Hey there beautiful Souls,
Have you heard the word Mantra?
I remember during my Yoga’s Teachers Training when the Samadhi Yoga Institute director, mentioned that to me and I even got scared wondering about What is she talking about?
Well based on Deepak Chopra, (the New Age Wellness Guru), this word consists of two parts.
‘ Man’ means mind in Sanskrit
‘ tra’ means instrument
So mantra is no other that “the instrument of the mind.”
Very powerful words, sound or vibrations that can be used for meditation.
Meditation is a practice to train the mind as such to elevate our levels or dimension of consciousness. It promotes relaxation of mind and body, develops compassion, patience, love, concentration and generosity.
Meditation many a times involves repeating a mantra with closed eyes. Mantras for meditation are chosen based on its suitability to the meditator. Some schools provide their students a personal mantra based on their time and birth date’s information.
Transcendental meditation is the purest form of meditation that creates a powerful state of awareness by thought process or mind control, having a personal mantra as a key.
Meditation has a calming effect on an individual and imparts peace and tranquility.
Mantras provide the mind something to focus on. Mantras resonate and create a sensation with the body.
The subtle vibrations in turn resonate a positive energy within self and the surrounding.
Repetitive chanting of mantras plays a major role in de-cluttering the mind.
Meditation with mantras is a powerful way to penetrate the silence of mind and create harmony. The mental vibrations allow the mind to experience deep awareness and lead to the field of pure consciousness.
Mantras help us disconnect from the thoughts and worries in our mind and slip them into the gaps between these thoughts.
Chanting of spiritual mantras holds the key to transforming an individual.
How mantras activate a sense of mindfulness:
They certainly bring us back into the present moment, silences mental turbulence, reduces anxiety and creates clarity of thoughts.
I recommend to choose a mantra that is easy to remember, that fits your belief system, and makes you feel at peace.
Also affirmations can work as mantras, if feeling discomfort with Sanskrit chanting.
However mantras are sacred prayers that can be chanted for inner peace and calmness all through the life.
As such can assist us while embracing any type of heartbreak or grieving process.
Each mantra induces some specific vibrations in the mind.
Which means that all mantras do not work equally well.
Keep in mind that there are different mantras used for the purpose of specific objectives.
Mantras for your choice:
I Am that I Am:
This mantra has its place in the Hebrew Bible. The most famous lines in the Torah that was God’s answer to Moses, when the later asked what his name was.
Om or Aum:
This mantra represents the most elemental sound of universal consciousness. This mantra has been used by people for thousands of years for expansion of their divine awareness.
Om Mani Padme Hum:
O radiant jewel in the lotus of my heart, please shine brightly. May may my heart have the strength to feel compassion for all sentient beings.
This is a Tibetan Buddhist mantra. It is said that all the teachings of Buddha are incorporated in this mantra.
Heart of Perfect Wisdom:
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha
May I be blessed to experience the beyond and have a taste of the state of enlightenment. In this state of emptiness may I find wisdom and compassion.
This is very helpful during transition, letting go and moving on.
Om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayat.
I like and chant the Gayatri Mantra while my practitioners are laying down in relaxation mode during savasana supported by Tibetan or Crystal bowls healing sounds.
Actually, Gayatri is recited by a spiritual aspirant to remember the higher purpose of life, also as invocation or prayer to God to lift our consciousness upwards.
Om namah shivaya.
is a love song, to ourselves. A love song we sing to our own deepest inner nature. In this mantra we recognize that we are the source, like a hologram, a piece of god that also represents the whole.
In the Siddha yoga lineage (from which this chant comes) it is considered to be the king of all mantras.
The intelligent field of conscious energy of which the universe is made, and concentrates into the dense form we know of as matter, is represented by the god Shiva. Shiva is the totality. To us in the western culture would be our Supreme source or God.
Om gam ganapataye namaha.
is a devotional chant believed to ensure success, especially when starting or seeking a new job or endeavor.
When needing inner peace and happiness:
Om saha naavavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha veeryam karavaavahai tejasvi aavadheetamastu maa vidvishaavahai om.
Shanti mantra is often recited before and after Hindu religious rituals. In yoga, a simple “om shanti” or “om shanti, shanti, shanti” may be recited as a greeting or parting salutation and for the purpose of removing distractions and focusing the mind.
Shanti mantra is also a prayer or chant for peace, particularly as found in the ancient scriptures known as the Upanishads. The term comes from the Sanskrit, shanti, meaning “peace”; and mantra, meaning “incantation,” “prayer” or “song of praise.”
Mantra for Happiness:
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.
May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.
A Ho’oponopono, ancient Hawaiian mantra.
I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you:
• Chanting the selected mantra minimum of 108 times.
• Find a mala beads 📿 to count your mantras, very similar to praying the rosary within the catholic religion.
There are many others you can try too.
Indeed, a mantra should resonate within your mind and soul.
The above list are just a few but are the most popular.
Try them and soon you’ll be able to find the one mantra that will become a part of your life.
Also the practice of Pranayamas ( breathing exercises) at the beginning of your meditation, help you prepare your mind for the mantra chanting. Click at below link for further information.
Last but not least;
“Quiet the mind and the Soul will speak.”
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.