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Religion
In the beginning,each religion was a means of communion between man and his Divine creator.Even today the spiritual science of the perfect masters is same .It deals with the soul or spirit ,and gives it freedom from mind and matter here and now,instead of in the life after so -called death.
True religion ,taught by the Saints and Masters is ,the union of the soul with the Word or Holy spirit,the power,Life and Love of the Supreme Lord .

Many books give hints of the truth ,but they do not describe any definite method by which one can rise to the highest realms during this life . People who write these books are themselves unaware of the knowledge.Only the Masters or Saints hold the key to this great mystery of Divine knowledge.
At the outset the two major principles of every religion were the Living Master and that which the Bible calls  'The Word'. As the saints of the East  have always taught ,one or more of such perfect masters have always been in the world to give the sincere spritual seekers the needed help and instruction.A lower being cannot teach us the highest spiritual truths, and because of our physical limitations we cannot see or talk with any being who is higher than man.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was  with God ,and the Word was God.'The Word 'is identical with God.
Before Lord Krishn left this planet 5000 years ago ,He said,' I will be present in the Word'.Those who sing my glories , chant my name and read my scriptures ,they will  enjoy true religion.
In actuality, it is God Himself continuously pouring Himself out in the waves of spiritual energy that vibrate throughout the universe and at the same time resound within every living creature.It is Divine energy in the actual process of manifestation. 


There are only two fields: The field of maya and the field of God’s Grace. All the thoughts, faiths, actions and practices that are in some way related to any kind of personal benefit, gratification of personal ego, psychic field, yogic field, social welfare or celestial dimensions, relate to the mayic field only. The outcome of such practices is received according to the doer’s good and bad karmas and motivations, and according to the quality of the consciousness of his mind at the time of death. God’s Grace, although omnipresent, is received only through wholehearted devotion to the personal form of God where the prime aim of devotion is to receive the vision and love of God.






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In the Bible the word is also referred to as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit.
In the Hindu scriptures the word is called by different names ,Nam ,Shabd,Dhun,Bani,Nad,all mean inner sound of the Divine.
In the koran it is called Ism-i-Azam,Nad-i-Asmani,Kalam-i-Ilahi and Bang-i-Asmani,meaning the voice of god . In Zoroastrianism [parsees] the Word  is called Sraosha,meaning something that can be heard. The greek philosophers reffered to it as Logos .Socrates spoke of an inner sound . In  chinese scriptures it is known as Tao.
All this links to the inner music or inner sound. This is factual. The great outward and downward flowing Power of God ,through which He manifests Himself to Human beings and gives them immediate and conscious contact with Himself ,is heard by properly initiated students as an inner sound and as enchanting and all - absorbing  inner music. After purifying the mind ,it enables the soul to rise to the spiritual regions above and beyond the physical universe.Our real Home is eternal and we are here as travellers in the wilderness. Those who follow the teachings of the Masters soon make the supreme discovery that the world and its pleasures are transient and eternal alone is of lasting Value.


The religion which eternally exists in God, which is revealed by God, which describes the names, forms, virtues and the abodes of God, and which reveals the true path of God realization for all the souls is called Sanatan Dharm, the universal religion for the whole world.The word dharm is formed from the root word dhryan (dhryan dharne); it means such actions and such spiritual or religious practices that finally result in all-good for a soul.

 Apar dharm means good karmas with sattvic motivation where a person is devoted to God in a conventional manner, which means a general faith in all the forms of God. Such good karmas pacify the mind of the doer in the existing life, and in the next lifetime they create a good destiny which is called ‘abhyudaya’ that brings physical and mental well-being in a person’s life.

Par dharm or bhagwat dharm. This is the main dharm which brings the absolute good (the nishreyas) of a soul, and the absolute good of a soul is only God realization which happens through the direct devotion to God in His personal form. It is called bhakti. It gives both, peace and happiness in life as well as God realization. Apar dharm is the general dharm for all and is only a preliminary dharm, which is like the preparatory practice for entering into bhakti for those who cannot accept it in their life right away. Bhakti is above all the religious formalities, rituals and intellectual practices of meditation. In one sentence you can say that bhakti is the true ‘love’ for your soul-beloved God.

 

 

 

So, even before the birth of human beings on this earth planet, God produces the knowledge of His attainment through the Upnishads, and the Puranas.

These scriptures reveal the form of God, personality of God, nature of God, greatness of God, Graciousness of God, path to God and also the procedure of the path. This path is called bhakti or divine-love-consciousness. Everything that relates to God is eternal because God is eternal. Thus, all the knowledges of the Upnishads and the Puranas along with the path of bhakti are eternal. Bhakti and the Grace of God are very closely related to each other.

  Bhakti is the submission of the deep loving feelings of a devotee’s heart for his beloved God where all of his personal requisites are merged into his Divine beloved’s overwhelming Grace which He imparts for His loving devotee. This loving submission has been described in the scriptures and in the writings of the acharyas and Saints in many ways.The Gita uses the terms surrender and single-mindedness.

As mentioned above, bhakti is eternal. It means that it is the eternally existing path to attain God. God is one, so the path of His attainment is also one, and thus, the same path of bhakti ensures the attainment of any of the forms of God. The path of bhakti is prevalent in every brahmand of this entire universe and it is for all the souls of this universe. It remains the same in all the four yugas (satyug, treta, dwapar and kaliyug) and, as it is directly related to soul and God, it is above caste, creed, sect and nationality. It can be adopted by any person of any nation of this world, because it is gifted by the supreme God Himself for the benefit of the humankind; and again, there are no physical requirements in doing bhakti. There are no meditation postures to adopt, no concentration techniques to follow and no rituals to observe. So it can be done by anyone, young, old or sick, and at any time in twenty-four hours, because bhakti is the pure love of your heart that longs to meet the Divine beloved of your soul in this very lifetime.


All kinds of good karmas and all kinds of yog and gyan-related practices are only sattvic, but when they are predominated with bhakti, they become the means of God realization, because
bhakti unfolds the field of God’s Grace.


Grace cannot be received by any amount of practice or by any limit of sattvic evolution of the mind.Grace and God are one, just like the Divine Bliss and God are one. It means that God Himself is the form of Grace and God Himself is the form of the Bliss. Grace is such a power of God with which all of His absolute and unlimited virtues are revealed. It is the Grace of God that makes a Saint experience His absolute Bliss, beauty and love; and it is the same power of Grace through which a Saint imparts God realization to his disciple. God and Grace are one and the same. So wherever God is, Grace is there.

The Divine knowledge
of God means to practically conceive in the absolutely pure sattvic mind (called the pure antahkaran with leshavidya in scriptural terms) the omnipresence of the Divinity of God in a subtle form.
Leshavidya is a very subtle layer of the sattvic aspect of maya that maintains the individuality of a gyani or yogi Saint up till the end of his destined life in the world. After his death the gyani or yogi Saint’s sattvic mind is terminated along with the leshavidya, and thus, his individuality is also terminated forever.
I” which means that the gyani (or yogi) Saint observes the presence of the formless aspect of God (nirakar brahm) in the whole world. It means that he practically understands the omnipresent absoluteness of the Divinity of God and his mind is drowned in the contentedness arising out of the experience of the limitless serenity of the formless Divine existence (which is called brahmanand), but he does not actually perceive the Divine beauty of God; and, after his death, his identity is terminated and he receives liberation called the kaivalya mokch which is a ‘no-experience’ Divine state, forever.
 On the perfect purification of the heart, which happens with selfless bhakti, the gyani or bhakt devotee receives God realization and then he is liberated from the bondage of maya. The liberation is primarily of two kinds: (1) Gyani Saint’s liberation, and (2) Bhakt Saint’s liberation. Gyani Saint’s liberation is a non-experiential state called kaivalya mokch, but Bhakt Saint’s liberation is an absolute experience of the Divine Bliss of the Divine abode of the form of God he has worshipped.


The vision of God is actually the perception of the limitless Divine beauty of the Divine personality of God with the Divine senses and the Divine mind which has been Graced and given by God to the bhakt Saint. Along with the perception of the Divine beauty, the bhakt Saint also experiences the absolute Divine Blissfulness of God because God Himself is Bliss; and the understanding of the omnipresence, absoluteness and the greatness of God of a bhakt Saint is much more vivid than that of a gyani Saint, because a gyani Saint only conceives this understanding and a bhakt Saint actually conceives as well as perceives the absoluteness of God in His omnipresent Divine personal form. How is it done? It’s the Divine miracle of the power of Grace. Thus, the state of the Divine knowledge called ‘brahm gyan’ has only the Divine knowledge of the absoluteness of the Divine existence, but the Divine vision of God has both: knowledge of His absoluteness and also His absolute Blissful vision.

The Divine love of God is also the perception of the Divine beauty of the beloved God by a bhakt (rasik) Saint. But it is in such an intimately approachable manner that induces an affectionate thrill from both sides, bhakt and Bhagwan (God).
Now the question is, what is the criteria of receiving the Divine knowledge, or Divine vision, or the Divine love, and who receives what? You should know that all the three situations are absolute: (a) Absolutely non-experiential Divine state. (b) Absolute Bliss and vision, and (c) absolute Divine love; and all of them are revealed through bhakti. One more thing: God has no preference of any kind. He just gives whatever a devotee desires. Thus, it is only on the devotee’s part as to what he wants; whether he wants only liberation, or the Divine vision, or the Divine love. Yogis and gyanis generally desire for liberation, and some bhaktas desire for the vision of God and some for the Divine love of God. What makes them decide that, is just the personal preference and mainly the depth of their understanding of the Divine truth, whatever they have; otherwise, when the same Grace reveals all the three Divine states which are progressively more and more luscious than the previous one and in an absolute manner, why not then desire for the Divine love?

 

 

 

  The bhakt Saints like Tukaram, Guru Ramdas, Daduji, Narsi Mehta, Goswami Tulsidas, Ramkrishn Paramhans, Swami Sahajanand and many more, sang the glory of their beloved God in their writings and showed the path of bhakti to their followers.During the same period, around the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries, there were a number of rasik Saints and acharyas like Swami Haridas, Hit Harivansh, Surdas, Nanddas, Dhruvdas, Roop Goswami and Sanatan Goswami etc., who lived in Braj and enlivened the heart of every devotee with Radha Krishn love, whoever came to them. So we see that all the acharyas and Saints represented bhakti which is the central theme of Sanatan Dharm.

 

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