Meditating Upon the Sound of Silence: The Astral Bell Sound Heard Behind the Silence of Meditation

Many people first encounter the astral bell sound behind the silence during meditation. It may sound a little like a bell that has been struck yet never stops reverberating. As a Buddhist teacher by the name of Ajahn Sumedho once wrote in, “The Sound of Silence”:

“As you calm down, you can experience the sound of silence in the mind. You hear it as a kind of high frequency sound, a ringing sound that’s always there. It is just normally never noticed. Now when you begin to hear that sound of silence, it’s a sign of emptiness – of silence of the mind. It’s something you can always turn to. As you concentrate on it and turn to it, it can make you quite peaceful and blissful. Meditating on that, you have a way of letting the conditions of the mind cease without suppressing them with another condition. Otherwise you just end up putting one condition over another.”

Master Kirpal Singh often mentions the inner Bell Sound: “I am glad to know that you are lovingly devoted to your spiritual practices with the grace of the Master. You are blessed with the celestial manifestations of purple veil changing into gold, stars and moon. You also hear the Holy Sound Current of bells coming from the right side. These are cardinal revelations of Divinity granted to the child-disciple for proceeding on to the True Home of the Master.” (“Spiritual Elixir”)

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