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RADHASOAMI MAT PRAKASH - A Brief View of Radhasoami Faith

Being a message of Eternal Peace and Joy to all nations
Originally written by Hazur Maharaj in english and published in the year 1897A.D.

Soamiji Maharaj

1. Radhasoami – the Holy Name of the Supreme Being

1. The Radhasoami mat or Faith derives its name from its original founder, the Supreme Being, Radhasoami, who appeared in this world in human form and designated Himself Sant Sat Guru or perfect Saint or True Guide and Preceptor, and preached holy doctrines to the sincere Enquirer of Truth for the deliverance of their spirit from the bondage of body and surroundings, as well as from the pains and pleasures of this world, and for the ultimate admission (of their spirit entity) into the Holy Presence of the Supreme Being after traversing and breaking through the trammels and impediments in the material spheres.

2. The holy name Radhasoami has been given out by the Supreme Being Himself. It resounds in splendid refulgence in the higher spheres and can be heard within themselves by those, who perform devotion by practicing Surat-Shabd-Yog according to the instructions given by the Supreme Being Himself.

3. All obstacles thrown in the way and traps laid by Universal Mind and Matter to stop or interfere with the progress of a pilgrim to the highest mansion of the Supreme Being in pure spiritual regions disappear at once on the pronunciation of name Radhasoami by the devotee; such is the immediate effect and beneficial influence exercised by this Almighty Name. It, at once, strikes awe and terror in the heart of the conflicting agents and revolting forces met with by the devotee while traversing the material regions and gradually removes them altogether from his path.

4. This holy name Radhasoami signifies both the Supreme Being and the Original Spirit or Sound Current (or Word), which emanated from His Holy Feet, and which is the prime factor and principal agent in the whole creation.

2.Three Factors in Creation

5. According to Radhasoami Faith, there are three factors in the creation, of which the the first and principal and the prime mover and life-giver is the Spirit, or Word or Sound, the second or the main working factor is Mind and the third the Matter, of which the body and senses (the instruments of action) are made.
The first principle or factor, namely Spirit is the prime cause of everything and presides overall, and has its abode in the uppermost regions above all and beyond the Mind (the second factor) in the innermost part of the body. The locality of the Mind or the second factor is below that of the spirit or the outside the innermost quarter, while the flesh or body formed of matter, the third factor occupies the outermost portion of the vehicle or human form with senses attached thereto. Accordingly there are three degrees, and hence three grand divisions in the Universe or Macrocosm with corresponding divisions in the human body or the Microcosm.

6. The degrees or grand divisions, comprised in the entire creation, according to Radhasoami Faith are –

1. Spiritual

2. Spiritual-Material

3. Material-Spiritual

Pure spirit, uncontaminated with matter, exists in the first grand division. Here the Supreme Being reigns over absolutely spiritual life. This, the purest possible form of life, has no desire but to love and serve the Supreme Being. The joys – the very existence – of this pure spirit – life are derived from the Supreme Being who is the ocean of Spirit, love and joy. Nothing concerning this degree is known or has been known to the founder of any other religious creed. It comprises six sub-divisions and is called the Dayal Desh or the regions of Mercy.

7. The second or Spiritual-Material degree or grand division is entirely free from all worldly passions and desires of the lower order. Likening the Supreme Being to an ocean, the president of the second degree is a tide from that ocean. He is a kind of Viceroy, who rules over all life existing in the space comprised in the second and third grand divisions committed to his care. As its name indicates, the spiritual-material degree contains both spirit and matter. But matter is comparatively speaking, pure and is subject to, and controlled by spirit. Life here is very pure and though clothed in pure material forms, spirit predominates. This degree also comprises of six sub-divisions and is called the Brahmand or the regions of Universal Mind and Pure Matter.

8. In the third or material-spiritual degree matter predominates over Spirit. Life is composed of spirits clothed in coarse matter. Having quite forgotten the higher abode from which they originally sprang, the spirits here have acquired carnal desires and passions. This also comprises six sub-divisions and is called the Pind or the regions of Individual Mind and coarse matter.

9. This degree is dominated over by a wave emanating from the Supreme Being and flowing through the tide which has already been likened to a Viceroy. This wave or current may, for want of a better name, be called a Governor, who presides over the material universe and controls matter.

3. Our Solar System belongs to the third degree

10. All solar systems, like ours, are included in the third degree. Beyond all solar systems in this plane, is the locality of the second degree; beyond that locality again is the situation of first degree, the residence of the Supreme Being.

4. Correspondence of Macrocosm with Microcosm

11. The above three grand divisions in the Universe have a correspondence, or are in the same plane, with similar divisions in the human form or body which is a miniature or Microcosm of the Great Universe or Macrocosm.

5. The Supreme Being distinguished from the Gods of other religions

12. The Supreme Being as already said is unknown. The Spirit or the Viceroy, who presides over the second degree, is the Lord God of the Bible; he is Sat or Sachchidanand or Shuddh Brahm of the Vedantees; the Nirvan of the Jains and the Buddhists and the Lahut of the Mohammedan Saints. The Spirit or Governor who rules over the third degree is the Brahm or Parmatma or God of most religions of the world.

6. The second and third degrees contain Spirit and Matter, the former predominates in the second, and the latter in the third degree

13. The entire creation below the first degree is composed of two parts, namely, spirit which is all good and pure, and matter which is always more or less bad. Human being is a drop from the ocean, that is, the Supreme Being. This drop of pure good spirit is so mixed with matter that it becomes in bondage thereto, and unless aided by a Supreme Spirit is always liable to yield to temptation and deteriorates or sinks down in matter.

14. Thus all emanations from the Supreme Being, though absolutely pure at the outset, get less and less so, as they become more and more steeped in the matter. In the second degree, this mixture or combination is insufficient for it to triumph over spirit, but matter predominates so largely over the spirit in the third degree that the strength of the spirit is feeble and matter dominates.

7. Necessity of Matter in the second and third degrees

15. Nevertheless, matter is actually necessary for spirit life in the second and third degrees. But for matter, the Supreme Being would be one huge Ocean filling all space. Before the creation, spirits lay at the foot of the Supreme Being in an unmanifested mass. These spirits could have had no separate form, no individual existence, except by an admixture of matter. Thus they could have attained no knowledge of Supreme Being. As fire is necessary to light an ignitable substance, so is the spirit required to give life to matter. At the death of every creature the liberated spirit entity merely changes its covering, or in other words, takes up its abode in a like form or that of some other creature.

8. The ascending and descending scales in Creation

16. There are two streams in our solar systems; the one ever improving, the other always deteriorating. The spirit entities of the first of these streams pass from the plants through the lower creation till they reach human form; they then become angels or heavenly spirits and ultimately merge into Supreme Being or remain in His presence. Maintenance of individuality in the changes later than human being depends upon the practice of devotion according to Surat-Shabd-Yog or the union of the spirit entity with the Word – the Word being the emanation from the Supreme Being. If such devotion is not practiced, the spirit entity loses its previous individuality and becomes merged into a lower stage fit for its reception. A devotee, when merged into the Supreme Being, can assume one’s individuality at pleasure. Such a being is called a perfect Sant, a special and beloved Son of Supreme Being. But the spirits who belong to the deteriorating stream are wholly under the influence of matter. At every change they get lower and lower until they reach the lowest form in creation.

9. The Special and Beloved Sons of the Supreme Being or Sants

17. The Supreme Being has special and beloved sons called Sants and Param Sants, who are full of mercy and love and who descend periodically upon the earth to deliver spirits from the bondage of matter and to carry them to the presence of the Supreme Father.

10. One should look for a Sant or Sadh to approach the Supreme Being

18. Any person desirous of reaching the Supreme Being must search for a Sant Sat Guru (Incarnation of the Supreme Being) or a Sadh Guru (one who has reached the top of the second grand division) and invoke His help, and receive instructions from one of those Superior Guides, as to the manner of his devotion and procedure.

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