In this episode, Aaravindha talks about the vibration in all things. Most physicists today will tell you —vibration is the quintessential nature, and beginning of everything. —And, that Sound, in other words, vibration, is the fundamental Creation force in our Universe
Aaravindha describes how to harness these creation forces through mantra vibrations and how these vibrations where discovered by the early vedic Rishis through a transcendental inner process of awareness. The vibrations they discovered where living intelligences, Devatas, or Angels, in other belief systems. A lot of this knowledge around the ancient science of sacred sounds and mantra has been lost long ago. But it is still available fully in the Amartya Tradition. Listen to an inspiring discourse on a magical topic!
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Welcome… Thank you for joining me. Today we’ll be talking about one of my favorite topics. We’ll be talking about the mysterious world of sacred Sounds.
Fundamentally all vibrations are sound. Though not all are audible. Some are out of our normal hearing range. Think of what a wolf might hear echoing through the mountains far beyond our capacity, —or what a whale might be listening to underwater, coming from miles away.
There are also sounds that aren’t pushed by air, or water, or aren’t vibrating through a hardened medium like a iron railroad track. Some sounds are simply the shape of things, like a glass of water or a pencil resting between our finger tips. These things, are also vibrating.
Lord Byron, a flamboyant 18th-century romantic poet, wrote: "There's music in the sighing of a reed; there's music in the gushing of a rill; there's music in all things —if only men had ears." Then there’s that pragmatic manner of Einstein, who said it more simply. "Everything is vibration!" —A statement that’s similar to Nikola Tesla's, who said, "If you want to understand the universe, think of energy, frequency, and vibration.”
Most physicists today will tell you —vibration is the quintessential nature, and beginning of everything. —And, that Sound, in other words, vibration, is the fundamental Creation force in our Universe. And, all vibrations, whether audible or not, are rooted in a quanta level of our existence, beyond our normal range of perceptions. It’s here, on this deeper level that we come in contact with the ground, in which sacred sounds are born.
Sacred sound has been a revered part of many ancient belief systems, ranging from Shamanism, to tribal ritual and on into the larger forms of many religions. Our focus today will primarily rely on the work of the ancient Eastern rishis.
Rishi is fairly new term for the Euro-western cultures, —as is the term Guru. A guru may be a rishi, but a rishi isn’t necessarily a guru. The term Guru simply means teacher. Rishi is something else, it’s an entitlement given to an enlightened seer, sage or mystic that has access to a specific field or fields of spiritual knowledge, —though in olden times a rishi was more rightly seen as a scientist.
The principal intention for most all rishis was to devise a means for experiencing reality purely, as it truly is, beneath the life-coloring veils of Maya. Maya is that force in life that gives it the appearance of being solid or real. Instead of relying on mathematical formulas or external experimentation, rishis used their own minds and inner awareness as their field of exploration. No machinery or complex physics experiments. Just awareness, purified and refined to near perfection through the process of inward focused meditation. With closed eyes, they delved into their inner dimensions of awareness applying the disciplined art of transcendental listening.
What they discovered in that process, is that our everyday sense of reality, for most everyone, is diversely distorted and filtered through life-indoctrinated mental patterns, established ego positions, and garnered life experience assumptions. All of which is reinforced in our plastic neural net. —unfortunately reducing our notions of reality to little more than a guess. In other words, what we imagine as reality, is veiled over by morphed adaptations to the beliefs we chose to adopt.
Listening transcendentally into the subtler sub-constitutional movements of Creation, into that sphere of awareness that rest beyond life's varnish of colors, and emotions, those seers unearthed a far more dynamic realm. Revealing a significantly more accurate sense of reality. Where our essential will to be, to live, shows up untarnished by the programing and psychological adaptions that alter our sense of reality.
Transcendental listening requires something to listen for. In that inward journey to source, the rishis created a process of ever subtler investigations, that in the end, led to the discovery of those ultra-dynamic sounds, —those vibrations, that rest at the heart of our reality. There, they learned of, and devotedly catalogued the secret workings of sacred sound.
Unlike the mirrored sounds we use to convey our thoughts or ideas; sacred sounds arise as life's causal stirs. These sounds are the ultra-subtle undercurrents that originate in a realm beyond, in a supreme universal Will that upholds a shared universal order. A Will that dreams our reality into existence from a deeper source of silent potential.
—I’m not referring to our standard sense of potential that involves our everyday interactions. I’m speaking of a more profound potential, —that potential that creates life itself. Sacred sounds represent those kinds of potencies that vibrate deeper than our normal perceptual range, in the inmost quanta spheres of our being. Simple utterances or words are not that, words are transient invented labels of opportunity, that differ from one language to the next. Sacred sounds are universal and germane to all beings and creatures.
Obviously, we need words, to conjured up our names of things. Though, unlike sacred sounds, words don't initiate or shape our perceptions. They can influence our perceptions. But on the overall, words are invented to serve our perceptions.
Sacred sounds live deeper, on that transitional crossover that sits between our fourth-dimensional sense of reality and a supra-aware nonlocal fifth dimension. Our three-dimensional world is defined by height, width, and length. Time, or more rightly endurance, represents our fourth dimension. The fifth dimension is something more. It’s a unified Oneness-field that transcendentally envelops our famous four, but is not in any way bound by their limits or rules. We could say, the fifth is greater than the sum of its parts. For the rishi seers, it represented the eternal now, a ever-presence that serves an all-knowing agent of consciousness that isn’t in life, but to which all life is allied.
Sacred sounds are un-conditioned vibrating urges that arise within our individual or shared consciousness, to advance our core intelligence. They are not truly foreign to us; they are the intimate movements of our high Self intelligence. Our High Self, Your High Self. They’re the seed vibrations, the pure bija frequencies, —the deep transcendental voices that all-pervasively inspire, sustain, and end life, for you, and everyone else simultaneously. For some of you that might be a real mind bender, so try to think or remember Oneness. —To imagine a unified source consciousness that acts as the ground for us all.
This can all be additionally confusing to talk about, —because, while sacred sounds always convey some measure of power, they impart no dialectic, logical, analytical, or symbolic meaning. We can’t successfully ask, what does this sacred sound say? All the same, they serve as the most profound force of communication and exchange between our everyday local awareness and our shared omniscient nonlocal will-consciousness that secretly interlinks everything.
Cutting edge physics tells us the substantive stuff of matter is composed entirely of micro vacuum fluctuations. — Momentary arrivals and departures of quanta particles that wobble endlessly in and out of a limitless ubiquity of space. In Sanskrit, this space is referred to as "Akash." What we see as material is built from quanta particle appearances that steadfastly vanish into a seeming nothingness, —and then suddenly reappear. All of this goes on so quickly that it's practically impossible to discern our manifest presence as anything other than a silky forward movement.
In ancient Kashmir Shaivism, this flashing in and out of existence is referred to as "Spanda." Spanda can be characterized as the fundamental vibrations of consciousness that smoothly advance into any conceivable manifest form or expression whenever our material universe demands it. This forward movement, along an arrow of time, in which those particles flash in and out of existence is vibrating spanda. Scientists might call that the flow of wave potentials.
Lets’ look at this a little closer: By nature, particle appearances are recurrently drawn back into their silent source potential so that new formulations and interactions of those particles can emerge; which, allows life to appear as if it is moving forward in time. This flashing in and out provides life, us, with an undercurrent of wave-probabilities, probabilities that we make real through our search for the possible. Keep in mind, not all wave probabilities come to be. What we don’t search for doesn’t take form. We collapse our needed probabilities into every new moment. There’s of course another phase in that forming, —We interpret their appearance into a semblance of reality, —in our brains. We interpret particle vibrations and electromagnetic waves and pulses into sensual experiences, in our brains, which typically occurs in the somatosensory and audio cortexes.
For scientists and spiritual seers alike, the thrill, and intrigue is in realizing, wave-probabilities arise out of nothing to become seemingly real things or experiences. In other words, in the offer of every moment, there's genuine magic in play. And, we are the magicians.
Though we alone don’t accomplish all this. There's tremendous intelligence playing out behind the curtain of this apparent surface reality that we call life. Beneath our believed sense of things, these ultra-dynamic quanta movements represent a vast intelligent order that persistently kindles the quintessential brilliance of life.
While practically all historic faiths or spiritual traditions across the globe include the use of sacred sound in their prayers, songs, or rituals, no other culture so successfully describes the exploration of these sounds, as thoroughly, as do the mantra shastras.
While these doctrines may serve as the crème de la crème of the more significant Eastern religions, too many have crumbled away into obscurity. Not enough have staved off the depredations of time. Many of the original mantra teachings have also been irreparably reformed through conflicting or cavalier analysis, and which, suffered further damage through shifting religious overlays and changing cultural beliefs.
The original scriptural sacred sound knowledge was divided into the mantra vidyas or mantra shastras. Mantra vidyas are the practical disciplines involved in how to apply mantras. Mantra shastras are the actual study of their inner bits of intelligence, values, or precise sounds. Which might also include various explanations on how each mantric vibration is used to produce specific effects. The mantra shastras extol the essential artistry of mantras. The shastras are religious adornments —used to dress the mantras in living attributes, that relate to specific Devatas, —deific or angelic intelligence.
In the mantra vidyas, every Sanskrit letter represents a pure essence-intelligence. Every sound formulated into a mantra represents a living aspect of pure consciousness that bears in it a power that might manifest, sustain, or destroy.
Intelligence expressed as sound may on first glance suggest the ancient study of mantras is steeped in religious mysticism. But when we look closer, their association with Devatas shows up as the purest aspects of our own higher awareness. While the Devatas can be acknowledged as sacred, they’re not religiously locked into a dogma. At least they weren’t originally. They were in their origin seen as divine aspects of our own human forming.
For the sake of clarity, Consciousness can be partitioned into two states, — a field of limitless and absolute silence, and an ingrained field of continually changing dynamic energy. Absolute silence serves as the source-field for an infinite potential that feeds the ongoing of life everywhere. It's the beginning and end place for everything. For our manifest existence to take place, to flash in and out, or for any expression of sequenced moments to unfold, an agent of consciousness has to be active. The ancient seers connected this process of transporting silent potential into life, to the Devatas.
The Devatas are neither human nor mortal, but are all the same intimate to every breathing creature or thing in existence. They are not the manifest aspects of our garden; they are our secret gardeners’. They’re our internal divinities, belonging to a High Self that causes our world to appear, continue, and collapse back into the silence from which it was dreamt.
Everything in life changes. All manifest phenomena, whether physical or energetic, are in perpetual transformation. The Devatas are eternal (Nitya), but act on the impermanent (Anitya). Permanent because they live on forever as essential aspects of our innermost divinity. Impermanent because they are forever-altering their expression in reality. They’re the eternal artisans that advance our consciousness to create our core experience of reality. They offer us endless variation, but are also the permanent pillars that are allied to the never-changing ground of absolute consciousness behind everything.
The mantra sciences developed during the time of an Eastern spiritual renaissance, during the Vedic dawn nearly 3,000 years ago when the initial shine of Samskrta Vac, —Sanskrit, was being brought into form. While other languages like Indo-Aryan, Tibetan, Persian, Greek, and Balto-Slavic, show traces of the same words or phonetics used in Vedic Sanskrit, Sanskrit is the only recorded language to have been built entirely out of the Angelic-Devata seed sounds. These seed sounds were gradually distilled and articulated to make them grammatically usable as a language. The forming of Samskrta Vac into Sanskrit as a language preserved many of the original sounds in what is now referred to as "Classic Sanskrit."
Although that effort was noble, meritoriously bent on translating the quintessential sounds of Creation, the encapsulation of those originating seed sounds into a grammar vocabulary bound them to a limited field of verbal expressions, which… is counter-intuitive to actual mantric practice.
While sacred sounds may be harnessed in Sanskrit, the original Vac, the vibratory resonance of mantras isn't easily empowered through the use of words or dialogue. Language is a mental interchange that belongs to the psyche, not to the spirit-Self. Sacred sounds live deeper down in a universally shared consciousness, beyond the reach of our thoughts and words. We might attempt to utter them verbally or mentally, but they offer us no real power until we learn to transcend beyond the filters of the brain, to merge consciously with them in our quintessential nature. Mantras are only valid when they're cognized directly on the floor of Creation. They're not useful to us if they’re only recalled in thought, or are merely repeated or chanted verbally.
Some Sanskrit scholars have long maintained that chanting or speaking the Sanskrit language is no different from using mantras, — owing to the 51 Akshara, the letters of the Sanskrit language, being the same letters that are used in mantras. This assertion has no resemblance to the truth. Speaking the Sanskrit language and the transcendental practice of mantras yields completely different results! The originating sounds are contained in the Sanskrit language, but we can find those same letters in other languages as well. The vibrational profoundness that's carried in the mantric formulas has little to do with the actual conversational use of Sanskrit. Words dance on the surface of our awareness. Mantras are designed to help us transcend our thinking process, taking us beyond the limits of thought.
Words communicate ideas and messages; they don’t give us a direct connection to our source-consciousness. The English word “wisdom” can’t convey a genuine experience of wisdom. Nor does chanting the Sanskrit word Vijjana, which also means wisdom. But, in a correctly performed meditation, the mantric practice of the seed sound ĀĪM can, over time, invoke a profound influence on the development of inner wisdom.
The original Vedic rishis, those highly developed seers who initially cognized these authentic seed sounds, were named Mantra-Drashtas, — “Seers of the holy sounds.” Before the grammarians stepped in to create the Samskrta Vac language, the rishi’s initial intention for extracting and distilling the Akshara alphabet was not to create or invent a better language; it was to uncover and harness the Devata Creation forces that shape our manifest existence.
Contemporary meditation, yoga, and tantric teachers often pass along what remains of these ancient mantric discoveries solely to bring about their hoped-for benefits, —such as wealth, health, love relationships, or the attainment of varying boons. Too few schools further the original intention where mantras are used mainly for spiritual transformation. To the ancient Vedic Drashtas, these holy vibrations were the puissant utterances of God, they saw them as the lost keys to an inner kingdom that opens our internal doorways into the upper worlds. They were the euphonious singing stones that pave the path to wisdom and unlimited power, which provided them the means to realize their ultimate goal, — Sambodhi, enlightenment.
During the time of its inception, Vedic Samskrta was used exclusively for ceremonial or meditation practices. Its values were tested, sanctified and kept hidden inside reclusive incense-scented temples where the only audible sounds were the shuffling of resident monk footsteps, deep mantric mumblings, and the ringing of ceremonial bells.
The actual Sanskrit language that’s taught today is an after-design. Classic Sanskrit was the grammarian’s child, altered from the original Vedic Sanskrit to become a more usable language format. Articulations and rules were established through the work of several scholars, the most famous being a linguist pundit named Panini.
The first record of Sanskrit used along with the actual bija (seed) sounds was in the Rig Veda, the oldest and most revered book of hymns and mantric phrases in the East. For the insightful, these ancient Vedic texts could lead them to intuit just how profoundly these ancient sounds were once used.
But for the unacquainted, the Rig Veda can be frustratingly cryptic. Its texts were purposely written in a consciousness stimulating prose that was metered into verses with the sole intent of transferring the shakti-power infused into sacred sounds.
There are those that claim that’s where the sacred sounds were first discovered. The discovery of sacred sounds didn’t originate there, —in the forming of the Vedas. It’s even recorded in those Vedic texts that humans didn’t create the knowledge of sacred sounds. The discoveries of the original and purest mantras are at times accredited to various rishis, but the exact origin of those sounds belongs to an unknowable source, knowledge of which was handed down from generation to generation, and from teacher to student through a timeless verbal tradition.
The term Rishi fundamental means seer. Though the rishis who devoted their lives to discovering and passing these sacred vibrations on were not only great seers; they were also skillful transcendental listeners, — an art of listening they inherited from their ancestral teachers. Through an in-depth meditative process known as “Adhyatma Śruti,” —interpreted as “that which is heard transcendentally,” they directly cognized the sacred sounds in the subtlest field of pure consciousness, in that ultra-subtle realm where our reality’s finest Creation stirrings and refined unlimited potential touch. In the essence and heart of their own innermost levels of consciousness.
A single varna, a letter in the Sanskrit alphabet, refers to its color, mood, and tenor. As I mentioned earlier, the overall Sanskrit alphabet is named “Akshara.” The word Akshara can be translated as either “eternal” or “imperishable.” It’s a lofty concept. The letters Ā and Ka in Akshara represent the vibrating transcendental movements that arise through our universal entanglement in the fifth dimension that unified non-local field that acts as the foundation and source for everything.
The profoundness in combining these sacred sounds was brilliant. Ā is the Sarvadi Svara, the transcendental vibration that bears in it the entire field of sleeping creative intelligence. It represents the supreme value of eternal Beingness. Ka is the seed-root of the Sanskrit word kala, which translates as time. In the mantric sciences, Ka symbolizes a pure virginal bursting forth or the initial awakening of our “Will to be.” When the letter Ā is added to the Ka value, it captures Sarvadhi’s infinite potential through a single grand or universal cognition. In other words, the use of these sounds points to the creation of a Mahabindu. A Mahabindu is the appearance of a single slice of time spread that represents an instant expression of our universe.
The Sanskrit word Akasha is inherent in the word Akshara. Akasha translates as pure space, or as the ground field in which Creation is brought into being.
The 51 Akshara letters represent the early Vedic seers’ best efforts to bring to light and establish a useable system of archetypal vibrations that bridge our human awareness to our quintessential immortal consciousness. To the layperson these letters might sound like any other alphabet, but what makes them exceptional is their unparalleled ability to connect our local consciousness to the eight ubiquitous Creation forces: Ahamkara (I-ness), Buddhi (intellect), Manas (mind), Akasha (space), Vayu (atmosphere) Tejas (fire), Apas (water), and Prithvi (earth).
Formulated into mantras, the Akshara sounds can be used to create, remove, protect, heal, or awaken. — Not merely through the application of our intellectual powers, but also through making available an intrinsic transcendental Sarvadharma urge, a universal press forwards that’s in harmony with life everywhere.
In the quanta realms of transcendental consciousness, seed mantras are not only the deepest vibrations that bring about our manifest existence; they are also the enlivening forces in our overall shared consciousness. When properly applied, they become the manifesting music of the spheres that the angels of our reason for being use to form the perceptions that foster our inevitable emancipation, our waiting power, and true Self Knowledge.
Aksharas are manifesting values that are intrinsic to our purest movements of intelligence. To the seer, the Akshara represent the voices of the celestial Devatas that awaken our most profound inner potential into expression. This is why sacred sound is so very important. How receptive we are to those sounds can profoundly influence the nature and quality of our life realizations.
Make sense of the Devatas can be a daunting effort, until we recognize them as our own innermost ultra-subtle forces that provide us our ability to love, feel, desire, and know. These forces are not quantifiable mechanical abilities that arise from a material fleshy brain. They are the forces of our essential consciousness —that feed our minds.
We live out our days in an interactive universe, in which everything exists as unrealized latency until the power of our awareness enlivens that latency into existence. That’s just physics! This enlivening process occurs persistently on both an individual and collective scale.
A vast cache of innate powers come forward through our consciousness to combine into an orchestrated Creation song —that involves an invisible mutual agreement that gives us our moments. This shared agreement lets us witness and take part in a communicable realm of unending possibilities. Because we are all rooted in a single underlying consciousness, we collectively share a sequence of reality forming perceptions in what would otherwise be nothing more than an environment of undefined particle vacuum flux interactions.
This is all made real because a shared will-power transcendentally interfaces us all —every creature, person, or being, through an interactive field of unified connectedness. It’s possible because of our inherent transcendental Oneness. We draw our inspiration to be and create from a single nonlocal field of pure consciousness. That nonlocal field is governed by a supreme underwriting agent of pure Intelligence that’s also the sole Supreme Knower, the ultimate Perceiver behind the forming of everything. Who, like a grand conductor, is always in the know, and sympathetic simultaneously to all instruments of Creation.
This is the ground for our ongoing co-creation of reality, which renews itself every microsecond through a ubiquitous uniform expression that becomes material life. It’s this dance, that is generated between a field of pure potential and our universal creative intelligence, that makes up the quintessential sphota (the vibrations) that further the powers that express our sense of reality. The Devata bits of intelligence deliver the force and drive in our consciousness that translates as the beginning, middle, and end of every experience.
In TCM, “Traditional Chinese Medicine,” 360 known acupressure points are spread out along twelve primary and eight minor Jinn Luo. —Jinn Luo channels are our body’s energy meridians. Every meridian and point where those meridians might crossover provides a different action. Every action systemically acts as a delivery agent for our potential, —each delivery occurring within a specific vibration that’s always, in some way, driven by a deep-seated underwriting will to be.
That energetic will is inherent to every being — compelled on by a single divine urge that joins all that is in a grand vibrating symphony.
There are several references in ancient Eastern scriptures that name 72 primary nadi, (meridians) in our human form, each governing 1,000 subtler currents, — the total number of nadi adding up to 72,000. But this is only half the story. These currents are each polarized, having two directions of flow, which represents a kind of energetic inhaling and exhaling. Which doubles the count of prime s vibrations to 144,000. Every nadi-vibration is rooted in a causal sacred sound that takes part in the forming, sustaining, and dissolution of all we are and do in life.
These vibrations, these sacred sounds, are the vibrating voices of the Devatas that sing our consciousness in and out of existence. Keep in mind, —All meridian-nadi movements occur within a core medium of Akash, the essential fabric of space. From there they cascade through a series of creation forces into our relative manifest expression.
There’s a great deal more to that, —perhaps too much to talk about in this short conversation. The point I’m trying to make now, is that these vibrations can be altered, supported, or blocked through our mental filters, —but in their authentic casual purity, they are the divinely inspired seed vibrations of the Devatas that operate deep within us all. And, with proper transcendental technique, we can do more than come in contact with these angelic forces, we can control them to bring about a huge increase in our human potential.
The Akshara syllables that represent the detailed parts of the ancient knowledge of sacred sounds was an extraordinary discovery made by a group of highly advanced seers. But these 51 letters still represent only a little over one-third of the original 144 sacred Creation sounds once known as older “Mudju Amun.” Although, when comparing those 144 to the potential scope of yet to be discovered sounds, it might help to think of the endless diversity of vibrations involved in the forming of our greater universe, and then imagine what still rests undiscovered beyond our ordinary reach of understanding. Every blade of grass, snowflake, or grain of sand is rooted in specific vibrations —that have their source in our shared non-local consciousness. If nothing else, try to take with you, from this short talk today, what that might mean if you could learn how to harness these sacred sounds in your own life journey.
So stay tuned for future podcasts, that will allow us delve even further into the art of transcendence and the power of mantra.