As a Siddha Yoga musician, I’ve taken great delight in Gurumayi’s teachings on the practice of Siddha Yoga music. So when I learned the title of Session I—The Sound That Carries the Mind to the Madhya—it struck me that this is the goal of Siddha Yoga music.
Before the session, I dove into the meaning of key words in the title:
||Sensation caused by vibration
||To transport (as in a vehicle)
||The center, the Heart
With this understanding, I created an intention for my one-pointed and focused participation in the session: To transport my thoughts to rest in the madhya, through the Guru’s vehicle of the pure sound vibrations of the mantra.
When the session began, my awareness plunged to a deep, quiet place inside. Then, while chanting Om Namah Shivaya, I gave my full attention to listening to the sound and sensing the vibration of the mantra. I visualized each letter of the mantra on the inner screen of my mind.
I became aware that I was, indeed, experiencing the power of sound. Each syllable seemed to release its own energy from within it. These sound vibrations continued to expand, taking my mind so lovingly toward the madhya, toward the center of my being.
At one point, I consciously sent these sounds into my own heart, in a sustained way that I had never managed to do before. I felt each syllable tuning my heart to a different pitch—as if my heart was a musical instrument.
All thought was gone. I was with my heart completely. There was such deep happiness, satisfaction, peace, and love—nothing but love. It was a profound reunion; I was keeping company with the source of love. Tears fell. I was filled with gratitude to Gurumayi.
A Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, India