"Mantras are the garments of love. They clothe the divine in sound. And by reciting them silently in meditation, we draw closer to the spirit of the universe. Chanting mantras charges up the atmosphere with positive vibrations, and in such a space, meditation becomes natural and effortless."
Mantra has been chanted for thousands of years, the first being composed nearly 3000 years ago in Vedic Sanskrit in India. They exist now in various schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Without any doubt, Om̐ is the most powerful mantra of all. It's because it is considered as the mother (janani) of all mantras. It is also the beginning of many others.
The most famous chant in the world is the Compassionate Buddha "Om̐ Mani Padme Hum", which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus." It is the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion. The mantra calms fears, soothes concerns and heals broken hearts.
In case you would like to use a Mala (string of beads, very personal spiritual instrument and hence should be treated with care and respect) then when you chant mantra (could be multiple times a day), each time use a Mala of 54 beads or 108 beads. Chanting in the evening (after sunset) should be done while facing north.
Chanting a mantra silently is more effective however till that stage is reached it is better to chant softly. Chanting can be done anywhere once you have mastered chanting silently.
Chanting mantras is said to be the easiest way to clear our mind from negativeness and become aware of the reality we live in. The Mahamantra (the Great mantra) frees our mind from all negative energy:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Mantras as a sacred sound turn around negative, repulsive vibrations into more positive and attractive vibrations. Mantras repeated can induce the state necessary to create new brainwave patterns of positive thinking that allow us to improve our attitude and beliefs. This is the general advantage of mantra chanting.
Mantras are very useful in preparation for meditation. They help the mind to practice mindfulness, to stay focused on one object. Implementing mantras in our daily practice could seems challenging due to the complexity of the Sanskrit, as well to fire our inner resistance out of just not believing in their power or usefulness. You can play with the idea for awhile and eventually overwhelming this feelings you could try before rejecting. Think of them as a mental instrument that fine-tunes your yoga practice. Choose simple and easy ones to pronounce and memories, leave aside your prejudice and give a try.
Basic mantras :
1) Om - is said to be the first sound heard at the creation of the universe;
2) Om santih santih santih (A-U-M Shanti Shanti Shanti) - mantra for peace. Piece is a quality that never could be too much.
3) Anandam (aan an dam) - to restore inner joy and contentment;
4) So Hum - mantra for meditation
-inhalation: silently repeat So;
-exhalation: silently repeat Hum.
Chant and enjoy !
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