Yoga, Physiotherapy, Health, Sankhya, Metaphysics, Sanatana Dharma, Perennialists & Hinduism

Language, Linguistics, Phonetics, Sanskrit, Mantras & Metaphysics

on May 7, 2012

The next post will be on the metaphysics of sound, space and speech, again in the context of yoga practice. Due to some readers requests, it hopes to provide an elaboration on the earlier post; Mantra Yoga

A comparison will be made against metaphysics of mantras, palatal sounds, chakras and the  Nakshatras, leading to a consideration of Sanskrit against western philosophical concepts of language (linguistics & phonetics).

To serve this purpose,  here are some relevant wiki links to familiarise oneself with western concepts of language, before considering the role and use of mantras and Sanskrit in Yoga.

In addition, below is my attempt at a simple categorization of language to help transition from western models to the metaphysical assumptions of Sanskrit; as usual compartmentalized into the JiVa 5 levels!

I am really not qualified to write on these matters, but decided to share my thoughts with the intention of instigating a forum for further inquiry for those Yoga practitioners interested in making a deeper research into connecting the dots.


i) Objects => create  language (ie. considering environmental conditioning, and neuro-development leading to perception and thought)

ii) Language => creates objects (ie. the other side of the same coin – language; linguistically, and perhaps metaphysically, influences and determines perception of objects and the world;  incl. mental construct – Chomsky)

iii) Logical Positivists ( =>

The linguistic connection between language and objects.

“mathematical and logico-linguistic constructs” and deductions of  Epistemology & Analytical Philosophy – ie. Russel.

The positivists adopted the principle of verificationism, according to which every meaningful statement is either analytic or is capable of being verified by experience.  This is the doctrine that a proposition is “cognitively meaningful” only if there is a finite procedure for conclusively determining its truth. This caused the logical positivists to reject many traditional problems of philosophy, especially those of metaphysics and oncology as meaningless (wiki)

iv) Language games of Wittengstein => contextual – all language is a language game depending on the context and rules of the game.  (the rejection of metaphysics not as wrong but as having no meaning; the idea that all knowledge should be codifiable by a single standard language of science; and above all,  ordinary-language concepts were gradually to be replaced by more precise equivalents in that standard language – wiki).

v) Metaphysical Language  –  Sanskrit  (and approximations) – visual & auditory

The concept that both points (i & ii), language and objects (including the so-called subject), are inter-dependent on a foundational matrix of consciousness (AUM), and that all adaptations to these (including iii & iv) are still modifications and  “rarefactions” of  the metaphysical phonetics of Sanskrit (or vibration) through the evolution and interdependence of “pun” (dependent on construct) and “play” (language games in context)

Subjective  “mental constructs” are part of the intelligence of language (linguistics) and sound (phonetics) that modifies the general matrix effect of language on the mind and perception.

ie. mental constructs and language games are reflections of each other; metaphor (subjective) and mirror (objective) on the basis of the metaphysics consciousness.

Some languages are more auditory, associative, abstract and indirect in their adaptation (such as puns used in western languages such as English), whilst others are more visual, concrete and direct representations of objects (such as the characters used in Chinese languages to represent nature), but that sound, intonation and tone are metaphysically and mathematically based on ether, with everything being a vibrational resonance and frequency ramification of  silent cosmic “hum” AUM.

Thus, evolution and differences between languages includes the effects of the environment (100th monkey syndrome with quantum effects) and neuro-physiological development of the brain’s plasticity (adaptation of the brains’ neural wiring as an electromagnetic and mathematical filtering system, ie. to sound). But, also, from a metaphysical point of view, includes the assumption that thoughts, words and things (including the subject) are one entity in consciousness. And thoughts, however they are constructed or used, reflect vibrational “things”, and there is a “quantum” law of attraction, as well as a law of  integrity (unity of thought,word and heart) and purity of intention (electro-magnetic “will power” for desire to operate on more personal to Universal levels and laws).

Thus, from the holistic assumptions that Yoga physiology and philosophy, both objective and subjective changes and variations between languages have qualitative effects on consciousness and nature.

So to some extent, races, diets, languages etc.. modify human intelligence to represent aspects of humanity – providing “unity in diversity” to the phenomenal world; but that these are still contingent within a metaphysical reality – specifics contrasted against generalities that gives the world “shape” and relative reality.

Therefore, my suggestion, is that, to some extent (as a variable of influence), the Chinese language by it’s construct and use promotes a more mathematical, concrete and pragmatic  intelligence, whereas Latin based languages are more conducive to the neuro-development of a more abstract intelligence.

However, in today’s age of globalisation and technology, multi-dimensional intelligences are synthesising intelligences along their inherent strengths.

Also, possibly, the spread of the Vedas, as a metaphysical bridge for linguistics and phonetics is helping this integration to take place – the metaphysical apex of the triangle for a simple model of language; with the visual characters of Mandarin on the left side (of the brain) and the auditory associative words of most other languages on the right (of the brain).

Note that the functional map of the brain, with its geometry, also has yogic chakra correspondences; ie. the 1008 petalled lotus with petals corresponding to aspects of the body and macrocosm of the Universe. Accordingly, in Yogic philosophy, anyone can develop related powers, practical and cosmic, by concentrating on an area of the brain. In addition, it incorporates that each person’s prakriti or constitution also predisposes them to be more developed in certain areas, or parts of the brain – again validating the yogic understanding of unity in diversity of nature and dharma.

Whatever the differences, it may be considered that Yoga and the spiritual search, through the mind’s seeking  and apparent knowledge, is a return to the ever-present Universal Silent Self  beyond language, definitions and the dichotomies it creates.

However, before ripening to this experience, most teachings emphasis a need for integration of thought, word and deed before the self-deception of the self-concept can be discarded.

By the practice of  mantra, meditation and inner silence clears the air, so to speak, and allows the reflection of the natural state of Being to reveal itself to itself. And no amount of intellectualisation can do this. From a spiritual point of view, the intellect’s sole purpose is to recognise the false (world phenomena) as false (changing), clearing the habit of doubts and thoughts for the revelation of Being to be experienced by intuition.

Anyway, not to detract from the purpose of this post, the proposition of the above is that the Sanskrit language and its construct is gramatically, linguistically  and phonetically formulated by sages and seers to better attune the mind to natural law, intuitive experience, and one’s natural state; relatively as a unique vibration or “wave” in the “Whole” of Consciousness, and absolutely through  experiencing the cosmic vibration AUM.  Ultimately, all matter vibrates in space, and can be made to resonate within or without the body and mind via the power of mantric  speech throughout the medium of ether.

This is why Yoga practice is often co-ordinated with Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and Ayurveda. On a relative level, the person’s name is determined through Jyotish (or vedic astrology) to harmonise with his Prakriti (constitution). From the position of the natal Moon and Ascendant in one of the 108 padas (parts) of the 27 Nakshatras (milky way constellations), the first consonant and vowel of the child’s name is chosen to harmonise his relative nature (body-mind complex) with his role in Consciousness. Thus, according to the Bhagavad Gita, through living in harmony with his “Swa dharma” or relative nature, the soul can achieve union or “yoga” with the Universal (Aum).

More on the different beeja and Nakshatra pada mantras will be presented in the next post. I guess this might be interesting for those of you interested in adopting a spiritual, Sanskrit  yoga name too!

In  addition, we will take a look at the different palatal (oral anatomical) sounds and their relationship to planets and chakras (petals), as well as a simple presentation of the 5 Taoist sounds for the 5 elements and 5 organs of Chinese medicine will be made.

Also, note that this blogs co-ordination of points around the number 5 will also entertain, in future posts,  the concept of “unity in diversity”, of specifics among generalities, by considering variations between man (the pentagram) and nature (the fibonacci number). (Golden Ratio in Human Body) & (fibonacci number in nature)

It will suggest that metaphysics is the key to unite science with consciousness, and that  subjects like sacred geometry and divination (physiognomy, phrenology, face reading, body language, body reading, ayuveda, jyotish etc) will all become accepted as common knowledge through advances in computation, research correlations, and  patterns detected in nature. (the human face – beauty) & (How to read faces & personalities)

Notably, a comparative  study of the effect of sound, mantras and music on the areas of the brain should be made as well as any anatomical variations between people and races.  Perhaps, an understanding of yogic physiology and possible correspondences to beeja sounds could also be included in the study.

In this regard, an interesting documentary “my music brain” by BBC is worth watching .

You can also visit the link to read a suggestion of how a metaphysical school could be developed to share such knowledge.

Lastly, excuse my English and spelling mistakes. I am just a leisurely blogger after all!

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