The word “mantra” is a Sanskrit word consisting of two syllables: “man” (mind) and “tra” (deliverance).
Mantras are energy-based sounds that can have great psychological, spiritual and transformational effects. Mantras help to manifest intent, overcome obstacles (and remove inhibitions), instigate energy (prana), create awareness, relieve stress, help calm the mind and eventually elevate our consciousness. They can be written down, thought, whispered chanted, sung and breathed.
I think it’s also important to mention that there are several interpretations and translations, but that it is possible that through practice, we all can gain an understanding that goes beyond words.
Here is a little bit about my personal favorites.
SAT NAM (sut nahm)
This mantra is widely used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Sat means the Truth while Nam means to call upon or to identify with. The meaning of the mantra is something like this: I recall upon the eternal Truth that resides within all of us. It is said that chanting this mantra awakens the soul.
SOHAM (soo hum)
This mantra is said to be a universal mantra vibration that identifies oneself with the Universe or ultimate reality. In Sanskrit, it means ‘I myself’ or ‘It is I’. This mantra is said to act as a ‘natural’ mantra to control ones breathing to achieve deep breath and to gain concentration – Soo the sound of inhalation and Hum the sound of exhalation.
OM NAMA SHIVAYA (aum num-ha shi-why)
Also called the five-syllable mantra is known to be a powerful redeeming mantra, it means ’I bow to Shiva.’ Shiva being the supreme reality, or inner self, is the name given to the consciousness that dwells in us all. This mantra is said to lead to self-realization. The five syllables are said to represent the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space.
OM MANI PADME HUM (aum ma-nee pahd-may hum)
This mantra means something like ‘aum to the jewel within the lotus.’ It is said to bring you joy and peaceful vibrations, invoke wisdom and compassion and to free us from the negative emotions of the mind and speech.
What is your favorite?