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 non-dual tantrik initiation that safely awakens the spiritual intelligence within us known as Kundalini Shakti.
Awakened Kundalini leads to the direct experience that we are all individuated expressions of Supreme Being. The Ocean and Wave are not two.
Hamsa is a liberation (moksha) mantra. It is spiritual power vibrating as a sound structure.
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. This safely awakens the Kundalini Shakti. As Kundalini now unfolds through the chakras or spiritual centers of consciousness, many evolutionary capacities awaken and manifest within us and around us. We recognize our true nature, which is the true nature of all and everything. There is only God.
Ham (pronounced Hong like in “song”) is “I AM” or Shiva, Absolute Awareness at rest.
Sa (pronounced Sauh like in “saw”) is “THAT” or Shakti, Absolute Awareness at play. All and everything.
All there is, is Consciousness.
Kundalini is the Mother of all Yogas including Hatha, Raja, Bhakti, Jnana and Karma yoga.
The Yogic Pathways the limbs on the Tree of Life. Kundalini is the sap that feeds them all.
When meditating, it is helpful to sit in a comfortable, upright position, with spine, neck, and head in alignment.
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. 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 practiced or experienced 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 awareness 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 meditated.
HAMSA is the spontaneous and natural 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. This awareness is true and present in all circumstances and situations.
“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
Just as a pole vaulter has to let go of the pole to go over the top of the bar, so now you 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. Simply rest as effortless, choice-less, silent awareness. Simply be as you are.
“God dwells within you as you” ~ Swami Muktananda