Overview for Japasutram: The Science of Creative Sound
When starting to write this book we entertained a hope that it might be possible to prepare a fairly good-sized compendious volume dealing in a broad, systematic way with the basic concepts, principles and their widely varied practical application in the Japasutram. But that hope has not materialized. The book begins in a discursive and "dramatic" way, and a manner which seems to be inclined to "metaphorical and pictorial thinking. "After proceeding more than half way, leisurely and remblingly, like that, it perceives that it journey's end cannot be put so far off as it hoped or imagined it could, that the finish of its "opening Act" will now have to be sudden, laconic and cryptic. It may be hoped, nevertheless, that the pictures and imageries, and a peep also into side galleries of the Show which the present small book opens will be suggestive of the manner in which such things have been sought to be understood in Japasutram, and the rigid cast of the last portion may be indicative of the terse, compact way in which the subject has been treated in the last two volumes of that Book. The present small book tells especially of vak and prana, of varnamala or the "Creative Exponents". Of nada, bindu, kala, and ardhamatra, in very general terms. This, it is hoped, may stimulate an interest for a closer and deeper study as amplified and illustrated in Japasutram The method of verna analysis here is also typical of what may be found in the bigger Book.