Handed down since ancient times by religious seers who had attained
self-realization by chanting them, mantras are words or syllables in
Sanskrit which when repeated in meditation helps you transcend into a
higher state of consciousness. As sound energies that have always
existed the universe, they cannot be created or destroyed and command
the power to heal you physically & spiritually. At the very basic level
mantras help you to concentrate in meditation. And once you enter its
auspicious circle, the mind instantly gets focused and you discover a
new realm of peace and tranquility.
The original of all mantras,
is the root of all sounds, thus letters and therefore of all language
and thought. The "O" is generated deep within the body, from inside the
navel, and slowly brought upward joining with the "m" which then
resonates through the entire head. Chanting
in a whisper correctly for twenty minutes relaxes every atom in of every
cell of your body.
mala (garland of Sandal or Rudraksha)
is often used in accompaniment. It has one hundred and eight beads plus
the larger `meru' beads. Holding it in the right hand,
start at the meru and roll the beads along one by one
between your thumb and third fingers while repeating your mantra. When
you reach the meru, roll the mala in the
opposite direction. Do not cross over the meru bead.