Sound or dhwani is said to have originated from the damru of Lord Shiva. Mata Adi Shakti manifested itself as the Trinity for the purpose of physical creation. The first corporeal manifestation on earth after the Trinity’ birth was in the form of sound. Om (Aum) was the first sound. It arose from the damru of Lord Shiva. Before sound (creation), there was eternal silence and absolute stillness. It was from here that the journey of an individual began. Therefore, sound can be termed as the first dimension perceived in physical creation. From sound emerges the dimension of colours; from colours emerges everything that we see in the physical creation, including our physical body.
Sound has a deep and profound effect on our being. Whether we are able to immediately feel the effect or not depends on the kind of sound one interacts with. The roaring of a lion creates an environment of dread all around, whereas the call of a cuckoo or the song of a nightingale soothes. When you sing a lullaby, the child goes off to sleep. Generally, people who have fear within them scream and shout on top of their voices, which is indicative of internal weakness. A fearless person will never be heard raising his voice unduly. In earlier times, just before the beginning of a battle, warriors used to blow a conch — this was meant to generate fear in the opponent’s army. People who lived close to jungles used to beat drums to keep fierce beasts and evil spirits away. All this was done keeping in mind the effect of the sound generated, for it affects not only beings of the physical dimension but also of other dimensions, e.g. the spirits, ghosts etc.
A mantra is a coded form of energy in the form of sound. In the mantra lies the form of the dev or devi the mantra belongs to. A mantra comprises shakti, beej and keel — the combination that contains the total effect of a mantra. While shakti refers to the driving force of a mantra, the beej is the potential of the mantra and the keel is what binds the mantra to the purpose for which it is intended (sound waves traverse large distances in a matter of seconds and the keel ensures the energy unleashed stays where it has to and does not dissipate).
Every mantra has a specific effect on the body as well as the surroundings. For instance, the effect of Shri Maha Mrityunjay mantra is directly on the nadis (energy channels) of the body. Any imbalance that develops in the body before coming into the body, first goes to the nadis and from there it affects the body. This mantra acts on the nadis and reduces or eliminates the imbalance at the etheric level itself. If done in the right manner, the effect of mantra can be instant, but if chanted in the wrong manner, the completely opposite effect might happen. This is why a mantra is chanted only if it is channelised through the guru. A mantra must be chanted only once the chant has been perfected. One has to be fully aware of the crests and troughs of the mantra while doing the chant so as to actualise its full effect. Incorrect and faulty chants can do more harm than good; the reason for the present state of chaos in the world.
The science of dhwani/mantra is powerful and precise. Its purpose is to aid creation. Nowadays, people go around and seek mantras to solve their individual problems. While chanting specific mantras can rid you of a particular problem, it does not rid you of your karmic baggage (which you have accumulated as past-life carry-overs). As soon as one problem gets solved, the unbalanced karma takes the shape of a new problem, forcing you to once again go searching for a new mantra... this becomes a vicious circle and hence creates a steady business of those ‘dealing’ in mantras! The only way to evolve and move out of this cycle of karmas is by purifying and tuning your energy to subtler energies with yogic practices like Sanatan Kriya, and then directing this energy towards aiding the process of divine creation.
17th June 2012