Mantras and sutras are sacred sounds that connect us with the infinite.
William Shakespeare invented 25,000
words, which are now part of our regular
vocabulary, thus broadening our abilities
to perceive our world in a unique and
much broader way.
In some cultures, certain words, like those
Sanskrit words used in the Ancient India,
were used to connect a person with
ultimate reality. This unique language
appears in the earliest Upanishads (7th-8th
century b.c.e.). It has also been used as a way to converse with God, or the great mystery of causation and origination, the pervasive pure consciousness that informs all experiences.
A mantra is a sound that does not mean
anything but which helps you transcend
the limitations of thought and move to a
state of ascending awareness. An example
is "Om" which is used to represent the
sound of creation, the primeval vibration
that is believed to have created all the
other vibratory phenomena we call a
universe. By sitting still and repeating this
word with full attention, you transcend the
limitations of the senses, the limitations of
your identifications, and the limitations of
your sequential thought processes. You
attain stillness, poise, and equanimity over
time because the word comes to inform
A sutra is a sound as well, but it is also a
word; it is something that has meaning.
The word "sutra" itself means a stitch; it
stitches the finite being with its infinite
capacity. The word "suture" that is used in
English to describe a stitch by a surgeon
comes from this word.
Sutras abound in Sanskrit, and in fact the
entire language of Sanskrit can be said to
have been invented as a way for a person
to communicate with the divine. It is even
believed that saying the word has an
impact on the chakras, energy vortexes in
the each of the subtle bodies, and the
nadis , the subtle nerves. Their purpose is
to conduct prana or vital force through the
Many cryptic traditions refer to a number
of discrete planes of existence, each with
its own parallel "vehicle" of consciousness.
Instead of a single physical body housing
the soul, we have a series of "bodies" or
"vehicles of consciousness". All these
planes and bodies are connected by a
pervasive consciousness. Thus by using a
sacred language, we not only connect with
divinity, but with our own subtle powers
that exist in an invisible way.