Hatha Yoga - Samadhi

Srinivasaraghava Sridharan{S Sridharan was until recently the Managing Trustee, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai.  During his long association with KYM, he had the privilege of learning the nuances of Yoga Sastra directly under Yogi TKV Desikachar.  Sridharan is now an expert Yogi and a Yogic teacher.  In this series on Yogasutra, Yogi S Sridharan elucidates every aspect of YOGA.}

“Through the process of sustained listening, this inner sound drowns the external sounds.  The Yogin (who devotes himself to the Nada) overcomes all instability of mind in fifteen days and becomes happy.” HYP IV-83


This verse gives the idea of sustaining the meditative process to obtain results.  The time factor of fifteen days would depend upon the strength of the preparation done earlier for this meditation.  

“During the initial stages of the practice, various prominent, inner sounds are heard.  But when progress is made, more and more subtle (sounds) are heard.” HYP IV.84

“Initially sounds that emanate from ocean, clouds, kettle drum, drum etc are heard. In the middle sounds of mardala (a kind of drum), conch, bell and the horn are heard.”HYP I“At the final stage various kinds of sounds resembling the sounds of kinkini (a small bell), vamsi flute), veena (a string instrument), bhramara (bee) that arise from inside the body are heard.”HYP IV.86

The above three verses gives the various sounds that emanate from the ‘Anahata’ Chakra are given.  They resemble the sounds that are heard by us outside.  The technique is to focus on the subtler sounds.

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Srinivasaraghava Sridharan


Published On : Apr 25, 2013


Hatha Yoga - Samadhi

“Muni (Contemplative man) having closed his ears with the thumbs, should focus his mind on the (mystical) sound (that is heard within) until he attains the firmness of the Mind (Turya).” ...«


Hatha Yoga - Samadhi

“Even when the loud sounds resembling those of the clouds and the kettledrum are heard, attention should be turned to the subtler and still subtler sounds alone. ...»