In this video, Prasant talks about the common underlying function that all pointers, aphorisms or teachings for Enlightenment, Self Realization and Liberation have in common. Once this is understood within, you will no longer have any confusion about your path, Guru, or what teachings to follow as everything you encounter will naturally become part of your path in one seamless unfolding of Truth. This leads to a more effortless, free way of being and the necessary openness that allows for Enlightenment to manifest without delay or struggle.
Basically, every pointer stops the mind and returns it to its Source Reality allowing for continuous dropping of limited concepts and identifications. There is more detail in the video on this.
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Prasant shares raga Hamsanandi on the saxophone here for easy resting into our nature and natural abidance as Truth.
To best utilize the video, completely relax and rest. Notice and rest in the Silence. As the sound arises, notice and feel the sound, letting it completely fill the entire field of awareness. During each silence in the music, you may notice you are slipping into deeper and deeper Silence and peace. That Silence, just simple awareness, free of any condition, thought or idea is our nature and is the Source of all. Simply continue to rest as This that you have discovered effortlessly to be the essence and the completeness of what you are. Please continue to sit for the last minute after the music as stopped and rest in Silence completely during that time.
Enjoy your day and/or remainder of the existence, enjoying this Being that we always have been! 🙂
The image at the end is Arunachala at Tiruvannamalai, India.
In this video, Prasant discusses the truth of Sound being not different from Silence. Simply by noticing Prasant’s music and voice in the video, it is easy to see that first there is a background of silence, then the sound arises. Finally, the sound again dissolves into the silence.
The Source of every sound is the Silence from which it came.
The field of the entire manifestation is happening in a similar way. Sound is an infinitely subtle vibration that manifests from silence and it is quite commonly known that all that exists is nothing but varying intensities of sound vibrations.
If we feel and awaken this insight by beginning with the realm of sound and music, we can easily recognize the Reality, the Silence that is the ultimate Source of all that is, and rest in That as what we have always been. This allows for permanent freedom in Being.
For us to experience this, Prasant also goes into the example of the ocean and waves as a way to intuitively grasp this understanding. There is also an opening and closing of raga Mohanam on the saxophone to facilitate returning and resting in our own Silence and Peace.
The last section focuses only on sound with Arunachala as a visual.
In this video, Prasant shares that going beyond death is actually easy. Though it has been said that such transcendence is very difficult or impossible, it is actually easy. This is due to the fact that what we really are was never born and doesn’t die. It is deathless by nature. We are, in fact, deathless.
Simply see that the form of a body seems to have a definite life span but the Source Beingness of it does not. This body was not there in deep sleep. Everything that is arising in the Source, which is the missing part of ourselves we usually forget about due to obscuration by thoughts and concepts, is being birthed and passing away instant by instant. This includes thoughts arising and falling. Simply allowing the clinging to these momentary thoughts about what is happening to cease naturally, we rest in our eternal and always beyond death nature. Since this is what we are in actuality, it is very easy.
Further examples are detailed briefly in the video to give you more certainty and clarity that this is the case for you.
For example, does it inherently take effort to be a man or a woman? Who is it that would want to go beyond death? (These are elaborated in the video)
Prasant opens and closes the video with a brief raga Kapi on the saxophone. The image at the end of the video is Arunachala at Tiruvannamalai, India. Enjoy the freedom, peace and joy/fun that this Realization brings. 🙂
In this video, Prasant highlights the fact that a shift or awakening that opens you into your own nature does not have to happen while you are doing something particular, like meditating, but could come at any moment. In every moment of the day, the opportunity and possibility is fully present.
It is also not that you need wait for the special time when a single shift may occur. It could be countless subtle shifts that happen in many different situations that allow you to settle finally in the Reality and be free of the mind or any concept about it.
So be ready for it at any time by just noticing your experience and being what you are. Have fun!
There is a common issue that many face on an almost daily basis today: boredom. I see this with people going to school and college, but it remains with adults as well. Let’s not forget boredom’s good buddies: frustration and irritation, among others.
All three of these are basically an expression of resistance to our arising experience. The arising experience is perfect in nature, however the mind content consisting of various thoughts that is overlaid upon it suggests otherwise. It could be sitting through a long class, holding a crying child on a flight or perhaps waiting in a long line at the post office or sitting in traffic. First we need to notice that the boredom, frustration or irritation etc. is in most cases coming from our thought content, or at least our concept of what should be happening right now.
In some cases, it could be a useful call to action. Maybe you need to do something different than what you are doing at the moment. But in most cases, you are probably doing something that you either can’t get out of or maybe have even signed up for yourself in some way. Take a moment to contemplate and remember some situations that have been like this in your own life.
Now, when you are in this situation or bring up a situation like this in your memory and experience that feeling, inquire: Is the part of me that enjoys experiences here with me now? Is the aspect of my awareness, a beautiful core attribute of my own awareness that is enjoyment itself…is that still here with me or has it gone? When I am enjoying anything at all, whether it is my favorite music, a delicious meal, shopping, maybe playing a favorite video game etc., that enjoyment is happening within me. I alone am enjoying it. The essence of that happiness and enjoyment is fundamentally in me alone. That is joy. Now that I am in a boring or irritating situation, has that awareness that was joyful and happy and the awareness that is experiencing boredom different or the same?
Simply by inquiring into this, something will happen. Something will shift. We know this because the feeling of boredom, frustation, etc. is only coming and going within our awareness and is mostly due to thoughts we are clinging to of either not wanting to experience something or wishing we were doing something else. When that compulsion is challenged via this specific inquiry, immediately the Source Awareness that is consisting of simple Presence, Peace, Joy and Freedom is available and is glad to reveal itself.
Try it and let me know how it goes. 🙂
P.S. If you haven’t caught up on my Youtube videos in a while, which have a several on Music and Realization, check them out here.
We are back in 2019 with new sharing on Music and Self Realization. In this video, Prasant touches upon what is coming up and reaffirms how Music is special as a path for Realization thanks to it’s natural enjoyment and ease. The process of realizing what we are and seeing the end of confusion in the mind is made relaxing and easy through the power of music and sound. Simply experience the sound, feel it fill your awareness and then notice that what is experiencing the fullness is itself the Silence, the unlimited Reality.
There is no need to go into the mind and pontificate and debate on things. This alone is enough and is the easiest way. The Self will automatically free up the mental content that was there before due to mental identification. Prasant ends the video with a little bit of sound and music from a toy recorder. 🙂
In this video, Prasant likens the effortless nature of being who you are, Truth/Silence/Beingness Itself, to the fact that it takes no effort to be the child of your parents on a fundamental level. Simply by being born and existing, you automatically are the child of whoever your parents happen to be. It takes no effort and there is no need to regain the status of being this as no matter what could happen you would always remain the child of your parents by your very existence. Even if they passed away, or you ran away from home, or whatever it may be… The DNA, and all the blueprints of your parents and ancestors, perhaps, exist in you and created the body. They permeate every inch of your body. On the basic physical level, this could not be removed, even if you tried.
Similarly, the Self, the Truth of what you are, is the basic foundation of our existence that cannot be lost or regained. Our very nature always has the Infinite as its Source and Reality as its nature. It is effortless to be the Self, because you are and have always been the Self. Like a runaway child, you may have denied your identity with This. Later, you recognize it is your nature, always. How easy, how joyful! You can celebrate, because nothing could ever take this away. Even being in the so called mind, cannot take you away. If you change your name and runaway, you would still be the child of your parents. If you think you are the mind and identify with your thoughts and run into many problems and frustrations, you still are the Self. You are the Self right now. This is absolutely true. This is your birthright and you simply recognizing this is returning Home and is freedom.
Absorbing this and understanding this within is contemplation and dissolving of confusion. Recognizing this truth as infallible and indestructible in your experience is awakening. Returning to your abode in Freedom and living freely with this imperturbable Knowingness is Unbroken Realization.
In this video, Prasant talks about Now Truth, a way of seeing our nature as an endless revelation of truth, freedom and discovery. This goes beyond “the now” being related to time or Truth as a crystallized ideal. This That Is continuously and endlessly unfolds AFTER suffering and confusion ends with unexpected revelations and realizations that continue on and on. That vast majority of teaching is focused on ending the ego or the I-thought and becoming established in the Self or Truth. Often, it can be misconstrued by seekers and even some who have awakened that this is “the end.” “Good bye world.”
The truth is the world itself is the Self. Being infinite as It is, It unfolds never-ending Truths about Itself and continuously expresses in endless ways. It pulsates and expands. The “good bye” and the “end” is only for the mind. When the mind dissolves or ends, the majestic, joyful, ordinary every day life story of the Self begins.
Be happy, there is plenty to look forward to! Strive for the Self, strive for Enlightenment as there is nothing to fear and nothing to lose! You will still be there at the end, just without the nonsense.
In this video, Prasant shares how easy it is to realize and enjoy your real nature and dissolve the mind when you see and experience the ocean. Seeing the ocean, it is immediately obvious that the sheer power of it is carrying out all the movements of the waves, whether they are crashing softly or heavily. The waves in the video are indeed powerful. It takes no effort for the waves to rise and return back to their source, the water. The waves are made up completely of water alone.
It is the same with whatever is arising and appearing for us, ie: the mind. Every arising, including every thought, perception, sensation, concept etc…basically every experience is spontaneously arising and falling like an ocean wave and is made completely of Its own Reality. The material of the source and all of the infinite forms arising from It are one and the same. This is what we are.
Simply notice this to be free and happy once and for all.
The video was shot at Asilomar State Beach in Monterey, California.