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Mantra: word or sound which is believed to possess a special Spiritual Power:
A personal Mantra is sometimes repeated as an aid to Meditation or Prayer. A
saying from the Vedas claims that "Speech is the essence of humanity."
All of what humanity thinks and ultimately becomes is determined by the expression
of ideas and actions through speech and its derivative, writing. Everything,
the Vedas maintain, comes into being through speech. Ideas remain unactualized
until they are created through the power of speech. Similarly, The New Testament,
Gospel of John, starts "In the beginning was The Word. And the Word was
with God and the Word was God..."
Here are some important ideas about mantra which will enable you to begin a audemars piguet replica watches
practical understanding of what mantra is and what it can do.
- Mantras are energy-based sounds
Saying any word produces an actual physical vibration. Over time, if we know
what the effect of that vibration is, then the word may come to have meaning
associated with the effect of saying that vibration or word. This is one level
of energy basis for words.
Another level is intent. If the actual physical vibration is coupled with
a mental intention, the vibration then contains an additional mental component
which influences the result of saying it. The sound is the carrier wave and
the intent is overlaid upon the wave form, just as a colored gel influences
the appearance and effect of a white light.
In either instance, the word is based upon energy. Nowhere is this idea more
true than for Sanskrit mantra. For although there is a general meaning which
comes to be associated with mantras, the only lasting definition is the result
or effect of saying the mantra.
- Mantras create thought-energy waves.
The human consciousness is really a collection of states of consciousness
which distributively exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. Each
organ has a primitive consciousness of its own. That primitive consciousness
allows it to perform functions specific to it. Then come the various systems.
The cardio-vascular system, the reproductive system and other systems have
various organs or body parts working at slightly different stages of a single
process. Like the organs, there is a primitive consciousness also associated
with each system. And these are just within the physical body. Similar functions
and states of consciousness exist within the subtle body as well. So individual
organ consciousness is overlaid by system consciousness, overlaid again by
subtle body counterparts and consciousness, and so ad infinitum.
The ego with its self-defined "I" ness assumes a pre-eminent state
among the subtle din of random, semi-conscious thoughts which pulse through
our organism. And of course, our organism can "pick up" the vibration
of other organisms nearby. The result is that there are myriad vibrations
riding in and through the subconscious mind at any given time.
Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual
energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the
mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which
eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies
from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other
vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates
at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented
by and contained within the mantra.
At this point, a change of state occurs in the organism. The organism becomes
subtly different. Just as a laser is light which is coherent in a new way,
the person who becomes one with the state produced by the mantra is also coherent
in a way which did not exist prior to the conscious undertaking of repetition
of the mantra.
- Mantras are tools of power and tools for power.
They are formidable. They are ancient. They work. The word "mantra"
is derived from two Sanskrit words. The first is "manas" or "mind,"
which provides the "man" syllable. The second syllable is drawn
from the Sanskrit word "trai" meaning to "protect" or
to "free from." Therefore, the word mantra in its most literal sense
means "to free from the mind." Mantra is, at its core, a tool used
by the mind which eventually frees one from the vagaries of the mind.
But the journey from mantra to freedom is a wondrous one. The mind expands,
deepens and widens and eventually dips into the essence of cosmic existence.
On its journey, the mind comes to understand much about the essence of the
vibration of things. And knowledge, as we all know, is power. In the case
of mantra, this power is tangible and wieldable.
Statements About Mantra
- Mantras have close, approximate one-to-one direct language-based translation.
If we warn a young child that it should not touch a hot stove, we try to explain
that it will burn the child. However, language is insufficient to convey the
experience. Only the act of touching the stove and being burned will adequately
define the words "hot" and "burn" in the context of "stove."
Essentially, there is no real direct translation of the experience of being
Similarly, there is no word which is the exact equivalent of the experience
of sticking one's finger into an electrical socket. When we stick our hand
into the socket, only then do we have a context for the word "shock."
But shock is really a definition of the result of the action of sticking our
hand into the socket.
It is the same with mantras. The only true definition is the experience which
it ultimately creates in the sayer. Over thousands of years, many sayers have
had common experiences and passed them on to the next generation. Through
this tradition, a context of experiential definition has been created.
- Definitions of mantras are oriented toward either the results of repeating
the mantra or of the intentions of the original framers and testers of the
mantra. In Sanskrit, sounds which have no direct translation but which contain
great power which can be "grown" from it are called "seed mantras."
Seed in Sanskrit is called "Bijam" in the singular and "Bija"
in the plural form. Please refer to the pronunciation guide on page 126 for
more information on pronunciation of mantras.
Let's take an example. The mantra "Shrim" or Shreem is the seed
sound for the principle of abundance (Lakshmi, in the Hindu Pantheon.) If
one says "shrim" a hundred times, a certain increase in the potentiality
of the sayer to accumulate abundance is achieved. If one says "shrim"
a thousand times or a million, the result is correspondingly greater.
But abundance can take many forms. There is prosperity, to be sure, but there
is also peace as abundance, health as wealth, friends as wealth, enough food
to eat as wealth, and a host of other kinds and types of abundance which may
vary from individual to individual and culture to culture. It is at this point
that the intention of the sayer begins to influence the degree of the kind
of capacity for accumulating wealth which may accrue.
- Mantras have been tested and/or verified by their original framers or users.
Each mantra is associated with an actual sage or historical person who once
lived. Although the oral tradition predates written speech by centuries, those
earliest oral records annotated on palm leaves discussed earlier clearly designate
a specific sage as the "seer" of the mantra. This means that the
mantra was probably arrived at through some form of meditation or intuition
and subsequently tested by the person who first encountered it.
- Sanskrit mantras are composed of letters which correspond to certain petals
or spokes of chakras in the subtle body.
As discussed in Chapter 2, there is a direct relationship between the mantra
sound, either vocalized or subvocalized, and the chakras located throughout
- Mantras are energy which can be likened to fire.
You can use fire either to cook your lunch or to burn down the forest. It
is the same fire. Similarly, mantra can bring a positive and beneficial result,
or it can produce an energy meltdown when misused or practiced without some
guidance. There are certain mantra formulas which are so exact, so specific
and so powerful that they must be learned and practiced under careful supervision
by a qualified teacher. Fortunately, most of the mantras widely used in the
West and certainly those contained in this volume are perfectly safe to use
on a daily basis, even with some intensity.
- Mantra energizes prana.
"Prana" is a Sanskrit term for a form of life energy which can be
transferred from individual to individual. Prana may or may not produce an
instant dramatic effect upon transfer. There can be heat or coolness as a
result of the transfer. Some healers operate through transfer of prana. A
massage therapist can transfer prana with beneficial effect. Even self-healing
can be accomplished by concentrating prana in certain organs, the result of
which can be a clearing of the difficulty or condition. For instance, by saying
a certain mantra while visualizing an internal organ bathed in light, the
specific power of the mantra can become concentrated there with great beneficial
- Mantras eventually quiet the mind.
At a deep level, subconscious mind is a collective consciousness of all the
forms of primitive consciousnesses which exist throughout the physical and
subtle bodies. The dedicated use of mantra can dig into subconscious crystallized
thoughts stored in the organs and glands and transform these bodily parts
into repositories of peace.
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