[Advaita-l] On mantra-s
sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 2 04:27:32 EDT 2017
In the last few weeks, there have been many messages on chanting of mantras
and if mantras are effective at all places. Here, I am presenting my
views on this topic, as I understand these things:
1. The samAsa break up of the word mantra is : manana trayate iti mantra.
Meaning - mantra is to be contemplated upon and then it achieves the
desired result of protecting, uplifting, preventing from falling.
2. The Vedic mantras basically describe aspects of kshetra and kshetra-kshetrajna
interaction - as stated in Gita 13.4. In other words, mantras are basically
talking about few tattva-s and their influence on aspects of our life, and
their interactions, etc.
3. In each aspect of our multifaceted life we have to react with karma which
can be of kAyA, vAcA, or mana (loosely: body, speech, mind). And this
karma causes a modification in tattva-s. And this modification of
tattva-s creates the adRShTa.
4. When our reaction (with karma) is largely under influence of incorrect
understating of what underlying tattva-s are getting affected, and the
manner in which they are getting affected, we are operating in the
realm of avidyA. And our karma creates adRShTa that is a mixture of
positive and negative.
5. By manana on mantra we can gradually replace advidyA by vidyA. Then our
reaction (karma) is more appropriate and creates less (or no) negative
6. Q: Where is manana on mantras effective ?
A: Where ever law of karma creates adRShTa. If one is convinced that law
of karma creating adRShTa is operational only in India, then one can
certainly say that "manana on mantras" is effective only in India.
However not every one will agree about this. This is equivalent to
saying that laws of motion are operational only in and around England
(where Newton discovered them).
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