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All are false without God -- Sant Namdev: Repeat the Name of God

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  • santmat_mystic ( James )
    All are false without God -- Sant Namdev: Repeat the Name of God [Sant Mat Fellowship]: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 8, 2006
      All are false without God -- Sant Namdev: Repeat the Name of God

      [Sant Mat Fellowship]:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/santmatfellowship
      {"Do not live even a single day without inner
      meditation." -- Baba Devi Sahab}
      and........to.....
      [Meditation Sangat]:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MeditationSangat
      {"This world is illusion. Death and birth are inevitable.
      Meditate!" -- Last Words of Baba Devi Sahab


      "Service.
      Worship.
      Remembrance.
      Meditation.
      All are false
      without God.....
      Sing the name
      Ram
      the state of nirvana." (Sant Namdev)

      *JPG IMAGE of Sant Namdev:
      http://www.geocities.com/santmat_mystic/SantNamdev.jpg

      **MP3 AUDIO -- Devotional Banis/Hymns of Sant Namdev Online:

      http://tinyurl.com/5ts67

      http://www.tinyurl.com/6jp6j

      or go to:
      http://keertan.waheguroo.com/index.wn?Query=naam+dev&swhat=0


      Sant Namdev and Translations of His Mystic-poetry in English

      Sant Namdev, 1270-1350, is one of my all-time favorite poet-mystics
      of the Sant tradition. Some of his verses are included in the Adi
      Granth (Guru Granth of the Sikhs). There is a collection known as
      the Shri Namdev Gathas, and, what's quoted below is from the
      Padavali of Namdev.

      There are four essential books to explore if you're interested in
      learning about the Sant Mat of Namdev -- the Teachings of this
      Saint: "Sant Namdeva -- The Facts of His Religious Ideology", by
      O.P. Ralhan, Anmol Publications, New Delhi; 2) "Saint Namdev", J.R.
      Puri and V.K. Sethi, a volume in the Mystics of the East Series,
      published by the Beas Radhasoami Satsang; 3) The Sikh Scriptures
      online at: http://www.sikhs.org or other translations of the Sikh
      Gurbani; and, 4) "The Hindi Padavali of Namdev -- A Critical
      Edition of Namdev's Hindi Songs with Translation and Annotation"
      (Hindi and English), by Winand Callewaert, from Motilal Barnarsidass
      Publishers, Delhi, which I've used below.

      The sacred simran/mantra name "Ram", used by Namdev as a name for
      the Formless Supreme Lord of Love, appears often in the mystic
      verses of not only Namdev, but also Kabir, all throughout the Adi
      Granth, in the hymns of Ravidas, Dadu, and countless other Sants of
      India.

      It is the power of love (prem) and devotion (bhakti) that brings the
      wandering mind to focus (Pratyahara) and holds one's attention at
      the Third Eye center during meditation (dharana during Surat Shabd
      Yoga). One is permeated by love repeating God's name or names,
      beholding the Light within, and during bhajan (listening to the
      inner Sound), also considered an act of worship in traditional Sant
      Mat mysticism.

      In the Love, Light, and Sound of the Beloved, Naamaste',

      James
      Sant Mat Fellowship
      Meditation Sangat


      Words of God-bhakti, Light and Love from the Songs of Namdev

      54

      God [Hari] is my companion
      in life and death.
      Hari, who rescued
      the drowning creature.

      Hari, the Giver of joy
      is always with me.
      I am immersed in
      the name of Hari
      says Namdev.

      55

      What can you lose
      if you sing
      Ram [God]?
      Sing that name
      sleeping or waking.

      The glory of that name saved Dhruv
      and Prahlad
      who meditated on the mantra
      Ram.

      Sanak and others
      cherished the name
      the name Ram
      which grants freedom.

      This is my message
      says Namdev
      'What you receive
      is what you desire'.

      56

      Sing the name
      Ram
      the state of nirvana.
      Your tongue lies idle
      what better can it do?

      Service.
      Worship.
      Remembrance.
      Meditation.
      All are false
      without God.

      Fasts
      pilgrimages
      serve worldly goals
      they are empty without faith.

      These regular fasts
      are worldly efforts
      they are like a ladder
      discarded
      when the citadel is scaled.

      My heart lies at Your feet
      You are my refuge
      says Namdev.

      57

      Dwell on Ram
      brother
      like the caterpillar
      meditating
      in the cocoon.

      The Lord has all
      shapes.
      He is the master of
      everything.
      He lives within
      all.

      A worm or a moth
      whatever moves or is still
      Ram is with
      everyone.
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