An International book with 234 cosmic spirit art pictures of Tirumular's Tirumantiram, Universal wisdom deciphered and received by M. Namasivayam in deep meditative mood during 2000 - 2003, is on its way.
Author: M. Namasivayam
Published by Tirumular Trust / to be printed in Feb 2018.
Their correct pronunciation is: "See-Vaa-Ya-Na-Ma". This is what Tirumoolar refers to as "the mystic word". In the preface to his Mantra Malai-- meaning "garland of mantras", he gives his reason for which he wrote this great masterpiece (later to be called Tirumandiram). "The bliss I gained may the world gain... On one taking recourse more and more to the Mantra, the Mystic word- Na-Ma-See-Vaa-Ya, the 5 letters, and experiencing it in every fiber of the body, the heaven-dwelling content of the Vedas, will of it's own accord reveal itself". (TM, verse 85, as translated by G. Vanmikanathan in Sekkizhaar, 1985 p. 321) (The Vedas, referred to in the above quote, are one of India's great spiritual scriptures).
A very simple melody of the scales accompanies this mantra of 51 letters. We have recorded it here on this site for you. The tune makes both learning it and repeating it much easier to do. I have found this to be a most amazing mantra. One has to concentrate on it, even after memorizing it, or you tend to lose the order in which the sounds are placed. This creates an easier tendency toward continual concentration. For most people just beginning to learn techniques of concentration and meditation, it is difficult to hold the mind on the subject matter without it wandering
from one thing to another. The mantra of 51 letters does a great deal to correct this problem.
When chanting the 51 letters, it should be done out loud at first. This makes it easier to learn. Then by degrees it can be taken from physical sound and vibration, inward to the Spiritual Sound, while ever increasing one's ability in one-pointed concentration. To start, however, the whole of the 51 letters should be chanted out loud until memorized (or nearly so). It is a good idea to keep a 3"x 5" card with the 5 lines of 51 letters written out so it is easy to read. It can then be easily referred to during practice if one forgets a line, or where they are in the manta.
The next step after memorization is twofold. If one has a string of beads (mala) to work with, it can help facilitate the process. If not, refer to a clock. You should chant the 51 letters out loud for approximately 10 minutes. The last minute or so, your chanting should become softer and softer, then just a whispered chant, ending by repeating it over and over mentally. This process draws varying levels of your consciousness into the process, while your concentration becomes more and more focused.
The second half of this practice is to chant the 51 letters silently, concentrating not only on their sounds, but in listening within as well. Also become aware of your ears, as though you were hearing the chant coming into you from outside, as well as mentally saying the letters silently. This should ideally be practiced for another 10 minutes, bringing the full practice to 20 minutes. After you have done this for awhile and are comfortable with it, you can increase the time you spend on the second half if you like.
At some point in the practice, you may experience cessation of the breath. This should not be cause for worry. It is a natural result of one-pointed concentration. When your body requires more oxygen, your breath will return of it's own accord. Just observe it, and know you are making good progress when this begins to happen. This actually is a major step toward Samadhi. Samadhi is obtained when the meditator, the process of meditation/concentration, and the object of the meditation have become one. This is also called contemplative absorption. When the object of meditation is Siva/Sakti-- (God/Goddess); then the Super-Conscious state, in which one experiences their identity within the ultimate Reality, is attained.
By the practice of the chant/meditation-mantra of 51 letters, you are beginning to purify the chakra centers within the body and causing them to become more vibrationally in tune. If you are a long-time meditator, this practice may bring you almost instant results. This is a very ancient and highly spiritualized mantra and it holds great promise for those who do it with sincerity and regularity
Once you are familiar with the chant/mantra of 51 letters, you can also do it as a form of what is called "practicing the presence". That is, it can be done in your mind, mentally, as you do daily chores, or while drifting off to sleep. The more you keep the energy of the Transcendent Reality with you, the more quickly and easily you will become aligned to the God within you as well; for they are one and the same. You, as Soul, are a spark of the Primal Creator, Siva/Sakti.
"Daily I kneel and chant Nandi's holy name;
envisioned, he stands, the Fire-hued One.
Flaming like the moon in sky;
into me he comes, and throbs and breathes through my mortal flesh."
(Nandi is a synonym for Sadasiva-- the form/formless aspect of Siva. Nandi, literally means "the bull of Siva". Fire-hued refers to the Great light of Siva.)
(Siva or Shiva-- the name of the creator of all that is. Mantra-- man=mind, tra=protects when contemplated upon. Chakras--etheric/astral energy wheels situated within the body. These can be seen clarvoiantly or in deep thought concentration.)
(Sakti-- Goddess energy in it's dynamic aspect of creation; the power and substratum of all form)
Tirumoolar's So-Ham Meditation Mantra
When you have memorized and are comfortable with the practice of the 51 letter chant, then you are ready to add Tirumoolar's So-Ham.
Tirumoolar explains that before Om or Aum in the creative process, there was "Soham". He reveals that Soham becomes Om, and that in turn
becomes the expanded letters of the 5-lettered mantra that you have previously learned about on this site. Having learned the chant/mantra of 51 letters previously given, which has been vibrationally taken into your Chakra system, you are now uniquely prepared for the practice of "Soham". Your success with this meditation mantra will be much easier and the results of your ability at one-pointed concentration will come to you more quickly.
This is a very well known meditation technique. It has been given by many teachers, in varying forms. (Hamsa, Ha-Sa, Hong-Sau, Sau-Ha, to name a few.) There is very good reason for this. When done correctly it is probably the king of meditation teachings, in as much as it gets one back to one's Source.
Tirumoolar offers it here in the following prescribed manner.
The inhalaltion and exhalation of the breath is referred to as "Hamsa", meaning 'the swan'. It is made up of the two syllables, 'Ham' and 'Sa'.Tirumoolar has reversed them, and they are 'So' and 'Ham'. They emanate from the original point of the Creation of Sound and Light. Together they become the mantra, 'Soham'. It is chanted silently with the breath.
One should sit in a quiet place in a comfortable position with the spine kept straight. One can go directly from the 20 minute practice of the 51 letters to So-Ham if you feel calm and the mind is settled. If you are restless then quick double in-breaths, followed by forcing out all the air from the lungs through pursed lips with quick double exhalations will help calm you. It is done by breathing through the nose with two short in-breaths--uh-uh, filling the lungs to capacity. Then force it out rapidly in
two short breaths--uh-uhhh. Do this 6 to 12 times.
Look at a picture of Tirumoolar or see an image of him in your mind. Thank him for this opportunity. Say a short prayer or bow inwardly to whatever aspect of divinity has meaning to you.
Begin your practice with a naturally drawn in-breath. As you do so, silently say 'So'. When you exhale naturally, silently say 'Ham'. Do not attempt to control the breath. Let it come and go naturally. As you do so, watch it with your mind and repeat the SoHam mantra.
In-breath - 'So'
Out-breath - 'Ham' (breath travel not by pronounciation,is called Karpa dhyanam of HAMSA VIDYA by Tirumular)
You may also listen to the silent sound of So-Ham in your ears as you mentally say the mantra with your in and out breathing. Feel your chest rise and fall with each breath. Raise your eyes under your closed eyelids slightly if you can do so comfortably. If it interferes with your ability to concentrate on the other aspects of the technique, then let it go. It can be practiced later when you are more familiar with the practice of the mantra.
If your mind wanders or you have trouble mentally following the So-Ham, then mentally return to the chant of 51 letters for a brief period, and then try So-Ham practice again.
When you have become comfortable with So-Ham, a further practice known as Khechari Mudra can be added. When you can comfortably raise your gaze to the center between and just behind the eyebrows, you are ready to go on. This center is the sixth Chakra (Ajna) or brow center.
While raising the gaze, the tongue should be turned upward to the roof of the mouth, stretching the point of the tongue back as though trying to touch the uvula. The uvula is that little tab of flesh that hangs down at the very back of the soft palate. (It can be seen in a mirror at the proper angle with good lighting) By the practice of Khechari Mudra you can attain mastery over the fluctuations of the mind and acquire a Spiritual attitude. This also fills the Chakra with Soma nectar flowing from the higher centers in the head. To be bathed in this nectar brings a very joyous feeling, and helps you to ascend more quickly and evenly into higher levels of consciousness.
To begin with, do Khechari Mudra for short periods during your So-Ham practice. A minute or two is plenty. Never over exert or hurt your tongue muscles. With daily practice, it will become easier, and you will automatically do it for longer stretches of time.
(HAMSA VIDYA) 'So-Ham' should be done in the beginning for at least 5 minutes, extending the time periods as you become proficient and as time allows. It may also be done separately from the chant/mantra of 51 letters if you need or desire to do that.
In conclusion, I must tell you that when practiced regularly with devotion and concentration, these three ancient techniques are a powerful magnet that will draw you into Realization of the Self; that spark of the divine that dwells within each of you. You are that which you seek. The true Church or Temple of God/Siva is within. It is there that the true Alter of God is found. It is beyond the outer trappings of all religions. They are but dim reflections of the Sound and Light and Bliss to be found within you.
May Siva, Tirumoolar and all the Great Ones bless you in your practice of these ancient teachings.
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