The Secret of the Siddhas!
In 1976, Tom’s guru empowered him with this simple, powerful and effective mantra as a way to transmit Shaktipat, the gift of grace that safely awakens the supreme creative intelligence within us known as Kundalini Shakti.
In fact, Kundalini awakens us. We don’t awaken Kundalini.
Awakened Kundalini leads to the direct experience that we are all individuated expressions of Infinite Awareness. The Ocean and Wave are not two.
The HAMSA mantra is spiritual power vibrating as a sound structure.
Hamsa is a liberation (moksha) mantra. It enables the direct recognition of our infinite freedom. It illumines the whole path from beginning to end, the Absolute Being the Relative. It is your very life.
The Ham-sa mantra is pulsative. It is called ajapa-japa, or the mantra that spontaneously occurs within our breath. It balances the flow of prana in the Ida and Pingala nadis thus integrating the brain hemispheres, soothing and toning the vagal nerves, and opening the Sushumna nadi, the current of Bliss. It creates profound coherence on every level of our being and the energy fields around us. This safely allows the Kundalini to unfold through the chakras or spiritual centers of consciousness. Many evolutionary capacities awaken and manifest within us and also around us. We recognize our true nature, which is the true nature of all and everything. There is only God. God is Being You.
Ham (pronounced Hong like in “song”) is the pure “I AM” or Shiva – Absolute Infinite Awareness at rest.
Sa (pronounced Sauh like in “saw”) is “THAT” or Shakti – Absolute Infinite Awareness at play. All and everything.
All there is, is all inclusive infinite awareness. This is the first fact all other facts are predicated upon.
Kundalini is the Mother of all Yogas including Hatha, Raja, Bhakti, Jnana and Karma yoga.
The Yogic Pathways are like the limbs on the Tree of Life and Kundalini is the sap that feeds them all.
HOW TO MEDITATE –
(Additional and more detailed instructions are given by Tom in weekly satsang)
Your breathe naturally flows in with the vibration of Hong, pauses a moment, flows back out with the vibration of Sauh, pauses a moment and then flows back in ……
When meditating, it is helpful to sit in a comfortable, upright position, with spine, neck, and head in alignment. It is the creative power of Kundalini that has humans evolve as upright beings.
Notice that you don’t really breathe. Breathing happens by itself. You are being breathed. Without any effort at all your breath naturally flows in and flows out like a gentle ocean wave. Relax into feeling yourself being breathed by the one breath of God. Let your awareness gently surf the natural flow of your breath, flowing in and flowing out without any effort at all.
Your breath is prana, the radiant life force, and the creative energy of all life. The prana flows in with the soft sound of HONG and flows out with the soft sound of SAUH.
When actually experienced in meditation as the life force, the Hamsa mantra sounds like HONG (like in “song”) with the inhalation, SAUH (sounds like “saw”) with the exhalation.
Gentle awareness of the natural mantra of your breath, Hong-Sauh, helps you relax into meditation. Feel your breath, mantra, and attention merge together into one beautiful, flowing, living current of energy. This current naturally and effortlessly awakens your spiritual power. As this meditative power unfolds, you no longer make an effort to meditate, as meditation now happens spontaneously by itself. You are Being meditated. Let Go and Let God/dess. Let Shiva/Shakti dance!
HAMSA is the natural, effortless and spontaneous awareness of I AM THAT. This awareness is all inclusive. It is the ultimate context of all and everything. You are this effortless awareness. This awareness welcomes everything as it is as everything is its own expression. This awareness is true and present at all times, and in all circumstances and situations. This is Sahaj Samadhi or Awake Presence 24/7.
“Siddha Meditation is the recognition that everything you see, touch, hear, smell, taste, imagine, think, dream or in anyway experience is the same Divine Consciousness as your Self.” – Baba Muktananda
As you slip into meditation, let go. Just as a pole vaulter has to let go of the pole to go over the top of the bar, so now let go of all methods as you flow into natural, effortless, spontaneous meditation. You don’t meditate. You allow meditation to happen. You are being meditated. Something wonderful is happening through you as you. Simply rest as effortless, choice-less, silent awareness. Simply Be as you are.
“God dwells within you as you” ~ Swami Muktananda