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Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts), Gnostic Gospels, mystics, world scriptures, God, meditation, mystical experiences, the vegan diet, and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.
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Talks with a realised Master on Life, Love and the topic of Spirituality. New episodes will follow every second week. It is possible to ask spiritual questions from the Master to which he can reply in future episodes. You can send your questions to the siriopodcast@gmail.com email. If you like it, please support us by following and rating this podcast. Your comments are very appreciated, so you are welcome to leave even just one sentence as feedback to us under the episodes. Join us on the s ...
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In this conversation with a realised master, Master Sirio Ji, we are trying to find the place of Surat Shabd Yoga on the big map of Yoga. To better understand the method and approach, we begin this attempt by comparing Surat Shabd Yoga and another yoga direction, well-known and spread in the West, Kundalini Yoga. That's why the title is 'Surat' (in…
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Sant Kirpal Singh: "There lived in India Swami Shiv Brat Lal, a disciple of Rai Saligram [successor of Swami Ji Maharaj], who was advanced in spirituality but he gave out all these things about which I am now referring, in story form. He would bring out these very teachings of the Master in some novel like form in the Urdu language, of course, not …
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"Life is a progression. We progress from childhood to adulthood, from simplicity to complexity, from ignorance to knowledge, from innocence to wisdom and from birth to death. It is the law of life. But there is also a progression from the external life to the internal, from the hustle and bustle of material life to the serenity and silence of inter…
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Have you ever wondered how people lived in Eastern Europe during communism/ socialism? Were you aware that while most of the young people in other countries were busy with the hippy movement, or maybe with travelling to India, seeking spiritual liberation and a guru, others, maybe not even so far away, could not even have a passport and were closed…
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Kabir, the "Rumi" of India, one of the greatest Saints, Poets, and Spiritual Masters in the history of the world! Selections: Says Kabir: "Kal (time, ego, limited mental perception) has entangled people in illusions to such an extent that they have totally forgotten their Real Home." "Meditation will remove all your burdens; meditation upon Ram's […
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On the web you'll find a lot of talk about spirituality, yet so few rise above body-consciousness and get to experience that Sacred Inner Space for themselves. Reliable information is quite rare. There's so much discussion about "gnostics", "mystics", "sages of philosophy", "masters of the east", or "ancient scriptures" but almost nothing is ever s…
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We can listen to the story of Loretta, a psychologist doctor from Rome how she met a realized, true spiritual master, Sant Ajaib Singh. We can also come to know how things went wrong for her and some of her friends after the initial blessings. Their life turned into a real nightmare for them. This small group of 5 enthusiastic yoga practitioners we…
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In Sant Mat spirituality meditation is successfully practiced when we keep the proper meditation posture, leave behind all our burdens, thoughts, worries, and worldly distractions behind, and focus all of our undivided attention on going within by way of the third eye center so that we may reach that Sacred Secret Place of the Most High where Divin…
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The focus of the Sant Satgurus, the Saints of India (Santmat, RadhaSoami, The Path of the Masters) is not upon 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. Ma…
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Following the previous episode, The Spiritual Love Story of Norman Sharp with Sant Ajaib Singh, we can now listen to an interview with Chris Sharp, Norman's son. It's exciting to listen to Chris's personal story and see how things unfolded from his viewpoint. At the time of his father's Holy Initiation into Surat Shabd Yoga Chris was only a small c…
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"Simran helps in the withdrawal of spirit-currents from the body. In Simran lies the seed that helps in the development of the soul." "Simran is a weapon against all dangers. It acts as a password to all spiritual planes. It gives strength and sustenance to the body and mind during trouble and affliction, and brings the soul near the Master." "The …
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Today I explore some key Sufi teachings compatible with the contemporary mystic or gnostic path called Sant Mat. The Sants and Radhaswamis of the living present highly value the mystic poetry and wisdom of Rumi, Hafiz, Rabia, Sarmad, Hazrat Sultan BaHU, Sanai, Baba Farid and so many other Sufi Faqir lovers of the Beloved, viewing them as being Sain…
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"Truth and Love are wings that cannot be separated, for Truth cannot fly without Love, nor can Love soar aloft without Truth." (Saint Ephrem the Syrian) "Look at God within yourself, how 'God is Light.' For his Nature is a glorious, many-splendored Light. He manifests the Light of his Nature to those who love Him in all the worlds…" (John of Dalyat…
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This episode is different than the others, as in this episode I talk to Norman Sharp, born in 1926 who has been a passionate seeker of Truth since his youth, which led him to the Holy Initiation in 1964 on the spiritual path, called Surat Shabd Yoga, Nada Yoga or Sant Mat, by the hand of Sant Kirpal Singh. After Sant Kirpal Singh went into Mahasama…
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Experiencing union with God, the Ocean of Love, via Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) is the goal of the Path of the Masters, also known as Sant Mat or Radhasoami. Today, spiritual satsang discourses by Huzur Baba Sawan Singh, Baba Somanath, Sant Kirpal Singh, and Baba Ram Singh Ji, also passages from Christian or Gnostic sources …
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"Listen, open a window to God and begin to delight yourself by gazing upon Him through the opening." (Rumi) Teachings of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, Sant Kirpal Singh, Baba Somanath, Baba Ram Singh, and Santji: The Third Eye is the Portal to the Heavens and Simran is the Key "Recognize the Path to your Beloved, O travelers and take the route of the ang…
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Back in India again, in February 1978 to begin the "man-making process" of spiritual growth and real spiritual maturity with Sant Ajaib Singh Ji. From this episode, you can understand what it means to transform your life to its roots and turn into a fully conscious spiritual being, with no stains, free of all evil. Talks with a realised Master on L…
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In many branches of Sant Mat we have a five-name (panch naam) mantra (five simran words). These are sacred names of God associated with the first five planes, heavenly realms of creation. From the glossary of Sant Mat we read: "Simran means Remembrance: repetition of names or thoughts; in Sant Mat, the simran of worldly thoughts is controlled throu…
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It's as-if those who composed the Gospel of John decided to create a hymnbook. This is about the little-known discovery of a collection of early Christian psalms called, The Book of the Odes, written in Syriac-Aramaic, described by scholars as "some of the most beautiful songs of peace and joy that the world possesses." The Odes got mislabeled, mis…
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Today during this Sant Mat Satsang Podcast readings from Sant Kirpal Singh's, Spiritual Elixir, Baba Garib Das (Anmol Vachan), Swami Sant Sevi Ji, Don Howard, Jesus (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas), Baba Ram Singh, and Mystic Poetry of Kabir. "Today's karmas become the fate of tomorrow. According to our last life actions, our mental tendencies are formed…
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How satsangis found Sant Ji? How was it miraculously revealed to Doctor Molina in meditation that Ajaib Singh was the new master? How the song arrived to him as an inner experience in all languages: 'A man has been born: Ajaib' - even before ever hearing his name? How did Russel Perkins learn about these spiritual experiences and how he went to Ind…
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Today begins with a brief exploration of the history, providing background on a key book of the Sant Mat tradition of India: The Anurag Sagar (Kabir's Ocean of Love). Then there are spiritual satsang discourses based upon this book and related texts on the journey of the soul through the heavens back to God and the meditation practice of the Master…
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One of the great prolific writers and spiritual architects of Sant Mat, the Path of the Masters, also known as the Radhasoami tradition, is Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram of Agra. Such was his stature that his initiating guru Swami Ji Maharaj (Seth Shiv Dayal Singh) of Agra once said, "I do not know whether I am Rai Salig Ram's guru or he is mine." Tod…
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The Nag Hammadi Library represents the prose of the Gnostics, but it is the Mandaean scriptures that give us their poetry! Today, meet the Mandaeans. The story of the Mandaeans somewhat resembles the experience of Native American tribes; may they survive; may their ancient wisdom be shared with humanity. John the Baptist is one of the greatest prop…
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Meeting and coming to know Sant Ajaib Singh in the Ashram of Rajasthan in 1976, participating in a spiritual retreat, conducted for Western disciples: the first impressions, the initial crisis and the Inner transformation to eventually fully accept the new form of the living master with an absolute conviction. The spiritual adventure continues - go…
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"Although awake from without, you are asleep within, and by greedily envying the goods of others, your Inner Eye has gone deeper and deeper into this slumber... Every human being has a Secret Chamber within himself which is called the 'closet of the body.' [Within the human body is the True Temple of the Spirit.] That is higher than the mind and he…
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At the beginning of today's satsang podcast, some reflections on how we can be spiritually transformed by associating with the eternal truths and realities, focusing our undivided attention upon these teachings. This association and merger with Truth is called "satsang" by the masters. Different levels of satsang are also defined. On the positive i…
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Hear a truly delightful story about Jesus and his unwashed disciples crashing the temple as uninvited guests. It's found in an unknown gospel given by scholars the catchy name "Oxyrhynchus 840". Then more Brahman-Pharisee parallels: Sant Tulsi Sahib comes to the aid of a member of the Untouchable Caste known as the Sudras. Other compassionate, incl…
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What happened in the Sangat after the leaving of Maharaj Sant Kirpal Singh? How satsangies tried to go on the spiritual path and continue their inner journey without a living master. The start of the Sant Bani magazine and the first news about Ajaib Singh from Rajasthan in 1976. The sprouts of a new hope, followed by a trip to India again for spiri…
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The out-of-this-world spiritual poetry from the Padavali of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans today during this Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast. Padavali recitations, music and hymns are by Madhulata Arya. Recitations and commentary in English are by James Bean. Today we share: "Close Your Physical Eyes and See With the Third Eye", "The Definition Of Sant …
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The heavens or higher planes are not located in some abstract 'elsewhere' countless light-years away, but rather they are within us, accessed within the temple of the human body, are within all human beings... thus meditation... thus the need to discover the complete meditation practice by which we may access these realms, the Kingdom of God within…
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"According to Mataji, what near-death patients experience is only the beginning of a vast sojourn into great universes of light, love and beauty... How can one sit so still, repeat only holy names and think of God constantly? 'By falling in love,' Mataji answered serenely. 'Because when one is truly in love nothing but the Beloved can enter one’s m…
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What is spiritual awakening, enlightenment and liberation? What is the difference between them? How does the Inner Journey start and process after a spiritual awakening? What are the different levels of spiritual enlightenment? How do we reach spiritual liberation? What happens to our consciousness after we leave the earthly plane? Do we stay conne…
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A Summary of, Introduction to, Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation about: Where God Is, How to Merge With the Divine Through Meditation Practice, The Philosophy of Liberation (Moksha Darshan) According to Maharshi Mehi Paramhans In Divine Love (Bhakti), Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters, Radhasoami, Jai Guru James Bean Spiritual Awakeni…
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Becoming Free From Illusion - Leaving the Matrix, Merging With the Divine Beloved: This human condition is a story about the limited perception of relying solely upon the outer five senses and being deceived, existing with a severely limited ability to know the full picture, to find what is Real. However, according to the mystics of all generations…
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Today, an Introduction to the Sant Mat Approach to Meditation, the Goals and Methods of Spiritual Practice. (Peace Be To You) Seven Teachings of Sant Mat: 1) God is Real. 2) God is Love, the Ocean of Love and Compassion. 3) All of the world scriptures teach about the same manifestation of God as inner mystical Light and Sound. 4) Our true identity …
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Is there free will or is there not? If there is, what is free will? What is kryaman karma and where do all the karmas come from? What is the entry point into the wheel of life and what is the exit point from it? This is another enlightening episode about the inner spiritual journey the soul sets on, entering into this world and going towards consci…
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Not A Caveman Fixated on Bugs and Bees After All: John the Baptist's Wilderness Vegetarian Diet - Locust Beans Not Bugs - An Exploration of Early Christian Writings and Scholarly Texts Today on This Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast. Nevermind the old Sunday school notion of John the Baptist being some weird caveman dude dining on bugs! John may ha…
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"The Father's kingdom is already spread out over the earth, and people do not see it." (Gospel of Thomas) This saying is a lament really, about souls in a condition of spiritual poverty unable to recognize the spiritual reality already here and available. This is the Invisible Spiritual Path We Follow, having a spiritual practice, a form of meditat…
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Says Vegan Rumi: "I have existence and I value it so much, so have all the beings on earth and they too, try to preserve it. Then, how can I kill even the tiniest creature just to satiate my palate? Even a seemingly lifeless stone has a degree of consciousness; respect it. To me, even milk is forbidden. Look at all animals as you look at humans. If…
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What is the difference between a vegetarian and vegan diet from a karmic viewpoint? What is the value of life from a spiritual point of view? Intensive farming and household animals: ethic and non-ethic dairy products. Other animal products: honeybees and the balance of nature etc. Fruitarianism and fasting. What might be the golden mean in the die…
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The earliest references to the story of Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand do not include any mentions of fish, only bread. The early church father Irenaeus, writing between 180 and 188 AD, does not say anything at all about the fish, only bread in connection with this Miraculous Feeding of the Multitude as if the gospels he was reading at the time di…
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Traditionally, Sant Mat and the yoga philosophy have advocated the lacto-vegetarian diet: abstinence from meat, fish, fowl, and eggs, but allowed dairy. Vegan means complete abstinence from all animal products and strictly adhering to a plant-based diet: no dairy, eggs, or meat of any kind, or products made from animals. Based on the current cruel …
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What does the word karma mean? What is the law of action and reaction? What is the wheel of life or the wheel of transmigration? How many forms of life exist in this world? Why thoughts are more potent than words and actions? How can we be free from our attachments and desires? What is the karma that cannot be avoided in this lifetime? What do our …
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For many, the term "meditation" suggests merely a practice about attaining a more relaxed state and only represents a series of techniques about stress reduction. For the Initiate of the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven however, meditation represents a Portal to the Divine, a Door in the Heavens leading to Realms Beyond, is a Bright Star in a Mys…
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Today... explaining the rule in Sant Mat about not sharing one's own personal inner experiences with others - why is that? It's all about keeping experiences private, authentic, free from ego and free from outside contamination or mental phantasmagoria, also free of pressures and expectations about what one "should" be experiencing. Everyone is at …
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One of the Greatest of Spiritual Masters and Poet-Mystics of Sant Mat in the History of India: Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar, today on this edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio, a Sant Mat Satsang Podcast. (Namaste', Sat Naam Sahab, Jai Guru, Radhaswami) From the "Love Chapter" of Saint Dariya "Blessed is the eye which is permeated with love. Without …
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What happens after the Holy Initiation? How to proceed on the spiritual path? What is Sadhana, the spiritual practice? Constant Simran. Meditation, Satsang, holy songs, bhajan, intense spiritual retreat. How to improve in meditation? The positive effect of meditation on the surroundings and on other people. Psychological and spiritual maturity on t…
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By developing a spiritual practice, on demand we are able to find respite from the madness of the world, this turbulent ocean of samsara, gaining our freedom from serving as pawns of a demiurgical, kalistic culture of conflict and agitated minds. (Peace Be To You) "What our modern world has suffered from most of all is runaway ideology, the agitate…
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"A heart devoid of love or affection is as hard as stone, and does not form a suitable receptacle for the light of Heavenly Grace and Mercy... Where pure love dwells there sheds the light of Grace, as it forms a link with the Spirit or Love Current from It's Source, the Supreme Being... Love or the power of attraction is the basis of the whole crea…
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