When I first heard the yogi say, “Without two things striking, you do not get sound” I thought of love and friendship. Sounds strange perhaps, but we slip and slide between so many people and instances and things every day that it can be rare for something to actually “strike” me, to make me take notice. I observe and watch passively often with a mindfulness to not take things for granted, but the engagement and initiation and want of things is more rare. The engagement and play tumbling reaction together causing music – we can only hope it will be good. When it is, there is beauty. Something deep to be grateful for. The goodness may last a day, or maybe a lifetime. To recognize it is to be thankful. And then, to think, sound is divine to the yogi.
So it is called Ahat naad, this sound that is caused by things striking, or plucking. However, there is a deeper sound, a sound of all life. This sound is singular and does not require two things to strike in order to exist. It is the humming of life itself, the essence of existence -this sound. That is called Anahat naad, ‘naad’ being sound.
This singular unstruck sound is like the wholeness of our selves. If you sit quietly in meditation – no matter where you are – you can know this sound and feel the divinity. No matter what language you want to use, the existence of this can be known. The more you can visit this, I believe, and develop the wisdom within the singularity of self and the universal sound of life, the more you will come to know love. It is important for us, especially us, as the human species, to use our gifts and not hold back. Sometimes in order for us to overcome our shyness we must work on being more and more whole in ourselves.
Funny, as I was thinking about this, the homily in church today was a parable about the master who gave his servants talents – some created more, but one buried his and hid it away out of fear. This man was scolded and thrown out. I thought this to be harsh as it would seem more appropriate to have pity on the man and help him learn courage. The message, however, was great. There are so many obstacles we must over come, but no more than in nature and in the wild world – they are just different. Finding strength can be a challenge.
Meditating on the divinity of sound and knowing the sound of life where no vibration is perceptible. This is heard through the deepest cognitive systems of our being – the outer expression is the music we create.
It is the cultivation of the culture within one’s self that they acquire the discipline to conquer any task they choose to pursue relentlessly. Sometimes it is difficult to really define the true purpose and once you unblock the unpacking of the intent of the idea, it is possible to further become flexible and open to the possibilities rather than fixated on something immaterial. It is this essence that holds the divinity. The structure of the raga in Indian music, for example, require such patience of gift and disciplined study with potentially much criticism as well as understanding of both the self and the metaphysical.
om. namaste. shanti om.
it is a smile from your heart and soul and a power within you.