Shankha Nada

Shanka - the sacred conch
Updated: Nov 25 Updated: Nov 24
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Walk Through 2014 on the Siddha Yoga Path

  • Gurupurnima Celebration 2014
  • Siddha Yoga Chanting Satsang with Gurumayi
  • Knowledge of the Shri Guru
  • Bhagavan Nityananda's Teachings
  • Autumn Japa Walk
  • Siddha Yoga Satsang with Gurumayi
  • Teachings from Baba Muktananda
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What a sublime gift to be drawn to the space of flawless quietude by listening to the sound of the shankha and experiencing its darshan. I am compelled to be still for a long time, immersed in the power of its sound. My whole being is at peace. I look forward to listening again and again to the shankha and to meditating on the painting of it as a means to explore Gurumayi's Message for 2014.

Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Perth, Australia

The sound of the shankha pierces all other sounds to render my mind serene. I love this serenity. I can experience it anywhere, anytime. It resonates within me well after the last strains of the sound have gone.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

In the very beginning of my sadhana, as I sat one morning for meditation, the sounds of the conch and drum seemed to vibrate simultaneously, both inside and outside of me. The unstruck sound I experienced was unlike any sound I have ever heard before or since. The instruments of the physical plane don’t even come close to the beauty and sweetness of the sound I experienced that morning. It was truly celestial.

Today, as I listened to the sound of the conch, I immediately felt the shakti in my forehead, both powerful and constant.

a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA

When I closed my eyes and concentrated on the sound of the shankha, it took me within. I was connected with my Self and felt that the sound was originating from within.

Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for this wonderful teaching.

a Siddha Yogi from Khargone, India

As I listened to this beautiful sound, I felt a fine piercing sensation in the center of my chest. In this space, I felt a familiar sense of the preciousness of the heart and the essence of myself as the source and center of everything.

This awareness connected me to the vast spaces of the universe. Light sparkled as it refracted off and shone through all the objects in space. The tiny space within my physical body seemed to contain everything. Every atom and molecule was charged with Consciousness. As I continued to listen, the 'I' that I had been became a new 'I,' which felt pure love for everything and everyone.

This is the blessing of my Guru, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

Wonderment! This is what happens when I listen to and view the shankha, when I study and reflect on its sound, shape, and color. After a long day of work and activities, of words and noises, I listen to the sound of the shankha and the silence in between its call. And I witness my state of mind changing, becoming lighter.

The sound seems to emerge from the origin of life, from the bottom of the ocean, or somewhere in the cosmos. It sounds like a deep call from a faraway unknown territory, beyond space and time. Its vibrations absorb me entirely.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving us this key to enter the kingdom of the Self, an experience of the soundless sound.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

Gurumayi's sankalpa is so palpable. As soon as I begin to listen to the sound of the shankha nada and contemplate the painting, I hear a very subtle and high-pitched inner sound, and I also feel a deep vibration arising in my body as if AUM is resonating throughout my cells and beyond. I love that the sound file loops around and I can let it play for a long time while I sit for meditation. As it resonates, it fills the environment with the presence of grace.
Thank you for this gift!

a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany

The darshan of the shankha has filled my heart with the bhava of reverence, love, and stillness. Its image is amazingly divine and soothing to my eyes. My three-year-old son loves it and asks me to show it to him again and again.
The sound of the shankha recording has drawn my attention within. My whole body is vibrating, and in this moment all I want is to meditate.
Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Thane West, India

Thank you so much for revealing the meanings of Panchajanya and shankha, which until now have remained the mysterious words in the Shankha Gayatri Mantra so beautifully chanted on the CD of Narayana  released this year. 

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

This morning, I went into a deep space of stillness for a long time. Being in this space of flawless quietude was exquisite. The stillness filled me. My body felt like a simple sheath holding the fullness and magnificence of it all. As I came out of this stillness and silence, I began humming AUM as if I were continuing what I had been hearing within. A thought passed through my mind, "Is this AUM or is it the sound of the conch?"
After meditation I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and found this gift of Shankha Nada. I was held by the sound of the conch and the silence within it. I thought, "The sound AUM and the sound of the conch are one." I feel a great blessing has been bestowed on us. These teachings and shares on nada are indeed precious.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

I turned on the Shankha Nada audio recording, then read Swami ji’s exposition, and sat down to meditate with the picture of the shankha in front of me. I let the sound play for the first five minutes of meditation, and then turned it off.

I live in a busy neighborhood, and it's very noisy. But during this meditation, I recognized all the sounds of the world as the shankha. The trains, sirens, jet planes, and car horns all became the soothing sound of the shankha. These sounds took me deep into my heart, and I felt I was where Gurumayi wanted me to be.

As I was gently coming out of meditation, I opened my eyes and a soft warm wave of bliss washed over me, as if to remind me that I can continue to live in the experience of the heart as I go through my day.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for the gifts you constantly offer us on the Siddha Yoga path website.

a Siddha Yogi from Utah, USA

When I discovered the shankha on the website, right away I took a meditation posture and focused on the sound of the blowing conch. All my concerns just melted away, and I felt peace being installed into my being.

Thank you for posting this sacred audio support for meditation.

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA

When I was at work last night, I started practicing japa and felt an upsurge of energy and focus. When I returned home, the shankha was on the website, and I realized that feeling began around the same time the conch went onto the website. I reflected on how simply doing the practices had connected me with Gurumayi.

Hearing the sound of the conch wakes me to a new part of my being. Thank you for this physical manifestation of the soundless sound.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

What a great experience listening to the shankha—so full of vibration. It sounds like AUM. As I listened to the sound on the website, I began to hear it inside as well, and then it dissolved in the space of flawless quietude. It was wonderful. I felt I was fully experiencing Gurumayi's Message for this year.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for showering your grace on all in such a wonderful way.

a Siddha Yogi from Noida, India

Thank you for this exquisite material on the shankha. I find it so helpful to see its form, hear its pure sound, and learn about its meaning and spiritual significance. Throughout this month, Siddha Yogis’ shares about nada on the website have encouraged me to listen more carefully for sounds that arise from within. As I have done this, I have often become immersed in nada. And now, after having listened to the continuous recording of the shankha for several minutes, I can still hear it reverberating within me.

I am so grateful for all the ways Gurumayi has given us to engage with her Message for 2014. At first, the words the soundless sound seemed so subtle and mysterious to me. Yet now, as I approach the end of the year, the soundless sound has become tangible and real for me. I experience it not only audibly, but also as vibrating energy moving through every part of my body, sometimes roaring within me, engulfing me in waves of ecstasy.

Thank you, Gurumayi. Sadhana feels as fresh and new for me now as it did years ago, when I first began.

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA

Ever since we began this year's study of Gurumayi’s Message, I have felt a bit left out, since I could not identify having ever heard the soundless sound in all the years of my sadhana. Then one night, I laid my head down upon my pillow while listening to a CD of Om Namah Shivaya, and I heard a loud sound. I was surprised by this because I could not identify where it came from and because it was such an unusual sound. I fell asleep wondering if this was my introduction to nada, the soundless sound.

This evening, I was thrilled to see the beautiful conch, and even more thrilled to know I could hear it played over and over. After the third repetition, it suddenly struck me that this was that sound I had heard as I was drifting off to sleep.

I understood, yet again, that Gurumayi is always providing us with the means to include ourselves in the study of her teachings.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Beautiful shankha! I have never seen one like it. When I closed my eyes and concentrated on its sound, I felt that the sound was coming from my navel.

a Siddha Yogi from Allahabad, India