Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Sound that Comes from God that Takes Us Back To God

The Sound that Comes from God that Takes Us Back To God

In the Beginning was the Song of the Creator, Shabd, Word, Logos, the Tao, Naam, Saunt-i Sarmad -- The Audible Life Stream

"The Shabd is the basis of all true religions, for religion means 'that which connects us with the Lord'. All forces of nature are sustained by the Shabd. The Life Force is also its manifestation, even though it is working in the regions of maya. Like electricity, Shabd, whether manifest or unmanifest, pervades everywhere. It is all-powerful and is the Creator of all. In the scriptures of all religions, Shabd is recognized as the Creator of the universe."

-- Huzur Baba Sawan Singh, "Philosophy of the Masters", abridged edition

Inner Peace by Meditating and Becoming One with the Sound Current

"Desire is the root cause of all disturbance and suffering. You will become desireless by regular listening to the holy Sound Current for some time. It is considered the tried panacea for that. It is the mergence of the soul in the Holy Shabd which grants such ineffable bliss and harmony, that the roots of desire are crippled for good."

-- Sant Kirpal Singh. "Sat Sandesh" magazine

Transcendental Sound Meditation -- Quan Yin, in Buddhism

"How sweetly mysterious is the Transcendental Sound of Avalokiteshvara [Quan Yin]! Is is the subdued murmur of the sea-tide setting inward. Its mysterious Sound brings liberation and peace to all sentient beings who in their distress are calling for aid."

-- Buddha, Surangama Sutra, "A Buddhist Bible", Dwight Goddard, Beacon Press

The Sound Beyond the Silence is Something to Hang Onto During Meditation

"As you calm down, you can experience the sound of silence in the mind. You hear it as a kind of high frequency sound, a ringing sound that's always there. It is just normally never noticed. Now when you begin to hear that sound of silence, it's a sign of emptiness - of silence of the mind. It's something you can always turn to. As you concentrate on it and turn to it, it can make you quite peaceful and blissful. Meditating on that, you have a way of letting the conditions of the mind cease without suppressing them with another condition. Otherwise you just end up putting one condition over another."

-- Ajahn Sumedho, from, "The Sound of Silence"

The Sound that Eminates from God also Leads us Back to God -- Surat Shabd Meditation -- Inner Light and Sound Meditation

"The Yoga of Sound is the highest and final practice of Sant Mat. In Sufism this is known as sultan-u-la-jakar. By practicing this form of meditation the practitioner realizes the Supreme Lord and becomes united with the Divine.

"When the aspirant practices the Yoga of Light he/she leaves the darkness and enters the realm of light. There the soul begins to hear the numerous divine sounds.

"There are five inner realms: gross, Subtle, Causal, Supra-causal and Kevalya. There is a specific sound at the center of each realm. These constitute the five central sounds.

"With reference to these sounds Kabir Sahab says: 'The five different kinds of sounds reverberate within, and thirty six kinds of divine melodies are also found within.'

"Guru Nanak says: 'There resound five kinds of sound.'

"Maharishi Mehi Paramhans Ji says: 'Five celestial melodies resound within. Listen to each of these.'

[Note: The sounds to listen for are revealed at the time of Initiation into the meditation practice, Surat Shabd Yoga.]

"In fact the sound possesses a quality that attracts the attention of the listener. Every central sound flows from the highest realm downward to the lower realm and then directly connects to the center of that realm. The aspirant enters the process by attending to the sound of the gross realm, centering, and then following that sound as it leads to the realm above, which is the Subtle realm. Upon reaching the Subtle realm, the sound of the Causal realm is experienced. This sound will eventually draw the practitioner from the Subtle to the Causal realm. And so the aspirant proceeds until reaching the highest realm, progressively catching increasingly subtle and powerful inner sounds in order to proceed to the realm immediately higher.

"In the final stages of this practice, the aspirant goes beyond the veil of material creation and reaches the realm of Kevalya. This is where the soul comes to experience the Divine. But even in this realm there is a thin veil, and complete union with the Divine is not yet possible. Upon acquiring the final essential sound in Kevalya, the soul ascends upward to the Absolute Soundless State. There the soul becomes one with the Divine."

-- Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj of Bhagalpur India, a Living Master in the Sant Mat lineage of Tulsi Sahib, on The Yoga of Sound (Nadan-u-sandhana), in his new book, "The Harmony of All Religions", from Chapter Seven: "Santmat", Published by Maharishi Mehi Ashram, Bhagalpur India, Bihar Dist.