NOTES About Today's PODCAST (6-5-18): The Anurag Sagar, Kabir's Ocean of Love, India's Gnostic Gospel -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean
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The Anurag Sagar -- Guru Kabir's "Ocean of Love", is one of many sacred texts composed and used by the Dharamdasi Branch of Kabir Panth and Sant Mat, the Sant Dharam Das line of Masters ("the People of the Anurag Sagar"). The Anurag Sagar is a volume of the "Kabir Sagar" Series ("Ocean of Kabir"), a collection of several Hindi-language volumes devoted to the teachings of Guru Kabir and Sant Dharam Das. Read the Anurag Sagar Online, and enjoy many more satsang talks based on this spiritual classic -- GO TO:
Some Thoughts About the Origin of the Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love)
Not sure when the Anurag Sagar first is quoted by someone in India, which would give scholars a clue about a date of composition. Knowledge about who wrote it has become lost, perhaps even in the Kabir Panth world itself. And knowledge about the origins and date of composition has never been known by later Sant Mat paths, and fans of the book reading many centuries later. So, some reading it might just take it all literally, like some do with the Book of Genesis or other older scriptures, one of the many downsides of literalism.The Anurag Sagar is fairly late in composition I suspect, as it sums up the message of Kabir from the perspective of a very well-developed tradition, and one rather informed by other collections of Kabir texts. It reminds me of the 3rd Century C.E. Gnostic Gospel of Pistis Sophia and it's more developed or complex summing up of the meaning and teachings of Christ, and with the clear influence of other, earlier gospel material.
Anurag Sagar (the Ocean of Love) is but one volume of a larger collection known as the Kabir Sagar (Ocean of Kabir) with many more Q and A dialogue catechisms between Kabir (the Master) and Sant Dharam Das (the disciple). The Dharam Dasi Kabir Panth has a vast amount of this Kabir/Dharam Das literature. I suspect that Dharam Das Kabir Panth Gurus wrote under the pen name "Kabir" (or 'channeled' a 'Gnostic Kabir' in some cases perhaps?) over many generations. Only recently, with the publication of the Prakash Mani Gita, did Dharamdasi Gurus begin writing under their own name (Hazur Prakash Mani Naam in that case).
Russell Perkins Writes in His Introduction to the Anurag Sagar Published by Sant Bani Ashram:
"...The alert reader of Swami Ji's Sar Bachan or the books of Sant Kirpal Singh will notice many points of contact. Tulsi Sahib devoted a major portion of one of his principal books to a detailed commentary on certain aspects of the poem. Baba Jaimal Singh considered it to be the most authoritative book on the teachings of the Masters as the following account by his disciple and successor Sawan Singh shows:
"'On the fourth day I went to attend Satsang. Baba Ji [Baba Jaimal Singh] was at that time explaining the meaning of Jap Ji Sahib. Well, I started my volley of questions-so much so that the audience got tired and began to feel restless at the large number of questions I had put... Now he wanted to point out the way, but I had read Vedanta. When I read Gurbani, my opinion was different; when I read Gita my opinion was again different, and I was unable to come to a decision. At last I applied for eight days leave to enable me to study the teachings of Baba Ji. He advised me to read Kabir Sahib's Anurag Sagar. I immediately ordered eight copies of this book from Bombay so that I could also give some to my friends...
"'After several conferences with Baba Ji, I was thoroughly convinced and received initiation from him on the 15th day of October in 1894.'
"That Baba Sawan Singh continued to hold Anurag Sagar in high regard after he became Master is shown by the following account, written by one of his secretaries:
"'Hazur [Baba Sawan Singh] one day told Seth Vasdev, whose car is always at Hazur's disposal, that he should read Kabir Sahib's Anurag Sagar (The Ocean of Intense Love). Hazur said that without studying it, one cannot fully understand the difference between Kal (the negative power) and Dayal Mat (the Path of the true and Merciful God), nor can one fully grasp the teachings of Sant Mat.'" (Rai Sahib Munshi Ram, "With the Three Masters", Vol. 2, p.187) (Introduction to, The Ocean of Love: The Anurag Sagar of Kabir, 1982, Published by Sant Bani Ashram, Sanbornton, New Hampshire, USA)
God is the Ocean of Love.
Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be to You,