psychoacoustics or how proper sound vibrations and frequencies deeply affect the brain, the nervous system, the body, and the mind. Continue reading
For Kundalini yogis, the impact of sound and vibration is the teacher or Guru. We are united with the Infinite through the vibration of the sound current or Naad. Kundalini yoga prepares your body and mind and enhances your hearing capacity so that you can recognise and hear the sound current.
I am asked many times when I play the Gong, how did I learn to play? It is a mixture of developing my intuition over the last 15 years, to play intuitively. But I feel that that would not have been enough. The real key was when I learnt and chanted mantra, particularly the Long Ek Ong Kars for 4 years. This enhanced my hearing capacity to allow me to hear the sound current.
Yogi Bhanjan reminds us, that our minds are not under our control and mantra is something that can bring the mind under our control.
Let’s look at the word Mantra. Man, mind and Tra projection. Whatever sets the projection of the mind is called Tra. Tra brings harmony, Tral means harmonious notes and Tra is the projected wave length of harmony.
If I say fire the arrow at a precise longitude and latitude, I am giving you the Tra or projection for that arrow. This is the same with the mind the Tra sets the projection of where the mind wants to get to.
Mantra is a cyclable, a key, a code, a sound which fixes the projection of the mind. It projects through the mind that secret code.
When we understand that on a quantum level everything in the Universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested in either, light, sound and energy, we understand how powerful chanting mantra can be for us. This is not a religious thing or even a mystical thing, it is a practical technology that works.
Start changing what your mind is broadcasting, by chanting instead of thinking in mind loops. Start listening to your mind, emotions and also what you say. Does your projection really reflect you? Or is it , the negative self, the victim self, the judgemental self, the worrier self? And is this what you want to be broadcasting and resonating? If it is not, be the change you want to see.
The purpose of chanting is to have a direct connection with the soul or infinite self that resides beyond your mind. You chant and your mind hears the sound of infinity through your voice, there is no higher meditation you can do. Start chanting Sat nam to yourself. Even this simple phrase of truth or true self will start making a change to your mind and its projection.
This week’s classes:
Mon 8 May 6.15-7.30 Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Colombo 7
Tues 9 May 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5
Thurs 11 May 6-7.30pm Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.
Fri 12 May 6.30-7.30pm Acro Jam@ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5 (FREE)
Sat 13 May 5-7.30am Sadhana@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Sun 14 May 5-7.30 am Sadhana @9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
“Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
There is a vibratory frequency that corresponds to everything in the Universe. Happiness or sorrow, joy or regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in those particular syllables. Whether it’s for prosperity, peace of mind, increasing intuition, or any other possible benefits inherent in mantras, simply by chanting them we are setting vibrations into motion that shall have an effect. It doesn’t actually matter if we understand the meaning of the sounds or not.
Chanting mantra produces specific vibratory frequency within the body. The vibratory frequency of a mantra draws to you whatever you are vibrating. You are like a magnet attracting vibrations to you by what you send out. As a vibration, a mood, a state of being that results from chanting, mantra is compatible with all belief systems.
Chanting is an amazing and powerful part of the practice of Kundalini Yoga. When we sing or repeat mantras, we call the heavens down to the Earth. The heavens begin to manifest in our own hearts. That is why chanting makes people feel so good, even if they do not understand the meaning of the words.
What is so truly amazing about sound, mantra, and chanting is that each one of us holds this power of transformation within us. We don’t have to go to a place or to another person to access this power. Our very own body is the instrument of transformation.
When you chant listen to the sound your voice makes and how it sounds in your body.
-Yogi Bhajan, 2/13/01, Espanola, NM
The first technique is a listening practice that Yogi Bhajan taught me in 1989 and remains a foundation of my personal daily sadhana to this day. This practice develops intuition, stills the monkey mind, and enhances the flow of communication. It is also a fabulous foundation for developing your capacity to chant more deeply. Here it is:
Posture: Sitting quietly, eyes closed and focused gently at the brow point.
Focus: Listen deeply. Isolate and identify each sound that you hear.
If, for example, a car passes outside, mentally identify the sound by stating “a car is passing outside”… “I can hear the hissing of water underneath the tires”. Then move on to the next sound…a fly buzzing, the sound of your breath through your nostrils as you inhale and exhale, the sound of someone clearing their throat. If you feel that you have identified every sound possible, continue isolating every sound that strikes your ears, even if you have already identified it once. Break it down into its subtle parts. Listen to the sounds within the sounds, the sounds within you, the sounds near to you, and the sounds very far away.
Allow every sound. Some sounds may seem unpleasant. Listen to them anyway. You may find that you tend to block certain sounds. Turn your awareness to those sounds, open up your listening ears and listen to them as well.
If you find that your mind starts to wander, simply return to deeply listening.
Time: Continue isolating and identifying every sound for 3 to 11 minutes.