Sri Shuka Paramarshi asks, “Child, why is the knowledge of akshara or alphabets or letters necessary? Why is it known as Akshara Vijnana? What is the science of an akshara or alphabet?
As I said earlier, every created being is in the form or shape of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet. The vast and expansive creation with the ever-changing differentials of light, sound, matter, time, space, movement, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements and others are within the subtle nature of his or its self-luminous akshara or alphabet. The created being should contemplate and ponder over his or its creation that will lead him or it to identify the subtle self-luminous akshara or alphabet’s form he or it is in.
How will identifying his or its self-luminous akshara form and subtle nature help him or it? It helps him or it because then he or it will know the cause and source of his or its creation that will lead him to the subtlest of subtle Supreme Self. The purpose of sadhana, anustana, dhyana, japa, yagna, yaga, jnana, mantra sadhana, rituals, dharma, dhana and others is to make every created being know, realize, understand and experience the Supreme Self with the help of and using the self-luminous aksharas or alphabets as a vehicle that is termed as “body”.
Hence, it has been said that a “body” is necessary to realize the Supreme Self. What is this “body”? It is AUM. It is Sabda Brahman. It is Primordial Sound. It is Primordial Light. It is Matter. It is Time. It is Self-Effulgence. It is the self-luminous aksharas or alphabets and the intermingling and union of these aksharas or alphabets creating this vast universe with all the parameters and differentials. Most importantly, it should be looked upon as one’s best friend to realize the Supreme Self.
This “body” is the form or shape that the self-luminous akshara or alphabet with inherent light, sound, matter and creative differentials of the universe takes on. These are seen as the myriad forms of beings in the universe as trees, plants, fruits, flowers, birds, animals and others as well as the myriad forms of the Supreme Self as the innumerable Devathas or Gods, their innumerable respective mantras and sadhanas and practices, the Vedas, the Vakyas, the various interpretations of the Supreme Self in discourses in the Puranas and Upanishads and other scriptural texts.
As every entity in this universe is in the form or shape of the self-luminous aksharas or alphabets and all of creation is the self-luminous aksharas, Akshara Vijnana is necessary and imperative as the self-luminous aksharas or alphabets will lead one to Aksharam. The vast expansive creation within this “body” of self-luminous aksharas or alphabets with inherent light, sound, matter, differentials of time, space, movement, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements and others through the subtle nature of the self-luminous aksharas or alphabets will lead one to Aksharam. This is the science of an akshara or alphabet. To put it plainly, the seed of a created bring is the self-luminous akshara that has manifested from Aksharam.”