Some people might object to me calling this technique a Zikr. So here is my take on it. It is true that all Zikr chant sentences have a meaning to them. But I have called my Zikr PRIMORDIAL.
Primates used vowels and frequencies within them to communicate with each other. They did, and still do, understand each other perfectly.
Ancient sages understood the importance of vowels and considered them sacred.
Here is few excerpts from the book “The Nag Hamadi Library”; “The Gospel of The Egyptians” and “The Discoures on the Eight and Ninth”;…”the Father of the light of everything, He who came forth from the Silence, He whose name is an invisible symbol. A hiden invisible mystery came forth iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee oooooooooooooooooo uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa oooooooooooooooooo. ….”He created everything, He who is self-contained, cares for everything. He is perfect, the invisible God to whom one speaks in silence, His image is moved when directed, and governs one mighty in power, who is exalted above majesty, who is better than the honored ones….a oo ee ooo eee ooo ee oooooo ooooo oooooo uuuuuu ooooooooooooo ooo . …. O Grace! After these things I give thanks by singing hymn to Thee. For I have received life from Thee when Thou madest me wise. I praise Thee. I call Thy name that is hidden within me. A o ee o eee ooo iii oooo ooooo ooo oo uuuuuu oo oooooo oooooo oo…Thou are the one who exists with the spirit. I sing a hymn to Thee reverently.
After all does not the Book say; “In the beginning there was a word and word was God and word was with God.” OK, but at that moment there was nobody to hear the word (sound) let alone understand it. So it was a vibration. Vibration of what, nothing was yet created? All vibration is energy and caused by energy. So in the beginning we have infinite, pure, energy with infinite frequencies. This was in the beginning, the end and everything in between. This is what is, what was and what ever will be.
There are literally hundreds of Zikrs, and now I have created one more. I have named it “primordial “, because all of the mammals can produce vowels in one form or another, but they cannot pronounce the consonants (there are some exceptions; like parrots). It is very simple, but powerful, and it does not have any religious or ethnic connotations.
Make a circle with people (the more the better, if there is lot of people make two or three circles), either standing or sitting in a chair, slightly apart (body width at the most) and arms hanging down. Join hands, left hand palm up (receiving), and right hand palm down (giving).
A word of advice; this technique can create lot of energy (courser than Transcendental Rebirthing) so use chairs to sit down, because of the possibility that novice practitioner could possibly faint (about 2 % chance), fall down and get hurt.
At all times be aware of yourself. Use double -arrow attention, reverse attention, self-awareness. Be conscious of the self, of the subject, always; not only in Zikr but in everything you do.
First we will “warm” up a bit by making a prolonged sound, a half-vowel “rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” by vibrating your tongue against a top of your palate. Do three repetitions. It is done with full Praynayama or TR breath. So fill in your lungs to the max by inhaling into the lower abdomen, mid-lungs and all the way up to the clavicles.
Your eyes are closed. Bring your mind’s attention to general area of your sexual organs.
#1 Inhale deeply and pronounce sound “uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm“ (¾ uuuu…. and ¼ mmmm….) Do seven repetition for each vowel.
#2 Focus your mind about two inches below your belly –button (Hara, lower Tan Tien) and make a prolonged sound “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmm”
#3 Focus your mind on your heart (centre of feelings, and love) and sing “oooooooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmm”
#4 Bring your mind to your throat centre, your voice box, and pronounce a sound “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemmmmmmm”
#5 Focus on your brain and pronounce the sound “iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmm”
Remember, seven repetitions of each vowel, sounding as long as you can each repetition. But ordinary “uaoei“ will not do. You need to learn a bit about vibration and harmonics. You need to fill those vowels with vibration, not necessarily overly loud. Beside this, you need to hear and feel where your vibrating voice fits in with other voices. You need to hear what harmonics is the group creating, and try to enhance it with your voice.
To learn more about harmonics, google Jonathan Goldman, Tibetan monks harmonic chants, Eskimo trought singing, Tuvan throat singing, etc. .
Even your ”mmmmmmmm” sound you need to pay close attention to. Your lips are closed, soft, relaxed and vibrating, to the point they should tickle.
Throughout the exercise your body should be relaxed, and your mind in a double –arrowed attention, self- aware, self- conscious mode (see my eBook;“ Transcendental Rebirthing”). At the end of sounding remain for about 10 minutes in a total silence. This is why I prefer sitting position; sit in chairs, it is easier.
If you are lucky, during this technique you could feel the energy flow from the person on the left, through you, to the person on the right of you.
After completing the Zikar, if you feel hot and lightheaded and have an excess of energy bring your tongue to the top palette ,imagine energy flowing down the center-front of your body to the area 2” below your belly-button( (hara, Tan Tien ). Place your right hand on that spot, left hand on top (reverse if woman) and imagine the excess energy is sinking in a clockwise spiral (anticlockwise if woman)……. Spend several minutes in laying down or a sitting posture until the excess energy dissipates from your head.
(General advice; always keep your head and groin area cool and your feet and hands warm.)
We cannot vibrate consonants.
Because of different retaining breath capacity and the length of sounding, Zikr will be continuous, especially in a larger group. You can also arrange this by different participants starting the sounding at slightly different time. Obviously the facilitator should be counting, and calling when to switch to next vowel.
It is possible, by paying attention to the frequencies, to create a powerful sound INDEPENDET of the sound of all participants, by harmonics. With practice it is possible to move this harmonic sound; it is possible to focus it on the person in the middle of the circle and vibrate his/her whole being or a particular point within, with very beneficial and healing results.
“Verily! Only in the Zikr of Allah will your heart find peace.”
Quran (Surah 13: Verse 28) – “Verily, only in a song of God will your heart find peace” …Universe (and everything in it) vibrates .Everything that vibrates produces sound ….Universe sings!
Zikr, (also pronounced Dhi-kar) means remembrance. It is often associated with Allah to mean “Remembrance of Allah”.
Dhikr (or Zikr, “Remembrance of God”, “pronouncement”, “invocation”; Arabic: ذکر ḏikr, plural أذكار ʾaḏkār, Arabic pronunciation: [ðɪkr, ʔæðˈkɑːr]), is an Islamic devotional act, typically involving the recitation—mostly silently—of the Names of God, and of supplications taken from hadith texts and Qur’anic verses, according to Sunni Islam. Essentially, the practice of dhikr is a form of prayer in which the Muslim will express his or her remembrance of God either within or overtly; this may come in the form of recitation or simply always remembering God in one’s heart.
The majority of Sunni Muslims deem Dhikr to be a private and silent worship, and this is the widely accepted form of Dhikr.
Second, Qur’anic recital is viewed as another form of Dhikr. Many Muslims engage in collective recital of the Qur’an which is particularly common in North Africa and has resulted in a very high level of memorization amongst the common people.
La ilaha il Allahu – لا إله إلا الله means “There is no god but Allah” -Sufi Zikr
The one who seeks to acquire knowledge is called a Sufi.
All the religions of the world (some 5,500 of them) are my inheritance. Why in the world would I want to exclude any of them!
- VerbalVerbal Zikr, also known as “Zikr-e-Lisani”, is observed with one’s tongue. SilentSilent Zikr, also known as “Qalbi Zikr”, “Zikr-e-Khafi” and “Daimi Zikr” is performed within one self.. within the heart.The Mysterious Essence (Hu- the premordial sound of the universe) aaaaa….laaaa.huuu/iiiiiillaaaaa
If we look into the Quran we will find that the word “ Zikr ” occurs 268 times in the Quran and has 63 derivatives used in the Book, the Quran. This word “ Zikr ” has many connotations in Islam. Almost opposite is “ Nissiyane ” (forgetting). This verb occurs 45 times in the Quran; and 28 of its derivatives have also been mentioned in the sacred Book.
The root of Zikr is Za-Kaf-Ra. Some of its meanings are:
Az-Zikro Wattazk’aro: It means to preserve something, to keep alive in mind; this word is used opposite to NASYUN, which means to forget (6:68)
According to Bukhari, Abu Musa al-Ashcari related that the Prophet said, “The difference between the one who makes Zikr and the one who doesn’t make Zikr is like the difference between the living and the dead.”
Allah said in Surat al-Baqara, 152: “Remember Me and I will remember you.” [2:152]
Allah mentioned in Surat al-Araf, 205, “And remember thy Lord in thy self with humility and fear, and without loudness of speech, in the mornings and evenings; and be not of the neglectful.” [7:205]
“That is why our Naqshbandi masters have chosen the Zikr of the heart. Moreover, the heart is the place where the Forgiver casts his gaze, and the seat of belief, and the receptacle of secrets, and the source of lights. If it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is unsound, the whole body is unsound, as was made clear for us by the chosen Prophet. “Only in the remembrance of Allah will your heart find peace.”
“Spiritual Development by the aid of music”
Music is a miniature of the harmony of the whole universe, for the harmony of the universe is life itself, and humans, being a miniature of the universe, show harmonious and inharmonious chords in their pulsations, in the beat of their hearts, in their vibration, rhythm and tone. Their health or illness, their joy or discomfort, all show the music or lack of music in their life.
And what does music teach us? Music helps us to train ourselves in harmony, and it is this which is the magic or the secret behind music. When you hear music that you enjoy, it tunes you and puts you in harmony with life. Therefore we need music; we long for music. Many say that they do not care for music, but these have not heard music. If they really heard music; it would touch their souls, and then certainly they could not help loving it. If not, it would only mean that they had not heard music sufficiently, and had not made their heart calm and quiet in order to listen to it, and to enjoy and appreciate it. Besides music develops that faculty by which one learns to appreciate all that is good and beautiful in the form of art and science, and in the form of music and poetry one can then appreciate every aspect of beauty.
What deprives us of all the beauty around us is his heaviness of body or heaviness of heart. We are pulled down to earth, and by that everything becomes limited; but when we shake off that heaviness and joy comes, we feel light. All good tendencies such as gentleness and tolerance, forgiveness, love and appreciation, all these beautiful qualities come by being light; light in the mind, in the soul, and in the body.
What is wonderful about music is that it helps us to concentrate or mediate independently of thought – and therefore music seems to be the bridge over the gulf between form and the formless. If there is anything intelligent, effective and at the same time formless, it is music. Poetry suggests form, line and color suggest form, but music suggests no form. It creates also that resonance which vibrates through the whole being, lifting the thought above the denseness of matter; it almost turns matter into spirit, into its original condition, through the harmony of vibrations touching every atom of one’s whole being.
Beauty of line and color can go so far and no further; the joy of fragrance can go a little further; but music touches our innermost being and in that way produces new life, a life that gives exaltation to the whole being, raising it to that perfection in which lies the fulfillment of our life.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
excerpted from The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Vol II
copyright 1962 Wassenaar Publications, Geneva
……….I remember an instance some years ago when a Japanese artist was playing a flute. He hit a note that resonated with my spine. My whole spine was resonating, and the feeling was out of this world.
Good song (like some of Leonard Cohen’s ) will rise the hair on the back of your neck and curl the skin on your back.