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"The Sound of OM"

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... om is the meditative seed par excellence. Patanjali—who wrote the Yoga Sutra and is considered to be the father of classical yoga—taught that when we chant this sacred syllable and simultaneously contemplate the meaning of it, our consciousness becomes 'one-pointed: and prepared for meditation. In a commentary on the Yoga Sutra, the ancient sage Vyasa noted that through chanting om, 'the supreme soul is revealed.' In a similar vein, Tibetan scholar Lama Govinda wrote that om expresses and leads to the 'experience of the infinite within us.' Thus, chanting om may be the easiest way to touch the Divine within your very self.

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Very interesting, thank you. I learned "Transcendental" meditation my freshman year of college a long time ago. The instructor would meet up with each one in the "class" separately and would sit with you and meditate with eyes closed. After a short while the teacher would start to more or less chant a syllable. That syllable the instructor had "meditated up" was now your mantra.

Transcendental meditation could be done anywhere in any position. I usually sat on the floor with my back up against a wall or sometimes I would sit in a chair. Whenever I laid down I would always fall asleep. Ideally, one would mediate twice a day for twenty minutes.

To meditate you close your eyes and slowly start repeating your mantra to yourself. Stray thoughts always start entering your mind and when you realize you had stopped repeating your mantra and are thinking about something else, you slowly go back to repeating your mantra. The ultimate was supposed to be at some point your mantra would fade a way with no other thought in your mind; your mind was not thinking anything; your mind was empty; you had an empty mind; the ultimate state of meditation. I said, "The ultimate was supposed to be ... " because that is what they told us. I never made it there; I have always wondered what the ultimate is like. I did not continue to meditate for very long.

Using "Om" as my mantra, I think I will give meditation another go.


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You're welcome. Nice summary of your experience. I'm glad you might give it another go. I've found that meditation really is the "realm of all possibilities..."


btw: I don't know if you already know this, but before he died, Steve Jobs actually arranged for everyone who attended his memorial service to to receive a box containing the book "Autobiography of a Yogi." It's really worth reading (as Steve apparently felt, too).

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