Sanskrit is a spoken language with it’s roots in phonetics. Thousands of years ago, it was used as a bridging or common language in Greater India where it is still used as a ceremonial language by Hindus and Buddhists in chants and hymns. From the history of the language, one thing becomes apparent; it has been relied upon to capture intention with sound.
There is no question that placing the tongue behind the teeth (say ‘tea’ as in a cup of) produces a different sound to when it is in-between the teeth (say ‘thee’ as in I love thee) and further more, allowing the tongue to rest on the roof of the mouth (say ‘theology’ or ‘gracias’ ) yet produces another possible sound. The intricacy of the sound is what makes Sanskrit such a beautiful and personal language, and at the same time a universal tool too.
We live in a phonetic world. Todays insights and inspirations continue to come from music and art which repeat themselves over time. Sound is feminine and it rises according to it’s place in the bigger flow or life cycle. Repeating a Sanskrit mantra without any expectation, with purity in heart, is a practice (jappa) that continues to give human beings peace in todays busy and chaotic lives.