How can ‘Mantras’ help you?
The word ‘mantra’ is Sanskrit and it means sacred syllable(s) or sacred word(s). Across the literature, mantras are described as vibrational formulas that are recited silently within, spoken, or sung outwardly. They make a precise sound, a frequency that conveys a directive into our sub-consciousness. Mantras are invoked towards the delivery of very specific results and are repeated a certain number of times. Some mantras may be prayer while others can be powerful and invoke commands or demands.
Mantras and their impact on our mind
For thousands of years, yogis have stressed the value of chanting mantra. Modern neuroscience is now beginning to discover the relationship between the way words are used and the impact on the functioning of the mind. When we hear, speak, chant or even think a mantra, the frontal lobes of our brain “light up” and the nerve endings fire up. There is increased flow of oxygen and blood. These frontal lobes are responsible for thought, learning, perception, and emotion.
The power of 108
Traditionally, most mantras are recited or chanted 108 times. That is why a japa mala (prayer beads), have 108 beads. Countless explanations have been given to provide significance to the number 108. Here are a few: The ancient Indians were excellent mathematicians and 108 may be the product of a precise mathematical operation (e.g. 1 power 1 x 2 power 2 x 3 power 3 = 108) which was thought to have special numerological significance.There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet.
The power of 108
The chakras, our energy centers, are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. In Vedic astrology there are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole. In 108, 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.
How it works?
The Stronger the Faith, Will-power and Emotion attached with the Mantra, the better it is. It’s like a Dynamo effect, the more you repeat a Mantra continuously the more you get charged up with Divinity .This phenomenon is so subtle & so fast that the person chanting the Mantra does not even realize it as these sound waves or vibrations moving in the air in about 340m/sec have their own frequency while humans can hear only from 20 frequencies per second to 20000 frequencies per second.
Om is the sound of the universe. It's the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process. Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe – this is a scientific fact! OM is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a mediation practice, and also helps you relax your mind.
Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
Translation: I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self. In the book Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert is given this mantra by her Guru, which she lovingly refers to as the “Amazing Grace of Sanskrit.” Her interpretation is, “I honor the divinity within myself.” 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.
Mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: “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.” Most commonly associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School, this mantra is a powerful way to dedicate yourself to living a life of non-harming and being of service to the greater good. This mantra encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.
Mantra: Shanti Mantra
Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu, Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai, Tejasvi Aavadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om. Translation: “May the Lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, gives us strength to work together for the good of humanity.” May our learning be brilliant and purposeful. May we never turn against one another. It is a perfect mantra to start a new day, or even a new business with. It unites the participants and sets a tone of non-competitiveness, unity, and working together towards a common goal.
Mantra: Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah
Translation: “I bow to the elephant-faced deity [Ganesh] who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.” In Hindu teachings, Ganesh is known as the god of wisdom and success and the destroyer of obstacles. This is my favorite mantra, which I always draw on when I’m facing a big challenge in life and especially when I’m traveling.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a dynamic, powerful energy that lies at the core of the Vedas- India’s spiritual texts. Maha Mrtyunjaya mantra works with Shiva (male) energies to create action, healing and movement; destroy negative influences; and to speed manifestation. Maha Mrtyunjaya is the great mantra for overcoming fears, negative energy, and ultimately death, helping our souls transition to the next phase on the path. It is considered to be a healing mantra that awakens dormant abilities .It remove obstacles in your life and destroy illusions.
“Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat”. The Gayatri Mantra is one of the best known in the Sanskrit tradition and has layers of Depth and Meaning. It is a mantra of healing on physical, mental, and spiritual planes. It aids in releasing negative karma and sin. It is a chant of forgiveness, and transcendence. It encourages Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment. See and be the light.
Mantra: Om Sri Shanaishwaraya Swaha
Saturn is the planet of lessons. It is closely related to the karma we may encounter in a given lifetime. It also stands as a gatekeeper to some of the higher vibrations to which we aspire though spiritual development. By offering salutations outwardly, one clears certain internal obstructing energy patterns. But Saturn has received an overly negative reputation from some astrologers. There have been circumstances where very positive things manifested in people's lives unexpectedly, apparently as a direct result of working with this mantra.
Moola Mantra for enlightenment
"Om Sat-Chit-Ananda Parabrahma, Purushothama Paramatma, Sri Bhagavathi Sametha, Sri Bhagavathe Namaha." Chanting the ancient and sacred Moola Mantra is a great devotional act and of great benefit to the seeker of Truth and Enlightenment. This mantra contains enormous potential power; it has the ability to raise your level of consciousness, thus benefiting all of mankind. Chant this mantra with meaning and intent. Allow the wellspring of love that arises within you to flow out into the world. This mantra will fill you with love, peace, and joy.