Mantra Yoga and the Word


In the beginning was the Word. John 1.1

The Word or "Sabda" has a mystical meaning. You may read volumes on Mantra Yoga but never find out what it really means, unless you practice it.

Give me your word

This experiment just might help to trigger off something deeper in you. It is quite simple. In fact you only have to reflect upon your entire past, then create a vision for your future and describe it all in just one word!

Not two. Not three. Just one. It's hard. But it's a great exercise. Find the word that resounds in your heart.

Joy, compassion, happiness? Or does something quite different come to mind? 

May be something like "Danger". So you like excitement, adventure and you live on the edge. It reveals what drives you in this phase of your life. Yes, I said phase. The word may change as you grow and that's nice, isn't it?

How about "Money"? Don't judge the word. After all it is only a phase in your life.

In fact the word doesn't even have to have a meaning. Sounds reveal a lot about ourselves too. It could be something like "grhhh" or "ugh". Sounds go much deeper and tell you about your own feelings and you are getting closer to the mystical realm of Mantra Yoga.

Word Play

So give the experiment a shot. May be you have already found your word. If you haven't, read about mine.

When I was a just a kid I wanted to live forever. The word "immortal" was what moved me. To be a writer seemed a good choice. Words, I thought did not die so I wanted to be a writer, while all my friends wanted to be Bollywood stars. As I grew other words motivated me, such as, "excellence". That was a useful word. It kept me busy, striving for excellence in academics, in creative arts, and all things that young people do. As things kept changing in my life, I sought something permanent. So "permanent" was my next word. Only I figured nothing is really permanent except the Self or in other words THAT which is behind all this, which is constantly changing and moving.


So THAT is my word. Have you found your word?