Sound Leading to Pure Awareness

Repetition of a specific Sanskrit word, or mantra, results in sound vibrations that gradually lead the mind out of its normal thinking process and into the silence that underlies thought.

Before the early 1970s, these benefits were not even suspected. Meditation held little appeal for Western medicine until a young UCLA physiologist named L Keith Wallace proved that besides its spiritual implications meditation had profound effects on the body. In a series of experiments begun in the late 1960′s as part of his doctoral work, Wallace took groups of mostly college aged volunteers who practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) and hooked them up to monitors to test critical bodily functions while they were in meditation.

Subjectively these young volunteers reported a sense of increasing calm and inner silence. Although it bad been previously thought that it took years of practice to attain a deep meditational state, the TM technique very quickly produced profound relaxation and significant changes in breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure.

TM is based on the silent repetition of a specific Sanskrit word, or mantra, whose sound vibrations gradually lead the mind out of its normal thinking process and into the silence that underlies thought. As such, a mantra is a very specific message inserted into the nervous system. Since mantras have been in use for thousands of years in India, their precise effect on the physiology is well known as part of the science of yoga, or union.

The aim of yoga is to unite the thinking mind with its source in pure awareness. In modern terms, “pure awareness” means quantum space, the silent, empty void that is the womb of all matter and energy. Pure awareness exists in the gap between thoughts; it is the unchanging background against which all mental activity takes place.

We would not ordinarily suspect that such a state exists because our minds are so preoccupied with the stream of thoughts, wishes, dreams, fantasies, and sensations that fill waking consciousness. That is why the ancient Indian sages had to devise the specific technique of meditation, in order to show the mind its own origins in the quantum depths.

Adapted from  Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1993).

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Tonya Freeman
Tonya Freemanabout a year ago

Sound heals or hurts...the vibrations of the words we say sends ripples throughout our body, touching every organ, nerve and cell. Thank you.

myra d.
myra d.4 years ago

Another really good article. Thank you.

Roger B.
Roger Bird4 years ago

If you don't accept the Lord Jesus Christ with all of your heart and soul and mind, you are going to go to hell for all eternity! [Just kidding. (:->) Really, I'm just kidding.] You will, however, experience everything that you have ever caused anyone else to experience, and I am not kidding about this.

Bob C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you Deepak and fellow students.

@Zee: "Why chant a mantra?"

That is only one of many available tools. Some mind-quieting tools work better for some people, and other tools for other people. Your "light and sound that flows from the throne of God" seems to be working for you, so you could stick with that one.

No one compels us to pick-up a tool or to put one down. We are free to seek and to choose what works for us.

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

I learned how to turn off the thinking machine because I was around a group of folks developing telepathy. Check the internet for full instructions.

It's none of their dang! business what I'm thinking.

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

I learned to turn OFF my thinking machine.

Why chant a mantra?

I had to practice but I learned how to get off the automatic mind chatter.

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

I tune in to the current of light and sound that flows from the throne of God.

It's a divine healing experience.

Lauren E.
Lauren E.4 years ago

here is a link for all who are interested in 5ths chanting and sacred geometry, incredably interesting. just google "sacred geometry of sound"

Roger B.
Roger Bird4 years ago

William, you should try Bhramari (the bee sound) pranayama for several months for 1/2 an hour every day and perhaps you wouldn't be so insulting and full of hatred.

William K.
William K.4 years ago

Thanks for the article.