"Mananaat traayate iti mantraha"
(That which uplifts by constant repetition is a Mantra.)
A mantra is a mystic formula put together by the Rishis and Munis through divine inspiration for the benefit of humanity. Mantras are found in the Vedas and Upanishads. A mantra is a mystic formula divinely revealed in the hearts of the enlightened seers, and later recorded in the Vedas. Sound holds a key place in Hindu thought. Some writers believe that it preceded the creation of the universe, and its vibrations are thought to bind the atoms of the world.
Mantras are sacred syllables that encapsulate particular forms of cosmic power (shakti). All Mantras are sacred and spiritually charged. By chanting a mantra repeatedly with love and devotion a person can benefit tremendously. He develops a pure mind which enables him to realize God. Each mantra has a presiding deity. For example the Gayatri mantra is dedicated to Surya Narayan and the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to Lord Shiva. Mantra means that which has to be repeated and understood. The word mantra is derived from two Sanskrit words:
Man—to repeat in the mind (manana); and
Tra—to protect or to free from
Therefore, the word mantra, in it’s most literal sense, means to free from the mind. Mantras accomplish many wondrous deeds simply by correctly chanting them with steadfast devotion. Mantras also purify one’s consciousness, give spiritual enlightenment and connects one with the Supreme. Hindus also believe that a mantra received from a Saint or Guru is far more effective than mantras selected on your own.
The Benefits of Mantra Chanting
Sound From Mantra Chanting Is Power
It is a proven fact that the vibration of Mantra chanting can lift the believer towards an understanding of the higher (absolute) self. Different sounds have different effects on human psyche. A soft sound of wind rustling through leaves soothes our
nerves, the musical note of running stream enchants our heart; while thunders may cause awe and fear. In the same way, sacred utterances or chanting of Sanskrit
Mantras provide us with the power to attain our goals and lift ourselves from the ordinary to the higher level of consciousness. They give us the power to cure diseases; ward off evils; gain wealth and ultimately attain liberation.
Origin of Mantras
As mentioned earlier, Mantras are from the Vedas. The teachings of the Vedas consist of various Mantric chants or hymns cognized by different Seers or Rishis through divine revelation. All Mantras begin with Om – the primordial sound, the sound that is said to have its origin at the time of the creation of the universe.
Om: The Beginning & the End
Om is the most important of all mantras. The most symbolic name of GOD, the representation of the Supreme Brahman. All mantras generally begin and sometimes also end with Om.