What Is Mantra? It Is Not What You Are Thinking! Read On…



Sacred sound, rhythm, word of power.

Verb capable of catalyzing mind into material,

emotion into action!

Vibration that transmutes,

evolves and metamorphasizes.

Sound of the subtle nature.

Cosmic sound that potentializes.

Sound that, produced by a yôgin, harmonizes everything.

Sound that shakes your interior

and reorganizes your molecules.

Sound that generates resonance in your heart

and makes your soul profoundly loyal.

This is mantra!

Mantra can be translated as vocalization. It is composed of the root man (to think) + the suffix tra (instrument). This semantic construction is significant seeing as the mantra is frequently used to attain a state of “suppression of the instability of consciousness,” referred to as linear intuition or … meditation!

Mantra can be any sound, syllable, word, phrase or text that holds a specific power. For this reason, it is fundamental that it pertains to a dead language in which the meanings and pronunciations do not suffer from the erosion of regionalisms, trends and other forms of constant alterations that occur during the natural evolution of any living languages.
Where Yôga is concerned, only the Sanskrit language is accepted. From it, the mantras in our repertory have been extracted. These mantras should not be mixed with mantras of other languages or traditions.

There are mantras for facilitating concentration and meditation, mantras to calm and to energize, to sleep and to wake, to increase breathing and educate one’s diction, to develop chakras and awaken the kundaliní, to better one’s health.
mantra is used to apply a vibration of ultra sound when unobstructing the nádís, which are the meridians through which prána circulates in our physical and energetic bodies. In most people, such nádís are obstructed by bad eating habits that clog them in the same form that arteries are clogged. They may also become clogged by bad emotional habits, opening the door for an enormous variety of inferior, heavy and viscous sentiments.

To develop chakras, mantras act by way of resonance. It is the same phenomenon that one observes when two string instruments are tuned and afterward when one is played a certain distance from the other, the second plays by itself out of sympathy. In the same way, if we are able to reproduce ultra sounds related to the tune the chakras, they will react to this kind of stimulus.

In India, some Masters of mantras become furious when those from the West ask them in which musical note this or that mantra should be executed.

– Mantra is not music! – They yell at them, and rightly so.

Having made it very clear that mantra is not music, but rather ultra sounds emitted simultaneously with audible sounds, keep in mind that the following sounds act on certain chakras: LAM acts on the múládhára chakra; VAM on the swádhisthána; RAM on the manipura; YAM on the anáhata; HAM on the vishuddha and ÔM acts on both the ájña and the sahásrara chakras. However, one must also keep in mind that these mantras resolve absolutely nothing if the practitioner has no a certified instructor or a Master that, beyond emitting each one, is available to correct the vocalizations.

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Article written by Marcello Oliveira, Instructor of SwáSthya, The Ancient Yôga and member of The International University of Yôga.


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