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Sant Mat History: Swami Ji Maharaj, Part One

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  • santmat_mystic ( James )
    [Radhasoami Reality]: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RADHASOAMI-REALITY {Radhasoami Quotes -- The Spiritual Classics of the Radhasoami Faith}
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      [Radhasoami Reality]:
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      {Radhasoami Quotes -- The Spiritual Classics of the Radhasoami Faith}
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      Sant Mat History: Swami Ji Maharaj, Part One
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      At first my head I bow and place in RADHASOAMI'S realm, Who, under
      His Mercy and Grace, is effecting the liberation and ascension of
      souls.

      All-powerful is my Merciful Guru, he liberates souls sinning all
      through. He takes up to Sat Purush sinners so great, to receive whom,
      even Hell is afraid. I am fallen, mean and merit-all-nil, but in His
      refuge He took me still. To the Lord so gracious and benign, myriads
      and myriads of obeisance mine.
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      The Supreme Being, Param Purush Puran Dhani RADHASOAMI, incarnated
      Himself as Soami Ji Maharaj, at Panni Gali, in the city of Agra. He
      was born on the night of the eighth day of the dark half of Bhadon,
      at half past twelve, in the year 1875 of Vikram Calendar
      (corresponding to night between 24-25 August, 1818 A.D.) in a Khattry
      Seth family. In His unbounded grace and mercy, He gave out His
      secrets, and promulgated the Radhasoami Faith. His name was Shiv
      Dayal Singh.

      Soamiji Maharaj's infancy passed in a normal way. After, however,
      attaining the age of five, He began to devote Himself to studies and
      to Parmarth (religion practices) of the highest order. His mother
      used to give Him bath early in the morning and prepare Him for
      devotion. And soon He would engage in His devotional practices. Side
      by side, His studies were also going on. he was so quick that it
      looked as if He was simply revising the previous lesson.

      Soamiji Maharaj acquired mastery in the branch of learning to which
      He applied Himself. Besides Hindi and Gurumukhi, He studied and
      mastered the Persian Language, much in vogue those days. He also
      wrote a book in that language. The sublimity of the subject matter
      and thoughts and ornate style were such that the book could be
      understood by accomplished scholars alone. He also know Sanskrit and
      Arabic.

      Soamiji Maharaj devoted great attention to imparting religious
      instructions and explaining spiritual matters. In fact, the very
      purpose for which He had incarnated Himself was to redeem, by His
      words, the souls that had strayed in this world. His elucidations of
      the principles of true religion were so nice that people, on hearing
      them, were left spell-bound. His words were so firmly implanted in
      their hearts that they came to have full faith in Him. It was said
      that He was endowed with magical powers; whoever went to Him, was
      converted to His views.

      Often boys of various communities Khattri, Brahman and Bania, came to
      Soamiji Maharaj for learning Persian, which He taught gratis. Those
      who studied at His Feet, derived great benefit. people often went to
      Him with requests. Soamiji Maharaj would not be at ease till He had
      done what they wanted. He treated the poor and needy with great love
      and affection, and projected His grace in the fulfillment of their
      objects, so that they would return happy and satisfied.

      Soamiji Maharaj's father, Lala Dilwali Singh, was originally a
      follower of Guru Nanak. He used to read with great love and fervor
      Nanak Saheb's Banis (compositions) and recited Japji, Sodar, Rohras,
      and Sukhmani daily. This had been the practice in the family since
      the times of Soamiji Maharaj's grandfather. There is still in
      existence, in his handwriting, the book Sukhmaniji in Persian.

      Later on, Soamiji Maharaj's father came in contact with Tulsi Saheb
      of Hathras, who was a perfect Sant. Occasionally, Tulsi Saheb visited
      Agra also. Because of His Satsang, faith in Sant Mat took deeper
      roots in Soamiji Maharaj's father. He served and associated with
      Sadhs throughout his life.

      Soamiji Maharaj's mother, paternal aunt, maternal grand-mother and
      others had also attended the Satsang of Tulsi Saheb for a
      considerable period. They were all convinced of the sublimity of the
      Sant Mat (Religion of Sants), and the efficacy of the Surat Shabd
      Yoga. But some of them were not fully acquainted with the secrets.
      Soamiji Maharaj graciously explained to them the secrets and details
      of the stages on the way. In the evening Satsang, He would deliver
      discourses which fully satisfied them, and strengthened their faith
      and conviction. His paternal grand-mother, maternal grand-mother and
      father's sister would never treat Him as a relation, but as a Guru.
      For Tulsi Saheb had once warned Soamiji Maharaj's mother not to look
      upon Soamiji Maharaj as her son, adding that a Param Sant had
      incarnated Himself in her family. Since then, Soamiji Maharaj's grand-
      mother and others treated Him with great reverence, respect, love and
      affection.

      Param Purush Puran Dhani Soamiji Maharaj was Param Sant. Among Sants
      and Faqirs, the status and position of a Param Sant ranks the
      highest. It is, therefore very essential to explain here the
      word 'Sant', by which, people in general, mean an ascetic. A Sant is
      He whose Surat (spirit), having passed through Pind and the three
      divisions of brahmand, has reached Sat Lok which is also known as
      Dayal Desh and which is beyond the limits of Kal. Beyond Sat Lok,
      leaving two stages in between, is Anami, i.e., Radhasoami Pad. It is
      the final and the highest stage. Reckoning from Sat Lok above, it is
      third, and from Sahas-dal-kanwal, it is Eighth. This is the Real
      Abode and the Throne of Soamiji Maharaj.

      Soamiji Maharaj was married into the family of Lala Izzat Rai of
      Faridabad, near Delhi. His consort came to be known by the
      appellation Radhaji Maharaj. Soamiji Maharaj used to explain
      Parmarthi matters of the highest order to Radhaji. She heard His
      discourses in Satsang as well. After learning Hindi, She Herself used
      to read and recite holy books. The discourses produced so deep an
      impression upon Radhaji Maharaj that She had Her entire jewelry,
      worth thousands of rupees, spent by Soamiji Maharaj.
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