Radha Soami Satsang Beas
|Founder||Baba Jaimal Singh Ji|
|Type||Non-profit philosophical organisation|
|Radha Soami Satsang Beas Dera Baba Jaimal Singh|
Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) is a philosophical organization based on the spiritual teachings of all religions and dedicated to a process of inner development under the guidance of a spiritual teacher.
In the Indian language, Radha Soami means ‘lord of the soul’, satsang describes a group that seeks truth, and Beas refers to the town near which the main centre is located in northern India. There are a number of other contemporary movements that use the name ‘Radha Soami’ but Radha Soami Satsang Beas is not associated with any of them.
RSSB was established in India in 1891 and gradually began spreading to other countries. Today RSSB holds meetings in more than 90 countries worldwide. It is a non-profit organisation with no affiliation to any political or commercial organizations.
The basis of every religion is spirituality. With the passage of time and changing social values, the basic spiritual teachings become embellished with extra rules and considerations, and eventually take the shape of a religion. RSSB is trying to maintain the core of spirituality without allowing it to take on a formal structure.
The philosophy teaches a personal path of spiritual development which includes a vegetarian diet, abstinence from intoxicants, a moral way of life and the practice of daily meditation. There are no rituals, ceremonies, hierarchies or mandatory contributions, nor are there compulsory gatherings. Members need not give up their cultural identity or religious preference to follow this path.
The only official website for Radha Soami Satsang Beas is www.rssb.org. RSSB has established this website for anyone wanting to find out about their organization. Here you will find the official information about them as well as a link to their online bookstore at: www.scienceofthesoul.org. No other websites have permission or authority to represent the RSSB organization or its Patron, Baba Gurinder Singh. Information found on other, non-official websites should not be assumed accurate or correct.
RSSB’s main centre is Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, named after its founder who settled there in the late 1800s. Located in Punjab, India, the ‘Dera’ is a self-contained community with both administrative and residential facilities. Although the centres throughout the world are affiliated with RSSB India, each country's administration is autonomous with a Board of Management that operates under a standard constitution modified to comply with local laws and conditions. Administration is handled entirely by volunteers, and operations are funded through unsolicited donations. The organization does not engage in any fundraising activities.
RSSB centres are located throughout India, and internationally RSSB affiliated organizations hold meetings in more than 90 countries. Meetings are held in rented halls, community centres or RSSB-owned properties. The purpose of these gatherings is to explain the RSSB philosophy. The meetings are non-denominational and open to the public. No fees are charged and there is no advertising or proselytizing.
RSSB has a publishing department that has produced more than 70 original titles on spirituality. Volunteers have translated a large selection of these books into 35 languages. A recently constructed 20,000 square-metre library at the main centre in India will eventually house a collection of nearly 500,000 volumes concentrating on world religions, mysticism, philosophy and related subjects. The library will be open to scholars and researchers of all faiths.
Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, or simply the ‘Dera’ as it is generally known, is a mini-township with 7,000 residents. Since the Dera is the home of the spiritual leader of the organization, large crowds visit on specially designated weekends to hear his discourses. These crowds average between 200,000 to 900,000 people depending on the season. The administration has become highly skilled in managing and providing facilities for large numbers of people on a short-term basis.
By performing the meditation practice according to the teacher's instructions, individuals can realize the presence of God within themselves. It is a solitary practice that is done in the quiet of one's own home. Members commit themselves to a way of life that supports spiritual growth while carrying out their responsibilities to family, friends and society.
To build on the primary spiritual practice of meditation, members are vegetarian, abstain from alcohol and recreational drugs, and are expected to lead a life of high moral values. A vegetarian diet encourages respect and empathy for all life and acknowledges that there is a debt to be paid for taking any life unnecessarily. Abstaining from intoxicants improves ones ability to concentrate and calms the mind during meditation. Members are encouraged to be self-supporting and not be a burden on society. They are free to make their own choices in life and maintain any cultural or religious affiliations they choose. RSSB does not involve itself in the personal lives of its members.
Radha Soami Satsang Beas lineage
The Beas Satsang was founded by Soami Ji Maharaj's disciple Baba Jaimal Singh after He told him to start preaching and initiating the holy Naam in Punjab and to spread it to all over the world, as the essence of Surat Shabd Yoga had been forgotten. The Rssb lineage is:
- Baba Jaimal Singh Ji - Master, 1884-1903.
- Baba Sawan Singh ji - Master, 1903-1948.
- Sardar Bahadur Jagat Singh ji - Master, 1948-1951.
- Maharaj Charan Singh Ji - Master, 1951-1990.
- Baba Gurinder Singh Ji - Master, 1990–present.
- Maharaj Charan Singh- Spiritual Heritage, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1983, 1998. ISBN 978-81-8466-107-1
- Baba Jaimal Singh Ji-Spiritual Letters, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1998. ISBN 81-8256-129-9
- Julian Johnson- Call of the East, Sawan Service League, 1936. (out-of-print)
- Johnson Julian- With a Great Master in India, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1934, 1982, 1988, 1994.
- Daryai Lal Kapur- Call of the Great Master, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1972, 1975, 1986, 2005. ISBN 978-81-8256-089-5
- Daryai Lal Kapur- Heaven on Earth, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1986, 1996. ISBN 978-81-8256-122-9
- Labour of Love, 1995, Maharaj Jagat Singh Medical Relief Society.
- Munshi Ram- With the Three Masters, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1967.
- Maharaj Sawan Singh - Dawn of Light, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1985, 1989. ISBN 81-8256-028-4
- Shanti Sethi- Treasure Beyond Measure, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, 1991. ISBN 81-8256-133-7