Sohum Meditation


In this blog, I am eager to share with you a profound journey on the path of spiritual awakening that has been passed down through generations in my family. This transformative experience revolves around the teachings of my enlightened guru, Hambir baba, whose wisdom has touched the lives of my father, brother, and our entire family.

The Morning Rituals:

My father, initiated by Hambir baba, practiced meditation diligently. The early mornings were marked by the serene sight of my father engaging in his meditation, transforming into a vessel of compassion and love. This sacred period became an opportune time for seeking guidance, as the transformative energy during meditation opened the door to profound insights and blessings.

The Guru's Teachings:

Curiosity led me to inquire about my father's morning ritual, and I discovered that the source of this profound meditation technique was none other than our revered guru, Hambir baba. The guru's teachings emphasized the importance of sharing the knowledge rather than keeping it hidden. He believed that the wisdom of meditation should be spread far and wide, reaching friends, family, and the broader community.

Sohum Sadhana – The Meditation Technique:

Hambir baba introduced me to a simple yet powerful meditation technique called Sohum Sadhana. Sohum, an ancient mantra found in scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana, holds deep significance. It signifies the awareness and pure consciousness within, often referred to as Atma Ram.

The Cosmic Connection:

The mantra Sohum encapsulates the divine song of cosmic consciousness present in every living being. Hambir baba instructed a technique where one observes their breath, inhaling with 'So' and exhaling with 'Hum.' This practice, when performed with dedication, leads to a state of inner stillness, connecting the practitioner with the cosmic awareness within.

The Art of Dying:

Hambir baba insisted that practicing Sohum Sadhana prepares individuals for the art of dying. By meditating on the breath and the Sohum mantra, one can experience a conscious departure from attachments, desires, and the ego. The ultimate goal is to embrace death as an opportunity for spiritual transformation rather than fearing it.

The Profound Experience:

The meditation practice extends beyond the physical realm, allowing individuals to explore the gap between inhalation and exhalation. In this silent gap lies an ineffable state of bliss, peace, and absence of the mind. It is in this gap that one can attain the highest state of meditation, known as Samadhi.


In conclusion, the Sohum Sadhana is a journey into the depths of one's soul, a practice that transcends the boundaries of life and death. As we collectively explore the transformative power of meditation, let us walk together on this sacred path, sharing the truth of breath, inner awareness, and the profound teachings of our gurus.

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Meet the Master

Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

As the founder and director of The Ayurvedic Institute, Vasant Lad has worked tirelessly for the last 40 years to bring the deep insights and transformative power of Ayurveda to the West. His passion for healing has garnered him respect throughout the world, and he is considered the premiere authority on Ayurveda outside of India. His webinars offer the essence of decades of teaching and clinical practice, providing you with both inspiring theory and rigorous practical application while weaving in his personal spiritual insights