[Advaita-l] idaM na mama - The scientific evidence?
satisharigela at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 20 23:51:31 CDT 2011
>We know how a medicine works but nobody can say how a manthra works.It is like a
>prayer and it is >purely subjective.
In two parts:
Only those who studied medicine in a scientific or other systematic manner may
know how a medicine works. Not the common man.
Likewise the term "we" in the case of how mantra works applies only to those who
did not study mantra-shAstra properly. Well educated mantrin-s perfectly
understand how these things work.
It is not that the mantrin cannot explain how a mantra works. It is just that
those who lack the proper aptitude and training cannot grasp it...just like
teaching "mechatronics" or molecualr biology to a tribal person does not yield
Especeially in the deep south, when they hear the term "learning
mantra-shAstra" people think it is going to a maThAdhipati and getting some
mantra. This is a good thing to do, but that is not anywhere close studying
mantra-shAstra as a subject.
It has been stressed not once but many times by schloars and mantrin-s alike
that there is a sea of difference between a prayer and a mantra. Consider the
Mantra-s are different from prayers. Some mantra-s do display a prayerful intent
but still they are not the same as a prayer. A prayer works in any language..
and is translatable but the moment you translate a mantra, the translation might
be either meaningful or meaningless but it no longer functions as a mantra
whether having a meaning or not.
One of the other important difference is that, for a mantra to work, you do not
need belief while a prayer without belief is like talking to a wall.
The words of a mantra may be reveresed depending on the need..,. but if we
reverse the words/letters of a prayer we will end up with some useless
Yaduji: I am in total agreement with what you wrote in the last mail
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