Mantra Yoga


I was speaking to Shri Veerendra Sharma. It was a discussion on Chakras,
Kundalini, Sound, Sound forms etc., I don’t remember where the discussion has begun and where it ended. I always mention “Mantra Yoga”, in its literal sense “THE SOUND THAT JOINS/ MERGES TWO ENDS”, that is merging / joining the individual with the cosmic.
I have also mentioned to him about PARA, PASHYANTI, MADHYAMA, VAIKHARI in Lalita Sahasranama. I strongly believe, with my very humble knowledge of Vedas and Upanishads that each Nama in Lalita Sahasranama is connected to some or the other verses in Vedas and Upanishads, so also the Para (paratyakchitee roopa), Pashayanti (Paradevata), Madhyama, Vaikharee roopa is connected to the Rigveda Verse 1 -164-45, which reads as “ chatvaari vaak parimitaa padaani tani vidurbrahmana ye minishiNah, guhaa treeni nihitaa nEngaayanti tureeyam vacho manushyaa vadanti

Meaning: The learned know of the VAK that exists in four forms. Three are hidden and the fourth is what men speak.

This is the one, at this point of time I could recollect from Rigveda. If my memory rewinds, may be some more references also may open up.

The highest manifestation of sound-energy, the primal voice, the divine voice is Para. The Para voice becomes the root-ideas or germ-thoughts. It is the first manifestation of voice. In Para the sound remains in an undifferentiated form. This is said to be in Mooladhara.

Pashyanti is at the Manipura Chakra. We know that irrespective of the caste, creed, nationality, religion, language all the human beings experience the same bhavana of a thing by gestures. For ex, all human beings hold their hand to the mouth in a particular manner to show they are thirsty. The Pashyanti voice did this act.

Madhyama is the sound as perceived in the Subtle or pranic world. We know sound is produced through contact, vibration and obstruction. This is called AAHATA. An eternal and existent cosmic hiss, if one can hear,( I am using the word HEAR not Listen that is called ANAAHATA. So Madhayma sound is at Anaahata. Are our thought forms held in mind has a sound? Yes, that is heard in ANAAHATA but we don’t observe. Let us begin to hear that sound from this moment onwards. Once we hear the sound of thoughts, it becomes easier to hear the eternal cosmic hiss at Anaahata.

The fourth and the last form of Sound is Vaikhari which is the sound produced at Vishuddhi.

Lalita Sahasranama from ‘Vishuddhi chakra nilaya to sahasradala padmastha
sarvavarnopashobhita” explained in no uncertain terms the sounds para to vaikhari but in a reverse manner. Why? To help us to hear today, tomorrow or at some point of time in our life, the PARA sound, the primal voice, the divine voice, the unmanifested voice which has manifested in the form of universe!!!!!

Further it becomes easy to tap the dormant kundalini energy at the base chakra by
the sound of Vaikhari passing through Anaahata ( Madhyama) Manipura (Pashyanti) and getting ready at the reproductive energy centre ( SwadhiShtaana) to hit the base to arouse the dormant energy so that it directly reach the Ajna. These are not just the words I wrote hear but every one of us having faith, trust and with the grace of GURU can surely experience it. This is an easy task if we practice. It is as simple as a child learns cycling, may be with one or two fall and small injury. Even such fall and injuries could be avoided if we attach supporting two small wheels to the bicycle. One wheel is the GURU and the other is GURUMANDALA.

Let us go back to Mantra Yoga from where we began. The sound form of Devata is
Mantra. Mantra yoga concentrates on NAADA to strike rhythm between individual and cosmic vibration. This activates the NADIS to expose one to DAHARAKASHA, (Chidaakaasha) that is causal space (Karana AAkasha). Recall 609th Nama, DAHARAKAASHA ROOPINI.

Shabdha, sound is tanmantra of Akasha one of the Pancha mahabhutas

(To understand tanmantra- Sound is tanmantra of AAKASHA, Shabdha and sparsha
are the tanmatras of VAYU, Shabdha, sparsha and Roopa are the Tanmaantra of JALA, Shabdha, sparsha, roopa, rasa and gandha are the tanmantra of EARTH. These tanamatras are also associated with panchendriyas, ears, skin, eyes, tongue and nose)


We will go back to Daharakasha. With shabdha ( Akasha) we try to turn our vision to inwards from Aakasha to Daharaakaasha by chanting Mantra, by producing sound slowly LISTENING the Anaahata sound without producing it. (LISTENING IS USED HERE). Eventually when ‘Mantra Yoga” is achieved the consciousness is directed to Daharakasha where Mantra Devata (Cosmic- Brahmanda) resides.

Same in other words. Realising paraa vak ( Naada brahma) through a regulated chanting of Mantra, first externally, then mentally and then finally without producing it, is MANTRA YOGA, the most comfortable, easiest form of yoga to bring the union of cosmic with individual. THIS IS JEEVAN MUKTI. MUKTI /MOKSHA is not after leaving the physical body.

Sincere thanks to Mr Veerendra Sharma who has become cause for this write up.
Some time, I start uttering or start writing whatever that comes to mind and forget about it. Whatever uttered is not remembered and whatever written is also not stored/ saved. Even if saved on system I forget where it is saved.

It is my nephew Jagadish who lives in London and one Richa Sharma, Prof in NIFT
(National Institute of Fashion Technology) who have been insisting me for quite some time to write whatever that comes to mind and they will put it on a blog.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: