The Spiritual Master Is the Incarnation of the Word
The Spiritual Master Is the Incarnation of the Word
ADI DA SAMRAJ: Do you know the true esoteric significance of the sacred word “Om”? That syllable, spelled in English “Om” or “Aum,” is considered a primary sacred syllable in the Hindu tradition, and meditation upon it is part of the yogic idealism that leads toward Absorption in God. But all of the other ancient traditions also have a version of this “Word,” or they have other words or word-symbols that more or less fulfill the same requirements, and that represent more or less the same characteristics as the word-sound or word-symbol “Om.”
The Christian tradition uses the Word “Amen.” (And Jesus is believed to be the incarnation of the Word, just as the Spiritual Master in every tradition is believed to be the Word, or the Living Divine, in human form.) The Muslims use “Allah,” and the Sufis use “Hoo,” and the Tibetans use “Hum.” Other cultists use Krishna, Ram, Radhasoami, Hrim, Soham, and so forth. The examples are countless.
These word-symbols are supposed to be equivalents of God, ways of approximating the Deity, or the Transcendental Reality. They do not simply mean God, or the Blessing of God. They are the verbal or audible Form of the Divine. When the Word is properly uttered, or when devotees make use of the Word as a way of communing with the Divine, they are performing a most high and sacred act. Certain sounds, or Names of God, are used very commonly in the larger traditions of great movements, while others are considered to be especially sacred sounds, and they are revealed only to initiates.
But what is the origin of the idea of the Word or Name? The origin of it is the sacred or higher mystical experience of highly developed individuals in the past, who, in their profound meditation, in which the ordinary experiences of the body and mind were transcended, would hear sounds in space or internal to the body that were not otherwise audible. By holding on to these sounds they would lose bodily and mental consciousness and become absorbed in higher mental states.
So the primal sound, the “unstruck sound,” the Word or Name that appears mysteriously, prior to all acts of Creation, was on the basis of mystical experiences, considered to be sacred, the highest sacred means of attaining Absorption in God. Indeed, the Word or Name is traditionally considered to be the Primal Agent of Creation, the Source, the “Son” of the Transcendental, Unseen, and Unheard God. Therefore, to meditate on the Word until Absorption is to Return to the Domain or Condition of God, prior to Creation.
Even today, in the esoteric orders of the great traditions, aspirants are given, at a certain stage in their maturity, techniques for turning to the unstruck sound, the sound that is always already occurring without anyone’s doing anything to create it, the internal sound of the Life-Current, audible in the brain core.
The idealism of contemplating the Word to the point of Absorption is also part of the more popular levels of the cults all over the world. The practice of listening to the sound of the Life Current internally is extended into the outer levels of the cults, into the general idealism of religious and spiritual practice, and thus the Word or Name becomes part of the practice even of beginners. Even at the most exoteric level of religious and spiritual practice, people say the Word or Name of God. They verbally repeat, or honor, a word-symbol that is intended to be the equivalent of the Sound that may be heard internally, the original Sound from which all sound comes.
What is symbolized or represented by the many Names and holy Words is sound itself,
or vibration, the Life-Current, the Native Feeling, the Light of lights,
the Sound that is already there, the Sound from which all other sounds and forms emanate.
Therefore, these Names are simply symbols for the inherent Vibration of Life, and they are similar, because they generally correspond to forms of sound that can be produced by the vocal cords, as when we hum. In fact, humming is the only way for the human being to make a continuous vibrating sound. All other sound must be interrupted and requires changes to be produced. The only consistent verbal sound you can make is a humming sound.
Thus, in the esoteric traditions, the aspirant is taught to practice the contemplation of the Word, and to feel it all over his body, through the making of this humming, vibrating sound. When you hum, you can feel the vibration all over your body. And by concentrating the vibration in any part of the body, you can heal it, you can bring Life-Energy there, you can keep your attention there and awaken the psychic qualities associated with that part of the body.
“Om” is a word-symbol for humming. So are “Amen” and “Ram” and “Hrim. ” All of those holy words are ways of humming. They are part of the ancient idealism of the Word, in which, ultimately, you listen to the internal sound of Life, the Sound that you do not create, mentally or physically. And by listening to the audible Word, or feeling into the Life-Current, you may become absorbed beyond the awareness of the body-mind, beyond psycho-physical awareness. And in the process of approaching such perfect contemplation and absorption, you first honor and make use of mental and physical equivalents of that inner or prior sound.
All the many Words and Names of God have been given by individuals who have practiced mystical contemplation of a sound that occurred to them in their deepest meditation, or that was given to them or suggested to them by some experience or by some other experienced individual. Therefore, there are many traditional Words or Names, and many more will probably appear in the future.
They all have essentially the same function–to lead you toward contemplation and absorption via internal audition, vision, and feeling of the Life-Current, and to orient you toward the subtle or higher mental experience of God, thus distracting you from the grosser or outward and manifest effects of the Creative Vibration of God. Likewise, the devotional practices of the Way of Divine Ignorance (Adidam) are all activities that relate the body and mind to the vibratory subtlety, the Radiant and All-Pervading Life-Current or Word, of which all psycho-physical events are the creative modifications.
The Spiritual Master, then, who is Awake, who has Realized the Condition that is beyond sight and sound, beyond the body-mind, and who can Teach and Awaken others, also can, through his regard or touch, Awaken the vibratory Current of Life that may be felt and heard and seen, and that ultimately leads beyond Itself, to the very Heart of Consciousness.
Therefore, the Spiritual Master is the Incarnation of the Word.
And every devotee, ultimately, becomes that Incarnation.
In Truth, every devotee is already the incarnation of the Word when he is turned about in self-transcending God-Communion. All are equal in that sense, except that the Spiritual Master speaks that Realization to others and demonstrates it to others, having consciously Realized it, whereas the ordinary individual has not yet Realized it.
The ordinary person is asleep, embedded in the Earth, the lower body-mind, in unconsciousness, and in his separateness and recoil from Infinity. The devotee however, the one who recognizes the Spiritual Master, is given the Teaching to “hear.” The Teaching is itself the Word. By “hearing” the Teaching and practicing its Way, the devotee is turned up to Heaven, the higher body-mind, or super consciousness, and at last, he is restored to the very Divine, prior to Heaven and Earth, the Heart of all things and beings.
The devotee is given the Spiritual Master to “hear” and also to “see.” There is a great ancient tradition not only for the Word or the Name, but also for the Vision of God. Vision is another area of contemplation that leads toward higher Absorption and that is part of the mystical process all over the world. And there are just as many formulas for vision as for audition.
The Spiritual Master therefore incarnates the Vision of God also. He has seen and also heard what is most subtle, and through perfect intuition, he has transcended all of it. Therefore, he is all of that, and he can lead another to it all and through it all, if the right devotional and spiritual relationship can be established between himself and another.
In their childishness, people like to think that certain official Words or Names are spiritual and that all other Words or Names are not spiritual. They like to believe that there is only one historically true Word or Name to practice, and everybody who practices another is a heretic, just as they like to believe that there is only one true historical religion or one true historical cult. But in fact all of the variant mystical practices are founded in the same ancient understanding of inner experience.
What is significant, therefore, is that one understand the process and be entered into right association with the free culture of its practice. And one must be inserted into the Great Process of the Way through a true Agent. Such are the essential requirements. The Truth of these matters is Transcendental, Living, and Present.
We must be Awakened to the Truth, rather than be concerned about historical differences,
or to become obsessed with exoteric teachings, and phoney “secret” matters,
and all the cultic trappings that have nothing whatever to do with this
Great Process of Transcendental Communion with God.
So there is no more or less ultimate esoteric significance to the word-symbol “Om” than there is to your humming in the shower! It is exactly the same thing. What you must understand is what all of it is about–your hum as well as “Om.” The true Word belongs to all true practice, rightly understood, rightly Awakened, and ultimately Transcended.
The Teaching of the Spiritual Master is itself the Word, and that is why it is good to listen to the Teaching as well as to read it and to hear the Spiritual Master speak it. It has purifying force if you are present through surrender. It is therefore a form of Transcendental Contemplation for you, and it leads toward mystical Absorption as well as higher understanding.
The devotee who comes to listen to the Teaching comes to “hear” the Spiritual Master and to “see” him. Therefore, the devotee should approach through surrender, so that he may contemplate the Divine and be transformed through “seeing” the Spiritual Master and “hearing” the Word. As he matures in his practice, the more esoteric aspects of this great Process of self transcendence and God-Contemplation and Divine Absorption begin to characterize his practice.
The more esoteric or subtle and hidden aspects of this whole affair of God-Realization become matters of responsibility in the later stages of practice, but even they are essentially extensions of the Revelation and the practice that are given from the very beginning to those who are Awakened in Good Company.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj