Themes :

When the attention is turned inward a soft sound is heard. At first it might be like the quiet chirping of crickets in the night, the hum of beesong, or the flowing of gentle stream. It is heard as a random, soothing "white noise" that seems to emanate from the base of the skull.

When focused upon with a still mind and deep attention, this sound resolves into a clearer pitch that can resemble the pure note of a flute or the ringing of a bell. First it is heard and, finally, felt throughout the body.

This sound is Krishna's flute calling his devotees to him. It is the ringing of the bells of paradise. Wordless, it is the vibratory Word through which creation manifests.

This sound signals the beginning of deep meditation. The more we open to the sound, the more the attention is drawn heavenward while the divine flow pours through us.


Poems with the theme of Sound

  AE (Russell, George William) The Place of Rest
  al-Alawi, Ahmad Layla
  Ammons, A. R. Rogue Elephant
  Andal The lotus is greeting the rising sun and the lily has closed its petals; (from Tiruppavai)
  Angelou, Maya Alone
  Angelou, Maya Caged Bird
  Angelou, Maya Million Man March Poem
  Angelou, Maya On the Pulse of Morning
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The angels have bowed down to you and drowned
  Aurobindo Reminiscence
  Aurobindo The Word of The Silence
  Basava Don't make me hear all day
  Basava Make of my body the beam of a lute
  Basho, Matsuo A banana plant in the autumn gale
  Basho, Matsuo The temple bell dies away
  ben Kallir, Eleazar Epithalamium
  Berrigan, Daniel Consolation
  Berry, Wendell Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
  Berry, Wendell The Peace of Wild Things
  Berry, Wendell The Silence
  Blake, William Hear the voice of the Bard!
  Boethius The Bent of Nature
  Brabazon, Francis Our drop souls are of the ocean of Truth
  Brabazon, Francis The Dawn-Song Of His Mouth (from Stay With God)
  Brabazon, Francis We have waited all night for you, and now the dawn is come
  Bulleh Shah I have been pierced by the arrow of love, what shall I do?
  Bulleh Shah The soil is in ferment, O friend
  Carpenter, Edward Freedom! the deep breath!
  Cavafy, Constantine P. Walls
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Kubla Khan
  Colliver, Andrew This Soul
  cummings, e. e. i thank You God for most this amazing
  cummings, e. e. may my heart always be open to little
  Dadu Dayal So priceless is the birth, O brother
  Dariya Sahib of Bihar Without love there can be no devotion and wisdom (from Love Chapter)
  Dickinson, Emily There came a Day at Summer's full
  Dickinson, Emily It is a lonesome Glee
  Dickinson, Emily The Loneliness One dare not sound
  Dickinson, Emily Of whom so dear
  Dogen, Eihei Ching-ch'ing's raindrop sound
  Dogen, Eihei One of fifteen verses on Dogen's mountain retreat:
  Dogen, Eihei One of six verses on snow:
  Dogen, Eihei Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm
  Dogen, Eihei One of six verses composed in An'yoin Temple in Fukakusa, 1230:
  Emre, Yunus The Truth fills the world
  Fox, John Blown Home
  Fox, John Consider What Happens
  Galib, Seyh Were I your treasure, you would squander me
  Ghalib, Mirza These divine verses
  Gibran, Kahlil Bewildered
  Gibran, Kahlil Prayer
  Gibran, Kahlil Self-Knowledge
  Giraut de Bornelh Reis glorios / Glorious king
  Gorakhnath Gorakh Bani
  Granger, Ivan M. Bent
  Granger, Ivan M. Medusa
  Guilhem IX of Poitou Joyous in love, I make my aim
  ha Nagid, Samuel On Fleeing His City
  Hafiz It Is Time to Wake Up!
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) A Crystal Rim
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) Geronimo
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) How Could a Lover Fall?
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) That Lamp That Needs No Oil
  Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) The Source
  Hakuin Hakuin's Song of Zazen
  Han-Ch'ing, Kuan Idle Wandering
  Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Beneath high cliffs I live alone
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Contemplation
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Looking for Each Other
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Please Call Me by My True Names
  Herbert, George Prayer (I)
  Hildegard von Bingen O ignee Spiritus / Hymn to the Holy Spirit
  Hirshfield, Jane A Hand
  Hirshfield, Jane Metempsychosis
  Hirshfield, Jane The Lives of the Heart
  Hirshfield, Jane To Hear the Falling World
  Holderlin, Friedrich Remembrance
  Holmes, Dick Words Call to You
  Holmes, Dick You Have Me
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku Let others slander me (from The Song of Enlightenment)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [15] Some may slander, some may abuse (from The Shodoka)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [17] The incomparable lion-roar of doctrine (from The Shodoka)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [40] It speaks in silence (from The Shodoka)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [46] People hear the Buddha's doctrine of immediacy (from The Shodoka)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar I sought her from myself (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar No one speaks (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar Resist the calls of wrangling talk (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar Whispering, then listening close (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
  ibn Gabirol, Solomon Where Will I Find You
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad The secret divine my ecstasy has taught (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin In the street of wineshops, when
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin It speaks to me in the silence of this one
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin Love plays its lute behind the screen
  Iraqi, Fakhruddin These perfumes
  Islam, Nazrul Song of Dawn
  Issa, Kobayashi mountain temple
  Jacobsen, Rolf The Silence Afterwards
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) How the Soul Through the Senses Finds God in All Creatures
  Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Love beyond all telling (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
  Jami, Ahmad Even from earthly love thy face avert not
  Janabai You must accept those who surrender to you
  Jayadeva My heart values his vulgar ways (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jayadeva When spring came, tender-limbed Radha wandered (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jimenez, Juan Ramon Full Consciousness
  Jnaneshwar The Union of Shiva and Shakti (from Amritanubhav)
  John of the Cross I Live Yet Do Not Live in Me
  Kabir Hey brother, why do you want me to talk?
  Kabir I burst into laughter
  Kabir The Guest is inside you, and also inside me
  Kabir The light of the sun, the moon, and the stars shines bright
  Kabir The Lord is in Me
  Kabir The moon shines in my body
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) Take Refuge in Silence
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) The Way To Peace
  Kalidasa Exhortation of the Dawn
  Kalidasa Waking
  Kerouac, Jack Bowery Blues
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Khayyam, Omar [2] Dreaming when Dawn's Left Hand was in the Sky
  Khayyam, Omar [27] Myself when young did eagerly frequent
  Khayyam, Omar [59] Listen again
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu I Am All
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu I walked on a path through the jungle
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Song of the Beloved (from The Immortal Friend)
  Lawrence, D. H. And Oh--That The Man I Am Might Cease To Be--
  Lee, Li-Young Become Becoming
  Lee, Li-Young Nativity
  Lee, Li-Young Out of Hiding
  Lee, Li-Young Praise Them
  Leon, Luis de A New Light Doth Shine
  Leon, Luis de Ode to Francisco Salinas
  Leon, Luis de The Life Removed
  Levertov, Denise Illustrious Ancestors
  Levertov, Denise Variation On A Theme By Rilke
  Li Bai The Cold Clear Spring at Nanyang
  Li Bai To Tu Fu from Shantang
  Li Bai Visit to the Cold Clear Spring
  Li Bai Visiting a Taoist on Taitien Mountain
  Lu Tung Pin The Hundred Character Tablet (Bai Zi Bei)
  Machado, Antonio I dreamt you took me
  Machado, Antonio Lord, You Tore from Me
  Machado, Antonio Proverbs and Songs
  Maghsoud, Moulana Shah Turn the darkness of heart by the elixir of the people of the secret
  Maharshi, Ramana The Marital Garland of Letters
  Manikkavacakar While unperishing love melted my bones
  Marpa (Lotsawa, Marpa) Realisation of Dreams and Mind
  McCombs, Chris Is This Your Time?
  McCombs, Chris Swan Born
  Mechthild of Magdeburg Of the voices of the Godhead
  Mechthild of Magdeburg The devil also offers his spirit
  Merton, Thomas A Practical Program for Monks
  Merton, Thomas A Psalm
  Merton, Thomas Aubade -- The City
  Merton, Thomas In Silence
  Merton, Thomas Night-Flowering Cactus
  Merton, Thomas Stranger
  Merwin, W. S. Is anyone there
  Merwin, W. S. Thanks
  Merwin, W. S. To the New Year
  Milarepa The Song of Food and Dwelling
  Milarepa The Song of Perfect Assurance (to the Demons)
  Milarepa Upon this earth, the land of the Victorious Ones
  Milosz, Czeslaw Forget
  Milosz, Czeslaw On Angels
  Milosz, Czeslaw On Pilgrimage
  Mipham Rinpoche, Sakyong Snow Fell Twice, The Sun Always Shone
  Mirabai Dark Friend, what can I say?
  Mueller, Lisel Why I Need the Birds
  Nanak, Guru [Japji 8] From listening
  Neruda, Pablo The Poet's Obligation
  Nirmala truth is too simple for words
  Nizamoglu, Seyyid Seyfullah The Path of Amazement
  Novalis Uplifted is the stone
  Nurbakhsh, Javad The Beloved
  O'Donohue, John A Blessing for Equilibrium
  O'Donohue, John For a New Beginning
  O'Donohue, John For the Traveler
  O'Donohue, John On the death of the Beloved
  O'Donohue, John The Inner History of a Day
  Oliver, Colin Evening
  Oliver, Mary Can You Imagine?
  Oliver, Mary Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?
  Oliver, Mary Mindful
  Oliver, Mary Morning Poem
  Oliver, Mary The Lark
  Oliver, Mary This World
  Osborne, Arthur Death
  Patrul Rinpoche Advice from Me to Myself
  Pattinattar I left the world
  Pope, Alexander Solitude: An Ode
  Porete, Marguerite Beguines say I err...
  Qushayri The Watchers
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Kulakundalini, Goddess Full of Brahman, Tara
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) So I say: Mind, don't you sleep
  Ramsay, Jay I saw a great light come down over London
  Ramsay, Jay In the Aber Valley
  Ramsay, Jay Infinity and Beyond
  Ramsay, Jay St. Ives
  Rasakhan Effortless Worship
  Rasakhan Enchanted
  Reninger, Elizabeth Deluge
  Reninger, Elizabeth Vision
  Reninger, Elizabeth Wood Pile
  Rilke, Rainer Maria Be ahead of all parting, as if it had already happened
  Rilke, Rainer Maria Gong
  Rilke, Rainer Maria I am praying again, Awesome One
  Rilke, Rainer Maria I am, O Anxious One
  Rilke, Rainer Maria Silent friend of many distances, feel
  Rilke, Rainer Maria The Man Watching
  Roethke, Theodore In a Dark Time
  Roethke, Theodore The Waking
  Rosenstock, Gabriel I create silences (from Uttering Her Name)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel not the slaked thirst of Bayazid (from Uttering Her Name)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel on first hearing its name (from Uttering Her Name)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel The song of the river
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (15) Miracle (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Ah, what was there in that light-giving candle that it set fire to the heart, and snatched the heart away?
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin By the God who was in pre-eternity living and moving and omnipotent, everlasting
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Like This
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin No One Here but Him
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin On Love
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin On the Night of Creation I was awake
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Sacrifice your intellect in love for the Friend
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Shall I tell you our secret?
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The minute I heard my first love story
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The real work belongs to someone who desires God
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin What I want is to see your face
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin A World with No Boundaries (Ghazal 363)
  Sanai, Hakim The Good Darkness
  Sanai, Hakim The Way of the Holy Ones
  Sanai, Hakim The Wild Rose of Praise
  Santoka (Taneda, Santoka) If there are mountains, I look at the mountains
  Santoka (Taneda, Santoka) The wind in the pines
  Schuon, Frithjof Space
  Shabistari, Mahmud Sun-Reflections (from The Secret Rose Garden)
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) Outside the door I made but don't close
  Shore, Laura Jan Don't Say It
  silent lotus Feel the Peace
  silent lotus There Dwells an Innocence
  Singh, Darshan How did I ever think silence the language of love?
  Singh, Darshan Wonder of wonders!
  Snyder, Gary Regarding Wave
  Solovyov, Vladimir And it was here -- it was autumn
  Solovyov, Vladimir Three Meetings
  Solovyov, Vladimir Triumphing over death from the start (from Three Meetings)
  Solovyov, Vladimir Near, far off, not here, not there
  Sri Chinmoy (Kumar Ghose, Chinmoy) At Last I Shall Listen
  Stafford, William A Message from Space
  Stafford, William Any Morning
  Stafford, William Being a Person
  Stafford, William Cutting Loose
  Stafford, William Vocation
  Stafford, William You Reading This, Be Ready
  Stevens, Wallace Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself
  Surdas Krishna Awakes
  Szymborska, Wislawa Among the Multitudes
  Szymborska, Wislawa I'm Working on the World
  Szymborska, Wislawa The Ball
  Szymborska, Wislawa The Camel
  T'ao Ch'ien Unsettled, a bird lost from the flock
  Tagore, Rabindranath Accept me, my lord, accept me for this while
  Tagore, Rabindranath He's there among the scented trees (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath Listen, can you hear it? (from The Lover of God)
  Takahashi, Shinkichi A Wood in Sound
  Tennyson, Alfred Crossing the Bar
  Tennyson, Alfred If thou would'st hear the Nameless (from The Ancient Sage)
  Thomas, R. S. But the silence in the mind
  Thomas, R. S. Kneeling
  Thomas, R. S. The Moor
  Thomas, R. S. Threshold
  Thompson, Francis The Hound of Heaven
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Eärendil the Mariner
  Tolkien, J. R. R. I sit beside the fire and think
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Legolas's Song of the Sea
  Tolkien, J. R. R. The Song of Beren and Lúthien
  Trinley, Karma A Song on the View of Voidness
  Tukaram I have found the sea
  Tulsi Sahib Sound Celestial
  Tulsi Sahib The Rainy Season
  Ueshiba, Morihei I stand in the mountain stream
  Ungar, Lynn Boundaries
  Vidyapati My friend, I cannot answer when you ask me to explain
  Walters, Dorothy Gifts
  Walters, Dorothy The Abundance of Brightness
  Walters, Dorothy Whoever Went In
  Wei, Wang Bamboo Cottage
  Whitman, Walt O Captain! my Captain!
  Whitman, Walt [2] Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes (from Song of Myself)
  Whitman, Walt [3] I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end (from Song of Myself)
  Whitman, Walt [5] I believe in you my soul, the other I am must not abase itself to you (from Song of Myself)
  Whitman, Walt [10] Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt (from Song of Myself)
  Whitman, Walt [18] With music strong I come, with my cornets and my drums (from Song of Myself)
  Whitman, Walt [20] Who goes there? hankering, gross, mystical, nude (from Song of Myself)
  Whyte, David All the True Vows
  Whyte, David It is Not Enough
  Wordsworth, William For I have learned (from Tintern Abbey)
  Wordsworth, William O joy! that in our embers (from Ode. Intimations of Immortality)
  Wordsworth, William Such was the Boy--but for the growing Youth (from The Excursion, Book 1)
  Yeats, William Butler The Everlasting Voices
  Yeats, William Butler The Lake Isle of Innisfree
  Yogananda, Paramahansa O Spirit, reveal Thyself as Thou art
  Yogananda, Paramahansa OM
  Yogananda, Paramahansa Prayer for peace
  Yogananda, Paramahansa Samadhi
  Yun, Hsu Mirror Pond on Mount Taibo in Shanxi
  Zohar (Leon, Moses de) The Gates (from Openings)