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Old 28-03-2012, 04:20 AM   #10
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[I do not know this man nor have I studied with him, however I feel that this is a good explanation of Matrika Chakra theory.]

The Symphony of Life (1991) by SWAMI CHETANANANDA
The Ancient Science of Sound


"Chakra" is a general term meaning "wheel" or "circle," and it refers not only to the energy centers of the body where the kundalini energy is strongly felt, but also to other collections of forces, as we shall discuss. In your body, they are the centers where you can most palpably feel the kundalini energy; they correspond to the "third eye" of the forehead, the throat, the heart, the navel, the sex organs, the base of the spine, and the crown of the head. The para stage of manifestation, known in the individual as parakundalini, corresponds to the base of the spine, the pashyanti stage to the navel center, the madhyama stage to the heart, and the vaikhari stage to the throat.

How does all this relate to sound? In Kashmir Shaivism, each of these chakras are associated with a "root-vibration," which in turn is associated with certain letters. Thus, taken as a whole, the system of chakras (known as Matrikashakti) constitutes the primal alphabet, the alphabet formed of the essence of letters. From this alphabet, according to the tradition, the whole universe arises.

In a beautifully complex and elegant scholarly exposition, the ancient sages traced all manifestation back to a single root sound, the primal vowel, which formed all other vowels. Then from the vibrations of the vowels came the consonants, and from the interplay of the whole alphabet came the thirty-six tattvas. Shaivite scholars went so far as to explain exactly what utterance gives rise to a particular phenomenon. For example, the gutturals give rise to the five elements: earth, water, wind, fire and air. The palatals give rise to the five subtle elements: odor, taste, sight, hearing and touch. The cerebrals give rise to the five organs of action: speech, sight, movement, excretion and reproduction. The dentals give rise to the five organs of sense. And the labials give rise to five "sheaths" of mind ­ the psychic instruments.

What is the salient point to be derived from all of the dividing and subdividing and classifying? It is that all of life is inherent in the power of sound. Sound has tremendous power, and, by extension, the individual who learns how to relate properly to sound has tremendous power. This is the key point to the remainder of this discussion: by applying sound theory and practicing the science of mantra, one attains not only the understanding of manifestation, but liberation from suffering and worldliness.

Matrika, Mantra, and Liberation Through Sound

The combination of letters described above is called the matrika chakra the group of letters. Matrika means literally the "unknown mother," unknown because we are trapped (by our lack of understanding) in the most gross level of manifestation of the word. Matrika shakti is the power of sound that is the matrix of the cosmos, and manifests as the letters in the alphabet. Matrika is the subtle force behind thought and speech. It is important to remember that what is referred to here is several levels of subtlety removed from gross speech, and from words and letters such as you are reading now. The matrika chakra, and indeed the whole of science of mantra and sound, is based on an understanding of the essence of language, on "word" as referred to by St. John: "And the Word was God." This is no ordinary phonology!

While in the abstract this may be hard to understand, a look at one's own experience clarifies. Put at its very simplest, words have power. Take for example, the word "disgrace." Imagine someone you respect accusing you of being "a disgrace." The power of that accusation sets up a vibration in you that was not there before the accusation was uttered. It is as palpable as if someone had thrown a rock at you, yet all that was thrown were words. This is another fundamental concept of Kashmir Shaivism: that our mind, in the form of words, concepts, and ideas, is the source of bondage and suffering. According to the Shaivites, as long as we do not understand the true nature of matrika, we are bound by worldly actions and feelings ­ remaining victims of words without ever really understanding the source of their power over us. With the study of mantra, we gain the understanding to see what underlies the power of words and the alphabet, and can begin to use that power for our upliftment.

In the Shiva Sutras it is said that "enlightenment comes from knowing the group of letters called matrika chakra." Each of these letters in the Sanskrit alphabet can individually be called a matrika, because each is a power in its own right. When we think, the process involved stems directly from the vibration of these matrikas. Again, take your own experience. Think of a time when you lost your temper and spoke unkindly to someone. Where did the thought process and ultimately the articulation of anger come from? It arose from a vibration, a stirring in you that you responded to, which then manifested as thought and finally as words. The process of losing control is none other than taking the subtle vibration of a moment and allowing it to descend into its grossest manifestation in the form of words and actions. This descent parallels the one discussed earlier in the paper ­ that of the subtlest sound (which is the essence of the universe) descending into the gross form of physical manifestation. In Kashmir Shaivism, the microcosm always contains the macrocosm.

Self control (and ultimately liberation) is the reverse of that descent, or rather the cessation of that process its earliest stages. Instead of articulating that vibration, or even thinking the thought that the vibration evokes, one simply feels the vibration fully. Two things then happen: (a) one attains a detachment from the emotional reaction the vibration evokes, and (b) the power behind that vibration forces one to a higher level of consciousness. Since the vibration is only a strong energy, if it is not reacted to but simply absorbed as energy, it will promote the individual to a new level of awareness.

And this is only the beginning. Through a spiritual practice of meditation and mantra, our experience is transformed completely. A spiritual mantra is nothing other than pure, inwardly-directed matrika. Mantra saturates and transforms our consciousness when repeated at the levels of manifestation talked about above. Yet while matrika usually (in our normal thought processes) moves through our awareness from the para stage down to the vaikari stage, in the practice of mantra the order is reversed. When repeated at the vaikari level (the throat), the gross body is purified. The feeling associated with it may be experienced as a vibration in the tongue and mouth. When repeated on the madhyama level, the mantra is said to have one hundred times the power as when repeated on the gross level, and may be felt as a stirring in the heart. In the next level, the pashyanti level, the mantra no longer exists in concrete form, but is simply a pulse of energy. The awareness of this pulsation releases ecstasy in the heart; a person who has attained this level has the power to create through words ­ whatever such a person says has to come true. On the para level, only bliss exists. Pure spanda appears and the seeker is totally aware of the "I" ­ consciousness that is our very essence.

And all this takes place from sound, from the basic vibration and combination of vibrations interacting with one another. One vibration becomes like a string that has a pitch of a certain frequency and sets up various resonances. Each resonance in turn becomes like another string that sets up further resonances. And from this symphony of creative energy, everything manifests. All things are forms of creative energy, the Shakti, which is never separate from Shiva, the Absolute. Through meditation, we experience Him directly. We penetrate maya and matrika, and reach the eternal mantra, the sound of the union of Shiva and Shakti, the vibration in which all is One. This is liberation.

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