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23 minutes | 5 days ago
Spiritual Paths, Like People, Have a Limited Lifespan
There Is No Permanent University of Mysticism: A Reflection on the Impermanence of Spiritual Movements in a World of Samsara (Changes): All of the organizations associated with mystic-paths like Sant Mat at present, rest assured, will meet the same fate as those of past generations, eventually being replaced with vibrant new gatherings in diverse locations, new budding branches of the Living Mystical Tree of Life to replace the old, same as always -- thank God. Seneca said: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end."
32 minutes | 7 days ago
Three Central Teachings According to the Sikh Scriptures: Living Masters, Hearing the Sound Current, and, Being Vegetarian
Three Central Teachings According to the Sikh Masters in the Guru Granth: 1) The Need For A Living Master -- to Receive Initiation from a Living Satguru Into the Meditation Practice; 2) Hearing the Sound Current in One’s Meditation Practice (Naam, Shabda); and, 3) Following a Non-violent Vegetarian Diet. "Meet a Satguru and receive his initiation. Surrender thine all and look within." (Guru Nanak) Spiritual Awakening Radio, and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts With James Bean
42 minutes | 11 days ago
The Way of the Saints -- Path of the Masters: The Maharshi Mehi Sant Mat Satsang Series, Part 1
In the category of Sant Mat spirituality some might be familiar with the Radhasoami tradition, perhaps paths associated with Hazur Baba Sawan Singh or Kirpal Singh, but there is also the satsang of Maharshi Mehi based in Kuppaghat, Bhagalpur, Bihar, and elsewhere in northern India & Nepal. Today an introduction to the Sant Tulsi Sahib branch of Santmat associated with Maharshi Mehi Paramhans. You'll also hear selections from the mystic poetry and hymns composed by Maharshi Mehi known as the Padavali.
49 minutes | 14 days ago
Viewing Jesus (Yeshua) as a Spiritual Master, a Sant Mat Perspective on the Gnostic Gospels and Christian Mysticism
"What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands cannot touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind -- that I will give you!" (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas) "When I arrived, I opened a Path and taught people about the Way of Passage for those who are chosen and solitary, who have known the Father and have pursued Truth." (Yeshua, Dialogue of the Savior) Viewing Jesus (Yeshua) as a Spiritual Master, a Sant Mat Perspective on the Gnostic Gospels and Christian Mysticism Today on Spiritual Awakening Radio.
30 minutes | 21 days ago
Love Poetry of Rumi and the Sufi Gnostics, Visions of Allah
The mystical utterances of Rumi and other great Sufi Masters speak directly to the heart. They encourage us to see the hidden Light, to discover Divine Secrets, to perceive the Way that lovers can find their Beloved. The Sufis, through their poems and ecstatic revelations are attempting to share their Secrets with the world, or at least with those discerning souls who find their words to be not only nice poetry, but something much more: soul-expressions coming from lovers caught up in the divine bliss of a higher reality.
32 minutes | a month ago
Esoteric Mystic Paths Like Sant Mat vs. Outer Exoteric World Religions
There is a spiritual core at the heart or center of the world religions: schools of saints, friends of God, lovers of the Beloved, gnostics, solitaries and sufis. Examples of contemplative meditation practice, also Inner Light and Sound experiences present in Christian mystical texts are provided. Masters do not divide the world, nor do they condemn any existing religion or community. They always inspire us to get initiated into the Mysteries of spiritual practice, to go within and see what the Reality is.
33 minutes | a month ago
We're Already In Heaven But Don’t Realize It -- Spiritual Awakening Radio
One can say the journey is far, that much of the inward journey remains to be traversed...so many planes, so many levels, so many heavens to pass through on our way back to God. There is however, another way of seeing this, whether experienced in meditation or not. Heaven may seem far, and yet, the Reality is that it is near — close by — in our midst, within us, even now, in the living present. We are drops of soul consciousness from the Ocean of Love. We are already in heaven but don’t know it. And, as Rumi might say, this is “the Secret of Secrets”.
20 minutes | a month ago
The Gnostic Gospel of Truth by Valentinus from the Nag Hammadi Library Discovery
"When the Father, who alone is good, visits the heart, he makes it holy and fills it with Light. And so a person who has such a heart is called blessed, for that person will see God." -- Valentinus of Alexandria "May the Grace beyond time and space that was before the beginnings of the Universe fill our inner being and increase within us the semblance of itself as the grain of mustard seed." -- Valentinus
22 minutes | a month ago
Wake Up If You Can! Spiritual Poetry of KABIR, One of India's Greatest Poet-mystics and Spiritual Masters
Kabir says: "For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?". 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.
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Rising Above the Shallowness and Illusion Through the Silence of Meditation
Through the various noble attempts at mystical experiments of consciousness called "spiritual paths" and "religions" human beings have been using meditation practices to unplug from the relentless noise pollution and multitudes of distracting voices of the world in order to reconnect with their inner selves in the pure restful tranquility of silence, tapping into the wisdom from above, gazing through the lens of the third eye, and listening intently to the sound of silence emanating from mystic skies beyond.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
The Case For The Book of ENOCH As Scripture (I, II, & III Enoch), and... The Ascension of the Soul
Enoch is an example of a category of Biblical literature known as "apocrypha" and "lost books of the Bible". First Enoch was quoted in the New Testament and was part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. First and Second Enoch remain part of the Ethiopian Bible of today. The Books of Enoch were called "scripture" by some in early Christianity. There is also a Third Book of Enoch (Hebrew Enoch). Today, an introduction to the Enoch literature, and we explore the spiritual contents of these important ancient texts that describe the Seven Heavens. The Case For The Book of ENOCH As Scripture (I, II, & III Enoch), and... The Ascension of the Soul, on Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Light on the Teachings of the Lord of the Soul (RadhaSoami Mat Prakash) by Huzur Maharaj
Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram was one of the great prolific writers of the Sant Mat tradition of India. I was greatly influenced by his many books, especially Prem Patra Radhaswami, volumes one through six, an encyclopedia of Sant Mat spirituality, Prem Bani Radhaswami (bhakti hymns and mystic poetry), volumes one through four, Prem Updesh Radhasoami, Jugat Prakash (instructions for initiates), Radhasoami Mat Darshan, Huzur's Letters to Satsangis, and Radhasoami Mat Prakash, which was the very first Sant Mat publication from India to appear in the English language, near the beginning of the 20th Century. -- James Bean, Spiritual Awakening Radio, and the Sant Mat Satsang Podcast
7 minutes | 2 months ago
What About Those Who Get Re-Initiated, Who Have Associated With More Than One Spiritual Master?
At a forum online I belong to someone was asking who their spiritual master is if they have been initiated more than once, have associated with more than one guru, which can happen on this Path of the Masters. The podcast today contains my reply to that question. Key Words: SantMat, Radhasoami, Initiation, Deeksha, Diksha, What About Those Who Get Re-Initiated, Who Have Associated With More-Than-One Master? -- The Sant Mat Satsang Podcast, a Production of Spiritual Awakening Radio. 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.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Requirements For Initiation in Sant Mat: Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga)
The focus of the bhakti Saints of India (Santmat, RadhaSoami, The Path of the Masters) is not on constructing earthly temples, building organizational structures, or temples of the mind. Rather, they guide their students into entering the Temple of the Spirit. The Portal or Doorway to this Temple is within, at the Third Eye Center. Masters say: "An intense longing to meet the Supreme Lord during one's lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. 'Seek, and ye shall find', is the principle'". Being properly initiated into the secrets of meditation -- the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens (deeksha/diksha) -- by a living Master is the beginning of the Inward Journey. Then, go and do the meditation. Requirements For Initiation in Sant Mat: Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) -- Today on the Sant Mat Satsang Podcast, a Production of Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
The Mystics Of Eastern Christianity and the Jesus Sutras Discovered in China Today on Spiritual Awakening Radio
Professor Sebastian Brock of Oxford University, Scholar of Eastern Christianity and Aramaic-Syriac Saints, has translated many beautiful, poetic spiritual texts of Eastern Mystics such as Isaac of Nineveh, Joseph the Visionary, John of Dalyatha, and so many more in, The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life, and other spiritual classics of Christian Mysticism and the Contemplative Tradition (Gnosis, the Church of the East). Also today we explore the Jesus Sutras that were discovered in China.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
The Origins of Sant Mat, the Five Names, and the Identity of Tulsi Sahib's Guru -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast With James Bean
The term "Sant Mat" was coined by Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras. It means, "The Teachings of the Saints" or, "Path of the Masters". Today, I present a summary of my research into the origins of this ancient spiritual path from India, and also attempt to solve the mystery of who Tulsi Sahib's spiritual master was, thus revealing the "family tree", the guru lineage of masters going back many generations. The Origins of Sant Mat, the Five Names, and the Identity of Tulsi Sahib's Guru -- Today on the Sant Mat Satsang Podcast With James Bean, a production of Spiritual Awakening Radio. 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.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Awakening from the Soul-Slumber of the Ages -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast
The attention-faculty of the soul usually remains dormant in most people, what some call: "The Blind Eye." Mystics portray the typical materialistic society as being a place of sleeping souls unaware of their true identity as soul, and often are even misled by religious voices that speak about a million topics, but unfortunately, how to see and hear spiritually is usually not one of them. Sant Tulsi Sahib says, "Through the ritualism of the pundit, the whole world has been deluded. 'Wake up, wake up!' has been said for ages... For ages and ages, aeons and aeons, the soul has slept; who but the Saints can wake it." Kabir says, "For millions of years you have slept, this morning, will you not wake?" Awakening from the Soul-Slumber of the Ages -- A Sant Mat Satsang Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
John the Baptist's Vegetarian Diet -- An Exploration of Early Christian Writings and Scholarly Texts
Today we consult with not only Matthew 3:4 and Mark 1:6 with their references to "locusts and honey", but also explore the world of early Christian writings as well as scholarly texts. Some who know Greek and are affiliated with Eastern Orthodox Christianity believe that the mention of "locusts" in the New Testament actually refers to locust beans, also known as carob beans. Some describe "Saint John's bread" or "manna bread" as being made of locust bean flour, also known as carob flour, turned into a kind of Middle-eastern flat bread. "In ancient texts the references to 'honey' in antiquity can refer equally to honey produced by bees, or to any number of other sweet substances, including dates, figs, pods, or sap/gum from carob or other trees." (John the Baptist’s Wild Honey and Honey in Antiquity, by James A. Kelhoffer) There is a ‘vegetarian’ depiction of John’s diet in the Syriac Life and Martyrdom of John the Baptist supplying us with some context and it points to the sap in plants as being the natural sweet substance or "honey". The Life and Martyrdom of John the Baptist is attributed to Mark the Evangelist: "So, at once he [John the Baptist] was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he traveled into the wilderness. He was brought up in the wilderness, eating tips of plants and the sap in the plants." The Slavonic edition of the Book of Josephus actually contains a saying attributed to John the Baptist: "I am pure; [for] the Spirit of God has led me on, and [I live on] cane and roots and tree-food." Josephus also describes the desert or wilderness diet of John the Baptist. We also consult with, The Life of John the Baptist by Sarapion; The Gospel of the Ebionites, another name for the Jesus Movement. We learn of their cousins in the John the Baptist sect (Nasoraeans); also about Epiphanius. And we examine the historic record and scholarly analysis of Bart Ehrman; Robert Eisenman; James Kelhoffer; Keith Akers, James Tabor; E.S. Drower; and G.R.S. Mead. We conclude with a reading from the vegetarian Prayer of Thanksgiving from the Hermetica, as well as the parallel version about this agape love feast or communal meal found in the Nag Hammadi Library.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
A Human Being: Where Inner And Outer Worlds Converge
In this labyrinth of existence we can become quite habituated into remaining as surface-dwellers living inundated by all the outward distractions that life on earth provides. We may ask of ourselves, “Am I availing myself of the spiritual direction and wisdom that comes from within?” Over the centuries contemplative souls have taught that the human body is a kind of temple, and that within this temple are portals that lead to other dimensions, that by looking within this microcosm we may access the macrocosm of the heavens. We are children of both worlds. We human beings are a Tree of Life with roots in the earth and branches rising into a mystic sky. Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean -- Education For A More Peaceful Planet
46 minutes | 4 months ago
The Path of the Living Masters: How A Formless God Communicates With Souls Living in Worlds of Form
There are Living Mystics with us now in the world today, the 21st Century. Sant Mat, the Path of the Living Masters, is quite respectful of the great teachers, the great Saints of the past and the scriptures or hymns they left behind, and you're hear more of them quoted on this podcast than just about any podcast out there. But, the focus of Sant Mat is in the living present. Sant Mat continues to exist because of living masters. Respect goes to past masters, yes... but the work's not done. The work that remains is the spiritual mission of the living masters of the present time keeping the torch, the Light of spirituality, lit for another generation. For Sant Mat, the age of truth and revelation has never ceased. What was true in the past remains true now. What enlightenment was available to others who once lived in the past is also available to us here in the living present.
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