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Tales of the Mystic East
Tales of the Mystic East

Tales of the Mystic East

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Language

English

Publisher

Radha Soami Satsang Beas

ISBN

9789380077130 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 298

Binding

Hardcover

A Compilation

Author: A Compilation
Publisher: Radha Soami Satsang Beas
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 298
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380077130

Description

FROM THE BOOK INTRODUCTION:

Tales have been told as long as people have been talking. Tales well told communicate their message in a way that all of us like to hear. Many of us may not relish a philosophical or moral treatise but truth in the guise of a good story will be enjoyed by all.

Over hundreds of years as stories are handed down from one generation to another some points slip out some creep in some are exaggerated. The authenticity of the stories is not the issue whether a particular event took place or not a Saint really did this or that a miracle actually happened. What is important is the moral the message contained in the story. Saints use stories to hammer home what we need to know. The stories serve as vehicles for their teachings enabling the reader to absorb their perennial wisdom in a simple direct way.

Most of the stories in this book were drawn from the discourses of Maharaj Sawan Singh (1858-1948) known by his disciples as the great Master. A military Engineer and Persian scholar he was a disciple of Baba Jaimal Singh (1839-1903) who founded the Radha Soami Satsang near beas in the Punjab India for forty five years the great master taught the path of mysticism and meditation known as Surat Shabd yoga the way of the saints and the science of the soul.

In this revised edition of tales of the mystic east some sixty additional stories have been translated from the original Punjabi and included with those of the earlier editions. As before the tales have been retold with additional contextual and cultural details for the benefit of readers unfamiliar with the Eastern traditions.

The book is now in two parts: the first and major part of the book contains new stories, as well as the retranslated and sometimes reworked tales from the first edition; the second part contains largely new material in the form of personal anecdotes originally recounted by the Great Master, and now retold, but retaining as far as possible his words and manner of Speech.

The central truth that weaves its way through the book is the one message of all enlightened souls since history began: Love is God. But it is not, in fact, that simple, for the way to the kingdom of love crosses enemy territory, the enemy is mostly undercover, and we keep losing sight of the danger all around. The enemy is our mind; indeed, the mind is our favorite companion, and it is only gradually that we discover it is a trickster and a traitor—that it is our only real foe. It deceives, flatters, and seduces; -like an autocratic dictator, it can even destroy us with its power.

The stories are very simple and will be enjoyed by young and old alike. This is the beauty of stories as a teaching medium, for we can all appreciate them from our particular point of view. For the discerning reader, they alert us to the many pitfalls on the way to God. And they inspire us to en-gage the enemy in battle by pointing to the beauty and brilliance of the land ahead. They talk of surrender, simplicity, devotion; of faith and obedience—the way of the spirit; and they talk of hypocrisy, confusion, vanity, anger, lust—the endless deceits of the self-absorbed mind.

Contents

Contents


Introduction

Part One: Legends and Tales Told by the Saints
1. Fools Take No Advice
2. The Inviolable Law
3. The Pangs of Separation
4. The Mason Wasp
5. The True Philanthropist
6. How Saints Change Lives
7. Why, Oh Why, O Lord
8. The King and the Fruit of Perpetual Youth
9. Sant Kabir and Indumati
10. Bhikh, Bhikh, Bhikh
11. The King of Bokhara
12. The Value of the Kingdom of This World
13. A Yogi's Wealth Frittered Away
14. Knocking the Pot
15. The Real Form of a Saint
16. The Lord Is the Doer
17. Shah Jahan's Humility
18. The Frog and the Swan
19. Soak Your Prayer Mat in Wine
20. Temptation of the Dates
21. The Prophet and His Devotees
22. The Faqir and the Moneylender
23. The One Good Hour
24. The Dancing of Bulleh Shah
25. The Blind Man in the Maze
26. Narad Muni and the Selection Ceremony
27. Why Guru Nanak Preferred the Poor Man's Food
28. The Sultan Who Moved His Beard
29. The List of Thefts
30. Lord Buddha and the Shepherd
31. Bhai Bela's Sentence
32. Who Has Real Knowledge?
33. Kabir Sahib Puts a Raja to the Test
34. Eat a Dead Body!
35. Bulleh Shah Goes Astray
36. Honest Earnings
37. Teaching With Pigeons
38. The Direction of the Horse
39. The Palace of God
40. Getting Rid of Flies
41. No Other Place to Go
42. The House of Sant Kabir
43. Lord Indra's Bow and Arrow
44. Our Attachments Bring Us Back
45. The Tricks of the Mind
46. The Poor Tradesman and the Philosopher's Stone
47. How Baba Namdev Sold His Cloth
48. Alexander the Great's Last Wish
49. Queen Draupadi and the Hermitage Sage
50. How Shallow Our Love!
51. The Torturing of Hazrat Mansur
52. The Price of Hot Coals
53. The Faqir and the Horse Thief
54. Czar Peter of Russia
55. The Ship That Endured the Storm
56. Paradise Is Not Enough
57. Who Is Really a Disciple?
58. Guru Ramdas and the Mud Platforms
59. The Governor and the Guru
60. Controlling the Mind
61. Lost in the Taste of Honey
62. The Palace of Seven Storeys
63. Man Is the Teacher of Man
64. A Mantra to Cross a Stream
65. Bhai Suthra and the Fire of the Holy Man
66. The Faqir's Advice to the Doubting Villagers
67. Do Not Beg From Beggars
68. God Is Dead
69. The Lion Cub That Thought It Was a Sheep
70. The Blindness of Dhritarashtra
71. The Benefits of Taking Refuge
72. A Saint's Words Are Never in Vain
73. Hazrat Junaid and the Injured Dog
74. The Midnight Sun
75. Sheikh Shibli and the Two Seekers
76. Dalla Is Tested by the Guru's Gun
77. How King Janak Gained True Knowledge
78. Surrender Only to the Lord
79. The Value of Meditation
80. The Black Refulgence
81. A Race to Encompass the Earth
82. Mahatma Shukdev and King Janak
83. The Thief Who Mended His Ways
84. Do Not Denigrate a Saint
85. The Love of Laila and Majnun
86. The Guru's Thief
87. How the Lord Bestows His Grace
88. Samman and Moosan Give Their All
89. Divine Intoxication
90. Going Beyond the Words
91. The Saint in Strange Surroundings
92. The Queen Mother's Advice
93. How Much for a Pair of Shoes?
94. A Bird's Complete Love
95. The Will of the Lord
96. The Gift of the Cobbler Saint
97. Hate Leads to Hate, Love to Love
98. The Rainbird
99. In One Ear and Out the Other
100. The Empty-Handed Monarch
101. The Flawless Beard
102. The Feasts of Dharam Das
103. The Torn Shirt
104. God Sees Everything
105. Who Is the True Ascetic?
106. Pride Falls Before the Saints
107. Never to Ask for Jalebis Again
108. The Punishment for Empty Promises
109. I Want You Alone
110. The Dictates of the Mind
111. How the Faqir Dealt With the Ants
112. The Stubborn Pig
113. What the Holy Man Learned From the Faqir
114. God's Will or Man's
115. The Shepherd's Offerings
116. I Am God! I Am God!
117. The Value of a Diamond
118. Why the Dervish Died
119. What the Boy Saw in the Fire
120. The Priceless Manuscripts
121. The Lord Knows the Devotee's Heart
122. O God! Set Fire to Paradise
123. The Modern Disciple
124. My Guru Is Beyond Comparison

Part Two Stories and Incidents From the Times of the Great Master and His Predecessors
125. The Great Master Meets Baba Ji Maharaj
126. Baba Ji by His Side
127. The Initiation of Hukam Singh
128. Thousands of Thunderbolts
129. Machhar and Ramditta
130. Please Let Me Bow Before You
131. The Way Out of the Jungle
132. Human Birth After Life as an Acacia
133. The Sweet Scent of Devotion
134. Naked Oblivion
135. The Fragrance of a Saint
136. As Ye Sow
137. His Pound of Flesh
138. Who Is the Greatest?
139. Two Gods
140. The Guru's Pleasure
141. Now I Believe
142. Absorbed Inside
143. The Army Officer's Karma
144. How the Bengali Babu Won the War With His Mind
145. Inadvertent Karma Is Still Karma
146. The Tomb of Baba Kalha
147. The Joy of Death
148. The Monkey and the Goat
149. Rabia Basri—A True Lover of the Lord

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