The two syllables of the word Mantra mean, “man” (mind) and “Tara” (liberation). Mantrais a sound that can liberate the mind from fear, dependency and sorrow. Psychologically, once the mind is freed, other problems are automatically resolved because the greatest problem is the mind itself.
The word Mantra in Sanskrit is derived from “Mananaat Traayate” meaning “Just by chanting (mananaat) we can protect ourselves (traayate)”.
A “Mantra” is a sacred utterance, a mystical sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or set of words in Sanskrit have psychological and spiritual powers. A mantra may or may not have syntactic arrangement or literal meaning. Mantras are tonic for the soul.
The Synthesis of Mantra:
Mantras are arranged in different compositions like Suktas, Vidyas, Prayogas, Digbandhanas, Parayana kramas and so on.
It is the basic building block of mantra. Beeja is a sound-seed that represents energy. Each God-form is identified with a particular energy form, represented by a beeja. Mantra is a composition of beejas.Beeja mantras are one-syllables, typically ending in anusvara (a simple nasal sound). These are derived from the name of a deity; for example, Durga yields dum and Ganesha yields gam.
Mantra: Mantra is a divine word, a sequence of beejas. Its meaning is of two kinds, etymological and resonant/inspirational. Each mantra has a Rishi, Chandas and Devata. Rishi is the seer that revealed the mantra. Chandas is the meter of the mantra. Devata is the presiding deity of the mantra, or deity being prayed to in the mantra.
Samputikarana: A samputikarana is a sequence of mantras used for specific purposes combined with specific procedures.
Sukta: Sukta ( hymn) is a collection of mantras on a specific deity.
Five beeja (seed) mantras are:
OM: “Om” is the most eminent and universal of the Beeja mantras it is the origin of sound. It gathers energy and also pour upward and outward.
KRIM (“kreem”): Chanting this mantra kindles our lower chakras to purifying our body.
SHRIM (“shreem”): Its associations lie with the head and third eye. It promotes physical and spiritual health.
HRIM (“hreem”): This has the power of healing and creativity. Chanting of this mantra awakens compassion and purifies the heart.
HUM (“hoom”): This mantra helps in neutralising negative feelings; spreads positivity and vitality through the body.
Sounds of the chakras:
1. Root chakra: LAM
2. Sacral/Navel Chakra: VAM
3. Solar Plexus: RAM
4. Heart Chakra: YAM
5. Throat Chakra: HAM
6. Third Eye Chakra /Brow Chakra: OM
7. Crown Chakra: OM
Vedas are full of mantras. Vedic mantras are important in the Hindu rituals and it is a way of life for many. In the Vedas, power of mantra and their effect is explained. There are mantras for every reason; right from birth to death. In fact, all rituals related to life have mantras.
The spiritual effect of the sound waves is not heard by the ears but, felt by the heart. This spiritual effect of echoing within each of trillions internal cells to stimulate the hormonal glands and spiraling chakras. The mantra produces a sound wave which has the power to cure disease and bring peace. Mantras also affect the environment, creatures and plants too. In Ayurveda, one is asked to chant mantras in a prescribed way to pluck the leaf, herbs or fruits from the plant. It is warned that if, you don’t follow the right procedure, then medicine made from plants & herbs will not be cent percent effective.
The sound produced by conch can even kill the germs of cholera and many other diseases. It also immediately neutralizes the negativity in the environment. Renowned Scientist J.C. Bose has proved that the harmful invisible virus/insects disappears by the sound produced by Conch Shell.
The bell in the temple and church produce a special frequency and it has a fabulous effect on us. In the Buddhist monastery mantras and sound producing instruments are liberally practiced and that is again linked with the power of sound.
The symbol of the Swastika has one lakh Bovine, which is just a sketch, then think about the effect of sound in the form of different mantras!
In the verbal communication the words play a great role. The sweet tongued persons are appreciated and liked by most of the people. On the contrary, a person with bitter tongue & harsh toned are not welcomed. This is also nothing but, mantra because it has sound.
Rhythmic sound with different wavelength is very powerful and it may damage even big structures like bridges etc. That is why when a troop crosses a bridge, then, they are asked to march not in steps. Mantras produces powerful energy in the form of sound frequencies. Anything exceeding the speed of sound creates a “sonic boom”. An airplane, a bullet, or the tip of a bullwhip can create this effect; they all produce a crack. In the case of airplanes, shock waves have been known to break windows in buildings.
Mantras affect our lives in many ways. Mindfully chanted mantras give the effect of meditation. The chanting of mantras, effect more to the crown chakra and the navel chakra besideother chakras. It has the power of faith healing. During the chanting of mantra we surrender to particular God and that helps us to tame our ego. It also makes us pious and shapes our personality. Psychologically, we are boosted to face extreme crises of life and we get the courage to take extra steps without giving up.
Gurumantras are given to us by our guru after analysing our spiritual needs and physical strength. The name given by parent is to identify ourselves in the world and mantra given by the guru is to link with the God to attain Moksha. For Moksha we have to achieve that state of mind where we only remember the guru mantra, not even our name.
The “Durga saptsati” has powerful mantras and it is supposed to be chanted correctly to get proper result and avoid bad effect.
Many of us may not pronounce the mantras in a correct way and that may harm us. For this reason when we start and finish the chanting of mantras then, we should pray to the God to forgive for mistakes.
It is advisable for all Vedic shanti pooja to take the help of Vedapathi Brahmin, who has a proper education in the Vedic school for many years, than a priest of a temple. Two different types of Brahmins can be compared like a qualified doctor and a quake.
Most of the mantras have a strict method to chant, but, in case of manshik (silently in mind) japa there is no such restrictions. Gayatri mantras should always be chanted with a procedure and by sitting on an asana.
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