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: THE POWER OF MANTRA
Vedic and Classical Sanskrit
It is mainly classical Sanskrit that is studied and in which most Sanskrit
texts are written. But it is in the older Vedic language that the real power
of Sanskrit lies hidden. The Vedic language gives the Divine Word and is intuitive in nature. The
classical language is often highly intellectual and though much more
profound than other languages seldom has the richness and creativity of the Vedic. Hence
for really learning Sanskrit or the language of mantra it is important
to study the Vedic language. In it is perhaps the key to all language
and to the thought process of the Divine Mind.
The most basic form of Sanskrit is the seed-syllables or bija mantras
like Om. We can observe these in their original form behind the words
of the Vedas. In the Vedic language they are still alive and interrelated. In the later language
they retire into the background as custom gains a greater role in the
meaning of words. In Tantric texts they are given separately and their
action on the different parts of our nature is precisely described. These seed-syllables are not so
much a part of a spoken language as a way of energizing the mind. As
such they are universal and not limited to any particular spoken dialect, though all languages
ultimately derive from them. We can learn them without learning the Sanskrit language or its grammar.
In this way we can access the power of mantra without getting caught in
the complexity of language.