WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SUBTLE SOUNDS; DURING MEDITATION IN BRIEF?IN NER YOGA..06
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SUBTLE SOUNDS; DURING MEDITATION;--
03 POINTS;- 1-When the Yoga enters into deeper states of trance, the heat of the Kundalini begins to course through the body, the subtle body is activated and the brain experiences a reverberating natural silence. 2-The Yogin experiences a sense of purity, rejuvenation and alertness within. At this point, one may hear subtle sounds in the ear, smell burning incense or floral fragrances (which have non-worldly origin) and gain sight into the occult worlds. 3-The sounds which the Yogin hears tend to vary depending on the inner plane of consciousness to which one is currently attuned. This post is a collection of these subtle sounds as noted in various ancient scriptures. As we see, there is lot of similarity in these descriptions.
1-ACCORDING TO The Yoga Upanishads;------
The Yoga Upanishads are a subset of the Upanishads which contain various techniques and experiences of Yoga. The following passage is from the Hamsa-Upanishad :---
It (Nada, sound) is (begun to be heard as) of ten kinds. The first is Chini (like the sound of that word); the second is Chini-Chini; the third is the sound of bell; the fourth is that of conch; the fifth is that of Tantiri (lute); the sixth is that sound of Tala (cymbals); the seventh is that of flute; the eighth is that of Bheri (drum); the ninth is that of Mridanga (double drum); and the tenth is that of clouds (viz., thunder). He may experience the tenth without the first nine sounds (through the initiation of a Guru). 2-ACCORDING TO Nadabindu-Upanishad; ------ The Yogi should always listen to the sound (nada) in the interior of his right ear. This sound, when constantly practiced, will drown every sound (dhvani from outside …. By persisting … the sound will be heard subtler and subtler. At first, it will be like what is produced by the ocean (jaladhi), the cloud (jimuta), the kettle-drum (bheri), and the water-fall (nirjhara) . … A little later it will be like the sound produced by a tabor (mardala, or small drum), a big bell (ghanta), and a military drum (kahala); and finally like the sound of the tinkling bell (kinkin), the bamboo-flute (vamsa), the harp (vina) and the bee (bhramara). 3-ACCORDING TO The Darsana-Upanishad;--- Describes the sounds heard when the consciousness becomes centered in the Brahmarandhra (anterior fontanelle), located in the top-center region of the head:
When air (prana) enters the Brahmarandhra, nada (sound) is also produced there. resembling at first the sound of a conchblast (sankha-dhvani) and like the thunder-clap (megha-dhvani) in the middle; and when the air has reached the middle of the head, like the roaring of a mountain cataract (giri-prasravana) Thereafter, 0 great wise one! the Atman, mightily pleased, will actually appear in front of thee. Then there will be the ripeness of the knowledge of Atman(Divine) from Yoga and the disowning by the Yogi of worldly existence. 4-ACCORDING TO The Shiva-Samhita;--- Let sadhak close the ears with his thumbs .From practicing this gradually, the Yogi begins to hear mystic sounds (nadas). The first sound is like the hum of the honey-intoxicated bee (matta-bhrnga), next that of a flute (venu), then of a harp (vina); after this, by the gradual practice of Yoga, the destroyer of the darkness of the world, he hears the sounds of ringing bells (ghanta) then sounds like roar of thunder (megha).
5-ACCORDING TO Hatha Yoga Pradipika;---
In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the following verses (verse number is indicated in parentheses) detail the subtle sounds which are heard-----.
1- When the Brahma knot (in the heart) is pierced through by Pranayama, then a sort of happiness is experienced in the vacuum of the heart, and the anahat sounds, like various tinkling sounds of ornaments, are heard in the body. 2- By this means the Vishnu knot (in the throat) is pierced which is indicated by highest pleasure experienced, And then the Bheri sound (like the beating of a kettle drain) is evolved in the vacuum in the throat. 3- In the third stage, the sound of a drum is known to arise in the Sunya(space) between the eyebrows, and then the Vayu goes to the Mahasunya, which is the home of all the siddhis. 4- When the Rudra knot is pierced and the air enters the seat of the Lord (the space between the eyebrows), then the perfect sound like that of a flute is produced. 5- In the first stage, the sounds are surging, thundering like the beating of kettle drums and jingling ones. In the intermediate stage, they are like those produced by conch, Mridanga, bells, &c. 6- In the last stage, the sounds resemble those from tinklets, flute, Veena, bee, &c. These various kinds of sounds are heard as being produced in the body.
6-ACCORDING TO Ramakrishna Paramahansa;----
This dialogue is from The Gospel of Ramakrishna, where Ramakrishna Paramahansa describes the mellifluous Anahata sound which reverberates through the Universe. This is analogous but not the same as the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation. Prankrishna (to the Master): “Sir, what is the Anahata sound?” Master: “It is a spontaneous sound constantly going on by itself. It is the sound of the Pranava, Om. It originates in the Supreme Brahman and is heard by yogis. People immersed in worldliness do not hear it. A yogi alone knows that this sound originates both from his navel and from the Supreme Brahman resting on the Ocean of Milk. ALL SADHAKS CAN ANALYZE THEMSELF & KNOW THEIR STAGE.