Singer : Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj
Music Design : Shaarang Dev
English Voices : Salim Ghouse
English Translation : Shri Purohit Swami along with Late W. B. Yeats
Sanskrit Guidance : Late S.G. Desai
Tabla/Pakhwaj & Editing supervision : Kedar Pandit.
Pakhwaj : Bhawani Shankar
Keyboards : Sanjay Wandrekar
Recording Engineer : Bishwadeep, Nitin Joshi
Studio : Spectral Harmony, Anupama & Sound Ideaz
Booklet Text : Vijay Sankaran
Illustrations and Design : Achyut Palav
Among all the mantras, Om and Aum is known as the Maha Mantra, the Great Vibration or the Mool Mantra, the root cause of all vibrations.
Arguably the greatest treatise om Aum is the Mandukya Upanishad. Described as the essence of all upanishads, it explores the various dimensions of Aum as Absolute reality, in 12 shlokas or verses.
For the liberataion of the seeker, the Mandukya Upanishad, alone, is adequate, if it is properly digested into experience.
In this unique album featuring a selection of the 12 verses, Pandit Jasraj, India's celebrated classical singer takes us on a voyage across that ocean of sound-Aum. 'A' representing the waking state, 'U' the dream state, 'M' that of dreamless sleep, untill we reach the ultimate dimension of Reality that transcends it all.
From our first stirrings in the womb, when out mother’s heartbeat creates a peaceful cocoon of sound, we move to the beat of a Divine Drummer.
Rhythm and chants governs our festivals and prayers. Music and song express our emotions and stories. The drumbeats of folk music the classical music of East and West the strident beat of rock and rap sound rules our lives.
It is very sound that rishis or seers of ancient India transformed into a tool to experience that Absolute Silence within.
The science of Mantra is unique in the history of mankind’s quest for realizing the Absolute.
Mantras are not just words or verses in the ancient language of Sanskrit praising the God or describing higher states of the Reality; they are sounds and vibrations revealed to the seers in the deepest states of meditation.
Om : The Seed Sound Of Creation
The concept of Om as the primordial sound foreshadows the Big Bang theory by a few thousand years.
“The Word OM is the imperishable; all this is its manifestation” says the Mandukya Upanishad.
All the world’ faiths and traditional echo this truth that universal matter was created by sound: “In the beginning was Brahman, with whom was the Vak (or Sound) and the Vak is Brahman” say the Vedas which St. John reiterates in the Bible:In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God”.
Sufis called the primordial sound ‘Saute Surmad', the tone that fills the cosmos, its frequencies too fine to be seen or heard. It was ‘Saute Surmad’, which Muhammad perceived when he was enlightened in the cave of Gare Hira.
Moses heard the same sound on Mount Sinai. The same vibration became obvious to jesus when he was in union with the heavenly father in the wilderness. It is the same ‘Anahad Naad’ (the unstruck sound) that the yogis and gurus of India have described in the Samadhi state. The flute of Krishna is the symbol of this seedless sound.
This sound is the source of all manifestation, revealed to the masters from within.
Om : The Universal Sound
Om does not belong to Hinduism or any religion. From ‘Om Mane Padme Hum’ of Buddhism, and ‘Aman’ of Christianity, to ‘Amin’ of Islam and Omkar ‘Ek Satnam’ of Sikhism, one detects the echo of the same cosmic sound experienced by all the great masters of mankind. “Om’ and the latin root word ‘Omn’ share a similar meaning ‘all’ leading to the concepts of omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotent.
Om is also called Pranava the subtle sound pervading prana or life. Om is the alpha and omega of nay Hindu ritual or prayers, chanted in the beginning and at the end. Its continuous remembrance is also the main spiritual practice of most sanyasins, whose path is called nivritti marg or the path of returns to the source.
Another synonym for Om is akshar the indivisible sound syllable found in many scriptures, including the Bhagavad Gita (10.25) in which Krishna proclaims , “Of utterances I am the single Om.”
Om is referred to in Naad Yoga as Para Naad (beyond audible sound) because it is beyond the range of our sense organs.
In Indian classical music, which shares the same spiritual goal, Om corresponds to the first note of the octave, Sa or the shadaj, meaning the father of all notes, or the everlasting tone.
Om : Gateway to the Meditative State
The sages of yore realized what doctors have discovered in the modern era: mantras such as OM alter the frequency of our brainwaves, leading to distressing, peace of mind and holistic health.
The chanting of OM induces the alpha wave state at a frequency of ten cycles per seconds, corresponding to deep relaxation and awareness free of thoughts. Research shows that each separate part of the sound AUM has a separate effect on the mind.
The Indian tradition describes three methods of mantra repetition. The first is verbal, the second is whispering and the third is mental, the last being the most potent, recommended for the advance practitioners of a steady mind.
Om : The Universal Healer
The chanting of Om and the practice of Om mediation has also found increasing acceptance in western medicine in its fight against stress and disease. Medical studies have shown AIDS patients increased their T-cell counts. Heart patients have reversed their disease. People have discontinued their antidepressants. Cancer patients have gone into remission. Those in chronic pain have found relief.
Om has resounded through the centuries healing mind, body and soul. Through the words of the mystics and the masters. Through scriptures, prayers and music. From the fire ceremonies in forest ashrams to the ancient temples of India. From the hermit caves in the Himalaya to the modern mediations class, Om is the sound supreme!
Whatever our faith, or purpose in chanting Om, the words of the Masters down the centuries tell us the same truth: The contemplation of Om the universal vibration, takes us further on the inner journey to the peace within. Om Shantih Shantih Shantihi.
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