A mantra, traditionally, is a Sanskrit phrase or sound that is repeated to provide a way for concentration in your meditation practice. Only repeating a phrase or word? Yes, it’s that simple. The greatest part is that there are many different mantras, each charged with a different intention or energy. Properly understood and recited mantras evoke energies that effect different parts of the body and mind. They evoke divinities, and open us up to greater understandings. You must be aware of what you are saying in order to pull truth through the words. When done correctly, mantra can be very beautiful and powerful.
Mantra can prepare your body and mind for a more peaceful and powerful experience than anything you may have experienced before. Literally translated, mantra means the mind, transported.
So how can something so simple have any effect at all, asks the mind? Pretty much because it shuts up the mind and your identification along with it. You are not your thoughts. The present moment is all there is. But we will get there a bit later. This is something that can only be found out in practice and time. For now, just know that mantra can prepare your body and mind for a more peaceful and powerful experience than anything you may have experienced before. It can be found in the beautiful chant of a word, sound or phrase and helps to center you in life and in meditation. Literally translated, mantra means the mind, transported. Reciting these is a beautiful ways to seek deeper levels of meditation, peace and understanding.
How do I choose a mantra?
Traditionally, a spiritual teacher who is part of a spiritual lineage and knows the student will provide a mantra. If this option is available to you then great, you know what to do. If not, there are other easy ways to start your practice that we recommend here. You can select a mantra based on your needs or intentions. A mantra can be as simple as a sound that will lull you into a place of better understanding, or as complex as an ancient Sanskrit surrendering to Ganesha.
Three ways of selecting a mantra:
- Choose a word or intention that focuses on what you are seeking. Words such as “love” “patience” or “strength” may be a great place to start when choosing a meditation
- Select a modern approach to mantras and meditation by reciting positive affirmations such as “I am enough” or “I am positivity”
- Choose a traditional mantra that you feel connected to, learn how to pronounce it and try it out.
We suggest using the same mantra or affirmation for 21 days to see how it affects you before switching to a new one. Neuroscience says it takes this many days to form a new habit or break an addictive pattern, in the same tone, the best way of trying out a new mantra is to experience what it does during this amount of time.
Here are a few of our favorite mantras:
The most basic, fundamental mantra is the sound om. We understand that this sound has been upon the earth since the beginning of time. Chanting Om realigns us and mimics the vibration felt within all things.
Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah
Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat
Earth, Air, Heavens
We meditate on Savitr, giver of Light
May he illuminate our Consciousness
This mantra is one of the oldest and most indescribable of the ancient mantras, found within the Rig Veda. It is another source of vibration that travels through you as you meditate. Gayatari means to sing and to protect, and so it offers protection as we chant it’s song.
Prabhu Aap Jago
Prabhu Aap Jago
Mere Sarve Jago
God awaken in everyone and everywhere
End the game of suffering and bring light to the game of joy
Check out this little video that we created with Octavio Salvado to introduce you to your mantra chanting practice: