To appreciate the brilliance and grace of this world of Blessing Before Birth, it becomes essential for us to familiarise ourselves to our ancient seers and their wisdom. If you look for the meaning of the word “scripture” in the dictionary you might end up with the following.
1: a(1)capitalized : the books of the Bible —often used in plural
(2)often capitalized : a passage from the Bible
b: a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative
2: something written
the holy writings of a religion:
Shrutis, Smritis and Puranas of Bharata do not have an English translation. For lack of a better word, we usually use “scriptures” to denote them. The sacred texts of Bharata are complex combinations of sounds arranged in a coded pattern to create a resonance that enhances human energy. In the context of language, these form words with meanings and may take the shape of philosophy, guidances for metaphysical practices, authorities on ideologies of life, moral and ethical principles etc. We can understand this better through an analogy. If there is a recipe written for a dish, one has to read it, understand the process, procure the ingredients, practice the cooking while referring back to the recipe and then finally consume the dish. But what if the recipe itself, which seems as if written in human language, is actually an energy code and just by reading it you are invisibly receiving all the nutrition from the dish or even enhancing your cooking potential !!! Indeed beyond imagination! Similarly, our sacred texts are not created in human imagination. The shrutis through hearing and smritis through memorising create patterns in us which enhance our very being. Conversations, narrations and stories captured in the Puranas too have the same effect. In the context of the resonance, they are called “shabda” and in the context of language “shastra”.
These sacred texts of Bharata are not attributed to a single author or even a human source. Truly, the spiritual sciences involved in the creation of these texts are beyond comprehension of the conscious human mind. We can attempt to gain some appreciation through some theories of science that are emerging in the world – cymatics, quantum sciences, synesthesia etc. These new sciences, some of which at present may be grouped as “pseudo” science, have the potential to grow into the future of science. Scientific studies itself is a dynamic field and the more you engage in them, the more you realise that it is all going one full circle. Indeed, future sciences are ancient wisdom.
As mentioned above, the sacred texts of Bharata are complex combinations of sounds arranged in a coded pattern. These are called Yantras. Yantras are very high entropy Psychocosmograms. A cosmogram is a geometric figure depicting a cosmology. When the cosmic connect is made to the human mind, the resultant geometry is a Psychocosmogram. Mandalas, sacred geometry, T and O maps are considered examples of cosmograms. Yantras are far more subtle and powerful. Representations of the yantra in India date back to 11,000-10,000 years BCE. The Baghor stone, found in an excavation in Madhya Pradesh, is considered the earliest example and was dated to 25,000 – 20,000 BCE. Dr. Madhu Khanna [PhD in Indology/Religious Studies from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford] in linking mantra, yantra, deva, and thought forms states:
Mantras, the Sanskrit syllables inscribed on yantras, are essentially “thought forms” representing divinities or cosmic powers, which exert their influence by means of sound-vibrations. [Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yantra]
A Human Being, if viewed as an energy complex, operates through networks of control. Our circulatory and nervous systems are examples of networks. A biological neural network is composed of a group of chemically connected or functionally associated neurons. A single neuron may be connected to many other neurons. Apart from the electrical signaling, there are other forms of signaling like neurotransmitter signals. All these networks form parts of the mega network called Nadi system in spiritual science. Artificial neural networks are computing systems like the biological neural networks that constitute brains. Artificial neural networks are used for solving artificial intelligence (AI) problems. Network Science is an emerging field of study that addresses the various networks that have an impact on human life like information, social media networks, etc.
Our body, actions and behaviour including emotions are all expressions of the energy created by the networks associated with them. Spiritual science or Tantra describes a super network which is subtler and more powerful than these. Including all states of consciousness, this super network controls all other networks that operate in the conscious human realm. The presence of this network becomes necessary in understanding learning potential, destiny, unique talents etc in a human being including altered states of consciousness like dream, lucidity, coma, anesthesia, deep sleep, hypnotic states etc. In short, this super network is what is known as the “spirit” of a human being, which is unique to each one of us. The term used is Vijnamaya Kosha [the layer that comprises the science that runs our lives]. This is different [in fact a fractal] from consciousness which is non-dual and common to all beings [Anandamaya Kosha – the Universal]. Tantra is the science of viewing a human being as an expression of this “spirit”, super network. Therefore , it is spiritual science – the Vijnana. Yantras are capable of activating and enhancing this super learning network within human beings because they are geometric representations of our spirit. Therefore practises involving Yantras have a direct influence on the practitioner. Thus in our analogy of a recipe as stated above, if the recipe itself is a Yantra, the very reading it is capable of giving nourishment.
Yantras can be of various types. Soundarya Lahari composed by Shri Adi Shankaracharya is an example. Here is a verse from Soundarya Lahari :
“Shivah Shakthyaa Yuktho Yadi Bhavathi Shakthaha Prabhavithum
Na Chedevam Devo Na Khalu Kushalaha Sphandithumapi
Prananthum Sthothum Vaa Kathamakruthapunyaha Prabhavathi!”
When translated into English from Sanskrit it means:
“Shiva becomes capable of creating the Universe, only when united with Shakthi (Thee), but otherwise (when not so joined with Thee), He is incapable of even a stir, How then could one, who has not acquired merit (punya)- in this and previous births worship Thee or atleast praise Thee, who is adored even by Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma and others?”
In the context of language, this seems to be a hymn of devotion describing the powers of the Mother Goddess. However this is the Yantra formed by these verses.
In the context of energy it enhances our spirit to produce the following result:
All prosperity, granting of cherished purposes and solution to intricate problems.
The method of usage is as follows:
Mode of worship: Yantra for sloka No.1 to be made on a gold plate. Sit facing East. Chant the above verse 1001 (1000) times daily, for 12 days.
Archana: Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering red hibiscus or any other red flowers.
Offerings: Cooked rice, scrapings of coconut kernel mixed with powdered jaggery and ghee.
This image shows a numerical Yantra:
Yantras have their unique construct, benefits and methods of activation. They form the super network in us – our spirit. The central control of this super network is the Hrudaya, or heart. This is the spiritual heart of a human being, which extends to the physiological heart. The description of the spiritual heart is found in our sacred texts including Brihadaranaya Upanishad and Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. In the words of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi,
“Hridaya Kuhara Madhye Kevalam BrahmaMaathram
Hyahamahamithi Saakshaath Aathma Rupena Bhathi
Hridi Visha Manasa Svam Chinvata Majjata Va
Pavana chalana Rodhat Aatmanishto Bhavathvam”
Meaning: In the cave of the heart, in the center, it is the one and only Brahman (absolute consciousness) which glorifies “I am, I am” in the form of Aatma (soul). Let the mind completely dive inside in search of “self” OR by control of breath, bring the focus internally and become self-realized
Practises with Yantras, help us to activate and enhance our spiritual heart and empower our spirit [the super network] which in turn manifests as harmonious life experiences. Pursuits of life become meaningful and productive. This is the Blessing that each one of us has inherited from our Rishis and the wisdom of Bharata. With this awareness, we begin to gain a holistic appreciation of the Garbha Gita and the Blessing Before Birth.