The word mantra is related to manas (the mind). A mantra is a sound or word. It is generally used to help focus the mind on a single thought until thoughtless Beingness is established. As a tool to achieve Stillness, the mantra is to be discarded at the moment Stillness is achieved.

Understanding Mantra Yoga Practice

Yoga means to unite with our Origin. Mantra Yoga would then mean to unite using the tool of mantra. This process is called Concentration and Meditation.

Mantras are sometimes also applied to change circumstances, to regain a healthy condition for example. Those mantras are specially formulated to carry a certain vibrational power. For such purposes, it is important that proper pronunciation is also imparted.

Benefits of Yoga Mantra and Meditation Practice

Benefits of Meditation Practice

The yoga mantra is a powerful practice to help calm the mind and cultivate awareness. Mantra helps you learn how to focus your attention on a single thing instead of being constantly distracted by thoughts, emotions, memories, etc.

Mantra meditation has been shown to have many health benefits including stress relief and an enhanced immune system. There are studies that show the exact science for it.

Yoga mantras are believed to have healing powers as they provide a path towards spiritual growth and wellness. A lot of people who practice or devotees who recite common mantras also claim these helped them attain self-realization or find practicing mantras.

There are many mantra tools that can be used. Those mantra tools may contain a certain mantra, a sound, or word, but may also comprise of a bead, a flower, body posture, and more. Next to mantra yoga, which is the conscious application of mantra as a tool to achieve Stillness, there is mantra recitation.

OM – AUM – AMIN – AMEN – COSMIC VIBRATION –THE WORD OF GOD

OM

Readers of the Bible are familiar with Amen and the word of God. They probably have heard of OM too. What might be new is that all these words have, in fact, the same meaning and also the same origins. Physicists know that all of matter, our whole Universe, is made of vibrational energy. Atoms are no longer pictured as solid balls orbiting a solid center or proton. Electrons and protons are now explained as energy concentrations with a certain vibrational pattern.

OM

This is the vibration which is called by readers of the Bible Amen or the word of God. Hindus call it OM or AUM. Moslems call it Amin. Since OM is the original vibration, all other mantras are derived from this one Master Mantra. Usually, when we hear OM reproduced on TV or at a spiritual gathering it is pronounced like dome without the ‘d’.

However, OM peace can indeed be perceived during meditation but sounds more like the o-sound in a ball without the ‘b’. It is a deep roaring sound and much closer to the Tibetan mountain trumpets which are used to reproduce the sound and remind people that it might be time to return Home.

Japa or the Sanskrit Word for the “Act of Repeating Mantras”

Repetition of a name of God may be used as a mantra and is then called japa. A mala is usually used for automatic counting but, when used in connection with japa, it is more for anchoring the mind and making it more rhythmic.

Japa

Repetition of the mantras is a method to approach the divinity within, and it generates positive vibrations for both the person chanting and the individual who listens.

Japa and mala are for a similar purpose as the stick given to an elephant in India when lead through narrow streets where merchants display their goods on tables. Without carrying the stick in his trunk, the elephant will move its trunk to the left and right knocking off the display, but, when given the stick the elephant will carry the stick straight ahead.

In order to keep our trunk – the mind – still, we are practicing meditation, japa, or any other spiritual technique. One traditional name for the practice of japa is Rama. However, Christ or any other name of God is fine as long as the association is there. If the association is not there, any other mantra may produce the same result.

Japa should be repeated constantly, this technique, more than any other, is the exact equivalent to the first commandment of the Bible: “You shall love God with all your heart, mind and soul.” What else would it be if we were to concentrate fully on God – with all our heart, mind, and soul?

Mantra Tools for Meditation Practices

While mantra yoga is very simple, it does require a mantra tool as well as a certain degree of concentration. Mantras used in mantra yoga are so packed with power that it is very easy to become over-impressed and believe we have obtained something valuable. But, what mantra tools may be used?

Usually, the mantra itself is the mantra tool. However, mantra tools may also be a flower or a bead, etc. It is good to keep mantra tools sacred and use them only for mantra yoga practice.

Bija

The rhythm of the mantra has a meter, which determines the tone and is critical to be recited correctly. Each mantra is associated with a presiding deity. The bija or seed of each chant confers special powers on it. The essence of the prayer is represented by the bija.

There are also bija-mantras which may be seen as keys with which one might address a certain chakra (energy center in the spine and brain) for example. The main keys to the seven chakras are Lam, Vam, Ram, Yam, Ham, Ksam, Bam (or OM). Each chakra addressed by one of the major mantras also includes other bijas.

Finding an Effective Mantra Yoga Class and Yoga Teacher

Mantra yoga originated from India and it is important that we find teachers who come from the Indian traditions of mantra yoga in order to receive authentic instructions on mantra meditation. A mantra yoga class should preferably be free of mantra-pushing ads.

A mantra yoga teacher should preferably also be able to teach other forms of yoga such as mantra, hatha, and raja yoga in order to provide a complete picture of yoga.

An accredited mantra yoga school may look for yoga teachers with official qualifications from India, Malaysia, or somewhere else in Asia. If not, an accredited mantra yoga school should have the capacity to provide the training you need.

Practicing Mindful Yoga in Your Daily Life

Practicing Mindful Yoga in Your Daily Life

Mantra yoga is one of the eight branches of Raja Yoga. They all lead to Samadhi or enlightenment if practiced correctly according to Patanjali’s eight-fold path, but mantra yoga gives you mantra tools for your daily life so that mantra meditation can be done at any time without having to go into a mantra yoga class.

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