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Selections from “Harmony of All Religions” – Chapter 7: Santmat – The Path of the Masters, Part 2 of 2



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We will now share with you excerpts from “Chapter 7: Santmat” of the book “Harmony of All Religions.”“By practicing devotion through these four techniques — Manas Japa (recitation of the divine name), Manas Dhyana (focus on the divine form), Dristi Sadhana (focus on the infinitesimal point), and Nadanusandhana Yoga (concentration on the inner divine sounds) — the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms of darkness, light, and sound which cloak the Supreme Truth — the Divine Reality. Only in a human body an individual soul is able to achieve unity with the Divine.” “Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must abstain from these vices.” “The following are considered to be the requirements for the attainment liberation: Trust and belief in the Divine; commitment to seek the Divine within; devotion and service to a sadguru, spiritual Master; satsang, listening to the teaching and spiritual discourse including study of the teaching of the Saints and the scriptures; and dhyana, diligent meditation practice.” “When viewed on the surface, the teachings of various Saints sometimes seem to contradict one another [or even to contradict the principles of the Upanishads]. But upon deeper analysis, it becomes apparent that there is an unbreakable unity in the spiritual views of all Saints. Saints have appeared in different times and in different places, and Their followers name Their tradition in respect to the particular Saint [for example, Kabir Panth and Dadu Panth]. The apparent differences can be attributed to variations in time, place, language, and labels given to the views, but in reality, they are the same. When sectarianism and the forms of the particular time or place of the teachings of a Saint are removed, the basic principles of Santmat are in unity.” “In the “Bhagavad Gita,” Lord Krishna states: ‘Whatever is Truth always exists and is never non-existent. That which is non-Truth has no existence whatsoever.’” “Maharishi Mehi Paramahans Ji asks his aspirants to perform both kinds of satsang: ‘Each day strive to do both kinds of satsang: inner and outer. Outer satsang is listening to the teachings of great saints and studying the sacred texts. Inner satsang is the practice of one-pointed meditation.’”
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