What is Vak Shuddhi? – Part 2

Sadhguru looks at how mantras and similar sounds influence our system, and also explains why it is important to utter sounds with the right intention.

Last week, Sadhguru looked at the influence of sound on the human system, and how Vak Shuddhi can nurture our systems. This week Sadhguru looks at how we can maintain Vak Shuddhi within ourselves.

Read in Hindi: वाक् शुधि

Sadhguru: If you want to use this human system as a higher possibility, a foundation of the right kind of reverberation is necessary. Otherwise the system will only drag behind you all the time. If you want it to be a bigger possibility, it must have a foundation of the right kind of reverberation and Vak Shuddhi or cleansing the sounds that you utter is an important part of that.

If you simply become silent within yourself, there is no better way. It is the ultimate way. But if that is not happening, the next best is you can say Shiva. It is the closest thing to stillness. Or if just one word doesn't do for you, you can have something a little more elaborate – you can do Brahmananda Swarupa or whatever mantra you picked among the mystic chants that are there. Whatever you resonate with, just do that.

The Right Intention

Sound is one factor but another factor is the intention of the sound. Speech is a special gift to a human being. No other creature can match a human being in terms of the complexity of what can be uttered. But as the range of sounds that a human being utters reduces, the less Vak Shuddhi he or she will have. Compared to Indian languages, the English language has a lower range of sounds. This is why you will find it so difficult to utter a mantra or some other language if you have been speaking only English right from your birth.

If the sounds were scientifically structured, as in mantras and in Sanskrit, then even if you utter the sound without much awareness, you would still benefit simply because of the nature of the arrangement of sounds. The Sanskrit language was consciously created so that just uttering the language will purify the system. But now, most of the time we speak languages which are no longer made like that, so it is best to handle it with intention – you have to fix it with an active awareness and volition because the major part of the karmic process is in the volition, not in the action. You can say something out of great love or with some other intention. Both of them will not produce the same impact on the system.

If you bring the right intention into every single sound that you utter, these sounds will reverberate in a certain way within you. So if you speak to someone, if you utter it the same way as you would if these happen to be your last words to that person, if you do that with whoever you speak, it is a fantastic way of fixing your Vak Shuddhi.

Editor’s Note: “Vairagya - Bonding with Beyond” are a series of powerful chants that can be valuable supports to a spiritual seeker. This album is available in mp3 and as a free mobile app.

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6 years 7 months ago

Namaskaram SadhGuru...i felt the vibration while Bramhanandha swarupa chat... But now you confirmed that i am right...

6 years 7 months ago


6 years ago

You are very much correct. It's my opinion.

6 years 7 months ago

Thanks for this post!
I'd like to know which is better: listening to Nirvana Shatakam for a few hours while I'm doing some activity, or specially dedicate some time to chant it?

4 years 1 month ago

there is no substitute when it comes to samskrita Language.

6 years 7 months ago


6 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru seems to be oblivious of 'Nad' or 'Omkar', the sound that fills the universe, and the sound that is the original manifestation of that 'that is', and unnecessarily leads us into uttering useless sounds, starting from silence to speaking out some nonsensical words. Why do you mislead us, your followers, Sadhguru?

6 years 7 months ago


Sadhguru is not oblivious of the fact that OM is the source of creation.If you have had the chance to attend Shambhavi Mahamudra intiation you would not have raised that doubt. Also there is a system in Nada yoga you cannot just randomly jump to to the higher beeja mantras and start practising them. OM can be chanted Universally but will not do much without the "Voilition" factor built in or the right attitude. Indian mythology is replete with tales of people like Valmiki who was a blood thirsty bandit "Ratnakara" before a kind sage "Narada" took pity on him and just asked him to chant the syllable " Mara" which literally means killing because that is what he could relate to best. Years of chanting this personal syllable mantra for him transformed the sound into " Rama" which is the reverse of this and he transformed by the power of this chanting to become Sage Valmiki and the author of Ramayana.

In Nada yoga A mantra reversed has the same power . AUM can be reversed to UMA which is the most benevolent form of Goddess Parvati the consort of Shiva ....

To cut a long story short. Voilition, Attitude is most important. Also Sadhguru did not refer to Nonsensical sounds, if you had taken the time to click the link you would have come to the Vairagya CD link and all the tracks on Vairagya are Maha Mantras.

The Mantra "Om Namah Shivaya " is traditionally referred to as the Shiva Panchakshari and occurs in the Rig Veda as a part of the Namakam Chamakam . It has immense power and purpose.

In the future kindly take the time to read and digest in detail before casting the first stone....

6 years 7 months ago


6 years 7 months ago

I was wondering why the poems from Devaram, Thiruvasagam, Thirupukazh, Nalayira Divya Pirapantham was not considered by Isha yoga. Being in Tamilnadu for so long Isha missing out this. These Tamil poems are far better , Sweeter,even more vibrant than the slogas. Give a try please :)

6 years 7 months ago

First, He is not oblivious to the sound of 'omkar' which is evident by the fact that he himself in one of his videos has explained and stated the importance of sound 'Aum' and how as time passed it became 'Om' .

Second, by the manner in which you have written this post, you seem very confident with your knowledge and because of this you may think that anyone who does not agree with you is not saying the right thing.

I believe that we should be curious and try to understand what Sadhguru is saying. One may or may not accept what he is saying right away or even never accept it, but that is an individual's choice.
Whatever I stated is my personal belief and I intend no offence to anyone.

6 years 7 months ago

With due respect Subhash. Its so easy to say to anyone that they seem oblivious, but one should think before saying such words, specially to a Master like Sadhguru himself.

Have you ever heard 'NADHA BRAHMA VISHVA SWAROOPA' the way Sadhguru sings? (I feel he knows whats the value of Nad and Omkar)
If not find it out and listen. then you will understand the masters power. I don't mind if you say that he is misleading etc because that is how you perceive it. But remember that the mystic realm is so deep and wast that everything cannot be spoken in a small blog :D

Thanks and Regards,

6 years 7 months ago

Subash the best part of your posts are that you write being completely oblivious to the article, it is as if you have made up you mind to say something, then the content of the post is immaterial, to hell with it.
Funny isn't it? You are indeed a funny guy

Where does Sadhguru says anything about 'Omkar', in fact if you would have attended the IE, then would have realized the importance of AUM chanting which are the primordial sounds, 'Omkar' / 'Nad' doesn't refers to the same thing, that's your invention for the post.

Sadhguru talks about sounds utter (of any sort) and importance of the intention and its impact on human system and you are weltering in your sweet world.

Nonetheless keep up funny guy :)