Spiritual Awakening Radio
Spiritual Awakening Radio
James Bean
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.
The Hidden Sayings of John the Baptist
The Lord's Prayer of the New Testament is modeled after the Prayer of John the Baptist. “Master, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Gospel of Luke) In light of this, today we begin by examining the Lord's Prayer from various translations including some that are rather mindful of the Aramaic roots of the Jesus Movement. We also consult with the Gospel of the Nazoreans. Shared as well during this program is: 1) a Prayer of John found in a Syriac Aramaic manuscript; 2) a vegetarian saying attributed to the Prophet John present in the Slavonic Book of Josephus; 3) another vegetarian saying of John located in the Scroll of John the Baptizer (Drasa d-Yahya); 4) along with several passages from the famous Mandaean Gnostic scholar Ethel Stefana Drower commenting on the vegetarianism of the original John the Baptist sect of the Trans-Jordan known as the Nasoraeans (Nazoreans). And then 5) the main feature of today's Spiritual Awakening Radio podcast: readings from the Hidden Words of John, a collection of wisdom sayings found in the Great Treasure, some ancient manuscripts written in the Mandaic dialect of the Aramaic language. This 'proverbs' or 'sayings' type format of "The Instructions of John the Baptist" reminds me very much of another book from antiquity, and it also happens to be attributed to John's most famous disciple Yeshua: The Gospel of Thomas, "hidden words that the living Jesus spoke." Readers of the New Testament and extra-canonical scriptures of the various early Jewish, Christian and Gnostic sects typically aren't used to seeing many actual direct quotes from John, and yet there are many sayings to be found if one knows where to look. Today's podcast is dedicated to the teachings of the Prophet John (Yuhana) the Baptist, a mysterious "voice crying out in the wilderness."   All for the Love of Wisdom, Radio, and Podcasts, James Bean Spiritual Awakening Radio https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com    
May 18
27 min
Evidence That John the Baptist Was A Vegetarian
Due to a mistranslation of a particular Greek work in certain gospel manuscripts John the Baptist has gained the most unfortunate cave-man reputation of being a bug eater, an eater of locusts. It's supposed to be locust beans ("egkrides"), used to make a kind of Middle Eastern flat bread or cake from carob flour, not bugs ("akrides")! If we examine early Christian writings and learn of the Nasoraean movement the Prophet John was associated with, a wilderness sect operating near the Jordan River apparently related to the Essene branch of Judaism, we will discover references to the vegetarianism of John the Baptist and his disciples (Sabians, a "People of the Book"). Contemporary scholars have also recognized this and written about it. Today on this Spiritual Awakening Radio podcast we'll sort through the evidence, including a surprising number of fascinating passages from ancient sources, as well as learn about "Saint John's Bread" and the "Saint John's Tree" of the Middle East.    All for the Love of Wisdom, Radio, and Podcasts, James Bean Spiritual Awakening Radio https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com
May 17
47 min
Sant Mat, Hinduism, and Maharshi Mehi
Maharshi Mehi Paramhans and other Sants (Saints and Mystics) of India have done, in the cultural context of Hinduism, what Sufis, Gnostics, and Christian Mystics have often done in relation to their respective traditions: focusing on the esoteric passages and teachings contained in their scriptures. They find mystic jewels or gold embedded in the "mud" of tradition, including references to the all-loving God beyond space, form and ritual. While not paying much homage to institutions or outer temples made of wood and stone, they make the heart of their message a contemplative meditation practice that promotes the exploration of the Light and Sound of Inner Space in the "temple" of the human body.   Jai Guru,  James Bean Spiritual Awakening Radio and Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com/sant-mat
May 11
47 min
Who Was Kabir? Kabir's Treasure of Spiritual Wisdom
Guru Kabir is considered to be one of the primary founding masters of Sant Mat spirituality, the Sant tradition. Kabir is also the "Rumi" of India, a wonderful bhakti poet-mystic and lover of the Beloved Lord of the Soul, the Ocean of Love.   Sant Kabir lived during the fifteenth century, raised near Banaras by Muslim parents. He was a weaver, a simple and unlettered man, who earned his living at the loom. It is out of the heart of the common life that he sings his rapturous lyrics of Divine love.   “Kabir” is an Islamic name popular in the Muslim world — it’s one of the “Ninety-Nine Names of Allah” found in the Koran, meaning, “The Greatest”.    Today, Kabir has over twenty-five million devotees in various Kabir Panth and Sant lineages, and is loved by Sikhs, Hindus, Jains, Christians, and Muslims alike. Kabir’s hymns are still sung in the satsangs of various paths all over India and around the world.   Everyone’s Universal Saint, Kabir was:    - a Master or Sant Sat Guru of Surat Shabd Yoga, a founding Guru of Sant Mat and Kabir Panths;   - a musician and poet of Nirguna Bhakti (love and devotion for the One Beloved Formless God);   - a great teacher of Eastern Gnosis (Gnosticism or mysticism);   - peace maker between Hindus and Muslims;   - a social reformer in India who denounced the caste system;   - thought of by many in Islam to be a Sufi Master or Murshid;   - believed by Hindus to be one of the greatest poet-mystics and Vaishnava devotees in the history of India;   - considered a Bhagat by the Sikhs — many of his hymns are included in the Adi Granth (Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures);   - influenced by Goraknath and the Nath Yogis, and the Nath Yogis of northern India were, in turn, influenced by Tantric Buddhism;   - Kabir’s spirituality is a blend of Prem and Bhakti: love and devotion for the Beloved Lord, the One God (Ek Ongkaar), and mystical, soul travel experiences of a visionary and auditory nature (Inner Light and Sound Meditation, Surat Shabd Yoga).   All for the love of wisdom, radio, and podcasts, James Bean Spiritual Awakening Radio https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com      
May 10
46 min
Living A Life Powered By Spirituality
Today: A Sant Mat Satsang Podcast featuring readings from Kabir, The Gospel of Thomas, Odes of Solomon, the Mandaean Gnostic scriptures, mystic poetry of Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India, also Sufi mystics such as Shah Niaz, Hazrat Khan, Hazrat Sultan BaHU, and Rumi; satsang discourses as well from Swami Vyasanand and Baba Ram Singh on how to "live from the Living One" via a contemplative meditation practice known as Surat Shabd Yoga, Inner Light and Sound Meditation. By way of the Wisdom Eye, the Third Eye, one may access Inner Space, the Divine Realms within you and find the Beloved Supreme Being, the Living One, here and now during this present life. Seek To See God Now, Liberation During This Life -- Mystic-Poem of Sant Tulsi Sahib: "In this life, the concept of salvation all describe; To meet the Lord by dying while living, none discloses. They all speak of the goal of salvation after death; How to attain it while living, no one says. Were they to reveal the method of achieving release while living, Then alone would Tulsi be convinced of their words! Who speaks, after seeing with their own eyes, and teach the method of salvation during life, They are of the stage and stature of Saints, for they reveal the quintessence of the soul." Jesus said, "Look for the Living One while you're still alive. If you die and then try to look for Him, you won't be able to." (Gospel of Thomas, Saying 59) God is the Ocean of Love. Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be to You, James Bean Spiritual Awakening Radio Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com Living A Life Powered By Spirituality Live From the Living One There is a Divine Voice Calling Out, Summoning Souls to Awakening  
May 4
27 min
Guru Nanak and the Sikh Scriptures
As we get initiated into Shabd Naam by a Living Satguru, the purpose of our life is fulfilled. Reuniting with God is our reason to be here: "It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth". (Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth -- Adi Granth)   During this human existence we have an opportunity to experience God. As we experience communing with God's love during meditation -- Surat Shabd Yoga -- we can rise above body-consciousness and explore Inner Space, the Kingdom of the Heavens that are within us. The drop of soul merges back into the Ocean of Love. Swami Santsevi Ji Maharaj: "We travel back from the realm of Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to Divine Sound, and from the realm of Sound to the Soundless State."   The Mind is Filled with the Divine Music of the Spheres   "The Lord placed the soul in the body's cave, And the breath held the Music of Life. He made each body with nine gates, (1) With the Tenth Gate (2); remaining well hid. And the Tenth Door was opened to him Who truly loved the Guru's wisdom. And there lives the Lord in His myriad forms, as well as the nine treasures of the Name. His limit cannot be found.   "Says Nanak, the Lord placed the soul in the body's cave and the breath held the Music of Life.   "Listen to this Song of Bliss, you blessed ones, And all your heart's longings shall be fulfilled. You will reach the Transcendent Lord, and your sorrows will depart. All afflictions and sorrows are destroyed at the Sound of the True Word, And my friends, the saints were in ecstasy when the perfect Guru revealed it. Those who speak and those who listen are pure, And they see the All-pervading Lord everywhere. Nanak prays: Attaching to the feet of the Guru, The mind is filled with the Divine Music of the Spheres."   -- Guru Amar Das, from Anand Sahib _____ Notes:   (1) "nine gates": The nine visible orifices of the body.   (2) "The Tenth Gate": The Tenth, or Hidden, Gate of the body: The Third Eye, in essence, is the Portal to inner realms. The Upanishads describe a human being as a city with ten gates. Nine gates (eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth, urethra, anus) lead to the outside world. The Tenth Gate, the Third Eye, opens onto inner worlds: the whole spectrum of levels of consciousness.   God is the Ocean of Love.   Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Radhasoami, Satya Raam, In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be to You, James Bean Spiritual Awakening Radio Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com    
May 3
48 min
The Peace Prayer
O Gurudev, give me peace, Give worthy feelings, worthy intelligence. Give mutual cooperation. Give purity to my heart. Let there be pure feelings in my mind. Let there be pure conduct by my body. May my speech be free of falsity and slander. May the sentiment of devotion increase. May my thoughts not be agitated by the ripening of innate karma. May my body and mind be healthy, May my worship be free of obstacles. May I remain in the presence of Saints and be filled with the sentiment of devotion. May I swim across the ocean of samsara, the ocean filled with passion, hate, change and fear. Let there be neglect for wicked persons and compassion for the destitute, Happiness among those of good conduct and friendship with good people. May buffoonery cease and may we delight in the words that lead across samsara [this world of changes]. May we be happy in the study of wisdom; May we keep our minds under control. May we have hope of refuge with the Satguru, May we have no fear of lust and other vices. May we ever yearn for self-awakening and have faith the the words of revelation. May the darkness of ignorance be destroyed; May the lamp of knowledge be lit. May the law of death be forgotten, and immortality be expanded. May there be no harm done to living beings through my words or my actions. May I never feel the least attachment to the objects of my senses. May there always be happiness and the absence of desire. May there be an end to the power of samsara, and a beginning to the knowledge of God.   -- This is such a beautiful, eloquent prayer. It’s something that one could ponder and recite each and every day for life. It’s called the “Prar-thana-pan-chak se” by Rames-var-ananda Saheb, a guru or sadhu in a lineage associated with Guru Kabir and Sant Dharam Das.
Apr 27
5 min
A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity
This is Intended to Be the Most Comprehensive Collection Ever of Vegetarian References Providing Evidence For the Vegetarianism of Yeshua (Jesus), the Apostles, the Jesus Movement (Hebrew Christians, Ebionites,) and Other Expressions of Early Christianity. The Major Segments Covered Include the Following: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians: Dueling Gospel Traditions — Pro-Meat and Pro-Veg; What About Those Pesky ‘Fishes and Loaves’? Textual Variations in Greek Manuscripts; Was John the Baptist Really A Bug-Eater? Christianity Before Paul (The Original Hebrew Christians or Ebionites) and the Essene Connection -- The Essene Branch of Judaism Not Just Kosher But Vegetarian; Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Biblical Basis For Vegetarianism: A Vegetarian Ideal Described In Genesis and Isaiah; Signing Up Paul to the Vegetarian Cause After All; Uncovering a Vegetarian Jesus (Yeshua) at the Beginning of Christianity: Vegetarian Sayings of Jesus; Jesus Stopping Animal Sacrifice in the Temple; The Vegetarian Apostles (Leadership of the Original Jesus Movement) -- Vegetarian Quotes About the Apostles; Church Fathers And Other Later Voices Affirming the Existence of the Earlier Veg Tradition; Inter-Faith Love! An Ebionite Christian author had very nice things to say about those in India who worship One God, follow peaceful customs and laws, and are vegetarian or vegan. The Gnostics Were Vegetarians; The Vegetarian Prayer of Thanksgiving in the Nag Hammadi Library (Gnostic Gospels) and Corpus Hermeticum; An Academic Scholarly Approach: Credible Ancient Texts Only Please; Texts I DO NOT CITE: What About Those Modern-Day Essene Gospels of Peace? What About Those Groups That Call Themselves Essenes: "Neo-Essene" VS. the More Accurate Term: "Ebionite"; Did Jesus Travel to India? Gospel of Isa, another text I AVOID. Real Wisdom from the East: The Spiritual and Ethical Reasons Why Saints Advocate Following a Non-violent Vegetarian or Vegan Diet; Peace Be to You, James Spiritual Awakening Radio https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com  
Apr 26
1 hr 40 min
Rescued By The Light: The Gnostic Soul's Journey Back to God In The Eighth Heaven -- Mandaean Scriptures
Today our exploration of the Mandaean Gnostic Scriptures consists of three readings from the Great Treasure, also known as the Ginza Rabba, the primary holy book of Eastern Gnosticism. We begin with the story of a soul that finds itself dwelling in a rather anxiety-inducing dark realm and seeks to be liberated from this place before it gets absorbed into that darkness and the soul loses it's Luminescence or Radiance like the other souls that reside here. Then a Light appears in the darkness and communicates a peaceful Divine Message from Above to the soul about it's life-to-come in the world and it's eventual ascension back to it's True Home, the Place of the Light and Life. Our soul is instructed to: "Endure in the world and dwell therein until We are longing for you. When We are longing for you We will reach out and come here to you. We will reach out and come here to you, and We will bring you out and raise you to your Treasure-House (Heavenly Realm)." In the next reading, "The Soul Within Me Yearns For Hayyi (Great Life, Great Spirit, Supreme Being)", we marvel at an all-too-familiar Gnostic cosmology of Heavenly Regions. There is the Earth-realm or material plane followed by Seven Inner Levels or Heavens, and the Plane of Truth that is beyond. The true yearning soul must not be fooled into assuming any of those illusory middle regions to be the Highest of Heavens and True Destination, and thus deceived, detained and prevented from ascending all the way up to The Eighth, the Goal, Ultimate Reality, the Real Home of The Great Life, Hayyi Rabbi, a Mandaic Aramaic sacred name for the True God. The Path of the Masters (Living Gnosis Now, Sant Mat) also has a cosmology of eight Inner Regions with The Eighth, Anami Radhasoami ("Ra-dha-swam-i"), representing the Ultimate Reality where the Beloved Lord of Love resides. This Gnostic Satsang or spiritual gathering online (Spiritual Awakening Radio podcast) concludes with some thoughts about "Sant Mat and Cousin Schools of Mysticism of the Ages": Neoplatonism, Pythagoreanism, Jewish Mysticism or Kabbalah, Hermetic Philosophy, Christian Mysticism, Gnosticism, Sufism, and how Sufism, perhaps with some influence of Manichaeanism, likely served as the major West-East conduit for this otherworldly approach to spirituality to reach India. "From the day when I came to love the Life [God], from the day when my heart came to love the Truth, I no longer have trust in anything in the world… After my soul alone I go searching about, which to me is worth generations and worlds. I went and found my soul  --  What are to me all the worlds? I went and found Truth, as she stands at the outer rim of the worlds." (Ginza Rabba, Mandaean Gnostic Scriptures) All for the Love of Wisdom and Radio, In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be To You, James Bean Spiritual Awakening Radio https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com/sant-mat
Apr 21
24 min
The Spirituality and Wisdom of the Lost Books of the Bible (Gnostic Gospels)
Background on the Origins and Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library and Other Gnostic Gospels of Egypt; Wisdom from Wisdom Gospels; also, the Seven Ingredients of a Living Spiritual Path   The History of the Destruction of Wisdom    Muhammad ‘Ali al-Samman’s mother would often grab a few pages of Coptic texts to use them for kindling in the morning to light the family woodstove and make tea, perhaps do some cooking also. No doubt it was very nice tea, brewed thanks to the sacrifice of a few pages of unknown and lost Nag Hammadi pages, perhaps from the Gospel of Mary or lost book of Third Allogenes! The misplacing, forgetting, and random destruction of wisdom is all very much part of the story of Gnosticism on planet earth. But perhaps we can remain hopeful like the author of the Gospel of Thomas: "Know what is before your face, and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor anything buried which will not be raised." (Saying Five of Greek Thomas)   Meditation   Would you look at that! This passage from the Acts of Peter provides a great description of meditation practice: "Give ear; withdraw your souls from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes if yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the reality of Christ and the whole secret of your salvation."   "Look at God within yourself, how 'God is Light.' For his Nature is a glorious, many-splendored Light. He manifests the Light of his Nature to those who love Him in all the worlds…" (John of Dalyatha, Syriac Mystic)   God is the Ocean of Love.   In Divine Light and Sound, Peace Be to You, James Bean https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com  
Apr 19
46 min
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