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    Sant Mat Principles Radhasoami Reality: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Radhasoami-Reality {Radhaswami Dayal ki Daya Radhaswami Sahai: Grant Merciful Radhasoami
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      Sant Mat Principles

      Radhasoami Reality:
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      {Radhaswami Dayal ki Daya Radhaswami Sahai:
      "Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace and Protection"}
      Sant Mat Fellowship:
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      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/santmatfellowship
      {"Do not live even a single day without inner
      meditation." -- Baba Devi Sahab}


      98. The practitioner should support himself in gainful employment,
      living on one's own earnings. The aspirant is best content with a
      few things.

      99. The aspirant should keep himself free of impulses such as lust,
      anger, greed, delusion, egotism, jealousy and fear. In his interest
      for spiritual progress, the practitioner should create pure mental
      habits: compassion, mercy, contentment, forgiveness and humbleness.

      100. The following should be avoided because they cause unsteadiness
      of the mind: intake of intoxicants, including alcohol and various
      non-prescription drugs, and eating of meat and fish.

      101. Through association of saints, 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. Without wisdom
      one can make poor decisions, which result in undesirable
      consequences.

      105. Through the practice of meditation one can progressively move
      the consciousness inward within oneself. In the beginning the
      practice of subtle meditation is difficult to accomplish owing to
      its unfamiliarity. Through the initial practice of Manas jap
      (Simran, repetition of mantra), the mind begins to focus. Then one
      progresses to the subtler practice of Manas dhyan (the form of
      deity) and prepares for the subtle meditation. Subsequently, through
      Drshti Yoga [inner Light meditation] one practices one-pointedness.
      Finally, through the practice of Surat-Shabd-Yoga (the Yoga of
      Sound) the transcending of all the realms is achieved.

      -- Sant Maharishi Mehi Ji Maharaj,
      "The Philosophy of Liberation"


      The individual soul has descended from the higher worlds [the Realm
      of the Divine] to this city of illusion, bodily existence. It has
      descended from the Soundless state to the essence of Sound, from
      that Sound to Light, and finally from the realm of Light to the
      realm of Darkness. The qualities (dharmas, natural tendencies) of
      the sense organs draw us downward and away from our true nature. The
      nature of the soul (atman) draws us upwards and inwards and
      establishes us in our own true nature.

      To go back to our origins means returning: withdrawal from the sense
      organs in order to go upward (by withdrawing consciousness) from the
      darkness to the realms of Light and Sound, in other words, to go
      inward from the external sense organs to the depth of the inner
      self. (Both of these expressions are exact special metaphors that
      describe the same movement.) The natural tendencies of the soul
      (atman) are to move from outward to inward. The current of
      consciousness which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and
      the nine senses, must be collected at the tenth gate. The tenth gate
      is the gathering point of consciousness; therein lies the path for
      our return. It is also known as the sixth chakra, the third eye,
      bindu, the center located between the two eyebrows. This is the act
      by which we leave the gates of the sense organs and become
      established in the soul. We travel back from the Realm of Darkness
      to the Realm of Light, from the Light to the Divine Sound, and from
      the Realm of Sound to the Soundless state. This is returning back --
      the return. This is what dharma or religion really intends to teach
      us. This is the essence of dharma.

      -- Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj


      1. Ultimate Reality is beyond any beginning or end, infinite, beyond
      birth, beyond the senses, all-pervading yet beyond pervasiveness. It
      must therefore be understood as the Supreme Being. This Essential
      Element is known as the Lord of All and is the foundation of all
      things. This Being is beyond both the inanimate and animate aspects
      of nature. It is without qualities and beyond qualities. Its nature
      is infinite, imperishable, all-powerful. It is beyond time and
      space, beyond sound and beyond form. It is the One without a second.
      The Supreme Being is beyond the scope of mind, the intellect and the
      senses. This entire universe is powered by the energy of this Being.
      This Being is not human. It is not manifested in physical form. It
      has existence beyond the illusion of maya, and there is nothing that
      exists outside of it. It is the Being which is eternal, existing
      from the beginning. Santmat considers this Being as the Divine
      Reality and this [knowing or merging with] Being is the goal of all
      spirituality.

      2. The individual soul is an inseparable part of the Supreme Being.

      3. The physical world of nature was created. It has an origin and an
      end.

      4. The soul bound by illusion (maya) remains in the cycle of death
      and birth. This is the cause of all suffering. In order to escape
      from this cycle of death and birth we must experience realization of
      this Supreme Being.

      5. By practicing devotion through these four techniques: Manas Japa
      (recitation of the divine name [Simran]), Manas Dhyana (focus on the
      divine form [Dhyan]), Dristi Sadhana (focus on the infinitesimal
      point [Third Eye Center -- contemplating the inner Light]), and Nada-
      nu-sandhana Yoga (concentration on the inner divine sounds [Surat
      Shabda Yoga] -- the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms
      of darkness, light, and sound which cloak the Truth -- the Divine.
      Only through a human body is a person able to achieve unity with the
      Divine.

      6. Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and
      violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be
      avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of
      violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must
      abstain from these vices.

      7. Consider the following as the requirements to attain liberation:

      Trust and belief in the Divine;

      commitment to seek the Divine within;

      devotion to a spiritual master;

      listening to the teaching of the spiritual discourse [satsang]
      including study of the teaching of the saints and the scriptures;

      and diligent meditation practice.

      -- Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, "The Harmony of All Religions"
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