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Souls, Surat Shabd Yoga, and Satsang

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  • santmat_mystic ( James )
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      [Radhasoami Reality]:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RADHASOAMI-REALITY
      {Radhaswami Dayal ki Daya Radhaswami Sahai:
      Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace and Protection}

      Souls, Surat Shabd Yoga, and Satsang

      Souls Are Emanations of the Supreme Being

      This Supreme Being is the sole master of the whole creation, and the
      spirit entities [souls or jivas] clothed in body in this universe
      are emanations from Him, that is, their essence is the same, and
      they more or less exercise the same powers as the Supreme Being
      within their respective spheres or bodies, viz., controlling matter
      or the forces of nature and elements which work harmoniously in
      subordination to the Spirit Current. (Huzur Maharaj, Radhasoami Mat
      Prakash)

      Spiritual Exercises

      Whoever performs the spiritual exercises (abhyas) of Surat Shabd
      Yoga [meditation of the inner Light and Sound Current] with love and
      yearning will certainly receive pure and unalloyed bliss and joy
      within himself. He will, in his lifetime, realize that his mind and
      spirit are getting detached from the body and the world. He will not
      be affected much by the onslaughts of pains and pleasures. The Path
      which he has to traverse at the time of death will go on clearing.
      Longing to traverse the Path speedily and to reach the Abode of the
      Supreme Being Radhasoami will go on increasing. Consequently, at the
      time of death, his mind and spirit will proceed towards Real Home
      very enthusiastically. He will be very happy on witnessing and
      perceiving internal scenes and sounds....

      Immense is the benefit of the spiritual exercises of Surat Shabd
      Yoga and of the Satsang* of the Sant Sat Guru. The glory and
      eminence of abhyas and Satsang are indescribable. Only loving
      devotees know and appreciate them. (Huzur Maharaj, Prem Patra
      Radhasoami, Volume Four)

      Satsang, What It Is

      Note: * "Satsang":

      (1) Spiritual gathering or association with a Living Master, Satguru.

      (2) Association with 'Sat' or the Eternal God.

      (3) True company or association.

      (4) Holy Service (seva).

      (5) Attendance on the Sant Sat Guru, hearing His discourses, reading
      His works, and performing acts of faith and devotion inspired by
      love for and a desire to approach the Supreme Being. This is
      external Satsang.

      Internal Satsang is the application of mind and spirit to the Sound
      Current at the time of devotional practice and an effort to raise
      them to higher spheres.

      (6) In Sant Mat or Radhasoami Faith, that meeting, congregation or
      function is called 'Satsang' where there is a recital of the praise
      of the true Supreme Being, and how to meet Him, and of what is the
      right path and procedure to find Him....The President of such an
      association is either the Sant Sat Guru, a Sadh Guru or a true
      Satsangi who is performing his devotional practices with love and
      sincerity; congregational meeting.

      (7) The place where holy service is held.

      (8) The entire body of Satsangis is called 'Satsang'.

      (9) True company or association. Sat Guru's personal company is
      outward Satsang.

      Inward Satsang is the company of the spiritual Current within, which
      consists in listening to spiritual sounds or in articulating
      internally spiritual Names. As the true Guide has access to the
      spiritual planes of His disciples, His manifestation there, either
      unsolicited, or in consequence of earnest and affectionate
      contemplation of His form, or remembrance of His gracious acts, is
      also internal Satsang. /////
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