Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:16 AM
My first experience with kotodama, sacred sounds was Japanese, Old style Shinto stuff, from Aikido. It's founder, Morihei Ueshiba was a mystic who felt great power from chanting the vowels. There's a whole formal system. I later learned some Kaballic systems for chanting and felt it had much in common with Shinto. The book Ecstatic Kabbalah explores how and where sounds hit and stimulate your body.
I've been to an Ashram or two, and in the morning and afternoon there is much singing and chanting. It's fun. Initially, the meanings are a bit of a turn off, ie we revere the blue skinned, 6 armed.. but personally I don't focus on it. Rather my enjoyment is harmonizing with the other voices, feeling the power and serenity there.
Its good to know the meaning of the chant, but if you subscribe to there religion, then you should able to enjoy the chant as sacred sound, or (a little blasphemy but who cares) interpret the chant, symbolically in your own fashion, ie he says Krishna, I interpret, God, or the Universe or Loving force etc.,
Course if you subscribe to the religion, then best to follow its rules a little closer and more accurately. To higher ups these are specific messages to there Holy Incarnates. Which is why ultimately it's not a bad idea to find a chant that has proper meaning for you. I've settled with Rawn Clark hermetic YHVH canticle as my go to.
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Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. ~ Gabrielle Roth