Many of us have heard of ‘mantra’. To rise on the spiritual path or for the accomplishment of some desire Mantra chanting is followed. But what it actually is… How it works… What is the science behind it… Why to chant… these and more questions are answered in this section.
What is Mantra
Two words form mantra and that are ‘man’ and ‘tra’. where ‘man’ is mind and ‘tra’ is protection or tool . So according to this mantra is protection for mind. It is said…
“Mananaat Traayate Iti Mantrah”
Meaning of Mananaat is Repetition and Traayate is overcoming troubles. Mananaat trayate is mantra, means by repetition of which, one can become free from bondage, troubles, cycles of birth and death) is Mantra.
It is a sound, a syllable, word, constant repetition of which produce higher vibrations and frequency which resonates with universe and accomplish the purpose of chanting.
Vedas, the most ancient sacred texts mention Gayatri Mantra and Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra of Lord Shiva in Rigveda. Mantras also invoke the presence of deities during the sacrificial rites and deity may appear in front of the sadhak. When a master(Guru) initiates a seeker on the path of spirituality by giving a Mantra, that is called Guru Mantra. Except Hinduism mantras exist in others schools too like Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc.
Mantra and Mind
Mind is the thinking box where thoughts come and go. Nature of thought varies with the condition of mind and the circumstances. Positive and negative thoughts come into the mind continuously. Experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts in a day which means which means about 2100 thoughts per hour. Today man’s mind thinks of more than 50% of negative thoughts and many are repetitive, so imagine what if we repeat negative thoughts. Its a loop and breaking this loop is important if we don’t want to turn mind into a garbage box. Mind should be garden of beautiful thoughts. By so far we have understood that mantra is word which repeats itself. Let Mantra be the tool…
Turning Mind into Beautiful Garden Through Chanting
Chanting mantra is the tool by which we can convert mind into beautiful place and can accomplish anything. Mantra Chanting breaks the pattern of thinking. When we chant we are uttering some sound and hence the concentration is on the sound, that means the loop of thoughts is cut now. The process of indulging in the thoughts and coming back will continue till we master the mind and for this practice is needed. Buddha Says: What we Think We become. Here we are changing the thinking and replacing it with higher knowledge and vibrations.
Science Behind The Chanting
Sound is the origin of universe. Vedas say and even modern science has also proved that sound of OM is continuously resonating in the universe. Everything in this universe is in a state of vibration/sound so we are. Structure of mantras are like this that the sound of each and every mantra affects our body and mind.
We produce more and more vibrations by repeating it again and again. Chanting mantra is creation, creation of sounds and generating new patterns and vibration which work in a particular way. Now we are creating the loop of mantra and this is so powerful that we can achieve anything in material & spiritual world. This is how we become master of mind. Mind has a lot of energy and power, its all about experience.
There are so many mantras but one can start with “Om” as Om is the universal sound/mantra and this will in tune us with the universe. One should gain knowledge of the mantras before choosing one as various sacred text talks about mantras according to the purpose. Some Mantras of Hinduism are Gayatri Mantra, Shiva Pachakshri Mantra, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. Some mantras which are the seed of all mantras are called beej mantras. We will talk about these topics further so Stay Connected and Keep Chanting.
You can Read About Beej Mantra Here: https://vedapathshala.com/2020/01/06/beej-mantra/