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.
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.
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!