The most sublime instrument of the Yogi is the Gong. Ancient texts describe this instrument as providing the sound of the vibrant energy core of the universe that is responsible for the creation of all things living. The universe is powered by sound. “The gong is the basic creative sound, out of it comes all music, all sounds, all words.”
The Gong is a symbol of the spirit, a sacred threshold, a portal that links the finite and the infinite experience of the self. It represents the initial stillness and potential of creation. The sound it issues forth is the first movement of the Infinite. Its vibrations are the life currents of all forms, beings and thoughts that exist or can exist.
One of the significant features of the Gong is the interactive nature of the sounds it creates. The Gong produces a note projected against a background spectrum of notes. Each note interacts with the background. They alter each other. This creates a complex, non-linear pattern that interweaves the sense of the whole with the sense of the part. You can feel this in your body when you listen to the Gong. The entire body vibrates and changes as specific areas of the body are pressed and stimulated by the waves of the Gong – the vibration causes all thirty trillion cells of the body to resonate, to dance—forming patterns that release blockages that have prevented the cosmic pulsation to flow freely through our being. Within this creative cosmic flow we find fulfillment, harmony, and love.
The sound of the gong allows you to move beyond the boundaries of the mind. It is like playing a million strings. The gong takes us directly into the original sound current, into perpetual sound – out into space!
“The science of reality is to find the sound and to resound in that sound. Then the soul shall excel and God shall dwell within you.” – Yogi Bhajan
The Gong is a healing tool for body, mind and soul on all levels. Here are some additional benefits of Gong Meditation: