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: THE POWER OF MANTRA
Just as the practice of Yoga
requires a special power or Yoga Shakti to facilitate it, so does the
practice of mantra require a special Mantra Shakti for it to be effective.
This is a conscious and creative energization of sound and meaning. It is something like the difference
between poetry and ordinary speech. For mantra to work it must have at
least as much creative empowerment as a good poem. To bring about this
empowerment requires a special concentration of the mind. It may be aided by the
grace of a teacher, by the power of an initiation. It may come from within by the power of our own
insight, aspiration and connection with the inner guide. But without this
creative vision behind the mantra, mantra may be no more than a form
When this energization of speech occurs we begin to find profound meanings in a few simple sounds.
Sound becomes meaning and we do not need an idea to interpret the sounds of the mind. Such primary
sounds as Om give rise to whole fields or spectrums of meaning. They break
down the barrier of language and take us into the universal state of
communication which is silence and peace.