In 1976, Tom’s guru gave him this simple, powerful and effective mantra as a way to transmit Shaktipat, the non-dual tantric initiation that safely awakens the spiritual intelligence within us known as Kundalini Shakti.
The Ham-sa mantra is pulsative. It balances the flow of prana in the Ida and Pingala nadis thus integrating the brain hemispheres and opening the Sushumna nadi. This safely awakens the Kundalini Shakti. As Kundalini now unfolds through the chakras, 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 is “I Am” or Shiva, the Absolute Transcendent Awareness. Sa is “This” or Shakti, the immanent manifestation of the play of Consciousness.
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 HAHHM and flows out with the soft sound of SAAH.
HAM with the inhalation, SA with the exhalation.
Gentle awareness of the natural mantra of your breath, HAM-SA, helps you relax into meditation. Feel your breath, mantra, and awareness merge together into one beautiful, flowing, living wave of energy. This wave naturally and effortlessly awakens your spiritual power. As this meditative power unfolds, you no longer make an effort to meditate, as meditation now happens by itself.
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.
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 be effortless, choice-less, silent awareness. Simply be as you are.
“God dwells within you as you” ~ Swami Muktananda