WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF SOUND? / HOW TO SOUND THE BEEJ MANTRAS FOR THE CHAKRAS ?MANTRA-04
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CHAKRA?-
07 FACTS;- 1-In Sanskrit, chakra translates into “wheel”. These “wheels” can be thought of as vortexes that both receive & radiate energy. There are 7 major energy centers ( chakras) in the human body. They run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
2-Emotions, physical health, & mental clarity affect how well each chakra can filter energy. This in turn dictates how pure the energy is that’s emitted from different regions of the body. 3-“With the syllable Aum as their sole support, the wise person attains that which is peaceful, unageing, deathless, fearless - the Supreme.” - Atharva Veda..... 4-The Yogatattva Upanishad states that the five lower chakras are related to the five elements. There are said to be five great elements (bhutas) that make up the world;--- 4-1-Earth (prithivi), 4-2-Water (apas/jala) 4-3-Fire (tejas/agni), 4-4-Air (vayu) 4-5-Ether (akasha). 5-Each element has a bija mantra associated with it, when this mantra is sounded; it resonates in the chakra and purifies the nadis (subtle channels of energy).The nadis link the higher spiritual aspects of our being with our mind, emotions and our body. 6-The third eye chakra is created from ‘Mahattva’, the great or supreme element out of which all the other elements are formed. The bija mantra for the Third Eye Chakra is AUM. 7-The Crown Chakra is beyond all elements and contains all sounds. The mantra AUM is generally used for this chakra as AUM is the source of all sounds and is the primal cosmic sound Anahata Nada.
THE BEEJ MANTRAS FOR THE CHAKRAS 1-LAM--- LAM for Muladhara the Base Chakra -
Earth Element - Dental Position 2-VAM-- VAM for Swadhisthana the Sacral Chakra -
Water Element - Labial Position 3-RAM---- RAM for Manipura the Solar Plexus Chakra -
Fire Element - Cerebral Position 4-YAM--- YAM for Anahata the Heart Chakra -
Air Element - Palatal Position 5-HAM--- HAM for Vishuddha the Throat Chakra -
Akasha Element - Guttural (produced in the throat;) Position 6-AUM for Ajna the Third Eye Chakra -
Mahatattva 7-AUM for Sahasrara the Crown chakra.... WHAT IS INTERMEDIATE SOUND ?----
03 FACTS;-- 1-The bija mantras for the chakras are formed from the semi-vowels of the Sanskrit alphabet YA, RA, LA, VA. They are called ‘antahstha’ or intermediate sounds in Sanskrit. 2-Intermediating between vowels and consonants in their energetic quality, semi-vowels reflect prana or energy that mediates between the formless realm and the realm of form. 3-These Prana mantras are employed in ‘Prana-Pratishta’ a ritual performed in Hindu temples in order to bring the actual spirit of the deity into the object of worship. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF SANSKRIT ALPHABET?- 04 FACTS;-- 1-In yogic philosophy it is said that there are 72,000 nadis (subtle energy channels) in the body. When we chant in Sanskrit we are stimulating the 84 reflex (A movement not controlled by conscious thought) points in the mouth.
1-1-There are said to 64 reflex points in the hard palate (the roof of the mouth)and 20 in the soft palate (The posterior fleshy portion of the roof of the mouth)and these reflex points relate to the various nadis. When we chant in Sanskrit we awaken dormant parts of the brain and circulate energy through the body. 2-The semi-vowels are produced using the five tongue positions used in the Sanskrit Alphabet. As we sound the bija mantras the five different tongue positions stimulate the five elements balancing the chakras.As-- 2-1. Guttural – The sound comes from the back of the throat. The back of the tongue is placed against the lower soft palate (this tongue position is also called Velar). 2-2. Cerebral – The tip of the tongue touches the roof of the mouth (this tongue position is also called Retroflex or Lingual). 2-3. Palatal – The tongue is placed flatly against the upper soft palate. 2-4. Dental – The tongue is placed behind the upper teeth. 2-5. Labial – The sound is made by the lips (this tongue position is also called Glottal). 3-Each of the semivowels has a different point of pronunciation;- 3-1-YA uses the hard palate, 3-2-RA is a retroflex consonant, 3-3- LA uses the teeth. 3-4-VA mainly uses the lips,but it also requires the use of the teeth. VA is halfway between the English va" and"wa." 3-5- The sound HA comes from the back of the throat. 3-6-The addition of the NG sound to the semi-vowels of theSanskrit alphabet turns them into bija mantras. 4-The NG sounds are nasal, like the elephant’s sound, Nishad or Ni (one of the notes of the Indian Scale), that is produced by its trunk rather than its vocal chords. IMPORTANCE OF NASAL SOUND & USE OF CHAKRA BEEJ MANTRA;-- The nasal sounds are said to move energy upward to vibrate the outermost brain cortex where impressions are stored. The bija mantras carry the wisdom knowledge that brings liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Each element is associated with a different symbol/shape. Visualising this symbol/shape helps to deepen our connection with the element. 1-LAM ;– Base Chakra A-Visualise a square shape in the base chakra. The bija mantra (seed sound) for this chakra is LAM sounded as LANG.
B-The ‘L’ sound in the bija mantra LANG is produced by placing the tongue behind the upper teeth. The mantra is made up of two sounds that are roughly equal in length LA and NG. The duration of the two sounds is the same for all the bija mantras C-The NG sound is produced with a nasal intonation creating a resonant humming sound half way between an ‘M’ and a ‘N’. The mantra LANG is focused in the base chakra. 2-VAM; – Sacral Chakra A-Visualise a circular shape