A Mantra is a set of words recommended in the holy Vedas. Mantras are used during Puja (prayers) and Sadhanas. It is most essential to pronounce them systematically before getting into any practice. According to Vedas, one can attain God, health, wealth and luck through chanting the right mantras correctly.
The power of chanting Mantra
The word Mantra consists of two words: ‘Manas’ which means mind and ‘trai’ which means free from. Thus mantra means to free the mind. Therefore mantras act as powerful vibration tools that free one’s mind. If one performs the chanting of a Mantra infallibly and with assertion, then one can experience the powerful energy in it and can achieve anything from mundane detachment of greed to Self-realisation.
Mantra remedies have become a widely used supplement to alternative medical treatment. Everything that exists in this universe has energy. Sound energizes and harmonizes life, and a Mantra is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.
Mantra chanting is very popular in Hinduism and is done for various purposes. It could be done as part of spiritual Sadhana, Meditation or for pleasing a deity, or to get your work done like bringing prosperity, happiness, child or getting a job. Some people do it because it gives them inner peace and contentment.
Most of the popular mantras are those which are easier to chant. Mantra chanting can be done at any time of day. But it's best to do in Brahmamurtha (early morning hours) or during the evening (when the sun is setting).
Some commonly used healing and enlightenment Mantras:
There are mantras for everything through which one wishes to heal. Just a few to mention, mantra to restore health, bring wealth, and remove problems.
It’s important to remember that one should chant the mantra with full faith and devotion as it is directly associated with the deities one follow.
Following is the list of some popular mantras:
1. “Om Namah Shivay”
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the most important, popular and sacred Hindu mantras. It is equally popular among Sikhs, Jains and Buddhist. Most of the Vedic mantras contain Om. It represents Soul (Atma) and Truth (ultimate truth, para-Atma, divine, knowledge). You can chant this mantra aloud, or internally or meditate on it. This mantra activates pure potentiality from within.
2. “Aum Gan Ganapataye Namah”
This mantra is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. By chanting this Ganpati mantra, we worship the lord of harmony and peace.
3. Gayatri Mantra
Regular chanting of Gayatri Mantra gives wisdom and enlightenment. For a student, it is the best mantra to chant.
“Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat”
Meaning – We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.
4. “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”
This mantra is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Meaning of this mantra is to Surrender to Lord Krishna or Salutations to the universal God Vishnu.
5. Maha Mitrunjaya Mantra
"Om triambhakam yajamahe sungandhim pushtivardhanamb urvarukamiv bandhanan mriturmukshiya ma mritat"
This mantra is also called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva. It is said to be beneficial for mental, emotional and physical health and to be a moksha mantra which bestows longevity and immortality.
One can either chant mantras aloud or repeated silently; they can create the desired effect in any area of your physiology or life—for healing, transformation, and inner awakening. It is advisable to chant it with closed eyes. Using a Mala while doing mantra, chanting also helps a lot.
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