MANTRA

Mantra is a combination of divine syllables or special set of words arranged in a definite sequence of sounds which are considered capable of creating transformation. When chanted with devotion, faith and emotion it gravitate the concerned God or Goddess or deity and secure their divine blessings.

MAN - of mantra comes from the first syllable of manana, and TRA from trana, or liberation from the bondage of the sansara or the phenomenal world. By the combination of man and tra, is the mantra - a word of power - a compelling force that vibrates not only in the very being of the one who utters, but also subtly in the entire universe.

Mantras evolved by Rishis and Yogis who actually prepared them and used them to prove their worth. Their textual source is to be found in the Vedas, Puranas and Tantra.

Guru is a guide who can understand all one's problems and suggest Mantras with the help of which one could get rid of all problems. Over the ages these have helped thousands of Sadhaks achieve even that which appeared impossible to them.

Mantras can be interpreted to be effective as vibration, or more simply as sound, which may include verbal repetition, in the form of chanting, or internal mental repetition. For this reason great emphasis is put on correct pronunciation. A mantra must be uttered, audibly or inaudibly, in a proper way, to produce its effect. Philosophically shabda is the guna of akasha, or ethereal space. It is not, however, produced by akasha, but manifests in it. In the same way, as in outer space, waves of sound are produced by movements of air, so in the space within the body, waves of sound are produced according to the movements of the vital air through the process of chanting in a proper way. The utterance of a mantra without knowledge of its meaning is a mere movement of the lips and nothing more. Without knowledge of the meaning, the mantra sleeps and is not potent. Only when one utters a mantra with full awareness of its meaning, only then the mantra is awake and vibrant with potent energy. Only then it is a magical and energized to permeate in the very being of the Sadhaks.

For Divine help one must link with divine forces but majority of humans are unaware of these forces and have no link whatsoever. But when an individual starts chanting Mantra related to a particular deity regularly the gap between him and the concerned divine force steadily decreases. By regular use of Mantra a subtle link is formed and through this one could then obtain any desired boon within the power of the deity. One could obtain wealth, prosperity, fame, fearlessness, success and spiritual upliftment, but for each a different Mantra is chanted and a different deity propitiated. Other purposes have included religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, avoid danger, or eliminate enemies.

HOW MANTRAS ARE USEFUL

One's subconscious mind can help to find the solution through meditation and recitation of Mantras.

Purity of thoughts, words and deeds, sincerity and deep seated. Belief in repeating Mantras systematically and without any stress or strain on the brain or body is the keynotes for the efficacy of Mantras.

Concentrate and Meditate without having any desires in mind. The Mantra should be recited softly so as to be audible only to be person concerned and not to others. Mantras should be recited in a pleasing musical tone, which will help in concentration.

Continuous Sadhana will enable the Sadhaka to find solutions to the problems, attaining peace of mind, reducing mental strain.

The Sadhaka should have a light meal, hot and well cooked and in small quantity, as over eating leads to the excitement of the sensory organs which aggravate passions. Onions, Garlic and Meat have stimulating effects on the sensory organs and will do harm to the body than good. Intoxicates and smoking of any kind should be avoided. Lack of control in the diet is a great obstacle to progress. Small quantities of wholesome food purify the mind and a pure mind retains the memory of God.