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Naad Resonance Usage

Naad Resonance Usage

The use of naad in yoga practice is particular to some yogis. Others have no interest in it. Some do not hear it. Krishna mentioned it to Uddhava. It is given as part of the yoga process in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Some yogis use only the naad sound in meditation. Others use asana postures, pranayama breath infusion and some other methods in addition to naad resonance.

There is the question as to a method, a set method. There is the query as to what result one should derive from its usage. The proposal in this article is that a yogi should use naad as the objective for focus, such that the attention of the self is fused into naad as the absorption (meditative) practice.

Consider this. The mind uses ideas as its staple and very necessary diet, to such an extent that the mind is an idea addict. Patanjali outlawed this need of the mind but a meditator will find that the mind repeatedly tries to reestablish its interest in ideas. The mind is a glutton for ideas. That is its main vice.

How about replacing ideas with naad as the food of the mind such that instead of chasing, handling and digesting ideas, the mind instead pursues and becomes satisfied when it is absorbed in naad resonance.

Some yogis/yoginis told me that naad is not heard. This happens because the person has no natural interest in naad and the mind’s hearing interest is naturally focused on other sounds in the mind or on blankness in the mind.

Some persons have a keen interest except for naad. This is natural. However, there is a resonance in the psyche of the individual just as there is resonance in a bottle or container. Becoming absorbed in the self’s resonance is a method of communing with naad. Even when the psyche is empty, there is resonance in it. That presence if heard is a way of being absorbed in naad.

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