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Julian Johnson - The Path of the Masters

Julian Johnson - The Path of the Masters

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The Path of the Masters by Julian Johnson (1939)

A spiritual classic of the 20th Century, written by an American doctor in 1939, now in the public domain.

This book presents a comprehensive discussion of Sant Mat, also known as the Path of the Masters. After living in India for nearly seven years in the 1930s at the home of his Master in India, the author gives an outline of Surat Shabd Yoga, the Yoga of the Sound Current, which is the scientific system through which the Masters attain the highest degree of spiritual development.

Considered a classic of twentieth century spiritual literature, the book covers many fundamentals of the spiritual path, including: the purpose of human life, the Masters and their duties, the audible life stream, the outer and inner universes, karma and reincarnation, death, and the inner journey back to God.

The author also gives a thorough analysis of the workings of the mind, and a review of world religions. He explains that at the heart of the book is "a scientific method of entering and realizing the kingdom of heaven while still living in the human body."

A must read for every spiritual seeker.
The Path of the Masters by Julian Johnson (1939)

A spiritual classic of the 20th Century, written by an American doctor in 1939, now in the public domain.

This book presents a comprehensive discussion of Sant Mat, also known as the Path of the Masters. After living in India for nearly seven years in the 1930s at the home of his Master in India, the author gives an outline of Surat Shabd Yoga, the Yoga of the Sound Current, which is the scientific system through which the Masters attain the highest degree of spiritual development.

Considered a classic of twentieth century spiritual literature, the book covers many fundamentals of the spiritual path, including: the purpose of human life, the Masters and their duties, the audible life stream, the outer and inner universes, karma and reincarnation, death, and the inner journey back to God.

The author also gives a thorough analysis of the workings of the mind, and a review of world religions. He explains that at the heart of the book is "a scientific method of entering and realizing the kingdom of heaven while still living in the human body."

A must read for every spiritual seeker.

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It is commonly called Sound Current in India,
among those who speak English. But the best transla-
tion which we have been able to discover is: Audible
Life Stream. This appears to carry its deeper meaning
and is more comprehensive and inclusive. It is, in
fact, a stream, a life-giving, creative stream and it
can be heard.
The fact that it is audible is extremely
important and that idea must be conveyed, if possible,
in any name that is applied to it. This current or wave
contains the sum of all teaching emanating from God.
It is his own Word. It includes everything that God
has ever said or done. It is God himself in expression.
It is the method of God in making himself known.
It is his language. It is his Word.
This Sound sometimes is called Name; in Sanskrit
or Hindi, NAM. But in English, we are not accustomed
to put so much meaning in the word 'name'. It is
only correct if we understand that 'name' or Nam
stands for all that the Supreme Being is. It is just
another way of saying Word and Word is what God
says. It is equally what he does. It is the whole of the
divine being in action. To distinguish God in action
from God as divine Essence, we call him Shabd or living
Word. The name of anything or anybody is the sound
symbol which stands for the reality itself. The name

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conveys to thought everything which belongs to the
reality for which it stands. When the Master is said to
give "NAM" it means that he gives the Current, the
Reality for which Nam stands. He literally gives the
Audible Life Stream itself. (Just how the Master can
give it is discussed in Chap. XII : 4).
This divine NAM, or Sound, or Word, stands for
all that God is or has ever said or done. It includes
all of his qualities. As said before, it is the only way in
which the universal Spirit can manifest itself to human
consciousness. So when the Supreme Being manifests
himself as Sat Nam in Sack Khand he there becomes
fully personified, embodied, and brings into manifes-
tation all of the qualities of deity. As Sat Nam he
becomes personal Creator, Lord, God, and Father.
There he becomes the Fountain out of which the
Audible Life Stream proceeds. This stream may be per-
ceived and heard by all who participate in it through-
out all worlds. It may be seen and heard by such as
attain an awakened consciousness under the training of
a Master. When a man hears it, he hears God. When
he feels it, he feels the power of God. This Shabd is,
therefore, the Divine Being expressing himself in some-
thing that is both audible and visible. This current
must not be understood to be like a river running in
one course. It is more like a radio wave flowing out
in every direction from the grand central broadcasting
station. In fact, it comes from the Supreme Creative
center of the universe of universes.
This wave has two aspects, a centrifugal flow and a
centripetal flow. It moves outward from the central
dynamo of all creation, and it flows back toward that
dynamo. Moving upon that current, all power and

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all life appear to flow outward to the uttermost bounds
of creation, and again upon it all life appears to be
returning toward its source. It is the latter aspect of
it with which we have to deal mostly.

Upon that wave we have to depend for our return to our

original home. When the Master makes the connection
or as we say in radio, "tunes us in," it is then that we
begin our homeward journey leaving all perishable
worlds behind us.

This Word is called Nada (pronounced Nad) in
the Vedas. In Vedanta, sound is always spoken of as
creative. Sound or anything that sounds is the creative
energy. It is referred to as the Nada Brahma meaning
the primal word of Brahm. By this Nada Brahma all
creation was brought into existence. The whole of the
visible and invisible universe is the manifestation of this
primal Nada. The Nada is the Grand symphony out
of which all other symphonies flow. It is the primal
music of the universe. Every musical cord of this
world is an echo of that primal cord. It is the Vadan
of the Sufis, and the Shabd of the Hindus. But all
Sufis do not distinguish between the primal Word and
the manifest word, between the original music and its
echo. They are not able to point out the difference
between the dhunyatmak sound and the many varnatmak
sounds. While we may truly say that all music in the
world is a manifestation of the original symphony of
the primal Vadan, yet there is a difference between
them, a very important difference. The all-creative
Nada is the sound out of which all other sounds arise,
while at the same time its heavenly strains linger in all
material worlds as echoes of the original melody.
It is only these echoes that we hear when we listen to a

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great orchestra produced by man. Those who love
music should remember that they are listening to the
distant echoes of the infinite chorus of the universe every
time they hear a musical sound upon this plane. But
we should always take care to distinguish between the
echo and the original. The original cannot, however,
be heard by the physical organ of hearing. A finer
sense must be developed for that.
This Nada is Shabd in Hindi. It is spoken of as the
Shabd Dhun, the melodious sound. Again it is called
Akash Bani (Heavenly utterance). Kabir Sahib speaks
of it so beautifully as the "pure white music." All
Muslim Saints generally refer to it as Sultan-ul-Azkar

King of the ways—or Ism-i-Azam, and Kalma or Kalam-i-
Ilahi.
It is also called Surat Shabd Toga or Anand Yoga
or Anahad Shabd, and Anahad Toga. So it has been

called by many names in many languages. It is "The
still small voice" and the "Voice of the Silence". It is
the same divine sound wave no matter by what name it
may be known. Let no one say it is not a sound,
because it cannot be heard by the physical ear. The
radio electro-magnetic waves cannot be heard by the
physical ear until they are converted into atmospheric
vibrations by the receiving instrument; yet when they
are traveling through space they are just as truly sounds.
The Shabd is in any case a sound because it can be
heard by a finer ear attuned to its higher vibrations.
This divine Logos is the real "Lost Word" of the
Masonic Order. It is that word for the restoration of
which every Master Mason is taught to look forward
into the future ages. Those "future ages" have now
arrived. That "Lost Word" is now in the mouth of
the true Sat Guru or Master. He is the real Master,

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compared to whom all other masters are only substitutes,
just as the word they give is only a substitute for the
true Word. The real Master now awaits the opportu-
nity to restore the "lost word" to the fraternity. But
it remains to be seen if they will open their ears to it.
If they can receive it now, "on the five points of fellow-
ship," it will mean a new birth to the fraternity. They
need no longer content themselves with the substitute
because the original dynamic Word is now available.
They have only to indicate their readiness to receive it.
That priceless treasure is now ready for them. But
their representative must present himself before the
Grand Master of Masters in a manner similar to that of
every candidate who knocks at your doors. He also
must be prepared in his heart, divested of all rags of self-
righteousness ; he must come knocking at the door as a
poor blind candidate seeking the light. Do not forget
that just as in your lodges, it is only the Master who
comes out of the East, who is able to give this Word.
But your Master can give only the substitute, while the
real Master is prepared to give you the original Word,
which was lost to the fraternity in past ages.
Let us repeat now that the "future ages" referred to
and for which you have been so long waiting are now
here. Will the brotherhood listen to the challenge of
the Master who bids them come and get the Word?
In the great drama of the Third Degree almost every
precept of the Path of the Masters is fore-shadowed.
The ritual makes you a substitute master. But the
Great Work of the real Master makes the candidate a
real Master. This takes place when he has absorbed
the "Lost Word " into his very being and becomes one
with it.

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The Lost Word is now found again, and it is the Life

Stream, the Audible Word so emphasized by all the
Saints.

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