My Commentary: An absence or ignorance of the Divine in this material existence is “poverty” in the Gospel of Thomas, a poverty of flesh without spirit, or thinking that this poverty is all-there-is. Bringing forth That which is within is knowledge/gnosis/experience of the soul and the spiritual realm it is connected to, the Kingdom of God, the Light, to become a person of the Light (GoThomas Saying 24), to be astonished by the manifestation of the inner Light, rule over the All (the cosmos: the various subtle bodies and realms they are associated with in the ascension through the heavens)…
Paltu asserts that in reality nothing exists except the Supreme Being. All that we see before us is simply a manifold appearance of the one power that we call God. There is no question of duality or multiplicity. With Paltu, monism is not a philosophical doctrine but a fact of experience. The mystics actually see, with their inner eye, the immanence of the Supreme Being.
The wave emanates from the Ocean, and merges back into IT. It merges into the Ocean and just so does maya [illusion] return into Hari [God]. The Vedas and Puranas are all in tangles —…
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.
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…
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…
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…
“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)
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…
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.’” http://gnosis.org/library/pistis-sophia/ps011.htm
Reincarnation in the Secret Book of John (Apocryphon of John):
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? …
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.