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Introduction to Naad Yoga

"Every element of the universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound, and energy.” – Yogi Bhajan

To me, this quote by Yogi Bhajan is the essence of Naad Yoga. It points the way to the ultimate reality of the universe. And if my yoga practice, my dharma[1], my study or my religion does not give me an experience of reality, then I must seek a different practice. In my personal view, I consider that the purpose of this human existence is to experience the reality of life, and the enjoyment of that life and existence.

Scientists say there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe and that there are around 100 billion stars in each galaxy. Furthermore, they say the universe is constantly expanding! In other words, it is infinite. Constantly creative without end.

Scientists also estimate that we have around 100 billion cells in our human brain with an infinite number of possible connections or potential pathways between them, as well as connections to about a trillion other intelligent cells in our bodies. In spite of all this vastness and potential within us, we can still get stuck in old patterns of thoughts, actions and reactions that tend to cause us to repeat our experience of life. Indeed, sometimes we are depressed, possess a poor self-image, feel angry, anxious and worried about things that have no reality, sad without cause, or afraid without justification. Many people experience boredom even though life is full of a myriad of opportunities and experiences.

We gain these patterns through our parental upbringing, the conventions of our societies and their cultural environments, and also our language and patterns of thought. Repetition of these thoughts, words and deeds create habits. These habits or tendencies tend to sit in our subconscious mind, limiting our freedom of thought, word and deed on a daily basis, ultimately diminishing our skill to negotiate life with joy, ease and intuitive understanding.

One day, in my early twenties, I was sitting in front of a Sikh[2] congregation at Gurdwara[3] leading a practice called Kirtan[4]. Kirtan was a natural practice for me when I became a Sikh and a yogi, as I had identified myself as a musician and worked hard at music from an early age. My spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, was walking by on his way into the Gurdwara and passed me as I was finishing the music. He paused and said to me, “If you can sing like that, how can you ever be depressed?” Then he continued on his way.

He was referring to the fact that by practicing music, singing, and consciously vibrating specific combinations and permutations of energy templates (words) and sound frequencies (musical notes), I was causing a cascade of positive chemical changes in my brain cells, and that I had the technology to be above depression or any other negative mental patterns that I might be experiencing.

You don’t have to be a singer, musician, a yogi or a Sikh, or even sit cross-legged on a yoga mat, to open the vistas of your own mind. This Book Blog is about how to access, activate and illuminate the infinite pathways in the mind and open up doors that were never really shut in the first place. This is about Naad Yoga.

What is Naad Yoga? If you ask your average Westerner what yoga means, he or she will answer that it is a collection of exercises to improve the health of the body and mind. That is true, but it goes much deeper than this. The word yoga comes from the same root as the English word “yoke”. Yoga means union. The word Naad refers to the essence of sound. So in this case, Naad Yoga means to merge or find union through the essence of sound.

In this Naad Yoga Book Blog, we will talk about how to use sound to return to a state of harmony, balance, freedom and contentment, which is our birthright as human beings.


[1] Dharma – "Cosmic law and order”; a way of living; divine duty.

[2] Sikh – Literally means “seeker”; a disciple or learner of the Guru; following the path of Sikhism.

[3] Gurdwara – A Sikh place of worship, meaning “gateway to the Guru”.

[4] Kirtan – The expression of praise through song; music gatherings involving chants and mantras.