Since Secret History was originally written, a Beas rep in Europe is stating both Jaimal's secretary and the local postmaster at Beas wrote many of the letters. This was never mentioned by Beas in their books..**See Jaimal's letters below in notes. This writer of Secret History feels the key letter of Jaimal to Sawan, giving his reasons for not wanting to join the Council, is bogus for the following reasons: #1, that Misra used Radhaswami name at initiation instead of the 5 names and had forgotten the method of bhajan. Jaimal and Sawan accepted Chachaji as a sant and Chachaji used Radhasoami as initiation word. Since Misra mentioned in letters squatting position, this was not at issue. Solace to Satsangis, 1907, Benares, Misra writes to satsangi in a July 16,1899 letter ; "Yes, somtimes the sound of the bell is heard without shutting the ears in the proscribed position..." Agra and related groups use exact initiation as Beas to this day, including squatting, except of course, they use Radhasoami as initiation word. Jaimal had given Sawan this exact (squatting) initiation in his 1894 initiation.
Reason #2 , Jaimal stated he wanted no part of the Council because Swami Ji's family had no part of it, nor authority in it. But, Chachaji (Swami Ji's brother was pre announced President of the Council) and 3 of his sons were on Council ballots for election. Chachaji and 2 of his sons were on the initial first Council, the 3rd son came on later. If Jaimal actually sent this letter to Sawan, Sawan would know it was not true. Sawan would have known Chachaji would be the president of the Council automatically, he was not in the voting for the Council. Sawan saw the ballots for Council which Jaimal sent him and could see the 3 sons of Chachaji on it.
Salig Ram letter to Sankar Misra April 6,1891 ; "You can initiate anyone whom you find a sincere seacher of truth and inclined to practise our mode of devotion", Holy Epistles,pt.2,1991,p.93.
Same book page 109, Salig Ram says in letter to Misra about Babuji Madhav Sinha (5th sat guru), "On leaving Allahabad, you should ask Babuji Madhav Sinha to take up the work of President of the Satsang and assist the Satsangis with his counsel and advice."
Babuji Madhav Sinha's grandmother was the elder sister of Swami Ji and Babuji had been initated by Swami Ji at a very young age. Photos of Swami Ji and Babuji together exist and are shown in this above referenced book. Babuji was one of Swami Ji's favorites and was also a blood relation to Tulsi Sahib of Hathras. Misra and Babuji were best friends and there are many letters from Salig Ram to them.
Same book page 2, the common salutation from Swami Ji to Salig Ram on letters was "Beloved of the Satguru, Blessed of the Lord, Adorned with Shabd, My dear Salig Ram !Page 51 same book has Salig Ram using exact words in letter to Babuji Sinha as "Beloved of Radhasoami, Adorned with Shabd, My dear Babu Madho Prasad Ji Saheb !" Some decades later this salutation became common on satsangi letters to each other. Note Beas printed letters of Jaimal, for example.
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Sudarshan states he is 68 years old and has been a Satsangi for 60 years. He was present at Swami Ji's last statement and noted he currently owned the home Swami Ji was born in at Panni Gali."Soami Ji left Soami Bagh and Radha Bagh. Soami Ji Maharaj said orally at the last moment that Chachaji was the owner of the Bagh. But, Chachaji had made Salig Ram to join in the arrangement and expenses. Chachaji considered that the property belonged to the Sant Sat Guru, and Soami Ji had said that Salig Ram was the Sant Sat Guru, so he (Chachaji) gave them in charge of Salig Ram....most of the expenses were defrayed by Salig Ram.... Maharaj Saheb (Sankar Misra) remained in possesion the same way as Salig Ram before him as Chachaji had found out from Salig Ram that Sankar Misra would be the future Sant Sat Guru. Salig Ram left Prem Bilas, Prem Niwas and other small houses. After Salig Ram, Sankar Misra became the owner of these properties. Chachaji executed a will in 1902 (to Misra) so there might be no future dispute of heirs or Satsangis. Now, Babuji (Madhav Sinha) is the absolute owner of the property with all rights, excepting the three Samadhs (of Soami Ji, Salig ram and Misra). I consider Sant Sat Guru Babuji (Madhav Sinha) as the incarnation of Radhasoami Dayal and I offer Bhet to him. I offered to Babuji Maharaj personally." End Sudarshan quote.
Sawan Singh behaved meekly and respectfully before the Soami Bagh Gurus and maintained friendly relations. Bagga Singh ( a Jaimal successor ) was succeeded by Sardar Dewa Singh, whom also came to Soami Bagh and stayed for some time to attend Babuji's (Madhav Sinha) satsangs, and used to offer Bhets of significant amounts as a mark of respect and consideration for the parent stock.
As late as 1938, when Sawan Singh was attending Babuji's (Madhav Sinha) Satsang, he voluntarily chose to sit on the ground just as other members of the congregation, while Babuji occupied the raised seat on the dias, as Sant Sat Guru. Off and on Sawan Singh sought elucidations from Babuji of difficult hymns in Sar Bachan Poetry, and for this purpose he use to come all the way from Punjab to attend theSatsang of Babuji at Allahabad, and remained there for weeks together. Maheswari notes Sawan's action as an eye witness and Jaimal's actions as recorded in Privy Council Paper Book. Maheswari had a Masters of Science and his parents were Satsangis in 1900.It should be noted Agra states many times Jaimal was an initiate of Swami Ji in their books, even Dr. Agam Mathur assumes it. But, it appears more as a matter of basis for discussion, as no proof is ever presented. It seems from politeness or courtesy to Beas, this concession is made by historians. The writer of Secret History has seen nothing even remotely close to proof from any group, including Beas, Jaimal was initiated by Swami Ji.
Salig Ram had started teaching Radhasoami faith before the death of Swami Ji, as Swami Ji stated in his last will. Upon, Swami Ji's death, Salig Ram immediately began giving discourses at Panni Gali, Agra. His job as Postmaster of Uttar Pradesh took him to Allahabad, where he gave initiation and satsangs for some years, until his retirement brought him back to Peepal Mandi, his home. He had thousands of disciples in this time period. Often, people look at Salig Ram's retirement date as his date of beginning guruship. This is incorrect, he immediately began acting as guru. Sudarshan's court testimony that Salig Ram manifested about 8 years after Swami Ji died, often causes this confusion.
It should be noted Dr. Agam Mathur, author of Radhasoami Faith as his doctorate book, 'Dadaji' as he is called, as master of Peepal Mandi group currently, is critical of the Council. But, his grandfather 'Lalaji' Adjohia was president of this Council after Chachaji. He remained president till his death in 1926 and had confirmed Sankar Misra was the Sat Guru of the day in court depositions, which exactly matched Sudarshan's testimony.
From letter #99, from "Spiritual Letters," published by Radha Soami Satsang Beas:
"You know that a committee has now been formed in Agra. Chacha Ji will also write to you on this subject. Chacha Ji desires that we should all co-operate with the Agra Committee. Although have given him my formal consent, it is not possible for me to agree with the committee because the 'updesh,' (initiation) of (Misra) is not in accordance with Swami Ji's method of Bhajan practice and have forgotten it altogether. On account of this, I cannot agree with the committee. You are being informed, and when Chacha Ji Maharaj writes to you, kindly tell him that this matter shoud be referred to Baba Jaimal Singh. I am informing Chacha Ji Maharaj that if they are prepared to satisfy my three conditions, I shall fully co-operate with them. The three conditions are:
1 ---The 'updesh', namely the system and method of Initiation and Bahajan, should be the same as was practised and taught by Swami Ji Maharaj, and not as ......
2--- We should hve the option of nominating three members from the Beas Satsang, but you and I should not become members. WE shall select our own members.
3 --- Offerings will not be solicitied form our Satsangis, because they ar all poor and we do not wish to take anything from them. Here we give 'updesh' (initiation) only for Bhajan and Simran.
End of Excerpt from letter #99.
From Spiritual Letters #97, published by RSSB:
"However,I may add that it is not possible for me to co-operate with (Misra) in matters spiritual. He is a disciple of (Salig Ram) and the latter had completely forgotten the method and details of Initiation, which was bestowed upon him by Swami Ji Maharaj. Therefore, how can (Misra) (this disciple of his) know anything about it? I have written this letter and enclosed the original so that you may also know the correct position. I shall myself inform Chacha Ji when I reply to him. He already knows and you should also know that the method of Abhyas (Shabd Practice) which was given by Swami Ji Maharaj was and is TRUE AND CORRECT, and you were all initated along those very lines (as instructed by Swami Ji Himself)."
Above copyright RS Beas, possibly Ruhani Satsang ,also.
Misra was initiated by and chief disciple of Salig Ram
KUNDALINI and SANT MAT
Note : Such groups as Yogananda's, hold the tounge against the roof of the mouth to taste Nectar as they call it.
In the company of Saints, their kundalini is awakened, and through the supreme guru, they enjoy the supreme bliss" Guru Ramdas, page 1402 Sri Guru Granth Sahib
"The snake-like coil is now pierced through & through and I have dauntlessly met my Lord, the King... .....Merged in the Full-pervading Lord when I locked the breath within, then the celestial strain spontaneously began to resound." Kabir, page 972 SGGS
"If her mind pearl, like an ornament, be weaved into the thread of breath, and the bride puts on the decoration of compassion on her person, then the Beloved enjoys his sweetheart" Guru Nanak, page 359 SGGS
"The right & left nostrils are the guards of this body lyre , and this lyre synchronises a wonderful melody" Guru Nanak, page 907 SGGS
"Put thou thy life-breath in the right channel and establish good relation with thy Lord In this way thy fish-like mind shall be held and thy soul-swan shall fly not away from the Lord and thy body-wall shall not perish in vain." Guru Nanak, page 991 SGGS
"Says Nanak, if in the heart of his heart man contemplates his Lord, then with every breath of his, he quaffs nectar" Guru Nanak, page 992 SGGS
"He then mounts his breath to the 16 petalled sky and there flutters his wings in glee. In the profound trance a tree of God becomes manifest and it dries up the water of desire from the body-ground" Kabir, page 970 SGGS
"The left wind-pipe, the right wind-pipe and the central one, these 3 abide in one place" Sant Beni, page 974 SGGS
"The breath is drawn in by the left nostril, it is retained within Sukhmana & is breathed out by the right nostril, uttering 16 times the Lord's name" Jaidev, page 1106 SGGS
"I have obtained the 10th gate as a distilling fire and the channels of the Ida and Pingala (the left & right breath channnels according to tantra...) are the funnels to suck in and spit out, and mind as a golden vat. In that vat, the extremely pure stream of Name Nectar trickles. Like this I have distilled the essence of essences.An incomparable thing has happened, my breath I have made the wine- cup." Kabir, page 92 SGGS
"By turning my breath inwards, I have pierced the six body chakras and my mind (surat) got enamoured of the Lord." Kabir, page 333 SGGS
"O brute of brawling and uncultured intellect, reversing thy breath from the world, turn it thou towards thy God. Intoxicate thou thy mind with the ambrosial stream that trickles from the furnace of the 10th gate" Kabir, page 1123 SGGS