Nada Brahma – My first Experience of the Inner Nada
Paramhamsa Satyananda , the founder of Bihar School of Yoga said , “No matter what you do, whether you practice bhastrika or Rajanishaji, or the transcendental meditation of Maharishi, or the ajapa japa of Swami Satyananda, or any method of any Swamiji, the barrier shall stay there, and no one can break this barrier. You have to first fix the mind. I believe that we must transcend the mind rather than kill the mind. I sometimes even believe that we have to jump over the mind rather than transform it. In many of my books, I have spoken about the transformation of the mind, but now I feel that rather than use the word ‘transform’, a better expression would be to ‘transcend’ the mind.
Awareness is the key factor here. Nothing can be suppressed and nothing can be fulfilled. It is a rigorous sadhana and life time practice. Spiritual life is not a theory, we have to live it. Faith works, if you work. One must practice spiritual progress rather on spiritual perfection. Old habits crops up, a regular vigil is important. A spot check inventory on anytime is the need of the hour. We are humans.
It was in September 23rd or 24th of 2015, I don’t exactly remember the dates . My first introduction to Osho meditation camp happened in that year. Prior to to that I was reading about Osho. The meditation camp was facilitated by Maa Prem Arpita. We have done wide varieties of meditations. But the one which influenced my life is Nada Brahma Meditation.
First of all what is Nada ? Nada is a Sanskrit term of “Sound’. According to Yogis , Nada is the hidden energy of inner and outer cosmos. Nada Brahma is an One Hour practice. It is cathartic and cleansing. It is better to do in empty stomach. It is like humming bee sound but a louder version. It works tremendous on emotional and mental level. Mental purging is being done. It is is of three stages. First while sitting one has to do the humming and second and third is the hand movements , which create an inner balance, a harmony between mind and body along with music. As Osho said, “So in Nadabrahma, remember this: let the body and mind be totally together, but remember that you have to become a witness. Get out of them, easily, slowly, from the back door, with no fight, with no struggle.” Since then I am doing it on regular basis.
After the camp was over, suddenly a thought cropped up ——-
The samsaric cycle is unending – PUNARAPI JANANNAM PUNARAPI MARANAM , PUNARAPI JANANI JATHARE SAYANAM, IHA SAMSARE BAHU DUSTARE , KRPAYA PARE PAHI MURARE ( Sri Bhaja Govindam )
I know people – even good friends – who say that they have past life memories. It seems disrespectful to not believe them; after all, on what basis can I deny they are true? On the other hand, I am not able to believe what they believe because my own integrity depends on only accepting rebirth if I have adequate verification. I am sure what people perceive as past life memories can be quite convincing to people who experience them. Such perceptions sometimes arise in meditation, especially in the calm of deep meditation where dream-like images easily occur. I have visualized and “experienced” events in meditation that seemed real but turned out to be projections of my imaginative mind.Based on that belief people get engaged in different techniques and meditations to prepare themselves for their next life. If people know there is a way to prepare for and influence their next incarnation, it naturally reduces the fear of death and dying.Knowing your own abilities in that respect you gain confidence and the fear is greatly reduced or overcome.I can easily understand this perspective for it is one I held myself for the first forty years of my life. The soul is essentially stuck in a never ending cycle of rebirth which can never be broken due to the continual need to balance one’s karma. Some of this karma can be worked off in life in the form of good works, but this is seldom sufficient to work off the entire debt, which must be accounted for in the next life by having the soul take on an incarnation that may be more difficult so the ongoing karmic debt can be worked off.There comes a time when the soul has to prepare to leave the comforting sanctuary of the Spirit World and embark upon another journey on earth. The moment you choose to be reborn is the last moment you get to enjoy the omniscience of knowing who and what they are, and souls often spent their last moments in deep silence and stillness to fully appreciate the experience.“Human being” is just a mask your soul is wearing right now, and when your mask falls off at physical death, you return back home to the love and light from which you came.You are a miracle, and your life is not meaningless. You chose to be where you are right now, even if you are in a place that is really difficult to cope with.