Sunday, 25 June 2017

80. The Ineffable Refulgence of the Infinite Pole



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

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


80. THE INEFFABLE REFULGENCE OF THE INFINITE POLE

            120. The Supreme Being, besides being all-powerful, all-wise, all-blissful, is also all-luminous. All forces of nature, when they are reduced to the subtlety of electricity, can manifest themselves in a highly refulgent condition, where the resistance of the enveloping medium is overcome. What must then be the refulgence of the spirit-force, which is by far subtler than electricity, and which imparts its energy to the electric force itself! Our ordinary faculties of experience and imagination are so insignificant that it is impossible to form a conception of the immensity of the refulgence and grandeur which adorn the beatitude of the August Supreme Being. If our vision were so empowered that light and joy could be perceived and enjoyed by us in the case in which the refulgence of billions and billions of solar orbs were concentrated at some point at the same moment, the light and ecstasy produced by such a condition would still represent the refulgence and the glory of the Supreme Being on the same tiny scale as the waves and the grandeur of the ocean are represented by a drop of its water.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

79. The Two Poles



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

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


79. THE TWO POLES

            117. The region from which the spiritual force had been withdrawn, to some extent, was, in the technical language of the religion of Saints, the Feet of the Supreme Being and the other portion which was replete with spiritual energy was His Head. In scientific language, the two poles may be spoken of as the positive and negative poles of the spirit-force.

            118. It is desirable to observe here that there was not a complete absence of spirituality from the negative pole. There was considerable residual spiritual energy in that pole, but there was, of course, a diminution in intensity. The impress of this eternal condition is to be found in the fact that the coarsest and densest matter is not completely devoid of energy.

            119. The idea of the existence of eternal polarization of the kind we have been speaking of, may naturally appear to introduce an element of finitude in the infinite, as our ideas of polarization are always associated with finiteness of both poles. In comprehending the condition of the infinite, such associations should not, however, be pressed forward in all their details, and the difference in degree of the intensity of the spiritual force the two poles alone should be kept in view. If we liken the negative and the positive poles respectively to a cloud floating in the sky and the sky itself, this would be the nearest approach, in visual presentation, to the polarization we have been speaking of. It is hardly necessary to say that this illustration at once dispels the idea of finitude which may have arisen in consequence of association of ideas, inasmuch as the cloud does not in any sense impose a limitation on the surrounding sky.

Friday, 23 June 2017

78. Eternal Polarization in the Supreme Being



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

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


78. ETERNAL POLARIZATION IN THE SUPREME BEING

            116. We have already stated in Articles 11 and 13 that the spirit-force is the one which possesses prime energy, and that all the other forces of nature have been evolved by the association of this energy with media of different kinds. We have also said that the source of this prime spiritual energy, which is all-powerful, all-wise, and all-blissful, is the true Supreme Being Himself. The inference, from what we have stated above, would accordingly be that there was an eternal polarization in the Supreme Being Himself.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

77. Polarization of the Prime Energy



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

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


77. POLARIZATION OF THE PRIME ENERGY

            115. It appears to be desirable to indicate more clearly what we mean by the use of the expression 'latent energy' mentioned above. When energy is withdrawn from a plane, which is not its original plane of existence, to the original plane itself, but is capable of manifesting itself at the other plane, it is said to be 'latent' at that other plane. This withdrawal of energy gave rise to a field of inanition of the kind referred to and constituted the lower pole of the eternal polarization of the prime energy. If such an eternal polarization did not exist, no subsequent polarization would have been possible, and polarization of the kind met with everywhere in all forces of nature would have been non-existent.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

76. Condition preceding Creation



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

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


PART III

EVOLUTION OF CREATION,
i.e. TRUE ORDER, ECONOMY AND OBJECT OF CREATION


76. CONDITION PRECEDING CREATION

            114. In describing the order of creation, it is essential that the condition preceding rachana, i.e. the evolution of creation, should first be clearly comprehended. We accordingly proceed to present an outline of that condition. As all theories and deductions based upon our experience are alone entitled to scientific recognition, we must seek in the nature within our ken for the necessary materials to delineate the condition referred to. We find that if we commence a process of destruction of everything in the creation, the result will be a transformation into subtler conditions which eventually would lead to a state instinct with energy, but capable of differentiation into the various degrees already existent in creation. This state, in the absence of a better expression, may be called the lower stratum of energy. If such had not been the case, the creation as it is, would not have been possible. It need hardly be remarked that the premise we have formulated is based upon an unquestioned fact, viz., that the existing creation is capable of inversion in the manner mentioned above. The distinctive feature of matter, as compared with force, is the restrictive influence exercised by matter over the latter. The force imbibed by the individual constituents of matter, which may be atoms, ions, or something still subtler, always remains under restraint; and if we push our research to the extreme, we naturally fall back upon a condition which is one of a field made up of innumerable points, at which innumerable currents of force are acting in a self-convergent manner, and producing, so to say, a vacuum of energy. This is the reason why the characteristic (i.e. of exercising restrictive influence on energy) of the points referred to was distinguishable from that of energy itself, that is to say, the energy was latent in the points themselves, although they were the means by which energy had acted in a convergent manner within itself.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

75. Effect of Temporal Conditions, Inclinations and Desires on Practice



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

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


75. EFFECT OF TEMPORAL CONDITIONS, INCLINATIONS, AND DESIRES ON PRACTICE

            113. The practice of the spiritual methods explained by us is largely influenced by the temporal conditions which are peculiar to a devotee's private and public life, by his habits and food, by his behaviour towards others, by the intensity of his desire for name and fame, by the strength of his attachment for his effects and relatives, and generally by the ties of this world of whatever description they may be. The rules of conduct prescribed in respect of all these classes of influences will be described later on in the concluding portion of the Part of this book assigned to Karmas, i.e. actions performed by spirit-entities. Meanwhile, we proceed to describe and explain the order, economy and object of the creation, as the actions of the denizens of creation are largely affected by creational laws, and their comprehension will not be complete without previous acquaintance with the laws of creation.

Monday, 19 June 2017

74. Exact Methods of Devotional Practices Confidential



DISCOURSES ON
RADHASOAMI FAITH

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


74. EXACT METHODS OF DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES CONFIDENTIAL

            112. Our explanations of the three methods of devotion referred to indicate the principles of the practice and the results achieved by its performance. The exact methods for the performance of those practices constitute the confidential portion of the religion revealed by the gracious Radhasoami. They are explained at the time of initiation which, however, consists of the explanation of the methods alone and is not accompanied by any rituals or any other secondary adjuncts. The person initiated is, however, given clearly to understand that he, as a gentleman, is under a solemn obligation not to reveal the methods of the practices referred to. No oaths are, however, taken, as a person who cannot stick to a solemn promise made by him is wanting in honour, and oaths are equally ineffectual in his case.