Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mantra

The word mantra consist from two Sanskrit words: the first ‘man’ means ‘continual or constant thinking’. The second ‘tra’ means ‘free’. Mantra is a process where you free yourself from worries or doubts, but not from consciousness. The purpose of the mantra is to liberate you from constrictive limitations of mind thought. Through Mantra practice, we can fix the mind upon peace, tranquility, serenity, and equanimity, enabling as to reach deeper into consciousness.

Mantra is mystical sound heard mystically by the sages in their deep states of Samadhi. The sages are passed these words to their disciples. When these disciples chant these words, they go into the higher states of consciousness experienced by their guru.

The efficiency of the mantra is dependent from the spiritual awareness of the guru who gave the mantra, the sound vibration innate within the mantra itself, and the student’s ability to concentrate.

There are four main types of mantra. They are:

1. Vedic mantras
2. Upanishadic mantras
3. Tantric mantras
4. Puranic mantras

Vedic mantras are mantras found in Vedas, the basic ancient scriptures of India, Upanishadic mantras are found in Upanishads, Tantric mantras are found in Tantric texts, and the Puranic mantras are found in the Puranas.

Each main division of mantra are divided into three subdivisions. These are sattvic, rajasic and tamasic. Sattvic mantras have power to produce wisdom, illumination, compassion, or any major attribute of God-consciousness, Rajasic mantras are chanted to produce children, wealth, worldly success, and similar, and Tamasic mantras are used to invoke lower forces from the astral planes. Tamasic mantras are like ‘words of power’ which are used to invoke power through ceremony.

The meaning of mantra is in finding some degree of peace. Mantra produce stirring within the soul of the practicant, which brings positive feelings which produce constructive thinking.
 
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