Everything in the universe is made up of energy. All energy vibrates. Differentiation happens because energy vibrates at difference frequencies. Each frequency has a sound. (Actually every frequency IS a sound.) Everything in the universe has a sound which vibrates at its particular frequency.
Mantras are the sounds of the language of the universe. Mantras are tuning instruments. If we want to tune into and access a particular universal frequency, we chant the mantra that vibrates that frequency. For instance, chanting MAAAAAAAAAA tunes us into the frequency of the Divine Mother and Feminine. If we want to tune into the frequency of the sun, we chant RAAAAAAAAAA.
When we chant a particular sound, our body and energy field resonate with that frequency. The connection is established and maintained through resonance. Our energy matches and synchronizes with the energy of the sounds we make and the thoughts we think. It is the nature of our energy that attracts to us and creates events, circumstances and environments around us.
Much of what we create and attract is produced by our subconscious automatic-pilot programming. Mantras are a powerful tool to "de-program" ourselves, to create new programs and to influence our thought patterns. Mantras are also ACCESS CODES to different channels in our mind. Mantras help us open channels that we often cannot access consciously or reach by rational thoughts, or even intent, i.e. our higher consciousness and higher spiritual connections.
Originally posted by CloudlessKnight
Well, this is definitely something I think I shall look into.
I'm curious... Is Aum chanted as a specific note (i.e. C, C#, D, D#, E, F, etc.)? In other words, something you can find on the keyboard of a piano then match the pitch of your voice to? If it is, could playing a synthesized hum at this note help in meditation?
I believe some use tuning forks for this purpose?
Originally posted by Tamahu
...I'd go with anything by the Dalai Lama, namely:
Path to Bliss
Stages of Meditation
This one is said to be really good(haven't studied it yet), despite the
catchy type Western sounding title
The Voice of the Silence may be a good one too. Surprisingly enough, some Eastern Adepts said the following about it:
"Here is the real Mahayana Buddhism" -- D. T. Suzuki
"I believe that this book has strongly influenced many sincere seekers and aspirants to the wisdom and compassion of the Bodhisattva Path." -- 14th Dalai Lama
Whether you decide to get a bunch of books or not; I definitely recommend this free
Course on Meditation
It's great. This course outlines Shamatha, Vipassana, the utilization of Mantras, Highest Tantra Yoga and even touches on Dream Yoga.
BTW; I see you have a quote from Milarepa in your sig.
You may be interested in this thread:
Hope this helps.
...All of these techniques work, however, there are much more powerful techniques to remove excitement and stupor and the other obstacles. They include mantras and visualizations and pranayamas. We are going to learn about all those practices in later chapters.
The awakened consciousness is an experiential state of perception that does not arise randomly or merely by wishing for it.
How many people have had a lucid dream? Or astral experiences where you know there is a world beyond the physical world? You have seen it, you have been there, you have been awake and in that. If you are there you are awake, you know you are dreaming, you are not in your physical body. You are awake. But then you start thinking about something and this takes you right out of the experience. Some fantasy crosses the mind and you start living the fantasy and thus you lose the awakened experience.
To awaken in the higher realms, first you must awaken here. Everyday. As boring as your day might be, as mundane and repetitive, you must be attentive. Develop attention. From that, naturally, that plant will grow.
Take everything from each moment, because each moment is a child of Gnosis, each moment is absolute, alive, and significant. - Samael Aun Weor
The Tibetan Masters say:
First pay great heed to getting the proper causes and conditions together. Next, engage in the practice without agitation and without anxiety. Then, with the mind at ease, carry on to the end.
That is all it takes. It is simple. But it is remarkable how few people have the courage and fortitude to do it.
Originally Posted By Vesuvius 13
"Mantras are the sounds of the language of the universe. Mantras are tuning instruments. If we want to tune into and access a particular universal frequency, we chant the mantra that vibrates that frequency. For instance, chanting MAAAAAAAAAA tunes us into the frequency of the Divine Mother and Feminine."...
Gnostic Meditation 3: Concentration
Practice to Develop the Imagination
First: The syllables Ma Ma, Pa Pa, Ba Ba are the first syllables which we articulate in childhood. You can start the Initiation with these syllables. You must sing these syllables while assuming an innocent and infantile attitude. You can learn the intonation of these sacred syllables when listening to The Magic Flute of Mozart.
Mozart placed these syllables in his marvellous opera. The disciple must fall asleep assuming an infantile attitude while remembering the first years of his childhood and then mentally singing the sacred syllables.
The word Pa Pa should be vocalized intoning the first syllable Pa in a high voice, then the second syllable Pa will be uttered in a lower voice. These two syllables should be pronounced many times. You must do the same thing with the syllable Ma.
Fall asleep while meditating on your childhood. Review with your imagination your whole childhood and mentally articulate the sacred syllables.
Originally posted by Indigo_Child
The opposite is also true. If you listen to noise, like rock music, which release adreanline, they will temporarly give you a rush, then crash and listening to this in regularly will lead to long-term conditions of depression, suicidal tendencies and depleted cortical skills like intelligence and memory.
This has been shown in psychological case studies and also empirically in mice.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
you know most if not all religions have some sort of sacred geometry and mantra. Hindus have Om/Aum, Christians have Amen.
Originally posted by Tamahu
Modern music is distorted, because it is usually coming from the degenerated psyches of fornicators.
Originally posted by whaaa
So do you think that Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and List weren't fornicators as well?
Originally posted by greenmansmind
OFF THE TRACK HERE,but I noticed is masonic symbolism christian..I have no idea, though in christianity..are'nt they waiting for jesus to come still..where the masons act out the death and reserection, which comes from but not only catholicism?
I would assume that the symbolism comes from a time long before christian and catholic...druid/phonecian/egyptian...vedic?all of all mixed up??dont know
does the AMEN also stand for as above so below or is that the star of david?
Originally posted by whitewave
It is generally pronounced "Yahway" and the anglicized version is "Jehovah". We have been several times removed from the power of "the Name".