Sound and Singularity: A Discussion and Practice Exploring the Nature of Sound and Consciousness

Sonya Genel and Arasa Maram, Theosophical Society of San Francisco, July 29th, 2016.

Sonya Genel and Arasa Maram, Theosophical Society of San Francisco, July 29th, 2016.

On Friday evening, 7/29/16, at the Theosophical Society of San Francisco, our dear friends, Sonya Genel and Arasa Maram presented a delightful exploration of “Sound and Singularity.” Sonya, a great yoga teacher, led the circle in several powerful breath/sound/movement practices, both traditional and free-form, including a call and response version of the long form Gayatri Mantra, in which the first line of the Gayatri is expanded into one syllable bija (or “seed”) mantras for each of seven chakras; starting with the singing of Om at the heart (“the original sound of the universe”), then moving down to the first chakra, Muladhara, for Om Bhur, then to the lower belly, for the second chakra, singing om Bhuva, then to the solar plexus for the third chakra, singing Om Swaha, then to heart space again for the fourth chakra, singing Om Maha, then to the base of the throat for the fifth chakra, singing Om Janaha, then to the third eye, for the sixth chakra, singing Om Tapaha, and then moving to the crown for the seventh chakra, singing Om Satyam … Rasa, an accomplished inventor and gifted musician, spoke compellingly on the profound challenges and opportunities of the Technical Singularity: “In my experience, there are areas of my body that I forget about both in terms of range of motion, it’s limited, and also the way I experience vibration in my body. I know I am not alone in this … One of the prime culprits for this is technology, because we have all of this technology around us that’s providing almost everything that we need … We sit in a car in this position, we sit at our desk in this position, we eat in this position, we don’t have to forage for food, we don’t have to wander, we don’t have to bend down or reach up to pick berries or crops. We don’t have to run, chase and hunt. So our capacities as humans, because of the technological revolution, has become smaller and smaller. What we are finding now with the cell phone technology is that people are becoming more and more hunched over, I have heard that being hunched over like this reduces testosterone production among other things. So are bodies are slowly forgetting what they were made to do. And the capacity of the machine is growing more and more. The title [of this presentation] is ‘Sound and Singularity. There is a theoretical concept called technological singularity, it’s when artificial intelligence becomes more intelligent than man. As of yet, computers haven’t been doing the design or creative process. They’re starting to, more and more, and that human creativity would become obsolete. And that the role of humans will drastically change. To degree that the roles betweeit, we see it in our own bodies, but one of the best ways to protect against those dangers is to reintroduce ourselves to our own capabilities, and sound is one of the most unifying and powerful forces that we have … “

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Sonya Genel and Arasa Maram, Theosophical Society of San Francisco, July 29th, 2016.


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