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Dadu The Compassionate Mystic

Dadu The Compassionate Mystic
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Item Code: IDH352
Author: K. N. Upadhyaya
Publisher: Radha Soami Satsang Beas
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788182568945
Pages: 108
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.3" X 5.3"
weight of the book: 355 gms

Author's Note

 

Ask of those who have reached the goal;
Their message is the same.
'Tis those in the midway who speak
of diverse paths

All accomplished Saints or Mystics have the same message to give and their message is very simple. If this is so, then the study of the teachings of any true Saint will fulfill the same purpose, and the teachings of different saints will be mutually supportive. Moreover, the realization that the different Saints or Mystics of different Saints or Mystics of Different places and times speak of the same truths will strengthen our conviction in their teachings. But in order to show that they are unanimous in their views, we must have their teachings readily available to us in a handy and clear-cut form. With this objective in view, a plan to bring out short, authentic books on the life and teachings of noted Mystics of India and some other countries is lately in progress under the stewardship of our beloved Master, Maharaj Charan Singh. With a view to making the Presentation of these teachings authentic, the books under this project have been planned to consist, for the most part, of faithful translations of the cardinal teaching of the Mystics concerned. The present work on Saint Dadu Dayal, a great Mystic of the sixteenth century, is a part of this project.

A number of texts of Dadu Dayal's spiritual poems are now available in Devanagari Script. With but small variations here and there, most of the texts are substantially identical in content. I have however, made my selection from the two volumes of Dadu Dayal ki Bani, published by Belvedere Press, Allahabad (1914). These texts are not only the latest to be published, but also two additional manuscripts of Dadu's poems were consulted in their preparation.

In selecting and arranging verses from all over the texts, care has been taken to preserve the unity of the theme. Despite difficulty in making the selections from amongst a number of almost equally captivating and pertinent verses, and also in preserving the letter and spirit of the original in translation, working on this project has, nevertheless, been quite an exhilarating and edifying experience.

To my knowledge, there is no other book either in Hindi or English which brings out clearly and systematically the spiritual message of Dadu Dayal in the true mystic sense. Dadu, surely, was not an intellectual, academic scholar. Hence no amount of scholary analysis will reveal the esoteric significance of some of his crucial teachings. Only those who have come in contact with a perfect Mystic and the whom a new vista has been opened up through his grace can understand and appreciate them properly.

 

CONTENTS
       
  Preface ix
  Author's Note xi
Part I- Life And Teachings of Dadu Dayal
Dadu's Life
3
  Dadu's Mystics Message 15
Part II- Selected Poems Of Dadu Dayal  
1 Purpose of Human Form  
  God-Realization 25
  Urgency of Realization 32
  Delusion of Maya 39
  Importance of Vigilance 45
  Life without Guru Is Wasted 47
2 The Lord Is Within Us  
  Kingdom of God 50
  Going Within 57
  The Inner Truth 61
  Nothing to Fear 64
3 Necessity Of A Living Master  
  Guru and god Are One 65
  True Worship Of God 70
  Perfect Living Master 74
4 Importance OF Satsang  
  Influence of Company 83
  Means to God-Realization 85
  The Ignorant Disregard Satsang 92
5 Devotion To The Name  
  Supremacy of the word Or Name 94
  Marvels of Devotion to the Name 98
  Repetition of the Hoy Names 107
6 True Love  
  Nature of True Love 113
  Requirements of True Love 118
  Path of Love 124
  Results of True Love 133
7 The Mind  
  Need for Control 136
  Method Of Control 144
8 Karma  
  The Divine Law of Justice 152
  Reincarnation and Transmigration 157
9 Vegetarianism  
  Abstinence 160
10 Condemnation Of Rituals  
  Mockery of Spiritual Practice 165
  External Formalism 170
  References 179
  Bibliography 185
  Index of Shabds 187
  Local Addresses for Information and Books 189
  Books on This Science 195

 

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