This post is mostly about so-hum mantra, and how to perform it effectively....

9 months ago

Latest Post Guru garden by Arsalan Lavang

This world is like a rose garden bristling with thorns

You are not at the mercy of  deities, you are what you keep repeating.  

In this chapter we will explore some yogic philosophies and describe a very powerful excersise to assit you in your quest for knowledge.  We will additionally inform the reader of mistakes that need to be avoid in order to prevent injuries and major hurdles.  The content is free for your perusal, I will keep it as consicise as possible.

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Some Warnings

Due to a lack of readership, and the large amound of self-proclained gurus, I need to provide a few caveats to my readers before we begin.  You are probably already somewhat familiar with the concept of a guru, needless to say there are many wise looking folk parading around with the attire of sages from other cultures, past and present included.  Don't be fooled by them, they're all the same.  They all have their vices, and exhibit qualities that present themselves as valuable or genuine to the average person, but their dishonesty disqualifies them from the guru monicker in its truest meaning.

What you aught to notice about any of them are the following characteristics:

Why you should avoid going to India

Many people go to this country thinking they will find a swami or guru that will help them advance in their studies and practices, but too often get bamboozled, hindering their spiritual progress due to a lack of correct knowledge.  The crux of the issue is that India is much like a spiritual supermarket, there are hidden gems amidst an untold amount of rubble and pollution.  It is worse visiting a Wallmart during boxing day while wearing toiletries as your attire.  You are exposed, and it is a free for all that involves something akin to spiritual boxing.

There are many charlatans all over the world that fall into this category, not just in India.  There are many names to list, all of whom insist on having loads of your money to obtain a fresh perspective.  I will avoid going through all of them, as it isn't my purpose at the moment, but please do be mindful of whom you trust.  It applies to all of the variety monickers people use: yogi, guru, pundit, or preacher... they are all deceiving you.  Once you've drank the curry-kool-aid, it becomes hard to pull yourself out of this dilemma.

So-called Gurus

Sadgurus or swamijis are part of the cultural demise of India.  They enforce the idea that they have special access to knowledge they won't provide you without an exhorbitant amount of money invested in their business. Please bear in mind that there are no more saviours, and you don't need a swami or a guru for your affairs.  Your decisions are the helm of your destiny.

It's up to you to chart your path for the next steps of the journey.  Whether you are a sikh, christian, or muslim you can benefit from some simple mind-workouts that will enhance your awarness of being.  Consider it like a physical workout, but for your cerebellum, with the purpose of bringing your spirtual conscience into your daily life.

As a caveat, I am a muslim, and I ought to inform you that salaah (the prophetic prayer) is crucial for spiritual evolution. It might be needless to say that if you're performing salaah, you do not need so-hum by any account, as the prayer of the prophet is direct.  So-hum however will lead you to a state of bliss and even emmancipation. As a muslim or otherwise, it will move you forward in your spiritual journey, but it is not your religion like salaah.  There's much to say regarding this topic, and will leave it for scholars.

This is a complex journey, there is no price to pay but sheer exhaustion.

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What are Mantras?

The term mantra itself refers to the practice of repeating a certain number of consecutive seed-sounds (bija-mantras).  They work to form complex programs that are understood when the mind is empty, enabling it to unfold a hidden purpose like a blossom growing out of the shadows.  One can think of it like a very compressed mathematical equation made up of phonics.  In other words, mantras are meditative expressions understood through the repetition of sounds.  The mind intuits the full extent of mantras through meditative practice.  It takes time, but the benefits are very rewarding indeed.

What is sadhana?

Sadhana is a word that gurus avoid using, or rather something they like to keep secret, as it essentially spills the beans for everybody.  It implies a consistent spiritual practice that provides the ability of evelating the practicioner to greater modes of awareness.  For a sadhana to be effective, it also needs to be comprehensive.  Meaning, it has to account for your state of mind in relation to momentum, that is to say effort over time and guidance.  It is in the best interest of the practicioner to maximize their results by adhering to a simple regiment of only a few basic excersises that are practiced routinely.  As a muslim my priority is salaah, but so-hum is exceptional at mimicking the same effects for those who don't comprend our insistence on the prophetic traditions.

What is religion?

Religion has value in as much as its spiritual practices are accessible to the adherants. Inotherwords, religion is devoid of meaning or value without the spiritual backbone that supports its pillars.  They are one and the same despite the concoctions created to legitimize prophitering from people's vulnerabilities, and the lacklustre attempts to destructure a standard of best practices.  Religion without spirituality is spineless, and likewise spiritual aspirants who follow no religion tend to fall in every pit-hole along the journey.

In essence, what makes a religion is the formalization of spritual insights from seekers of knowledge.  It is only a prophet that can perform this role, the spiritual insights are universal, and the religion otherwise known as the prophetic tradition is always relative to the period it is delivered.  Islam is understood to be a confirmation of previous traditions, such as Jewdaism, Christianity, and even the path of the Buddha which is referred to as the Dharma. There is no concoctions in the teachings of prophets, however as it goes with the falsification of scriptural knowledge by corrupt leaders and cultists, it was critical to have a prophetic teacher to guide people away from those falsehoods and set a definitve and uncorruptable standard. The last messenger—our Rassul, is the seal of prophethood, thereby also the final messenger. The Furqan (that which distinguishes truth from falsehood), otherwise known as the Koran, is the corpus of knowledge which muslims use, as they are the immutabble words of our Lord.

What is So-Hum

So-hum is considered to be the gander of meditative techniques as it requires little effort to perform, so long as it is practiced regularly or for long periods at a time.  It is a passive pranayam, meaning it does not require a focus on breath duration or retention.  You do not need to count the timing of your breathing, and so forth.  One's attention simply needs to sit with the incoming and outgoing breath, no control must be exerted on breathing rapidly or slowly.  Essentially, one has to focus on being aware of the breathing, and no less.  It is an increadibly difficult task, despite its simplicity, namely due to the nature of the excersice being understandably boring.  It is therefore important to meditate on the seed-sounds during inhalation and exhalation.  The result of performing this on a regular basis, even if for only 30 minutes at a time, is a successive sharpening of mental faculties, leading to a greater pranayam that may be discovered naturally with consistent practice.

One should notice at some point in this practice, the blissful states that one enters at two points of the mantra.  The first being near the apex of the inhalation, which if done without strain becomes a longer breath that draws on this consciousness, and at the final portion of the exhalation.  If one becomes adept in so-hum, the awareness of the practicioner begins to perceive the in and out-flow of breathing as the same, and at the height of mastery in this technique, it becomes the breathless state.

Additionally, is is considered a complete yoga in and of itself as it is the practice of a pranayama, and concentration, leading to a meditative state.

You may perform this excersise in your chosen asana, or a sitting posture.  Ideally your spine should be straight, only slightly bent towards your chest at a minimal angle (about 5 degrees).  The most stable positions for prolonged meditations are the half-lotus, and full-lotus, however if you cannot perform these asanas, you may use the easy pose as long as you don't tilt your head or lower spine very often.

Your hands should be placed in a meditative mudra to enhance your cognition.  The most stable mudra is the Dhyana mudra, which is often depicted in Zen meditations.  One hand is placed bellow the solar-plexus, resting on the lap, while the other hand rests on the lower one, forming a bow or bowl shape.  The thumbs touch one another at the tip and point upwards towards the sternum.

So-Hum meditation

Here are the practical steps in performing so-hum:

What is a Guru?

The term guru is a very heavy word, even greater than genius.  It is missused and abused by everybody for whatever nefarious purposes, but its meaning is "righteous teacher".  Who is a guru? nobody in this life.

How do avoid superpowers

To be honest, you don't need to worry about this.

Arsalan Lavang

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