Mantras

A Mantra is a word, group of words, syllable or sound, which has a special vibration and induces to a “state of consciousness” for the person who recites it.

Mantras are largely used in meditation. Usually written in Sanskrit or Tibetan, but we can also use mantras in our own language. It is said that mantras dissolve impurities and bring light to the spirit.

For many practicing Buddhists and Hindus the mantra has a magical dimension: it saves from dangers, it helps in illness, it comforts in sorrows and it helps overcome many of the everyday problems. Each mantra generates a unique vibration that works on specific aspects of our being.

Etymologically the word mantra comes from two Sanskrit terms. Man means mind and Tra means free. That is, mantra means freeing the mind.

The mantra helps us to stop or reduce the involuntary internal dialogue in order to gain access to higher “states of consciousness”. It is the theory of removing a nail with another nail. If you meditate regularly, you will notice that your status is not always the same, and there are days when some meditation techniques will work better than others. For example, if you meditate regularly observing your breath, in those days when the mind is more unruly it can be helpful to recite a mantra.

One of the wonders of the mantra is that it has a double function. On one hand it helps us to calm our mind and to go into meditation, and on the other it has a vibrational quality that acts directly on us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Although the practice with mantras is wonderful, there comes a point at which it becomes necessary to complete and utter inner silence. A mantra can help us to walk part of the way, but it does not lead to the end.

How do Mantras work?

The mantras use the same channels of music and subliminal advertising, but with much more charitable intentions. Each vowel and consonant produces a particular vibration that resonates with your same vibration energies, bringing harmony through sound.

You could say that a mantra is as the music of a flute played by a snake charmer, but instead of sinking into a lower state of consciousness, like the snake, the mantra leads to higher states of consciousness.

 

How are Mantras?

We simply repeat over and over the mantra aloud or inwardly. It is said that the mantras repeated aloud affect more the affairs of the world of matter, than the lower chakras. And that mantras repeated quietly reach finer aspects of us related to the higher chakras. A good way of working with mantras is to start reciting the mantra out loud a few times and to finish reciting inwardly.

No need to think about the meaning of it while reciting the mantra and what is more, it is better if you do not do it. Just focus your attention to the mantra itself, its sonority. If you want you can also view the syllables of the mantra while repeating. We repeat them quickly, thus the mind finds it difficult to put the nose in the middle, or we repeat slowly capturing the nuances of sound and vibration.

Mantras can be pronounced in neutral, that is, as if we were talking normally, or they can accompany a melody. The latter way can produce us a nicer stimulus when working with a mantra and vibrational factor if music will outweigh.

The practice with mantras is ancient and it is full of mysteries, far from wanting to reveal anything, this section is intended to serve as a starting point for all those who have never done work with mantras. If you play every day for a while with the mantras you will soon feel its magic and its tremendous efficiency. Let's look at some examples.

 

Traditional Mantras

OM or AUM: The great primordial sound, the original sound from which the universe was created, the sound of all sounds together. It symbolizes God and encompasses the other mantras. There are several ways to pronounce it, depending on the school or spiritual lineage. For example in Tantric schools it is pronounced O (pronouncing   an "O" from an "A” finding the point where neither it is "a" nor "or", but both) and M (pronounced as ng, ie “m" is still nasal but adding the vibration of the soft palate). In other schools it is pronounced simply as it is written as OM, in some AUM or AOM, or even UM. It is usually repeated at least three times before starting a meditation or any spiritual practice or just to start the day.

Symbol or Yantra Example of mantra sung
Símbolo del Om

"Om" by Deva Premal & Miten

OM AH HUM: Old Sanskrit mantra that embodies the figure of Padmasambhava, also known as the mantra of Guru Rinpoche. Many mantras refer to saints or deities. Mantras have triple action, firstly the healing vibration of sound, secondly it helps us to get into meditation and ultimately it allows us to align ourselves with the figure of a much evolved being to help us on our way. This mantra, “OM AH HUM”, is specifically used to purify the environment, all living creatures in it and oneself. It also represents the three aspects of divinity and helps us to achieve our understanding in them. This is the short version of a longer mantra: OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG.

Guru Rinpoche Example of mantra sung
Padmasambhava deidad budista tambien conocida como Guru Rimpoche

"Guru Rimpoche" by Deva Premal & Miten

OM MANI PADME HUM: It is a well-known Buddhist mantra. It means "the jewel that resides within the lotus" Mani Padme is the jewel of the lotus, the essential wisdom of Buddhist teachings, the divine essence, while Hum represents reality without limits embodied within the limits of the individual. Thus, Hum unites the individual with the universal. It is a mantra that favors the growth of compassion. Compassion is a very noble sentiment of a high degree of vibration; it is difficult to generate real compassion, because our ego always tries to get a word. You need to have reached a high level of evolution to generate genuine compassion, love, joy and inner peace. This mantra can help us get there. Specifically, this mantra invokes “Avalokiteshvara Buddha” or Buddha of Compassion.

Symbol or Yantra Example of mantra sung
Om Mani Padme Hum escrito en tibetano

"Om Mani Padme Hum" by Tibetan Monks

GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA: For me, it is one of the most beautiful and most powerful mantras I’ve ever tried. I guess everyone has to find their own detonator; this mantra can be one of them. This mantra sums up the essence of the Heart Sutra and awakens in us the true love and eternal wisdom.

Prajnaparamita Example of mantra sung

Prajnaparamita

"Gate Gate " by Deva Premal & Miten

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA: This mantra invokes the loving presence of Green Tara, a Buddhist deity. Tara is the female energy enlightened it represents the active, agile and practical wisdom. It is this rapid and immediate energy that is present at the right moment. Tara is the great liberator; it sets us free of all we fear. This mantra can also be used as energy and protection against any kind of danger.

Green Tara Example of mantra sung

"Om Tare Tuttare " by Deva Premal & Miten

TEYATA OM BEKANDSE BEKANDSE MAHA BEKANDSE RANDSA SAMUD GATE SOHA: This mantra invokes the Buddhist deity known as the Medicine Buddha, or in Tibetan Snagye Mela. Very suitable for doing Reiki or recite any healing process.

Medicine Buddha Example of mantra sung

"Teyata" by Deva Premal & Miten

SO' HAM: Silent mantra repeated and adjusted together with breathing. "SO” when us inhaling and "HAM" when us inhaling. Mantras composed of two syllables, are generally used in this way. “SO HAM” means "I Am", a call to our true essence, our true identity, beyond this world. When we peel all our ephemeral layers is only the true, the eternal, the unnamable. This mantra will help us discover who we are and our true nature.

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA: It means "in the name of Shiva". It is one of the many mantras that invoke names of deities, in this case to the Hindu deity Shiva.

OM RAM RAMAYA: Mantra invoking the Hindu deity Rama.

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI: Om refers to the Divine and Shanti means Peace, Inner Peace, of course.

Gayatri Mantra. It is the oldest mantra recognized. Sage Viswamitra discovered the mantra called Gayatri that it is addressed to the Sun energy, Surya. This mantra has infinite potentiality. It is a vibrant formula. It has immense powers, powers that are truly amazing, because the sun is the presiding deity. The “Gayatri Mantra” is the universal prayer contained in the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India. It is addressed to the immanent and transcendent Divinity, to whom it has been given the name of Savita, meaning "that from which all is born.” Gayatri” is considered vedasara or essence of the Vedas. Veda means knowledge, and the prayer fosters and sharpens the ability to produce knowledge. Traditionally it is usually repeated three times a day, at dawn, noon and dusk. It is a very powerful and transformative mantra.

Mantra Translation

Om Bhur Buvah svaha
Thath savithur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat

O Creator of the Universe!. We meditate in thy supreme splendor. May your radiant power illuminate our intellects, destroy our sins, and guide us in the right direction!

 

Mantra in Sanskrit Example of mantra sung
Gayatri Mantra escrito en Sánscrito

"Gayatri Mantra" by Deva Premal & Miten

 

Related Mantras Chakras

First Chakra (Mulhadara):

LAM

Second Chakra (Swadhisthana):

VAM

Third Chakra (Manipura):

RAM

Fourth Chakra (Anahata):

YAM

Fifth Chakra (Vishuda):

HAM

Sixth Chakra (Ajna):

OM

Seventh Chakra (Sahasrara):

N (nasal)

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Article written by Miquel Vidal.