Strange sounds and thoughts during meditation?

Acharya Prashant
5 min readApr 18, 2021

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): I have a question on my practice.

So, when I notice thoughts arising or the sounds of the cars, when I notice them in my awareness, I will ask, “To whom is this arising?” And sometimes I’ll go, “Oh! They will just disappear and won’t bother me.” And, I guess I have two questions;

  1. Is the practice really that simple that whenever I notice, try and witness it to ask, “To whom is this arising?” and go in.
  2. I notice some thoughts and sounds have more of an attraction. I like hooking to them, and some I don’t. I notice that it’s a thought as well. What do I do?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Who is noticing all this? Who is the questioner?

So, when you ask, to whom are these sounds and noises? The answer is obvious. These sounds and noises are to the questioner. Can you question something without noticing it? If you don’t even notice the sound, would you question, “Who is the recipient of the sound? Who is receiving or paying attention to the sound?” So, a better practice would probably be to ask — why does the sound matter to me at all? If you ask, “To whom are these sounds?” then the answer will not take you very far. Because the answer is obvious. These sounds are to the questioner, nobody else. The incident of asking the question itself reveals the one who is cognizant of those sounds. So, that matter is settled.

Now we come to the next question then, there are a variety of sounds, always entering my sensory space, are there not? Why do I feel attracted to, or charmed by, or offended by a few of them, and why are a few others not significant to me? That’s the question that will tell you something about the nature of your mind, the constitution of your inner Prakriti; and this knowledge helps.

The ego that starts knowing itself

does not remain charmed by itself for too long.

A point might come when no sound matters so much to you that it pushes you to ask, “From where is the sound? To whom is the sound?” Because even asking these questions is some kind of a chore, an unnecessary activity. This will not allow you to fully rest. You…

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