Thursday, 1 November 2012

Radha Soami Satsang Beas

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Radha means "Soul," Soami means "Lord," Satsang describes a group that seeks truth, and Beas refers to the town of Beās in Punjab State in North India.
Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) is a registered spiritual society. It is a non-profit and charitable society and is an independent body which does not bear allegiance to any other Radha Soami / Sant Mat groups or satsangs. It had its origins when the soldier-saint Bābā Jaimal Singh settled in 1891 near the town of Beās at an isolated rural site, which later came to be called Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, on the west bank of the Beās River in the Punjab region of British India. The Dera is now located within West Punjab State in the Republic of India.
Jaimal Singh was a disciple of Soāmi Shivdayal Singh, who taught Surat Shabd Yoga in Agra, United Provinces. Today the spiritual master of Radha Soami Satsang Beas is Bābā Gurinder Singh who was officially appointed by Charan Singh.
RSSB holds meetings (spiritual discourses) in more than 90 countries worldwide.



[edit] Teachings

The teachings are often referred to as Sant Mat, "Teaching of the Saints." The Radha Soami teaching lays down a method for self-realization leading to realization of God through the means of Surat Shabd Yoga. Surat refers to the individual "Soul," Shabd refers to the "Divine Spirit," and Yoga means "Union." Hence, Surat Shabd Yoga can be translated as "merger of the Soul with the Lord". The technique of the yoga/meditation is imparted under the instructions of a Master, or his personally selected representatives. It is through this union of the Soul with the Audible Life Stream that gives this meditation practice its name – Surat Shabd Yoga.
To assist in the practice of Surat Shabd Yoga, one must be a vegan or lacto vegetarian (no eggs, shellfish, fish, fowl, meat, and products of these), abstain from recreational drugs and alcohol, and lead a moral life (including among other things confining sexuality to a legal marriage). The vegetarian diet encourages respect and empathy for all life and acknowledges that there is a debt to be paid for taking any life. The required lifestyle aids concentration, calming and centering the mind.
Seekers are strongly advised by the master to first research other mystic teachings or yoga systems that may interest the seeker (not only Radha Soami Satsang Beas teachings). In this way, the seeker can be 100% intellectually satisfied first that Sant Mat is the right choice before one decides to adopt the Surat Shabd Yoga meditation.
People are able to practice the Surat Shabd Yoga meditation while still remaining a part of their own religious community. It is a solitary practice that is done in the quiet of one's own home for at least 2½ hours each day. Members commit themselves to a way of life that supports spiritual growth while carrying out their responsibilities to family, friends and society.
The Radha Soami Satsang Beas community and members are from diverse ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. The teachings are available to anyone interested and no fees are charged for imparting the philosophy or Surat Shabd Yoga system.

[edit] Charity Work

The Beas ashram, known simply as "the Dera," maintains a free kitchen, langar (as well as canteens and snack bars at a nominal price).
Three charitable hospitals were built and are run by RSSB. The Beas Hospital, Sikanderpur Hospital, and Bhota Hospital provide free medical care for the surrounding rural community and aid the needy. Services include free accommodation for relatives of patients. In the past, the Society also ran an annual eye surgery clinic at the Dera.
RSSB has also helped in relief efforts for victims of natural disasters.

[edit] Promoting Awareness

A library of world religions and mysticism has been constructed, housing a collection of nearly half a million books. The library is open to all seekers, researchers and scholars.
Radha Soami Satsang Beas encourages voluntary service to the community and environmental awareness, planting thousands of trees yearly, applying organic farming methods, and encouraging social awareness within the community.

[edit] Dera Baba Jaimal Singh

"The Dera," is a township with 6000 residents. Since the Dera is the home of the spiritual leader of the organization, large crowds visit on specially designated weekends to hear discourses. These crowds average more than 350,000 people daily. Visitors come from all over the world. The Radha Soami headquarters provides a sheltered venue for these gatherings. The Dera is among the most well-planned of communities in India, with no air pollution as no private vehicles are allowed inside. It is a self-sustaining community Radha Soami Satsang Beas Official Website.
At the Dera, the free kitchen operates all year, round-the-clock. A complex of over 48 acres (over 19 hectares), the langar is capable of feeding up to 300,000 people per meal, 50,000 in a single sitting. Its staff is composed mostly of volunteer workers (sewadars). In 2007 the langar cooked over 200,000 kilos of rice and used as many kilos of wheat to prepare chapati (unleavened bread).
Any person of any religion or caste can go to the Dera. The sewadars of the Dera respect all, by the Master's order. The colony is visited by people from around the world and from all walks of life. Free temporary accommodation for visitors is available. There are a number of guest hostels with individual rooms and attached baths, hostels with dormitory-style rooms, and other large buildings.
The Community
More than 3000 acres (over 1200 hectares) of land come under the Dera at Beas. The Dera seeks to be as self-sufficient and environment-friendly as possible. Every year thousands of trees are planted. Many lawns and parks beautify the colony and provide space for visitors and residents to rest and relax. More than 1000 acres (over 400 hectares) of land are cultivated for growing vegetables and fruits that are used by Dera residents and visitors. Organic farming methods are being adapted to local conditions. The Dera has its own water supply, water treatment plant, and solid waste treatment facility. It has its own electrical sub-station and large electrical back-up generator facility to supply emergency power to the whole community.

[edit] Branch Centres

Radha Soami Satsang Beas has a Science of the Soul Research Centre in New Delhi. Its objective is to promote the betterment of humanity. The Science of the Soul Research Centre is a nonprofit charitable society, and also acts as a mail-order bookseller for Radha Soami Satsang Beas.
There are also Science of the Soul Spiritual Centres worldwide. Meetings and gatherings take place in nearly 90 countries.

[edit] Radha Soami Satsang Beas Leaders

Radha Soami movement traces its origins to Param Sant Rai Saig Ram, chief disciple of Swami Ji (Shiv Dayal) (now in Uttar Pradesh State). There are a number of other contemporary movements that use the name "Radhasoami" but Radha Soami Satsang Beas is not associated with any of them. The Beas Satsang was founded by Shivdayal Singh's disciple Jaimal Singh. It is unknown if Swami Ji ever knew who Jaimal was. Jaimal was rejected by all Swami Ji's family and high disciples of the day and was being excommunicated 3 days before his death. Salig Ram threw Jaimal out of his satsang for pretending to be a guru. The Beas lineage is:

[edit] Adherents

[edit] Historical References

  • Charan Singh, Spiritual Heritage, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1983, 1998. ISBN 978-81-8466-107-1
  • Glimpses of the Great Master, Hong Kong: Cami Moss, 1986.
  • In the Footsteps of the Master, Hutchinson, Kansas: Radha Soami Society Beas-America, 1993.
  • Jaimal Singh, Spiritual Letters, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1998. ISBN 81-8256-129-9
  • Johnson, Julian, Call of the East, Beās: Sawan Service League, 1936. (out-of-print)
  • With a Great Master in India, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1934, 1982, 1988, 1994.
  • Juergensmeyer, Mark, 1991, Radhasoami Reality, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-01092-7
  • Kapur, Daryai Lal, Call of the Great Master, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1972, 1975, 1986, 2005. ISBN 978-81-8256-089-5
  • ___, Heaven on Earth, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1986, 1996. ISBN 978-81-8256-122-9
  • Kirpāl Singh, A Brief Life Sketch of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj, Delhi: Ruhani Satsang, 1949.
  • ___, A Great Saint: Baba Jaimal Singh: His Life and Teachings, Delhi: Ruhani Satsang; SK Publications, 1998; Franklin, New Hampshire: Sant Bani. ISBN 0-942735-27-7
  • Labour of Love, 1995, Beās: Maharaj Jagat Singh Medical Relief Society.
  • Love in Action, 1990, USA: Radha Soami Society Beas-America.
  • Munshi Rām, With the Three Masters, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1967.
  • Sāwan Singh, Dawn of Light, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1985, 1989. ISBN 81-8256-028-4
  • Sethi, Shanti, comp, Treasure Beyond Measure, Beās: Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1991. ISBN 81-8256-133-7


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