The initial creative impulses arose as ‘spandan,’ as thought-vibration of the pure Being. The sound that emanated from the vibration was Aum. Sound is, in all creation, the one, powerful principle that widely influences and effectively brings under control all other manifestations. In its transcendental aspect, it is difficult to establish contact with the Supreme Being. However, the nearest approach is sound, also referred to as ‘Aparam Brahmn’, through which the seeker is able to experience oneness with the Supreme Spirit. According to Swami Vivekananda, Aum is the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate; M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Aum represents the whole phenomena of sound production. Vivekananda says that repetition of a mantra like Aum is the greatest stimulation that can be given to latent spiritual samskaras. The power of association is so great that even a moment of association with the holy is enough for a ship to cross the ocean of worldliness. To quote him: “This repetition of Aum, and thinking of its meaning, is keeping good company in your own mind. Study, and then meditate on what you have studied. Thus light will come to you, the Self will become manifest.” Through constant repetition of the holy mantra in meditation, seekers ultimately get connected with the subtle, divine sound of Aum, the Anahata Naad – the unstruck, mystic sound that occurs spontaneously and is not the result of striking or beating certain things. Swami Muktananda, sage of Ganeshpuri, says that Aum is self-begotten and arises by itself out of the upper spaces of sahasrara. When this ‘naad’ is heard in meditation, the seeker experiences ecstasy. In the initial stages of meditation, the seeker perceives the red aura that represents the gross, physical body through which the waking state of consciousness is experienced with the aid of five senses of perception. The individual soul in the physical body is seated in the eyes and is known as ‘vishva’, which is represented by ‘A’ – the first letter of Aum, the primordial sound.
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