The Way of Sages
The Teaching and Meditation
To learn any significant skill, trade, or profession one undertakes training from a qualified training source. In the same way the Way of sages, which to be sure is a most subtle and detailed practice, requires precise training from an accomplished spiritual teacher who has himself/herself experienced the highest state of Peace (shanti).
As Tulsi Sahib says:
“Without the blessings (help) of a true master, the path of God realization and the experience of going beyond the realms are out of reach.”
The great sages of past and present require of the seeker a life of moral rectitude which includes the practice of the following: truthfulness, non- stealing, faithfulness to one’s spouse, and non-violence (except in self-defense). Abstinence from alcohol and intoxicating drugs is required as well as vegetarianism.
The practice involves a specific meditation taught by a qualified teacher. Dhyana (the meditation) has four levels of practice each building on the preceding practice:
The first stage is manas japa (repetition of sacred name meditation). This is a simple technique and has been widely taught and practiced in the East as well as the West. It has the effect of calming the “resteless mind” and preparing for the following stages of meditation.
The second stage is the manas dhyana—practice of focusing on a specific image.
The third stage is known as drishti yoga—uninterrupted concentration of an infinitesimal point.
The fourth stage surat shabad yoga (the meditation of divine sound) is focus on celestial inarticulate sounds within, which ultimately leads to the final goal.
Each stage of meditation has specific hallmarks to indicate progress. Although the above techniques may sound complex, this path is extremely simple to practice as is evidenced by the great numbers of people who have been practicing this meditation since ancient times.
Santmat recognizes all the great teachers, sages, and saints of the different traditions who are accomplished in the spiritual goal of human life. The teachings of these teachers remain as the beacon of light for their followers. Santmat reveres the saints and prophets of all traditions: Buddha, Mahavir, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Guru Nanak, Kabir, Meister Eckhart, Ramkrishna Parmhansa, Bahaullah and Mira Bai, etc. Furthermore, Santmat believes in the uninterrupted continuation of the emergence of sages on this earth.
Owing to the many variations of personal experiences the path requires a teacher. The spiritual guide has tread the entire path and can assist the student as obstacles arise. There are many accomplished spiritual teachers, however in this particular teaching we are instructed by Santsevi Ji Maharaj of Bhagalpur, India. Santsevi Ji is the most recent teacher in a tradition of masters who date back over 200 years.