TAT ASMI PRABHU – FIFTH MAHAVAKYA – MAN-GOD CONNECTION
Man, the Physical, Mortal Being has Subjective, and Objective experience of his ephemeral existence in real world for that existence is made possible by a Principle that is ‘always present’, and ‘ever-existing’. Sanskrit language coined the term ‘ASMI’ to describe this Principle of Unity or “Eikyata.” Further, Sanskrit language coined the term “PRANA” to describe ‘Vital Force’ that operates man’s physical existence in real world. ‘Prana’ describes the underlying mechanism that establishes origin of ‘Vital Force’, the basis of man-God Connection. For all living functions involve knowing a range of information, processing information, interpreting information, and using information in a selective manner, ‘Vital Force’, the animating or vital Principle found in all living things involves mechanisms to acquire Knowledge and transmit Knowledge, or supporting Cognitive abilities which perform functions of knowing often called intelligence used in performing intelligent actions as opposed to transitive actions, or mechanical functions performed by inanimate matter as per Laws of Physics and Chemistry.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162 USA
VEDA = KNOWLEDGE – “PRANA” – MECHANISM FOR TRANSMISSION OF KNOWLEDGE
The word ‘Veda’ refers to Knowledge which means the fact, the state, or condition of knowing a range of information. As mentioned before, human body performs thousands of functions which involve use of knowledge or processing information. However, human body makes no use of any known human language. In Science, they use the term ‘communication’ to describe the act of transmitting, giving or exchanging of information. Science of transmitting information between living cells and within cells(between intracellular organelle, subunits like nucleus and ribosomes) involves study of chemical molecules which function as signals or chemical messengers. Most modern cancer research involves investigating signalling pathways used by cells to communicate information for purposes such as to begin cell division or to stop cell division.
When we discuss about Sanskrit as a Language, our interest is to know as to how Sanskrit functions as a tool to share Knowledge. Linguistics or the Science of Language includes phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. But such studies essentially deal with historical, comparative, theoretical, cultural, and geographical aspects of Language. To understand Language as source of knowledge we have to consider the dimension called Language Creator apart from Language User and Language Interpreter.
Various human traditions claim that Creator communicated to man using one or the other known human language and such traditional belief systems cause confusion and misunderstanding for the source of knowledge is connected to the Language in which information is communicated. If Language is investigated as a physiological and chemical experience, we can easily learn as to how knowledge can be communicated without using the medium of written or spoken words.
The future of Sanskrit Language is linked to its importance as that of Language Creator. Sanskrit words very often describe an underlying mechanism while the word stands for an action performed in external world. In this context, I will describe as to how Sanskrit word “PRANA” describes mechanism for transmission of Knowledge from Supernatural or Heavenly Realm to Natural or Earthly Realm transcending barrier between the two realms.
To make it brief, I ask you to read about Photochemistry which is the study of chemical processes that are exclusively brought about by interaction of light with matter. Photoreception is any of the biological responses of organisms to stimulation by light. Photochemical reactions play a vital role in biological systems. Two important photobiological processes are 1. Vision, and 2. Photosynthesis. In plants the primary photoreceptive response is photosynthesis which involves using energy of the Sun to convert Carbon dioxide and Water to essential nutritive elements of all life. One important outcome of the photosynthetic chemical reactions is, light energy splits the Water molecule so that one of its component atoms, Oxygen is released as molecular Oxygen which serves to replenish the atmospheric Oxygen supply which would be depleted by respiration processes of most other living organisms. Life on planet Earth is made possible by Sun’s energy that splits water molecules to provide Oxygen, component of air that acts as vital force to sustain Life.
Sanskrit created the term ‘PRANA’ to describe this Vital Force that operates most living functions called Oxidation-Reduction Chemical Reactions. Prana describes the physical act of breathing or respiration. Prana specifically refers to air in human heart. Indian tradition describes ‘Pancha Prana’ as 1. Vyaana (air spread in the entire extent of human body), 2. Samaana (air swallowed during eating and drinking), 3. Apaana (air expelled from body), 4. Udaana (air in neck or throat), and 5. Prana (air that is in the heart).
‘Prana’ as a sign of life refers to air in the heart. The right chambers of heart deal with deoxygenated air, and left chambers with oxygenated air. Heart works as a mechanical pump circulating flow of air in the entire human body. If this activity of heart that involves air is improper or missing, life becomes difficult, and its most important consequence is that of immediate brain injury, brain damage, and brain death. Brain’s ability to process information or to provide Knowledge is dependent upon ‘Prana’, the air in human heart. The origin, or the source of this ‘Prana’ is Sun’s light energy. Sun rays are source of intellect for Sun is the Original Cause of ‘Prana’.
Indian Tradition of Speech Etiquette
Indian tradition is mindful of Language being the divine medium of instruction. Indians give attention to effects or experience of language. Spoken, or written words can cause mental injury, and inflict mental pain and suffering. Indian tradition demands using words with gentleness or softness to give sweet or pleasant experience to any person who may hear or read those words. Indians recommend speaking just few or enough words(“Mita Bhasini”) for purposes of communication, and the effect of communication is known when the Speech is recognized as “Su Madhura Bhasini”( spoken good and sweet words). While Phonology and Phonetics is of interest, I want to share with you the origin of English word “MURMUR.” It is derived from Sanskrit word “MARMARA” which means a low, indistinct, continuous sound, to mumble or mutter. Indian tradition demands people to make utterances of satisfaction or dissatisfaction using low, indistinct sounds. Sanskrit is essentially about the rules for manner of Speaking. A person is called ‘MLECHHA’ if his manner of Speech is rude, offensive, disrespectful, or disobedient. Indians give thanks(‘Dhanyavad’), or pay respect(‘Namaskar’) by speaking in low, indistinct sounds which may be barely audible.
Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162 USA
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
On Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:41 AM, Lalit Mishra wrote:
This series on Sanskrit’s linguistic richness and how other European languages borrowed a vast volume of words from Sanskrit is encouraging younger generation of India; happy to share that just today morning , one Indian youth came up with analysis of Sanskrit तुमुल and and English ”tumult’, he bases his observation on a shloka of Geeta as described below by him, inspiring our worthy brilliant youth is what was intended.
Linguistic exercises will show that Vedic Indians modernized the world in the period that world knows as Pre-Historic period.
The First Adhyaya of Bhagavad Gita, Verses 13 and 19 bear the word तुमुल . To me, the closest English equivalent of the Sanskrit word ‘तुमुल’ in the English language is ‘tumult’ which not only sounds the same but also means the same
सहसैवाभ्यहन्यन्त स शब्दस्तुमुलोऽभवत् ॥ १-१३॥…
All at once in a singular cohesive sound
And their noise proliferated a tumult around.(Bhagavad Gita, Chapter I, Verse.13)
The etymology of the English word tumult is attributed to either old French tumulte or the oldest Latin root tumultuous. Sanskrit is older than Latin and many historians agree that Latin was deeply influenced by Sanskrit. On these grounds one may very well state that the latin word tumultuous came from the Sanskrit word tumul.
One cannot simply dismiss this as a mere co-incidence for we have a word in English language that not only sounds the same as the Sanskrit word but also means the same.
Org Secretary, World Brahmin Federation, India
On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 3:01 AM, Lalit Mishra wrote:
Source of Intellect are radiating sun rays
In all four Vedas, it’s declared unanimously that radiating sun rays unlocks intellect
मेधां सूर्यस्य रश्मिभिः
medham sooryasy rashmi bhih ( Atharva Veda, 6.108.5)
First inspiration to speak, in human beings, originates in turiya state that is highest or fourth stage of intellect.
तु॒रीयं॑ वा॒चो म॑नु॒ष्या॑ वदन्ति ( Rigveda, 1.164,45b)
The inspiration originated added by vitality (प्राण) of the body is able to exist for a moment
वाकश्च प्राणश्च मिथुनम्
comes the fire or energy (fire) of all body cells that sustains such signals in communicable stage.
स वै वाचमेव प्रथमामत्यवहत्- सा यदा मृत्यु मत्युमुच्यत सोऽग्निरभवत्- सोऽयमग्निः परेण मृत्युमतिक्रान्तो दीप्यते।
Now, these signals travel down to vocal box ( का॒कुदं॑ ) where sound is generated through
अ॒नु॒क्षर॑न्ति का॒कुदं॑ सू॒र्म्यं॑ सुषि॒रामि॑व ( Rigveda, 8.69.12)
Org Secretary, World Brahmin Federation, India
On Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 11:13 PM, R.Rudranarasimham wrote:
LINGUISTICS – THE SCIENCE OF LANGUAGE
Linguistics, the Science of Language, includes Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics. Linguistics is sometimes subdivided into Descriptive, Historical, Comparative, Theoretical, and Geographical Linguistics. Writing is visible recording of Language, universal characteristic of human species. Man is the only animal endowed with the gift of Speech and Language.
Language represents a complex series of events. These events are on many planes of experience; Physical( Sound Waves), Chemical(Body Chemistry), Physiological(the movements of nerve impulses and of muscles), Psychological(the reaction to stimuli), Cultural(situation of Speaker in respect to Cultural System of his Society), Linguistic(the Language being spoken), and Semantic(its meaning).
Language is one of the principal characteristics of the specifically human world. The three dimensions of Language are, 1. Language User, 2. Language Interpreter, and 3. Language Creator. It introduces a concept about the Creative Beginning of man and his Language. Language can be used to describe living functions such as Metabolism whereas Life or Existence is not about ability to attach meaning to words and languages man uses. No known human language has a role in Human Physiology. Human organism uses chemical signals, nerve impulses, and chemical molecules to communicate with cells of its body. When I speak of Language Creator, my concern is about an entity that can establish Signalling Pathways for Communication between cells. In the absence of such Signalling Pathways of Communication, no human Language will exist. In this context, man has to describe meaning of words and their function. For example, we can explore meaning of the term called ‘LOVE’.
LOVE IS A FUNDAMENTAL FORCE
In Physics, the term ‘Fundamental’ is used to describe a Principle, Theory, Law, etc., serving as a basis for forming a foundation that could be essential to explain other interactions in the world. In Physics, the term ‘Force’ is used to describe the Cause or Agent that puts an object at rest into motion or alters motion of a moving object. Physics describes Four Fundamental Forces. All of the known forces of Nature can be traced to physical interactions of matter that occur through the agency of these four Fundamental Forces. For example, Gravitation Force causes apples to fall from trees and determines the orbits of planets around the Sun. In essence, Gravitation is a Force of Attraction exerted by bodies.
In common usage, Love is expression of attachment, and implies connection by ties of affection, sexual attraction, devotion, friendship, goodwill, compassion, respect, trust, and commitment. In Indian tradition each type of connection has its own specific name such as ‘Anurag’, ‘Maitri’, ‘Sakhya’,’Dasya’, ‘Vatsalya’, ‘Karuna’, ‘Prema’, and so on. Love is about attachment and connection between two entities. Love is the bond that unites.
To keep our conversation brief, I describe Love as a Fundamental Force that brings “UNITY” between animate and inanimate matter to establish Natural Order. In Sanskrit the term “ASMI” means always present, or ever-existing. But, it is used in the context of describing ‘Unity’, or ‘Eikyata’ between always present, or ever-existing Eternal Reality and another entity which is subject to constant change in appearance or position. In the context of man, a physical, mortal being who experiences change during his entire lifetime, the existence is established by attachment or connection to that Unchanging Principle or Reality. In several human traditions, God or Creator is that Unchanging Principle or Reality and man’s mortal existence as a physical being demands his connection or attachment. But, man has no ability to formulate this connection, or attachment. It operates beyond man’s physical, or mental ability to seek attachments or develop connections.
Living Matter, Living Material, or Living Substance called Protoplasm, or Cytoplasm exists in a state or condition called Motion. The movement resembles locomotion displayed by Amoeba proteus and is called ‘Amoeboid’ motion. In Science, very often, the motion is called ‘Cytoplasmic Streaming’. When living cell dies, the motion stops, and disappears. None of the Four Fundamental Laws of Physics can account for this motion displayed by protoplasm or cytoplasm. I use the term ‘LOVE’ to account for this motion, motion on which man has no control, motion that does not demand attraction or attachment. The nature of this motion is “Unattached”, or ‘Detached’, and it is not conditioned by man’s feelings, thoughts, moods, or emotion. In Indian tradition, the seat of emotion is called ‘Hruday” but it does not refer to anatomical organ called heart. It refers to its nature or Chitta with which it functions all time without respite. Love is Fundamental Force, or Vital Force acting on living bodies without concern for attraction or attachment. The fundamental nature of Love is ‘Unconditioned’. Hence, in Indian tradition, they promote a concept of ‘LOVE’ that is Unattached, Detached, and Unconditioned.