[chuck-users] OT - sound in vedic hinduism

AlgoMantra algomantra at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 23:23:37 EST 2008

FYI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra

*In Hindu tantra the universe is sound. The supreme (para) brings forth
existence through the Word (Shabda). Creation consists of vibrations at
various frequencies and amplitudes giving rise to the phenomena of the
world. The purest vibrations are the var.na, the imperishable letters which
are revealed to us, imperfectly as the audible sounds and visible forms.*

*Var.nas are the atoms of sound. A complex symbolic association was built up
between letters and the elements, gods, signs of the
parts of the body -- letters became rich in these associations. For example
in the Aitrareya-aranya-Upanishad we find:*
*"The mute consonants represent the earth, the sibilants the sky, the vowels
heaven. The mute consonants represent fire, the sibilants air, the vowels
the sun? The mute consonants represent the eye, the sibilants the ear, the
vowels the mind"*

*In effect each letter became a mantra and the language of the Vedas,
Sanskrit <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanskrit>, corresponds profoundly to
the nature of things. Thus the Vedas come to represent reality itself. The
seed syllable Aum represents the underlying unity of reality, which is
-------    -.-
1/f   )))  --.
-------    ...
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