The Bible tells us that in the beginning there was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. But in the beginning,
there were no words, no languages, or even sounds of humans or animals.
So what was the Word that was in the beginning. This has been a great
mystery, but like the solution to many mysteries, the answer has been
right under our nose all along. And that is Soham.
Soham is referred to as the "Mahamantra", the Greatest Mantra,
and is considered along with Om to be the most powerful of all
techniques. This was the first meditation technique, both in antiquity
and in our own lives. The ancient cavemen, before they had invented
language or fire, would sit in their dark caves and have nothing else to
focus on but the sound of their breath. Similarly, the first sound we
heard when we were in our mothers' womb was the sound of her breath, and
this sound has been with us ever since we drew our first breath. It
negates the need to rely on any of the words of the languages of the
world to use as a mantra. It has brought people to transcendence of
worldly limitations from time immemorial and continues to do so. It can
be done even while driving, working, and doing other acts of daily life
and thereby offers a continuous experience of being in the present. This
is a great present, because Reality takes place now, in the present.
Soham is a wonder-full meditation technique and I hope will bring you
the experience of Knowledge, Consciousness, and Bliss that is your
In the Bible, when God was asked what his name is, He answered "
I Am That I Am'. In Sanskrit, the most ancient of languages, the sound
of the inhalation is termed So, and the exhalation is Ham. Combined, the
word Soham is translated as "I Am He/That". So, whenever you are doing
this technique, you are calling on God. Every breath thus becomes a
prayer and adoration.
The Soham Meditation Technique
At the time and in the place where you feel most comfortable,
place your body in the position that you have found to be the most
beneficial for meditation. Close your eyes. Close your ears by putting
your thumbs in them, or by using earplugs. This will intensify the sound
of your breath while diminishing the distractions that sight and sound
bring. Command your mind to be silent, your emotions to be calm, and
your body to stay relaxed. Focus on the sound of your breath coming in.
Associate it with the word So. As your breath leaves, listen to the
sound and associate it with the word Ham. To pronounce So and Ham
correctly, listen to how they sound. As with most pranayama (breathing
techniques), Soham is done either in 3 cycles of 12 or 12 cycles of 12.
One inhalation and one exhalation are one respiration. 12 respirations
are one cycle. For those just starting to use this technique, it is
usual to silently say the word So with each inhalation and the word Ham
with each exhale. When you are focused consistently, consciously, you
will flow into simply listening to the sound of Soham. Soham is by far
the easiest meditation. It comes to all living creatures without any
effort. And yet it is the deepest possible technique, as it presents the
opportunity to meditate on the great mystery of life and the life-giver
No matter how we have acted and reacted, with each breath we
are forgiven for our so-called sins and rewarded with another breath,
another heartbeat, and another moment of life to cherish. No act of will
on our part can give us breath. Literally, we are graced with this gift
of life from a power greater than ourselves. A corpse has every bone,
every organ, and every bodily system that we have, and yet it doesn't
have life or healing energy filling every cell with every breath, as we
have. As you merge more and more with Soham, you surrender your
reactivity to your thoughts, emotions, and sensory impressions. These
are all just heavy earth-bound suffering-causing limitations. The divine
energy of Soham is limitless heavenly love and light. Witness,
surrender all effort, and fill with this most precious gift of Grace.