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Meditation Mantra

Used in meditation, "Mantra" means a word, syllable, or poem repeated in a state of deep rumination and concentration. The idea is to completely occupy the mind with the sound and vibration of the mantra, disallowing all other thought and contemplation. In Hindu traditions for the practice of meditation, mantra will be drawn from the Sanskrit, which is the classical language of India. 

During meditation mantra will be repeated with each exhalation, and will usually become slower and more pronounced as relaxation deepens and breathing slows down. Awareness is heightened and the vibration of the sound becomes obvious and can be felt through the whole head and body. This is believed to stimulate the brain and relax the muscles anyplace the vibration is felt. 

Sometimes the mantra will be something for reflection, such as a meaningful but short poem or prayer. An example of a chant:

Sarveśām Svastir Bhavatu
Sarveśām Sāntir Bhavatu
Sarveśām Pūrnam Bhavatu
Sarveśām Mangalam Bhavatu

The above would be memorized and repeated one line at a time on each exhalation with complete and total deliberation. The meaning for consideration is " May good befall all, May there be peace for all, May all be fit for perfection, and May all experience that which is auspicious (good luck). In this form of meditation, a mantra will take you to new depths of consciousness, and you will find yourself never wanting to end the session.

Another commonly used meditation mantra is the word "Aum", meaning the energy and power of God to give life. This is a fantastic mantra because it involves a full rolling of the tongue from the back of the mouth, then along the roof and finishing with your mouth closed. Try it now and you will see how the sound vibrates though your cheek bones, forehead and, in time, scalp. The vibration further stimulates your brain, and with the focus being universal energy, it can take you deep into a state of transcendental meditation.

It is great for westerners to use the sanskrit as a source for their meditation mantra sessions. The reason being our minds don’t tend to attach hidden meaning and past experiences with them as with our own language. When you choose a word or poem used in Buddhism for example, you will only see it as meaning the beautiful and positive words you read about it, as with the one above. This provides for an overall positive experience of love and connectedness, as well as maximum healing on all levels. It is for this reason some even prefer to use sounds only, or sanskrit text without knowing the meaning.

In practices of meditation, mantra will enable you to go deeper and reach trance like states more rapidly. It is a natural, pure, and blissful way to clear the mind and allow your subconscious to take over and put all its energy into your healing. After meditation mantra sessions, you will feel rejuvenated, revitalized, refreshed and spiritually connected to the whole universe!

By John Shone

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