of indescribable fullness." Vigyana Bhairava Tantra
"That meditation that has no mantra
is like a body with no soul."
"In the beginning, there was sound, and the sound was with God, and the
sound was God."
"You know, amongst different expressions, the expression of sound is the
subtlest, subtler even than light . . . By dint of sa'dhana', in the last phase you
will hear the sound, the onm'ka'ra -- oonnn." Sarkar
activity -- whether moving about, or "rolling the beads" or with deep yoga breathing or chanted
in a group. Mantra for deep meditation is covered in How to Meditate.
MAN-TRA means "mind transporting". They are specific word-syllables who take us back to
Source. Their sound vibration and ideation make them conducive for this. In other words, Mantras
can bring us out of the hot sun of the relative, constantly changing levels of thought and action
and give us a dip in the refreshing pool within at the source of thought. After that, we grow inner
peace and freedom while being able to better express the energy and love and creativity of our
MANTRAS exist in many traditional cultures. They often refer to nature and divinity. But essentially
they all come from and refer back to, the same Inner Source -- even though they be in different
languages. That Source is none other than the Source of Thought from which all words emerge
in the precess of thinking them, just as all spoken words in turn emerge from thought words.
MANTRAS can vary from incantations that are recited to shorter forms that are sung over
repeatedly in a meditative way to short ones that are used in soft voice or mentally even while
active to their use at a very subtle level to facilitate transcending into Source consciousness..
can do. It can be done out loud, sung, whispered, mentally or very subtly. It should be done in a
rythym and tone that is natural and pleasing and with no ulterior motive. MANTRA JAPA is said to
be the best practice for this age when humans have little capacity for more austere practices.
whoever uses them with sincerity. Nobody has the right to tell you that you
cannot do some practice because you are not born as "one of the chosen. I have
had past lives in many diverse cultures, and so have you! The global space from
which all emerges is MONOPOLY FREE TERRITORY!
To fulfill mantra we have to transcend mantra.
Those teachings that keep people on the external levels of speech and thought --
without transcending that inner space -- usually results in a horrible fanaticism.
This is the realm of close-minded belief systems. The daily news on TV tells the
story. "Allah Akbar" and off with your head. On the contrary, when you get back
to the Inner Source a real sense of universal brotherhood comes. If humanity as a
whole ever gets back to its Self, fanaticism will be finished.
can even be substituted for meditation, in case one has too much discomfort to sit
Hear the recommendations of Zen Master Seung Sahn to a Vietnam War Vet:
kinds of practicing are important: bowing and mantra. First, every day do
bowing practice. Slow, slow bowing. Next is mantra ... Doing bowing and
mantra practice doesn't have "I, my or me." Inside and outside become one
Q. At some times I feel happy but at other times I feel sad. What can I do to
feel happy and keep my heart open?
A. You must do japa more regularly.
This is a mantra that anyone can use. You just listen to it and then do it! It
has a mysterious healing vibration. You can hear it in the wind in the trees,
in the waves crashing and hissing on the shore. After you have done it a lot
it will continuously vibrate in the heart -- and then they say that no other
yogas will be required. Click to hear it chanted or as an art form.
Mahaprabhuji (the speaker) wishes that all words would disappear from this world,
except for three - Om Namah Shivaya. This is the original mantra. When
Primordial Energy first appeared, the first mantra that She uttered from Her Holy
mouth was Om Namah Shivaya"
liberated ... I do not want the name of the Supreme to be like stagnant, muddy
water, but like sparkling running water. Work and be light.”
thousand-petalled chakra in the crown of the head. SHAKTI, meaning Supreme
Energy, is Shiva's consort who is sleeping or dormant in the root chakra. Shiva's
name awakens her and she rises up through the chakras to unite with her consort
-- and liberation is attained! This figurative image symbolizes a real and
OM is not usually used for MANTA JAPA by itself. It's more like the essence of all
mantras -- one underlying, pure, undifferentiated vibration. Thus, it symbolizes
the "WORD that was in the beginning" -- And the beginning is happening now! --
Life is continually manifesting from the inner Source. Even science is verifying this
as the Quantum Ground State.
OM is called the "Mantra of Prana". Why? PRANA means "universal life force".
OM is the sound, extremely subtle, of the Prana. Thus, OM is going on all the
time in our breath and body! Thus, thru it we can bring Mind, Breathe, Body and
Spirit into union.
OM is added many mantras. All mantras dissove into OM and Divine Silence.
Variations of OM include AH, HUM, UMA. In Africa and the Middle East OM is
known as AMEN.
OM can best be used internally, as the greatest masters have told:
well. And like dropping the bucket for a refill, release the exhalation with OM."
"Devotion, reflection, power all merge and become OM. The ego melts into
the OM sound like camphor melts in fire ... Place the mind in the higher mind
like a child placed in the cradle and rocked. Know who you are." Nityananda
slowly and consciously. Enter the sound and when it fades away, slip into
freedom of being." Vigyana Bairava Tantra
japa. When OM JAPA and meditation mature the Supreme Self shines
forth." Vyasa, on the Yoga Sutras
"One really has only two ways to live: either wisely and ardently to seek the
realization of Aum, or to lie in a coffin like a log, self-centered and
impoverished in spirit."
"Truly, all actions must be infused with purifying one's fiery striving."
"purifying". As he led the chanting in a small meeting, I saw the mantras
coming out of him saturated with transcendental light and bliss.
Each of the "seed syllables" in this have their own potency. For example,
HRIM is said to dispel illusion and thus help reveal the Reality. These seed
syllables can be used independently for deep meditation.
The pronunciation is "HREENG SHREENG KLEENG ARAHUNG HONG-
fall into a state of meditation
and dissolve yourself." Jain Monk
You can find variations of the Rama mantra in different permutations from
Africa to India. Notice when you say RAAM the tongue goes up to the roof
of the mouth. Notice that it contains the OM sound.
RAAM means "supreme bliss".
NAAM means the "transcendental name, sound and light".
RA is masculine solar energy. MA is feminine and cooling.
RA is also the seed syllable for fire -- which can mean the yogic fire of
awareness, enter first the sonority of the sound, then a subtler and subtler
sensation. When the sound dissolves into space, be free. Vigyana
it diligently, it will work for you.
~ Q: Isn't there a danger of hypnotizing oneself with a mantra, of putting
oneself into a sleepy state?
~ A: Yes. So it is important to ask "Why am I practicing this mantra? " ...
Only mantra has no direction. However, "Who is doing the mantra?"
means having a direction. SS
mantra and those who don't. With those who have no mantra, even if they
have a strong habit of meditation or concentration, something around them
remains hazy and vague. Whereas the japa imparts a kind of precision, a
kind of solidity, an armature. They become galvanized as it were."
Ramana: The Self is the greatest of all mantras - it goes on automatically and
eternally. If you are not aware of this internal mantra, you should take to it
consciously as Japa, which is attended with effort, to ward off all other thoughts.
By constant attention to it, you will eventually become aware of the internal mantra
which is the state of realization and is effortless
When the syllables of the mantra become one with the PRANA [subtle vital
energy}, it is termed DHYANA, and when dhyana becomes deep and firm it leads
to sahaja sthiti [the natural state].
Question : I have received a mantra. People frighten me by saying that it may have
unforeseen results if repeated. It is only pranava (OM). So I seek advice. May I
repeat it? I have considerable faith in it.
Ramana: Certainly, it should be repeated with faith.
Ramana: No. He must be competent and initiated in such mantras.
Q: Is it necessary to wait for a guru to give a mantra or may one find a mantra on one’s own?
MM: Whichever mantra comes to you easily and spontaneously is the one you should do. It
should give a strong feeling and be like music flowing from the heart.
Q: I don’t have a fixed japa. At different times different forms of the Divine – such as Shiva
or Krishna – come into my mind, and I sing the appropriate mantra. Is doing this all right?
MM: Yes, whatever appeals at the moment is all right. One doesn’t have to have a fixed
MM: There are so many techniques. Generally they confuse people. Quite often they increase
people’s spiritual pride instead of destroying it. The proud man is far from God. You have to
be very careful. The best way is to remember the Divine in everything and to offer everything
to the Divine.
mala is used to count mantras it must be with done devotion. Japa or
chanting into the sound current creates Tapa the spiritual heat. It becomes
Dharma, which leads to the path of God. Mala beads can be used in any
religion or spiritual tradition." Anon