— By Ayan.
Shabdabrahm being generated by the cosmic impulse of Brahm is eternal; its physical manifestation in sonic vibrations also continues to exist forever.
Om (aum) became the sacred word hum of the Tibetans, amin of the Muslims, and amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Christians. Amen in Hebrew means – sure, faithful. There is only Pure Sound, the language of the Cosmos. When we talk of pure sound, the reference will always be about the ‘creation’ of the universe from Om. Om vibration is a part of Shiva Tattva and therefore to birth any matter, Om is the powerful cosmic sound that pulsates through matters to manifest. Therefore there can’t be and isn’t any language or ‘word’ in the primordial existence but the sound of ‘Om’.
Paramahansa Yogananda also mentions of “Om” as the ‘Word’ of the Bible, as the Holy Spirit. According to Yogananda, all aspiring yogis seek to commune with “Om” and understand it. Audible utterance of this sound produces a sense of sacredness. However, real understanding of “Om” is obtained only by hearing it internally and then becoming one with it in all creation.
In the very beginning of creation, the primal vibration arose as the Om or Aum. From this Om arose ‘fifty’ matrika (=mother) sounds , which also relate to the chakra levels.
Each of the chakras is associated with a “root-vibration,” which in turn is associated with certain letters. Thus, taken as a whole, the system of chakras constitutes the primal alphabet, the alphabet formed of the essence of letters. From this alphabet, according to the tradition, the whole universe arises. Each of these letters in the Sanskrit alphabet can individually be called a matrika, because each is a power in its own right.
So first we have a single root sound, the primal vowel, which formed all other vowels. Then from the vibrations of the vowels came the consonants.
Each sound represents a particular cosmic power. With each chakra they are inscribed on the petals. The number of petals of each chakra thus correspond to the number of sounds, or root powers, that are active at that level:
- Sahasrara: Om, the primal sound
- Ajna: ha (the aspiration sound) and ksa
- Vishuddha: the 16 pure sounds
- Anahata: 12 impure sounds
- Manipura: 10 impure sounds
- Svadhisthana: 6 impure sounds
- Muladhara: 4 impure sounds.
We know four kinds of sound:
- Para (=supreme): is the state of unmanifested sound. It is sound at the level of its origin. This state corresponds with manipura chakra.
- Pashyanti (=seeing): is sound in its undifferentiated state. This sound is only heard by the spiritually awakened person. It is sound emerging towards the visible. Through its medium enlightened people can behold all objective existence within themselves. This state corresponds with anahata chakra.
- Madhyama (luminous): is the state of sound or word that has been created but not expressed yet by the throat. This luminous sound makes the enclosure and definition of space possible. Madhyama is an internal reflection of manifestation of awareness taking the form of ideas. This state corresponds with vishuddha chakra.
- Vaikhari: is sound manifested as form, that is, sound spoken by man, audible sound. It is our language.
Sound plays an important role in all manifestations. Mantras are said to invoke special sound vibrations within the practitioner to bring him into a particular state of consciousness or to activate particular energies.
A spiritual mantra is an inwardly-directed Matrika (=mother sound, see above). Mantra saturates and transforms our consciousness when repeated. In our normal thought processes mantra moves through our awareness from the para stage down to the vaikari stage. In the practice of mantra the order is reversed. When repeated at the vaikari level (the throat), the gross body is purified. When repeated on the madhyama level, the mantra is said to have one hundred times the power as when repeated on the gross level. In the next level, the pashyanti level, the mantra no longer exists in concrete form, but is simply a pulse of energy. The awareness of this pulsation releases ecstasy in the heart; a person who has attained this level has the power to create through words. Whatever such a person says has to come true. On the para level, only bliss exists.
Certain sounds are heard when the awakened kundalini rises up through the chakras:
- at muladhara one hears the chirping of a cricket
- at svadhisthana one hears the tinkling of an anklet
- at manipura one hears the sound of a bell
- at anahata one hears the music of a flute
- at vishuddha and beyond one hears the sound Om
Any sound that is harmonious and which carries a powerful cosmic sound, is absorbed through our ears, the sound reaches our every cell, every molecule of our body. It tears away the veil of ignorance that makes us believe we’re incomplete. That is why it becomes necessary to listen to the sounds of harmony because in it lies the beautiful creation of our beautiful world and us, our health and state of being. But if the sounds are contrary to harmonious sounds, then the creation falls into darker zones of poor dwelling that often results in misfortunes, unhappiness and lack of good health.
Allign your self with the sounds of cosmic harmony for peace, prosperity, contentment, good healing and feel the beauty of HIS creation to sculpt your own divinity.
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