The Goal of Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation: Our Path Back to the Source — The Inward Journey Back to God, by Swami SantSevi Ji Maharaj
“Sant Mat (the path and teachings as taught and practiced by Saints [Sant Satgurus]) delineates the path of union of the soul with God. The instructions of the saints explain the reuniting as follows:
“The individual soul has descended from the higher worlds [the Realm of the Divine] to this city of illusion, bodily existence. It has descended from the Soundless State to the essence of Sound, from that Sound to Light, and finally from the realm of Light to the kingdom of Darkness. The sense organs’ qualities (dharmas, natural tendencies) draw us downward and away from our true nature.
“The nature of the soul (atman) draws us upwards and inwards and establishes us in our true nature. Returning to our origins involves turning inward: withdrawal of consciousness from the senses and the sense objects to go upward from the Darkness to the realms of Light and Sound. [We experience this phenomenon of withdrawal as we pass from waking consciousness to deep sleep.] Another way to express this is to go inward from the external sense organs to the depth of the inner self. (Both of these expressions are metaphors that signify the same movement). The natural tendencies of the soul (atman) are to move from outward to inward. The current of consciousness, which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and the senses, must be collected at the tenth gate.
“The tenth gate is the gathering point of consciousness. Therein lies the path for our return. The tenth gate is also known as the sixth chakra, the third eye, Bindu, the center located between the two eyebrows. This is the gateway through which we leave the sense organs’ gates, enter the divine realms, and finally become established in the soul. We travel back from the Realm of Darkness to the Realm of Light, the Light to the Divine Sound, and the Realm of Sound to the Soundless State. This is called turning back to the Source.
“This is what dharma or religion intends to teach us. This is the essence of dharma.”
— Swami SantSevi Ji Maharaj