PODCAST: Seven Essential Ingredients of a Living Spiritual Path -- 7 Gnostic-Sant Mat Parallels -- A Sant Mat Satsang Podcast Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube: https://youtu.be/bk-x2RVnxw8
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Today's Program -- Contents -- Outline:
IMAGE: The "God is Now Here" Chart of the Heavens -- Inner Regions of Consciousness According to Sant Mat;
Seven Ingredients of a Living Spiritual Path -- Seven Gnostic-Sant Mat Parallels
In the Corpus Hermeticum and Nag Hammadi scriptures are/were described all of the ingredients of a living, viable mystical path:
1) living masters/teachers with students (past masters, scrolls, cuneiform tablets or old scriptures are not enough; a living guide is required);
2) a cosmology of several heavens/inner regions/planes/spheres;
3) an understanding that souls can access these realms here and now during this present life (a present-tense Kingdom of Heaven available to souls right now, not a spirituality postponed till some magical date on a calendar or hypothesized future age);
4) an initiation into the mysteries of the heavens, imparting to spiritual seekers the meditation techniques and sacred names;
5) visionary and auditory mysticism (inner Light and Sound, spiritual seeing and hearing) -- descriptions of souls traveling within through various inner regions;
6) they have an ethical code, and this ethical foundation includes a vegetarian diet, then and now;
7) The Goal of the teachings and meditation practice is experiencing direct union with God.
"The heavens and the earth will roll up in your presence, and whoever is living from the Living One will not see death." (Gospel of Thomas, Saying 111)
"Seek to see [contemplate]the Living One as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the Living One, and you will be unable to see." (Gospel of Thomas, Saying 59)
"Seek To See God Now -- Liberation During This Life" -- Mystic-Poem of Sant Tulsi Sahib
"In this life the concept of salvation all describe;
To meet the Lord by dying while living, none discloses.
They all speak of the goal of salvation after death;
How to attain it while living, no one says. Were they to reveal the method of attaining release while living,
Then alone would Tulsi be convinced of their words.
Who speak, after seeing with their own eyes, and teach the method of salvation during life,
Are of the stage and stature of Saints, for they reveal the quintessence of the soul."
"Within This Body" -- Mystic-Poem of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras
"Within this body breathes the secret essence. Within this body beats the heart of the Vedas.
Within this body shines the entire Universe, so the saints say.
Hermits, ascetics, celibates all are lost seeking Him in endless guises.
Seers and sages perfectly parrot the scriptures and holy books, blinded by knowledge.
Their pilgrimage, and fasting, and striving but delude
Despite their perfect practice, they discover no destination.
Only the Saints who know the body's heart have attained the Ultimate, O Tulsi.
Realize this, and you've found your freedom (while teachers trapped in tradition know only the mirage in the mirror)."
Charts of the Heavens -- Inner Regions -- Planes -- Levels - Various Illustrations of the Spheres of Creation According to Sant Mat -- NOTE: At the bottom of the page are two Gnostic Charts of the Heavens (created by Zeke Li) as well as, The Threefold Nature of Man Chart (Christian Mysticism) -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Charts of the Heavens Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/charts-of-heavens-sant-mat-and-gnostic.html
An Introduction to Sant Mat and Radhasoami (Radha Soami -- Pronounced "Radha-Swami") -- The Path of the Masters -- India's Sants and Poet-Mystics (Lovers of the Beloved), and Surat Shabd Yoga Meditation Practice: Bhakti (Love) of the Inner Light and Sound of God: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/introduction-to-sant-mat-and-radhasoami.html
Top-Twenty List of Recommended Reading: Spiritual Books: Kabir, Sant Mat, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga -- Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Mystic Poetry and Prose of the Sants -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Recommended Reading/Top 20 Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/top-twenty-list-of-recommended-reading.html
Gnostic Gospels, Contemplative or Mystical Christianity, Syriac Mystics, Mandaean, Manichaean, Apocrypha, Nag Hammadi Library, Pistis Sophia, Jesus Sutras, Lost Books of the Bible and Spirituality of the West -- Sant Mat Radhasoami Books, The E Library: Gnostic or Western Mysticism Section: https://SantMatRadhasoami.Blogspot.com/2019/01/gnostic-gospels-contemplative-or.html
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