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!
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.
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.