by Bennett Z. Kobb, with illustrations by Chris Kalnick
Second Edition E-book $4.99 from Amazon.com.
What is Nada Yoga?
Nada Yoga is a meditative practice using sound. The Guru-Free Guide teaches the use of inner sound as a path of centering and higher consciousness.
This method is also called Shabd Yoga or Sound Current Meditation.
Other types of Nada Yoga concern external sounds, singing or musical instruments. Those are not the subject of this book.
Why haven't I heard of this?
Millions of people have been initiated into this practice but it is still largely unknown in the West. It is usually taught in secret, but the Guru-Free Guide explains the basic technique.
What is its goal or purpose?
People practice meditation for health and relaxation, but it can have a greater purpose if the individual so wishes. The Guru-Free Guide is intended for those who want to experience a deeper portion of themselves and to feel this spiritual connection directly.
Sound Current Meditation is traditionally taught as a means to explore the realms beyond the physical. The interpretation of these experiences is left to the reader.
Is this a type of prayer?
This meditation does not replace any prayer, affirmation or religious practice. You may feel a comforting and supportive energy when using prayer or affirmation immediately after a session of Sound Current Meditation.
Does this involve mantras or chanting?
It does not involve mantras or chanting.
How long is the book?
The E-book has ten chapters, plus references and additional material. It is approximately 36 pages, depending on the screen and font size used. It does not require the reader to pore through many pages to learn what to do.
Is this what is meant by the “Sound of Silence,” “Audible Life Stream,” the “Naam” or “Music of the Spheres”?
These terms are sometimes used to describe the sound current.
In silence one can hear a variety of sounds, some of physiologic origin. Beyond these is another sound that is the subject of this book. And beyond this are melodies that have been called the Music of the Spheres, originally a Pythagorean term.
Inner music is audible and many have heard it in various circumstances. It is not a mental construct, memory or illusion. Parapsychologist and musician D. Scott Rogo devoted two books to the study of this experience.
What about morals and ethics?
There is plenty of guidance on these subjects elsewhere. Those interested in traditional Yogic teachings on moral development could study this site.
Who invented Sound Current Meditation?
The author of this book did not invent it. This meditation is usually attributed to teachers in 19th century India, but its roots go further in antiquity. It appears in the traditional writings of Yoga. The book includes a brief chapter on history.
Is this a cult?
Some organizations that teach this practice are cults or secretive groups or belief systems. It is not necessary to join a group in order to learn the procedure, which was openly published in English in the 1970s.
The Guru-Free Guide, released January 2015 (Second Edition: November 2016), offers simple instructions and help. It does not cover advanced or unrelated practices.
What's the connection of this technique to tinnitus?
Audiology designates any so-called “phantom” sound as “tinnitus” regardless of its nature.
Research has shown that most people with normal hearing can pick up a specific interior sound. Perceiving it is not a sign of disease. It has been associated with hearing loss because that condition reduces the masking effect of external sounds, making the inner sound more prominent.
There is no consensus on the origin of the sound; it has been attributed to overexcited brain cells, neurocognitive behaviors, nearby electronic devices or intensive use of mobile phones (which did not exist in ancient India). It is independent of the sounds of circulation or body motion.
Conventional explanations don't account for the beneficial effects of this meditation on dreams, the extraordinary musical effects and the OM, the energy experiences and feelings of attunement, and out-of-body experiences that can come, depending on the individual's own life path and consistency of practice.
The "battery charge" mentioned in the book may be felt in a narrow channel on the right side of the spine. This is nicely consistent with the Yogic principle of the Pingala or Solar Nadi. Find a good explanation of the Nadis at this Yoga Journal page.
What are the chapters of the book?
1. For the Rest of Us (Introduction)
2. Opening Doors
4. To Tune In
5. Experiences & Effects
6. In Case of Difficulty
8. Your Energy Bubble
9. A Brief History
10. Lab Time
11. About the Author / About the Cover
Isn't this metaphysical "new age" baloney?
Sooner or later you may wonder if there is more to your being than walking meat and 57-60% water. Nothing prevents you from investigating your personal infinity when you are ready to do so.
But yoga is pseudoscience and woo-woo. You're telling me that if I meditate on a sound in my head I'll get magical powers.
I am not telling you that. Please purchase this book but do not read it.
I can't do lotus pose, burmese pose, seiza pose or the drunken monkey postures. Will this keep me from meditating?
No. Nada Yoga can be practiced in comfortable sitting or standing positions. The book describes several of these.
I find it difficult to clear my mind. Will I have a hard time with this?
A clear mind is a byproduct of meditation and not a requirement.
Is this book available in print?
It is an E-book and not a treebook at this time.
What is the Second Edition?
The Guru-Free Guide to Nada Yoga was released in a Second Edition in November 2016. Amazon's stated publication date remains January 2015 as that was when the book was introduced.
The fundamentals have not changed, but the new edition contains improvements and some additional material. It is contains the words Second Edition on the copyright page.
If you purchased the First Edition before the Second Edition was released, according to Amazon you can delete the book from your device, then re-download the book from your Kindle account. This new download should be the Second Edition. You can contact Kindle Customer Service for help if needed.