Mystical Mini Bit — Guru Gita

Synopsis of Guru Gita-Part 2, vs 20-25 

Shiva is Guru, Guru is God. Also, there is no difference between Guru and Self. All spiritual practices are a waste without understanding this truth about Guru. For this reason, it is emphasized that anyone seeking God/Truth, should find a Guru. This is a fact that is stated in all oral teachings, regardless of the teaching lineage. The written teachings, techniques, belief systems and religions that exist in the world, only create confusion and conflict among all people.

Read the Mystical Tidbit from which this synopsis is derived, here.

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Guru

A teacher who knows union with God through experience, and how to get you there.

Self
The real You, the divine, non-physical individual that you really are without all the packaging.

Shiva
The transforming aspect of God is known as Shiva. As an individual who has mastered the highest yoga, Shiva is known as “the king of yogis.” It is in this sense that Shiva is mentioned here.

Oral Teachings
In this case, the word is smriti (the ri is a vowel). The Smritis are memorized oral teachings that were passed down through teaching lineages in verse and meter in order to preserve them and assure their authenticity.

OM – The Four Stages of Sound

Omkara 

OM image

This is the symbol for the sacred sound, ‘OM.’ When spelled out in Devanagari (Sanskrit writing), it looks different. The transliteration of the Sanskrit spelling is ‘AUM,’ which is a phonetic spelling.

Omkara is usually taught as “the four stages of speech,” but first, I will present it broadly as four stages of nada, or sound, and relate this to meditation experience

When OM is chanted, it goes from gross to subtle, beginning with the sound, ‘ah’ (A) in the chest area, passing through the sound of ‘uh’ (U), and ending with the sound, ‘mm’ (M) as the vibrations of the sound move into the head. Though the symbol shows all four stages, only three sounds are represented in the spelling (AUM) because only three of the four are audible to the ear.

If you were to chant Om from the other direction, from subtle to gross, the direction of manifestation, you would begin with the ‘Mm’ sound. If you were to hear it this way, it would sound like ‘Ma,’ as in mother—the Universal Divine Mother as Creator. This was one of my first experiences of spontaneous nada in meditation, and this is how I understood that experience.

We chant Om the way we do, gross to subtle (AUM), to find our way home, the way to God and our original situation of perfection, peace and unconditional love. For this reason, mantras, meditation and other spiritual undertakings, begin and end with the sacred word, Om.

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Light is the substance, Sound gives it form

The Four Stages of Sound

Sound is associated with the subtlest element, akasha (ether, or space).

Om, spelled “AUM”

“A”
The large symbol that looks like a three, called vaishvarivani, means “all world sounds,” (i.e., languages, etc.) 

Surrender Meditation: Spontaneous chanting, speaking in tongues, and all manner of sounds are expressed vocally.

“U”
The the loop below the curved line, called madyamavani, means “middle sound”.

Surrender Meditation:  Nada ranges from noise (irregular vibrations) to the beginnings of tones (regular vibrations) as a result of the sense faculties operating without the sense organs (pratyahara) in deep meditation.

“M”
The curved line beneath the dot, called pashanti, means “he perceives”.

Surrender Meditation: Nada of subtle and refined sound consisting of tones (regular vibrations) is heard directly in deepest meditation as a result of pratyahara.

“•”
The dot, paravani, means “beyond sound”.

Surrender Meditation:  Nada samadhi, direct perception of divine sound, the sound of God. In deepest meditation, the sound of OM is experienced in its pure and complete form.  Indistinct sounds moving up the sushumna nadi, transform into clear musical tones along the way, until all tones are heard independently and simultaneously as one True Toneultimately reaching the top of the head, beyond perception. The experience is one of inexpressible joy.