the Indian spiritual scriptures “Vedas” speak about the divine sound current “Shabda Brahma” which permeates all and is a key to creation.The Mystical Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan has written “Divine sound is the cause of all Manifestation”. In the early part of twentieth century H.P Blavatsky founder of the Theosophical Society wrote in the “Secret Doctrine, Sound is a tremendous occult(hidden) power.In ‘Kabbalah’ jewish mystical tradition , the power of vowels is said to be divine. Zohar the major book of Kabbalah also speaks about the sounds that brought our physical universe into existence.
My Father is deeply connected with music and as a child I always experienced the magic of music Ragas and Ragini (Indian Classical Music). Recently on a visit to The Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune in March 2014 I was amazed to see how all his meditations were based on Sound and Powerful music. I am providing this information also because most of us love music ; the music we hear affects our emotional and mental well being so we should be very particular in choosing what we feed our senses.
Coming back to Mantras we all understand Nada Brahma 🙂 – The World is Sound. Mantra is a Sanskrit word literal meaning Mann (Mind) +Tra (tool) – Tool of Mind. The mystic Sufi Master “Vilayat Inayat Khan states “the practice of mantra actually kneads the flesh of the body with sound”
Mantra can help you feel more peaceful and energized as these are ‘Power Words. The Mantra in itself does not have a meaning but the vibration produced by repeating a mantra aligns our vibration to the vibrations of the cosmos.This itself gives a feeling of peace and harmony.
Lets do a small practical using the Mantra OM.“Om” (or Aum/Amen/Ameen) as the primordial sound, representing the infinite universal consciousness. Find a quiet place and sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and center your attention at the center of your heart, you can also tap your heart to focus. Now chant the mantra Om 11 times loudly and then internalize it for another 11 counts. Once you are done open your eyes and reflect on your experience. Try this meditation everyday and reflect on your experience.
The experience with the Mantra is very unique for each of us and we have to experience it to understand. Here is a Meditation compiled by me using the Mantra “Aham Brahma Asmi” I am the Universe.
Mantras are also Chakra based sounds – Similarly each chakra has a specific vibration or primordial sound that we can repeat to release any energy that may be congested in that region. We can open up blocked energy by focusing our attention and intention on the location of a chakra, and repeating its associated sound or mantra aloud. The following is a list of the energy centers and their corresponding vibrational sounds:
The practice of sound healing is referred to as chakra tuning and helps heal the body and enliven the energy centers.
When we combine a Mantra with Intention it adds on to its physical and spiritual benefit. As this helps to combine the sound energy with the power of intentions increasing the energetic effect of the Mantra.
So for example if we take the Mantra for throat Chakra “Ham” and use the intention I communicate with ease also visualize the throat chakra being bathed in liquid white light, it strengthens the throat chakra more as compared to just saying the mantra.
We are made up of life force Prana and Mantras help energize the Prana so when we visualize the organ or chakra being filled with Prana it helps heal that specific part of the body.
Mantras help to raise our vibrations once we understand energy we will be able to appreciate this science which the ancient rishis and sages left for us to benefit.In order to transform our lives the only thing we need to do is raise our own vibrations, prosperity , abundance, love and peace can be attained only if we stay in a state of high vibration.Mantra have been used for thousand of years and hence are very very powerful tools provided through ancient wisdom.
Sound Healing and Mantras are a very vast subject in itself but for now try out and share your experiences with me. While writing I myself worked on tuning my Throat Chakra 🙂
Here is a list of Some Powerful Mantras:
1. Om (Multipurpose Mantra)
2. Om Namah Shivaya Om (Disintegrating Negative Energies and Thought Forms)
3. Gayatri Mantra (Spiritual Development)
4. Om Shrim Mahalakshmiyei Swaha (Properity and Abundance)
5. Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Se So Hum (Universal Healing Mantra)
6. Om Mani Padme Hum (Mantra For Universal Well Being)
7. Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo (Mantra for Universal Enlightenment)
Refer Book Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley – Farrand for more mantras and their proper usage.
Lots of Love – Sargam