In the concluding line of this bhajan, Saint Sunderdas, a great poet and spiritual teacher from Rajasthan, India, gives us powerful insight into the repetition of the mantra So’ham. He teaches that in the spontaneous repetition of So’ham, which takes place with each breath, day and night, “the Self exists in the form of Consciousness; the Self praises the Self on its own.” This evocative verse gives us an important road map to refine our practice and understanding of the mantra.
Considering the words “the Self exists in the form of Consciousness,” we can understand that the saint refers to the subtle, divine aspect of the breath—prana shakti. The scriptures of Kashmir Shaivism teach that divine Consciousness, when creating the universe, enters each being in the form of prana shakti, our life force. This subtle energy, which courses through our being and sustains our existence, is permanently aware of the divinity that is our very nature. It unceasingly proclaims this exalted truth: I am That.