-- What it is
SPIRITUALITY VIS-A-VIS Religion
Spirituality is another name for Surat
Shabd Yoga. In other words, it means union of the Surat (consciousness
or soul) with the Shabd (Sound-principle Sound-current or God-in-action).
It is an inner experience of the soul and far transcends what various creeds
and faiths have to tell us, or promise to give. This science is known as
Mat or Path of the Masters. It tells us of the fundamental of spirituality.
It far excels religions as known in this age, for these teach us merely
theories and beliefs, and dabble in jugglery and supernatural powers, etc.
A science is not a true one if it does not reason out conclusions. A blind
faith or a blind belief has no place in a spiritual science, which should
work out results with mathematical precision, as any other science would
do. Wherever and whenever persons have experimented in this science, they
have, one and all, given their experiences and come to the same conclusions.
Spiritual life consists in peeling off layer by layer the various Koshas or sheaths, physical, astral and causal, enshrouding the spirit, until it shines forth in its pristine splendour (self-luminous and shadowless), and comes into its own and says: "I am Soul," "Aham Brahm Asmi," or "Tat Twam Asi" (I am Brahm, or I am as thou art). I am a drop of the ocean of All Consciousness."
It is only after this consciousness dawns on the spirit, that it rushes headlong towards its Source or Fountainhead -- the Ocean of Eternal Bliss. This is called Jiwan Mukti (salvation in life or life eternal). When dyed in the very colour of God, a person manifests veritable Godhood in thoughts, words and deeds. He becomes a perennial source of life, love and light for the entire humanity.
"Father and the Son are dyed in the same colour and administer the same LawWhen a drop of water losses its identity in the ocean, it becomes an integral part of the ocean itself. In the same way a spirit, when it once enters into Godhood or merges in God, no longer remains an individual spirit for the rest of the allotted span of its physical existence but is an integral part of God, the very Ocean of Life. All this can be achieved only through the Grace of a Master-soul; and thus the tedious journey Homeward is accomplished quite easily and smoothly. It is not given to man to achieve this by himself, unaided by a Satguru.
unto mankind." - Rag Bhairon M.5
"Poor Nanak is the mouthpiece of His Beloved," -Rag Gauri Sukhmani M.5
"O Lalo! I open my mouth simply to express or give vent to the thoughts
that arise thoughtlessly within me." -Rag Tilang M.1
"Whenever a Master-soul opens His mouth, He does so to utter the Words of Allah or God, though the voice may seem to be human." -Mauluna Rumi
"I and my Father are one . . . All things are delivered to me of my Father... I am in the Father and the Father in me. The words I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the work." -Christ
"It is the fundamental law of God, that no one can move GodwardThere is one and only one way Godward, for all alike, rich or poor, high or low, learned or unlettered, Oriental or Occidental, Laplanders of the North or Bushmen of the South. It is the most ancient and the most natural way, universal in its appeal, since it is ordained by God Himself for His children, no matter wherever in the wide world they may be or whatever religion they may profess, and whatever be their colour, caste or creed. This in essence is the scope of spiritual science as taught by Master-souls from time to time, according to the needs of the age in which they lived and in the then common language of the people. Hence the basic similarity in their teachings.
without the aid of a Satguru." -War Bihagra M.4
"They are godly souls clothed in human bodies and come with God's knowledge,The scriptures are full of the spiritual experiences of such high-souled saints and constitute a common heritage for mankind. Their instructions are for all alike, for theirs is a universal appeal to humanity and not to this or that social sect or order. They speak from the level of the soul to all embodied souls. irrespective of denominational emblems and nomenclatures, for God belongs to them who claim Him as their own.
They come from unknown places to trade in souls and ever look backwards."
- Maulana Rumi
"He is peerless and unconcerned, but bound to His devotees;Surat Shabd Yoga aims at a direct union of the soul with God. The Master at the time of initiation gives to the aspirant a first-hand inner experience, howsoever of the lowest order it may be, of spirituality. This can, in course of time, by regular Sadhan or practice of spiritual discipline, be developed. All scriptures give a fine record of the teachings of this Natural Yoga, which is not the reserved right of any particular sect or religion. As God is for all mankind, the Masters of this science are also for one and all. As one proceeds on the spiritual path, unknown vistas open to view, revealing undreamt of spiritual realms. But such experiences are possible only through the Grace of a Satguru.
All others are attached to the world and have no devotion for the Lord."
- Sorath Ravidas
"He remains ever with you whether you live or die,It is therefore said:
And no matter whether you are here on earth or in the hereafter." - MauIvi Rumi
"Even at the place of reckoning, He shall stand by thy side." - Suhi M.1
"O Nanak! snap all worldly ties and search for a true friend,In their company one can transcend body-consciousness and rise into Cosmic Consciousness and then on into Super Consciousness, which lies far beyond the limits of the Grand Dissolution and is eternally the same. All our toils and troubles are the result of our separation from the Power of God, but, with reunion, we can once again gain the Kingdom of God. It is through the fault of the Primal Man (Adam) that we lost the Garden of Eden, and it is through the Primal Man (the son of God) that one can have reconciliation with the Father (Spirit of God), behind the otherwise impenetrable veil of darkness (Bajjar Kapat) at the back of the eyes, and enjoy eternal beatitude while basking in the light of Heaven.
The one shall leave thee even in life, while the other shall accompany thee
into the Beyond." -Maru War M.5