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Vedic VAK : four levels of Sound

This is a simplified explanation of the Vedic theory of Sound (Vak, whose root is Vach which means « to speak » and corresponds in Latin to the word is Vox)

• The « Rig Veda » 1.164.45 says « catvari vak parimita padani tani vidur brahmana ye minishinah, guha trini nihita neengayanti turiyam vaco manushya vadanti » (i.e. The cognoscenti know of the Vak that exists in four forms. Three are hidden and the fourth is what men speak)

• The Sanskrit grammarian, Bharthrari, states in his « Vakyapadiya » 1.112: « vageva viswa bhuvanani jajne » (i.e. It is « Vak » which has created all the worlds)

• Similarly, in Tantra, it is said that the Universe was set in motion by the primordial throb (adya-spanda) and that all objects of the Universe are created by sound – « artha-srsteh puram sabda-srstih » (sound precedes the formation of objects) … the greek « Logos »

• Lastly, we find in the Bible the verse, « In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God » [John 1:1]

The rhythms of cosmic vibrations issue forth from four levels which correspond to the various levels in manifestation:

Para-Vak is the highest form of sound. It issues forth from the Supernal Ether (paramam vyomam) where all the sound vibrations that build the various worlds pre-exist in an undifferentiated state. (Plan of the Emanation, Atziluth)

Pashyanti is the « sound vibration » heard in the Causal worlds. Pashyanti in Sanskrit means « seeing speech ». A sage whose consciousness is concentrated in the causal body is able to « glimpse » a Truth in a vision or a revelation. Knowledge is acquired in the inner mind by sight without the use of the reasoning faculty or sensory data. (Upper « intellect center » of the Self or Atman)
(Plan of the Creation, Briah)

Madhyama (Middle) is the sound as perceived in the subtle or the Pranic world. A good example of this would be the thought-forms held in our mind. (Upper « vital » center of the Self or Atman) Saint John’s Apocalypsis, Mozart’s genius, etc. (Plan of the Formation, Yetzirah)

Vaikhari is the lowest form of sound and it signifies « outward expression ». This is the spoken word emerging from the back of our throat. (Lower intellect, vital-emotional centers of the external self) (Plan of the Action, Assiah)

SRI AUROBINDO GAYATRI MANTRA

OM TAT SAVITUR VARAM RUPAM JYOTI PARASYA DHIMAHI YANNAH SATYENA DIPAYET


« That Sun-god who is the Creator, most auspicious form, Light of the Lord, meditate on by which Truth Illumine »

Tat = that
Savitur = Sun-god the Creator
Varam = most auspicious
Rupam = form
Jyotih = Light
Parasya = Lord (para = Transcendantal)
Dhimahi = meditate on (Dhi = intellect)
Yannah = by which
Satyena = Truth
Dipayet = illumine (dipa = light)