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Mantra

Yoga Defined

Transcendental sound

Sadhguru speaks on Vak Shuddhi,
the nature of language and sound

Mantra is essentially a sound or an arrangement of sounds. We use sound every day to communicate and to affect how we feel. We put on bright and bouncy music to improve our feeling and sometimes we use other sounds to introspect and otherwise create or affect specific moods.

So mantra or mantram is an arrangement of sounds except here this arrangement of sound is designed to help expand consciousness or to awaken the mind and our awareness to dimensions of life we are as yet unaware of.

Most of the mantras in common use today may be termed as either religious as in Christian hymns for example or, they are from the rich tapestry of ancient India and what might be loosely conceived of as Hinduism even though strictly speaking Hinduism is not a religion.

The term Hindu and Hinduism are taken from the name Hindustan which was the geographic region covering modern day Myanmar and parts of Malaysia that stretched across the Indian subcontinent to include Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The academic language of Sanskrit is still in widespread use today and it is said in speaking this language that one must use the totality of one’s oral and vocal capacity to annunciate the sounds correctly whereas with English-language we do not use all of our mouth and vocal capacity.

Sound is a frequency and we know that by placing a tuning fork on a piece of card covered with sand that the vibration will create a pattern in the sand. Similarly there are sounds which please us and make us feel good whereas there are sounds that have negative effects and we try and avoid those.

So mantra is an arrangement of sounds designed to stimulate neural activity in order to broaden our perception of reality and to increase our appreciation of life. I must include a warning here that when mantras are heard by exceeding the ignorant and stupid people, these sounds can make them even crazier than they already are. Conversely anyone who aspires to understand the nature of life and wants to celebrate life, mantras are uplifting and inspiring.

There is a conception that mantras can be used to reduce the noise of the mind, however the mind cannot really be controlled. What can happen is that the repetition of a mantra can induce a mildly transcendent state whereby the activity of the mind continues but it becomes less bothersome.

Mantras used with the ‘right intention’ can help quieten the mind and to produce a state of well-being. You could say that this is another form of meditation which is helped by having an appreciation of the meaning of the mantra and the significance of the deity.

Some popular Mantra’s 

Deva Premal and the Gayatri Matra

Gayatri MantraBackground info
Om bhurbhuvah swah tatsaviturvarenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.

Shiva, the supreme deity 

Gunupatti or Ganesh mantra

Asato Ma Sad Gamaya – and other version

You will find dozens of mantras on Youtube that you can listen to and even sing along with. But to get a positive result it is best to adopt an attitude that is respectful to life and if you can an attitude of enquiry into the nature life. You can use the Internet to look up the meaning of the words and it is my sincere wish that you can use mantras to improve your own sense of well-being as well as those around you.

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