The Sound of Mantra

Connecting and uplifting

In contrast to music and song designed to soothe or stimulate one's heart and mind towards some short-term happiness, the intent of mantra is to help an individual to transcend the mundane and enter a super conscious existence.

Mantra मंत्र –  is a sacred utterance, a syllable or group of words written and spoken in Sanskrit believed to have psychological and spiritual powers.

Much of our modern music can stimulate right action towards greater peace and harmony that like the brokenhearted cowboy songs it serves to reinforce a sense of hopelessness and limitation. Some music will set your body free to move and dance while some music facilitates greater reflection.

Mantra if you like is the most sophisticated of reflective sound. The melody or arrangement of sounds is conducive to brain function and the activation of intelligence rather than emotion. The words within a mantra are a few like a formula to engage the mind in a productive and meaningful way to facilitate are becoming more human.

Mantra does not ask anything of us, that does not require any emotional reaction rather it stimulates a quiet transcendence away from the mundane world into a super consciousness.

The mantra is a meditation tool and one does not have to informally sets cross legged to engage stop the mantra embodies the higher principles of life and it can be utilised in any time and place as a background mirror to all is going on around you.

a sacred utterance,
a numinous sound,
a syllable,
word or phonemes,
or group of words that have psychological and spiritual powers.

Ganesha Pancharatnam
A celebratory mantra with
Sooryagayathri & Kuldeep M Pai

If you walk through the mountains of Nepal, many of the local people will be quietly repeating the mantra "om mani padme hum". Though many interpretations as to what this may mean, for some it reflects a desire to know the existence of life, for others reflects a desire to achieve a freedom suffering and for others it is a celebration of existence, of being.

Many people use mantra like a prayer calling out to God and asking for salvation whereas the more correct use is to celebrate the divine in all things, in all life. But like formal meditation, mantra is a meditation tool that helps keep the mind ministers of for much longer periods helping the practitioner to see the divine in all.

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

Traditional meditative mantras

Most commonly, mantras are in the Sanskrit language because Sanskrit is the ancient language of India and his words and sounds carefully crafted for spiritual upliftment. In almost every country Sanskrit mantras are recited by those seeking peace and wisdom. People may not know the exact meaning of the words yes the actual sounds within the words have a positive impact on a person's life and more so when they are truly sincere.

Buddhist mantras in the Tibetan language are also widely used but every country has its own mantras. In the West however, the understanding of mantra is not so well-known yet even in our folk culture simple lines like "the earth is my mother" as a mantra that helps to engender a respect for the earth.

So mantra can be different things to different people, it can be a prayer beseeching support for a life problem, it can be the expression of a desire for knowledge and wisdom, it can be a quest for peace of mind and self-knowledge and it can be a celebration of the simple fact of having this life.

Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum (Sanskrit)
Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung (Dialectic variation in Tibetan pronunciation).

Further reading:
Sadhguru on mantra


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