An excerpt from The Path Of The Masters - Julian Johnson 1939 - The first book to introduce Sant Mat to the Western world. :
The Audible Life Stream:
1. THE CENTRAL FACT IN SANT MAT
THE AUDIBLE LIFE STREAM is the cardinal, central fact in the science of the masters. It is the keystone of the arch. It is the cornerstone of the structure. It is the structure itself. And it is the path of the Masters. The great spiritual current is not only the central fact in the science of the masters but is is the supreme fact and factor of the entire universe. It is the very essence and life of all things. It is perhaps less known than any other important fact of nature, yet it is the one determining factor of all nature.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:1-5)
Here it is definitely stated that something which is called 'Word' is identical with God, the Creator.
Although not at all understood by the Christian church, this statement is an important announcement of the stupendous fact of the audible life stream. It is often called the sound current, but that is not a good name for it because it is not sufficiently definitive. The Indian name is simply shabd, meaning 'word' or 'sound', but that is not definitely clear. There are many words and sounds.
When any man speaks in this world, he simply sets in motion atmospheric vibrations. But when God speaks, he not only sets in motion etheric vibrations, but he himself moves in and through those vibrations. In truth it is God himself that vibrates all through infinite space. God is not static, latent: he is superlatively dynamic When he speaks, everything in existence vibrates, and that is the Sound, the Shabd; and it can be heard by the inner ear, which
Now, this great fact of nature, so little known to either ancient or modern thought, is the vital substance of the science of the Masters. It is cardinal and central in all their teachings. It is the one thing which distinguishes Sant Mat from all other sciences or systems. It is the very foundation of the Masters' system of yoga. It is the key to all of their success in unfolding their spiritual powers and controlling their minds. It is the one sign by which a real Master may be known and recognized from all others. No one is or can be a genuine Master unless he teaches and practices the audible life stream, because it is impossible for anyone to become a spiritual Master of the highest order unless he consciously utilizes the life stream to gain his development.
2. NAMES OF THE SUPREME LOGOS
The supreme logos is commonly called sound current in India, among those who speak English. But the best translation which we have been able to discover is 'audible life stream'. This appears to carry its deeper meaning and is more comprehensive and inclusive. It is, in fact, a stream — a life-giving, creative stream — and it can be heard. The fact that it is audible is extremely important, and that idea must be conveyed, if possible, in any name that is
This Sound sometimes is called Name; in Sanskrit or Hindi, nam.1 But in English we are not accustomed to put so much meaning in the word name. It is only correct if we understand that Name or Nam stands for all that the supreme being is. It is just another way of saying Word, and Word is what God says. It is
This divine Nam, Sound, or Word stands for all that God is or has ever said or done. It includes all of his qualities. As said before, it is the only way in which the universal spirit can manifest itself to human consciousness. So when the supreme being manifests himself as Sat Nam in Sach Khand he there becomes fully personified, embodied, and brings into manifestation all of the
This wave has two aspects, a centrifugal flow and a centripetal flow. It moves outward from the central dynamo of all creation, and it flows back toward that dynamo. Moving upon that current, all power and all life appear to flow outward to the uttermost bounds of creation, and again upon it all life appears to be returning toward its source. It is the latter aspect of it with which we have to deal mostly.
Upon that wave we have to depend for our return to our original home. When the Master makes the connection or, so to say, 'tunes us in', it is then that we begin our homeward journey, leaving all perishable worlds behind us.
This Word is called nod in the Vedas. In Vedanta, sound is always spoken of as creative. Sound, or anything that sounds, is the creative energy. It is referred to as the nad-brahm, meaning the primal Word of Brahm. By this nad-brahm all creation was brought into existence. The whole of the visible and invisible universe is the manifestation of this primal nad. The nad is the grand symphony out of which all other symphonies flow. It is the primal music of the universe. Every musical chord of this world is an echo of that primal chord. It is the vadan of the Sufis and the shabd of the Hindus.
But all Sufis do not distinguish between the primal Word and the manifest word, between the original music and its echo. They are not able to point out the difference between the dhunatmak sound and the many varnatmak sounds. [... .] "