Sanskrit

Roots

  • man = “to think”
  • manas = “mind,” or “the linear, thinking mind”
  • tra = “to protect,” “to liberate,” “free from,” “to go across,” “tool for,” or “agent of”

Translations

Some translations for mantra are:

  • mind tool
  • mind protector
  • to free from the mind
  • mind liberator
  • the thought that liberates and protects

Purpose / Effects

  • Mantras are known to contain vibrational power that can assist aspirants in reachinghigher spiritual states.
  • Mantras are said to unite the mind with pure sound and to “elevate” the mind.
  • Mantras are used for both concentration and contemplation of the Divine.

A PRECISE COMBINATION OF WORDS AND SOUNDS

Mantra is not prayer. Prayer consists of words of supplication chosen by the spiritual aspirant,whereas mantra is a precise combination of words and sounds — the embodiment of a particular form of consciousness, or Sakti. Swami Sivananda Radha