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How to Use Mantra

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about working with Mantra.

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Discover now, how to use mantra. Additionally, what mantra means. It translates from an ancient language called Sanskrit. The word mantra itself translates as:

  • An instrument of the mind.
  • A vehicle of the mind. 
  • Spiritual sound formula.
  • A device of mind liberation.
  • Sacred Message.

Using the power of sound that is also a vibration, you can shift subconscious and spiritual energy.

There are many way to help heal yourself at home. The power of sound is a powerful energy mover.

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What is Sanskrit?

Sanskrit, meaning pure, has a vast and expansive past. Additionally, the oldest known forms of the language are Vedic. Like Latin and Greek language, it is sacred knowledge. Also known as the mother of all language.

Vedic Sanskrit goes back to the 2nd millennium BCE in the Rig Veda.  The Rig Veda is a collection of sacred hymns.

It shows a grand influence on many languages spoken today. There are now attempts to return Sanskrit to a spoken language.

Additionally, it can help to Awaken kundalini.

I rejoice in the Love I encounter every day

In essence, there is a common thought that light symbolizes the most spirituality.  With a deeper consideration, maybe, sound is. 

Why use Mantra?

How to Use Mantra


You can use mantra for many practical issues of human living.

  • Abundance – Financial, Social, Spiritual
  • Removing obstacles
  • Guidance
  • Health and Healing Yourself

The Chopra Center uses Primordial Sound Meditation for inner peace.

What is a seed sound?

In general, it is the simplest form of a what mantra means. Seed sounds are powerful and short forms of mantra. Furthermore, Eastern tradition has many examples of human conditions through the form of entities or deities. They show conditions through stories, lyrics, and poems. This gives the mind something to relate to. Additionally, a way to remember a given lesson. Here are a few examples of seed sounds. Use them to help heal yourself or others.

Shrim (“shreem”)

This is the sound for the feminine principle of abundance is Lakshmi. Repetition of the Shrim mantra produces the ability to attract and maintain abundance

Haum (“how’m”)

The seed sound for transcendental consciousness

Klim (“kleem”)

This is the seed sound for the principle of attraction. Also, to combine with other mantras to attract an object of desire.

Dum (“doom”)

This is the seed for the feminine principle, Durga. Providing protections from something the produces fear.

Krim (“kreem”)

The seed sound of Kali, the primordial feminine energy. Her considerable power will help to burn away negative ego.

Om (“Aum”)

Known as the sound of the universe

Gum (GUM like “chewing gum”)

The seed sound for Ganesha, remover of obstacles.

Ganesh statue in copper used for meditation and mantra practice

Ganesh

Known by many names, a celebrated deity from many places like Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Bali, and Nepal. Recognizable with an elephant head and revered as the remover of inner and outer obstacles. Some invoke Ganesh for blessings on new beginnings.

ganesh the remover of obstacles used for meditation and prayer

Ganesha Mantra – Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha “Om and salutations to he who removes obstacles”

What is a chakra?

root chakra symbol used for practicing chants and mantra to heal

A chakra is a whirling center of energies in the subtle body that correlate with the nerve ganglion of the spine.

More on chakras and how to heal your grounding energy at home.

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Through a discipline of mantra, you can change your world.

You can say your sacred words aloud or to yourself. Accomplish mantra while doing other tasks or in a static meditation pose. If you need some music to add to your mantra meditation, check out my personal list of favorites in this article.

Seed sounds of the Chakras
Seed Sounds of the Chakras

How do I incorporate Mantra Meditation into my Life?

Incorporate the Power of Mantra into your Life:

Here are some of the different methods for incorporating mantra meditation:

  • 40 days
  • As much as possible.
  • 108 times
  • Morning and/or Evening

Why 40 days?

One 40-day approach is to repeat your mantra 108 times, in the morning and evening for 40 days. This number is significant in the far east disciples. This time period is specific in the bible and other sacred texts. Therefore, given as the length of time for a formal spiritual discipline. The number 40 generally symbolizes a period of trial, a time of testing.

Mantra As Much as Possible

This method is for people that have some experience with mala beads or frequent meditation. If you are able to remember several times a day to meditate, this may be a good method for you.

As much as possible, you can practice mantra while doing other simple tasks like washing your face, cleaning dishes, or while eating.

If it gets to be too much, say it less but don’t miss a day.

In the light of history, mantra works by helping eliminate karmic conditions and for bringing things to your life.

Here you can find a great article on advanced mantra meditation.

monk with mala beads for meditation and mantra chanting

Meditate 108 Times

Traditionally, a string of 108 beads have been used for prayer and meditation. Sometimes mala beads or a rosary is used to assist the counting.

What are Mala Beads? Mala beads have a rich history in Buddhist and Hindu backgrounds. Used for meditation called Japa, meaning to recite.

The tassel has multiple meaning, one being that it represents the connection to the divine. 

Here is a great response by Shiva Rea, on why the number 108 is significant.

Shiva Rea’s Reply:

“The number’s significance is open to interpretation. But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.

Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.

According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.”

When using this meditation garland, rosary, or mala beads, sit quietly in a comfortable meditation posture.

Morning and Evening Meditation at Home

Create a personal alter

How to make a personal alter. A personal alter is a sacred space you can use to inspire as well as remind you to meditate. Correspondingly, you build spiritual energy in your space, when you use a personal alter. This can be a simple cushion in a corner of a room. Alternatively, create an elaborately decorated area with trinkets and pictures. Either way, it is a very nice way to devote time to.

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Providing that you have some experience, longer mantras can add amazing depth to your meditation and manifestation.

Buddhist Mantra – “Gone, gone, gone beyond, beyond beyond, awake, hail the goer.”

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Parasamgate

Bodhi Swaha

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Hindu Mantra – “May the elements of this creation abide in me in perfection.”

Om Namah Shivaya

Gayatri Mantra – As a result, there are many translations for this common mantra. Find out more of what this mantra means here. A great article from yoga international.

Om bhur bhuvah svah

Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargo devasya dhimahi

Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.

In conclusion, the power of mantra is difficult to describe and to even understand for us. That being said, it is an extremely subtle yet profound way to practice meditation and movement of energetic forces.

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