Question: Sadhguru, I read in Mystic’s Musings that during the consecration of the Dhyanalinga, you clapped, which formed a crack in the linga. Can you explain the significance behind this? And is it sound or something else that caused the crack?
Sadhguru: It is not because of the sound. In modern science, we are trying to explain the power of sound as resonance. The classic example in every textbook is the bridge, which can take tons of weight, but breaks when soldiers march over it in unison. Just about anything can be cracked with sheer sound, just by something like the snap of a finger. If two people just do that, if it is a perfect match, you can bring down a building because being in absolute unison can create a certain energy where one plus one is no longer two, one plus one is a million.
In classical music there is something called jugalbandi. Jugalbandi is never about two people singing together. They are always setting a slight difference, because the people who crafted this type of music were aware that if two musicians are absolutely perfect, they can cause damage to the physical structure, so people may just attain because their bodies may break. There have been any number of legends where somebody sang and the walls cracked or something like that happened. This is not destructiveness. This is a certain perfection, but maybe they were just singing out of their joy and did not know how to focus on what needs to happen because of that. If one has the necessary focus and perfection, he can also leave his body. He can dematerialise himself–from creation to non-creation.
From creation to non-creation
The whole process that you see in existence is from non-creation to creation, from un-manifest to manifest. But the other process is also happening. Today, cosmologists have recognised a whole galaxy will collapse into itself and become a black hole. It is nothingness, and nothingness is recognised as the most powerful space in the existence. Today, they are beginning to call it dark energy.
So, the cracking of the Dhyanalinga stone is not because of the sound; it is a different process. If any energy happens at a certain scale, sound is produced. Have you seen when fighter jets break the sound barrier, boom–like a bomb it goes? All that happened is an object crossed a certain limit and suddenly there is an explosive sound–nothing exploded, but there is sound because energy is created. The energy is the basis of the sound, sound is not the basis of the energy. At the same time, sound is the basis of energy on another level. It is because of sound that energy has happened. When there is no sound, there is energy, but it is un-manifest, it is simply there.
Creation means a limited form; it may be a planet, a solar system or a galaxy, but still, it is a limited form.
Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and founder of Isha Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to addressing all aspects of human wellbeing through yoga programmes, and social and environmental initiatives.