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different Devatas and the mantras for each
Q: Can you speak about the different Devatas and the mantras for each?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Mantras are vibrations, so are Devatas and that is how they are related. When Lord Krishna was asked a question, this is what he said, “Daivadhinam jagat sarvam, mantradhinam tu devata. Tan mantram Brahmanadhinam Brahmana mama devata.”.
The entire planet, the phenomenon of and creation is controlled or managed by them (Devatas). What you see in the gross is only an effect of what is happening in the subtle. So the gross is controlled by the subtle. The world is under the domain of the Devas. “Mantradhinam tu devata” – Devatas are under the control of the mantras. The domain of the mantras are over the Devatas.
“Tan mantram Brahmanadhinam”, one who is living in the Brahman consciousness, one who is centered, one who is totally in the elevated consciousness, the cosmic consciousness, mantras are under that person. That’s why mantras are such that you cannot take them from books or anybody, you take it only from the Guru. One who is in knowledge, who has the knowledge of Brahman, the mantras work there. And it has to go in that tradition. The Gurus give mantra to somebody and tells the person, you go and give, it has the same effect. Don’t think, “Gurudev must directly give the mantra”, no. Gurudev can give the mantra through some other people also.
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