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Mantra MeditationWhat is a Mantra?
Mantra is defined as a kind of verbal formula which is often considered sacred andis used in meditation or prayer as a means to quite and balance the mind. Theword ‘mantra’ is originally a Sanskrit word that literally means “mind-protection”. Inancient times, the Guru or Master used to hand down a “mantra” to his disciple.The disciple was required to repeat the mantra over and over again and thisprocess was known as “japa” or chant. This technique is popular even today,though not necessarily as an invocation to God or as part of any ritual, but as ameans of achieving relaxation and calm.
How is a Mantra Created?
A Mantra is essentially a combination of various sounds and syllables that areproven to have a calming effect on human mind. One of the most popular mantrasis the mantra “AUM”. This mantra is a combination of sounds that is divided inthree parts - the beginning, the peak and the end. This was derived after a lot ofresearch undertaken by ancient meditators or seekers who were in search ofenlightenment.
How Mantra Works
Mantra works on the principle of replacing all other thoughts in the mind. Thehuman mind process innumerable thoughts and each one of them drain a certainamount of energy. Further energy is lost jumping from one thought to another anddealing with the emotion invoked by each thought. A mantra simply replaces allthese thoughts creating a kind of resonance in the mind which become amplifiedwith very chant. When all the thoughts have died down, then only the mantra is leftreverberating in the mind, spreading the feeling that was invoked through it suchas revitalization, relaxation, peace or calmness.As you practice the mantra more and more, the mind associates it with a calmmeditative state.This association allows you to summon the calmness that you had felt whilemeditating during stressful situations in life.
What is Your Mantra?
It is not necessary to use AUM or any other popular mantra for meditation.However, people choose these words they are free from any other meaning asthey not used generally in everyday speak. To choose a mantra for yourself you
can create any soft sound that calms or you can choose words that are able toreflect the calmness in you. ‘Peace’ is one such word that can help establish asense of tranquility within.It is advisable for beginners to start Mantra Meditation by sitting in a comfortableposture and choosing a place where there is no disturbance. However, sittingcross-legged is recommended as it does not tire you and at the same timeprevents you from going to sleep, which is quite possible while lying down. Also, anerect posture helps the mantra reverberate though all the chakras and hit thecenter positively.Mantras are words of power that have the capacity to enhance and empower theintellect, making us wiser, more sensitive and peaceful. The sense of being“settled down” then reflects in the way one leads his/her life.
What is meditation?
Meditation is an art, which deals with the science of finding one's Higher Self. Itmust not be confused with any technique used for concentration. The objective ofconcentration is to focus all energies towards a single point where as meditationdeals with relaxing the mind so that fewer and fewer thoughts remain. The ultimateaim of all meditation techniques is to reach a blank state of mind, where deeprelaxation is experienced in both mind and body.
Mind, Meditation, Power
Our mind is the most complex mechanism in the universe, where huge amounts ofinformation is processed everyday. The information reaches us through variousmedia such as the people we meet, things we read – magazines, books,newspapers, ads, websites, and through the broadcast media (TV and radio). Thisinformation shapes up our thoughts, which in turn establishes our personality. Dueto this continuous influx of data, the mind never rests and turns into a 24X7chatter-box. Meditation teaches the mind to relax and gradually become silent.
Types of Meditation
 There are many types of meditation techniques available such as chakrameditation, transcendental meditation, mind-centered/heart-centered meditationand breathing-based meditation. Ancient meditation practices are relevant eventoday as the games and the problems of the modern human mind are same as thatof its ancestors.Here we will discuss few of the most popular forms of meditation.
Chakra Meditation
The human body is believed to have seven chakras or centers that govern variousfunctions of the being. The wellness of any center depends on how well the chakraassociated with it is functioning.Chakra Meditation is perfect for people looking for a better understanding ofthemselves and the world and universe around them.
Mantra Meditation
Mantra meditation is one of the easiest types of meditation where one a word orthought is repeated over and over again till becomes a rhythm. This creates a kindof harmony and peace inside as slowly it replaces every other thought present inthe mind. Therefore, this type of meditation is ideal for dealing with stressful

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