The 44Th Meditation Technique of Vigyan Bhairava Tantra.

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Lord Shiva explains to Devi: CENTER ON THE SOUND “ AUM” without any “ A”
or “M”.

remains. This is a difficult technique, but for some it may be suitable,
particularly for those who work with sound: Musicians, Poets, those who have
a very sensitive ear. For them this technique can be helpful. For others,
those who have no sensitive ear, this is very difficult because it is very

You have to Intone AUM, and you have to feel in this Aum three sounds

A-U-M. Intone Aum, and in the sound you have to feel three sounds —
A-U-M. They are there, infused together. A very delicate ear can be aware,
can hear A-U-M separately while Intoning. They are separate— very close,
but separate. If you can not hear them separately, then this technique can
not be done. Your ears will have to be trained for it.

In Japan, particularly in Zen, they train the ears first. They have a method
of training the ears. The Wind is blowing outside— it has a sound. The
Master will say, “ Concentrate on it. Feel all the nuances, the changes:
when the sound is angry, when the sound is furious, when the sound is
compassionate, when the sound is loving, when the sound is strong, when the
sound is delicate. Feel the nuances of the sound. The wind is blowing
through the trees— feel it. The river is running— feel the nuances.”

For months together the seeker, the meditator, will be sitting by the side
of the bank of the river, listening to it. It has different sounds. Everything
is changing. In the rain it will be flooded; it will be very much alive,
overflowing. The sounds will be different. In the summer it will be reduced
to nothingness, sounds will cease. But there will be inaudible sounds if
one is listening, if you listen. All the year round the river will be
changing, and one has to be aware.

In Hermann Hesse’s book SIDDHARTHA, Siddhartha lives with a boatman. And
there is no one, just the river, the boatman and Siddhartha. The boatman is
a very silent man. He has lived all his life with the river. He has become
silent, he rarely speaks. Whenever Siddhartha feels lonely, the boatman
tells Siddhartha to go to the river, to LISTEN to the river. It is better
than listening to human words.

And then by and by, Siddhartha is attuned to the river. Then he begins to
feel its moods— the river changes moods. Sometimes it is friendly and
sometimes it is not, and sometimes it is singing and sometimes it is weeping
and crying, and sometimes there is laughter and sometimes there is sadness.
And then he begins to feel the slight, delicate differences. His ear becomes

So in the beginning you may feel it to be difficult, but try. Intone AUM, go
on intoning it, feeling A-U-M. Three sounds are combined together in it:
Aum is a synthesis of three sounds. Once you start feeling them differently,
then drop “A” and “M”. Then you can not say Aum: “A” will be dropped, “M”
will be dropped. Then “U” remains. Why? What will happen? The real thing is
not the Mantra. It is not A-U-M or the dropping. The REAL THING is YOUR

First you become sensitive of three sounds, which is very difficult. And
when you become so sensitive that you can drop the “A” and “M” , and only
the middle sound remains, in this EFFORT you will LOOSE your MIND. You will
be so much engrossed in it, so deeply attentive to it, so sensitive to it,
that you will FORGET to THINK. And if you think, you can not do this.

This is just an indirect way to bring you out of your head. So many ways
have been tried, and they look very simple. You wonder, “ What can happen?
Nothing will happen by such simple methods”. Your mind is being focused on
something very Subtle. If you focus, you can not go on thinking ; mind will
drop. Suddenly one day you will become aware, and you will wonder what has

In Zen they use Koans— koans are a method of training the mind in order to
attain the state of Satori( spiritual awakening sought in Zen, often
happening suddenly) and it is a statement made by a Master to a student of
Zen or it is a dialogue between Master and student. Predominantly koan is “
a puzzling”, often paradoxical statement or story, used in Zen Buddhism as
an aid to meditation and a means of gaining Spiritual Awakening — one of
the famous koans they tell to the beginner is, “ Go and try to hear the
sound of one hand clapping. You can create a sound with two hands. They say
if one hand can create a sound, hear it.”

One small boy was serving a Zen Master. He would see many people coming.
They would come to the master, put their head at his feet, and then they
would ask the Master to tell them something to meditate on. He would give
them a Koan. The boy was just doing some work for the Master, he was
serving him. He was just nine or ten years of age.

Seeing everyday many people coming and going, one day he also came very
seriously, put his head at the Master’s feet, and then asked him, “ Give me
some Koan, some object for meditation.” The Master laughed, but the boy was
very serious, so the Master said, “ Okay! Try to hear the sound of one hand.
And when you have heard it, then come to me and tell me.”

The boy tried and tried. He could not sleep the whole night. In the morning
he came and said, “ I have heard. It is the sound of the wind blowing
through the trees.” The master said, “ But where is the hand involved in it?
Go again and try.” So he would come everyday. He would find some sound and
then he would come, and the Master would say, “ This is also not it. Go on
trying, go on trying.!”

Then one day the boy did not come. The Master waited and waited, and then he
told his other disciples to go and find out what had happened?— it seemed
the boy had heard. So they went around. He was sitting under a tree,
absorbed— just a new born Buddha. They came back and said, “ But we are
afraid to disturb the boy. He is looking just like a new born Buddha. It
seems he has heard the sound.” So the Master came, put his head at the
boy’s feet and asked him, “ have you heard? It seems you have heard.” The
boy said, “ Yes, but it is SOUNDLESSNESS”

How did this boy develop? His SENSITIVITY developed. He tried every sound,
he listened attentively. Attention developed. He would not sleep. The whole
night he would listen for what is the sound of one hand. He was not so
intellectual as you are, so he NEVER THOUGHT, never brushed aside, that
there can not be any sound of one hand. If the Koan is given to you, you are
not going to try. You will not trust your master’s words. You will say, “
What non-sense! There can not be any sound with one hand.”. The boy had
tremendous trust in the words of Master. Never he Questioned Master’s koan.
His Abundant Trust in the Master’s words that there has to be “ The sound of
one hand” made him to search constantly, to attempt afresh after each
failure continuously. And this Trust in the Master flashed in him the
Truth, the Wisdom that “ The SOUND of one hand is indeed the
SOUNDLESSNESS.” Our Divine Master Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba has given
such koans- – Future Predictions, here- – – to many devotees; but when the
predictions, as per the perceptions of the devotee, do not occur some
devotees loose their hearts and loose their faith& trust in Bhagavan and go
away—this is because such unfortunate devotees didn’t have unflinching &
child-like Trust in the koan; they did not pursue further patiently to
understand the hidden meaning in the koan’s of their Divine Master, they did
not even think, before loosing faith, that there must be something deep
meaning in the Divine master’s koan .

But the boy tried. The Master had said there must be something in it, so he
tried. He was a simple boy, so whenever he would hear something, whenever he
would feel this was something new, he would come again to the Master.. But
by this process his SENSITIVITY DEVELOPED. He became attentive, alert,
aware. He became one-pointed. He was in search, and the mind dropped
because the master said, “ If you go on thinking you may miss. Sometimes
there is the sound which is of one hand. Be so alert that you do not miss

He tried and tried. There is no sound of one hand, but that was just an
INDIRECT method to create Sensitivity, Awareness. And one day, suddenly,
everything disappeared. He was so attentive that only ATTENTION was there,
so SENSITIVE that only SENSITIVITY was there, so aware— not aware of
something, but simply aware! And then he said, “ I have heard it, but it is
SOUNDLESSNESS. It is SOUNDLESSNESS!” But you have to be trained to be
attentive, to be alert.

This is just a method to make you very delicately aware of the subtle
nuances of sound. Just doing this, you will forget Aum. Not only will “A”
drop, not only will “M” drop, but one day suddenly YOU WILL ALSO DROP, and
there will be SOUNDLESSNESS, and you will be a new born Buddha sitting under
a tree.

My humble pranams at the Lotus feet of Bhagavan.

Sai Ram.

Ranganatha. Rao


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