Mantra 

 

The "Yoga of the Mind", a mantra is a syllable, word or phrase in one of the sacred languages (like Sanskrit & Gurumuki) and sometimes in English, which elevates or modifies conscious-ness through its meaning, the sound itself, rhythm, tone, and even the reflexology of the tongue on the palate.

The three languages of consciousness are:

  • human - things, the world; normal or loud voice
  • lovers - longing to belong; strong whisper
  • divine - infinity; mentally or silently

Naad Yoga & Chanting – The Power of Sound


Everything that is a part of creation is vibrating at some frequency. While a rock vibrates at a slower frequency than a sound current, it is vibrating nonetheless. Any time that we think, speak, chant or utter a sound, we set a new vibration into motion. That thought, word or sound may be a vibration of high frequency that serves to elevate us and those around us or may be one of a lower vibration that diminishes us and others.

Each of us has experienced the powerful impact of sound when a few well placed, cutting words can bite and have a lingering, harsh effect. Similarly, a simple, kind word or two can comfort, sooth and uplift. The words we choose and how we communicate with ourselves and one another can elevate our spirit and those around us or, alternately, can bring us down. We can create new beliefs and new spirit by consciously choosing to speak in an uplifting manner to others and, even more importantly, to consciously choose to speak to ourselves lovingly. This means choosing not to slander, not to gossip, not to get down on ourselves…by either stopping before the words come out of our mouths or replacing the word or thought with something positive.

The highest form of self-communication is chanting and the use mantra. Chanting is an easy tool because you can chant anywhere—out loud or silently—and change your state of being. When we chant ancient, sacred and uplifting mantras that inherently have a high frequency, our tongue touches the roof of the mouth in a very specific manner. This creates a chain reaction resulting in a change in the chemical composition of the brain. When the chemistry of the brain is balanced, our state of mind and outlook on life improves dramatically. We simply feel better.

Conscious communication and chanting are the magic and beauty of Naad Yoga – The Science of Sound and Communication.

There are two things you can do to make the use of a mantra more powerful, regardless of how you recite. One is to see the mantra, as if it is being written as you say it, and the other is to actively listen to it as you say it, perhaps, in this case, when using the first two languages.

 

ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO
Salutations to the Guru within. 


SAT NAM
Means "Truth is my identity." SAT is a Bij Mantra or a "seed sound." Chanting Sat Nam is like planting a grain of sand in an oyster. Our truth gathers around the grain. Over time, as we accumulate our gifts and gather our true essence into our consciousness, we become the pearl of Self.


EK ONG KAR, SAT NAM SIRI WHA (HE) GURU
This is the Adi Shakti Mantra, and it is very powerful for awakening Kundalini and suspending the mind in bliss. Ek means "One, the essence of all", Ong is the primal vibration from which all creativity flows, Kar is "creation", Sat "truth", Nam "name" Siri "great", Wha "ecstasy," and Guru is "wisdom". Taken together it means, "There is one Creator whose name is Truth. Great is the ecstasy of that Supreme Wisdom."


GURU GURU WAHE GURU, GURU RAM DAS GURU
This mantra calls upon Guru Ram Das in praise of his spiritual guiding light and protective grace.

 

ONG SO HUNG
This mantra proclaims "Creator, I am Thou!", a heart-opening and empowering mantra.



SA TA NA MA
This is the Panj Shabad expressing the five primal sounds of the universe. "SA" is Infinity, "TA" is life, "NA" means death and "MA" is rebirth. (The 5th sound is "A".) This is one of the most frequently used mantras in Kundalini Yoga. 


WAHE GURU
This is the Guru Mantra, the mantra of ecstasy. It is not translatable but chanting it elevates the spirit.

AD GURAY NAMEH, JUGAD GURAY NAMEH,SAT GURAY NAMEH, SIRI GURU DEVAY NAMEH
This mantra is the Mangala Charn Mantra, and is chanted for protection. It surrounds the magnetic field with protective light, and means "I bow to the primal Guru (guiding consciousness who takes us to God-Realization), I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom."



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