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					                       Naam Sankeertan

                      and Inner Oneness

                             Om is the only existential sound.
                          It was in the beginning of the creation.
              It will be in the dissolution of creation. Also it is nowhere!
             You will feel it deep within as the noise of the mind dissolves!
                  Then Om becomes the Naam the essence of Cosmos.


Naam is the way to remember that which is. It is a device to attain to inner serenity. And when
    it is used as a technique it becomes the bridge between the cosmic and the individual
   consciousness. When this technique is used with awareness it brings the bliss of cosmic
                   presence within. Naam therefore is the means not the end.


 I emphasize repeating a mantra as Naam will not help you at all. Simply be silent and try to
   listen to it. As your mind becomes calm and quiet, suddenly you will become aware. Like a
    whisper, the sound of OM is arising within your being. When it arises on its own, it has a
                          totally different quality. It transforms you then.




From the time man breathed first this interconnectivity between the inner and the outer
has been emphasized in different forms. Be it Kabir or Nanak or Sufi masters each has used
remembrance as the effective device. Remembrance connects you to the unknown and
unknowable attribute less inner presence. Therefore if the device is correctly used with
awareness it will bring bliss, harmony and inner oneness. Such is the understanding of
those who gave this device. But there is wide gap between the understandings of the
master and those who are using the device.

Naam is the way to remember that which is. And when Naam is used as a technique it
becomes the bridge between the cosmic and the individual consciousness. When this
technique is used with awareness it brings the bliss of cosmic presence within. Naam
therefore is the means not the end. However in most of the cases we consider Naam as the
end. And we go on using this device mechanically. The result is that one spends lifelong and
yet still there is no trace of bliss or inner harmony.

One thing is clear Naam brings remembrance. Therefore Naam is the device and
remembrance is the end. However this does not happen. We remember Naam and forget
what the device should lead to. But the question remains what is the name that the aspirant
is to use. Nanak has used the existential sound as the device for remembrance while others
have used a mantra or any other device for the same purpose.

That which is cannot be given any name. All names are given by man. Om is the only name
that is not given by any one. Ram, Krishna, Allah are all names given by men of different
sects. The only name that is not created is OM.

And why this name Om? Man is a constant chatterbox. Thought keep on floating on the
inner sky. Constantly waves keep on appearing on the surface. When thoughts are no more!
Waves have subsided and merged in the ocean, and you drown in your innerness, only then
you can hear a mystical sound. This sound is uncreated. No one has created it. This is the
sound of the existence. This is the echo of the existence. Om is the way of existence. This
name is not assigned by anyone. Aum is not a word. This is the sound. Not only an ordinary
sound, is it unique as well. Without any source, uncreated this remains hidden in the
existence itself.

All sounds are created by friction. A musician vibrates the strings of the instrument and
thus creates a sound. This sound is created because of the friction between the strings and
the finger. The river flows. A sound arises through the flow. This is the sound created when
water strikes the shore. You sit by the waterfall. There is a sound. Water falls on the rock a
sound is created. This is the sound of the waterfall. Breeze blows and rustling it passes
through the leaves. Rustling is the sound created between the breeze and the tree leaves.
We speak singer sings all such sounds are created because of duality. When all duality
vanishes a sound continues to echo. This is the sound of Aum. Remember Aum is not a
word. Each language be it, Hindi, Sanskrit or Gurumukhi has a special letter to represent
this sound.

Science says electricity is at the root of the entire existence. Science revolves around the
trinity of electron, proton, and neutron. Accordingly if you go on dividing the entire
existence to reach the solitary unit then we obtain electricity or electric-energy. The
ultimate search of science is electron. Science says entire existence is composed of
electricity. For the scientist even the sound is composed of electrical-energy. And the root
of everything is electrical-energy. This is objective. Science is outward journey.

The search of the mystics is subjective. Mystics have reached the very core of the existence
by uniting the discordant elements that constitute the creation. By uniting the entire sense
organs mind attains to oneness. By uniting various individual minds one attains to cosmic
mind. The difference is very insignificant and yet still it is not. To science existence is
composed of electrical-energy. And for the mystic the entire existence is composed of
sound-energy. Science reached to this conclusion through an objective analysis. And the
mystics reached to this conclusion through a subjective analysis.

To science sound is a form of electricity. And to the mystic electrical-energy is another form
of sound energy. The difference is not so big. It is like two different persons with different
levels of understanding, and frame of mind are looking at a glass half full. One sees it as
HALF FULL and the other sees it as HALF EMPTY. The object is the same. One object!
However people with different frames of understanding are looking at the situation. And
the outcome is two different conclusions.

The search of science differs from that of the mystics. The way of science is that of
dissection and that of the mystics is unification. Mystics or religion moved from many to
one. And when all discordant elements are united oneness happens. In that oneness
meditation attains fruition as Samadhi. And something echoes as the pulse of the cosmos.
This echo is discovered both within and without. He finds this echo like the dissolving notes
of an enchanting melody. Everything seems to be dissolving in that sound.

Something like this has never happened before. Bemused, dazed, he finds no one creating
this sound yet still it is there. He knows not the source. Suddenly something dawns. A
realization happens. Awareness comes. He understands this sound is not created by any
friction. Not a created sound, it is uncreated. This is ANHAD NAAD.

This is OM! This is the only authentic name of that which is. This is NAAM. Again and again
one who knows uses this word NAAM.

Remember whenever Masters uses the word NAAM he refers to God or Creator or ‘rub’ as
he calls. And says that alone is Truth! That alone is existential! He says one who drowns in
this remembrance of the word will certainly attain.

Try to understand this. When you chant Ram, Ram, Ram a stage comes in the process when
the word disappears and only a sound remains. The sound of letter ‘M’ in Ram resonates
with the ‘M’ sound in ‘Om.’ Thus chanting Ram the sound dissolves into the existential
sound of ‘Om.’ As you attain to silence meditativeness happens Ram transforms into ‘Om.’
Such is the experience of all the mystics: one may begin with any name ultimately
everything dissolves into ‘Om.’ As silence descends ‘Om’ is. ‘Om’ is always only you need to
attain to silence.

The word ‘Om’ has three sounds viz., or A, U, and M. The sound ‘A’ resembles the last
syllable of Brahma. This sound-energy creates, and evolves. The second sound- energy ‘U’
resembles with the last syllable in the word Vishnu. This is the energy that preserves and
sustains. And lastly the sound of the syllable ‘M’ resonates with the sound ‘M’ in
Maheshwara. In this sound the other two sounds dissolves to attain Samadhi, or oneness.
Even a lifelong is not enough to understand the essence of this existential sound. And
even one moment is enough for this experience, only the grace of the master is
needed, says an ecstatic Nanak.

I will take another sutra to explain further the sound Om. This is a Tibetan Sutra. The only
country in the world which has devoted all its genius to the inner exploration is Tibet. Its
findings are of tremendous value. ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ is one of the most beautiful
expressions for the ultimate experience. Its meaning is ‘the sound of silence, the diamond in
the lotus.’ Silence also has its sound, and music. The outer ears cannot hear it, so too the
outer eyes cannot see it. We have six outer senses. In the past man knew only five outer
senses. The sixth is a new discovery. It is inside your ears. As a result people failed to
recognize it. It is the sense of balance. When you feel giddy or when you see a drunkard
walking, it is the sense of balance that is affected.

Just as these six senses are used to experience the outer, exactly the same six senses exist
within to experience the inner to see it, to hear it, to feel its utter balance, its beauty. It is
invisible to the outer eyes but not to the inner. You cannot touch it with your outer senses,
but the inner senses are absolutely immersed in it.

OM is the sound when everything else disappears from your being! No thoughts! No
dreams! No projections! No expectations! Not even a single ripple! Your whole lake of
consciousness is simply there! Silent too! It has become just a mirror. In those rare
moments you hear the sound of silence. It is the most valuable experience because not only
it shows a quality of the inner music instead it shows that the inner being is harmony, joy,
and blissfulness. All this is implied in the silent music of OM Nanak says.

You are not to say it. If you say it you will miss the real thing. You have to hear it! You have
to be utterly calm and quiet! And then suddenly it is all around you like a very subtle dance.
Or like a subtle melody. And the moment you are able to hear it, you have entered into the
very secrets of existence. You have become so subtle that now you deserve all the
mysteries to be revealed to you. Existence waits till you are ready. Matters not how low it
has to wait!

In the East all the religions without exception agree on this point, that the sound which is
heard in the final. It is the highest peak of silence something similar to OM. Or what Nanak
calls as ‘Omkār’.

The word OM is not written alphabetically in any language of the East because it is not part
of language. It is written as a symbol. And the same symbol is used in Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit,
Tibetan, Hindi, or Gurumukhi with slight variation in its writing style. All the mystics of all
the ages have reached to the same experience, that it is not part of our mundane world.
Hence it should not be written in letters. It should have its own symbol which is beyond
language. It does not mean anything as far as mind is concerned, but it means
tremendously much as far as your spiritual growth is concerned. It is not the part of your
language, or grammar, or mind. It is concerned with your being, your inner sanctum, and
your spirituality.

All music, particularly the classical music, has been trying to catch the sound of silence so
that even people who have not entered into their beings can experience something similar.
But the similar can never be the same. It is a very faraway echo. Even the greatest musician
has to use sounds. But howsoever beautifully he arranges them, he cannot be absolutely
silent. He gives gaps of silence in between. The whole play of music is between sound and
silence. Those who do not understand hear the sounds, and those who understand hear the
silence, as the gaps between two sounds. The real music is in the gaps.
This silence is not created by the musician. The musician is creating the sounds and leaving
the gaps as a contrast, so that you can experience something of what happens to the mystic
in his inner world.

OM is one of the great achievements of the seekers of truth. There have been cases which
are absolutely unbelievable. However these are historical.

When Marpa, a Tibetan mystic, died, his closest disciples were sitting all around him
because the death of a mystic is as tremendously valuable as is his life. And perhaps even
more. If you can be close to the mystic when the consciousness is leaving the physical body,
you can experience many things, because his whole consciousness is leaving the body. And
if you are alert and conscious, you can feel a new fragrance. You can see a new light. You
can hear a new music. However we do not understand the mysteries of dissolution of
consciousness into existence. We call this as death. And lament when the consciousness is
leaving the body.

When Marpa died he was living in a temple. And all his disciples became suddenly
surprised. They looked all around to find from where is the sound of OM coming? Then
finally they realized that it was not coming from anywhere. Instead it was coming from
Marpa! They heard it by putting their ears to his feet, to his hands, and they could not
believe it – inside his whole body there was a vibration creating the sound of OM. He had
been hearing that sound for his whole life since he became enlightened. Because of his
constant inner experience of the sound, the sound had entered even into his physical cells.
Every fiber of his body had learned a certain synchronicity, the same wavelength. And the
same is now being heard by all gathered around. I had the experience to witness such
occasions several times when the masters were entering back into existence. It is indeed
benediction.

But it has been experienced with other mystics also. The inner starts radiating, particularly
at the moment of death when everything comes to a crescendo. But man is so blind and so
utterly unintelligent: knowing that the mystics experience the music of silence within them
and they call it OM. However people start repeating OM as a mantra, thinking that by
repeating it they will also be able to hear the pulse of the existence.

By repeating it you will never be able to hear it. Your mind is functioning when you are
repeating it. But perhaps I am probably one of the few to tell you this. And for centuries
people have been teaching: ‘Repeat OM’ and the quagmire. This creates a false experience,
and you can be lost in the false and you will never discover the real.

I emphasize repeating will not help you at all. Simply be silent and try to listen to it. As
your mind becomes calm and quiet, suddenly you will become aware. Like a whisper, the
sound of OM is arising within your being. When it arises on its own, it has a totally different
quality. It transforms you then.

Even modern physics says that everything in the world is composed of electrical energy.
According to modern physics even sound is nothing but electric waves. The physicists have
been working from the outside. The mystics say just the opposite, but I see no
contradiction. They say the whole existence is made up of the soundless sound OM. And
even electricity or fire is nothing but a certain condensed form of the sound.

In the East it has been known for centuries. There have been musicians who could create
by their music a flame on an unlit candle. As the music falls over the unlit candle suddenly
the flame arises. It was a test in the ancient days that unless a musician could create light,
fire, or flame, with his music he was still amateur. He cannot be recognized as a master as
yet.

The explanations of physics and the mystics look different, but perhaps there is some
deeper source which can withdraw the contradiction and opposition. Perhaps it is only a
different interpretation, because the mystic is coming from the inside and the physicist is
looking at the outside. What the physicist feels as electricity, the mystic feels and knows as
the pulse of the cosmos or music of the existence. They are both saying the same thing in
different languages. And if there is a choice, I would choose the mystic, because he is
experiencing it in his very center. His experience is not just an experiment on objects. His
experience is an experiment on his own consciousness. And consciousness is the very
essence of existence.

This mantra has many secrets in it. The first wordless word is OM, and the last is HUM. OM
is the flowering and the HUM is the seed.

The Sufis do not use the whole name of Allah. They use Allah hoo, and slowly, slowly they
change Allah hoo into simply hoo, hoo. They have found that the sound of hoo strikes
exactly at the life source just below the navel. You were connected with your life, with your
mother, from the navel. Just below the navel is the source of your own life. Just try: when
you say hoo the hit is below the navel.

‘Hoo’ is a Sufi discovery. And ‘Hum’ is the Tibetan way. ‘Hoo’ seems to be a little harsh.
‘Hum’ on the other hand seems to be a little softer. But the softer will take a longer time to
wake up your energies. It is possible that in the particular climate of Tibet, the softer maybe
perfectly good. They did not need such a harsh sound in order to hit the life source. But in
the harsh desert of Arabia Sufi mystics had to use ‘Hoo’.

‘Hoo’ is better than ‘Hum’. In the colder heights of Tibet ‘Hum’ is perfectly right for. Hum is
the hit to create OM in you. If you hit the seed of your life it starts disappearing in the soil
and green leaves, sprouts start growing. Between the two OM and Hum is ‘Mani Padme’ in
the Tibetan Sutra. I do not think anybody has been able to express the ultimate experience,
the ultimate beatitude, better than ‘Mani Padme’.

You have to visualize it. The lotus flower in the East is the most beautiful, the mystical
flower. And if you put diamonds on the lotus flower in the early morning sun, you will have
a tremendously beautiful experience... the lotus flower with diamonds. It is very difficult to
say anything about the ultimate experience. However Tibetan mystics have tried the best.
Many things have been said about it, but ‘Diamond in the Lotus’ seems to be the best
expression. It is the most beautiful experience, and they have chosen two of the most
beautiful things of the ordinary world, the lotus and the diamond. It is just a visual
expression of the beauty that you come to see within yourself. This mantra ‘Om Mani
Padme Hum’ has a whole philosophy within its womb. Start with ‘Hum’, the last word, and
the first will arise on its own accord. And when your inner being is filled with the sound of
silence, you will also have the beautiful experience of seeing a ‘Lotus with a Diamond’ in the
early morning sun. The diamond is radiating. The lotus is so soft, so feminine, and so
delicate! It has no comparison in any other flower.

It became so important to the mystics! You must have seen Gautama Buddha's statues
sitting on a lotus. They are showing symbolically that he has reached the ultimate; his own
inner lotus has flowered. And not only the lotus has flowered, the diamond hidden behind
it, inside it... as it opens its petals, you find a Kohinoor - the most precious diamond. The
diamond has a quality -- that's why it has been chosen. It is symbolic of eternity. The
diamond is forever, it knows no death; it is immortal. The experience is beautiful and
eternal.

But unfortunately, Tibet has fallen into darkness. Its monasteries have been closed. Its
seekers of truth have been forced to work in labor camps. The only country in the world
which was working a one-pointed genius, all its intelligence in the search for one’s own
interiority and its treasures has been forced to stop by the communist invasion of Tibet.

Nowhere has such concentrated effort been made to discover man’s being. Every family in
Tibet used to give their eldest son to some monastery where he was to meditate and grow
closer to awakening. It was a joy to every family that at least one of them was
wholeheartedly, twenty-four hours a day, working on the inner being. They were also
working but they could not devote their entire time. They had to create food and clothes
and shelter, and in Tibet it is a difficult matter. The climate is not very helpful. To live in
Tibet is a tremendous struggle. But still every family used to give their first-born child to
the monastery.

There were hundreds of monasteries. None of these monasteries can be compared with any
Catholic monasteries. These monasteries had no comparison in the whole world. These
monasteries were concerned with only one thing: to make you aware of yourself.
Thousands of devices have been created down the centuries so that your lotus can blossom
and you can find your ultimate treasure, the diamond. These are just symbolic words.
However the destruction of Tibet should be known in history, particularly when man
becomes a little more aware and humanity a little more humane.

Meditation gives them a feeling of immortality; hence their fear will disappear. Meditation
not only gives them the experience of their own immortality instead it also gives them the
experience that everybody is immortal. Death is a fiction. They will be living. And you
cannot kill them. Not even your nuclear weapons are going to kill them. Krishna, in the Gita,
has a beautiful statement:
                                  nEn< iDNdiNt zSÇai[ nEn< dhit pavk>
                    Nayanam chhindanti shastrani; nayanam dahati pavakah!
                                 ‘No can any weapon destroy
                                me nor can any fire burn me.’

Yes indeed the body will be burned. However I am not the body. Meditation gives you this
feeling, for the first time. This is your authentic reality. This is existential. This is the pulse. This
is being. This is OM. This is the EXISTENTIAL ONENESS that Nanak calls ‘Ek‐Omkār’ while
Hindus have called as ‘Om’

				
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