Shri Shri Nimishananda
Today, let us contemplate on how the tradition of eastern vibrational philosophy scores over western cultural philosophy. Spirituality is the art and science of attaining perfection by using our body, mind and intellect to its full capacity. This is known as prayoga.
Today, all of us are adept at using our mind to 100 per cent capacity. The overworked mind does not give opportunity to our brain, which is instrumental in working of intellect with razor sharp efficiency. This is where the sages, saints and yogis have been held in high esteem in the eastern philosophy, more so the Himalayan tradition of guru parampara. The yogis inferred the Vedas and simplified the truths for common man to be able to apply it as formulae at various situations in life.
Today, we all are well trained in managing different aspects of our material life. This training and efficiency comes to us from our left brain. No doubt, this is essential to carry out our day-to-day chores, but when we face an unexpected situation, this training doesn’t really come to our rescue.
This is where, we too, like the yogis, require our right brain to be activated. Our right brain is the storehouse of wisdom and intuition. If we ponder, we come to know that if a limited left brain can help us achieve so much in this world then, what would be the power or capacity of the unexplored, untouched right brain?
This is what the rishis highlighted to us through their esoteric teachings along with mystical experiences. The Upanishads are distilled essence of the process of the right brain of the yogis. We are concentrating on people of this world whom we feel are important. However, the rishis always highlighted the higher worlds that are within our own self which is a vibrant energy field.
To access this high energy field, they prescribed the Brahmari pranayama and practice of silence—mouna—for certain duration so that we are completely cut off from external noises.
This enables us to tune to the subtle sounds resonating within us. The soothing sounds of the subtle realms shower us with peace, and our mind automatically comes to rest. This tranquillity is the key to turn inwards or be an antar mukhi.
The moment we turn inwards, our right brain, which is the seat of awareness, begins to function. The brahmari sound begins from behind the ears and travels up to our sahasrara chakra. This finally settles down in our ajna chakra. This is when the experiences begin.
You will be dictated by intuition on an automatic mode so there is no question of stress and strain. Whatever is prompted by our intuition also results in karya siddhi or accomplishment. High frequency energy and sound (shabdhabrahman) emanates from us as all our panchapranas or five vital airs become synchronous.
From this stage, no matter where we are, the brahmari pranayama cuts all external noises. The internal shabdhabrahman purifies all noises and refines the prana to Naada Brahman where you start hearing only the static sound of the breath—Mmmm… ‘anuswara’ or the silent drone of the bee.
That is why the yogis are known to have the power of meditating even in the fish market. The yogis always reside within the fort of their inner world.
Right brain activation through brahmari pranayama and mouna is the key to gain access to the inner world, which is whole and complete. Seeing the experiences of the yogis, we come to know that once we enter this world, we need not go anywhere as we have already entered the metaphysical world—the paradise.
Shri Shri Nimishananda