The sound of silence

The Egyptians referred to God as “the Word”:

I am the Eternal, I am Ra
I am that which created the Word
I am the Word.

This passage comes from the Book of the Dead which is the oldest text in the world. Thousands of years later, this verse would reappear in the King James Bible:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

In Egyptian mythology, Ra was the Sun God and the king of all the deities. If Ra could be represented in the human body he would be the solar plexus. Ra was so powerful that some have argued that the entire Egyptian religion was some form of veiled monotheism. This seems to be an overstatement, but it underlines Ra’s primary position within the religious texts as a facsimile of Atum.

So mantras are tools of power and they are formidable and ancient. The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words: the first is “manas” or “mind” and the second is “trai” meaning “to free from.” Therefore the word mantra in its most literal sense means:

To free from the mind.