Ishwar Putra Arun
‘Surat’ means ‘Soul or Aatma’. ‘Shabd’ means ‘word’. In Surat Shabd Yoga, the term ‘word’ signifies the music of the soul. ‘Yoga’ means ‘union’. And that is the main purpose of Surat Shabd Yoga – the union of the soul with the essence of the absolute Supreme Being, using the dynamic force of creative energy surrounding the universe in the form of sound vibrations. Surat Shabd Yoga meditation aims to help the individual in realizing his true divine self. Liberating the soul from the cycle of life and death, Surat Shabd Yoga helps in achieving enlightenment and ultimately, Moksha.
Surat Shabd Yoga is a yogic meditation as ‘dying while living’. The meditation involves drawing one’s attention from the physical body and merging the consciousness with the inner sound. It is similar to the physical process of dying when the attention leaves the physical body and the soul merges into the celestial universe and the Divine. In Surat Shabd Yoga, one experiences the absorption of consciousness into the Sound in the state of full awareness.
Surat Shabd Yoga is a science of the soul. This meditation is also called ‘Sadhna’ as it leads to Moksha. Surat Shabd Yoga believes that initiation by a Satguru / Authorise Guru is a must for a successful Sadhna. This surat shabd yoga meditation technique is a simple process, but it needs practice to master it.
Although this meditation could be done anytime and anywhere but I advise to meditate early in the morning i.e. Brahm Muhurt (between 04:00 a.m to 06:06 a.m.), before breakfast and also just before you go to bed at night. One should make it a regular habit. This helps in becoming adept at this form of meditation. With regular practice, you can perfect it and then can do the meditation successfully whenever you need or want to do it.