For thousands of years, yogis have stressed the value of chanting mantra in stabilising and clearing the mind, leading one to deeper spiritual awakening and awareness. 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. Mantras, meditation, and chanting are all tools that facilitate this higher functioning of the frontal lobes.
Spiritual teachers often recommend focusing one’s attention while chanting or meditating on this frontal part of the brain as well, placing attention on the “third eye chakra”, the meridian accessed through the space between the eyebrows.
The Power of Mantras
The word ‘mantra’ is Sanskrit and it means sacred syllable(s) or sacred word(s). Mantras are described as vibrational formulas that are recited silently within, spoken, or sung outwardly. There are mantras in Sanskrit as well as in many other Asian languages.
A mantra is 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 (normally 108). These specific results could include healing, fertility, the creation of abundance etc. Mantras are used to open the heart and the mind and to aid in accessing and entering into a state of greater awareness. Some mantras may be prayer while others can be powerful and invoke commands or demands.
My Tips to Successful Meditation
Many people (myself included) have trouble reaching a meditative state. Those of us with busy minds often struggle to still our thoughts and brush them away long enough to actually reach this state, and Mantra’s are the perfect tool for reaching a meditative state.
I have found through my own practice that reaching a true meditative state comes much more easily in guided meditation rather than silent meditation! Close your eyes as you start to meditate, and let them roll up so you are looking towards the centre of your eyes. This is your “Third Eye”. If you are practicing a silent or guided meditation or listening to a chanting meditation, allow the tip of your tongue to touch the upper part of your mouth just behind your upper teeth in order to connect the meridians.
My preferred M.O.M (method of meditation) has become Chanting Mantra Meditation, so let’s take a look at this style of meditation!
Chanting Mantra Meditations
The sound of a Mantra can lift the believer towards the higher self. The sound elements of Sanskrit language are permanent entities and are of everlasting significance. In the recitation of Sanskrit Mantras the sound is very important, for it can bring transformation in you while leading you to power and strength. The sacred utterances or chanting of Sanskrit Mantras provide us with the power to attain our goals and lift ourselves from the ordinary to the higher level of consciousness. They give us the power to cure diseases; ward off evils; gain wealth; acquire supernatural powers and for attaining a blissful state and attain liberation.
How to Chant
There are many schools of thought on the methods of chanting. A Mantra chanted correctly or incorrectly, knowingly or unknowingly, carefully or carelessly, is sure to bear the desired result for physical and mental well being. Mantra chanting cannot be established nor fully appreciated through reasoning and intellect alone! It has to be experienced through an open mind, devotion, faith and constant repetition of the Mantra. Chanting mantras is mystical and magical experience because the body through singing and meditation becomes a temple and a divine instrument. For chanting mantras we need the proper breathing, proper relaxation, and proper state of mind….
Chanting is a form of meditation and silence is the key – Prepare your space with candles and incense, and go first into the silence of your heart, feeling the mantra. Each mantra has a deep and profound meaning, – connect to it.
Chose your mantra – You can chant a traditional Sanskrit meditation, or choose a positive affirmation. When you craft your own mantra, keep it positive, short and specific to you and your current situation, eg. I am in control of my life, I am not a victim of my life.
There are many different Sanskrit Mantras to choose from, Om being .
- Om – the most commonly known and important of all – the Beginning & the End. All mantras generally begin and often end with Om.
- Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah – I bow to the elephant-faced deity [Ganesh] who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.”
- Om Namah Shivaya – I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.
- Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu – 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.
And my personal “Go To” Mantra?
Moola Mantra… Sat-Cit-Ananda (pronounced Sartchi-Tananda) and means…
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha
The Moola Mantra has given great peace and joy to people all over the world, who have chanted, or even just listened to it. It has the power to transport ones mind to the state of causeless love and limitless joy. The calmness that the mantra can give is to be experienced, not spoken about. Here is the key with which any door to spiritual treasure could be opened. A tool which can be used to achieve all desires. A medicine which cures all ills. The nectar that can set man free! All auspiciousness and serenity is yours simply by chanting or listening to this magnificent Moolamantra.
Whenever you chant the Moola Mantra even without knowing the meaning of it, that itself carries power. But when you know the meaning and chant with that feeling in your heart, then the energy would flow a million times more powerful. Therefore it is essential to know the meaning of the Mantra when you use it.
The Mantra is like calling a name. Just like when you call a person he comes and makes you feel his presence, the same manner when you chant this mantra, the supreme energy manifests everywhere around you. As the Universe is Omnipresent, the supreme energy can manifest anywhere and any time. It is also very important to know that the invocation with all humility, respect and with great necessity makes the presence stronger.
The Moola Mantra Translated…
- Om — We are calling on the highest energy of all
- Sat — The formless, Unmanifest Potential
- Cit — Infinite Consciousness of the Universe
- Ananda — Pure love, bliss and joy
- Para brahma — The Supreme Creator
- Purushothama — Who has incarnated in human form to help guide mankind
- Paramatma — Who comes to me in my heart, and becomes my inner voice whenever I ask
- Sri Bhagavati — The Divine Mother, the power aspect of creation
- Sametha — Together within Non-Duality
- Sri Bhagavate — The Father of Creation which is unchangeable and permanent
- Namaha— I thank you and acknowledge this presence in my life. I ask for your guidance at all times
LISTEN TO THE MOOLA MANTRA HERE
I trust you’ve enjoyed this article, and now it’s over to you! I’d love you to share your thoughts and/or favourite Meditation Techniques and Mantra’s below….
Until next time…
Sat-Cit-Ananda ~ Truth, Consciousness, Bliss