Om om namah I bow shivaaya to shiva
Amazing fact: The Rudram, if I recall correctly, is the only place that Proto Indo European tone is still explicitly marked, tone having otherwise been lost in all the daughter languages. Using the strong and reliable methods of historical linguistic reconstruction, PIE has been reconstructed as a tone language, due to an inferred tone pattern's influences on historical sound changes, except that all its daughter languages have lost the distinctive tone. Except in the Rudram, where tone marks are still explicit, and those who chant the Rudram need to see the marks to know how to sing it.
|na||/n/ is the fastest of all consonants, pronounced with a phonetic transition between steady states measureable in the range of 2 to 4 milliseconds. Speed evokes change, and change evokes creation of something new, novelty, chaos, the unknown. Thus "na" evokes creation.|
|mah||/m/ is the sound of yumminess and continuity, especially when it is prolonged. /m/ thus evokes the desireable experience which continues forward in time and is held, known, and relished and cherished by the experiencer. Thus "mah" evokes the action of sustaining, or sustenance.|
|shi||/sh/ is the sound of "be quiet", which implies the cessation of noise and distraction by outside stimulation. Thus "shi" evokes the end or dissolution of stimulating experience, and the return to attentive focus within on one's own power of attention itself, which is the inner witness, or the Self.|
|vaa||"vaa" and "waa" are not different in devanagari or most Indic languages such as Sanskrit and Hindi. "vaa" is often pronounced as /waa/. /waa/ is the sound of a wave breaking, the sound of relaxation itself. Thus /vaa/ evokes the experience of rest, or the inward settling after experiences are over while the system recharges itself. Inward settling rest is free of mental phenomena, and thus lacks knowledge and can be understood as ignorance. Thus /vaa/ evokes the fourth action of the five-fold action.|
|ya||/ya/ is the sound of an innocent shout of happiness or surprised delight. Thus "ya" evokes grace.|