Mantra and Modern Yoga

Today the interest in Yoga, which has largely been focused on asana or posture, is expanding beyond the physical back to Yoga’s core concern with consciousness. In this process a new popular usage of mantras is arising. In yogic circles, mantras may be recommended as part of inner spiritual practices or for outer personal gains and achievements. Some groups emphasize special mantras to improve prosperity, health or well-being. They claim that those who chant these will gain wealth, status or whatever they really want in life. Other groups emphasize special spiritual mantras to help induce higher states of consciousness. They maintain that those who chant their mantras will more quickly reach levels of awareness not otherwise is fully accessible. Many Yoga students chant mantras, using a personal mantra given to them by their guru or sanctified by their lineage, or add mantras to their Yoga classes, passing them on to their students.

However, in spite of this new interest in mantra, the full science of mantra is not fully understood or even appreciated. There is often a secrecy maintained around mantras in order to preserve their power, which must be respected. In addition few people know the complete science of mantra, as this requires a practice and study of mantras on many levels, not merely repeating a few common mantras for one’s personal  benefit. We find many people today chanting mantras that they don’t know

or teaching mantras that they have not practiced or brought to life on an inner level. Hence the  situation is ripe for a deeper approach to mantra, so that serious students can  learn how to apply mantras with discrimination, insight and a higher aspiration.

Modern Yoga emphasizes Yoga asanas which place the body into special poses through which a transformative stillness can arise. Perhaps the easiest way for us to understand mantra is as a kind of asana for the mind. Mantras provide focus, strength, plasticity and adaptability to the mind, just as asanas do for the body. Mantras exercise our mental energy and give it poise and stability, just as asanas improve our physical condition. Most importantly, mantras harmonize the mental field, drawing our consciousness into a state of stillness that is inspirational.

Just as each asana puts the body into a certain energetic posture in which higher forces can be released, so too each mantra puts the mind into a certain pose in which it can become a conduit for a higher flow of energy and grace. Each mantra like each asana has its intention, form, and means of adaptation. Much like each asana, each mantra has its signatute energy that brings about a specific effect upon the mind and can be understood according to its sound, meaning and application. Unless we learn to use mantra in our Yoga practice, we may succeed in putting our body into wonderful asanas, but our mind may remain rigid, agitated or distracted. As asana is the key to the flexibility of the body, the right use of mantra is the key to the flexibility of the mind!

In the world of Yoga today, chanting or kirtan is another important practice that is rapidly growing in popularity. Kirtan is based upon the repetition of mantric sounds, names and phrases; though not all who perform kirtan may be aware of the meanings involved. Kirtan, we could say, is mantric music and song. It sets in motion the power of mantra within us, not just as a mental pattern but as a current of deeper energy and feeling. If we want to know the spiritual essence of Kirtan, we need to look more deeply into the subject of mantra.

Many modern Yoga groups give importance to mantra and primal sound. The mantra Om has become the main word and sound of Yoga. The chanting of Shanti or peace mantras is another important part of modern Yoga gatherings. The TM or Transcendental Meditation movement has for decades promoted mantra meditation and primal sound as its main technique. The Krishna movement has promoted the Hare Krishna) mantra as its primary means of developing devotion and higher awareness. Even the Yogic greeting, Namaste, ‘I bow to the Divine within you’, is a kind of mantra.

The great Shiva mantra – Om Namah Sivaya – is used by many Yoga groups, particularly those rooted in the Sivananda and Siddha Yoga traditions. Pranic mantras like So’hem and Hamsa (Hong Sau) are emphasized by groups like Self-realization Fellowship (SRF) or Siddha Yoga. Many Yoga Gurus initiate their students with mantras or combine mantra with the pranayama, asana or meditation approaches that they teach.

Mantras are one of the easiest of Yoga practices to perform, unlike complicated Yoga postures or strong pranayamas that many people are unable to do. There are simple mantras that any sincere student can be taught and gain much benefit from. However, mantra is also a very deep subject that can require more study and focus than outer Yoga practices working on the body and breath. Mantra connects us to the profoundest Yoga philosophies and the most powerful forms of meditation. Such a deeper use of mantras requires special training and adaptation at an individual level with a teacher trained in the tradition. As Yoga spreads and develops, the role of Mantra Yoga is bound to become more important, crucial and transformative both for the new student and for the advanced teacher.

Indian Vastu Shastra Practitioner Level Training Program

DIVINITY – CENTER FOR LIFE EMPOWERMENT

 INDIAN VASTU SHASTRA CURRICULUM  - PRACTITIONER LEVEL PROGRAM

  2 FULL DAY PROGRAM IN CHENNAI ON SEPTEMBER 28TH AND 29TH    

Participants would be given Vaastu Compass & Vastu Charts. The Program would ensure sufficient ratio of theory time: practicals so that participants would gain hands on exposure on evaluating plans. Program requires each participant to evaluate at least twenty Residential & Commercial Plans/Lay Outs, Conduct individual inspections so that by the end of the program, each participant can take up individual Vastu Consultations.

 

 

DEFINITION OF VASTU
ELEMENTS OF VASTU SHASTRA
VASTU SCRIPTURES
VASTU PURUSH
 MANDALA
IMPORTANCE OF DIRECTIONS
10 DIRECTIONS & THEIR ATTRIBUTES
THE FIVE ELEMENTS 7 THEIR ATTRIBUTES
SUBTLE ENERGIES & THEIR INFLUENCE ON VASTU

VASTU IN THE HOME

I.         Plots & Division of Plots according to Varna Category

II.         Factors to consider before buying a plot

III.        Shapes & Sizes of Plots – Their Attributes

IV.        Veethi Shula’s, their affects & Remedial Measures

V.        Vastu for New Structures

VI.        To Do List before commencing Construction

VII.        Vastu Symbols, Decorative Elements & Their Significance

VIII.         Plants & Trees – Their Attributes & Significance in Vastu

IX.         Landscaping as per Vastu

X.         Main Door & Entry Points

XI.   Vastu for Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Bedroom, Guest Room, Bathroom, Servant Quarters, Garage & Generator Room

XII.   Vastu for Children’s Room & Study Room

 VASTU IN THE WORK PLACE

I.     Shape of our office

II.     Placement of your office

III.    Work Table

IV.   Lighting, Pictures & Credentials

V.    Vastu for the MD/CEO/Partner/Proprietor

VI.   Vastu for the Main Cabin & Cabins for specific roles

VII. Vastu for General office Area

VIII. Vastu for Marketing/Sales Department

IX.   Vastu for HR Department

X. Vastu for Administration Department

XI. Vastu for Accounts Department

XII. Vastu for Office Pantry, Wash Rooms & Recreation Area

XIII. Vastu for Office Landscaping

XIV. Vastu Tips for Bosses and Businesses

 

I.

Positioning

II.

Recognition

III.

Unstable Business

IV.

Disputes

V.

Accidents

VI.

Loans & Debts

VII.

Losses

VIII.

Growth

GENERRIC PRINCIPLES

I.   HEIGHT & ELEVATION

II.   STAIRS

III.   LEVEL SLOPES & RAIN WATER

IV.  VASTU & WATER TANKS

V.   SEPTIC TANKS & OIL TANKS

VI.   COLOURS, THEIR ATIRIBUTES & SIGNIFICANCE

  1.   PROGRAM VENUE; AP 676, H BLOCK, 15TH STREET, ANNANAGAR, CHENNAI, 600040
  2.  DATE:  28th and 29th of September 2013)
  3.  TIMING: 9AM TO 6PM
  4.  COFFEE/TEA SNACKS & VEGETARIAN LUNCH WILL BE SERVED TO THE PARTICIPANTS
  5.  COURSE FEE: INR 6,900/ (COURSE FEE INCLUDES COURSE MATERIALS, VASTU COMPASS, VASTU CHARTS)
  6.  REFRESHERS CAN ATTEND THE PROGRAM BY PAYING JUST RS.750/DAY

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Mr. Praveen Saanker, pursued his passion in the field of Psychotherapy and Counseling, and has established himself as a professional psychologist of great repute. His ardor for Psychotherapy and his relentless intuition of understanding the nuances of human behavior, their energies, and structure right from early childhood, led Praveen to leave a thriving career in investment & corporate banking to pursue his post-graduation in Psychology and later an MSC in Counseling from the Canterbury University. He has a strong authority over the Indian Vedic sciences and uses his knowledge to spread the teachings of ancient Indian heritage through ultra­ modern scientific techniques. Praveen Saanker’s fervor for learning the intricacies of human psychology, through research on Indian Vedic sciences has no bounds. Praveen is a renowned energy consultant and enjoys strong reputation in the field of Indian Vaastu Shastra and Feng-Shui.

Apart from enjoying strong credentials as a Psychotherapist and Counselor, Praveen is also a Clinical Hypnotherapist & Past Life Regression Expert. He is a specialist in the sciences of past life and the mind. His expansive qualifications span across the sciences of Therapeutic Yoga, Vaastu Shastra and Vedic Astrology. His honed abilities in the works relating to the human energies at higher levels of metaphysical consciousness and the external entity space have earned him impressive accolades. As a keen practitioner and upasak of the Meppad Sampradaya (one of the oldest and potent 18 Mantrika Sampradayas of northern Kerala), Mr. Praveen Saanker is a follower of Brahma Vidya Sampradaya, a well-known path towards Nirvana.

Praveen has great reputation as a professional paranormal investigator. His deep understanding gained through fervent studies& experiences in the fields of paranormal and Meta physics is recognized worldwide. He met like­minded people with similar cognitive abilities and started Divinity – An advanced therapy and training center as a non-profit organization. His consultant experience is sought after by many business houses and corporate establishments across the countries of South East Asia.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of his qualifications that support his role as an established Psychologist & a competent seeker of knowledge in Vedic Sciences

  1. Masters in Psychology, JNU, India & Masters in Counseling, Canterbury University
  2. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist, National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc  (Merrimack, NH, USA)
  3. Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist (California Hypnosis Institute of India, Mumbai, India)
  4. Masters in Psychotherapy & Counseling, Indian Board of Alternative Medicine
  5. Vedic Astrologer, Vaastu & Feng Shui Consultant and Remedial Specialist
  6. Professional Paranormal Investigator, Indian Paranormal Society and GRIP
  7. International Teachers Trainer in Therapeutic Hatha Yoga
  8. Practitioner and Upasak of the Meppad Mantrika Sampradaya (one of the oldest and potent 18 Mantrika Sampradayas of northern Kerala)

Mr.Praveen Saanker can be contacted at praveensaanker@divinity.in

FOR COURSE ENQUIRIES CONTACT US AT +919500099996 OR WRITE TO US AT CONTACT@DIVINITY.IN

 

Advanced Program on Spiritual Empowerment – Level 3 @ Chennai

DIVINITY – CENTER FOR LIFE EMPOWERMENT

LEVEL 3 OF THE ADVANCED SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM 

4 Day Program commencing on 25th July till 28th July at Divinity Center

 Day Wise Schedule  - DAY 1 & 2

ü  INTRODUCTION TO LEVEL 3                   (  Facilitator – Prakash Menon)

ü  ENERGY ANATOMY OF HUMAN BODY   ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  PHILOSOPHY OF PRANA                      ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  PRANAS IN DETAIL                               ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  PANCHA KOSHAS – THE VITAL SHEATHS    ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  NADIS – THE CHANNELS OF PRANA          ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  PANCHA PRANA – PRANIC FORCE FIELDS  ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  THE CHAKRAS IN DETAIL                         ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

(Please note:- The concept of Chakras in this program are addressed strictly from the view point of Indian, Buddhist & Tibetan other eastern ancient texts and practices laying emphasis on Mantra, Tantra and Yoga perspective. The course would not cover “western healing or balancing” philosophies. The idea of the program is to finally arrive at Mantra Sadhana on day 5 by learning the energy anatomy of human body)

  1. Names
  2. Meanings of the Names
  3. Foundation
  4. Location
  5. Element (Tattva)
  6. Color of the Element
  7. (Yantra) of the Element
  8. Seed Sound (Bija Mantra) of the Element
  9. Color of the Seed Sound
  10. (Vahana) of the Seed Sound
  11. Number of Petals
  12. Color of the Petal
  13. Seed Sounds of the Petals
  14. Aspects
  15. Predominant Sense
  16. Sense Organ
  17. Work Organ
  18. Air (Vayu, Prana)
  19. Plane (Loka)
  20. Ruling Planet

ü  CHAKRA CENTERED MEDITATION – AN INTRODUCTION  ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  PRANA & MANTRA                             ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  PRANAYAMA – AN INTRODUCTION     ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  ORIGIN OF MANTRA SADHANA – AN INTRODUCTION ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  TYPES OF MANTRAS AND MANTRA SADHANAS  ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  YANTRAS – AN INTRODUCTION      ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

ü  MANTRA & YANTRA – HAVAN TO YOUR INNER CONSCIOUSNESS                   ( Facilitator – Praveen Saanker)

DAY 3 – SANDYA VANDANAM AND DEVATA VANDANAMS – LEARN STEP BY STEP & PRACTICE

COURSE FACILITATOR FOR DAY 3 AND DAY 4 –     Acharya Girish Kumar

  1. Sandhya Vandanam-Part I- Argya pradhanam
  2. Perform Achamanam
  3. Ganapathi dyanam
  4. Pranayamam
  5. Sankalpam
  6. Marjanam
  7. Praasanam
  8. Achamanam
  9. Punar marjanam
  10. Argya pradhanam
  11. Prayaschitha Argyam
  12. Ikyaanusandhanam
  13. Deva Tharpanam

Sandhya Vandanam Part II Japam

  1. Japa sankalpam
  2. Pranava japam
  3. Gayathri avahanam
  4. Gayathri nyasam
  5. Gayathri japam
  6. Gayathri upasthanam
  7. Surya upasthanam
  8. Samashti abhivadanam
  9. Dig devatha vandanam
  10. Yama Vandanam
  11. Hari Hara Vandanam
  12. Suryanarayana Vandanam
  13. Samarpanam
  14. Raksha 

DAY 4

ü  Ganapathi Homam

ü  Navagraha Homam

ü  Kalashabhishekam for each individual participant

ü  Gayathri Deeksha

ü  Ganapati Mantra Deeksha

Facilitator for the Program – Mr. Praveen Saanker

Mr. Praveen Saanker, pursued his passion in the field of Psychotherapy and Counseling, and has established himself as a professional psychologist of great repute. His ardor for Psychotherapy and his relentless intuition of understanding the nuances of human behavior, their energies, and structure right from early childhood, led Praveen to leave a thriving career in investment & corporate banking to pursue his post-graduation in Psychology and later an MSC in Counseling from the Canterbury University. He has a strong authority over the Indian Vedic sciences and uses his knowledge to spread the teachings of ancient Indian heritage through ultra-modern scientific techniques. Praveen Saanker’s fervor for learning the intricacies of human psychology, through research on Indian Vedic sciences has no bounds. Praveen is a renowned energy consultant and enjoys strong reputation in the field of Indian Vaastu Shastra and Feng-Shui.

Apart from enjoying strong credentials as a Psychotherapist and Counselor, Praveen is also a Clinical Hypnotherapist & Past Life Regression Expert. He is a specialist in the sciences of past life and the mind. His expansive qualifications span across the sciences of Therapeutic Yoga, Vaastu Shastra and Vedic Astrology. His honed abilities in the works relating to the human energies at higher levels of metaphysical consciousness and the external entity space have earned him impressive accolades. As a keen practitioner and upasak of the Meppad Sampradaya (one of the oldest and potent 18 Mantrika Sampradayas of northern Kerala), Mr. Praveen Saanker is a follower of Brahma Vidya Sampradaya, a well-known path towards Nirvana.

Praveen has great reputation as a professional paranormal investigator. His deep understanding gained through fervent studies& experiences in the fields of paranormal and Meta physics is recognized worldwide. He met like-minded people with similar cognitive abilities and started Divinity – An advanced therapy and training center as a non-profit organization. His consultant experience is sought after by many business houses and corporate establishments across the countries of South East Asia.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of his qualifications that support his role as an established Psychologist & a competent seeker of knowledge in Vedic Sciences

ü  Masters in Psychology, JNU, India & Masters in Counseling, Canterbury University

ü  Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist, National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc (Merrimack, NH, USA)

ü  Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist (California Hypnosis Institute of India, Mumbai, India)

ü  Masters in Psychotherapy & Counseling, Indian Board of Alternative Medicine

ü  Vedic Astrologer, Vaastu & Feng Shui Consultant and Remedial Specialist

ü  Professional Paranormal Investigator, Indian Paranormal Society and GRIP

ü  Teachers Trainer in Therapeutic Hatha Yoga

ü  Practitioner and upasak of the Meppad Mantrika Sampradaya (one of the oldest and potent 18 Mantrika Sampradayas of northern Kerala)

Co Facilitator for the program – Acharya Girish Kumar

Girish Kumar(Vedic – Pravaktha) is a well-known Vedic consultant providing services in the city of Chennai ( Tamilnadu ) for the past  15 years. Acharya Girish Kumar is devoted to the Service of human beings Indian as well as NRI and Foreigners through Vedic Yagya, Sanskaars, Mahayagya, Special Anushthans, Jaaps-poojas, Etc. He has served thousands of people through his services & they have been benefited to a great extent.

Acharya Girish Kumar is a corporate trainer and consultant in the areas of coaching on Vedic Yagya, Sanskaars, Mahayagya, Special Anushthans, Jaaps-poojas. He conducts regular classes in Chennai on Vedic Sanskar and the art of living.

Introduction to Level 3 would be conducted by Mr. Prakash Menon

Mr. Prakash Menon is a naturally gifted psychologist in the growing field of metaphysics. As a psychic practitioner with profound abilities in telepathy, Intuition and extra sensory perceptions, Prakash Menon has more than 3 decades of experience in Vedic Astrology and has served various Organizations including Multi National Companies and Non-Profit Organizations in different capacities. Prakash is an expert trainer and has conducted various Corporate & Management Trainings on Metaphysics and Psychic abilities. Apart from the metaphysical domain Prakash has been training on various soft skills, Life Skill Strategies and has facilitated, coached and has been an advisor to many industry veterans.

As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Past-life Regressionist from the reputed California Hypnosis Institute of India, Prakash Menon is also trained in counseling psychology. He has been counseling clients along with eminent psychologists as a complementary healer. Being trained in eastern philosophy of life also, he blends both eastern & western philosophy to counsel/heal individuals for self-management and relationship issues, done at four levels mentioned below.

ü  Face reading & body language

ü  Kundalini reading from signatures

ü  Hypnosis & Past-life regression

ü  Energy healing at higher level of metaphysical consciousness

During the 30 years of his professional experience & practice, Prakash Menon has guided many clients into emotional well being. He believes in the gracious presence of the divine goddess Durga, worshipped as Chottanikkara Bhagavathi  near Cochin,  Kerala.

Note:-

  • The Course Fee for the 4 day program is Rs.21,000/
  • Outstation Participants can get in touch with us for accommodation
  • Course delivery is restricted to 10 participants per session.
  • The cost of all vedic rituals performed by competent vedic priests on day 4 is covered in the course fee.
  • The cost for individual Poojas and Kalashabhisheka is covered in the course fee.
  • This Program has a compulsory review session post 90 days spanning for 2 days and the charges for the same would be a nominal Rs.4000/
  • We recommend completion of our Level 2 program before joining for the level 3, although it’s not a prerequisite
  • The course fee should be transferred to the Divinity account atleast 10 days prior the commencement of the program since, the pooja and homa materials need to be ordered in advance basis the number of participants. The total number of vedic priests would also depend on the participant strength. The account details can be provided on request.
  • Any queries regarding the program can be addressed to Mr.Ajay Varma @ +919500099996  via phone or praveensaanker@divinity.in via email.

 

Mantra Yoga – Yoga in the context of “Sound”

Mantra Yoga provides us a means to understand sacred sound from the perspective of a tradition that has taken it beyond mysticism into an organized and codified spiritual science. Mantra Yoga includes a study of the qualities inherent in sound itself, through which words and meanings are either properly shaped or deformed. It shows how sounds impact the nervous system, mind and heart, and how we can modify them to improve our lives. Regardless of which background or tradition you may personally follow, the insights provided in Mantra Yoga can be of enormous value to enable you to manifest your destiny creatively, effectively and completely through understanding the power of the Word.

The energetics of sound discussed from the standpoint of Mantra Yoga can help you understand the sounds that you are setting in motion in your own life, and what their likely impact is going to be. The methods of Mantra Yoga can help you apply mantra and sacred sound in a practical manner, just as you can use Yoga asanas or pranayama to improve your health and awareness. While most of what is taught here is placed in the context of the Yoga tradition, Ayurvedic medicine and Vedic science, these teachings have a relevance to the whole of life. Mantra Yoga can take your Yoga or meditation practice to a higher level, but it is also helpful in terms Of any healing arts for body or mind, and for any literary or philosophical pursuits.

Mantra is a tool for connecting us with the spiritual wisdom and the energy of consciousness hidden in the universe as a whole. Mantra is a doorway to an awareness that exists beyond all limited bits of information or technical knowledge. Mantra summarizes an inner view of reality as a play of consciousness that can instantly comprehend the whole, grasping-the totality in a single point focus of direct perception and immediate experience. The universe itself is ultimately an expression of a single mantra  or vibratory sound energy.

Mantra in the yogic sense relates to the prime energies, ideas, principles or archetypes of the cosmic intelligence that directs the forces of nature and the movements of our own minds and hearts. Mantra is part of a universal language rooted in sound, image, number and symbol, reflecting a ‘cosmic thinking’ beyond the preconceptions and biases of human thought. Mantra functions according to the inner mathematics of cosmic Jaw, It serves to link our individual intelligence with the greater intelligence that pervades all space, extending our awareness into the Infinite and Eternal. To chant a mantra at a deeper yogic level is to think with the entire universe and to access the wisdom and experience of all beings.

There are mantric sounds that can awaken the higher potentials of the brain and change the flow of energy in the nervous system. Each one of us has a unique sound pattern that sustains all that we do, and allows our energies to move and grow or stagnate and decline. Unless we learn to harmonize our inner sound vibrations, our lives will likely remain in disharmony and suffering. Mantra is the most important tool for attuning our bodies and minas to their proper resonance, which is not with the outer world, but with the Divine presence that constitutes our own deepest Self.

Mantra Yoga – Importance of the Primal Sound

All over the world we find traditions of special words of power, magical phrases or secret codes that can unlock the great mysteries of life otherwise unapproachable to the human mind. Such traditions occur in religion, occult sciences, mysticism, shamanism, and almost every known spiritual path. Poetry, literature and philosophy worldwide similarly recognize the power of the word, sound or prime concept to influence and move us at a very deep level. While accessing the cosmic powers may not be “as simple as repeating “a phrase like ‘open sesame’, there are key sounds and words that can dramatically reveal new vistas of insight and energy within us.

While the Yoga practitioners of India have developed sacred sound into an extensive science of mantra as discussed in detail in the following chapters, it is important to note that the tradition of the transformative power of ‘the Word’ is universal. What makes the yogic approach so important and compelling is that it looks at the power of sound and the Word in an experiential manner as part of a sacred approach to the whole of life and consciousness.

The Judea-Christian tradition starts with God creating the universe through the Word: “Let there be light,” and there was light. The New Testament ponders, “In the beginning was the Word.” The monastic history of Christianity includes prayer, chant and formalized words of meditation. Church services frequently include responsive chants of ‘Amen’. The Jewish Kabala has mystic syllables and explains the Hebrew alphabet in a similar way relative to cosmology as the Yoga tradition does the Sanskrit alphabet. Sufism relies on the power of oft repeated prayers and Divine names to bring life into harmony with the Spirit.

Taoism has an important tradition of healing sounds for body and mind that are used in Taoist Yoga and traditional Chinese medicine. Buddhism has its own rich tradition of mantras, particularly in the Buddhist Tantras and in Tibetan Buddhism. These are largely Sanskrit mantras and include many of the same mantras as in the Hindu Yoga tradition mentioned in this book, Shamanic healing from all over the world invokes healing powers through chant and prayer, with diseases expelled in its rituals through the use of an emphatic phrase or mantra. We find traditions of sacred sound III all ancient cultures from Egypt and Babylonia to India, China and the Americas, as the ancient world lived more closely to the magic of the Divine Word.

Many traditions teach that if you know the Name of something you can gain mastery over it. This is an expression of the occult, mystical sense of being able to create the vibration or resonance of the object to fully identify with it. It is not the outer name, such as we find in a dictionary, which grants this power but the inner Name that is a mantric vibration. There is a sound code or vibratory pattern behind the universe itself, embedded in the fabric of existence that holds the intelligence, information and energy forms through which all processes of life operate. Connecting to this universal vibration is the basis for the yogic pursuit of mantra.

Yet apart from the mysticism of mantra, there is a practical side to mantra that is also gaining wide recognition today. Mantra as a term has entered into languages worldwide. Mantra is now commonly used to indicate a key word or phrase employed by various groups or individuals to summarize their views or relate their prime focus. This practical idea of mantra fits in well with the computer age, in which complex information is passed on in concentrated data bits that connect us to wider fields of knowledge and energy. It is what we could call ‘the mantric approach of information technology’. A rnantric like condensation of knowledge has become essential to modern communication and higher education. It is the ancient basis of the ‘power point’ presentation among many other such concentrated teaching devices.

The power of the Word is easily seen in our everyday lives as the words help create the environment within which we live, for good or ill. Road rage is frequently accompanied by expletives and the pent up energy behind them frequently breaks out in fights, tension and traffic accidents. Political rallies and sports competitions use key phrases and chants to’ create a mass energy to stimulate action and bring about victory, to get the crowd involved as it were, which can have positive or negative effects on a large scale.

The mass media world relies on key words, slogans and advertising phrases. Such short statements become the news stories in brief and can impact public opinion and sentiment globally, affecting· us at subconscious and conscious levels. These concentrated sound messages are all mantras or power words of sorts. Through the science of Mantra Yoga, we can navigate our way through the influences of the dominant words reverberating around us to a higher truth, discerning the sounds that weigh down our consciousness from those that elevate it.

The reality behind these sacred or mundane uses of words of power is that words carry energy, creating and embodying the inner essence and forms of manifestations in the world. Each outer object has its own characteristic sound vibration that sustains it. Our own bodies, minds and hearts have their own characteristic sound patterns, which in turn are affected by the spectrum of sounds around us.