Playing the Gong –
the experience of playing the divine instrument
by the Gong Puja team, edited by Siri Daya
Just as everyone who is relaxing on a mat during a gong bath has a unique experience, gong players also report different feelings, emotions and sensations. However, without exception, we all love playing the gong and are deeply affected by the sounds and vibrations. Most describe being in a meditative state while playing, even though we are fully present to what we are doing.
Each gong has unique qualities and sounds, and has a different effect when played. We all love our own gongs and the others that our friends bring along, and we enjoy getting to know each magnificent instrument.
During a gong bath or gong puja, some players are transported into a different realm and feel themselves merging with the universal consciousness, where time seems to stand still and the body is in a state of constant vibration. Being so close to the gong physically, we feel these vibrations with great intensity. One of the regular players at the gong pujas often meditates on the nervous system and observes the healing and strengthening that takes place with the gong vibrations.
In the Kundalini Yoga tradition, we have been trained to play by people who were, in turn, trained directly by Yogi Bhajan, the person who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West in the 1960s. For extra intensity, and in line with this training, many of us mentally chant and play to a mantra. This takes us into a very blissful, relaxed state of inner shuniya (silence), perfect for projecting healing energy.
Whether playing or being played to, we love the sounds and the effects of these divine instruments.
The Gong Puja team
About the Overnight Gong Puja
The Gong Puja is a sacred celebration and sound meditation, developed by Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux. The Gong Puja lasts 7 ½ hours which is the equivalent of 10 x 45minute gong baths.