What is Primordial Sound Meditation?

by TomRen

in How to do meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation is a journey into expanded awareness, a meditation technique that has its origins in the ancient wisdom traditions of India.

Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sounds are fundamental sounds of nature; were chosen by the Sages, because they were found to be fundamental to the body-mind of human beings.

These sounds are used as mantras, and are individually selected based on the vibration the universe was making at the place and moment of birth, that when repeated silently, allows you to enter the field of quiet expanded awareness.

According to Yoga, sound is the first experience that we are aware of when we are born, and the last one we have when we die. Yoga also tells us that sound is the subtlest form of our experiences, and our thoughts are the subtlest form of sound. As you repeat your mantra, you follow it into the deeper level of experience which paradoxically is the most expanded state of awareness.

How Does Mantra Meditation work?

At the deepest level, everything in the material universe is vibration or sound. Thousands of years ago, the great sages, discovered our environment had its own unique sounds that change with the passage of time. They developed a system of Vedic mathematics to identify the sounds or vibration the world was making at a specific time and place.

Primordial Sound Meditation uses this mathematical system to determine the sound that the universe was making when an individual emerges into the world. When this primordial sound becomes a part of your mantra it has the effect of drawing your awareness inward, allowing you to reconnect with your true self.

As you develop a regular practice of Primordial Sound Meditation you are establishing an inner peace in your life that gives you access to the infinite field of creativity, the place from which positive-life choices are made.

Primordial Sound Meditation as a Healing Practice

Primordial Sound Meditation is a healing practice that’s based on the power of vibration. When we allow our mantras to resonate in our awareness, they have a transformational effect that is harmonizing for the Body, Mind and Spirit.

Dr. David Simon describes it this way:

From a Vedic perspective, everything is sound. This is the idea expressed by the Sanskrit term Nama rupa. Nama is the origin of the word “name” or “sound,” and rupa means form. Nama rupa means that underlying every form is a vibration. If something is creating distress in that form, on some level, we can see it as dissonance in the vibration. So all healing is really the restoration of harmony, and there are various ways to re-establish harmony, including the timeless practice of meditation.”

Scientific research has shown us that mantra meditation lowers blood pressure, lowers your stress hormones and slows your breathing. You experience what has been termed as ‘restful awareness’, a state in which the body is relaxed, and the mind is silent but alert.

The benefits of meditation come with practice simultaneously create healing in the body, mind and soul.

How to do Primordial Sound Meditation

The one requirement of Primordial Sound Meditation is to be comfortable and let the practice unfold naturally. There are no complicated instructions; one need only close their eyes, begin repeating the mantra and allow the mind to become quiet and awaken.

To quote Deepak Chopra:

Primordial Sound Meditation isn’t about forcing your mind to be quiet, but about experiencing the quiet that is already there.”

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Joe Brooke

I had always been fascinated especially with comparing PSM with TM. I remember that numerous scientific research that was done on Maharishi’s TM indicated that it reduces the metabolic rate of consumption of oxygen by 16%-18%.
But what about such scientific research specifically done on PSM.
I remember that the total number of different mantras for Maharishi’s method of TM (for TM instructors to select from to give to new TM meditators) is around or roughly sixteen in total. I also realize that the total number of different mantras for PSM (Primordial Sound Meditation) for PSM Instructors to select from to instructing new PSM meditators is alot more than for TM.
Could that indicate that PSM is possibly or generally or might be generally much more effective than TM??
I also remember that TM Instructors do teach their new meditators to practice 20 minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon. But as for PSM, is the new PSM meditator instructed to meditate for 30 minutes (instead of 20) in the morning and again in the afternoon??
Also, what is the cause that Maharishi’s TM method has about 16 different mantras for TM Instructors to select from in instructing new TM meditators, along with PSM instructors having alot more different mantras to select from than in TM in instructing new PSM meditators?? Could that be because that PSM is a more refined, calculated and direct way of experience pure creative intelligence than in TM?? Also, why are new PSM meditators instructed to meditate for 30 minutes twice a day, but only for 20 minutes with Maharishi’s TM?? I’m just curious.
I had been fascinated and wandering about these very subtle differences ever since 1998.
Again, has there been or when will be the scientific research done specifically on PSM–since TM always has many, many scientific studies done specifically on TM??
Please try to respond back to me whenever possible and thank you.

Most Sincerely:

Joe Brooke
Mesa, Arizona

Tom Renfro

Hi Joe,

I was in retreat over the holidays, but now that I’m back and I wanted to respond to your thoughtful comments.

In truth the mantra based technique used in both TM and PSM are very similar, the difference being, as you point out, is in the number of different mantras available. Both TM and PSM are in the category of Inner Self-Awareness, a Vedic mantra based meditation technique.

The effectiveness in this category of meditation technique is found more in the quality and quantity of the practice, more so than in the actual mantra itself. That said, the mantras used in PSM were intuited by ancient Vedic masters and are sounds or energy vibrations that were ‘primary’, sounds that universe was making at a specific time and place. These Sages believed that you could more easily slip into meditation using these sounds that were primary at the time of your birth.

I think that more important, than whether you meditate for 20 minutes or 30 minutes, is developing a consistent practice, meditating twice a day, every day, would be more beneficial than meditating 30 minutes twice every other day, or 30 minutes onetime a day, every day.

To answer your question about scientific research, I’m unaware of any studies that specifically compare PSM and TM. Because they are in the same category of meditation, generally, the research done on one would apply to the other. I will see if I can discover a definitive answer and I will let you know.

My suggestion, as always, is to try the different types of meditation practices (in this case PSM, as it sounds as if you have already practiced TM) and see which is most comfortable for YOU.

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