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36 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
A Vegetarian Saying of Jesus in the Syriac-Aramaic Gospel of Luke, and Other Vegetarian Passages
Today I dedicate this podcast to a vegetarian saying of Jesus found in the Syriac-Aramaic Gospel of Luke. There once existed a Jesus Movement where vegetarianism was the norm, and so the passage found in this old Luke manuscript is very much in harmony with a whole collection of such sayings attributed to Jesus, the Apostles, the brother of Jesus: James the Just, the Ebionites, and some early church fathers. Today, an introduction to "Christianity Before Paul", the vegetarian disciples, their writings, their teachings about becoming an ethical vegetarian.
49 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Rising Above, Hearing the Sound Current, and Entering the Kingdom of Heaven
Today, an introduction to the spiritual practices of inner seeing and inner hearing, the way of Initiation into the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. Today's presentation waxes poetic and draws upon the universal mystic tradition of the ages, East and West, and especially upon the wisdom of this living Path of the Masters in the world of today known as Sant Mat, a term meaning "The Way of the Saints", those master-souls acquainted with the worlds of within, dimensions and domains beyond, inner regions, higher planes, and heavens above, the top-most of which is the true, eternal, timeless, spiritual home of the soul, the Ocean of Love, All-Consciousness, and Divine Grace.
103 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Gospel of Thomas Spiritual Studies
New reflections on the Gospel of Thomas, a collection of the sayings of Jesus, a wisdom gospel of Yeshua, where its source material comes from, especially the use of the Gospel of the Hebrews in Thomas. There's an exploration of the possibility that both the author of Thomas and Paul in First Corinthians 2:9 quoted from the Gospel of the Hebrews. This podcast features commentaries on sayings one through five from the Greek Gospel of Thomas, especially concentrating on saying two along with the parallel version of the saying in the Gospel of the Hebrews, background on the original discovery of "The Sayings of Our Lord" made in 1897 at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, also commentary on sayings twelve, seventeen, and twenty seven. I delve into the mystery of Tatian's Syriac-Aramaic Gospel Harmony and The Heliand (Saxon Gospel). I make use of apocryphal New Testament type texts, and writings from Syriac mystics associated with the Saint Thomas branch of Eastern Christianity. Then this lengthy deep dive into the Gospel of Thomas becomes a spiritual satsang discourse with selections from the teachings of Kirpal Singh on becoming an Initiate of the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens learning to rise above body-consciousness when "the eye becomes single" so that we may see "What the Eye Has Not Seen, and Hear What the Ear Has Not Heard".
69 minutes | May 20, 2021
Adopting A Spiritual Way of Life This Time Through, During This Incarnation
"The highest form of religious practice is the creation of spiritual love within the heart. When the living flames of love have been removed from religious movements and sects, these become empty shells and miserable shams. Lasting love can only be attained at the lotus feet of a mystic adept, a living Godman. The teachings of such a saint will not ensnare the aspirant in a web of rites and ceremonies. He teaches only the practical evocation of the power of love that dwells within the soul." (George Arnsby Jones, The Mystic Adept: Love Incarnate)
46 minutes | May 17, 2021
Ancient Near Death Experiences in Gnostic Mandaean Scriptures
The role of the Gnostic Heavenly Messenger is to give the mystic experience of Light to souls and eventually guide them back up to the Place of Light, the Mandaean term for the highest heaven where the Great Life (God) resides. The mystical encounters recorded in the scriptures of the Mandaeans may seem at times like ancient near-death experiences (NDE's), the visions of souls who were embraced the Light long ago.
52 minutes | May 13, 2021
Masters That Have Fed My Soul Spiritually
Like Galileo discovering new worlds through the lens of his telescope, mystics have been trying to tell humanity for eons of something quite similar. The reason why the contemplative state of being is still hidden from most of us is that, unlike Galileo’s telescope, in order to look through this particular lens, the third eye or inner vision, we mustn’t focus on the outward sensory impressions, but go in the opposite direction: into Inner Space. Look through the lens of the third eye to access the world of within. Tune the inner radio dial, listening for the subtle inner sounds coming from beyond the silence. This is how to access the Kingdom of the Heavens, the Inner Space within you. The spiritual path is all about this transformation. Beyond a certain point, when we’ve gone as far as we can go on our own at trying to figure out the mysteries of reality and the cosmos, inspiration can come from others (we trust). The deluxe version of this mentoring process (for a few of us) comes from living and enlightened spiritual masters.
30 minutes | May 5, 2021
Meditation And Soul Travel is Death Before Dying -- Spiritual Awakening Radio
"Die while living”, "I die daily", or "death before dying" are popular sayings used by Saints and Sufi poet-mystics espousing the view that rising above body-consciousness or soul travel via the Third Eye Center during meditation practice is a preparation or rehearsal for the afterlife. Hazrat Sultan BaHU: "Let us die before dying, O BaHU, only then is the Lord attained... Love has inspired me to explore the heavens. From earth it has raised me to the worlds of Spirit." Spiritual Awakening Radio (and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts) with James Bean, heard on various community, public radio stations and the web, explores the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West, God, meditation, out of body or near death experiences (inner space), the vegan diet and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.
14 minutes | May 3, 2021
The Vegetarianism of Guru Nanak and the Sikh Scriptures
There are numerous vegetarian passages preserved in the Sikh Scriptures (Adi Granth, Shri Guru Granth Sahib) and related Sikh texts -- quotes from Guru Nanak, Kabir, Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Gobind Singh and others. I've also included quotes from Bhai Gurdaas Ji, also a Persian historian and scholar of comparative religion who wrote about Guru Nanak and the early Sikhs -- how the original disciples were all vegetarians.
26 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Simran Is The First Step In Sant Mat
Simran is the art of repeating a name or names of God in one's mind (manas jap, chanted mentally, guru mantra) for the purpose of Remembering the Divine -- Practicing the Presence of God. It is a way to remain spiritually awake in a world of slumber, a way to remain centered instead of being thrown off-center by the influence of maya (illusion). In the Path of the Saints and Mystics this spiritual exercise of repeating or chanting Names of God is done not only in meditation practice, but as often as possible throughout the day as a way to spiritualize all aspects of life, inner and outer. In Sant Mat, the simran of worldly thoughts is controlled through the Simran of the Charged Names, repeated by an initiate throughout the day and when sitting for meditation as a means of collecting the thought currents at the Third Eye Center; also used as a password of sorts to higher planes and protection from Negative Power influences. Spiritual Awakening Radio (and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts) with James Bean, heard on various community, public radio stations and the web, explores the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West, God, meditation, out of body or near death experiences (inner space), the vegan diet and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.
45 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
The Spiritual Seekers Guide
Today, the Spiritual Seekers Guide and Introductory Meditation Instructions. There is No Spirituality Without Spirit: "So long as you do not experience the withdrawal of spirit within you during meditation, the spiritual path is a myth for you. To attain this experience, you have to perform the spiritual practices with full zest and fervor every day as prescribed by a living master." (The Spiritual Seekers Guide)
37 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Life Has Been Wasted if We Do Not Enter the Eye Center
Life Has Been Wasted if We Do Not Enter the Eye Center -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: Some Inspiration Today For Spiritual Seekers Looking For the Way to the Beyond, the Kingdom of the Heavens, the Way That Leads to the Worlds that are Within: Featuring the Wisdom of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, Baba Somanath, Sant Kirpal Singh, Baba Ram Singh Ji, Sarmad the Sufi Saint, Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar, Niloba of Maharashtra, Sant Paltu Sahib, Sant Pippa Saheb, the Adi Granth (Guru Granth), Baba Kehar Singh, Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, Baba Devi Sahab of Moradabad, and Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj (Maharshi Mehi Ashram).
47 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Top 10 Recommended Spiritual Books (Sant Mat)
Recommended Reading For Spiritual Seekers on Living A Spiritual Way of Life, and Following a Meaningful Meditation Practice: Brahm Nirupan of Kabir, Mystic Poetry of Sant Tulsi Sahib, Philosophy Of Liberation by Maharishi Mehi, Sar Bachan of Sant Radhaswami Sahib, Radhasoami Mat Prakash by Huzur Maharaj, A Spiritual Seekers Guide, The Way Out Is IN, The Essential Baba Devi Sahab, Harmony Of All Religions by Swami Santsevi Ji, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh) by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj
27 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Meditation, Near-Death Experiences (NDE's), and Out Of Body Travel (OOBE's)
Meditation, Near-Death Experiences (NDE's), and Out Of Body Travel (OOBE's), The Radhaswami Teachings of Yogani Mata Ji
31 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
The Sermon on the Light -- If Your Eye Be Single, Your Whole Body Shall Be Full Of Light
I begin by sharing this unique arrangement of passages on the theme of spiritual-mystical Light attributed to Jesus found in all of the available ancient texts. I call it, "The Sermon on the Light", since it really does read, and when said out loud, sounds like a spiritual discourse on the theme of Light spoken long ago in antiquity by a spiritual Master to some of his students. Also today, a discourse on how to find your third or single eye. "If your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of Light."
47 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
The Yoga of Light -- Introduction to Inner Light Meditation
"If your eye be Single, your whole body will be full of Light." (Yeshua) "In the center behind and above the eyes there is an aperture; on this side of it is the material world, in which we are living now; and on the other side is the astral world." (Sawan Singh) "The inner Light does not come or go. It is always there within. It appears only when we are attuned and concentrated and disappears as soon as there is the slightest dispersion. The Light will not vanish if you just keep your inner gaze constantly fixed." (Kirpal Singh) "Look within yourself with the inner eye. The whole expanse inside is replete with the refulgence of the Divine Light." (Dadu)
44 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
The Path of the Living Ones
A satsang discourse based upon: The Syriac Book of the Odes; The Great Song to Mani, in, The Gnostic Bible: "You Freed Souls from Samsara (the World of Changes), Ignorance, and Gave Wisdom"; The Gospel of Thomas; Path of the Masters, by Julian P. Johnson; Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry; Discourse from Baba Somanath; Inner Light and Sound Meditation Practice According to Yogani Mataji (Disciple of Baba Faqir Chand); Maharshi Mehi Paramhans on Daily Meditation Practice; "The Contemplative Eye of the Soul" from the Corpus Hermeticum; LIVING ONES: Baba Ram Singh on Simran Practice; Swami Vyasanand on "The Traveler of the Subtle Inner Path"; Correct Posture, and Inner Light Meditation Practice by Shri Bhagirath Baba; and, Swami Achyutanand on Inner Sound Meditation Leading to the Ascension of the Soul to the Realm of Anami, the Soundless State, the Many Reuniting With the One.
48 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
The Teachings of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras
A spiritual satsang discourse based on the mystic poetry of Saint Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India, a great spiritual master of the Sant Mat tradition, the founding guru of modern-day Sant Mat and Radhasoami (Radhaswami), also known as the Path of the Masters, those who practice inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) and devotion (bhakti) to the Formless Lord of the Soul, Supreme Being (Lord of Love).
23 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
The Vegetarian Apostles and Scriptures of the Original Jesus Movement
There's significant evidence that the original Jesus Movement and well-known apostles were vegetarians. And furthermore, this vegetarianism of the disciples and Jesus Movement is fairly widely known in antiquity, mentioned by historians, scriptures, and early church fathers. Today we explore the teachings of Jesus's brother James the Just and the original Aramaic-speaking Christians of Jerusalem: Christianity-Before-Paul.
43 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Why Vegetarianism Was Edited Out of Early Christianity
Today we explore: Why Vegetarianism and Veganism? Thy Will Be Done; Thou Shalt Not Kill; Vegetarian Verses of Namdev; Vegetarian Sayings of Jesus; The Vegetarianism Adopted by the Apostles; The Acts of Philip; Saint Paul; Gospel of Thomas; the Vegetarianism Edited Out of the Unity School of Christianity Statement of Faith; A Glimpse Into the Mainstreaming, Succumbing, the Accommodation Process: As the Ranks Swell with New Converts Bringing Their Meat Diets With Them, the Vegetarian Teachings Get Edited Out.
47 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
The Wisdom and Mystic Poetry of Sant Dadu Dayal
"Recognize the Path to your Beloved, O travelers and take the route of the anguished lover in separation. Keep the Master’s grace in your thoughts, and reflect upon his pure teachings. Develop love and devotion with endearment, and keep the thought of the Creator always before you. Try to merge yourself into God like water and water. Fix your mind within by following the Path of the Sound Current. A yearning will arise; make then an intense and anguished call. Repeat the Name of your Beloved, day and night, again and again, again and again. With care in thought, word and deed, you will cross to the other shore." (Sant Dadu Dayal of Rajasthan)
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