When I started to focus carefully on reading the text of the dharana, my breath instantly became deeper. The words all-knowing, all-doing, and all-pervading penetrated into my mind. An image arose of birds resting on a large meadow after a long flight. It felt as if the words and the image had filled up the space within my mind, while still leaving room for a deep inner silence.
In this silence, everything dissolved. I became absorbed in the experience of inner space, and Om Namah Shivaya filled my heart.