As we all know Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in the world and most of the mantras, shlokas,daily using words are commonly used in Sanskrit language. Sanskrit language is also said as divine language or deva bhasha. So many wonderful and powerful things are deeply inculcated in this language. Most of the people used to chant mantras in their daily life because they believe chanting mantras helps them to get rid of complicated issues in their life or make their mind in a relaxed mode.
What is Mantra?
Commonly people believe mantra means a word or prayer to chant or sung. Some others believe that mantra is a commonly repeated word.
The definition of the word ‘mantra’ in Sanskrit is -
“Mananāt trāyatē iti mantrah”
Sustained repetition (Mananāt) of that which protects (trāyatē) from all miseries arising from bondage or cycles from birth and death is called mantra.
While we start to chant mantra,we should have a focused mind and body, keen concentrating manas [mind], and deep state of meditation. Once we continue or practice like this we will definitely get or feel a powerful vibration, positive vibes evolving around us. All we need is practice with a calm and focused mind.
Each mantra is composed of Shadanga (six elements) - Rishi (seer), Chandas (meter), Devata (deity), Beej (seed), Shakthi (energy), Keelakam (lock).So we should know the basic things while chanting like which deity’s mantra is this,do we get positive or negative vibes while we chant this mantra,meter or rhythm of the mantra etc.
How do mantras work?
Not everyone accepts the truth that mantra makes a lot of changes in our life when we chant it with a concentrated mind.But if we keenly observe the powerful sounds we can see the miracle changes happening even in small things.As we recite a mantra, we raise our own vibrational energy.A mantra is simply a sound or vibration that carries with it a specific meaning and intention. When we chant or think of this sound again and again, it tunes our mind and body,that helps us get in touch with our goals.This continuous practice synchronize our body and mind and makes a big impact in our life.
Some powerful mantras
Om is the sound of the universe.Begginers commonly chant this mantra, which is simple and powerful as well.When we chant Om it provides a direct link with God.
The mantra Namashivya represents the five elements of our nature or universe. Na means पृथ्वी: [earth] , Ma means आपः [water], Si means अग्नि: [fire], Va means वायु: [air] and Ya means आकाश: [space]. So chanting this mantra means bowing down to your own self.
“Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat”
This mantra helps us to brighten our intelligence level.
[Meaning : We meditate upon the divine brilliance of that adorable creator and omni protector. God who gives life, removes suffering and bestows bliss. May he stimulate our wisdom.]
Ganesha is the god of good fortune.By chanting this mantra, we may ask Lord Ganesha to remove all interruptions in our life.
Means I bow to the ultimate reality, Narayana.By chanting this mantra brings positive energy, peace and positive change in our lives.
Hare Krishna hare Krishna , Krishna Krishna hare hare”
We can see this mantra in Kali Santarana Upanishad. Kali Santarana Upanishad is one of the minor Upanishads found in Krishna Yajur Veda. This mantra helps to remove kali dosha. Most common and easy mantra that everyone used to chant in their daily life.
Relaxed mind is a gift of god. But our minds have the habit of holding things, to thoughts, to people who we love/ hate, to materialistic things etc. So if we understand the meaning of mantras and chant these kinds of powerful mantras, it gives a guarantee that our life will change forever. If one is unable to chant the mantra, he/she can start to listen by playing the mantras wherever they are, that’s also helps to keep the mind calm and relax. So mantra is a protector which helps to cultivate peace and relax our mind.
आलस्यं हि मनुष्याणां शरीरस्थो महान् रिपुः। नास्त्युद्यमसमो बन्धुः कृत्वा यं नावसीदति।। आलस्यं हि मनुष्याणां शरीरस्थो महान् रिपुः। नास्त्युद्यमसमो बन्धुः कृत्वा यं नावसीदति।।