- The last post before this one (which I think
was very wise and interesting overall) mentioned
paying attention to your breath as perhaps being
"boring". And that may be the case if you
don't, so to say, go an extra step in your
methodology and add an analytical aspect to
your practice. The Soham techinque description
from our web site, Meditation Station, will
hopefully point to a deeper than 'boring'
experience, and appreciation for the potential
benefits of meditative breathing. Enjoy!
The Bible tells us that in the beginning there
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. But in the beginning, there
were no words, no languages, or even sounds of
humans or animals. So what was the Word that
was in the beginning. This has been a great
mystery, but like the solution to many mysteries,
the answer has been right under our nose all
along. And that is Soham.
Soham is referred to as the "Mahamantra", the
Greatest Mantra, and is considered along with Om
to be the most powerful of all techniques. This
was the first meditation technique, both in
antiquity and in our own lives. The ancient
cavemen, before they had invented language or
fire, would sit in their dark caves and have
nothing else to focus on but the sound of their
breath. Similarly, the first sound we heard when
we were in our mothers' womb was the sound of her
breath, and this sound has been with us ever since
we drew our first breath. It negates the need to
rely on any of the words of the languages of the
world to use as a mantra. It has brought people to
transcendence of worldly limitations from time
immemorial and continues to do so. It can be done
even while driving, working, and doing other acts
of daily life and thereby offers a continuous
experience of being in the present. This is a
great present, because Reality takes place now,
in the present. Soham is a wonder-full meditation
technique and I hope will bring you the experience
of Knowledge, Consciousness, and Bliss that is
In the Bible, when God was asked what his name is,
He answered " I Am That I Am'. In Sanskrit, the
most ancient of languages, the sound of the
inhalation is termed So, and the exhalation is
Ham. Combined, the word Soham is translated as
"I Am He/That". So, whenever you are doing this
technique, you are calling on God. Every breath thus
becomes a prayer and adoration.
The Soham Meditation Technique
At the time and in the place where you feel most
comfortable, place your body in the position that
you have found to be the most beneficial for
meditation. Close your eyes. Close your ears by
putting your thumbs in them, or by using earplugs.
This will intensify the sound of your breath while
diminishing the distractions that sight and sound
bring. Command your mind to be silent, your emotions
to be calm, and your body to stay relaxed. Focus on
the sound of your breath coming in. Associate it
with the word So. As your breath leaves, listen to
the sound and associate it with the word Ham.
To pronounce So and Ham correctly, listen to how
they sound. As with most pranayama (breathing
techniques), Soham is done either in 3 cycles of
12 or 12 cycles of 12. One inhalation and one
exhalation are one respiration. 12 respirations
are one cycle. For those just starting to use this
technique, it is usual to silently say the word So
with each inhalation and the word Ham with each
exhale. When you are focused consistently,
consciously, you will flow into simply listening
to the sound of Soham. Soham is by far the easiest
meditation. It comes to all living creatures without
any effort. And yet it is the deepest possible
technique, as it presents the opportunity to
meditate on the great mystery of life and the
No matter how we have acted and reacted, with each
breath we are forgiven for our so-called sins and
rewarded with another breath, another heartbeat, and
another moment of life to cherish. No act of will on
our part can give us breath. Literally, we are graced
with this gift of life from a power greater than
ourselves. A corpse has every bone, every organ, and
every bodily system that we have, and yet it doesn't
have life or healing energy filling every cell with
every breath, as we have. As you merge more and
more with Soham, you surrender your reactivity to
your thoughts, emotions, and sensory impressions.
These are all just heavy earth-bound suffering-causing
limitations. The divine energy of Soham is limitless
heavenly love and light. Witness, surrender all
effort, and fill with this most precious gift of Grace.
However since even the state of deep sleep is a durational occurrence, it is also within the gestalt of time.
The state of deep sleep has a start and an end.
That which is trancendental to even the state of deep sleep is.....
yeshwanthi vasudevan wrote:
> But Sandeep, isn't that like a deep-sleep state. While I'am asleep (in deep-sleep) there is no form, identity or any past, present or future related to that identity of "me", while I'am in a deep-sleep. While I'am in a deep sleep, there is no "me" to be aware of the fact that there is no "me" (along with all the baggage that the "me" carries with itself, such as form, identity, past, present future etc). In other words, while I'am in a deep sleep, I don't even know if I'am alive or dead. sandeep chatterjee <sandeep1960@ yahoo.com> wrote: Jeff Belyea <jeff@mindgoal. com> wrote: --- In meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com , sandeep chatterjee <sandeep1960@ ...> wrote: > Changing mulberry bushes, does not cease the running > around. This true, but it is through the running around, and finding of just the right mulberry bush in just the right light that entices the mind to cease running andconceptualizing. ------------ The mind can never cease running or conceptualizing. The very presence of the sense of conceptualizing. .. infers the existence of the
> mind. The very sense that such and such act which may be enfolding as the moment, moment to moment will get "me" such and such, infers the existence of the "me". The very presence of a sense of enticement, no matter about what........ ..is the sense of the mind. The very presence of a sense of a stake (and enticement is nothing but a stake), no matter about what........ ..is the sense of the mind. Thus the mind can never know or experience the state (so to say) of the absence of the presence of conceptualizing. And thus the state....... ....(to use a mere term).. . of the absence of the presence of conceptualizing and the absence of this very absence..... .....has no cognition of a mind........ ... let alone a mind to be enticed to cease. Awakened.... ......there is nothing which is not already
> awakened. Nor is there anything which is awakened either. And yet this post as a pointing over cyber space....... ... happens. .
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