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Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts), Gnostic Gospels, mystics, world scriptures, God, meditation, mystical experiences, the vegan diet, and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.

Spiritual Awakening Radio James Bean

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts), Gnostic Gospels, mystics, world scriptures, God, meditation, mystical experiences, the vegan diet, and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.

    Salvation of the Soul, The Liberation of Humanity

    Salvation of the Soul, The Liberation of Humanity

    With all the turmoil and injustice in the world, the soul cries out for peace and tranquility, ultimately seeking permanent spiritual repose in heavenly regions. Let us join the caravan of mystics, learn from them the ways of ahimsa: nonviolence in thought, word, and deed, and aspire to connect with the heavenly realms of God. If only the soul and it's heavenly abode can come to the forefront of our attention, we will soon discover that, "It is in Him that we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17 : 28, New Testament)
     
    "In the company of mystics wrongdoings wash away, the fever of passions is left behind and the mind collects in concentration. Attached to a mystic, we detach from all else. When the heart lives for meditation, a peace sets in - a tranquility. Being with mystics leads to devotion to God, to knowing God. Happiness in this world and liberation from it, both are found in their company." (Sant Niloba)
     
    "Carrying only the Name, begin the journey in the caravan of saints, shedding all else that is false and would bind you." (Guru Arjun Dev)
     
    "Live in mutual harmony and practice meditation." (Swami Santsevi Ji)
     
    "I pray to Sat Guru humbly to start Sant Mat openly. I wish that the whole humanity be redeemed, and I may witness this glory. Then I may enjoy great bliss and all may perform Thy Arti [worship]." (Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj) "Satsang must go on. Satsang shall spread far and wide in future." (from, The Last Words of Soamiji Maharaj)
     
    "Just as it is important for us to eat food for the body, it is equally important for us to do our Bhajan Simran [meditation]. That is the food for our soul. The Bhajan Simran that we do is like food for the soul. And the Satsangs that we listen to, that is like giving water. So, the Bhajan Simran and Satsang, these are like food and water to the soul. And with that, the soul becomes stronger and it is able to gain prowess over the mind. So, we should have mercy on our soul. The soul, after having come into this world, is under the influence of the mind. And the mind has put it through a lot of torture. So, we have to have mercy on the soul. And, therefore, we have to do our Bhajan Simran. So, we have to always remember our purpose and do our Bhajan Simran." (Baba Ram Singh)
     
    References, Subjects, and Sources Mentioned in Today's Podcast Include: Book of Acts, New Testament, Guru Arjun Dev, Book of Sukmani, Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj,  Bhajan, Simran, Dhyan, Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Audible Life Stream, Shabd, Sound Current, Heavens, God, Radhasoami Faith, Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram, Prem Patra, Sant Radhasoami Sahib, Seth Shiv Dayal Singh, Sar Bachan, Biography of Soamiji Maharaj, Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, Dayalbagh, Murar Declaration, Sant Mat Fellowship, Spircon, The Radha Soami Movement, Om Parkash Kaushal, Baba Teja Singh, Mastanaji, Santji, The Light of Ajaib, Ajaib Singh, Baba Ram Singh, Mystic Poetry, Sant Niloba. (Quotes, Readings)
     
    In Divine Love (Bhakti), Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters, Radhasoami
     
    James Bean
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts
    Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts
    Sant Mat Radhasoami
    A Satsang Without Walls
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Website:
    https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com
     
     

    • 24 min
    Gospel of Thomas and Sant Mat Spirituality

    Gospel of Thomas and Sant Mat Spirituality

    "Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth." (says Rumi) "You have ignored the Living One who is in your presence and you have spoken only of the dead." "Look to the Living One while you are alive, otherwise, you might die and seek to see him and will be unable to find him." "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become that person, and the Hidden Things will be revealed to that one." "I will give to you what eye has not seen, what ear has not heard, what hand has not touched, and what has not occurred to the mind of man." (selections from the Gospel of Thomas) "It is the mercy of my Satguru that has made me to know the Unknown. I have learned from Him how to walk without feet, to see without eyes, to hear without ears, to drink without mouth, to fly without wings." (Kabir)
     
    Today I begin with some key verses from the Gospel of Thomas (making use of both Greek and Coptic translations) on the Need for a Living Master (a Living One), and not just solely relying upon old writings from the past focused on those who are no longer with us. With old writings of saints, mystics and scriptures, as wonderful as they might be, the danger and likelihood is we remain stuck, trapped in our cultural bias, blind spots and filters never seeing beyond the horizons of our limited understanding tethered to past learning only. If we have contact with a living teacher (a Living One) and spiritual community, we can have our beliefs challenged, our horizons expanded, spiritual breakthroughs, find out the vitally important things we've been missing out on as we interface with an ancient wisdom tradition communicating to us an Initiation into the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens, introducing to us the complete methods of spiritual practice we need to travel upon this Path of the Masters. We can experience for ourselves our own Living Gnosis Now, a 21st Century version of the spiritual path described in the Gospel of Thomas, Nag Hammadi Library, Adi Granth and countless other sacred texts of the ages. "Masters come here to give Their Satsang and awaken the soul and then They initiate the soul and help the soul go back to God Almighty. So, that is how They work towards the salvation of the soul. All other worldly people do things to tie themselves and entangle themselves into this world again. Therefore, we should have love and affection for the Master and we should follow His Teachings of doing our meditations on a daily basis. We should have compassion on ourselves and this is work that is given to us to do. It is not going to be done by anybody else." (Baba Ram Singh, from a recent spiritual discourse)
     
    In Divine Love (Bhakti), Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters, Radhasoami
    James Bean
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts
    Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts
    Sant Mat Radhasoami
    A Satsang Without Walls
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Website:
    https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com
     
     

    • 55 min
    The Yoga of Happiness and Bliss

    The Yoga of Happiness and Bliss

    Sant Kirpal Singh: "There lived in India Swami Shiv Brat Lal, a disciple of Rai Saligram [successor of Swami Ji Maharaj], who was advanced in spirituality but he gave out all these things about which I am now referring, in story form. He would bring out these very teachings of the Master in some novel like form in the Urdu language, of course, not in English. He did a splendid work, having brought out two, three thousand books, I think. Somewhere he takes the soul as a prince so that he may bring out a story with all these teachings given here. He did a very wonderful work. He has now passed away. He loved me much. I loved him too. He loved Master too [Hazur Baba Sawan Singh]. In all love, you see, he wrote many stories like that. Novels -- very interesting -- in which all these teachings of the Saints were included -- given out. That will draw many people to the Truth." (The Light of Kirpal, Sant Bani Books)
     
    Today, a Sant Mat Satsang Podcast featuring readings from a rare Radhasoami (Radhaswami) spiritual classic, Light on Ananda Yoga - The Yoga of Happiness, by Baba Faqir Chand's spiritual master Shiv Brat Lal (also known as Sant Daata Dayal Ji). Light On Ananda Yoga, was published in English in 1982 by Sant Bani Ashram with some editing guidance from my good friend Steve Morrow. "Ananda" means bliss and happiness and is Shiv Bral Lal's description of Surat Shabd Yoga: the bhakti (love) of inner Light and Sound Meditation, the spiritual practice (sadhana) of Sant Mat (also known as the Radhaswami Faith.)
     
    In Divine Love (Bhakti), Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters, Radhasoami
    James Bean
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts
    Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts
    Sant Mat Radhasoami
    A Satsang Without Walls
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Website:
    https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com
     
     

    • 47 min
    Evolving Spiritually

    Evolving Spiritually

    "Life is a progression. We progress from childhood to adulthood, from simplicity to complexity, from ignorance to knowledge, from innocence to wisdom and from birth to death. It is the law of life. But there is also a progression from the external life to the internal, from the hustle and bustle of material life to the serenity and silence of internal life. It is in the latter that we experience the beauty of the Self and its connection with Divinity." (Dr. Jagessar Das, Doctor by Chance - Mystic by Choice, also translator of, The Complete Bijak of Guru Kabir, and other translations of Kabir)
     
    In Divine Love (Bhakti), Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters, Radhasoami
    James Bean
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts
    Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts
    Sant Mat Radhasoami
    A Satsang Without Walls
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Website:
    https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com
     
     

    • 30 min
    Kabir The Great Mystic: Spiritual and Ethical Teachings

    Kabir The Great Mystic: Spiritual and Ethical Teachings

    Kabir, the "Rumi" of India, one of the greatest Saints, Poets, and Spiritual Masters in the history of the world! Selections: Says Kabir: "Kal (time, ego, limited mental perception) has entangled people in illusions to such an extent that they have totally forgotten their Real Home." "Meditation will remove all your burdens; meditation upon Ram's [God's] name will become your support." "One after another, many births I took; many paths I followed to escape this relentless cycle. Only when I made my mind still did I obtain the state of lasting repose." "Just as the lotus blooms after getting the light of the sun, in the same way the sufferings of the souls from ages and ages are finished after having darshan [vision] of Sat Purush [True Eternal Being, God]." The Bijak is a key scripture of the Kabir tradition: "Just as a coded document shows the way to a Hidden Treasure, just so this bijak shows the way to realize the soul; it teaches such words to the soul but there is seldom anyone to understand them." "Death enshrouds the whole world, including all the superstitious wise-men. Only those will be freed who find the Path of Love." (Satguru Kabir)
     
    References, Subjects, and Sources Today Include: Songs of Kabir culled by Rabindranath Tagore; Sakhis of Kabir (1008 Kabir Vani); The Bijak; Kabir in the Adi Granth; Kabir Parachai; The Story of Ants in a Burning Log -- The mysterious figure of Kabir made his entry into the life of Dharam Das; The Ethical Foundation of Sant Mat -- Ahimsa Values -- The Five Precepts -- Moral Requirements to Qualify For Initiation; Seven Key Practices of Sant Mat Mysticism; Selections from the mystic poetry of Kabir from several sources; Readings from the Anurag Sagar and Baba Kehar Singh's commentary on the Anurag Sagar (Ocean of Love), a spiritual classic of the Sant tradition of India: God is Just Behind Our Eyes at the Third Eye Center; Initiation Into Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) and Protection from Above Following the Path of Sants; A Book of Sant Mat Ethics: "1008 Kabir Vani" -- One of the Most Important Books of Kabir, a review of the book followed by selections: the Guru Verification Process; the Kal Niranjan (Negative Power): "This mind is like an intoxicated elephant;" The Repetition of God's Name; Meditation, Prayers of Guru Kabir; and, closing thoughts. (Kabir's name in Arabic means "Great", "Powerful, "Magnificent".)  
     
    In Divine Love (Bhakti), Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters, Radhasoami
    James Bean
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts
    Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts
    Sant Mat Radhasoami
    A Satsang Without Walls
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Website:
    https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com
     
     

    • 43 min
    From Darkness to Light Through Meditation

    From Darkness to Light Through Meditation

    On the web you'll find a lot of talk about spirituality, yet so few rise above body-consciousness and get to experience that Sacred Inner Space for themselves. Reliable information is quite rare. There's so much discussion about "gnostics", "mystics", "sages of philosophy", "masters of the east", or "ancient scriptures" but almost nothing is ever said about the spiritual practices of these gnostics and mystics of the ages. Only with a Living Mystic Path, a Living School of Spirituality is one close to the Inner Circle of Masters and Students where this sort of Divine Path can be made knowable to the genuine spiritual seeker by way of Initiation into the Mysteries. Today, an introduction to meditation for beginners that also provides a glimpse into the world of advanced practice, inner Light and Sound, the path of the masters, East and West, in the various schools of spirituality. "Darkness is no longer dark to me." "There is a Sound emanating from beyond the silence." (Spiritual masters allude to transcendental heavenly senses, eyes and ears of the soul able to see and hear spiritually.)
     
    "Light is always within us. When the mind is settled, we see that Light." (Sant Kirpal Singh, unpublished book on Sant Mat meditation)
     
    “It is impossible to confine love to the temporal and transient levels of life, and it is impossible to confine the grandeur and majesty of God to the dimensions of the mind... I had no fixed starting place in time and space, for I dwelt in a multi-verse that was co-extensive with all the ages. But my inner world was still limited by the boundaries of creation; I needed the guidance of a spiritual adept, within the physical world itself, to give me new birth into the freedom of eternity.” (George Arnsby Jones, disciple of Master Kirpal, author of, An Odyssey of Inner Space)
     
    References, Subjects, and Sources Include: passages about solitude, silence, and meditation from: 1) Thomas Merton, 2) Caroline Stephen, The Lord of Silence (a Quaker publication), 3) Thomas Kelly; 4) Saint Thomas - the Apostle to India; 5) The Gnostic Nag Hammadi Library: Apocryphon of John, Book of Allogenes,  Trimorphic Protennoia, and Thunder: Perfect Mind; 6) The Book of Enoch, 7) Hebrew Bible: Psalm 46: 10 ("Be still and know that I Am God."); 8) The Acts of Peter; 9) The Jesus Sutras of China; 10) The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu; 11) Swamiji Maharaj from the Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry - also shared here: "Meditate: Sit still and you will reach your destination. Walk fast and you will go nowhere." 12) Introductory Meditation Instructions, a Convenient Method from Huzur Baba Sawan Singh; 13) Introductory Meditation Instructions from Sant Kirpal Singh (finding Jyoti or Inner Light at the Third Eye); 14) Guidance about Meditation Practice from: A Spiritual Seekers Guide (on how Love/Bhakti is the Key); 15) Maharshi Mehi Paramhans and Shri Bhagirath Baba (Seven Stages of Meditation described in, The Philosophy of Liberation, on correct posture, Brahma-Muhurta/The Hour of Elixir, Thrice-Daily Meditation, Meditation and the Dreamstate); 16) Couplets of Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj; 17) Swami Achyutanand Baba (Yoga of Inner Light & Sound); and, 18) Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram: The Gospel of Sant Mat in a Nutshell: The River of Sound That Connects Souls to the Ocean of Love (God). (Prem Patra Radhaswami)
     
    In Divine Love (Bhakti), Light, and Sound, At the Feet of the Masters, Radhasoami
     
    James Bean
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcasts
    Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts
    Sant Mat Radhasoami
    A Satsang Without Walls
    Spiritual Awakening Radio Website:
    https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com
     
     

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Health_ Coach ,

Great podcast!

Great podcast! Very enlightening and I like how it covers different topics all in relation with spirituality.

jivanmukti ,

Fascinating and Thoughtful

James Bean has brought together so many teachings from the Path of the Masters. I enjoy his ability to make concise podcasts that disseminate these teachings in a thoughtful way!
I thoroughly enjoy listening to the Christian ideas from those not in the corporate church.
It would take me years to read all the books referenced!
What a great resource for seekers like me!

Marc Shepherd ,

Deep and Inspiring

Fantastic reading of the masters from long ago. While some of the writings are controversial, they are certainly interesting and encouraging. I’ve learned some great truths from these podcasts!

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