Namaste!

My name is Sina and today I’m going to share a brief practice called “The Mantra for Unification”. This connects a mantra with a meditation practice. The mantra for unification goes like this:

HUM SA SO HUM SO HUM HUM SA

SO HUM HUM SA HUM SA SO HUM

This is a natural mantra. Even though I'm explaining it in words, we use the sound within our breath. As we inhale, we hear the word HUM, exhale SA, inhale SO, exhale HUM.

As we do the mantra mentally, as we listen to our breaths, we move our hands in a similar fashion. As we breathe in, the index finger comes closer to the Sun. As we exhale, the palms open a little bit. How quickly you move your hands is up to you. Some Tibetan practitioners of this mantra move their hands so slightly that just the index finger comes away from the thumb.

Let's give it a shot.

Sit tall and close your eyes. Bring your hands onto your knees, palms faced up. Now exhale to begin. Breathe through the nose. Palms open.

Hear the sound of HUM as you close the palm.

Exhale SA, inhale SO, exhale HUM, inhale SO, exhale HUM, inhale HUM, exhale SA

Inhale SO, exhale HUM, inhale HUM, exhale SA, inhale HUM, exhale SA, inhale SO, exhale HUM

 

Again…

Inhale HUM exhale SA inhale SO exhale HUM inhale SO exhale HUM Inhale HUM exhale SA Inhale SO exhale HUM inhale HUM exhale SA inhale HUM exhale SA inhale SO exhale HUM

 

Again…

HUM SA SO HUM SO HUM HUM SA

SO HUM HUM SA HUM SA SO HUM

HUM SA SO HUM SO HUM HUM SA

SO HUM HUM SA HUM SA SO HUM

HUM SA SO HUM SO HUM HUM SA

SO HUM HUM SA HUM SA SO HUM

 

Now complete one more round, mentally hearing the sound. Don't worry if you don't get the words right; do your best. Follow your breath, moving your hands.

When you're done you may sit with the index and thumb to touch palms face up or face down on the knees if you prefer. Sit with your eyes closed. Remain unconcerned.

The meaning of this mantra is “I am that. That I am. I am you and you are me.”

The sound is embodied in the breath of all living beings everywhere. Even the plants are making this sound in the environment. So we use the mantra to remember that we are the same as nature, breathing with all of life, dissolving away our individuality, and realizing that we and the environment are one.

May this practice bring some peace into your lives and all those around you.

Namaste!

Sina Shalbaf