Monday December 11, 2017

OM: The divine sound energy behind the totality of existence and consciousness

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By Gaurav Sharma

Ancient spiritual traditions believe the mystical sound OM to be the primeval sound that existed before the manifestation of creation.

From philosophical texts such as Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, epics such as Mahabharata to the Yoga sutras of Patanjali and historical Puranas, all mention the supreme spiritual significance of OM.

Esoteric Buddhist practitioners consider OM as the bija mantra or seed syllable–placing it before the incantation of chants such as Om Mani Padme Hum–the mantra invoking the compassion of all Buddhas.

The Sikh syllable Ik Onkar, meaning God is one, has deep historical relationship with Omkar or OM as the formless, quality less and all-pervading metaphysical reality called Brahman.

The essence of life that ancient seers deciphered long ago in the form of OM is only now being discovered by scientists.

Science of Sound

In the spiritual dimension, the physical is a manifestation of vibrations, of which OM forms the primordial sound.

Therefore, each physical entity is merely sound with a corresponding geometric formation attached to it. The physical form of an entity can be transfigured by altering the intensity and the type of sound energy that it is subjected to.

For example, negative emotion which affects the physical well being of an individual in the form of anger and anxiety is nothing but denser, heavier sound energy. On the other hand, positive emotions of joy which manifest in the form of happiness are a higher, lighter state of vibration.

Experimental Evidence

Vibration is not just an experiential metaphysical concept but an actual science known by the name of Cymatics.

Placing sand in a metal plate called Tonoscope and subjecting them to a sound frequency, one can see the particles arrange themselves in a certain pattern, related to the particular structure of that sound.

When welted with the sound energy of OM, the sand particles metamorphose into a beautiful pattern of mandalas or circles, squares and eventually into oval form.

Orbitary, Afterlife Relation

The oval formation of the sand particles is in stark resemblance with the elliptical orbits of the planets revolving in the cosmos.

Contrary to popular notions of circular revolution, all planets revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits. The sun and stars in turn pirouette around the galaxy in similar orbits.

The elliptical orbits are thus an exact replica of the geometric structure of OM.

Apart from the astounding similarity with the galactic mode of being, a number of people, including Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-trained brain neurosurgeon claim to have been touched by the resonation of OM during their near death experiences.

Does OM, the sacred syllable hold the key to opening up the mystery of the cosmos? All the experiential, visual and perceptual evidence are unambiguous in their affirmation.

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Yogatomics Training and Wellness Centre in Stonington, USA Uses Healing Sound to Bring Twist in Traditional Yoga Practices

James Conlan has brought therapeutic yoga, done in an anti-gravitational trapeze

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Cleanse the mind with yoga. Pixabay
  • James Conlan produces percussion-based healing sounds called thermoacoustics
  • Hot yoga is performed in a room heated to 90 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity
  • They need to purge and cleanse and surrender a little bit

Mystic, Stonington, Connecticut, USA, August 19, 2017:  James Conlan, the owner of Yogatomics Training and Wellness Center in Mystic village which is in the town called Stonington. It is revolutionizing the way people do traditional yoga. He specializes in therapeutic yoga which is done with the help of an anti-gravitational trapeze. He produces percussion-based, healing sounds that he calls ‘theracoustics’, which vibrate through the body during practice. It’s a whole new way of practicing it, literally turning oneself upside down and can prove to be more beneficial as well.

He is a percussionist and teaches classes with about 40 different instruments. According to The Westerly Sun report, Conlan said: “When people are on their mats practicing, I’m playing the singing bowl or the djembe or a shaker instrument or something that correlates with what’s happening in the classroom, and they can feel the vibration through their bodies in different yoga postures.” The djembe is a goblet-shaped drum.

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Yogatomics Training and Wellness was opened by Conlan, 49, in 2015 in collaboration with Mystic Shala Yoga. The two studios have separate entrances, one is in the front and another one in the back of 80 Stonington Road in Mystic and the spaces connect with a 4,000-square-foot complex on the second floor that includes a large outdoor deck. Amy Zezulka, the owner of the shala, is also Conlan’s wife, and he helped her to design and build her yoga studio, where he also teaches.

The shala began in 2006, is an official Baptiste Studio following the tenets of the Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa method (a type of hot yoga performed in a room heated to 90 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity).

“People feel cleaner, more detoxified after a hot, sweaty yoga class. It also challenges the mind more because you’re thinking, oh my god, I’m sweating, oh my god, it’s so hot in here — we’re really working on calming our minds in the practice,” he said.

Conlan has studied with Baron Baptiste (is a yoga instructor, has trained extensively in all the major traditions of yoga) for five years, it began in 2008. He probably has about over 1,000 hours directly with Baron Baptiste and has thousands and thousands of hours teaching. That’s not all; he also practices and teaches meditation.

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He calls Yogatomics, which has an atomic-style logo design- the arts and sciences division of the shala, with om in the middle.

Conlan said, “I teach teacher training over here, we have meditation over here, hand-drumming, the yoga trapeze, massage therapy. It’s there to provide more service to our existing clients at Mystic Yoga Shala but also to introduce a whole new client base with the services that we offer like we have the cool temperature, more gentle classes, and the meditation aspect.” They provide a well-balanced space to their clients.

Yoga is an antidote to the fast pace of today’s technology
Yoga is an antidote to the fast pace of today’s technology. Pixabay

Conlan said he discovered his passion for yoga after bartending for 13 years at Mohegan Sun. He was one of the original employees in 1996. “I was there for so long but I was tired of the lifestyle, tired of being inside in that environment, I’m more of nature’s child,” he said. Before that, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics technician. He said that yoga is an antidote to the fast pace of today’s technology.

Conlan said that in our age of information and digital world, it’s very important to maintain a barefoot practice because the pace of the world is moving so fast and a lot of people are being drawn to this practice because they can’t keep up with all the information their mind is trying to absorb. They need to purge and cleanse and surrender a little bit and that’s what this practice is all about.

All the people who want to learn yoga from him, his advice to them- “Just drop your fear and walk in the door for the first time, put out your hand and say hello.” It’s that easy to take the first step towards the healthier you. He said that fear is the most challenging part of any yoga practice. “Most people fear what they don’t understand and that fear is what keeps them from trying something new. The whole point of this practice is to shed that fear and the first step is to walk in the door and get on a yoga mat,” Conlan said.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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More Than Just a Sign : Decoding Hinduism With These 5 Major Symbols

You must have come across these symbols in your everyday life. But ever wondered if they held any deeper connotations?

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July 28, 2017: Hinduism is swarming with symbolism, and a person cannot deny being introduced to any of its symbols in one form or the other, at some point in their lives. These symbols, that represent philosophies, teachings and the various gods and goddess are contemporary representatives of a pulsating culture, with more and more people from the western countries adopting them in their lives in some form.

While on the surface, many of these symbols may seem absurd, they all carry deeper symbolic meanings that are bound to draw attention to the rich cultural lineage of Hinduism.

  1. OM or AUM

Three Sanskrit letters – aa, au, and ma, when combined make the sound Om or Aum.  The first syllable in every prayer, it symbolizes the universe and the ultimate reality – the Brahman or the Absolute. It is perceived as the root of the universe that continues to hold everything together.

Om s a sacren, spiritual sound in Hinduism.
Om or Aum is also referred to as Omkara, Aumkara, and Pranava. Pixabay

Om represents various important triads:

  • The three aspects of God: the Brahma (A), the Vishnu (U), and the Shiva (M)
  • The three worlds: Earth, Atmosphere, and heaven
  • The three sacred Vedic scriptures – the Rig Ved, the Yajur Ved, and the Sama Ved

Just like the cross is to Christians, the ‘Om’ is considered as the universal Hindu symbol. Even the word ‘Amen’ used by Christians to conclude a prayer seems akin to the Hindu Om. It also incorporated in English words with similar meanings, like ‘omnipotent’ or ‘omnipresent’. Thus, the sacred symbol Om or Aum represents divinity and authority.

Symbol of piety, Om is found at the head of letters, pendants and enshrined in every Hindu temple and family shrines.

2. SWASTIKA

The term Swastika is a fusion of two Sanskrit words Su (good) and Asati (to exist), which together stand for “may the good prevail”.

The symbol has been adopted by various religions and cultures across the world.
Swastika is a Hindu symbol of spiritual principles and values. Wikimedia

Although the symbol has a negative connotation in some parts of the world because of its striking resemblance to the Nazi emblem, the Swastika symbolizes the perpetual nature of Brahman (universe)- it’s pointing in all directions represent the omnipresence of the Absolute.

A sign of luck and fortune, it is used to represent truth, honesty, purity, and stability. It’s four points, or angles are also believed to represent the four directions or the Hindu Vedas.

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3. SAFFRON COLOR

A color that represents Hinduism in its entirety, Saffron is the shade of the Supreme Being represented by Agni or fire. Fire burns away the darkness, symbolic of knowledge smoldering away ignorance and dispensing radiance.

Saffron flags are often seen atop Hindu temples.
Saffron is considered a holy color in multi cultures. Wikimedia Commons.

With its origin in the Vedas, the foremost hymn in the Rig Veda glorifies fire worship- it mentions when sages moved from one ashram to the next, it was standard to carry fire along. The inconvenience of carrying a burning object is believed to have given birth to the symbol of a saffron flag. For this reason, saffron flags flutter on top of Hindu temples.

Also auspicious to the Buddhists, the Jains, and the Sikhs, Buddhists monks, and Hindu saints are often seen wearing saffron robes as a mark of purity, abstinence, and renunciation of material life.

4. THE TILAK 

Tilak is one of the most common symbols in Hinduism which is visible and is seen on the forehead from where one can channel divinity.  The word Tilak comes from the Sanskrit word ’til’ (sesame seed) which is of great significance in yagnas and charity.

Tilak is among the most viable symbols of Hinduism.
A flute player from India with a tilak on his forehead. Wikimedia Commons.

While its origin is unclear, it is believed that at the time of the Varna system, people applied tilak to represent their Varna,

  • Brahmins wore a white Chandan mark to imply purity
  • Kshatriyas wore a red tilak for their valour
  • Vaishyas applied a yellow (turmeric) tilak to denote prosperity
  • The Shudhras applied a black tilak to represent their service to all others

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The Tilak also denotes fidelity to different gods – the commitment to Vishnu is denoted by a U-shaped Tilak while horizontal lines symbolize devotion to Shiva.

 

5. RUDRAKSHA

The term is a culmination of two words- ‘Rudra’ (another name for Lord Shiva) and ‘Aksha’ (eyes).

Rudraksha seeds hold pious significance in Hindusim.
Rosemary made out of Rudraksha seeds. Wikimedia

Rudraksha is essentially a tree with blue seeds, found in Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, New Guinea and Australia. The unusually colored seeds are said to represent the tears of Lord Shiva, the destroyer.

Legend has it that Shiva she’s a tear upon seeing the sorry state of his people, which turned into the Rudraksha tree.

Rudraksha seeds are commonly used to make rosaries.

– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala


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Why Do You Ring a Bell at Temple Doorstep? Find Here !

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Ringing bell at the temple. Pixabay

July 23, 2017: Ever wondered why we ring a bell before entering a temple? It is not quite recently out of custom but rather it has a scientific clarification attached.

The majority of the old temples have a vast chime at the entrance, it is believed that since you are entering God’s home, you have to ring the vast chime similarly as somebody would do when they are at your doorstep.

It is said that when you ring the bell, you stir the Lord. The ringing of the bell delivers a divine sound “Om” which is the widespread name of Lord Shiva. It fills the psyche with peace and helps you to remember the enticing energy of nature (sarva-vyaapi).

The minute the chime rings, your psyche is discharged of all problems and you enter a condition of trance, where you become highly responsive. It gives you peace and prepares you for supernatural mindfulness when you enter the temple.

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The ringing of the bell delivers a sharp however yearning impact. The vibration or reverberate goes on for seven seconds which is sufficiently long to touch seven recuperating focuses of your body (chakras).

A chime is made of components, for example, cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium, and manganese. Each of these metals is mixed in scientific proportion and after that, it is tried on the high-pitched quality sound it makes.

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Additionally, on ringing, a sound is delivered that has the mitigating and quieting impact on the cerebrum. The left and right half of the brain work in the union at that point.

The sharp sound of the bell clears our mind of any negative ideas. Bells and different instruments, similar to cymbals, have been utilized by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and the Chinese since time immemorial.

According to the Agama Sastra, ringing a chime in temples prevents evil spirits, to be specific Yaksha, Paisasa, Rakshasa, and Brahmarakshasa, from entering the temple.

-By Staff writer at Newsgram