Lesson 6

Lesson Video

Notes

The new Mahavakya is: Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma, which means “All this indeed is Brahman.”

  • Once you become totally comfortable with the Mahavakyas as we’ve done them so far, you can try gently reminding yourself of the meaning of each Mahavakya as you start it. See if this enhances your experience. It is not necessary to remind yourself of the meaning at each chakra; just once, as you start each Mahavakya.
  • Be mindfully present to the depth of Being with each repetition of the Mahavakayas. Don’t let it become a mindless, mechanical process.
  • Likewise, be mindfully present to the richness of experience with each repetition of Soma, Soma, Soma. You may at some point feel the reality of Soma beyond just the word, “Soma.” If you have this experience, be fully with the reality of Soma and let the word go for as long as that experience remains.

The expanded Soma invocation

Note: These lines are suggestions only. Feel free to let come what comes for you, provided you are reading the 9th Mandala and getting a feeling for it by now. Use lines you relate to. Also, ellipsis, “…”, means pause and feel.

“Soma, Soma, Soma, flow in a sweet and exhilarating stream, sweet for Indra, Vayu, Varuna, Mitra, the Ashwins, Vishnu, Pushan, Aryaman, Bhaga, and all the Devas…. Indu, flow for Indra…
Soma Pavamana, purify us, with thy purifying streams…
Soma, give us brightness…strength…and intelligence
Soma, Soma, Soma, bring us wealth of a thousand radiances.
Soma Pavamana, give us all good things, and make us happy…. Soma, Soma, Soma…”
Soma, where light is perpetual, in the world in which the sun is placed, in that immortal, imperishable world place me, Pavamana: flow, Indu, for Indra.
(Feel your relationship with Soma.)

Video contains:

  • Experiences and questions of participants.
    • Note that Ribhu Gita excerpt at end of 9th Mandala pdf is not part of the 9th Mandala.
    • Is the 9th mandala needlessly repetitious?
    • What are the “ten fingers” and “seven priests”?
  • Important discussion of how to make sense (or not) of the imagery and symbolism of the 9th Mandala.
  • The effect of reading the 9th Mandala is all-important; not the understanding of it.
  • Likewise the effect of listening to Sama Veda (and all Vedic chants), and of all the Vedas, Sama Veda is most effective.
  • Meditation

Additional Notes

  • In the video, I mention that in the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna says, “Of the Vedas, I am Sama Veda…” This is in Chapter 10, verse 22. Why does Krishna say this? There are different theories, but the one I like best is: “Sama” means bringing peace and tranquility. All of the Vedas all praise the devas, but Samaveda also sets that lyrical praise to music, so it’s pleasing effect on the Devas is multiplied over the other Vedas. Playing and listening to Samaveda brings peace to you as you listen, and is said to be a direct route to befriending the devas. You may feel the music of Samaveda is an acquired taste, but that may be in part because the reproduction of it by the human voice is not perfect. It’s origin is divine vibration. When you listen, hear beyond the sound of the voices to the underlying divine vibration. As you play Samaveda, listen imagining you’re hearing the harmony of the spheres; that is, use just a shade of your imagination to filter out the imperfection of the human voices.
  • Don’t forget to get the latest, updated version of the 9th Mandala of the Rig Veda from Lesson 3. I’ll be continuing to add more of the mandala to it each week.

Summary of the Devas

Click this PDF to see a summary of the Devas that appear in the 9th mandala of the Rig Veda.

Summary of the Devas

Audio meditation

The following meditation is extracted from the video of the lesson. It is just the meditation portion. Please watch the video before using the audio meditation, as there is essential instruction in the video that is not included in the meditation. This is true for all lessons in the course. The audio meditation is intended to give you convenient access to the meditation for the lesson so you can use it as a guided meditation daily until you are ready for the next lesson.

Homework

  • Continue to read from the Ninth Mandala of the Rig Veda (See the PDF in Lesson 3) and meditate daily at least once, or better yet twice if you can.
  • Feel and express gratitude and appreciation for all the innumerable blessings in your life! Gratitude feeds the Devas!