Saturday, 28 January 2012

Meaning of RadhaSoami

RadhaSoami is a complete in its form 'Radha' means Soul and 'Soami' means Lord. Hence RadhaSoami can be translated into meaning merger of the Soul with the Lord. RSSB was founded way back in 1891 along the bank of river beas by its founder Baba Jaimal Singh Ji RadhaSoami Philosophy is based on the teachings of various saints and gurus of all the religions. There is no difference of cast , creed or religion in any means,The Santmat includes all religions. The followers need to follow the right path of Ruhaniat as told by the great living master.

RadhaSoami Satsang Beas has main center in Dera Baba Jaimal Singh near river Beas in Amritsar district. The present Guru of RSSB is Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon who was appointed by Maharaj Charan Singh in 1991.

The RadhaSoami Satsang Beas is non-profitable charitable organization and an autonomous body which has no political links with any party or with other contemporary movements which use the name Radha Soami. The RSSB has its Centers all across the globe in 90 Countries.

The RadhaSoami Satsang Beas has large number of followers from all parts of the world. The followers should follow the path of Santmat as told by the living master. The should restrained themselves from alcholic substances and non vegetarian food. They should live a simple life by doing the Surat shabad Yog

Sant Shiv Dyal Singh Ji Maharaj was the first leader of this community. And at present Babaji Gurinder Singh Ji is officially appointed as a great leader of RadhaSoami Beas. The great teachings of these RadhaSoami saints help in inner development of a person. They teach us lesson of Ruhaniat, Surat Shabd Yog, Sewa etc.

We should make our habit to do daily Simran (Meditation). The teachings of these saints are known as Santmat. There are various centers in all over the world which are running under this community and we call them as Satsang Ghar. These are the places where we seeks the truth. Your inner soul will say you not to do any bad deeds in your life and always to remember your God. Those who obey the teachings of Radha Swami community are really very lucky people.

The followers of Santmat are blessed with Holy Namdaan by the master. After getting the Namdaan the followers becomes the Zigyasu. The followers Of RSSB is called Sangat.

The Satsang and Sewa are the Necessities Of the Santmat.The followers should involve themselves in sewa of the Sangat. They should do Sewa of "Tan,Mann Aur Dhan"(by means of Body,Mind and Money) The Zigyasu should attend the satsang regularly that held normally on Selected Sundays of the year at the Dera Baba jaimal Singh,Beas(Amritsar). The Sangat should follow all the rules of Santmat. They need to do Surat shabad yog for 2:30 hours a day for sure. The Surat Shabad yog is considered as the strongest pillar and atmost necessity of Santmat.

The RadhaSoami Satsang Beas has its Satsang centers in various towns of India and abroad. The satsang is held in these centers normally two days a week. As the Saints said "Satsang teko janiye jithe eko naam bakhaniye"(Satsang is a place where we admire only one god and not about stories of kings and other people). The attending of Satsang is mandatory for the Zigyasu, By listening to the words of Saints in the Satsang the Jigyasu can concentrate on its Surat shabad Yog well.

The Surat Shabad yog is realization of God from inner-self. It does not consist of any rites, rituals, ceremonies, dogmas, priesthood, or church or temple worship. The RadhaSoami Satsang Beas doesn't teach its followers to give away there age old traditions, but they say that the followers can carry on there traditions but they should do the Surat Shabad Yog 1/10th duration of a single day that is about 2:30 hours of a total 24 hours of a day.
The Teaching of Santmat is to do Simran of almighty God While living at home,they don't say that Followers should leave their houses and go to forests, religious places or Himalayas to do the bhakti, Zigyasu should do the Simran and Surat Shabad Yog while living with their families at their Home.

Radha Soami Faith

Radhasaomi Faith’s principles are basically the true methodology to realize the supreme truth, i.e. God. According to this God is present in every human being and is in the form of soul, an essence of God. Thus, in order to realize the omnipotent supreme power, the forceful spirit needs to be awakened. This according to the RadhaSaomiji Maharaj can be possible only when one adopts the teachings prescribed by the Master, Guru or Satguru. He is the only person, living who has realized the truth of supreme power, God.
They say that one should never lose heart when ill because pain comes as a result of past karmas or actions and are just a passing phase in life. Illness often makes way for mercy. One should always attend to ones bhajan and simran everyday so as to nullify his bad karmas. Thus, see the moments of pain as a blessing in disguise.
They preach to refrain from the worldly pleasures and never get attached to them. They ask to see the whole world as a dream which is truly unreal. Just concentrate on the Shabd, holy versus and enchants which is the only way one can find his way abode. One should try to put one’s mind and vision concentrate on his guru’s teachings and learn and imbibe his preaching.
An individual should not take pride in his worldly status, family or say his wealth. Even should be a teetotaller and never get intoxicated with alcohol and drugs. A person having the above attributes can never do bhajan, this can never achieve salvation, which means freedom of soul from this vicious cycle called life and realize the ultimate truth called God. Each and every breath of ours, every step we take, every word we utter has some value and time wasted once can never be regained. Life is small, so one should be always involved in Guru bhakti and Shabd bhakti to learn the truth of life.
Guru Bhakti is very important as according to RadhaSaomiji faith, Dhyan and Sumiran in the absence of a Guru is not possible and Nijdhar is continuing in human form of Sant Satgurus even after the departure of the previous master in the form of his successor which only God selects. The transfer of Nij Dhar to the current master from the previous is what makes Radhasaomiji Faith unique. The master carries the power to free souls from the worldly bondage, both in the form of mind and gray matter. Following his master’s preaching, individual can attain salvation of the soul, which should be the aim of our lives.

Radha Soami Beas Teachings

Radha Soami Beas is actually a philosophical organization which considers the spiritual teachings of almost all the religions and devoted to a practice of inner development in the supervision of spiritual teacher.
According to the Indian language Radha Soami signifies the "lord of the soul" and Santsang talks about the people who want to seek the truth however Beas is the place where the main centre is actually situated in northern par of India. Well there are also some contemporary movements who are suing the Radha Soami name but the Radha Soami Beas is neither allied with any of these movements nor will it.
Radha Soami Beas was established or recognized in India in the year 1891 and slowly it started dispersing to other nations. At present it holds meeting in around 90 countries or even more than that throughout the world. Radha Soami Beas does not suffer from any affiliation to any of the commercial or the political organizations; it is altogether a registered non-profit society.
The philosophy of the Radha Soami Beas teaches about the personal course of spiritual development which incorporates vegetarian food, a moral way of life, daily practice of meditation and abstinence from the intoxicants. There are no hierarchies, rituals, mandatory contributions, ceremonies, or any kind of compulsory gatherings. To follow this path no member is required to give up the identity to which religion they belong to nor have to give up their religious preference.
One of the existent saints from the last nineteen years who is considered to be the spiritual heir of the Shiv Dayal Singh Ji( former leader of the Radh Soami Community), often regarded like Sant Mat, Saints teachings, is Baba Jaimal Singh Ji. The other five successor’s lineages assist to show the links among the several Sang Mat guru branches and the lines.
The teachings as well as the philosophies here are tremendous and they follow the scientific methods somewhat than only superstitions or any belief. Any individual will achieve a true salvation by just accepting their paths, which generally consists of leading ethical life and also practicing the Paanch Naam. Radha Soami Beas teachings cannot be called as myth or a means based on some superstition methods but it is a scientific method for the real seekers who are looking for truth as well as salvation. With the help of real living teachers or Saints you will surely get the new path which will provide you salvation.

introduction of radha soami how it was founded.......

The Radhasoami Satsang is a philosophical organisation, founded by Swami Shiv Dayal, who later became famous as Soamiji Majaraj. The organisation is based on the spiritual teaching of all religions and is devoted to a process of inner growth under the supervision of a spiritual teacher. The organisation teaches an individual path of spiritual development that includes a vegetarian diet, self-restraint from intoxicants, a decent way of life and the observation of daily meditation. No rituals, ceremonies, hierarchies or obligatory contributions are required for the members of the Satsang and there is no compulsory gatherings as well. The members also need not to give up their cultural identity or religious preference to follow this path.

The root of the Radhasoami Satsang lies in the life of Swami Shiv Dayal. And much of the philosophies of Radhasoami Satsang thus echo the philosophy, principle and teachings of Swami Shiv Dayal. He was born in 1818 into a banking family in Agra and belonged to the Khatri caste. The origin of his family was in Punjab and they were Nanakpanthis. His family Guru, Tulsi Sahib recognised the spiritual uniqueness of Shiv Dayal at an early stage and advised him to follow his own preferences that included periods of lengthy meditation. During his adulthood, Swami Shiv Dayal began to draw a circle of disciples and he taught a path of devotion and named it as the Surat Shabad Yoga. Through this path, a person could follow the sound or Shabd that flowed out from the Supreme Being back through various levels of consciousness to its point of origin. A person could also find eternal peace through union with the ultimate, by following the Surat Shabad Yoga. Swami Shiv Dayal made use of the Sikh scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib and the writings of Tulsi Sahib to preach his ideas.

To reach people and to spread his teachings Swami Shiv Dayal founded the Radhasoami Satsang on request of one of his disciples, named Salig Ram (later known as Huzur Maharaj). The Satsang was established in January, 1861 and its members used to meet daily. They used to read from either the Satsang sacred books or the writings of various north-Indian saints, during the daily meetings. Prayers, hymn-singing and a talk by Shiv Dayal or in his absence, by one of his followers were also the part of the daily meetings. The members worshipped a portrait of Swami during the daily meetings. The members of the Radhasoami Satsang were totally dependent on their teacher for their spiritual upliftment and they spent as much time as possible with him.

According to the Radhasoami Satsang, the whole creation consisted of the three descending spheres, total spirituality being the highest one. The second sphere was a mixture of spiritual-material and the last was a reverse combination of the material-spiritual. The Radhasoamis believed that the Supreme Being dwelt in the first level and the men at the lowest subdivision of the last. The men must find his way up through levels and sublevels to the ultimate spirit that rules over everything else. They also believed that it is the Guru on earth, who has the knowledge and techniques needed for the journey. The ideology of the Radhasoami Satsang was centred on two principles from which a moral code of action was constructed. The first principle was that, `all acts including spiritual practice which tend to free the spirit from matter and raise it towards its sources are good works`, and the second principle is, `all acts which tend to degrade the spirit by weighing it down-wards deeper and deeper into matter are bad works`.

The Radhasoamis were asked to be a lacto vegetarian and were restricted from eating eggs, fish, fowl or meat. They were required to abstain from recreational drugs and alcohol and they believed that the vegetarian diet encourages respect and empathy for all life. According to their beliefs, the vegetarian diet acknowledges that there is a debt to be paid for taking any life. The teachings in the Radha Soami Satsang are also referred as Sant Mat, which means `Teachings of the Saints` (past and present).

The headquarter of the Radhasoami Satsang was shifted to Soami Bagh in the year 1876, as his disciples built Swami Shiv Dayal a new residence there. Soami Bag also became a place of pilgrimage for the members of the Satsang. After the death of Swami Shiv Dayal, one of his disciples, Sanmukh Das became the leader of the Radhasoami Satsang and the women in the movement were being led by the wife of Swami Dayal, Naraini Devi or Radhaji. However, there were two more strong contenders for leadership of the Satsang, namely Salig Ram and Jaimal Singh.

Salig Ram brought a sense of organisation and doctrinal development to the Satsang. The ideology of the Satsang was also standardised through a series of publications. He wrote several large and small treatises in Hindi and Urdu to publicise the ideology. His writings gave the members of the movement a more detailed exposition of its ideology and spiritual practices. Salig Ram also managed to unite the leaders together. Salig Ram died in the year 1898.

After Salig Ram`s death, one of his disciples Brahm Shankar Misra became the leader of Radhasoami Satsang. Brahm Shankar was immensely popular among the members of the Satsang and was viewed as the replacement of Salig Ram. Brahm Shankar was known as Maharaj Sahib and he introduced the Central Administrative Council in 1902. The council was introduced to create formal unity among the different branches of the movement. The main objectives of the council were to regulate the conduct of business for the Satsang and its branches; to preserve and administer all properties given to Swami Dayal or acquired by the Satsang; and also to execute any other tasks `in accordance with the directions and mandates of the Sant Sat Guru`. The youngest brother of Swami Shiv Dayal became the first president of the Central Administrative Council and Brahm Shankar Misra and Salig Ram`s son were selected to serve the Council. Brahm Shankar, Salig Ram`s son and Shiv Dayal`s brother had the power of initiating new members into the Satsang and the same power was given to Jaimal Singh and to the leaders of Satsangs in Bengal and Benaras as well. The control and administration of the Radhasoami Satsang were centralised under the Radhasoami Trust, a few years later.

Location of Radhasoami Satsang Beas is called Dera Baba Jaimal Singh However, the Radhasoami Satsang was divided into three associations in the twentieth century. While two of the associations were active in Agra, the other one operated in Punjab. Among these three, the Radhasoami Satsang Beas rested on the foundation laid by Jaimal Singh and he was succeeded by Baba Sawan Singh Grewal. The teachings of Beas Satsang were based on the belief that Shiv Dayal passed gnostic knowledge to his disciple, Jaimal Singh. Apart from the Beas Satsang, another Satsang was the Ghazipur Satsang, led by Sri Kamta Prasad Sinha (later known as Sarkar Sahib). He declared his Satsang as independent from the Central Administrative Council in March, 1910. The Ghazipur Satsang later became famous as the Dayal Bagh Satsang. The other Radhasoami Satsang was being led by Madhava Prasad (also known as Babuji Maharaj) and was named as the Soamji Bagh Satsang. At present, the Radhasoami Satsang Beas is active in more than 90 countries around the world.
The Radhasoami Satsang was primarily founded to establish the utmost importance of the Guru, as only the Guru can direct the disciples in their quest for the Supreme Being.