The following pages represent a very laudable attempt to unravel the mysteries of the Science of Mantras and of the Matrikas which constitute their essence.
In ancient cultures of the world- India, Jewish (Qabalist), Pre-Hellenic, Egyptian, Babylonian, Median etc,-the efficacy of sound as a potent factor for producing desired results of an unusual and marvelous type was recognized. In India, however, not only among the Vedic and Tantric Sadhakas, but also in outside circcles (e.g. Shabara etc.), we observe, beside the appreciation of the potency of sound as a practical subject of study, a spirit of systematic and careful investigation into the philosophy of sound in the shape of Mantra. We are reminded in this context of the wonderful analysis of Vak, Vocal and supra-Vocal, in our ancient scriptures,.
As a matter of fact, the earliest schook of yogic discipline is traditionally identified with the Way of Bhairava (Srotas), which is based on a hidden knowledge of combining in itself the elements of knowledge and action both. It is technically known as the path of which is logically prior to.
It is a pleasure to find that the writer of the present book took up this obscure but most important study and has laid the interested world under a deep debt of obligation by the publication of the results of his researches in this field. His work consists of eight chapters as follows:
The first chapter is more or less of an introductory nature. It deals with the meanings of the words and furnishes a short bibliography of the earliest literature form different points of view. The next tow chapters, called sum up the main teachings of the Tantras on the conception of and on its different varieties. In this connection he has given a brief and admirable exposition of which is the quickening spirit in every mantra. It may be observed that as a symbol represents not only the entire field of Matrikas manifested form to as a series of discrete forces, following one another in succession, but also their emergence as a self-aware continuum. Holding within it the entire creation as one with itself.
The two chapters which follow discuss on the different aspects of mattrika with their outer manifestation as phonic rays popularly known as varn or letter of the alphabet. The sixth chapter dwells on the way in which the development of the Mantrika Varnas is effected. The seventh chapter of the book treats of the aforesaid Varnas and the objects developed by them. So far an attempt has been made to give a detailed analysis, on the basis of ancient texts, of the question of matrika in its different phases. The eighth and concluding chapter contains a very interesting discourse on the philosophy of mantra. Here we find a short but useful summary of several facts regarding this philosophy, including their classification, their defects, the method of removing these defects etc.
I am hopeful that the study of this small book, though it may be of a preliminary character, will awaken an intelligent interest in spiritual-minded people and help them in pursuing the subject further with greater and greater thoroughness.
Original Tantric Texts (25)
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