A Commentary on “Vibration, Form and Colour”

In his discourse titled “Vibration, Form and Colour” [1], Shrii Shrii Anandamurti reminded us the following facts:

  • Each “vibration” has “form”
  • Each “form” has “colour”
  • Therefore, each “vibration” must have “colour” as well.

What is vibration? Shrii Shrii Anandamurti tells us that there is a primordial vibration called Omnkara pervading the entire universe. Within this vast ocean of primordial vibrations, 5 different types of “flows” (also known as bhuta) emerge. Each “flow” (bhuta) emit quanta (tanmatra). We never come in direct contact with actual bhutas. We only perceive the inferential quanta emitted by the 5 bhutas.

By “vibration” Shrii Shrii Anandamurti means the tanmatra. When he talks about the primordial vibration he uses the term Omnkara.

A Picture is Worth Thousand Words (frequencies)

In this picture, on the left hand size we see the time-domain signals, We observe that these particular signals have a carrier frequency. We also observe that there are modulations of the amplitude.

On the right-hand side we see the frequency-domain picture (spectrum) of those signals. The frequency domain picture is the Fourier-transform of the time-domain signal. One needs to study how Fourier-transform works but the concept is simple. The Fourier-transform shows the frequency components of the signal. We see the carrier frequency in the time-domain signals but there are also hidden frequency components implied by the shape of the amplitude modulation. The sharper the shape of the modulation or shorter (in time) of the pulse in time-domain the broader the spectrum in the frequency-domain.

Vibration: pulsating or fluctuating nature of the tanmatra. I would not associate the term “frequency” with “vibration”. Remember,  the time domain signal does not have to have a carrier frequency. The time-domain pulse could be just a square-wave without the carrier frequency. That square pulse has a spectrum (Fourier-transform) as well.

Form: The shape of the amplitude modulation, the shape of the pulse, the shape of the variations in time.

Colour: The Fourier-transform of the time-domain signal. In other words the “colour” of the “form” is the spectrum.

Each “vibration” has “form”: all tanmatras are similar to pulses

Each “form” has “colour”: each pulse will have a corresponding spectrum

Therefore each “vibration” must have “colour” as well: indeed, each tanmatra has a spectrum.

New Insight, New Physics

What is described above is my interpretation of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti’s terminology of “vibration”, “form” and “colour”. This is interesting but does not provide new insights to help science. The new insight is in Anandamurti’s statement that “colour” plays a role in the attraction between the objects [1]. He generalizes this to human and animal minds to say that the “colour” (frequency spectrum) of objects is very important in the mental attraction to those objects but he says that the physical force is related to “colour” as well.

Anandamurti draws our attention to the fact that this is new physics, i.e., the attactive force between two objects is related to their “colour” which in my interpretation translates to the insight that the interaction between two objects (particles, fields, …) depends on the frequency spectrum of those objects.


[1] Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, “Vibration, Form and Colour”, Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 3


About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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