Mantras & Meditation
A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration while meditating.
The word ‘mantra’ consists of two parts. The first part, ‘man’ means mind in Sanskrit, whereas the second part ‘tra’ means instrument. Therefore, mantra is ‘the instrument of mind’. These are powerful words, sound or vibrations that can be used for meditation.
- Deepak Chopra
When using a mantra, it's believed that only the positive intentions and actions will fill your mind and eliminate negativity.
A mantra can be as simple as the word 'love,' something you are thankful for, or a phrase such as 'om shanti, shanti, shanti' which represents all encompassing peace. You can also meditate on an affirmation, such as 'I accept myself.'
Effect On Meditation:
Meditation is referred to as a practice to train the mind or induce a mode of consciousness. It promotes relaxation of mind and body, develops compassion, patience, love, concentration and generosity. Meditation many a times involves repeating a mantra with closed eyes. Mantras for meditation are chosen based on its suitability to the meditator.
Meditation has a calming effect on an individual and imparts peace and tranquility. Transcendental meditation is the purest form of meditation that creates a powerful state of awareness by thought process or mind control. Its key aspect is the mantra given by the teacher to his student.
However, you can choose a mantra for yourself depending on what you are needing in life. While choosing a mantra, you should consider your inner motivations for practicing meditation.
Mechanism Of Mantras:
Mantras provide the mind something to focus on. Mantras resonate and create a sensation with the body. The subtle vibrations in turn resonate a positive energy within self and the surrounding. Repetitive chanting of mantras plays a major role in de-cluttering the mind. Meditation with mantras is a powerful way to penetrate the silence of mind and create harmony. The mental vibrations allow the mind to experience deep awareness and lead to the field of pure consciousness.
Mantras help us disconnect from the thoughts and worries in our mind and slip them into the gaps between these thoughts. Chanting of spiritual mantras holds the key to transforming an individual.
Importance Of Mantras In Meditation:
Using mantras during meditation bring us back into the present moment, silences mental chaos, reduces anxiety and creates clarity of thoughts.
Choose a mantra that is easy to remember, that fits your belief system, and makes you feel at peace.
Mantras are sacred prayers that can be chanted for inner peace and calmness all through the life. They are healers, the medicine for our soul!
Each mantra induces some specific vibrations in the mind. So, it is not like all mantras work equally well. Different mantras are used for the purpose of specific objectives.
Whether you're looking for positivity, health, happiness, self love, or if you simply want to find balance.
Here are some of Karma Arm's favorite modern day mantras:
Endurance + Strength Mantra: "This too shall pass."
Love Mantra: "I am love."
Calmer mind Mantra: "Smile, breathe, and go slowly."
Being present Mantra: "Be here, now."
Allowing the universe to guide you: "I am open to receiving universal gifts."
Happiness Mantra: "Today I choose joy."
Release Mantra: "Close your eyes, clear your heart, let it go."
Empowerment Mantra: "I are capable of wonderful things"
Here are our 5 favorite Sanskrit mantras, with their ancient meanings and how we can adopt them into our modern lives:
1) Mantra: OM
Translation: The sound of the universe. It's the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.
2) Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
Translation: I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.
Modern adaptation: In the book Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert is given this mantra by her Guru, which she lovingly refers to as the “Amazing Grace of Sanskrit.” Her interpretation is, “I honor the divinity within myself.” This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.
3) Mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: 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
4) Mantra: Shanti Mantra
Om Saha Naavavatu
Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai
Tejasvi Aavadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om
Translation: May the Lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, giving us strength to work together for the good of humanity. May our learning be brilliant and purposeful. May we never turn against one another.
Modern adaptation: A perfect mantra to start a yoga class, a new day, or even a new business with. It unites the participants and sets a tone of non-competitiveness, unity, and working together towards a common goal.
5) Mantra: Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah
Translation: I bow to the elephant-faced deity [Ganesh] who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.”
Modern adaptation: In Hindu teachings, Ganesh is known as the god of wisdom and success and the destroyer of obstacles. This is my favorite mantra, which I always draw on when I’m facing a big challenge in life and especially when I’m traveling.