Sunday, July 7, 2019

Light and Sound Form the Very Basis of Life

“If we look at the universe we will appreciate that light and sound form the very basis of the whole of the universe surrounding us including our own bodies…the creation… If these two elements are somehow removed from the universe, the universe would collapse or get dissolved or even more appropriately put, would simply cease to exist. This process is known as involution or ‘laya’ (in Sanskrit), as opposed to evolution. Light and sound form the very basis of life…

"Besides, as if to underscore the significance of these two components – light and sound – almost every religion has some tradition of symbolically including the light and sound in their places of worship. In Vedic tradition we can see lamps burning (light) and ringing bells (sound) hanging in a temple. In a church and Buddhist monasteries also candles and gong or chimes can be found. In mosques also the loudspeakers for azan (prayers) and incense sticks or chirag (lamp) are seen. These are just symbols but they do leave some hints at the importance of light and sound which are both in fact varied forms of energy. The subtlest of these energies is that Word or the Quintessential energy or anahat nada, Om, or sar shabd or the Word that springs forth directly from Him [God] as discussed earlier and, hence, is the most suitable or appropriate guide or escort to take us along to Him. That quintessential sound pervades all creation – gross, astral, causal as well as supra-causal. Nothing can be formed without it…

"The soul has now to concentrate on the sounds that are heard reverberating within, by practising nada dhyan/surat shabd yoga/nadanusandhana (Yoga of Inner Divine Sound [inner Sound Meditation]). Countless varieties of sounds including the ocean’s roar, thunder of clouds, melodies resembling those of musical instruments like drums, sitar, lute, flute etc… are heard. These sounds are so captivating and pleasing that the soul forgets everything else. These sounds become more and more melodious as one moves into higher and higher realms. By learning the right tact from a true Guru one can grasp the five central sounds, as described above, one after another and go on rising further and further. All these words or sounds are flowing from higher realms and clasping on to them it is very much possible for the perceiving soul to keep ascending, just as a fish can swim against the stream or current.”

– Swami Achutanand Baba, “Yoga of Inner Light and Sound”

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