The Law of Attention: Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance

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By Edward Salim Michaël

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

The Law of Attention: Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance

ABOUT Edward Salim Michaël

Edward Salim Michaël
Edward Salim Michaël (1921-2006) began transmitting the fruits of his inner experiences and mystical understandings to his pupils in 1960. In addition to The Law of Attention, first published in 1983, he has written 7 other books in French.



How to achieve a direct inner experience of your higher nature and the after-death state from which you originate and will return

• Provides techniques for listening to the primordial sound within

• Offers yoga and meditation techniques that are still little known in the West

This book presents the spiritual teachings of Edward Salim Michaël and the struggles that led to his enlightenment. Due to the circumstances of his birth, Michaël had no education, no mother tongue, and no book learning when he was drafted at the age of 19 into the British Royal Air Force during World War II. Unable to think in words, Michaël already sensed the “empty mind” sought after by meditation practitioners. After learning to read and write he became an accomplished classical composer in France. In 1949, after seeing a statue of a Buddha for the first time, he began a sustained meditation practice that led to a powerful awakening of his Buddha nature. Michaël abandoned his career as a composer and went to India, the home of his maternal grandmother, where he lived for 7 years fully focused on his spiritual awakening.

Michaël’s spiritual teachings reveal techniques of yoga and meditation that can open the door to one’s higher nature and to directly experience the after-death state. Nada yoga (meditation on the inner sound) is one of the core techniques for this realization. There is a vast luminous consciousness already within us, but it is obscured by the clouds of our incessant thoughts. With sincerity, moral integrity, and inner vigilance--a law of attention--we can move beyond the promptings of our lower nature and break through the clouds of our ordinary mind to realize our own divine nature. Emphasizing inner attention and an awareness of attitude, Michaël’s practices can help aspirants make direct contact with the divine source each of us unknowingly carries deep within.
“The clearest and most comprehensive description of Nada Yoga available in the English language . . . a powerful and liberating spiritual discipline that I have used for over 25 years.”
Ajahn Amaro, co-abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery

“. . . presents a strong call for the total dedication of one’s life in the quest of supreme enlightenment. I would recommend all serious aspirants to read this book again and again.”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery and author of Reflections on a Mountain Lake