Hey ya all. All the intention in the world is not going to do anything for chanting of mantras. pronunciation is just one of the things needed in this detailed science. But also, the mantra must have a certain sound, a certain vibrational pattern so that when it is chanted internally, it will elevate the individual’s own vibration, or “entitative rhythm”.
Each entity of this creation has its own particular entitative rhythm, its own note in the universal harmony. From pulsing quasars to oscillating electrons – from the ultrasonic melody of mountain ranges to the ceaseless reverberation of the creatures, singing and drumming, whirring and clicking, laughing and crying – all the notes are orchestrated in a vast cosmic concert.
The source of this ceaseless rhythmic movement is the Infinite Consciousness, soundless and still, the ocean of peace. Undisturbed by any vibration, it flows in an infinite ‘straight line’ through eternity.
The ancient sages, who had merged their minds in this sea of unexpressed Consciousness, realised that the universe is a vibrational play of varied waves with different wavelengths. By their intuitional powers, they came to understand the laws of universal harmonics governing this vibrational flow, and they developed a subtle science of sound to affect the rhythms of creation – without any mechanical apparatus. Just as a person singing in higher octaves can affect physical things, such as glass.
Indian music, developed by the great yoga master, Shiva, over seven thousand years ago, was one branch of that science. The classical ra’gas, or musical scales, are so subtly attuned to the rhythms of nature that each raga is to be played or sung in a certain season and at a certain time of the day, to produce a specific emotional effect in the musician and audience. One raga is played only at dawn in the spring, to evoke the mood of universal love, another is sung only during the evening in summer, to arouse compassion; still another only during midday in the rainy season, to summon courage.
It is said that the masters of music had control over not only human emotions, but natural manifestations as well. Historical documents describe the remarkable powers possessed by Tansen, the 16th Century court musician of Akbar the Great. Commanded by the Emperor to sing a night raga while the sun was overhead, Tansen’s vibrational song instantly caused the whole palace to become enveloped in darkness.
But the subtlest of all these sciences of sound is the science of mantra. The yoga masters know that each individual’s entitative rhythm vibrates at a particular frequency. Like many instruments in a symphony playing in harmony, the combination of all the various “bio-rhythms” of mind and body (psychic waves, heart-beat, metabolic rate, etc) produces the individual’s particular “melody”. If this individual melody is raised to subtler and slower frequencies, it ultimately becomes infinite – and the mind merges in boundless Cosmic Consciousness.
Through long inner experimentation, the yogis developed a series of powerful sounds or mantras which, when chanted internally, resonate with the individual’s entitative rhythm and gradually transform it into the infinite ‘straight line’ of Supreme Peace.
These sounds originate from inside our own bodies, and were systematised into the oldest alphabet and language on earth – Sanskrit.
Close your eyes for a moment and just listen.
What did you hear? Even when we are in a “quiet” environment, so many sounds bombard our ears : the dull drone of machines, distant voices carried on the wind, birdsongs, telephones, construction noises, traffic it seems impossible to escape external noise in this modern world.
But if we can withdraw our minds from these external sounds, we will hear much subtler, inner vibrations. In the absolute stillness of soundproof chambers in scientific laboratories, insulated from all external noise, some people have been able to hear some of these internal sounds: a high-pitched resonance, and a deep throbbing of the vibrations of their own nervous system, and the pulsing of their blood.
Thousands of years ago, yogis meditating in the utter silence of caves or mountains, were able to withdraw their minds not only from external sounds, but from the noises of the physical body as well. They could then focus their minds on centres of subtle energy inside them. Along the spine and in the brain, there are seven psychic energy centres or chakras which control the functioning of mind and body. Most human beings are unaware of these chakras or energy centres (plexii), but when the mind and body become more refined through meditation, these subtle energy centres can be perceived and controlled.
The chakras or psychic energy centres have been described by enlightened saints and mystics of all spiritual paths and cultures – by Buddhists, ancient Chinese, Hindus, Tantriks, Christian and Jewish mystics, Sufis, and Native American Indians. Recently, science has detected them as well. Sensitive instruments have measured energy emanations (beyond frequencies which are known to come from biochemical, anatomic systems), surging from the surface of the body at the exact locations of the chakras. After all this whole universe is but manifestations of various frequencies of vibrations – and that includes everything to do with the human body and mind.
Those ancient yogis who directed their inner ear toward these energy centres, were able to hear the subtle vibrations emanating from each of them – 49 different vibrations in all and another 1 representing spiritual knowing. Then they spoke them aloud, and each of these subtle inner sounds became one letter of the Sanskrit alphabet. Hence, Sanskrit is a language but never a popular spoken language.
Thus, the Sanskrit language – sometimes called “the mother of all languages” – was developed from the externalised sounds of our subtle internal energies. It is the human body’s eternal
The yogis then combined these powerful sounds into mantras which are attuned to the universal rhythms of the cosmos. For thousands of years, these mantras were never written down, lest they be misused by unworthy power-seekers, but were passed down directly from guru to disciple. Even today, they must be learned personally from a qualified teacher of Ananda Marga; for different individuals, with different entitative rhythms, will
receive different mantras for concentration. Thus, people of all nationalities, regardless of their language, will use Sanskrit mantras for meditation, because Sanskrit is the universal language for self- realisation. It is not possible to learn spiritual meditation from a book because a book cannot tell you how your vibration must be tuned to the mantra suitable for your entitative rhythm – this can only be done through practical application of yogic science.
The repeated chanting of the subtle inner music of the mantra (the “incantative rhythm”) in meditation vibrates the chakras (psychic energy centres) and stills the restlessness of the mind.
Gradually, the meditator’s entitative rhythm slows down in resonance with the mantra.
Finally, it is transformed into the straight line cosmic rhythm of infinite wavelength, and merges into the eternally still and serene sea of Cosmic Consciousness, the goal of all yoga practice.