The Last Part of the Jouney – The Soul’s Journey – Sant Mat – Surat Shabd Yoga




 

Beezone Note:

The continuing conflict between Islam and Hinduism caused the emergence of the distinctive
Sikh community, an attempt to find a new path that would reconcile Hindu-Muslim
differences. Sikh founder Nanak (1469-1539) would attract a large following; in the end, his
teachings satisfied neither Hindu nor Muslim and led to the emergence of a new community.
Nanak would be successively followed by nine additional gurus (teachers). Then, after the
death of the last of the gurus, their collected writings were assembled in a single volume, the
Guru Granth Sahib, which would be enthroned as the new continuing guru for the
community.
In the 19th century, some within the Sikh community, partially motivated by a desire to have
a living guru, found their way to Param Sant Soami Ji Maharaj (1818-1878), who launched a
new lineage of gurus, which would over time split into a variety of competing lineages.
These new lineages, distinguished by their practice of surat sabat yoga (the path of the sound
current) would constitute the Sant Mat movement.

 

 

The Soul’s Journey

This book contains a composition of several descriptions
of the Inner Realms – which each soul has to pass on
its journey back to its True Home – and some
experiential reports by disciples of Kirpal Singh.

The Last Part of the Journey

After the soul has risen from the dark emptiness, the
Maha Sunn, it reaches that inner level which is known as
Bhanwar Gupha or also: (the bent tunnel) in the terminology
of the Eastern Adepts of Mysticism.

The soul ascends the peak from its west gate And
penetrates across Maha-sunn. By throwing open the gate of
Banwar Gupha It hearkens to the music of the flute that
emanates from Sohang.

Soami Ji

This is the fourth realm above the physical level, a
region of spiritual substance with only slight additions of
material. If the soul proceeds it will cross a high,
radiating pass above the vibrant breakers of spiritual force
which is known as the Hansni Tunnel.

Then, it proceeds through the huge entrance of the
splendid Rukmini Tunnel where it sees an unbelievably
beautiful object the radiation of which has an impact on the
view of the soul with the effect that the soul’s Nirat
(the visual faculty) and its Surat (the capability to hear)
are finally completed and gain real peace.

Then, the soul progresses to a higher region of this
spiritual realm and sees at its right-hand side bright
cosmic islands of an immense beauty and at the left-hand
side many continents with splendid palaces which seemed to
be built of pearls and the upper storeys of which are
decorated with rubies, emeralds and diamonds. The splendour
of all these cosmic scenes fills the soul with a wonderful
drunkenness.

Bhanwar Gupha is governed by a Great Spiritual Sovereign
Whose name is translated into; That is me! in the
terminology of the Adepts of Mysticism of the Far and Middle
East. And, in fact, the Sufi-Masters know the whole region
as Anahu, which, in turn, means; That is me!

In the region of Bhanwar Gupha (Sohang) the soul totally
recognises its relationship to the Creator and consciously
knows that it is a droplet of the Divine Spirit in the ocean
of All-Consciousness and exclaimes:

I and my Father are One!

Maulana Rumi wrote about the mourning tones of a flute
which is played on a mountain top and which speak of the
separation of the soul from its true source. The music which
penetrates this region is that of a heavenly flute; and it
was that music which sounded in the conscience of the Great
Maulana Rumi.

But nevertheless, here again there is nothing in the
physical world which can stand up to the comparison with the
wonderful sound of Bhanwar Gupha’s melody. This sound
emanates from the sparkling cosmic mountain that overlooks
this region majestically and above which the soul sees a
huge sun with a dazzling white light that is a thousand
times brighter than the physical sun of our solar
system.

The Sound Current of flute which you were hearing
previously as reported is quite good. This should be
listened to with rapt attention. It will grow stronger, draw
closer, and ultimately come from above. It will eventually
bless you with such a ravishing bliss that your mind will
become subdued for good in due course of time with the grace
of the Master.

Spiritual Elixir p. 188

Guru Nanak sang about this region:

Higher still stands Karm Khand, the Realm of Grace, Here
the Word is all in all, and nothing else prevails. Here
dwell the Bravest of the Brave, the Conquerors of the mind,
filled with the Love Divine, Here dwell Devotees with
devotion, incomparable as Sita’s1. Illumined with
beauty ineffable, All heart filled with God, They live
beyond the reach of death and of delusion2.

Jap Ji, Stanza 37

Bhanwar Gupha is really a region of Beauty and Light, and
the souls living there receive the elixir of the Sound
Current just as we eat and drink at the physical realm every
day. And yet, Bhanwar Gupha and all regions below it, the
super causal, causal, astral and physical ones, are subject
to dissolution as the Adepts of Mysticism express it.
Dissolution of a relatively short duration reaches up to the
summit of the causal region, whereas the immensely long
lasting and big dissolution reaches from the super causal
region of Daswan Dwar up to the region of Bhanwar Gupha.

And therefore the seeking soul has to ascend further up
to gain the true spiritual liberation.

For Sach Kand, the fifth inner realm above the physical
realm is not subject to any cosmic dissolution, might it be
big or small. Sach Kand is the True Home of the soul! This
purely spiritual realm is called Sat Lok in Hinduism,
Muqam-i-Haq (realm of truth) in the teachings of the Sufi
melodies of Islam and Sach Khand in Sikhism (the name which
is used by the Indian Adepts of Mysticism or the Satgurus).
Sach Khand is free of any physical, mental and spiritualised
matter. In the words of the Adepts of Mysticism it is
unchangeable and eternal, all the Joy and Blissfulness, all
Wisdom and all Love … the Homestead of God. Here reside
the Perfected Spiritual Beings and the Highest Ranking
Saints of all times in unspeakable splendour.

Guru Nanak said:

Here live the Bhagats or Wise from all regions who please
the True One, and They live in ever lasting pleasure.

In Bhanwar Gupha, the region below Sach Khand, there are
88 000 universes and the residents of these universes are
all supporters of spiritual Adepts Who have gained entrance
into this region. However, in Sach Khand itself, there are
many million spheres under the merciful rule of the True
Lord, and cosmic islands of the Blessed One rotate around
this region, just as our tiny earth rotates around the sun.
These spheres are the dwelling places of the Hansas, the
pure souls, who never descended into the lower levels.

With the words of Guru Nanak:

Sach Khand or the Realm of Truth is the seat of the
Formless One. Here He creates all creations, rejoicing in
creating. Here are many regions, heavenly systems and
universes, To count which were to count the countless, Here,
out of the Formless, The heavenly plateau and all else come
into form, All destined to move according to His Will. He
who is blessed with this vision, rejoices in its
contemplation. But, oh Nanak, such is its beauty that to try
to describe itis to attempt the impossible3.

Jap Ji, Stanza 37

The Ruler of Sach Khand is known as Sat Purush, the True
Being, in the Eastern terminology. The esoteric scriptures
state that this Master of Love radiates a light that is
equal to the light of billions of suns, although even this
is still a scanty description of Him, for He is far beyond
the expressiveness of human speech or reason in order to
describe Him.

The Sat Purush (the highest revelation of God) steers and
controls the creation and the dissolution of the entire
cosmic systems of universes below Him, but His own realm is
not affected by any such changes. At last, this True Being
gains His power from the Supreme Lord of all being, among
the Adepts of Mysticism known as Anami Purush, the Nameless
One.

The language of poetic imagination and symbolic
description can only inadequately describe Sach Khand, for
the Adepts of Mysticism state that it is even impossible to
find any comparison for the finest things in this world.

Sach Khand is the Homestead of the Father, and the Father
is the Sat Purush, the highest revelation of the Nameless,
and the soul is a beam of the Sat Purush from Whom it
emanated aeons ago.

According to the Adepts of Mysticism the soul radiates in
the light of sixteen suns and moons when it reaches this
region.

Guru Nanak sang about this realm of Sat Purush in his
inspired hymn:

How wonderful Thy gate, how wonderful Thy mansion, From
whence Thou watchest Thy great Creation. Countless the
instruments and harmonies that play therein, Countless the
measures, countless the singers, that sing Thy praises.

Jap Ji, Stanza 27

Soami Ji has also described the palace of Sat Purush as a
firm castle of unspeakable beauty. In Soami Ji’s
description the soul on pilgrimage must find the Lord of
Love at his throne when it reaches this realm, and it has to
recognise the Lord of Love as the True Lord of the universe
of all universes. Soami Ji described the wonderful premises
and the parks of the courtyard of Sat Purush’s palace
but he repeatedly stated that this view could not be
described in earthly words.

At this realm there are vast reservoirs of spiritual
nectar from which proceed rivers of a wealth of light in
order to supply more remote regions with spiritual food.

Golden palaces seem to be suspended above the cosmic
gardens of a silvery light, and the beauty of the Hansas,
the pure souls that live there, is incomprehensible.

The soul on pilgrimage further proceeds to the entrance
of the palace of the Lord of Love, the Sat Purush, and a
Hansa who is on guard asks the newcomer how he succeeded in
reaching this sublime realm. The soul’s answer is that
it came following an Adept of Mysticism or a Satguru while
it stayed on earth and the Adept of Mysticism taught it the
inner knowledge of this high realm.

Following this, the soul is escorted into the palace
where it is confronted with a Bright Lotus of unspeakable
beauty. A voice sounds from the centre of the Light in the
Lotus and asks the soul who it is and with what intention,
it ascended to this realm.

Soami Ji describes the soul’s answer as follows:

Pushap madh sae uthi avaza

Kau tum hoe kaho kaja

Satgur milae bhed sub dina

Tis ki kripa daras hum lina

Darshan kar ut kar magnani

Sat Purush tub bolae bani

Alakh lok ka bhed sunaya

Bal upna dae surat pathaya

Alakh Purush ka roop anoopa

Agam Purush nirkha kul bhoopa

Dekh achraj kaha na jaye

Kaya kaya. sobha varan paye

From the lotus there arose a voice:

“Speak! Who are you and what brings you here?”

“My Satguru gave me the key to this realm, And through
His grace I am blessed with Thy darshan.”

Beholding the Lord it was lost in ecstasy;

Thereupon the Sat Purush spoke Giving forth the secrets
of Alakh Lok And by His own power raised it further. The
form of the Alakh Purush defies description. Agam Purush,
the Lord of all creations, His wondrous sight cannot be
described And His glory cannot be rendered in words.

Then the soul is told that it really is in the presence
of the Sat Purush, Whom it recognises here as the Spiritual
Power That inspired the Adept of Mysticism on earth and in
the lower spiritual regions. Now the soul enjoys its
happiness and experiences great delight at the spiritual
view of the Lord of Love.

Then the Supreme Lord of Revelation teaches the soul the
mysteries of the higher realms, and with the Power of Love
He assists the soul with further ascending through these
realms.

The Adepts of Mysticism told that Sach Khand’s Music
was comparable to a Veena. All the Spiritual Masters who
spoke of Sach Khand testified the breathtaking charm of this
music. Just like its heavenly music, Sach Khand’s light
cannot be described in a secular language, not even with the
light of billions of suns.

The Adept of Mysticism who has initiated the higher
seeking soul into the mysteries of the beyond is obliged to
safely accompany it to its True Home, Sach Khand.

Then, the Sat Purush inspires the soul with his Divine
Energy and sends it into the higher realms of Alakh Lok (the
invisible realm). Agam Lok (the inaccessible realm) and
Anami Lok (the nameless realm that is the highest spiritual
region of all). In Anami Lok there is neither Light nor
Sound, nor darkness or silence.

Basically, the aspirant can only understand the idea of
Sach Khand as the highest spiritual realm. This really is a
realm of pure spirit and the True Home of the soul. This is
the highest revelation of God.

Nevertheless, the Adepts of Mysticism speak of three
higher realms beyond Sach Khand, though they consider it
completely futile to give descriptions or statements about
these spiritual realms.

It is enough to say that the soul is caused, by the grace
of the Sat Purush, to enter the next spiritual realm of
Alakh Lok and then comes to the cosmic palace of the Alakh
Purush, Who is the ruler of this realm.

If the soul has got the Darshan of the Alakh Purush, it
further proceeds to Agam Lok where it views the ruler of
this realm, the Agam Purush, and receives His Darshan.
Again, the Adepts of Mysticism try to describe the splendour
of this realm with the light of billions and billions of
suns.

As regards the last realm of Anami Lok, the Adepts of
Mysticism remain silent.

In a few words Soami Ji said:

At every step the soul recognises unknown things which
cannot be described in human language. Each region and
everything is absolutely indescribable. What a beauty and
glory. How can I describe it?

There is nothing here to give you an idea of it. I am
helpless!

Now the soul has seen the ruling Lord of each of the
spiritual realms beyond Sach Khand and has united its
existence with Them. This is the greatest good on the
mystical path of love, for the Adepts of Mysticism told that
the Power of Love is the strongest one in these holy
realms.

When He was asked about Anami Lok, Soami Ji simply
said:

It is all love!

Thus, the collaboration of the Adept of Mysticism and
Shabd leads to jivan mukti or spiritual liberation on the
mystical path and to the ascent of the soul to its True
Home.

If the spiritual aspirant fulfils the commandments of the
Adept of Mysticism faithfully and always goes the way of
love, this spiritual liberation can be accomplished in one
life. The aspirant will hear the permanent symphony of love
and will realise that his True Self and the Divine Word are
one and the same being. This Music is so magnificent that
any twaddle of the sinful mind comes to rest and the focus
of the soul becomes completely absorbed in the Audible
Stream of Life so that it is drawn beyond the levels of mind
and matter.

While the aspirant rises into the higher regions of life
he discovers that this is in deed the only real freedom a
human being can ask for. This is the freedom from the ties
to his lower self, the anxieties, fantasies and thoughts of
hatred, his likings and dreams that haunt him when he is
proceeding along the long road of repeating births and
deaths.

At this physical plain of existence, a human can never
really be free, neither as an individual nor in the
community. Only those who gain the higher spiritual
con-sciousness have won freedom in the true sense of the
word by claiming their actual birthright.

The released soul can never be enslaved by the deceptive
cravings of the lower self or the machinations of those who
believe that they dominate the transient world of men by
their own power.

The spiritual conscience is both cause and climax of
human development and it is impossible to describe its
nature in words which are only the imaginary symbols of
human imagination, for this is really a wordless and
timeless state of blissfulness.

Those who have gained this spiritual conscience know in
their innermost being that they are free spirits that live
in the eternal realms of spiritual freedom.

He has risen with the Heavenly Melodies of the spirit as
Guru Nanak reports:

By practice of the Word, one rises into universal
consciousness and develops right understanding; By practice
of the Word, one develops clairvoyance and transvision of
the whole creation; By practice of the Word, one is freed
from sorrow and suffering;

Jap Ji, Stanza 13

Once the spiritual aspirant transcends the physical
consciousness he will become aware of the ever resounding
power of the universe, the Sound Current. In the inner
regions those illuminated sounds can be realized as a
blissful mosaic of transcedential energy, resounding light
and brilliantly shining sounds.

As Kabir said:

The natural Inner Music permanently resounds out of
itself but only a rare soul knows of this sacred union; True
Simram consists of the soul’s permanent tuning into the
Inner Music without outer help. Those who discover this
hidden treasure are our true friends.

Being connected to this Inner Music, the aspirant loses
his lower identity and will finally become One with God.
Although He will remain in this world for the time allocated
to Him, He is in this world yet out of it, for He is a jivan
mukti, a liberated being.

He is no longer an incapable slave of minds and senses
but confirmed in the True Divinity. He lives for the
Eternal, Divine Light of spirit and permanently listens to
the Divine Music in His soul. Finally, He returns to Sach
Khand, the Homestead of salvation or Muquam-i-Haq, the
origin of the Sounding Light and the soul itself. Now the
aspirant is a consciously liberated soul.

This is the true salvation, the highest and most complete
state of being.

Those who hear of this power or approach it will neither
die nor be born again! For this power of Kirpal is the great
sea of mercy and it is therefore manifested throughout the
whole creation.

Guru Granth Sahib

The power is always only One, but it works differently
according to the demands of the respective time. Within the
Competent Masters of the fifth realms this power is 50
percent revealed. Guru Gobind Singh mentioned that He had
access to the seventh realm of Agam-Lok. And now, during
this blessed time … the time of transition from the
iron to the golden age, it is 100 percent effective. It is
fully manifested. For you the golden age has come, for
whenever the Almighty Power manifests Itself it is the
golden age for the disciple, the time to go home. All the
other ages only served to prepare the soul so that it gets
into contact with the Almighty Power now. This opportunity
is now the best, for it is the shortest way back to God. You
do not need a Master, if the Almighty Power does Its
work.

So springtime is upon us now; there will be more fragrant
Saints, I would say now, who will come up and give us
through the grace of God, a contact with the
God-into-Expression Power. And this is the revolution, the
spiritual revolution, which is coming up—an awakening
all around.

Param Sant Kirpal Singh

Question: Who will be your successor?

Answer: God is searching the pole in which he reveals
himself, I want you all to become my ambassadors.

No one before me has ever asked you so intensively and
nobody after me will ever do it and have pity on you as I
have. Please, please do not forget me!

My work is to reveal to you the unity already existing
through all.

Awake, oh man, regain your Godhood, before it is too
late, On regaining your lost Godhood you will have right
understanding that you are all One.