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Symbolic Nature of the Sanskrit Alphabet

Sixteen Vowels
Letter
Initial

Trans-

w/Consonant

3 T

3T T

literation
A (a)

The first of three sounds composing


"AUM"; symbolic of Vishnu, Brahma,
and Siva. The negative particle,
hence absence, negation, beyond
comprehension. The concept of going
inward, within or in; the life breath;
the sound which forms all vocalization of words; 1st Kala (mask)

Interjection "yes"; compassion (ah);

pain or regret; the concept of nearness, near to, towards from all sides.
The reverse of action; the Goddess
Lakshmi (Venus); 2nd Kala (hider)

f
" r

Symbolic Meaning

Kamadeva (Cupid); desire, anger,


compassion; wonder, awe; to go
beyond, to obtain, reach; to undertake, learn, study; to approach; (3rd
Kala (cool)

Kamadeva (Cupid); dejection, pain,


sorrow; perception or consciousness;
to
pervade,
shine;
4th
Kala
(controller)
U

The second of three sounds compos-

^
\J)

ing "AUM"; command, acceptance,


interrogation; 5th Kala (seductress)
U
Ri

Ri

The Moon, calling, compassion, protection; of Shiva; 6th Kala (clear)

To

obtain,
acquire,
reach,
raise
towards, meet with; calling, invoking;
7th Kala (wet)

Warding of; exorcising; terror,


demon; 8th Kala (mixed)

fear;