Thursday, June 04, 2009




The word mantra has two components
to it: Man, which is the root sound
of the word mind, and tra, which is
the root sound of the word instrument,
So, the word mantra literally means
an instrument of the mind. The ancient
wisdom tradition of Vedanta examined
the various sounds produced in nature,
the fundamental vibrations of the world
around us.
According to Vedanta, these sounds are
an expression of the infinite or cosmic
mind, and provide the basis for every
human language. For example, if you
sound out all the letters of the alphabet,
the vowels and the consonants, you’ll
hear that these are the same sounds that
all babies make spontaneously.

These sounds also contain the same
vibrations that animals make. And if
you listen carefully, you’ll notice
that these sounds are everywhere in
nature. These are the sounds of the wind,
of fire crackling, of thunder, of the river

rushing by, of ocean waves crashing
on
the shore. Nature is vibration.
The infinite being vibrates, and that
vibration is rhythmic, musical, and
primordial. Vibration is the means
through which infinite potential
expresses itself as the manifest
universe.

We know that the manifest universe
which
appears to be made up of solid
objects–is
actually made up of vibrations,
with
different objects vibrating at
different
frequencies. Of course, if I kick
a large rock, I don’t feel vibration.
I feel pain. But the fact is that the
foot that feels the pain and the brain
that records the pain are also

vibration. Vibration interacts with
vibration, and we interpret that as matter
and sensation. Mantra is just a word
that describes this quality of the universe.


The ancient seers are said to have heard
these vibrations of the universe when
they were in deep meditation. We can all
hear these same vibrations any time.
It is very simple. If you quiet your mind
and sit silently,, you will hear vibrations.
You can try it any time you want. Even
when you cover your ears, you’ll hear them.
Your body is also constantly vibrating,
but the sounds are so subtle that you
usually don’t hear them. But if you sit
quietly when there is no noise around you,
you’ll hear a background hum in the air.
And if you start paying attention to that
background hum, with practice you’ll
actually end up hearing all the mantras
that have been recorded in the Vedic
literature.

The Vedas also maintain that if you recite
a mantra out loud, its special pattern of
vibrations creates its own effects, and
can create events in our current physical
realm. Reciting the mantra mentally creates
a mental vibration, which then becomes more
abstract. Ultimately it takes you into
the field of pure consciousness or spirit
from where the vibration arose. So a mantra
is a very good way to transcend and go back
to the source of thought, which is pure
consciousness. This is why specific mantras
are recommended because of the specific
vibrations they induce.

The mantra I use, and that I recommend
for achieving synchrodestiny, is the simple
mantra “so-hum.” This is the mantra
of the breath; if you observe your breathing
you’ll hear “so-hum” as air moves in and
out of your lungs. As you inhale, the sound
of that vibration is “so.” And as you exhale
the sound becomes “hum.” If you want, you
can experiment with this.
Inhale deeply, close your eyes and your
mouth, and exhale forcefully through
your nose. If you concentrate, you’ll
hear the “hum” sound quite clearly.

One of the techniques of meditation is,
in fact, simply focusing on where your
breath comes from. With your eyes closed,
inhale and think the word; on the exhale,
think the word “hum.” Gradually both
the breath and the sound will become
quieter and quieter and quieter, and
the breath becomes so quiet that it
almost seems to stop. By quieting your
breath, you quiet your mind. When you
transcend, the mantra “so-hum” entirely
disappears, and your breath pauses
momentarily. Time itself comes to a
top and you’re in the field of pure
consciousness,the non-local domain,
spirit, the ground of being.
The mantra, then, is a way to
experience non-local consciousness.

Aborigines, Indians, Native Americans,
and many other traditional cultures
have used it for thousands of years.
In every tradition mantras involve
chanting to create special vibrations,
sounds of the universe that create
something from nothingness, that move
energy from the unmanifest into
the manifest.

род by Deepak Chopra

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