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 most prominent 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.
But in truth there are other names of God and one in particular stands out because it deals with LOVE. This is the true nature of God and refers to His most profound essence. As a hint, this spirit was once called Providence, the Soul of the Universe or the Quintessence. But the real name of God is really HU.
Indeed, Hu was used for thousands of years as a prayer to attune oneself to the presence of the heart chakra. Hu is the key to open your soul to God’s loving presence. Anyone can sing Hu, regardless of age or religion. It is a simple technique that can be used as part of your daily practice to uplift you spiritually for inner peace, healing and insight. Even today, the boy’s name Hugh means “heart” or “spirit”.
Another mantra was called AUM. It is just as alive today as it was in the time of the ancient Egyptians (who called it AMUN). AUM is the pranavah, or the primeval first mantra that Christians called AMEN. It is the call which rings out when the world is active. It is the ancient sound from the root chakra by which we live. The universe therefore consists of glorious trembling tones, of a wonderful vibration.
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. Mantras are consequently used to free us from the vagaries of the intellect and expand our awareness.
As a musician then, God resides within the chakra system. He has seven names, and each one serves a different purpose. As we sound each note, our consciousness deepens, expands and eventually dips into the essence of cosmic existence. On its journey our awareness comes to understand much about the vibration of things—each of us is no more hu-man than when we recite the real Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hugh be thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done;
On earth as it is in heaven…