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The Murar Declaration and Spircon 2010, A Historic Event Held in Agra

"We are all pilgrims treading the same path and desirous of reaching the same destination ultimately. Satsang movement has been started to spread the true religion and peace and tranquility in the world and to draw people towards the Holy Feet of Huzur Radhasoami Dayal. This object can be better served by maintaining mutual affection and brotherly relations among different Centres of Radhasoami Faith and working in cooperation to attain the common goal 'as the object of worship of everyone is the same (i.e. Merciful Radhasoami) and the Original Home of everyone is the same (i.e. the Abode of Radhasoami) and the real teachers of everyone are the same Bani and Discourses of Merciful Radhasoami, obviously then, all should have amity and heart-felt love and affection for each other.'" (Huzur Maharaj, Prem Patra)

".....The letter of Invitation was sent to Revered Leaders of seven Centres and also the draft of proposed Declaration on the lines of the one adopted by the Sabha at Murar was sent for consideration. Revered Baba Kehar Singh ji Maharaj of Taran Taran and Revered Kanwar Singh Sahab of Dinod participated in the Conclave. The Revered Leaders of Beas and Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission Delhi were going to be out of India on the dates set for the Conclave. Revered Baba Gurinder Singh ji Maharaj of Beas promising to visit Dayalbagh before the end of the celebrations did come on 16th March, 2011. He met Revered Dr. Prem Saran Satsangi Sahab and the two Leaders signed a General Statement declaring that "in all humility the two Satsangs declare once again their adherence in true letter and spirit to the guidelines contained in the Joint Statement (of Param Guru Sahabji Maharaj and Baba Sawan Singh ji Maharaj signed in 1932)." Revered Babaji was welcomed by President, Radhasoami Satsang Sabha on behalf of Satsangis of Dayalbagh of whom 7000-8000 were present and Satsang held. Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission has conveyed full support for Murar Declaration. Revered Agam Prasad Mathur Sahab of Pipal Mandi participated in the SPIRCON Seminar as Chief Guest of Honour and has indicated his support for the Declaration. Mahantji of Tulsi Math of Hathras attended SPIRCON throughout. Representatives of Soami Bagh and Dr. Hazra Group too were invited of which the latter attended SPIRCON."

The Murar Declaration: A Basis For Fellowship

Param Purush Puran Dhani Soamiji Maharaj was pleased to declare the Satsang open to general public on the occasion of Basant in the year 1861. This can be said to be the day when Radhasoami Faith was started. To mark the completion of 150 years of this momentous occasion, a year-long celebrations were organised in Dayalbagh and in all the Branches affiliated to it beginning from Basant 2010 and culminating at Holi 2011. Coincidentally, during this period Radhasoami Satsang Sabha, which is the main organising body of Dayalbagh Satsang also completed its 100 years in March 2010. Apart from a Special Meeting for thanksgiving held on 26th March, 2010 (the precise date) at Dayalbagh, a special session of the Sabha was also held at Murar which is the birth-place and home of Param Guru Sarkar Sahab, the fourth Revered Leader of the Faith and under whose inspiration the Sabha was formed.

In this year of general rejoicing and thanksgiving, it was felt that it would be in fitness of things to send out a message of goodwill and cooperation to various Satsang Centres inspired by the Message of Param Guru Huzur Maharaj (the second Revered Leader of the Faith) in the Prem Patra:

"We are all pilgrims treading the same path and desirous of reaching the same destination ultimately. Satsang movement has been started to spread the true religion and peace and tranquility in the world and to draw people towards the Holy Feet of Huzur Radhasoami Dayal. This object can be better served by maintaining mutual affection and brotherly relations among different Centres of Radhasoami Faith and working in cooperation to attain the common goal 'as the object of worship of everyone is the same (i.e. Merciful Radhasoami) and the Original Home of everyone is the same (i.e. the Abode of Radhasoami) and the real teachers of everyone are the same Bani and Discourses of Merciful Radhasoami, obviously then, all should have amity and heart-felt love and affection for each other.'"

It was considered desirable that the Radhasoami Satsang Sabha, Dayalbagh should issue a Declaration emphasising the need for maintaining brotherly and good relations amongst all Centres which would help in spreading the Message of Huzur Radhasoami Dayal faster and more effectively and bring about understanding of the Religion. The joint statement issued by Param Guru Sahabji Maharaj, the Fifth Revered Leader and the Founder of Dayalbagh and Baba Sawan Singh ji Maharaj, the second Revered Leader of Beas Satsang when he visited Dayalbagh in 1932 provided the guiding principle. The Joint Statement stated that because of the understanding reached about the commonality of fundamental beliefs held and practices followed at the two Centres:

"Satsangis connected with Radhasoami Satsang Sabha Dayalbagh and Beas Satsang will be able to maintain brotherly and affectionate relations with each other. Both the Satsangs will make arrangement for their Satsang independently and every Satsangi will have the right to join the Satsang of his choice and to follow the lead of Head of the Satsang Whose Guidance he likes. The Satsangis would make effort to strengthen the relations of brotherly love. They should abstain from unnecessarily instilling their own ideas and feelings in the minds and hearts of other Satsangis...."

THE CONCLAVE: Those Who Attended

In keeping with the concept of Murar Declaration and its objective, it was considered desirable to enlarge the basis for cooperation among different Centres of Radhasoami Faith in the light of the observations made by Param Guru Huzur Maharaj as cited in the note regarding Murar Declaration. Hence immediately following the two-day Seminar on Religion of Saints ('Sants') -- Radhasoami Faith: Spiritual Consciousness Studies (SPIRCON-2010) which was held under aegis of Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University) and in which practitioners and scholars of Sant Mat from India and various parts of the world participated, it was decided to hold a Conclave of Leaders of different traditions of Radhasoami Faith on 14th November, 2010 at Dayalbagh. In sending out invitations for participation for the Conclave, three criteria were identified that they should:

(1) recognise Param Purush Puran Dhani Soamiji Maharaj as Avtar of Radhasoami Dayal

(2) accept Radhasoami Naam as the true Nij Naam and consider

(3) the practice of Surat Shabda Yoga under the guidance of a living Sant Satguru as the way for attaining salvation.

Accordingly the letter of Invitation was sent to Revered Leaders of seven Centres and also the draft of proposed Declaration on the lines of the one adopted by the Sabha at Murar was sent for consideration. Revered Baba Kehar Singh Ji Maharaj of Taran Taran and Revered Kanwar Singh Sahab of Dinod participated in the Conclave. The Revered Leaders of Beas and Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission Delhi were going to be out of India on the dates set for the Conclave. Revered Baba Gurinder Singh ji Maharaj of Beas promising to visit Dayal Bagh before the end of the celebrations did come on 16th March, 2011. He met Revered Dr. Prem Saran Satsangi Sahab and the two Leaders signed a General Statement declaring that "in all humility the two Satsangs declare once again their adherence in true letter and spirit to the guidelines contained in the Joint Statement (of Param Guru Sahabji Maharaj and Baba Sawan Singh ji Maharaj signed in 1932)." Revered Babaji was welcomed by President, Radhasoami Satsang Sabha on behalf of Satsangis of Dayalbagh of whom 7000-8000 were present and Satsang held. Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission has conveyed full support for Murar Declaration. Revered Agam Prasad Mathur Sahab of Pipal Mandi participated in the SPIRCON Seminar as Chief Guest of Honour and has indicated his support for the Declaration. Mahantji of Tulsi Math of Hathras attended SPIRCON throughout. Representatives of Soami Bagh and Dr. Hazra Group too were invited of which the latter attended SPIRCON.

At the Conclave held on 14th November, 2010 a Declaration was issued signed by Leaders of Dayalbagh Satsang, Dinod and Taran Taran Satsang.

DECLARATION

The following is the text of the Declaration which was signed by Revered Dr. P.S. Satsangi Sahab, Revered Baba Kehar Singh Sahab and Revered Kanwar Singh ji.

"Radhasoami Dayal incarnated Himself in the year 1818 in the form of Param Purush Puran Dhani Soamiji Maharaj in this world for the redemption of jivas. On Basant day in 1861, He declared open His Satsang to public in general which was an event of unparalleled Mercy since the beginning of creation. By His grace Satsang has been making steady progress ever since. The Nijdhar has continued to function in different human forms continuously. We have the assurance that the Nijdhar will not return until it had completed its task of redemption of all the jivas.

2. In course of time, several Centres of Radhasoami Satsang have got established. It is with the strength of Nijdhar that the Sant Satgurus of different Centres are maintaining progress of their respective communities.

3. We are all pilgrims treading the same path and desirous of reaching the same destination ultimately. Satsang movement has been started to spread the true religion and peace and tranquility in the world and to draw people towards the Holy Feet of Huzur Radhasoami Dayal. This object can be better served by maintaining mutual affection and brotherly relations among different Centres of Radhasoami Faith and working in cooperation to attain the common goal "as the object of worship of everyone is the same (i.e. Merciful Radhasoami) and the Original Home of everyone is the same (i.e. the Abode of Radhasoami) and the real teachers of everyone are the same Bani and Discourses of Merciful Radhasoami, obviously then, all should have amity and heart-felt love and affection for each other."

4. As Satsang completes 150 years, it is the right time to take an initiative in this direction. We recognise all those belonging to larger Radhasoami community who satisfy the following criteria:

(A) Recognise Param Purush Puran Dhani Soamiji Maharaj as Avtar of Radhasoami Dayal

(B) Accept Radhasoami Naam as the true Nij Naam and,

(C) the practice of Surat-Shabda-Yoga under the guidance of a living Sant Satguru as the way for attaining salvation.

In order to strengthen the Satsang movement for attainment of its goal we make the following declaration:

(1) That all Satsang Centres and the Satsangis affiliated to them would maintain and promote brotherly relations and affectionate behaviour towards the followers of Radhasoami Faith attached to different Centres.

(2) Each Centre will continue to make separate arrangement for Satsang as it deems proper. It will be open to a Satsangi to join any Centre according to his/her inclination and to follow the lead of the Sant Satguru Whose Guidance he/she wants.

(3) Each Centre will be free to manage its properties according to its wishes but access to the shrines under their management will be provided to the followers of the Faith attached to different Centres.

(4) No Satsangi by any written word or utterance will make any statement which may be derogatory to other Satsang nor try to instil his/her ideas and feelings in the minds of others.

We enjoin upon Satsangis attached to various Centres to follow this Declaration in letter and spirit.