If Yoga is union, then Nada Yoga is union through sound.
Nada yoga is an ancient science and spiritual art for inner transformation through sound and tone, and is based on the premise that the entire cosmos and all that exists within, including humans, consist of sound vibrations, called Nada. This concept suggests that it is sound energy in motion, rather than matter and particles which form the building blocks of the universe.
Through Nada Yoga, we learn that the source of sound maybe external or internal. That is, it may be struck – in Sanskrit, ahata, as from a voice or musical instrument; or unstruck – in Sanskrit – anahata, arising inwardly from the subtle currents of energy or prana moving through the body.
Anahata is also the name of the heart chakra of the subtle body.
As we remain attentive to the external sounds, we may be carried deeper within to be able to experience, ‘the sound beyond sound’. It is into this deeper realm that Nada Yoga can take us.
From the Buddhist text, the Mahamudra;
‘The unstruck sound is the sound of silence and is the auditory equivalent of phenomenal emptiness. Lost in this non-sound, the sense of self becomes infinitely diffused in emptiness.’
‘All are one and nothing, only pure consciousness exists, unseen, pristine and latent, covered in darkness. This is the cosmic night, the interval between creation, the womb of the divine mother’.
Let this darkness be a bell tower.
~ Sonnet to Orpheus II. Rainer Maria Rilke.
Quiet friend who has come so far,
Feel how your breath makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower,
And you the bell.
As you ring,
What batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself into wine.
In this uncontainable night,
Be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
The meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
Say to the Earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.