“Om (AUM) the Divine song is at the same time Symmetry, Supersymmetry, broken Symmetry, and the unbroken Symmetry of Nature.” – Amit Ray
Through out the ages man has tried everything under the sun in hopes of becoming more intelligent or experiencing something that would take him beyond the confines of mundane reality.
One of the preferred tools for the Yogis and Sages was the use of sacred mantras. Over thousands of years after being immersed in deep contemplation they discovered that certain sounds if repeated with an unshakable earnestness would produce various results.
I know for many people all this may sound like hocus pocus, but let’s try to put our prejudices aside for a bit and look into the theory of mantras as tools for transformation.
The Power of Mantras and Chants
I will only lightly touch on this subject as it is beyond the scope of this article. Essentially everything around us is energy, in turn this energy is an immense ocean of vibrations. The sages believed that if one put their entire being and devotion into the repetition of certain sounds they would eventually change the vibration of their whole physiology while also permeating their astral and causal bodies. Their cells would begin to vibrate at a different frequency. This in turn would attract compatible vibrations. In India they have a mantra for everything. They have mantras to attract wealth, love, a career, enlightenment, etc.
You don’t have to believe in a mantras out of this world power to receive its benefits. From the western perspective one thing is clear is that sounds do have a profound and pronounced effect on our psyche. Go to a heavy metal concert and let me know how peaceful you feel after the show. At the very least you will receive many therapeutic and purifying effects from many of these mantras, and if health, wealth, and happiness also come as a result of your practice, all the better.
For me I just find many of the mantras sounds based on Sanskrit to be beautiful and the vibrations they create within me when I meditate is a lovely feeling. Also if you don’t feel comfortable you don’t have to use something that is foreign to you. You could use any word that creates a good feeling within you as a meditation practice. Many people like to just repeat and meditate on a word such as “love,” but for me I simply like focusing on the sounds and not necessarily the literal meaning behind those words.
Mantras in meditation also serve to help the mind become one pointed, and from this one pointedness make the jump to “no” mind. Experiment until you find something that resonates with you and your spiritual practice.
Mantra for Education and Intelligence
Today I would like to share one of my favorite mantras. This mantra is believed to bring you knowledge and intelligence. As a result, many parents teach their sons and daughters this mantra in hopes that it helps with their studies. This mantra comes from the Hindu deity Saraswati. She is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. She is the companion of Brahma. There are many variations of the mantra, but the one that I like to use is: OM AING SARASWATYAI NAMAHA or OM SHREEM HREEM SARASWATYAI NAMAHA
Here is a video to help you with the pronunciation.
As a general practice you can chant the mantra daily for at least 108 times out loud, mentally, or both all while focusing your attention at the point between your brow (third eye). Your eyes can be slightly turned up but it shouldn’t cause you any strain. If you like you can also visualize the goddess in your minds eye.
If you can’t sit in a lotus position, a chair is perfectly fine just make sure to keep your spine nice and straight. The important thing is that your bring your full attention to the sounds, as soon as your mind starts to wander gently bring it back. Just be passive but alert and simply witness the sounds and whatever inner manifestations they may stimulate. Best times are morning or in the evening. You can use beads to help you count.
Dedicate a nice, quite, tidy place for your practice. In time this place will begin to hold the vibrations of your practice and become a sacred place for you. It’s just like when you are traveling and sleep in another bed, it doesn’t feel quite right because that space hasn’t absorbed your vibrations. With children it’s their beloved “blanky” which is charged with their own energy and that they can take comfort in. With Yogis it’s their mala beads that hold the vibration from their meditation practice.
Thank you for reading my short post, it is my sincere desire that one day through your sincere practice you will in your innermost core hear the soundless sound of creation. Peace.
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