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Volume - I

Preface

Gurmat Sidhant, or the Philosophy of the Masters, was originally written in Punjabi by Huzur Maharaj BabaSwan singh sant satguru of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas. The teachings Sant Mat were practised and preached by him here fro 1903 to 1948. During this period he gained a large following in India and abroad by his divine influence.

His work is now being carried ion by the presents, Maharaj Charan Singh , and the place is verily a haven of pilgrimage for tens of thousands of the followers , who come here spiritual guidance from all pars of the world especially Great Britain, other European countries , United states of America and south Africa . the book was first published, in 1943. The complete work is in two volume, comprising more tan 1000 pages each, with copious quotations from the Adi Granth , the bible, the Vedas and various other scriptures.

The preparation of the two original volumes involved extensive research and labour by the author, and as a result of this, they comprise a complete encyclopaedia of information on sant Mat, the teachings of the saints . every aspect of the teachings is discussed in the minutest detail , and is lucidly and forcefully explained fro the benefit of seekers after Truth .

The Author, as is well Known , was a Great saint. His approach to the subject is absolutely authentic , based as it is on the foundation of direct personal knowledge and inner experience. It is no exaggeration, therefore, to cal the Gurmat Sidhant the encyclopaedia of literature dealing with matters spiritual as preached and practised in accordance with Sant Mat.

The two volumes of the original work were recently published by us in Hindi, in order to give them a much wider circulation in this country. It is since been Considered necessary essary to publish the book in English, so that satsangis and seekers in the Western World, as well as English – speaking people in India , may also derive from this veritable fountainhead of divine knowledge .

For the Sake of convenience and for easier reading we have divided the two very large original volumes into smaller books . Each of the smaller books is virtually independent of the other, and we hope to presents the entire series of these smaller volumes within a short period of time.

The subject of matter is mostly devotional and will appeal directly to the heart of the reader who will , we hope, be induced to follow the various practices and types of discipline described by the author , all of which are considered essentials for a devotee who is following the spiritual path.

The reader will realize that it is into possible in a translation to reproduce the remarkably high level of expression of the original work - the terse and forceful style , the clear exposition, and the compact expressive language which were so characteristic of the author. Our principal aim has been to presents the master ‘s Message in Clear and simple language , keeping faithfully to the original meaning . The Fault if nany is ours and we ask for the indulgence of the reader for our shortcomings.

It will be found that there is a certain amount of repetition of Ideas and subject matter in almost all the chapters. We have not eliminated these repetitions , but have left them as they appeared in the original in the work . this has been done because it was felt that their elimination would detract too greatly from the forcefulness and fascination of the author’s highly individual and compelling method of expression.

I wish to acknowledge our indebtedness to our satsangi brother s and sisters – notably miss Louise Hilger , messrs Joseph Leeming and K.L. Khanna who have helped in the preparation of his book with heir untiring zeal , cooperation and labour of love. They worked hard and spared no pains in making it possible for us to complete this veritable treasure of exquisite knowledge.

Contents

Preface vii
My Submission xi
Chapter I - Service (Seva) 1
Humility and Obedience in seva 2
Service by Means of wealth and Mind 4
Service by Soul 5
The Best Way to serve the Master 10
Which Kind of Service is Desirable? 11
Who Can serve the Master and the Lord? 12
Whose service Soul be Performed? 13
Chapter II - Action Without Desire (Nishkarmata) 15
What is Action (Karma)? 15
surrendering Everything to the Lord 21
Chapter III- Destiny (Dhur Karma) 24
Chapter IV - Time Of Elixir (Amrit Vela) 34
Chapter V- Posture (Asan) 42
Chapter VI - Remembrance or Repetition (Simran) 47
Method of Withdrawing Within Oneself (Going within) 49
Methods of Simran 52
Place of simran 57
How Should One do simran? 60
Inner Ascent and realization through simran 65
Precepts of simran 70
Time for Simran 72
the Practice of Repetition is for all 73
Effects of Simran 74
Chapter VII - Contemplation (Dhayn) 77
Contemplation and Dharma 90
Benefits of Contemplation 92
Chapter VIII - Listening to Shabd -dhun (bhajan) 94
Dhun comprises Knowledge, Contemplation and Meditation 96
Whence Do We get the Dhum? 97
Who is Eligible for Dhum? 98
Effects of Listening to Shabd-dhun 99
Chapter IX - Dying While Living (Jite-Ji Marna) 100
Death and after 102
Chapter X - Spiritual Discourse (Satsang) 113
A special Advantage 133
Glossary 137
Index 179
Local address 185
books on this science 191


Volume - II

Preface

The Original text – Gurmat Sidhant – written in Puinjabi by param sant shri satguru Baba swan singh Ji Maharaj is a fountain of sacred knowledge on all aspects of san Mat in their very minute details. The followers of Huzar Maharaj Ji are spread all over he west . It has , therefore , been deemed desirable to translate into English the inestimable material for the benefit and guidance of his satsang is and other across the seas.

The Philosophy of the Master is an English translation of Gurmat sidhant Which was first written and printed by Huzur Maharaj Baba Sawan Singh ji in about 1920. It was later on revised and enlarged by him personally and published again in about 1943 in two volumes.

The first volume of the original texts deals with the technical part of sant mat and the second discusses in minute detail all the physical , ethical , mental , moral and general aspects of spiritual discipline.

There is a dire need for material dealing with deeper aspects of sant mat which been discussed very elaborately and with the background of a masterly knowledge in these books. It was , therefore , considered appropriate to brings out an English version of such a fountain of valuable material for the use and benefit of the Western World.

Radha Soami Satsang , Beas (Society) found it more convenient and advantageous to translate and publish the second volume, of which this book is the second of the series, the first having been already published.

Through each series has its own introduction entitled “My Submission” written by the great Master Himself Which deals with the subjects contained therein yet an explanation is needed to help the good reader to orient his mind to these wonderful writings, and by a appreciation ac as a link to cross from the mundane existence to the realm of spirituality .

Saints, sages and saviours take their birth by their own volition and come from their eternal abode –Sach Khand –in order to elevate and uplift humanity from the mire and morass of the material world and take it back to its eternal home .

Our revered Master param Sant shri Satguru Baba Swan Singh Ji Maharaj was an embodiment of benignity and grace and , looking upon the world and seeing that it was shadowed by sorrow and scorched by the fierce fires of sufferings, came t this world with a message of healing and blessedness, bringing hope and peace to the homes and hearths of those who are aspiring and seeking for truth and ultimate Reality.

This great work is a Jewel that was concealed too long in the author ‘s own language , from the English -speaking world. It is a veritable treasure-house containing a wealth of the most precious gems of teachings in which the revered author has default with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of these precepts . It is describes the mystery of the love of god so preciously and in such detail and at such length that there can hardly be an equal as a treatise of love in any language , thus bringing home to the minds of the satsangis the eternal truth, viz. “ There is one Law: one Truth , the Truth of conquered Mind and a quiet and obedient heart “ and thus merging with the Beloved . It is definite and precise in describing the glory of the created word of Love and union with the Beloved Lord .

Not only this , but it also describes to the seeker , in practicable and applicable steps , how to find this love of God and the Union with the Beloved Lord. It is alive and breathes. Love is every sentence and phase. If one reads it with concentrated devotion and attention, one can literally feel the uplift f this current of Love., as the lost word, which every one is seeking .

The Book is full of choice quotations from other great mystics. It refer s freely to the sacred writings of the Granth sahib and the Sikh Gurus and their words of experience in the struggle of soul-liberation.

The Philosophy of the Master is a living testimony as a song of love and devotion to the Beloved, written from personal experience , by a true Gurumukh Who lived a life of devotion in normal surrounding s trying circumstances and hard daily work as an engineer in the army.

It was in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the River Beas that Satguru baba Swan Singh Ji Maharaj Built the settlement of the entire Dera under the direction and inspiration of his great Guru Baba Jiamal Singhji Maharaj, who by his austere penance and communication with the Beloved Lord blessed and hallowed every particle of the Land.

Such to other struggling souls who are called from all over the world to work with love and devotion in the vineyard of the beloved, such is the science of the soul and the path liberation to bliss.

We have the greatest pleasure in putting this invaluable work before the public , for we feel perfectly confident that it will be of immense help in making the human nature grow into the Divine and thus ushering a new era in the World.

Contents

Preface ix
My Submission 1
Chapter I - Devotion (Bhakti) 13
What is Bhakti ? 14
Difference Between Love and Devotion and need Only One support 17
Devotion Consists in One- Pointed Attention and Needs Only One support 20
Devotion, Action, Knowledge and discipline (Bhakti, Karma, Gyan and Yga) 22
Devotion is Natural 23
The Principles of Devotion 25
Prerequisites for devotion 27
Why Should we be Devoted? 27
to whom should we be Devoted? 28
Devotion to the Master (Guru Bhakti) 31
Guru Bhakti (Devotion to the Master) is Difficult 49
Devotion to the Master (Guru Bhakti) is the path of surrender of self or Ego 51
What is the Objects of Being Devoted to a master? 54
what type of devotion should be Rendered? 56
What are the Practices by which we can be successful in devotion? 64
How Can Devotion be Achieved? 68
Who Achieves Bhakti? (Devotion) 75
Bhakti (devotion) is not Idleness 75
The signs of Bhakti (Devotion) 76
Devotion is not a Physical Sentiment 78
Time for Devotional Practice 78
The Path of Devotion is open to All 79
Devotion is superior to and Easier than all Religious Ceremonies and Rituals 81
Obstacles in the Path of devotion 83
Fruits of devotion 85
Chapter II Intense Longing (Bireh) 88
Chapter III - Love (Prem) 112
Love is god 121
Everything is the Result of Love 122
Love is the state of giving Away One's Heart 123
Condition of a Lover 124
True love Implies Giving up the Ego 125
prem (Love) is a Constant Magnet 126
True Love is Permanent 126
Love is the Nectar of our Existence 127
Prem (Love) is Nam (Word) 128
What is the effect of Love? 128
The sign of Love 129
Four things are Necessary in Love 130
Love (Prem) is a Universal attribute 132
Love is a Natural Quality in man 132
Stage to Achieve Love 135
Four Stages of Love 136
The Wine of Love 141
The Intoxication of the Wine of Love 142
Where can we get the Elixir of Love? 143
What is the Principal of Obtaining Love? 144
Love for the Master and it s Advantages 144
Love God and his Lovers 152
Praises of Love by Various Saints 155
The Treasure of Love is Rare 157
Matter and Spirit 158
Love for the Spiritual and Love for the Physical 158
Method of Creating Worldly Love and spiritual Love 162
True and False Love 164
Life is Useless Without God's Love 164
Love of Saints and of ordinary People 167
Love is True Worship and True Austerity 169
Love is the Basis of all Activity 170
Love is True Prayer 171
Love is Higher than Religion , Rituals, etc. 174
One has to Dedicate His life, Bravely and Quietly in True Love 174
Love is Path of Surrender and sacrifice 175
Love is the Path of Sacrifice 179
True Love is not for Weaklings 180
The Path of Love is difficult 183
Love is not the work of the Greedy or the Conscience-Sellers 183
Love is the Path of a Madman 184
The Influence of Love 185
The Eliminates all worries 188
the Reward of Love 189
Love and Intellect 191
Love and Beauty 203
Love and Knowledge 204
Love and Detachment 207
Love and Attachment 208
Love and Lust 209
A Lover 211
The religion of Love 221
The Intoxication of Love 226
The We motions of a Lover 228
How should One Love? 230
The Place of Love 233
Teachings of Love in the Old Scriptures 234
Love is Our Birthright 235
Love Only Through a perfect Master 235
Love Not Reduced to Speech or Print 236
The Form of Love 237
Love Can be seen in a Lover 238
Love is the beloved 238
Methods of Developing love 239
Hoe Love is Produced 245
Essentials for Permanent Love 245
How Can Love be Maintained? 250
where is Love first Produced? 250
Love by a Gurumukh and a Manmukh 251
Qualities awakened through Love 251
Chapter IV- Detachment (Vairag) 261
Detachment and Renunciation 264
Who is a detached Person? 266
Glossary 273
Index 315
Address for Information and Books 317
Books on this Science 323


Volume - III

Preface

The Original text Gurumat Sidhant –written in Punjabi by pram sant satguru baba swan singh ji Maharaj- reverently known to the millions as the Great Master - is a veritable treasure-house of knowledge on all aspects of sant Mat in their minutest detail. It contains a Wealth of the most precious gems of teaching in which the revered author has superbly dealt with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of these precepts. It describes the mystery of the love of God so preciously and in such detail and at such length that there can hardly be an equal as a treatise on Love in any language, thus bringing home to the minds of the satsangis the eternal truth viz: “there is one Law, the Law of Love; ne Truth of conquered Mind and a Quiet and Obedient Heart” and thus merging in the Beloved. It is Definite and precise in describing the glory of the created Word of love and the union with the Beloved Lord.

The First volume of the original text deals with the technical aspect of sant mat and the second with all the physical , materiel , mental , moral and general aspects of spiritual discipline in very detail.

The presents work is the third part of the second volume and deals comprehensively with the subject of worship and its essential pre-requisites . Humility is the hallmark of all saints and unless one becomes dust by completely annihilating the ‘self’, true worship does not come by and God-realization remains a distant dream.

Ego is mind’s greatest weapon to retard spiritual progress and it can go only when the mind is brought into the orbit of “something” infinity more sweet , more sublime and more noble than it is at presents.

This “something” is the “word” of god , the music of the sphere, the Audible life stream , the Nad of the Upanishads, the kalma of the Muslims , the Nam or shabd of sikh Saints, the Sarosha of Zoroastrians, the Tao of the Chinese and the Logos of the Jews. This alone can sublimate the mind.

Once the mind travels inwards and upwards and reaches its own abode , the soul gains freedom from its vicious grip and realise itself: that it is the spark of the divine and with a great longing rushes forward to meet its source thus ending its long, weary and winding journey for all time.

After the sad demise of Mr. R.D. Ahluwalia in November , 1963 the work of translation of this “Bible of sant Mat” was entrusted by Maharaj Ji to Mr . Tarachand Ji aggarwal , Retired District and Session Judge and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Radha soami satsang Beas to see it through . The Presents Work is the Result of his untiring zeal and hard work for months together . We are grateful to him for this labour of love in the service of the Beloved Master.

Contents

Preface ix
My Submission 1
Chapter I - Repetition of Names and Austerities (Jap-Tap) 23
Repetition of Names (Jap) 26
Austerities (tap) 30
The effect of the Iron age (Kalyug) 34
What are True Repetition, Austerities and Self- control? 37
How Real Repetition and Austerities and are Practiced and their fruit 42
Chapter II - Cleanliness 47
Chapter III - worship (puja) 58
Chapter IV - Awe and affection (Bhae and Bhav) 68
Awe 68
How is this awe born 71
How to be free from fear? 73
Affection (Love) 75
Awe (Bhae) and affection (bhav) 80
Affection for others 85
Instability of the Universe 88
Warning 93
Chapter V - Prayer or supplication 98
What is supplication? 98
The Helplessness of the Materialist 98
Prayer is a Universal feeling 101
Do not Extend Your Hand in Supplication Before Anyone other than the Lord and the Master 102
Pray to the Living presence of the Lord 109
Prayer and Effort 110
which Prayer is granted 111
Intellectual and Logical difficulties in Prayer 115
Internal Difficulties 117
Three Methods of Prayer 118
Praying Aloud 120
Praying in Public 121
Place of worship 123
Conditions for Prayers 128
the Necessity of Absorption 128
The Necessity of Truth and Contentment 129
Praying With the heart 130
No Particular language or words are Necessary for Prayers 130
Time for Prayers 133
When to Pray 134
The Working of Prayer 134
Effect on Prayer on Others 137
Why all our Prayers are not Granted 138
Is it Necessary to Pray to the Lord? 140
Fruits of Prayer 146
Stages in the Development of Prayer 147
Ask for the lord of the Lord 150
What Should be asked of the lord and the master 156
Ask for the name from the master and saints and beg of them for their grace 157
What should we Ask of the Lord 161
Ask the Master for the Lord 174
Examples of Prayers 178
Lord's Prayer 180
Kabir's Prayer 184
Prayer before the master in Sar Bachan 186
Prayer of Mira Bai 192
Prayer of Dharma das 194
Prayer of surdas 195
Chapter VI- Humility 196
Outer Humility 196
Inner Humility 200
Signs of Humility 203
the Method of a acquiring true Greatness 204
Fruits of Humanity 205
How to win over the Lord 208
The Results of Humility 214
It is extremely difficult to give up Pride 216
The Ideal of Spiritual men 219
The Religion of Humanity 220
Chapter VII- Dharma 222
Duties (Dharma) 222
Love is Human virtue - Adopt it 226
Do Not injure the Feelings of Other Keep all Happy 227
Compassion (Daya) 231
Contentment 236
Forgiveness 242
Truthfulness (Satya Vachan) 246
Sweetness 253
austerity 257
charity 257
Charity of One -Tenth Income (Zakat and Dasamansh) 258
To whom should charity be given 261
Cleanliness (Souch) 265
Good Conduct of Life 265
Pure Food 270
What Should be Eat? 274
Food for Spiritual discipline 274
How many times and When should the food be taken? 275
The Harmful effects of excessive or insufficient intake of food 275
Secret of Good health and long life 276
Necessary precautions in taking food 276
Secret of the health of saints and Great Men 277
Good conduct (Sheel) 277
Food for a Celibate 282
Abstinence for a celibate 282
Married Life and Spiritual Progress 283
Advantage of Continence 286
Chastity 287
Imbibing Virtues 294
What are those Virtues 295
Glossary 305
Index 347
Address for Information and books 351
Books O this Science 357


Volume - IV

Preface

The Original text – Gurumat Sidhant – Written in Punjabi by parma Sant satguru Baba Swan singh Ji Maharaj, reverently known to the millions as the great Master, is a veritable treasure house of knowledge on all aspects of sant Mat in their minutest detail It contains a wealth of the most precious gem s of teachings in which the revered author has dealt superbly with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of this precepts. It describes the mystery of the Love of god so preciously and in such detail and at such length that there can hardly be an equal as a treatise on love in any other language , thus brings home to the satsnagis the eternal truth , viz.:: there is one law , the law of love and one truth , the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart , for merging in the Beloved . It is definite and precious in describing the glory of the created word of love and the union with the beloved Lord.

The First volume of the original text deals with the technical aspects of sant Mat and the Second with all the physical, material, mental, moral and general aspects of spiritual Discipline in very great detail.

The presents work is the fourth in the series and deals comprehensively with the subject of he existence of God and his Reality; His different Names; His will: our relation to whom: saints and the mission of mercy they perform ; the manner of our realizing the lord; what is shabd, Name or Word; what is the principal of sounds; where does it reside; where is it heard; to connect our consciousness with the superconsciousness of the divine Sound; how is the lord’s Name the priceless Wealth which is with us here and hereafter; how is the wealth obtained; what are the benefits that accrue from the name that the Master bestow on his disciples; why is the called Nectar of Immortality or divine Ambrosia and where can it tasted ; What is its uniqueness vis-à-vis recitals and penances almsgiving and charities , pilgrimages and holy baths; What is related salvation and how is it obtained besides many other related aspects.

So long as our minds are not illumined with these eternal truths, we remain away from our destination of God realization. And this ancient wisdom of surat shabd Yoga is not difficult t follow provided one is destined to meet a perfect Adept , who reveals to him the secret , and h e devotedly and steadfastly carries out the spiritual practise enjoined by him. The Results are infinitely spectacular and once his attention is brought within the orbit of the Divine sounds, which is a storehouse of power, his consciousness is automatically pulled up like the iron filings which enter the magnetic field of a strong magnet . The result is that inner darkness gives place to inner light and the lotus of he heart blossoms. One realizes one’s true self and attains the state of drying while living. One transcends both time and space and the domain of the three attributes.

Just as a spark sets fire to a heap of hay and reduces it to ashes in a moment , so also are the stored sanskaras (tendencies) created by karmas of previous births brunt up in a trice by devotion to lord’s Name . The is truly a water of life’ that quenches man’s thirst forever. It is the ‘bread of life’ that satiates his hunger for all time. It is a panacea for all ills.

Then is one died in the hue of the lord and is immersed in his love all the time . By slow and sure degrees the disciple traverses one transcendental region after another till he reaches the home of his father.

Thus ends a long and weary chain of we and misery , of birth and rebirth , of utter darkness and ignorance, and their place is taken by happiness and by inner radiance and refulgence . The part joins the Whole and becomes the whole ; the drop merges in the ocean and becomes the ocean ; the ray merges in the ocean and becomes the sun the soul merges in the lord and becomes the lord.

After he sad demise of Mr. R.d. ahluwaliya in November , 1963 the work of translation of this ‘Bible of sant Mat’ was entrusted by Maharaj ji to Mr Tarchand aggrwal, Retired district and Session Judge and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Radha Soami satsang , Beas to see it through . The presents work is the result of his untiring zeal and hard work for months together. we are grateful to him for this labour of love in the service of the beloved Master.

Contents

Preface xi
My Submission 1
All human beings are the same 1
What is true religion? 2
The essence of True religion 4
All are equal in the eyes of god 7
Difference are man-made 8
The Purpose and methods of worship 10
God's Own temple 14
Religious dissension adds to our bondage 17
Religions have a common foundation 20
Saints are above religious differences 21
Disparity in religious observances 23
Reflecting God in our actions 25
Seeking perfection 27
The Need for spirituality 30
Religions; what it is , what it ought to be 33
The path of spirituality 35
Religion: and sectarianism 39
Spirituality as the basis of religion 42
The Scope of intellect 43
Spirituality as actual experience 44
Aspects of Body , Mind and soul 44
Inner and outer religion 46
Science and Religion 51
Idolatry or worship of god 54
The model religion 57
Level of consciousness 60
Concentration at the eye centre 63
The Inner journey 65
The spiritual laboratory 72
the True objective 75
Internal and external knowledge 76
The value of scriptures 79
Three components of spirituality 85
Key practices in Sant Mat 90
Key necessity and object of writing this book 92
What is in this book 96
Concluding request 100
Chapter I- The Lord 105
Where is God? 109
God is beyond mind and intellect 110
He is the Power and is all- pervading 111
This Power is conscious and not inert 112
What is god and what is our relationship with him? 115
God as visualized by the saints 118
Sat nam 125
Fearless (Nirbhai) 128
Without Enmity (Nirvair) 128
Timeless Being 128
Unborn (Anjuni) 129
Self - existent (Sebham) 129
Grace of master (Guru Parshadi) 130
Lords of Lords (Hari Rai) 131
The Immaculate One (Adi Niranjan) 132
The One (Ekankar) 133
The Lord God (Ram Rai) 135
the Immaculate One (Niranjan) 138
The Omnipresent (sarv Vyapak) 142
The Carefree One (Beparwah) 159
Chapter II-Truth 167
The Lord of Death (Dharam Ria) 174
the Characteristics and functions of the Lord of death 178
The negative Power (Kal) 178
Chapter III - The Lord's Will (Bhana) 186
What is the Will of the Lord, or his Bhana? 186
Who Loves the Will of the Lord and aspects it? 200
He Who accepts the Will of the Lord's is a true devotee 201
What are the signs of union With the Lord? 202
The will of the Master (Guru) 202
Who Submits to the will of the satguru? 208
The divine Law (Hukam) 210
Who Can understand that law? 222
Chapter IV - The sound current (shabd) 227
The shabd is the Supreme Being and sustainer of all 227
What is the Shabd? 229
The shabd is the Creator 231
The shabd cannot be spoken or written 233
All Religious teach the Practice of the shabd 236
The Principal of the Divine Sound 242
Why do we not hear this Sound? 248
How Can we hear this sound? 250
Which is the Place where the shabd is heard ? 250
The sound is independent of the ten vital forces (pranas) 252
Sound and Light 253
Lighter is Faster than sound The shabd is the Truth 256
The Shabd is the Truth 257
shabd is Nectar 257
The shabd is the true treasure 259
Shabd is the Lord's Law and Name 260
Shabd is the highest essence 260
Shabd is inexhaustible 261
shabd is all -pervading 261
Shabd I Found within the body 262
How is Shabd realized? 263
What is devotion to Shabd? 266
Shabd is Realized only by a rare devotee 267
What Does Shbad do Within? 268
Time for practice of the Name through Shabd 274
Benefit of Practice of shabd 274
The Timeless (anahad) Shabd 282
The Five sounds (Shabds) 287
The Inner Music 294
Outer music and Dance 296
Chapter V The Name of God (Nam) 305
The Need for and greatness of the Name 306
There are myriads of names of God Which one leads to salvation? 308
Reality of the Name 309
Real worship that Name is that of the Name 321
The Name (Nam) is the Supreme Lord 323
All is within the Power of the name 323
The Name is the creator of All 324
What is then Name? 326
The melody of the Name' 330
The centre where the name is heard 331
Time for the practice of the Name 332
Why do we not hear the melody of the Name? 333
The Name is not the subject of the sense 333
The true Name is secret and rare 334
The name is the link connecting us with the lord 335
The Name is an easy path 335
In the Iron Age Only the Practice of the Name is fruitful 336
salvation is attained in all the four ages through the name 338
the wealth of the Name is permanent and imperishable 339
The Name is an infinite and eternal treasure 340
The name is the true merchandise 340
The name is the law or shabd 341
The name is the capital of devotees, the Master is the merchant and the disciple is the client 341
The True Merchant of the Name is the Lord Himself 341
The Name is the devotee's mainstay 341
The Practice of the Name 342
The Practice of the Name is easy 343
How is the Name obtained? 344
Only a gurumukh (devotee gets the name and not a manmukh (devotee of the mind) 348
Benefits of the Name 350
The Lord's Name Hari Nam and Ram Nam) 362
Chapter IV - Divine Ambrosia? 363
What is the divine Ambrosia? 364
It is indescribable 365
It is nectar 365
Where is the divine Ambrosia? 366
How can the Divine Ambrosia be obtained? 367
Who Obtains the Divine Ambrosia? 372
Qualities of the Divine Ambrosia 373
Fruits of the Divine ambrosia 374
Guru -Nam or Gurumukh - Nam 376
Gurumat-Nam 376
Benefit of guru-Nam 378
Chapter VII - Nectar- (Amrit) 380
What is Nectar? 381
In the Nectar there is the sound principle 384
There is light in the Nectar? 385
Where is the Nectar 386
The Nectar is behind the covering of the mind 390
Who can taste the nectar ? 391
How is the Nectar obtained? 391
Who obtains the nectar 396
Benefits of the Nectar 397
Endnotes 400
Glossary 401
Bibliography 417
Books on spirituality 421
Address for information and books 423


Volume - V

Preface

The original text - Gurumat Sidhant –written in Punjabi by param Sant satguru baba Swan singh ji Maharaj -reverently known to the millions as the Great Master , is a veritable treasure -house of knowledge of all aspects of sant mat in its minutest details. It contains a wealth of the most precious gems of teachings in which the revered author as dealt superbly with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of these precepts . It describes the mystery of the love of god so precisely and in such detail and length hat there can hardly be an equal as a treatise on love in any language, thus bringing home to the minds of the satsangis the eternal truth, viz; “ There is one law , the of love and one truth, the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart”, without which there can be no merging in the Beloved. It is definite and precise in describing the glory of the created word of love and the union with the Beloved Lord.

The First volume of the original text deals with the technical aspects of sant Mat and the second with all the physical, material , mental moral and general aspects of spiritual discipline in very great detail.

The presents work is the fifth and the last in the series and covers the second part of the first volume . It deals comprehensively with the subjects of Devotional Music , the Lord of God, and its yoga and practice; perfect Master and the different kinds thereof ; the necessity of a living aster ; Where Master come from and the reason for their descent into of a Master: how to find him; the benefit s that accrue from having one; the oneness of the Master and the L:ord; the gift of the Lord and the Master and the care bestowed by the latter; recognizing pseudo - master or imposters; and the disadvantages of being without a Master.

None of us has been the lord. He resides within the temple of the human body. The way thereto is known only to the perfect Masters and they alone can guide the yearning souls t him. The Vehicle is the word With which one has to connect one’s consciousness to transcend the physical body and merge in the spiritual realm, ultimately becoming one with the source. thus man transformed into God.

Contents

Preface vii
My submission 9
Chapter I - Devotional Music (Kirtan) 113
The word or speech of God (Bani) 117
The word of the Master (Guru Bani) 128
The Initiatory Teachings of the Master (Guru Mantra) 129
Initiation (Diksha) 131
Riches (Vakhar) 134
Knowledge (Gyan) 136
The Esoteric letter (Akshar) 141
The Lotus Feet (Charan Kamal) 143
The Dust of the Lotus Feet (charan Kamal Raj or Charan Dhul) 162
Surat Shabd Yoga or the Yoga of the sound current 172
Practice of surat shabd Yoga 175
Chapter II- The Master or Perfect Master (Guru or sat Guru) 183
The Difference Kinds of Masters or gurus 196
Is there One Guru or Are there Many? 200
The Master or guru of the Time 202
the Necessity of a Living Master 205
Past Saints (Puratan Guru) 207
There is Utter Darkness without the Guru 226
The Master - Historical References 228
The Master -before and after Guru Nanak 231
Granths and Scriptures and learned Men Cannot take the Place of gurus 233
The Guru is a Superman, an Ideal or Spotless Man and even More than That 239
Gurus come from Sach khand under the orders of the Lord to take Back Souls 244
The work of the Guru 248
The Duties of a Master 250
The Master is the Manifestation of the Lord 251
Chapter III - Characteristics of a Master 257
How to Find a Master 269
The Benefit of Having a Master 269
Gurudev (the light-from of the Master) 270
The Perfect Master (Pooran Guru) 280
Recognizing a perfect Master 281
A Perfect Master and his Company 283
This signs of Meeting a perfect Master 300
Chapter IV - Oneness of the Master and the lord 301
The Meaning of Oneness 302
The gift of the Lord and the Master 319
Care given by the Master 327
The Master's Protecting Hand 334
Surrender to the Guru 336
The Words of the master 342
Chapter V - Pseudo -Master and Imposters 351
The Disadvantage of being without a Master 362
Glossary 371
Address for Information and Books 389
Books on This science 395

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Volume - I

Preface

Gurmat Sidhant, or the Philosophy of the Masters, was originally written in Punjabi by Huzur Maharaj BabaSwan singh sant satguru of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas. The teachings Sant Mat were practised and preached by him here fro 1903 to 1948. During this period he gained a large following in India and abroad by his divine influence.

His work is now being carried ion by the presents, Maharaj Charan Singh , and the place is verily a haven of pilgrimage for tens of thousands of the followers , who come here spiritual guidance from all pars of the world especially Great Britain, other European countries , United states of America and south Africa . the book was first published, in 1943. The complete work is in two volume, comprising more tan 1000 pages each, with copious quotations from the Adi Granth , the bible, the Vedas and various other scriptures.

The preparation of the two original volumes involved extensive research and labour by the author, and as a result of this, they comprise a complete encyclopaedia of information on sant Mat, the teachings of the saints . every aspect of the teachings is discussed in the minutest detail , and is lucidly and forcefully explained fro the benefit of seekers after Truth .

The Author, as is well Known , was a Great saint. His approach to the subject is absolutely authentic , based as it is on the foundation of direct personal knowledge and inner experience. It is no exaggeration, therefore, to cal the Gurmat Sidhant the encyclopaedia of literature dealing with matters spiritual as preached and practised in accordance with Sant Mat.

The two volumes of the original work were recently published by us in Hindi, in order to give them a much wider circulation in this country. It is since been Considered necessary essary to publish the book in English, so that satsangis and seekers in the Western World, as well as English – speaking people in India , may also derive from this veritable fountainhead of divine knowledge .

For the Sake of convenience and for easier reading we have divided the two very large original volumes into smaller books . Each of the smaller books is virtually independent of the other, and we hope to presents the entire series of these smaller volumes within a short period of time.

The subject of matter is mostly devotional and will appeal directly to the heart of the reader who will , we hope, be induced to follow the various practices and types of discipline described by the author , all of which are considered essentials for a devotee who is following the spiritual path.

The reader will realize that it is into possible in a translation to reproduce the remarkably high level of expression of the original work - the terse and forceful style , the clear exposition, and the compact expressive language which were so characteristic of the author. Our principal aim has been to presents the master ‘s Message in Clear and simple language , keeping faithfully to the original meaning . The Fault if nany is ours and we ask for the indulgence of the reader for our shortcomings.

It will be found that there is a certain amount of repetition of Ideas and subject matter in almost all the chapters. We have not eliminated these repetitions , but have left them as they appeared in the original in the work . this has been done because it was felt that their elimination would detract too greatly from the forcefulness and fascination of the author’s highly individual and compelling method of expression.

I wish to acknowledge our indebtedness to our satsangi brother s and sisters – notably miss Louise Hilger , messrs Joseph Leeming and K.L. Khanna who have helped in the preparation of his book with heir untiring zeal , cooperation and labour of love. They worked hard and spared no pains in making it possible for us to complete this veritable treasure of exquisite knowledge.

Contents

Preface vii
My Submission xi
Chapter I - Service (Seva) 1
Humility and Obedience in seva 2
Service by Means of wealth and Mind 4
Service by Soul 5
The Best Way to serve the Master 10
Which Kind of Service is Desirable? 11
Who Can serve the Master and the Lord? 12
Whose service Soul be Performed? 13
Chapter II - Action Without Desire (Nishkarmata) 15
What is Action (Karma)? 15
surrendering Everything to the Lord 21
Chapter III- Destiny (Dhur Karma) 24
Chapter IV - Time Of Elixir (Amrit Vela) 34
Chapter V- Posture (Asan) 42
Chapter VI - Remembrance or Repetition (Simran) 47
Method of Withdrawing Within Oneself (Going within) 49
Methods of Simran 52
Place of simran 57
How Should One do simran? 60
Inner Ascent and realization through simran 65
Precepts of simran 70
Time for Simran 72
the Practice of Repetition is for all 73
Effects of Simran 74
Chapter VII - Contemplation (Dhayn) 77
Contemplation and Dharma 90
Benefits of Contemplation 92
Chapter VIII - Listening to Shabd -dhun (bhajan) 94
Dhun comprises Knowledge, Contemplation and Meditation 96
Whence Do We get the Dhum? 97
Who is Eligible for Dhum? 98
Effects of Listening to Shabd-dhun 99
Chapter IX - Dying While Living (Jite-Ji Marna) 100
Death and after 102
Chapter X - Spiritual Discourse (Satsang) 113
A special Advantage 133
Glossary 137
Index 179
Local address 185
books on this science 191


Volume - II

Preface

The Original text – Gurmat Sidhant – written in Puinjabi by param sant shri satguru Baba swan singh Ji Maharaj is a fountain of sacred knowledge on all aspects of san Mat in their very minute details. The followers of Huzar Maharaj Ji are spread all over he west . It has , therefore , been deemed desirable to translate into English the inestimable material for the benefit and guidance of his satsang is and other across the seas.

The Philosophy of the Master is an English translation of Gurmat sidhant Which was first written and printed by Huzur Maharaj Baba Sawan Singh ji in about 1920. It was later on revised and enlarged by him personally and published again in about 1943 in two volumes.

The first volume of the original texts deals with the technical part of sant mat and the second discusses in minute detail all the physical , ethical , mental , moral and general aspects of spiritual discipline.

There is a dire need for material dealing with deeper aspects of sant mat which been discussed very elaborately and with the background of a masterly knowledge in these books. It was , therefore , considered appropriate to brings out an English version of such a fountain of valuable material for the use and benefit of the Western World.

Radha Soami Satsang , Beas (Society) found it more convenient and advantageous to translate and publish the second volume, of which this book is the second of the series, the first having been already published.

Through each series has its own introduction entitled “My Submission” written by the great Master Himself Which deals with the subjects contained therein yet an explanation is needed to help the good reader to orient his mind to these wonderful writings, and by a appreciation ac as a link to cross from the mundane existence to the realm of spirituality .

Saints, sages and saviours take their birth by their own volition and come from their eternal abode –Sach Khand –in order to elevate and uplift humanity from the mire and morass of the material world and take it back to its eternal home .

Our revered Master param Sant shri Satguru Baba Swan Singh Ji Maharaj was an embodiment of benignity and grace and , looking upon the world and seeing that it was shadowed by sorrow and scorched by the fierce fires of sufferings, came t this world with a message of healing and blessedness, bringing hope and peace to the homes and hearths of those who are aspiring and seeking for truth and ultimate Reality.

This great work is a Jewel that was concealed too long in the author ‘s own language , from the English -speaking world. It is a veritable treasure-house containing a wealth of the most precious gems of teachings in which the revered author has default with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of these precepts . It is describes the mystery of the love of god so preciously and in such detail and at such length that there can hardly be an equal as a treatise of love in any language , thus bringing home to the minds of the satsangis the eternal truth, viz. “ There is one Law: one Truth , the Truth of conquered Mind and a quiet and obedient heart “ and thus merging with the Beloved . It is definite and precise in describing the glory of the created word of Love and union with the Beloved Lord .

Not only this , but it also describes to the seeker , in practicable and applicable steps , how to find this love of God and the Union with the Beloved Lord. It is alive and breathes. Love is every sentence and phase. If one reads it with concentrated devotion and attention, one can literally feel the uplift f this current of Love., as the lost word, which every one is seeking .

The Book is full of choice quotations from other great mystics. It refer s freely to the sacred writings of the Granth sahib and the Sikh Gurus and their words of experience in the struggle of soul-liberation.

The Philosophy of the Master is a living testimony as a song of love and devotion to the Beloved, written from personal experience , by a true Gurumukh Who lived a life of devotion in normal surrounding s trying circumstances and hard daily work as an engineer in the army.

It was in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the River Beas that Satguru baba Swan Singh Ji Maharaj Built the settlement of the entire Dera under the direction and inspiration of his great Guru Baba Jiamal Singhji Maharaj, who by his austere penance and communication with the Beloved Lord blessed and hallowed every particle of the Land.

Such to other struggling souls who are called from all over the world to work with love and devotion in the vineyard of the beloved, such is the science of the soul and the path liberation to bliss.

We have the greatest pleasure in putting this invaluable work before the public , for we feel perfectly confident that it will be of immense help in making the human nature grow into the Divine and thus ushering a new era in the World.

Contents

Preface ix
My Submission 1
Chapter I - Devotion (Bhakti) 13
What is Bhakti ? 14
Difference Between Love and Devotion and need Only One support 17
Devotion Consists in One- Pointed Attention and Needs Only One support 20
Devotion, Action, Knowledge and discipline (Bhakti, Karma, Gyan and Yga) 22
Devotion is Natural 23
The Principles of Devotion 25
Prerequisites for devotion 27
Why Should we be Devoted? 27
to whom should we be Devoted? 28
Devotion to the Master (Guru Bhakti) 31
Guru Bhakti (Devotion to the Master) is Difficult 49
Devotion to the Master (Guru Bhakti) is the path of surrender of self or Ego 51
What is the Objects of Being Devoted to a master? 54
what type of devotion should be Rendered? 56
What are the Practices by which we can be successful in devotion? 64
How Can Devotion be Achieved? 68
Who Achieves Bhakti? (Devotion) 75
Bhakti (devotion) is not Idleness 75
The signs of Bhakti (Devotion) 76
Devotion is not a Physical Sentiment 78
Time for Devotional Practice 78
The Path of Devotion is open to All 79
Devotion is superior to and Easier than all Religious Ceremonies and Rituals 81
Obstacles in the Path of devotion 83
Fruits of devotion 85
Chapter II Intense Longing (Bireh) 88
Chapter III - Love (Prem) 112
Love is god 121
Everything is the Result of Love 122
Love is the state of giving Away One's Heart 123
Condition of a Lover 124
True love Implies Giving up the Ego 125
prem (Love) is a Constant Magnet 126
True Love is Permanent 126
Love is the Nectar of our Existence 127
Prem (Love) is Nam (Word) 128
What is the effect of Love? 128
The sign of Love 129
Four things are Necessary in Love 130
Love (Prem) is a Universal attribute 132
Love is a Natural Quality in man 132
Stage to Achieve Love 135
Four Stages of Love 136
The Wine of Love 141
The Intoxication of the Wine of Love 142
Where can we get the Elixir of Love? 143
What is the Principal of Obtaining Love? 144
Love for the Master and it s Advantages 144
Love God and his Lovers 152
Praises of Love by Various Saints 155
The Treasure of Love is Rare 157
Matter and Spirit 158
Love for the Spiritual and Love for the Physical 158
Method of Creating Worldly Love and spiritual Love 162
True and False Love 164
Life is Useless Without God's Love 164
Love of Saints and of ordinary People 167
Love is True Worship and True Austerity 169
Love is the Basis of all Activity 170
Love is True Prayer 171
Love is Higher than Religion , Rituals, etc. 174
One has to Dedicate His life, Bravely and Quietly in True Love 174
Love is Path of Surrender and sacrifice 175
Love is the Path of Sacrifice 179
True Love is not for Weaklings 180
The Path of Love is difficult 183
Love is not the work of the Greedy or the Conscience-Sellers 183
Love is the Path of a Madman 184
The Influence of Love 185
The Eliminates all worries 188
the Reward of Love 189
Love and Intellect 191
Love and Beauty 203
Love and Knowledge 204
Love and Detachment 207
Love and Attachment 208
Love and Lust 209
A Lover 211
The religion of Love 221
The Intoxication of Love 226
The We motions of a Lover 228
How should One Love? 230
The Place of Love 233
Teachings of Love in the Old Scriptures 234
Love is Our Birthright 235
Love Only Through a perfect Master 235
Love Not Reduced to Speech or Print 236
The Form of Love 237
Love Can be seen in a Lover 238
Love is the beloved 238
Methods of Developing love 239
Hoe Love is Produced 245
Essentials for Permanent Love 245
How Can Love be Maintained? 250
where is Love first Produced? 250
Love by a Gurumukh and a Manmukh 251
Qualities awakened through Love 251
Chapter IV- Detachment (Vairag) 261
Detachment and Renunciation 264
Who is a detached Person? 266
Glossary 273
Index 315
Address for Information and Books 317
Books on this Science 323


Volume - III

Preface

The Original text Gurumat Sidhant –written in Punjabi by pram sant satguru baba swan singh ji Maharaj- reverently known to the millions as the Great Master - is a veritable treasure-house of knowledge on all aspects of sant Mat in their minutest detail. It contains a Wealth of the most precious gems of teaching in which the revered author has superbly dealt with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of these precepts. It describes the mystery of the love of God so preciously and in such detail and at such length that there can hardly be an equal as a treatise on Love in any language, thus bringing home to the minds of the satsangis the eternal truth viz: “there is one Law, the Law of Love; ne Truth of conquered Mind and a Quiet and Obedient Heart” and thus merging in the Beloved. It is Definite and precise in describing the glory of the created Word of love and the union with the Beloved Lord.

The First volume of the original text deals with the technical aspect of sant mat and the second with all the physical , materiel , mental , moral and general aspects of spiritual discipline in very detail.

The presents work is the third part of the second volume and deals comprehensively with the subject of worship and its essential pre-requisites . Humility is the hallmark of all saints and unless one becomes dust by completely annihilating the ‘self’, true worship does not come by and God-realization remains a distant dream.

Ego is mind’s greatest weapon to retard spiritual progress and it can go only when the mind is brought into the orbit of “something” infinity more sweet , more sublime and more noble than it is at presents.

This “something” is the “word” of god , the music of the sphere, the Audible life stream , the Nad of the Upanishads, the kalma of the Muslims , the Nam or shabd of sikh Saints, the Sarosha of Zoroastrians, the Tao of the Chinese and the Logos of the Jews. This alone can sublimate the mind.

Once the mind travels inwards and upwards and reaches its own abode , the soul gains freedom from its vicious grip and realise itself: that it is the spark of the divine and with a great longing rushes forward to meet its source thus ending its long, weary and winding journey for all time.

After the sad demise of Mr. R.D. Ahluwalia in November , 1963 the work of translation of this “Bible of sant Mat” was entrusted by Maharaj Ji to Mr . Tarachand Ji aggarwal , Retired District and Session Judge and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Radha soami satsang Beas to see it through . The Presents Work is the Result of his untiring zeal and hard work for months together . We are grateful to him for this labour of love in the service of the Beloved Master.

Contents

Preface ix
My Submission 1
Chapter I - Repetition of Names and Austerities (Jap-Tap) 23
Repetition of Names (Jap) 26
Austerities (tap) 30
The effect of the Iron age (Kalyug) 34
What are True Repetition, Austerities and Self- control? 37
How Real Repetition and Austerities and are Practiced and their fruit 42
Chapter II - Cleanliness 47
Chapter III - worship (puja) 58
Chapter IV - Awe and affection (Bhae and Bhav) 68
Awe 68
How is this awe born 71
How to be free from fear? 73
Affection (Love) 75
Awe (Bhae) and affection (bhav) 80
Affection for others 85
Instability of the Universe 88
Warning 93
Chapter V - Prayer or supplication 98
What is supplication? 98
The Helplessness of the Materialist 98
Prayer is a Universal feeling 101
Do not Extend Your Hand in Supplication Before Anyone other than the Lord and the Master 102
Pray to the Living presence of the Lord 109
Prayer and Effort 110
which Prayer is granted 111
Intellectual and Logical difficulties in Prayer 115
Internal Difficulties 117
Three Methods of Prayer 118
Praying Aloud 120
Praying in Public 121
Place of worship 123
Conditions for Prayers 128
the Necessity of Absorption 128
The Necessity of Truth and Contentment 129
Praying With the heart 130
No Particular language or words are Necessary for Prayers 130
Time for Prayers 133
When to Pray 134
The Working of Prayer 134
Effect on Prayer on Others 137
Why all our Prayers are not Granted 138
Is it Necessary to Pray to the Lord? 140
Fruits of Prayer 146
Stages in the Development of Prayer 147
Ask for the lord of the Lord 150
What Should be asked of the lord and the master 156
Ask for the name from the master and saints and beg of them for their grace 157
What should we Ask of the Lord 161
Ask the Master for the Lord 174
Examples of Prayers 178
Lord's Prayer 180
Kabir's Prayer 184
Prayer before the master in Sar Bachan 186
Prayer of Mira Bai 192
Prayer of Dharma das 194
Prayer of surdas 195
Chapter VI- Humility 196
Outer Humility 196
Inner Humility 200
Signs of Humility 203
the Method of a acquiring true Greatness 204
Fruits of Humanity 205
How to win over the Lord 208
The Results of Humility 214
It is extremely difficult to give up Pride 216
The Ideal of Spiritual men 219
The Religion of Humanity 220
Chapter VII- Dharma 222
Duties (Dharma) 222
Love is Human virtue - Adopt it 226
Do Not injure the Feelings of Other Keep all Happy 227
Compassion (Daya) 231
Contentment 236
Forgiveness 242
Truthfulness (Satya Vachan) 246
Sweetness 253
austerity 257
charity 257
Charity of One -Tenth Income (Zakat and Dasamansh) 258
To whom should charity be given 261
Cleanliness (Souch) 265
Good Conduct of Life 265
Pure Food 270
What Should be Eat? 274
Food for Spiritual discipline 274
How many times and When should the food be taken? 275
The Harmful effects of excessive or insufficient intake of food 275
Secret of Good health and long life 276
Necessary precautions in taking food 276
Secret of the health of saints and Great Men 277
Good conduct (Sheel) 277
Food for a Celibate 282
Abstinence for a celibate 282
Married Life and Spiritual Progress 283
Advantage of Continence 286
Chastity 287
Imbibing Virtues 294
What are those Virtues 295
Glossary 305
Index 347
Address for Information and books 351
Books O this Science 357


Volume - IV

Preface

The Original text – Gurumat Sidhant – Written in Punjabi by parma Sant satguru Baba Swan singh Ji Maharaj, reverently known to the millions as the great Master, is a veritable treasure house of knowledge on all aspects of sant Mat in their minutest detail It contains a wealth of the most precious gem s of teachings in which the revered author has dealt superbly with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of this precepts. It describes the mystery of the Love of god so preciously and in such detail and at such length that there can hardly be an equal as a treatise on love in any other language , thus brings home to the satsnagis the eternal truth , viz.:: there is one law , the law of love and one truth , the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart , for merging in the Beloved . It is definite and precious in describing the glory of the created word of love and the union with the beloved Lord.

The First volume of the original text deals with the technical aspects of sant Mat and the Second with all the physical, material, mental, moral and general aspects of spiritual Discipline in very great detail.

The presents work is the fourth in the series and deals comprehensively with the subject of he existence of God and his Reality; His different Names; His will: our relation to whom: saints and the mission of mercy they perform ; the manner of our realizing the lord; what is shabd, Name or Word; what is the principal of sounds; where does it reside; where is it heard; to connect our consciousness with the superconsciousness of the divine Sound; how is the lord’s Name the priceless Wealth which is with us here and hereafter; how is the wealth obtained; what are the benefits that accrue from the name that the Master bestow on his disciples; why is the called Nectar of Immortality or divine Ambrosia and where can it tasted ; What is its uniqueness vis-à-vis recitals and penances almsgiving and charities , pilgrimages and holy baths; What is related salvation and how is it obtained besides many other related aspects.

So long as our minds are not illumined with these eternal truths, we remain away from our destination of God realization. And this ancient wisdom of surat shabd Yoga is not difficult t follow provided one is destined to meet a perfect Adept , who reveals to him the secret , and h e devotedly and steadfastly carries out the spiritual practise enjoined by him. The Results are infinitely spectacular and once his attention is brought within the orbit of the Divine sounds, which is a storehouse of power, his consciousness is automatically pulled up like the iron filings which enter the magnetic field of a strong magnet . The result is that inner darkness gives place to inner light and the lotus of he heart blossoms. One realizes one’s true self and attains the state of drying while living. One transcends both time and space and the domain of the three attributes.

Just as a spark sets fire to a heap of hay and reduces it to ashes in a moment , so also are the stored sanskaras (tendencies) created by karmas of previous births brunt up in a trice by devotion to lord’s Name . The is truly a water of life’ that quenches man’s thirst forever. It is the ‘bread of life’ that satiates his hunger for all time. It is a panacea for all ills.

Then is one died in the hue of the lord and is immersed in his love all the time . By slow and sure degrees the disciple traverses one transcendental region after another till he reaches the home of his father.

Thus ends a long and weary chain of we and misery , of birth and rebirth , of utter darkness and ignorance, and their place is taken by happiness and by inner radiance and refulgence . The part joins the Whole and becomes the whole ; the drop merges in the ocean and becomes the ocean ; the ray merges in the ocean and becomes the sun the soul merges in the lord and becomes the lord.

After he sad demise of Mr. R.d. ahluwaliya in November , 1963 the work of translation of this ‘Bible of sant Mat’ was entrusted by Maharaj ji to Mr Tarchand aggrwal, Retired district and Session Judge and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Radha Soami satsang , Beas to see it through . The presents work is the result of his untiring zeal and hard work for months together. we are grateful to him for this labour of love in the service of the beloved Master.

Contents

Preface xi
My Submission 1
All human beings are the same 1
What is true religion? 2
The essence of True religion 4
All are equal in the eyes of god 7
Difference are man-made 8
The Purpose and methods of worship 10
God's Own temple 14
Religious dissension adds to our bondage 17
Religions have a common foundation 20
Saints are above religious differences 21
Disparity in religious observances 23
Reflecting God in our actions 25
Seeking perfection 27
The Need for spirituality 30
Religions; what it is , what it ought to be 33
The path of spirituality 35
Religion: and sectarianism 39
Spirituality as the basis of religion 42
The Scope of intellect 43
Spirituality as actual experience 44
Aspects of Body , Mind and soul 44
Inner and outer religion 46
Science and Religion 51
Idolatry or worship of god 54
The model religion 57
Level of consciousness 60
Concentration at the eye centre 63
The Inner journey 65
The spiritual laboratory 72
the True objective 75
Internal and external knowledge 76
The value of scriptures 79
Three components of spirituality 85
Key practices in Sant Mat 90
Key necessity and object of writing this book 92
What is in this book 96
Concluding request 100
Chapter I- The Lord 105
Where is God? 109
God is beyond mind and intellect 110
He is the Power and is all- pervading 111
This Power is conscious and not inert 112
What is god and what is our relationship with him? 115
God as visualized by the saints 118
Sat nam 125
Fearless (Nirbhai) 128
Without Enmity (Nirvair) 128
Timeless Being 128
Unborn (Anjuni) 129
Self - existent (Sebham) 129
Grace of master (Guru Parshadi) 130
Lords of Lords (Hari Rai) 131
The Immaculate One (Adi Niranjan) 132
The One (Ekankar) 133
The Lord God (Ram Rai) 135
the Immaculate One (Niranjan) 138
The Omnipresent (sarv Vyapak) 142
The Carefree One (Beparwah) 159
Chapter II-Truth 167
The Lord of Death (Dharam Ria) 174
the Characteristics and functions of the Lord of death 178
The negative Power (Kal) 178
Chapter III - The Lord's Will (Bhana) 186
What is the Will of the Lord, or his Bhana? 186
Who Loves the Will of the Lord and aspects it? 200
He Who accepts the Will of the Lord's is a true devotee 201
What are the signs of union With the Lord? 202
The will of the Master (Guru) 202
Who Submits to the will of the satguru? 208
The divine Law (Hukam) 210
Who Can understand that law? 222
Chapter IV - The sound current (shabd) 227
The shabd is the Supreme Being and sustainer of all 227
What is the Shabd? 229
The shabd is the Creator 231
The shabd cannot be spoken or written 233
All Religious teach the Practice of the shabd 236
The Principal of the Divine Sound 242
Why do we not hear this Sound? 248
How Can we hear this sound? 250
Which is the Place where the shabd is heard ? 250
The sound is independent of the ten vital forces (pranas) 252
Sound and Light 253
Lighter is Faster than sound The shabd is the Truth 256
The Shabd is the Truth 257
shabd is Nectar 257
The shabd is the true treasure 259
Shabd is the Lord's Law and Name 260
Shabd is the highest essence 260
Shabd is inexhaustible 261
shabd is all -pervading 261
Shabd I Found within the body 262
How is Shabd realized? 263
What is devotion to Shabd? 266
Shabd is Realized only by a rare devotee 267
What Does Shbad do Within? 268
Time for practice of the Name through Shabd 274
Benefit of Practice of shabd 274
The Timeless (anahad) Shabd 282
The Five sounds (Shabds) 287
The Inner Music 294
Outer music and Dance 296
Chapter V The Name of God (Nam) 305
The Need for and greatness of the Name 306
There are myriads of names of God Which one leads to salvation? 308
Reality of the Name 309
Real worship that Name is that of the Name 321
The Name (Nam) is the Supreme Lord 323
All is within the Power of the name 323
The Name is the creator of All 324
What is then Name? 326
The melody of the Name' 330
The centre where the name is heard 331
Time for the practice of the Name 332
Why do we not hear the melody of the Name? 333
The Name is not the subject of the sense 333
The true Name is secret and rare 334
The name is the link connecting us with the lord 335
The Name is an easy path 335
In the Iron Age Only the Practice of the Name is fruitful 336
salvation is attained in all the four ages through the name 338
the wealth of the Name is permanent and imperishable 339
The Name is an infinite and eternal treasure 340
The name is the true merchandise 340
The name is the law or shabd 341
The name is the capital of devotees, the Master is the merchant and the disciple is the client 341
The True Merchant of the Name is the Lord Himself 341
The Name is the devotee's mainstay 341
The Practice of the Name 342
The Practice of the Name is easy 343
How is the Name obtained? 344
Only a gurumukh (devotee gets the name and not a manmukh (devotee of the mind) 348
Benefits of the Name 350
The Lord's Name Hari Nam and Ram Nam) 362
Chapter IV - Divine Ambrosia? 363
What is the divine Ambrosia? 364
It is indescribable 365
It is nectar 365
Where is the divine Ambrosia? 366
How can the Divine Ambrosia be obtained? 367
Who Obtains the Divine Ambrosia? 372
Qualities of the Divine Ambrosia 373
Fruits of the Divine ambrosia 374
Guru -Nam or Gurumukh - Nam 376
Gurumat-Nam 376
Benefit of guru-Nam 378
Chapter VII - Nectar- (Amrit) 380
What is Nectar? 381
In the Nectar there is the sound principle 384
There is light in the Nectar? 385
Where is the Nectar 386
The Nectar is behind the covering of the mind 390
Who can taste the nectar ? 391
How is the Nectar obtained? 391
Who obtains the nectar 396
Benefits of the Nectar 397
Endnotes 400
Glossary 401
Bibliography 417
Books on spirituality 421
Address for information and books 423


Volume - V

Preface

The original text - Gurumat Sidhant –written in Punjabi by param Sant satguru baba Swan singh ji Maharaj -reverently known to the millions as the Great Master , is a veritable treasure -house of knowledge of all aspects of sant mat in its minutest details. It contains a wealth of the most precious gems of teachings in which the revered author as dealt superbly with all doubts and difficulties that are likely to arise in the actual following of these precepts . It describes the mystery of the love of god so precisely and in such detail and length hat there can hardly be an equal as a treatise on love in any language, thus bringing home to the minds of the satsangis the eternal truth, viz; “ There is one law , the of love and one truth, the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart”, without which there can be no merging in the Beloved. It is definite and precise in describing the glory of the created word of love and the union with the Beloved Lord.

The First volume of the original text deals with the technical aspects of sant Mat and the second with all the physical, material , mental moral and general aspects of spiritual discipline in very great detail.

The presents work is the fifth and the last in the series and covers the second part of the first volume . It deals comprehensively with the subjects of Devotional Music , the Lord of God, and its yoga and practice; perfect Master and the different kinds thereof ; the necessity of a living aster ; Where Master come from and the reason for their descent into of a Master: how to find him; the benefit s that accrue from having one; the oneness of the Master and the L:ord; the gift of the Lord and the Master and the care bestowed by the latter; recognizing pseudo - master or imposters; and the disadvantages of being without a Master.

None of us has been the lord. He resides within the temple of the human body. The way thereto is known only to the perfect Masters and they alone can guide the yearning souls t him. The Vehicle is the word With which one has to connect one’s consciousness to transcend the physical body and merge in the spiritual realm, ultimately becoming one with the source. thus man transformed into God.

Contents

Preface vii
My submission 9
Chapter I - Devotional Music (Kirtan) 113
The word or speech of God (Bani) 117
The word of the Master (Guru Bani) 128
The Initiatory Teachings of the Master (Guru Mantra) 129
Initiation (Diksha) 131
Riches (Vakhar) 134
Knowledge (Gyan) 136
The Esoteric letter (Akshar) 141
The Lotus Feet (Charan Kamal) 143
The Dust of the Lotus Feet (charan Kamal Raj or Charan Dhul) 162
Surat Shabd Yoga or the Yoga of the sound current 172
Practice of surat shabd Yoga 175
Chapter II- The Master or Perfect Master (Guru or sat Guru) 183
The Difference Kinds of Masters or gurus 196
Is there One Guru or Are there Many? 200
The Master or guru of the Time 202
the Necessity of a Living Master 205
Past Saints (Puratan Guru) 207
There is Utter Darkness without the Guru 226
The Master - Historical References 228
The Master -before and after Guru Nanak 231
Granths and Scriptures and learned Men Cannot take the Place of gurus 233
The Guru is a Superman, an Ideal or Spotless Man and even More than That 239
Gurus come from Sach khand under the orders of the Lord to take Back Souls 244
The work of the Guru 248
The Duties of a Master 250
The Master is the Manifestation of the Lord 251
Chapter III - Characteristics of a Master 257
How to Find a Master 269
The Benefit of Having a Master 269
Gurudev (the light-from of the Master) 270
The Perfect Master (Pooran Guru) 280
Recognizing a perfect Master 281
A Perfect Master and his Company 283
This signs of Meeting a perfect Master 300
Chapter IV - Oneness of the Master and the lord 301
The Meaning of Oneness 302
The gift of the Lord and the Master 319
Care given by the Master 327
The Master's Protecting Hand 334
Surrender to the Guru 336
The Words of the master 342
Chapter V - Pseudo -Master and Imposters 351
The Disadvantage of being without a Master 362
Glossary 371
Address for Information and Books 389
Books on This science 395

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