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Rashomon Effect (8)

Frits Staal, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley in Mantras and Bird Songs

This applies equally to apparently “meaningless” mantras such as om or hum phat and to apparently “meaningful” mantras such as namo buddhaiya or sivaya namah.

We may formulate this conclusion in slightly different terms by distinguishing between apparently meaningless mantras such as om and apparently meaningful mantras such as sivaya namah.

Resul Pookutty , Oscar winner for Sound Mixing

I come from a country and a civilization that has given the universal word. That word is preceded by silence, followed by more silence. That word is “Om.”

See Also: Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

2 Responses to Rashomon Effect (8)

  1. Sandeep March 6, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    Excellent, superb, splendid! Oh and I also noticed how you subtly back-slapped a fellow-Mallu! 😛

    • jk March 6, 2009 at 7:49 am #

      of course! om shanti om!

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