The essence of Creation, that which is manifest and also ...
The essence of Creation, that which is manifest and also that which is unmanifest, lies in stillness. Just like all lights combine to form white light, similarly the combination of various aspects of creation—all the sounds, colours, textures, tastes and fragrances, in totality is stillness. Creation emerged from stillness and the journey back to the source, to reality, cannot be carved till the time one is still. To see a coin at the bed of a water bowl, one needs to still the water off all ripples. Similarly to see the Reality, one needs to still oneself off all the desires and thoughts.
How does one achieve stillness? The answer lies in the science of dhwani, or mantras. Vedic masters gave us three powerful mantras of Shivohum (I am Shiv), Tat Tvam Asi (That is You) and Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahm) which hold the shakti to take one back to the source, to stillness. But then, repeating these words alone would not give you the experience of stillness, these shaktis need to be channelized inside you and this is the role of Guru.