Sanskrit and the Jivanmuktas:
Is there a language where spiritual light reflects through sound, grammar and communication? Yes, it’s called Sanskrit. How cool is that? Mantras are realized sounds of light discovered by the rishis in a state of thoughtless reality. Think of it like this, rishis and rishikas are beings, who purified their consciousness through yogic practice. And by their immersion in the union became channels of that light while embodied. They are also called the jivanmuktas. Once this purification happens, they are able to both receive and translate yogic healing for others. Mantras are one of the tools that the rishis, and jivanmuktas use to convey the depth of that spiritual contact.
Mantra Therapy for Healing:
What makes this language so healing? When you chant Sanskrit, there is a marked difference in your entire being, from your mental state to your physical body. After chanting a Sanskrit mantra or even a few of its very simple bija sounds, your mind becomes tranquil, your body relaxes and your breathing steadies. Nothing major right? It’s pretty major. Additionally, when you chant Sanskrit sounds with the intention of goodness and love behind them, you draw that energy towards you and begin to heal your entire system through chanting.
Sanskrit sounds emanate from five distinct mouth positions that exist on your palate. These five positions correspond to different points in the brain and/or body, which exponentially magnifies their potency. In other words, as you say, for example, the sound ‘A’ you are not just mindlessly saying ‘A.’ You say the sound and if you pay attention you can feel the prana contact the back of the throat, the vocal chords rub together creating a gentle friction and the vibration of the sound energy rising to the front of the face, the crown of the head and then extend down to the heart. This whole process culminates together to create a kind of inner soul dialog between the head and the heart.
Dr. David Frawley echoes the healing nature of Sanskrit mantras when he says, “The subtle body of Sanskrit sound vibration relates to the mental body and to the subtle or astral body in general, the site of the seven chakras. It creates and sustains the physical body, supporting health and well-being within it. Through changing the frequencies of the subtle body of sound, we can bring healing into the physical body and remove negativities from the mind.”
The English word ‘to heal’ derives from the Old English ‘Haelan’ – to restore to sound health, to restore to wholeness. The process of chanting is a process of healing and restoring our body, mind and health back to wholeness which is our natural state. Sanskrit chanting is a process of restoring our entire system back to peace and balance. Each mantra reminds us that we are already whole and that we are a direct emanation of spiritual source. We have only to remind ourselves and then learn to be still and feel it. For this reason chanting Sanskrit is a kind of mantra therapy and is a wonderful way to remove suffering and arrive at healing for the practitioner. If that isn’t enough to convince you to start a chanting practice, Ayurveda, the great science of life, considers mantra recitation to be one of its best tools for bringing about greater health.
Luminous Soul Yogic Word Definitions:
rishi m. rishikā f. those established and living in spiritual light
jivanmukta m. jivanmuktā f. realized and free while embodied
prana energy, breath, life force, soul
mantra force of light and vibration that removes suffering, protection
Sanskrit Studies: ‘Mantra Therapy’ Exercise
Daily 20 minute practice for 1 month
1. Chant this Upanishad mantra 9 x’s each morning
For support in working with this mantra, download Lead Me to the Real with Manorama.
2. Read the translation and contemplate its meaning
3. Practice Luminous Soul Meditation for 9 minutes
4. Note your insights in your journal
Asato Mā Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Mā Jyotir Gamaya
Mrtyor Mā Amrtam Gamaya
Śāntih Śāntih Śāntih
Lead me from untruth to truth.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
Peace Peace Peace
Source list: Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound, by Dr David Frawley, Lotus Press, Copyright 2010
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