Using songs as well as sound to hook up to a greater state of awareness is a common method of many spiritual practices. This is especially real in India where several of the Hindu gods and sirens are artists: Krisha plays the groove, Saraswati holds a s
This is especially real in India where several of the Hindu gods and sirens are artists: Krisha plays the groove, Saraswati holds a stringed veena, and Ganesha created the tabla drums. There is also a “yoga exercise of audio,” called nada yoga, described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as one of the most effective and also worthwhile meditation strategies to still the mind.
Nada yoga is a practice of deep inner listening with the objective of hearing the sound of anahata nada, one’s very own inner, unstruck sound that is inaccessible to others. This mystical noise ranges from loud drums, soft flutes, whiring as well as shimmering gongs to the “noise of clouds.”1 The noises of anahata are created as well as listened to from within sushumna, the central power stations, and these sounds will be specifically loud in the “ear of the heart.”2
The method of nada yoga explained in the HYP is an innovative renunciate technique. To listen to the audio of anahata nada, a specialist has to dedicate years of planning and practice to developing hatha yoga exercise techniques.The main phase of nada yoga exercise is pratyahara, transforming off the sense body organs and adjusting into the inner aliveness of being. Both other initial yoga practices are dharana, one-pointed focus, and also dhyana, sustaining dharana for a number of mins. Most significantly, the sushumna nadi, where anahata is produced, have to be purified with a specialized pranayama practice.
Most modern yogis will not have the time, dedication or need to reach this innovative phase of yoga exercise, but there is an external (ahata) nada yoga method that comes for any kind of professional of yoga. To engage in ahata nada yoga, select some soft, calming music to listen to while resting in a comfy reflection pose. Emphasis all of your interest on the noises of the music, when ideas develop, bring your concentration back to the the songs, or ahata nada. I advise developing a playlist of tracks for the amount of time you wish to engage in and utilizing earphones to secure your emphasis on audios of the songs. Practice meditation on these exterior noises for 10-15 minutes once or two times a day making use of the very same type/style of songs. Gradually, you could slowly turn the volume down to strengthen your listening capabilities and also concentration.
Music could be a powerful spiritual device. The ability to find, pay attention and also concentrate through ahata nada is an available method to refine your concentration and grow your yoga method. And also while neither anahata nor ahata nada are particularly very easy, finding out to listen with your full interest while at the same time quieting the mind is an useful and also rewarding skill that will certainly profit you in numerous areas of your yoga practice and life.
1. Hatha Yoga Pradipika 4:87. ‘Jimuta” is frequently equated as ‘thunder’ yet the direct translation is “audio of clouds” which I locate to be a lot more poetic along with even more ready for an experiential and also refined encounter of this sound.
2. Hatha Yoga exercise Pradipika 4:67. “Dakshine karne” is directly equated as ‘the appropriate ear.’ Could likewise mean ‘real, right, appropriate’ and in the context of the text it makes more sense to use the ‘real, appropriate, ideal ear’, which in this method would be the “ear of the heart.”
+Prof: Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary