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Eternity of Sound And the Science of Mantra (Sabda Brahm: Mantra Vijnana)
Eternity of Sound And the Science of Mantra (Sabda Brahm: Mantra Vijnana)
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Preface

The knowledge of Sabda Brahm - Nada Brahm is an important branch of the Indian school of spirituality. The science and philosophy of Sabda Brahm encompasses the methodology and effects of Mantra-Japa, prayers, collective chanting and sadhanas of the Vedamantras and that of the nada Brahm deals with the genesis, expansion and influence of music. The volume 19 of the "Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya Vangmaya" series presents truly rare and detailed information and guidance on this topic. The present book is compiled from the English translation of the firs two chapters of this volume that focus on the cosmic dimensions of sound and the science of mantras.

Linguistically, the word mantra in Sanskrit implies a specific structure of sonic patterns - coded in syllables and vowels that works as an spiritual tool to liberate the mind from ignorance, illusion and evil instincts. The specific configurations of syllables and the corresponding combinations of phonemes in the mantras make the latte powerful 'carriers' of the cosmic energy of sound. The book presents a perspicuous introduction with analysis of multiple aspects of the physical and subliminal impact of sound and the structure of mantras. It also highlights authentic reports on scientific experiments in this direction.

Different methods of rhythmic enunciation (japa) and spiritual practices (sadhanas) of Vedic mantras are described here with adept guidance. The author, Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya also focuses on utilization, without any external means or instruments, of the immense powers of sound for specific noble purposes. Although the vedic mantras could be well expressed vocally as prose or verse, the method of singing them in specific rythms as hymns as hymns was given principal importance by the risis. Hence the unique spectrum of vedic swaras and the gamut of chanting patterns for mantras were evolved and encoded in the Sama Veda.

The Sama Veda contains divine knowledge of the miraculous spiritual flow of music that can effectuate a vivid connection of the individual 'self' with thy-self. The author highlights the crucial role of this Veda and discusses the present status of the schools of sama Gana in the context of the difficulties faces today in identifying the best chanting patterns for the Vedic Mantras.

The sadhanas of mantra yoga together with nada yoga are integral parts of the spiritual experiments on awakening of the Kundalini and realization of the Brahm through Omkar. These topics too are covered here sagaciously in scientific light. The paramount role of vak (absolutely refined voice) in mantra yaga is emphasized with necessary guidance. The author describes the four successively subtler levels of human voice (vani) and presents the methods, for the control and refinements of the vani and mental faculties, which can be practised by everybody in day-to-day life. These sadhanas gradually lead to the spiritual elevation of the vani up to the supreme level - the vak.

He further illustrates- how the hidden spiritual powers of a mantra are aroused by japa through such a spiritually empowered voice. And how the materialization of the blessings and curses also becomes possible because of the power of vak. Authentic examples and scientific evidences of the modern times are presented in this book with relevant excerpts from the scriptures to support and explain the enormous potentials of refined vani.

Acharya Sharma's elucidation of the esoteric and complex subject matter of Sabda Brahm and Mantras is indeed lucid, logical and scientific. The book also outlines - how the modern science could offer multifaceted benefits towards the incessant welfare of human society by constructive investigations in the Science of Mantras.

CONTENTS
Omnipotent Role of Sound in the Universe7
Astonishing Power of Sabda - The Eternal Element of Sound12
Constructive Applications of Sound in the Modern Age17
Misuse of Sonic Energy - Risks in the Present Times -20
Scientific Studies on Noise Pollution 20
Infrasonic Communications: Misdeeds of Today 22
Guidelines from the Ancient Science of Sabda 24
Impact of Sabda on Mind and Intrinsic Character 27
Elements of the Science of Vowels 30
- Relation of Vocal Sound with the Panca Tatvas 32
The Sabda Yoga 34
Energies of Sabda in the Living Laboratory of Human Body 36
The Suprasonic Power Hidden in Mantras 42
Immense Power of Sabda Used in the Sadhanas of Mantras 51
Structure and Implications of Mantras 57
Mantra Yoga: Effects on Gross Body 61
Sound Therapy: Ancient Knowledge 65
The Phonetics of Collective Chanting Described in the Vedas 69
Difficulties in the Rhythmic Enunciation of Vaidika Hymns 72
Sama Gana: Chanting of Vedic Mantras 75
-Schemes of Sama Gana 78
-Stepwise Division of Sama Gana 80
-Scriptures on Sama Veda 81
The Secret of the Power of Mantras 83
The Gravity of Japa 88
Linguistic Meaning and Types of Japa 92
Practices and Effects Associated with Japa 99
-The Significance of Sabda Sadhana 99
- Some Scientific Points102
- Essential Disciplines for Japa Sadhana 102
Experiments on Mantras: Interaction of Sound with Thermal Energy105
-Agnihotra and Japa 107
- Possibilities of Scientific Research109
Power of Mantras: The Divine Source 111
Cosmic Cycles of the vibrations of Manta 117
Power of Sabda Aroused by the Gayatri Mantra 121
Psychological Basis of the Effects of Japa 124
-Subtle Effects on Human Body and Mind 125
Acoustics and Mantra Vijnana128
Integration of the Sciences of Mantra and Yantra132
Hidden Roots of Mantra Sadhana and Its Success 136
The Key to Cognition of Mantra Vidya 139
Scientific Roots of the Divine Impact of Mantra Sadhana 142
Footnotes Cited in the Text 148
Glossary to Terms from Shastric Literature 152

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Preface

The knowledge of Sabda Brahm - Nada Brahm is an important branch of the Indian school of spirituality. The science and philosophy of Sabda Brahm encompasses the methodology and effects of Mantra-Japa, prayers, collective chanting and sadhanas of the Vedamantras and that of the nada Brahm deals with the genesis, expansion and influence of music. The volume 19 of the "Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya Vangmaya" series presents truly rare and detailed information and guidance on this topic. The present book is compiled from the English translation of the firs two chapters of this volume that focus on the cosmic dimensions of sound and the science of mantras.

Linguistically, the word mantra in Sanskrit implies a specific structure of sonic patterns - coded in syllables and vowels that works as an spiritual tool to liberate the mind from ignorance, illusion and evil instincts. The specific configurations of syllables and the corresponding combinations of phonemes in the mantras make the latte powerful 'carriers' of the cosmic energy of sound. The book presents a perspicuous introduction with analysis of multiple aspects of the physical and subliminal impact of sound and the structure of mantras. It also highlights authentic reports on scientific experiments in this direction.

Different methods of rhythmic enunciation (japa) and spiritual practices (sadhanas) of Vedic mantras are described here with adept guidance. The author, Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya also focuses on utilization, without any external means or instruments, of the immense powers of sound for specific noble purposes. Although the vedic mantras could be well expressed vocally as prose or verse, the method of singing them in specific rythms as hymns as hymns was given principal importance by the risis. Hence the unique spectrum of vedic swaras and the gamut of chanting patterns for mantras were evolved and encoded in the Sama Veda.

The Sama Veda contains divine knowledge of the miraculous spiritual flow of music that can effectuate a vivid connection of the individual 'self' with thy-self. The author highlights the crucial role of this Veda and discusses the present status of the schools of sama Gana in the context of the difficulties faces today in identifying the best chanting patterns for the Vedic Mantras.

The sadhanas of mantra yoga together with nada yoga are integral parts of the spiritual experiments on awakening of the Kundalini and realization of the Brahm through Omkar. These topics too are covered here sagaciously in scientific light. The paramount role of vak (absolutely refined voice) in mantra yaga is emphasized with necessary guidance. The author describes the four successively subtler levels of human voice (vani) and presents the methods, for the control and refinements of the vani and mental faculties, which can be practised by everybody in day-to-day life. These sadhanas gradually lead to the spiritual elevation of the vani up to the supreme level - the vak.

He further illustrates- how the hidden spiritual powers of a mantra are aroused by japa through such a spiritually empowered voice. And how the materialization of the blessings and curses also becomes possible because of the power of vak. Authentic examples and scientific evidences of the modern times are presented in this book with relevant excerpts from the scriptures to support and explain the enormous potentials of refined vani.

Acharya Sharma's elucidation of the esoteric and complex subject matter of Sabda Brahm and Mantras is indeed lucid, logical and scientific. The book also outlines - how the modern science could offer multifaceted benefits towards the incessant welfare of human society by constructive investigations in the Science of Mantras.

CONTENTS
Omnipotent Role of Sound in the Universe7
Astonishing Power of Sabda - The Eternal Element of Sound12
Constructive Applications of Sound in the Modern Age17
Misuse of Sonic Energy - Risks in the Present Times -20
Scientific Studies on Noise Pollution 20
Infrasonic Communications: Misdeeds of Today 22
Guidelines from the Ancient Science of Sabda 24
Impact of Sabda on Mind and Intrinsic Character 27
Elements of the Science of Vowels 30
- Relation of Vocal Sound with the Panca Tatvas 32
The Sabda Yoga 34
Energies of Sabda in the Living Laboratory of Human Body 36
The Suprasonic Power Hidden in Mantras 42
Immense Power of Sabda Used in the Sadhanas of Mantras 51
Structure and Implications of Mantras 57
Mantra Yoga: Effects on Gross Body 61
Sound Therapy: Ancient Knowledge 65
The Phonetics of Collective Chanting Described in the Vedas 69
Difficulties in the Rhythmic Enunciation of Vaidika Hymns 72
Sama Gana: Chanting of Vedic Mantras 75
-Schemes of Sama Gana 78
-Stepwise Division of Sama Gana 80
-Scriptures on Sama Veda 81
The Secret of the Power of Mantras 83
The Gravity of Japa 88
Linguistic Meaning and Types of Japa 92
Practices and Effects Associated with Japa 99
-The Significance of Sabda Sadhana 99
- Some Scientific Points102
- Essential Disciplines for Japa Sadhana 102
Experiments on Mantras: Interaction of Sound with Thermal Energy105
-Agnihotra and Japa 107
- Possibilities of Scientific Research109
Power of Mantras: The Divine Source 111
Cosmic Cycles of the vibrations of Manta 117
Power of Sabda Aroused by the Gayatri Mantra 121
Psychological Basis of the Effects of Japa 124
-Subtle Effects on Human Body and Mind 125
Acoustics and Mantra Vijnana128
Integration of the Sciences of Mantra and Yantra132
Hidden Roots of Mantra Sadhana and Its Success 136
The Key to Cognition of Mantra Vidya 139
Scientific Roots of the Divine Impact of Mantra Sadhana 142
Footnotes Cited in the Text 148
Glossary to Terms from Shastric Literature 152
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