Mantras are words or phrases uttered repetitively by an individual undergoing meditation that helps open the mind-body-spirit complex. With the use of sound, mantra meditation aids the person to completely empty one’s mind and connects with your deeper self.
There are a variety of mantras in the ancient language of Sanskrit used by the Hindu and Buddhist traditions that can guide you with your mantra meditation practice.
One of the most common mantras is “Om”: the King of mantras.
“Om” or “Aum” is considered the most sacred syllable by the Hindus. Usually it is said at the beginning and/or end of your mantra. Or it can simply be used on its own for meditation purposes. Om is said to be the sound of immortality and infinity and all living things.
More often than not Om chanting is performed as a prefix to other mantras. Examples of such are:
· Om Namo – spoken before praying to a God/Goddess. “Namo” means to honor, praise, and say thanks.
· Om Namo Ganeshaya – This mantra is chanted to bring success by removing hindrances. This mantra is offered to the God of beginnings and success, Ganesha.
· Om Namo Lakshmai – mantra that is said to bring wealth and good fortune in the financial, emotional and spiritual aspects of life.
· Om Namo Shivaya – Using this mantra helps dissolve negative energy and brings tranquility.
· Om Namo Narayana – Narayana is also called Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity, who represents the principle of sustenance and humanity. When in deep distress, you can say this mantra to regain equilibrium and harmony. It is also said to abet a person achieve enlightenment.
· Om Tara – a mantra often used by females. The deity Tara evokes strength, healing, and compassion.
You can also make your own mantra. It doesn’t have to be a Sanskrit phrase. It can be made using your own language as long as it “feels right”.
Regardless of your choice in mantra – be it simply Om or another, may you enjoy your mantra meditation practice and experience the benefits and transformation it brings in your life.