Deepak Chopra created Primordial Sound Meditation in the tradition of Transcendental Meditation (TM), originated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Both use the repetition of mantra to alter one’s consciousness and reach a state of restful awareness. Usually a mantra is given directly by a guru. With Maharishi’s permission, Dr. Chopra and his partner, Dr. David Simon, developed a way of ascertaining an individual’s mantra according to the time and date of their birth. Essentially, your personal mantra is the sound the universe was making at the moment you were born. The Chopra Center incorporates mantra initiation into all their programs. It is also wonderfully effective to use the mantra, “So Hum,” for the Primordial Sound Meditation. So Hum is a Sanskrit phrase that translates roughly as, “I am that.”
Primordial Sound Meditation:
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Take a slow, deep breath through your nose while thinking the word, “So.” Exhale slowly through your nose while thinking the word, “Hum.” Continue breathing easily, while silently repeating, “So…Hum…” with each inflow and outflow of breath. Whenever your attention drifts to thoughts in your mind, sounds in your environment, or sensations in your body, gently return awareness to your breath, silently repeating the mantra. Continue this process for 20 minutes with an attitude of effortlessness and simplicity. When the time is up, sit with your eyes closed for a couple of minutes before resuming your regular activity.
Maintain an attitude of “no resistance” during meditation. Relinquish your need to control or anticipate what is occurring during the practice.
You mind will drift off into a stream of thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts will be almost dreamlike and other times you may feel that you are just thinking with your eyes closed. In either case, when you remember that your attention has drifted away from your breath and the mantra, gently return to it.
Eventually, you will have the experience of a thoughtless state. Your mind is silent and your body is deeply relaxed. This is called “going into the gap.” With regular practice, the inner silence you experience in the gap will infuse every aspect of your life.