The Power Of Mantras And Sound

Tibetan Nuns Chanting
Tibetan Nuns Chanting

Scientifically sound is a vibration at a particular frequency and it can be used to produce physical changes in organisms, some vibrations can be beneficial while others can be harmful, sound can be concentrated and intensified until it shatters and destroys or sound can be used to soothe and heal.

Sound is a form of energy that has frequency, pitch, volume, tone and many subtle qualities and these were used by the Tantic yogis and Yogis who discovered during deep meditation certain sounds and psychic vibrations that they called Mantras which were heard when yogis entered Deep states of meditation, being so connected to the elements and higher consciousness.

“If the whole creation can be well explained, it is by the phases of sound or vibrations, which have manifested in different grades in all their various forms in life. Objects and names and forms are but the expression of vibration in different aspects.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Yoga Of Sound

sanskritMantra yoga reflects an entire “Yoga of Sound” (Shabda Yoga). The Yoga of Sound formulates the supreme reality as Shabda Brahman or transcendent sound. This tradition goes back to the Vedas.

The main insight behind the Yoga of Sound is that reality consists of vibration, which in essence is sound. Even the formless silent Absolute has its own vibration or Shabda but remains contained in itself, a kind of breathing without the breath distinguished from the elemental sound that arises through the ethers element. By going back to the reality of primal sound, we can return to the very heart of creation and reach the Absolute beyond time and space from which all creation arises. We can reach the state of silence or pure stillness that is total communication and complete unity.

The study of the Ancient scriptures, which are manifestations of Divine sound, is included in the Yoga of Sound. True scripture is not the literal word of God in human language, but rather the expression of primal sound as mantra.

The state of awakened listening serves to open the head or crown chakra, whose organ of reception is the ears. True mantra is not just about speaking but about listening, deeply within. Unless one can listen to the spirit of the mantra, the mantra cannot reveal its secrets to us. To truly study the Divine word is to dwell in the state of revelation, receptive to the aspect of the Divine Word that each thing symbolizes and expresses in its vibration.

A related yogic science in the Yoga of Sound is called Laya Yoga, the “Yoga of mergence” This involves meditation on the inner sound current called nada, which arises when the mind

becomes pure and clear. We can hear this vibratory sound if we close our ears and listen deeply with attentive awareness. Several types of Nada exist. These are said to be like the sounds of a bell, a drum, a flute, the ocean and other sounds. Nada is the celestial music within us. We hear these sounds with our inner ear, the subtle counterpart of our gross organs of healing. They reflect the sound of the cosmic intelligence inherent in space, which is the source of all knowledge.

Nada is the inner power behind the mantra. The outer mantra works to awaken the inner nada. Then the nada repeats the mantras, which is held in our inner sound current. The nada itself can assume the form of the mantra. This indicates that the mantra is resonating with out inner being. Several Tantric texts indicate that the real one method of Yoga is to concentrate on the sound current and allow it to take us into the Divine, as this is its natural movement, drawing our energy ip the spine and out through the top of the head. Other systems of Yoga use meditation on the sound current but reinforce it through the use of mantras, pranayama, asanas, devotional or knowledge oriented meditation. The sound current is emphasized in traditional Hatha Yoga, where I is an important means to enter into Samadhi or the yogic experience of bliss.

To meditate upon the nada is not just to listen to or repeat a sound. It is also to inquire into the origin of sound, to follow the sound current back to its origin. This is to inquire into the origin of our own consciousness, which itself is a manifestation of sound. Its is to contact our inner self in the spiritual heart from which the sound current arises.

All forms of spiritual music come under the Yoga of Sound if we follow their vibrations back to the Divine world within us. The practice of Nada yoga or use of Mantras is a way to clear the mind of the wondering monkeys, which ignite our mind in judgements, fears ect. We begin to become a clear channel to something beyond ourselves.

“The more widely one observes nature, the more it appeals to ones soul. Why? Because there is a music there. And to the extent to which one sees more deeply into life and observes life more widely, one listens to more and more music.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Mantras

The word Mantra is a Sanskrit word which means the tool “tra” of the mind “manas”

The roots of mantras stem from the origins of Classical Yoga. The essence of classical yoga is a path of self-realization, to understand our true nature beyond time and space birth and death, suffering and limitation. Mantras are a primary tool of Yoga for calming the mind, which is necessary to all us us to access to the higher self. While classical Yoga through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali does not make mantra specifically into one of yoga’s eight limbs, it does regard mantra as a key practice relative to all aspects of Yoga. Mantra practice assists in meditation, concentration, asana and pranayama. These energy-based sounds vibrate throughout the body.

Thus, a mantra is a pure sound vibration which delivers the mind from its form. Chanting is the process of repeating a mantra over and over to touch the deepest level of the self. Mantras can be used in three ways: verbal, semi verbal, and silent.

Repetitive chanting of Sanskrit mantras connects us to a deeper frequency of vibration. Chanting out loud or silently help one attain an altered state of consciousness. This affects our brain; simultaneously affecting our body and its functions; and then homeostasis is created in the body. It has been medically researched and proven that chanting produces beneficial chemicals in the body, releasing “feel good” hormones and endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Chanting Sanskrit mantras also stimulates the vagus nerve, (Originates in the brain stem and spreads nerves fibers to the throat, upper body and through these nerve fibers signals wander to and from between the body and the brain. In short the vagus nerve connects the brain to everything from the tongue, pharynx, vocal chords, lungs, heart, stomach, and intestines to different glands that produce enzymes and hormones, influencing digestion, metabolism and much more. For obvious reasons considered one of the most important nerves in the body.)

When we chant our logical mind becomes dormant and we tune into an unseen frequency that is like a seed growing, and each time a word or mantra is intoned there is a power to that intonation. Some mantras are used for attracting energy to you, or from you. In many ancient cultures Mantras are used, having great power to over come the mind and tune into a field of resonance. Remember our thoughts hold a vibration and if we are tuned into one vibration over and over we move from the mind to the heart.

It doesn’t matter what religious belief one has as the power of mantras work for everyone.

“Each individual composes the music of his own life; if he injures another he breaks the harmony, and there is discord in the melody of his life.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

41 day Mantra practice

The period of 40 days has been widely recognized as an auspicious period. A traditional way to do an extended mantra practice is to choose a number of repetitions per day, and to do that for 4 1 days. The mind likes to have a beginning and end to a practice, a sense of completion, such as comes with a 4 1 day (or longer) practice.

1 Fixed time per practice session: Mind finds comfort in knowing that it will do the practice of one round of 108 repetitions (or some other number of rounds), and that each round will take a predictable amount of time (18 minutes per round of 108 repetitions).

2 Same number of rounds: Mind also likes the predictability of doing a certain number of rounds done per day. Mind may resist at times, but once it gets started in the practice, mind likes the habit.

3 Specific number of days: Mind also likes the plan of knowing how many days or months a practice will take to complete. This can be very beneficial in stabilizing a noisy mind, which is a common complaint.

“Music relating to the words of power is the manifestation of the Shabda, or primordial energy endowed with creative and transformation powers. This energy comes from God/dess and is God/ess.”

Patrick Bernard

Guru Mantra

Guru is a Sanskrit word which is two words put together,

“Gu” = darkness
“Ru” those who remove the darkness

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara, Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah Our creation is that guru (*Brahma*-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (*Vishnu*-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (*devo **Maheshwara*-the force of destruction or transformation). There is a guru nearby (*Guru Sakshat*) and a guru that is beyond the beyond (*param Brahma*). I make my offering (*tasmai*) to the beautiful (*shri*) remover of my darkness, my ignorance; (*Guru*) it is to you I bow and lay down my life (*namah*).

Guru is the remover of darkness: Gu means darkness, and Ru means remover. Darkness refers to what obscures the light of awareness. Guru is the enlightenment principal that aids one in the realization of the true Self, the whole Self, the holy Self. The guru removes *avidya*, or ignorance, which is a case of mistaken identity. It is when you think you are your personality, mistaking your body/mind container for who you are and ignore who you really are. It is when you feel separate from the whole.

By reciting this mantra with a sincere heart, you will see that the power that enlightens is all around you at all times. The mantra asks for the ability to see the guru in all names and forms, and even to acknowledge, love and serve the guru who you cannot see, who is beyond all visible forms. The guru is your own self, the inner guiding light.

Your own birth, the creation principle, holds within it the potential for enlightenment. This would include your parents, your day and the place of your birth and all the circumstances surrounding your birth. Many people find it difficult to recognize the guru in their parents. Many of us spend a lot of time complaining about the bodies we have been given by our parents and blame our parents for the difficulties in our lives.

The situation we are living in right now at this time is where guru Vishnu manifests. If we could see our present circumstances – who we work with, who we live with, who our friends are – as embodying the guru principle, we
might stop perceiving them as in the way of our happiness and begin to realize that they might be providing us with the way for our enlightenment to unfold.

The most difficult circumstances to accept in a positive way are the calamities, the injuries and illnesses that befall us physically or mentally. *Guru devo Maheshwara*manifests as the big challenges in our lives, which actually provide us with the greatest opportunities for clearing away *avidya* and embracing all that happens to us as a gift from God. Destruction always opens the door for transformation.

To see the guru in the teacher who is right in front of you, giving you the teachings of enlightenment, may be very difficult for us due to preconceived idealistic notions about what a guru is suppose to look like. This prejudice may disable us from seeing past the outer form or personality of the teacher.

To acknowledge that the guru is beyond name and form, beyond what we could imagine with the limited vision of the thinking mind, is to begin to open to the mystery of cosmic awareness.

The most potent prayer is the last line of the mantra in which we ask to have the good sense to be humble enough not to miss our chance to recognize the guru when they do appear. Only if we can let go of our self-cherishing, our pride, our need to be recognized and our yearning to be given credit for the things we do, can we ever hope to encounter the guru, that which brings enlightenment to our soul.

Gayatri Mantra

 
The Gayatri Mantra consists of twenty-four syllables – three lines of eight syllables each. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation, and is not technically a part of the original Gayatri Mantra as it appears in the Vedas.Gayatri comes from one of the oldest sacred texts called the Rig Veda, which is the first of the four ancient text written, pre Hinduism that discuss our sacred connection to Fire and Space. Rituals and chants .Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

A basic translation can be given as…( Its hard to translate Sanskrit as it has twice as many letters in the alphabet).

Oh God/dess, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us
embrace that very God, so that He may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.

This chant is offered each morning to the sun as it is symbolic to our own inner light. As the Sun shines on all life.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

 

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (maha-mrityun-jaya) is one of the more potent of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Maha mrityunjaya is a call for enlightenment and is a practice of purifying the karmas of the soul at a deep level. It is also said to be quite beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical healthThe great mantra dedicated to Shiva of Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda.This mantra is used for healing, & restoring power

MAHAMRITYUNJAYA MANTRA
Aum Tryambhakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urva rukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya MaamritatRough translation, as Sanskrit has twice as many letters in there Alphabet then in English so its hard to fully translate each mantra exactly.

We worship The Three-Eyed Lord Shiva who is fragrant and who increasingly nourishes the devotees.
Worshipping him may we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality just as the ripe cucumber easily
separates itself from the binding stalk. “O Omniscient Divinity, we adore you. O Lord full of excellent fragrance,
you are the nourished, the sustainer of all life. As the cucumber is freed from the stem, thus liberate us from death and
grant us the nectar of Immortality.”

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

AUM: The universal sound of creation / consciousness.

TRYAMBAKKAM refers to the Three eyes of Lord Shiva. ‘Trya’ means ‘Three’ and ‘Ambakam’ means eyes. These three
eyes or sources of enlightenment are the Trimurti or three primary deities, namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the
three ‘AMBA’ (also meaning Mother or Shakti’ are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Gouri. Thus in this word, we are referring to
God as Omniscient (Brahma), Omnipresent (Vishnu) and Omnipotent (Shiva). This is the wisdom of Brihaspati and is
referred to as Sri Duttatreya having three heads of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
YAJAMAHE means, “We sing Thy praise”.

SUGANDHIM refers to His fragrance (of knowledge, presence and strength i.e. three aspects) as being the
best and always spreading around. Fragrance refers to the joy that we get on knowing, seeing or feeling His
virtuous deeds.

PUSHTIVARDHANAM: Pooshan refers to Him as the sustainer of this world and in this manner, He is the
Father (Pater) of all. Pooshan is also the inner impeller of all knowledge and is thus Savitur or the Sun and also symbolizes Brahma the Omniscient Creator. In this manner He is also the Father (Genitor) of all.

URVAARUKIMIVA: ‘URVA’ means “VISHAL” or big and powerful or deadly. ‘ARUKAM’ means ‘Disease’. Thus
URVARUKA means deadly and overpowering diseases. (The CUCUMBER interpretation given in various places is also
correct for the word URVARUKAM, but not apt for this mantra). The diseases are also of three kinds caused by the
influence (in the negative) of the three Guna’s and are ignorance (Avidya )

BANDHANAATH means bound down. Thus read with URVAROOKIMIVA, it means ‘I am bound down by
deadly and overpowering diseases’.

MRITYOR MUKSHIIYA means to deliver us from death (both premature death in this Physical world and
from the neverending cycle of deaths due to re-birth) for the sake of Mokshya (Nirvana or final emancipation
from re-birth).

MAAMRITAT means ‘please give me some Amritam (life rejuvinating nectar). Read with the previous word, it
means that we are praying for some ‘Amrit’ to get out of the death inflicting diseases as well as the cycle or re-birt

Maha Lakshmi

 This Mantra is used to invoke the energy of abundance by calling in the energy of Goddess Lakshmi.

Om Srim Hrim Srim kamale kamalalaye prasida prasida
Om Shrim Hrim Shrim mahalaksmayai namah

Om – Universal energy of creation.
Shreem- giver of peace, prosperity, and joy.
Hreem, the sustaining aspect of Lakshmi
To the Mother (Lakshmi), the one who is standing on the lotus, please shower your grace.

The power of the mantra builds with repetition on a daily basis.

Before you begin to chant the mantra, think where in your life do you want to offer this vibrational energy to? Take a few minutes to send the energy where it will best assist abundance in your life.