Benefits of reciting the Maha Mantra
What is a Mantra? Mantra is a sacred verbal formula repeated inprayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, amagic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mysticalpotentialities.So how does it differ from a Stotra, Japa, Dhyana, Sloka?
is repeated recitation of a particular mantra, typically in cycles of 108, with a rudraksha mala.Dhyana is meditation on the form of the Lord with His attributes. Youcan do Dhyana with or without Japa. Starting with Japa + Dhyana isrecommended and later it automagically becomes Dhyana only – thatis the advanced stage.A stotram is a song sung in praise. It originates from the word "stuti",coming from the same verb, stu (to praise), and basically both mean"praise".Shloka is a rhyming couplet of Sanskrit verse consisting of twosixteen-syllable lines of two eight-syllable padas each.
The Sada Shiva Kavach is a Maha Mantra – the mother of allmantras. This Maha Mantra provides us the halo of protection of Lord Shiva. Whatever be your problems, whether of thehoroscope, or spirits or tantra or black magic, this kavachalways works. It works period! The beauty is that you don’t needanything else (like a yantra) to recite it. All you need is completedevotion for Lord Shiva. Chant it once daily or as many times asyou can. It is regarded as SWAYAM SIDDHA – that is, thebenefits kick-in right after the first recitation. There is nominimum (or maximum) for this Maha Mantra. It is regarded assahastrakshar amogh kavach.
To some extent, this is a mantra and stotra. We are singing this inpraise of Shiva and is an elixir as it will get you everything you want –done with the right attitude and devotion, bhakti.