Teliyaleru Rama: A Two Word Music Meditation to Enter Into The Unknown

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.

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Return to Your Self: Hamsanandi raga music meditation on saxophone for natural Realization of Truth

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.

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New video: One Note to Self Realization, Peace and Freedom

In this video Prasant shares an easy technique to Self Realization through the power of fully experiencing just one note of music. Music is an extremely powerful medium that can instantly and irreversibly lead us back into our own natural state, the stateless and free Self. This is the true Peace and Freedom that we have always been searching for.

In the video, Prasant plays a sequence of one sustained note with silence on the saxophone to allow you to experience This.

Simply feel and allow the sound to completely fill the awareness and when the naturally arising enjoyment is reaching its peak, it will naturally lead you to it’s own Source. Where the sound came from is where you came from. Realizing this you will instantly be free. This is instant realization.

Intro music is by Prasant’s trio VidyA from a live performance. There are some videos of this group on this YouTube Channel and albums on his website.

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New video: Saxophone raga meditation for immersion in Truth at Arunachala (4K)

Effortlessly dissolve into your natural state with this unedited video of Indian raga Revati on saxophone. Be completely immersed in the Stillness, Silence, Truth and Presence of Arunachala in Thiruvannamalai, India.

Notice all the sounds of the atmosphere and music in complete symphony and harmony together. This same symphony is continuously playing within your own Being. The music within (all thoughts, sensations, perceptions and notions) and the music apparently without (whatever is seen or observed through the senses) are all part of the same grand symphony of perfect manifestation and perfect Silence.

The sound of Music and the sounds of Nature at Arunachala bring forth waves of joy, peace and contentment. Soon it is felt that the deepest core of Silence is the Source and the Truth but not separate from all that arises. Rather, it is vividly present and literally IS all of This! Music, Silence and Nature easily facilitate direct experience of That.

Here all suffering and separations fall away and only the Truth remains.

Enjoy the Peace and Truth you have always had.


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Instant Peace: New raga meditation series

I’m glad to share a new brief raga meditation and inquiry series with you for abidance in and as complete peace and freedom.

Realization of truth and the dissolving of the mind in its Source can happen at any time and it does not have to take long. It is always here and waiting for your recognition of It as yourself.

What is important is to feel and experience this for yourself, beyond words and concepts.

In this series, Instant Peace, you are invited to dissolve into the sound and silence of the music to instantly melt into the Peace that you already are. The videos are only a minute long.

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The Discovery Approach to Music Practice (part 3): Simple meditations

Part 1 of this series is available here and part 2 is available here. Please make sure to read those first if you haven’t yet. To recap, this approach is essentially a “hidden in plain sight” simple way of practicing music slowly, that allows for both enjoyment and results in music practice. In part 1 and 2, we covered what the Discovery Approach is, why we might want to use it and how it might be effective and helpful.

This approach assumes you have something somewhat specific that you want to practice, like a line or piece of music, raga, chord progression etc. as a music student or practitioner. If you want to utilize music to realize your real nature itself (Enlightenment, Self Realization etc), please see Naada Yoga for Total Liberation (multi-post series in progress.) It’s all the same in the end, but the focus is a bit different.

Now let’s dive into some simple meditations or visualizations to help enter or access this natural approach for practicing music.

1. Turn off the lights, turn off the mind, awaken natural attention

Relax. Breathe. Visualize sitting in a classroom or lecture hall or perhaps a large sports stadium at your favorite match. Or maybe a concert with your favorite artist. Choose whatever appeals to you. You are engaged in whatever is taking place and there appears to be quite a bit of activity.

Now, suddenly, all the lights are switched off at once. Notice and watch carefully what happens. Immediately, pure wakeful attention comes forward and distractedness and thoughts fade into the background. If fear arises, simply notice it and allow it to subside as it is not necessary right now.

Rest in silence briefly or as long as you like. Begin to feel the sensations of holding your instrument again or, if you are a vocalist, just notice the body itself and its sensations. Slowly begin your warmup for your practice session. You will notice the intensity of your awareness and attention will be many times more than what it was before this. With practice, dropping into this space will be quicker, easier and deeper.

2. When this step is all there is, you go beyond time and enjoy vivid awareness

Relax. Breathe. Visualize that you are standing alone on top of a very tall tower. It is dark and you cannot see anything. However, you can sense that there are no protective rails or anything to prevent you from falling. From the tower is a walkway leading back down. You begin try to move in that direction but you have no idea which way it is. How will you walk?  First, relax again. Set aside any fear, knowing that there is no external factor that could interrupt you. You would move extremely slowly, feeling with the sensations of your feet touching the floor and perhaps reaching around you to see what is in front of you. Move too quickly and you may fall. Relax. The moment you notice your feet touching the edge, you would naturally pull back and proceed in a different direction, unhurriedly. Simply go as SLOW as needed. This recognition is liberating as you know that with this kind of undisturbed attention and plenty of time, there will be no “fatal” mistakes.

Relaxing into this state of natural focus and vivid awareness, come back to your instrument (or body itself for vocals) and begin playing. This works especially well for working on a piece or phrase line by line. You move through the line the same way you would feel with your feet and senses in this example… Unhurried, going way slower than you normally would, and thus noticing and digesting more than you ever normally would about the music and about what you are doing. Even a few minutes of practice this way is very beneficial.

Just enjoy…

Once you slide into the natural attention through either of these two techniques, simply enjoy the music here and now. Enjoy the sound, the entire experience of playing music. Your awareness is now ALIVE and simply noticing all that happens. Playing is easier and more fun this way. This is the flow and this is the natural way. Mistakes are both less in number and less frustrating. “Mistakes” become a friend that points the way. Simply keep returning to whatever you are doing again and again.

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Transcript of a brief Sangeetha Satsang talk

The following is a transcript of a brief 5 minute intro talk given during a Sangeetha Satsang (Music Satsang or music meditation). You can use this to guide you into meditating with any of Prasant’s saxophone meditation tracks on this website or youtube.

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I would like to invite you to join me in this meditation. It’s not really a separate meditation. My understanding, my feeling is that your natural state is meditation.

What we’re going to do now is not something I’m asking you to do differently than you are already doing. So just be the same way that you already are. Part of your feeling that you can explore… So now we’re sitting basically in silence. And from the feeling that you have in silence you hear the sound arising from that. So what you could try… as you hear the sound, first relax into just being how you already are. Just relax.

Then as you hear the sound, just feel the sound. Initially, when you hear the sound it sounds like a sound coming from a separate external source, from somewhere else, right? When you hear the sound you first think I’m playing the sound and sending you the sound…yes? [Audience: Yes] So that’s mostly how people feel regularly.

But in this I’d like to invite you to forget about the idea that there’s a sound coming separately from some other source. Initially, even if you feel that the sound is coming from another place, just forget about that and let the sound come into your awareness. Forget about any feeling you have in the body, just notice the sensations. The sound will start to wash over you and it will take over the awareness. So relaxing in that sound, you become comfortable feeling only the sound so there is nothing else except the sound. And alternating that with silence, you go deeper and deeper into the pure sound. Underneath that sound, as you get comfortable in that sound, you can let go more and more. Just basically relax is all. You’ll go deeper into the Silence that’s beneath the sound. So if there’s sound, there has to be Silence supporting the sound, right? So that Silence is your natural, real nature.

So whenever we wake up in the morning, as soon as you wake up before anything arises, you have this perfect Silence. There’s this perfect Being. That doesn’t have anything in it. And, it has everything in it, of course. If there’s nothing in it, there’s everything in it.

For just this moment, you can always pick it back up later, forget about any and all ideas and definitions you have…what something is, what something is not, what your name is, what your family is, what you’re doing here, what you are going to meditate on, how am I going to meditate, all of that just forget it. Completely drop it, right now, right this instant.

So whatever you’re trying to attain is already here. There’s nothing else to get. That’s your inherent nature. The moment you try to leave, attain something, you’ve left your real nature. This idea is just an opportunity to return back to your real nature. And it’s already here, it’s not that you have to return back to it. It’s already here, but you think it’s somewhere else. So for the time being, maybe you can adopt my idea that everything you need is already here, not anywhere else outside. And just let the music, the sound current of the music…You’ve all heard the sound “Om.” Everyone’s heard of Om. So they say that’s the sound of the entire manifestation. So feel this sound as the Om arising within you. And not only within you, everywhere. Not within, not without. Forget about within and without. Just be exactly as you are right now. Not something else…or a body or anything. Just relax into that sound and eventually relax into the Silence, that’s all. So there’s nothing really to do, just enjoy. Thank you.

Please enter into silence for a few minutes. If you would like you can sit with one of Prasant’s tracks by utilizing the players below. For more about Satsangs, visit the Satsang page.

 

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