NOTES About Today's PODCAST: Finding a Spiritual Path, a Community of Kindred Souls, and Guidance -- An Introduction to Satsang, a Talk by James Bean
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Today, an Introduction to the Three Levels of Satsang: 1) Association with God, 2) Association with a Living Master, and, 3) Association with the Writings of Sages and Saints, and a review of Kirpal Singh's original Instructions for Holding Satsang.
Spiritual Guidance, Learning, Inspiration, Motivation, Support For Those on the Path of the Masters -- The Soul or Spirit Should also be Given Nourishment and Pleasure just as is Done in the Case of the Body and Mind
"It appears proper for everyone, whether a man or a woman, that as they work day and night for providing nourishment and enjoyment to their body, mind and senses, they must also work a little for securing sustenance and nourishment to their spirit... If they will do so with sincerity, they would themselves feel its beneficial effects after practising Abhyas [the meditation practice] for a short time, and would then realize within themselves the presence of the Supreme Being and of His grace... The spirit can get the highest form of nourishment, pleasure, strength and freshness, if it is raised upwards by the practices of Surat Shabd Yoga [Inner Light and Sound Meditation] and brought into contact or merged with the Current of nectar which comes from above." (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Prem Patra Radhasoami)
What are the Influences You Let Into Your Life? Still Not Making Any Progress? Still Not Meditating? Still Not Following the Path?
Don't let your mind drown in eclectic new age spiritual quotes on the Internet. So many paths and religions; so little time. It's been my observation that, in the category of spiritual teachings, influences and motivation, serious Sant Mat spiritual seekers or devotees must make the teachings of the Masters their top priority, their PRIMARY FOCUS. Otherwise, we just end up hopelessly distracted and not properly motivated to seek initiation, or follow the guidance of the Masters, or do our meditation. Our minds drown in feel-good syrupy passages about stuff we already know... or ain't so, or don't matter whether true or not, or that may seem harmless yet provides us with no destination, and we end up getting talked out of our original dreams and yearnings to return to the Abode of Love, the home of the soul in the highest of heavens. Satsang serves as a regular reminder about adopting the Path, following the Path, staying on the Path, doing our meditation practice, and having some "within" time. Garbage in, garbage out? Be the snoose or be the change? Take the proverbial Matrix red pill or the blue? Who you let influence your thoughts and let into your life... is up to you.
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