in ‘Mantras’, a form of Hindu prayer in which words
and sentences are repeated rhythmically, has increased
tremendously over the last decade. There is overwhelming
scientific evidence that Mantras have a salutary effect
on our nervous system and well being. Its use and
practice has now spread worldwide with people from all
walks of life chanting mantras. The purpose varies with
some embracing mantras to ensure sound health, to those
who feel spiritually uplifted and derive a sense of
peace and equanimity from reciting them.
Vedas and Upanishads which are the bible of Hinduism
consist of mantras. In fact, the entire Rig, Sama and
Yajur Vedas are
made up of Mantras. The recitation of mantras in a
certain scale is supposed to induce reverberations in
the body of those chanting the Vedas as well as the ones
listening to them. Since the Sanskrit verses or mantras
are not easy to pronounce, especially for Westerners, it
is recommended that they listen to the Mantras, which
will yield similar results as chanting them. Over a
period of time one can pick up the scale and chant them
on their own.
most powerful, primordial and basic mantra is the word
‘Om’. Chanting this word alone is supposed to bring
salvation. The ‘Om’ word is succeeded by other names
of gods and goddesses as a salutation to them. For
example ‘Om Namah shivay’ or salutations to God
namo Narayanaya’ is salutation to Vishnu or Narayana.
Repeating these mantras is called ‘Jaap’. In Hindu
scriptures the cycle of 108 is supposed to be
auspicious. Therefore these mantras are repeated 108
times or in multiples. Bead necklaces or ‘malas’ are
used to keep track of the mantras. The beads are made of
seeds which themselves have medicinal value and are
supposed to heal certain ailments.
the mantras the ‘Gayatri mantra’ is a powerful
mantra if chanted while looking at the rising Sun. This
mantra was a closely held secret and passed on from one
generation of Brahmins to another. Women were prohibited
fro chanting this mantra. But with changing times
“Gayatri mantra’ has become popular with all strata
of society in India. It is a simple four line mantra
which brings health, wealth and prosperity to the person
who chants it.
is another mantra which has been popularized in the
sixteenth century during the Bhakti movement. This
mantra has been adopted by ISKCON or the International
Society for Krishna consciousness.
Rama , Hare Rama
,Rama , hare hare
Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna, hare hare
simple mantra works wonders and brings peace and solace,
if chanted in the prescribed manner.
cause vibrations in the body. Chanted individually, it
reverberates in the body and mind. This leads to
stillness of mind. Calm, soothing feeling envelopes the
individual and the effect can be felt for the whole day.
To begin with a person can listen to the mantras as with
time learn to chant them on their own.