In our society, we tend to place a lot of emphasis on the negative, more sensational aspects of life. The news is more likely to be about war, floods and body counts than about the latest discoveries of health and well being. We have a war department in government but not a peace department. We have a vast arsenal of nuclear weapons which are nothing but crystallized fear; however, I have yet to see a manifestation of crystallized love be tried out by the government. Perhaps it could take the form of abolition of starvation, developing poor water supplies into pure water sources for the world at large, education for all. There are so many ways to serve humanity. These actions bring peace and goodwill.
In the same way, much of the scientific research on the human is focused on disease and malfunction. Why not accentuate the positive? Research on sound, breath and mantra could be very enlightening. Some research has been done, and these few experiments have proven the effectiveness of meditation for the well being of the human organism.
Nonetheless, as things stand at this moment, I am told, those research dollars are still hard to come by. So the key is, the real research is in ourselves. Science has a lot of trouble with the subjective experience. But to the yogi, everything is within the mind. This makes self-observation a subjective experience, and although hard to measure, the fact is that consciousness pervades all and affects all in its countless manifestations throughout the entirety of creation.
Naad yoga is a very effective antidote to the stress of modern life and the overabundance of negative input that we receive each day. There was a Yogi called Baba Siri Chand who was the son of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. Baba Siri Chand was the founder of a group of yogis called the Udasi Sect. He was known to be a Baal Yogi, or a yogi that never ages. He is said to have lived to the age of 150 and looked like he was of the age of 16 for most of his life.
I believe that yogis of this caliber had the ability to speak to their very DNA. It is well known that our cells replicate quite often in the body. All the cells are replaced each year, some every few days, such as cells in the mouth. The cells replicate based on the DNA code for each cell. It is known that DNA can be damaged and result in a less perfect replica each time, which we call the process of aging.
The health of DNA can be protected through good nutrition, which is the physical basis (you are what you eat), but also through sound vibration, which passes through all matter and is indeed the vibrational building block of all matter. Primal sounds are very effective communicators to DNA. I like to say “You are what you sing!”
Experiments have been done with cancer cells that are exposed to the basic music scale sung by a human voice. Sa - Re - Ga - Ma - Pa - Dha - Ni - Sa. These are the basic mantric syllables for the 7 primary notes of the Indian musical system. In the experiments, the cancer cells began to deteriorate after exposure to those sounds.
Although it is perhaps not possible to live in the forest and practice yoga and chanting all day, we can make good use of the technologies that have been passed down through many generations of masters to counterbalance the stress of the modern times. Like all things that we wish to master, it requires a certain amount of practice and dedication. If you want to become a master tennis player, classical singer or Olympic swimmer, one would expect several hours a day to be set aside for training. If we want to achieve a state of mental health, why do we imagine that an hour a week at the psychiatrist will suffice? Or that we should surrender our physical health to the national health care system which is lacking in effectiveness and forward thinking? With a little responsibility, study and work of our own, we will go a long way to saving both ourselves and a bankrupt system.
An interesting observation, according to the system of Naad yoga and Master Yogi Bhajan, is that languages are often out of balance in and of themselves. For example, the German language has an excess of fire; French has an excess of nasal sound (water); English has an excess of earth (which is very efficient to get things done on the physical plane, but needs many words to describe spiritual concepts); the languages of Thailand and Nederland have an excess of air. Languages that use a lot of guttural sounds from the back of the throat tend to appear straightforward but are actually more complicated.
As Yogi Bhajan states, “As humans we do not have the protection afforded much of the animal kingdom in terms of teeth, claws and horns. What we do have is our intuition, our sensitivity and protective aura or magnetic field. People who are accident prone, tend to have weak auras and often are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Through the mantra and sound, we can build our intuition and add energy to our protective auras. When the inner vibration is strong and focused, the outer projection is the same and our ability to keep our presence of mind and inner integrity to make correct choices under stress is enhanced.”
These truths are explained in great detail in the yogic scriptures of the Upanishads and the Gita, and the Sikh Gurus were experts in the use of sound, language and music to reach a state of pure consciousness.
However, you don’t have to take it from them. One song from the 1960’s was very beloved by Yogi Bhajan. He would often have us sing it and would occasionally expound on its meaning. The song was “Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion” by the great bard Donovan.
Here are the lyrics to the main chorus:
Happiness runs in a circular motion,
This refers to the law of karma. As you give, so shall you receive. In other words, if you are feeling down, then lift someone. Serve them, smile at them, and you shall be lifted ten times over. That is why it is circular. It is the key to prosperity, happiness and all virtue.
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea.
Everybody is a part of everything anyway,
We are one with God. That’s what he is saying. Hummee Hum Brahm Hum. We are we, we are God. I like it that Donovan added the word “anyway”. Rather we understand and feel this truth or not, it is nevertheless the truth. All is one. Quantum physics confirms it and we are wired to experience it. It is our birthright. With that experience, all fear and anguish depart from the human. When you feel you are a part of the whole fabric of creation, then you are free from even the fear of death. And if you don’t have that consciousness, then life is painful and full of fear of the unknown. But everybody is a part of everything, anyway. Feel it, know it, love it, or not.
You can have it all if you let yourself be.
Why is a question that is funny to answer, because there is no real answer. It is what it is. Because, I am what I am, because I AM. That is all. Acceptance and love is the path.