"The most beautiful Sound is found in Silence" said by Tai Situ Rinpoche"The most beautiful Sound is found in Silence" said by Tai Situ Rinpoche

About Sound 2 Page Contents

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Crop Circles Form by Sound
Cymatics – Geometry & Form Shaped by Sound
Yoga System of Primal Sound
Sufi Message of Abstract Sound
What Type of Musician are You?
Feng Shui
What’s in a Name?
Choosing a Name for your Child
Power of Mantras
Sound Evolution & Genesis Ladder

Crop Circles - Formed by Sound

They are more prevalent in the U.K. but also appear all over the world - in the USA, Europe, Africa, Canada, Australia, Central & Southern America, and Japan.

Crop circles are organized harmonic forms of energy comprised of light, sound & magnetism which physically manifest as geometric patterns. A field is swirled into a geometric shape in under 15 seconds. Before the 1990’s crop circles were relatively simple, after which the designs developed exponentially in complexity, mimicking computer fractals, expressing 4th dimensional ideas in quantum physics & showing harmonic ratios of planets in our solar system. I am sure that meditating on these symbols opens one to progressively deeper levels of connection until one experiences a mystical sense of Oneness.

Circles bearing unmistakable associations with sound have appeared. One contained the Lamdoma or Pythagorean Table which defines relationships between musical harmonics and mathematical ratios. The musical scale is constructed on the harmonics of sacred geometry and now found within the framework of crop circles, representing the mathematical structure of the world. Ancient Egyptians referred to geometry as frozen music.

Being built on intersecting ‘nodes’ of the Earth's magnetic energy pathways, crop circles show existence of ultrasound frequencies and are known to affect both people's awareness and biophysical rhythms. Often compasses cannot locate north, cameras and cellular phones malfunction, packs of fresh batteries are drained in minutes, helicopter and aircraft equipment are effected and radio frequencies are markedly different. Local farm animals avoid the crop circles and are agitated hours before one materializes.

Crop Circle & a Cymatic patternCrop Circle & a Cymatic pattern
Like others before him, Swiss scientist Hans Jenny enabled us to observe how sound vibration created geometric shapes. This is known as Cymatics – the study of wave phenomena showing the effects of sound vibration on matter. A low frequency produced a simple circle and as the frequencies rose so did the complexity of shapes. Jenny provided a physical connection to the creation of crop circles since many of the vibrational patterns found in his photos mimic their designs. Some are blatant doubles, such as the tetrahedron at Barbury Castle in 1991, the spider's web mandala at Avebury in 1994, even the highly structured star fractals of 1997.

This crop circle appeared July 22, 2009 on Woodborough Hill near Alton Barnes in Wiltshire, England.

Ultrasound can be aimed, focused and reflected almost like a light beam, and specific frequencies can be focused to cause certain kinds of molecules to vibrate while others nearby are left unmoved. The higher the frequency of ultrasound, the greater its ability to be directed. Close to the centre, crop circle readings are in the high MHz range of 260 - 320 MHz. Just as crop circles have made a quantum leap in mathematical complexity over the past two years, so too have readings jumped to 540 MHz. Incredibly, this coincides with Jenny's experiments which show that a relationship exists between the rising complexity of cymatic geometries in proportion to the rise of frequency. In other words, the level of frequency, whether in a laboratory or a field, correlates with the increase in design intricacy. Such extremely high frequencies affect awareness and consciousness. The MHz range ultrasound prevents damage to sensitive tissues and there are many cases of spontaneous healings inside crop circles.

Prior to crop circles forming, reports describe a sudden stillness that is superseded by
a trilling sound
and wheat heads bang together despite an absence of wind. A whole section of crop then lays down in spiral fashion, the whole episode lasting less than fifteen seconds. Circles researcher, Colin Andrews came across the trilling noise and captured on magnetic tape a noise that was mechanical in nature beating at a frequency of 5.0 - 5.2 kHz (analyzed at Sussex University and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab).
Interestingly, the Aborigines relate to this trilling sound. During their ceremonies to contact the sky spirits, a 'bora' consisting of a specially-shaped piece of wood is attached to the end of a long string and whirled, creating a noise practically identical to the crop circle hum. Crop circles appear in Australia and their geometries appear in Aboriginal rock paintings.

But perhaps the greatest connection linking sound to the manifestation of crop circles lies in the permanent bending of the plants' stems. Exposure to heavy metal music made the plants tilt in the opposite direction, whereas classical music lulled the plants toward the speakers. In the case of Hindu devotional music- and the songs of Ravi Shankar, in particular- the stems bent in excess of 60º to the horizontal closest to that right angle common in crop circles. Tests consistently show how the energy creating crop circles is able to affect the molecular activity of the seed embryo and accelerate plant growth, elongate the plant's nodes and even alter the pattern of the chromosomes themselves. The frequency that was applied was identical the crop circle trilling noise.

Below 20 Hz sound becomes infrasonic and are directly involved with biological processes. It is well known that long exposure to infrasound can cause unpleasant conditions such as fatigue and nausea, and such symptoms are reported by visitors to crop circles. Infrasonic sound under high pressure boils the water inside the stems in nanoseconds. As water heats it expands and the plants reveal tiny holes in their nodes where this superheated water has escaped producing a hissing sound. The now top-heavy plants then collapse into their new horizontal position. Because the temperature increases by thousands of degrees for a fraction of a second, millions of gallons of groundwater disappear within the area of a crop circle and plants have a cooked, malty odour.
Extracts from Secrets in the Fields © Freddy Silva, 1997, 2002.

Look at the similarity of precision and perfection of these crop circle and the Cymatic photos. Who could argue that crop circles are not the result of a infrasonic and/or ultrasonic sound frequencies !

Cymatics - Geometry & Form shaped by Sound

Greek ‘kyma’ = wave

Cymatics is the study of how vibrations generate and influence patterns, shapes and moving processes. Cymatics is the science of how sound waves translate into physical patterns with the implication of creating form.

The long and illustrious lineage of scientific inquiry into the physics of sound can be traced back to Pythagoras. Fast forward into the early 18th century, the German physicist Ernst Chladni, the Father of acoustics, covered plates with thin layers of sand, set them vibrating and observed the patterns formed in response to different sound stimuli. He therefore demonstrated that sound affects physical matter and has the quality of creating geometric patterns. Phi, often referred to as the Golden Mean, is the ratio of one to 1.618 and is perhaps the most important constant seen in cymatic pictures as it is also prevalent in all living things.

Dr Hans Jenny (1904-1972)

a Swiss physician and anthroposophist, furthered Cymatics using photography to document and illustrate his findings on the effect of sound vibrations on sand, spores, iron filings, water and viscous substances by placing them on vibrating metal plates. His work shows that some of the formed patterns were perfectly ordered and were stationary, while others were turbulently developing, organic and constantly in motion. Low tones result in simple and clear pictures, while higher tones form more complex structures. With increased frequency, the complexity of the patterns and number of elements became greater. Increasing the amplitude brought about rapid and turbulent motions creating small eruptions. Form that appeared solid was animated by underlying vibrations. One can easily imagine how life forms could evolve from the primordial, energetic matrix, organized by the orderly pulsation of sound. Many spiritual traditions speak of sound as being the formative force of creation.

Reading from left to right shows that with increased sound frequency, the complexity of pattern & number of elements in the pattern, becomes greater.Reading from left to right shows that with increased sound frequency, the complexity of pattern & number of elements in the pattern, becomes greater.

"The forms of snowflakes and faces of flowers may take on their shape because they are responding to some sound in nature. Likewise, it is possible that crystals, plants, and human beings may be, in some way, music that has taken on visible form." Cathie Guzett

There is a similarity between Cymatic pictures and Quantum particles. In both cases that which appears to be a solid form is also a wave.
Jenny invented a crystal oscillator which created a way to see that when Hebrew and Sanskrit vowels were toned, they formed the actual patterns of the letters themselves, but not so in modern languages. Therefore, do sacred mantras and ancient texts influence and transform physical reality or do they heal one who has gone "out of tune"? The richest source of harmonic sounds are imbedded within the human voice and it is inspiring to think that simply the function of speaking is an act of creation. Jenny said that the key to healing the body with sound would be by understanding how different frequencies influence the genes, cells, and organs of the body.

The Chaos Theory

Jenny’s work was truly ground-breaking; he was a forerunner of the Chaos Theory. e.g. When water is subjected to and excited by gradually increasing frequencies, the complexity of pattern increases with the escalating pitch. At a critical pitch as the tone continues to ascend, the entire structure dissolves into chaos, only to re-configure into a higher order of complexity. This process of chaos and re-integration is seen throughout nature, from the electrons fields within the atom to complex weather patterns, to intricate physiological processes within our bodies that allow us to function in homeostasis within an ever-changing sea of vibrations (our environment).

This cycle of chaos and assimilation also serves as a metaphor for the process of evolution occurring at all levels of creation, from the physical to the subtlest domains of consciousness. We can choose how we navigate our experience in that we can either get caught up in chaotic turmoil, or we can accept a reality and relax in the knowledge that a more coherent state of harmony will emerge.

Sound vibrating Water.Sound vibrating Water.

From left to right.
1. A pentagon form created by a low fequency sine tone.
2. A beautiful Cymatic photo similar to the stained-glass Rose windows in European Cathedrals.
3+4. A drop of water under the influence of sound.

From Jenny's work, it was Dr Guy Manners, who developed Bioresonance or Cymatic Therapy (Cymatherapy). He used sound to transmit the signature vibrations of healthy organs and tissues, into diseased areas of the body, whereupon it was transformed into its healthy counterpart.
Dr. Manners has said that every part of the body possesses a harmonic. Each component of your body has its own prime resonant frequency. Literally hundreds of ‘signature vibrations’ of healthy organs and tissues are now scientifically tabulated. We know what they are, and they can be played back into the system to correct and restore the balance of frequencies within. The Prime Resonant Frequency of a person is in the range of 7–10Hz. The PRF of the heart is approximately 100Hz. The PRF of a typical cell is approximately 1000Hz. The vibratory signatures for a human organ are the same regardless of the age of the individual. “But”, he said, “if we take a frequency sample of your DNA at age 18 and save it, then later, if we transmit this frequency to your cells, they will be rejuvenated.”

How Cymatics is applied therapeutically today.

One way to illustrate how sound may heal is to imagine an orchestra that represents the human body. If one or more of the musicians are playing off key and the situation is not corrected, it will negatively impact the entire orchestra and become discordant. It then becomes necessary for a conductor (healing frequencies) to restore order and harmony. The healing frequencies may originate from a modern sound healing instrument or from a traditional method such as the human voice, a gong, a didgeridoo, tuning forks, singing bowls to name a few. Audible sound therapy has no known side-effects and has been proven to be powerfully efficacious.
In a sense, the body’s absorption of harmonic sounds is similar to the life-giving energy absorbed from foods. Harmonic sounds act as nourishment for the body and have the almost magical power of restoring order to organisms that are malfunctioning.

It is proposed that dysfunctional cells have vital channels shut down. On this premise, sound opens the closed channels, supporting the cell to resume normal functioning and replication. Nobel prize winner, Dr James Gimzewski of UCLA, California, has taken a revolutionary approach to studying cellular function using an atomic force microscope to listen to sounds emitted by cells. The focus of this new science is called ‘sonocytology’ .

Acoustic engineer and UK Cymatic researcher, John Reid has developed an electro-acoustic device enabling one to visualize the voice, music and other sound sources. The CymaScope® is the world’s first commercial instrument that allows us to enjoy and study the visual geometry of sound.

For several years medical scientists have been using sound to break up kidney stones and more recently, to excite individual cancerous cells within a tumour to the extent that they rupture, thus destroying them.

Cymatherapy is used for facial rejuvenation.Cymatherapy is used for facial rejuvenation.Cymatherapy - Because every person’s anatomy is different, our organs and tissues also vary in resonant frequency within a very narrow range of oneaonther. Dr Guy Manners solved this slight variation by using a tone consisting of an overlay of five frequencies, producing a harmonic precise enough to stimulate the targeted bone, organ or muscle tissue, while at the same time enabling one generic setting to work effectively, despite individual variations. The cymatherapy machine creates ultra pure tones that successfully address and heal a huge range of injuries and ailments.

These are some of the exciting developments in the field of Cymatics. The implications of this research to the field of sound therapy are vast.
From all that has been said.....a key significance Cymatics shows us, is how our life patterns can change on a new fundamental level if just one tone is introduced....or even if we make just one change in our lives.


Yoga System of Primal Sound

The yoga system of sphotavada (sound metaphysics) conceives all sound as stimuli and response in the universe from matter to mental activity. This sphota is also known as the Shabda Brahman or the Nada Brahman - the Whole as vibration-sound.


This technique consists of focusing consciousness on a succession of sounds as they emerge from, and retreat into silence. The word nada from the Sanskrit root nad, means ‘flowing’. Nada, the primal sound is, according to yoga, Anahata: ‘unstruck’. It is the original self-generating sound formulating innumerable patterns which in turn produce mental configurations.
There are 4 stages of tonal manifestation:-

1.) Vaikhari is audible sound produced by striking together of two surfaces or by the plucking of a string.
2.) Madhyama is the transition between heard-sound and its inner vibration.
3.) Pashyanti where the sound is only heard by the spiritually awakened.
4.) Para (from the Sanskrit meaning ‘transcendental’ or ‘beyond’) where the sound has passed far beyond the audible. This lies deeper than ordinary silence and is experienced as the unrealized root-sound or sound-potential. It is sound with practically with no vibration having an infinite wavelength. It is the final stage attained in deepest contemplation. The Upanishads describe the sound Om as the purest manifestation of Para. This refers not to Om as it is spoken or chanted, but to Om at the most subtle – the point where form touches formlessness.

The mantra (chanted seed sound) and the yantra (visual equivalent of the mantra), share a ‘basic sound’. Yoga art is essentially abstract expressing itself through symbols linking the part and the whole.
From 'Yoga Art' by Ajit Mookerjee

The Sufi Message of Abstract Sound

Saut-e Sarmad

Whirling DervishWhirling Dervish
Abstract sound is called Saut-e Sarmad by the Sufis. All space is filled with it. The vibrations of this sound are too fine to be either audible or visible to the material ears or eyes. It was the Saut-e Sarmad, the sound of the abstract plane, which Mohammed heard in the cave of Ghar-e Hirá. The Quran refers to this sound in the words ‘Be! And all became.’

Man does not hear it as a rule as he becomes so absorbed in his experiences in the external world and the physical body. When the abstract sound is audible all other sounds become indistinct to the mystic. The sound of the abstract is called Anahad in the Vedas, meaning unlimited sound. The Sufis named it Sarmad suggesting the idea of intoxication, upliftment and freedom from earthly bondage. Some train themselves to hear the Saut-e Sarmad in the solitude on the sea shore, river banks, in the hills, forests, deserts and in caves. Horns, conches, bells and gongs awaken this inner sacred sound.
The sound of the Saut-e Sarmad is revealed from within. The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe and becomes free of all limitations, radiant with wisdom.


is not only the most sacred of all sounds but is also the beginning and end of all sounds, be they from man, bird, beast or thing. In different languages the Supreme Being (the name of the Nameless) is known as Hu by the mystics. The word Hu is the spirit of all sounds and of all words and is hidden within them all, as is the spirit in the body. This alone is the true name of God. Every activity of life expresses this very sound. The mystery of Hu is revealed to the Sufi who journeys through the path of initiation.

It is said in the old traditions that Zoroaster was born of a Huma tree.
Hu represents spirit. Mah in Arabic means water.
In English the word ‘human’ - Hu means God. Man (Mana in Sanskrit) means mind.
Human therefore means god-conscious, god-realized or god-man.
Ahura Mazda is the name of God known to the Zoroastrians.Ahura suggests Hu.
Huwal suggests the idea of omnipresence.
Jehovah, originally Yahuva. Hu stands for God. A represents manifestation.
A / Alif / Alpha which is considered to be the first expression of Hu taking shape on the external plane.
The word Allah meaning God in Arabic, is interpreted as ‘the One who comes from nothing’.
Ahud means God without limitation. A in Sanskrit means without. Hudd means limitation.
All these examples signify the origin of God and the life of God in everything and being.

From 'The Mysticism of Music, Sound & Word' by Hazrat Inayat Khan

What Type of Musician are You?

There are Three Types of Musicians:

  1. The Creative musicians, artistic persons, composers who have the capacity for creating new musical structures and who find original forms of musical expression.
  2. The Performing Artists who know how to articulate the language of music by making it audible and intelligible.
  3. The Listeners who are as important to the making of music as the performers. They are the people who make sense from what they hear. They understand and enjoy music, but do not necessarily become musicians.
  4. The common denominator between all three is that they are heart oriented.

    Feng Shui

    is an ancient Chinese system

    of living life in harmony with your environment, with the natural rhythms of nature, and of making use of the dynamic flow of energy in the universe, to bring greater happiness and good fortune.

It is the art of adapting buildings (homes and work places) to harmonize with geomantic and topographical energy systems or currents. All articles of Sound can be used by practitioners to restore vitality and harmony in energetically discordant, dead and emotionally draining areas of one's home or workplace. Alternatively, they can be used to quieten and harmonize a fragmentary vortex of energy.

Feng Shui is pronounced 'foong shway' which means 'wind and water'.
The flow of energy or 'chi' and balancing yin and yang, creates the harmony and restfulness. Skilfully harnessing these forces in nature creates good chi. This 'Sheng Chi' is energy that flows gently in a meandering fashion. 'Shar Chi' is sharp, rigid and spiky.

Yin and Yang are polarities. Yin is passive and cold, and Yang is active and hot. Too much noise creates an excess and confusion of Yang energy. Soft sounds cure overactive Yang energy and the calm and quiet vibrations create a better balance between Yin and Yang. By following your instincts with an open receptive heart, you will live in happiness and harmony with the world.

What's in a Name?

The vibration that a name holds imbues the form with that energy which is then made conscious through that entity. Sound gives to the consciousness an evidence of its existence, although it is in fact the active part of consciousness itself which turns into sound. The knower so to speak becomes known to himself, in other words the consciousness bears witness to its own voice. Each atom reveals itself by its ‘tone’. Each name reveals a rhythm, picture of a form, colour, size, quality, feeling, character and a sense of finer things.

The meaning of a name has a great influence upon its possessor and the sound, vowels, rhythm, number and nature of the letters which compose it, the symbol and planet, as well as the root from which it is derived impacts on the character and fate of a person. We generally get an idea from the sound of letters that compose a name whether it is beautiful of ugly, soft or hard, harmonious or dissonant. Names that are smooth and soft-sounding make a soft effect upon the speaker and listener. There are many instances to be found where a change of name has brought an entire change in a person’s life. In many instances when we are initiated into a spiritual path, we receive a new name that empowers us. Sacred names of God and of prophets and saints hold great power and act as magical charms.

The rhythm of a name suggests balance and beautifies the character, or its lack causes adversity and imbalance. An even or odd number of letters in a person’s name is significant and each letter also has a numerical value. Vowels have an effect according to their place in the name. Every letter either singly or grouped in a word, produces a picture.
The transmutation of energy into sound and the extrapolation of consciousness into words to communicate the ‘unspoken’ to the spoken, is contained in the ancient Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Chinese and other ancient scripts. Every line, dot and curve ‘speaks’ of the energy and picture they wished to express.

The real character of a person is not only to be found in his speaking voice, but it is also the expression of his spirit. No sound can be more ‘living’ than the voice. Knowing this, the Hindus of ancient times discovered that the shortest way to attain spiritual heights is by singing. It is said that singing is the first art, playing music the second art and dancing the third art. Tansen was an Indian yogi of singing who mastered sound and played as the court-musician of Emperor Akbar. He made his voice ‘living’ and through the power of his voice he could make rain by singing. As with everything else in a person’s life, there comes also a change in the voice with every step forward in spiritual evolution.

Choosing a Name for your Child

Power of Mantras

“Man” means mind, “tra” means wave or projections. Therefore mantra is the projection of the mind through sound vibrations.
All mantras represent manifestations of shabda, sacred sound & carry a profound meaning beyond words. When one first embarks on mantric practice, it is natural to enquire about the meaning of the syllables, but don’t be too greatly concerned about meanings as the use of mantras belongs to the realm of no-thought – the ineffable.

It is said that unlike the senses of touch, smell & taste, as well as the more advanced sense of sight, hearing alone is possessed of certain peculiar properties which render it particularly suitable as a vehicle to the highest insight. The constant stream of ego-bound thoughts to which we are all prey, rarely ceases at the sight of an image, but chanting and music may arrest the flow in an instant. Our auditory nerves transmit sound vibrations immediately & directly deep down into the kernel of our brain.

Mantrayana is a synonym of Vajrayana / Tibetan Buddhism.

Om Mani Peme Hung  - 'Hail Jewel of the Lotus'Om Mani Peme Hung - 'Hail Jewel of the Lotus'

Some Sanskrit mantras are so old that their original meanings have been long forgotten.
Other mantras are believed to be so powerful that they are held in secret by their possessors.

The most powerful use of the voice in Buddhist belief is reciting the mantra.
Akong Rinpoche - my Precious GuruAkong Rinpoche - my Precious GuruA mantra is like a fractal of the entire practice.
It is the practitioner’s intention that unlocks the powerful energies.
When we recite a mantra, we are calling upon that particular Buddha, bodhisattva, deity, guru, lineage & our ultimate Buddha nature for help & for blessing e.g.
Medicine Buddha – for increase of healing powers & alleviation of sufferings
Tara – “she who saves”, for protection & fearlessness
Chenrezig – for loving kindness & compassion
Buddha Amitayus – for long life
Manjushri – for wisdom, intelligence & insight

Chenrezig - the Deity of CompassionChenrezig - the Deity of CompassionEach of these deities has a bija-mantra of one syllable and a heart-mantra composed of several syllables which embody the energy that the deity personifies.
Medicine Buddha = Hung (bija syllable ) =
Tara = Tam (bija syllable ) =
Guru Rinpoche = Hung (bija syllable ) =
Chenrezig = Hrih (bija syllable) =

They are usually chanted 108 times, but otherwise depending on the length could be 3, 7 or 21 times.When the mantra is recited, it is visualized revolving around the glowing bija-mantra in the heart. It can happen after long practice that in a flash union with the deity is experienced. Mere understanding is worthless. The experience has to unfold at a deeper level than that of the intellect when the deity invoked can be made to ‘live’.
'Mani walls' empower sacred places and are made up of stones with mantras carved into them.'Mani walls' empower sacred places and are made up of stones with mantras carved into them.

“Mantras – Sacred Words of Power” by John Blofield

Each mantra has a mysterious correspondence with various potentialities embedded deeply in our consciousness. The energy of mantric syllables evoke corresponding movements of our consciousness. Mantras said with deep sincerity unlock creative mental powers which we are not normally aware. “Every mantra our Master utters is empowered by the vitality of his steadfast mind.”
One rarely witnesses demonstrations of mantric power due to the natural modesty that comes with spiritual attainment. The mantra derives enormous force from the cumulative power with which it has been invested by the minds of countless people during the course of centuries. Mantric syllables cannot produce their full effect upon the deepest levels of consciousness if our mind is cluttered with concepts and interpretations. Mind is King - it constitutes our source of wisdom & power. Therefore we need to know our mind, recognizing the wisdom functioning from within, is worthy of reverence. Our individual mind is no other than Infinite Mind. Mantric practice is a superb psychological means of achieving direct realization of the divinity within our minds.

Mantras derive their power from the inner attitude of the practitioner. Thus the devotion, conviction & intention of the person is the real source of mantra power.
Mantras can be regarded as spiritual songs which spring from the heart rather than a dutiful repetition of a few syllables.

Lama Govinda says: “The subtle vibrations of mantras are intensified by mental associations which crystallize around them through tradition built by countless yogins over the centuries or individual experience. Subtle sound when conjoined with mental power evokes dormant forces in the practitioner’s mind.”

Mantras have many uses:-
• They help by making our mind stay still.
• There is a vast repertoire of mantras and incantations to avoid or cure diseases; to appease spirits; bring about good fortune; clear obstacles & to seek rebirth in the Pure Land.
• Healing mantras can be performed with any type of medicine or even food. Tibetan herbal pills that have been consecrated & empowered by lamas reciting mantras over this medicine for several days.
• There is a mantra practice that enables lamas to create inner body heat known as tumo, enabling them to withstand subzero temperatures.
• Sometimes Great Lamas bless you by blowing mantras onto your face or head – asif clearing deep unconscious perhaps karmic recesses.
• Before going to sleep put a powerful mantra that you have been taught above your head.
• Flags are inscribed with mantras and when they are blown by the wind, they release their blessings to all the spaces of the world. Mantras are also affixed to prayer wheels, computers & even the bottoms of shoes, which allow them to be recited continuously.
• Although they may accomplish a variety of ends, the true significance of mantras & their highest purpose is to assist the practitioner to come face to face with his own divinity & to reach liberation, salvation, enlightenment.

Practice your mantra so that it is forever on your lips and in your mind.
As time goes by, these sacred words shall arise spontaneously and you will become the energy of the mantra.

Shabda Brahma (mantra) or the nada (the vibration) has profound effects on the psyche as well as one’s physical self. Mantra sound combinations affect our subtle “power centres” by awakening and blessing us with energies which otherwise lie dormant.
The mantra may be chanted out aloud or repeated silently, or resonated in the mind and should be recited from the base of the stomach. When a Mantra is repeated, the sound waves transform into electrical energy, and if coupled with great devotion, love and compassion it is even more powerful. These vibrations move with great speed through the ether towards the Deity of that Mantra. When it reaches its Deity, it combines with the power of that Deity before bouncing back to re-enter the person chanting the Mantra. The more the mantra is repeated the more one is ‘charged’ with Divinity. The signs of this charged Mantra re-entering the person chanting it, is evident by the emotion that can move her/him to tears, by uplifting one’s spirits, by recalling beautiful memories, stirring one into bliss or even rousing goose bumps.

On the physical level, the movement of the tongue while pronouncing the Mantra stimulates 84 meridian points located on the roof of the mouth. The movement in turn stimulates the hypothalamus, which releases chemicals throughout the brain and body. Simultaneously, these Mantra sounds are also received by the ear where they are turned into electrical signals which move along the 2 acoustic nerves charging the brain and all parts of the body. Our bodies are excellent conductors of sound vibrations together with the fact that it is made up of 70% water which is a natural conductor.

The Vedas are widely considered to be the source of all true knowledge. The word "Veda" itself means "Knowledge". Goddess Gayatri is an incarnation of Goddess Saraswati…She is believed to have given the 4 Vedas, containing the "Gayatri Mantra" to mankind. It is one of the oldest mantras and is a most powerful mantra. In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says to Arjuna - "Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri".
Gayatri MantraGayatri Mantra
Photo from The Gayatri Mantra Made Visible
Cymatics video by Evan Grant: http://bit.ly/1gbuQOU
"The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that Sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche." -Yogi Bhajan

"Meditation is the art of hearing the soundless sound, the art of hearing the music of silence — what the Zen people call the sound of one hand clapping. When you are utterly silent, not a single thought passes your mind, there is not even a ripple of any feeling in your heart. Then you start hearing silence.

"Silence has a music of its own. It is not dead, it is very much alive, it is tremendously alive. In fact, nothing is more alive than silence." –Osho

The Gayatri Mantra the foremost mantra in Hinduism inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that "We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.' Om (Brahma) is joined to it at the beginning and the end." Freely translated by Swami Vivekananda.
It is addressed to God as the divine life-giver, symbolized by Savitr (the sun) and is most often recited at sunrise and sunset. In a loose translation that cannot possibly do justice to the original it implores: OM, O Lord! You are the all pervading Source of Light, Sustainer, Protector and Bestower of Happiness. Kindle, enlighten and inspire our intelligence to possess eternal qualities.

Satya Sai BabaSatya Sai BabaThe Gayatri Mantra was traditionally given from the Guru Master to the disciple while standing mid-stream.The disciple would visualize the sun rising out of the darkness and offer water to the sun. During the last two centuries the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra is no longer limited to Brahmins and it also has been freed from caste and gender restrictions. Today it is not only sacred to the Hindus but is widely used for spiritual upliftment and unfolding of consciousness by people throughout the world. Sathya Sai Baba teaches that the Gayatri Mantra "will protect you from harm wherever you are, make your intellect shine, improve your power of speech, and dispel the darkness of ignorance.”

The words not only convey meaning but also create great power through being spoken. The maximum benefit of chanting the mantra is said to be obtained by chanting it 108 times (or even 3, 9, or 18 times if pressed for time). The more one contemplates and meditates upon the Gayatri, the more is revealed. The syllables of the mantra are said to positively affect all the energy centres in the human body. Chanting this Mantra removes all obstacles and increases wisdom, spiritual growth and development.
Not many people know that there is a longer version of the Gayatri Mantra which not used for chanting and is only used for breathing exercises/pranayam. All versions appear in a 5000 year old text the Rig Veda. They are just used for different purposes.


Silence - sunset at the North Pole, with the sun below the moon.Silence - sunset at the North Pole, with the sun below the moon.

Buddha - “The Manifestation of Silence”

When Buddha was enlightened on that full moon in May, he was silent for a week. He said: “Those who know, they know even without my saying, and those who do not know, they will not know by my words.” So the angels asked Buddha to please say something for those who are on the borderline…a few words will give them a push. Please say something for their sake.

The purpose of words is to create silence. If words create more noise, then they have not reached their goal. The words of Buddha would definitely create silence because Buddha is the manifestation of Silence. His silence came from saturation, not from lack. Lack creates complaints and noise. Saturation brings silence. Noise is about something. Silence is about nothing. Silence is the basis. Noise is the surface. By recognizing the Silence manifesting in your life, you cross the ocean of Samsara (the ocean of suffering).

Words cannot capture existence – but silence can. Space & silence are synonymous.
Desire brings noise. Silence is the cure because in silence you come back to the source, and that creates joy. When a mind is filled with its own noise, it is unable to perceive the music of existence. Silence is the secret of this existence.

The source of the mind is silence. That is why Buddha said: “No mind.” A question is looking for an answer, while wonder is a question that is not looking for an answer. The astonishment of wonder does not seek an answer. It brings you home to silence. Become hollow and empty….become nobody.
by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Silence in Different Faiths

According to cultural norms, silence can be interpreted as positive or negative. For example, in a Christian Methodist faith organization silence and reflection during the sermons might be appreciated by the congregation, while in a Southern Baptist church, silence might mean disagreement or perhaps disconnectedness from the congregation. In Christianity, there is the silence of contemplative prayer and meditation; in Islam, the Sufis assert the importance of finding silence within; in Buddhism, allowing the mind to become silent is implicit to experiencing our essential nature; in Hinduism and the many paths of yoga, silence is essential for inner growth. A silent mind, freed from the onslaught of thoughts and thought patterns, is an important step in spiritual development. Such "inner silence" is not about the absence of sound, instead, it brings one in contact with the divine, the ultimate reality or with one's true self.

Environment experts have predicted that in the 21st century we will bear a shortage of water and silence.
Noise is unwanted sound. People and animals need areas where silence is respected. Silence centres have become very popular and big companies have their own Silence centres for employees who want to retreat for a while (e.g there is a Silence Centre for patients of the Utrecht Medical Centre, Holland.)
Office Noise Solutions / Acoustic control in workspaces

Silence in Meditation.

As long as we remain unconscious, we cannot make skilful choices to change our patterns that create karmic effects. Meditation gives wisdom an opportunity to be expressed through us. Paying attention to the moment makes the whole of life a meditation.

The repetition of mantras or sacred words can deflect compulsive thoughts and invoke powerful meditations. Empowered mantras by one’s teacher gives added charge to the power of both the words and their sounds, slotting one into the mindstream of centuries of enlightened masters of that particular lineage.

Sound is a skillful meditation tool because it is inherently not graspable and is empty. In order to tune-in, we need to slow down – be still, relax and surrender to the allure of wild thoughts which eventually dissolve into silence. In this stillness we can experience a meditation state called ‘shamata’. When we slow right down it seems asif we experience ourselves becoming contemplated, with insight ‘walking in’.

We know that it is moments of silence that can give a piece of music a sense of timelessness. So too, we can bring this into our lives as it is in the relationship of Sound and of Silence that we can experience timelessness and be lifted out of our limitations. Timelessness can be spontaneously realized in a moment. It is a state of being.

The maturing mind is an ongoing process of integration and synthesis. Silence of the DesertSilence of the Desert
We endeavour to cultivate inner stability so that we are sturdy and robust enough to allow our vulnerability to teach us about the wonders and potentialities of the “I don’t know spaces”, the in-between spaces, the unspeakable and the unknown unpredictable arisings that fire us to the core. These are the places where the wrathful warrior moves with unswaying intent beyond his subjectivity and faithfully plays his part as best as he can – doing what needs to be done without glamour. This is our responsibility and pleasure of living Life ‘awake’. We need Silence to be able to open to wisdom, to act with impeccability and with commitment to the world. This is obeying the Law of our being. This is being inside the heart of creation and briefly quenching our longing.

Sound Evolution & Genesis Ladder

Here is a ladder or an order
in which I have placed emphasis
on the Sound Spectrum
and how I suspect it fits
into the overall picture.

Many books have been written
about the riddle of Creation
& the manifestation of the Universe.

"Les Mysteres des Infinis"
Mystery of the Infinite
by Grandville, 1844


"In the Beginning ………"

Unknown Unknowable / Non-Conceptual
Unutterable / Undifferentiated / Formlessness

Chaos / Ever-Changing Primordial Energy
Ultimate Simplicity
Unpredictable Self-Arising Phenomena
Potentiality / Darkness / Void
Silence / Unspoken

"God created …………..."

The Enlightened / Consciousness
Causality / Intent
The First Dot / First Mandala

Primal Echo
Alchemist / Primary Mirror
Eternal Heart / Cardinal Dream

"……and God said…"

Nada - Breath - Cosmic Sound - Aum - Ruach
Movement / Motion
Tension / Vibration

"Let there be Light…."

Ignition / Light / Cosmic Photons (Energy Light Pockets)
Explosion - Big Bang

Imagination / Creation
Birth Of Consciousness Recognizing Itself

"The Alchymist in Search of the Philosopher's Stone" by
John Wright 1771 - 1795.

Albertus Magnus points to the Hermaphrodite, the offspring
of Sol & Luna, which produces the Philosopher's Stone.

Triadic Manifestation

  • The Threefold Oneness Found In All Things.

Positive, Neutral, Negative
Hydrogen & Helium (99% of material universe) & Consciousness

Quantum Waves & Particles
('Wave-Particle' blurring the distinction between the Observer & the Observed, Macrocosm & Microcosm creating Warps & Loops in Reality.)

Force Fields

Matter / Anti-Matter / Black Matter
EMS (Electromagnetic Spectrum)
(Science no longer operates only on function, structure & chemistry. Consciousness & electromagnetic fields are now part of modern science and medicine.)

Matter / Density - Solid, Liquid, Gas
Sun / Heat / White Light
Elements - Mind, Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth.

World of Form, Formless & Desire realms

Schumann Resonance 7.8Hz
Biological Life - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
The Group Dream / The Individual Dream

"God created Man in His own Image"
....and he ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Bad.

"Maria the Jewess" the great 2nd century Alexandrian alchemist.
Here the fumes are rising & falling between the 2 vessels representing
the circular process of 'dissolution' & 'fixation', which precedes
the growth of the Philosopher's Stone.

Humanity - Aggregates - Ego - Separation - Duality
Visual Spectrum of 7 colours - approx 400 to 700 nanometers
Sound / Audible Spectrum approx. 20,500 - 16 Hz
A Child's Hearing Range -as high as 40,000 Hz
A Teenager 20KHz
A Typical 50 year old 10 - 15KHz
Speech Average 500 Hz - 2000Hz

Forgotten Origin / Archetypes/ Myths
Cyclic Definitions

Space / Time / Space-Time Warp/ Illusion
Conscious of Life & Death Cycle
Primal Scream / Conscious Duality / Shadows
Awakening of Recognition / Mirror

Remembering the Dream / Realization of Emptiness
Mantra of the Heart / The Philosopher's "Stone"
Implosion / Microcosm / Subspace/ DNA
Wisdom Compassion Mind / Equanimity / Joy

"In the beginning......"

Physical Death / Leaving Samsara
Silent / Calm Abiding / Consciousness Arising
Energy Never Destroyed Spiralling To Another Cycle Of The Big Round

Re-Incarnations Until Enlightenment
Liberation / Nirvana
"Each speck carries the echoes of the original voice.
Within is both the doorway & the meeting place."

Technical Terms used in the Genesis Ladder

Is the first and earliest form of energy.
That of intense intricacy which can be extracted to its essence.
Is non-analytical phenomena of the universe and is spontaneous, independent arising, which is not dependant on Cause and Effect - therefore, lacking a beginning and an end.
is one of the four divine emotions together with loving kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy. It is the holding vessel for these three spiritual states. A balance.
To help our perception, this represents an idea of a reference point on the infinite line of beginningless time. The centre of the Mandala.
FIRST MANDALA - Literally " Centre & Surrounding" (Tib. Chil Kor)
Is a symbolic circular diagram representing existence, universal wholeness, sacred space and humanity's unity with the Cosmos. In Buddhist tradition a Mandala represents the dwelling place of a particular personality, with qualities and energies of the Buddha - the focus of which brings healing and greater awareness to meditators.
Is the reflection of both the Lunar and Solar, the manifest and temporal world, also man's knowledge of himself. Can be the gateway to the realm of inversion and illusion. Symbolic of the enlightened mind and reflected truth and wisdom…… "Mirror of the universe". "The universe is the mirror of God…. man is the mirror of the universe". "The mind of the sage in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe".
Sought to find a way of transmuting base metals into gold by means of the Philosopher's Stone, known to be a universal solvent, a panacea and an Elixir of Life. Philosophically, the aim is to change the base leaden mind into the higher liberated mind with golden sunshine quality.
The ultimate dream of unified and whole existence.
Sanskrit syllable often found at beginning of Buddhist mantras symbolizing the fundamental nature of reality - ceaseless change & therefore devoid of substance. The sacred sound - the imperishable Word. The totality of all sounds - that which penetrates and sustains the whole cosmos.
Hebrew for Breath, Spirit.
A shape that can be repeatedly subdivided into parts, each of which is a smaller copy of the whole e.g. from the macrocosm of our Universe to the microcosm of the frond of the leaf of a Fern.
Expression of harmony, synthesis & wholeness;
Three is the number of Heaven - Two is the number of Earth & One is the number which pre-existed their polarization;
Appearance, Development & Transformation;

Birth, Growth, Death;
Creator, Preserver & Destroyer;
Mother , Father & Child.
Buddha, Dharma & Sangha (Buddhist 'Triple Jewel')
Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva (Hindu 'Trimurti')

Father, Son & Holy Ghost (Christian 'Trinity')
Sulphur, Mercury & Salt (Three elements in Alchemy)
AUM (Three states of manifestation)
Zeus (Lord of Heaven & Earth), Poseidon (Sea Lord) & Hades (Lord of the Underworld)

Is the material substance of the universe that has mass, occupies space, and is convertible to energy.
Positrons and antiprotons are collectively known as antiparticles, which makes up anti-matter. When anti-matter collides with matter, mutual annihilation occurs.
Is mathematically calculated to occupy the vast majority of space, but is unquantifiable with relation to weight and volume. In 2001 a more advanced satellite, known as WMAP allowed cosmologists to calculate that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old and that ordinary atoms make up less than 5% of it. The rest is believed to be made up of mysterious "dark energy" and "dark matter". 11th July 2010 - Our understanding of the universe is being taken a step further, thanks to a satellite called Planck which has already revealed a ground-breaking image of the universe.
Is the region of space surrounding a particle / body that exerts electromagnetic force on another similar body not in contact with it. When two particles come under the influence of their mutual electromagnetic fields, a force field operates between them.
Are electromagnetic waves of 7.8 Hz that are found between the Earth and the Ionosphere. They occur especially when excited by electrical sunspot activity and have the effect of shielding living cells from miscellaneous electromagnetic frequencies, thereby increasing the Immune system and decreasing the absorption of depression-inducing chemicals.
Comes from the Greek Goddess of the Earth who gave birth to the sky, mountains and sea. It is the name given to our conscious vulnerable Earth planet and the fragile interaction and interdependence that links all living things.
Beings that cling to the 'Self' or "Aggregates of Attachment" are subject to suffering. The five components which create the false notion of a Self. 1) Form which includes all sounds, smells, etc, everything that is not thought. 2) Feelings 3) Discrimination i.e. pleasant and unpleasant sensations and their identification. 4) Compositional Factors i.e. mental events 5) Consciousness i.e. ordinary sensory and mental consiousness.
Are the inherited, unconscious ideas and images that are components of Jung's Collective Unconscious.
If a twin blasts off to a nearby star, on his return the Earthbound twin finds his brother has aged only one year to his ten. The more rapid the speed through space (shrinking it), the longer and more stretched time becomes. Add gravity to this and timespace distorts, warps and curves. Time runs faster in space where gravity is weaker. The stronger the gravity, the more pronounced is the timewarp. If gravity was a few times greater, time would grind to a halt altogether and we would be 'frozen' into immobility. Theory suggests that this star could not remain inert in its intense gravity and would implode, leaving behind a black hole in space.
Implies that everything is constantly changing and dependent upon causes and conditions, and so lacks inherent existence. People can therefore take control of the process of change and develop great wisdom and compassion and eventually enlightenment. If things were unchanging, all beings would be stuck in their unchanging situations. A term indicating the lack of any truely existing independant nature of any and all phenomena.
Is a stone or substance thought by Alchemists to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold. The Philosopher's Stone was believed to be a compound of the purest Sulfur and Mercury. Medieval alchemists toiled endlessly in search of this hypothetical substance that would convert baser metals into gold - philosophically, to change base instincts into higher mind.
SAMSARA - "Cyclic Existance" (Tib. Kor Wa)
According to Buddhism, the universe is beginningless and endless. Samsara is the beginningless cycle of birth, death and rebirth in which ordinary beings are trapped. Transmigrating from life to life is dependent upon their actions (Karma). The main goal is to extricate oneself and to transcend this cycle of rebirth altogether through spiritual training, which develops direct wisdom of the nature of reality, leading to enlightenment and liberation.
Could it be that everything arises from what is already Imagined and that Creation furthers with consciousness?