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Spiritual Awakening Radio explores the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West: Gnostic Gospels, Lost Books of the Bible, God, meditation, out-of-body or near-death experiences (OOBE's & NDE's, Inner Light and Sound, Inner Space,), the Path of the Masters (weekly Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts on Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga,), the vegan diet and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.

Jul 21, 2022

"Sant Mat" can be defined as: "The Path of the Masters" or "Way of the Saints and Mystics". Sant Mat is a living school of spirituality or mystic path. It has some shared ideas in common and parallel spiritual practices that once-upon-a-time were part of Gnosticism, Pythagoreanism, Platonism, Kabbalah, Christian mysticism, and Sufism. But unlike some cousin schools of spirituality that are associated with earlier centuries, medieval times, and antiquity, Sant Mat is a living spiritual path with us now in the Twenty-First Century, is a "living gnosis now", complete with living mystics and and an intact spiritual practice of Sacred Names, Inner Seeing (Inner Light), Transcendental Hearing (Inner Sound), and the Ascension of the Soul through the heavens (Inner Regions). Masters continue to initiate their students into "The Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens". As Kirpal Singh once said, "The world have never been without a living Master." But spiritual experience and mystical paths are quite fragile and short-lived in this world of samsara (world of changes and illusion). There is no permanent Institution or University of Mysticism that has survived in one particular location since ancient times, but a decline-renewal process, a continuous pattern of Masters leaving older groups, movements, ashrams or real estate, and emerging in new locations to begin again, to reboot, to reset, to renew the mystic-path on Planet Earth, to keep the torch of spirituality burning bright for another generation or two. Spirituality is the Impulse of Life from the Great Life, the Universal Soul — God — that we as soul are intertwined with, not golden temples, or idols made of wood and stone. God is not attached to any particular geography but lovers of the Beloved are always creating new peaceful safe spaces, oases in the dry deserts of religion (satsang) where only Divine Truth is the focus. The history of Essenes leaving Jerusalem, John the Baptist leaving Qumran, Saint Thomas heading East, Valentinians moving out of Roman cities to create Egyptian spiritual communities in the desert, Tulsi Sahib moving from Poona to Hathras, and so it goes and always has been, an observable pattern of breaking with the past, a time-honored tradition of crisis and renewal, reaffirming one’s mystic-path, making a fresh start in new locations, remaining free to exist in genuineness and authenticity without a hierarchy of scribes and an ever-growing caste of Pharisees running the show, surrounding the Master, blocking him from our view. There has never been an Institution of Gnosis. "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." (Eric Hoffer) As Seneca once said: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end." "Another common misconception is that prophets, saints and mystics search for 'new' truth. Rather, what they do is to simply remove the layers of dirt -- of accumulated misinterpretations -- that have corrupted the truth. Then the living teacher will bring forth the very same truth in a new light. The original truth must repeatedly be presented to suit the current age." (Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj)
In Divine Love, Light, and Sound,
James Bean
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