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201Bhakti (Love and Devotion)

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  • santmat_mystic ( James )
    Jul 30, 2003
      [Radhasoami Reality]:
      {Radhasoami Quotes -- The Spiritual Classics of the Radhasoami Faith


      Mataji [Yogani Mataji] exuded a sense of joy and happiness. We
      talked for more than three hours about a variety of subjects, but I
      was most intrigued with Mataji's experiences on the inner spiritual
      planes. I asked her what it was like to leave the body. Mataji
      responded with a beautiful description of how consciousness can be
      released from the mortal frame by attaching itself to the stream of
      celestial music radiating from the top of the head and beyond. To do
      this, she said, one first must be initiated by a genuine mystic who
      has gained access to the higher realms. The practice itself,
      although it may take years to master, sounds relatively simple. The
      body should be kept perfectly still with one particular posture held
      for at least three hours. One may choose a cross-legged position
      (like the yogis in the lotus pose) or a more comfortable, relaxed
      position in a chair. Keeping the back erect and the mind alert, one
      continuously repeats God's name as given by his/her guru. This
      simran, as Mataji termed it, should be done with one's attention
      centered behind closed eyes.

      Coupled with this physical stillness and ceaseless repetition of
      God's name [simran practice], the next step is to contemplate the
      Light within. At first, Mataji pointed out, there will be only
      darkness but eventually Light will appear in the form of either
      small flashes or small star-like points. In any case, one should
      focus on the radiance, keeping one's simran intact and allowing the
      Light to draw the soul inward. The third and most important step,
      Mataji said, is to listen to the Sound that issues forth from the
      Light. It is this Internal Music which will numb the body and allow
      the consciousness to leave its ordinary dwelling. By riding this
      Current of Light and Sound, like a fish going upstream, the soul
      will be able to go back to its original home. On the journey within,
      however, the soul must be guided by a true master so as not to be
      detained in any of the lower illusory regions. According to Mataji,
      what near-death patients experience is only the beginning of a vast
      sojourn into great universes of Light, love and beauty.

      Personally I was overcome with the profundity of Mataji's account.
      Although it seemed plausible, especially given the findings of near-
      death patients who have been resuscitated, the soul's journey in the
      beginning stages appeared too difficult. How can one sit so still,
      repeat only holy names and think of God constantly? "By falling in
      love," Mataji answered serenely. "Because when one is truly in love
      nothing but the Beloved can enter one's mind. So the secret of Surat
      Shabd Yoga and of mysticism," she goaded, "is not necessarily
      practice and more practice, but love. To be so devoted to one's Lord
      that nothing can stand in the way-this and nothing else is the truth
      of Sant Mat," Mataji stressed.... (Enchanted Land, published by the
      MSAC Philosophy Group)