--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Vaj <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Mar 17, 2006, at 2:27 AM, TurquoiseB wrote:
> > I still have the feeling that the mechanism that
> > allows transcendence is *not* the mantra but the
> > process of paying attention. What you pay attention
> > to is irrelevant, because *everything* IS the
> > transcendent.
> >
> > Mantras may make the process of learning that trans-
> > cendence is possible easier at the beginning, but
> > once the process has been established, the mantra
> > is IMO no more effective than meditating on a donut.
> In mantra-shastra, the actual structure of mantra is what 
> helps it return to the imperishable, the akshara, based 
> on the actual phonic structure of the words themselves. 
> Every TM mantra ends in what is called chandra (or 
> "nada") and the bindu. In the popular "glyph" of  
> the pranava, aum, these are the crescent shape and 
> the "dot" to the right of the "3" shape. The subtlest 
> aspect of phonic emanation is the nada, which then 
> collapses into "bindu". One has to pierce the  
> bindu to go truly beyond mind. 

One has to go through the hole in the donut
to meditate well on it, too.  :-)

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