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Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts), Gnostic Gospels, mystics, world scriptures, God, meditation, mystical experiences, the vegan diet, and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.

Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts), Gnostic Gospels, mystics, world scriptures, God, meditation, mystical experiences, the vegan diet, and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.


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Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, The Path of the Masters (Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts), Gnostic Gospels, mystics, world scriptures, God, meditation, mystical experiences, the vegan diet, and other ahimsa ethics -- education for a more peaceful planet.




Living A Spiritual Way of Life

Today: finding a restful oasis of inspiration in the teachings of the masters (Satsang); developing a meditation practice that allows the soul to rise above body-consciousness and know itself; how a loving bhakti approach to spirituality leads to the most rapid progress; also, the virtues of a low-karma peaceful lifestyle; the job description of a true spiritual master; and finally, on how the spiritual path, rather than being the invention of some religion or sect, is naturally occurring...


Christian Vegetarian Series: Saint Ephrem the Syrian

Christian Vegetarian Series: The vegetarianism of Saint Ephrem the Syrian explored today on Spiritual Awakening Radio, also selections from Ephrem's spiritual teachings, as well as from other Syriac Saints and Mystics, and the Sants of the East on the experience of the Divine Inner Light. "If your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of Light". (from a Saying of Yeshua, Matthew 6:22)


If Your Eye Be Single -- The Light of One Soul is Equal to That of Sixteen Suns!

The Soul is described by the saints as a spirit-entity of brilliant Light that has incarnated Itself into several subtle bodies as well as the physical body. Thus, the Light of the Soul has become covered over with several layers of darkness. But as we follow the contemplative meditation practice of the masters, the Soul comes to know Itself again. It rises above body-consciousness and ascends still further, regaining It's former Luminescence. "If your eye be Single, your whole body shall be...


Getting Closer to God: The 3 Levels of Satsang (Spiritual Association)

A Sant Mat Satsang Podcast today exploring the three levels of satsang (spiritual association) that can help us go in a Godward direction during this life successfully following the Path of the Saints. We explore: The Four "SATS" or Key Essential Eternal Truths or Realities of Sant Mat; The Five Jewels of Spirituality; The Yoga of Love (Becoming a Lover of the Beloved); Having a Daily Satsang at Home; Listening to Satsangs with Rapt Attention; and Rising Above Body-Consciousness Regularly in...


The Spiritual Teachings and Mystic Poetry of Sant Tukaram of Maharashtra

The Spiritual Teachings and Mystic Poetry of Sant Tukaram of Maharashtra Today on Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean


The Human Body is the True Temple of the Spirit

Today: how the human body is the True Temple of the Spirit; that this life is a Golden Opportunity for the Liberation of the Soul; also, the Seven Stages of Mystic Ascension to Heaven; Ingredients of a Living Spiritual Path: Seven Gnostic-Sant Mat Parallels; the "Womb of Meditation" that gives birth to the realized soul according to the Gospel of Thomas & Syriac Mystics; Quotes from the Sikh Scriptures; and Satsang Spiritual Discourses by Baba Ram Singh on this rare Path of Simran and...


Spiritual Discourses by Sawan Singh, Baba Somanath, Kirpal Singh, and Baba Ram Singh

Inner Light and Sound Meditation practice makes it possible to transcend the realm of the five senses and begin to explore the inner regions or realms beyond, coming to know our self as a ray or spark of the Divine. Today, spiritual satsang discourses of Sant Ravidas, Hazur Baba Sawan Singh, Baba Somanath, Sant Kirpal Singh, and Baba Ram Singh Ji on following this Path of the Masters, also known as Sant Mat or Radhasoami (Radhaswami), and experiencing union with God, the Ocean of Love and...


The Most Radical Spiritual Idea Ever Conceived About the Soul

The pearl may be lost in the mud but it remains a pearl. On this Path of the Masters meditation practice is not about becoming a soul and attempting to "physically" "travel" across vast inner regions and realms. Rather, it is more accurate to understand this as a process of uncovering the soul or spirit that already is, knowing ourselves as soul, and the Heavenly Abode the soul already resides in, if we did but know it. Paradoxically, we're traveling to where we already are. What's actually...


The Origins of Ekankar and the HU Chant

An exploration of the origins of the Sikh term "Ekankar", a name for God mentioned in Julian Johnson's spiritual classic, "Path of the Masters", and in the Sikh Scriptures (Jap Ji, the Morning Prayer of Guru Nanak). Also presented today, the origins of the Divine Name "HU" in the mystic poetry of many Sufis, especially the poetry of Hazrat Sultan BaHU and Rumi. Also briefly, a few vegetarian quotes from Masters of the Inner Light and Sound, East and West, today on Spiritual Awakening Radio...


Stepping Out of Illusion into Spiritual Reality

Today, a Sant Mat Satsang Podcast titled, Stepping Out of Illusion into Spiritual Reality, on the goals of Santmat Spirituality & Meditation Practice, a production of Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean. "In every living being, from tiny plant up to man, the spiritual flame of life is struggling upward and onward toward its Source of Being, and this process and this struggle must go on until the last speck of dust returns to the central fires of Infinite Being." (Julian Johnson, Path...


The Gospel of Thomas Was Not Composed by Gnostics

Some background today on The Gospel According to Thomas, the original discovery made at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, and how this collection of the sayings of Jesus eventually became rebranded in the minds of some as a "Gnostic Gospel". There is discussion about the relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and adjacent texts (Q Source Gospel, four New Testament gospels, Gospel of the Hebrews, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, etc...), as well as about who quoted these "Thomasonian" sayings of Jesus in early...


The Soul's Return to God, the Ocean of Love

The sincere seeker naturally may wish to discover a spiritual practice, to learn the techniques that make it possible for them to see and hear spiritually, to explore the realms of God. Yet, many are thwarted at every step by religious voices advocating only rituals and dogma, perhaps even declaring, "There is nothing more that can be experienced during this life". For some, the mystic way is not a lost tradition. There is a living path where such techniques are experienced and shared freely...


An Introduction to Inner Light and Sound Meditation

The meditation practice of Sant Mat and Radhasoami is called Surat Shabd Yoga, meaning: "Union (Yoga) of the Soul (Surat) with the Inner Light and Sound of God (Shabd).” "That eternal Sound is in everyone, but dormant. One has to 'awaken' it with love, devotion, recitation of the Name and meditation. That Sound is unceasing and unfathomable, and is full of bliss... The Eternal Truth ('Sat' or Eternal Word) is hidden in every being. Without the Satguru it does not become known." (Prakashmani...


A Vegetarian Saying of Jesus in the Syriac-Aramaic Gospel of Luke, and Other Vegetarian Passages

Today I dedicate this podcast to a vegetarian saying of Jesus found in the Syriac-Aramaic Gospel of Luke. There once existed a Jesus Movement where vegetarianism was the norm, and so the passage found in this old Luke manuscript is very much in harmony with a whole collection of such sayings attributed to Jesus, the Apostles, the brother of Jesus: James the Just, the Ebionites, and some early church fathers. Today, an introduction to "Christianity Before Paul", the vegetarian disciples,...


Rising Above, Hearing the Sound Current, and Entering the Kingdom of Heaven

Today, an introduction to the spiritual practices of inner seeing and inner hearing, the way of Initiation into the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. Today's presentation waxes poetic and draws upon the universal mystic tradition of the ages, East and West, and especially upon the wisdom of this living Path of the Masters in the world of today known as Sant Mat, a term meaning "The Way of the Saints", those master-souls acquainted with the worlds of within, dimensions and domains beyond,...


Gospel of Thomas Spiritual Studies

New reflections on the Gospel of Thomas, a collection of the sayings of Jesus, a wisdom gospel of Yeshua, where its source material comes from, especially the use of the Gospel of the Hebrews in Thomas. There's an exploration of the possibility that both the author of Thomas and Paul in First Corinthians 2:9 quoted from the Gospel of the Hebrews. This podcast features commentaries on sayings one through five from the Greek Gospel of Thomas, especially concentrating on saying two along with...


Adopting A Spiritual Way of Life This Time Through, During This Incarnation

"The highest form of religious practice is the creation of spiritual love within the heart. When the living flames of love have been removed from religious movements and sects, these become empty shells and miserable shams. Lasting love can only be attained at the lotus feet of a mystic adept, a living Godman. The teachings of such a saint will not ensnare the aspirant in a web of rites and ceremonies. He teaches only the practical evocation of the power of love that dwells within the soul."...


Ancient Near Death Experiences in Gnostic Mandaean Scriptures

The role of the Gnostic Heavenly Messenger is to give the mystic experience of Light to souls and eventually guide them back up to the Place of Light, the Mandaean term for the highest heaven where the Great Life (God) resides. The mystical encounters recorded in the scriptures of the Mandaeans may seem at times like ancient near-death experiences (NDE's), the visions of souls who were embraced the Light long ago.


Masters That Have Fed My Soul Spiritually

Like Galileo discovering new worlds through the lens of his telescope, mystics have been trying to tell humanity for eons of something quite similar. The reason why the contemplative state of being is still hidden from most of us is that, unlike Galileo’s telescope, in order to look through this particular lens, the third eye or inner vision, we mustn’t focus on the outward sensory impressions, but go in the opposite direction: into Inner Space. Look through the lens of the third eye to...


Meditation And Soul Travel is Death Before Dying -- Spiritual Awakening Radio

"Die while living”, "I die daily", or "death before dying" are popular sayings used by Saints and Sufi poet-mystics espousing the view that rising above body-consciousness or soul travel via the Third Eye Center during meditation practice is a preparation or rehearsal for the afterlife. Hazrat Sultan BaHU: "Let us die before dying, O BaHU, only then is the Lord attained... Love has inspired me to explore the heavens. From earth it has raised me to the worlds of Spirit." Spiritual Awakening...