7 Teachings of Sant Mat, and, Introductory Meditation Instructions 7 Teachings of Sant Mat, The Path of the Masters *1) There is God. *2) God is Love. *3) All of the world scriptures teach about the same manifestation of God as inner mystical Light and Sound. *4) Our true identity is soul, the Self. Soul is part of God and therefore is, like God, pure love. *5) During this human existence we have an opportunity to experience God. *6) As we experience communing with God's love during meditation -- Surat Shabd Yoga, we can rise above body-consciousness and explore Inner Space, the "Kingdom of the Heavens" that are within us. "We travel back from the realm of Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to divine Sound, and from the realm of Sound to the Soundless state." (Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj) The drop merges back into the Ocean of Love (Anurag Sagar, God, Ram, Radhasoami, Radha Soami, Radhaswami, Paramatma, Anadi Purush). *7) As we get initiated into the Mysteries of the Spirit by a Living Teacher (Sant Satguru), the purpose of our life is fulfilled. Reuniting with God is our reason to be here: "It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth." (Adi Granth) Kabir says: "For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?" Jyoti Meditation (Inner Light Meditation) -- Introductory Meditation Instructions These are the introductory meditation instructions for new people not yet formally initiated into Surat Shabd Yoga meditation (inner Light and Sound). Master Kirpal Singh: "Meditation is the process of withdrawing the attention from the world outside, and focusing it at the seat of the soul in the body, behind and between the eyebrows. This point is known as the inner eye, third eye, the single eye, shiv netra, tisra til, or the divya chakshu. In order to withdraw our attention and focus it on this point, mind must be controlled and stilled. "Sit in one pose, and move not your head, limbs or eyes. Sit straight but relaxed with no tension in the body below. Sit still, please. To be still does not mean moving!" His arms sweep inward, hands contracting to the point between his eyes. "Close your eyes as in sleep, and look sweetly, lovingly, intently into the middle of the darkness lying in front of you. You will see a dark veil. That which sees the dark veil within, without the help of your physical eyes, is the inner eye. Do not put any strain on your physical eyes, nor turn them upwards, for that will result in headache or heat. Pay no attention to the breathing process... let it go on naturally. "There are two currents working in the body; one of motor-currents or prana or the vital-airs, and the other of surat, or attention, which gives us the sense of feeling. The Saints do not touch the prana currents which govern breathing, circulation of blood, growing of hair and nails. The pranic system of breath-control is the way of yogis and not that of the Saints. The Saints' way is to concentrate surat or attention at the single or third eye while mentally repeating the mantra of five charged names which act as an "open sesame" to the higher planes. ["Those who are initiated, repeat the five charged words, one by one, very slowly, mentally, internally, at intervals, so that your inner eye is not disturbed. Those who have not been initiated, just sit in sweet remembrance of God... repeating with the tongue of thought any name of God or Saint which you hold dear." (For example: Ram, HU, AUM, Allah, Yeshua, Ra-da-swa-me, or some other sacred name)] "As you look within, you will see a sky, or blue sky: If you look minutely into it, you will find it studded with stars, or you may see pinpoints of Light. If so, try to locate the big star out of them, and fix your whole attention on that. Then you may see the inner sun or moon. If so, focus all your attention into the middle; it will break into pieces, and you will cross it. Beyond you will see the radiant form of the Master or his Master... " He continues with the esoteric instructions, until everyone is absorbed. "...Become the eye itself. Go on looking constantly without a break.....Any effort on your part stands in the way; let yours be an effortless effort, and you will find that your soul will be withdrawn from the body....."