The word ‘Mantra’ is a combination of two Sanskrit words ‘Man’ for ‘Mananat’ and ‘Tra’ for ‘Trayate’. Mananat means constantly thinking of something, repeating it and having it in mind. Trayite means saving or doing good. A Mantra is thus something, a word, phrase or sound, that you repeat again and again which will save you and be good for you.
Mantras are single or strung together syllables. Mantras are used in rituals, whispered or chanted in combinations and contexts, setting up patterns of vibrations. One must learn to pronounce them properly and understand their meaning. Mantra sadhana is very difficult as if during practice any drawbacks remain, it can inflict losses. Guidance of a competent guru is quite necessary to attain success.
A sadhak should observe some rules and regulations very strictly while practicing mantra shakti. He must completely believe in the shakti and should avoid anger, egoism. He should observe brahamcharya and should not fear if he sees any miracles during sadhana. The food of a sadhak should be simple and must not contain meat, onion, garlic, etc.
One’s subconcious mind can help to find the solution through meditation and recitation of mantras. Continuous sadhana will enable the sadhak to find solution to all problems, achieve peace of mind and removal of mental strain.
Mantras are often used as affirmations and as part of meditation practice and are a personal soft chanting of sacred mantras on meditation beads which brings forth the ancient yogic tradition of spiritual sound as an illuminating path to self discovery. A famous quote from The Vedas, the sacred text of Ancient India, says that ‘Speech is the essence of humanity.Mainstream Vedic practices claim that practicing positive, life-supporting mantras is necessary for spiritual advancement. If you’re feeling sad, depressed or anxious, repeating a positive mantra may just help lift your spirits and raise your energy level.
Mantras often contain syllables like Om, Ah, and Hum (approximately pronounced hoong), which have no literal meaning whatsoever. There are various “understandings” or interpretations of what these might mean, and the three syllables have been correlated with (respectively) body, speech, and mind; or (again respectively) the Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, andNirmanakaya.
Asanas During Meditation
The posture arousing mantra shakti is known as asana.
Siddh Asana : This Asana is very useful to acquire Sidhi. Even fat persons can practice it. Place one heel at the anus and keep the other heel at the root of generative system. The feet or legs should be so arranged that the ankle joints should touch each other. Hands should be placed straight on the knee joints. Sit for 15 minutes with closed eyes concentrating on God. This asana is useful in curing rheumatism and keeps the mind and body in order. The eyes must be focussed if not closed, on the space between eyebrows (Trikuti).
Padma Asana : Place the right foot on the left thigh and then carefully bring the left foot on the right thigh. This is the physical position for the spiritual process. One must press the tongue against the teeth and chin against heart. The sight should be focussed on the tip of the nose. Breathing should be slow. It destroys diseases.
Pranayam : Pranayam removes all diseases, purifies the Nadis, steadies the mind in concentration, improves digestion and increases the appetite. It helps awaken the Kundalini. Sit in Padma or Siddh asana. Close the right nostril with the thumb. Draw in the air very slowly through the left nostril. Then do it like wise with the right nostril. Retain the air as long as you can comfortably. Then exhale very very slowly, through the nostril after removing thumb or finger. Do twenty rounds in the morning and twenty in the evening. Increase it gradually.
Trataka : This involves steady gazing at a particular point or object without blinking to increase concentration. It is a very effective method to control the mind, improve the eyesight, and develop will power. It can be done by concentrating one’s attention on a black or white dot on the wall, a picture or on Om,etc.
Pooja : Deva or Deity should be kept in one’s mind while reciting the mantra. Each mantra has a tremendous force and draws maximum benefit. This can be performed in three ways: 1. Vaikhari (Verbal) by speaking loudly. 2. Upamsu (Whispering). 3. Mansik (Mental).
Aagni Hotra : Homa is performed with fire in accordance with prescribed rituals.
How Mantras Are Connected to Your Energy Levels?
Saying words out loud affects the energy vibrations around you, which is probably why singing and chanting can have an effect on your state of mind and well-being. Saying specific words repeatedly can have a very powerful effect on your physical body. When you focus your thoughts and words, and use the power of intent to deliver your message, it can have a lasting effect on your actions – and your life.
According to Experts “Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra.”
This process is powerful enough to cause lasting change inside your body, and in your mind. You’ll begin to tune into a different energy level depending on the types of mantras – or thoughts, and words – you repeat on a regular basis.
- Mantras are energy-based sounds
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- Mantras are tools of power and tools for power
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- Mantras are energy which can be likened to fire.
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- Mantras eventually quiet the mind.