Why We All Should Choose a Mantra

“When you recite a mantra, you make yourself positive, pure and your vibration is very penetrating.”

-Yogi Bhajan

Life can be hard at times and we all have different ways to cope with stress and problems that arise, but what about the mind? Sometimes negative thoughts enter that can make us unhappy.  It can be something someone said to us that wasn’t very nice or it could be our own perception of the event that manifests into negativity.

A mantra is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots, man meaning mind; and tra meaning instrument or tool, is a sacred utterance, sound, or word, that is said to give power to the person who chants or recites it.  This results in a higher level of consciousness and shifts negativity into positive, food for the soul.

Mantras can also be positive affirmations you say to yourself for encouragement.

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Positive quotes are also a great way to boost your self-esteem and keep any negative thoughts from causing any distress.

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The 7th limb of yoga, Dhyana, is focusing on a single object, chakra, mantra, or word. This not only improves your mental acuity,  but gives you the practice needed to meditate.  So while practicing dhyana, you can chant without speaking aloud.

Sound and vibration have wonderful healing effects that transfer frequencies from the universe.  The sound of beautiful music, nature, and instruments can help soothe the mind and even help us sleep better.

  1. Om– pronounced A-U-M is usually the most commonly used and is the sound and vibration of the universe and is said to give peace to your mind, body, soul.
  2. Om Mani Padme Hum (Sanskrit) or Om Mani Päme Hum (Tibetan)  – Meaning the “jewel is in the lotus” is a six syllable Tibetan Buddhist mantra.  According to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who was a scholar, poet, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism: “The mantra Om Mani Päme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pä, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.”
  3. Mantras for each chakra– Sometimes we have a specific area we want to improve in, and choosing a chakra mantra is a great way to do that.
CHAKRA NAME PURPOSE MANTRA
ROOT (MULADHARA) SURVIVAL LAM
SACRAL (SWADHISTHANA) CREATIVITY VAM
SOLAR PLEXUS (MANIPURA) WILL POWER RAM
HEART (ANAHATA) LOVE YAM
THROAT (VISHUDDA) EXPRESSION HAM
THIRD EYE (AJNA) INTUITION AUM
CROWN (SAHASRARA) SPIRITUAL CONNECTION ANG

There are many chants and prayers available to choose from, but there is a lot of emphasis on pronouncing them correctly and knowing what each means before choosing.

So essentially a mantra is a tool to help calm the mind of any turmoil and replace it with positive thoughts. This in return helps boost your self-esteem, leaving you happy, and feeling at peace.

Thanks for reading.  Namaste.

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