The mantra (man+tra) came from the Sanskrit word mantram consists of the root man- manas/mind (to think) and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”
They are sounds, syllables, words or groups of words that are repeated with the goal of creating a positive transformation within the person.
Mantras are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words or vibrations that inculcate concentration in the devotee. Mantras are also integrated in religious rituals to remove obstacles, avoid danger, reduce foes, or accumulate wealth. Mantras got their origin from the Vedas
Mantras are energy-based sounds. The Vedic metaphysical tradition explains that the body is composed of the combination of five elements and the first of them is sound. Studies in sound symbolism suggest that vocal sounds have meaning whether we are aware of it or not. And certainly there can be multiple layers of symbolism associated with each sound. So even, if we do not understand them, mantras are not meaningless; no vocal utterance is entirely without meaning.
One’s subconscious mind can find its solution through meditation and recitation of mantras. A mantra, when repeated constantly during meditation, first loudly and then through silent and mental chanting, changes the consciousness.
The Basic Mantra – Aum
In Vedic tradition, the most basic mantra is Aum, which is known as the “pranava mantra”, the source of all mantras. Aum is regarded to be the most fundamental and powerful mantra. Aum represents the first manifestation of Brahman, the Supreme reality. Thus, Aum is prefixed and suffixed to all Vedic prayers.
Maha Mantra may refer to the following:
Om Bhūr Bhuva Svaha
(Om) Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yo Nahah Prachodayāt, (Om)
The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra:
aum tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt
——-Rigveda (RV 7.59.12) The verse also recurs in the
Yajurveda (TS 1.8.6.i; VS 3.60)
The Hare Krishna maha mantra:
Hare KRISHNA, Hare KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Lord Shiva mantra: Aum Namah Shivaya
description and meaning of the shiva mantra.
“Na” refers to the Gross Body (annamayakosa), “Ma” refers to the Pranic Body (pranamayakosa), “Shi” refers to the Mental Body (manonmayakosa), “Va” refers to the Intellectual Body (vignanamayakosa) and “Ya” refers to the Blissful Body (anandamayakosa) and “OM” or the “silence” beyond these syllables refers to the Soul or Life within.