“The Self blazes forth as the mantric fire formed by the drawing together of the moon (in-breath) and the sun (out-breath) into the center of the body. There the expansive power of the Supreme Goddess is kindled and arises from the heart (hṛdaya-ucchāra) in the form of sacred sound resonance.”
-Shrī Abhinavagupta, Tantrāloka V.29.
Just in case you were wondering, “What is Mantra?”
Wow!! The revered sage of Kashmiri Shaivism, Abhinavagupta, says it straight.
These words kindle the fire my heart and perfectly capture WHY I LOVE MANTRA.
Starting just where we are, with our ordinary, outwardly focused lives, it is a practice to train our attention inward. Slowly, steadily, and surely. Gradually we become harmonized with that state of being from which the Self arises AS mantra. Hot stuff. Bring it on!