A MANTRA is a sound, syllable or word that is repeated verbally or silently. The type of Mantra a student uses depends on what he/she intends to achieve. They can be found in every language and most religions. Some common Mantras used by the churches of today include; Christian Mantra; Ave Maria, Tibetan; Om Mani Padme Hum, Hindu; Om (the first sound of the Universe), Catholic Church; Centering Prayer, Mormon Church; “Love as Christ loved” (John 13:34), and I am sure the list is longer. Here are some common uses for Mantra;
- Concentration. To focus the mental patterns and fluctuations.
- Healing. To use a repetition to heal an ailment, illness or disease.
- Unity. To unite in a state of harmony with the Divine.
- Calming. To quiet the mind and body.
- Intent. To attract an object or event into a practitioners life.
*Every thought, sound, syllable or word has a physical vibration. Associating ‘feelings,’ ’emotions,’ or ‘intent’ to those vibrations create an energy-base for manifestation into physical form. The Mantra and the physical vibrations link the spirit realm with manifestation of the physical realm.*
Whether you call it a MANTRA, an AFFIRMATION or a PRAYER be wise to its use. Any repetition is bound by laws of nature to gain power through vibration, spoken or not. Be careful what you think and say, ALL SPEECH HAS MEANING.
‘AUM‘ Known as the first sound of the Universe, OM represents levels of consciousness. The A is the gross waking level of consciousness, U is the dreaming subconscious, M the deep sleep unconscious state and the remaining silence is the Absolute Supreme state which permeates all.
YOGENA CHITTASYA PADENA VACHAM, MALAM SAREERASYACHA VAIDYAKENA, YO PAKAROTTAM PRAVALAM MUNINAM, PATANJALI PRANJALI RAANA TOSMI (MEANING; I bow before the noblest of Sages Patanjali, who brought the serenity of mind by his work on Yoga, clarity of speech by his work on grammar and purity of body by his work on medicine)
‘SO-HAM’ or ‘SO HUNG’ which means ‘ I am that.’ When inhaling the practitioner repeats ‘SO‘ and exhaling repeats ‘HAM.’
OM MANI PADME HUM ‘The jewel of the Lotus resides within’
‘Shreem’ is the seed sound for the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. She represents abundance, prosperity and poise. By repeating ‘SHREEM,’ one invokes abundance in business, personal life and merit.
Om Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushdivardhanam, Urvarukamiva Bandhanaan, Mritor Muksheeya Maamritat (MEANING; We worship the 3 Eyed One Who is fragrant, Who nourishes all beings; May he liberate us from the dark for the sake of immortality, as the cucumber is severed from the bondage of the creeper).
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Shantu Nir-Aamayaah, Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu, Ma Kashcid-Dukha-Bhag-Bhavet, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti (MEANING; Om, May All Be Happy, May All become free from Illness, May All see what is Auspicious, Let no one Suffer, Om Peace, Peace, Peace).
OM LAM VAM RAM YAM HAM OM (This mantra is for awakening and cleansing the energy centres or Chakras of the body)
Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung (Sri Gayatri Mantra; Healing. RA is the Sun, MA is the Moon, DA is the Earth, SA is the Divine, SAY is the nature of the Divine, SO HUNG is similar to SO HAM meaning ‘I am Thou.’ The RA MA DA SA is the EArth Mantra and SA SAY SO HUNG is the Ether Mantra)
Om Shri Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha (To invoke the qualities of abundance, purity, feminine powers of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi)
Hey Hey Govinda, Hey Hey Gopala, Hey Hey Govinda, Hey Hey Gopala, Hey Vasudeva, Hey Nityananda, Hey Vasudeva, Hey Nityananda, Shri Radhe Radhe Radhe, Radhe Radhe Radhe Shaama, Radhe Radhe Radhe Shaama
*Mantra meditation is a very easy to learn and effective relaxation technique. Transcendental Meditation uses Mantra as a core principle and I recommend checking it out! *