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The Mantric Approach of the Vedas  

BY DAVID FRAWLEY

·      The Vedas are mantric teachings. They consist of various mantric chants or hymns cognized by different seers or Rishis from the Cosmic Mind. They set forth Dharma or natural law, which is mantra in manifestation. As such the Vedas are impersonal and eternal, just as cosmic law cannot vary. This same mantric knowledge gives rise to different sciences (vidyas) according to the angle of vision with which we approach it. Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yoga, and Vedanta all arise from it and represent different ways of looking through it.

·      The Vedic language is based upon an earlier more primordial language of seed (bija) mantras. These are single syllable sounds or roots like OM that have multiple meanings and indications depending upon their intonation and the intention with which they are used.

·      Out of the bija or root language arises the language of the Vedic texts, which is already differentiated, though not fully, into nouns and verbs. These bijas are explained more in Tantra, which in its true sense (apart from current popular distortions) is also a science of the Divine Word.

·         To introduce the reader to the Vedic mantric approach we will introduce a few important bija mantras and then the main Vedic chant, the Gayatri mantra, of twenty-four syllables. This will also help the reader understand the vision behind the American Institute of Vedic Studies, why it takes the name Vedic studies, and why it combines various Vedic disciplines.

·        It is all a manifestation of the mantra. It is that mantric knowledge that we are directing our students toward, not to any mere book learning, nor reliance on the word of another. That inner mantra of the heart, which comprehends all, is the goal of our work.

·        Five Main Bija Mantras  AUM

·    AUM is the most important of all mantras. All mantras generally begin and often also end with OM. However, there is much confusion about OM. OM is the mantra of assent. It means yes and affirms and energizes whatever we say after it. That is why all mantras begin with OM. OM is also the mantra of ascent and causes our energy to rise upward into the infinite.

·   AUM is expansive and increases the fire, air and ether elements, and particularly ether. It also gives strength, protection and grace. It connects us with the guidance power of the inner Guru.

·        The Four Great Goddess Mantras

·   There are four great Goddess mantras that govern the prime forms of energy as magnetic force, electrical force, heat, and delight. This is a Tantric teaching that reflects the Vedic Word and the four main Vedic deities.

HRIM (pronounced Hreem) is the prime mantra of the Great Goddess and ruler of the worlds and holds all her creative and healing powers.

·    HRIM governs over the cosmic magnetic energy and the power of the soul and causal body. It awakens us at a soul or heart level, connecting us to Divine forces of love and attraction.

·    HRIM is the mantra of the Divine Maya that destroys the worldly maya. It has a solar quality to it but more of a dawn-like effect. It is charming and alluring, yet purifying. Through it we can control the illusion power of our own minds.

·    In Vedic terms HRIM is a mantra of the Sun, particularly in terms of illumination. It increases our aspiration and receptivity to Divine light, wisdom and truth. It opens the lotus of the heart to the inner Sun of consciousness. It is a mantra of the region of heaven or the consciousness space in which all the worlds exist.

·  KRIM (pronounced Kreem) is the great mantra of Kali, the Goddess of energy and transformation. It governs over prana as lightning or electrical energy.

·    KRIM grants all spiritual faculties and powers — from the arousing of kundalini to opening the third eye. It has a special power relative to the lower chakras, which it can both stimulate and transform. It helps awaken and purify the subtle body.

·   As a mantra of work and transformation KRIM is the mantra of Kriya Yoga, the Yoga of practice. It is the main mantra of the Yoga Shakti. As it is a strong mantra it should be used with care.

·   KRIM is a mantra of Indra, the supreme deity of the Vedas, the Divine as the cosmic lord and enlightenment force.

·    KRIM is the thunderbolt or vajra that destroys the serpent of the ignorance and releases the light of absolute truth.

·   It represents the force of the atmosphere (Atmic sphere) and carries the supreme life force.

·    HUM (pronounced Hoom) is a mantra of the inner fire or thermogenic force. It both calls the divine down into us and offers our soul upward to the Divine for transformation in the sacred fire of awareness.

·   It is a Shiva mantra but also a mantra of Chandi, the fierce form of Kali. It is used to destroy negativity and creates great passion and vitality. As a powerful mantra it should also be used carefully.

·   Yet it can be used in a gentler manner to invoke divine grace and protection. Through it we can offer ourselves or our afflictions into the Divine for purification and transformation.

·   HUM is a Vedic mantra of Agni or fire. It is the mantra used to make offerings into the sacred fire. It also is used to call or invoke the fire and to make it flame up more brilliantly. It represents the soul hidden the body, the Divine immanent in the world. It governs the earth and the material sphere in general.

·         SHRIM (pronounced Shreem) is a mantra of love, devotion and beauty, relating to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Beauty and divine grace.

·       Yet SHRIM works at a deeper level than merely to give us the good things of life, including health. It takes us to the heart and gives faith and steadiness to our emotional nature. SHRIM allows us to surrender to, take refuge in, or be immersed in whatever we offer the mantra to.

·       It is the mantra of beauty and delight and has a pleasing lunar quality. It also relates to the head and can be used to flood the senses with divine beauty and delight. It promotes health and aids in fertility and rejuvenation.

·         In Vedic terms SHRIM is a Soma mantra. It gives love, joy, bliss, beauty and delight. It has the light of the Moon and governs the mind and the realm between the atmosphere and heaven. It purifies and integrates the various aspects of our nature and renders them into ambrosia.

These four mantras can be used together with OM:

OM HRIM KRIM HUM SHRIM!

·      This brings about an integral development of body, mind and soul in harmony with the divine or inner Self.

PLACE OF RECITATION : As far as possible, use a separate room may be used for the recitation of Mantras. The room should be simple and clean; a separate corner in the living room may be used. The place should be cleaned daily. Sit in the same places everyday.

Selection of time for the recitation: Brahamuhurtha i.e. 4 a.m. is considered to be the best time for chanting powerful Mantras and meditation.

·    Mysterious silence of the early morning hours highly benefit spiritual vibrations as your mind will be at ease completely and need not exert much for a full concentration.

·   Sandhya Time (time just after Sun Set) is also equally good. It is said that there is special, mysterious spiritual force or wonderful magnetic power at the Sandhi or junction of time, at Sunrise and Sunset.

Aasana or Postures:

·      Once any position is brought into use, the same posture should be used everyday for the same Mantra. If you want to chant various Mantras simultaneously, you must change the posture after every Mantra.

Seat: Human body is full of currents. Earth has gravitational force or magnetic power. When we sit for chanting of any Mantra or for meditation, it is absolutely necessary that our body and mind should not be subject to external attraction.

·     Hence the current flowing from the human body has to be broken for proper results.

·         Sitting on a Prayer mats or blanket. A wooden plank or a platform can also be used.

Jap Mala  (Rosary): The rosary of Tulasi or Rudraksha or any holy beads of 108 beads will be helpful for the repetition of holy Mantras.

1.       Use Tulsi Mala for the Mantras of the Vishnu.

2.       For Lord Ganesh rosary of beads prepared from the tusk of an elephant.

3.       For Goddess Kali and Shiva Sandalwood beads or Rudraksha beads.

According to Kalika Purana

1.       To destroy or wash out all sins, Kusa beads are used.

2.       For begetting children SAR of Putrajivan beads are used.

3.       For fulfillments of all desires rosary of crystals are used.

4.       For getting wealth rosary of Corals are used.

·         Note: The same rosary should not contain mixed beads i.e. various beads should not be used in the Mala. In the Sanat Kumara Samhita the thread and the color over which the beads are woven are also stated.

1.     Cotton thread fulfils four types of pursuit. They are Dharma (Divine Law), Arta (Prosperity), Kama (Desire and Enjoyment) and Moksha (Liberation).

2.       White thread is used to gain peace. 3.  Yellow is for selfish purposes.

4.       Black is used for wealth, worldly and spiritual.

¨       Rosary has to be purified by the sacred combination of five liquids milk, honey, curd, sugar and water. In case the rosary falls down or breaks, it is considered inauspicious. One has to chant ‘HRIM’ to purify the Mala and chant 108 times the holy

 


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