Re: Why mantra cannot be performed by a machine
This thread was initiated by Rajiv Malhotra to get constructive feedback in terms of Hindu texts and Sanskrit literature for/against this topic. He is engaged in a private debate with a reputed scholar.
A commentator adds:
Dear Rajiv, Perhaps you might find this information useful:
1. On Mantra
A mantra is a construing of phonemes into a sound-form that has a special potency. Each phoneme has a significance in terns of either or both the intentionality of consciousness and the object towards which the consciousness is directed. But a mantra is more than mere sound; it is the special unity of
consciousness representing the deity of the mantra (the special power or shakti of an aspect of consciousness). The following extract from the Shiva-Sutra Vimarshini of Ksemaraja may throw more light on it ...
Rajiv Malhotra notes that: "...Sanskrit treats not only the sounds of the vará¹‡as or letters but also the `conscious breath' or prÄá¹‡a as equally important in the chanting of the Mantras. Not only that but the involution and evolution of the prÄá¹‡a are also of importance during recitation...."
November 11 (continuing discussion from Nov 8)
"Lakshmi Priya, a native of Hyderabad girl, a software professional working for INFOSIS, on transfer to chennai was staying in a rented house witih a PENTACOSTAL CHRISTIAN friend. She used take Lakshmi along with her on Sundays to Church for few weeks.
November 13 (New Thread)
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November 14 (New Thread)
Another example of a few misguided westerners keeping Hindu voices out of conferences on Hinduism that gave the world pluralism?!
... Instead we learned through back channels (and despite our proposed panel Chair being enthusiastic DANAM Steering Committee member Jeffrey Long) that there was room only for a single book discussion. So a panel around Rajiv's path-breaking book on Dharma is not being hosted by an association dedicated to the DHARMA traditions.
..... The same thing happened with me when I wanted to present Hindu views on Contraversial writings by Emory Professors. I do not think this so called 'DANAM' represents Hindu views but supports what others think of Hindus in a disgraced way to denigrade them. this happened to me inspite of giving key role time to speak DANAM organizer from Atlanta Vedic Temple Society,INC. [sic]