THE VEDIC RISHI
The Vedas are the ancient and eternal books of cosmic secrets.In about 1500 BCE the more refined of humans ,embarked on a voyage into the inner space of consciousness These wise men are known as “Rishi” in Sanskrit .The sanskrit word “Rishi” is derived from the sanskrit root “drsh” ,to see.
A Rishi was a yogi who chose solitude and went about the business of purifying the mind to dive deep into consciousness .In moments of deep meditation the yogi discovered that his consciousness was one with the cosmic consciousness.This epiphany was the window to the esoteric knowledge about the ultimate nature of life ,its source and incredible design.
These sages who were the pioneers of the most stupendous of human journeys, accessed from the “Paramam vyomam” ( supreme ether) pristine vibrations emanating from the very parent of creation .These primordial sounds were the cosmic powers of manifestation .It is these sacred words or mantras which revealed themselves to the inner consciousness of the rishi, making him ,the custodian and interpreter of its spiritual secrets.
The Rishi who is also known as the “Kavi Kratuh”(The poet and composer) poured out the essence of these vibrations in words which intuitively sprang from his heart.These words became 35,000 odd mantras the collection of which is the “Samhita” , which means to “put together with perfection” or a collection
The Supreme consciousness (Chit) which existed before material creation had deep with in itself ,the potential for immeasurable bliss or anand .This throbbing potential had a pulsation ,the sound of which was a single syllable -Om .From the sound Om, radiated a multitude of vibrations each having a characteristic vibratory frequency ,supra physical sound specific quality and gross form.
The vedas and the puranas are replete with many beautiful allegorical references to the essential nature or “svabhava” of Brahman ,the Absolute parent Consciousness.One such story is about Panini a young ,struggling student whose disappointment at his own inability to grasp his studies on the sanskrit language ,impelled him to retreat to the forest and deeply meditate for a solution.
The vision of Shiva rhythmically beating his damru was seen by Panini who composed the Maheshwara sutra and went on to make this very beautiful and extremely powerful rendition , the basis of the sanskrit varnamala (alphabets).These fourteen verses which group sanskrit phonemes together on the basis of shared acoustic patterns became the basis of the Ashtadhyayi (a treatise on Sanskrit grammar) and Sanskrit as a language of the gods
SOUL AND SOUND ARE IMPERISHABLE
“Akshar” is a sanskrit word which means the “imperishable one”.Consciousness (Chit) and its innate power(Chitti) are eternally related and mutually synergistic in the dance of creation and annihilation . The Maheshwara sutra is an acoustic delight and an extremely powerful tool to heal and balance by a vocal acupressure of the nerve endings of the tongue. The sanskrit letters was systematically divided into groups(varga) depending on which locus of the vocal apparatus is touched by the tongue during theirarticulation .
Each akshar in addition to having a particular aural impact ,carries and represents a small mother energy (matrika) which brings down its quality into manifestation at all levels of existence.
The revelation of the vedic akshar is an eternal phenomenon and the “akshar”may descend down as an inner “sruti” (hearing) of divine creative mantras ,a vision ,an intuitive knowledge ,a flash of insight , miraculous clairvoyance or physical and physiological healing .”Sabda ” is the innate power of Brahman.Brahman is “akshar” itself .