For sure, you have heard about Mantras as they became popular now, with the increasing amount of people practicing yoga or meditation… But do you know what a Mantra exactly is?
A mantra is a word or a combination of words that is said to help concentration during meditation. Practitioners use mantras because they believe that they have a spiritual effect or magical power on their mind.
Sanskrit word “Mantra” is made of 2 syllables: “man” meaning mind; and “tra” meaning tool or instrument – You can consider a mantra a tool to transport your mind from a state of activity to a state of stillness. Indeed, Mantra can be translated literally as a “Mind Instrument”.
You can use a mantra together with your mala beads to increase awareness during meditation. A Mantra doesn’t have to be complex, it can be a simple word or an affirmation. It can be a reminder of your intention in life. You should consider your inner motivations while choosing your mantra.
Modern Mantras :
“This too, shall pass.”
“Be here, now.”
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
“I am open to new opportunities.”
“Today I choose love.”
“Let it go. And Let It Be”
“I am capable of Anything. And Everything.”
Sanskrit Mantras, with their interpretation:
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
This Mantra is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Elephant-headed God is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. This Mantra is used to remove obstacles.
Om Namo Narayana Shanti
This Mantra is used for attracting good energy. It is said to bring peace of mind.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
The Mantra OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI is an invocation of peace. You can use this Mantra to share a special thought toward the places in conflict.
Saha Navavatu Mantra is a tribute to our leaders, teachers This Mantra is very appropriate to protect the special relation or connection between students and teacher. Namaste!
The Universal Prayer Gayatri is a tribute to Savitrí (The Sun Deity). This Mantra is said to clear our mind and help taking the right decisions.
This Shanti Mantra (peaceful mantra) is believed to be very powerful. This Mantra is helping the seeker to live his true reality, pure existence, pure consciousness and pure bliss.🙏 Also, In recent times, this mantra was used in soundtrack from the movie “Matrix Revolution”.
Ashtanga Opening Mantra
The opening mantra that starts every Ashtanga practice is a profound part of the tradition. In chanting it, we salute this ancient tradition and Patanjali.
Translation in English :
” I pray to the Lotus feet of the Supreme Guru who teaches the good knowledge, showing the way to knowing the self awakening great happiness; who is the doctor of the jungle, able to remove the poison of the ignorance of conditioned existence.
To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, white in color with 1000
radiant heads (in his form as the divine serpent, Ananta), human in form below the shoulders holding a sword (discrimination), a wheel of
fire (discus of light, representing infinite time), and a conch (Divine sound) – to him, I prostrate.”
This sloka is dedicated to Patanjali, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga.
Ashtanga Closing Mantra
With this traditional mantra of peace, we close every Ashtanga practice. The energy we created throughout the practice is sent into the world in form of love, light, and peace.
The essence of the finishing mantra is to wish for peace, prosperity, and happiness for all creations of the world.
Om Shrim Namaha
Discover this special Mantra for Athletic Yogis. This mantra will give you strength when you feel down after long physical or mental activity. The vibration of the syllables OM SHRIM NAMAHA actives and protects the Manipura chakra closed to the bellybutton, the distribution center of psychic energies, power, self esteem and will.
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