Remain as you are and enjoy this arising of sound from within your own Being. Without effort, naturally resting and being, allow the sound of this raga Gambheera Nattai to flood your awareness resulting in total ease and absorption in sound.
With all thoughts, sensations and concepts about what you are dissolving in sound, quickly and with no reference or idea, return to your own Silence, the simple awareness from which all arises. The Field of no coming and going. Here we live free in a wide open endless beginning.
Prasant Radhakrishnan shares natural peace and freedom through the sound of the saxophone leading to our own innate Silence that we have never lost. For more information about his music, often stemming from the Indian Classical Carnatic style, or to attend Musical Satsang gatherings online, please visit http://www.prasantmusic.com.
During our busy day to day lives, there may be some times when we cannot sit and meditate, or do any special practice for our inner freedom. It is not uncommon that unavoidable difficult experiences can arise during these times. Even during these challenges, there is a simple and easy way to continuously become more free. This can be used at any time or all the time while active.
This is, of course, not meant to replace whatever you are practicing, but very easily supplement it and make your practice easier.
First, always remember that you are just Being, right now and always. It takes no effort to be since we already are always Being. Check now to see: are you not Being? Return to this simple feeling of just Being anytime anything arises. No matter what arises, we can see that it doesn’t affect the fact that you are still Being. This is our natural state and natural meditation 24 hours a day.
Sometimes we find that something difficult arises, but it feels like it isn’t going away and we feel that we can’t return to Being easily. This particular trouble seems to fill up the full frame of our experience. When this happens, simply notice any other aspect of experience while remaining aware. For example, notice your shirt color, or the floor or the sky if you are outside. Look at the dish in your hand if you are washing dishes. Hear a car passing or bird chirping. Feel your feet on the floor or your fingers holding your phone. Feel the breath moving in your nostrils and belly. You can choose anything you like. Put your full awareness and attention on it.
From this noticing, simply notice you are still here, aware, open and still Being. The difficult experience was only one facet or layer of a much wider symphony of experience taking place all the time. This openness of Being has allowed for this movement of attention. Once attention has shifted to your new focal point, relax attention again away from it and allow both attention and focus to open, rest and dissolve.
Automatically, your open awareness will rest in Itself and the experience passes of its own accord, unhindered by mental clinging. Even if it may linger, it is no longer the star of the show. It has returned to being a smaller, passing part. We are back to just Being. This Awareness or Being is completely accepting of all experience arising from it so there is no danger of avoidance or suppression. It is natural liberation and allows for freedom in and from any experience.
Having returned home to Being, if the difficult feeling still lingers or returns, we now have the space to be able to fully feel and see it without being consumed by it. This leads to valuable insights and realizations.
Rest in your own Silence and naturally absorb the sound during this video. Contemplate the following words if helpful:
After a storm of activity, after a storm of difficulty, what is left our innate Peace. This Peace doesn’t take anything to get it or need anything to find it. When any wave of experience subsides, It is automatically here.
Noticing this, there is much less to figure out. For almost everything we do is to try to get this Peace or flee from disturbance. Now there is no longer need to chase after it, but simply being is more than sufficient.
When we are being as we always are all the time, it is easy to see that a storm of activity can’t disturb it and a storm of difficulty can’t destroy it. It continues to be, it continues to radiate, it continues to pulsate.
This is the pulsation of the heart of silence. Like a heartbeat, unprompted by any external happening, it continues its perfect sound of unwavering beingness.
Our true heart does not need anything, but everything relies utterly and completely on this Heart that is you. This Heart that gives all. This Heart that is all.
Rest and sit in Silence during this video to recognize and remain as your own Being. Contemplate the following words, if helpful:
For every new beginning, a waterfall of Grace flows. Unrelenting and forceful it demands and bestows Freedom. Any obstacle, limitation or difficulty in its path is insignificant. It falls away as though it were never there. It never existed at all for this waterfall. This waterfall continuously flows with never-ending unstoppable power. The power brings complete and total refreshment. A new life, a new strength. Its beauty is intense and magnificent to behold and feel. This water flows onward, leaving nothing untouched by It and none are left that missed Its perfect sound. Hearing Its sound, become It. Flowing onward and onward in impeccable Peace. Stillness without a hint of stagnation, It remains as It is.
The images and video are of Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai, India. Have a wonderful year!
Sound easily gives you peace. Just hearing the sound, you are instantly free of confusion. When you know peace, you know yourself. When you know yourself, even peace is not needed. You have become Peace itself. Peace has become Being. You are Being and that is already the case. Rest as you are, as you already have been.
Sound arising from our nature instantly liberates us from all thoughts, concepts, confusion and suffering. These thoughts and feelings arise and give the appearance of unhappiness. They simply are not you. This sound appears to begin from in front of you, but instantly becomes you, your simple nature, Beingness and Awareness.
Allowing that to take over your experience, everything that seems to trouble you dissolves. Rest in your own nature, free of suffering, discontent and trouble.
In this important video, Prasant highlights the simple truth that each and every being, activity, every little speck in this manifestation (for example, you!) is absolutely necessary for it to function in its wholeness.
Today many people are extremely busy or at least wrapped up in some kind of sense of busy-ness. Of course, we have our share of calamities and difficulties as does any age in history. In the midst of all of this many of us become quite dejected and depressed. Though they can serve a purpose for a time, phrases like “life goes on,” “what’s the point?” “Nobody cares” “everything is expendable” etc can cloud and debilitate our own functioning and rob us of our natural happiness and peace. They sit on top of our most basic reason for existing and acting and prevent us from being ok with who we are. This can also come as a blindspot for spiritual practitioners following paths that by necessity focus on destroying the ego by first humbling it.
Contemplating on the insight “The world will not run without you” will restore our own innate healthy self importance in the correct context of Truth. In the video there are more examples and guidance on what this is about and how we can all not only benefit from this realization, but how this can also trigger other, equally important realizations resulting in infinitely greater freedom. This rest and peace then allows you to confidently move forward with the work (or not) for which you came.
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In this video, Prasant brings in a famous composition of Saint Thyagaraja, a revered composer of South Indian Classical music. Please note: the following has nothing whatsoever to do with Saint Thyagaraja’s intended meaning in the composition nor is it any kind of translation, analysis or commentary. I thank you in advance for understanding this. Here, rather than rendering or commenting on the composition, we go into a spontaneous contemplation through Music and Silence on the first two words of the composition alone, Teliyaleru Rama, which literally mean “[I] don’t know, Rama.”
This is an invitation for us to realize that, in fact, we don’t know. When this is seen, the mind returns to its Source in the Unknown. The mind lets go of its constant attempt to know some thing through thought and rests in what can never be known through the mind but can be felt and realized to be our Self. This is simply the Unknown. Resting continuously and permanently in the non state of the Unknown brings the resolution to all questions and confusion along with freedom. This brings no conflict in day to day life. If it seems to do so, notice that you are probably no longer resting in the Unknown but have in some way, perhaps subtle, embraced a concept or thought about your experience.
This video is here to give you a direct experience of This Unknown, not only talk about it. During the music portion, just relax, rest and feel.
In this brief, spur of the moment video Prasant shares the deepest reason we are all here: to remember and realize our Nature and live That in freedom. This is not in opposition to our daily lives in any way. We live busy day to day lives, so it seems that we need a reminder regularly and maybe a little motivation to rekindle and remember this simple truth of why we are here.
This video was made short so that you can revisit it regularly to keep you going on the journey of Truth to ourselves, which we are already being. Remember that you are not alone on this journey. We are all together in this. Remember this Truth and be happy and free. This is our birthright.