has its origin in Vedic Sciences and also in Tantra, infact all the
verses in Vedas are called mantras, it is said that any person who can
chant or sing Ved's can achieve the ultimate salvation or union with
supreme consciousness only by chanting the mantras, which is the aim
is grouping of sound vibrations which effect mental & psychological
plane. Mantra is nothing but a combination or grouping of various alphabets
/ "Akshar" as is called in Sanskrut. The combined effect of
sound vibrations on physical plane can be observed, specially on brain,
or on EEG (Electro Encephala Graph) one can see the brain wave emission
patterns affected with Omkar chanting, Gayatri Mantra chanting. A alpha
activity in brain can be seen during the Mantra Chanting
Also Mantra affects subconscious mind, it has different impressions
on sub conscious, thinking patterns are affected, negative impressions
can be removed from subconscious such as fear, anger, jealousy etc.
also positive impressions can be programmed in the subconscious. Practice
of Mantra increases concentration, memory, logical thinking.
Mantra Chanting has soothing effect on Nervous System, helps relax the
muscles, can be effectively used to reduce stress and its effects.
MAN + TRA - Mantra is a Sanskrut word made up of two verbs, Man &
Tra which in Sanskrut "Mananat Trayate", just by chanting
one can save himself in the universe that is achieve the ultimate in
this material world.
Mantrayog is a easiest way to achieve difficult state of Pratyahara,
that is Internalizing the sense oriented mind from external world and
focus on inner consciousness.
Achieving Samadhi (through rotation of consciousness) - When you chant
Mantra, you are repeating the particular combination of words, which
is rotating your awareness around the combination, this particular repetitive
action leads to awakening powerful inner force, if controlled properly
this can lead to ultimate salvation or union with super consciousness.
One can compare example of concentrated sun beams in Convex lens, the
rays / beams can burn a paper if lens is used, similarly the consciousness
/ awareness can be made concentrated and powerful by repetitive chanting
REQUIREMENTS OF Mantrayog :-
- GURU MANTRA
OR IN DREAMS - In Sanskrut texts millions of mantras are there, so the
question is how and what to choose? Guru is the best judge of the disciple,
he knows his disciples inside out. So guru can
select a best suited mantra which will help and evolve the disciple.
Sometimes people see the Mantra in their dreams. But this is very rare
MANTRA OM - If one can't meet his guru, he can select the universal
-NATURE of INDIVIDUAL - The selection of mantras is based on the nature
of individual, his mind, physique and spiritual stage of development.
Gayatri Mantra relate to sympathetic nervous system, so if a person
is aggressive in nature and starts chanting Gayatri, he may start getting
angry early as Gayatri Mantra triggers Sympathetic activities
Mahamrutyunjay - parasympathetic nervous system
Pouranic mantra (Om namah shivay, Hare ram hare krishna, Om namo narayan)
Generally Mantras can be classified in 2 catagories :-
Tantric Mantras :
This mantras has origin in Tantras, thousands of different
mantras exists and they can be practiced for specific purposes, such
as achieving wealth, health, success, curing specific diseases, longevity
or even for doing bad to someone. But this mantras to be learnt from
Guru and has lot of restrictions. The effects are also fast for these
mantras. These mantras are difficult to learn.
Pouranic Mantras :
This are relatively simple and can be practiced by
anyone, they are easy to learn and helps purify emotions of human mind.
These mantras are safe, slowly the practice of these mantras leads to
faith in Mantra - One must have complete faith in the mantra, without
faith even the medicine is useless, so absolute belief is necessary
before practicing mantras.
shape of mantra, an impression of mantra in the subconscious mind has
great significance, one can focus on these during the chanting of the
mantra and increase the effects of mantra or achieve the results faster.
Popular Shree Yantra, Laxmi Yantra are also associated with related
Mantras, it is said that if one focuses on the yantras, he still can
get the same benefits as that of chanting the mantra.
State of consciousness in Mantra :-
and concentrated state of mind - Due to withdrawal from the material
thoughts, distractions, focusing of mind only on Mantra, mind is relaxed
and becomes concentrated. Research shows the presence of alpha wave
/ rhythm of brain.
of consciousness around Mantra - Awareness is revolved round the mantra,
its pronunciation, yantra (psychic shape) and its meaning, which builds
up psychic energy which can then be used for spiritual purposes.
Bhav" - Attitude of unconcerned observer, this particular attitude
is very important as it allows bypassing or witnessing disturbances
arising in the conscious & sub conscious mind. Thoughts are generally
very difficult to negotiate, this approach of "Sakshi Bhav"
allows to overcome this problem.
- Lost awareness
of outside world - When practitioner goes deep in to the meditation
states while chanting mantra, there is absolutely no awareness about
happenings in surrounding environment.
- Only Mantra
awareness remains - Even there is no self, the mantra & its awareness
is present when practitioner reaches higher states.
Methods of Chanting Mantra :-
(Audible) - By chanting a loud which can be heard easily is called "Baikhari"
of Baikhari Chanting :
- Removes thoughts
- Easy conceptualization of thoughts
- Makes meditation easy
(whispering) - Chanting of mantra in low voice, or just whispering so
that only practitioner can understand is called "Upanshu"
of "Upanshu" :
- Long duration chanting (8 to 10 hours)
- Purposeful Mantra repetition (for wealth, health, land, happiness
- Destiny Errors can be corrected with this type of chanting
(Mental) - without chanting a loud or whispering, mantra is repeated
in mind, this type of mantra chanting is difficult and can be learnt
only with practice.
of Mental Chanting :
- Subtle form of chanting
- Commonly used by advance practitioners
- Leads to higher states of awareness
of Mantra :-
personal level :
Mantra impacts on mental & psychological plane in a positive way.
- Removes negative tendencies of mind and re programming the thinking
- Creates potential energy reservoir
Deeper, subtle & astral spheres
- Impacts on macro cosmos & micro cosmos
- Purification of collective conscious mind
How to practice Mantrayog :-
- One should
have a Mala or Rosary consisting of 108 beads as is significant in all
Tantra & Veda Texts.
Mala for 2 to 3 times daily (increase to even 8 to 10 hours) or Chant
Mantra for at least 11 times.
- Time of
Practice - Morning or evening time
during Mantra - Breath and Mantra (So ham with breath) One can chant
the Mantra while exhaling or inhaling or both. While breathing a subtle
sound of "So" can be heard and while exhaling "Ham",
which is a repetition of Mantra "So Ham"
Concentration on object of faith :-
One should concentrate on following objects during the practice.
- Yantra - psychic symbol of mantra
- Purpose of Mantra on Paper
- Stars in sky
of Mantra Chanting :-
- Name of GOD, Guru Mantra, in dreams, OM as universal mantra
- Mala or
rosary - 108 beads + 1 Sumeru (offset bead)
Types of mala :-
Mala - This is generally used for Mantra from Vedas, where long duration
Mantra Chanting is practiced.
- Guru mantra.
- Purpose of different malas.
- Use middle
finger and thumb only
Mantra in meditative pose
- Mala or
rosary not visible to others
- Jaap Mala
should not be worn
- Do not
cross sumeru (offset bead)