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76The Voyage Home (Story of Genesis, Creation/Evolution in Sant Mat,) Part 10

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  • sant_mat_mystic
    Feb 27, 2002
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      {Radhasoami Dayal ki Daya Radhasoami Sahai:
      "Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace and Protection"}

      The Voyage Home (Story of Genesis, Creation/Evolution in Sant Mat),
      Part Ten

      Leaving the Body

      At the outset, the object is to concentrate the soul's scattered
      energy and bring it to the eye center, the portal from which it can
      flee the physical form. Only when the soul is free from the body may
      the higher stages of meditation be accomplished. After a time, the
      soul returns to the body so that the initiate can go about his or her
      daily tasks; spiritual masters, however, are thought to be constantly
      in the higher realms, no matter what activities they are externally
      pursuing.

      The ideas of soul travel, astral projection, and out-of-body
      experiences are fundamental to Radhasoami, for they are related to
      Radhasoami's perception of the self as a fluid, malleable entity
      unbound by the physical limitations of time and space. But the idea
      of soul travel is not unique to Radhasoami, of course. The
      literatures of ancient India and many other traditions are filled
      with such accounts; and, as Mircea Eliade has noted, the goal of
      much of Indian yoga is to transmute ordinary time and experience into
      a nonphysical, nontemporal state. Even in the West there is an
      enormous literature testifying to the veracity of out-of-body
      experiences.

      Numbered among those veterans of soul flight are some who have hoped
      to find in Radhasoami teachings an understanding and a refinement of
      these remarkable adventures. [Often] those who claim to have had out-
      of-body experiences state that they are not necessarily pleasant:
      terrible creatures are encountered-spirits of the dead, for instance -
      - and one must put up with the sensation of being totally at sea.
      Some say that those who leave the body through the heart chakra
      rather than the eye center are more likely to experience negative
      things. Even those who exit the body properly may encounter
      difficulty, and for that reason Radhasoami Masters give advice about
      what the soul should avoid -- e.g., images of houses, gardens and
      people -- and what it should seek. In the latter category are certain
      sounds. "Stick to the bells," Charan Singh once advised, "put your
      attention into that deep, melodious gong sound."

      Hearing the sound of a bell is often said to be one of the first
      signs that the soul is moving out of the body. According to one
      Radhasoami Master, the cue comes when a rather ordinary metallic
      sound begins to change into the pure tone of a bell. The wife of
      Darshan Singh tells a charming story about how, shortly after she was
      married but before she was formally initiated, she was in the
      presence of Kirpal Singh and heard the sound of bells without knowing
      where they came from or what they meant. Ordinarily, however,
      practitioners know what the light and bells mean because they have
      been looking and listening for them intently during their meditation.
      The main activities of meditation are to sit quietly -- not
      necessarily in the familiar lotus position but in any comfortable
      posture-and listen for a sound coming from the right and above, and
      to block out all thoughts. In the Agra branches, where meditation
      practices include visualization of the master's face, pictures of the
      masters are a popular sales item. At Beas, however, the popularity of
      these pictures is in defiance of the Master's warning that such
      external images are not to be used as an aid to meditation. Only the
      internal picture avails.

      There are, however, other physical aids to meditation........

      To be continued...

      ("Radhasoami Reality," Mark Juergensmeyer, Princeton University
      Press, ISBN 0-691-07378-3)

      Destroy delusion, O mind, by means of
      the Name of God and the Word
      bestowed by the Guru.
      The mind is then united with the One
      untouched by karmas. Liquidate thereby
      thy karmas, O Dadu. (Bhajan of Sant Dadu Sahib)