Mantric Approach of the Vedas
BY DAVID FRAWLEY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
· 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.
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.
(pronounced Hreem) is the prime mantra of the
Great Goddess and ruler of the worlds and holds all her creative and healing
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
Kreem) is the great mantra of Kali, the Goddess of energy and
transformation. It governs over prana as lightning or electrical energy.
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.
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.
is a mantra of Indra, the supreme deity of the Vedas, the Divine as the cosmic
lord and enlightenment force.
is the thunderbolt or vajra that destroys the serpent of the ignorance and
releases the light of absolute truth.
represents the force of the atmosphere (Atmic sphere) and carries the supreme
(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.
· 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
· 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.
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.
four mantras can be used together with OM:
HRIM KRIM HUM SHRIM!
brings about an integral development of body, mind and soul in harmony with
the divine or inner Self.
time for the recitation:
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
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.
· 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.
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.
Tulsi Mala for the Mantras of the Vishnu.
Lord Ganesh rosary of beads prepared from the tusk of an elephant.
For Goddess Kali and Shiva Sandalwood beads or
According to Kalika Purana
destroy or wash out all sins, Kusa beads are used.
begetting children SAR of Putrajivan beads are used.
of all desires rosary of crystals are used.
getting wealth rosary of Corals are used.
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.
thread fulfils four types of pursuit. They are Dharma (Divine Law),
thread is used to gain peace.
Black is used for wealth, worldly and spiritual.
has to be purified by the sacred combination of five liquids milk, honey,
curd, sugar and water.
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