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      Nada (inner Sound) Meditation and the Principles of Sant Mat

      Sant Mat Fellowship:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship
      {"Come out of the circle of time,
      and into the circle of love." -- RUMI}
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      ***I) The Principles of Sant Mat;

      ***II) Nada (inner Sound) Meditation Practice: Nada-anu-sandhana
      -- Parallels between Surat Shabd Yoga and Yogindra's
      Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika
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      ***I) The Principles of Sant Mat

      1. Ultimate Reality is beyond any beginning or end, infinite, beyond
      birth, beyond the senses, all-pervading yet beyond pervasiveness. It
      must therefore be understood as the Supreme Being. This Essential
      Element is known as the Lord of All and is the foundation of all
      things. This Being is beyond both the inanimate and animate aspects
      of nature. It is without qualities and beyond qualities. Its nature
      is infinite, imperishable, all-powerful. It is beyond time and
      space, beyond sound and beyond form. It is the One without a second.
      The Supreme Being is beyond the scope of mind, the intellect and the
      senses. This entire universe is powered by the energy of this Being.
      This Being is not human. It is not manifested in physical form. It
      has existence beyond the illusion of maya, and there is nothing that
      exists outside of it. It is the Being which is eternal, existing
      from the beginning. Santmat considers this Being as the Divine
      Reality and this [knowing or merging with] Being is the goal of all
      spirituality.

      2. The individual soul is an inseparable part of the Supreme Being.

      3. The physical world of nature was created. It has an origin and an
      end.

      4. The soul bound by illusion (maya) remains in the cycle of death
      and birth. This is the cause of all suffering. In order to escape
      from this cycle of death and birth we must experience realization of
      this Supreme Being.

      5. By practicing devotion through these four techniques: Manas Japa
      (recitation of the divine name(s) [Simran]), Manas Dhyana (focus on
      the divine form [Dhyan]), Dristi Sadhana (focus on the infinitesimal
      point [Third Eye Center -- contemplating the inner Light]), and Nada-
      nu-sandhana Yoga (concentration on the inner divine sounds [Surat
      Shabda Yoga] -- the practitioner consecutively transcends the realms
      of darkness, light, and sound which cloak the Truth -- the Divine.
      Only through a human body is a person able to achieve unity with the
      Divine.

      6. Lying, stealing, intake of intoxicating substances, adultery, and
      violence (including harming other beings) are the five sins to be
      avoided. Eating meat or fish is also considered to be a form of
      violence and should be avoided. The aspirants of Santmat must
      abstain from these vices.

      7. Consider the following as the requirements to attain liberation:

      Trust and belief in the Divine;

      commitment to seek the Divine within;

      devotion to a spiritual master;

      listening to the teaching of the spiritual discourse including study
      of the teaching of the saints and the scriptures;

      and diligent meditation practice.

      -- Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, "The Harmony of All Religions"


      ***II) Nada (inner Sound) Meditation Practice: Nada-anu-sandhana

      The cultivation of the inner Sound is known as Nada-anu-sandhana.

      Svatmarama Yogindra calls the inner Sound a bolt by which the unruly
      horse of the mind is locked within. In another striking metaphor, he
      compares the mind under the spell of the inner Sound to a cobra that
      is hypnotized and rendered harmless by the melody of the snake
      charmer's flute. Then he writes: "With constant cultivation of the
      Nada, accumulations of sin are eliminated. In this way, mind and
      life force (marut) definitely become absorbed in the untainted
      Supreme Reality."

      Svatmarama Yogindra, the author of the Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika,
      outlines the stages of Nada (inner Sound) practice as follows:
      First, the practitioner should block his or her ears with the
      fingers and focus inwardly, listening for the arising of the inner
      Sound (Nada). To begin with, a variety of sounds may be heard,
      becoming increasingly subtle. Thus the practitioner may hear sounds
      like the sound of the Ocean, a Rain Cloud, a Drum, a Kettledrum, a
      Conch, a Bell, a Horn, a flute, a lute, or a bee. He or she should
      continue to focus on whatever Sound is attractive until the mind
      achieves perfect steadiness. (The Shambhala Guide to Yoga, Shambhala
      Publications)

      Excerpts from Chapter 15 of Yogindra's Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika

      NADA, THE INNER SOUND

      I now shall describe the practice of Nada, as has been proclaimed by
      Gorakshanath......Lord Siva has shown innumerable paths to laya, but
      it seems to me that the practice of Nada is the best of them all.

      One seats himself in siddhasana and assumes shambhavi mudra,
      listening to the inner Sound that Rings in his right ear. Close
      ears, nose, mouth, and eyes, then you will distinctly hear a clear
      sound in the sushumna,...... During the initial stage of practice
      various strong sounds are audible, but as progress is made they
      become more and more refined. --At first they sound like the roaring
      of the Ocean or like Thunder, like Kettle Drums, or Trumpets. Then
      they become more and more subtle until they sound like Flutes and
      Harps, like the Humming of bees. In this way one hears them in the
      center of the body. Even as the loud sounds [still] ring out, one
      should concentrate on the subtle Sound. --One may well let the
      attention swing between these two sounds, but the mind should never
      be allowed to wander to external objects. --The attention turns
      naturally to the sound that has the strongest attraction.

      .....After the vibration has pierced the last knot [the ajna
      chakra], the forehead's center [of consciousness], it rises to the
      divine place. With this the fourth stage sets in, where one hears
      the sound of the Flute and the Vina....The state of dissolution
      [laya] arising from the [inner Sound] Nada creates this spontaneous
      experience. --[All] yogis who have reached the state of samadhi
      through this concentration on Nada have experienced a bliss in their
      hearts that surpasses all description and can be known only by a
      god. --The silent ascetic, having closed his ears, listens
      [attentively] to the sound in his heart until he attains the state
      of oneness with all [samadhi]. --The power of inner Sound gradually
      surpasses the external sounds. Thus the yogi can overcome the
      weakness of the mind and reach his goal in 15 days....

      Just as the bee who drinks the flower's honey is not concerned with
      its scent, so also the mind, when absorbed in Sound, does not care
      about the pleasure-bound senses.

      The sharp iron prong of nada can effectively curb the [elephant]
      mind when it wants to gambol in the pleasure garden of the sense-
      objects. --When the mind has been divested of its fickle nature and
      has been fettered by the ropes of the inner Sound, then it reaches
      the highest state of concentration and remains still, like a bird
      that has lost its wings.

      He who wishes to reach the mastery of yoga should renounce all his
      [restless] thoughts and practice with carefully concentrated mind
      the dissolution [of the world of senses] in Nada laya.

      The inner Sound [the bindu] is like a trap to capture the gazelle
      [the mind]; like a hunter, it kills the animal [conceptual thought].

      The inner Sound is like a bolt on the stable door that keeps the
      horse [conceptual thinking] from roaming about. Therefore the yogi
      should daily practice concentration on this Nada [Sound]. --Mercury
      distilled with sulphur becomes solid and divested of its active
      nature. It becomes capable of rising into the air. Similarly, the
      mind it made steady by the influence of Nada and becomes united with
      the all-pervading Brahman.

      When the mind [free of concepts] comes to know, it does not run
      toward the Ringing Sound like a [curious] serpent.

      The fire that burns a piece of wood dies out when the wood has been
      consumed. So also the mind when it remains concentrated on Nadam
      (and does not search for new fuel) gets absorbed in it. --When the
      fourfold mind (antakharana) has been attracted by the Sound of Bells
      etc., like a gazelle, a skillful archer can hit it with his arrow.

      Space [akasha] exists only as long as the Sound is heard. In
      Soundlessness atman and Brahman are one [Paramatma]. (from the
      Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika) ////////
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