What Are Mantras Actually?


Mantra means a pure sound. Today, modern science is proving that the whole existence is reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration there is bound to be a sound.

As there are different types of forms, every form has a sound attached to it or, every sound has a form attached to it. When you utter a sound, a form is being created. There is a whole science of using sounds in a particular way so that it creates the right kind of form. We can create powerful forms by uttering sounds in a certain arrangement. This is known as the Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound. If you have mastery over the sound you also have mastery over the form that is attached to it.

Mantra is not something…

that you utter; it is something that you strive to become because the whole existence is a complex amalgamation of sounds. In that, we identified certain sounds, which are like keys that open up every realm in the universe. Unless you become the key it will not open up for you. Becoming the mantra means you’re becoming the key; only if you are the key can you open the lock, otherwise somebody else has to open it for you and you have to listen to him. See you have to endure me because you did not open it.

About Mantra Sadhana

Every spiritual aspirant should practice the mantra sadhana at the beginning of each day. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, Gayatri Mantra and Durga Mantra are the three mantras to be chanted each morning before getting out of bed and becoming involved in the normal, daily routine. Why? When we sleep at night, the mind becomes tranquil and passive, like the surface of a still lake, undisturbed by any agitation or movement. When we wake up in the morning, the mind is relaxed, the senses are at peace and there are no mental, emotional or intellectual distractions. Therefore, the first impression the mind should receive in the morning is the mantra. 

If we read the newspapers, listen to the radio or watch TV first thing in the morning, we imbibe impressions about scandals, problems and difficulties. This creates agitation and brings out the negative tendencies and vrittis of the mind, which remains tense and disturbed throughout the day. It is like throwing a rock into still water and creating ripples. 

When the mind is peaceful and quiet, sensitive and receptive, positive seeds can be planted in the subconscious. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, Gayatri Mantra and Durga Mantras are Sankalpa or resolutions for physical health and mental well-being, for wisdom and inner clarity, and for overcoming distress in life. By making the mantra sadhana the first activity of the day, you will derive courage, inner strength and peace. Your associations and relationships will improve. You will grow and find your balance. You will be in control of your life and mind. 

For the mantra sadhana, no preparation is necessary. By practising the three mantras in the morning, before getting out of bed or going the bathroom, you are transcending your conditioned nature. We impose too much discipline and too many expectations on ourselves. God will see the purity of your heart and the strength of your faith and conviction. Begin the day in this way. 

The Method 

When you wake up in the morning: 

1) Focus in between the eyebrows. Inhale and exhale deeply seven times. Relax with each exhalation. See the entire body mentally. 

2) Chant the mantra OM three times, concentrating on the vibration. Feel it creating an energy field around the body. 

3) Make a Sankalpa for physical health and mental well-being, and chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra 11 times. 

4) Make a Sankalpa for wisdom, inner clarity and intuitive knowledge, and chant the Gayatri Mantra 11 times. 

5) Make a Sankalpa for overcoming distress in life, experiencing peace and harmony, and chant the Durga Mantra 3 times. 

6) Take seven deep breaths in and out, and relax. 

7) With the awareness at the centre of the eyebrows, chant the mantra, Om, three times. 

You may now begin your daily routine.