Meditation is quickly becoming a very popular activity and hobby for many people because the potential behind it is now being realized- the potential of it to transform the way you live your life. As such, people look to adopt various tools and methodologies using which they can further make their meditation experience immersive and amazing. Mala meditation mantras are one of them.
WHAT IS A MANTRA?
Mantras are a piece of text- a simple syllable, a single word, or a very short phrase that is repeated again and again in order to meditate. It doesn't matter whether you consider yourself a Hindu or belonging to any other religion, or even if you consider yourself to either be a religious or a non religious person- mantra meditation has been used by anyone and everyone since the past 5000 years and continues be used even today. When chanting a mantra it is recommended to use a mala for meditation to help you count the number of mantras you count as well as to help keep your mind focused.
ORIGIN OF MANTRAS
As mentioned above, mantras have been used for thousands of years and their popularity only continues to grow even more. It is believed that mantra meditation arises from the Vedas, yogic scriptures that are written in Sanskrit. Buddhists used to use mantra meditation as a way to resound the attributes of their Buddha. This practice later transformed into Tantras, a way to communicate with and influence gods. Mantra meditation is not, however, only limited to the eastern part of the world. Mantras were kept a highly guarded secret for thousands of years because of the incredible potency and powers of the mantra meditations.
WHY DO MANTRAS WORK?
It is very commonly known that sound is not just a concept- it is an energy, a wave, a form that has actual, physical existence in our world. The idea that goes behind the concept of mantras is that words and sound hold power that has the ability to affect and modify the way we think, behave, and feel. That we can use sound as a means and tool to open and manipulate our chakras to achieve the optimum energy flow and become the best being we can possibly be.
THE BENEFITS OF MANTRA MEDITATION
Compassion and Intuition
Not only do the vibrations from the sound of the mantra cleanse you from all of your pent up stress, but they also instill in you a sense of spirituality and a force of compassion. As your mind frees up and your chakras begin to flow in alignment, your intuition becomes tenfold as well.
You nervous and chemical systems work in pristine coordination to help you retain and maintain the ideal body conditions and mechanisms for optimum functioning. By regulating your breathing and rhythm through mantra meditation, you set a rhythm for your body and its systems as well, encouraging the body’s immunity.
Achieve Self Awareness
The previous saints and great individuals have mastered the art of meditation through mantras and by practicing the same thing, you will be able to enter a similar trance that can give you the key to opening the door of higher self awareness and greater existence.
Last, but not the least, it is extremely soothing and helps you to feel as relaxed as you can by allowing you to let go of what bothers you and focusing your energy on the soothing word that you are chanting from your lips.