Mantras and Sutras The Tools of Consciousness

Mantras and Sutras ― The 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

Mantras and sutras are Sanskrit terms.  They are essentially vibrational energy formulas.  Most other languages create words based on their meaning, whereas they mantras are based on the energy they produce. We can vocalize them or use them silently.  Mantras are sounds that vibrate with the energy centers of the human nervous system known as Chakras.

We don’t know how they work. Science is still trying to determine the exact mechanisms that make them work. We know the effect they have on our physiology, consciousness, and awareness.

Many cultures around the world have used these vibrational energy formulas for centuries.  They generate and enliven both physical and spiritual energy.  These formulas are basic tools for exploring and altering consciousness.  Mantras have some unique characteristics:

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

How Tools of Consciousness Work

The discovery and development of mantras pre-dates written history. So, no one can say for sure who or how they found or developed. Almost all historians agree that Brahmin priests of Hinduism are the first compile and use the secrets of the Vedic oral tradition. These priests 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.

What matters is that these tools work, they produce the desired result.  They are like most medical treatments.  No one knows how many medical treatments work, but we know they do.  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.  The Buddhist tradition borrows many of the Hindu mantras, but adds many of their own design.  In Vedic tradition, Sutras are precepts of knowledge and we can trace the meaning of the word or phrase.

As a result, Indian Sutras like that of the teachings found Patanjali’s Siddhis are powerful tools of consciousness.  They often use sutras with mantras.  The Mantra connects you with pure consciousness. The Sutra prompts a specific response at the transcendent level.  The transcendent is pur consciousness.  So introducing the Sutra at this level is the most effective way to get a result.

The term Sutra in Buddhism refers to the discourse of the Buddha.  This is that makes up the basic text of Buddhist scripture.

The Vedic tradition of Patanjali, the Siddhis, is based on the use of 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

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