What is a Mantra?
A mantra is a combination of words from the ancient Sanskrit language believed to have spiritual significance and energy when working with them in repetition and prayer.
Mantras were created in India as long ago and 3500 years in Sanskrit. One of the simplest mantras is Aum (Om) and believed to be the first sound on Earth. When produced, aum sound creates a reverberation in the body, which helps the body and mind be calm.
In more sophisticated forms, mantras are melodic phrases with spiritual intentions for truth, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and compassion, to name a few.
Working with different mantras in your spiritual practice will enhance your focus while helping you find peace, awareness, and grounding. Understanding the meaning of the mantra is very important, and immersing your energy in these mantras is part of the practice.
Commonly Used Mantras
Aum – the primal sound of the Universe.
Aum Shanti Aum – Prayer for peace to all.
Om Namah Shivya – Honoring the Divine in you.
Om Mani Padme Hum – literal translation is ‘Hail the Jewel in the Lotus’. The Buddhist prayer of compassion to all!
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha – Ganesha Mantra. Blessings to Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.
Om Hanumate Namah – Hanuman Mantra. Blessings to Hanuman, bring me strength and devotion.
Gayatri Mantra: (Universal Prayer, Freedom Mantra)
- Om bhūr bhuvaḥ suvaḥ - We meditate on the glory of the Creator
- Tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ - Who has created the Universe
- Bhargo devasyadhīmahi - Who is worthy of Worship
- Dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt - Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance. May He enlighten our intellect
The Vedic Mantras are sometimes tricky to pronounce. So you can try making that works for you and your intent.
Your mantra could be anything from peace, happiness, love, and joy, to name a few. You can affirm a phrase like I am love! I am joy! or I am peace!
The beauty of the whole process is to bring more positivity to our daily lives. Sitting quietly and listening within your heartbeat’s life energy is also a meditation. Repeating the coined mantra 108 times brings us one step closer to our intent manifestation.
Some commonly used
- Sadhna: Meditation
- Rudraaksh: Teardrop of Lord Shiva / a commonly used seed used in a mala.
- Namaste: Greeting; Salutations to the divinity
- Bhakti: Devotion; surrender oneself to the Divine or unconditional love
- Shardha: Compassion
- Yoga: It is a discipline through which you can activate the inner energies to the fullest possible extent.
- Anand: Happy state of mind
- Karma: A belief that your present actions will bring the same kind of results in the future.
- Dharma: The path of righteousness and proper religious practice.
- Atma: Soul, individual consciousness.
- Guru: One who brings light, the one leading us to the path of knowledge.
- Japa: A repetition of a mantra
- Chakra: The pranic energy points within our body as per Vedic Scriptures.
What is a Mala?
A mala, or japmala, is a string 108 prayer beads and one Guru bead. Used to help count the chanting of a mantra (prayer) in spiritual traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism spanning 3000 years of practice...Learn More