SUMIRAN - Repetition of the Holy Name 'RADHASOAMI' (pronounced 'Rah Dah Swah Me'), while focusing our attention at the 'Third Eye' (between and behind the two eyes). Performing Sumiran quiets the mind, and we have been given this Holiest of Names by Soami Ji Maharaj, which destroys all negative forces.
DHYAN - Contemplation of Sat Guru in meditation. Visualizing the Sat Guru's face is one of the keys to awakening the inner-Shabd (Sound). Dhyan of the last publicly manifest Sant Sat Guru Babuji Maharaj is recommended, who's "spiritual impulse" is most active.
BHAJAN - By listening to the Divine Sound Current (Shabd) within we eradicate our karmas, and in time it will transport us back to our true eternal home. Shabd is the creator of all that exists and is the spiritual current that leads to our immortality and salvation.
BHAKTI - Devotion and Love (Prem) for Radhasoami Dayal, the Supreme Being, who incarnated as Soami Ji Maharaj.
ABHYAS - Soami Ji Maharaj had many times said to "practice Surat Shabd Yoga wholeheartedly", and that “those who have turned their back on Meditation will suffer for their negligence."
KEY FEATURES of the SURAT SHABD YOGA
“So long as Spirit does not catch hold of (inner) Sound,
the mind cannot be subdued. Unless the mind is subdued, salvation of the soul is not possible. One will drift in the ocean of the world for lives together. Subdue your mind by the practice of Surat Shabd Yoga. Adopt no other method. Again and again, I stress that except Shabd (Divine Sound) there is no other spiritual practice."
“A perfect Guru or Sant Sat Guru, is one who has access to all the planes higher than the one where the aspirant's spirit is located. He comes down from the highest plane, i.e., Radhasoami Region, and is free to go up to any higher plane at His own will and choice. The Guru enables the disciple also to go up to a higher plane and to stay there by infusing in him His own higher and pure spirituality. In other words, the Guru's influence is similar to the influence of the sun on the earth."