Sanskrit

Sanskrit as the primordial language of Nature


In the ancient culture of India Sanskrit was believed to be an eternal language ever existing in the innermost realms of the universe - a language whose components constitute the building blocks  of creation.

The hymns of the Veda - which are the first records of the Sanskrit language - were considered to be the source of the entire manifest universe.

The meaning of the word Veda is knowledge, and it signifies the idea that the Sanskrit hymns of the Veda are the expression of the 
totality of nature's intelligence - an expression of the unmanifest intelligence  existing beyond all matter and energy in the primordial field of Cosmic Consciousness.

All natural systems, as well as man-made structures, can be seen as comprised of various levels of existance - where the innermost level contains the whole in seed form. 
The complete intelligence of our body is encoded in the DNA,  the structure of a building is mapped in its blueprint, the tree is contained in the seed, It can be said that in a similar way the traditions of India consider the complete intelligence of the universe to be encoded in the flow of sounds of the ancient hymns of Vedic Sanskrit.

Though such traditional notions may seem to be mystical beliefs or fantasies, some of the world's leading scientists equate these ancient ideas with the advanced theories of modern physics. 
Theories that discuss the possibility that beyond all matter and energy there is a single abstract unified field that contains all potential phenomenons in a virtual un-manifest form.

In the Veda and Vedic literature these notions are represented in stories and analogies that contain deeps meanings in their symbolism. They are very often mistakingly dismissed as religious fairytales but if we look into the symbolism that resides beyond the superficial level of the story we may find very interesting ideas.

One subject that is discussed by many such stories is  process of creation. In one of these stories the creation is seen as a dance of Shiva. The story says that the God Shiva danced while beating his drum and the sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet came out of his drum, and created the universe.

Here Shiva symbolizes the embodiment of Cosmic Consciousness, dancing and beating the drum signifies the dynamics of the laws of natuer in the process of creation, and the sounds that comprise the Sanskrit alphabet are the basic vibrations that serve as building blocks to create all mater and energy that constitute the entire phenomenal existance.

There is a Sanskrit verse that says: "yasya nishvasitam vedaah, yo vedebhyo akhilam jagad, nirmame tam aham vande, vidyaa-thiirtha maheshvara."

Meaning: "I bow down to the great (cosmic) ruler, who is the purifying bath of wisdom, whose breath is the Vedas, and who created the entire universe from the Vedas."

If indeed - as all  these ideas suggest - the sounds of the ancient Sanskrit language are the expressions of the great harmony and perfection of nature's intelligence, then learning Sanskrit can be seen as much more then just learning another language as a means of communication, or as a gateway for accessing ancient volumes of valuable knowledge.

From this stanpoint learning Sanskrit can be seen as yet another tool to help us realize our full potential - a helpful tool to re-align our consciousness with the infinite harmony, beauty, intelligence and perfection of Nature and the Universe.


The healing sounds of Sanskrit

In the Indian traditions of knowledge the sounds of the Sanskrit language are believed to have a profound healing effect. The healing effect of the sequential flow of sounds in the Sanskrit language is said to not only ballance the mind and the body, but even extend further to create harmony in the collective consciousness of society as a whole.  

In a way this is a natural extention of the idea that the Vedic hymns are considered to be the expressions of the immutable laws of creation that exist in the unmanifest filed of cosmic consiousness. Since these expression of cosmic harmony flow in the Vedic Sanskrit language, it is only natural that certain sequences of Sanskrit sounds would be utilized to heal and restore balance, and to elevate human consciousness to higher levels.

 An interesting point is that in order to experience the beneficial effect of the Sanskrit sounds, understanding the meaning is not necessary. This is because in Sanskrit there is a special connection between the sound and the meaning, between the name and the form it represents. In Sanskrit the sound and the meaning are not considered  as two different entities but as one and the same.

In other words, the sounds of Sanskrit carry the qualities of the meaning on the very level of their vibrational frequency. This means that even without understanding the meaning, chanting or listening to Sanskrit verses (or repeating short mantras in meditative procedures, or even reciting the flow of the Sanskrit alphabet) could generate a very beautiful effect on the mind and on the body.

From our experience and experience of others, we can testify that simply listening or reciting Sanskrit hymns, verses, or mantras, has a very profound soothing, healing and revitalizing effect.

It has also been our experience that learning Sanskrit enhances the effect of such recitations. It ensures proper pronunciation - which is very important for generating the harmoneous and ballancing effects of the sounds. Even if we do not recite but just listen, understanding the flow of the language (though it  not essential) does contribute an additional joy of gradually understanding more of the deep meanings inherent in the sounds.

In the works of the great Sanskrit scholar from England - Sir John Wodrof (a.k.a Arthur Avalon) who lived in India at the time of British rule, there are beautiful descriptions from the ancient texts depicting the presence of the sounds of the Sanskrit language in the centers of the energy body (known as Chakras).

Various Sanskrit mantras including specific sequences of the sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet are described as part of the inner structure of the circular centers of the energy body.

These kind of sounds, as well as other mantras, verses, and hymns in Sanskrit, were used since times immemorial for the purpose of solving and avoiding problems in life, and for healing various aspects of the energy body and the physiology. They were also used as tools to achieve meditative states, and to elevate the human consciousness towards unfolding its full potential.


The healing role of the Veda

The Vedas were first discovered by the ancient "Rishis" - "seer of reality" - in the inner space of their own pure consciousness. They expressed the Vedic formulas through sound, and created traditions for learning and maintaining the Veda and its usage.

The primary function of the traditional Vedic experts of all generations, was to enliven peace, harmony and progress in society as a whole by the daily recitations of Vedic hymns - recitations which were known to touch and enliven the innermost core of natures intelligence.

 They were expected to keep on using yogic and meditation techniques for elevating their consciousness to higher realms, so that their recitations will be powerful and effective.

Just like an engineer can renovate and maintain a building by referring to the original blueprint, and just as a mechanic repairs and maintains a machine by referring to the manual, the Vedic experts knew how to heal and maintain life on all levels, by using the Sanskrit sounds of the Vedic hymns.

The Vedic Pundits (leaned men) were not only entrusted with daily Vedic recitations but also engaged in specific healing procedures and ceremonies (yagnyas) that used the Veda for the purpose of solving and avoiding problems, and promoting success in various areas of life.

At present, with the global upsurge of spiritual and holistic knowledge, and with the growing popularity of yogic and meditative sciences, there is a growing awareness to the great healing potential of the sounds of the Sanskrit language.




References: 

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