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Inner Sound During Meditation (Audio)
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Deep Meditation as Cause of Nada (Divine Sound) (Audio)
January 12, 2010
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Q: Just wondering, do you have any thoughts on nada yoga
(yoga of sound)? I'm finding the sound current is appearing in meditation,
particularly in the head and heart, and that focusing on this will make it
louder or more intense. I feel its an important part of my path, as being an
intense musician in my teenage years was what helped me open to a lot of the
original ecstatic energy I first experienced. It's the vibration, but also
because playing jazz and improvising, you have to continually draw the
attention to the present moment. I would love to go deeper into the nada
brahma (sound of God).
A: Many practitioners have experienced
inner sounds during meditation and at other times. If you want to explore
doing a practice with it, that is your choice. I'd suggest not doing it
during your regular meditation with mantra, as you will be replacing the
practice that is bringing the experience with the experience itself. It is
purification and opening that brings such experiences, and as you know, we
always easily favor the mantra over experiences that come up during
meditation when we realize we have gone off. This is what produces the
Nada meditation is a common practice in some of the
traditions, particularly for the OM vibration. This may be used in some
traditions as the primary form of meditation
instead of mantra meditation.
We do not use nada meditation as
primary practice in AYP, mainly because it is not consistent, usually not in
an individual practitioner, and never across a wide range of practitioners.
Sometimes nada (sound/OM) is there, and sometimes it isn't. So much of a
nada yoga practice can be spent waiting for something to occur. The results
of this are well-evident in the traditions that rely on nada for primary
meditation. On the other hand, with systematic mantra meditation, we know we
will be going inward with every sitting, and, in time, inner silence will be
with us all the time. And so will the wide range of experiences that come
with that, including inner sounds.
This isn't to say you could not
use nada as an add-on. If your heart is in it, and the vibration is there,
enjoy it, preferably not at the expense of deep meditation or other AYP
practices you are doing. A measured approach is suggested to avoid overdoing
with nada, particularly if nada leads you toward the crown. If you begin to
get over-done, make sure to self-pace. I am sure you know the procedure by
There is also the external aspect of nada yoga, which can be
engaged in by listening to music of our choice, kirtans, chanting, etc. We
may be inclined to participate directly in such activities. Wonderful! The
main thing is to keep a balance between the advanced yoga practices we know
bring about our inner awakening, and our engagement in the experiential
benefits of inner and outer nada.
The guru is in you.
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