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Soham Mantra

SOOO.. HAMMM..



Soham is a short form for So Aham which in Sanskrit means "I am He". In the Soham mantra, "So" signifies God or Guru, and "Ham" denotes "I" or "Me". "So'Ham", when it applies to a person's name, according to Vedic philosophy it means identifying oneself with the universe or ultimate reality.

According to ancient Hindu beliefs, when a child is born it cries Koham-Koham which means "Who am I?" That is when the universe replies back Soham meaning "You are the same as I am". In Sanskrit, Soham also stands for self pride.

When used for meditation, Soham acts as a natural mantra to control one's breathing pattern, to help achieve deep breath, and to gain concentration. The chant follows the sound of our inhalation and exhalation and is typically used for Breath Meditation and Yoga.

Sooooo...

is the sound of inhalation, and is remembered in the mind along with that inhalation.

Hammmm...

is the sound of exhalation, and is remembered in the mind along with that exhalation.

Soham is also considered a mantra in Tantrism and Kriya Yoga, known also as Ajapa mantra, Ajapa Gayatri, Hamsa Gayatri, Hamsa mantra, Prana mantra, Shri Paraprasada mantra and Paramatma mantra.

Soham is used in the meditation practice Ajapa Japa. In this meditation technique, you are required to remember the Parmatman (Supreme Soul) during either the inhaling or exhaling process. During the other half keep your mind blank and don't think about anything.

Soham Breath Meditation also is part of the Kriya practice Shabda Sanchalana. Briefly the practice would be as follows:

Sit comfortably with closed eyes and a straight back. Exhale deeply.

Bend your head forwards and as you hear the So... sound, feel the vital energy moving up from the tip of your spinal chord (Mooladhara Chakra) towards the top of your head piercing each of the Chakras (nerve nodes) on the way.

Feel the energy linger in your head for a brief moment after "So" sound has ended.

Breathe out to the sound of Ham and feel the energy travel back down from your head to reach the Mooladhara.

Open your eyes and feel the energy in the Mooladhara for a brief moment. Repeat the routine 59 rounds.

You may adjust the PAUSE between chants in Settings, if required. If your mind is disturbed initially, breathe heavier and chant louder.

 
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