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The physical world consists of five basic forms of energies, viz. sound, light, heat, electricity and
magnetism. They are convertible into each other and follow the universal law of conservation of
energy. Hence, logically, they all could be regarded as different manifestations of a unique
perpetual energy.

The Indian philosophy and science of spirituality describes a unique cosmic energy – the
Supreme Consciousness, as immanent in every form of life and physical energy. This
omnipresent subliminal energy is said to have generated from Ïabda. Its genesis and absolute
expansion is known as Ïabda Brah® – N³da Brah®. The eternal source of this cosmic sound is
referred as the an³hat n³da of Oa®. Enormous manifestations of the powers of sound –
including that of refined voice (v³ka ïakti) are said to be the manifestations of this an³hat swar of

The significance of speech – is experienced by all of us in our day-to-day life in terms of the
‘reactions’ to the ‘spoken words’. This gives us a glimpse of the marvelous role of the gross
(physical) manifestation of the sonic energy of Ïabda. The history of human society has ample
examples illustrating this power of syllables and sound.

Few words (spoken or written) of inspiration can enthuse a soldier to win the losing battle. The
terrific effect of Mr. Winston Churchill’s ‘V for Victory’ motto had changed the fate of England
in the IInd world war. Similar events were associated with the power of the courageous words of
the little Corporal, Napoleon Bonnapart. The power of syllables is electrified by the inner strength
and confidence with which they are spoken. The motivating slogans like..... Tum Mujhe Kh¿na
Do Main Tumhe Âz³dº D¿ng³
” expressed by Mr. Subhash Chandra Bose and “Swar³ja Ham³r³
Janma Siddha Adhik³ra Hai
” by Lokmanya Tilak....., have installed glorious phase of Indian
independence movement and are still alive.

Mahatma Gandhi’s speeches had a power to hypnotize the listeners; to drive millions of people,
even though these speeches would not be outstanding in terms of eloquence or breadth of
knowledge. The power of syllables manifests itself according to the intentions and inner force of
the speaker (or writer). Few scornful words of Draupadi had triggered the ego of Duryodhana....,
and thus resulted in the devastating war of Mahabharata. This last example clearly signifies the
calamitous effects of the negative use of the immense power of Ïabda.

In the language of anatomy, the ‘hearing and speech’ (including the speech of thoughts, i.e.
thinking and imagination) system gets top priority in the brain and occupies about 50 to 60 %
portion of our brain’s active (functioning) area. The functions of the creative activities of the
hands get the next priority and so on.....We also should give top priority to controlling the words
spoken, written or heard (and hence ‘stored’ in the memory) by us – to avoid the misuse of the
precious power of our brain. Spiritual disciplines indeed give crucial importance to the practices
of satsa®ga, sa®yam, swadhy³ya and manana for enhancing the purity, integrity, austerity and
piety of hearing, speaking, reading, writing and thinking.

At higher levels of spiritual refinement, the power of spoken, thought-of or written forms of the
gross manifestation of Ïabda expresses itself in terms of the effective blessings or curses. The


Eternity of Sound and the Science of Mantra

iÌis used to hear, speak and think absolute truth and were therefore endowed with the supernormal
talents of using this power at will. The birth of Lord Ram and his brothers by Ïringi –iÌi’s blessings
and the death of King Parºkïit due to the curse of Lomesh –iÌi – are some of the well-known
examples in this context available in the ancient Indian scriptures.

Most importantly, the latent power of Ïabda stimulates the subtle nuclei of consciousness inside
our body and has significant effect on our mind. The auspicious words – e.g., the prayers offered
to divine powers, the holy quotes or the preaching of great saints, create corresponding
positive effects on our mind and sentiments. Sacred thoughts and deeds are directly
linked with such boons. The practice of uttering and writing the auspicious words before
the beginning of any important work is common in almost all religions and seems to have its
roots in the realization of the above effects by our ancestors....

The harmful effects of abusive language and dirty words on our conscious mind are obvious. We
might utter such words while quarreling or in anguish or when our mind is excited…; the reaction
is easily seen in the deformation of the otherwise pleasant face-expressions or almost shaking
posture of the limbs.... etc. The ill-intentioned, vulgar or erotic words get latently registered in
our subconscious mind and assimilate insidious impact in terms of maligning our samsk³ras
(inherent and intrinsic tendencies) and thus may pervert our character in the long run.

While the serene and inspiring words can touch the inner sentiments of ordinary mortals like
Kalid³sa and convert them into great scholars....., the substandard, abusive words could, with
equal potential, turn the innocent children into dreaded criminals.... The choice is ours! If we
want to see a better future for our society then we must preserve, practice and propagate the
righteous teachings of the great saints and social reformers and struggle to eliminate the inciting
erotic literature and obscene audio-visual creations from our world for ever....


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