Going Deeper

MANTRIC VIBRATION IS THE “INNER NAME”

Many traditions teach that if you know the Name of something you can gain mastery over it. This is an expression of the occult, mystical sense of being able to create the vibration or resonance of the object to fully identify with it. It is not the outer name, such as we find in a dictionary, which grants this power but the inner Name that is a mantric vibration. There is a sound code or vibratory pattern behind the universe itself, embedded in the fabric of existence that holds the intelligence, information and energy forms through which all processes of life operate. Connecting to this universal vibration is the basis for the yogic pursuit of mantra. – Dr. David Frawley

AN INSTRUMENT TO ELEVATE THE MIND

A mantra, as Sri Aurobindo puts it, “is a word of power and light that comes from the overmind inspiration or from a very high plane of intuition.” … A mantra is thus an inspired and intuitive and rhythmic utterance, a revealed seeing… Every mantra contains in its vibrations a certain power. The very etymology of the word mantra reveals that it serves as an instrument to elevate the mind, an instrument which helps the mind to contemplate and plunge into the oceanic depth of silence… Mantra, in fact, unites the mind with the pure sound. And this union of the mind with the puresound is considered by the Vedic and Tantric tradition as the highest kind of Yoga. – Sampadananda Mishra

TOOL FOR REFLECTION & AWARENESS

A mantra is a tool for reflection and the cultivation of awareness, and is used for both concentration and contemplation on the Source. Within yoga, mantras are based upon sounds that reflect the energy of our divine nature. Om is considered to be the universal, consummate mantra. – Shiva Rea

ATTUNES ONE TO A MORE POWERFUL CENTER OF VIBRATION

The chanting or recitation of mantras activates and accelerates the creative spiritual force, promoting harmony in all parts of the human being. The devotee is gradually converted into a living centre of spiritual vibration that is attuned to some other centre of vibration vastly more powerful. This energy can be appropriated and directed for the benefit of the one who uses it and for that others. – Swami Sivananda Radha

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA ON THE VIBRATORY FORCE OF MANTRAS

Mantras… have great vibratory force. Repeating them aloud or mentallywith sincere feeling,intelligent understanding, and intense concentration and determination to persevere until Divine contact is actually felt produces distinct results; body and mind are charged with power as their vibratory rate is heightened. Paramahansa Yogananda

MANTRAS CONTAIN VIBRATIONAL POWER

The power of sacred words is so widely recognized in the East that it’s considered inauspicious to mispronounce even a single Sanskrit syllable. Apart from their literal meaning, mantras are believed to contain a vibrational power that can lift people to higher spiritual states. According to Hindu belief, consciousness congeals into matter progressively, moving from sound to the sacred syllable Om to ordinary language, and from there to the entire manifest universe. Therefore, reciting mantras can carry people back to the very source of Being.–Alison Rose Levy

MANTRAS SHOULD ACCOMPANY POSTURES

Mantras are sonic formulae that take us beyond, or through the discursive faculties of the mind andconnect our awareness directly and immediately to deep states of energy and consciousness… Mantras are the sounds that should accompany our yoga postures. Like strands of DNA, thesesounds offer yoga practitioners a direct link to the source and substance of the yoga tradition. Just as you cannot truly grasp science without knowing its language — mathematics — it is impossible to touch upon the depth of yoga without knowledge of mantras. Ranging from single, resonating syllables to long recited sentences, mantras are the soul of the yoga tradition. Yoga practice fueled by an extensive vocabulary of mantras can effect profound spiritual awakenings. – Russill Paul

A WAY TO DEVELOP THE HEART, TO OPEN THE HEART

The Dalai Lama said it best. He said, “In the West, you have overdeveloped your mind and underdeveloped your heart.” Mantra is a way to develop the heart, to open the heart. – Sukhdev Jackson

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY!

All the divine names and mantras invoke the same place, dance in the same light… and yet somehow they each have their own flavor, feeling and cadence. The Govinda Jaya Jaya, Gopala Jaya Jaya mantra… has an unmistakable jubilance, a sense of celebration. Maybe this is in part from the manyrepetitions of the word jaya. As Shyamdas says, “Jaya means victory – victory over everything that’s been holding us back from being totally filled with the bhava, the divine state of God intoxication. In the end we really only need to know a few words in this life. Choose carefully!” – Daniel Tucker

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ACTIVATE SARASWATI’S POWER

Chanting mantras that activate [Saraswati’s] power can result in becoming a vehicle for her Grace. In the West, we are familiar with affirmations, where we read and speak a powerful idea that positively programs our subconscious mind. This is the power of Saraswati… Saraswati, in her manifestations as Divine Speech, represents a route, through mantra, to grasping the underlying spiritual laws of the universe and through them the attainment of personal spiritual and material power… She is the power, mistress, and constructor of mantra through the phenomenon of mystical, subtle speech. – Thomas Ashley-Farrand

ATTENTION TO PRONUNCIATION MAGNIFIES POWER OF THE MANTRA

It doesn’t make sense to use the language of the analyzing mind to cut through its own illusions, so we employ the discipline of sonic yoga to balance the limitations of our thinking, describing, analyzing mind… Sanskrit is largely a language of prayer, yoga and ritual. Indeed, it includes many words for spiritual experiences and concepts that have no equivalents in other languages. Recognizing this linguistic precision, we must then recognize that a key component of a Sanskrit mantra is therefore its pronunciation. When attention is paid to this detail, the power of the mantra is magnified. – Russill Paul