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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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"Die while living”, "I die daily", or "death before dying" are popular sayings used by Saints and Sufi poet-mystics espousing the view that rising above body-consciousness or soul travel via the Third Eye Center during meditation practice is a preparation or rehearsal for the afterlife. Hazrat Sultan BaHU: "Let us die before dying, O BaHU, only then is the Lord attained... Love has inspired me to explore the heavens. From earth it has raised me to the worlds of Spirit." Spiritual Awakening Radio (and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts) with James Bean, heard on various community, public radio stations and the web, explores the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West, God, meditation, out of body or near death experiences (inner space), the vegan diet and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.
There are numerous vegetarian passages preserved in the Sikh Scriptures (Adi Granth, Shri Guru Granth Sahib) and related Sikh texts  --  quotes from Guru Nanak, Kabir, Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Gobind Singh and others. I've also included quotes from Bhai Gurdaas Ji, also a Persian historian and scholar of comparative religion who wrote about Guru Nanak and the early Sikhs  --  how the original disciples were all vegetarians.
Simran is the art of repeating a name or names of God in one's mind (manas jap, chanted mentally, guru mantra) for the purpose of Remembering the Divine -- Practicing the Presence of God. It is a way to remain spiritually awake in a world of slumber, a way to remain centered instead of being thrown off-center by the influence of maya (illusion). In the Path of the Saints and Mystics this spiritual exercise of repeating or chanting Names of God is done not only in meditation practice, but as often as possible throughout the day as a way to spiritualize all aspects of life, inner and outer. In Sant Mat, the simran of worldly thoughts is controlled through the Simran of the Charged Names, repeated by an initiate throughout the day and when sitting for meditation as a means of collecting the thought currents at the Third Eye Center; also used as a password of sorts to higher planes and protection from Negative Power influences. Spiritual Awakening Radio (and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts) with James Bean, heard on various community, public radio stations and the web, explores the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West, God, meditation, out of body or near death experiences (inner space), the vegan diet and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.
Today, the Spiritual Seekers Guide and Introductory Meditation Instructions. There is No Spirituality Without Spirit: "So long as you do not experience the withdrawal of spirit within you during meditation, the spiritual path is a myth for you. To attain this experience, you have to perform the spiritual practices with full zest and fervor every day as prescribed by a living master." (Spiritual Seekers Guide)
Life Has Been Wasted if We Do Not Enter the Eye Center -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast: Some Inspiration Today For Spiritual Seekers Looking For the Way to the Beyond, the Kingdom of the Heavens, the Way That Leads to the Worlds that are Within: Featuring the Wisdom of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, Baba Somanath, Sant Kirpal Singh, Baba Ram Singh Ji, Sarmad the Sufi Saint, Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar, Niloba of Maharashtra, Sant Paltu Sahib, Sant Pippa Saheb, the Adi Granth (Guru Granth), Baba Kehar Singh, Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram Bahadur, Baba Devi Sahab of Moradabad, and Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj (Maharshi Mehi Ashram). 
Recommended Reading For Spiritual Seekers on Living A Spiritual Way of Life, and Following a Meaningful Meditation Practice: Brahm Nirupan of Kabir, Mystic Poetry of Sant Tulsi Sahib, Philosophy Of Liberation by Maharishi Mehi, Sar Bachan of Sant Radhaswami Sahib, Radhasoami Mat Prakash by Huzur Maharaj, A Spiritual Seekers Guide, The Way Out Is IN, The Essential Baba Devi Sahab, Harmony Of All Religions by Swami Santsevi Ji, The Inward Journey of the Soul (Chal Hansa Nij Desh) by Swami Vyasanand Ji Maharaj
Meditation, Near-Death Experiences (NDE's), and Out Of Body Travel (OOBE's), The Radhaswami Teachings of Yogani Mata Ji
I begin by sharing this unique arrangement of passages on the theme of spiritual-mystical Light attributed to Jesus found in all of the available ancient texts. I call it, "The Sermon on the Light", since it really does read, and when said out loud, sounds like a spiritual discourse on the theme of Light spoken long ago in antiquity by a spiritual Master to some of his students. Also today, a discourse on how to find your third or single eye. "If your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of Light."
"If your eye be Single, your whole body will be full of Light." (Yeshua​) "In the center behind and above the eyes there is an aperture; on this side of it is the material world, in which we are living now; and on the other side is the astral world." (Sawan Singh) "The inner Light does not come or go. It is always there within. It appears only when we are attuned and concentrated and disappears as soon as there is the slightest dispersion. The Light will not vanish if you just keep your inner gaze constantly fixed." (Kirpal Singh) "Look within yourself with the inner eye. The whole expanse inside is replete with the refulgence of the Divine Light." (Dadu)
A satsang discourse based upon: The Syriac Book of the Odes; The Great Song to Mani, in, The Gnostic Bible: "You Freed Souls from Samsara (the World of Changes), Ignorance, and Gave Wisdom"; The Gospel of Thomas; Path of the Masters, by Julian P. Johnson; Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry; Discourse from Baba Somanath; Inner Light and Sound Meditation Practice According to Yogani Mataji (Disciple of Baba Faqir Chand); Maharshi Mehi Paramhans on Daily Meditation Practice; "The Contemplative Eye of the Soul" from the Corpus Hermeticum; LIVING ONES: Baba Ram Singh on Simran Practice; Swami Vyasanand on "The Traveler of the Subtle Inner Path"; Correct Posture, and Inner Light Meditation Practice by Shri Bhagirath Baba; and, Swami Achyutanand on Inner Sound Meditation Leading to the Ascension of the Soul to the Realm of Anami, the Soundless State, the Many Reuniting With the One. 
A spiritual satsang discourse based on the mystic poetry of Saint Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India, a great spiritual master of the Sant Mat tradition, the founding guru of modern-day Sant Mat and Radhasoami (Radhaswami), also known as the Path of the Masters, those who practice inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) and devotion (bhakti) to the Formless Lord of the Soul, Supreme Being (Lord of Love).
There's significant evidence that the original Jesus Movement and well-known apostles were vegetarians. And furthermore, this vegetarianism of the disciples and Jesus Movement is fairly widely known in antiquity, mentioned by historians, scriptures, and early church fathers. Today we explore the teachings of Jesus's brother James the Just and the original Aramaic-speaking Christians of Jerusalem: Christianity-Before-Paul.
Today we explore: Why Vegetarianism and Veganism? Thy Will Be Done; Thou Shalt Not Kill; Vegetarian Verses of Namdev; Vegetarian Sayings of Jesus; The Vegetarianism Adopted by the Apostles; The Acts of Philip; Saint Paul; Gospel of Thomas; the Vegetarianism Edited Out of the Unity School of Christianity Statement of Faith; A Glimpse Into the Mainstreaming, Succumbing, the Accommodation Process: As the Ranks Swell with New Converts Bringing Their Meat Diets With Them, the Vegetarian Teachings Get Edited Out.
"Recognize the Path to your Beloved, O travelers and take the route of the anguished lover in separation. Keep the Master’s grace in your thoughts, and reflect upon his pure teachings. Develop love and devotion with endearment, and keep the thought of the Creator always before you. Try to merge yourself into God like water and water. Fix your mind within by following the Path of the Sound Current. A yearning will arise; make then an intense and anguished call. Repeat the Name of your Beloved, day and night, again and again, again and again. With care in thought, word and deed, you will cross to the other shore." (Sant Dadu Dayal of Rajasthan) 
There Is No Permanent University of Mysticism: A Reflection on the Impermanence of Spiritual Movements in a World of Samsara (Changes): All of the organizations associated with mystic-paths like Sant Mat at present, rest assured, will meet the same fate as those of past generations, eventually being replaced with vibrant new gatherings in diverse locations, new budding branches of the Living Mystical Tree of Life to replace the old, same as always -- thank God. Seneca said: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end."
Three Central Teachings According to the Sikh Masters in the Guru Granth: 1) The Need For A Living Master -- to Receive Initiation from a Living Satguru Into the Meditation Practice; 2) Hearing the Sound Current in One’s Meditation Practice (Naam, Shabda); and, 3) Following a Non-violent Vegetarian Diet. "Meet a Satguru and receive his initiation. Surrender thine all and look within." (Guru Nanak) Spiritual Awakening Radio, and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts With James Bean
In the category of Sant Mat spirituality some might be familiar with the Radhasoami tradition, perhaps paths associated with Hazur Baba Sawan Singh or Kirpal Singh, but there is also the satsang of Maharshi Mehi based in Kuppaghat, Bhagalpur, Bihar, and elsewhere in northern India & Nepal. Today an introduction to the Sant Tulsi Sahib branch of Santmat associated with Maharshi Mehi Paramhans. You'll also hear selections from the mystic poetry and hymns composed by Maharshi Mehi known as the Padavali.
"What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands cannot touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind -- that I will give you!" (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas) "When I arrived, I opened a Path and taught people about the Way of Passage for those who are chosen and solitary, who have known the Father and have pursued Truth." (Yeshua, Dialogue of the Savior) Viewing Jesus (Yeshua) as a Spiritual Master, a Sant Mat Perspective on the Gnostic Gospels and Christian Mysticism Today on Spiritual Awakening Radio.
The mystical utterances of Rumi and other great Sufi Masters speak directly to the heart. They encourage us to see the hidden Light, to discover Divine Secrets, to perceive the Way that lovers can find their Beloved. The Sufis, through their poems and ecstatic revelations are attempting to share their Secrets with the world, or at least with those discerning souls who find their words to be not only nice poetry, but something much more: soul-expressions coming from lovers caught up in the divine bliss of a higher reality.
There is a spiritual core at the heart or center of the world religions: schools of saints, friends of God, lovers of the Beloved, gnostics, solitaries and sufis. Examples of contemplative meditation practice, also Inner Light and Sound experiences present in Christian mystical texts are provided. Masters do not divide the world, nor do they condemn any existing religion or community. They always inspire us to get initiated into the Mysteries of spiritual practice, to go within and see what the Reality is.
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