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Introduction to Mantras

Posted on: November 8, 2008


by Neil Campbell, Shiva Beads:


It is perhaps fair to say that most people are familiar with the word “mantra”. Yet familiarity does not necessarily
suggest understanding or experience. Such is the case with what a mantra really is. So what is a mantra? A mantra,
in the context of this website, is a sacred or mystic Sanskrit formula.

To learn why Sanskrit is considered so important please click here.

‘A mantra is so called’ writes Swami Sivananda, ‘because it is achieved by the mental process. The root ‘man’ in the
word mantra means ‘to think’. And ‘tra’ comes from ‘trai’ meaning to protect or to free – from the bondage of samsara
or the phenomenal world.’ A mantra stills the mind, strengthens it and this effect resonates into all of one’s being.’
There is an indescribable power in the mantra (God’s name)’ continues Swami Sivananda, ‘ Shakti is the energy or form
of the mantra, i.e. the vibration form set up by its sound which carries a man to the devata that is worshipped. A
mantra accelerates and generates the creative force. Mantra produces harmony in body and mind and awakens
supernatural powers.
‘ The Swami also suggests that ‘A mantra is divinity. It is divine power manifesting in a sound
body…The aspirant should try his level best to realise his unity with the mantra of the divinity…Just as a flame is
strengthened by winds, so also the aspirant’s individual sakti (power) is strengthened by mantra shakti. Then the
individual sakti joins with the mantra sakti to make it more powerful

Mantra in Daily Life

Eknath Easwaran writes of a traditional Indian tale that is used to illustrate the nature of the mind
and the purpose of mantra in daily life. He writes ‘In our villages in India, elephants are sometimes
taken in religious processions through the streets to the temple. The streets are crooked and
narrow, lined on either side with fruit and vegetable stalls. Along comes the elephant with his restless
trunk, and in one sinuous motion, he grabs a whole bunch of bananas. He opens his cavernous
mouth, and tosses the bananas in — stalk and all. From the next stall he picks up a coconut and
tosses it in after the bananas. No threats or promises can make this restless trunk settle down.
But the wise mahout will give that trunk a short bamboo stick to hold. Then the elephant will walk
along proudly, holding the bamboo stick in front like a drum major with a baton. He doesn’t steal
bananas and coconuts now, because his trunk has something to hold on to. The mind works in the
same way. We can keep it from straying into all kinds of situations if we just give it the mantram.
Through meditation on the forms of God and through repetition of mantras, the mind becomes
one-pointed. The mind will always be wandering. Just as when a chain is given to an elephant to
hold in its trunk it will go along grasping the chain and nothing else, so also when the mind is
occupied with a name or form it will grasp that alone. When the mind expands in the form of countless
thoughts, each thought becomes weak; but as thoughts get resolved the mind becomes one-pointed
and strong.’

Mahatma Gandhi said that “The mantram becomes one’s staff of life, and carries one through every
ordeal. It is no empty repetition. For each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer
to God
.” The strength, the purpose, and the worth of a mantra cannot be underestimated! To appreciate
it fully, it must be experienced. Only then, when you have felt it, abided in it, when it has left it’s
resonance within your body, only then can you begin to appreciate it’s worth. When your life pierces
new depths of awakened consciousness, when the mantra starts to penetrate through the mental veils –
this is when you really begin to experience it’s worth. When peace starts to flow more often and serenity
is deeper than ever before, this is the blessings of the mantra that is lovingly practiced.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami wrote that in the beginning of his own personal practice nothing much occured, but
once his sadhana (spiritual practice) started to progress ‘all the inner worlds opened, all the doors of the
mind. All the spiritual forces were unleashed, and the ability to control them came naturally…with all doors
open of understanding of the fourteen windows, the chakras of the mind, and even more than that.
‘ With
some patience and regular practice results come sooner or later. The blessings of mantra are not out of
reach to anyone of us.


Read more about these mantras:


Om Namah Shivaya





by Neil Campbell from Shiva Beads:


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