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ETERNITY OF SOUND AND THE SCIENCE OF MANTRAS ( :
) – Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya First Edition 2003 Price: Rs. 45.00 Published by: Yugantar Chetna Press Shantikunj, Haridwar Uttaranchal, India 249411 Ph : (91)1334 260403, 261955 Fax : (91)1334 260866 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.awgp.org PREFACE The knowledge of abda Brah – Nda Brah is an important branch of the Indian school of spirituality. The science and philoso- phy of abda Brah encompasses the methodology and effects of mantra-japa, prayers, collective chanting and sdhans of the veda- mantras and that of the Nda Brah deals with the genesis, expan- sion and influence of music. The volume 19 of the “Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya Vangmaya” series presents truly rare and detailed information and guidance on this topic. The present book is compiled from the English translation of the first two chapters of this volume that focus on the cosmic dimensions of sound and the sceince of mantras. Linguistically, the word mantra in Sanskrit implies a specific struc- ture of sonic patterns – coded in syllables and vowels, that works as an spiriutal tool to liberate the mind from ignorance, illusion and evil instincts. The specific configurations of syllables and the correspond- ing combinations of phonemes in the mantras make the latter power- ful ‘carriers’ of the cosmic energy of sound. The book presents a perspicuous introduction with analysis of multiple aspects of the physical and subliminal impact of sound and the structure of mantras. It also highlights authentic reports on scientific experiments in this direction. Different methods of rhythmic enunciation (japa) and spiritual prac- tices (sdhans) of vedic mantras are described here with adept guidance. The author, Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya also focuses on mantra yoga as an effective endeavor to master the generation and utilization, without any external means or instruments, of the immense powers of sound for specific noble purposes. Although the vedic mantras could be well expressed vocally as prose or verse, the method of singing them in specific rythms as hymns was given principal im- portance by the . Hence the unique spectrum of vedic swaras and the gamut of chanting patterns for mantras were evolved and encoded in the
contains divine knowledge of the miraculous spiri- tual flow of music that can effectuate a vivid connection of the indi- vidual ‘self’ with thy-self. The author highlights the crucial role of 4 Eternity... Science of Mantras this Veda and discusses the present status of the schools of in the context of the difficulties faced today in identifying the best chanting patterns for the Vedic Mantras. The sdhans of mantra yoga together with nda yoga are inte- gral parts of the spiritual experiments on awakening of the and realization of the through O kr. These topics too are covered here sagaciously in scientific light. The paramount role of vk (absolutely refined voice) in mantra yoga is emphasized with necessary guidance. The author describes the four successively sub- tler levels of human voice () and presents the methods, for the control and refinement of the and mental faculties, which can be practised by everybody in day-to-day life. These gradually lead to the spiritual elevation of the v up to the supreme level – the vk. He further illustrates – how the hidden spiritual powers of a mantra are aroused by japa through such a spiriutally empowered voice. And how the materialization of the blessings and curses also becomes possible because of the power of vk. Authentic examples and sci- entific evidences of the modern times are presented in this book with relevant excerpts from the scriptures to support and explain the enor- mous potentials of refined vn. Acharya Sharma’s elucidation of the esoteric and complex subject matter of abda Brah and Mantrasis indeed lucid, logical and scientific. The book also outlines – how the modern science could offer multifaceted benefits towards the incessant welfare of human society by constructive investigations in the Science of Mantras. – Dr. Pranav Pandya, MD Chancellor, Dev Sanskrati Vishwa Vidyalaya, Hardwar 5Eternity ... Science of Mantras CONTENTS • Omnipotent Role of Sound in the Universe 7 • Astonishing Power of – The Eternal Element of Sound 12 • Constructive Applications of Sound in the Modern Age 17 • Misuse of Sonic Energy – Risks in the Present Times 20 - Scientific Studies on Noise Pollution 20 • Infrasonic Communications: Misdeeds of Today 22 • Guidelines from the Ancient Science of 24 • Impact of on Mind and Intrinsic Character 27 • Elements of the Science of Vowels 30 - Relation of Vocal Sound with the Panca Tatvas 32 • The 34 • Energies of in the Living Laboratory of Human Body 36 • The Suprasonic Power Hidden in Mantras 42 • Immense Power of Used in the
51 • Structure and Implications of Mantras 57 • Mantra Yoga: Effects on Gross Body 61 • Sound Therapy: Ancient Knowledge 65 • The Phonetics of Collective Chanting Described in the Vedas 69 • Difficulties in the Rhythmic Enunciation of Vaidika Hymns 72 •
: Chanting of Vedic Mantras 75 - Schemes of
78 - Stepwise Division of
80 - Scriptures on
81 6 Eternity... Science of Mantras • The Secret of the Power of Mantras 83 • The Gravity of Japa 88 • Linguistic Meaning and Types of Japa 92 • Practices and Effects Associated with Japa 99 - The Significance of
99 - Some Scientific Points 102 - Essential Disciplines for Japa
102 • Experiments on Mantras : Interaction of Sound 105 with Thermal Energy - Agnihotra and Japa 107 - Possibilities of Scientific Research 109 • Power of Mantras: The Divine Source 111 • Cosmic Cycles of the Vibrations of Mantra 117 • Power of Aroused by the
Mantra 121 • Psychological Basis of the Effects of Japa 124 - Subtle Effects on Human Body and Mind 125 • Acoustics and
128 • Integration of the Sciences of Mantra and Yantra 132 • Hidden Roots of
and Its Success 136 • The Key to Cognition of
139 • Scientific Roots of the Divine Impact of
142 Footnotes Cited in the Text 148 Glossary of terms from Shastric Literature 152 7Eternity ... Science of Mantras Omnipotent Role of Sound in the Universe The vaidika scriptures on the origin of the universe mention that the absolute existence of the is expressed and realized in the sublime vibrations of and .The 1! (the evo- lutionary impulse of cosmic sound) induced by these vibrations is said to be the generator of perpetual energy in the universe. – the omnipresent eternal origin of sound and – the eternal element of the self-existent cosmic impulse of music, immanent in the sublimi- nal as well as the gross realms of existence and their ever-evolving expressions in infinity are referred in the shastrik literature as and . – the vaidika knowledge of absolute sound, describes the sublime power of the omnipresent sound () as an eternal, limitless whole and the sole creator of the universe. Sound is regarded here as the basic source of energy and motion existing in the uni- verse. The existence of the material world is said to have origi- nated from the cosmic impulse, the infinite bang of . [The big-bang theory of the modern science agrees with this conclu- sion of the -scientists of yore]. The non-existence or abso- lute end of the world at the ultimate time – the other ‘end’ of the universal cycle – is also described to be a consequence of similar supersonic explosion. On the subliminal front, the existence of enor- mous activities2 of mind is said to have been realized through the eternal medium of sound. In our day-to-day life, we generally come across with two types of sound – vyakta (audible) and avyakta (non-audible). These are de- fined as jalp and antarjalp in the Jain scriptures. The spoken words fall under the first category and those expressed silently (e.g. while thinking....) or through the language of mind are examples of the lat- ter. Acoustic theories of modern physics have characterized these categories in terms of frequencies of the involved ‘hard sound’. The manifestation of the vyakta and avyakta are relative in the physical world. The ultra and supersonic forms are avyakta to our ears, which can normally sense a sound only in the frequency-range of 20 to 20000 vibrations per sec. Similarly, the loud noise of a busy road 8 Eternity... Science of Mantras would be non-audible to a person who is sitting in a closed house away from the road.... These examples clearly illustrate that the avyakta sound also exists in the same ‘reality’ as the vyakta one. Our cosmos consists of the sound waves in all frequency ranges –– beyond the grasp of our audio sensors and even beyond the limits of our imagination…. Each impulse of the infinite activities of Nature indwells in the cosmos in the form of subliminal vibrations (of ) before its physical manifestation in space and time. Many animals in this world are well equipped to perceive such subtle sounds in some range. Several varieties of birds and animals are therefore able to sense the future events, especially, many of the natural calamities of tremor etc, that are impossible to be precognized by humans. Often this ‘superhuman’ potential of animals and birds beats the advanced sensors of sophisticated instruments. The sonic vibrations of each spoken or mentally thought syllable exist in the universe forever. Some frontline researchers of the modern science of sound hope that further advancement of science and tech- nology would one day enable recording the voices (of the sages of yore) in the omnipresent ‘ocean’ of ether. The vaidika science of mantras – the Mantra
, developed by the had endowed them with an exceptional faculty of com- munication across the universe. This power was indeed supernormal as compared to the capabilities of the modern inventions like radio, television and radar...., etc.
is the science of the subliminal as well as the cosmic powers of sound. The specific con- figuration of the syllables compiled in the mantras makes them im- portant in terms of associated sonic effect. The enunciation of a vedic mantra in a specific composition of accent, pitch, intensity, amplitude and rhythm results in its expansion (at a pace faster than the laser beams) in the endless domain of physical energy waves and consciousness. Because of the unique property of sound to traverse (via the electro-magnetic waves) anywhere in the space, the collec- tive chanting of vaidika mantras can induce cosmic impact. Significant scientific research on the demonstration and the measure- ment of sonic energy has been carried out in the modern age of ad- 9Eternity ... Science of Mantras vanced technology. This includes pioneering research in the area of ultrasonic in the USA and Germany. The applications of ultrasonic and infrasonic technology range from strategic weapons to biomedi- cal instruments, from brainwashing to sound therapy and from tele- communications to remote control of the spacecrafts…. Having realized that the energy generated by the decomposition – through japa3 of a mantra – of the cosmic sound () would be of exponential magnitude as compared to that of the atomic energy, some pioneering scientists have also begun an in-depth study of the mantra … However, the researchers of this field must note that, it is the sublime effect of the mantras on the consciousness, which is more important than the gross (physical) sonic effects. Stud- ies in this direction should therefore pay greater attention on the pos- sibilities of spiritual enlightenment of all conscious beings with the help of mantra . The treasure of knowledge in the Vedas is encoded in the form of mantras and chandas (hymns). Every mantra and chanda has its significant importance. The "# M is honored as preemi- nent in the science of spirituality and the . This (absolute origin) mantra is a compilation of nine special words (in ancient Sanskrit) formed by twenty four syllables. The japa of this mantra creates rhythmic pressure on the nerves and also titillates the extrasensory energy center (the six cakras) and subtle nerve-bundles ($#%) that generate soothing effects in the %’s body and mind and also affect his deep inner self. This absolute mantra is said to have been realized through the cos- mic vibrations of the eternal, sublime force of the omnipresent su- preme consciousness (). This is referred as the divine mother of all the Vedas and hence of all branches of knowl- edge. It is also recognized as the smallest of all religious scriptures and volumes of ultimate knowledge.... Because of its unique potential of inspiring the individual consciousness to link with the supreme con- sciousness, the "#
is indeed the most powerful and astonishing creation of . The symbolic depiction in the shastrik literature about.... “the seven horses of lord Sun gaining energy from the vibrations in %& 10 Eternity... Science of Mantras 1 1 (the cosmic dimensions)....” –– implies the generation of seven natural notes of music by the ‘explosion’ (from quintessential to perceivable state of existence) of the . This cosmic expression of - is described as the origin of the evolu- tionary impulse that resulted in the gross (perceivable) and subliminal existence of the ever-evolving Nature and the ever-expanding Uni- verse…. This evolutionary afflatus is also described in the rhetoric presentation of the scriptures as – the cosmic force generated by the commingling of the '% and '(4 . The sublime vibration of the eternal sound of the self-existent abso- lute syllable “*” () ) indwells everywhere in the cosmic expan- sion. The self-generation of its rhythmic impulse () %) – the ‘big bang’, had generated the infinite spectrum of the sublime and the gross reflections of and consequently effectuated the exist- ence and manifestation of the electromagnetic waves and the basic physical energies of sound, heat and light. The spiritual 5 of the -*+ lead to the realization of + % and hence to the unfolding of the secrets of Nature and deciphering of the hidden movements of time (past and future events)…. During the initial stages of -*+ one has to meditate upon the internal ‘sounds’ perceived through closed ears while sitting in an externally silent surrounding. Long term dedicated practices of this method results in the experience of a variety of ‘otherwise’ non- existent sounds ranging for instance, from that of a whistle or flute to a buzzer or a big-gong; tinkling of a beetle, peeling of bells, to the noise of the thunder bolts.... An unperturbed subliminal humming sound (of “
) is experienced in the depths of the inner self in the completion phase of this yoga . The attainment of this ultimate state of deep trance in -*+ corresponds to absolute harmony and engrossment of the mind and the soul with the cosmic echo of ) …. Realization and arousal of the sublime power of - immanent in the human body, mind and the inner core of the soul are aimed in some higher levels of spiritual . 11Eternity ... Science of Mantras All the branches of
and related fields of yoga deal with the study and practice of rhythmic enunciation of mantras and deep meditation upon the transcendental powers of and hidden in the former. These areas of research in the science of spiri- tuality and yoga deal with the knowledge of - . The inclusion of the perennial syllable () ) and its pho- neme ) % is compatible as well as essential with respect to the compilation of a mantra. Therefore, the science and philosophy of ) % also fall within the vast domain of knowledge pertaining to , . The Indian scriptures on yoga and spirituality mention a great deal on – as the basis of all branches of
and the science of the eternal syllables “ * “ (+ ), and – as the source of knowledge and realization of the seven eternal notes6 and the science of + % and music. The elementary practices of *+ deal with training, control and refinement of voice and speech. Consistent attempt for obser- vance of purity, truth, precision and softness of spoken (vocally or in mental conversation via thoughts) words in day-to-day conduct are prerequisites before one could initiate Yoga. Gain- ing knowledge through sacred means like good literature, in- teraction and learning from enlightened personalities who pos- sess truth and piety of character, and transmitting it to the deserving persons via equally noble mode is also necessary as a preliminary exercise of
Yoga. A disciple (%) of this spiritual should realize the spoken and written words as live carriers of thoughts, sentiments and inspirations. The Yoga principle focuses upon the of realizing the spiritual dignity and divine bliss of music through sincere training of the # (Indian classical music). Higher level endeavors of *+and *+ result in the attainment of extrasensory potentials of communication in the sub- liminal horizons of supramental intellect and super consciousness. An accomplished yogi of the *+, can transmit his thoughts and inspirations to educe and control the minds of others at will. Similar state of success in *+enables one to receive cosmic sig- nals, divine voice and the messages of great souls and yogis from higher realms of spirituality. 12 Eternity... Science of Mantras Astonishing Power of – The Eternal Element of Sound We all can easily experience the powers of hydro, thermal, electrical and wind energies in different forms. That or any form of sound also has similar or greater impact – cannot be believed or real- ized so clearly. Even the visible effects of music are found to vary according to the psychology or emotional state of the subject and are therefore experienced in varied contexts and intensities. The scientific investigations on the existence and properties of sound waves indicate that the effects of sound could be as physical as those of the other forms of energy. The Doppler Effect is worth mention- ing in this regard. The historical breaking of a bridge due to the superimposition of the cyclic sound created by the orderly footsteps of Napoleon’s army; Falls of several huge and stout bridges due to the synchronization of sound of noisy winds or noises of the sur- roundings – for instance, the falls of the Lao Bernard bridge in France in 1852 and 1871, the Ohio river’s bridge in USA in 1854 and those of its Niagara water-fall in 1864 and 1889, the bridge over Tacoma river in Washington, in 1940..., etc – are some of the well known ex- amples of this significant effect. Some German scientists are said to have gained, during the time of first World War, the knowledge about the development of a weapon that could produce sound waves of a frequency higher than 105 vibra- tions per second. Such waves would ruin the targeted persons in less than a second because the resultant sonic effect would destroy the neurons of the subjects at a rate faster than that due to a high power direct electrical shock... According to acoustic experts, even the harmonious tune of a musi- cal instrument if repeated under appropriate synchronization (in terms of frequency, amplitude, intensity and rhythm) with other musical out- put (e.g. the tinkling sound of the bells in the ankle-ornament of a dancer) can result in the destruction of the stage set for the musical performance. Similar destructive effect could be observed by the or- derly, superimposed high-intensity audible sounds.... 13Eternity ... Science of Mantras Occurrences of earthquakes are also largely attributed to similar ef- fects, of periodic resonance of superimposed sound waves (at spe- cific frequencies in a specific order) deep inside the earth’s surface. It appears that the destructive power of sound could be used, in lieu of dynamite for instance, to create high-energy explosions. In order to make constructive use of this gross effect of the amplified powers of superimposed sound waves some physicists have carried out sys- tematic experiments in advanced laboratories. One interesting ex- periment conducted in the Wastingzt-House Laboratory at New York is worth citing here. An 8 ft long Iron rod of 50Kg weight was hung in the center of this laboratory. A small bottle-cork, weighing merely 0.5 ounce, was also hung parallelly near the rod. The experiment was set so that the cork would hit the rod at a constant frequency without any disturbance. An immediate thought in our mind would be that the hits of such a tiny cork would only result in its own destruction. But the facts are quite the contrary! After fifteen minutes of these peri- odic collisions the rod was found to have vibrations in it... An hour later, the rod began to oscillate like a pendulum.... If the orderly vibrations (and hence the sound) of such a tiny dimen- sions could be so powerful then one can imagine the gigantic impact of the enormous vibrations created by the ever more loud sound (rang- ing from day-to-day speech to the traffic-noise... and to the explosive sound of space crafts....., etc) produced by the living beings on the earth...; and.... by the natural collisions and (meteoritic) explosions in the space....! Modern scientific research has gone a long way in its study of the sonic waves. These investigations coupled with the advancement of electronics have now made the speech recognition by machines like 14 Eternity... Science of Mantras computers and robots, an established reality. Applications of the radio waves and the lasers have become integral part of modern life. It is not far from sight when experiments will be set in the advanced labo- ratories to verify and demonstrate the super natural physical effects of classical music such as – the automatic kindling of oil-lamps by -.$%, the potential of -
in commencing rainfall at any time at the singer’s will, the power of -% in trans- forming a dry wooden stem into a blossoming tree..., etc. The progress, at the same pace, of the current practice of using the creative power of music in psychological treatments, stress manage- ment and in healthier maintenance of animals and vegetation...etc., would certainly pave the ways for the realization and use of the knowl- edge of the and for an overall ascent of personality as described in the Indian scriptures of yore. On the subtler front as well, modern science is moving towards in- vestigating, to some extent, the latent powers and subtle energies of ( ) as described in the ancient Indian scriptures. The journey of research from atoms to electromagnetic waves has finally been oriented on the fundamental and vital role of sound waves per- vaded everywhere in the cosmic expansion. The big-bang hypoth- esis of the origin of the universe is also coming closer to the ‘theories’ cited in the vaidika literature. The scriptures on yoga render significant importance to – , the spiritual experiment of the realization of the eternal cosmic sound, via the practices of – swara yoga, surati yoga and the mantra yoga. The science and philosophy of mantra has emerged from the in-depth knowledge of the and their expertise in using the latent powers of and – towards fulfilling the noble purposes of global purification and uplifting at the physical as well as the spiritual levels. This is the reason why in case of every mantra, it is the pattern and strength of vibrations and energy generated by its japa and not its linguistic structure, grammar or the word-meaning that play the key role in making the mantra so effective... 15Eternity ... Science of Mantras The vaidika mantras are said to have been created as specific con- figuration of phonemes and syllables corresponding to the ‘sonic pattern’ of the enormous expressions of the subliminal vibrations of the afflatus of the as realized by the in the state of deep trance. Sonic energy, being a physical manifestation of exists in its original form in the universe forever, without any natural conversion into any other form of energy. The subtle vibrations and impact of mantra is therefore regarded as eternal. In scientific terms, the vibrations in any material form or in the etheric medium constitute the fundamental source of existence and manifes- tation of sound. As we all know, the quavering of the wires of a musical instrument creates specific vibrations in the medium in the vicinity of these wires; due to this, the air (particles) around is first compressed and then spread periodically according to the frequency of these vibrations. The sound so generated is carried along the entire expansion of the medium. The vibrations carried via the air medium are audible (i.e. recognized by the sensors of our ears) if they fall into the frequency range of 16 to 20,000 cycles per second in general. Upon perception by the nerve- sensors in the ears, these vibrations are transmitted – through appro- priate electrical signals, to the neural system in our brain and the corresponding sound is ‘heard’ by us. The presence of the medium of air is essential for the normal functions of hearing by the ears in a human body. For most of the marine animals, the medium of water fulfils this purpose. In some creatures the centers for perception and transmission of sound are located along the skin pores or elsewhere in the body instead of the ears. The position (vis-à-vis their connections with specific centers in the brain) of our two ears helps instantaneous hearing of the audible sound and the recognition of the direction from where it is arriving. How- ever, despite optimal functioning state of the brain and the ears, we cannot hear the infra sound – produced by the vibrations of frequen- cies much lower than 16 cps, and the ultrasound – generated by vi- brations of frequencies much higher than 20,000 cps. Moreover, even the sound belonging to the audible frequency-range, but produced at 16 Eternity... Science of Mantras a long distance or in a noisy surrounding, would not be heard by our ears; because, the disturbances in the air-medium would perturb its original vibrations in such cases. The orderly expansion of the sound waves (vibrations) of compatible characteristics produces well structured sonic patterns while a disor- der converts them into a noise (in terms of communication signals). The velocity (around 1088 ft per sec) of sound is much lesser than that of light. This is the reason why the flash of lightening is seen before the loud noise of a thunder bolt.....; or..., smoke produced by a cannon is seen before the cracking sound of its explosion is heard...... ‘How far a sound will be heard or received by a sensor that is perceptive to its frequency’– depends upon its intensity and loudness. The larger is the intensity, the lesser would be the effect of distance.... For example, the noise of a volcano, exploded in Indonesia in 1883, was heard up to a distance of over 5000 miles in open air. The propagation of the sound is hindered or reflected back whenever its carrier medium is blocked. This gives rise to an echo or to a dispersed sound depending upon the (atomic) structure and shape of the obstacle. The quality (loudness and amplitude) of the reverberation depends upon the type of the original sound and the regularity and geometry of the dense medium (or the obstruction) with which the sound waves collide. At times, the sound produced at one place and perceived within a certain range can be heard beyond an intermediate region of its non-perception. For instance, an explosion that took place in Moscow sometime in 1920s became popular because, its noise was heard up to 60 miles but not at a distance from 60 to 90 miles. Amazingly, it was clearly heard at a dis- tance of another 60 miles forward (i.e. within the distance from 91 to 121 miles approximately) from the place where it occurred. Propagation of sound via radio waves amplifies its velocity up to the order of 186000 miles per second or more. This is how the radio stations can communicate from one end of the globe to the other in a matter of few seconds. Marching ahead from the knowledge and utilization of radio waves, the modern science and technology have advanced up to the level of capturing as well as generating infra sound and ultrasound with the help of sophisticated instruments. The present century might enable experimentation on still higher dimensions of sound and pave the way for experiencing the yet ‘hidden’ realms of its sublime existence. *** 17Eternity ... Science of Mantras Constructive Applications of Sound in the Modern Age The discovery of radio waves had created revolution in the scientific development of the modern world. Research on ultrasound and infrasound has given it a big leap towards the new horizons of ad- vanced technology. The pulse-echo method for testing of metals was developed in 1940- ‘50 based on Prof. Dazisch’s research on ultrasonic waves. Contem- porary research on ultrasound has led to multifaceted applications in engineering and sciences. Use of ultrasound – in noninvasive technologies like the EMR, sonography and ultrasonic surgery, in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases like arthritis, gall-stone and in complicated surgical opera- tions has taken a predominant place in the medical technology today. Amongst the recent experimental studies, the research works of Dr. Luxel in Sweden, Dr. J.C. Taylor in England and Dr. Toshio Bogoi in Japan have shown promising use of ultrasonics in the neurological disorders as well. The visible as well as the subtle effects of infra-sound are found to be more powerful in the field of communications than those of the au- dible or ultrasound. The radio waves could be used only through appropriate transistors. This limitation has been overcome by the in- vention of microwaves and other infrasonic waves. The special use of infrasound lies in the acquisition of distant (in time and space) and low frequency signals and is therefore of specific importance in telematics and advanced telecommunication technology. According to Dr. Joseph Todd, a radiologist in the Univ. of California at Los Angeles, infrasonic radio waves could also be sent or received via neurological signals. Nature possesses many live examples to sup- port his claims. The frantic running around by animals like cats, dogs, rabbits...etc., hours before the occurrence of an earthquake in the nearby area – indicates the capabilities of these animals in sensing the infrasonic vibrations deep below the earth’s surface. Systematic experimental studies on the changes in the behaviors of several animals and birds 18 Eternity... Science of Mantras have given conclusive results in this regard. The Japanese make use of the Goldfish to know about the tremors well in advance. Some species of elephants and fin whales are found to make efficient use of infrasonic signals for deciding the direction of their future move- ments.... The presence of an infrasonic effect, due to its subtle nature, is often linked with ‘mysterious’ events. One such interesting phenomenon is associated with the research of Prof. Govard Marceillis of Vienna. He used to feel dull and restless with nausea while working in the office in his properly clean and airy chamber. This had started hap- pening every day since several months. Mysteriously, his condition would become normal as soon as he came out of the particular cham- ber.... His body and mind were in good health otherwise. Regular observance of this peculiar phenomenon prompted him to investigate the matter.... Once, while he was siting with the support of a wall in his chamber, he sensed some sort of vibrations in it. It was found that the noise of an air-conditioner (fitted several months ago) in the adjacent room gives rise to these vibrations.....; the frequency of these micro-scale vibrations was found to measure around 07 hertz, which was gener- ating infrasonic waves in the chamber of the Professor. Prof. Govard then carried out intensive research on microwaves. He developed an instrument to generate infrasonic waves. To his sur- prise, during several experiments, he observed that these waves were capable of penetrating the bodies of the guinea pigs and, due to their high energy fields, were capable of liquidating the solid constituents there in a fraction of a second. During a demonstration of the power of infrasonic waves – when he operated his machine to generate such waves in an open ground.…, the glasses of the concrete build- ings in the surroundings were found to have broken almost instanta- neously and the inhabitants of the buildings complained of headaches, irritation, nausea and tension during this experiment. 19Eternity ... Science of Mantras Because of their immense potential in creating high energy fields, the discovery of infrasonic waves soon led to the technological develop- ments ranging from the household appliances like the microwave ov- ens to the highly sophisticated instruments for advanced scientific research. The above examples and technological applications clearly signify the magnificent role of the power of sound in our physical life. How- ever, if misused this power would be equally detrimental.... Noise pollution is among the major health-hazards being faced by the world today. The selfish and power-hungry motives of a few have also led to destructive use of sonic energy. This greed and exploitation of the astonishing power of sound could prove to be disastrous to humanity and to the existence life on our beloved planet. *** 20 Eternity... Science of Mantras Misuse of Sonic Energy – Risks in the Present Times The smallest level of intensity of sound that could be heard by our ears has been scaled to measure as zero decibels. The average inten- sity of a whisper (through human mouth) is measured on this scale as 10 to 20 decibels... and so on.... The sounds of intensities (hence, loudness) more than 75 decibels are found to be harmful to the psy- chological and physical health. According to a report of the interna- tional symposium on environment organized in Stockholm by the UNO – ‘if a human being has to live constantly in a noisy atmosphere where the intensity of sound is more than 140 decibels then he would soon loose the normal mental balance...; further higher levels of intensities of this sound would result in his untimely death’. It is found that, on an average, the intensity (in decibels) of sound produced by normal conversation is around 60, that of quarreling voice is about 80. The average intensity of the noisy sound of a motorbike measures around 100, that of a siren of a factory about 150, aircraft about 160 decibels...., etc. The collective impact of these disturbing sounds is found to explosively damaging and more dangerous for our ecosystem than the pollution of air and water. Scientific Studies on Noise Pollution: Scientific investigations reveal that the stimulation created by the sound waves of intensities higher than 25-30 decibels at a continuous stretch can perturb the normal bio-electrical signal-processing of the nervous system and hence should be regarded as risky... Maintenance of si- lent ambience in hospitals, especially around the heart-patients and in the intensive care units is therefore mandatory. Contemporary experimental research on guinea pigs as well as on the human subjects carried out in the acoustics, medicine and neuro- psychological research laboratories across the world – in the 20th century, has shown significant mal-effects of loudness of sound on clinical, physiological and psychological behavior of the subjects. The leading projects include – the experiments conducted at San Fran- cisco medical college, California; Dr. William F. Guar’s research lab in Georgia; Keliayer Hearing and Speech Center, Texas; Dr. Lester W. Santen’s physiological research laboratory in Ohio; and the field research carried out by Prof. V. Williams of the Harvard Univer- 21Eternity ... Science of Mantras sity...., etc, in the USA and those of Dr. Griffith in Australia, and the national studies of heavy industries’ physical and working environ- ments... carried out in England, France and Russia Similar to the Doppler effect, the negative effect of loudness results in the destruction of matter in its vicinity. During the construction of a plane field near Leningrad, some time in 1963, it was observed that the loud noise of the bulldozers had caused a sudden fall of the feath- ers of the hens in a nearby poultry farm. The loud ‘voice’ of super magnet fighter aircrafts had produced cracks in the historic caves of Kenyan. Many other historical monument around the world are fac- ing similar dangers due to the noise pollution created by the traffics or the heavy industrial operations in the areas around. The intensity of sound has a key role to play at the cellular and mo- lecular level as well. Dr. Dailhastize’s research carried out at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has shown that the coagula- tion of the RBCs increases with the loudness of sound in the sur- rounding environment. This results in narrowing down of the arteries and increasing their rigidity. Similar results were obtained at the School of Engineering and Applied. Sciences, UCLA during a study of the effects of noise, the negative effects of the loudness of sound in the big cities were found to have caused liver diseases in the adults and affected the would-be-born children of the pregnant women – such infants were born with physiological and anatomical abnormalities of one kind or the other. While the appropriate ordering and controlling of the frequency and intensity in music creates soothing effects of strengthening the healthy functioning of the body and the mind, any disordering in it could prove to be equally harmful. For instance the electronic strain gauge tests conducted by an acoustic, Dr. John Diamond, have indicated that some combinations and tuning of the ‘Da... Da....Da....’ in a noisy pop music can ruin about two-third of the muscle-strength of its lis- teners. The sound (though subtle in nature) produced by evil thoughts and sentiments like jealous, ego, anxiety, anger – generated by exces- sive ambitions, possessive desires or attachments – fall into the sec- ond category. Those desirous of living a happy, healthy and long life should attempt creating a noise- free atmosphere in their external and the internal world. Silence in the surroundings and a peaceful state of mind are evidently crucial for the success of any kind of yoga or spiritual practice. *** 22 Eternity... Science of Mantras Infrasonic Communications: Misdeeds of Today As stated earlier, the infrasonic waves are the fastest signals and the most modular medium of communication through space as compared to the other modes known till date. However, the falling values of humanity in the modern world have largely opted for the misuse of this superb natural power of . The effects of direct contact with infrasonic waves have been found to be most harmful for the physical health as it can destroy the body tissues in a tiny span of time. That uncontrolled infrasonic radiation are insidious to one’s psychology, has also been observed in several incidents in the recent past – some of these were ‘large scale’ phe- nomena like the ones presented below. Peculiar feelings of fear, despair and dullness used to prevail among the tourists who visited the Santonini Island in south Igen. This prompted geographical investigations... It was found that, long ago (some time in 1450 BC), the major portions of the island had got immersed in the Atlantic ocean; the geological movements of the same and disturbances thereby create vibrations (measurable by sen- sitive seismographic instruments) that result in generating infrasonic waves around Santonini. During the peak of the Cold-War times, some Russian scientists had conducted experiments in which they had sent infrasonic signals to several parts, esp. in the factory-/ mining- areas, of Canada. This had put millions of people, esp. laborers in the factories or the mineworkers, into unusual states of mental depressions, dullness and lethargy for several days.. This naturally affected the factory- and the mining operations and created serious problems... Canada had raised this issue at international forums to prevent recurrence of such ghastly trials. Similar infrasonic ‘attacks’ of the Russians were re- ported in Alaska. The American defense-scientists had retaliated by transmitting equivalent low frequency anti-waves. The weapons capable of transmitting infrasonic radiation at targeted spots of strategic importance in the enemy’s camp are the most dreaded and ghastly, as they can virtually paralyze the opponents for a desired period of time during the war – without leaving a clear evidence of this inhumane act. Registering such attacks is hard be- 23Eternity ... Science of Mantras cause such signals can be propagated directly without the require- ments of any transistor or reflection sensors... etc. Unmindful race for such developments, if left unchecked, might even lead to the ex- tinction of life on our globe. Considering the disastrous dangers of misuse of the gigantic power of sound and realizing the astonishing role of in the creation and maintenance of normal functioning of human body, mind, and the existence of life in the universe…, the advanced research in the ar- eas of ultra-high or higher frequency or infra low or still lower fre- quency sound waves should now be carefully directed towards the noble constructive ends of scientific quest. History of human civilization has witnessed the lives of many great personalities who from time to time have made use of the spiritual power of to guide the human intellect towards the righteous directions of global welfare. In view of this fact and realizing the eternal power of , we have logical reasons to believe that a constructive unification of the modern sciences with the science of spirituality would prevent the recurrence of the misdeeds of the re- cent past and help induce a harmonious ambience of all round progress suitable to human dignity. *** 24 Eternity... Science of Mantras Guidelines from the Ancient Science of The power of is indeed astonishing when realized in the spiri- tual realms in terms of mantras. The % are sources of overall refinement of the physical as well as spiritual domains of life. The of such vedic mantras bestow individual and global welfare in the truest sense. The %mantra posses tremen- dous potential that could be employed as ‘mechanized’ device to affect specific targets – be that mind or matter.... If misused, the negative effects of the % mantras could be disastrous for the user and the target both. The human body and mind constitute a super advanced scientific labo- ratory. The founders of the used to conduct experi- ments in this fantastic bequest of Nature. According to the ancient philosophy of mysticism (#) – is eternal and is the fundamental perpetual force that effectu- ated the creation of the universe. The blueprint of any event that is going to happen anywhere in the cosmic expansion first occurs in the form of the vibrations of in the ocean of its omnipresent . The experts of m were able to ‘perceive’ these sub- liminal vibrations and could therefore ‘visualize’ the future events with ease. The sole aim of their experiments with the mantras was – cognition of the absolute truth and using its ultimate knowledge for divine illumination of the world…. Our body is defined in the ancient scriptures as a manifestation of specific reactions of . With this perceptions, the rhythmic cas- cade of bodily functions could be termed as a bio-swing, moving ac- cording to the set frequency (like that of a radio) of . When all the components of this gigantic ‘sonic’ device of our body (and mind) are harmonized, we are in fine health and mood and work in perfec- tion according to its natural frequency. The modern experts like Dr. Steven Hypern, director, Spectrum Re- search Inst., California, opine that – we all live in an ocean of sound, some vibrations of which are compatible with our own frequency. 25Eternity ... Science of Mantras Dr. G. Kozhinov of Bulgaria has conducted some experiments on yoga to investigate such compatible frequency-ranges. His findings show that – the subjects go into a state of trance while kept in con- trolled conditions under the influence of sonorous sounds of specific medium-range frequencies, played at specific rhythms. Dr. Hans Jane of Zurich has quoted in his dissertation on siematics that – (energy) waves constitute and transform any kind of matter that exists physically...... In his scientific experiments he had demon- strated the liquifying of steel plates by the effect of sound waves. In yet another experiment, he had produced a compound of this liquid by mixing powdered plastic and some metals under superimposed ef- fects of similar sound waves. By controlled sonic vibrations on this compound he reconstructed the plates whose upper surfaces now had a transformed appearance. Dr. Hans has developed a tonosope based on the principles of sonic transformations. The sounds received by the input microphone of this instrument are converted into visual images on the output screens. He has invented that ) 7 is a mantra that generates very specific geometrical images on the tonoscope. (Remarkably, these images correspond to the Sanskrit syllable used to represent this unique sound). He concludes that the specific vibrations of mantras and the specific patterns of their japa – as invented by the Indian seers of yore – must have been great source of generation of immense energy, men- tal inspiration and consequent multifaceted development of happy and healthy society. If a stone is thrown in a silent water pond then circular waves, mov- ing in the transverse directions, are generated on its surface. Simi- larly, any vibration in the etheric ocean generates sound waves in the cosmos. These waves move longitudinally in all directions forming a virtual ‘sphere’ of vibrations in the space.... As the region of expan- sion and the strength of the waves in the water pond will be more for the heavier stone..., similarly, the impact of louder sound (at a com- mon frequency) generates the sound waves of higher intensity and vice-versa. The methods of collective japa or chanting of mantras seem to have been designed according to this principle of synergistic 26 Eternity... Science of Mantras amplification of intensity. These are found to induce magnificent im- pact on the gross and subliminal domains of life…. The research on sound therapy carried out by Dr. Leislier Lasanio of Vienna has also been significant in terms of investigation into an an- cient branch of knowledge through modern scientific means. His ex- periments on yoga along with recitation of “) ” have shown very positive effects on a large number of patients in his sanatorium. Similar research projects in some other advanced laboratories have shown that specific sonic vibrations (and hence the mantras in par- ticular,) have intensive effect on the endocrine glands. The musical sound of Nature such as, the music of winds, soothing sound of the smooth flow of rivers, the melodious sound of the birds....,etc., is also found to have positive effects on the physical and mental health. These findings are like ‘another step’ towards the realization of the unique bequest of the Almighty bestowed upon us in the form of exist- ing in the Nature. Ancient scriptures on *+and *+ would offer deeper insight for more meaningful research in this direction. The had described the of - as effective modes of linkage between the individual con- sciousness in the mortal world and the divine realms of supreme con- sciousness. In-depth study of the treasure of knowledge provided by them and research-experiments on sound, and spiri- tuality promise majestic support for the ideal ascent of life…. *** 27Eternity ... Science of Mantras Impact of on Mind and Intrinsic Character The physical world consists of five basic forms of energies, viz. sound, light, heat, electricity and magnetism. They are convertible into each other and follow the universal law of conservation of energy. Hence, logically, they all could be regarded as different manifestations of a unique perpetual energy. The Indian philosophy and science of spirituality describes a unique cosmic energy – the Supreme Consciousness, as immanent in every form of life and physical energy. This omnipresent subliminal energy is said to have generated from . Its genesis and absolute ex- pansion is known as – . The eternal source of this cosmic sound is referred as the of ) . Enormous manifestations of the powers of sound – including that of refined voice (%&%) are said to be the manifestations of this !of. The significance of speech – is experienced by all of us in our day-to- day life in terms of the ‘reactions’ to the ‘spoken words’. This gives us a glimpse of the marvelous role of the gross (physical) manifesta- tion of the sonic energy of . The history of human society has ample examples illustrating this power of syllables and sound. Few words (spoken or written) of inspiration can enthuse a soldier to win the losing battle. The terrific effect of Mr. Winston Churchill’s ‘V for Victory’ motto had changed the fate of England in the IInd world war. Similar events were associated with the power of the courageous words of the little Corporal, Napoleon Bonnapart. The power of syllables is electrified by the inner strength and confidence with which they are spoken. The motivating slogans like.....“/
/01.(”expressed by Mr. Subhash Chandra Bose and “!23 4%2”Lokmanya Tilakhave installedglorious phase of Indian independence movement and are still alive. Mahatma Gandhi’s speeches had a power to hypnotize the listeners; to drive millions of people, even though these speeches would not be 28 Eternity... Science of Mantras outstanding in terms of eloquence or breadth of knowledge. The power of syllables manifests itself according to the intentions and inner force of the speaker (or writer). Few scornful words of Draupadi had triggered the ego of Duryodhana...., and thus resulted in the devas- tating war of
This last example clearly signifies the calamitous effects of the negative use of the immense power of . In the language of anatomy, the ‘hearing and speech’ (including the speech of thoughts, i.e. thinking and imagination) system gets top priority in the brain and occupies about 50 to 60 % portion of our brain’s active (functioning) area. The functions of the creative ac- tivities of the hands get the next priority and so on.....We also should give top priority to controlling the words spoken, written or heard (and hence ‘stored’ in the memory) by us – to avoid the misuse of the precious power of our brain. Spiritual disciplines indeed give crucial importance to the practices of , #, !##and manana for enhancing the purity, integrity, austerity and piety of hear- ing, speaking, reading, writing and thinking. At higher levels of spiritual refinement, the power of spoken, thought- of or written forms of the gross manifestation of expresses itself in terms of the effective blessings or curses. The used to hear, speak and think absolute truth and were therefore endowed with the supernormal talents of using this power at will. The birth of Lord Ram and his brothers by
’s blessings and the death of King
due to the curse of Lomesh – are some of the well- known examples in this context available in the ancient Indian scriptures. Most importantly, the latent power of stimulates the subtle nuclei of consciousness inside our body and has significant effect on our mind. The auspicious words – e.g., the prayers offered to divine powers, the holy quotes or the preaching of great saints, create corresponding positive effects on our mind and sentiments. Sa- cred thoughts and deeds are directly linked with such boons. The practice of uttering and writing the auspicious words before the be- ginning of any important work is common in almost all religions and seems to have its roots in the realization of the above effects by our ancestors.... 29Eternity ... Science of Mantras The harmful effects of abusive language and dirty words on our con- scious mind are obvious. We might utter such words while quarreling or in anguish or when our mind is excited…; the reaction is easily seen in the deformation of the otherwise pleasant face-expressions or almost shaking posture of the limbs.... etc. The ill-intentioned, vulgar or erotic words get latently registered in our subconscious mind and assimilate insidious impact in terms of maligning our % (inherent and intrinsic tendencies) and thus may pervert our charac- ter in the long run. While the serene and inspiring words can touch the inner sentiments of ordinary mortals like
and convert them into great schol- ars....., the substandard, abusive words could, with equal potential, turn the innocent children into dreaded criminals.... The choice is ours! If we want to see a better future for our society then we must preserve, practice and propagate the righteous teachings of the great saints and social reformers and struggle to eliminate the inciting erotic literature and obscene audio-visual creations from our world for ever.... *** 30 Eternity... Science of Mantras Elements of the Science of Vowels Before going into the details of let us focus here on the sonic power of some basic vowels used in the Sanskrit and Devanagari Languages. Whatever be the type of our language, we do come across with a large number of such accents (and their pho- nemes) or various combinations of these in our day-to-day conversa- tions. Because of the special sonic effects, the proper use of the basic vowels and syllables of the ancient Sanskrit language can also be regarded as an elementary exercise in *+. The properties of some of these basic vowels are as follows: a: Pronunciation of this vowel has a direct, though subtle, impact on the heart. The pumping action of the heart – especially its operation of exhaling pure blood – is supported by this accent. Repeated loud enunciation of this vowel at constant amplitude helps regulate the supply of pure blood from the heart to various part of the body. In this vowel is regarded to possess creative power.
: The sound of this vowel affects the chest and the upper parts of the lungs. Its impact strengthens the upper ribs, helps clean the di- gestive canal and also energizes the mind. Controlled and repeated enunciation of this vowel would be very useful towards the cure of asthma and chronic cough. i - : Stretched pronunciation of these has a direct positive effect on the throat and its connections with the brain. This activates upper chamber of the heart. Cleaning of the respiratory tract and the intes- tines is performed by regular stimulation by the continuous sound of these sharp vowels. People suffering from chronic headaches or car- diac ailments should benefit from consistently exercising the repeated ‘chanting’ of these vowels. Short-tempered or mentally depressed persons are also advised to follow the practice of rhythmic recitation of these accents. u -: Pronunciation of these vowels has direct positive impact on the organs in the middle and the lower part of the body – namely, the liver, stomach and the lower intestine. It reduces the weight of the belly. Constipation can be cured by regular recitation of these vowels 31Eternity ... Science of Mantras over a continuous stretch of time. Women suffering from the dis- eases of the abdomen would also benefit from such exercises. e - ai: The sound of these vowels has an impact on the kidney and also on the junction of the throat and the respiratory tract. Repeated pronunciation of these vowels helps cure of renal (urinary) diseases. Rhythmic enunciation of these strengthens the soft membranes in- side the vocal cord and hence it is very useful for the singers or teachers who have to sing/speak, at a constant pace, for relatively longer intervals of time. o - au: The natural functioning of genital organs and the muscles and veins of its peripherals are strengthened by the sound of these vowels. The regular practice of chanting these vowels also stimu- lates the central part of the chest and is useful in supporting the cure of pneumonia and pleurisy. a: Inhaling of oxygen with the humming sound of this vowel indeed helps increase one’s vital energy. It also activates healthy increase in the RBCs and purifies the blood. The practice of $# is an integral part of all yoga exercises; prolonged pronunciation of ‘a ’ is the root of perfection in the former. While pronouncing the ‘a’ part of this vowel our lips and mouth are kept open and the lips are closed at the time of ‘ ’.... This should be practised with a feeling that – all our evils have gone out in the first phase and we have closed their re- entry in the second phase. Regular practice of this simple exercise is very beneficial for psychological uplifting too. a: Its pronunciation titillates the tongue and the upper frontal part of the palate and creates useful conduction effects in the brain. Reci- tation of this vowel under deep meditation stimulates the secretion of specific hormones that regulate the harmonious functioning of all com- ponents/organs of the body. Open laughter also serves repeated enun- ciation of this vowel. This is the secret of the “laughing exercise” being so effective a remedy against stress and depression. Apart from inducing positive effects on the body and the mind, spe- cific practices of chanting these basic vowels (accents) help spiritual development as well. These aspects are covered in the context of *+ and Music. 32 Eternity... Science of Mantras Relation of Vocal Sound with the Panca Tatvas8 : Prof. Dobson and some other linguists have hypothesized that the primary speech of human race must have originated in the form of a verse because rhythm and accent of the vocal presentations seem to be universal vis-à-vis their implications in any language. Prof. Dobson had got this idea after observing that – if he would recite a French poesy before his German students and German poesy in front of French-speaking students, both the groups of students were able to get the central idea and feels of the poems. Whereas the prose in the same foreign languages were non-comprehensible to these students. That phonemes (and sound in general) would have a relation with matter (which belongs to the $) is obvious from the fact that when any kind of material form is beaten it produces vibrations. The type of vibrations (and hence the quality of sound generated by them…) produced by the same impact of beating would be different for different types and shapes of matter. For example, the sound produced by a thin wire of is different from that of the leather- sheet of a dholaka....., etc. The role of air (which belongs to the #in the group of the five basic elements) as a medium for the realization and propagation of sound is well known. The controlling effect of air in maintaining the quality and type of sound is also obvious – as seen in whistling or in playing of the musical instruments like flute. The use of water as a medium for communication by several marine species and also in some musical instruments (like the jal taranga) similarly explains the relationship of sound with the jal tatva. The physical relationship of sound with heat and light – constituents of the agni tatva, can be seen/ measured with the help of the scien- tific instruments like the retrometer, spectrometer and the tonoscope. The implications of their subtle relationship are well experienced by most of us in our day-to-day life; for example, ‘the heated exchange of words in quarreling ...’ or, ‘the enlightenment of mind by an inspir- ing lecture.... ‘, etc.That sound reflected in the form of music affects our sentiments – is an evidence of its relationship with the subtlest, the cosmic element – %&. As the universe in general, and the individual being – i.e., the body, mind and the manifestation of consciousness in it, in particular, is 33Eternity ... Science of Mantras constituted by the panca tatvas, its intimate relationship with sound is quite natural. In fact, our body as a whole and especially the vocal cord is like a sophisticated musical instrument. Its thin muscles, membranes and other particles get vibrations from the apatatva; when we speak, the currents of apatatva are received from the omnipresent sonic power of around us. When we think, this sublime element is gener- ated by the , which is indwelling in the conscious core of our mind. This is the reason why our mind talks to itself while in the thought process.... The infinite dimensional apatatva is immanent in the %&. This is also regarded as the source of the physical existence of sound in our space. However, the presence of other four basic tatvas af- fects its realization in the eternal form. The human mind has so far experienced/ recognized about forty-nine different kinds of natural phonemes swaras – seven of which are regarded as the basic vow- els and the others are komal (soft) and (high notes) configura- tions of them. Various combinations of these swaras have been com- piled into eight basic (classical tunes of shastriya music) and so on..... The gamut of phonemes and varieties of sounds (musical or otherwise) have been generated thereby. The panca tatvas existing in these varieties of sound do affect our body and mind according to their own natural properties. Excessive presence of agni tatva in the sound heard or produced by us enlight- ens our $ by a subtle red color and gives physical effects like that of the thermal energy and the psychological stimulation.... Simi- larly, the jal and the # offer blue and white colors of $, $ induces yellow color and the %&5 absolute black… Each generates associated impulses in the physical and emotional environments. What is important for us to understand from the above descriptions is – the significance of the immense power of and its intimate eternal relationship with our life. With this, we must begin to make our speech and thoughts as pure and true as possible. This would be our first step towards the realization of the paramount significance of sound as a manifestation of . *** 34 Eternity... Science of Mantras The The Vedas specify that – “Lord Brahma (the Supreme Creator) ex- pressed thy wish in sublime sound of , to manifest thyself in the infinity… Whence the universe came into existence....”. The other religious scriptures like the holy K
mentions – ‘ (the Supreme Power) said.... “Be…” and All that happened....’; and “The Angel” states –– ‘The absolute word (sound) was there when nothing was there... All has originated from thy word (eternal sound)....’. The above maxims imply the eternal power of at the origin of everything. Our internal or external desire expresses itself (to our own self or to the others) via the medium of words, which, themselves are nothing but manifestations of . If the desire has emerged from the soul then its expression will be embedded with the true power of the . Such an inner wish will not remain unfulfilled pro- vided the dissipation of its power – due to our negative feelings and thoughts – does not reduce the original impact of the former. Often, our lack of confidence in our own self or our materialistic cravings and attachments, passions and untoward thoughts subtly disturb our mind and induce the negative effects of this sort with the accelerating force of the evil instincts and assimilated untoward tendencies. We must realize that our consciousness is a part of the divine con- sciousness..... That, divinity indwels in us and therefore our words can also be so powerful that they could ‘communicate’ with the Na- ture and with the eternal Creator.... Human society has never been deprived of the existence of great personalities who had aroused the divine power of by practicing absolute truth in their senti- ments, thoughts and deeds. Their supernormal potentials – of offer- ing blessings... or creating and transforming matter by mere chanting of some mantras – were simple manifestations of this unlimited power. Loud sounds at the peak of the very high snow-mountains can make the surrounding snow melt and thus result in a landslide! Similarly, 35Eternity ... Science of Mantras the power (of ) indwelling in the words of a prayer – emerging from the deep sentiments can even penetrate the ‘skies’ of the sub- lime consciousness… (Do we really know about the presence of this immense power in ourselves…?) The power of the words ‘uttered’ by our subconscious mind mani- fests itself in the infinite varieties of creations in the world of our dreams and imaginations. The psychological effects of the latter are enormous.... There is also a close relationship in the of our conscious and the subconscious mind.... For instance, whenever we talk about or hear of a natural calamity or an epidemic..., our mind simultaneously starts thinking about it via the language of imaginations.… and vice-versa. The elementary yoga practices of self-hypnotism are indeed based on a creative utilization of this relationship and have been found very effective in improving one’s psychology. There is a saying in Sanskrit – ‘Y
’; meaning– as we think so we speak. Our mind (conscious as well as subconscious) never remains silent. It keeps talking to itself even when we are silent.... These thoughts continue to leave their subtle impressions in our overall personality. Sometime the thoughts will also leave an instant impact on our face-expressions. Often, the state of mind (or mood) can be ‘read’ through such face ex- pressions. For example, it shows wrinkles on the fore-head in the state of tension.…; a blushing face becomes pink...; face turns yellow in the state of real fear... etc. Some spiritual saints and yogis can know one’s overall character just by reading the subtle expression of his thoughts (and the internal desire at the root of these thoughts) on his face. Realizing the psychological importance of we must, at least, begin to speak, hear and think in a manner that will have positive effects on our mind. Cautious use of words and thoughts may be regarded as the first step towards the practice of *+. Fur- ther, we must develop the confidence that, by sacred sentiments and thoughts and by the sincere practice of truth, we can strengthen our voice (internal as well as external) so much that it becomes the divine master of our own destiny. 36 Eternity... Science of Mantras Energies of in the Living Laboratory of Human Body The human body is a wonderful ensemble of a large number of inter- acting systems – those constituting its anatomy and conducting the physiological, biological and molecular functions at the gross physical level and those involved in the processing of the brain and the mind towards regulating the former and the multiple activities of life. The harmonious functioning of these components would be sufficient for the maintenance of routine life – like that of any other species in its natural domain. More important parts of this unique laboratory of life in the form of a human being are –– the mana (conscious and subconscious mind), buddhi (intellect), citta (unconscious mind), % (the sense of being) and the7% (super-conscious mind and the inner self) – in the sublime realms of mind. Those in the executive domain include – – the 86%, the twenty four $#%, the three 9 , the , $ and 10 , the panca %+&11 the %12 and the , the subliminal nucleus (hidden in the inner core of the upper brain) of linkage with the divine consciousness. In their quest for absolute truth, the used to carry out all experi- ments and investigations in this ‘living laboratory’, which, as they found, contained the projection of the whole universe in itself. Rather than depending upon others, or using external means or consuming natural resources (to develop sophisticated devices/technologies....) and up- setting the ecological harmony, they preferred a truly self-reliant ap- proach to develop and perform the spiritual experiments of the sci- ence of life on their own body and mind. They performed $, yoga, and $&6# for this purpose. Their endeavors bestowed multiple boons of – the knowledge of the self, knowledge of the universe, realization of the absolute truth and, most importantly, the achievement of their noble goal of creating divine ambience in this mortal world. The most remarkable result of their invaluable research was the decipheration that – the eternal energy of and is the basic source of the origin and functioning of the miraculous living laboratory existing in a human being. 37Eternity ... Science of Mantras The manifestation of the power of in our vocal sound is called %; and that expressed via gestures and in the language of thoughts is called #. The ‘voices’ of the deeper cores of the mind and the soul are termed respectively as $ and $&#. The powers and effectiveness of these grow exponentially from baikhari to $&#. The words spoken by someone would become absolute if his baikhari is empowered by the $&#. Spiri- tual endeavors of *+ and
% include purification and training to effectuate this evolution of . The japa of man- tras are perfect only if uttered through such a refined voice. As mentioned earlier, the creation (compilation) of mantras is based on a splendid combination of the science of syllables and vowels emanated from the realization of and the science of the rhythmic impact of specific patterns of phonemes and musical notes – the science of . The effectiveness of the 6% japa of mantras is proportional to the spiritual refinement of the %. The consistent observance of truth, austerity, piety and selflessness in thoughts, deeds and conduct is essential for effec- tive success in the practices of mantra-japa. A mantra recited in a spiritually refined voice is said to be perfect like the unfailing arrow of the"– the divine bow of Arjuna. Our body is also like a superb musical instrument gifted by Nature. In fact, its functional structure can be simulated with the and . These instruments have several wires connected with the wooden components. Analogously, the brain, tongue, stomach etc to- gether with the tactile skin, vocal cord, ears and the network of interconnected nerves constitute our body’s instrument. This mu- sical body (termed "
in the scriptures) is well equipped with the sensors for receiving and transmitting enormous varieties of sonic currents. The swara (accent) of the musical notes is generated in the "
of our body by vibrations in the specific cakras and energy plexus described earlier. The talented musicians produce varieties of melodious patterns and musical compositions from the instruments 38 Eternity... Science of Mantras like the and . The experts of *+
# too, by the dedicated of , ‘play’ (stimulate) the 86% and generate vibrations in the ‘fibers’ (latent linkages) of the inner body. This induces spiritual transmutation and arousal of supernatu- ral powers (riddhi-siddhis) of physical as well as transcendental dimensions. Perfection in listening and tuning the of the living of our body helps understand and regulate the gross physical as well as the subtle functions of our life. This expertise could be attained rather easily by *+ as compared to other ascetic and enduring procedures of yoga. The sapt deva (seven Gods), sapta (the seven ), saptloka (seven heavenly realms of existence), $ (seven ‘oceans’ of life), sapt meru (seven mountains of divinity), sapt (seven levels of spirituality) –– existing in the subtle world of our body – are said to vibrate according to the divine sapt swaras (the octave of cosmic music of eternity) gener- ated by the . A group of distinguished scientists in Toronto (Canada) has initiated innovative research on the ‘sounds’ within the human body. Their sound-proof laboratory is well equipped to perceive and make au- dible, the different sounds produced by the processes of respiration, heart beating, flows of liquids and gases in the digestive system...., etc. The analysis of the rhythmic interplay between these sounds and the physical state of the body has offered them significant infor- mation. Similar research in modern branches of audition and acous- tics should also be carried out to scientifically analyze the psychologi- cal factors with respect to the gamut sounds inside the body. Renowned physicist, Dr. Charles G. Van Ripher has thrown light on the subtler aspects of the internal sounds of the human body in his book entitled – ‘An Introduction to General American Phonetics’. In his views, the mysterious levels of consciousness could be grasped only by understanding the spectrum of sonic (audible as well as sub- liminal) vibrations of the living system. Prof. Ripher states that – as light, heat, gravity and magnetism affect the physical phenomena in Nature and the states of the living bodies in it, similar or even higher should be the impact of the sound energy because it ‘enfolds’ the 39Eternity ... Science of Mantras optical and the thermal energies as well. The presence of some mini- mum level of sound, including that produced due to the continuum of periodic physiological functions, is as essential for maintaining bio- energy, as that of air, water and food. From their physical appearance, the muscles appear as mere bundles of ‘threads’ made up of blood and flesh.... However, the sounds pro- duced by their periodic contraction and stretching are wonderful. One can sense these sounds by meditating upon the intra-body functions – without any disturbance of any kind of external sound. Perfecting such meditations enables one perceive these sounds in the happy and healthy state of the mind and body as melodious tunes produced by the divine . This sound loses its order and becomes unclear in the negative states of tension, anger, sickness, etc. Some of the sounds produced by various physiological and physico- chemical functions inside the body can be amplified and heard or sensed with the help of the modern instruments like the echocardiogram. With the advent of technology for perception of infra- and ultra-sounds, some scientists have been able to record and analyze the above mentioned sounds produced by the muscles and other parts of the body. Celebrities like Dr. Joshua F. Jaffe of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has successfully recorded some of these sound waves – up to 1000 hertz frequencies – with the help of an electro-mechanical stethoscope. His recordings include the orderly echos (sounding like “Lap-Dap - Lap-Dap” ....) of the heart beats and the grumbling sound produced in the lungs. Prof. G. I. Taylor’s auto-correlation studies carried out at the Cam- bridge University have provided in-depth quantitative analysis of the waveforms of the signals recorded during the controlled experiments on intra-body sounds. Using the computational methods of Fast Fou- rier Transforms, Prof. James W. Cooley of the Princeton University has successfully recorded the digital waveforms of the rhythmic sound produced due to the periodic contraction and stretching of muscles. The next step of the front-line research in related biomedical sci- ences would focus on the prognostic and diagnostic studies using the 40 Eternity... Science of Mantras parametric analysis of the waveforms of the sounds of different kinds of physiological tremors under the normal and the diseased conditions of the body. Experiments on other creatures have also shown major role of their biological sounds in governing their vital functions and vice-versa. Dr. Nelson of the Zoology department, California University has investi- gated that – if a shark is in a state of danger, her ‘shout’ for help is sent to her partners via the signals of her muscles’ sound; the friends at the other end also communicate via similar signals. Dr. M. A. Winsey of Britain obtained analogous results when he experimented on the eggs of Japanese Quails. He found that the sound waves transmitted from an egg are heard by its mother about four days before the birth of the offspring. He also observed that if an embryo of this quail is kept in a transperent plastic bag near its egg, in which, an offspring is struggling hard to come out ...., then, the orderly sound produced inside the embryo would send ‘energy signals’ to help the offspring break the shell of its egg with greater ease...... An experimental Zo- ologist, Dr. Goldpink, concludes that – such phenomena are the ‘dem- onstration’ of the fact that the conscious energy in a living body is indeed a part of an omnipresent (supreme) force. In his dissertation entitled ‘Phisicomathice de L’humane’ an Italian scientist, Dr. Francisco M. Grimaldy has thrown light on some yet unknown (hence ‘mysterious’!) features of the music of the body’s . He considers the specific pattern of the body-sounds of a per- son to be correlated with his psychology and sentiments. His empha- sis on the emotional and sentimental aspects brings his theory closer to the philosophy of our ancient scholars. Any kind of sophisticated experiment in our body can be performed only if this wonderful labo- ratory is cleaned and upgraded by physical fitness and refinement of our thoughts, sentiments and deeds. All the disciplined practices of yoga, ranging from –$# and # – to the higher levels of , are aimed at activating the linkage between the individual and the supreme con- sciousness... The physiological tremors play a key role in increasing the levels of vital energy during the elementary exercises of spiritual 41Eternity ... Science of Mantras yoga. The japa of mantras also makes use of these sound waves in order to penetrate the ‘otherwise unused’ latent core of conscious- ness (in the hidden fold of the human brain) towards creating a com- munication link with the cosmic layers of . The disciplines of self-restrain, chastity and specific $# help regulating the order of the physiological tremors in total harmony with the bio-rhythm of Nature. This also bestows the opportunity of enlightened development of personality. The internal power of our ears could be stimulated by elementary practices of *+ so that they could sense (‘perceive’) the otherwise subtle sounds inside the body. Consistency in meditation upon the internal sounds of the body accompanied by thorough practices of introvert analysis inspired by $ and !##13 eventually leads to activation and illu- mination of the subtle and astral bodies too. Arousal of inner strength and virtuous talents together with intellectual radiance are immediate consequences of accomplishing these . Further evolution of the individual consciousness by the *+ effec- tuates the manifestation of supernormal faculties. *** 42 Eternity... Science of Mantras The Suprasonic Power Hidden in Mantras Mantra
as developed by the – the Indian sages of yore, is a science based on the realization of the omnipotent power of – the eternal sound. Mantra9% has been an important branch of ancient Indian Medicine. This is a sublime sound therapy and science of healing of the body and the mind derived from the principles of Mantra
. Even today, the use of this ‘esoteric’ mode of treatment is quite popu- lar – especially in the interior parts of India, for eliminating the poi- sonous effects of biting by the snakes, scorpions, dogs or lizards etc. Mantra therapy is also applied here for curing a variety of diseases including jaundice, typhoid, epilepsy, hysteria ... etc. An article en- titled ‘ '%
’ is worth mentioning in this context. In this article (c.f. The Hindi digest ‘
’; Decem- ber ‘67; pp. 18-), the author, Shri Govinda Shastri has also described one such incident in detail where he had witnessed a complete and quick (just in two days!) cure of severe jaundice by the6%. The following quote of Yoga
&8 (+% no. 6|1|8|1|39) throws light on the power of
%2%#!7 | &7#/'#7 || Meaning: As Harra (a medicinal herb) activates the digestive sys- tem by almost instantaneous cleaning of the stomach, the enunciation – accompanied by thorough mental concentration and faith, of the special syllables like “Ya”, “Ra”, “La”, “Va”..., of the mantras also create definite effects on the body. The limitless power of enfolded in the specific compilation of the Vaidika Mantras was deeply realized by the rishis. They were therefore known as 8 – the visionaries of mantras. They had experienced, experimented and expanded enormous appli- cations of the science of mantras. While teaching different modes of ,14 , they had also warned concerning the precau- tions necessary to avoid any improper use of such mantras. Prof. 43Eternity ... Science of Mantras Bever, a noted scholar from Germany, has also expressed similar opinion about the immense subliminal power indwelling in the mantras. The quality of sound we hear in different ways does have a direct bearing upon our mental and emotional reactions. This could be seen in our day-to-day encounters too. For example, the roaring sound of a lion or the trumpeting of an elephant does create a feeling of fear even if it is heard for the first time or even if the listener does not recognize ‘what sound is that?’ Similar is true of the ‘irritating’ voice of a crow. On the contrary, whenever heard, the sweet warbling sound of a nightingale is going to generate soothing effects only.... The la- tent vibrations of immanent in every kind of sound, can stir the ocean of surrounding energy waves to separate out and expunge the forces of opposite (insidious) quality....
9% is indeed a science based on the deep understanding of the latent power of and its intimate relationship with the consciousness and the vital energy centers in the body. Before going into the details of the structure and functional mechanisms of mantras, let us consider the evidential examples of the power of sound in terms of the wide range of its applications in modern medical technology. Whenever a bell is struck, its chiming continues for some time be- cause of the vibrations in the atoms of the material of which the bell is made.... Almost infinitely many types (i.e. different frequencies) of vibrations exist around us but our ears can ‘hear’ only those as ‘sound’ which reach them at audible frequencies. As mentioned earlier, ev- ery kind of vibration produces sound (sonic wave) and there are infi- nite types of sounds that we cannot perceive.... The ultra- and infra- sounds fall under this category of ‘subtle’ or ‘latent’ sound. The sound produced by vibrations in the frequency range of about 8 X 105 to 106 cps is identified as ultrasound. The ultrasound waves are so powerful and fast that they could penetrate and cut the hard materi- als like diamonds and bones in negligible fraction of a second. With the development of advanced technology for the controlled genera- tion and perception of such waves, ultrasound has offered significant applications right from heavy industries to delicate surgical opera- tions of the internal organs and tissues since the past few decades. 44 Eternity... Science of Mantras The early applications of ultrasound in medicine and surgery had received worldwide publicity. Some reported incidents in this regard include the following: A severe backache of a lawyer in Paris was cured in just five minutes. The late American president Mr. Kennedy had once suffered from backache and muscular stiffness while he was participating in a tree-plantation programme somewhere in Canada. He was instantly treated by ultrasound therapy used by his personal doctor, Dr. Trawell. The physical disabilities of over ninety children, who were suffering from Polio or Arthritis, were cured in Paris by the same therapy. The otherwise ‘permanent’ mole of a patient in Germany was completely removed in a fortnight by a regu- lar treatment by ultrasound for few seconds every day. The first experiment on ultrasound treatment of wounds was con- ducted on twenty-seven patients, whose body parts were cut during accidents...., in the Sallpetrie hospital in Paris. The wounds of about eighteen of these patients were cured completely while about eight had recovered partially. Some German doctors also succeed in apply- ing ultrasound therapy to cure some diseases of ears that were incur- able by medicines or surgery. In their initial attempts on a sample of sixteen patients, the doctors had achieved almost instantaneous suc- cess in the case of six patients and an equal number of patients showed partial but positive response. Ultrasonics has found significant place in advanced medical technol- ogy today. Although the existence of these waves was discovered within two year since that of the X- rays (in 1895), their first success- ful application was registered by Dr. Karl T. Datzic’s work in 1942. Soon after this, Dr. H. Hubert of the Geology division in a University of California had also demonstrated the use of ultrasonic vibrations in cleaning delicate old bones that were lying (stored) in brittle state. Similar contemporary works had triggered multifaceted research and technological developments and the domain of ultrasonic applications had soon expanded to the areas ranging – from cleaning and wash- ing, to the cutting of heavy metal sheets...; from engineering tools to delicate surgery ..., etc. When the subtle and high-speed vibrations of ultrasound are charged electrically, their penetrating power is intensified tremendously so that 45Eternity ... Science of Mantras they could pass through the atoms of any kind of ultra-dense mate- rial. This rare property has given rise to a unique application of ultrasound, viz. – sonography. It has been found to be more use- ful than the X-ray radiation both in terms of the noninvasiveness and the accuracy and fineness of scanning. Even in the earlier days of its development in the high-tech countries, the medical applications of sonography had helped successful diagnosis of several intra-body ailments/ abnormalities where X- rays had failed. Apart from the applications in surgery and sonographic recordings, the sophisticated use of these super fast ultrasonic waves in medical biotechnology include cell-membrane treatments and RBC upgradation. Some researchers at Los Angeles (USA) and in Ger- many have also successfully experimented for using these waves along with intravenous drug injecting and infrared radiation therapies. Development of ultrasound transducers has further advanced the ul- trasonic applications at the cellular and molecular levels. The ultra- sound transducers convert electrical energy into sonic energy and generate sound waves at a speed higher than 20,000 per sec. These waves, when collide with an object, produce a ‘reflected’ image of the same. This image can then be recorded and processed by other energy medium(s) as well. Techniques based on ultrasound transduc- ers have been very useful in tissue culture processing and analysis. Dr. Joseph Holmes’ research at the Colorado University, USA, was among the first few successful experiments on such noninvasive techniques. Ultrasonic transducers are now a common tool in ad- vanced research on deciphering the cellular and molecular mecha- nisms of various diseases ranging from tuberculosis to several types of cancers. The above examples of modern scientific utilization of the power of sound give us sufficient reason to find substance in the power of mantras especially in the context of – mantra therapy for the elimi- nation of a number of disorders, ailments and toxic effects... etc. These also evince the possibilities of hypnotic control of other person’s mind by the mantra-based % techniques like , mohan, 66... etc. The historical scriptures like Mahabharata 46 Eternity... Science of Mantras describe the use of mantras-based weaponry that used to be more powerful in effect than the atomic bombs... This too appears feasible vis-à-vis the modern concept of sound-bomb. In the present times of technological developments, the physical pow- ers and electronic devices are used to produce ultrasonic vibrations... During the ancient era of research on mantras, the used to generate, perceive and extract the power of eternal sound in the mantras with the help of their own body and mind. The vital energy that enables functioning of the body-system and the spiritual power of the inner sentiments and the unconscious mind were the princi- pal source of their experiments on ,. Among the spiritual saints of the modern India, the revered names of
i Aurbindo are often cited in the context of creative use of the boundless power of hidden in one’s thoughts and sentiments.
Aurobindo’s mental waves are said to have invited, inspired and controlled a large number of great souls who had descended in India to initiate and successfully excel India’s non-violent struggle for free- dom....
Raman similarly is described to have had the super- natural power to influence the thoughts and sentiments of others by his mental and latent spiritual ‘messages’. Many people have ‘wit- nessed’ the demonstrations of his power – he was even able to com- municate, guide and share the sentiments with the animals around him and his Ashram. The force of rooted in the thought waves and emotional cur- rents is evolved and works in the subliminal domain of the
+# +& – the Mind Cell (the mental sheath of the soul). Its power that gives rise to sonic vibrations has tremendous potential to affect every thing, including, the energy spheres on the farthermost planets in the cosmos.... Focused generation and adept control15 of this power is essential for creating specific effects that could be manifested and perceived in the sentient world. Our had detailed knowledge of the complex structure and the immense powers of the human body and mind. Their spiritually beatified intellect had a reach in the gigan- tic expansion of the cosmos too. Their intrinsic knowledge and real- ization of the subliminal impulse of and its manifestation in 47Eternity ... Science of Mantras Nature had enabled them quote the Vaidika Mantras in specific pho- netic patterns and also devise specific scripts to represent the latter. They also invented the modes of rhythmic enunciation and chanting of these mantras for generating and regulating specific streams of the eternal power of . The vaidika hymns (6), though appearing like simple prayers with different combinations of syllables, are, in fact, like subtle devices that are scientifically designed to ex- tract and use the power of immanent in sound. The universe is described as an unlimited ocean of sonic vibrations of infinitely many types of subtle and physical sounds. The latter include – the solar noise, the sounds produced by the gigantic motion of plan- ets and by meteoritic explosions, ‘cosmic noise’ produced by the gi- gantic flow (motion) of the galaxies and the uncountable varieties of other sounds of smaller intensities. The superb super-impositions of these infinite sonic vibrations continuously give rise, and also get ‘ab- sorbed’ into the self-existent eternal sound of ) . The spiritual of helps realization and intrinsic perception of this omnipresent sound. When the (ultra) sound, externally produced by the electrically in- duced vibrations in a tiny Brazilian Quartz itself could offer so many applications of immense importance in medicine and technology then what would be the potential of the eternal supernatural sound of the evolutionary impulse of the universe? The advanced scientific re- search into higher dimensions of sound should leave no room for doubt- ing the supernormal experiences of the who had attained (by *+) the ability to reach the cosmic dimension of omnipres- ent sound. Some scientific experiments on investigating the latent power of sound throw light upon its linkage with the willpower. Authentic reports on interesting examples in this regard include the following demonstra- tion which took place in Australia only a few years ago. Two re- searchers named Graham and Nile had conducted this demonstrative experiment. Thousands of people witnessed that – a loud and consis- tent (i.e. at a constant amplitude) utterance of the word START in- deed resulted in the starting of a 5 -7 tons heavy car; shouting of the word GO triggered this car to move along the road at full speed with- 48 Eternity... Science of Mantras out a driver.... Equally surprising was the observation by the specta- tors that the car also instantaneously obeyed the oral order of “HALT”! The scientific principle in the above experiment was – the conversion of sound into electrical energy. The demonstrator was holding a tiny (of the size of a matchbox) transistor that was transmitting his voice (i.e., the ‘sound’ of the ordered words) at appropriate frequencies, via electri- cal power to the control unit connected beneath the dash-board of the car. The electromagnetic effect of the same was utilized by the ‘car- radio’ connected to this unit on the one side and the controller unit (the engine, brakes etc.) of the car on the other. Rigorous scientific analysis of the power and properties of sound has become feasible with the advent of the technology for Spectrogra- phy16 of the recorded (perceived) sound. In a series of experiments, Dr. Lawrence Castro of the AT & T Bell Labs (USA) had found that – the spectrograph of an individual is specific to himself and will not be identical to that of any one else. If the same sentence was spoken by different persons, the respective spectrographs were also found to be different. Even if the frequencies and amplitude of the spoken sound was the same, the types of line segments in the graphs corre- sponding to different persons’ voices were different. If a sentence was spoken by a single person under different states of the body (e.g. normal, having high fever, under common cold etc.), the spectrograph remained the same. Further experiments on spectrographs showed that the sound waves are independent of the effects of rainfall, storm, temperature, pressure etc. The sound waves generated by even the subtlest sound are spread instantaneously and can traverse thousands of miles along with other vibrations of similar frequency in a matter of a few seconds.... In this process some waves could also be reflected back with the vibrations of matching frequency moving in other directions.... Thus, each good or bad word spoken by us carries it influence everywhere around and it would eventually reach back to us with the corresponding magni- fied effects. The science of Mantra is based on the realization of the ‘original energy currents’ subliminally indwelling in without any ampli- fication or control by external (e.g. by electrical impulses) energies. 49Eternity ... Science of Mantras The recent invention of retrometer by Dr. Neuman E. Thomas of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research center at Langley, USA, has helped scientific investigations on the inherent energy of sound. The photosensitive cells of the retrometer help conversion of light into electricity and the latter is converted into sound energy by appropriate transducers and receptors..... Conver- sion and transmission of sound into light is carried out in this instru- ment by a reverse operation analogously. Experiments conducted with the help of the instruments of the above types have shown that the super-sonic (including ultrasonic and infra- sonic) waves are similar in nature to the light waves. This similarity increases with a reduction in their wavelengths. The supersonic waves can be reflected and transmitted in different mediums with greater ease (i.e. with lesser energy).... Moreover, as these waves traverse a dense medium at a faster pace than a rare medium, they could attract the power of different kinds of sources of light by a comple- mentary process. Every mantra in the Vedas has been linked with a that sym- bolizes an eternal energy field of specific flow of cosmic conscious- ness. Whenever a mantra is enunciated or chanted in a specific rhyth- mic manner, its associated sonic waves expand in a specific pattern and after traversing across the layers of energy-particles in the sur- rounding space reach and penetrate the corresponding cosmic nuclei of divine powers. The subtle energy of mind generated through meditation while per- forming a japa of the mantras helps transformation of the sound waves into electromagnetic waves for necessary cosmic transmis- sion. The collision of the mantra-waves with the corresponding di- vine power center results in the reflection of the desired (as per the aim of the associated mantra) cosmic radiation. The latter return back to the physical and subtle energy cores in and around the % 17 , or, reach at some other ‘point’ in the universe as directed by the specific chanting pattern of the corresponding mantra. The above process of transmission and reception or ‘communication’ between the % and the divine center(s) is slow and shows 50 Eternity... Science of Mantras negligible effects in the beginning. Its impact gradually increases in a compounded manner with the dedicated practice and perfection in the $ and japa of the mantra along with a rise in the intrinsic faith, mental piety and concentration and continence of the %. – the subtle body, the eternal source of energy for the Sun – is supposed to be the of the great "#
. A truly devoted, spiritual % of this mantra receives the vital energy, inspiration and divine illumination from . Apart from the natural gains of the physical and mental vigor and discerning intellect, his attitude gets enlightened and likewise the solar rays, his inner mind can envision and reach (realize) everything existing in the universe. The internal piety and moral strength of sentiments and the divine faith of the %help faster attainment of these miraculous pow- ers through the japa- of the "#
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of Mantras Mouth is described in the 0# as the locus of the agni cakra – the subtle centre for the generation of metabolic powers and thermal energy. The group of energies18 required for various metabolic and physiological processing is described to have its field of action begin- ning from the mouth and spreading up to the stomach. The mechani- cal role of mouth and its energy (utilized in the process of chewing and gulping, for instance) in the digestive system is well known. More important is its role as linked with the vocal cord and hence with the functions of speaking and singing.... The power of speech is among the most significant gifts bestowed upon the human species. Its im- portance can be very well understood simply by realizing the limita- tions and disabilities of a dumb fellow. At the gross level, the agni cakra of mouth performs the initial phase of digestive mechanism, at the subtle level, it ‘produces’ voice and helps pronunciation. At the astral level it generates divine flows of the ‘currents’ of in the individual consciousness. While the first two are well known to most of us, the third and the most signifi- cant role is experienced only by the experts of the japa yoga – the spiritual endeavors associated with japa and meditation of mantras. The inlet of mouth is also regarded a living %19with respect to the divine importance of the sonic energy as a source of expression of multiple manifestations of . One would be sur- prised to note that the enormous impact of japa yoga is based on this sublime power of his mouth. That words spoken could well become the cause of an affectionate relationship or of hatred and hosility – illustrates the fact that the words are not only the carriers of information but they do retain and convey the sentiments of the speaker. The currents of conscious- ness of the speaker endowed in his speech flow with the sonic vibra- tions produced by the pronunciation of these words. These elements produce ‘conscious–effects’ at the destination with which the asso- ciated sound waves collide. While the acoustic effects could be stud- ied by physical means, the ‘conscious-effects’, being latent and sub- liminal in nature, can only be realized and analyzed through spiritual practices of #+. 52 Eternity... Science of Mantras Extraction of the essence of the conscious power of the words (sound) is aimed at in the japa yoga. The physical vibrations generated by the sound of rhythmic enunciation (japa) affect the body of the chanter (%) and his surrounding space and the associated conscious elements induce his mind and the inner self and ‘titillate’ the related conscious-energy centers in the cosmic domains. The science of mantras is founded on the science of the ‘conscious currents’ of the inherent in the musical sound generated by a conscious being. The meaning of the mantras has negligible impor- tance as compared to the specific configuration of syllables/phonemes in them. The "#
is regarded as supreme of all the Vaidika Mantras. In terms of linguistic meaning, it is a universal prayer of arousal and illumination of righteous intellect in all. Many other divine prayers written in different languages might also im- ply similar meanings, but it is the unique sonic pattern that gives a unique importance to this mantra. The subtle sonic pattern of this mantra is supposed to generate spe- cific vibrations in the gross as well as the mental and causal bodies of the % and in his surroundings. These vibrations empowered by the spiritual force of the %’s purified inner self conjugate with the extrasensory impulse of the supreme consciousness…. The single lettered () mantras like2 , , , Ai, 2( , * , :8 etc. are of basic importance in the science of mantras because of the special conscious as well as ‘mechanical’ (%) effects of their sounds. The cyclic enunciation (or chanting) under different rhythms, pitches and intensities is practiced in the japa of a mantra to make different uses of its (mantra’s) sonic vibrations. In
%3$ the man- tra is uttered silently (mentally); the level of ‘perceivable’ sound in- creases gradually (e.g. from the silent movements of the lips and the tongue to murmuring and humming) in the $ and 6% japas. As described in the previous sections, the Vaidika Mantras also have specific swaras (classical musical accents) associated with them that offer varieties in their japa and hence in their effects..... The "(vaidika modes of collective chanting) of these mantras in- deed creates powerful currents with latent but inducing impacts at the physical and the subtle levels of matter and consciousness. 53Eternity ... Science of Mantras The consistent japa of the mantras has dual effects: externally, it generates vibrations in the surrounding space and internally, it stimu- lates the extrasensory energy centers (cakras) and subtle endocrine glands inside the body. The impact of these effects amplifies signifi- cantly with continuous repetition of such rhythmic enunciation at a constant pace. Laboratory experiments have shown the physical strength of rhythmic sound that can empower a small cork to push a heavy iron rod..... A large number of examples of the Doppler effect given in the earlier sections should suffice to evince the physical po- tential of the superimposed sound waves. The internal creative effects of japa can be illustrated by simple analogy with the functioning of a typewriter. When a key of a type- writer is pressed, its impact results in the printing of the correspond- ing letter or symbol on the paper. Similarly, the vibrations produced by silent or vocal enunciation of a syllable or combinations of the syllables of a mantra make specific impressions on the subtle energy centers and nerve-bundles and stimulate them. Regular repeated prac- tice of the same japa under adept disciplines is indeed the root of the enormous potential gained during different spiritual experiments of
. That friction gives rise to the thermal and electrical (static) energies – is well known to every student of physics. The internal vibrations produced by the sonic waves of japa create similar effects and acti- vate the otherwise unused latent glands and extrasensory energy cen- ters inside the body of the %. The advanced scientific applications ranging –– from remote control of the space-crafts by electromagnetic waves; delicate surgeries to heavy metal cutting by the Lasers.... etc clearly illustrate that it is not the equipment or the device but it is the ‘power’ of the (energy) waves that induces such wonderful effects. The supernatural ef- fects of the suprasonic waves generated by the japa of mantras are more remarkable and are still beyond the reach of the advanced in- struments (generators and the sensory devices) developed so far. In terms of the modern (material based) science or acoustics, sound is generated by vibrations produced in any physical medium. The 54 Eternity... Science of Mantras modern psychologists have gone one step ahead by accepting the latent power of voice that affects the minds of the speaker and the listeners.... (e.g. the effects of harsh or affectionate voices of same frequencies and intensities are drastically different....). These are only the crude and restricted manifestations of the power of . The dimensions of expand far beyond the physical, psychological and inner sentimental levels.... They include the sublime realms of consciousness and therefore form a subject of investigations by the spiritual scientists. The japa yoga aims at using the physical as well as the spiritual power of with the help of the specific sonic patterns of the mantras. The subtle energy waves generated by the japa of a man- tra reach at the specific cosmic center (linked with the of the mantra) and attract the supernatural currents of cosmic conscious- ness in proportionate amounts. The whole universe is like an ocean of the electromagnetic and con- scious energy waves. The flow of thoughts and sentiments takes place via the latter kind of omnipresent waves. The sublime energy waves produced along with the ‘physical’ sound waves by the japa are spread in the cosmos and they reach back (with an amplified impact) to the % after being superimposed and further ‘elec- trified’ by the subtle waves of similar nature existing along their cos- mic path.... The divine or the evil thoughts generated by an individual mind influ- ence the fields of thoughts in the surrounding by attracting the thought waves of compatible quality and repulsing those of the opposite qual- ity. The thought waves form their own field of attraction that adds to the expansion of the corresponding (divine or evil) currents of thoughts in the cosmic domains as well. Similar is the effect of the waves of con- sciousness generated by different kinds of sentiments and emotions. The waves of thoughts or sentiments/emotions of an individual are strengthened in the similar (matching) fields traversed by them during their cosmic journey. And, because of the periodic nature of the move- ment of waves, they eventually reach back their origin. Completion of each such cycle amplifies the intensity of the associated good or 55Eternity ... Science of Mantras bad effects. These inducing effects, though subliminal in nature, in- deed play an important role in inspiring and shaping one’s character and hence in building one’s destiny too. The subtle waves generated by the mantra-japa are often more pow- erful and faster than the thought waves of the %. If generated repeatedly, in a consistent cyclic manner, these suprasonic waves help create serene and divine ambience within and around the % with strong field of attraction to influence the other waves of thoughts and sentiments that might collide with them. It is well known that the compounded magnetic effects of similar atoms (particles) gives rise to their dense collection. This clustering eventually results in the formation a mine, which gets richer by the augmentation in its power of attraction by successive increase in its repository of similar atoms (particles). Equivalently, the domain of influ- ence of the subtle sonic waves generated by the japa of a mantra expands and becomes more powerful with the increase in the num- ber of persons of similar spiritual levels who perform collective japa The amplification of the radio waves by powerful transmitters at the relay centers makes their broadcast possible across the globe. Analo- gously, the force of the conscious energy in the waves generated by the japa intensifies along with the increase in the faith, sincerity, strength and piety of thoughts and sentiments of the %(s). The lack of knowledge about the spiritual dimensions of and the non-applicability of the existing scientific instruments in sensing or measuring the domains of the subtle sonic waves make it practi- cally impossible to conduct usual laboratory-experiments in the sci- ence of mantras. This is why the subject matter of
is often attributed to philosophy, mythology or blind faith or its study largely remains confined to controversial or inconclusive ‘intellec- tual’ arguments alone. The misdeeds and perversion of the medieval era in the name of ‘spirituality’ have been most detrimental, as these have led to destroying and shrouding the real knowledge and widen- ing the gap between the ‘materialistic’ and ‘spiritual’ sciences. This has severely hindered the possibility of scientific research into this branch of knowledge with an open mind. 56 Eternity... Science of Mantras Several examples demonstrating the power of mantras are however reported – including popularly witnessed incidents, in the modern cen- tury. For instance, it was reported a couple of decades ago, that the women magicians called Vamohas had successfully stopped and pre- vented the heavy rainfall for the desired number of days on a play ground during a Commonwealth sports festival in Quallalampur (Ma- laysia) and also on a shooting site of an American film company. The advanced science of today has realized the power of the super sonic waves and has also conceded the limitations of the material based research with respect to a complete decipheration of the im- mense potential of the functioning of the human-brain and mind. This is the right time that the subtler forms of sound existing in be investigated scientifically. The
should be studied in the light of the fact that –– this ancient science was developed by the who began their research by focussing on the fields of con- sciousness rather than matter (or perceivable entities). The intrinsic research conducted by these scientists of yore had helped them real- ize the eternal origin and the ultimate expansion of sound – the , in conjunction with the cosmic consciousness. The mantras devised by the were not only perfect with respect to the compilation of specific sonic patterns, these creations also con- tained the formulae for awakening the specific nuclei of the supreme consciousness subliminally existing in the universe. Having realized all the dimensions of the eternal sound, the had referred it as - ;the omnipresent and omnipotent thy sound. The script designed by the to assign syllables suitable for the compilation of the mantras was also perfect in terms of the corre- spondence of the shapes of the syllables with the associated ‘geom- etry’ (spectrograph) of the phonetic pattern (of the syllables) and the sonic waveforms. This script was also unique in terms of the com- pact representation of the latent meanings and the multiple modes of japa and chanting. The in-depth analysis of the available forms of the ancient scripts used in the Vedas and study of its scope in ad- vanced applications (e.g. for knowledge- representation in the intelli- gent computers) – has become an active area of research in the modern times. We shall look into various aspects of the creation and effects of mantras in the following sections. 57Eternity ... Science of Mantras Structure and Implications of Mantras Swami Ramatirtha had once stated that – ‘One may become a God but one can never see or show thee...’. The same is true of the subtle elements, they can be experienced or felt-in but can’t be seen or shown in a laboratory. Flow of radio waves through the ether is well known though no instrument has been able to measure or demonstrate the ‘ap- pearance’ or ‘existence’ of ether. We do feel the effects of chill, heat, happiness, sorrow... etc. in our day-to-day life but we can never see or show these effects in visible or otherwise perceivable forms. Recitation of the mantras is only a means for arousing the omnipres- ent subtle power of. When we awake somebody by pushing him by our hand, the hand simply plays the role of a tool, it is not a part of the process of awakening. Similarly, the specific configuration of syllables and the sound (including the sublime sound) produced by the japa of a mantra is only a means for activating specific field of the cosmic energy of . Which mantra is suitable for awakening what kind of subliminal energy center – is described in the viniyoga (structural classification) of that mantra. All of the Vaidika and the /% Mantras have distinct viniyogas. The ancient scriptures of 0 and Nigama describe the viniyoga part along with the details on the methods (and ) of the japa of the mantras. Before reciting a mantra one must read and understand its viniyoga. The viniyoga of each mantra has five components – (i) -, (ii) Chanda, (iii) ., (iv) and (v) Tatva. The first component contains the names of the (s) or the spiritual saints who had dis- covered, compiled and/or completely mastered that particular man- tra and who therefore are regarded authorities on all the knowledge associated with the spiritual practice of that mantra. Such spiritual saints are the ideal ( (guides) for the disciples who endeavor a of that mantra. Recalling this first component of the – viniyoga of a mantra also implies that revered devotion for those and adept guidance of a noble ( is essential for practising (the japa of) that mantra. The chanda indicates the rhythmic composition for the enunciation or chanting of the mantra. As described earlier, each mantra can be 58 Eternity... Science of Mantras practised with different combinations of swaras (musical accents) and gati (amplitudes).
6%, <$&, <-4(, !...., etc are some of the many modes of japa that are also described in the chanda for a mantra. The specific pattern of sonic waveforms generated by the mantra–japa depends upon the syl- lables of the mantra and the type of chanda used. The assignment of appropriate chanda for the spiritual processes of prac- tising a mantra is called – yati. The selection of a yati and hence of a chanda for a given mantra is decided with respect to the purpose of the , the configuration of the mantra-syllables and the mental and spiritual level of the %. The third component, the represents the specific cosmic field (– of the subliminal energy of ) in the limitless expression of the supreme thy consciousness – that is aimed to be reached (real- ized) by the japa- of the associated mantra. We all know that out of the different programmes being broadcast via the radio waves, a radio set can catch (receive) only the ones whose frequencies it is tuned for. Similarly, from the different streams of the conscious power of present in the universe, a mantra can be used to link the individual consciousness with the of that mantra. As the practice of the mantra involves devoted meditation upon the along with the specified (according to the chanda) rhythmic enunciation or chanting, the had assigned visible forms to differ- ent – representing different manifestations and subliminal expressions of the One, Eternal, Thy Consciousness…. Some of the also recommended worshiping the idols – of these forms of the – in sacred atmosphere before commencing the japa of the mantras. Worshiping an idol of God often facilitates proper meditation and cre- ation of the internal emotions to strike the intrinsic core of absolute faith that is necessary for confluence of the individual consciousness with the cosmic flow of divinity. This type of rituals (called % $) do help conditioning the minds of the disciples who find it difficult to meditate upon the subliminal forms of in the &(# – the absolute void, the ultimate, the ‘non-existent’ but eternal realms of thy conception. 59Eternity ... Science of Mantras The represents the origin of the mantra. It may be understood as a group of those syllables that contain, in compact coded form, the gist (tatva) of the mantra and thereby imply the latent existence of the specific power of in that mantra. The japa of the generates the ‘energy’ essential for initiating the activation of the ‘power’ of the associated mantra. The understanding and expertise of the science of mantras had illu- minated the minds of the with supernormal sagacity. They could therefore grasp the knowledge of the limitless expansion of the uni- verse and completely ‘visualize’ the structure and function of the tiniest part of the over 72000 nerves and glands mysteriously folded inside the human body and could also accomplish remarkable spiritual realizations. They also presented different streams of their intrinsic knowledge in the ancient Indian scriptures via prose consisting of the hymns of mantras. The scientific significance of the sound produced by specific syllables has attracted many researchers to study the special features of the sonic waveforms generated by the recitation of the mantras. The ultrasonometer developed by Dr. Fristlov is used for triggering dif- ferent chemical reactions via the effect of ultrasound. The stirrer used in this device can be made to stir (by the obvious effect of ultrasound!) so fast that in no time it can make the steady water – contained around it – churn violently like that during boiling at maxi- mum pace. As far as the sonic effects are concerned, the subtle power of a mantra, if focused, can be more ‘explosive’ than the nuclear power. The yogis often use the vital power of the air-element (#-) and gain supernatural physical powers. A %20 works at the highest level (%&21 ) – in the hierarchy of the five basic elements and he can therefore be more powerful than other yogis. Apart from the physical power of , the mantras are also en- dowed with the ‘magnetic’ power of the conscious energy of . The emotional linkage – through absolute intrinsic faith (&) – with the of the mantra attracts the subliminal energy of . 60 Eternity... Science of Mantras The devotion and prayers of the of the mantra are performed to initiate this linkage.The rhythmic enunciation or chanting of man- tras gives rise to two types of subtle fields of influence – one, the ‘sphere’ of sonic effects, and the other, of emotional (conscious) ef- fects. The expansion and the power of attraction of these fields intensify with continuous (cyclic) japa of the mantras in specific rhythm in a consistent manner. So powerful their force of attraction could be that, any kind of material or conscious form entering into their peripheries could be transformed according to the influence of the mantra. The use of mantras for enlightening the mental and sentimental domains of all the human beings may therefore be re- garded as a scientific possibility, a spiritual endeavor, rather than a myth or a daydreaming. *** 61Eternity ... Science of Mantras Mantra Yoga: Effects on Gross Body A human being is defined to be an ensemble of the gross (physical) body, subtle (mental and energy) body and the astral body (the inner self or the domain of the soul). The existence of three perennial ex- pressions of thy powers of the trinity Gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, is said to be vital for the manifestation of Nature and life. The existence of the three bodies is similarly an integral part of the exist- ence of any living being in this world. The three bodies, like the – confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, are separate as well as one – being the interwoven seg- ments of a single individual self. The refinement and development of any one of these bodies would be incomplete without the other two. Therefore, when we talk about the role of or
in human-life, we must ana- lyze the respective effects on each of the three forms (bodies) of a human being. As discussed earlier, our world is physically constituted by three ba- sic energies viz. Sound, Light and Heat. According to the electro- magnetic wave theory, the ever-expanding universe is described as a limitless ocean of energy waves. Grasping and utilization of some of these has given rise to the inventions and discoveries like radio, tele- phone, television, X-rays, radio-rays, laser, gamma-rays, ...., etc. Enor- mous combinations of superimposition of compatible waves are sup- posed to give rise to the energy particles, various subtle particle-states and ultimately to the atomic and molecular forms of matter. The root cause of the existence of different physical forms/states of any kind of material – howsoever subtle or gigantic it might be – is the ‘colli- sion or superimposition’ of some of these omnipresent, ever vibrating, energy waves. The eternal forms of sound and vibrations are synonymous with re- spect to their physical existence. Noting this, a natural conclusion of the above theory would be that –– and are the origins and the ultimate controllers of everything that exists (in a gross or subtle form) or happens (including the manifestation of life and death) in this universe. Our gross, subtle and astral bodies are thus naturally affected by ‘sound’. 62 Eternity... Science of Mantras Our gross body is a physical system consisting of bio-physicochemi- cal components. The impact of sound on this system results in corre- sponding vibrations in the molecular, cellular (e.g., an enzyme in a cell or a membrane, or a hormone...) or organ (e.g., the liver, uterus or ears.....) components and generates isolated or cascade effects (posi- tive or negative, depending on the type of sound) on the intercon- nected subsystems. Several examples of the negative physical ef- fects of the impact of sound on the gross body have been described earlier in the context of the Doppler effect and noise pollution.... Ex- amples of the positive physical effects (on the gross bodies of any living being), apart from those described earlier, include – increase in the immunity of human beings under specific therapies based on sound; acceleration of the growth rate of vegetation by special music...; in- crease in the reproduction rates of some varieties of fishes and hens under certain music-based treatments.... Out of the three most familiar manifestations of in energy forms, sound directly affects our gross body and heat and light influ- ence our subtle and astral bodies respectively. The latter two types of effects often remain unrecognized because of the random and in- stantaneous vibrations in our conscious and unconscious mind and irregularities in our physical activities vis-à-vis the large number of stochastic interactions in the ever-dynamic modes of our sublime in- teraction with the above energies in Nature. Even if the supernatural effects (of ) are observed, these are often attributed as ‘coin- cidences’ owing to the lack of sufficient knowledge or scientific data to analyze the causes... A proper synchronization of a consistent state of our body and mind with any one of the above powers of for a given span of time and at a selected space, free from other (random) disturbances – is necessary for conducting scientific experiments to study some such effects, even at a gross level. The philosophy, discipline and prac- tices of$#+,#+ and ##+ should be studied deeply under adept guidance and gradually applied for con- ducting feasible experiments of the above yogas on the gross body, subtle body and the astral body. A large number of yoga exercises under different branches of spiri- tual disciplines are known to exist in this world. All of these can be 63Eternity ... Science of Mantras classified into the three major types – $#+, mantra yoga, and ##+. Interestingly the most common and challenging hindrances in the successful practice of any or spiritual experiment of yoga can also be classified into three parent groups viz., lobha (greed), moha (selfish attitude and possessive attach- ments) and % (egotism). Moreover, the essential virtues which help the individual self struggle against these internal enemies also fall under three major categories – (courage), %$ and 22 ..... The methods of
help refine, by sonic effects, the state and functioning of the gross body or any kind of material that exists physically. The mode of utilization and the performance of these methods depends upon three major factors –– (i) the structure of mantra in terms of the configuration of syllables and vowels i.e., the sonic pattern of the mantra; (ii) the overall character and personality of the %, and (iii) the faith of the % in the mantra by which the power of mantra amplifies and penetrates the innermost energy centers of the %. The Vedic Mantras were originally created and compiled by the who were spiritual yogis and sages of the science of . There- fore, the coding of the sonic patterns in these mantras is perfect with respect to the impact of . Many a times, the realization of the syllables for subtle sounds ( ) in the etheric ocean had occurred to the through an afflatus or intuition in their intrinsic inspirations or the mantras were just ‘heard’ by them in the state of trance. This is the reason why most of these mantras are known as – (‘heard’) or as – ‘conveyed by the 0%&
– the cosmic voice’.... The "#
, -=, $, + % and the syllable 2 in the
$ in different religious scriptures are examples of such self-generated eternal mantras or divine messages. The tantra yoga is a special branch of mantra yoga. It deals with the development of ‘mechanisms’ for direct, fast and high-intensity ‘physical’ impact of the power of on specific targets. Compi- lations of the ‘harsh’ vowel “a ” with some ‘hard’ syllables of the Sanskrit script are commonly used here. The single-letter mantras 64 Eternity... Science of Mantras like – , , " , " , * , 9 , 3 , 3 , ' , : , , , , , 2 , '8 etc.– are frequently used as (the seed syllable) in the creation of a tantra. Because of the high-energy fields of the vibrations generated by the pronunciation (at specific intensities and speed) of the %, their physi- cal effects bear intense and direct impacts at significantly rapid pace. The extrasensory cakras, $#% and granthis in the body are suddenly stimulated by cyclic enunciation of the tntrik mantras. Little carelessness or lack of control or mistake in practising the tantras might therefore result in reciprocating reactions. The constructive or destructive effects of a tantra can be well understood from the ex- ample of the nuclear power... Thus, if a tantra is targeted for ill- intentioned goals to harm others, its user would risk – irreparable imbalance of hormonal secretions or activation of undesirable bio- electrical processes that could results in insanity, physical disability for torturous sufferings or even a sinner’s death..... If thoroughly understood and used under adept guidance for noble goals, the knowledge of , could offer enormous sup- port and benefits to the ailing human society today. *** 65Eternity ... Science of Mantras Sound Therapy: Ancient Knowledge The three vowels a, u and involved in the ) % (the omnipres- ent of “) ”) represent in terms of the power of , the three perennial tendencies of Nature and consciousness – sat, raj and tam. The divine powers of the trinity Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are symbolically represented as the powers of sublimi- nally enfolded in these vowels – to signify the absolute completeness of this the self-existent syllable ) (in Sanskrit) and its eternal musical sound “Oa kra”.... The four Vedas and other Indian scriptures of yore including – the 0# – the ancient medical science and the Gandharva Veda – the ancient art of music and dancing, are supposed to be the most original and richest sources of knowledge on the perceivable powers of and . The Caraka and the – of 0# men- tion a great deal on mantra based therapies against delirium, high- fever, asthma, diabetes, jaundice, tuberculosis and some kinds of car- diac-diseases and mental deficiencies. The
focuses upon different methods of composing the rhythms for the vedic mantras that play important role in sound therapy. The modes of pronunciation of mantra-syllables and the methods of chanting of the mantras in musical orders – for therapeutic applications – fall into the category of %. There are four types of described in the /, a Treatise on the ancient Indian medicine and pharmacology. These are categorized as the$!%, %, % and &%. The mechanism by which tantra and mantra affect the gross (including the activities at the points of contacts at the tongue, palate and the throat during the pronunciations.... ) and the subtle components (e.g. the endocrine glands) of the human body are also discussed in detail in these and related treatises. Each mantra is de- signed here in a highly specialized manner to generate specific en- ergy and functional potential. Scientific investigations show that the vibrations produced by large scaled collective japa or chanting of a mantra collide with the iono- sphere and thus affect the geo-magnetism and the Schumann’s reso- 66 Eternity... Science of Mantras nance too. The echo of the reflected vibrations affects the earth’s atmosphere. It is interesting to note that the electromagnetic waves generated by the Schumann’s resonance have the same frequency (around 7 – 13 cycles per sec) as that of the alpha-waves recorded in the EEG of a person performing the japa of the "# Mantra in a state of deep meditation. The suprasonic effects of mantras are said to effectuate – (i) the spiritual expertise of cursing or blessing respectively, to cause or cure the physical and psychological ailments/ disabilities; and (ii) the % means of influencing one’s body and mind by , mohana, 66, a6ra, %#...., etc. These should be analyzed along the lines of the electromagnetic mani- festations – which have a direct bearing upon the functioning of the brain, of the japa- of the selected mantras. Another stream of with enormous potential in sound therapy deals with its melodious form indwelling in music. The soothing ef- fects of sonorous music in giving instant relief from mental ten- sion and in curing some psychological disorders are well known. More importantly, the (rhythm) and swara (accent or basic note) of the musical patterns offer a wide spectrum of compositions which could be designed for curing or controlling specific hormonal disor- ders and associated physiological and mental aberrations. The Indian classical music is enriched with a variety of such compo- sitions () that could be made more effective if played along with the strong company of the classical instruments like – , , , , or$. Six ancient (tunes/ compositions) of the Indian classical music have been signified in the Gandharva Veda; namely, the – -, Bhairava -, Hindola -, Malkaunsa -,
- and the
-. About five to six varieties or subclasses of these are also considered to be of fundamental importance. The ancient musicians have also devised several other compositions by specific combinations of these . The modes, moods and timings associated with the applica- tions of such compilations are also described in the shastras. The Gandharva Veda cites – 3$4.#7.#4" /$7 | /$4" " "'$ || 67Eternity ... Science of Mantras The success of the deep impact of the vocal music necessarily de- pends upon the (spiritual) levels of the consciousness of the singer and the audience. This fact should be kept in mind while designing any experiment on the supernatural effects23 of the significant . Several research laboratories around the world – including the Maharshi Gandharva Veda !
and the $
,Shantikunj, Hardwar in India – are engaged in con- ducting experiments to analyze the effects of the rhythmic chanting of some veda-mantras upon human body and mind. It is quite likely that the audio disks and cassettes of the ‘Vaidik Hymns in different ’ would become integral parts of the health support systems in the sanatoriums and intensive care units of future. How the musical sound would affect a disorderly (diseased) state is explained in detail in the ancient scriptures. The basic principles of Âyurveda have emerged from the concept of defining/ classifying a human body’s system in terms of three basic natural properties – , pitta and kafa. Corresponding to the characteristic features of these three tendencies, there is a mention in the Gandharva Veda about their respective musical properties viz., #% of , #% of pitta and #%# of kafa. As , pitta and kafa have a direct bearing upon the intra-body functions that are based on the use of air (e.g. O2 in oxidation reac- tions), heat (e.g. in various thermodynamic regulations) and water (e.g. the aqueous medium for bio-molecular binding) respectively, so have their musical analogues – the . The ancient Indian schools of medical sciences had recommended the study of the treatise on music and sound – like the Gandharva Veda, as an integral part of the study of 0#. The expert vaidyas (the 0#% doc- tors) those days used to have an expertise and practical efficiency in the Indian classical music as well. Some treatises on relationship between classical music and 0# mention that – - is most suitable in curing the diseases caused by the imbalance of kafa; -
and 3 have positive effects in controlling mental instabilities, short-temper, ...., etc. The following are also prescribed as 68 Eternity... Science of Mantras ‘effective remedies’ – -4 for purification of blood; - for eliminating the physical sufferings due to tuberculosis, asthma, chronic cough and some other diseases of the respiratory system; -'6 for the treatment of the ailments of the liver, stomach and the whole digestive system; -2+ for increas- ing and purifying the lymph and serum and strengthening the liver and spleen. Famous examples of related applications include – King & "
Singh’s relief from insomnia because of the -'#, sung by the great singer $
; Instant cure of the insomnia of the dictator Mussolini by the effects of the classical sung by Pt
.... etc. Similar historical incidences are said to be associated with the eminent musicians like Pt. Pulaskar and the Dagar brothers. Inspired by the impact of ultrasound in medical technology, some modern scientists have also begun to experiment on the power of music in maintaining the normal (healthy) functions of the body. Some examples cited earlier in connection with the positive effects eluci- date the encouraging outcome of this research. Significant experi- ments on use of music as a promising therapy have also been con- ducted at the center established by Dr. Ralf Lawrence Hoy in Pitts- burgh. Dr. Podolsky and Dr. Berner Macfeden also make use of sonotherapy for effective treatment of their patients. Modern science should collaborate with the ancient sciences of and classical music to offer more fruitful use of the vital power of in improving the $-levels and hence the natural health of all the living beings. *** 69Eternity ... Science of Mantras The Phonetics of Collective Chanting Described in the Vedas Phonetics and sonic principles have been given maximum importance in the compilation of the mantras that encode the supreme knowl- edge compiled in the four Vedas. The
, in particular, emphasizes the most on the rhythmic patterns of the chanting of the vedic mantras. Specific symbols are used in the Vedas to represent different accents and amplitudes. The savants note that because of a highly compact symbolic representation, each letter of the vedic-mantras can have as many as eighteen different forms of phonemes associated with its pronunciation. A complete decipheration of this self- sufficient pho- netic code has not been possible by the scholars of later times. Some symbols have been decoded to identify the swaras (accents) with the help of the main principles cited in
#. For instance, the vertical and horizontal lines around a syllable of the Veda-script are found to indicate the levels of high (), medium () or low (swarit) accents. The scholars of the vedic literature have largely interpreted that the symbolic representation serves the main purpose to help decide a chanting pattern for collective singing of mantras during a #, or, to guide designing specific modes of japa for creating specific acoustic effects to meet the desired purposes. It is also found that a single word would have multiple meaning and impact because of the spe- cific context of these symbols in the same or different mantras. The treatise on the Sanskrit grammar and the vedic literature avail- able to the scholars of our times are too difficult and vast in terms of – (i) identifying the correct and the most logical meaning of a word (in a vedic mantra) from amongst the possible multiple meanings; or (ii) generalizing the principles for such interpretations. Different schools of thoughts have different styles of translations. This sometimes leads to controversies in the interpretation of the meaning and/or identifica- tion of the best chanting patterns of the vedic mantras. The book entitled ‘
’ presents critical analysis of the mis- takes in deciphering the vedic phonetics incurred in some of the widely used scholastic works on translations (#) of Vedas. 70 Eternity... Science of Mantras Few excerpts from the above works are given below in their original forms to indicate the extent of difficulties in the correct interpretation of the Vedic Swaras. “
’s Rig-V# is based on a superficial knowl- edge of the Vedic Swaras.... Most often his interpretations seem to have been blindly copied from the !'%# (rules for identifi- cation of accents or phonetic patterns) defined by Bhatt-$
in /# . His independent interpretations are almost 50% erroneous; about 4 to 5 mistake per hymn is common in his work.... For instance, a word ‘+7’ in a hymn of the first (part) of the Rig-Veda has been, because of the erring knowledge about the vedic accents (symbols), interpreted by
as ‘morning and evening’ instead of ‘fire’.... This mistake appears to have been adopted from the meaning of this word cited by Bhatt $
in ‘/# ’– 1|5|6|2. Similar meaning of this word is mis- taken by Shriniwas Jha in his compilation of ‘! 9%’ – 9|2|27. Venkat Madhav’s >#, as edited by Dr. Lakshman Swaroopa also contains the same mistake”. Shri Venkat
* is regarded to be one among the most eru- dite scholars of the vedic swaras. His consistency and in-depth analysis of the symbolic arrangements clearly indicates his excel- lence in his # of the Rig-
.... Still if the compila- tion or extension of his >#contains misinterpretations (like the one cited above) of the vedic swaras then one might won- der whether the available versions of his ># is defiled from its original form...? The book also points out the controversies in the works of some mod- ern scholars. For instance, it mentions – “The patterns for decoding of the vedic swaras as introduced by Shri Pt. Padmanarayana Acharya, Shri Pt. Ghareshwar Shastri, Shri Pt. Satawalekarji and Shri Pt. Vishwa Bandhuji Shastri are not consistent with the original (ancient) Indian Scriptures because, the meaning of several hymns implied according to their definitions and rules go against the basic and true philosophy of the Vedas. Pt. Padmanarayana Acharya and Pt. Vishwa Bandhu Shastri are influenced by the style used in the 71Eternity ... Science of Mantras related (Veda-translation) works of the European scholars. This de- viation from the original (Shastric) style makes their works incom- plete with respect to the interpretations of the latent meanings. This further deforms the available knowledge of the
6! '%#....”. Most of the interpretations and translations of the Vedas available to us today are based on Acharya
’s approach. Eminent foreign scholars like Mr. Maxmular, also, despite dedicating over twenty years of diligent search for maximum literature (commentaries) on Vedas, had to largely rely upon Acharya
,a’s work because of the non- availability of the earlier treatises in the original or complete form. The scholars of modern age have used Maxmular as the principal reference for their translations and commentaries of the vaidika mantras. However, in view of the serious criticism of Acharya
,a’s understanding of the vaidika swaras as cited in the above mentioned book, one might be confused about the authenticity of any of the literature on the Vedas that is available (in published or written form) today. Apart from the arbitrary variations in the styles of various schools of thoughts, the printing mistakes add to the erroneous interpretations. Some earlier (namely, 1st to 5th) editions of the Veda-compilations – published by a printer in Ajmer, under the auspices of the Arya Samaj – are cited in the above mentioned book as examples in this regard It would therefore not be an exaggeration to infer that – “Access to the most original # of the
and a foolproof analysis of the phonetic- symbols used in the vaidika script will not be possible in the present era, unless the spiritual yogis of today invoke deeper acumen like the and endeavor realizing the perfect meanings and swaras through the inner intellect”. *** 72 Eternity... Science of Mantras Difficulties in Rhythmic Enunciation of Vaidika Hymns As stated earlier, the original forms of the vaidika phonemes and the associated accents (swaras) for the chanting of any syllable, were classified into eighteen different types. The ancient experts – the were able to pronounce each of these swaras distinctly for the purpose of collective chanting of Veda-Mantras during different #. Owing to the adoption of artificial life style and lack of spiri- tually high value system, the natural sublime capabilities in the vocal cord got suppressed and our ancestors, few thousands years ago, began to use only seven out of these eighteen swaras. The seven types were identified as – ,, , , swarita, !+ and &. Over the years, this number was further reduced to three. Namely, the (high), (medium) and the swarita (low) accents seemed to have been in existence since the time of
. These three swaras are practised by the experts and only one chant- ing pattern (in single swara) is now recommended for the collective recitation of mantras by the masses. The correct identification and pronunciation of even the three swaras – depicted by different sym- bols in the vaidika script – is so difficult that hardly 5 to 10 authentic experts of Rig-Veda are believed today to possess the true potential of vocally distinguishing them during the recitation of the vaidika mantras today. The controversies in the current system of coding the vedic swaras further complicate the problem. For example, in some of the & !'
, published in the modern times, vertical lines above a syllable are used to indicate the swarita swara; whereas in a
, such a symbol is supposed to code for a !..... Many use horizontal lines below a letter to code for the ! but the available versions of
use these lines as symbols for the !. The book entitled “Vedic Swara
” discusses the above difficulties and controversies in detail. As cited earlier, the erudite author of this book opines that ‘the symbolic patterns used in the currently available s appear to be the most confusing 73Eternity ... Science of Mantras and inconsistent to a beginner’. A consistent symbolic representation for the Vedic Swaras should be based on the in-depth study and sa- gacious analysis of the descriptions and implications cited in the avail- able mantras of the
. Lord Krishna in the holy " honors the importance of the
where he reveals that – ‘
+’ (among the four Vedas, I am the
). It may be recalled here that Vedas are not just some scriptures, volumes or treatises, rather, they represent the divine voice and thy knowledge that was intrinsically realized by the of the spiritual era. In this context, a logical interpretation of the above quote would be that – ‘
is that stream of the absolute science, the realization of which can be equivalent to experiencing thy presence in music and in conscious- ness....’. This also implies the importance of sentiments and intrinsic feelings rather than linguistic details in grasping any aspect of the Vedas. Wisdom or intellect alone can only help critical analysis and rational interpretations of the mantras, as superb ‘linguistic formulae’, con- taining supernatural knowledge and unique power of sound. The true realization of the divine knowledge of the Vedas is possible only by a perfect combination of pure intellect and &24 . It is said that – ‘+’; meaning – ‘God lives in the serene senti- ments and therefore could be experienced only through the sacred feelings of the inner self...’. The difference between ‘emotional ex- citements’ or ‘sentiments born of selfish attachments’ and the ‘true sentiments emanated from the deeper cores of the inner self’ should be well understood before accepting these implications. The saintly scholar "+!/ begins his writing of the Holy &# with the following prayer of Goddess Parvati as the inspiration of and Lord Shiva as the source of
&25 . Divine faith coupled with spiritually enlightened intel- lect represents an absolute combination that enables one realize thy luminescence in his inner sentiments. One, who has unperturbed faith in absolute truth and practises it through pure intellect in deeds, indeed finds thee…. 74 Eternity... Science of Mantras Linguistically, means – music, which has an intimate connec- tion with emotions and sentiments, and veda means – perfect knowl- edge, which could be grasped only through the enlightened, discern- ing, pure intellect.... This way as well,
has a direct link- age with and
&. We all must have experienced some time or the other in our life that – “what musical effects easily ‘con- vey’ to us via emotional impact that might never be expressible by written or oral words...”. The reach of sentiments and emotions is much wider and deeper than the domains of knowledge expressible by human intellect. The vaidika , despite having represented their intrinsic experiences in the form of vedic mantras, had finally declared the Vedas, as – “neti-neti...”, i.e., “beyond the power of expression…, inexplicable....”. There are three basic forms of vocal expressions – verse, prose and singing. Of which, the last two appear to be more effective means of conveying the sentiments in any language as they lend an emotional sense to the expressions in any language. Prayers offered to the Almighty are always presented in a form of verse or devotional songs, because thy presence cannot even be felt without the depth of se- rene emotions…. The esoteric knowledge embodied in the Vedas, being an outcome of the divine inspirations, was naturally presented by the as hymns of mantras that could also be sung in enormous rhythmic patterns, making the corresponding sonic impacts penetrate through the inner emotional cores. The detailed knowledge of the rhythms of the di- vine music (of ) and formulation of the chanting pat- terns for the vaidika mantras is encoded in the
. *** 75Eternity ... Science of Mantras
: Chanting of Vaidika Mantras The unlimited expansion of the Universe and the ever-evolving Na- ture are described in the Indian scriptures as the expressions of thy will. The omnipresent reflections of thee could be felt only through the deeper depths of the inner self. We, like the other beings are expressions of the infinite impulse of eternal consciousness but rec- ognize our existence as individual self in a closed domain of our own intrinsic, inherent and self-created sentiments. The energy waves of a magnetic or electrical force always complete their ‘circuits’ in the respective energy-fields. The same is true of the subliminal currents of emotions and sentiments. The nature and the strength of what we receive from the people around – as their reactions, support or emotional intimacy towards us, or from the om- nipresent realms of the Supreme Consciousness – in the form of af- flatus, inspirations or intrinsic urge…, depends upon what we trans- mit in the subtle domains of sentiments. The great had under- stood this sublime science of emotions through depths and had also attained the spiritual power to induce refinement of the subtle world of consciousness and sentiments. Their collective endeavors are said to have educed pious sentiments in all the beings and thus enabled the descent of a divine era in the Vedic Age. Some distinguished psychologists of the modern times have focussed their research on the latent effects of emotions. The series of experi- ments conducted by Dr. Laurence D. Wallace are notable in this context. Different samples of people suffering from depression, ten- sion or anxiety were selected in some of these experiments. The subjects were trained to feel that they are living in an emotionally energized field of peace and happiness, which is penetrating their minds to induce similar effects.... The subjects, due to their accumu- lated negative sentiments of jealous, ego, impatience etc., found it difficult initially to concentrate on positive thoughts and feelings… However, by receiving the adept guidance and support from the Doc- tor, they began to enjoy the experiments after a few sittings. Almost all of the subjects (in the random samples of sizes around fifty each) responded positively at the end. Their attitude and feelings towards themselves and the circumstances of life had improved significantly 76 Eternity... Science of Mantras within a year. They began to enjoy the nectar of the same life, which, they once wanted to be relieved of.... This sequence of successful experiments was extended in a new direction when Dr. Wallace organized a series of ‘goodwill meetings’ of a group of people, who possessed strong willpower and inner urge for altruist service and welfare of all. These special experiments were organized in different parts of the state. During each experi- ment, all the members of the group collectively endeavored to focus their thoughts upon the soothing feeling that their serene sentiments of love and peace are spreading in the surroundings and purifying the ambience. Surprisingly, the systematic and statistically justified sur- veys conducted in the corresponding localities showed that such ex- periments did result in influencing the surrounding areas in terms of reduction in the rates of crimes and suicides. The above kinds of experiments may appear to be crude in terms of through scientific standards and may stand as naive and negligible vis-à-vis the spiritual experiments conducted by the . Neverthe- less, they mark a good beginning and generate the hope that the use of the natural power of emotions would be studied more rigorously and applied for the betterment of life in the years to come. The positive role of music would be inevitable in this regard because of the natural intimacy of music and emotions. The three streams of expression of the esoteric knowledge encoded in the Vedas are termed as
/#. The contents are divided into four Vedas that are classified according to the type of mantras. Broadly speaking, the Riga Veda consists of the mantras of the hid- den knowledge and prayers of –– the eternal powers of thee and the genesis and expansion of divine virtues. The Yajura Veda consists of the mantras of the philosophy, science and the methods of perform- ing *. The
is a collection of the mantras containing the secrets of swaras, music and the chanting patterns for all the vaidika hymns. The Atharva Veda presents the mantras of the ulti- mate spiritual knowledge of the Supreme – the 3. The
/#classification according to the possible modes of expres- sions of mantras is found to be more suitable for describing the asso- ciated practices in the vedic science of spirituality. Of these, 77Eternity ... Science of Mantras the stream of knowledge pertaining to the rhythmic enunciation and chanting of the specific collections of mantras in the
is of predominant significance for the human society, as it directly deals with the science of emotions, which hold the essence of life. The ancient Grammarian and founder of the science and philosophy of yoga,
mentions of thousand branches of the schools on
, as he refers to ‘
7’; several scholars of the later ages also affirm thia. The names of all the thousand branches are not available in any of the' or other shastrika scriptures available today, and, some critics even interpret the word ‘
’ above to simply indicate different musi- cal patterns of "# (collective chanting). Still, while consid- ering the potential of numerous creations – in terms of the musical aspects of and – in , the existence of over thou- sand varieties of the
appears to be quite logical. It is unfortunate that most of the ancient branches of
are no longer seen. As per the available versions of '$62#, .#;9#( and 3"#(....., etc, only thirteen schools of
seem to have been active in the present era. The names of the corresponding %
are remem- bered at the time of performing the ritual of $. The schools of only three of these thirteen %
have been found to be having disciples in the recent past. Brief introduction of these three branches is given below. It is interesting to note that – although the names,
(meaning, eastern) and .%
(meaning, northern), of the most ancient branches correspond to the geographical locations of the places of their origin, no school on
is now in existence in the eastern or north- ern parts of India. Whereas, some scholarly activities on the avail- able schools on
are still alive in the Western and South- ern states. Noted among these are – the Kauthuma School, & ,
School and /
School. Study of the ancient scriptures like the
and the $
show that the original number of the mantras and the in the
was very much larger than those available in the 78 Eternity... Science of Mantras
of the schools of the modern era. For instance, the
mentions of four thousand – ‘4
#+ | .!& ?4* 9! ||’ (@ – 10|4|2|23); meaning: 4000 X 36 (= 1,44,000) of the . The number of original (rhyth- mic hymns) is mentioned to be around 8000 and those of the " as 14820. As, most of the authentic scriptures cite the same numbers, they appear to be true indicators of the vast expansion of the
. Schemes of
: As described earlier, the mantras in the *+ were used by the to design the mantras for musical japa and collective chanting. There are four major categories of the singing pattern here viz., (i) , also known as $% or#, (ii) #%, (iii)(ha and the (iv) (# or # . The mantras in the first five chapters of )
are chanted under the different styles of #. The #% is applicable for the mantras cited in the 0
and the ( and (# are used for the specific mantras in the .
as indicated in the corresponding branch (or version) of the
. The distribution of mantras specified by the two main schools under different categories of these days is as follows: The origin of the Indian classical music is based on these ". The significance of the effects of this music and the fact that it is derived from the subtle scientific principles is well recognized today. It is indeed unfortunate that such a great development of yore was so much neglected over the centuries that the analysis of its founder principles now appears to be ‘impossible’ or ‘non-comprehensive’ and ‘beyond reach’. The near total absence of experts, especially those with an in-depth knowledge about the swaras, of " has worsened the hopes of research in this area. Nevertheless, if a dedicated classical singer, having perfection of voice to the tune of
(6, 0+ and Avaroha, practises a " with due concentration and devotion, he would feel the divine inspiration and emotional enlightenment even if the exact meanings of the involved mantras are not known to him. 79Eternity ... Science of Mantras According to the classical system of there are following classes of swaras of : seven basic swaras, three ", twenty-one
(6 and forty-nine /. The seven swaras of and the
(the octave of musical notes) have the follow- ing correspondence: ————————————————-—————————- – Swara
—————————————————————————— Pratham Madhyam (ma) .!# " (ga) /#R (re) Caturtha A () Pancama (ni) A Dhaivata (dha) Saptama P cama (pa) ———————————————————————-—— The serial numbers one to seven (in the script used in the written versions of ) are placed against various words or segments of words of the mantras to indicate the swaras for the ". The *+
are chanted according to a " after a little variation in the syllables or words of the mantra. This variation is performed according to the indicated phonetic operations. There are six types of such operations of transformation often ap- plied to the mantras in the *+; these are as illustrated below: 1.
: This would ‘deform’ a linguistically correct word or a segment of words for appropriate pronunciation (suitable to a speci- fied chanting pattern for that mantra....). For example, the Sanskrit word ‘agni’ would be pronounced as ‘Augneya’.... 2. !: Decomposition of a single word or a compound word formed by liasions in a mantra with repetition of some parts.... Such as – the Sanskrit word ‘#’ will become ‘+#+#+#+# #’ for chanting under this operation. 3. !: Prolonged accent of one or more swaras; e.g., ‘###’ will be pronounced (or sung) as – ‘***’. In this example, the vowel “” in the center is being pronounced at a fre- quency one –third of that set for the other vowels in that word. 80 Eternity... Science of Mantras 4. "
: Repetition of a word in a mantra....; e.g. read /sing a single word ‘/+##’ as – ‘/+##/+##’…., etc. 5.
: Give pause at some syllables or vowels of a word in a mantra. For example, in the chanting of ‘"+2#/#’ one might apply a pause at the pronunciation of ‘Ha’ if the operation is symbolized against this letter. 6. Stobha: Insert specific sounds, like that of “o”, “2+”, “0”, ...., etc against certain markers in -patterns. Stepwise Division of
: The exact methods of " are too difficult to be described here. Dedicated long term study and practice is required for grasping even a bit of it. However, for the purpose of general information, we have mentioned a few main points of the relevant subject matter. Continuing along these lines, we find that any scheme of " can be divided into five successive parts as indicated below: 1.
: This is the first part of the hymn (6) of a mantra that begins with a Sanskrit syllable “Ha” and is chanted by a Ritvija26 who is of the rank of a '+. 2. .
: This portion (of a mantra’s-6) is sung by the ' (main) Ritvija. Its chanting begins with an “) ”. 3.
: This is like a portion, which links the next parts (steps) of the 6 with the previous ones. Specific Ritvija called ', sings it. Sometimes, this part of the mantra is broken into two before chanting. 4. Upadrava: This step is sung by the <. 5. Nidhana: This represents the last two steps (parts) of the mantra (or its hymn) or only the self-existent syllable, “) ”, at the end of the mantra. This is ‘sung’ jointly by the '+,
and <. 81Eternity ... Science of Mantras Illustrative Example: Consider the following mantra (from
#"+2## | 2+ || The above stated five parts of this mantra (hymn) under a scheme of " would be as shown below.
: 2B4# .
: ) 0#
: 2+ Satsi . (This portion is again sung – in the next two steps, after being de- composed into two parts.) Upadrava: + Nidhana: ) Scriptures on
Veda: The following scriptures, though not all in their original forms, are available (or have been mentioned as references in the available trea- tises) on the
. The $
: (1) + ,
1%also called the
or, because of its twenty-five chapters, the
. (2) 3
is also regarded as the 26th chapter of the + ,
; hence the name. It is also named as Adbhuta $
or the 0
. This name is given because large numbers of supernatural stories are compiled here. (3)
(also known as the
. (7) !
82 Eternity... Science of Mantras +'+ ,
and the ( 6
together constitute the+ ,
. The Jaimini School also includes +$ in its version of the .-
. As the Jaimini branch is also called the +
branch, the '6-
is also referred as the +
. (3) 7 8
. (4) 96
(5) The )
under the -## branch – namely, the 5
and the -
. The )
are also termed as ‘'&%#’ and should, as the name suggests, be studied thoroughly, in order to begin a systematic training and research on the vedic swaras. *** 83Eternity ... Science of Mantras The Secret of the Power of Mantras For a substantial understanding of the effects of mantra-japa the knowledge of the science of sound, air and electricity is required along with that of psychology and spirituality. The importance of or of its manifestation in sound – is recognized in one form or the other by almost all known schools of religion in this world. Even the sound produced by the matter has its effects of varied or- ders and types. That thunder bolt affects the bio-rhythms in the animals as well as the human beings – is a well accepted claim of homeopathy. The psychologists would agree that the soft sound of the flow of a river does influence the poetic and nature-loving minds in a creative fashion....; and that, the roaring sound of lions induces fear in some and stimulates the valor of a few...., etc. These are some examples of the natural impacts of sound.... Some specific ef- fects of resonance of sound of different frequencies have also been discussed earlier. Just imagine of the synergistic conjunction of the psychological effects with those wonderful effects of sound...! The words spoken with hatred, anger or affection would create cor- responding ‘matching’ effects in the listeners; even animals respond in accordance with this fact. Because of the linkage between psy- chological and sonic effects, the silent words of thoughts are equally effective like the spoken words. For instance, if a person with sacred and serene mentality is sitting near someone who is engrossed in cruel or erotic thinking, the former would definitely get some kind of irritating or repulsive feeling.... The creative and destructive effects of sound in the form of music are well known. Some more examples in this regard are listed below that throw light on the interconnection of music and psychology. While singing a devotional song, lady Levy had seen the Notredame Mother Mary in France. The mental absorption in singing and listen- ing of the Bhairav Raga has many times resulted in visual encounter with the godly manifestation of Bhairav. Several other reported ex- periences of these kind include – depiction of different figures in the sand on some beaches in Italy when specific musical tunes were 84 Eternity... Science of Mantras sung or played; different figures were found to be drawn depending upon the type of the music and the moods of the singer(s) and listen- ers. Mrs. Bats Heinz is also known to have demonstrated such ‘visible effects’ of emotionally empowered music in Lord Litton’s Chamber. Telepathy, mesmerism, and hypnotism also work on the sublime link- age of the subtle and gross powers of sound with psychology. The role of air and electricity (via the electromagnetic waves) is impor- tant in spreading the sonic waves in the space. The bio-electricity and the bio-magnetism play creative role in the transmission and propaga- tion of the subliminal counterparts of these waves beyond all barriers. There are five forms of pronunciation or expression of thoughts – (i) Vocal, in which, one speaks out audibly; (ii) Mental, in which, the words are pronounced without lifting the tongue and the sound pro- duced remains inside the throat...; (iii) In this form, only the respira- tion produces the desired words (sound); (iv) The words communi- cated through the deepest inner self (i.e., through the 7%) – which, although sublime, can reach anywhere in the cosmos and vibrate the aimed nuclei of the omnipresent Supreme Conscious- ness...; (v) 4– this non vibrant eternal expression of is indeed the form of the self-existent and this cannot be real- ized without the attainment of ultimate success in the *+. It is amazing to note that the had thoroughly incorporated all the scientific aspects of sound and its linkage with spirituality, psychology and the physical energies in different manifestations of in the development of
. The scientific research into the
should focus on these multifaceted dimensions and study the possibilities of making use of the mantras for positive ef- fects on the radar of human body and mind while also counter-bal- ancing the noise pollution created by the unchecked modern material- istic development.... It should again be remembered that linguistic analysis of the mantras as pieces of verse can not give any informa- tion except inconclusive controversies. 85Eternity ... Science of Mantras The essence of
lies in making use the power of on the basis of the subtle science of consciousness and linking it with the inner purity and divine dignity of the human self. While the sound waves in general are spread in all directions via transverse motion, the specific configurations of the syllables in the mantras make the generated sound waves move upwards. The sound waves generated by the "#
are found to proceed up- wards in a spiral shape. The vital energy linked with the spiritual force of consciousness of the % exalts these waves up to the cosmic center of 27 , which is defined to be the of this great mantra. When the sonic waves of this are reflected back (reverber- ated) from its cosmic center, they are endowed with the light, elec- tricity and the thermal energies ‘emitted’ from the sun and the su- preme radiance of . This unique confluence of the gross and subliminal energies of the sun induces divine impact and inspiration and enlightens the body, mind and the inner self of the devotees. The dedicated of the "#
thus leads to an overall elevation of life towards the higher realms of human dignity and awak- ens the divinity existing in the human self. The enunciation of mantra brings miraculous effects only if the of the reciter is refined up to the level of %28 – a pure, true and spiritually sublimated form of voice. The latter can be achieved by simple practices of *+provided the prerequisites of the refinement of mentality, character, deeds and emotions are maintained by the %. These could be attained only by consistent obser- vance of self-control and righteous living – endowed with truth, piety, serene love and altruist compassion. This empowers one’s voice with the strength of absolute truth. Words uttered by a perfect % indeed come true. It is said that the Goddess Saraswati herself ‘resides’ on the tongue of such an accomplished % of *+. The correct pronunciation of the mantra and adept maintenance of the disciplines prescribed by a noble guide (g() are the other two important components essential for absolute success (siddhi) in the mantra-. The fourth and the most important factor, is the level of &of the disciple in the particular mantra. 86 Eternity... Science of Mantras The ‘elements’ of ether are highly sensitive subtle ‘particles’ which can vibrate at a frequency up to 34 X 109 cps. At the absolute high frequen- cies these oscillatory particles constantly emit a unique light. The radia- tion of this light can travel with a velocity of 107 miles per second. The vibrations of the etheric elements never stop. They are sup- posed to stabilize at the outer layer of the earth’s gravitational sphere and continue vibrating there at constant ultra high frequencies. They attract the weaker waves of similar frequencies and get attracted by more powerful ones of the same range of frequencies. In either case, the superimposition of such compatible vibrations gives rise to an ex- tremely powerful field of attraction. The ‘influencing power’ of this force of attraction is also bestowed upon those whose ‘thought waves’ match with these suprasonic waves. In the advanced stages of mantra-, the % attempts to communicate with the superior spiritual experts of the corresponding mantra and tries to tune his own body, mind and sentiments so as to match the ‘frequencies’ of the impulse of his inner self with those of the divine radiation of. The processes of 8and $6fall under this category. The time periods, methods and disciplines for performing such are pre-decided and are specific to the type of mantra and the spiritual level of the . Every action of the daily routine – including the type and quantity of food to be consumed per day etc – are to be strictly fol- lowed as per the disciplines of the relevant . The disciplined japa (in purified ) of a mantra for long time pro- duces enormous energy by arousing the immanent power of . This is amplified by the continuous impact and friction generated by the vibrations (of the japa) that contain the sublime energies of the will- power and faith of the%. The strength of such energy fields is exponentially magnified during the dedicated and determined ascetic (8) of the same mantra, as compared to that due to japa for lesser number of times without any ascetic disciplines. The centrifugal force of attraction created by the circular, cyclic and upward movements of the associated sonic waves (produced by the japa) also is more significant in the former and it induces the ‘potential’ to link the %’s consciousness with thy consciousness. It is a well known scientific principle that continuous movement of any kind ultimately results in a circular motion. The orbit and shapes 87Eternity ... Science of Mantras of all the planets in the universe are almost round (or elliptical closed contours) due to this simple effect. It is by the same principle that continuous (non-stop) japa of a mantra creates a circular domain. The ‘/.’ describes that – ‘If oil is dropped at constant speed for some time continuously, its flow forms a steady stream. Similarly, the repeated rhythmic enunciation of the same word (or a string of words) forms a continuous (without an end or bound- ary) segment of words’. A popular story in the-# also gives a simple supportive example here. It describes that Valmiki’s non-stop chanting of the word ... offered him the saintly effect of the japa of the name of the God –– “” .... The vaidika mantras are usually recited in specific rhythms as per the vaidika swaras. However, during the process of japa, the reci- tation of all the mantras takes place at constant amplitude without any break or pause. So regular and constant should be the speed that one can count the number of japas by measuring the time taken for one completion of the japas in one sitting. It is this consistency and continuity that gives a cyclic motion to the sonic waves generated by the japa, and thus helps activation and focusing of the related pow- ers of . That circular motion generates energy – can also be observed in day- to-day life; for instance, the movement of the toy ‘top’, or the func- tioning of machines by the movement of a flywheel, etc. Continuous japa of a mantra in consistent manner, for sufficiently long periods of time per day, can generate energy in and around the %that would keep his physical and subtle body creatively active for the rest of the day.... Fast circular motion at a regular pace generates a centrifugal force. Demonstration of this force can be seen in a circus – in the rotating swings or the circular motion of a motorbike rider in the ‘well of death’,.... etc. Similar effect helps generation of a supernormal ‘sphere’ of sonic energy by the cyclic japa of a mantra repeatedly while maintaining the consistency of the pace by thorough engrossment of the mind. 88 Eternity... Science of Mantras The Gravity of Japa As mentioned earlier, japa or chanting of divine hymns has been regarded as an important spiritual practice in almost all the religions of the world. In the Indian scriptures of yore the japa- of mantras has been designated as a #. GodKrishnahas therefore indicated it a paramount # by stating (in the Holy ") – ‘* 3$*+’; Meaning: Among all the # I am (existing in) the 3$*. Lord Manu has mentioned (
2|87) that disregarding what other spiritual practices one performs, a true 29 can attain supernatural powers only through a dedicated endeavors of japa.
(Ashwa. 44|8) quotes that –– “The Vaidika * per- formed by herbal sacrifices in the fire along with disciplined chanting of mantras are indeed important. However, the 3$* alone, without any other requirements (of fire etc.) is sufficient for realizing thy love”. In the later centuries as well, many saints and experts of the Indian Philosophy have expressed similar views on japa. The following quote by Goswami Tulasidas, though written in a simple language, conveys a lot about the significance of japa – ‘ 3$
. .( , Japahi 0, Mitahi Kusankata Honhi %’. Meaning: the japa of the omnipresent thy name eliminates the evil tendencies and generates blessed happiness. Japa is a spiritual exercise, it affects our mind and intellect by a subtle scientific procedure. Increase in inner strength, self-confidence, clarity and refinement of thoughts and sentiments etc. – are its defi- nite effects that gradually lead to the illumination of the innermost core of the individual self. The following excerpts from religious and spiritual scriptures on Indian Philosophy further signify the great role of this apparently simple practice. From 7
(8|5|124-125) – “One who sincerely performs japa would never face any calamity. The devil powers of *%&, -%&, '&6, (ghosts, witches etc.) can never reach near him. Japa helps uprooting the %%30@Japa also excels one’s virtues and destiny”. 89Eternity ... Science of Mantras God Krishna preaches in the Holy "– ‘Trayat Mahto $
’; Meanig: Practising japa can destroy the mighty fears... The Manu Smriti (4|146) mentions – “One who sincerely practises japa will never perish’. It also states that – “Japa cultivates divinity in the inner self”. Further (c.f. Manu Smriti 5 - 86), *'%*&6!+
#77 | /3$*# '& || Meaning: The * like the Dar&a, ', 3#++, -(# or the rituals of
&, Balikarma, Dainika- etc carry only one-sixteenth fraction of the benefits as com- pared to those of the japa of the thou name with true faith.
"#%%& | * 3$#+ 2# || –9 Meaning: Among the great , I (God Krishna) am $
; among the apparent powers of , I am ) %; among the *, I am the Japa * and among the great mountains, I am the Himalayas. The following &+% from $
! further emphasizes the importance of japa: $#+3$#'7 | 2#'3$#2# || *7*&6.6/$6 | /3$*&6 A+&% | 3$. # (#' || '
$+.%6& | Yakïa, -%&,
($$&6%7|| 3$&# . ., .(*7 | /$87$# | ?# !3
$+3$$+ || Meaning: Japa * is superior to all # as it does not involve any material sacrifices. Different religious acts like devotional alms, 90 Eternity... Science of Mantras charities, sacrifices (of luxuries) for thy service and observance of continence etc, are only as significant as the one-sixteenth fraction of the japa. All the mighty powers of the devil are scared of the % who, endeavors disciplined japa every day. Japa is therefore the best source of enhancing the $# (good fortunes). Knowing this, a true must always practise japa through the heart (i.e. with complete faith and sincerity).
$%$#| C + 3$ $# || Meaning: Enunciation of the "#
for about three hun- dred times per day performed this way – i.e., under proper discipline, faith and control of the body, mind and emotions – regularly over a period of one month, helps attain significant success. A more de- voted and ascetic practice of this japa at a consistent rate of over eleven hundred mantras per day for specific periods (spanning over several months), indeed leads to the complete fulfillment of all noble desires. -('$ 93$+ #| *66$+$$#|| Meaning: A devotional japa of thousand "#
per day continuously for a month along with proper controlling of the 4$ '31during the japa fulfils all the worthy desires of the devotee. C%'+3$(! (
$+*66&%7 || Meaning : The japa of hundred "# Mantras per day – per- formed regularly for a month – under the discipline of standing on one leg alone, keeping both the arms up towards the sky and restrain- ing32 the respiration to the maximum possible extent during this daily practice, takes the devotee to the desired noble goal. 91Eternity ... Science of Mantras C #3$! $# | #$3$ $#|| Meaning : Consistent performance for a month of the japa of the "#
– at a regular rate of about thirteen hundred man- tras per day, along with a (28*+) discipline of dipping (plung- ing) the body inside the water – certainly results in the attainment of all the noble desires (of the %). *** 92 Eternity... Science of Mantras Linguistic Meaning and Types of Japa The word japa in the Sanskrit language is defined as – ‘3$
6’ and ‘Japa
9’; Meaning: enunciate clearly and also say it mentally. Repeated rhythmic enunciation of a mantra with unper- turbed mental concentration is defined as the japa of that mantra. The 0
explains this as below – 3%+3
66'%7'$ &%7 | /#$?'+%+3'$
&% || Meaning: ‘Ja’ implies the transition of birth (life) and ‘pa’ means – calling for thee through the inner heart. Thus ‘japa’ is equivalent to be the spiritual endeavor that destroys all sins and the bonds of birth and death. Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa explains it more perspicuously as – “japa means recalling thou name in silence, through the mind and the inner self ”. Japa is described by some scholars as the proce- dure for the realization of the Almighty and is therefore also defined as – ‘consistent illumination of the deepest inner self’. The practice of japa can be performed in several ways. The different types of japa suitable for every one are described below in brief. 1. Nitya Japa: The regular practice of japa is as essential for the daily exercise of the subtle body as the processes of bathing and eating etc for the healthy sustenance of the physical body. The Nitya Japa is performed as a necessary part of the daily routine. The specific mantra as guided by one’s spiritual master is enunciated ev- eryday for specified number of times, while meditating upon the of that mantra. The time slot and the place for performing this daily spiritual exercise should also be regular. The siting posture during the japa is also supposed to be the same every day as prescribed under the japa–disciplines. % with erect spinal cord is supposed to be a universally suited posture for this purpose. In the state of physical illness or during travelling…, etc, these disciplines are re- laxed as per the circumstances and the japa is performed mentally during the specific time period every day. 93Eternity ... Science of Mantras The consistent practice of Nitya Japa gradually wanes out the evils existing in the % and prevents the entry of the new ones. Si- multaneously, it strengthens the subtle power of the % at a steadily increasing pace. 2. Naimittika Japa : This type of japa is performed with the noble aim of expressing gratitude towards the – ancestors or the relatives and friends or great saints or dedicated social reformers etc – who are no more. Specific mantras, as quoted for this purpose in the Vedas and the related scriptures, are recited during the period of ' '%&The type of the mantra and the methods (disciplines) for its japa depend upon the type and the emotional level of the gratitude. The effect of this japa offers peace to the concerned departed soul(s). The Naimittika Japa is also performed to offer prayers with a feel- ing of gratitude to thy power on some auspicious days/time periods like 4#, '(, C%&, , etc. 3.#3$: The japa performed for some special purpose – such as attainment of a noble worldly or spiritual goal – fall under this category. The period and disciplines for this japa depend upon the nature and spiritual level of the % and the purpose of his en- deavor. Because of their materialistic attachments, some people of- ten find it attractive to perform such japas for mere worldly achieve- ments; they, however, should note that – the true benefit of japa comes in the form of sacred improvement in one’s own qualities and attitude towards the altruist goals of global welfare. This japa educes divine inspirations in the % which ‘guide’ the path towards spiritual evolution. 4. 3$: As mentioned earlier, in every kind of japa, like in any other spiritual practice (), the observance of certain dis- ciplines is a must. The success of the $ remains doubt- ful without proper disciplines and faith. A common set of necessary disciplines to be observed during the period of the includes – purity of the body, mind and char- acter; self control over temper (mood) and worldly desires; avoid- ance of erotic excitations; maintenance of restricted and austere diet or fasting and observance of couple of other Yama–Niyama, like, 94 Eternity... Science of Mantras nonviolence, honesty, self-reliance in routine activities, sincere par- ticipation in some activity of service and help for the true welfare of the society as a whole. Above all, devotion and faith in the mantra, in the ( – who has inspired and initiated (via %&) the % towards the $- , and in the omnipresent thy power, thy generosity and disci- plines are also integral parts of an adept $-. The feeling of oneness with the divine source and power () of the mantra during the japa, ensures the success of such a . Any kind of $-, performed without the observance of the essential disciplines, is regarded improper and is therefore called a (prohibited) Japa. 5.'#&63$: According to the Indian philosophy – “Life is an eternal and continuous process. The soul has to transit through differ- ent forms of life depending upon the accumulated effects of the karma in the previous births....”. The assimilated mental instincts of the pre- vious lives and the inherent effects of the actions conducted in those lives may continue to show their presence as different kinds of % (intrinsic tendencies) in one’s present life too. The %% might trigger one to commit some inhumane acts/sins. Even the unconscious thinking and sensual desires of the human body in the present life could also contribute in this direction. The elimina- tion of such inherent and acquired %% and sins is a must towards the refinement and true progress of one’s materialistic as well as spiritual life as a human being. The Indian science of spirituality gives significant importance to the s prescribed to meet the above objective. The'#&6 3$ belongs to this class of . Here, Japas of specific mantras under different kinds of disciplines are advised (by the "() depending upon the type of sins or evil or amoral deeds for which the $#&6 (penance, atonement) is sought for and upon the spiritual level of the %. 6. Acala Japa: In this kind of japa the determination of the% is of predominant importance. One begins this japa with a pledge like 95Eternity ... Science of Mantras – he will not change the posture (sitting or standing) until a fixed, sufficiently large, number of japas of the specified mantra are com- pleted...... The resolution is followed consistently every day for a long period of time till that becomes a habit. These types of japas substantially enhance the willpower, courage and mental stability of the %. 7. Cala Japa: This name corresponds to the japa (of a specified mantra) that could be performed anywhere at any time as per the suitability of the %. This japa should be performed every time whenever the mind is free or not occupied in any scrupulous work..... This japa helps prevent the diversion of mind towards unnecessary thoughts and controls its fickle nature and thereby sharpens the %’s mental concentration. As the mind is naturally engaged in recalling thy name during the japa of any mantra, it is automatically trained and tuned to receive the sacred thought waves...... This type of japa is the easiest and should be practiced by each one of us. 8.
6%3$: In this kind of japa, the mantras are recited in such a manner that they could be easily audible to the other people in closed vicinity. Lord Manu has described this japa as ten times more effec- tive than the #. This is a simple and elementary kind of japa. This japa is often advised for the beginners because, it is easier for them to concentrate the mind while they utter the given mantra loudly.... The
6%3$ is also perfromed – under certain disciplines of rhythmic enunciation, consistency of amplitude and pitch etc – as an exercise in some *+ to train the (voice and its subtler reflections) for specific purposes. It is also endeavored to awaken the (the latent power of consciousness) in the 86%. 9.<$&3$: According to the descriptions in
(2|85), this type of japa is the one in which the enunciation of the mantras is carried out in such a way that the movements of the lips of the % may be seen but his voice would not be audible. Lord Manu has cited the importance of this japa to be hundred times greater than the #. The(disciplined practice with faith and serenity) of the $&$makes one introvert and helps in the realization of the subtle body. 96 Eternity... Science of Mantras 10. Bhramar Japa: The specialty of this japa is that the selected mantra is enunciated by humming in the style of a bhramar (large humming bee)..... The lips and ears are kept closed, even the tongue need not move. This japa is performed only with the help of the $# inhaled by breathing. The above kind of japa is an important part of the initial practices of the *+ This japa also helps attain #+% (a state of trance) and a gentle activation of the 6%. In the successful state of this $-, the %can see (feel) the presence of a unique divine light inside the body. Trenchant rise in his intelli- gence and the power of prudent discretion...., etc, are mere offshoots of this success. 11.
%3$: This japa is performed silently only in the mind. The syllables of the selected mantra are mentally visualized and along with this mental recitation, the mind is focused upon the meaning of that mantra. The importance of this type of $ is quoted significantly in the
'& (4|57). The effect of this japa is described as thousands times more powerful than that of the #. According to a noted scholar, Pt. Dinanath Shastri, the voice (namely, the %
,) used in speech has a limited power as compared to that of its successively subtler forms – the
#, '&# and '
. As the
%3$ involves use of the subtle , it is significantly more effective than the
6%3$. As per the ancient quote – ‘
"$&’, the sublime power of a mantra can be activated by the%$. The of this japa helps the activation and proper utilization of the bioelectrical field inside the body of the %. This japa also affects the etheric vibrations with the help of the latent power of indwelling in the mantra. 12. 4%3$: Although the word-meaning here suggests some kind of non-stop japa, but, practically it implies that – apart from spending time on the daily routines essential for the healthy mainte- nance of the physical body, the %’s mind should always be 97Eternity ... Science of Mantras engaged within the domain of mantra-japa. This means that the mind should be consistently engrossed in either of the following: (i) mental or vocal enunciation of the specified mantra; (ii) practising meditation (upon the aim of the mantra); (iii) deeper introvert pon- dering for self-analysis; or, (iv) !## – study of spiritual or other inspiring literature pertaining to the refinement and realization of the individual self and altruist service of the world, etc. The word ‘4%’ (meaning, without pause or break....) is used here to represent the continuous controlling of the mind. Simple guidelines for this type of japa are given by the in the fol- lowing +%: 3$667'##.#667'$ | 3$#<$&0 9
6# || Meaning: If one (the %) is tired of the japa, he should begin meditation….; if tired of meditation then japa should be re-started...; when tired of both, one should begin self-analysis or !##. Sincere practice of the 4%(3$ has been defined as a kind of tapa33 whose success leads to great spiritual accomplishments. 13. 4$3$: With normal respiration rate we breathe (in and out) about 21600 times per 24 hrs. While inhaling, it sounds like ‘+’ and makes a natural sound of ‘Ham’ upon exhaling. This way the 2 Mantra – ‘+ ’ is always being ‘practised’ by us in a natural way with our each breathing cycle..... This cyclic ‘japa’ with due concentration and feeling of exhaling the ego and vices with the sound of “So” and inhaling and absorbing thy with the sound of “Ha ” –– is termed as the $$ of the "#Mantra or the Atma Mantra. The practice of meditation to realize the flows of the vital energy along with each $$ is defined as a prominent of the '*. The holy "also affirms it as – ''$ 3. Swami Sridhar has defined the $# as the spiritual process of $$. The scriptures of the Nath Cult and the Buddhist literature on the spiritual practice named 0,' mention a great deal on this important – the $$. 98 Eternity... Science of Mantras The 2 Mantra is described in the2 +$(5) as – .
*2#7D// | /.! # || Meaning: The 334 constantly but subliminally ‘chants’ the $ japa in all the living forms. This process is as natural as the inherent existence of fire in the wood or that of oil in the sesame seed. One who attains the true knowledge of this japa can gain control over death. 14. '%&3$: The enunciation or chanting of a mantra while consistently moving along the circular boundary/ path around jyotirling, temples or around any of the sacred trees like the (Banyan), Audumber or '$ – is termed as a $%&$. The process of $%& (encircling) symbolizes the eternal cycle of the (reflected in the cycle of life and death.....). If per- formed with faith and sincere sentiments engrossed in the divine thoughts of the , this simple process of japa offers remark- able benefits at the spiritual level. *** 99Eternity ... Science of Mantras Practices & Effects Associated with Japa Engrossment of mind in the meaning, implication, or the divine feeling associated with a mantra – is essential for adept practising of any kind of japa. This, not only trains the mind for sharp concentration and deeper meditation, but also helps its purification via removal of the assimilated %% – pertaining to the evil instincts of jeal- ous, lust, anger, arrogance and insidious addictions etc. Once the mind is cleaned the intrinsic afflatus and effects begin to mark their impressions on it.... This subsequently results in the cultivation of vir- tuous mental abilities and creative talents together with distinct moral elevation. Japa is described in almost all religions as the best exer- cise for the preliminary training and enlightenment of mind. By repeated and continuous movements, even a rope, used for fetch- ing water from a well, can leave its mark on the stones around the wall of the well. Domestic animals, even if let free, return back to their masters just because of habit.... The animals of the circus com- panies become master performers by rigorous training and repeated practice. Be that a wrestler, a good student or a dedicated scien- tist...., each one gains success only after a scrupulous effort and sin- cere practice..... Continuous collection of small drops can fill the whole tank... These and similar well known examples signify the necessity as well as the sufficiency of regular practice for the achievement of perfection in any training.... The same holds true for the conditioning and refinement of mind by the of japa. The disciplined endeavor of japa is therefore also termed as a #. Meditation (#) and japa are mutually complementary and essentially co- existing in every kind of . The Significance of
: Japa is regarded as a prominent spiritual endeavor towards the real- ization of the subtle power of . The ancient scriptures indicate this fact as –
6, ? *66
# | $%!## || 100 Eternity... Science of Mantras As is attributed to be the eternal source, the root cause, of the creation of the cosmos, any attempt for the realization of the sublimi- nal dimensions ‘beyond’ the universe would be futile without making a perfect use of the omnipotent power of . Accomplishing the &-or the japa-yoga is said to take the %’s mind in a state beyond the periphery of ‘time and space’, in the higher dimensions of .… The scriptures on the science of this &- ( ) have described four kinds of
35 , namely, %,
#, '&# and '. The % refers to our usual voice (used for conversation, oration etc); the other three are its successive subtler forms.
# is identified as the silent voice of thoughts and intuition and is a medium for gradually traversing from the level of the % to $&# by dedicated &. The$&# is the ‘voice’ of inner sentiments, inspirations and intrinsic messages. The yogis describe the functional domain of # as expanding from the 6% to the #6%36 . Realization and perfection over the use of # evolves the individual self from the state of animal instincts to the state of divine instincts. It leads to the liberation of mind from selfish, materialistic attachments, and helps further evolution of the as the voice of the “self be- yond the gross being”. This is the state of realization and expression of $&# and eventually of the $. The $ (or %) is the absolute expression of in the cosmic consciousness. The Shastras cite – 7'66| Meaning: Knowledge of the is indeed the realization of the $ – the omnipresent, eternal supreme conscious- ness. (Noting that the $ is an integral part of the &, , its importance becomes all the more significant.) A regular and sincere practice of japa results in gradual decrease in the mental instability, illusions, mental infirmities and ill tendencies – 101Eternity ... Science of Mantras including erotic thinking, jealous, fear, ego, avarice, etc. The positive effects of japa are also accompanied by a simultaneous increase in the trenchancy of mind, piety of thoughts and sentiments that are manifested in the virtues of honesty, modesty, illustriousness, farsight- edness, fairness, peace and love etc. In the higher stages of , the effects of japa generate spiri- tual power in the% (devotee). The ancient scripture on yoga & (c.f. sections 4|1, 1|14, 1|28-29 for instance) state that – ‘The properly disciplined and devoted japa can take the % into a state of deep trance. It eliminates the obstacles from the path of spiritual elevation of the % and illuminates his inner self by the divine radiance. The % eventually enjoys the beatified bliss that can never be attained even by the mightiest, wealthiest and the happiest (in worldly sense) person in the world. The noted saint, exceptionally brilliant scholar and social reformer, Swami Ramtirtha, upon reaching this stage, used to describe it as – “This has made me a Ram Badshah (i.e. the happy and mighty ‘king’ of the world)”.... The spiritual practice of japa can be attempted by anybody, any- where…. Patience, faith (without any fear or selfish interest) and the sincerity and purity of mind are the only preconditions. In fact, the level of these qualities also begins to improve if the $ is being performed under adept disciplines. Modern scientific experiments have confirmed that the japa regu- lates the reciter’s respiration in a way similar to that offered by some of the exercises of $#. It reduces the breathing rate to half its normal average. That means, on an average, one hour’s disci- plined practice of the japa yoga would augment the life of the % by about five hundred breaths at least! Japa therefore could also be advised as an important health-exercise. As mentioned earlier, the effects of japa awaken one’s inherent vir- tues that naturally result in an overall improvement in his personality, and amelioration of his physical and mental potentials. These positive effects can be used for noble success in terms of worldly progress as well. It is the willpower and the vision, aroused by the japa that ‘transform’ the difficult circumstances and obstacles into minor ones in a miraculous manner. 102 Eternity... Science of Mantras Some Scientific Points: The subtle (mental) body likewise the gross (physical) body of every human being consists of a complex network of interconnected extra- sensory ‘nerves’. The vibrations produced during a japa are not so significant in the gross body as that in the subtle body. Its ‘latent nerves’ do vibrate in complete harmony with the sonic pattern of the mantra. These subtle vibrations stimulate the specific nodes of the extrasensory operations. The activation of these nodes (sublime cen- ters of inner consciousness) is indeed responsible for emergence of astonishing inner strength and supernatural faculties of the %. The gradual and controlled arousal of the subtle nuclei of $37 el- evates the %’s individual self into higher spiritual realms endowed with divine virtues. It is said that the people of Vedika Age in India were ardent ascetic % of such noble caliber that each one of them was a living expression of divine powers –– whence the mention of 33 crores manifestations of God in the Shastrika Literature. Essential Disciplines for Japa
: The aforesaid supernormal benefits of japa are attainable only if the japa is performed as a spiritual – with absolute faith, sin- cerity and piety (of thoughts, sentiments and conduct) under unper- turbed observance of the prescribed disciplines. Some common disciplines essential for every kind of $ are – the cleanliness of the body and mind of the % and that of the place and its surroundings where the japa is performed. The calm and stable state of the %’s mind is a natural requirement for meditation during japa. The following guidelines are usually pre- scribed to meet these pre-requisites. Japa should be performed in a neat and tidy condition of the body, after having bath, wearing clean cloths etc. The clothing should also be such that the body would be free and relaxed while sitting in the posture of %38 , which is supposed to be the most soothing sitting posture for japa. Wearing shoes or use of leather is also prohibited during all $. The % should sit on a clean cloth sheet or %& spread over the floor in a silent corner of the house or any suitable place outside, which is neat and peaceful. 103Eternity ... Science of Mantras While performing a japa, the% should let his mind free from every kind of negative thinking, anger, jealous, excitement, etc. The % should face the East in the morning, North in the noon and the West in the evening and should feel the presence of the divine illumination in the corresponding direction. According to the scripture entitled “+
”, the purity and engrossment of the mind and continence over the body-functions –– is a must for a sincere prac- tice of japa. The ,
adds that the % should eat self-earned austere vegetarian (%) food. The speed of japa should be normal and set at one’s natural fre- quency of speech. It should not be too slow so as to cause dullness, neither too fast that would cease the clarity of pronunciation. The also mention that grasping control over the bodily actions, vital energy and mental agility and strengthening the & and & in the presence of and %39 is necessary for the attainment of ultimate success (siddhi) in a japa-. Pictures and idols of the manifestation of God in whom the % has affectionate faith, or, posters/ photographs of some saints and great personalities often provide inspiring company at such places. Performance of some rituals of worship, presence of fresh flowers and plants in the surroundings add to the purity and serene beauty of this atmosphere. With gradual progress in the , the refine- ment of the sublime domains of consciousness in and around the % also becomes more important. In order to maintain the sa- cred ambience, only the people of high moral character and piety of mind should be allowed to visit the place of . According to the 7
(85|106-8) the japa performed in the house gives average benefit, that performed on a bank of a river is over one lakh times more effective and this positive impact is further enhanced if the japa is performed at a spiritually energized temple or & of a saint, at a mountain of the holy Himalayas or in front of – a cow, the divine ./ (the pole star), rising Sun, fire of a %, or a $% (a lamp of refined ghee). The effect of japa is maximized if it is performed with an awakened feeling of thou-presence in the %’s own inner self. 104 Eternity... Science of Mantras All the disciplines essential for a japa are nicely explained by a sage of yore in the following quote: 23$(#
& | 42+#; /
'%'# ||. As mentioned earlier, japa is incomplete without meditation. The % should meditate upon the meaning, implications and the of the mantra which is being enunciated; the intensity of this mental engrossment should increase to the extent of ‘feeling of unifi- cation with the divine radiance and the power hidden in the (soul) of the mantra. The scripture named Yoga Darshan (1|18), describes that a japa performed with immense faith and deep mental concen- tration effectuates the experience of trance and endows the % with beatified bliss. *** 105Eternity ... Science of Mantras Experiments on Mantra: Interaction of Sound with Thermal Energy Maharshi Aurbindo has stated that – the human intellect has, no doubt, achieved a lot by deciphering, through scientific developments, the secrets of Nature at certain cosmic as well as atomic and micro lev- els. However, the greater part – that, dealing with the consciousness, still remains to be seen. We shall focus here on some such aspects in the context of mantra .
– voice, including the speech of the thoughts and the emotions – happens to be most significant among all the apparent or latent poten- tials of consciousness bestowed upon the human beings. This divine bequest has been at the root of making the communication and ex- pansion of knowledge and information possible in real terms. It would be frightening to imagine the status of the human society without this wonderful gift of . Apart from its obvious role at the social and educational levels, the – being a tool for manifestation of & – also plays a crucial role in spiritual developments. As mentioned earlier, the mantra- triggers an ‘explosion’ of the power of & via the medium of refined . It is well known that we are able to pronounce uncountable variety of phonemes and syllables with enormous flexibility of pitch and ampli- tude because of the simultaneous movements and associative func- tioning of the lips, teeth, throat and the vocal cord along with the tongue. If it were only a single component, say the tongue alone that produced ‘voice’ then the human beings would have been able to utter only a limited numb1er of phonemes (sounds) like most animals and birds too. The simultaneous movement of several interconnected components of the vocal system also creates vibrations in the linkages of the latter with the nervous system and the brain and thus makes the human voice so special. These vibrations (generated by the flow of our ), because of their connections with the brain, also induce micro- subtler effects on may many intra-body functions as well. As mentioned earlier, the combination of specific syllables and vow- els in the mantras is so designed that the japa of a particular mantra 106 Eternity... Science of Mantras would have definite effects on some specific functional centers and domains of the hidden source of life. The latter include – the 8 6%, the three extrasensory ‘knots’ (granthis), the three (the latent energy currents/canals along the endocrine column), & $ (ten streams of $), 72000 nerves and muscles and the 54 $#%endowed in a living human-body. The dreaded dangers of noise pollution on the one hand and the amazing applications of the ultra and infra sound on the other, illustrate that – the syllables and words spoken or heard are much more than mere carriers of information. That, music is more powerful as a means for creativity, sentimental thrust, medical therapy, improvement in agri- cultural production and psychosomatic health than as a tool for enter- tainment – is also well recognized by the world. Music has now be- come an important part of school education in the high-tech countries like Japan in order to help create the feelings of compassion, co- operation and discipline among the children. It is a scientifically established fact that sound is a source as well as a form of energy. It is found that even the ordinary audible sound, if repeated continuously at a constant frequency and amplitude can pro- duce so much thermal energy as would be produced by the boiling water. The principles and methods of
are aimed at sublimation of sound to it original expression – , and construc- tive orientation of the enormous energy generated by such explo- sions. The different practices of japa and homa (i.e. a havan or #) associated with the mantras are devised according to the . While the role of sonic and (bio)electrical energy is evident in the japa processes, that of the thermal energy is more evident in the # based practices. The different types and steps of japa have been discussed earlier. Before looking into the meaning of # and its relation with the , it should be further emphasized that apart from the generation and use of the physical forms of energy, the most significant and unique field of the science of mantras deals with the sublime force of consciousness and the associated realms of supernatural energy. The role of inner faith and emotional and sentimental depth, together with mental concentration is therefore given more importance in the 107Eternity ... Science of Mantras practices of and several ‘rituals’ are advised to- wards necessary training exercises before practicing a mantra. At the gross level, the sonic waves of a mantra generate specific currents of energy by vibrating even the tiniest particle in and around the %. At the subtle level, via the spiritual power of & of the % in the mantra, it gives rise to a ‘conscious force’ that educes a sublime ‘magnetic’ attraction.... Thus the of a mantra japa generates two types of energy spheres. These spheres of energy are termed respectively as the sonic sphere (! ) and the emotional sphere (). If performed with a steadily intensifying &, the expansion, and strength (the power of attraction) of these energy fields gains cosmic dimensions by long- term regular repetition of the mantra under prescribed spiritual disci- plines. The &9% depicted in a hand of God Vishnu indicates the eternal power of these ever-active energy- spheres of the gross and the subtle energies of . Absolute salvation of the soul (+%&) – is referred as the ultimate goal of many spiritual experiments. Considering that omnipresent eter- nal ocean of consciousness is an infinite dimensional ensemble of the perpetual currents of the waves of , it should be understood that the subliminal (conscious) energy sphere (aura) spun by a , is a kind of orbit. Continuous engrossed movement in this orbit could drive the mind and the inner self freely across the unbounded ocean of & by eliminating (via counter flows) the thralldom of the other fields of attraction – e.g. those of worldly cravings, ego and related passions, etc....). This liberation of mind is a real +%& for a human being. Agnihotra and Japa: Performing some kind of agnihotra or a # is essential before commencing and after completing the determined spiritual experi- ments of 8 with mantra japa. In some mantra s this needs to be performed every day along with the regular japa processing. Agnihotra or # is a simple process of sacrificing selected dry herbs in the fire kindled in a specifically designed small inverted pyra- 108 Eternity... Science of Mantras mid shaped pot (or pit) called %. The material used in agnihotra – including the dry herbs/ woods – is also purified by mantra japas and some . The naturally broken dry woods from only a selected varieties of trees are allowed to be used. The valid types of medicinal herbs also are the ones that nourish and in- duce good health and do not cause any kind of insidious effects like poisonous vapors or polluting smokes. The material to be used in an agnihotra should be collected by the % from the places which are already purified by continuous performances of sacred or # and 8..... The electrified particles of the herbal-material sublimated in the #- fire, because of the special design of the % move upward in a spiral manner at an ultra fast rate. The mantra- chanting per- formed along with a # intensifies the thermal and electromag- netic effects of the latter to further energize the sonic vibrations of the mantra and expand them at cosmic levels. The effects of the mantra-japa thus get compounded magnificently and offer manifold benefits to vast domain. The thermal energy generated by the #-fire and the collisions of sonic waves with the thin screen of its flames help exponential ampli- fication of the power of & in the mantra being chanted. The spiral waves of electrons in the #-$+ play the role of trans- mitters to ‘communicate’ the ‘signals of the mantra’ in the etheric whole. The positive effects of the mantra-japa that could otherwise be received in a limited space surrounding the % are thus magnified and spread in significantly large domains –– even of cos- mic dimensions in specific cases, if the japa is also accompanied by a #. If such experiments of with # are performed under adept disciplines, the unique confluence of the thermal and sonic energies linked with the eternal flow of consciousness in the etheric medium –– would offer global benefits at physical as well as spiritual levels. Such boons would range from purification of atmosphere, har- monizing the ecological balances, improvement in the physical and mental health of the masses.... to the spiritual enlightenment of all beings. 109Eternity ... Science of Mantras Possibilities of Scientific Research: The use of fire and thermal energy in general has been advancing ever since the beginning of civilization. Scientific and technological advancement of the 20th century has also offered tremendous appli- cations of sound. Scientific experiments on the conjunction of these energies – based on the principles of mantra-japa and# &– should also be carried out in order to investigate the possibilities of viable global benefits keeping in total harmony with multiple realms of life and Nature. Controlled experiments could be designed in this regard to perform large scale# with consistent collective chanting of the selected vaidika mantras and test the changes, if any, in the ionosphere40 thereby. Comprehensive research in the science of mantra and # would demand an in-depth study of – (i) the physical (including chemical and biological) and subtle powers of sound and heat; (ii) the power of attraction and the gross structure as well as subliminal domain of the cosmic centers associated with the of different mantras. For instance, the manifold physical and subtle power-currents of the sun and the orgulous effects of meditation on its subtle body () should be researched in the context of the"#-*.....; (iii) fundamental principles of transformation of matter and energy; and (iv) human psychology and the deeper science of inner emotions and sentiments. While the physical powers of sound and heat have been recognized and used by the modern science at a very advanced level, a lot re- mains to be deciphered on their sublime fronts. The studies of the cosmic nuclei of mantras and those of the sentimental powers would also demand detailed study of the vaidika scriptures, before one in- vestigates the scientific methods for experimental investigations and applications of mantra japa and#. Some related excerpts from the ancient scriptures are presented below with relevant commentaries. The Yajurveda (23-42) mentions ‘ (#3#+7’. Meaning: The sun is a manifestation of an element of the 7 . It is the internal and external power of the sun, which is the source for the expression and growth of life on the earth. Be that the thermal (external) or the vital (internal) energy of the Sun – it is certain that 110 Eternity... Science of Mantras these energy spheres are vibrated by the specific thermal and sonic energy waves generated by the combined effects of different # and mantras. The net effect of these vibrations augments the vital elements neces- sary for maintaining creative synergy between various components of Nature... This is why Nature appears to be exceptionally kind and friendly in the regions where # (with 8) are performed regularly for substantially long periods of time. Ecological balance, strengthening of the ionosphere, increase in the quality and quantity of the agricultural products....., etc are obvious offshoots of the positive effects of#. The sublime stream of the energy of the mantras is far more mag- nificent and wonderful. This, if accompanied by the subtle elements of yajñas, can expand in the limitless cosmic ‘hole’ and attract the subliminal currents of the corresponding streams of the omnipresent powers of the Supreme Consciousness. This is how the attainment of the desired/resolved noble goals becomes feasible by performing the 8with yajñas. The feasibility of the aforesaid astonishing effects could be better understood if we realize that –– sentiments and emotions, being mani- festations of also exist as some kinds of ‘super-ultra’ or ‘mi- cro-infra’ sonic waves, i.e., the waves that are finer and subliminal expressions of as compared to the ultra and infra sound waves. Whatever we think deeply or feel intrinsically is indeed an expression in the ‘voice’ of our inner mind.... The mantras and # are like scien- tific devices and procedures used to transmit and receive such sound waves at different horizons of the reflections of and . *** 111Eternity ... Science of Mantras Power of Mantras: The Divine Source A 41 states the following – .
( ., .$&8 || Meaning: The$ (%) is the Goddess of the universe. It is the mother of all divine powers. All Gods (divine powers) are imma- nent in the subtle body of the mantras. The knowledge of % en- compasses all the sciences. The % is the true 42 . Whatever we speak, think, know or feel is possible because of the presence of %in the inner self.......; our life exists because of this eternal boon of thee. Spiritual refinement and evolution of to the level of $% is as essential for the live expression of divinity in our inner self as the requirement of healthy food and physical exercises for our survival or that of books and practical training for education. It is the higher level of $% that enables the righteous development of the indi- vidual self along the path of greatness and divinity.... also mentions that – '%% 7!7
, , .+# | Meaning: The % purified by tapa offers piety and trenchancy of thoughts together with creative talents and discerning intellect.
is indeed a tapa in which although the % (our usual voice) is used initially for the japa and# for meditation. Disciplined endeavor of this with the great support of& helps gradual arousal and sublime transmu- tation of $ and p&#. The four faces in the idols of Lord Brahma symbolize the four levels of – namely, the baikhari, #, $&# and $. The allegoric stories in the$s mention of the maintenance of the universe by God Brahma’s con- tinuous movements upward and downward along the lotus-cord ema- 112 Eternity... Science of Mantras nated from the ‘navel’ of God Vishnu. This rhetoric description signi- fies the eternal cosmic impact of the repeated cycling of mantra japa in the four ...... The concentrated powers – of the % and the # – strengthened by the mantra japa gradually energize the subtle centers of consciousness and the latter begin to function like the ‘con- ducting wires’ for the supply of the electrified currents of $....’. This activation eventually links the power of $and $&# with the former two. When we practise the japa of the great"#
it is usually our % alone that enunciates the mantra. The japa there- fore may not be as effective for most of us as it is described to be....
&had realized this mantra by the param tapa43 of his % and was then endowed with all the supernatural powers – including that of creating another universe, which are described to be attainable by the siddhi of this great mantra. Dedicated endeavor for the refinement of is an essential part of initiating a mantra-. A sincerely performed tapa of gradually leads to the activation of its successive sublimated forms (from %.... to..... pa&yanti....). The science of mantras re- volves around the dual aim of the inter-linked % and . '
% enables realization of the eternal existence of and attraction of the desired streams of its unlimited powers. The attainment of success in the mantra (and %)- naturally enshowers the boons of riddhis - siddhis on the deserving %. The realization of in the deep inner self is the true state of meeting thou and receiving thy blessings and boons, or equiva- lently, it is the state of ultimate beatified bliss and . 0%& – the sublest of the five basic elements of nature is supposed to be created by and is therefore omnipresent and also re- garded as the source for creation of the other four basic elements. These elements (namely, #, agni, jala and$) are easily 113Eternity ... Science of Mantras perceivable by %. Thus, all the sensory faculties () of vision (($), taste (rasa), smell (gandha) and touch ($&) etc, as well as the extrasensory functions can be performed by %. In terms of spiritual interpretations, agni is manifested in the ( >+% – the physical, material world; #in the 7>+% – the entire domain of vital energy and creativity; and( –the source of jala in the !7>+% – the gamut of sentiments. When the dissi- pation of the (sound) energy of the % in unnecessary conversations and excitations is restrained and this is adeptly controlled, refined and ‘energized’ by regular mantra-japa, it begins to link itself with its subtler forms and transmutes to move anywhere in the three lokas. The potentials of the refined become truly exceptional if acti- vated by the energy of a #. The '
% equipped with the energy of # can ‘illuminate’ the whole world with the light of true and complete knowledge...., and guide it to the righteous path of all round progress, prosperity, peace and happiness. By the very definition of #, the subtle energy generated by it should always be utilized collectively for the altruist goals of global welfare. The mentioning of – sacrificing 2# in 4 – in the Holy ", is a simple representation of the cosmic effects of mantra and #. These effects are described in some as –– the eternal shower of parajanya upon performing a #.... The omnipresent physical manifestations of the energy of in- clude the electrical, magnetic, thermal, photonic (light) energies and their different combinations. Consciousness in the living beings is also a manifestation of the superimposition of the subliminal vibrations of the eternal energy of . The $%, when refined by higher levels of mantra-, can induce such vibrations. This is how the ‘words’ enunciated in the $% become absolutely true like thy will. The $% of a siddha % possesses the power to transform any kind of material existence and also control the con- scious faculties of mind – such as, thinking, feeling, desiring, ....,etc – in any being. It can thus guide and effectuate the righteous develop- ment of the human society and the world as a whole. 114 Eternity... Science of Mantras The relation between an individual self ($) and the omnipresent thy-self () is like that between a seed and its tree – each exists because of the other. The $ is a small unit of the and the latter is its manifold, unlimited..., ultimate ex- pansion..... Every soul exists in the and the absolute state of enlightenment and ultimate spiritual evolution of the soul is a reflec- tion of the . This commingling of the individual self with the can be realized by the $%. A Shruti mentions –
.6+, +%'$##$ | Meaning: (The power of) God Vishnu subtly resides in the mouth. Thou is (an expansion of % in the form of) a mantra. The mantras are divine powers that can triumph over everything in a righteous manner. (This quote once again describes the unity between (the soul of) a mantra and the omnipresent, omnipotent thy-existence). The power (&%) of mantras is classified into four categories – (i) '#%, (ii) Phal'%, (iii) %% and (iv) 0#*%. Maharshi Jaimini has analyzed these aspects in the vedic treatise entitled ‘'(
’. According to his analysis, the $#&% deals with the words, phonetics, pronunciations, expression of thy- call and the configuration and or- der of the mantra. The $$&% implies the power of achieving the desired or determined goal. It is awakened by thorough purification (by pre- scribed mantra-based methods and with due support of inner zeal and sincerity) of the %,, $;#6(, havi,$8, etc, used in the #. Arousal of the inner power of the % is inevitable for the success of a ,. The endeavors of tapa required for this purpose necessitate the disciplines of diet-con- trol, brahmcarya44 , etc and sincere adoption of compassion and al- truist service for the welfare of others.... This &% activated by the inner consciousness of a true % effectuates accomplishing the . The %&%, as the name suggests, corresponds to multi- plication, amplification and expansion of the effect of mantra via the 115Eternity ... Science of Mantras energy of #. We all know that even a tiny drop of oil can spread over a large surface of water; a small quantity of poison dissolved in the blood-stream can diffuse across the whole body; a momentary spark of fire could expand into a conflagration in a matter of just few seconds.... Similarly, the apparently small actions of mantra-japa by a single or handful of dedicated %(s) could be orgulously am- plified to benefit very large areas and numbers of people by the %&%. The fourth, # #&%, is awakened in a mantra by spe- cific kinds of $ of this mantra performed by a siddha % at a specific place under specific disciplines while using specific tools in the associated #. The effect of this power is also unique as per the ‘specificity’ of the corresponding. Maharshi !*
had accomplished supernatu- ral gains by the specific of the"#
. It was the # #&% attained by that led to the successful completion of the'#8# (organized by King Dasharatha), which even Brahmarshi!
was unable to guide. Even a glimpse of the powers of a mantra could be realized only if its % has purified his and acquired complete control over his body and mind and is performing the mantra-japa with intense &. A story cited in
illustrates this fact more clearly. It says – 01
and Arjuna both used the mantra- based weapons called ,.... In order to prevent the limitless devastation due to these dreaded weapons, Maharshi
# stood between the two and asked both to revert back their astras. Arjuna, because of his tapa of brahmacarya, could easily do so while 01
, because of lesser self- discipline, could not.... Similar incidents – highlighting the role of $ and & – is narrated in the
. This mentions of a competi- tion between Nramedha and 8
with respect to their ex- pertise in certain mantra.... During a demonstrative experiment, Nramedha was only able to produce smoke from his mouth while 8
could generate fire in a wet wood by his mantra- japa....8
then told (Nramedha) that – ‘during your 116 Eternity... Science of Mantras , you have only practised over the proper and disciplined pronunciation of the mantra with meditation whereas I, because of my dedication and &, have also connected my in- ner self with the soul of the mantra’. Muni Kautsa has described the mantras as specific configurations of syllables whose sonic pattern, and not merely the meaning, is impor- tant. He therefore calls mantras as anarthaka – i.e., without a meaning. For instance, the ‘densely energized and compact’ like 2 ,
, 0...., etc do not possess any lin- guistic meaning. It is only the impulsive force of their sound – enun- ciated by the refined – which makes them so special and as- tonishingly powerful. The thirteenth section of Naishadha-Charita focuses on the ‘mys- tery’ of such supernatural sonic-effects in detail.... Almost all the 8 and of a mantra include japas and synchro- nized45 performance of a #. The constructive power of sound (enfolded in the mantras) specifically coupled with the thermal en- ergy (of the #) produces wonderful effects in the gross as well as the subliminal domains of life. The miracles of a , materialize with successive activation of the hidden &% of the mantra. *** 117Eternity ... Science of Mantras Cosmic Cycles of the Vibrations of Mantra The etymology of the word mantra indicates several derivations in the Sanskrit Language; such as – ‘
’; meaning, a pro- cess or a mechanism regulated by the mind....; ‘Mantri Gupta ’, meaning, sublime ‘conversation’ is mantra....; etc. The
defines – ‘
7’ meaning, the seg- ments of syllables and accents enunciated by a refined . In scientific terms, the entire system of a human being in this visible world revolves around two major components – the physical body and the conscious mind. The constant functioning of each of them at multiple levels generates (bio) electrical currents through the brain- system. Major activities of the body are accompanied by mutual in- teraction between its tiny constituent parts – from organ to cellular and molecular levels. The processes of heart-beating, blood flow through the veins and arteries, inhalation and exhalation of air by the lungs, expansion and compression of the muscles, bio-electrical sig- nal (information) processing through the nerves, etc, all produce some kind of friction or titillation in the associated components. This gener- ates specific kind of thermal energy and static electricity. The thought waves continuously generated from the mind are of electromagnetic type. If we throw a stone in a pond, it will produce certain currents of water, which will flow transversely up to the banks of the pond. The universe also is a kind of ‘a gigantic pond without boundaries’ and hence an infinite open ‘spherical set’ in hyper-geomet- ric sense. The electromagnetic currents produced by our thoughts and emotions are expanded in the limitless domain of this etheric ocean. And, because of the end-less (hence circular) ‘periphery’ of the latter, these waves reach back to their point of origin (i.e., our mind, in this case) upon completing a cycle. The long journey of the thought waves is not static. A lot of their (bio)magnetic energy is dissipated while interacting with other waves of opposite characteristics (pertaining to the counter or negative thoughts/emotions). Their confluence with the thought waves of similar 118 Eternity... Science of Mantras qualities, however, strengthens their own power. The super-imposition of these ‘matching’ thought waves indeed creates a powerful region of attraction and builds up a thought layer or field that could influence other thought waves. Our righteous and saintly thoughts and emo- tions could this way offer benefits to us and the others as well while compounding their power manifold with each cycle. Such layers of divine thoughts are like clouds, which can enshower a nectar of virtu- ous inspirations on the entire world. The vibrations of mantras carry immense energy that is amplified by the $ and bio-electricity of the body and the sublime currents of spiritually refined thoughts and sentiments of the %(s). The simple principle behind our speech or the pronunciation of a word by our mouth is that – the collision of air with specific (as per the movement of the associated components of the mouth) portions of the nervous system produces specific vibrations in the vocal-cord. This apparently physiological process is completely regulated by the mind. It is the unconscious mind that guides the controlling machinery of the brain and hence regulates the movements of the components that ‘directly’ participate in the process of speaking or singing etc. The instantaneous difference in our voice and pattern of pronuncia- tion of the same word under different moods (mental states) clearly demonstrates this remarkable harmony between the speech-system and the mind. If we casually pet somebody’s back then there would be no reaction in general. However, if we do so intentionally or say, in an angry mood, it would naturally hurt that person and may invite repelling action from his side. This simple example illustrates the difference between the effects of a mere physical activity and that of an action associated with unusual mental force. This difference in effects ex- ists because the former involves only the static electricity of the body and routine auto-regulation of the brain whereas the latter bears the special ‘electrified charge’ of the vital spiritual power of the mind too. The words recited by a person with full mental concentration are indeed energized by the bio-electrical energy of the physical body as well as the ‘electromagnetic’ and subliminal $6 force of his mind. 119Eternity ... Science of Mantras It is well known that the speed of the vibrations of light is around 186000 per second while the sound waves have so far been found to produce vibrations in ether at a speed ranging between very low (subtle) to the ultra levels of 2305793009213693952 vibrations per second. Our ears can normally catch (hear) only the sonic vibrations of average frequencies around 32770 per second. The ultra fast vibrations of sound produce higher energy waves including the X- rays. Likewise any other energy-waves, the vibrations produced by the sound of the words spoken (or sung) by a person also are ever- lasting.... Where they would reach and continue to reside (exist along with similar vibrations) in the cosmos depends upon the total energy– especially the mental one because it is more specific to the individual self – emitted by the body and mind of the speaker (singer).... Because of their immense sublimated energy the vibrations of the mantras practised by the and the currents of the thought waves of these spiritually refined angelic personalities exist in the supernor- mal cosmic energy-fields since yore. Rich belts of minerals are formed by the attraction between the particles of same (compatible) cat- egory. By similar effects, the above mentioned fields of attraction in- duced by the mantra-of the would continue to be stron- ger if the matching vibrations of mantras are consistently generated with deep &by people endowed with piety of character and inner strength of mind. In their circular journey (cycles), the %’s thought waves and the sound waves generated by his mantra-japa are also empowered by these cosmic fields. Thus, while reaching back to their origin, these waves help enhance the spirituality and the overall physical and mental energies of the %. Thoughts and emotions, being the manifestations of, are also a form of energy like sound and heat. Scientifically speaking, every combi- nation, be that gross or subtle, of vibration and motion gives rise to energy (and matter). Thoughts and emotions also exist in waveforms. These ‘energy- waves’, if focussed around one idea or faith, naturally form a common class and generate a stronger field of attraction around this center of focus...... At gross psychological levels, the distinct ambiance of specific philosophical or political ideologies like those of the religious doctrines or those of capitalism, communalism.... etc, are examples of such centered groups of thoughts and beliefs. In the sublime do- 120 Eternity... Science of Mantras mains, the focus of a field of the sacred thoughts and inner senti- ments – like faith, & and spirituality, is called . Every mantra has its (adhi) that represents a divine power and a cosmic energy center in the field of the genesis, ultimate ex- pansion and sublimated existence of the sonic waves of that mantra. It is this , which is supposed to be the eternal source (the soul) of the supernormal power of the associated mantra. As mentioned earlier, the success of a mantra- depends upon how well the % is able to link his soul with the of the mantra. This is why the ‘success of a mantra’ is often described as ‘bless- ings or boons bestowed by the ’. For the purpose of ease in meditation, the of various man- tras were also given visible forms and names46 by the . The and chanda described in the introductory part (viniyoga) of a man- tra similarly correspond to the subtle wave-characteristics and the sonic pattern of that mantra. The "#
is regarded to be the origin (mother) of all the vaidika mantras hence of the Vedas too. This is why it is also re- ferred as a and revered as
. The majestic power of this eternal mantra is expanding perpetually, as the of this mantra has been constantly practised by millions of spiritual experts since the Vedic Age. Every human being can illuminate his intellect and inner self by the afflatus of thy-glow through sincere japa and $ of the "#
. *** 121Eternity ... Science of Mantras Power of Aroused by The
Mantra The 5
Shastra defines the term mantra as –
8'# || Meaning: That whose mental retention and repetition enables one to know the true form of the world and the Nature. That which liberates the mind from the worldly attachments of ego and avarice and which leads to the path of ultimate success – is called a Mantra. Similarly, Japa is defined in the scripture of Yama as – 3%+3
667;'%'$ &%7 | /#?'+%3'$
&%7|| Meaning: “Ja” implies relief from further janmas (Births); “Pa” sym- bolizes elimination of the sins. Thus japa (of a mantra) helps de- stroy one’s evils and liberate the soul from all worldly thralldoms. The above definitions further intensify the importance of mantra- japa described earlier. The scriptures and the experiences of great % of all ages affirm that mantra-japa is a spiritual experi- ment that, if performed as a , leads to self-realization, self- refinement and ultimate beatitude. From a scientific point of view, one may explain it as follows. As the continuous movement of the motor in a Dynamo generates electricity, the cyclic repetition of the japa of a mantra at a constant pace also gives rise to the circular motion of the sonic manifestation of hence to a centrifugal sonic force and an otherwise latent power of sound.... One who knows the
# indeed knows the secrets of the optimal genera- tion and use of this cycle of energy which is a unique source of physi- cal, mental and spiritual potentials. The coexistence of the forces of attraction and the circular motions of the planets must be well known to the students of Physics. Be- cause of the fast movements in the charged fields of attraction, each 122 Eternity... Science of Mantras planet also produces a roaring sound of intensity proportional to its huge size. The superimposition of these planetary roars gives rise to the cosmic sound – a manifestation of – which the scientists consider as the major source of power for every kind of ‘natural motion’ existing in the entire universe. The power of manifests itself in multiple ways in the of the great "#
. This mantra is a compilation of twenty- four special syllables/words (in Sanskrit) which are so configured that the enunciation of each gives rise to unique types of vibrations at one or more of the twenty-four important bio-electrical and extrasen- sory energy nuclei in the %’s body. The collective compounded sonic effects of all of these are so unique and immense that these activate the subtle body too. The linguistic meaning of this mantra is a universal prayer for the divine illumination of the intellect of all to lead the world towards the righteous path..... The %’s mental concentration and pure sentiments are naturally focussed around this meaning (and the asso- ciated feelings and inspirations) when he performs japa of this man- tra through emotional depths. This has two prominent effects – viz., the %’s mind achieves higher state of meditation and he also attains spiritual refinement of the inner domains of mind. The complete effect of the japa of the"#
with true & also purifies the astral body of the % and illumi- nates all facets of his life with a divine glow. Liberation from the evil effects of misdeeds and sins of the past life or previous births are natural bequests of the successful of this mantra. On worldly fronts, the % lives a truly happy and progressive life and also contributes significantly – without any ego, selfish interest or worldly attachment – towards multidimensional welfare of others. The #7 element of the "#
induces the cosmic vi- brations of and the sonic waves generated by the japa of this mantra traverse through the infinity of47 . Upon comple- tion of each cycle these waves reach back the % along with the additional effects of – (i) the divine thoughts and sentiments ‘trans 123Eternity ... Science of Mantras mitted’ by the perpetual vibrations of the long-term $- of the super-sagacious spiritual saints like the who were siddhas of the of this mantra; and (ii) the sublime radiance of the Supreme Consciousness of . The %’s mind consistently receives the supernormal impulses and sparks of divine force and, as a result, often attains extrasensory knowledge and supramental pow- ers via dreams, intuitions and sudden inspirations.... The% also experiences ‘hearing of mysterious sounds...’, ‘vision the distant and otherwise unseen places and objects’, ‘flashes of supernatural light’, ...... etc. As stated earlier, the mantras, by definition, are sublime carriers of the power of indwelling in sound, thoughts and emotions. The sonic as well as the emotional energy together make a mantra alive. While the observance of prescribed elementary disciplines – like, regu- larity of timings and the number and pace of japas...., etc – is a must to generate appropriate sonic vibrations from the japa of a mantra, the unperturbed engrossment of mind with deep faith and emotional linkage with the of the mantra – is necessary for awakening the subliminal force of in it. It may be noted again that for the success of the of any mantra, it is the piety of character and deeds, the strength and stabil- ity of mind and the & – that are the most crucial and important virtues of the %rather than his intellectual eminence or scho- lastic expertise in the vedic scriptures...., etc. Anybody who sincerely adopts the principle of truth, creativity and altruist service with compassion, generosity and love and who en- deavors self-restrain for escalating march towards self-refinement would qualify to commence "#under the intimate guidance of a noble guru. If the consistency of japa is maintained with adept disciplines and &, the% begins to realize the exceptional psychological and intellectual benefits and truly rare boons of this in a short span of time.... *** 124 Eternity... Science of Mantras Psychological Basis of the Effects of Japa Mantra-Japa is affirmed by the sages as a powerful mechanism for intensifying the willpower and self-determination. It can thus be regarded as a procedure for strengthening self-control and psychological improve- ment along with the development of vigorous and virtuous personality. The human mind at the conscious and the subconscious levels is an ensemble of uncountably many thoughts and emotions of varied qual- ity, stability and impact. Those generated by internal desire or mental resolution or existing because of assimilated %48are more intense and cannot be waned out or refined easily. These rather stable thoughts and emotions, if belonging to the evil (or not suit- able to the human- dignity) category, cause maximum disturbances and obstructions during meditation. Japa helps controlling such per- turbations because japa is an activity that engages the major facul- ties of mind with a natural harmony and ‘tunes’ them coherently with the rhythm and vibrations of the mantra being enunciated or chanted. The faith and & in the mantra add to the positive effects of japa, as they provide a moral support, an emotional linkage and hence an inner courage and subliminal energy to enable the % struggle and diminish the evil instincts and thoughts. It is a principle of psy- chology that – if a certain thought, lesson or imagination is often re- peated before one’s mind, the latter begins to grasp and assimilate the same in the deeper layers of its memory. These thoughts, imagina- tions or feelings then appear to be ‘true’ to the learner’s mind and may eventually become a part of his nature and belief. The small mantras like – ) 2) ; or,2) /; or, + ... etc, or the thy – names such as – Sri Ramor 0
....., etc, are like compact formulae or symbols in short-hand scripts to represent and remind of divinity and divine principles and disciplines. The repeated japa of such mantras or names would naturally (according to the psychological theories of stimulus-response), intensify the divine faith and serene, moral charac- teristics in the %’s mind. ‘How fast such effects would be real- ized?’ – this largely depends upon the desire (purpose), the willpower and the intrinsic urge with which the japa is being performed. 125Eternity ... Science of Mantras The same principle is seen working in ‘mob-psychology’ when the repeated shouting of certain motto or slogan – in grand processions, or revolutionary movements, etc – is found to stimulate public mind and motivate the masses towards the associated purpose.... The dif- ference between such responses and the effects of mantra-japa should however be well understood here. Mantra-japa is an spiri- tual exercise aimed at the main purpose of the spiritual elevation of the %. This also has subtle effects on the inner self along with the aforesaid psychological effects of recalling and retention.… These results may appear meek initially and seem to occur at a slow pace but are definite, gradually augmenting and everlasting if the japa is performed sincerely and regularly. Japa has been uniformly regarded in almost all the religions or schools of philosophy across the globe as an important spiritual activity or an essential requirement for spiritual enlightenment. The scriptures on Indian philosophy and spiritual sciences focus a great deal on the psychological significance of mantra-japa as well. The "#
is described in all the scriptures of Indian philosophy and the science of spirituality and yoga as unique, original and preeminent in this respect too. Subtle Effects on Human Body and Mind: The human body is the most complex but complete example of a self- organizing (bio)physical system. Despite significant advancement of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering in the present era, a lot about the structure- function relationships and the interactions of the macro and micro components of this wonderful machine and its brain still remains to be deciphered by the modern researchers. The by their expertise in the ancient sciences of yoga and spiri- tuality had ‘visualized’ the human body as a miniature model of the universe and hence declared that – ‘*/'’. The extrasensory energy nuclei and streams of the subtle currents of consciousness –– namely, the 8 cakras, panca %+&, tri granthis, the seventy-two thousands and the fifty-four $#% .... etc, inside the human body, as experienced and identified by the – 126 Eternity... Science of Mantras are as vast and phenomenal as the expansion of the planets, stars and the galaxies in the universal ‘sphere’ of ever increasing ‘diameter’ above 13 X 107 light years. As discussed earlier, the science of mantras deals with the activation – by the sonic waves of and , and specific use of these hidden centers and channels exiting in the human body. The spiritual experts of yore had described the "#
as the mother (origin) of all mantras. The spiritual saints, eminent schol- ars and noted great personalities – including Swami Vivekanand, Mahatma Gandhi, Thakur Ravindra Nath Tagore and Sri Aurobindo, of the modern era have also revered this great mantra as the eternal source of righteous intellect and inspirations – for the foundation of a world religion and culture of high human values. Cultural and psycho- logical evolution of the masses is essential for a glorious future of the globe and the dignity of mankind. This mantra is also special in terms of its unique sonic pattern, the sublime flow of and astonishing physical, psychological and spiritual impacts. The process of mantra-japa smoothly encompasses the following four aspects of training and improvement of the mind as described the modern psychologists. Namely –– (i) memorizing by repetition; (ii) retention and recalling; (iii) learning by experience and (iv) believ- ing by conviction. In terms of spiritual philosophy, the training of mind and its emotional cores focuses upon – (i) self-observation; (ii) self-analysis; (iii) self-refinement and (iv) self-development. These are the gradual steps during the enlightened march of the individual self towards the realization of thy-self. In each experiment of by japa – the retention and repeated enunciation of the mantra coupled with meditation and emo- tional faith effectuates all the above mentioned psychological and spiritual processes at a steadily increasing pace. The $- of the "#
is again of fundamental importance here be- cause it eventually leads to the collective illumination of the human- intellect towards the righteous path of divine evolution of mind. 127Eternity ... Science of Mantras The $ of the"#
has become all the more important today in view of the fact that the root-cause – of all the misdeeds of the medieval era and the short-sights of the modern times – is the maligning and perversion of the human-instincts and intellect from their true path. The effect of a thorough japa of this man- tra eradicates the untoward thoughts and cravings. It also culti- vates healthy seeds of eminence and moral dignity of thoughts and sentiments in %’s mind and heart and enlightens all dimensions of his life with truth, sincerity, creative talents, strength and courage, and above all, with the righteous intelligence and divine sentiments. The "#
enfolds the basic principles of all the religions of mankind in a compact compilation of just twenty-four special syl- lables/words of Sanskrit. That is why this mantra is also described as the shortest and the most ancient religious scripture, which can guide the entire human society towards a life full of everlasting, global peace, progress and happiness if its $- is per- formed as a scientific experiment collectively by more and more people under adept disciplines and with unperturbed perseverance and sin- cere faith. *** 128 Eternity... Science of Mantras Acoustics and Mantra
During the war times in the ancient era, the generals used to infer about the location of the enemy’s army by keeping an ear on the earth’s surface and thereby ‘sensing’ the sound of its movements. This example indicates that although sound is supposed to be spread- ing and being heard via the medium of air, its vibrations, if amplified, can also be perceived by the earth. In the human body, the audible vibrations of sound, when make colli- sion with the ear’s diaphragm, they create specific impulse in the latter’s connection with the brain and thus the corresponding sound is heard. Many animals and birds have latent communication- sensors in their bodies via which they can receive (‘hear’) subtle sonic sig- nals from much longer distances than those falling in the audible range of the human ears. The ‘prior sensing’ of rainfall by the peacocks provokes them to dancing; spiders begin to unwind and recollect their meshes on the similar occasions...; cats take their kittens away from the building which is likely to fall in near future.... The human beings can receive and hear some of the non-audible sounds with the help of hi-tech devices. The early development of these types of sonic-sensors and related instruments included that of a device made up of two mica tubes filled with mercury. The base of this instrument used to be buried to sense the vibrations inside the earth in order to record the movements of the enemy’s army during the Second World War. This device used to register the ‘sound’ of the army’s movements much the same way as stethoscope records the sound of the heartbeats.... The next phase of such developments included that of the devices for recording the electrical signals and vibrations up in the space and beneath water. The early versions of microphones and the hydrophones had also played important role in the Second World War, especially in defeating the German regime of Adolph Hitler. Further advancement of the electro-acoustic devices (which work on the principle of propogating, amplifying and/or recording the sonic 129Eternity ... Science of Mantras waves via electrical or electronic signals) has made it possible for the modern scientists to record a large number of distant and subtle vi- brations inside or upon the earth, beneath deep oceans or in the space above the earth’s atmosphere. The ultimate stage of such advanced developments should help the scientists realize that – every element, the subtlest particle of every entity existing in this universe is created by the vibrations of ; or, in other words, the whole universe and cosmos is a manifestation of the . The – the scientists of *+ and *+ had achieved this level of ultimate knowledge and therefore ‘devised’ the mantras and the methods ($) of their use in the physical (gross), psy- chological and spiritual development of men and women. What they had achieved in addition – by the ##+(meditating ) – was, the expertise to link the subtlest power of light with that of the sound existing in the mantras. Specific japa- of a specific mantra by a spiritually refined person is indeed a unique experiment in acoustics where the power of sound is utilized beyond the limits of material existence. When a harmonium or piano is played, pressing specific keys (that produce different accents or musical notes) repeatedly in an orderly manner generates specific musical tune.... Similarly, japa is a process in which specific components of the mouth, the vocal-cord and the connecting nerves produce desired sonic patterns that harmoniously vibrate the ‘keys’ of the extrasensory ‘wires’ (e.g. the , $, ....) and the subtle ‘energy bundles’ (e.g. the6%....) inside the body. The latter, being stimulated further by the subliminal energy and flow of the consciousness of the %, produce su- pernatural effects – via the associated currents of – specific to the type and purpose of the. The immediate and necessary indication of the success of a mantra- is the refinement, improvement and illumination of the %’s overall personality and his deeds. The proper pronuncia- tion of the mantra(s) under prescribed disciplines, and the spiritual level, faith and sincerity of the % are essential conditions for accomplishing a japa-. The sonorous vibrations produced 130 Eternity... Science of Mantras by a mantra-japa generate sonic waves that could reach any desired place in the universe at a pace faster than the radio waves and could transmit the signals of &at the focussed cosmic centers. Different examples cited earlier – such as, the experiments (e.g. those conducted by some scientists in Canada) on using sonic power to drive a car; or, the demonstrations (e.g. those presented by a popular singer, Mrs. Watts) on transforming the nature/state of matter by music…, indicate that – “it might also be possible one day to capture and study some effects of mantra- japa in the modern scientific laboratories”. In the third %% (part) of the "#.-
, Maharshi Maitraiya is cited to have asked 0%
Maudgalya about the rela- tionship between the mana (conscious and inner minds) and the % (absolutely refined voice); the reply is quoted there in the following &+%:
%º, Yatra Hyova
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|| Meaning: Mana is (– the physical power of "#).
% subtly indwels there, where mana is present (with full con- centration). And, wherever % is present mana exists there (in its purest experience). These are like two mutually complimen- tary and coupled halves (of a single entity). Our visual (materially existing) world is a manifestation of the power of the sun. This world and the gamut of Nature’s creation would not have existed (as they do till date) without the energy of the sun. Noting that and represent the eternal source of the power of the sun and the manifestation of nature, the above &+% would imply the following. “As the movements of the plan- ets are driven by the grand cosmic sun through its own motion, simi- larly, the micro-subtler events could be regulated by the mind by set- ting it in a consistent ‘motion’ under constant amplitude and tune of a mantra-japa”. 131Eternity ... Science of Mantras The demonstrations presented by Mrs. Hags in front of reputed per- sonalities like Lord Lieten are illustrative examples of the above prin- ciple. In these experiments, Mrs. Hags was able to produce (carve in the mediums like sand) visual images of trees, birds, animals, geo- metrical figures.... etc simply by her mental concentration during her musical performances. Madame Lang of France had created visible pictures of Jesus Christ and Notredame by the effect of her devo- tional songs in special classical tunes. The demonstrative performances of two Italian women who played musical tunes – based on a6 of the
– on Sitar had similarly shown significant impact of music (a creation of ) upon human psychology. Pt. Bhagavan Das Awasthi has described many such incidents in detail in a special issue (on) of a Hindi magazine named “
”. The incidents of above kind provide evidential examples of the prin- ciples cited in the Indian scriptures of Mantra-
. Which indi- cate that – every atomic (and even subtler) form of the elements of Nature can be created, converted or combined with other particles via the coherent conjunction of mental concentration (consciousness) and sound (%) in the mantra-japa to give rise to any desired form of energy or matter.... In the present times of scientific development of acoustics when a large number of ultrasonic and infrasonic applications in medicine and technology have become easily accessible, the mantra- should also be investigated. Especially for positive and creative appli- cations in ,6% as an effective mode of treatment and in more important domains of human life – viz., those related with the vigorous progress of mind, righteous intellect and arousal of the di- vine sentiments, which are essential for a brighter and happier future of mankind. *** 132 Eternity... Science of Mantras Integration of the Sciences of Mantra and Yantra The science of mantras was developed by the in the ancient era with the purpose of creating a happy and prosperous world where the progress of the inner self was given significant importance along with other aspects of human life. The modern science (of yantras) has no doubt accomplished great success in material based progress and prosperity. However, the negligence of the sublime domains – of thoughts, emotions and inner sentiments of faith in divine moral values and altruist responsibilities towards selfless service of humanity – has left this progress as one- sided and incomplete. In spite of material progress and worldly achievements, one hardly finds peace and happiness in this world today. Possessive and selfish attitude largely prevailing in the entire human society has added to the sufferings of some and the cruelty or apathy of some others... The lack of faith in the moral values, divine origin and dignity of humanity has led to the hidden feelings of insecurity and illusive passions even among the mightier (more successful) and wealthier sections of the society including the elite intellectuals. This is the time when the #% science should open up ways to realize the importance of the %science and come forward to research the fields of consciousness, values and deeper aspects of psychology. The integration of the two great sciences should offer solutions to the gigantic problems and challenges that seem to be threatening the very existence of humanity and human life today.... The goals of the #% and % sciences have one thing in common – both, in their own ways, strive deciphering the latent pow- ers of Nature. While the #% science searches them in the ma- terial and related physical streams of energy – that could be ‘per- ceived’ and used by material based medium and means, the % science attempts to realize them in the sublime realms of the activa- 133Eternity ... Science of Mantras tion and expression of consciousness indwelling in the living forms and in the cosmic expansion. While there are different types of yantras for different tasks and each yantra works only on specific (material based) energy-inputs under specific conditions....., all the experiments of mantras are performed only on the natural instrument of the hu- man body and mind. The mantra-s are designed with particular focus on the ex- trasensory centers –– like, the
: cakras, the granthis, the $#%, etc, of the subliminal energy (of consciousness) in the human body. Various #+ and %# (exercises) like – $#, bandha, mudr, neti, dhauti, vasti, together with mental training by different kinds of $!, tapa- %& and # are supporting techniques in the experiments of the % science. The basic principles behind the experiments of %science on the human body emanate from the fact that –– the $ is a minia- ture of the and thus all the powers immanent in the cosmic expansion also latently indwell in the human body. The spe- cific extrasensory centers correspond to the sublime nuclei of spe- cific energy fields pervaded in the cosmos..... The other ‘experimental units’ for the ‘actions’ of mantras are the human brain and mind. These provide the most evolved and intensive elements (of consciousness) for experiments in the %sci- ence. The modern scientists and psychologists have unanimously argued that – even the most intelligent and creative functions, known so far, of the human brain, along with their usual regulatory func- tions...., jointly use only a small fraction (about 7%) of the real energy (potential) of this marvelous component associated with the body and the mind. The remaining 93% of the ‘power’ of the human- brain still lies unused and is beyond the reach of the #% science as yet. The so-called observations of parapsychological or metaphysi- cal nature are minor glimpses of this latent ocean of conscious power. The mantra aim at activating and creatively channelizing this hidden or extrasensory potential of human brain and the deeper depths of the human mind. 134 Eternity... Science of Mantras The were experts of %science and were therefore en- dowed with supernatural talents and powers. They could apply thy powers in awakening the divinity in all human beings and had thereby succeeded in erecting a heavenly era on this earth in the Vedic Age. That “Age of Truth” could be revived today by the foresighted and constructive commingling of the #% and the % sciences.... The purpose and goals of the developments of the #% science would be most beneficial if controlled and guided by the basic prin- ciple of the% science – which emphasizes on & and hence upon the cultivation of moral values, integrity of character and deeds, altruist service with sacred sentiments of love and compas- sion.…, etc. The modern savants of spiritual sciences should also eliminate the ambiguous interpretations of the ancient scriptures, prejudices, su- perstitions and the rigid shielding of religious barriers. They should come forward to investigate and propagate the principles and find- ings of the with a real scientific spirit as adopted by the researchers of the yantra. The modern (#%) scientists – especially the neurosurgeons and physicists may, by detailed study and analysis of the mntrika sci- ence, plan appropriate experiments – to realize, attract and use cer- tain streams of subtle energies and powers from the hidden centers of the human brain. Search for the corresponding cosmic energy fields via thorough study of the scriptures would complement this research. However, in such experiments of the #% science one ought to take care of designing cost-effective, non-invasive and eco-friendly experiments. This would involve truly original and innovative acumen of the great scientific minds of our times. The relation of the % science with the #% science is evident with respect to the science of sound. The importance of the japa of mantras can now be analyzed to some extent by the ad- vanced techniques and devices such as – the recorders for multi- phased tonographs, spectrographs and wavelets, etc. Dr. Lawrence 135Eternity ... Science of Mantras Castro’s invention of spectrograph has made it possible to study the sonic patterns of individual voices under different psychological and environmental (external ambience) conditions. Because of its wide- spread applications in acoustics, the Sonic Gaze machine (of the Gen- eral Motors Co.) for smoothening of sound waves has gained as much popularity as the milk-homogenizing system developed by the MF Goodrich company. The products of Iowa state college and the Ul- trasonic Corporation are significant in terms of – large scale scien- tific applications and research on ultra sound..... As discussed earlier, the process of mantra-japa, when performed as a yoga, makes intensive and focused use of the power of (indwelling in the and consciousness of the % and in the cosmic expansion). It energizes the specific sound waves (generated by the japa) so that the latter could expand and reach the corre- sponding cosmic center. The of japa and # pro- vide a majesitc combination of the basic Yoga that focus upon sonic vibrations and the Bindu Yoga that aim at deep mental concentration.... The japa and # constitute important experiments in mantra (% science). Adept performance of these affects the subtlest as well as the cosmic components/elements of Nature. This is why the mantras are regarded to be so powerful (e.g. in the following quote from the -9
) that even the thy powers of the trinity Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva cannot disobey them.....
"B;4%& || *** 136 Eternity... Science of Mantras Hidden Roots of Mantra
andIts Success The working principles of a mantra are as scientific as that of a machine. The designing, controlling and efficient functioning of the technological devices/machines is possible because their development is based on (engineering) sciences. The engineering, physical and biological sciences largely focus on the structure and function of dif- ferent kinds and forms of matter and aim at deciphering the universal laws governing these. The applications developed thereby are there- fore suitable only for material forms and mediums – at micro or macro levels – including such components inside the living bodies. The spiritual sciences focus on the existence and expression of the other, the subliminal and more important half of Life and Nature, namely – the mind and the inner cores of consciousness. Mantras are the means for experimental studies and applications in the science of consciousness and spirituality. Mantras are as integral parts of the spiritual sciences as the Yantras (machines/instruments) are of the material based sciences. The development of material based science has endowed the human society with enormous gifts like the powers of fire, thermal energy, electricity and electronics, magnetism, atomic energy, sound, photonics, etc. The scientific investigations/discoveries and technological ad- vancement have been possible because of the evolved consciousness of human mind. Even the ‘so called’ automatic devices are designed, developed and directly or indirectly controlled, operated and used only by the conscious beings. The value of technological progress would have been negligible like the ‘hidden treasures beneath the deep oceans...’ – had there been no living being to employ it. The exist- ence and worth of matter and related sciences gains meaning only because of the co-existence of sentient world. Consciousness ap- pears to be the perennial and paramount entity in the existence and manifestation of Nature and the Universe. The science of spirituality deals with the expressions, manifestations and evolution of consciousness. The domain of its studies could be 137Eternity ... Science of Mantras divided into two parts – one dealing with the $(microcasm) and the other with the (the cosmic macrocasm). One branch of this science focuses on the thoughts, emotions, beliefs and inner sentiments like faith and & and the other on the external do- mains of –– knowledge about the universe and the universal self, and karma49 in the . All the experiments – like yoga, $#, ... etc – of spiritual sciences are based on the theory of and the practicing of karma. The individual consciousness is a reflection of the omnipresent Su- preme Consciousness. There is no life in the body without the indi- vidual consciousness. The expression of the individual self as a being is also governed by this eternal source – the individual consciousness. Strengthening of this ‘vital spiritual force’ of life is possible only by activating its subtle linkage with the omnipresent, eternal, Supreme Consciousness. Mantra-s are indeed the scientific experi- ments designed for this purpose. Such experiments – on stimulating the sublime powers of the individual self, are analogous to the pro- cesses of recharging of electrical power generators to enable the connecting device function efficiently. Regular consumption of oxygen, water and food is essential for the healthy sustenance of a living body. The strength and health of the very source of its life – the individual consciousness – similarly needs a constant energizing of its sublime linkage with the divine conscious- ness. This relationship is more intimate and crucial than, say, that between – a child and a mother; or, the formation of clouds and the sea- water.... etc. An individual consciousness, without an active con- nection with thy-consciousness, is simply like a reservoir of vital en- ergy that somehow maintains the routine physiological, physicochemi- cal and biological functions of the body. There is no ‘true life’ in such human beings; they are no better than ‘living machines’. As described earlier, the mantras are well tested and experienced experiments devised and advised by the spiritual scientists of yore. The mantras, being based on the science of, are like formulae and devices gifted for the improvement and happiness of human-life 138 Eternity... Science of Mantras in all respects. 3 (knowledge) of various sciences and philoso- phies –– including that of the Shastras and the Mantra
, alone is like theory without practical implementation. It is incomplete without the karma (the practice) of mantra-japa as a spiritual . The specific combination of the syllables and vowels (phonemes) in a mantra, its enunciation or chanting at specific rhythm and amplitude coupled with gradually deeper and stronger spell of &through the heart induces a unique flow of specific currents of . This creates corresponding domains of attraction at the subtle levels within the % and in the cosmic nucleus of the mantra and sets a link between the two. The strength and piety of character and the spiri- tual enlightenment, sincerity and & of the % are vital elements in such experiments. The rhythm, amplitude ...... etc of the japa deal with the physical (sonic patterns) components of the man- tra whereas the sentiments and virtues like purity of heart, serenity and & have a direct bearing upon the soul – the force of cos- mic consciousness associated with the , of the mantra. The development of material based sciences along with an overall moral elevation of all humans by proper spiritual training and illumina- tion should be the goal of true progress in the modern times.... Man- tra- may be researched and practiced by everybody in day- to-day life – like a scientific experiment towards achieving this noble global aim. *** 139Eternity ... Science of Mantras The Key to Cognition of Mantra-
The seekers of
# – the philosophy and science of man- tras, should first accomplish four prerequisites. These concern with the integrity and piety of character, strengthening of mental stability and concentration, refinement of and awakening of faith and & in divine disciplines and sentiments of goodwill, love and equality for all the living beings.... Sincere attempts and determined pursuit for inculcation of these virtues is an integral part of all spiritual endeavors including the Mantra . Different kinds of Yama-Niyama (yoga disciplines) and training prac- tices are prescribed as essential lessons in the elementary phase of Mantra
#. The most important and common yama-niyama include – Brahmacarya; self-restrain over the tongue with respect to speech as well as eating habits; sincere attempts to abate the ego and selfish desires; creativity, active participation/contribution in so- cial service with serene sentiments of love and compassion, respect for others, etc. Thorough control over speech and thoughts, use of affectionate and respectful language in day-to-day conversation, practices of phonet- ics and music for proper pronunciation and for consistency of ac- cents, rhythm, amplitude, and simple (elementary) exercises of *+ and *+ provide substantial support in refining the Baikhari and the
. Strict observance of truth in every aspect of life is desired for further refinement of and awakening of &. Belief in the existence of thy-love and thy-disciplines and hence in the divine principles and high moral values, and acceptance of the same through thoughts, deeds and inner emotions help arousal of &hidden in the inner self. is the ultimate support for one’s challenging struggle against his own vices and untoward % during spiritual enlightenment. The holy " states – 140 Eternity... Science of Mantras ‘*+*66#7C7’ – meaning, one is what one’s &is.....’. and faith in the power of a mantra add specific force of consciousness in its % and thus activate his with the consonant energy of . The role of is more obvious in the process of mantra-japa and so is the relation between sound and mantras. The realization of the power of sound has led to the advanced scientific developments of infrasonic to ultra- and supersonic applications in the present times. Noting that – the functional power of a mantra largely resides in its sonic configuration, it should be possible by scientific developments in related areas to use the suprasonic power of mantras and invent the constructive applications that appear ‘unimaginable’ today.... Our universe is a limitless ‘ocean’ of continuous flow of infinitely many energy-waves, of which, only a few – namely, the audible and the ultra and infra sound waves; ultra violet and infrared light rays; X- rays, Gamma rays, Lasers, Microwaves etc – have been discovered and utilized via the modern scientific research. The wavelengths50 of these waves measure in a wide range –– from angstroms, microns and millimeters to centimeters and meters. The frequency (vibra- tions) and hence the energy and properties – of these waves also differ drastically. The properties of ‘physical sound’ have significant relation with the five basic elements (panca tatvas) of Nature’s manifestation. For instance, the velocity (in ft/sec) of the sound waves propagated along the flow of air is about 1088; along the flow of water is about 4900; and along the vibrations in the earth is about 16400. The essential practices and rituals of '#, 4, .$-.($ and Havan – often prescribed along with the mantra- – are indeed associated with the conditioning of mind for soothing effects of the sonic powers of the basic elements of air (#), water (jala), earth ($) and sun, fire and heat (agni). Our ears and the mouth (and the vocal- cord) play very important role in hearing and pronunciation of a wide variety of sounds and are therefore of significant importance in the experiments of *+ 141Eternity ... Science of Mantras and *+. No transducer or any advanced technological de- vice could be so sensitive and perfect as these ‘natural devices’ are. Our ears can simultaneously catch different frequencies of sound in the audible range. So efficient is their connection with the brain that, for a blind person, the ears also work like the eyes – a blind person can recognize different objects by sensing the latter’s sound (vibrations). The relation of mind with the functioning of the ears is equally re- markable. At times, in absent-minded states or because of the disin- terest or indifference of our mind, we do not really hear – what the person sitting next to us is telling…! Whereas murmuring at some distant place can also be heard by us if our mind keenly concentrates there.... Such familiar experiences clearly explain the need of mental concentration and meditation during mantra-japa and other exer- cises of the and – Yogas. The importance of %-japa also is obvious in the above con- text. Although, a mantra is enunciated only mentally in this practice of *+, its (the mantra’s) vibrations are well received in the connecting sensors of the tongue and the ears and are hence regis- tered in the brain as per its sonic pattern and the ‘mental signals’ of its %. In the of *+, the ears are trained by deep medita- tion and willpower to grasp the otherwise non-audible sounds existing in the cosmic expansion. By such practices, the %, while per- forming the mansika-japa of a mantra, can hear (link his mind with) the subliminal sound of this mantra and can thereby attract the corre- sponding energy-currents of the omnipresent . This in short is the secret of the supernatural powers attainable by the #. *** 142 Eternity... Science of Mantras Scientific Roots of the Divine Impact of Mantra S
That sound can be recorded (e.g., by tape-recorders), amplified (e.g., by loudspeakers), propagated (e.g., by radio and TV signals), recog- nized (e.g., by the radar), measured and analyzed (e.g., by spectro- graphs or voice-printers) –– in physical terms, proves its existence in matter.... A large number of examples of the destructive and creative effects of sound on matter can also be found in day-to-day life (c.f. previous sections). Mantra
# is based on making perfect use of the gross viz., the sound of the of the % as well as the sublime viz., the consciousness –– the voice of the inner self, expressed in thoughts, emotions and intrinsic strength of the %, powers of . The study of the higher level impact of mantras vis-à-vis that of the physical sound – in the gross domains of Nature, seems feasible in the modern times of scientific advancement. The mechanical devices of radar send sound signals – via radio waves – far away in the space and receive the echoed sound back in few micro (10-6) seconds. The radio waves travel at a speed of about 295000 kilometers per second. Whenever their collision takes place with any object on their way, these waves are reflected back (to the radar that is set ‘tuned’ to receive them) at equally fast speed. The vibrations of these reflected signals contain the ‘information’ about the position, size and some other properties of the object. (This is how sound waves help in the recognition – through the radar, of an enemy’s airplane during the war times....). The human body could also be regarded as a ‘radar’ with respect to the gross sonic effects of the mantras. The extrasensory inner com- ponents (like the 8 cakras or the granthis.... etc) of this biological radar send supernormal radio signals in the ‘etheric whole’ via the vibrations of mantras being enunciated in specific rhythms.... This wonderful radar receives back the quintessential signals of as an ‘echo’ from the cosmic nucleus of the mantra. 143Eternity ... Science of Mantras The latent power of – linked with the spiritual enlightenment and hence with the awakened power of the eternal consciousness of the soul of the % effectuates the impact of mantras on the ‘radar’ of the %a’s physical, subtle and astral bodies. And thus empowers the % with the supernatural potentials and af- flatus upon successful completion of a mantra-. The subtle power of , induced in the spiritually refined of the %, is described in the ancient scriptures (of Mantra
#) as – %. For a ready reference, consider a few excerpts (from the shastrika literature) cited below: '$6( 7 – Rig Veda (9 | 96 | 7) Meaning: The waves of % travel with the vibrations (of mantras) like the waves in an ocean. '$?%0#
##|| –+ ,
. (20 |14 | 2) Meaning: '$ – the Creator of the Universe, was alone; Only % was thy power in the eternity. Thou wished to make the manifesta- tion of % ... Everything was then created by the %. /#66
| –Jai. U. (1 |13 | 1 | 3) Meaning: Whatever exists after that is the % alone.
/! | –Aita. (2 | 4) Meaning:
% itself is the ultimate God.
6 –Shatpath. (8 |1 |2 |9) Meaning: This % itself is Vishwakarma. Everything is created by it. 144 Eternity... Science of Mantras *+
% | –Ait. $
(2 |3 | 6) Meaning: One who knows the eternally existing, most original (gen- esis of all the creations) % – is Omniscient. The realization, to some extent, of the subtle power of sound has been revived in the modern era by the scientific works on ultrasound and infra-sound. The ultrasonic research findings of a French scien- tist, Dr. Leisswin, were successfully used for the first time in 1914 for recognition of underwater objects (like submarines) during the First World War. There has been a significant progress in the applications of ultrasound in the twentieth century. Drs. U. Adala, D. Hertz and Dr. Hughes etc. had successfully used this form of sound for prelimi- nary applications in the field of medicine during 1942–1950. Today, the medical technology is making tremendous use of advanced ultra- sonic devices for noninvasive diagnostic purposes and for delicate surgical operations. The effects of mantra are based on subtler levels of sound than the ultra- or infra- sounds. The body components like the tongue and the palate are supporting tools for augmenting the frequency of the sound of the syllables of mantra. The inner extrasensory energy-centers of the body (including those in the brain) exponentially amplify – with the help of the vital power of the bio-electricity and the strength of consciousness (of the %), the frequency of the sound waves of the mantra far beyond the limits of ultrasonic and supersonic vibrations. Scientific investigations on mantra # are necessary considering the fact that only a handful of genuine ‘experts’ of this latent field of knowledge could be available today. Many ‘so called’ religious and spiritual ‘masters’ have been making a mockery of this great science by false propaganda and superstitious proclamations since the medi- eval era of moral, cultural and social decline. Every scientifically liberated mind should realize that –– mantra-japa involves subliminal powers of sound, experiment on which demand 145Eternity ... Science of Mantras sincere pursuit of certain disciplines and perfection in the patterns of enunciation along with stability and depth of meditation. The effect of a mantra is mostly spiritual in nature. Research in the science of mantras therefore cannot be independent of the science of deeper psychology and spirituality. Laboratory experiments on ultrasonic effects have shown that the vibrations at a high frequency – of the order of five crores per second – can produce so much energy that would covert the surrounding material into vapors and ashes almost instantaneously. Then what about the power of the vibrations that are generated at exponentially faster frequencies by a controlled use of bio-electricity, vital energy and the sublime force of the otherwise unused (latent) part of the human-consciousness? Why wouldn’t they induce suprasonic im- pulses in the etheric whole and create cosmic effects? For a systematic and detailed analysis of the above aspects of man- tra-#, a comprehensive study of the scriptures on #+ would be inevitable. The ‘visualization’ (realization) of the seventy- two thousands , mysterious bundles of nerves and muscles ($#%) and the extrasensory knots (granthis) and energy pools (cakras) along the spinal column and the randhras in the brain – by specific of *+ and *+, would be a promising method for thorough experimental investigations in this regard. The psychological effects of mantra- japa are far more important than its sonic effects. The % part of mantra # describes the tongue as Shakti (the Goddess Parvati) and the heart as the God Shiva. These are also termed as Rayi and ' or Agni and Soma. These two represent the eternal and mutually complementary sub- liminal currents of cosmic $, the confluence of which is sup- posed to be the soruce of existence and evolution of everything in this world.... The connection between the positively and negatively charged elec- trodes makes a complete circuit for the flow of electrical current. Similarly, though subliminally, the arousal of Shakti by japa (through 146 Eternity... Science of Mantras the tongue) and the realization of Shiva by the intrinsic force of & (educed in the emotional core/heart) during a - generate a ‘current’ of the hidden force of . The latter, being empowered by the eternal consciousness induces super- natural sonic effects and inculcates immortal beatific impressions in the subconscious, unconscious and super conscious domains of the mind. 4%
Vinoba Bhave, an ardent disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and the founder of the Sarvodaya Mission used to regard the process of speaking as a mode of worshiping the. He had accordingly re- strained and refined this faculty so well, that every word uttered by him was like a ‘japa’. This is why, his short but inspiring speech used to lay magical effects on the audience. It was this power of his refined that had made his $)
project a real success..... A quote in Shatpath Brahmana mentions that the words or speech which can eliminate the evils from the minds of all people and which can inspire the human society towards the righteous path – are true mantras of ! (– the deity of pure knowledge and intelli- gence). Thus, as far as the psychological impacts are concerned, any kind of speech or conversation, which is originated by altruist senti- ments and intrinsic urge towards the true welfare of all, can be effec- tive like a mantra. The creative and enchanting impacts of music on human-psychology are well accepted today and interdisciplinary scientific research is quite active to make use of the same against psychological disorders and as a ‘tonic’ for mental health and enthusiasm for those engaged in monotonic laborious works. Research should also begin for – un- derstanding the meaning and complexities of the phonetic symbols used in the Vaidika Mantras, deciphering the spectrum of accents and rhythmic chanting patterns (") for these mantras and devising scientific methods to experiment with them. The “Kalpa” methods of 0#% treatments of any disease be- gin after performing +, which consist of five basic steps– vaman, virecana, snehana, swedana and nasya – pertaining to the 147Eternity ... Science of Mantras complete cleansing and purification of the body-system. The - *+, 28 Yoga and the Tantra Yoga also have five basic disci- plines (Yamas and Niyams) and training steps each. The practices of learning the associated yoga cannot begin without completion of these training steps. Similarly, the experiments on a mantra de- mand deeper refinement and understanding, and endeavors for men- tal and emotional conjunction with the five components – namely, the R, Chanda, ., and Tatva – of the mantra as described in its viniyoga. The ultrasonic devices are often used for identifying electrical leak- age or short-circuit in complex networks. The sonic patterns of the mantras when realized inside the body can similarly help the % know his own defects and infirmities and also invent the wonderful web of the extrasensory nuclei of consciousness inside the body. Thy- presence in the individual self could be expressed and experienced by self-realization through . This eventually effectu- ates spiritual transmutation of the individual consciousness into the divine consciousness…. *** 148 Eternity... Science of Mantras Footnotes cited in the Text 14 means unbeaten, not produced by any physically existing vibration... 2Including mental recollection, retention, imagination and the process- ing of thoughts and emotions. 3Japa means repeated rhythmic enunciation with meditation. 4'% – the eternal power of creativity in Nature and '( – thy creator of the universe and the anti-universe…. 5The word refers to dedicated (spiritual) endeavors aimed at (inner) refinement and elevation. 6The seven eternal notes (sapta swaras) in the natural octave of music are also referred in the shastras as the seven heavens in the latent universe – symbolizing the sublime levels of cosmic sound. 7) is the self-existent expression of , described to be the eternal manifestation of thy power and the origin of the existence of energy in the cosmos. 8 The five basic elements of the gross manifestation of the world are called Panca Tatvas. Namely, $ (solid matter on or inside the earth), jala (water, liquids and fluids), #( (air), i (source of fire and energy) and %& (the subliminal etheric expansion and medium of mental perceptions). 9A86%: The six extrasensory energy nuclei along the endocrine column. <$#%: The subtle glands and nerve-bundles that are supposed to control the subliminal flow of consciousness. Granthis: Three extrasensory knots along the endocrine column. 10 : The word implies a neural passage. The terms ? and ' refer to the latent streams of powers connected with the Pituitary and Pineal glands; described to be the solar and lunar currents of vital energy flowing respectively on the right and the left side of the – extrasensory canal (of subliminal flow of $) hidden in the inner core of the spinal column. 11'6+&: The five subliminal sheaths of consciousness – the #%+&, $#%+&, +#%+&, # %+& and the #%+&. 12 : ( also known as the gigantic ‘serpentine fire’) symbol- izes the sublime source of absolute life-force, the latent reservoir of supernatural powers. 149Eternity ... Science of Mantras 13!##and: Enlightening discourses, discussions and study of the sagacious thoughts and glorious works of great person- alities on different aspects of life. 14Mantra-: Dedicated endeavors and experiments of the subtle science of sound aimed at activating the hidden power of man- tras and conjugating the inner force of mind and vital spiritual energy with the omnipresent, subliminal flow of . 15Similar to the controls in the transistors and the transducers.... 16A graphical representation of the sonic pattern (waveform geom- etry drawn on a paper or a visual image of the same) is called a spectrograph. 17In this book, the word % would imply a disciple, a devotee who endeavors a of mantra-japa. 18Named /
. 19A small specifically designed pond (pit of clay) for fire-woods in which holy sacrifices are made in the fire during a #. 20
% : an expert of the mantra- (the science of mantras) 210%&: The etheric expansion in the cosmos and the subliminal medium of mental perceptions. 22 %$: Self-determination with inner strength. : Deeper emotions emanated from pure love and com- passion through heart. 23For instance, the amazing potentials, of the – Deepak, '
, as described earlier. 24: Absolute intrinsic faith that inspires and inculcates divine sentiments and values. 25
& implies – unperturbed confidence, inner belief, which leads to,and, which is an outcome of enlightened knowledge. 26Each musician or singer has a distinct role to play in an orchestra choir. Similarly, there are different types of Ritvijas (chanters of R6) in a team for a ". 27refers tothe subtle body of the Sun. 28
% – the pure, true and spiritually sublimated (inner) voice. 29The word “Brahmin” is a title that represents, without any con- straint of cast and creed, a truly learned, altruist person who lives for the welfare of the others and with the moral dignity of humanity. 150 Eternity... Science of Mantras 30% imply the animal instincts, vices and evil habits and untoward passions that are assimilated in one’s nature, character and deeds since the previous births and the earlier part of the present life. 31The $$ is the third sublimated level of the vital energy. 32These types of difficult endeavors of yoga-practices fall under the domain of 28*+. 33Tapa: Devout austerity and ascetic endeavor of spiritual refinement. 343: The individual self – the manifestation of the soul in a physical body. 35The word meaning of
is Voice. It is a manifestation of the physical power of
and is used for vocal expression communi- cation . 36The 6% and the #6% are the extrasen- sory energy centers (among the 86%, along the endocrine col- umn) that are hidden respectively in the upper brain and the heart. 37': The vital spiritual energy. 38In % one is supposed to be sitting comfortably with legs rolled round (cross folded) and erect spinal cord. 39 and % represent the absolute source and eternal impulse of divine consciousness subliminally present in Nature and in the %. 40The layer of ions about 35 -45 miles above the earth’s surface is referred as the ionosphere. 41The quotes in the Vedas and other Indian scriptures of yore are said to have been ‘heard’ (realized intuitively) by the and are therefore termed as . 42 is a symbolic divine cow whose ‘milk’ is supposed to fulfil all desires. 43Paramtapa refers to the supreme tapa of spiritual refinement and ultimate evolution of consciousness. 44Brahmcarya – the discipline of physical and mental chastity. It incorporates piety of character, stability of mind and body for natural avoidance or continence of erotic thinking, carnal desires, excitations and sexual indulgence. 45The number of (herbal sacrifices) made in the *- fire is a specific fraction of the number of mantra- japas completed by the % per day during the 8. 46Most of the Gods worshiped in the Hindu system are referred in the shastras as the of different Vaidika Mantras 151Eternity ... Science of Mantras 47$
: The eternal omnipresent manifestation of the Su- preme Consciousness in the universe and the cosmic expansion. 48%: Inherent and intrinsic tendencies. 49Karma –– one’s conduct and deeds as a human being that consti- tute his destiniy via intimate linkage with the continuum of infinite movements and activities happening in the ever expanding infinite domains of cosmos and consciousness. 50The term wave and its characteristcs could be easily understood by observing the waves of the water in a sea – these waves move up and down in an orderly and periodic manner. The distance between two successive ups or downs of these waves is called their wave- length. The number of ups and downs passing through a given point per unit time is called the frequency of these waves. <> 152 Eternity... Science of Mantras Glossary of terms (in Sanskrit) from Shastrik Literature51 Agnihotra (Havans or + ): Small-scale yagya that could be performed every-day at home. 4: Non-vibrant, still, unheard (subliminal). 48: Determined ascetic endeavor aimed at noble spiritual purpose. 4$$: The third sublimated level of the vital spiritual energy. 0%&: The etheric expansion in the cosmos and the subliminal me- dium of mental perceptions. 0%&/: The subtlest among the five basic constituents (panca tatvas) of Nature. This quintessential element (tatva) is what serves as the ‘etheric expansion’ of energy waves and what is the medium of omnipresent flow of consciousness. 0$ – A continuous vocal musical tune set in a single accent before singing any classical . Brahmcarya – the discipline of physical and mental chastity. It incor- porates piety of character, stability of mind and body for natural avoid- ance or continence of erotic thinking, carnal desires, excitations and sexual indulgence. : The cosmic macrocasm; the eternal omnipresent mani- festation of the Supreme Consciousness in the universe and the cos- mic expansion. Brahmin: The word “Brahmin” is a title, that represents, without any constraint of cast and creed, a truly learned, altruist person who lives for the welfare of the others and with the moral dignity of humanity. ______________________________ 51The English letters and special symbols used here for the Sanskrit Script are in accordance with the international transliteration standards. 153Eternity ... Science of Mantras . (or deva): A manifestation of divine powers. (Most of the Gods worshiped in the Hindu system are referred in the shastras as the of different Vedic Mantras). The of a mantra is the divine source, which inspired the creation of that mantra and which is indeed the core of the cosmic power (of ) focused in the sublime sonic pattern of the latter. Granthis: Three extrasensory knots along the endocrine column. Japa: Repeated rhythmic enunciation (of a mantra) with meditation. Japa: Japa accompanied by specific spiritual practices. 3: The individual self – the manifestation of the soul in a physical body. Karma: One’s conduct and deeds as a human being that constitute his destiny via intimate linkage with the continuum of infinite movements and activities happening in the ever expanding infinite domains of cos- mos and consciousness. : A symbolic divine cow whose ‘milk’ is supposed to fulfil all desires. (2): A small specifically designed pond (pit of clay) for fire-woods in which holy sacrifices are made in the fire during a #. : (also known as the gigantic ‘serpentine fire’) symbolizes the sublime source of absolute life-force, the latent reservoir of supernatural powers. %: The animal instincts, vices and evil habits and untoward passions that are assimilated in one’s nature, character and deeds since the previous births and the earlier part of the present life. Manan: Sincere contemplation with a calm and clean mind. Mantra-: Dedicated endeavors and experiments of the subtle science of sound aimed at activating the hidden power of mantras and conjugating the inner force of mind and vital spiritual energy with the omnipresent, subliminal flow of . 154 Eternity... Science of Mantras
: The science of matnras.
% : an expert of the mantra- (the science of mantras) : The rhythmic flow of eternal musical sound. : The word implies a neural passage. The terms ? and ' refer to the latent streams of powers connected with the Pituitary and Pineal glands; described to be the solar and lunar currents of vital energy flowing respectively on the right and the left side of the – extrasensory canal (of subliminal flow of $) hidden in the inner core of the spinal column. ) : The self-existent expression of , described to be the eternal manifestation of thy power and the origin of the existence of energy in the cosmos. '6+&: The five subliminal sheaths of consciousness – the #%+&, $#%+&, +#%+&, # %+& and the #%+&. Panca Tatvas: The five basic elements of the gross manifestation of Nature. Namely, $ (solid matter on or inside the earth), jala (water, liquids and fluids), #( (air), i (source of fire and en- ergy) and %& (the subliminal etheric expansion). Paramtapa: Supreme tapa of spiritual refinement and ultimate evo- lution of consciousness. ': The microcasm or the individual body. '% and '(: '%–the eternal power of creativity in Na- ture and '( – thy creator of the universe and the anti-universe…. ': The life-force, the vital spiritual energy. '&6: A highest level 8 of 2400, 000 japa of the "# Mantra under distinct ascetic disciplines. Ritvija: Each musician or singer has a distinct role to play in an or- chestra choir. Similarly, there are different types of Ritvijas (chant- ers of R6) in a team for a ". %: Inherent and intrinsic impressions and tendencies. #: Continence with inner determination. Sa kalpa: Self-determination with inner strength. 155Eternity ... Science of Mantras Sapt swaras: The seven basic notes of the ‘gamut’ of the Indian classical system of music. The seven eternal notes (sapta swaras) in the natural octave of music are also referred in the shastras as the seven heavens in the latent universe – symbolizing the sublime levels of cosmic sound. :The subtle body of the Sun. : Dedicated (spiritual) endeavor aimed at (inner) refinement and elevation. %: Who sincerely performs a . (In this book, the word % would imply a disciple, a devotee who endeavors a of mantra-japa). Siddhi: Supernatural power and supramental talent. %: In this posture one is supposed to be sitting comfortably with legs rolled round (cross folded) and erect spinal cord. : The eternal element of cosmic sound. and % represent the absolute source and eternal impulse of divine consciousness subliminally present in Nature and in the %. (# – the absolute void, the ultimate, the ‘non-existent’ but eternal realms of thy conception. : Absolute intrinsic faith that inspires and inculcates divine sentiments and values. : The quotes (hymns) in the Vedas and other Indian scriptures of yore are said to have been ‘heard’ (grasped intuitively) by the and are therefore termed as . A86%: The six extrasensory energy nuclei along the endocrine column. The 6% and the #6% are two such cakras and are hidden respectively in the upper brain and the heart. !##and: Enlightening discourses, discussions and study of the sagacious thoughts and glorious works of great person- alities on different aspects of life. Tapa ($#,$&6#): Devout austerity and ascetic endeav- ors of spiritual refinement. 156 Eternity... Science of Mantras <$: Devout worship or devotional practice to enable the devo- tee recall and experience thy-presence within and around him. <$#%: The subtle glands and nerve-bundles that are supposed to control the subliminal flow of consciousness.
% – the pure, true and spiritually sublimated (inner) .
: The word meaning of is voice. It is a manifestation of the physical power of and is used for vocal expression com- munication.
#: Deep knowledge that is not only retained in mind and con- fined to intellectual transactions but is also adopted in condut and expands to enlightenment of personality.
&: Unperturbed confidence, inner belief, which leads to, and which is, an outcome of enlightened knowledge. Yaja (agni-yagya): The scientific process (or gross form) of yagya in which specific herbal preparations are sacrifised and sublimated in the fire of some selected sacred woods. Yagy gni: The sacred fire of yagya. *** ____________________________________________ The Book is compiled (from Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya Vangmaya Vol. 19) and translated by: Dr. Rajani Joshi liquids and fluids), #( (air), i (source of fire and en- ergy) and %& (the subliminal etheric expansion). Paramtapa: Supreme tapa of spiritual refinement and ultimate evo- lution of consciousness. ': The microcasm or the individual body. '% and '(: '%–the eternal power of creativity in Na- ture and '( – thy creator of the universe and the anti-