Chapter VIII

Dhun – Sound or Melody

When the first two methods of spiritual practice, viz., Simran and Dhyan, are completed, they lead to the third one which is Bhajan.

Simran is complete only when Contemplation has been achieved. When Dhyan is complete, Dhun is awakened automatically. This is known as Bhajan in the language of the Saints.

Bhajan simply means listening to the Sound Current, which is also termed by the Saints as the practice of Surat Shabd Yoga. This is done by the soul, or by its attention. It is through Surat or Soul that the Divine Melody is heard. The practice awakens the soul that has been slumbering for ages and results in a state of bliss.

Bhajan does not cause fatigue nor involve physical labour. It is Anand-Marg or the Path of Bliss. It is also called the Path of Surat Shabd Yoga. It is superior to both Simran and Dhyan Yoga. In Simran we have to remember God. In Dhyan we have to contemplate upon the physical, the Radiant and the Shabd Form of the Master. By these two means one contacts the Sound Current.

Yogas are of many kinds:

Prana Yoga is the practice of breath control; Hatha Yoga consists of physical postures. Both of these concern the gross or physical body and are of low merit. Those that pertain to mind and intellect concern the astral body. Anand Yoga pertains to the causal body. This is superior to all other Yogas. The path of the Saints is Surat Shabd Yoga, which is the life-breath of all Yogas. No outer practice is involved in it.

The Sound Current is heard with the ears of the soul. We gain this exalted state without expenditure of any kind. The Sound is really the manifestation of the Lord. It comes from the highest region and the soul is connected with it. Surat – the attention of the soul – and Shabd - the audible aspect of naam - are both of the essence of the Lord. God Himself is Shabd – the sound current - as well as Surat. They are an inseparable triune or three-in-one. The Sound – Shabd – is in reality God-in-Action. He projects Himself into everything and revels in this play. He is the worshipper as well as the worshiped. Naam, Sound or Bani are attributes of the Lord. All religious Scriptures bear this out.

In the Sikh Scriptures the Sound Current is known as the Pure Sound, Truth, or All-pervading Naam, which can be heard only by attaining to the highest state of consciousness. The Shabd is really the music of the Lord, and it is listening to it that is greatly stressed in the Scriptures. It is the method of singing the glory of the Lord. It is the unstruck Melody. It is One, and yet it manifests itself in all. The entire universe is sustained by it.

Shabd gives rise to Dhun, which can be felt at the eye centre. This Sound is permanent – never ceases. Nor can it ever be measured in terms of money. Dhun has both Light and Sound. It is the unstruck music that resounds within. What we hear within is its reverberation, by gaining which the mind becomes still. Dhun is born out of Shabd. It has been called the quintessence of the unstruck music or Truth.

Dhun is all-pervading and resounds as the music of the vina in Sach Khand. The vina sound is exceptionally melodious and enrapturing, and appears as the unstruck melody. The true Shabd gives rise to the Sahaj state where resounds the Sar Shabd, by listening to which we merge in the Lord – Sat Dhara.

This is Gur Bani, which manifests as heavenly music. Whoever merges himself in it, partakes of the Elixir that issues forth from it. His mind turns away from worldly pleasures and becomes steeped in joy. He then arrives at the Real Home – Sach Khand.

The physical body has nine apertures. The tenth is a secret outlet with a strong door. This door can be opened with the help of Shabd granted by a Master. Within it is heard the reverberation of the Divine Music. When this door is opened, one beholds light within. It is then that one attains the state of true worship.

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