Beyond words and sounds
First visualize, imagine and then feel inside, in your consciousness, the honey-filled foci of awareness filled with letters – A, B, C, D – any letters of any language, then change your emphasis from the written letter to the heart sound. You are moving deep, the surface is left behind. You are sinking deep – then feel what feeling comes through a particular sound. Because of that science, the MANTRA was developed. A particular sound is related to a particular feeling, and it is never otherwise. So if you create that sound within you, that feeling will be created. You can use any sound, and then the related feeling will be created around you. That sound creates the space to be filled by a particular feeling.
Words are sounds. Thoughts are words in sequence, in logical sequence, in a particular pattern. Sound is basic. With sound words are created, and then with words thoughts are created, and then with thoughts religion and philosophy, everything. Deep down is the sound.
This sutra says to go in the reverse order – go backwards. Come to the sounds, then, more basic than sounds, a feeling is somewhere hidden. Man uses words. Words mean sounds with meanings that are agreed upon. But animals, birds use sounds without any linguistic meaning. They do not have any language, but they use sounds with feeling.
Above sounds there are words, thoughts, philosophies; below sounds are feelings. And unless you can get below feelings, you cannot get below mind. The whole world is filled with sounds, only the human world is filled with words. And even a child who cannot use language uses sounds. Really, the whole language developed because of particular sounds.
First imagine them as letters, then see them, hear them more subtly as sounds, then as most subtle feelings. Uncover sounds, and then, through the sounds also, uncover feelings. Start with the eyes, then forget the eyes by and by. Then move away from the eyes to the ears. Be aware of how you feel. Then leaving them aside be free.
Only when you come to the deepest layer of feelings can you leave them. First you have to leave philosophies – then you have to leave thoughts, then you have to leave words, then you have to leave letters, then you have to leave sounds, then you have to leave feelings – because you can leave only that which is there. Then leaving them aside be free.