[Advaita-l] A Brief Introduction to pUrva mImAmsA - 6 (Mantras)
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Wed Oct 12 19:57:55 CDT 2005
On Wed, 12 Oct 2005, Yadu Moharir wrote:
> Namaste Jayanarayan-Ji:
> This is disturbing to learn that most teachers do not teach the meaning
> of mantras. No wonder we have lost the core principle "j~nana vastu"
> from the culture.
> If we accept this, then whatever we say has no meaning. All the words
> and the combination there of become meaningless !!?
> This takes away the fundamental reasoning for language. I believe that
> is why yaaskaa said art.m vaacaH puShpa phalaM.
> The definition of mantra is as I recall - matraaH mananaata. or mannaata
> traayat iti mantraH
> It is also said - "mantraarta mantracaitanya yo na jaanatoi saadhakaH |
> shatalaksha prajaptopi tasya mantro nasidhyati ||"
> Our yogashaastra tell us - tatjapastadarthabhaavanam || samaadhipaada
> We all desire to preserve or defend our culture, but how can we defend
> something, if we do not know what and why we are defending?
Note the meaning being discussed is the _literal_ meaning. Acharyas do in
fact teach that this mantra is for agnihotra, this one for vivaha etc.
And that is a "meaning" too. Not knowing the literal meaning of mantra is
suboptimal and one should try and learn it. However not knowing the
correct pronounciation of a mantra is a calamity. Hence the Acharyas put
greater emphasis on pronounciation.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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