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They’re not mystics because they write poetry,
not saints because they’re related to a saint.
Their names and costumes don’t matter;
only those who face the enemy in battle are brave.
They’re not mystics just because they play instruments
and drape an ascetic’s blanket over their shoulders,
or sing and recite scriptures.
Reading the Vedas and performing rituals
does not make them saints.
Penances, pilgrimages and living in forests
make no one a mystic.
Beads, caste marks and smeared ashes —
these don’t make a saint.
If they don’t forget the body, says Tuka,
they’re just people of the world.

— Sant Tukarama, Many Voices, One Song, The Poet Mystics of…

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Shams of Tabriz was Rumi’s Spiritual Master (Sufi Sheikh)

Shams of Tabriz: “Two gnostics were proudly debating over the secrets of mysticism and the rank of gnostics. One was saying, ‘The man who is sitting on that donkey is God to me’. Another said, ‘His donkey is God to me.” The truth is that most Mystics are drowned in fatalism, so getting involved in their words is a veil, which deprives one of attaining the real path. The real path is another way… When you hear or read words about gnosticism, you become drunk. It is that passion that has moved you. For that passion is the light of that veil. There are seventy thousand veils of Light before reaching the Exalted God. Now you are submerged in passion, so how can you discuss the radiance of the True Light? Even if you do, all of it will be just the passion… How can anyone compare this passion with the radiance of God’s Light? Do not be satisfied only with your sheikh’s [spiritual teacher’s] nice words, nice actions, nice character, and beautiful face, for there is something beyond all these. Seek that.”

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Sant Tulsi Sahib: “Within the tiny poppy seed [point of concentration] is found the abode of the Supreme Being. Focusing upon this point between the eyes [third eye], one finds the path to the Beloved. One who stills their consciousness at that point pierces through and sees the reflection of the entire universe.”

The Supreme, being the Subtlest, can not be apprehended by the material sense-organs… Although, all the outward and inner tasks are performed by them, the sense-organs are material and cannot grasp the Supreme Sovereign. It is impossible to have the Knowledge of the Supreme while being in the realm of the senses or Non-Conscious nature. One must go beyond the senses and Non-Conscious nature in order to realize the Supreme. For this reason, the outward practices of devotion are of not much use in attaining direct knowledge of the Supreme. The attainment of the state of Oneness is impossible by outer means. The state of Oneness is attained by going beyond all the realms of the non-conscious nature and by moving upward within the body. …

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Sant Kirpal Singh, Wiki Commons, public domain image

Sant Kirpal Singh was born February 6th, 1894, and left the body August 21st, 1974. He was a spiritual teacher in the Sant Mat tradition of India. His books are even listed in the bibliography of the classic, Be Here Now.

After Kirpal Singh Ji’s passing in 1974 there was a legendary and controversial succession dispute with little evidence for many to go by at the time unfortunately. So, what lessons from history can we learn that can help us make sense of it and come to a healthy, spiritually affirming conclusion? With the article below my speculations are not intended to lend support to one spiritual group or another, in service to any particular guru in Sant Mat, but am only interested in examining the truth from a Sant Mat perspective, whether that happens to fit the narrative of any particular sect or not. And it’s not written to be a thorough account reliving past events, but my goal is to provide my take to readers who already are acquainted with this particular branch of Sant Mat and it’s history to some degree. Am not out to necessarily change minds. Older satsangis have their minds already made up generally. …

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“Take up the broom of love, and sweep the chamber of your heart.” (Bani of Kabir Sahib)

“Only when we have made our hearts clean, can the Lord — Who is immaculate and pure — manifest there. He is already residing there, but he will manifest. We don’t need to bring some other Lord from outside. The false worldly thoughts come from outside and fill up our within. But the Almighty Lord is already innate in our within. He does not descend from some other realm.” (Baba Somanath’s commentary)

“But my Friend resides within me.” (Bani of Kabir Sahib)

“What need do I have to look for Him outside? When we direct our yearning toward the Lord over and over, we become his very form. Then we say, ‘He has become my true friend. I have no more need to wait for His coming. If He were separate from me, then I would have to search for Him and wait for Him. But I am in Him and He is in me. So now what is the point of seeking Him? Where would I search and who would I wait for?’” (Baba Somanath’s…

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Below is great illustration from Sant Mat history of how there can be multiple legitimate masters and sangats.

With the Three Masters, Volume One (new edition)

July 7th, 1944

“Hazur left the Dera at 7 p.m. and arrived at Tarn Taran* two hours later. Baba Bagga Singh Ji had left the world yesterday at noon, at about the same time that Hazur received his telegram. His disciples were crying bitterly as they were gathered around his body, which was wrapped in a sheet and placed on ice.” (page 334)

“Baba Bagga Singh Ji’s most devoted disciple, Sardar Deva Singh, wanted the cremation to take place after 3 p.m. because many were expected on the three o’clock train. But Huzur suggested that we should not wait because the sangat, including women and children, had not eaten for the last two days and would not do so until after the cremation was over. Hazur bathed the body himself and it was taken to the satsang ghar grounds for cremation.” …

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Reincarnation in Gnosticism (According to Gnostics)

Reincarnation in Pistis Sophia:

Of the incarnation of John the Baptizer… That John was Elias in a former birth: “And when I knew that ye had not understood that I had discoursed with you concerning the soul of Elias which is bound into John the Baptizer, I answered you in the discourse in openness face to face: ‘If ye like to accept John the Baptizer: he is Elias, of whom I have said that he will come.’”

Reincarnation in the Secret Book of John (Apocryphon of John):

“When they come forth from the body, such a soul is given over to the powers created by the rulers, bound in chains, and cast into prison again. Around and around it goes until it manages to become free from forgetfulness through knowledge. And so, eventually, it becomes perfect and is saved.’”

by James Bean

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As I understand it, Simon was a successor of Dositheus, who in turn was a successor of John the Baptist, and so Simon became the leader of a John the Baptist sect that was a rival of the Ebionites. Simon Magus is extensively quoted in the Clementine Recognitions and Clementine Homilies. His teachings are quite interesting! … mystical and Gnostic. I wonder if anyone has published a book of Simon Magus, extracting all of the quotes attributed to him in the Clementines? …

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“Preserve the words of the Master –
They are precious and you will be liberated.”
- Sant Satguru Ajaib Singh Ji -

“A Satsangi’s life should be different than the worldly people. His Life is an expression of the Love of God Almighty and the ways of the Master. Do good for others without showing or saying anything. Have respect and recognition for all life. Be humble, tolerant, generous and kind. Use sweet words and have soft ways. Always understand that Master overhead is watching you.
These things will help you do more Simran. “
- Sant Sadhu Ram -

{We all wish to know what the Master expects of us and how does He want us to live. Under instructions from the Master (Sant Sadhu Ram Ji), some key points are listed here for dear ones to think over and understand. These notes of His words were written down during interviews and darshans both in India and world tours, and are now sent out with His Grace and permission.} …

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“You can’t read your way to enlightenment.” — Stephan Hoeller

The focus of the bhakti Sants of India is not on 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.

Masters say: “An intense longing to meet the Lord during one’s lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. ‘Seek, and ye shall find’, is the principle’”.

“Do not cease seeking day or night until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you, make you into pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of the Light.” …



This Living School of Spirituality called Sant Mat is also known as: The Path of the Masters, Surat Shabd Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Light & Sound of God.

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