The Formless God: The First Principle of Sant Mat
“Ultimate Reality is beyond any beginning or end, infinite, beyond birth, beyond the senses, all-pervading yet even beyond pervasiveness. It must, therefore, be understood as the Supreme Being. This Essential Element is known in Santmat [the Teachings of the Saints] as the Lord of All and is the foundation of all things. This Being is beyond both the inanimate and animate aspects of nature. It is without qualities and beyond qualities. Its nature is infinite, imperishable, all-powerful. It is beyond time and space, beyond sound and beyond form (Nirguna). It is the One without a second. The Supreme Being is beyond the scope of the mind, the intellect and the senses. This entire universe is powered by the energy of this Being. This Being is not human. It is not manifested in physical form. It has existence beyond the illusion of maya [illusion], and there is nothing that exists outside of it. It is the Being which is eternal and is in existence from the beginning. Santmat considers this Being to be the Divine Reality, and this [knowing or merging with] this Being is the goal of all spirituality.” (from the Seven Principles of Sant Mat by Maharshi Mehi)
Someone was asking about the sentence: “It [the Supreme Being] is not manifested in physical form,” and how this relates to the understanding about the need for having a living Master. My reply: Sant Satgurus are considered to be the manifestations of God in the material plane (and other realms also), but the First Principle refers to the transcendent God in his own ultimate reality state, described as timeless, beyond sound and light, formless, etc… Sant Mat is a Nirguna Bhakti path (devoted to – in love with – the Beloved – the Formless God).
“O Ocean of Love! Through your merciful glance, shower such mercy on us that we will be absorbed in your true love.” (The Kabir Sandhya Path/Book of Prayers)
“Who can describe the Source of the universe,
Containing this world, the underworld and clusters
of galaxies manifested in higher regions?
The One whose luster, like a luminous gem,
illumines the universe,
Which poet can comprehend and follow
the pattern of His manifestations?
"It is the Merciful Lord
who bestowed His grace on me,
And I could see the glory
of His entire manifestations.
The play of love of the Limitless Primal Being,
I did see in entirety.
This is an inaccessible and unfathomable Divine Wonder,
How can any poet give its description?”
– Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar
IMAGE: “Barnard 68 is a molecular cloud, dark absorption nebula or Bok globule, towards the southern constellation Ophiuchus and well within our own galaxy at a distance of about 400 light-years, so close that not a single star can be seen between it and the Sun.” (Wikipedia) “Where did all the stars go? What used to be considered a hole in the sky is now known to astronomers as a dark molecular cloud.” (Astronomy Picture of the Day, 12-14-2014)