The process of Breath Chant
by Balkrishna Panday, NOIDA, New Delhi, INDIA. firstname.lastname@example.org
For the faithless time is as valuable as for the faithful. Needful it is to state in the beginning that the following is the essence of the Truth expressed from times immemorial therefore our friends who have minds closed to FAITH may save their time from the benefits of the following:
OM is the primordial sound pronounced as in AUM, all syllables prolonged to a fair length of breathing time. 'A', the letter's briefest possible sound is the mother of all spoken word and it symbolizes TRUTH (i.e. 'Satta'). ' U' symbolizes the mind-intelligence ('Chitta') 'M' symbolizes the ultimate of happiness (i.e. Ananda). So let us utter the holy sound of AUM.... This is the sound of rotating universe. SAI is the holy name given to a very revered Saint of 19/20th century, the SAI BABA OF SHIRDI who attracted devotees to their own FAITH quite often by supernatural miracles. He possessed supra -natural powers of such dimensions as have ever been known to mankind. His physical remains were laid to rest in 1918. His devotees visit his shrine in very large numbers and are blessed by him via his memorials/temples and direct devotion to him which further sanctifies each one's OWN FAITH. His following is absolutely secular though' widespread amongst Hindus in particular, yet very many people of other religions too. Chanting his name as one's master or 'guru' brings one closer to one's personal recognition of ALMIGHTY along with material and spiritual benefits. The two most important conditions are faith in his name SAI i.e. 'Shradha' and patience i.e. 'Saburi'.
RAM (pronounced Raam) though' Hindu incarnation of God - king in mythological era, the word 's chanting of Raam, Raam , Raam signifies getting in contact with the ultimate source of time, space and energy i.e. Superconsciousness personified beyond all the senses.
Very important to understand that to this humble writer GOD, MY LORD, CHRIST, ALLAH, YHWH (Hebrew) BUDDHA and all the names of remembering HIM are the calls of this soul('Atman') contained in the body to get in touch with the SUPREME ('Paramatman') and to remain with him and ultimately be in HIM. This write-up is intended to share with you a simple practice, which when conducted willfully with as much concentration as one may command, in an atmosphere of humility equal to prostration with folded hands at the feet of one's spiritual master, is bound to bring one closer to happiness, peace and tranquility(i.e. 'Ananda').
OM .....SAI .....RAM to the mind of this writer is a magical combination of representation of symbols which has been practiced and experimented with to prove to oneself as a provider of what you look forward to from your LORD master of all worldly masters. This principle is known in 'Sanskrit' language as a 'Mantra'. For the benefit of devotees from different faiths/religions this writer would suggest , should you so desire, please bring forth from your own scriptures or from the depth of your cultural background, a combination of at the most 3 or 4 or 5 words. The test is that they should rhyme into smooth devotional music when chanted or repeated inwardly or outwardly and the time taken should equal one cycle of breath i.e. breathe in and breathe out. This writer shall be very obliged if such holy combination of words is intimated through e-mail, as is picked up for devotional practice. Just consider if the word SAI can be a prefix or a suffix anywhere within such a formation of words; which is solely dependent on your choice. This writer can simply vouch for the efficacy of the name SAI by virtue of personal knowledge.
The intention is to describe a method to practice your spiritual phrase or MANTRA. Before we do this, let us know or revise the eternal truths of life and spirit. This writer has to fall back upon the thought process emanating from personally selected poetic rhymes in SANSKRIT (i.e. 'Shlokas') from an ancient Hindu scripture ' Srimad Bagvatgeeta' known the world over as Geeta in short. I am sure that all the major religions known to the stress-prone modern society have duly stated identical principles in their own scriptures. So please, while you read the following, recall or find the similar cardinal principles from the resource of your own Holy Scriptures. Hereunder the 'Shloka' number has been stated after the Chapter number of The Geeta alongside the first few Sanskrit words for the reader who would like to study the Holy Scripture.
Please take care, the process of understanding and alignment with the SUPREME ( ' SAIRAM' to this writer: you bow your head to the NAME of your reverence ) begins right away.
This body is temporary, transitory and it does not represent the whole of myself. 'I' am the soul, the spirit, the consciousness (i.e. 'Atman') within, which is permanent, eternal, has been, is and would remain irrespective of the concept of time. Let us drop this TIME dimension for the present till we wish to shift from Meditation mode to the worldly work mode. Just as a human being discards old garments and wears new ones thereafter, similarly the master of this body i.e. the soul-spirit departs from the existing or old body and dons a new one. The soul cannot be cut with a sword, fire cannot burn it, water can't damage it and air cannot dry this individual unit of the SUPREME. The destructive power of the elements is in vain vis-a-vis the soul-spirit. She (since IT is in perpetual continuum like motherhood) is neither born nor ever dies and having once come to exist can never be referred to as one passed away into the past. ('Na jayate mriyate'.....,Ref: The Geeta Ch.2/20-23)
Statement - II
The knowledge of relativity of the body to the soul-spirit is the last frontier of knowledge that is eternal; this when realized is the core of all knowledge. When Nobel-prize winning scientists and litterateurs say that beyond their achievements they try to understand the intent of God, they point to the aforesaid frontier of knowledge. For this knowledge to be achieved, imbibe The Commandments of the scriptures for uplifting of our intellect. Effect of this knowledge in terms of worldly performance by the body has to be by way of benefit to the world at large e.g. one's wealth shall remain here when the body is gone. Can we achieve a state of equanimity of mind in conditions of gain/loss? Let us try. ('Adhyatma gyan nityattvam'.....,Ref: The Geeta Ch.13/11)
Statement - III
So, what does one do? Renounce the world for a jungle and/or become a mendicant. NO. One conducts oneself not with a sense of deep involvement with the results(i.e. good/bad, gain/loss kind of duality) but for the ethics of duty and perfection of the process, while remaining very much a man of the world. Just shed the baser and demeaning elements of WANT and the high profile egoistic sense of ME and MINE. Be a witness and play your role in the world real good; the peace of mind shall be yours. ('Vihaya kamanyah'.....,Ref: The Geeta Ch.2/71)
It is imperative to share with the noble reader that following is an injunction by Lord Krishna to the warrior king Arjuna in the Geeta. In case so desired , the readers may follow a similar command from their own holy resources. Center your mind in ME, become MY devotee, worship ME inclusive of the attitude that all your work in this world is an offering to ME and thus bow in humility to ME. In this manner dissolve yourself in the SUPREME soul - spirit of all the universe that is known and unknown. Practice this 'YOGA'(the spiritual science of '+', i.e. the summum bonum of all knowledge) and the peace of mind shall be yours. ('Manmana bhav madbhakto'....., Ref: the Geeta Ch.9/34)
PEACE, tranquility, calmness of a placid sea. How do we retain it ? It is a state of mind and it does not rest with outside objects of the world. Remember, whatever we amass, collect and create anew, physical or intellectual is for the general good of the global network of human beings, simply because this body - shop called 'ME' is to down its shutters one fine day. Happiness lies within oneself, it is an inherent quality of one's soul-spirit , and it is purely subjective. Having done our duty, let us visualize or rather experience our soul-spirit, let us aim inward to find our joys within our consciousness. We must realize the light that glows within us to dispel the darkness of ignorance and illuminates a haven of rendezvous, of being blessed by the LORD. There is no other superior destiny of a human being. ('Yo antah sukho'....., Ref: The Geeta Ch.5/24)
PRAYER before the process:
'Om bhur bhuvah swaha
bhargo-devasya dhi mahih,
(This is in Sanskrit; English and Hindi translations follow)
AUM… Oh my LORD, as in the breath of my life, my savior from all ills, omnipresent, happiness incarnate, YOU who is omniscient and the origin and GOD of all universe, with full reverence I see you in my mind's eye as the SUN that dispels sins and illumines our consciousness and intellect. Oh my FATHER ,accept my prayer that my conscience may not go astray from you as also, may the light of your blessings enlighten my deeds. ('Hey praan- swaroop, dukh - harta, sarva - vyapak anand ke denewale Prabho(SAI) jo aap sarvagya or sakal jagat ke utpadak hain, main aapke us pujniyatam paap - nashak swaroop tej ka dhyaan karata hoon, jo hamari budhiyon ko prakashit karata hai. Hey Pujya Pita (SAI), aapse meri budhi kadaapi vimukh na ho aur aap sada meri budhi main prakashit rahein. (Suggested addition by the writer) Mujhe shri - charanon ki sharan mein lain aur shri - charanon ki bhakti pradaan karein. Aisi prarthana hai, aisi prarthana hai, aisi prarthana hai. OM SAI RAM