Mantras are words or sacred texts that can excite the emotions and give suggestions to the mind. Mantras affect both the one who sings them and the one who hears them.
A mantra is chanted to calm the mind. Mantra is : MAN– Mind
TRA – to free
The word “ mantra” comes from the Sanskrit word “mantrana” which means advice or suggestion. In a sense, every word we use is a mantra.
In our daily life, we use “words” to get things done or suggest to the mind the meaning behind those words.
In a Kirtan (pronounced Keertan), a Naada Yoga of Sound class, we use mantras to alter or raise our conscious mind; mantras are chanted in a repetitious fashion called – call and response.
This is done to allow our mind to tune into a meditative state, to connect with our divineness without any thought.
Mantras are a vehicle of meditation and some have said that it is much easier that silent meditation. Chanting Mantras will bring you into deep meditation where true intelligence and healing begins. By repeating specific words, your mind will enter into a different state and then it will be easier to meditate and focus on that area of your life that you want to work on. This is mindful meditation.
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Chanting is a way of liberating your thoughts and enables spiritual freedom. It enlightens you and brings joy, It is definitely a unique experience. Easier for some and for others, a little intimidating. I would suggest trying it at least once and get a taste for yourself .
When we chant mantras in a kirtan, the leader (or kirtan wallah) leads the chant with melody and everyone repeats the chant over and over. This allows the melody to penetrate into your mind and thus,the focus is on the chant and melody bringing the mind into ecstatic state. Certain chants and melodies retain certain frequencies which help in the healing and meditative process. That’s why we Feel Good after a kirtan.
A mantra that I like to chant is :
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SWAHA – a healing mantra that liberates you from all suffering – we chant to the Tara – the mother of all victories.