Here is an excerpt from an article, entitled "The Role of Sound in Meditation", which I
thought might interest people:
"...Why do we use sound in meditation? Why not use one of the other senses or
faculties, since touch, sight, taste, and smell must also possess increasingly subtler
forms until they reach the point of their emerging? It is true that these four faculties
do have subtle forms, but only sound reaches to the ultimate point of emergence.
The five senses correspond to the five elements of which all things consist. Those
elements are ether, air, fire, water, and earth. That is, their grossest forms are those
of sound, sight, touch, taste, and smell as perceived by the bodily senses. Because of
this we use these terms to refer to them. But the water element is not just the liquid
we call "water." It is much, much more, having roots into the astral and causal planes.
The same is true of the other elements.
When relative existence, individual or cosmic, begins, there is a chain of
manifestation. First there is the out-turning of the consciousness itself. This
modification on the cosmic level is the emerging of the Mahat Tattwa, the Great
Element, that is the Personal or Saguna Brahman, spoken of in Christianity as "the
Only-begotten of the Father" or "Son" of God. In the individual this is the sense of
asmita : I-am-ness. Then the Pradhana [Prakriti] modifies itself into the five elements,
beginning with the ether, and each succeeding element contains within itself some of
the preceding elements. That is, air is not "pure" but is air mixed with some ether.
Fire possesses some of the ether and air element. Water has some fire, air, and ether.
Earth has some water, fire, air, and ether. So only ether is unmixed, and only ether is
"touching" the principle of individualized consciousness. In other words, only ether is
in direct contact with the spirit. Yet ether [akasha] pervades all the other elements as
their prime constituentactually as their source and core element. Sound is the quality
(or faculty) of ether; touch is the quality of air; sight is the quality of fire; taste is the
quality of water; and smell is the quality of earth. Sound, then, is the only thing that
reaches back to the principle of consciousness. The other elements stop somewhere
along the way.
The five elements also correspond to the five levels or bodies known as koshas: the
anandamaya, jnanamaya, manomaya, pranamaya, and annamaya bodies. These are
the intelligence, intellectual, mental (sensory), biomagnetic, and physical bodies. The
highest (most subtle) body is the etheric body (anandamaya kosha) which is the seat
of sound or speech.
Sound, then, is the direct means to return our awareness to the inmost level of our
being and put us into touch with consciousness itself. In fact, consciousness is innate
in sound. At the same time, sound rules all the levels of our being and has the ability
To read more, go to: http://www.atmajyoti.org/me_role_of_sound_meditation.asp
Sorry for the teaser, but the entire article is to long for a forum.
Happy New Year!