The 39Th Meditation Technique of Vigyan Bhairava Tantra.
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Lord Shiva explains to Devi : “ INTONE A SOUND, AS AUM, SLOWLY. AS SOUND
ENTERS SOUNDFULNESS, SO DO YOU.
INTONE A SOUND, AS AUM, SLOWLY. For example, take Aum. This is one of the
basic sounds. A-U-M: these three sounds are combined in it. A-U-M are three
basic sounds. All sounds are made of them or derived from them; all sounds
are combinations of these three sounds. So these three are basic. They are
as basic as in Physics the Electron, Neutron and Proton are basic.
Gurdjieff speaks of “ The Law Of The Three”. He says Existence in the
absolute sense is ONE. In the absolute sense, in the Ultimate sense, there
is only ONE. And whatsoever we see is relative. Whatsoever we see is never
absolute; the Absolute is always hidden. It can not be seen, because the
moment we see something, it is divided. It is divided into three: the SEER,
the SEEN, and the RELATIONSHIP. I am seeing you: I am here, you are there,
and between the two there is the relationship of Knowledge, of seeing, of
vision, of cognition. The process is divided into three. The absolute is
divided into three; the moment it is known it becomes THREE. Unknown, it
remains ONE. Known, it becomes THREE. The known is relative, the unknown is
So even our talk about the Absolute is not Absolute, because the moment we
say “ the absolute,” it has become known. Whatsoever we know, even the
word ‘ Absolute’ is relative. That is why Lao Tsu insists so much that Truth
can not be said. The moment you say it, it has become untrue because it has
become relative. So whatsoever word we use the Truth, the Absolute,
PARA-BRAHMA, Tao – whatsoever word we use, the moment we utter it, it has
become relative and it has become untrue. The ONE has become divided into
So, Gurdjieff says that “ The Law Of The Three” is basic for the universe
that we know. And if we go deep we will find, we are bound to find, that
everything will be reduced to THREE. This is “ The Law Of The Three”.
Christians have called it “ The Trinity” God the Father, Jesus the Son,
and the Holy Ghost. Indians have called it TRIMURTI: the three faces of
Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh or Shiva. Now Physics says if we move, if we go on
moving through analysis to the very base, then matter will be reduced to
THREE: the Electron, Neutron and Proton.
Poets have said that if we go deep in search for human aesthetic feeling,
emotion, then there is SATYAM, SHIVAM, SUNDARAM the TRUE, The GOOD, and
the BEAUTIFUL. Human feeling is based on these three. Mystics have said
that if we analyze ECSTASY, SAMADHI, then there is SAT-CHIT-ANANDA-
EXISTENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS and BLISS.
The whole human consciousness, in whatsoever dimension it works, comes to “
The Law Of The Three.” ‘ Aum’ is a symbol of the “ Law Of The Three”.
A-U-M : these three are basic sounds. The atomic sounds, one can call them.
These three sounds have been combined in Aum, so Aum is just near the
ABSOLUTE, just behind it is the Absolute, the Unknown. And Aum is the last
station as far as sounds are concerned. If you move beyond AUM, you move
beyond Sound; then there is no Sound. A-U-M : these three are the last,they
are the boundary of Existence. Beyond these three you move into the Unknown,
into the ABSOLUTE.
Physicists say that now we have come to the Electron, it seems we have come
to the limit, to the very limit, because the Electron can not be said to be
matter. Electrons are not visible; they have no material property. And they
can not be called non-matter either because all matter consists of them, is
constituted of them. If they are neither matter nor non-matter, what to call
them? No one has seen electrons, they are just inferred; it is
mathematically assumed that they are there. Their effects are known, but
they have not been seen. Now we can not move beyond them. The “ Law Of The
Three” is the limit, and if you move beyond “ The law Of The Three” into
the Unknown nothing can be said then. Even about electrons very little can
AUM is the limit as far as the sound is concerned, you can not move beyond.
That is why AUM has been used so much in India and all over the world. The
Christian- Mohammedan “ AMEN” is nothing but AUM in different form; the same
basic notes are there. The English words ‘ Omnipresent’, ‘ Omnipotent’, and
‘ Omniscient’ contain in it: The prefix ‘ omni’ is a derivation of AUM. So‘
omnipresent’ refers to that which is present in the whole of the Aum, in
the whole of existence. ‘Omnipotent’ means that which is absolutely potent.
‘Omniscient’ means that which has seen the Aum, the whole, “ The Law Of The
Three”. The whole Universe comes under it.
Christians, Mohammedans, have been using after their prayers ‘ Amen’. But
Hindus have made a complete science out of it the science of sound and
the science of how to transcend sound. And if Mind is SOUND, then NO-MIND
must be SOUNDLESSNESS, or – and both mean the same soundfulness.
The Absolute can be described in either of two ways Negative or Positive.
The relative has to be described in both the ways Negative and
Positive: it is a duality. When you try to express the Absolute, you can use
either Positive terms or Negative terms, because human languages have two
types of terms Negative and Positive. When you are going to describe the
Absolute, the Indescribable, you have to use some terms symbolically. So, it
depends on the mind.
For example Buddha liked to use negative terms. He would say Soundlessness;
he would never say Soundfulness. ‘Soundfulness’ is a positive term. Buddha
would say ‘ ‘soundlessness’ , but Tantra uses positive terms. The whole
thinking of Tantra is positive. That is why the term used here is ‘
Soundfulness’ : ENTER SOUNDFULNESS. Buddha describes his ‘Absolute’ in
negative terms: SHUNYA, NOTHINGNESS. The Upanishads describe the same
Absolute as the ‘ BRAHMAN’ ABSOLUTENESS. Buddha will use Nothingness and
Upanishads will use Absoluteness, but both means the Same Thing.
When words lose meaning you can use either the Negative or positive, because
all words are either negative or positive; you just have to choose one. You
can say for a Liberated Soul that he has become the WHOLE. This is a
positive way of saying it. OR you can say he is NO MORE. he has become
NOTHINGNESS. This is a negative way of saying it.
For example, if a small drop of water meets the ocean, you can say that ‘
the DROP has become NOTHINGNESS’, the Drop has lost its Individuality, the
drop is no more. This is a Buddhist way of saying things. It is good, it is
right as far as it goes, because ‘ no word’ goes very far. So far as it
goes, it is good. The drop is no more. That is what is meant by NIRVANA.
The drop has become non-being, it is not. Or you can use Upanishadic terms.
The Upanishads will say that the drop ‘ HAS BECOME THE OCEAN’.
So these are simply attitudes. Buddha liked negative terms, because the
moment you say anything positive only it becomes limited, it looks limited.
When you say that the drop has become the ocean, Buddha will say that the
ocean is also finite. The drop remains the drop; it has become a little
bigger, that is all. Howsoever bigger makes no difference. Buddha will say
that the drop has become a little bigger, but it remains. The Finite has not
become Infinite. The finite remains finite, so what is the difference? A
small drop and a big drop for Buddha, that is the only difference between
‘ Ocern’ and ‘ drop’ and it is right, mathematically it is so.
So Buddha says that if the drop has become the ocean, then nothing has
happened. If you have become a God, then nothing has happened, you have
become only a bigger man. If you have become the BRAHMAN nothing has
happened, you are still finite. So Buddha says that ‘ you have to become
NOTHING, you have to become SHUNYA— empty of all boundaries and
attributes, empty of everything that you can conceive of, just EMPTINESS.
But Upanishadic thinkers will say that even if you are EMPTY , You Are. If
you have become Emptiness YOU are still there, because Emptiness exists,
Emptiness is. Nothingness is also a way of Being, a way of existence. So
they say why to attack verbally, why belabor the point and why unnecessarily
use negative terms? It is good to be positive.
It is your choice. But Tantra almost always uses positive terms. The very
philosophy of Tantra is positive. It says, do not allow NO, do not allow the
Negation. Tantrics are the greatest of Yea-Sayers. They have said yes to
everything, so they use positive terms. The sutra says, INTONE A SOUND, AS
AUM, SLOWLY. AS SOUND ENTERS SOUNDFULNESS, SO DO YOU….
INTONE A SOUND, AS AUM, SLOWLY. The intoning of a sound is a very subtle
science. First you have to intone it loudly, outwardly; then others can hear
it. And it is good to start loudly. Because you can also hear it clearly
when you intone it loudly; because whatsoever you say it is to others, and
this has become a habit. Whenever you are talking you are talking to others,
and you hear yourself talk only when you are talking to others. So start
from the natural habit.
Intone the sound Aum, then by and by, feel attunement with the sound. When
you intone the sound Aum, be filled with it, forget everything else. Become
the Aum, become the sound. And it is very easy to become the sound, because
sound can vibrate through your body, through your mind, through your whole
nervous system. Feel the reverberation of Aum. Intone it, and feel it as if
your whole body is being filled with it, every cell is vibrating it.
Intoning is also “ In-Tuning.” Tune yourself with the sound, become the
sound. And then, as you feel a deep harmony between you and the sound, and
you develop a deep affection for it, the sound is so beautiful and so
musical: AUM then the more you intone it, the more you will feel yourself
filled with a subtle sweetness. There are sounds which are bitter, there are
sounds which are very hard. Aum is a very sweet sound, the purest. Intone it
and be filled with it.
And when you begin to feel harmonious with it, you can drop intoning loudly.
Then close your lips and intone it INWARDLY, but inwardly also first try it
loudly. Intone inwardly, but loudly, so that the sound spreads all over your
body, touches every part, every cell of your body. You will feel vitalized
by it, you will feel rejuvenated, you will feel a new life entering
you—because your body is a musical instrument. It needs harmony, and when
the harmony is disturbed you are disturbed.
That is why when you hear music you feel good. Why do you feel good? What is
music, but just some harmonious sounds? Why do you feel such a well-being
when there is music around you? And when there is chaos, noise, why do you
feel so DISTURBED? You yourself are deeply MUSICAL. You are a Musical
Instrument, and that Instrument re-echoes things.
We have experienced that when we sing the Bhajan songs in Prashanthinilayam
or in our homes or in Bhajan Mandir, many times devotees sob, cry and shed
tears of devotion and Prema. And there are innumerable numbers of viewers
viewing the famous’ Sa-Re-Ga-Ma- Pa. T.V. programme. Everyone whether a
hard-core man or soft hearted man including the Mentors/ Judges, all are
overwhelmingly enjoying the songs and the music. We have seen many times
tears streaming down from the viewers and participants. We wonder how and
why these happen!!! The answer is, we the human are gifted with bodies which
are Musical Instruments and there is a professional Dancer hiding in too.
Our bodies are like the body of Veena, our nerves are like the strings of
Veena. When the musician plays on the strings of veena rhythmically the
waves of vibration emanate from the strings, similarly when melodious songs
are sung or heard by us, our strings like nerves rhythmically vibrate and
penetrate deeply into our hearts that melts our Ice like Hardened Ego and
the melted ice of ego finds its way out of our eyes as tears. Though
scientific explanation is that when we become upset, our brains and bodies
over react and produce chemicals and hormones which disappear from our
bodies by forming tears which flow out of our eyes. Be that as it may.
Intone Aum inside, and you will feel that your whole body dances with it.
You will feel that your whole body is undergoing a cleansing bath; every
pore is being cleansed. But as you feel it more intensely, and as it
penetrates you more, go on becoming more and more slow, because the slower
the sound, the deeper it can go. It is just like homeopathy. The smaller
the dose, the deeper it penetrates because if you want to go deeper, you
have to go more subtly, more subtly, more subtly.
Crude, coarse sounds can not enter your heart. They can enter your ears, but
they can not enter your heart. The passage is very narrow, and the heart is
so delicate that only very slow, very rhythmic, very atomic sounds are
allowed to enter it. And unless a sound enters your heart the deepest,
most central core of your being. Then go on being more slow, more slow, more
And there are also other reasons for making these sounds slower and more
subtle, the more subtle a sound is, the more intense an awareness you will
need to feel it inside. The more coarse the sound, the less need there is of
any awareness. A coarse sound will hit you, you will become aware of it ;
but then it is violent.
If a sound is musical, harmonious, subtle, then you will have to listen to
it inside and you will have to be very alert to listen to it. If you are not
alert, you will go to sleep and miss the whole point. That is the problem
with a Manthra, with any chanting, with any use of sound: it can create
sleep if you are not alert. It can become a subtle tranquiliser if you are
not alert. If you continuously repeat any sound without being alert about
it, you will fall asleep, because then the repetition becomes mechanical.
Aum, Aum, Aum… becomes mechanical, and then repetition creates boredom.
If you repeat a particular sound, it creates a circle within you. It creates
boredom; it creates sleep. If your Manthra becomes just a repetition without
an alert YOU inside, an alert YOU constantly listening to you, listening to
the sound, it may help sleep, but it can not help anything else.
Otherwise, it helps but not unless you use the manthra with an alert
inner ear. The you have to do two things: go on reducing the pitch of the
manthra, reducing the sound, making it more slow and more subtle, and at the
same time simultaneously go on becoming more alert, more alert. As the sound
becomes subtle, become more alert; otherwise, you will miss the whole point.
So two things have to be done: sound has to be slowed down, and you have to
become more alert. The more sound becomes subtle, the more alert you are. To
make you more alert the sound has to be made more subtle, and a point comes
when sound enters Soundlessness, or Soundfulness, and you enter “Total
Awareness”. When the sound enters Soundlessness or Soundfulness, by that
time your alertness must have touched the peak. When the sound reaches the
valley, when it goes to the down-most, deepest center in the valley, your
alertness has gone to the very peak, to the Everest. And there, sound
dissolves into Soundfulness or Soundlessness. , and you dissolve into” TOTAL
This is the method: INTONE A SOUND, AS AUM, SLOWLY. AS SOUND ENTERS
SOUNDFULNESS, SO DO YOU. And wait for the moment when the sound has become
so subtle, so atomic, that now, any moment, it will take a jump from the
world of the LAWS, the world of the THREE, and it will enter the world of
the ONE, the ABSOLUTE. Wait! This is one of the most beautiful experiences
possible to man when sound dissolves. Then suddenly you can not find
where the sound has gone.
You were hearing it subtly, deep down: “ Aum, Aum, Aum. And then Aum is no
more there. You have entered the world of the ONE. The world of the THREE is
no more. This, Tantra says, is Soundfulness; Buddha says Soundlessness.
This is a way one of the most used, one of the most helpful. Mantra
became so important because of this. Because sound is already there and your
mind is so filled with it, you can use it as a ‘Jumping Board.’ But there
are difficulties, and the first difficulty is sleep. Whosoever uses a Mantra
must be aware of this difficulty. That is the hindrance sleep. You are
bound to fall into sleep because it is so repetitious, it is so
harmonious you will fall victim. And do not think that your sleep is your
Meditation. Sleep is not meditation.
Sleep is good in itself, but beware. If you are using the mantra for sleep,
then it is okay, but here also there is a pit. Once you become accustomed to
get sleep with the help of the Mantra, then it is difficult to come out of
that practice. Better do not use mantra, if you feel that you are falling
into sleep while using Mantra. If you are using the Mantra for Spiritual
awakening, then beware of sleep. For those who use a mantra, sleep is the
enemy— and it is so easily happens. And it is so beautiful, because, it is
a different type of a sleep: remember that too. When it comes from a mantra,
this is not ordinary sleep. This is a different kind of sleep.
In Yoga, they call it YOGA TANDRA a particular sleep which happens to
the yogi and not to the ordinary man. It is hypnosis an induced sleep,
not an ordinary sleep
When you fall asleep through a Mantra, you can create any illusion easily
and the illusion will be as real as possible. In ordinary sleep you can
create dreams, but the moment you are awake you will know that they were
dreams. In yoga tandra, you can create visions, and when you will be out of
it you will not be able to say that they were dreams. You will say that they
were more real than the life around you. This is one of the basic
You can create any illusion. So if a Christian falls into hypnosis, he will
see Christ. If a Hindu falls, he will see Krishna playing on his flute. It
is beautiful! And the quality of the hypnosis is that you will believe that
this is real. That is the danger, and no one can convince you that this is
unreal. The feeling is such that you KNOW this is real. You can say that the
whole life is unreal, MAYA, illusion, but you can not say that whatsoever
you have seen is hypnosis, in yoga Tandra, is unreal. It is so alive, so
colorful, so attractive and magnetizing.
That is why if someone says to you something while you are hypnotized, you
will believe him absolutely. You may have seen some hypnotic sessions.
Whatsoever the hypnotist says, the hypnotized person believes and starts
acting out. If he says to a man, “ you are a woman. Now walk on the stage,”
the man will walk like a woman. He can not walk like a man because hypnosis
is deep faith. There is no conscious mind to think, no reasoning mind to
argue. You are simply the heart, you simply believe. You will not question.
The questioning mind is asleep that is the difference.
In your ordinary sleep, the questioning mind is present, it is not asleep.
In hypnosis your questioning mind is asleep, and you are not asleep. That is
why you can hear the hypnotist say anything to you and you will follow his
instructions. In ordinary sleep you can not hear, but your reasoning is not
asleep. So if something happens which can be fatal to you, your sleep will
be broken by your reason.
A Mother sleeping with her child. She may not hear anything else, but if the
child gives even a very small sound, she will be awake. If the child feels a
little uneasy, she will be awake. The reasoning mind is alert. You are
asleep, but your reasoning mind is alert. So even sometimes in dreams, you
can feel that they are dreams. Of course, the moment you feel this your
dream will be broken. Your mind is alert. A PART is constantly watching.
But in hypnosis, or in Yoga tandra, the watcher asleep. That is the problem
with all those who want to use sound to go into Soundlessness or
Soundfulness, to go beyond. They must be aware that the Mantra should not
become an auto-hypnotic technique. It must nor create auto-hypnosis.
So, what can you do? You can do only one thing: while you are using your
Mantra, while you are intoning your mantra, do not simply intone it. At the
same time be alert and listen to it also. Intone it and listen to it both.
Otherwise, if you are not listening consciously, it will become your lullaby
and you will fall into deep sleep. That sleep will be very good you will
refreshed after it, alive; you will feel a certain well being but this is
not the point. So, intone your Mantra and at the same time be alert and
listen to it consciously.
My humble pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan.