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SURAT SHABD YOGA


A Journey With The Saints of India

THE ENCHANTED LAND: A JOURNEY WITH THE SAINTS OF INDIA (Contains individual chapters on Ramana Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Faqir Chand, Sushil Kumar, the Saint of Tarn Taran, Charan Singh, and an in-depth survey of the Inner Regions described in Sant Mat literature. Now online via dave rife.)

Front cover to the book, The Enchanted Land

Back cover to the book, The Enchanted Land

HINDUISM TODAY: a spiritual periodical devoted to spiritual paths in India

Sikhism Home Page: valuable answers to hundreds of questions on Sikh history, gurus, politics, literature


The Radhasoami Tradition

THE RADHASOAMI TRADITION: A Critical History of Guru Successorship (This book was originally published by Garland Publishing, Inc., in New York in 1992. It centers on the various branches in the Radhasoami movement which have developed since the death of its founder, Shiv Dayal Singh, in 1878.)

A Note on Methodology

Preface: "Sociological Conversion"

Introduction: "The Birth of a Guru"

Chapter One: "The Radhasoami Tradition"

Chapter Two: "The Ideology of Enlightenment: Radhasoami Theology and Its Social Context"

Chapter Three: "The Transmission of Spiritual Authority: from Jaimal Singh to Gurinder Singh"

Chapter Four: "The Politics of Guru Successorship: The Death of Kirpal Singh"

Chapter Five: "Minority Succession: The Logic of Marginality"

Conclusion: "The Roots of Hagiography"


Who's Who In Sant Mat

Who's Who In The Guru World: The Shabd Yoga, Sant Mat, Radhasoami Guru Directory: Agra Lineages

Who's Who In The Guru World: The Shabd Yoga, Sant Mat, Radhasoami Guru Directory: Beas Lineages

Composite photograph of all the gurus in the Dayal Bagh lineage of Radhasoami

Rare photograph of Agam Prasad Mathur, present guru at Peepal Mandi, Agra (and the great grandson of Rai Salig Ram), holding a copy of one of the earliest editions of Shiv Dayal Singh's Sar Bachan

Photograph taken by Mark Juergensmeyer of the soap products produced at Dayal Bagh in Agra, India

Mark Juergensmeyer's photograph (which eventually became the cover to his landmark book, Radhasoami Reality) of satsangis meditating at the Radhasoami Satsang Beas Delhi satsang ghar


Baba Faqir Chand

Truth Always Wins, part one (by Baba Faqir Chand)

Truth Always Wins, part two (by Baba Faqir Chand)

Truth Always Wins, part three (by Baba Faqir Chand)

Truth Always Wins, part four (by Baba Faqir Chand)

Faqir Chand, Reality, Dreams, and Materialism: a preview article

The Faqir Chand Library: Issue One

THE UNKNOWING SAGE: THE LIFE AND WORK OF BABA FAQIR CHAND (Extremely revealing portrait of the legendary guru, Faqir Chand. Famous guru in North India frankly confesses that he does not know the secrets of the universe, nor does anybody else. Radical and insightful. Now online via dave rife.)

Front cover to the latest edition of The Unknowing Sage: The Life and Work of Baba Faqir Chand

Front cover to an earlier edition of The Unknowing Sage: The Life and Work of Baba Faqir Chand

Photograph of the neural surfer with the late Baba Faqir Chand: summer 1978

Painting of Baba Faqir Chand


Surat Shabd Yoga

TESSLER REPLIES TO LANE (a rebuttal by Neil Tessler to Lane's point by point criticism of CRISIS

THE KIRPAL DEBATES: LANE RETURNS SERVE TO TESSLER, part one (in reply to "Tessler replies to Lane")

THE KIRPAL DEBATES: LANE RETURNS SERVE TO TESSLER, part two (in reply to "Tessler replies to Lane")

THE KIRPAL DEBATES: LANE RETURNS SERVE TO TESSLER, part THREE (in reply to "Tessler replies to Lane")

THE KIRPAL DEBATES: LANE RETURNS SERVE TO TESSLER, part FOUR (the LAST in a reply to "Tessler replies to Lane")

[Lane's rejoinder will appear in installments under the working title, "Nietszche Meets Guru Nanak". Scroll down for the first reply.]

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MULTIPLYING SWAMIS: LANE's prefatory remarks on Neil Tessler's CRISIS and Renewal study, in progress (first in a series)

THEOLOGY VS. HISTORY: How to Defend Kirpal Singh by Mystical History. DAVID LANE'S rejoinder to Part Two of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (second in a series)

THE ORIGINS OF RADHASOAMI: DAVID LANE's REPLY to Part Two (section 2) of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (third in a series)

KIRPAL SINGH DEFENDS HIS GURUSHIP: DAVID LANE'S REPLY to Part Three of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (fourth in a series)

THE ART OF BEING A HUMBLE EGOTIST: Gurmat Sidhant and other weird episodes--DAVID LANE'S REPLY TO Part FOUR of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (fifth in a series)

THE GURU'S EGO and OTHER FABLES: DAVID LANE's NOT SO SUBTLE REPLY TO PART FOUR (section two) of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (sixth in a series)

KIRPAL SINGH'S EGO AND INFINITY: DAVID LANE's reply to Part FIVE of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (seventh in a series)

KIRPAL SINGH APOLOGIZES TO CHARAN SINGH: How to Rationalize a Guru's Screw-ups--DAVID LANE REPLIES TO Part SIX of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (eighth in a series)

THE GREAT SUCCESSION DEBATE: Wills vs. The Eyes?--DAVID LANE REPLIES to Part Seven of Tessler's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (ninth in a series)

THE KIRPAL SINGH DECEPTION: Why Mystical Fireworks are NOT caused by a Guru--DAVID LANE REPLIES TO PART SEVEN (section two) of TESSLER's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (tenth in a series)

MY GURU IS RIGHT AND YOUR GURU IS ALWAYS WRONG: The simple-minded arguments of satsangis--DAVID LANE REPLIES TO PART EIGHT OF TESSLER's CRISIS AND RENEWAL (eleventh in a series)

NIETSZCHE MEETS GURU NANAK: DAVID LANE REPLIES TO NEIL TESSLER ON THE KIRPAL STATISTIC (part ten of Neil's series) (Last in a series)

The R.S. Beas Mind Police?--Aaron Talsky's open letter to the Dera

SCIENCE, THE SEEKER, AND SPIRITUALITY: a critical essay on Sant Mat by Tony M.

I MAY BE SKEPTICAL, BUT I CAN STILL LONG (A REPLY TO DOUG)

THAKAR SINGH AND INNER EXPERIENCES AT THE TIME OF INITIATION?

DOUBTING ONE'S OWN GURU: A REPLY TO DANIEL CALDWELL'S QUESTIONS

RADHASOAMI HISTORY AND OTHER QUESTIONS

RADHASOAMI INC. is NOT SANT MAT

DIVINE EDICT OR HUMAN BLOOD? The Family Connection in Radhasoami Successorship

THE LOCKER ROOM OF JUNIOR HIGH MYSTICS

THE MAGIC OF AN ELEVATED PODIUM: THE ILLUSION OF A FLAWLESS LINEAGE, Part One.

THE MELTING SANDS OF GURU RECOGNITION, Part Two.

THE COSMETICS OF GURUSHIP, Part Three

I SAW MY GURU NAKED, Part Four

Mark Waldron's Essay On "Perfect" Masters (recommended!)

THE GURU HAS NO TURBAN: TOWARD A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF "PERFECT" MASTERS (graffiti on Soamiji's Well), Part One of a continuing series

THE GURU HAS NO TURBAN: TOWARD A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF "PERFECT" MASTERS (graffiti on Soamiji's Well), Part Two of a continuing series

THE GURU HAS NO TURBAN: TOWARD A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF "PERFECT" MASTERS (graffiti on Soamiji's Well), Part Three of a continuing series

THE KIRPAL STATISTIC: Using Inner Visions to Your Social Advantage

Further comments on THE KIRPAL STATISTIC

Greg Comments on the Kirpal Statistic

Mike Durrigan Comments on the Kirpal Statistic

Photograph of the neural surfer with the late Sant Darshan Singh, California: summer 1983

DYING WHILE LIVING: An Introduction to Surat Shabd Yoga by Brian Walsh (This booklet written by an initiate of the late Sant Darshan Singh provides an excellent introduction to the ancient practice of shabd yoga.)

THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARAN SINGH conducted by a group of Orthodox, Biblical Christians (A rare and candid interview of the late Radhasoami guru at Beas.)

Copyright free image from the Bible


Jewels of India: Hindi Translations

A Brief Biography of Tulsi Sahib of Hathras (original translation by Geeta)


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