For tens of thousands of years, people have ignited tinder and crafted fires using sticks.
When two sticks are rubbed together, the action creates friction, which causes heat. Heat coaxes the wood into a smoldering charcoal, which is fed tinder and dry sticks to become a full-fledged fire.
“Making fire by friction is the most common preindustrial way of making fire”
“Friction is found everywhere. This suggests that building fire through friction is either a very ancient technique, or one that is easily rediscovered if forgotten.”
(From the 2011 article “Rubbing sticks together really can create fire”, written by Hope Babowice)
“The Paired Mantra” is similar to the two different kinds of wooden sticks rubbing together to create a fire. One stick is soft wood and the other is hard wood. Any of the 12 paired mantras create friction. Each of them can start an internal fire. One “stick” takes our thoughts to “The Eternal Field” (Tao or Allah: The Lunar Mantras).. while the other stick takes our thoughts to “The Cosmic Vibration” (Amen, Om or AUM: The Solar Mantras). When a lunar and solar mantra are rubbed together, they build a fire that will never go out!