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The Voyage Home (Story of Genesis, Creation/Evolution in Sant Mat, Part 8)

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    From: [Radhasoami Reality]: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RADHASOAMI-REALITY {Radhasoami Dayal ki Daya Radhasoami Sahai: Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace
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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 Eight)

      [The soul] is sometimes described as a drop of water from the divine
      ocean that yearns to be reunited with its Source. It wants to go
      home.

      The first move in that direction is to gather up what fragments of
      divine energy already exist within. At birth, according to one
      Radhasoami teacher, the surat that is the spiritual essence of the
      jiva locates itself at a point beneath the center of the forehead and
      then is diffused downward through the body. It tends to concentrate
      in six internal regions, each of which has its own focal point. These
      are the six chakras, "wheels" of spiritual energy that are commonly
      found in hatha yoga and other traditional Indian portrayals of the
      spiritual anatomy. The lowest of these is located in the bowels, the
      next in the genitals, and then come the centers of the stomach, the
      heart, the throat, and the special one above and between the eyes.
      This "eye center," as it is usually described in Radhasoami
      literature, is sometimes identified with the pineal gland, It is the
      point at which the Radhasoami devotee attempts, through meditation,
      to concentrate the surat, the soul-consciousness that has become
      diffused elsewhere throughout the body. It is from there that the
      soul can flee the body into higher (though still interior) realms.

      Even if it does, however, the soul is not yet fully free. Once it has
      left the body, through death or through techniques of soul projection
      during its earthly life, the soul can lodge itself in other forms of
      selfhood. But these ethereal bodies are also spiritually
      insufficient. They are snares in the path of true spirituality, and
      the soul must extricate itself from them as well. One of these forms
      is called the astral and another is called causal, and the soul may
      be burdened with each in turn before it can disencumber itself of the
      need to be attached to any form at all and reunite with its parent
      cosmic soul....

      Once it has rejected the physical, spiritual and mental artifices of
      Kal, the soul is ready to slough off this world and begin its ascent.
      But how should it proceed? The first words in the Radhasoami answer
      to that question are "not alone," for one must have a guide, a master
      to beckon and befriend the soul both in the physical plane and in the
      higher, interior planes. We have already seen that the Radhasoami
      view of salvation requires trust in the master, and now we can see
      why: the passage out of the material realm requires a master skill in
      navigation, for the deceptions of Kal make an independent voyage
      virtually impossible. As one Radhasoami writer puts it, the
      master "steers [the spirit] safely from plane to plane and explains
      on the way. . . the dangers of the unknown." In time, master and soul
      become "joyful riders together" through cosmic seas. ("Radhasoami
      Reality, Mark Juergensmeyer, Princeton University Press)

      Soami Ji Maharaj in Sar Bach Radhaswami Poetry:

      After innumerable wanderings, the jiva got the noble human form. But
      alas! he is smitten here by the mind and senses.

      Sant Sat Guru admonishes him again and again, and reveals the Path of
      the Tenth Door.

      Radhasoami says, "Raise your surat to the gate of heaven."
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