agna A yAhi vItaye / gRiNAno havyadAtaye / ni hotA satsi barhiShi / Mantra #1
Much has been written about the sAmaveda.
There are many books which you can study. You can ponder various translations. You can consult many experts with many varying points of view.
You can do all of this and not once come close to sAma.
sAmaveda is a bestowal of an activity upon our mortal nature-it is a collection of mantras that gives us something to do with our time, something of infinite worth.
How to come close to sAma? You must do sAma.
How do you do sAma?
You chant the syllables of the mantra. At first this activity is performed 'out loud' - and then as you make your voice softer and softer there comes a moment when you are whispering - and then, you begin to hear, after many repetitions, the mantra resounding within you. This begins the process of contemplation or meditation upon and within the mantra. This is your 'job' with sAmaveda -
Now, you have been wondering why I spell sAmaveda with that big A - that designates the pronunciation as a long vowel.
O.K. Let's look at mantra 1.
But first, what is a mantra? It is a device you choose to employ to free the mind from its shackles. It consists of any number of syllables-from one syllable to the vastest number you might imagine.
Beginning with mantra #1 agna A yAhi vItaye / gRiNAno havyadAtaye / ni hotA satsi barhiShi /
Note that it consists of 24 syllables / three lines of eight syllables each / How like the rhythm of Mozart. Each unit is taken in itself as a mantra. Long mantras contain shorter mantras.
So, to be as simple as possible - Your first 'job' is to begin at the beginning. Take the mantra 'agna' - Close your eyes. Repeat it outloud. Softer. Softer. Softer. Now you will be hearing it within. Listen to it. Listen to it long and lovingly. That is all. Do this for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes...according to your appetite. You have begun the process.
Then you go onto to the second mantra with this longer mantra #1 consisting of one syllable - A - (we would write that Ah!) - You have heard the mourning dove sing upon one note and never tire of the sound. That is your job with this second mantra A.
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agna A yAhi