Inner Sound Meditation is A Required Course, Not An Elective One, in Sant Mat, by James Bean
Forget Not the Way of the Sound Current
Initiation In Earlier Times… and Now
Swami Ji Maharaj Opened the Floodgates of Initiation
Thanks to the innovations of Guru Arjan Dev, Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar, Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, and Soamiji Maharaj of Agra, the Path of Initiation into Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga) has gradually become progressively more and more available to an ever-growing percentage of humanity.
“Satsang shall spread far and wide in future.” (Last Words of Soamiji Maharaj)
“After Swami Ji Maharaj, the floodgates of initiation opened up and many people would be able to get the initiation.” (Baba Ram Singh)
And the Sant Mat spiritual classic and scripture known as the Anurag Sagar (Kabir’s Ocean of Love) predicts that as this Kali Yuga age continues to unfold, the Path of the Masters will be far more well-known and followed than it is at present.
But at every step and in each generation of time, Masters have had to intervene and reboot the Path whenever it begins to go off course, “falls into the mouth of Kal”, the negative power, the gnostic demiurge or false god, in other words, eaten by illusion, eaten by time. Soamiji Maharaj of Agra once said of spiritual paths: “Without Bhakti [love], they are all hollow and sham, outer husks without a kernel.” It is the inner “kernel” or “seed” of Life we’re really after, not developing attachments to institutions or organizations, or going through the motions of holidays, traditions, and rituals, well within the confines of the grinding wheel of fate and transmigration.
One issue with the old Sant Panths of past centuries has been, they divided initiation (deeskha) into two parts: the first initiation into Simran of Sacred Names and Light, the second into the Sound Current. All well and good if practiced, but… if most never get to apply for the Sound initiation, that’s a problem. That’s a spiritual crisis, if almost nobody receives the initiation into the Sound Current. Eventually, over the course of time, the Way of the Sound Current becomes only the experience of a handful of devotees. In some paths, knowledge of the Sound Current, the Word, the Logos, has been lost altogether.
The Masters have always taught that the Path of the Sound Current, the Audible Life Stream, the Shabda, the Naam, is intended for all the true disciples, is a required practice for all, and not an elective practice only for some small minority. Maharshi Mehi said: “Surat Shabda Yoga is the practice of transcending the mind and entering the level beyond the mind, that is, the level of Oneness. The vehicle for this inward journey is Sound. The way to employ Sound and to understand its use is the practical application of Surat Shabda Yoga. This is also known as Nadanusandhana. Surat Shabda Yoga as a means to attain the Unbounded State is an integral and indispensable aspect of the Sant Mat tradition. Any tradition devoid of this essential aspect is not true Sant Mat.” (Philosophy of Liberation — Moksha Darshan)
So Satgurus such as Sant Tulsi Sahib, Soamiji Maharaj, and Sant Darya Sahib of Bihar would incarnate and reboot the spiritual Path here in this material realm (Pinda Desh), the Ocean of Samsara (World of Changes), so that souls would continue to make spiritual progress following a Living Path of Moksha (liberation, salvation) free of the outer husks of rites, rituals, and earthbound traditions dominated by maya (illusion).
“As long as the discipline of the Sound Current is preserved unadulterated, the line of succession will truly continue. But when it is mixed with outer rituals and display of external garbs, My Sound Current will part company. My Divine essence will depart, and the souls will go into the mouth of Kal. I shall then come to this world, and shall proclaim the teaching of the Sound Current again. Proclaiming the teaching, I shall found the line of succession. And emancipating the souls, I shall take them to my Abode. For aeons I have been coming, and imparting the teaching of the true Sound Current.” (Sant Dariya Sahib, sounding here more like the cosmic figure of Kabir, Adi Guru of Sant Mat)
“I will make the souls firm in the Shabda of the Gracious Forgiver, Sat Purush. Such souls will be Sahaj [on a natural Path]: pure and content. They will do the devotion of the soul, and they will be the abode of pure qualities. By doing the Simran of Sat Purush they will sing the praise of the Immovable Naam. I will send the souls to Sat Lok… Spreading the Nectar of Naam I will awaken the souls. O Dharam Rai [negative power], listen carefully. I will humble your arrogance. By doing the practice of devotion, they will get the passport and I will connect them with the Naam of Sat Purush. The Negative Power can’t come near such a soul, and he will bow down to them when he sees their union with Sat Purush.” (Anurag Sagar, Kabir’s Ocean of Love)