So Ha’am - two entities separated by their functions while they support a common cause and its failure. Sohaam is a concept, a principle - more than mere word. It signifies the meeting point of opposites. As a coin has its obverse, at its end it converges to a Yoga – a sum of opposites to further the cause.
Forces, diametrically opposite, converge in a world defined by Sohaam. Such as in our breathing, we inhale, and we exhale – two opposite forces. Unless we view the actions from the lenses of philosophy, such forces appear to oppose only; but while they oppose, they serve a purpose – a purpose not quite apparent in that sphere of thought.
Where does Sohaam fit?
Think of the cause-and-effect theory, especially its logic. The effect embodies a signature of the cause. The effect - sustained (and yet destroyed) by two identical, yet opposite forces work on a different plane. Our human costumes, an effect of the maker’s cause runs two forces – one that nourishes the physical skin, muscles and bones and the other assists the workings of the inner self. The two selves are aware of one another in the beginning. The former is transitory, destructive, and formidable; the latter, sustains, clears, and offers the healing.
Every such coupling forces have their purpose, the better each force understand the other force, the better the cohesion to sustain and destroy.
Another example – the progenitor, quite different from our maker, creates two forces in the same plane – the male and the female. The male and female principles are different and opposite. They are forces that sustain a clan, a race, or a species and process the race’s decay.
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations. Building skills to manage your stress.
You fathom lights and forms - the essential “geography” of the inner world, the subtle body - you emerge a different person
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Brihad Arayanka Upanishad
Where the mountains cower before the mighty Ganges, experience a brief Soha’am cameo in neighboring Rishikesh. Dip into the holy river Ganges without the crowds. Savor the many locally produced delicacies made with organic fruits and vegetables to the rhythm and swish of the river. Learn the true art of meditation from best of teachers and gurus. Feel the energy of scriptures converge into you, your surroundings, every earthly creature around you. Seek refuge in the supreme, universal maker and then return in a fortnight to your hometown a rejuvenated person. Whenever stress and the grind stifle you, the very thought of the cameo experience will reset the negative.
Explore the area. Dare the rapids on rafts. Flow under the Laxman Jhula, and Ram Jhula suspension bridges and watch the laid-back, ancient city from the quick flowing river.
Step into total wilderness of Neelkanth range, where Elephants and Tigers swarm into this natural habitat of theirs. Where Monkeys, Orangutans, Bulls, Ox, Cow, Deer live in harmony with humans and sadhus. An ecosystem built many thousands of years back.
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pūṣann ekarṣe yama sūrya prājāpatya | vyūha raśmīn samūha tejo | yat te rūpaṁ kalyāṇa-tamaṁ tat te paśyāmi | yo ’sāv asau puruṣaḥ soha'am asmi ||
पूषन्नेकर्षे यम सूर्य प्राजापत्य व्यूह रश्मीन् । समूह तेजो यत्ते रूपं कल्याणतमं तत्ते पश्यामि योऽसावसौ पुरुषः सोऽहमस्मि ॥ १६ ॥
Word by word translation: pūṣan — O maintainer; eka-ṛṣe — the primeval philosopher; yama — the regulating principle; sūrya — the destination of the sūris (great devotees); prājāpatya — the well-wisher of the prajāpatis (progenitors of mankind); vyūha — kindly remove; raśmīn — the rays; samūha — kindly withdraw; tejaḥ — effulgence; yat — so that; te — Your; rūpam — form; kalyāṇa-tamam — most auspicious; tat — that; te — Your; paśyāmi — I may see; yaḥ — one who is; asau — like the sun; asau — that; puruṣaḥ — Personality of Godhead; saḥ — myself; aham — I; asmi — am.
Lord Pusan, primeval philosopher, who maintains the universe. Your regulating principle, your destination of devotees, well-wisher of the progenitors, please remove the radiance of your transcendental rays so that I can see your form of bliss. You, Purusha, like the sun, as am I.
The next oldest Upanishad, Brihadaranyaka states, “In the beginning, this universe was just the Supreme Self. He looked around but saw nothing other than the Self. He commented, ‘Soha’am Asmi’ - I am Soha’am’” (1:4:1). Soha’am is the Word.
Ajapa Japa, two antonyms. Like Christian prayer beads in Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran churches, used to count prayers, chants, and meditation, you can chant any mantra as Japa. Ajapa is different. Ajapa aims to make you aware of the Japa proceeding inside. According to Dhyana Bindu Upanishad and other Yoga-Upanishads, every creature constantly chants the Mantra Sa with incoming breath and Ha’am with the out-going breath.
Soha’am (the two syllables Sa and Ha’am) is Ha’amsa in recursive. Hamsa, the swan translates into ‘That I am’. I am identical to the Supreme. It is an Ajapa Gayatri Mantra. Jiva wanders restlessly until the true knowledge dawns on it. On attaining this knowledge, Prana is free to transcend from the body. The luminated Jiva ceases undergoing modifications and sings the Hamsa bird.