Use your name as a mantra

Use your name as a mantra

Use your name as a mantra

Your own name can be used as a mantra very easily, and it is very helpful because your name has gone very deep into your unconscious. Nothing else has gone so deep. If we are all are sitting here, and we all fall asleep and someone comes and calls ”Ram,” no one will listen except the person whose name is Ram. He will listen to it; he will be disturbed in his sleep. No one else will listen to the sound ”Ram,” but why does this man listen? It has gone down deep; it is not conscious now, it has become unconscious, it is a very beautiful.  It has penetrated like an arrow into your unconscious. If you yourself use it, then it becomes a mantra.

    And for two reasons it helps: one, when you use your own name, if your name is ”Ram” and you use ”Ram, Ram, Ram…”, suddenly you feel as if you are using someone else’s name – as if it is not yours. Or if you feel that this IS yours, you feel that there is a separate entity within you which is using it. It may belong to the body, it may belong to the mind, but he who is calling ”Ram, Ram…” becomes a witness. This was for good reasons.

Your name can be used as a mantra it will serve you a double purpose. It will be YOUR name – and you have heard it so much, so many times, and all your life it has penetrated deep. Then also, it is the name of God. So go on repeating it inside, and suddenly you will become aware that ”This name is different from me.” Then by and by this name will have a sanctity of its own. You will remember any day that ”Narayan” or ”Ram,” this is God’s name. Your name has turned into a mantra.

Use it! This is very good! You can try many things with your name. If you want to be awakened at five o’clock in the morning, no alarm is so exact as your own name. Just repeat thrice inside, ”Ram, you have to be awake by five o’clock sharp.” Repeat it three times, and then just fall asleep. You will be awakened at five o’clock because ”Ram,”. Someone WILL awaken you. And if you continue this practice, one day you will suddenly realize that at five o’clock someone calls you and says, ”Ram, be awake.” That is your unconscious calling you.

Your name becomes just a door for all names. But enter the sound. First, when you repeat ”Ram, Ram, Ram…” it is just a word. But it means something when you go on repeating.


Intone a word ending with AH to enter the stage of relaxation

Intone a word ending with AH

Intone a word ending with AH

Any word that ends in ”AH” – intone it silently. Emphasis should be given to the ending ”AH.” Why? Because the moment this sound ”AH” is intoned, your breath goes out. You may not have observed it, but now you can observe: whenever your breath goes out you are more silent, and whenever your breath comes in you are more tense- because the outgoing breath is death and the incoming breath is life. Tension is part of life, not of

death. Relaxation is part of death; death means total relaxation. Life cannot be totally relaxed; it is impossible.

This AH is meaningful because when you say AH it completely empties you. The whole breath has moved out; nothing remains within. You are totally empty – empty and dead. For a single moment, for a very small interval, life has moved out of you. You are dead – empty. This emptiness, if realized, if you can become aware of it, will change you completely. You will be a different man. Then you will know well that this life is not your life and this death is also not your death. Then you will know something which is beyond the incoming and outgoing breath – the witnessing soul. And this witnessing can happen easily when you are empty of breath, because life has subsided and with it all tensions have subsided.

Use it as a mantra. Whenever you feel tired, whenever you feel tense, use any word which ends in ”AH.” ”Allah” will do – any word that brings your total breath out so that you exhale completely and you are emptied of breath. The moment you are emptied of breath you are emptied of life also. And all your problems belong to life: no problem belongs to death. Your anxiety, your anguish, your anger, your sadness, they all belong to life.

And when the breath goes out, ”HH,” everything is emptied. Effortlessly

in this moment, there is no need to make any effort. The SPONTANEITY: just be aware, be spontaneous, be sensitive, and realize this moment of death. In this moment you are just near the door, just near the door!- very, very near to the ultimate. The immediate has moved out, the superfluous has moved out. In this moment you are not the wave: you are the ocean – just near, just near! If you can become aware you will forget that you are a wave. Again the wave will come, but now you can never be identified with it, you will remain the ocean. Once you have known that you are the ocean, you can never again be the wave. Life is waves… death is the ocean.

A method for those with a sensitive year

A method for those with a sensitive ear

A method for those with a  sensitive year(AUM)

Center on the sound “AUM” without any “A” or “M”, just the “U” remains.  You have to intone Aum, and you have to feel in this Aum three sounds separately: 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 cannot hear them separately, then this technique cannot be done. Your ears will have to be trained for it.

So, in the beginning, you may feel it 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 cannot say Aum: ”A” will be dropped, ”M” will be dropped. Then ”U” will remain. 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 sensitivity. First, you become sensitive to 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 lose 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 cannot do this.

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 newborn buddha sitting under a tree.

The wind is blowing outside – it has a sound. ”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. 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.” But miracles happen because it is just indirect. Your mind is being focused on something very subtle. If you focus, you cannot go on thinking; the mind will drop. Suddenly one day you will become aware, and you will wonder what has happened.

Listen to a fading sound

Listen to a fading sound

    Listen to a fading sound

Any sudden thing or sound makes you awake. Suddenness breaks your sleep, and ordinarily we are asleep. Unless something goes wrong, we are not out of sleep, we go on doing things sleepily. That is why we never feel the sleep.

This sleepiness can be broken. This technique says, in the beginning and gradual refinement of the sound of any letter awake. Try with any sound, with any letter – Aum, for example. In the beginning, when you have not yet created the sound, AWAKE. Or when the sound moves into soundlessness, then awake. How can you do it?

Go to a temple. A bell is there or a gong. Take the bell in your hand and wait. First become totally alert. The sound is going to be there and you are not to miss the beginning. First become totally alert, as if your life depends on this, as if someone is going to kill you this very moment, and you will be awake. Be alert – as if this is going to be your death. And if there is thought, wait, because thought is sleepiness. With thought you cannot be alert. When you are alert, there is no thought. So wait. When you feel that now the mind is without thought, that there is no cloud and you are alert, then move with the sound.

Look when the sound is not there, then close your eyes. Then look when the sound is created, struck; then move with the sound. The sound will become slower and slower, subtler and subtler and subtler, and then it will not be there. Then go on with the sound. Be aware, alert. Move with the sound to the very end. See both the poles of the sound, both the beginning and the end. Try it with some outer sound like a gong or a bell or anything.

This seems to be very simple, but awareness is very difficult, right now you think you are already aware and awake. Try this ”I will be awake, alert, for ten breaths,” and then count the breaths. You will miss. Two or three, and you will have moved somewhere else. Alertness is one of the most difficult things and then you will know that it is not child’s play. You are not aware – and when you try it, for the first time you will know that you have been asleep your whole life.

First do it outwardly, then you will be able to do it inwardly. Then do it. Wait for the moment when the mind is vacant, then create the sound inside, feel it, move with it, go with it, until it disappears completely.

Use sound as a passage towards feeling

Use sound as a passage towards feeling

Use sound as a passage towards feeling

Intone one sound. Go on intoning it, first audibly so that you can hear it, and then by and by, slowly, inaudibly. No one else can hear it then, but you can hear it inside. Make it more quiet, make it less and less audible, and then suddenly drop it. There will be silence, an explosion of silence – but feeling will be there. Now there will be no thought, but feeling will be there. So if you have a feeling for a certain sound, it is better to use it. Do not use an intellectual sound, it will be of no help because the sound has to be used to make a passage from the mind to the heart. So use some sound for which you have a deep love, a certain feeling.

When you use a sound or a word, the love is attached to a label. You say, ”Ram, Ram, Ram…” You have a deep feeling for this word, but the feeling is addressed to ”Ram,” narrowed down to ”Ram.” When you go on reducing the ”Ram,” a moment will come when ”Ram” disappears, the sound disappears. Now only the feeling remains, the feeling of love – not toward Ram, it is now not addressed. There is simply a feeling of love – not toward anyone, not even toward; there is simply a feeling of love as if you are in an ocean of love.

Any sound will do. Find your own sound. And when you intone it, you will feel whether you have a loving relationship with it, because the heart will start vibrating. Your whole body will begin to be more sensitive. You will feel as if you are falling into something warm, just like your beloved’s lap; something warm begins enveloping you. And this is a physical feeling also, not simply a mental feeling. If you intone a sound which you love, you will feel a certain warmth around you, inside you. Then the world is not a cold world, it is warm. It is better to choose a small room, and if the room is such that it vibrates your sound it is good, it will help you. And if you can choose the same place every day, it will be very good. It becomes charged. If the same sound is repeated every day, every atom, the very space becomes a milieu.

These methods are temple methods. A temple is good, or a mosque or a church. Your own house is not good for these methods, So it is better to go to a certain place which belongs to a certain sound, and then use it. And it , go to the same place every day.

Listen to a stringed instrument

Listen to a stringed instrument

You are hearing an instrument – a sitar, or anything. Many notes are there. Be alert and listen to the central core, the backbone of it around which all the notes are flowing, the deepest current which holds all the notes together – that which is central, just like your backbone. The whole body is held by the backbone. Listening to the music, be alert, penetrate the music, and find the backbone of it – the central thing which goes on flowing, holding everything together. Notes come and go and disappear, but the central core flows on. Become aware of it.

Basically, originally, music was used for meditation; particularly Indian music developed as a method of meditation, Indian dancing developed as a method of meditation. For the doer it was a deep meditation, and for the audience also it was a deep meditation. A dancer or a musician can be a Technician, if there is no meditation in it, then the soul is not there, only the body. The soul comes only when the musician is a deep meditator.

And music is just the outward thing. While playing on his sitar, one is not only playing on his sitar, he is also playing on his alertness inside. The sitar goes on outwardly and his intense awareness moves inside. The music flows outwardly, but he is alert, constantly aware of the innermost core of

  1. And that gives samadhi. That becomes ecstasy. That becomes the highest peak. But what are you doing when you listen to music? You are not meditating. On the contrary, you are using music as something like alcohol. You are using it to be relaxed, you are using it for self-forgetfulness. These techniques developed for awareness were used for sleep,hence kept secret and given only who were ready to shake their sleep.

This sutra says: while listening to stringed instruments, hear their composite central sound, thus omnipresence.  And then you will know what is to be known, or what is worth knowing. You will become omnipresent with the music, finding the composite central core, you will become awake, and with that awakening you will be everywhere. Right now, you are somewhere – a point which we call the ego. If you can become awake, this point will disappear. You will not be anywhere then, you will be EVERYWHERE – as if you have become the all. You will have become the ocean, you will have become the infinite. The finiteness is with the mind. The infiniteness enters with meditation.