What is a mantra?

 

The very word man-tra / "man" (thinking, mind) and "tra" (liberation, tool) / can be understood as a "tool for working with the mind" or "liberation of the mind."

How to use mantras?

Mantras can

  • read aloud or quiet,
  • sing,
  • repeat to yourself.

The correct pronunciation of the mantra will develop through several repetitions. Even simple listening is a great way to relax, calm, and cheer up.

Although, for thousands of years, mantras used only mystics and yogis for their mental and spiritual transformation, to practice the mantras does not necessarily become a yogi or a hermit. Mantras are a tool that every modern person needs. If reading mantras and meditation will enter into your usual way of life, then soon you will notice positive changes. You will become more calm, balanced, and nothing can unsettle your emotional state.

What do mantras mean?

The mantra works whether we understand its meaning or not. As a rule, mantras are written in Sanskrit and their exact translation is difficult to establish. Sanskrit is very rich in synonyms, one word can have up to fifty different meanings, for example:

OM - The original sound vibration that underlies Creation; Brahman; Spirit; Primordial Light.

The meaning of the mantra varies depending on the person: what he is able to perceive, how much he has advanced in spiritual practice. The same phrase has a different meaning at different levels - external, internal and secret.

 

Gayatri Mantra

My favorite mantra performed by Sathya Sai Baba

The same mantra performed by the Deva Premal

Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayaat

Translation

Om! May the Supreme Light that illuminates the three worlds illuminates our mind. And direct the rays of our consciousness on the path of righteousness.


Mantra Avalokiteshvara

Om Mani Padme Hum

One of the most famous mantras in Buddhism. To enter a state of love and compassion. If outbreaks of anger happen, it helps to become kind, to notice the best qualities in people.

Translation

Oh pearl shining in a lotus flower!


Mantra of Tara

Tara - The feminine aspect of the Buddha, which removes obstacles, gives fearlessness of consciousness.

OM TARE TU TARE TURE SOHA (SVAHA)

Translation

May the blessings of this mantra take root in our hearts.


Mantra "Ohm"

This original sound is the main mantra. It is sung with an absolutely relaxed body. Three sounds A, U, M. All sounds are formed without the participation of the tongue - only parting and closing lips.


Mantra "Om Shanti"

Mantra of peace and tranquility. Om Shanti Om gives confidence in one's strengths, relieves nervousness, fear, and depression.


Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Translation – - I bow to the Creator, I bow to the Divine Guru.


Om Namo Narayana

Translation – - I bow to Narayana and serve him - the one who lives in the heart of each of the people.


The hundred-syllable mantra of Vajrasattva

Text

OM BENZA SATO SAMAYA MANUPALAYA BENZA SATO TENOPA TITA DRI DO MEBHAWA SUTO KAYO MEBHAWA SUPO KAYO MEBHAWAANURAKTO MEBHAWA SARWA SIDDHI MEMTRAYATSA SARWA KARMA SUTSA METSI TAM SHRI YA KURU HUNG HA HA HA HA HO BHAGAWAN SARWA TATHAGATA BENZA MA ME MUNTSA BENZRI BHAWA MAHA SAMAYA SATO AH

Translation

Vajrasattva, protect my obligations
Vajrasattva, support me
Please stay firm with me.
Make you satisfied with me.
Always be open to me.
Be favorable to me.
Grant me the fulfillment of all achievements.
Make sure all my actions are good.
Please make my mind always virtuous.
Enlightened Conqueror
Vajrasattva, don't leave me -
Having great obligations.


Asato Ma

Text

Oṁ asato mā śad gamaya
Tamaso mā jyotir gamaya
mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya
Oṁ śānti śānti śāntiḥ

Translation

Lead us from the false to the True
lead from darkness to light,
from death to the Eternal
OM Peace, Peace, Peace.


Mula Mantra

Text

Om
Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma
Purushothama Paramathma
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha

Translation

I greet the omnipresent, unchanging in all its higher manifestations, the essence of which is Eternity, Consciousness, Bliss. He lives in every being and in infinity, in the female and male forms of the entire higher mind.


Mantra of healing from diseases

Mantra of Buddha Medicine

Tejata Om Bekandzaje Bekandzaje Maha Bekandzaje Radza Samudgate Soha

Bekandzaje - means healing. This word is repeated three times, which means healing at all levels.


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