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The Space Between 'Hum'  

Begin by repeating the mantr.

Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum

Now place your attention between the sounds hum and hum.

Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum

In between hum come the sounds Amaram and Madhuram.

These sounds - Amaram and Madhuram - represent immortality and blissfulness. And hum is the Space which begins, which permeates, which is. For this Space there is no beginning, there is no end. But when I utter the word hum, a sound appears to have come forth, so it became a birth for the sound 'hum', and then Amaram hum. So now Amaram comes between hum and hum - this is that Space, the name of which is Amaram or unchanging. Now the next sound comes between hum and hum - Madhuram. Again, this space is free from birth and death. Therefore its nature is bliss. So the sound is Madhuram.

So Amaram hum Madhuram hum, Amaram hum Madhuram hum. Hum is a sound which represents everywhereness, that is also called Self, Aatma, or Brahm, or God, or the Space without any form or a space full of consciousness, full of pure existence and full of bliss.

Sat – that alone is everywhere
Chit – that alone is everywhere
Aanand – that too is everywhere.

These are three words for the same space which is between hum and hum. Many have tried to get to that space, but unless a person meditates, the fog which covers the head space does not get clear. The praanic fire does not arise, and the fog remains as fog. The praanic sun does not arise, and the fog remains fog. Through meditation and its continuous practice, the foggy spaces, the cloudy spaces, the spaces that keep this space of hum or eternity or eternal existence under cover, are eliminated. And that most beautiful Gagan Space, blue-black, without any waves, and - if I stop - without any sound, becomes obvious and is realized as one’s own true nature, the source, the originality out of which the sky appears.  

- Swami Shyam
18 January 1989