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Surat Shabd Yoga - Wikipedia

Surat Shabd Yoga - Wikipedia

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Surat Shabd Yoga is the highest form of yoga there is, but even "perfect yoga" is only as effective as the guru who is teaching it. To reach the highest possible Plane in existence it is IMPERATIVE that you find an absolutely Perfect Master! When it comes to "God-realization," a student can never rise higher than his or her teacher. Under any circumstances!

Many teach surat shabd yoga (in one form or another), but finding a True Guru to take you Home won't be easy. There are plenty of frauds and many who are advanced to some degree, but they will not "get you Home," despite any claims to the contrary.

Unfortunately, even countless famous highly-evolved mystics throughout history never realized the impressive heights they attained had left them, and their followers, short of the Ultimate "Heaven."

Though they would enjoy great rewards upon death, the rewards would only be temporary. After that (even if for a long period), they will return to us in a much lower form than an "exalted guru," and once again struggle for countless ages in the cycle of birth and death.

There is ALWAYS at least one Perfect Master on earth but they avoid the limelight and never try to attract followers. If you see any signs of ego, you haven't found a "Perfect Master."

If you sincerely want to find God, and not at all because of what you hope to "gain" in any way, you will have your wish fulfilled. "Seek and ye shall find."

"When the student is ready, the Guru will appear."

~ Shabd Mystic
Surat Shabd Yoga is the highest form of yoga there is, but even "perfect yoga" is only as effective as the guru who is teaching it. To reach the highest possible Plane in existence it is IMPERATIVE that you find an absolutely Perfect Master! When it comes to "God-realization," a student can never rise higher than his or her teacher. Under any circumstances!

Many teach surat shabd yoga (in one form or another), but finding a True Guru to take you Home won't be easy. There are plenty of frauds and many who are advanced to some degree, but they will not "get you Home," despite any claims to the contrary.

Unfortunately, even countless famous highly-evolved mystics throughout history never realized the impressive heights they attained had left them, and their followers, short of the Ultimate "Heaven."

Though they would enjoy great rewards upon death, the rewards would only be temporary. After that (even if for a long period), they will return to us in a much lower form than an "exalted guru," and once again struggle for countless ages in the cycle of birth and death.

There is ALWAYS at least one Perfect Master on earth but they avoid the limelight and never try to attract followers. If you see any signs of ego, you haven't found a "Perfect Master."

If you sincerely want to find God, and not at all because of what you hope to "gain" in any way, you will have your wish fulfilled. "Seek and ye shall find."

"When the student is ready, the Guru will appear."

~ Shabd Mystic

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Surat Shabd Yoga
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Surat Shabd Yoga
or 
Surat Shabda Yoga
is a form of spiritual practicethat is followed in theSant Matand many other related spiritual traditions. Surat means "attention," or "face," which is the outward expression of thesoul,
[1]
 
shabd 
means "word" and
yoga
means "union."The term "word" means the “Sound Current,” the “Audible Life Stream” or the “Essence of the Absolute Supreme Being,” that is, thedynamic force of creative energy that was sent out, as sound vibration, from the Supreme Being into the abyss of space at the dawn of theuniverse's manifestation, and that is being sent forth, through the ages, framing all things that constitute and inhabit the universe.
[2]
The etymologyof "Surat Shabda Yoga" presents its purpose: the "Union of the Soul with the Essence of the Absolute Supreme Being."Other expressions for Surat Shabda Yoga include Sehaj Yoga (an easy path leading to Sehaj or equipoise) The Path of Light andSound, The Path of the Sants, The Journey of Soul, and The Yoga of the Sound Current.
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1 Basic principles2 Movements and masters2.1 Variations in movements3 Notes and references
Basic principles
Sehaj word states as Guru of love, Guru of Trust, Guru of War, Guru of Time, Guru of Power. The stated purpose of Surat Shabda Yogais to realize the individual's
True Self 
(Self-Realization),
True Essence
(Spirit-Realization) and
True Divinity 
(God-Realization) while livingin thehumanphysical body. This
Journey of Soul 
involves reuniting in stages with what is called the
Essence of the Absolute SupremeBeing 
, theShabd. Attaining self-realization and above also results in
 jivan
 
moksha/mukti 
, liberation/release fromsamsara, the cycle of karmaandreincarnationwhile in the physical body.Initiationby an
Outer Living 
 Satguru(Sat - true,Guru- teacher) is required, and involves reactivating the Shabd and stationing the Inner Shabda Master (the Radiant Form of the Master) at thethird eye(tisra til)chakra. The spiritual exercises (sadhanas) includesimran(repetition, particularly silent repetition of amantragiven at initiation), dhyan (concentration, viewing, or contemplation, particularly on the Inner Master), andbhajan(listening to the inner sounds of the Shabda or theReadEdit
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[edit]Shabda Master).Surat Shabd Yogacosmologydepicts the whole of creation (themacrocosm) as beingemanatedand arranged in a spiritually differentiated hierarchy, often referred to aseggs, regions, or planes. Typically, eight spiritual levels are described above the physical plane, although names and subdivisions within these levels will vary to some extent by movement and Master. In this arrangement, Self-Realization is attained in the third heaven level, Daswan Dwar, Spirit-Realization is attained in the fourth heaven level, Bhanwar Gupha,and God-Realization is attained in the fifth heaven level, Sach Kand (Sat Lok). (One version of the creation from a Surat Shabda Yogaperspective is depicted at theSant Ajaib SinghJi Memorial Site
[3]
). All planes below the purely spiritual regions are subject to cycles of creationand dissolution (pralya) or great dissolution (maha pralya).This cosmology presents the constitution of the initiate (themicrocosm) as an exact replica of the macrocosm. Consequently, themicrocosm consists of a number of bodies, each one suited to interact with its corresponding plane or region in the macrocosm. Thesebodies developed over theyugasthroughinvolution(emanatingfrom higher planes to lower planes) andevolution(returning from lower  planes to higher planes), including by karma and reincarnation in variousstatesof consciousness. The Path of Light and Sound involves the initiate traveling the microcosmdharmiclyin consciousness (soul) with the guidance and protection of the Outer Living Master in the physical world and the Inner Shabd Master in the higher worlds until the regions of pure spirituality are reached and God-Realization isattained.
Movements and masters
Main articles:Sant Mat ,Contemporary Sant Mat movement , and Radha Soami 
 Adherents believe Surat Shabda Yoga has been expressed through the movements of many different masters. However, because abasic principle of Surat Shabd Yoga's tradition is the requirement for an outer Living Master to initiate followers onto the Path, thosemovements whose historical Satgurus have died and their successors do not purport themselves to be Surat Shabd Yoga Satgurus,usually are not considered currently to be Surat Shabd Yoga movements, either by their own leaders or by movements with current LivingMasters.TheRadhasoamimovement of Surat Shabda Yoga was established byShiv Dayal Singh(1818–1878) in 1861 and named "Radhasoami Satsang" circa 1866. Soamiji Maharaj, as he was known, presided over thesatsangmeetings for seventeen years at Panni Gali andSoami Bagh in Agra, India, until he died on June 15, 1878.
[4]
Accounts of his guru and successors vary, although he did give verbalinstructions on his last day as to how his followers should be cared for.
[5]
According to Radha Soami Satsang Beas, his guru was TulsiSahib of Hathras. According to Soami Bagh and Dayal Bagh successors, Tulsi Sahib
[6]
was a contemporary guru of the same teachings,but being a natural born Satguru, Shiv Dayal Singh himself had no guru. After his death, six immediate successors carried on Shiv Dayal Singh’s teachings, including Huzur Maharaj Rai Salig Ram of PeepalMandi, Agra, and Babaji MaharajJaimal Singhof Dera Baba Jaimal Singhthe present day headquarters of (RSSB),Radha Soami Satsang Beas. A chart of the offshoot successor lineages helps show the connections among many of the contemporary Sant Mat gurulines and branches.
[7]
More information on living masters related to Shiv Dayal Singh's lineage can be found in theContemporary SantMat movementarticle.
 
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[edit]Sant Kirpal Singh, acontemporary Sant Mat guru, stated that "Naam" ("Word") has been described in many traditions through the use of  several different terms. In his teachings,
[8]
the following expressions are interpreted as being identical to "Naam":"Naad", "Akash Bani", and "Sruti" in the
Vedas
"Nada" and "Udgit" in the
Upanishads
"Logos" and "Word" in the
New Testament 
"Tao" byLao Zi "Music of the Spheres" byPythagoras "Sraosha" byZoraster "Kalma" and "Kalam-i-Qadim" in the
Qur'an
"Naam", "Akhand Kirtan" and "Sacha ('True') Shabd" byGuru Granth Sahib The more recently promulgatedQuan Yin Methodof meditation espoused via the spiritual teachings of Supreme Master Ching Haihas notable similarities to Surat Shabd Yoga.Eckankar , an American movement, has many links to Surat Shabd Yoga, including terminology, although its American founder PaulTwitchelldisassociated himself from his former teacher Kirpal Singh.TheMovement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, also founded in America in 1971 byJohn-Roger and now with students in 32 countries,
[9]
also teaches a similar form of active meditation, called
spiritual exercises
, using the Sound Current and ancient Sanskrit tones in order totraverse and return back to the higher realms of Spirit and into God.
[10]
MasterPath is another contemporary American movement of Surat Shabda Yoga. The founder and self-proclaimed Living Master, GaryOlsen, contends that several historical figures areSat Gurusof Surat Shabda Yoga as representatives for the eternal Inner ShabdaMaster. A few of these Living Masters of their times includeLao Tsu,Jesus,Pythagoras,Socrates,Kabir , theSufiMasters and mystic poetsHafezandRumi, theTen Sikh Gurusbeginning withGuru Nanak, Tulsi Sahib, and the Radhasoami/Radha Soami and offshoot Masters, includingShiv Dayal Singh,Baba Sawan Singh,Baba Faqir ChandandSant Kirpal Singh. The ten Sikh Satgurus discuss the inner sound and inner light a lot in their scriptures. The first Sikh Satguru wasGuru Nanak, but hismaster (guru) wasWaheguru. The above masters teach these 2 techniques. There is a master that teaches 4 techniques that includethese 2 of inner light and inner music. He teaches inner light (sight), inner music (hearing), primordial vibration (sense of touch) andnectar (taste and smell).These correspond to the 5 senses and this is how you turn them inward to experience what is inside of you. SeeVishnuwith his 4 armsand they correspond to these. One hand is holding a circle (chakra) of light. Another is holding a conch shell for the inner sound (hold it toyour ear and you hear something). Another hand is holding a lotus flower to refer to nectar and the 4th hand is holding a metal club(mace) for the inner vibration. If you hit something with it, it vibrates like a tuning fork. Some people refer to this inner energy as the soul.
Variations in movements
 Although all movements of Surat Shabd Yoga will have common elements related to the basic principles, notable variations also exist.For example, before he left his physical body, the tenthSikhGuru,Guru Gobind Singh, nominated theGuru Granth Sahib(a sacred text)
 
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