Meditation with Mantra GA-TE: Knowing the Mysteries Hidden in (Ancient) Art
In his book The Mysteries of the Mayas, Samael Aun Weor has written about an interesting approach for receiving esoteric information about symbols hidden in art, sculpture, or a sacred site. The book speaks a lot about symbols related with spiritual awakening, found all over the ancient sacred site of Copán, Honduras. This ancient site of the Maya is known as one of the richest with Mayan artistic sculptures, altars, and symbolic carvings in general.
Samael Aun Weor connects the Mayan culture with the survivors of Atlantis, indicating that it holds a great importance in the transference of ancient wisdom on many things, particularly on how to awaken the consciousness and realizing our spiritual potential, so that the life of the individual begins to unfold on a higher note.
The following practice from the Mystery of the Mayas book is described in the context of receiving esoteric insight about the Altar “Q” in the ancient site of Copan, Honduras:
We can see 4 figures, one of them a little bit disfigured. The Mayas always assure the existence of the four: The Unknowable Adhi‐Buddha and the Three forces of the Creation, that is, the Trinity inside the Unity of Life.
The TE‐TRA‐GRAM‐MA‐TON can be seen very clearly in this altar
PRACTICE: In front of this altar, do the following:
1. Intense concentration in the four figures, half an hour.
2. Prior to relaxation, empty the mind.
3. Chant the mantra GAAAAAA TEEEEEE. This mantra has to resound in the consciousness.
4. To wait for the answer of the internal. In this way we make contact with the occult wisdom of the Maya.
The mantra GATE acts upon the Eye of Dangma, it opens it and allows us to get the wisdom written in this marvellous sculptures.
First Position: The body in the position of a dead man, the heels together, arms by the side, completely relaxed.
Second position: The body in the position of a dead man, heels together, hands in the same position as the one in the steles. Place the fingertips in the center of the chest, in the Tipheret region, the human soul. Enter into the depth of the Soul.
It is interesting that he recommends practicing this in the position that mimics the stele sculptures of the Mayas. This position of the arms, according to Samael, indicates that the main energy of the body and soul should always go inwards and upwards, staying in the center of the body/ heart. This mimicking of a profound esoteric posture can have an amazing effect on our essence. However, for a longer practice it is more practical to sit down, particularly when the eyes are closed.
This practice can be done for any symbolic painting, sculpture, carving, or an entire ancient site that we feel drawn to, or that we feel that finding out about it could benefit our inner growth, regardless of where it is in the world. Sometimes it can happen that we are shown a symbol or an ancient art in a dream, and then through meditation on it we could arrive to amazing learning as to what it means, and how it pertains to us. It doesn’t really matter if the art is from recent centuries or if it is ancient, as long as it contains an esoteric meaning that we can receive an insight about.
When it comes to the dynamic of this practice, I find that it is something that just flows intuitively based on the interest that we have in the symbolic art that we want to study. The feeling that draws us to it is the same one that will permit us to connect with the higher part of ourselves in order to receive the esoteric information. When we have that feeling, all that is needed is to sit in silence, relax the body, and bringing the mind to a calm and serene state. From there we connect to our inner Being (again with the feeling with which we enter into this practice), and then we can chant the mantra “GA-TE” externally and/or internally for a while in order to reach a deeper state and to stimulate the psychic perceptions.
Once that’s done, we put our attention on the artistic mystery that we study, identifying ourselves with it. As Samael says in the quotes text above, we then wait for the answer to come from within, which can come in the form of a voice, a feeling, an image, or something entirely unexpected.
We don’t actually have to be in the place where the symbols of the art are located; it can work just as well through visualization and then identification with whatever we have set to study. However, being in the actual ancient site or in front of an art or sculpture may take us to a deeper level of experience, because then we would be in the presence of the energy that is left inside the art by the artist or the builders who made it. This can give a new dimension to our experience, particularly if we are spiritually sensitive to a degree that we can capture information that vibrates on a higher frequency.
Of course, it is not always the easiest thing to relax into meditation if in a place that is busy with visitors, but we do not have to go very deep or meditate for long, especially if we already have meditation skills and can reach the state of serene and quiet mind quickly. However, there are still many incredible ancient sites around the world that are seldom visited and where meditation could take us to profound experiences.
HDP, APril 202