We come across number of higher education institutions named xxxx Institute of Science and Technology. Ever wondered what is the difference between the two? At a gathering of mostly IT people the question was asked and was met with silence. I was among the crowd and frankly, I was not myself very sure Given that I was attending a class on “The Super Science of Gayatri” I couldnt find a relevant answer. The ensuing talk was highly enlightening, atleast for me.
Science has to do with the study, discovery of something new and postulating new theories. Technology has to do with using Science, to develop instruments that use the found scientific principles for our convenience. Mantra is said to be the Science of Sound. Yes, it is a “science” which means it is in itself not directly practically useful. It takes a Mantra - drasta, a seer or a sage who has realized the mantra, a technician who knows how to practically use and apply the words and the sound to get the desired result. Just imagine, no electricity can be produced by just repeating V = IR !! One must study it, understand it and realized the properties of V, I and R and their inter-relations as a first essential step. It is the Science of Electricity. Then comes making the circuits, adjusting the parameters to make a generator or a motor..or whatever. Every where it is the same electricity, in a silicon chip to a huge power-plant.
Similarly “Gayatri” is said to be the underlying current of life in the entire universe. The whole solar system and our earth thive on the energy of the Sun. It is due to the Sun that the plants are rotating in fixed orbits around it. It is due to Sun we have day and night, the seasons, the water cycle, plants making food through photo synthesis. Sun is declared to be the ONLY source of energy by the seers. The Suns energy is called Savithri. Every other form of energy is either directly or indirectly derived from it. But where does Sun which is just one of the zillions of stars get its energy from? It is the principle of Gayatri. As per Advaita each of us or everthing in the world is part of the same Absolute, like the tiny cells on a huge body. The same principle of Gayatri that sustains the Sun and through Sun all of us, is present in each one of us !!
Study of the principles, behaviour and properties of Gayatri is the “Science of Gayatri” The universe or nature is in perfect balance. The whole universe is said to pulsate to a particular rythm. And so do we with our inhalation and exhalation, !! Even Sun pulsates with a cycle of 12 years. Even the galaxies are not exempt! Just imagine the huge galaxies with some assumed galactic center some where, rotating around it. We wouldnt even be a speck of dust!
Gayatri is the science of breath or life.But Science is only restricted to the 5 senses. As per our current definition it cannot even probe into thoughts, death, aging or many other aspects of human existance. While it can say that the initial germ cells in the embryo develop into both somatic and reproductive cells, one cannot probe about the force that guides them. So from the speck of dust’s prespective it would be a Super-Science, a Maha Vignan. After so much of exertion, if we are able to understand, appreciate the properties, postulates of the seers, it is just half the story! The practicals, lab sessions are still there !!! That is the Tantra - the technology. Mantra is the Science and Tantra, the Technology of using it. (Tantra is usually associated with a lot of negative activities, like black magic etc. But it can also be used for equally positive activities, just like the atomic energy. )
The Tantra or practical ways of using Gayatri for postive energy are the Gayatri Jap, Gayatri Yagna. Tantra is something which EVERYONE can use. Everyone can just toggle the switch and get the light. There would be an electrician who would know the circuits in the house to fix minor issues in the practical use. Then there would be an electrical engg who would be working at the generation and transmission stations. There alsowould be a scientist working on the viable alternate sources of electricity. Only the scientist NEEDs to KNOW the TRUE electricity, even before it comes into existances, the cause that created. Even an illiterate can switch on the light and use the blub. He need not know anything about electricity, so to speak. Similarly, theTantra is for the masses, the Jap Anustan and the Yagna. They are practical ways of USING the principle of Gayatri. If someone just reads a book on electricity or repeats V = IR, there would be no current. Similarly, mindlessly repeating the Mantra would not be much useful. When done in a methodical way, with concentration, the Jap and Yagna would give measurable practicle results.
There is a university Dev Sanskruthi Viswa vidyalaya(DSVV) to study and investigate the same which i found encouraging.
PS: Do met me know your views on the subject. Hope to share more on how mantras can be called Science of Sound soon…