The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami (Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Poetry) (2 Vols-Set)

M.G. Gupta, MG Pub, 2001 (Vol. I), 2002 (Vol. II), xvii, 973 p, 2 vols, ISBN : 8185532346, $95.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami (Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Poetry)/M.G. Gupta

Contents: Vol. I: Preface. Background. Invocation of divine blessing. Discourses: 1. The message. 2. 2 hymns. 2. Basic quality of Radhasoami name. 3. Greatness and majesty of the perennial person. 4. Majesty and significance of the glimpses of the perennial person. 5. Description of the secret of the path. 6. Doxology at the lotus-like feet of the perfect lord Radhasoami. 7. Entreaties at the lotus-like feet of the perfect lord Radhasoami. 8. In connection with the majesty and eminence of Radhasoami. 9. The majesty of the Satguru in the form of Shabd. 10. Discerning word or Naam (name). 11. The majesty of Satsang and the mystery of Sattnaam. 12. Treatment of the greatness of Bhakti (devotion). 13. Characteristic features of a perfect Guru and a true spiritualist. 14. Warning and caution: part I. 15. Warning and caution: part II. 16. Warning and caution: Part III. 17. Warning to mendicants: part IV. 18. Instruction about devotion to Satguru. 19. Instruction about devotion to Guru and Shabd or Naam. 20. Instruction about practice of Surat-Shabd-Yoga. 21. Hidayat Namah or instrument of instructions. Lyrics in Persian. Notesv. Index.

"The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami (Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Poetry, Volume I) by the Revealer of the Radhasoami Faith, Sri Shiv Dayal Singh (alias) Soamiji Maharaj (1818-1878) has a 20-page introduction, an 18-page invocation, a 2-page message, together with 21 discourses, all of which have 201 hymns of varying length.

The first nine of Discourses portray the qualities of the Radhasoami name, the might and main of Radhasoami Satsang established by him in 1861, the mysteries of the Radhasoami Faith, the aartis (doxologies) of Radhasoami who appeared in the form of a Sant Satguru and unfolded the path of Surat-Shabd-Yoga, entirely different from all other forms of Yogas.

The ninth Discourse distinguishes the articulate name from the inarticulate Discourse 13 reveals the marks of a perfect Satguru and those of a true and genuine spiritual seeker, and the mode of rendering service to him by body, mind, spirit and wealth.

The next four discourses contain warning and caution to satsangis and the anchorites. Discourses 18-20 give instructions regarding love and devotion to the Satguru, the name (Radhasoami) and the mystique of the Surat-Shabd-Yoga.

    Discourse 21 contains the "Instrument of Instructions" (Hidayat Namah) which furnishes the details of the spiritual journey starting from the Third Til (the seat of spirit) up to the ultimate abode -- the Radhasoami sphere. It contains the caution that its contents should not be revealed to those who are not committed to the truth and to the tenets of the Radhasoami Faith. The second part of Discourse 21 contains three lyrics composed by Soamiji Maharaj in chaste Persian.

The second volume of Sar Bachan Radhasoami, poetry also contains 21 Discourses which will hopefully be released by the end of December 2001. The Radhasoami Faith it also called as the Guru Mat or Sant Mat or Millat-i-Ishq.

This translation of the first volume of Sar Bachan Radhasoami, poetry contains exhaustive explanatory notes numbering 481 and a detailed index given at the end of the text.

It is an indispensable reference work for all keen spiritualists who wish to comprehend the mysteries of the Sant Mat or the Radhasoami Faith."

Vol. II: Preface. Discourses: 22. Kaal-mat and Dayal-mat differentiated. 23. Narration of origin and dissolution of creation. 24. Secrets of Vedanta. 25. Analysis of the error of Vedanta-mat. 26. Mystery of Sant Mat revealed. 26. Continued. . . secret of five names. 27. Description of lovesickness. 28. Bliss at gaining access to Satguru. 29. Imploration at the Lotus Feet of Satguru. 30. Aarti at the Lotus Feet of Satguru. 31. Evil propensities of mind. 32. Imploration of Surat to mind. 33. Cri de Coeur before Satguru for grace. 34. Ascension of Surat to higher spheres. 35. Part I: Mystery of intervening stations. 35. Part II: Secrets of higher spheres. 36. Majesty of the Satguru. 37. State of Surat and mind on attainment of word. 38. Barah Masa. 38. The second part ... song of Thanksgiving. 39. Basant and holi. 40. Rainy season, cradle and swing. 41. Miscellaneous hymns. 42. On rendering service to Guru. Notes. Index.

"The Quintessential Discourse of Radhasoami (Sar Bachan Radhasoami, Poetry, Volume II) by the Revealer of the Radhasoami Faith, Sri Shiv Dayal Singh (alias) Soamiji Maharaj (1818-1878) has, like the first volume, 21 Discourses from 22 to 42. Discourse 22 explains the difference between Kaal-mat and Sant Mat and talks about the state of the worldlings who are drifting in obliviousness and delusion.

Discourse 23 brings out the process of creation and the importance of the path of Surat-Shabd-Yoga for enabling the jivas to reach their ultimate destination.

Discourse 24 is the dialogue between Maya (Madam Bubble) and the Satguru, the sad plight of the scholiasts and the self-styled Vedantins; it points out that even the objective of Vedanta can now be realised only by pursuing Surat-Shabd-Yoga.

Discourse 25 sheds light on the errors committed by Vedantins and their failure to comprehend the mystery of Radhasoami Faith.

Discourse 26 is a detailed dialogue between the surat (the quintessence of soul) and the Satguru who answers all the questions put to him by the surat and spells out the characteristics of a true saint, sadh and a recluse (who wears coloured clothes -- saffron and other colours -- a pretender) and then brings out the details of spiritual spheres: One Thousand-Petalled Lotus, the Sphere of Three Prominences, the Sphere of Spirit, the Rotating Cave and Sattlok, which is the abode of saints.

Discourse 27 to 30 deal with lovesickness (virah) the quest for Satguru and his congregation, the bliss and beatitude the jiva receives from the company of the Satguru, prayer and aarti at the lotus-like feet of the Satguru. Discourse 31 points to the negative traits of the mind and the sensory and motor-organs of the jiva, and obstructions placed by Kaal in the course of spiritual practices.

Discourse 32 is surat's imploration to mind for help and the mind's reply. Discourse 33 refers to the Cri de Coeur of the jiva-surat to Satguru for help and for his grace and compassion of surat's ascension.

Discourse 34 contains Satguru's warm and positive response to the call of the surat. Discourse 35 gives details of the various spiritual spheres which the surat has to traverse.

Discourse 36 explains the greatness and grandeur of Satguru, and Discourse 37 expresses the surat's gratitude to Satguru for redeeming her.

Discourse 38 deals with the complete story of man from conception to the end of human existence in 12 parts called as Barah Masa, from the month of June-July (Asaadh) to May-June (Jeth).

Discourse 39 explains the significance of Basant and Holi, two festivals (in February-March) celebrated ardently by the adherents of Sant Mat. Discourse 40 relates to the swinging season of July-August. Discourse 41 contains hymns which are apparently paradoxical but have certain basic spiritual truths.

Discourse 42 explains the significance of the diverse modes of service rendered by ardent disciples to the Satguru.

It is an indispensable reference work for all keen seekers who wish to comprehend the mysteries of the Sant Mat, or Guru-mat, or the Radhasoami Faith." (jacket)

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