is free from it, 0 Dadu.
He alone will be free from poison
who is steeped in the Name
of the Supreme Lord.
Repeat the Name with the pang of
separation, and sing its glory with
love and devotion.
Fix thy mind in repetition with joy and
dedication, 0 Dadu.
While speaking or listening, giving
or taking, eating or drinking,
Repeat the Name of God at all times,
0 Dadu, thus shalt the self rest
in the inner lotus.
(Encyclopedia of Saints of India, Volume 25: Sant Dadu Dayal)
"The process by which the secret of how to realize God
is taught is called deeksha or initiation. It is always rewarding to
seek initiation from a Satguru or preceptor." (Swami Achyutanand Ji)
Radhaswami: The Lord of Love
emphasis as been made by the Masters on the generation of love for the
Supreme Being, the Supreme Master who is all love. Love is the prime
source of boundless energy. Love is bliss, and thus the Supreme Being
is Supreme Bliss. Love is Light and Truth and from them emanates
intelligence. Thus, the Supreme Being is an infinite Ocean of bliss,
intelligence, energy, truth and light. He is eternal and unchangeable,
the sole director of the whole creation. Such a Supreme Being is
omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. He is all-pervading. The entire
universe is the creation of His own Current and as such He is present
at every stage in the creation." (Agam Prasad Mathur, "Petals of Love", new book)
Creating the Golden Age, Why Wait for the World to Catch Up?
There have always been a few enlightened enclaves in the world, here
and there over the centuries, a few ashrams of Essenes, Gnostics, and
Saints living ahead of their time. I like the idea of personally
stepping into the Sat Yuga or Golden Age as an individual choice.
Rather than waiting for the world to catch up -- a mighty long wait
indeed, we can live more and more from our spiritual Ideals, of
meditation, vegan or vegetarian diet, spiritual community, enlightened
activities, rising up to a higher octave, here and now. Calendars will
be always be calenders, but we are free to create the Golden Age today,
can step into Sat Yuga in this present moment.
Standing at the Crossroads of Time
Kirpal Singh: "Standing at the crossroads of Time, we must make a firm
resolve to do better from day to day; at least from the New Year's Day
that beckons us on with a promise of rosy dawn. As there are landmarks
on earth, so there are landmarks in Time. The past and future are like
sealed books to us: the one is in the limbo of oblivion, while the
other is in the womb of uncertainty. It is only the LIVING PRESENT that
is ours, and we must make the best use of it, ere it slips away through
the fingers and is lost forever. Human birth is a great privilege and
offers us a golden opportunity. It is for us to make or mar the same,
for it is given to each individual to forge his or her own destiny as
best he may."