Words cast spells. That's why we call it spelling.
Here, we attempt to explain the connection between
Naam (the Word) and how consciosness is affected.
True understanding can occur only with experience.
"The meaning of the Word-Sound is not what is important.
It is the effect of the Word-Sound that matters." Hari Singh Khalsa
two most important things in your body are the upper palate, which
is the base of the hypothalamus, because the hypothalamus controls
entire nervous system, and the tip of the tongue, which affects the
nerve channel, sushumna.
That controls your entire psyche." Yogi
aka Siri Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma
aka Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, Ph.D.
The Siri Singh Sahib taught about the unique classes of languages. He called them phonetic languages where the sounds of the syllables impart meaning by the way they resonate with the archetypal human psyche. He described Gurmukhi, Sanskrit and French as three such languages. In the 16th century, the second Sikh guru, Guru Angad, created the Gurmukhi alphabet to phonetically represent many, if not all, languages.
Gurmukhi means "from the mouth of the Guru." Gurmukhi script accomplished something very special. It allowed people to read and pronounce the songs written by Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak named Guru Angad to succeed him as the Guru for the Sikhs in 1539. Until that point in history, the dialect spoken by Guru Nanak and his contemporaries had no written equivalent. Written languages were reserved for the powerful, the wealthy, and the high-castes. There was no writing or reading based on the common language.
THE GURMUKHI ALPHABET
Gurmukhi was developed to be a very precise phonetic language. By learning to pronounce Gurmukhi, people could not only learn to read and pronounce the songs written by Guru Nanak; they could also learn how to pronounce the songs that Guru Nanak had preserved during his life from other masters and sages, even if those songs were in a completely different language. The purpose of Gurmukhi was not to simply represent the common language of the time, but to allow people to read and sing sacred songs in other languages as well.
Why did this phonetic language develop?
And what does Gurmukhi have to do with the Shabad Guru – the Guiding Sound of Wisdom?
Being awakened or enlightened is not simply a mental state. It is a physiological state as well. How we breathe, how the glands secrete, how the nervous system is operating—all of this changes based on what we speak, what we hear, and what we perceive. When Guru Nanak sang his songs, the words he brought forth had a two-fold effect. On the level of language, they imparted a certain philosophical meaning of how to see the world. But in the Science of Naad (sound), the songs have the ability to change the physiology of a person and bring them to a more heightened state of consciousness.
The invention of Gurmukhi was key to opening the doors of the Shabad Guru to all people. Through learning this very simple, precise method of pronunciation, and by repeating the words of the sages, you begin to induce in yourself the same state of consciousness that they were in when they sang the songs. It begins to create the same changes in the physiology. It opens the door to higher awareness. And all that is required is your breath and voice imitating and repeating those sounds.
This is the essence of the Shabad Guru. It is between you and you. There is no one else involved. It only requires your breath reciting this sacred poetry. By this practice, there is a process you undergo within your own ego and identity to transform your awareness to live at these heights. -- Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa
The sounds contained in the Adi
Shakti Ashtang Mantra, ONG and NAM particularly, are better described in script form as ONNNNG,
and NAAMMMM in order to more accurately mimic
their true real-world expressions.
NOTE: Keep in mind
that properly expressed sounds-words take on specific
breathing patterns, which in turn impacts brain function, which
in turn expands awareness, which in turn enhances intuitive sensibility. See The Physiology of The Word for details.
The sound ONNNNGcan only be made by bringing the tongue to the
roof of the mouth,the upper
palate. Try making the sound NNNN without
touching the upper palate with the tongue.
The sound NAAMMMM, on the other hand, can only be made by bringing the lips together, which creates a much different and more expansive experience than just keeping the mouth open as some video presentations appear to demonstrate. For instance, try expressing the sound OMMMM, of which ONG is the derivation, without bringing the lips together while expressing MMMM.
“The most precious thing in the human body is the Breath. A meditation, which cannot bring normalcy and equilibrium to your breathing is useless, because the rate and length of the breathing will determine the rate of secretion of your glandular system, and that secretion will give you physical stability. Physical stability will then give you mental stability, and mental stability will project the radiance of the spirit, the soul in you. And when the spirit becomes radiant and healthy, you will look spiritual.” Yogi Bhajan 1976 (Beads of Truth)
"Correctly chanting this mantra can be likened to using a
multi-dimensional ultra-sonic sound machine to stimulate
brain and thereby cleanse the mind." Hari Singh Khalsa
"The Gong is the first and last instrument for the human mind. There
is only one thing that can supercede and command the human mind,
the sound of the
Gong. It is the first sound in the universe, the sound
that created this universe. It's the basic creative sound. To the mind,
the sound of the Gong is like a mother and father
that gave it birth. The
mind has no power to resist a Gong that is well played." Yogi Bhajan
If you attempt to chant ONNNNG without bringing the tongue and palate together, or NAAMMMM without bringing the lips together, you cannot express the sounds NNNN or MMMM, and you are unable to produce the intended affect. You therefore fail to acquire the experience provided by such practice. Also see OM vs. ONG.
SPECIALNOTE:The 2-1/2 cycle per minute breathing sequence, working in combination with these sound currents, stimulates the central nervous system in such a way as to enhance and develop the intuitive sense, which is the main purpose and ultimate consequence of practicing Adi Shakti Ashtang Meditation specifically, and Kundalini Yoga in general.
"Sat Nam, Hari Singh. I followed the link in your Kundalini Yoga Yahoo post on the Power of the Word, and would like to clarify a couple things. One, when chanting Long Ek Ong Kars, the way I learned it from Yogiji in 1971 was similar to how you explain it, except he was very specific that "Sat" is used to pierce through the block of the diaphragm, and a long, held out Naammmm is resonated in the heart center. By chanting a short "Siri" at the throat with the last bit of breath it naturally creates a neck lock from where the energy pivots up to the third eye with "Wha He" at the skull, with "Gu" (darkness) exiting through the skull and "Ru" (light), beaming unto Infinity.
The second point I would like to make is I feel a more meaningful comparative description of languages compared to Gurmukhi that Yogiji explained, namely that French, Spanish and Italian are Water languages, German and Russian are Fire languages, and Gurmukhi contains all the elements in perfect balance. English contains all the elements, too, but they are out of balance.
Like my synopses, Meditations for the New Millennium, these explanations are paraphrased. They are not Yogiji's exact quotes." -- Guru Prem Kaur Khalsa
to the rules of Sanskrit grammar, the finite-related (we humans) may not chant OM*,
the Creator-Absolute sound. Rather, the sound current OM must manifest as ONG. That is to say, by dropping
the sound current mm, substituting nnnng and thereby expressing ONNNNG, we experience
a more direct and noticeably greater stimulation of the pineal-pituitary
reflex zone by virtue of the resultant contact of the tongue
with the upper palate, thereby assisting deep brain function,
cranial-nervous system resonance, the experience of tranquillity,
and the expansion of awareness.
OM is the collective resonant tone of Life Force that fills the Infinite Living
Universe. But ONG is that
tone impinging on Matter, creating the physical
Universe, which resonates like a gong, from atom to galaxy.
quivers with sound like an infinite number of leaves quivering
in the breeze.
Out of ONG, and also contained within it, are all the sounds
that make up
the vibrating forms of life. Just as sound when projected
through a liquid
solution, or sand on a metal plate produces geometric patterns,
form result throughout the creative manifestation, including
the human body.
sound OM, or more correctly, A-U-M, is sung with the whole
range of the voice from the throat to the lips. It is therefore
used in India to mean THAT, which is all-inclusive ... the
universal and Eternal Self or Ground of the universe. This
is the Brahman, the Godhead from which, and in which, everything
happens, in much the same way that all sounds heard on the
radio and phonograph are vibrations of the diaphragm in the
speaker. OM (ONG) represents,
then, the basic vibration or energy which assumes the myriad
forms and disguises of stars and planets, mountains and oceans,
plants and fish, animals and men, and is also understood as
the central Self, or Atman, in all beings. (See ONG mandala.) The sound OM (ONG) is chanted, or
sung silently in the head, as a focal point for deep concentration,
by means of which the individual finds out that the life-energy
which he calls himself is One and the same as the eternal
energy of the Cosmos. He is thereby set free from anxiety." -- Alan WattsThe Sound of Hinduism (See also ONG, the Meditation.)
Hindus do not, however, define the supreme Self, or God, as
the personal governor and king of the universe. They would
say, rather, that the Brahman acts or manifests the world
without calculation, much as we grow our hair, circulate our
blood, and form our brains and nerves. The world is not made,
like an artifact, but performed, like a play -- and the One
Basic Actor plays all the parts.
reflect and affect our mood, our attitude and our general
Thoughts are silent sounds. And sounds are electromagnetic
The more refined our thoughts, the more elevated our vibration;
elevated our vibration, the closer we get to the highest vibration
own divine nature. The entire universe was built on sound
(WORD), which is
nothing but vibration. By vibrating a certain combination
of sounds, we are
able to tune in to various levels of intelligence, or consciousness.
Thus, chanting mantras is a conscious
method of controlling our moods, and
in turn, our frequency and resultant all-around radiance."Donna