Shankha Nada

Shanka - the sacred conch
Updated: Nov 23 Updated: Nov 20
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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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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