Mantras and Sutras ― Tools of Consciousness

Mantras and Sutras ― Tools of Consciousness

Mantras of the India Sanskrit language are energy-based sound formulas. Learn how this ancient spiritual technology can benefit your life. 

Tools of Consciousness

Sanskrit Mantras and Sutras are vibrational energy formulas.  Whereas Most other languages create words with meaning. Mantras are sounds that vibrate with the energy centers of the human nervous system known as Chakras.

Exactly how they work is something that is still being investigated.  We know the effect they have on our physiology and awareness.  But science is still trying to determine how they can affect us in these ways.

These energy vibrations are used to generate and enliven both physical and spiritual energy.  In essence, these formulas are energy tools of consciousness exploration.  Mantras have some unique characteristics:

    • They are language-independent, pronunciation remaining the same in all languages.
    • These tools come from the Sanskrit language.  But, they are not a direct translation.
    • The sounds of the language are only coincidental to the meaning in the language.

How Tools of Consciousness Work

The discovery and development of Mantras pre-dates written history. And, no one can say for sure exactly who or how they came to be. Almost all historians agree that Brahmin priests of Hinduism kept the secrets of the Vedic oral tradition. They alone knew these word formulas.  They used them in the course of their priestly duties to maintain the cosmos and sacred order (Rta or dharma).

Eventually, mantras and sutras became known to the general population.  What’s important is that they understood the power of words.  And they learned and how they shape reality.  Thus, making them tools of consciousness to raise the vibration of everyone.

In the end, what matters is that they work.  The mantra can generate and resonance with specific types of important.  And, like most medical treatments, no one knows exactly how they work.  All one can say for sure is that when done correctly, there is a result.  Sometimes this result is experiential, and sometimes it is also physical.

How Mantras and Sutras Differ

We find sutras in both Vedic and Buddhist traditions with having slightly differing meanings.  In Vedic tradition, Sutras are precepts of knowledge.  In this case, we know the meaning of the word.  As a result, Indian Sutras like that of the teachings found Patanjali’s Siddhis can be powerful tools of consciousness.  You often use Sutras along with Mantras.  The Mantra connects you with pure consciousness. Introducing Sutras at the level of the transcendent is where they are the most effective.  But, the term Sutra in Buddhism refers to one discourse of the Buddha that makes up the basic text of Buddhist scripture.

The Vedic tradition of Patanjali, the Siddhis, uses Sutras. This is one of the advanced levels of meditation. One needs a solid practical foundation of practice using Japa or some other form of meditation before learning.

One gains this level of grounding and centering after about a year of daily practice.  Without this foundation, the Sutras of the Siddhis will be ineffectual at the least.  A qualified instructor will only teach these types of advanced techniques when the student is “ready to learn.”  This is especially true for techniques that open the third eye.

In Conclusion

Mantras and Sutras are important tools of consciousness.  They are vehicles that allow our awareness to traverse the depths of our subconscious mind.  And they can connect us with pure consciousness and nature.  They help us speed up healing and learning.

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References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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