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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nada: Divine Sounds ~ some selected quotes

A person who is visited by nada, especially during meditation, is known as a nadawala (nada = sound, -wala (suffix) = person)

When the aspirant has recognized this Nada and familiarized himself well enough with it, he will perceive that, contrary to the ever-changing inner and outer conditions that he was used to up to that moment, this mystical sound has a strange unearthly continuity about it.

It can be compared to the soft whisper of the wind and the continuous hissing noise of the ocean waves, with a shrill “ultra” sound on top of it, composed of all the harmonics in the universe. On higher spheres, this sacred Nada will have a strange sort of silvery aspect to it, somewhat similar to the uninterrupted jingling sound of very little pieces of glass, with other smaller, ever more subtle sounds superimposed on it, until finally these finer sounds seem to disappear into infinity." (excerpt from Edward Salim Michael: The Inner Sound: Nada Yoga)

"You might perceive inner sounds that seem like bells, or flutes, or even a hum like an electrical transformer. Some of these sounds are actually just the sounds of your own body: blood pumping, or the electrical energy of nerves and inner ear. Other, deeper, sounds are the "sounds behind the audible sound." It is into this deeper realm that Nada yoga can take you.

Some traditions tell us that this subtle, inner sound originates in the "heart chakra of the subtle body," considered the center of unstruck sound. Yogic tradition connects this inner sound with Kundalini itself.

In Nada yoga you concentrate on these finer and deeper sounds, moving from outer to inner realm, moving awareness from outer to inner sounds (Sanskrit: "nadam"), while all the time gently easing your mind into relaxed concentration and focus. This is a highly enjoyable form of meditation and it's relatively effortless: as you meditate, your entire being, every cell and atom and part of you, is being purified and balanced by the sounds that you are focusing on. Remember, whatever you pay attention to, you become. "Where you put your treasure, there you shall also find your heart." (from Nada Yoga: The Yoga of Sound)."

"The chirping of innumerable crickets and the chiming of many bells sounded in my inner consciousness. My closed eyes quivered momentarily and then they were still. The chirping and chiming sounds merged into one pulsating in-drawing tone of delightful sonority, a lifting and a pulling of tonal power..." (from Yahoo Groups: Christian Mystics: Light and Sound on the Path)

"Man’s life on this planet can be seen as a continuum of expansion and contraction–an endless pulsation controlled by our breathing. We participate at the most gross level in an interactive system of vibration and resonance. The pinnacle of this vibration is the cosmic sound–called nada.

This nada produces space (akasha) which, in turn, produces the other elements of the manifest world (air, fire, water and earth).These elements are at the interface of the gross material world and the subtle non-material world or field. They participate in both worlds as a link.

Akasha is the element of the fifth chakra, Vishuddha (ultra pure), which is the source of speech, listening and creativity. All sound produces akasha. Depending upon the quality of the sound, akasha will be gross or more refined. Among the finest of akashas is surya akasha. The prerequisites for producing such akasha are: precise pronunciation and intonation of mantras as well as the purity of feeling for the divinity within. There are many beneficial effects of surya akasha." (from Inner Tuning: Sounds for Psycho-Spiritual Growth).

Sound and light that leads within

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