Transcendental Meditation isa very powerful mean of attaining a peaceful mind. They can be an effective force in creating something new. Speaking about Mantras is the revelation of ancient secrets that have been kept sacred from several ages, secrets that continue to benefit humanity irrespective of its circumstances.The mantra is like a seed. Every seed has the potential to become a tree. Similarly, these sound vibrations contain all the possibilities of creation. Some mantras are in the seed form, called the bija mantras. Others are fully expressed, i.e, the fruit of the mantra is also expressed, such as the Gayatri mantra.
Mantras are a secret. That which is kept a secret alerts the sub-conscious mind. The mantras work at the level of the consciousness. When we want a seed to sprout, it needs to be sown into the soil, hidden, a secret. If it is simply thrown around, birds may eat them up. We can read and learn about mantras and their uses from books and the internet but that will only satisfy the intellect and not translate into experience.
Benefits of chanting:
When we chant or listen to them, we purify our mind.
It Prepares us for meditation and because of the sound vibrations, different patterns of the mind rearrange themselves to become tranquil.
Stress is reduced and we start moving inward and look within.
We can experience the vastness and beauty of the Divine consciousness.
By doing this with proper dedication we become so positive that we automatically attract good thing in life.
Ways to chanting:
Mantras are to be chanted 108 times once or twice in a day with the help of beads/mala, preferably in sandhi time( union of day and Night, dawn or dusk) facing east, northeast or North, at the same place everyday.
We should purify ourselves at least by cleaning our face, hands and feet.
Start with chanting Om thrice. This will calm your mind and you will be able to concentrate more.
While chanting concentrate on the words of the mantra( should understand the meaning).
Surrender yourself completely to the divine consciousness and understand that you are a part of this vast and made up of the same things.
If a mantra is chanted one lakh times with proper Havan vidhi we get siddhi over that.
There are different types of mantras and every mantra activates a particular kind of energy.
Om Mani padme hum : a powerful Buddhist mantra.
Om namo bhagwate Vasudevaya – Krishna Mantra or liberation mantra.
Om Namah shivaya or Gayatri Mantra and so on. There are thousands of them. In my opinion you should choose the mantra of your Ishta deva or your loved one and start. If you believe in formless power u may go with om Mani padme hum. Remember, it’s all within us and in our mind. Just connect yourself with the powerhouse and observe the difference.
So, Begin today don’t procrastinate. Give it a sincere trial. Be a master of your mind and not its slave.