Below Are NOTES About Today's PODCAST (6-25-18): Kabir's First Initiation According to the Anurag Sagar, the Five Names, and the Esoteric Meaning of the Chowka Ceremony According to Sant Tulsi Sahib -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean
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Sant History: The First Initiation: Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love): In the Sat Yuga: Kabir's Incarnation as Sat Sukrit: "The Satguru said: 'O Dharam Das, listen about the Sat Yuga. I will tell you about the souls to whom I gave Naam. In Sat Yuga my name was Sat Sukrit and by the orders of Sat Purush I awakened the souls'... Kabir said to Dharam Das: 'Hearing my words Khemsari obeyed them; immediately he brought everything. He set up the white canopy and was determined to know how to perform the arti. With the wish of Sat Purush, Five Sacred Words were created. Devotion, meditation, and Knowledge given by the Master were also there. I sat on the chauka, and in the meditation the Indestructible Sound Current was manifested. In the meditation the Indestructible Sound of the Shabda came into manifestation — No one can stop IT in this world! At the appropriate time the chauka was performed and the Radiance of the Indestructible Light was manifested... I told them the Five Words and at that time they got the Naam of Sat Purush... I explained to them about Dhyan [meditation]. By contemplating on the Naam, their souls would be saved. I explained to them the ways of living and told them that by doing the Simran of Naam their souls will go back Home.'"
For the inner spiritual meaning or symbolism of the chauka (chowka) ceremony, see page 85 of the book, Param Sant Tulsi Sahib, the chapter titled, SANT MAT AND ITS SECRETS, DIALOGUE BETWEEN PARAM SANT TULSI SAHEB AND PHOOL DAS, SADHU OF THE KABIR SECT:
While there’s appreciation for the esoteric meaning as described in the Anurag Sagar, I’m not aware of any branch related to the Tulsi Sahib Satsang and Radhasoami that continues this particular Aarti of the chauka. It does however remain a tradition in the Dharam Das Kabir Panth and Dariya Sahib satsangs.
There is a description of the Dharam Das Kabir Panth chauka (chowka) ceremony here (visible if one is logged into Yahoo):
Professor David Lorenzen says the Sant Dariya Sahib Panth is related to the Kabir Panth and Sant Dharam Das related satsangs, and that they even all share the practice of the chauka (chowka) ceremony (Anandi Chowka or Chowka Arti) described in the Anurag Sagar and other Kabirian texts -- page 239, Praises to a Formless God: Nirguni Texts from North India, SUNY Press, NY: