Ever so gradually, science is beginning to understand some of the timeless wisdom of spirituality. And while some aspects are endlessly examined and talked about (ie, life after death), others are seemingly permanently sidelined.
Another area is meditation. Meditation has been proven, time and time again, to be one the most effective ways of bringing lasting positive psychological impact to the mind. Conversely, there has been very little interest or research into hand gestures.
But what about mantras?
Well just like any practice, there is a great difference between the forms of mantras and their application. But nearly every mantra teacher and longtime practitioner agree one of the most important aspects is the sound produced during.
This is because it’s believed mantras actually rearrange your molecular structure with their specific and distinct sounds.
Just like birds sing to tell each other about the weather, we have used utterances to communicate with one another and to become informed about the world around us. These tiny little bits of sound (syllables, grunts etc.) have been with us for millions of years. Just like birds sing to tell each other about the weather, we have used utterances to communicate with one another and interact with the world around us.
Interestingly, many aspects of speech have evolved to resemble the sounds of nature. You can hear this when you speak. Think about certain words, like “crash”, “honk, and “giggle” and you can hear the sound of the event itself in the word. In other words, they are onomatopoetic (using or relating to onomatopoeia).
Some languages are more like this than others. Sanskrit very much carries this trait, as it was derived from natural sounds. So when we use Sanskrit mantras, we invoke these connections with nature. This is why meditating on these mantras puts our consciousness in the echo of nature, and the sound waves reverberate throughout the body.
Because Sanskrit is naturally more primitive and closer to nature, it takes us back to a time when we were ourselves closer to that source. Modern language has more of a logical/brutish touch to it, a far cry from what Sanskrit was designed for. Where Sanskrit carries us back to nature modern language leaves us in the realms of logic and reasoning. And that is why mantras are in Sanskrit.