Sri means «saint» or «sacred». Mantra — is an acoustic vibration. Acoustic vibrations differ from one another with amplitude and frequency characteristics, and they are divided into the pronounced and received. At the same time, these may be «external» or «internal». «External» Mantras are the sounds of the surrounding Universe, both natural and artificial. And the «internal» Mantras are the sounds of the breath, speech, muscle movement, tendons, joints, internal organs, food, blood, nerve signals, field interactions, mental forms, etc.
Perception and contemplation of the «external» and «internal» sounds allows the realization of the essence of their impact on particular zones of the psychic-energy structure, and on the respective changes in the consciousness, as well as their meaning in the Game of the Universe.
Articulation of sounds with particular amplitude and frequency characteristics allows special transformations in the psychic-energy structure and transforms the state of one’s own or of other people’s consciousness. This mainly occurs due to resonance effects in the psychic-energy structure, respective reactions, and changes in the consciousness.
Besides Mantras differ by sound origination zone. They may or may not have notional meanings also. The Mantras which have sense are essentially prayers. They are most effective if pronounced in the native language of a man, in the language he/she thinks. It is not very effective to pronounce them in a foreign language (Mainly because, as auto-training suggestion mainly consists of affirmative sentences and the particle «no» has never being used in them. Because it is a kind of block for the direct movement of energy flow in the controlling organs. The same is with Mantras pronounced in a foreign language which go through a special transformer contained in the consciousness that is responsible for the translation from a foreign into native language).
Mantras in foreign or ancient languages, if applied in the training, may become efficient only after years of personal in-depth cultural reorientation that provides actual replacement of native meaning codes with foreign or ancient ones. But such reeducation is, in our days, an efficient leading of the life time and may not be justified. And it is usually a tribute to an exotic style, or the imitating of foreign or outdated training technologes without understanding and preserving the true essence of the Tradition of Yoga.
Training technologies based on energy laws, which are deeper than cultural or national differences become applicable in the modern conditions of the cosmopolitical tendencies in the whole world. In relation to the Mantras pronunciation technique, this means that modern universal Mantras should only have energy essence which does not require language translation. And which can directly, purely through vibration, lead to the same results that can be achieved using Mantras which have the language sense. Such universal Mantras may use language sounds, but these will have purely vibrational, rather than language, meaning. General names of such Mantras, however, only convey the meaning of the results achieved in the psychic-energy structure and the consciousness.
Among the variety of private specialized Mantras, there is one principal — Sri Mantra. This acoustic vibration smoothly changes frequency within the range from the lower to upper margin, covers the entire acoustic spectrum and realizing integrating principle at the acoustic vibrations level. Because Sri Mantra is considered to be a name and sound expression of the Omnipresent God.
Sri Mantra exists in three main forms: two are human and one is divine. Articulating Sri Mantra, a man can change the frequency of acoustic vibrations. In this case according to the first form, the frequency changes from the lower margin to upper margin. And in the second form the other way around — from the upper margin to lower margin. When sound accompaniment is used, the first form of Sri Mantra sounds like H-A-O-U-M-m-m, and the second form like — m-m-M-A-A-H-H. However, this is just a resemblance, not more. But in essence Sri Mantra is just pure vibration. It becomes more apparent, if practiced with the mouth closed and without acoustic accompaniment, as a booming sound. The vibration runs through the body along the spine from bottom to top or from top to bottom. The first variant is dominated by the ascending excitement flow from the lower energy centers (Chakras) to upper centers. Whereas the second variant is dominated by the descending flow from upper to lower energy centers. Traditionally, Yoga distinguishes seven principal Chakras, which correspond to the seven notes of the octave. In fact, the Chakras, as well as sounds, are much more numerous.
The first or second variants of Sri Mantra is used in training, depending on the stage orientation or the principal goal of the practice.
The third divine variant of Sri Mantra implies simultaneous sounding of all possible acoustic vibrations with different frequencies. It can be compared to organ sounds. By analogy with organ sounds, for example, if the first and second forms of Sri Mantra take place in consecutive order playing the keys from one side to another and back, then in the third form, all keys of the organ sound simultaneously. Perfect articulation of the third variant of Sri Mantra is possible only for the One. Therefore, a man may perceive it only as an absolute unified sound of the Universe.