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Hinduism - What Is Surat-Shabd-Yoga?

 

Surat-Shabd-Yoga is a mystical discipline practiced by the Radha Soami religious group that emphasizes the union (yoga) of the spirit (surat) with the Divine Sound (shabd).

The Supreme Being emits a Divine Sound that is constantly present.

Due of their preoccupation with worldly matters, most people are unable to hear it.

Anyone may become attuned to the Divine Sound and vibrate in harmony with it with adequate instruction and dedication to a real teacher (satguru).

Con touch with a real guru is the most crucial component of this path, since only a true guru has access to the divine and is considered an incarnation of the divine itself.

The single most crucial aspect in a person's spiritual growth is devotion to a real guru, and spiritual advancement is contingent on total submission to the guru's grace.

The imagery utilized by Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh gurus, and the Nathpanthis before him have a lot in common with this metaphor of the Divine Sound and human resonance with it.

The excessive focus placed on a guru allows this religious discipline to be performed by almost anybody, and the majority of Radha Soami followers are housewives rather than ascetics.

Sudhir Kakar's Shamans, Mystics, and Doctors was published in 1990; Lawrence Babb's Redemptive Encounters was published in 1987; and Mark Juergensmeyer's Radha soami Reality was published in 1991.


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Hinduism - Who Was Radha Soami?


Shiv Dayal Singh, also known as Soamiji Maharaj, formed a modern Hindu religious community in the city of Agra in 1861.

Tulsi Saheb, a devotional (bhakti) saint who lived in that area, had inspired Soamiji's family, and Soamiji's teachings show the value of that encounter.

The significance of a spiritual teacher (guru) and the practice of a spiritual discipline known as surat shabd-yoga are the two foundations of Radha Soami philosophy.

Contact with a guru is the single most significant aspect in a person's spiritual growth, according to Radha Soami teachings, and spiritual advancement is contingent on total submission to the guru's grace.

It is critical for a devotee (bhakta) to be affiliated with a "genuine guru" (satguru), since such a person not only has access to the holy, but is also regarded a manifestation of the divine.

Surat-shabd yoga focuses on connecting the devotee's spirit (surat) to the Divine Sound (yoga) (shabd).

The Supreme Being emits a Divine Sound that is constantly present.

Due to their concentration with worldly matters, most people are unable to hear it, but with appropriate training and dedication to a real guru, anybody may become attuned to the Divine Sound and vibrate in harmony with it.

The Radha Soami Satsang has divided many times since Soamiji Maharaj, generally over disagreements over spiritual authority.

Given the Radha Soami's focus on the satguru as the Supreme Being, schisms were almost unavoidable due to conflicts over spiritual succession—in effect, disagreements over the identity of the Supreme Being.

It also seems that many of these schisms were fueled by arguments over considerably more commonplace issues like power, position, and property.

Various Radha Soamis branches have created effective missionary activities and centers in Europe and the United States.

Sudhir Kakar, Shamans, Mystics, and Doctors, 1991; Lawrence Babb, Redemptive Encounters, 1987; and Mark Juergensmeyer, Radha soami Reality, 1991 are also good sources of knowledge.


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Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.