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SO - HAM , our natural mantra

So-Ham meditation

SO - HAM is our natural mantra. It's the sound of your own breath. With every breath you inhale, you unconsciously repeat SO and exhale HAM. Try it! Hear the sound of your breath without affecting it. SO - HAM translated means "I am that." SO - HAM means, I am not the body, I am not the psyche, I am not my emotions, I am not the thoughts, I am not the one that others see in me. I am not what I do professionally or privately. The body changes, my thoughts change, emotions change ... but not my true soul. I can watch my body, I can watch my mind. What I can observe myself I may be impossible. SO - HAM, the cosmic consciousness is the individual consciousness. In this mantra, therefore, it is about the fact that man becomes one with the divine with every single breath. As you listen to your breath, you realize with your true nature the blessed, immortal Self. The best time for this meditation is early in the morning and / or late in the evening when your mental vibration is at its quietest. But you can also meditate at any time, which fits into your daily routine. Make this daily SO-HAM meditation an indispensable part of your life. Just a few minutes each day can help you relax and find your inner peace, mental strength and balance.

Now to the Sadhana:
Sit in a comfortable position with a straight back. A position with crossed legs is particularly suitable for meditating, as the energy flows in a triangle, for example:
Do not rest your back anywhere else you will pull the energy away from the spine. Put your hands on your thigh. Form the Gyan-Mudra with your hands (the tips of your thumb and index finger touch each other). Relax body and mind. Watch your breath. And listen carefully to your breath. You'll find that inhaling creates the natural sound of SO and exhaling HAM. Now repeat this mantra consciously. Inhale SO, exhale HAM. SO, the immortal, the infinite, pure consciousness HAM, me. Let the breath flow as it wants to flow by itself, do not influence it. The breath may deepen, it may flatten, it may become faster, it may slow down. Maybe there will be breathing pauses. Do not influence anything, just listen to the breath. When inhaling SO, while exhaling HAM. Feel the gap between SO and HAM. In the breathing space between inhalation and exhalation, the mind becomes completely calm and you actually feel peace and harmony in you.

This is the original version of the SO-HAM meditation. As you have probably already read, mudras accompany me through my everyday life. I love mudras and mostly they come all by themselves. Here I introduce you to a variation:

uttarabodhi mudra

I call it:
Support your breathing through mudras. When inhaling, use your hands to form the Uttarabodhi Mudra. As you exhale, use your hands to form the Ksepana Mudra. In the pictures you can see how to do that. Practice the mudras before you start the sadhana. The mudras should not hinder you breathing, but really support!

Uttarabodhi Mudra: Interlock your fingers as if you were praying. Now solve the thumbs and index fingers and put them together like in the picture. Hold your hands with your index fingers up and your thumbs pointing to your heart. In this mudra, you receive the divine light with your index fingers and guide it through the thumbs in your heart. The divine is connected to you. In principle you reinforce the mantra SO-HAM. The Divine - human!

ksepana mudra

Ksepana Mudra: Interlock your fingers as if you were praying. Your two thumbs cross over each other as in the picture. Remove your two index fingers from the entanglement and put them together. The mudra should be held so that the two index fingers point downwards like a drain. The Ksepana Mudra supports your inner cleansing process.

Did you internalize the two mudras? Then the sadhana can begin. Take a meditation seat of your choice. Inhale with the Uttarabodhi Mudra and recite SO -
keep the breath in you, let a gap arise -
And exhale with the Ksepana Mudra and reciting HAM.
Repeat this cycle again and feel the connection with the divine!

There is another version … I like to practice it in the morning.




Sit in a straight position with your legs crossed. Come to rest.

Fold your hands to the Atmanjali greeting gesture and raise your arms over your head.

Inhale with "SO".

Release the Atmanjali gesture and bring your fingers into the Gyan Mudra (the tips of your thumb and index finger touch each other/ with both hands).

As you exhale with "HAM", move your arms synchronously to the right and left of you to the ground.

Then, with your inhale and "SO," raise your arms slowly over your head to form the Atmanjali greeting gesture.

Repeat this cycle again and again and feel a lightness in connection with the divine!