Excerpt About HU

Chanting "HU"

We have been inquiring into and exploring divine eros as a force, as an energy that helps us to connect with and recognize the unity, the nonduality, of reality. When we recognize the depth, the absolute nature, of ourselves—of everything—we see that one particular thing that characterizes it is its unity. We recognize reality as one, single and indivisible, and this unites us all in a much deeper way than we anticipate . . . or like to anticipate. The unity of our true nature has many facets, many kinds of depth, and many meanings. It is a unity in many ways, one of which is the oneness, the nonduality, of external forms and the ground of our true nature. Another way is the unity between us as individuals—that we are not separate. That is why, when we chant hu, the secret name of our absolute nature, our ultimate nature, we want to hear it from everywhere . . . because it is everywhere. So we hear ourselves saying it, we hear other people saying it and, if we really become absorbed in the sound and the intimacy of it, the sound itself can take us to the unity. It is possible to recognize as we hear the various voices chanting the sound hu, that not only are we in unison, but it is the unity sounding as many voices. And the unity is expressing itself as one sound, as it is one manifestation. So sound is one way of experiencing the oneness of manifestation. We are part of one sound; our sound is part of the one sound. As we do this, we are participating in the one sound—the absolute nature saying its own name through all of us, because that’s who says it anyway, always and at all times. We think that it is we who are saying it, but actually it is our deepest nature saying it . . . which turns out to be who we are at the deepest level.

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