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Vedas are believed to be divine revelation in earlier Sanskrit language and are the oldest available scriptures of the mankind dates back prior to 2000 BC transmitted verbally from generation to generation.
Vedic rites and rituals invoke auspiciousness, peace, goodwill, and the blessings of the deities. Vedic Mantras, the sacred formula, are powerful and effective if chanted with full consciousness and attention, and with an understanding of their meanings.
Vedic Science & Modern Science:
Renowned scientists throughout modern history, including Werner Heisenberg, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Carl Sagan, Erwin Schrodinger, and Hans-Peter Durr, publicly admit that the Bhagavad-Gita and Vedic texts illuminated their understanding of key scientific explanations and discoveries.
Werner Heisenberg, German Nobel prize winner in Physics, the father of Quantum Mechanics, saw parallels between the Vedic concepts of non-duality and the principles of quantum mechanics, which describe the behaviour of particles in terms of wave-particle duality, uncertainty, and non-locality. He believed that the principles of quantum mechanics could be used to help explain the nature of reality and the interconnectedness of all things.
Father of an Atomic Bomb, Julius Robert Oppenheimer quoted – Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.
In fact, Vedic Maths is so versatile that even NASA has applied certain concepts from Vedic Mathematics to artificial intelligence.
What are the Vedas:
Vedas contain Hindu philosophy & rituals, scientific phenomena and knowledge accumulated by seers & sages (ancient Hindu scientists). Vedas are four - Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. Rigveda contains prayers to Gods (Riks are the mantras). Yajurveda has methods to use Riks for sacrifices (Yajus - Yajna). Sama Veda introduces musical notes. Atharva Veda gives ways to make life successful. Each Veda has three sections - Samhita, Brahmana and Aranyaka. Samhita has prayers or Suktas. Brahmana has sacrificial methods. Aranyaka has Mantras and methods that are practiced in the forests (that is, not for grhasthas). Upanishads normally appear in the last part of Aranyaka and deal with spiritual philosophy.
How Vedas impact:
Albert Einstein said “Everything in life is Vibration”. Everything is pulsating with a form of energy. The Vedas have more than 20, 000 mantras and each mantra when chanted produces sound vibrations that impact specific neurons of the body. The basic aim of chanting mantras is to induce certain sound frequencies that impact our neurons coherently and synergistically. Vedic chanting is said to help develop one's mental powers and strength, ease stress, and take one to a higher level of consciousness.
Regular chanting of mantras is believed to wipe out fear, anger and depression, and help relieve disorders of the respiratory, digestive, reproductive, circulatory, speech, intellectual and cognitive systems. Vedic chanting is said to help develop one's mental powers and strength, ease stress, and take one to a higher level of consciousness. Chanting also improves one's memory and power of concentration, so crucial if one wants to be an achiever.
Dr. Howard Steingull, an American Scientist established that the recitation of Gayatri Mantra produces a frequency of 110,000 Hz. The cosmic energy associated with the Gayatri Mantra is the Sun. Chanting this mantra increase the blood supply to the areas of the brain and can significantly impact spatial and verbal memory. Moreover, chanting it the right way, with the right diction emanates a sound vibration that is great for the heart. It helps lowering heart rate and maintains a balance in breathing. Ideal is to chant it early morning at 6:00am.
Similarly, sound frequencies of mantras like 1) Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, 2) Sarvamangale Maagalye shive Sarvartha Shardhike, 3) Mangalam Bhagwan Vishu, Mangalam Garunadhwajah and 4) Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhinam Pusthivardhanam, have the potential to produce Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta; Delta brain waves that can help improve alertness, concentration, creativity, relaxation, intuition, memory and good immunity.
What are the Vedic Mantras:
Each mantra will have a seer (rishi) who composed it, a rhythm or meter (Chhanda) which determines its sound, and a deity (devata) who presides over it and manifests when the mantra is correctly pronounced. It also contains a seed syllable (bija) which imparts to it manifesting power (Shakti) and a support (kilakam) which makes it strong or stable until it delivers the intended result.
Because of these hidden components and their divine aspects, many rules are associated with the chanting of the mantras. The attitude and the personal purity of the person who utters them also matter. Pronunciation is of utmost importance in the use of mantras. Without right pronunciation and intonation, the deity in the mantra may not respond. Equally important is the intention for which a mantra is used, since the use of mantras for any purpose produces karmic consequences and influences the destiny of its user.
Why Vedic Mantras:
These mantras are used to invoke gods, communicate with them, pray & propitiate them to fulfil worldly desires and achieve peace and prosperity in life; to cleanse the mind and body for liberation or self-transformation; to restrain the mind and enter deep sleep or higher states of consciousness; to earn divine grace or the grace of a guru; to gain siddhis or spiritual powers (siddhis) etc.
The purposes of Vedic mantras:
The four puruṣharathas (purposes) of life as per Vedas are Dharma (righteousness, moral values); Artha (prosperity, economic values); Kama (pleasure, love, desires, psychological values); and finally Moksha (liberation, spiritual values). Vedic Mantras are for prosperity, long life, wealth, intelligence, family, children, food and liberation.
In the Brahmanas and Aranyakas texts, various rituals are prescribed to get definite fruits related to worldly or divine pleasures. As per Upanishads, the union with the Brahman or ultimate liberation can be attained only by giving up non-knowledge (Ajnana) and by achieving knowledge (Jnana).
How Vedic Mantras impact:
As per International Journal of Innovative Technology and Exploring Engineering (Volume-9 Issue-2S3, December 2019), the human neurological system has an effective impact by meditation, mantra therapy, music therapy, Raga therapy and Vedic chanting. The chanting of the Veda mantras have three aspects namely; purity of mind, purity of intonation and purity of pronunciation. 1. The Mantra, an acoustic signal is a combination of sound, breath and rhythm. “Omkara” chanting and other Vedic verses had profound influences on all the energy centers of the human body. The research paper presented the impact of chanting of Vedic mantras as under:
1. The interesting finding is the deviations in Electro Encephalograms (EEG) waves towards low frequency rhythms of OM chanting.
2. Vedic chanting producing distinct signal energy such as music has intense influence on human moods and emotions. The studies inferred that chanting mantras will create vibratory sensation around the ears and these sensations are transmitted through branches of Vagus nerve. Influence on limbic areas, amygdala, hippocampus and thalamus was also observed by Vedic chanting. These vibrations interfaces with the larynx, lungs, heart, liver, stomach, kidneys, bladder, little and digestive organ.
3. The acoustic sound generated by chanting Vedic mantras has a great influence on our psychic system.
4. Sounds of traditional Vedic chanting produce vibrations those have beneficial spiritual effects both on chanters and listeners. Six basic aspects of phonetics, which are important to Vedic chanting are Varna, Swara, Mantra, Balam, Sama and Santana, all these six aspects are inter-related.
5. Vedic texts, music or mantras have turned as a precious tool effecting significantly different parts of the human cerebrum.
6. Vedic melodies produce incredible sound vibrations that are fit for changing vitality at all degrees of development. They influence the psychological and arrive at the subliminal level where our karmic patterns are stored. The act of singing builds memory, expands fixation and deletes the impacts of past karma.
7. The best possible recitation of mantras can diminish stress and pressure.
8. Studies proven that “Hatayoga” to “Himalayan Meditation” practices yielded wonderful results in understanding our mind and body balance.