Mantras has the energy to settle down the negative thoughts of your mind and create joyous feelings. It’s strongly believed that the sound vibrations that are produced during the chanting of the mantra stimulate and balance the chakras (energy points in our body). Repetition of mantras helps in finding answers to the subconscious mind. One should repeat the mantras constantly, at first, loudly and then in the mind.
Why are mantras written in Sanskrit
Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages known to humans. Originally, it was an oral language. Around 4000 BCE, Sanskrit had taken the written form and had become the member of the Indo-european languages. Sanskrit mantras are considered to bring about healing through its vibration. By chanting the mantras in Sanskrit, we erase negative thoughts, cleanse our minds and create positive energy. While chanting the mantras, it’s always suggested to chant the mantras 108 times.
Do you know why?
Hindu Malas have 108 beads plus the ‘Guru bead’ around which all the beads turn. The importance of the number 108 differs from the antiquated estimations of the ecliptic ways of the sun and moon to the distances and diameter of the sun, moon and earth. Each chant is believed to bring you closer to our God within. Mantras come in a variety of forms. Every mantra awakens a specific type of energy in a specific place of the body. Simply repeating the sound without that crucial awareness will weary the mind. Any sound that is repeated causes your mind to become dull. A mantra, on the other hand, may be a highly powerful tool when used with proper awareness and comprehension of what it is.
4 Powerful Sanskrit mantras:
- Om Gam Ganpataye Namah:
This mantra is chanted to invoke the Hindu deity ‘Ganesha’, the Elephant God who is known as the destroyer of obstacles. Lord Ganesha is the God of wisdom and divine knowledge. This mantra is used to balance our chakras and makes us spiritually strong. With this mantra, we are requesting Lord Ganesha to solve our problems and clear our path when we are mentally stuck. It is really helpful in improving our mental and emotional state and most importantly, it helps us grow spiritually. Chanting this mantra gives you peace, opens the door to enlightenment and reassures you that ‘Everything is going to be alright’.
- Om Shanti
This mantra is usually chanted three times which becomes ‘Om, Shanti Shanti Shanti’. Om Shanti is used as a greeting or parting salutation used in meditation, yoga and Indian religions. This mantra is a powerful vedic mantra that calls forth the cosmic peace. It means ‘Om, Peace, Peace ,Peace’. The Om is the sound of the universe. This mantra gives you inner peace, infuses positivity in you and relaxes your body, mind and soul. When you chant this Shanti mantra, it means that you are praying for the peace of all being in the universe. You can chant this mantra during any time of the day.
- Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare:
This mantra is also referred to as the ‘Maha Mantra’ where ‘Maha’ means ‘Great’ and ‘Mantra’ means ‘Sacred chant for deliverance’. By Chanting the Maha mantra, the practitioner is requesting Lord Krishna to take him in his service. Recitation of this mantra creates a spiritual vibration and connects us with the Lord Krishna by surpassing the stages of mind and intelligence. According to vedic scriptures, this mantra helps to remove all the negativity and anxieties and brings bliss and happiness.
- Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dheyo Yo nah Parcho Dhayat:
This mantra is referred to as ‘Gayatri Mantra’ or ‘Savitri Mantra’. The Gayatri mantra is one of the most powerful of the Sanskrit mantras. This mantra brings you success and happiness and calms the mind. Regular chanting of this mantra reduces stress and anxiety and improves concentration and learning. This mantra fills the faithful chanter with all the positive energy in the cosmos and guides the actions and beliefs in the right direction.
In simple words, this mantra means:
O divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness away from us and promote lighting within us.
You can chant these mantras while meditating or practicing yoga or even before starting something new or while going for a challenge. These mantras will always help bring the best of you. As you weave them into your daily practice, you’ll see the difference in your life.
Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It’s an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it’s a way of being present in the moment.