Tuesday, 23 May 2017

47. Prophets and Incarnations - Source of All Spiritual Knowledge



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

BY
MAHARAJ SAHAB
Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.


47. PROPHETS AND INCARNATIONS - SOURCE OF ALL SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE

            76. Similarly, at proper times prophets and incarnations make their advent for the spiritual benefit of humanity suited to its conditions at the time. They, then, reveal the higher regions from which they have come and impress upon all the necessity for a training which would secure them access to those regions. During the ages of simplicity and faith, example and piety were sufficient to inspire confidence in the revelations; and esoteric teachings, which constituted the proper spiritual training, were accept and undergone without question or doubt, and the disciples derive benefit from them. The spiritual training, of whatever degree it may be, was, is, and will be associated in future also with impediments and difficulties as will be explained later on. With the aid of a spiritual guide, who was originally the incarnation or the prophet, and whose functions were subsequently exercised by an adept trained in the prophet's or incarnation's school, there was no difficulty in surmounting the obstacles referred to; but when such adepts were no more, the external ceremonials only were regularly observed, but no internal progress or very little progress was made. The training referred to here means the spiritual journey through the regions of dream, deep slumber, trance, and death to the higher planes above. In this journey the faculties of volition and thought undergo a collapse at each stage; and for awakening them at each higher plane, assistance of a helping hand is as much needed as it is for the rearing of an infant.


Monday, 22 May 2017

46. Gifted Spirits - The Source of All Knowledge and Blessings



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

BY
MAHARAJ SAHAB
Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.


46. GIFTED SPIRITS - THE SOURCE OF ALL KNOWLEDGE AND BLESSINGS

            75. All the comforts and luxuries of civilization; all appliances and aids which mitigate sufferings, provide protection from them, or advance and develop trade and commerce; all discoveries and inventions which allow us a glimpse, howsoever fractional it may be, into the working of nature; all imagery, thoughts, and products of man's intellect which provide such serene intellectual happiness; all laws and regulations whose main aim is to remove friction and to provide smooth and harmonious working - all these owe their origin to the advent on this earth of spirits possessed of the necessary gifts. It seems as if the rise or fall of nations and the advance or deterioration of civilization are the result of the advent of such spirits, or the absence of the same. In short, all knowledge, of whatever description it may be, was, or has been unfolded, or will be disclosed by spirits possessing the necessary mental calibre.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

45. An Incarnation - A Source of Immense Benefit



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

BY
MAHARAJ SAHAB
Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.


45. AN INCARNATION - A SOURCE OF IMMENSE BENEFIT

            74. We should now proceed to explain the necessity and object of incarnation. We have already said that in a creation evolved by an Omniscient Creator, nothing is haphazard or accidental, and that beneficent laws govern all the conditions of creation and those of the denizens thereof. The apparent hardships and miseries, though they are painful and, at times, heart-rending and most tyrannical in the aspects they present, must nevertheless result in, some eventual benefit, as they represent only some of the laws framed by the all-knowing and all-wise Supreme Creator. The conception of a perpetual doom of misery is an obvious contradiction, if it is assumed that the origin or source of creation is all-knowing and all-wise. Accordingly, if benefit is intended even in conditions which appear to be contrary to the all-blissful essence of the Supreme Being, what immense benefit must be in view when the advent of an incarnation is ordained!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

44. Incarnations Explained



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

BY
MAHARAJ SAHAB
Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.


44. INCARNATIONS EXPLAINED

            73. In this connection it may not be out of place to remove a misconception that prevails in respect of incarnations. The idea of the finiteness of humanity makes it appear as preposterous, at any rate paradoxical, that a deity with infinite or immense powers should shut himself up in the body of a man. Such an idea does not, however, appear to be correct for the reasons set forth below. We have already stated in a previous portion of this boo that to carry on the ordinary work of the human frame, while his spirit has passed the threshold of death and gained access to the regions of the Universal Mind or to the purely spiritual regions, as the case may be, and that his spiritual action is not hampered in any manner by the association of spiritual currents with the physical body. Now, if this proposition holds good in the case of adepts, it holds good, with greater force, in the case of incarnations. They deity remains where he is and carries on the work of the creation subordinate to him, as usual. Direct rays from him, however, assume the human form, when he incarnates himself, and the incarnation carries on, by the deity's direct impulse, the work appertaining to the object for which the incarnation was ordained. His functions might be likened to the tidal ebb and flow in that portion of the river which is subject to tides. The ebb and flow is no doubt limited to the river itself, but it is a part and parcel of the tidal impulse of the sea. The sea remains where it was before, and yet the ebb and flow of the tide is regulated by its upheaval.

Friday, 19 May 2017

43. Adepts and Incarnations Distinguished



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

BY
MAHARAJ SAHAB
Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.


43. ADEPTS AND INCARNATIONS DISTINGUISHED

            72. We have been describing the powers and functions of the adepts in the preceding paragraphs, and have in that connection alluded to the miracles and other extraordinary exhibitions of spiritual powers manifested by incarnations and prophets etc. It would appear from what we have said that there is hardly any difference between an adept and an incarnation etc. Such is, however, not quite the case, and although eventually an adept might possess almost the same powers as the incarnation or the prophet of the sphere which he has attained, yet, there is an initial difference between him and the latter. Broadly speaking, the distinction consists in the incarnation or the prophet being possessed of higher powers from the time of birth, while the adept acquires the same powers after spiritual training and access to higher regions.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

42. Accidental Coincidences




DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

BY
MAHARAJ SAHAB
Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.


42. ACCIDENTAL COINCIDENCES

            70. There is, however, another and a natural way by which their extraordinary powers were made known to true devotees and followers. The oft-occurring accidents, which do not admit of ordinary explanation, produce extraordinary eventualities and introduce such features as nobody can ordinarily foresee. Like other natural phenomena, accidents are regulated by laws, as we shall have occasion to show later on, and they are not haphazard incidents which may be inexplicable as is commonly believed. As the application of the laws pertaining to accidents is a matter of everyday occurrence largely affecting the condition of humanity, there can be no contravention of higher ordainments by the utilization of these laws; and adepts often resort to them for the benefit, mainly spiritual, of their disciples. Impediments and difficulties, which a disciple considers to be insurmountable or impracticable, often disappear during the course of his spiritual training, and are accompanied by accidental coincidences, which unmistakably reveal the hand of his spiritual master. When such experiences are often repeated, all doubts about the extraordinary powers of the adepts disappear, and a feeling of grateful faith is generated. Such favours, however, are shown only when the difficulties arise directly or indirectly in connection with the spiritual journey of the disciple. They are never extended to the fulfilment of worldly desires which are contrary to the dictates of true spiritual ambition. If any worldly difficulty is seriously rendering the devotion of a disciple impracticable, it will be removed or mitigated, but no assistance would be given in the attainment of the objects of purely worldly desires.

            71. The following saying of a Persian adept might be aptly quoted here :-

rkfyckus nqfu;k ed+gwjan] rkfyckus md+ck eT+knwjan] rkfyckus ekSyk el:janA

            This is rendered into English as under :-
                        Seekers of the world are doomed, seekers of the paradise are mercenary, and seekers of the Supreme Being are blessed.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

41. Reverses of Prophets and Adepts



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

BY
MAHARAJ SAHAB
Pandit Brahm Sankar Misra, M.A.


41. REVERSES OF PROPHETS AND ADEPTS

            69. Because of a law inherent in the working of the spirit-force, the miracles could not be extended to the ordinary plane of humanity, which is full of desires of worldly aggrandisement. This is the reason for the reverses allowed to take place, when the prophets or the incarnations etc. were pressed for an extension of their supernatural powers to the accomplishment of worldly objects. In the matter of conversion of people, too, only ordinary means, viz, reasoning, statement of the teachings and rectitude of conduct, were almost exclusively employed for the inculcation of religious truths, and, as already stated, miracles were very rarely resorted to for this purpose.