Seed Syllables | Bīja बीज | 种子 | The Origin Of Sound | Total healing and transformation
“Sanskrit has come out of Kundalini’s movement, when She ( Kundalini) makes a sound, all was recorded by the great saints and like that every chakra has got vowels and consonants according to the number of sub-plexuses they have, or, you can say petals they have, and all of them make the alphabets of Sanskrit language.”
“Kundalini is the Shakti who gives life to the Jiva (Embosied human) . It is she who in the Muladhara Chakra, is the cause of the sweet, indistinct and murmuring Dhvani which is compared to the humming of a black bee.”
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Bīja mantras are used in resonance with the chakras, that align with the spine. Each chakra is associated with its own Bīja mantra:
- Lam – muladhara (root) chakra
- Vam – svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra
- Ram – manipura (solar plexus) chakra
- Yam – anahata (heart) chakra
- Ham – visuddha (throat) chakra
- Sham – ajna (third eye) chakra
- Om – sahasrara (crown) chakra
The best known Bīja mantra is Om (or Aum), which is the sound of Brahman, the vibration or primordial sound. The unstruck sound, which is really the sound reverberations heard long after the sound was struck… like ripples on a clam lake after a pebble was tossed in. It is often chanted during yoga practice and meditation. Other common Bīja mantras include:
- Krim – believed to awaken the lower chakras.
- Shrim – correlates to the goddess Lakshmi and is thought to promote health, joy and beauty.
- Hrim – associated with creativity, purification of the heart and healing.
- Hum – energizes the body and eliminates negativity.
- Lung – associated with the earth element and is used as a grounding chakra
- Vang – associated with the water element and is used to ground and increase sensuality
- Rang – associated with the fire element and is an energizing mantra
- Phat – The word phaṭ means something like “crack!” is imported from the Vedic tradition. In the Vajrasattva mantra it is added when the mantra is used to subdue demons.
- Svaha – This is particularly important in Mantra yoga. There are various translations of svaha, but the simplest is that it means “so be it.”
As a Mantra-Shastra, the Tantras have greatly elaborated the Bijas.
Though a Mantra such as a Bija-mantra may not convey its meaning on its surface, the initiate knows that its meaning is the own form (Svarupa, its TRUE form) of the particular Devata whose Mantra it is, and that the essence of the Bija is that which makes letters sound, and exists in all which we say or hear.
Every Mantra is thus a particular sound form of the Brahman.
There are a very large number of these short unetymological vocables or Bijas such as above mentioned Hrim, Shrim, Krim, Hum, Hum, Phat called by various names.
Thus the first is called the Maya Bija, the second Lakshmi Bija, the third Kali Bija, the fourth Kurca Bija, the fifth Varma Bija, the sixth Astra Bija. Ram is Agni Bija, Em is Yoni Bija, Klim is Kama Bija, Shrim is Badhu Bija, Aim Sarasvati Bija and so forth.
Each Devata has His or Her Bija. Thus Hrim is the Maya Bija, Krim the Kali Bija. The Bija is used in the worship of the Devata whose Mantra it is.
All these Bijas mentioned are in common use. There are a large number of others, some of which are formed with the first letters of the name of the Devata for whom they stand, such as Gam for Ganesha, Dum for Durga.
There are composite consonants such as Śhra, Kla, Tva, etc., which have correspondences with particular chakras or Deities.
The vowels are all associated with the Viśḥuddhī Chakra and give the power, quality or direction (ā is Left Side, ī – Central Channel, etc.) (Ida, Pingala, Shusumna Nadi)
Ida, Pingala, Shusumna Nadi
Mantras are solar (Saura) and masculine, and lunar (Saumya) and feminine, as also neuter.
The two main Nadis, Ida and Pingala, reaching their pinnacle of evolution and contributing to the vital energy.
But what exactly are Ida and Pingala?
Ida – The Left Energy Channel – LUNAR
Ida is located on the left side of the spine (your left). It is associated with the vibration of the moon, which represents the emotional part of a person – the Yin energy.
In the Sanskrit language, Ida means “comfort”.
Regardless of our gender, we all have a female and masculine side.
Each one of those manifests in different situations according to our inner state of mind at a given time.
Ida is the one connected to our female part. It corresponds to the left nostril to the right side of our brain.
This is the more introvert part of our bodies. Ida transports the energy to the nervous system. This process calms the body, mind, and soul.
Pingala – The Right Energy Channel – SOLAR
Pingala is located on the right side of the spine. It represents the masculine, pragmatic part – Yang energy.
In Sanskrit, Pingala means “channel” or “flow”.
It connects to the right nostril and to the left hemisphere of our brain.
Pingala brings the element of the sun which represents the intellect. It connects to the more extroverted and masculine side.
Pingala controls essential life elements such as vitality and strength.
What Do Ida And Pingala Represent
Even if they are presented as a duality in Hindu tradition, let’s not forget that they are within the same body. Everything is a whole and works together.
For example, a coin has the “heads” printed on one side and “tail” on the other, but it’s one coin. Thus, this creates balance and in the end a whole object. Neither of the pieces can be absent. It is what it is because of the two sides.
The same goes for Ida and Pingala, Yin and Yang, masculine and feminine.
Therefore Ida and Pingala, together with Sushumna, are the most important energy channels that we have.
These three Nadis keep the energy flowing, intersecting themselves at the most important junctions – the chakras.
The prana (or light) energy flows from the base of the spine all the way up to the crown chakra, exiting as a fountain of light.
They Are Gateways
Ida and Pingala are in strong connection with the chakras. These are gateways that connect the subtle realms with the physical ones.
Through them, we are able to express inner emotions, thoughts, words, and actions.
This helps us understand that we are spiritual beings living a physical experience. In the end, this has to lead to spiritual growth and awareness.
Many people live within the vibration of Ida and Pingala and less in Sushumna.
This is reasonably balanced, meaning if the exterior is calm we will also feel calm. But if the exterior changes, we will react to this change. It’s the basic pattern on which they function.
Yet, we can surpass this condition and raise our awareness and consciousness. Through wisdom and understanding, we can expand beyond that and become virtually immune to the outside world.
They simply won’t affect us anymore.
But the energy cannot flow without these two channels being properly cleansed and energized. That’s why there are quite a few Yoga breathing exercises out there.
Call on Hanuman to change your destiny:
ओं ह्रीं श्रीं ह्रीं ह्रौं ह्रैं ह्रः हन-हन, दह- दह, पच-पच, गृहाण-गृहाण,मारय-मारय,मर्दय-मर्दय, महा महा भैरव भैरव रूपेण, धूनय-धूनय, कम्पय कम्पय,विघ्नय-विघ्नय, विश्वेश्वर, शोभय-शोभय,कटु-कटु,मोहय हुं फट् स्वाहा।
There is a widely diffused lower mind which says, “what I do not understand is absurd”. But this science, whether well-founded or not, is not that.
Those who think so might expect Mantras which are prayers and the meaning of which they understand; for with prayer the whole world is familiar.
But such appreciation itself displays a lack of understanding.
There is nothing necessarily holy or prayerful alone in Mantras as some think.
Some combinations of letters constitute prayers and are called Mantras, as for instance the most celebrated Gayatri Mantra. A Mantra is not the same thing as prayer or self-dedication. Seed syllables are Consciousness (chit) manifesting as letters and words.
“Om” is the most prominent example of a “meaningless” Mantra, that is, one which does not bear its meaning on its face, and of what is called a seed or Bija Mantra, because they are the very quintessence of Mantra, and the seed (Bija) of the fruit which is Siddhi (spiritual achievement). These are properly monosyllabic.
Om is a Vedic Bija, but it is the source of all the other tantric Bijas which represent particular Devata aspects of that which is presented as a whole in 0m.
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