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Date Posted: 14:12
Author: Mike - 31 May 2001
Subject: Swami Shiv Dayal Singh on the Akash Bani

Soami Ji Maharaj

His full name was Swami Shiv Dayal Singh. He was born in 1818, and
his ministry lasted from the mid 1843 to 1878. He received initiation
from Tulsi Sahib of Hathras (1763-1843). Soami Ji's ashram was at
Agra, India. He gave initiation and satsang, and helped to spread the
teachings of Sant Mat. His works include Sar Bachan (prose), Sar
Bachan (poetry), some letters, and a commentary on Guru Nanak's
Morning Prayer (Jap Ji).



Swami Ji's commentary on the Jap Ji (the Morning Prayer of Guru Nanak)

"Elucidation of the Jap Ji," by Swami Ji Maharaj, Soami Bagh Books,


Whatever that Supreme Being has created is nothing but Nam or Shabd,
and no place is devoid of Nam.

By listening alone you become perfect, a Pir and godly....By
listening is meant listening to the Anhad Shabd or Heavenly Sound
which is automatically reverberating all the time within the brain of
a human being and to which the earth, the firmament and the sky owe
their existence. It is called Shabd and Guru Nanak has praised it.
The following sayings relate to it.

Shabd is the earth, Shabd the sky.
Light came from Shabd. The entire
creation was evolved by Shabd. Nanak
says Shabd is present in every being.

The spirit (Surat) is wandering in the
nine doors of the body. On
entering the tenth, it will find its
True Abode. There, Anhad Shabd
resounds day and light. It can
be heard by following Guru's instructions.
Without Shabd, there is darkness within. Neither you
attain the object or does the cycle
of births and deaths terminate. (Guru Nanak)

Listen to what the Lord says. Shut
your eyes and look at the tenth door.
You will hear Anhad Shabd, and from a
subject you will become a sovereign [king].
All the musical sounds are playing within
the body. What a Melody is being produced.
Blessed is the one who hears it. (Vajjhan Saheb)

Close your eyes, ears and mouth and
you will perceive the resplendence of the
Lord. (Guru Nanak)

When Surat [Soul] heard the unalloyed
Shabd, the eyes were withdrawn and the body
became benumbed. Every pore of my being
is now in a state of rapturous
bliss. I am immersed in Shabd and am
inebriated in bliss. It is with great
fortune that I have attained such a
conscious absorption. I have ascended
over Shikar (Sunn).

By hearing Shabd you become the treasure house of all virtues and
talents. And by the same Shabd, you attain the status of a Saint,
Guru and a perfect Faqir. By listening to Shabd, the blind find the
Path. It is by the practice of Shabd, that you can cross the ocean
of existence.

By the practice of listening to that Shabd, your mind, Surat and
intellect will be elevated, and you will come to know of the
invisible, and gain knowledge of all the regions.

thanks to James Bean.

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