Ahhhh mantras … So much beauty!
These sacred chants filled my daily life with divine vibrations since my trip to Bali last year where I discovered the Gayatri Mantra, the most famous Hindu mantra and many others … Since then, I use them a lot during energy treatments on others and for myself at any time of the day.
The mantras are at the heart of the Indian Vedic culture. In Sanskrit, the first syllable “man” means manas, the mind and “tra” means what protects, preserves or calms. So, the mantra is an instrument to calm the mind, preserving it from the daily agitation.
The human body is about 75-80% water, depending on our age etc. Which means that we are vibrations, energy, and react to the vibrations of our environment. The mantra, being a sound, will emit a vibration to which our whole being will react.
The vibrations emitted by a mantra are of great power, since every letter, every word, has been retransmitted by the rishis (transcendentalist sages) who have received these sacred, divine songs through meditation. It is therefore essential to pronounce these chants well, since each word has a particular vibration and it is this vibration that will act, heal, transcend and purify the consciousness, by acting on our vasanas (latent tendencies, patterns of behavior) through a powerful cleansing that happens beyond the ego or even that incarnation.
Everything happens at the vibratory level!
The understanding of the mantra is beyond the level of the mind, so it is not necessary to understand the meaning of the mantra for it to work on us. Just like listening to a mantra will have a purifying effect without having to sing it.
The mantra will therefore have a balancing effect on vital energy and the nervous system, will purify the nadis (energy channels) and enhance concentration and creativity. It’s a real physical, mental, emotional and spiritual cleansing.
Here are the main Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh mantras and my favorite ones:
The practice of reciting mantras can be done in different ways:
- By chanting a mantra collectively (kirtan)
- By chanting the mantra individually, aloud using a mala
- By reciting the mantra mentally during meditation, or everyday (at any time of the day)
108 is a strong spiritual symbol and it is recommended to sing a mantra 108 times at best or else we can sing it:
- 27 times (1/4 of 108)
- 54 times (1/2 of 108)
- several times 108
The use of a mala will be of great help to keep track of the counting without bringing the mind.
In all practices and especially in yogic practice, regularity is key. It is therefore recommended to have a regular practice of mantra chanting, choosing 1 or 2 mantras to chant daily at regular time for the next several months to let the vibrations of this mantra bring its benefits to all layers of the being. It is a practice that will intensify day after day.
How to find your mantra?
I will never repeat it enough. You are your own master, so you have to do your research, feel, perceive, resonate, intuitively.
It also happens that spiritual masters give you your mantra. It is also said to be very powerful, more than any other mantra. I have never received mantras from any particular master yet. I just had beautiful connections with the mantras that I mentioned above and I feel that they were put on my path at the right time, in this it seems to me that the Universe sent them to me and it suits me perfectly.
My favorite is the Gayatri Mantra, which has a special meaning for me, followed very closely by Om Mani Padme Hum that has accompanied me closely in my recent trip to India, Nepal, Thailand and Burma …
and you, which one is it?