A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration while meditating. A mantra is a tool for the mind, and it allows awareness to more easily turn inward.
A mantra is not something that you utter. It is something that you want to become. Ideally, a mantra is composed of only a few words or syllables, so you can repeat it easily, without getting lost in a long phrase. Though some common mantras call upon Hindu deities, their main purpose is to cultivate awareness, intention, and elevated connection.
It's an especially good meditation tool for beginners and a type of sound technology which has profound effects on our brain waves. Mantras can be chanted out loud or to yourself, since both methods work in different and positive ways.
Many of the spiritual traditions say that the universe began with a word, or a sound from God. Sound is a form of vibration and everything in the universe vibrates at a certain frequency. So, by repeating the mantra, we introduce the vibrational frequency of that mantra into ourselves, so that we too begin to resonate with the words and vibration of the mantra.
Eventually, as you come to resonate at the same frequency as the mantra, the mantra gains its own momentum. At that point, "you stop focusing on the mantra, and the mantra starts focusing on you". The message is clear, mantras become a part of us and have the potential to affect us on a very deep and transformational level.
Mantras are said to have healing properties. By connecting to the mantra on an energetic level, it may be possible to reprogram the affected or diseased area and allow healing to occur. The influence of mantra replaces unpleasant sensations with love and positivity.
Mantras also help us on an emotional level. Most of us have experienced being caught up in a repetitive pattern of negative thoughts which can be very unpleasant and damaging. By replacing these thoughts with a mantra, we break the negative flow and reinforce a new flow that is both beneficial and positive.
Mantras are purifying. By repeating a mantra, we connect with a more pure and higher level of consciousness that can purify the mind and body.
The following phrases are a few examples of common mantras you may encounter in yoga class or meditation. Read on to discover their meanings, their history, and their unique potency:
Meaning: The sound of the universe. It's the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death, and re-birth process.
Benefit: OM mantra can bring peace, protection, and abundance in your life.
Meaning: It means “I bow to Shiva.” Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity. It is pronounced (Aum Num-ha Shi-why).
Benefit: This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.
Meaning: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”.
Benefit: This mantra reminds us that we are not separate and independent beings. We are inter-connected with all living beings in the universe. We cannot achieve true happiness if we cause unhappiness to other living beings, nor we can be free if we deprive others of their freedom.
Meaning: May the Lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, giving us strength to work together for the good of humanity. May our learning be brilliant and purposeful. May we never turn against one another.
Benefit: A perfect mantra to start a yoga class, a new day, or even a new business. It unites the participants and sets a tone of non-competitiveness, unity, and working together towards a common goal.
Meaning: I bow to the elephant-faced deity [Ganesh] who can remove all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.”
Benefit: It can help us release and move past the obstructions in our lives.
Meaning: “The jewel is in the lotus, or praise to the jewel in the lotus.”
Benefit: The lotus, in the yogic tradition, symbolizes the profound ability of transformation: to emerge out of mud and blossom into a thousand-petal flower.
Meaning: Lead me from the unreal to the real
Lead from the darkness to the light
Lead me from death to immortality
Let there be peace, peace, peace
Benefit: This mantra helps us to fully embody the light of self-awareness and spread illumination to our communities and beyond.
Meaning: Truth is my name.
Benefit: Chanting “Sat Nam” reaches up into the etheric plane and pulls the vibration of Infinity into your awareness, your consciousness, and your physical world.
Meaning: “I am that.”
Benefit: When chanted to oneself, consciousness is said to expand from constriction to freedom.
Meaning: Sun, Moon, Earth, Infinity, All that is in infinity, I am Thee.
Benefit: Used as a restorative meditation to send healing energy to ourselves and others.
Meaning: Not this, not this.
Benefit: The phrase is a way to rebut something—be it harsh words or a situation in your life you would like to change.
Meaning: I pray to Lord Ganesha.
Praying to Lord Ganesha for success in your work is very important and effective. Before starting any work, try to recite this mantra to help you succeed in whatever you are trying to accomplish.
hrudaya rakhi kosalpur raja
Meaning: Having the impression of Lord Ram, I am entering in the city for doing my work. May all my works and wishes get complete.
Use this mantra when you are going for an interview. When you enter the apartment or building of the employer, recite this mantra and it will help you to get the success you want.
Meaning: O lord! I am your devotee. I don’t know what to do. So do at once, whatever is good for me.
There may be times when you are at a crossroad in life and you are not sure what the right option is. This mantra will show you the correct path to take to the door of success.
Meaning: O Lord! You are the mightiest of the mighty. Free me from the bondages and the great danger I am facing.
There are times when you will find that your enemies are succeeding at making your life more difficult. Just practice this Mantra and all these problems will come to an end.
Root Chakra: "I am stable, strong, and at peace".
Envision a red orb at the base of your spine. Feel the energy at the base of your spine shift as you repeat the mantra.
Sacral Chakra: "Creativity is flowing through me".
Envision a glowing orange ball in the lower abdominal area, the center of your creativity. Whether or not you believe you have artistic abilities, recognize you can open yourself to creativity. As you repeat the mantra, feel the energy shift in the lower abdomen.
Solar Plexus Chakra: "Sometimes letting go is the most empowering choice".
First, envision and honor what you’ve been grasping. It has served a purpose in your life. Now, allow it, and all its related stories, to float away. This mantra reminds us, sometimes letting go is the best solution.
Heart Chakra: "Giving equals receiving".
Visualize a green orb at your sternum. The heart chakra is your center of love, giving and forgiving. Imagine yourself standing next to a tree. With the inhalation, you receive the clean air that the tree filtered. With your exhalation, you give that same tree the carbon dioxide it needs to thrive. Breathe, repeat the mantra, and feel the energy shift in your chest.
Throat Chakra: "My words are like seeds".
Envision a turquoise orb spinning at your throat. The fifth chakra is your center of communication. This mantra reminds you that you have the power and the choice to plant beautiful ideas. If you plant loving, kind, inspiring words, they will grow into the beautiful stories of your life.
Third-Eye Chakra: "I am open to new ideas".
The sixth chakra, the wisdom center, is what guides you through your life. Inhale. Recite this mantra with each exhalation and feel the energy start to shift. How would it feel to try a new path, or to break an old habit or routine?
Crown Chakra: "I surrender to the highest and best that seeks to emerge through me".
The Crown Chakra is the energy center that connects you to the divine. Envision a violet orb spinning above the top of your head. Often confused with giving up or weakness, surrendering can actually be a sign of great wisdom and strength, and can bring tranquility. Inhale and exhale very slowly and deeply through the nose. Acknowledge yourself for breaking routine, trying this new practice of mantra meditation, and inviting balance to your chakra system and your life.
Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, start to celebrate what could go right.
Plenty of possibilities are available when you are open to receiving.
Taking time to relax can help you become more productive and discover new ways to reach your goals.
Your power is not in how the situation has played out but in how you proceed.
If you do only what you are comfortable with, you will never grow. The mistakes you have made were not in vain. They have led you to a greater understanding of self and your place in the world. Instead of regretting your past, look at the benefits of each outcome.
Sometimes letting go of what you can't change is real acceptance.
Being thankful is the life force for all you truly desire. Your path will become less strained when you turn your energy to love and gratitude.
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