What Is the Radha Soami Dera?


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According to the Radha Soami Satsang Beas, the Radha Soami Dera is a mini-township in India with 6,000 residents. The colony is a popular tourist destination with several guest hotels and temporary accommodations.

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Radha Soami Dera, also known as the Dera, is the home of the spiritual leader of Radha Soami Satsang Beas. RSSB is an Indian philosophical organization established in 1891. Since its establishment, the organization has spread to more than 90 countries worldwide. The organization is a nonprofit society with no affiliation to any political or commercial organizations. The main purpose of the organization is to enforce spirituality by teaching a personal path of spiritual development that includes a vegetarian diet, abstinence from intoxicants, a moral way of life and the practice of daily meditation. The Dera also seeks to be as self-sufficient and environmentally friendly as possible.

The RSSB gatherings occur on specially designated weekends, during which masses of people come to hear the preaching of a spiritual leader. These gatherings draw crowds of more than 250,000 people in a venue that spans 32 acres. Despite the relatively large following, there are no rituals, ceremonies, hierarchies or mandatory contributions, nor are there compulsory gatherings. Instead, members are encouraged to retain their cultural and religious identity while following the spiritual teachings.

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