Hindu - Mantras

A Mantra,is a religious syllable,formed in the Sanskrit language which has come from the Vedic religion of India and became an essential part of the Hindu tradition.Sanskrit is the most telepathic language, because of its affinity to the fifty primeval sounds.

Mantras are Sanskrit-invocations of the almighty God, associated with meditation,which pass from the verbal level through the mental and telepathic states.The term 'Mantra' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'man', meaning 'to think'. Mantra literally means the 'Instrument of Thought'.Mantras are hymns, which are believed to benefit those who chants them regularly.

Vedic mantras are said to have been divinely 'heard' (shruti) by ancient sages. These hymns are mostly invocations to the gods for protection against evil, or for assistance in performing one's duties or specific functions.

The effectiveness of the mantras depend upon the mental discipline involved in its correct pronunciation,recitation and the mode of breathing. According to the Agni Purana, if a mantra is recited quietly or in the mind, it is very effective.

Their applications vary as per the philosophy associated with it. Mantra is a combination of spiritual words,which create vibrations, inducing a deep concentration in the person.

By pronouncing every letter and word of Mantra correctly,gives rise to effective vibrations,causing spiritual development within the body.Chanting of Mantra is the process of repeating a mantra several times which is recorded in terms of a number,like one lakh chants etc.

Mantras are used in various religious ceremonies,as a traditional practise and to get the work done without any obstacles.The use of mantras is now widespread throughout various spiritual practises.

'Aum' is the most sacred syllable for Hindus which always comes at the begining of every Mantra. There are two types of Mantras,like-Saguna and Nirguna.

Saguna Mantra

This Mantra is chanted in the process of attaining self-realization through the invocation of a specific deity. Saguna Mantras have different patterns which can create positive energies or can subside the negative vibrations.

ll Aum Shri Maha Ganapataye Namaha ll

Worship of Lord Ganesha

Aum is the original syllable and the most powerful sound. It is a part of almost all Mantras which invokes supreme vibrations. Shri is a title of reverent respect.Maha Ganapati means the great Ganesha,the remover of obstacles and bestower of success.

ll Aum Namah Shivaya ll

Worship of Lord Shiva

Shiv Shankar is the part of the Hindu Trinity.Brahma and Vishnu,being the other two parts. Shiva, the Cosmic Dancer, has the destructive energies, which ends the universe at the end of each era.

ll Aum Namo Narayanaya ll

Worship of Lord Vishnu

Vishnu is the preserver if the world who maintains order of the universe and incarnates on earth to benefit mankind.

ll Hari Aum ll

Aum Vishnu

Hari is another name for Vishnuwho is a redeemer and a guide to personal salvation as well as the World Preserver.

ll Aum Shri Ramaya Namah ll

Worship ofLord Rama

Rama,an incarnation of Vishnu,came on earth to uphold righteousness who is the hero of the great epic Ramayana. Rama lived the life of perfection and responsibility and was named as 'Maryada Purushottam'

ll Aum Shri Durgayai Namah ll

Worship of Durga mata

Ma Durga,riding a tiger,is the power,Shakti,protectoe through which Divinity manifests.According to Hindu mythology, the chaitanya, the pure consciousnesses, of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were united to form the being of Mother Durga.

ll Aum Shri Maha Lakshmyai Namah ll

Worship of Lakshmi Mata

Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and Vishnu's consort, who aids in the preservation of the three worlds.She is pictured as a beautiful woman standing in a lotus.

ll Aum Aim Saraswatyai Namah ll

Worship of Saraswati Mata

The goddess of education, knowledge and all arts. She is Brahma's consort and is involved with the creation of new ideas and things.

ll Aum Shri Hanumate Namah ll

Worship of Hanuman

Hanuman,the son of wind-god, is the idol of devotion who is powerful and the greatest devotee of Lord Rama.

ll Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare ll

This is the Maha Mantra,addressing to Lord, Rama and Lord Krishna,Hare is a respectful way to call the god. Rama and Krishna were the well-known incarnations of Vishnu, incarnated on this earth to lead mankind to eternal salvation.

ll Aum Shri Ram Jay Ram Jay Jay Ram ll

Victory of Rama

Jaya means 'victory' or 'hail'.

ll Aum Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam

Urvarukamiva Bandhanam Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat ll

We worship the Lord Shiva,who is three-eyed and full of sweet fragrance.This is the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. It removes all the worries,illness, also major heath problems.

Nirguna Mantra

Nirguna Mantras are without form.There are no deities or personalised aspects of God to be invoked.These are abstract Mantras which create a vibration in which the meditator identifies with the whole of the Cosmos.

ll Soham ll

I am What I am

The mediator,who is formless is an existence itself.He is without past, present or future.He has no limits.

ll Aham Brahma Asmi ll

I am Brahman

The meditator asserts himself to be One with the ever-present Brahman and he denies the confinement to the body and mind,and affirms unity with the absolute.

ll Tat Twam Asi ll

That Thou Art

This is one of the greatest Vedantic statements which relates the individual to the Brahaman, the Absolute Substratum of Creation.'That' is the eternal Brahman, and 'thou' is the meditator.

ll Aum ll

Aum consists of three letters: A, U and M-A is the waking state, U is the dreaming state, and M is the deep sleep state. Aumcontains 'Naad',the prolonged vowel sound and 'Bindu',the humming sound,at the end of the Mantra.