Mantras are words, sounds, or utterances that are believed to be sacred and having spiritual powers according to Vedic Hindu traditions. The earliest mantras were developed in India in Vedic Sanskrit around 500 BC and spread to other religions such as Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and many others.
What are the seven mantras?
While there are thousands of mantras originating in different countries and religions, there are some that are considered to be the most powerful and easy to chant. These include:
- Gayatri Mantra: This finds its origin in Rigveda and dates back to almost 3000 years. This starts with the word ‘Om’ that forms the root of all the mantras and defines the power of the ‘One reality’.
- Shanti Mantra: First found in the Upanishads, Shanti or the Peace mantras are used to invoking peace and calm in the chanter and the listener.
- Shiva Sutra Mantras: Originating in the 9th-century, these are said to originate from the tandava dance of Lord Shiva.
- Wahe Guru: This is the most widely used and primary mantra in Sikhism. It is dedicated to the supreme soul and is said to destroy the ego.
- Om Mani Padme Hum: This mantra is considered to be a condensed form that brings together all the teachings of Lord Buddha in these 6 syllables.
- Micchami Dukkadam: This Jainism mantra is chanted to seek forgiveness and attain purity in one’s actions and thoughts.
- So Hum: Dating to the first BC and found in the Isha Upanishads, this Hindu and Buddhist mantra induces consciousness and freedom.
Which is the most powerful mantra?
Out of all the mantras, the Gayatri Mantra is considered to be the most powerful and universally accepted mantra. It derives its name from ‘Gayatri’, the mother of all the Vedas, and is dedicated to the Supreme Creator and the Goddess of the five elements. Being a beautiful combination of adoration, prayer, and meditation for the Divine, it is considered to be the best mantra for meditation.
How does mantra meditation work?
Mantras consist of powerful self-affirming statements that build your confidence, acceptance, and humility. They are considered to be the single most powerful vehicle to help you focus, in what is known as mantra meditation.
This is how mantra meditation works:
- These mantras, when repeated silently or chanted loudly, create powerful vibrations and thought energy waves. These self-created sounds are believed to synchronise the left and right hemispheres of your brain that results in several mental and physical benefits.
- Depending on the goal of your mantra meditation practice, you can choose the best mantra for meditation, healing, concentration, or stress reduction.
- They induce powerful transformative energy that gets ingrained in your daily practices and helps create a future that you desire.
What is a mantra example in meditation?
Here are some examples of the most widely used mantras around the world:
- Shiva meditation mantra: Om Namah Shivay.
- Gayatri mantra meditation: Om Bhoor Bhuvah Savh, Tat Savitur. Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat.
- Buddhist mantra meditation: Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
- Chakra meditation mantras: Lam, Vam, Ram, Yam, Ham, and Om followed by silence.
Who can perform mantra meditation?
You don’t have to possess a spiritual mindset or abilities to practice mantra meditation. Anyone and everyone can do Meditation and get benefitted from it including:
- Expecting mothers
- People who have suffered an injury, disease, or have undergone a surgery
How does mantra meditation benefit the mind and the body?
Mantra meditation is a powerhouse of pervasive and long-lasting benefits for the health of your mind and body along with your outlook on life. These include:
- Every mantra generates energy in your body that creates the ambience for you to focus your mind and improve concentration. This helps in calming your mind, reducing anxiety, responding better to traumas, and improving your memory.
- When your mind is freer, your body feels lighter. This helps in reducing fatigue and tiredness and improving your stamina and endurance.
- Reduction in stress has physiological benefits such as preventing heart issues, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, etc.
- It induces humility and compassion and improves your relationship with people.
- Mantra meditation improves your posture and reduces back pain and stiffness.
- Be it Gayatri mantra meditation or Chit Shakti meditation, whichever meditation you do, improves your self-belief and confidence. This helps in enhancing your productivity and creativity.
How can you do mantra meditation at home?
- The first step is to choose a mantra that you believe in and find the easiest to recite. Whether it is a chakra meditation mantra or the Gayatri mantra, you need to know its meaning and learn to recite it. There are several translations of the meditation mantra in Hindi available for you to get to know their meaning.
- Get comfortable in a place where you can chant without walk-ins or distractions.
- Set your timer and follow it consistently.
- If your thoughts wander during the practice, gently guide yourself back to attention.
What are some tips for mantra meditation?
Here are some tips for letting your mantra meditation session not only work for you but also for you to enjoy doing it:
- Always choose a spot that’s free of distractions, noise, and dirt.
- Always meditate with specific goals that are positive and progressive. This is essential for you to continue with the practice.
- Always begin your mantra meditation practice under the guidance of a trainer. You can also use video tutorials.
- Maintain a good posture that will help you concentrate. Pregnant women or people with spinal issues or arthritis may have to modify their posture.
- Start slow and build upon the practice. You can start with a session of 3-5 minutes and extend it to 30 minutes or an hour.
- Be patient and don’t stop meditating if your mind starts to wander.
- Have realistic goals and don’t expect meditation to be the one-stop solution for your issue.
- You can change your mantra to the one that resounds with your goals.
- You can use a string of beads or audio of the mantras to help you concentrate better.