Our body and our life form function with an energy which moves like a bio-electric current within us. When everything within functions perfectly, we can hear a hum arise out of us — the sound of health. Energy, electricity, sounds — this is the play of the trinity in our being. A rhythmic hum means that we are in good health. When it’s discordant, we should know that it’s in chaos. The same happens with emotions — sadness and joy, misery and ecstasy create their own vibrations or hum.
What is true of our being is true of the cosmos. Ancient sages, who illuminated us about the universe, meditated first to experience the same within themselves. Says Osho, “Physicists say sound is merely modification of electricity. Yogis say electricity is merely a modification of sound. Both are true. Sound and electricity are two forms of the same phenomenon. Call it electricity or sound, call it fire like Heraclitus or water like Lao Tzu… All these are merely forms of the formless!” (1)
But how can you know the formless? Knowledge is possible only when there is form, when something is known. But form is a modification of the unknown. For a yogi, electricity is irrelevant. Through sound, he can change many phenomena, even inner electricity. He calls it prana — the inner bio-energy.
Through sound, it can be changed. That’s why when you listen to classical music you feel a certain silence — your inner body energy changes. Listen to a madman and you feel you’re going crazy too, because the madman’s body electricity is in chaos, which you imbibe. Sit with an enlightened person and suddenly everything within you falls into a rhythm.
To connect with our inner and outer cosmos, Osho has given a very powerful method of meditation, Nadabrahma. It lasts for an hour and has three stages:
• Stage I (30 minutes): Sit in a relaxed stance, eyes and lips closed. Hum loudly, so others can hear you. Visualise a hollow tube or empty vessel, filled only with vibrations of humming. A point will come when the humming continues by itself and you become the listener. Move your body smoothly if you want.
• Stage II (15 minutes, two sections): For the first half, move your hands, palms facing up, in an outward circular motion. Starting at the navel, both hands move forward and apart to make two large arcs, left and right. The movement should be so slow that at times there appears to be no movement at all. It’s like you’re giving energy to the universe. In the second half, turn the palms down and move them in the reverse direction. Let the hands come together towards the navel, as if you’re taking energy in.
• Stage III (15 minutes): Sit or lie down, absolutely quiet and still. This method of meditation gives deep peace and nourishes our being with the universal energy. Modern researchers observe that the psycho-dynamics of the mind as an electromagnetic structure establishes the nature and reality of consciousness as an inter-dimensional energy process. It is an electrical process of cause and effect.
(1) Excerpt by Osho from Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol. 2, Ch 7
Swami Chaitanya Keerti, editor of Osho World, is the author of ‘Osho Fragrance’.