SOUND OF THE SWARA;-? 05 FACTS;- 1-In swara yoga the function of the breath is very scientific. When the awareness is absorbed in the breath, in its movement, in its sound, it becomes the vehicle for traversing the superficial layers of the mind and attaining higher experiences beyond the influence of the external senses. 2-Yoga and tantra explain that the breath vibrates with the force of prana. Vibrations cannot exist without creating a sound frequency. Therefore, the breath also has a specific sound which is heard at a particular level of consciousness. 3-ACCORDING TO Yoga Chudamani Upanishad, "The breath goes out making the sound of Ham and comes in producing the sound So, whereby the jiva continually repeats the mantra Ham-So 21,600 times every twenty-four hours. This continual repetition of the mantra is known as ajapajapa." 4-The Upanishads further state that by conscious mental repetition of the mantra So-Ham with the breath, the mantra manifests as an audible sound in the inner ear. On hearing this, one becomes freed from karma and samskara. 5-To investigate this claim, we will have to experience the mantra of the breath and we will have to experience its effect at the different levels of mind and consciousness. DIMENSIONS OF THE SWARA/SOUND;- 07 FACTS;- 1-The sound we hear with the ears and the faculty of the brain is only one level of perception. If sound waves exist at the conscious level, they must also exist at the subtler levels. 2-The human ear has a very limited range of perception. We know that cats, dolphins, bats and many other animals have such an acute sense of hearing that they can perceive frequencies inaudible to the human ear. 3-As the frequency becomes higher, our ears fail to pick up the vibrations, although the sound is still there. In the same way, although we do not hear the subtler sound of the breath, it creates sound waves in the deeper realms of our consciousness. 4-As the breath becomes finer, the sound frequencies become more intense and subtle. In this way, they are heard internally from the subconscious realm, then the unconscious and finally the superconscious where sound becomes transcen- dental. 5-Normally we are unable to perceive the existence of sound in those realms because we are unaware of those parts of our mind. Those centres of our brain are not active. But when we can experience the subconscious area of the mind with awareness, then the sounds manifesting in that realm also become audible. The same principle applies in regard to unconscious and transcendental vibrations.

6-The ancient rishis and yogis who had contacted deeper layers of the mind through meditation perceived the sounds of subtler vibrations. Before entering the transcendental state, they heard the sound of the outgoing and ingoing breath, the sound of Ham-So-Ham-So-Ham . . .

7-Sound also exists in the dimension of turiya, but then there is no individual mind to perceive it. That is the sound of the vibration of the universe, the vibration of Om. In the unconscious realm there is the sound of Ham-So. When you remove the individuality of the finite mind, the 'veil' between Ham (Shakti - the individual jiva) and So (Shiva - cosmic consciousness) is lifted. The sound of the breath is the direct link between the lower and higher experience. MANTRA OF THE BREATH;- 05 FACTS;- 1-A mantra is more than a sound vibration. When we speak of mantra in relation to the breath, it actually signify liberated consciousness... 2-The word mantra is made up of two roots: man, which means contemplation, and tra, which means to liberate. When the transcendental sound of the breath is repeatedly perceived, the consciousness becomes liberated or freed from the Finite mind. 3-The mantra of the breath releases the inherent energies required for this liberation. This is not religious terminology, it is purely scientific.

4-The root man also means reflection (manana). Mantra brings liberation through reflection, and the same process takes place in regard to the breath. By reflection on the sound of the breath, it becomes realized and the mind becomes absorbed in that manifestation. 5-When this happens, the consciousness in no longer bound to the sensual world. It becomes one with the sound vibration at deeper levels of mind. YANTRA OF THE BREATH;- 07 FACTS;- 1-The Upanishads declare that liberation of consciousness from mind is freedom from samskara and karma. So, there is a relationship between the mind and karma .. Every experience of the five organs of sense and the five organs of action is stored in the subconscious and unconscious mind in a particular geometrical form known as a yantra or archetype. 2-When you see an object or smell an odour, when something makes you happy or sad, the memory of that experience is stored in symbolic form, which represents the Whole experience. It is similar to the DNA molecule, which is a complete representation of the entire genetic makeup. 3- In the same way, every experience in your life is recorded in a specific symbolic form called a yantra. Thus the mantra of the breath is the sound vibration and the yantra is the form.

4-Repetition of the mantra with the breath brings the mind into the subconscious level and then it goes deeper into the unconscious. When the consciousness is absorbed in the deeper realms of the mind and there are no external distractions, then the yantra of the breath manifests and becomes a living experience. 5-Reflection on the yantra is therefore the process of concentrating the mind until it arrives at the final point of illumination.

6-On reaching that point of concentration where the yantra becomes manifest, an explosion of energy occurs. 7-The same thing is explained in the tantras, where it is stated that the two poles of relativity, Shiva and Shakti, time and space, come together and meet in the nucleus. Then creation bursts forth into existence.... Hence, you could even say that concentration on the breath's yantra subsequently leads to what people call a 'mind blowing experience'. .....SHIVOHAM....