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Meditation on the inner sounds has been an integral part in numerous traditions, as an advanced step to spiritual development for millennia. This inner sound has been referred to as “Music of the Spheres” by Pythagoras; “the Logos” of the Greeks; “The Word” and the “Voice of Many Waters” in the Bible; “Naam” or “Kalma” by the Sikhs; “Shabda Brahman” . “the Holy Nada”, “Anahata Nada” (the Unstruck Sound), “Pranava”, and AUM by the Hindus. Numerous other names that have come down to us are “Voice of the Silence”; “Voice of God”; the Sound Principle; the Audible Lifestream; the Soundless Sound; and the Flaming Sound.

Following is a collection of quotes from the different traditions of the Sound Current with emphasis on its rapture and methods, consequences, and meditation upon it. The reading of which is an excellent way of engaging the abstract mind to focus in this direction before we actually examine methods of practice and appropriation of the inner sound, and cultivation of the inner ear. We will start with the older, outer traditions and then examine what HPB, Helena Roerich, Morya, and Alice Bailey with DK have to say on the subject. These latter are the leading contributors to our Modern Esotericism as inspired by the Transhimalayan Brotherhood. The quotes in this last section are gathered and presented to illustrate the central significance placed by Hierarchy on this path of Transcendental Sound. This section of the path is only effective and significant when the mental body has been stabilized, and a fair facility on one-pointed meditation is achieved. The major effectiveness is only possible when in conjunction with the Master in one’s ashram or with a disciple on the physical plane working consciously with the inner Teachers.

In the Hindu tradition, work with the subtle inner sounds is integral with many paths, in particular when one has reached the advanced stages of practice. The typical traditions employing meditation on the Sound Principle are mantra yoga, laya yoga, tantra yoga, Kundalini yoga, kriya yoga, shabda yoga, among many others. It is to be noticed that the advanced stages of each of these share much in common with each other.

In the Tantric philosophy, kundalini is said to manifest as subtle light and sound (the jyottis and the nada work best together) in the human body. Shakti (also addressed as the Divine Mother) the primal creative force in both micro and macrocosm, is said to exist as sound in its deepest expression through which it gives birth, and access, to the manifest universes and the Fiery Worlds. When the Kundalini begins to raise at the deeper level, it also manifests as a consciousness.

Who is the true Guru for a disciple? Shabd indeed is the Guru and Surat (attention) the disciple of the Dhun (Shabd) – Guru Nanak

He – the Nameless – expressed Himself and made the Naam or Word. – Guru Nanak

Creation came into being from Saut (the Sound or the Word) and from Saut spread all light. – Shamas Tabrez – Sufi.

Everything from beginning to end exists in Shabd. The physical elements, the subtle and ethereal powers and vibrations, the causal seeds and essences, one and all are from Shabd personified. We live and have our very being in Shabd and ultimately dissolve into Shabd. All the scriptures of the world tell us that Shabd is above the material and efficient cause and All-Controlling power of the Universe. – Kirpal Singh from Naam or Word

Shabd is the directive agent of God, the cause of all Creation. – Prabhati

Let the yogi . . . hear the sound through his right ear. By communion with the Word, he will become deaf to the external sounds, and will attain Turya Pad of a state of eqiuipoise within a fortnight. First the murmuring sounds resembling those of the waves of the ocean, the fall of rain and the running rivulets and the Bheri will be heard intermingled with the sounds of bell and conch, etc – Nada Bindu Upanishad

Meditation of Nada or the Sound Principle is the royal road to salvation. – Nada Bindu Upanishad

The mind is fixed on Nada or Anahata sounds heard in the ear. The Yogi (then gradually) enters Samadhi and attains Knowledge of the Self. This is Nada Yoga. Nada Yoga is Laya Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is Laya Yoga. – Swami Sivananda: Nada Yoga

The Shastra teaches that even before there was light at the dawn of creation, God’s first manifestation was Shabda, a sound or word. Tantriks say that it is the Divine Mother who sings the symphony of the universe, “the beginning of which is creation, the end of which is dissolution.” One text declares: “The manifest sound of God (Shabdabrahman) exists in all things as consciousness, which exists in the bodies of living beings in the form of Kundalini. . . Words – or more precisely, the individual letters that comprise them – are nothing more than the mysterious Kundalini, given articulate form in speech and symbolized in writing. Learning to hear the inner, “unstruck sound” is in itself a creative act. It forms one of the most important of the Tantrik disciplines. – Tantra by Omar Garrison

Agni relates to Nada or the original sound vibration, which has an ascending motion. Soma relates to the Bindu or point-drop of pure awareness, which moves downward. The interplay of Nada and Bindu creates the universe. – Tantric Yoga and the Ten Wisdom Goddesses by David Frawley

The following quotes appear in the “Voice of the Silence” making reference to Nada Yoga. The teachings about this path were given Blavatsky by the Masters Kuthumi and Morya in Tibet, and were taken from the Book of Golden Precepts used by the masters in training initiates.

He who would hear the voice of Nada, ‘the Soundless Sound’, and comprehend it, he has to learn the nature of Dharana. . . The ‘Soundless Voice’, or the ‘Voice of the Silence’. Literally perhaps this would read ‘Voice in the Spiritual Sound’, as Nada is the equivalent word in Sanskrit for the Sen-sar term.

Saith the Great Law – ‘in order to become the Knower of All Self thou hast first of Self to be the Knower’. To reach the knowledge of that Self, thou has to give up Self to Non-Self, Being to Non-Being, and then thou canst repose between the wings of the Great Bird. Aye, sweet is rest between the wings of that which is not born, nor dies, but is the AUM throughout eternal ages. Bestride the Bird of Life, if thou would’st know.

Says the Nada-Bindu Upanishad, ‘A Yogi who bestrides the Hamsa (thus contemplates on AUM) is not affected by Karmic influences.

Let not thy ‘Heaven-born’, merged in the sea of Maya, break from the Universal Parent (Soul), but let the fiery power retire into the inmost chamber, the chamber of the Heart and the abode of the World’s Mother. Then from the heart that Power shall rise into the sixth, the middle region, the place between thine eyes, when it becomes the breath of the One-Soul, the voice which filleth all, thy Master’s voice. The inner chamber of the Heart, called in Sanskrit Brahma poori. The ‘fiery power’ is Kundalini.

The ‘Power’ and the ‘World-Mother’ are names given to Kundalini – one of the mystic ‘Yogi powers’. It is Buddhi considered as an active instead of passive principle. It is an electro-spiritual force, a creative power.

Before thou set’st thy foot upon the ladder’s upper rung, the ladder of the mystic sounds, thou hast to hear the voice of thy inner God (the Higher Self) in seven manners . . . the nightingale’s sweet voice . . . a silver cymbal . . . the ocean-sprite in its shell . . . Vina (a stringed instrument) . . . a bamboo-flute . . . a trumpet-blast . . . the dull rumbling of a thunder-cloud . . . swallowing all the other sounds.

Before the ‘mystic-power’ can make of thee a god, Lanoo, thou must have gained the faculty to slay the lunar form (astral body) at will. . . Kundalini, the ‘Serpent Power’ . . . Kundalini is called the ‘Serpentine’ or the annular power on account of its spiral-like working or progress in the body of the ascetic developing the power in himself. It is an electric fiery occult of Fohatic power, the great pristine force, which underlies all organic and inorganic matter.

Desire nothing. Chafe not at Karma, nor at Nature’s changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable. Help Nature and work on with Her; and Nature will regard thee as one of her creators and make obeisance. And she will open wide before thee the portals of her secret chambers, lay bare before thy gaze the treasures hidden in the very depths of her pure virgin bosom. Unsullied by the hand of matter she shows her treasures only to the eye of Spirit-the eye which never closes, the eye for which there is no veil in all her kingdoms. Then will she show thee the means and the way, the first gate and the second, the third, up to the seventh. And then the Goal – beyond which lie, bathed in the sunlight of the Spirit, glories untold, unseen by any save the eye of the Soul. There is but one road to the Path; at its very end alone the ‘Voice of the Silence’ can be heard.

The pupil must regain the child-state he lost [rigpa, Sahaja Samadhi] ere the first sound can fall upon his ear.

But, O Disciple, unless the flesh is passive, head cool, the soul as firm and pure as flaming diamond, the radiance will not reach the chamber, its sunlight will not warm the heart, nor will the mystic sounds of the Akasic heights reach the ear, however eager, at the initial stage.

The inner chamber of the Heart. . .

These mystic sounds of the melody heard by the ascetic at the beginning of his cycle of meditation called Anahad-shabd by the Yogis.

Unless thou hearest, thou canst not see. Unless thou seest, thou can not hear. To hear and see this is the second stage. When the disciple sees and hears, and he smells and tastes, eyes closed, ears shut, with mouth and nostrils stopped.

And now, Lanoo, thou art the doer and the witness, the radiator and the radiation. Light in the Sound, and the Sound in the Light . . . Behold! Thou hast become the light, thou hast become the Sound, thou art thy Master and thy God. Thou art Thyself the object of thy search, the Voice unbroken, that resounds throughout eternities, exempt from change, from sin exempt, the seven sounds in one, the Voice of the Silence.

The next set of quotations are from the Letters of Helena Roerich and the Agni Yoga series. The Agni Yoga series were given out by Helena Roerich, primarily under inspiration of the Master M. They will allude to the significance of the nada and meditation upon it without fully teaching the method. Following each quote is the book title and entry number (stanza), and not page number. Near the end of her time of service to M, He dubbed her “the Mother of Agni Yoga”.

People frequently distinguish fragments of the music of the spheres, just as they do the vibratory differentiations of light, and only a false attitude towards everything prevents them from concentrating on this. -- Fiery World 1, 198

You are familiar with the music of the spheres, the spatial bells, and the reverberating strings. It will be asked why, then, do not a multitude of people know these manifestations. But, then, why is a multitude of people satisfied with false intonation, absolutely refusing to realize the nuances of sound? -- Heart 267

Before you is another manifestation of a high degree – the Kundalini bestirs itself from base to the highest . . . Sound and color are among the principle fiery manifestations. Thus the music of the spheres and the radiances of the fires of space are the highest manifestations of Fire. -- Fiery World 1, 72-3

Cosmos in silence makes manifest the language of the heart, and the Cosmic Voice may become audible. Sensitiveness and vigilance can aid us in giving ear to the Voice of the Silence. -- Infinity 1, 80

When I say utilize the manifested rays, when I say fill the chalice of knowledge, when I say design the best creations through straight-knowledge, when I say strength lies in the timelessness of knowledge – it means lend an open ear to the cosmic whirls, it means search the radiances of Fohat, it means understand the music of the spheres. -- Infinity 1, 5

Likewise, excellent are your thoughts regarding the Universal Symphony. Verily, each spirit resounds to its own tone, and nothing can be compared with the beauty of these sounds. The one who has heard the music of the spheres has the right to say in the words of the Teacher, ‘The former song will become the noise of the wheel.’ Of course it is true that the primary aspect of Manifestation is the Divine Tremor in the Bosom of the Great Mother. Tremor, or vibration, is, at the same time, Light, for List is the movement of Matter, and it creates form. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, . . . In him was life, and the light was the light of men.’ In this statement is the whole profundity of the sacred knowledge. -- Letters Vol 2 page 181

First the Yogi hears the music of the spheres, but later, by way of the heart, he himself begins to reverberate with this harmony of the Highest World. But for this a flaming heart is needed. -- Heart 196

We send calls of heart to those friends who meet upon the crossroads of the East. We send calls of unity to those whose hearts have already sensed the music of the spheres. For him to who the spheres are void the heart is only a sack of blood. -- Heart 394

It will be asked, Which energy is assumed when one speaks of the Heart? Of course it is the same AUM, the psychic energy of all three worlds. – Heart 14

People usually believe that they can attain perfection through many methods. This multiplicity of mirages lulls the mediocre mind. But humanity has only two ways; either wisely and ardently seek the realization of the AUM, or to lie in a coffin like a log, taking for granted that someone or something will take care of the destiny of the shopkeeper of the spirit. -- Agni Yoga 158

AUM is the power of Grace, and help is at hand for each one ready to set sail from the shore of the flesh . . . Some know the music of the spheres and the song of space. Few have approached this step, nevertheless these transfigurers of life do exist. Let us guard such heralds of the far-off worlds. -- AUM 18

AUM resounds not as a name but as a concept. The cognizing one will realize the sounding which is consonant with the music of the spheres. Rarely is it possible to hear this resonance of the spheres with the earthly ear, but the ignoramus take it only for a noise in the ear. Thus let us walk there where sounds Infinity itself. -- AUM 79

Thus it is necessary to appreciate the wondrous music of the spheres, and to understand that on this step are also heard the lamentations of the world. -- AUM 204

Today you heard the music of the spheres, that rhythm which strenghthens the realization of evolution. It is not the theme precisely, but the rhythm that forms the essence of the music of the spheres. It is indeed the degree of purity of the sounds which determines the planetary conduit. These sounds are heard only at high altitudes, and it is necessary to have a musical ear. -- Agni Yoga 149

The next set of quotations are taken from the various books of AAB and inspired by DK.

By intense devotion to Ishvara, knowledge of Ishvara is gained. (Commentary) Ishvara is the son of God, the cosmic Christ, resplendent in the heart of each of us. -- Sutra 1:23

This Ishvara is the Soul, untouched by limitation, free from karma and desire. -- Sutra 1:24

In Ishvara, the Gurudeva, the germ of all knowledge expands into Infinity. (Commentary) In the macrocosmic sense God is the Master of all and He is the sum total of omniscience. . . He is the soul of all things . . . as the souls of men are a part of His Infinite realization . . Students would do well in studying these few sutras relating to Ishvara to bear in mind that they have reference to the son of God, the second person of the Trinity as He manifests through the medium of a solar system, to the macrocosmic soul. The secondary meaning has reference also the the divine son of God, the second aspect monadic, as He manifests trhough the medium of a human being. -- Sutra 1:25

Ishvara (the Gurudeva) being unlimited by time condition, is the teacher of the primeval lords. (Commentary) The primal Lords, or Sages, are those great Adepts Who – having ‘tasted experience

Under the Law of Rebirth, were initiated into the mysteries by the one Initiator, the representative in our planet of the Oversoul. They in their turn become teachers and initiators into the mysteries. -- Sutra 1:26

The Word of Ishvara is AUM (or OM). This is the Pranava. (Commentary) This is the Word of Glory, the AUM. This is the Pranava, the sound of conscious Life itself as It is breathed forth into all forms . . . (it) is the Christ in us, the hope of glory. The Word causes the second, or Christ aspect of divinity to shine forth resplendently. It is the sound that brings into manifestation the incarnated soul (macrocosmic and microcosmic). -- Sutra 1:27

Through the sounding of the Word and through reflection upon its meaning, the Way is found. (Commentary) The expression ‘the sounding of the Word’ must not be too literally interpreted; the esoteric ‘sounding forth’ is based upon a study of the Law of vibration . . . Speaking correctly, the Words is sounded by the soul on its own plane. Secondly, there is the earnest reflection of the man in his physical brain upon that sound as he recognizes it. He hears the sound (called sometimes the ‘still small voice’ or the ‘Voice of the Silence’), he recognizes it for what it is and in deep reflection he assimilates the results of his soul’s activity. -- Sutra 1:28

The Light of the Soul – pages 46 – 60

The Sound (or Word), that which it denotes (the object) and the embodied spiritual essence (or idea) are usually confused in the mind of the perceiver. By concentrated meditation on these three aspects comes an (intuitive) comprehension of the sound uttered by all forms of life. (Commentary) This is one of the most important sutras in the book, and holds the key to the object of the entire meditation process. This is to reveal . . . the true nature of the self, the second aspect, and the correspondence to the second aspect in all forms of subhuman life, as well as to put him en rapport with the second aspect in all superhuman forms. Thus it concerns the consciousness aspect . . . the Christ of Buddhic principle and which is the direct cause of . . . the revelation of the spirit through the medium of form. When the nature of the second aspect, the soul, is known, the nature of the form is also known, and the essential nature of the spirit can be inferred. He must arrive at the Sound of Word which brought every form into manifestation, and which is the result of the breath, the essence or spirit. ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Words was with God and the Word was God. All things were made by him . . . (John I 1:2) Here, in the Christian Bible, is t he substance of the entire teaching, and in the significance of the . . . Sacred Word, AUM, lies the clue to the entire cosmic process. The meditation process when duly and correctly carried out reveals therefore the second of soul aspect, and the Sound, or Word (the Voice of the Silence) can be heard. -- Sutra III 17 -- The Light of the Soul – pages 271 – 273

By the growth of intuitional telepathy and the increasing comprehension of the power of color and sound will the work of the Christ and of the Great Ones be contacted and understood, and the peoples . . . enter into the Kingdom of God. -- Externalization of the Hierarchy pg 509


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