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.

2 comments:

  1. "ayurveda" is a Sanskrit word that

    means "to join." Yoga, then, is union and the way to union. What do we join through yoga?First,

    we join our awareness to our own essential being: spirit that is consciousness.In yoga philosophy

    this is known as the atman or self. Next we join our finiteconsciousness to the Infinite

    Consciousness: God, the Supreme Self (Paramatman).In essence they are eternally one, and

    according to yogic philosophy all spirits originally dwelt in consciousness of that oneness. But

    in the descent into the material world for the purpose of evolving and extending its scope of

    consciousness, the individual spirit has lost its awareness of that eternal union, and therefore

    los the capacity to live in and manifest the union on a practical level.Through yoga the lost

    consciousness can be regained and actualized in the individual's practical life sphere. So

    profound and so necessary is yoga to the evolving consciousness, there is no more important

    subject in the world.Regarding this, a yogi-adept of the twentieth century, Dr. I. K. Taimni,

    remarked in his book The Science of Yoga: "According to the yogic philosophy it is possible to

    rise completely above the illusions and miseries of life and to gain infinite knowledge, bliss,

    and power through enlightenment here and now while we are still living in the physical body. And

    if we do not attain this enlightenment while we are still alive we will have to come back again

    and again into this world until we have accomplished this appointed task. So it is not a question

    of choosing the path of yoga or rejecting it. It is a question of choosing it now or in some

    future life. It is a question of gaining enlightenment as soon as possible and avoiding the

    suffering in the future or postponing the effort and going through further suffering which is

    unnecessary and avoidable. This is the meaning of Yoga Sutra 2:16: 'The misery which is not yet

    come can and is to be avoided.' No vague promise of an uncertain postmortem happiness this, but a

    definite scientific assertion of a fact verified by the experience of innumerable yogis, saints,

    and sages who have trodden the path of yoga throughout the ages."

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  2. YOGA RETREAT
    So, today I feel Karma Yogi in what I consider a new movement of universal thought that could end inner and world conflicts: Unity in Diversity.
    diversity will be respected and taken into consideration by all of us, where your being different will be normal to all of us, and noone of us will be violent asking you to change yourself for staying with us.

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