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Mantra Meditation

Mantra Meditation

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Mantra Meditation
 
" Just by repeating the name,that which can not be understood Will be understood just by repeating the namethat which can not be seen Will be seen"
 
Mantra repetition is an ancient meditation technique extensively used in Tibet and India. Here is a simpleexplanation of Mantra Meditation:
Wh
at actually is a mantra
 
Mantra repetition simply means repeating a sentence or group of words that have a phonetic significance. just that's it.
 
Mantra is intrinsically related to sound. Mantra is sound, and sound is reverberating in everything in thisuniverse. When water flows, the gurgling sound it makes, is mantra. When wind blows through the trees,the rustling sound it produces is mantra. When we walk on the earth, our footsteps produce sound, andthat too is mantra. Within human beings there is a self-born, indestructible sound which repeats itselconstantly, along with our breathing and this sound is also a mantra.Sound has enormous power, in fact it has the power to create an entire universe. It is written thatGod originally manifested as sound.(
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God 
. NewTestament, John1:1-2 )
 
 A
ccording to ancient Indian belief in the beginning there was sound, which reverberated as
Om
and fromthat sound everything came into existence.
E
ven modern scientist are beginning to recognize as our ancient sages did, that there exists a vibrationwhich reverberates ceaselessly throughout the cosmos.When letters and syllables come together, they form words. Both our spiritual and our mundanelife are possible only because of words; without language, we can not carry out any of our activities.
E
achword we use has its own power and produces it own reaction.
 A
mantra is no ordinary combination of letters and syllables, but a living force. The name of God is not different from God. Mantra has beencalled the sound-body of God: It is God in the form of sound.In
Bhagavad Gita
 
L
ord Krishna says,
"
 Am
ong rituals, I a
m
the ritual of 
m
antra repetition
."
By this he means that while other techniques are means of attaining Him, mantra is his very being. That iswhy it is so easy to experience God by repeating the mantra. Mantra meditation is the repetition of agroup of words which create sound vibrations that awake the love of God in our hearts and mind.
 
T
h
e influence of mantra: How it affects t
h
e meditator 
 
The mantra can completely transform our inner being. Our inner state is created by the thoughts andfeelings that continuously arise in us. Outwardly we may appear to have fixed identities-one person mayappear to be a lawyer, another an engineer, another a doctor, another a professor. But inside, we are acontinually changing mass of consciousness. When we project the beam of mantra into this fluctuatingmass, it stabilizes it and focuses it in one direction, the direction of the self. It helps us to transcend our confusion, our fantasies, and the constant changes of the mind.
 
R
epetition of t
h
e name of God causes a kind of eart
hq
uake in our inner consciousness.
Whatever thoughts arise in our daily life, they are recorded within us and formimpression that are difficult to remove. But when we repeat the name, all these thoughts andimpressions are erased, and the name of God is recorded.
 A
t every moment, what we think is what webecome. If the anger arises in the mind and we identify ourselves with it, we become angry. In the sameway, if we continually repeat the mantra with great love and interest, we will become absorbed in God. Byits very nature the mantra has the ability to transform our awareness into an awareness of ourselves asSelf which is a part of supreme self God.
 
How to repeat t
h
e mantra :
 
Y
ou can repeat the mantra silently or loudly but it should be at the samespeed at which you talk.
Y
ou can also coordinate it with the breathing, repeating it once with theinhalation and once with exhalation. Repeat it very carefully, just as a miser looks after is wealth.
L
isten itas you repeat it, and in that way your mind will become permeated with mantra. If you repeat the mantrawhen you breathe in and breathe out, it will circulate throughout your body, permeating every one of your blood cells. then even the room in which you have been repeating become saturated with it.
 
It is said,
"Mantra is t
h
at w
h
ic
h
protects t
h
e one w
h
o repeats it.
"
The power of mantra is beyond your imagination
Y
ou can understand the meaning of the mantra, but you can not measure its strength. Mantrais the living force of God. Therefore, repeat it with respect.
If you devote even half hour or an hour every day to repeating the
m
antra, you will function
m
uch
m
ore effectively in your worldly life, and your heart will be filled with joy. You will begin toexperience the self very easily.
How to use mantra meditation in a busy & complex life.
 
Well by now you must have clear knowledge of mantra meditation. In order to meditate using mantrameditation you should use following:(1) Read the general instruction on meditation (including do's and don'ts)
 
(2) Choose a mantra. Below I have described in detail three mantras.
Y
ou can use either of them.(3)
 A
llocate 30 minutes for mantra meditation. Though early morning or late evening is best time, you canchooses any time as per your convenience. In those 30 minutes, 20 minutes will be for chanting(repeating) the mantra and the last 10 minutes for being watchful of your inner consciousness.(4) Sit comfortably at a quiet place.Close your eyes.
 
Start chanting the mantra (either silently or loudly ).
 
Repeat the mantra with faith and respect.Repeat it with the full awareness of its meaning.Keep chanting the mantra for 20 minutes. (
Y
ou may use an alarm clock for keeping track of time).
 A
fter 20 minutes....
 
stop chanting. Be quiet. Keep sitting silently.The mantra will keep echoing in your mind for some more time. Just be watchful of what happens insideyou.Don't judge, act or react. Just be aware of all that is happening inside you. Just be a witness of all your emotions, feelings, and other activities in and around you.
Y
ou will feel a sense of calm and bliss.
 A
llthought activities will start decreasing and eventually come to a stand still.Slowly slowly open your eyes and move out of the meditation.When you begin meditating this way on daily basis, slowly you will start experiencing a thought free mind- a state of choiceless awareness.
Y
our self will be revealed to you. (Please remember that the 10minutes watchfulness after the 20 minutes of chanting is a must. )
L
ater you may increase your timing. Butthe ratio between chanting and witnessing should remain as 2:1.
Some Mantras to dwell upon
 
Here I have described three powerful mantras in detail.
Y
ou can choose to meditate with any of the threemantra.
 A
ll of them are ancient, powerful and easy in pronunciation.
B
ut before you start:
Here is a basic terminology which you should know before starting Mantra repetition as you find itspresence many mantra.
 A
ll these words are from Hindu Mythology.
 
K
ali yug
 :The last in the four eras (time periods) of creation. The other threes are Satya yug, Threta yugand Dwaper yug . These four eras are characterize by the intensity/effect of the rule of truth in them withthe Satya yug having the most prominent qualities of truth and righteousness, with Treta atsecond, Dwaper at third and Kaliyug - the age of machines- at the fourth place. The present era isKaliyug.
T
rinity of 
B
ra
h
ma Vis
h
nu and Ma
h
es
h
:
 
 A
ccording to Hindu mythology there are three Gods who runthe creation. The Brahma - who creates the universe, the Vishnu - who preserves the Universe and theShiva- who in the end destroys the universe.
 A
mong the three deities, Shiva is considered as thedestroyer. However, Shiva is also considered as the supreme reality- the inner self which remains intacteven after everything ends.Please also remember that the one who repeats the mantra either silently or loudly is knownas chanter and the process of repeating the mantra is known as chanting.
T
h
e Mantras

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