ÁPTA VÁKYA DISCOURSE
ÁPTA VÁKYA AND PRÁPTA VÁKYA
SHRII SHRII ÁNANDAMÚRTI
30-11-1978 Evening General Darshan at Madras, INDIA.
I tried to explain to you that MANTRA and incantation is not the same thing. And for MANTRA there must be the acoustic root and the same time in the mundane plane it must have the same and not similar significance. And I also said that for becoming IŚT́A MANTRA where there is acoustic root and the proper significance, it must get recognition from Mahásambhúti or Mahákaola.
Now everywhere there is movement in the Universe – Movement is in the Microcosmic plane and also in the plane of Physicalities.
Wherever there is an Idea, there is an Inference, there must be Movement.
Nothing is fixed – nothing is Stationary in this Universe and you should remember that the acoustic root in the realm of Microcosm must maintain a symmetry between the Inferential expressions in the Psychic world and also Physical manifestations in the mundane level.
Where this symmetry is wanting neither the Inference nor the Physical movement can get the recognition of a MANTRA.
The Movement in the realm of Microcosm is a movement either from the Microcosmic extremities to the Supreme – to the Starting point of Spirituality or from the Starting point of Spirituality to the culminating point of Macrocosmic manifestation and in the field of Physicality it starts as an Inference either from the touching point of Microcosm and physical plane or from the subtlest point of physical plane to the level of Macrocosm.
These Inferences must have a co-ordination as well as symmetry amongst themselves, and the symmetry is the Guiding factor – you must remember.
There are many words in the world, but all words cannot be MANTRA’s, because in MANTRA there should be Spirit of Mobility and hence the word should be found either with Mobility of physical plane or with the Mobility of the Inferential plane.
Take the case of the word ‘Rama’. As you know the word “Ram” means – the root meaning, the rudimental significance is the Attractive faculty.
‘Ram’ root verb + ‘ghain’ suffix = Rama.
Now here the root verb is to raise the Spirit of Mobility.
Now this Mobility should be in both the plane; both physical and Inferential.
In Physical plane the body moves towards the Supreme Goal and by being attracted by Supreme Nucleus and also in Inferential planes the body moves towards the Supreme Entity, towards the Nucleus and also the Movement of body towards the Supreme Goal must maintain, not only parallelism but also symmetry. The same symmetry is called “PRAMÁ” in Saḿskrta.
In both these planes, there is the spirit of mobility and in the inferential sphere what does happen?
The movement finally encourages the aspirant to ensconce itself in the vast ocean of Cosmos. Hence the word ‘Rama’ has got value of MANTRA.
But it requires the support of a Mahákaola/Mahásambhúti for being treated as Siddha MANTRA.
Another meaning of ‘Rama’ is “Ráti Mahiidhara Rama” – the most glittering – Ráti Mahiidhara. The first letter of “Ráti” is “Rá”, and the first letter of “Mahiidhara” is “Ma” – “Ráma”.
The spirit of the term is that Ráma is the most glittering Entity in the entire Universe.
All the glittering Entities, so many Stars, Planets and Meteors and Galaxies, get their light from the Supreme Entity, and so the Supreme light-supplying Entity, the Supreme effulgent figure in the entire Universe is Ráma.
Now this light is light both on the plane of physicality and also in the field of Inference.
The symmetry is maintained.
Thus the word “Ráma” can be treated as a MANTRA if it is supported by a Mahákaola.
What is the duty of the Mahákaola in this respect?
That is to inject the Spirit of Movement from the lowermost point of Expression to the Subtlest point of Culmination.
Similarly, another meaning of “Ráma” is “Rávańasya marańam Ráma”.
What is Rávańa?
The first letter of “Rávańa” is “Ra”, and the first letter of “marańam” is “ma”.
What is “Rávańasya marańam”?
“Rávana” is the ten-faced demon functioning in each and every entity. It is the demoralizing, it is the depraving and the degenerating agency.
And “marańa” means “death”.
When the aspirants ensconce in Supreme Entity, what does happen?
That Rávańa – the ten-faced demon – ceases to exist.
And what is Rávańa?
What is the ten-faced demon?
The depraving mind – the evil Propensities of Man.
Those propensities goad the human mind or Microcosmic mind in ten directions. These ten directions are represented by ten faces.
Actually Rávańa means ten-faced depraving Propensities.
Now when one ensconces oneself – when one becomes one with Supreme Entity mentally in the realm of Inferences, one is free from fetters of these depraving agencies, from this Avidya. Hence, here also, the same purpose is served.
So in cases of all these interpretations of “Rávana” there is also the significance coming to a single point. Hence the word “Ráma” is a MANTRA, if it is supported by a Mahákaola.
But finally, one must remember, “MANTRA múlaḿ GURU Vákyam”.
It is Shivokti, said by Lord Sadáshiva, that is the rudimental faculty functioning behind each and every MANTRA – is GURU Vákyam.
Who is Guru?
As you know, “Gu” means “darkness” and “Ru” means “Dispelling agency or faculty”. The entity that dispels all sorts of darkness from the mind is “Guru”.
Who is “Guru”?
Guru is HE who knows the secrets of Spiritual Salvation.
Who knows the secrets of Spiritual Salvation?
Parama Puruśa Himself can know, others cannot know HIS secrets and that’s why in Ánanda Sútram it has been said, “Brahma Eva Guru eka Náparah.”
So “Guru Vákyam” means “Brahma Vákyam”.
So, “MANTRA múlaḿ GURU Vákyam” means “MANTRA múlaḿ BRAHMA Vákyam”.
Now we should remember two things here.
Whatever you see, whatever you do, whatever you perceive or conceive in this world, both in the world of Inferences and also in the arena of quinquelementality, everything cometh from the Nucleus; everything cometh from the Parama Puruśa.
But some of them, some of those physical entities and also some of those Inferential values we receive through certain media and some of them we receive directly what we receive through some media, they are known as “PRÁPTA VASTU” and what we receive directly from the Nucleus of the Universe, what we receive from Parama Puruśa is called “ÁPTA VASTU”.
Now in this realm of Spirituality, whatever we receive, we receive directly from HIM, and not through any media, and that is why the secrets of Spirituality is known as “ÁPTA VÁKYAM” and not “PRÁPTA VÁKYAM”.
Prápta Vákyas come through different media, through different Physical media, and that’s why they may vary, they may undergo metamorphosis and due to their going through metamorphosis, they may come within the scope of Relativity, they may undergo distortion, that is why this Prápta vákyam or Prápta vastus are not Infinite and these Prapta Vastus or Prápta vákyam cannot be – must not be the Desiderata of Human beings.
The only thing that you want – that an aspirant wants is ÁPTA VÁKYA.
This ÁPTA VÁKYA is GURU VÁKYA and this GURU VÁKYA is MANTRAMÚLAḾ. It is the rudimental faculty behind all MANTRA’s.