Swami Ji Traveled the Heavens and Wrote Otherworldly Poetry Describing His Inner Visions, by James Bean
Was working on the write-up for a podcast and came up with this brief synopsis of the life and writings of Soami Ji Maharaj (Seth Shiv Dayal Singh), the great Saint of Agra (pictured above). The Samadh (tomb) of Soamiji (pictured below), rivaling the Taj Mahal on the skyline of Agra, illustrates the impact of this great Saint upon India and indeed, the world.
Like the Swedish mystic and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, Soami Ji is known for being an off-worlder, a mystic explorer of higher planes of existence. Soami Ji Maharaj was a mystic traveler of the Heavens and described his explorations of Inner Space in his writings. Swami Ji’s verses are quite intricate with layers of meaning, and contain numerous terms for the various heavenly regions, states of consciousness, visionary and auditory experiences he encountered as he was in communion with his Beloved Radhasoami, Supreme Being, The Lord of the Soul. The Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry (Nazm yaani Chhand bandh) is one of the most other-worldly spiritual classics of India, and is based upon Swami Ji’s own inner travels, experiences and spiritual realizations during meditation practice (Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Light and Sound Ascension, soul travel).
Soami Ji even made use of some Persian or Sufi mystical terminology at times, and composed some ghazals in Persian. “Soami Ji’s father and grand-father were Persian scholars.” (The Biography of Soami Ji Maharaj) Soami Ji “acquired a working knowledge of Arabic and Sanskrit”, earlier in his life for a time taught Persian, and even “wrote a book in Persian.” (Radhasoami Faith — A Historical Study)
Swami Ji himself says, “How shall I openly speak of its process (the process of creation in Pinda: the material universes, And: the astral dimensions, and Brahmand: Universal Mind realms — this best remains confidential), for none can comprehend its secrets and idioms which I will have to have to employ to reveal them.”
“O Soul! Who are you and whence have you come? You are a ray from Purush (the Supreme Being) and an inhabitant of the purely Spiritual Region.” (Swami Ji)
“Always remember the Lord, and, knowing that He is always with you, imbue yourself with His love.” (Swami Ji Maharaj)
“Such is the peculiar efficacy of the Path of Love and Devotion that if you adopt it, it will transport you to the Reservoir of Ambrosia. In the Source or Fountain, i.e., in Radhasoami Dham [the Eighth Heaven], there is absolutely no trace of maya [illusion]. There it is all love and love alone. It is an immense Reservoir of Love, having no beginning and no end.” (Soami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One)
Sensory Deprivation and Meditation: Soamiji’s Cave-like Meditation Room-Within-A-Room
“From childhood Soamiji Maharaj used to shut himself up in a small room which is at the back of another room on the ground floor of his house. For light and air there is a small aperture, otherwise no noise can reach within. This room still exists in a renovated form and is considered as one of the most sacred and hallowed of places.” (Biography of Babuji Maharaj) “For about fifteen years, Soami Ji Maharaj used to shut Himself up in a room which is within another room [a meditation room within a room of his home in Agra]. He was all the time absorbed in the bliss of Surat Shabd Yoga.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram)
After this period of deep exploration of the inner regions and union with his Beloved Radhasoami in Sach Khand (the Highest of the Heavens), Swami Ji emerged and began his Spiritual Mission of holding public satsang and initiating souls into the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens. “In January 1861, Soami Ji started publicly explaining the method of Saints (Sant Mat) to a few people who gathered at his home.
This satsang [true association, association with Eternal Truth] continued for nearly seventeen years, during which period about four thousand persons — men and women — Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sravagis, and a few Christians were initiated by him into Sant Mat (the Path of the Saints), i.e. Radhasoami Path (the Path of the Supreme Being). Most of these were householders; but some (about three hundred) were Sadhus also.” (Encyclopaedia of Saints of India, Volume Nineteen: Radhasoami)