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Mantra means a sound, a certain utterance or a syllable. Today, modern science sees the whole existence as reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. So, that means, the whole existence is a kind of sound, or a complex amalgamation of sounds – the whole existence is an amalgamation of multiple mantras. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which could be like keys. If one uses them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within an individual.
So mantras could be an extremely good preparatory step. Just one mantra can do such tremendous things to people. They can be an effective force in creating something but only if they come from that kind of a source where there is a complete understanding of all that is sound. When one says “all that is sound,” it is the creation itself that is being referred here. If a mantra comes from that kind of source, with that level of understanding and when the transmission is pure, then mantras can be an effective force.
In the mind-body- spirit triad, Sanskrit mantras have many modes of action. The repetition (in thousands) of mantras has multiple effects in the body and mind that stimulate the chakras, meridians and higher spiritual energy centers.
Popular mantras like, “Om Namah Shivay” can help release tension from the body and calm you. But, reciting mantras from the sacred text, the Samaveda, can only be performed effectively by educated Brahmin Pandits. It is believed that healing mantras recited by Brahmins increase temperature around the chakras of seekers listening to the mantras. For centuries, these unique sounds and vibrations have been used for healing, grounding, or as a tool to clear the mind.
A very interesting example of benefits achieved through reciting mantras is an experiment which was done with 30 players who were divided randomly into two groups: a control group – who received the already existing education module on adequate water consumption – and an experimental group – who received the education module, and practiced a brief session of AUMkar meditation for 21 minutes every day for 21 days. At the end of the 21-day period, tests showed that after the game, players practicing AUMkar had significantly healthier water levels compared to the control group. This also translated into better performance at tests measuring heart rate and physical agility. The players also reported feeling happier, calmer and more focused.
What one has to understand is that there are different types of mantras. Every mantra activates a particular kind of energy in a different part of the body. Without that necessary awareness, just repeating the sound only brings dullness to the mind. Any repetition of the sound always makes your mind dull. But when it is done with proper awareness, with exact understanding of what it is, a mantra could be a very powerful means. As a science, it is a very powerful dimension, but if it is imparted without the necessary basis and without creating the necessary situations, it can cause lots of damage because this is a subjective science hence only experts should be approached in these situations. Shubhpuja has Vedic experts / Brahmins who have attained the Siddhi or power of the mantra, which only arises from deep and long term practice and hence their guidance can lead to beneficial results.
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