Book Review: The Sar Bachan of Soami Ji Maharaj
by James Bean
Copyright August 2020
The Sar Bachan of Soami Ji Maharaj in three volumes:
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose;
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume I;
Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume II;
Translations into Contemporary English
Genres: Sat Mat, Radhasoami, Surat Shabd Yoga, Spiritual Poetry,
Gnosticism, Indian Mysticism
The Translator: Sant Das Maheshwari
The spiritual classics, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Nazm yaani Chhand bandh (Poetry), and, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Bartik (Prose) by Soami Ji Maharaj are very complex books even in Hindi, and all-the-more-so if the attempt is made to translate them into English, especially the mystical poetry. Swami Ji himself says, "How shall I openly speak of its process (the process of creation in Pinda: the material universes, And: the astral dimensions, and Brahmand: Universal Mind realms -- this best remains confidential), for none can comprehend its secrets and idioms which I will have to have to employ to reveal them."
Swami Ji's mystic-verses are quite intricate with layers of meaning, and contain countless terms for various heavenly regions, states of consciousness, visionary and auditory experiences he encountered as he was in communion with his Beloved Radhasoami (Soul-Lord, Lord of the Soul). The Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry is a most other-worldly, heavenly document, based upon Swami Ji's own inner travels, attainments and spiritual realizations. "For about fifteen years, Soami Ji Maharaj used to shut Himself up in a room which is within another room [a meditation room within a room of his home in Agra]. He was all the time absorbed in the bliss of Surat Shabd Yoga." (Huzur Maharaj) After this period of deep exploration of the inner regions and union with his Beloved Radhasoami in Sach Khand, Swami Ji emerged and began his Mission of public satsang.
"In January 1861, Soami Ji started publicly explaining the method of Saints (Sant Mat) to a few people who gathered at his home. This satsang (true association, association with Eternal Truth) continued for nearly seventeen years, during which period about four thousand persons -- men and women -- Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sravagis, and a few Christians were initiated by him into Sant Mat (the Path of the Saints), i.e. Radhasoami path (the Path of the Supreme Being). Most of these were householders; but some (about three hundred) were Sadhus also." (Encyclopaedia of Saints of India, Volume Nineteen: Radhasoami, Criterion Publications, New Delhi)
ALL THREE OF THE SAR BACHAN RADHASOAMI VOLUMES ARE ONLINE
E-Book Online: Sar Bachan Poetry, Book One @ Archive.org -- Read Online: HERE
E-Book Online: Sar Bachan Poetry, Book One @ The Internet Archive -- PDF File Download:
E-Book Online: Sar Bachan Poetry, Book Two @ The Internet Archive (Read Online and Scroll Down the Page to Download): HERE
E-Book Online: Sar Bachan Prose @ The Internet Archive (Read Online and Scroll Down the Page to Download): HERE
Web Page Dedicated to Swami Ji Maharaj, the Great Saint of Agra: The Teachings of Soami Ji: Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Part's One and Two (Sar Bachan Radhasoami Nazm yaani Chhand bandh), Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose (Sar Bachan Radhasoami Bartik), Soami Ji Maharaj's Letters to Huzur Maharaj, Swami Ji's Commentary on the Jap Ji of Guru Nanak, and, Last Words of Soami Ji Maharaj: Soami Ji Maharaj Web Page
Online Library of Agra Radhasoami Spiritual Classics: Sar Bachan Poetry and Prose, Prem Patra, Radhasoami Mat Prakash, Teachings of Huzur Maharaj, Maharaj Saheb, Buaji Saheba, Babuji Maharaj, and Many Others. At this website click "Library", then "Books": Radhasoami, Soami Bagh, E-Library
Soami Bagh (S.D. Maheshwari), Dayal Bagh, and Radha Soami Satsang Beas all publish the Sar Bachan Prose in English. Soami Bagh (S.D. Maheshwari), and Radha Soami Satsang Beas both publish the Sar Bachan Poetry.
To order copies of Sar Bachan Poetry, Prose, and other Sant Mat books from India, contact Nataraj Books of Virgina:
Copies of the Sar Bachan Poetry and Prose volumes can also be ordered from Banyen Books of Vancouver: HERE