A mantra can be either a single word like Aum or a phrase. There are various mantras in Hinduism associated with the different deities. Spiritual practices like meditation and yoga have begun to incorporate mantras. The word mantra is derived from two Sanskrit terms—man meaning mind and tra meaning release.
Mantras are known to have a key impact on your mind. And, they can also transform your spirit and body. You can chant a mantra without knowing its meaning. However, knowing the meaning of the mantra that you plan to recite will get you the maximum benefit. You must chant a mantra with full attention. Hence, it’s recommended that you choose a place with no distraction when you prepare yourself for the recitation.
Let’s learn about the importance of chanting mantras and how you can do so.
Mantras render a positive aura or vibration in the surroundings where they are chanted. When you chant a mantra, this aura dispels the negative thoughts from your mind and helps you develop a positive attitude. They also have the power to uplift your mood.
Mantras are associated with several psychological benefits. Chanting mantras regularly can help keep your mind and body calm without stress, fear, or anxiety. As a result, you will find yourself feeling more relaxed, peaceful and energetic.
It has been proved that chanting Aum for 10 minutes in a day can lower your heart rate while increasing mental awareness.
Chanting mantras regularly can help you focus better on your daily tasks. You will be able to pay more attention to what you are doing and do things right. Mantras can stop the mind from getting affected by wandering thoughts.
Mantras help you connect with yourself better than before. You will start being more compassionate and forgiving towards yourself. Mantras also assist you in forgiving others’ wrong deeds towards you and developing better relationships with others.
There are several mantras that focus exclusively on developing a sense of self-compassion or self-love. One simple mantra you can recite is Aham Brahmasmi. The mantra affirms that the chanter is complete and whole. He/she lacks nothing and has everything that he/she needs.
Mantras can guide you towards identifying a natural breath rhythm. This results in better blood circulation as it increases the oxygen flow in your body along with your immunity levels. Mantras play an important role in detoxification and release chemicals such as endorphins that help the body to feel good and rejuvenated.
Reciting mantras keep your throat chakra clear by nurturing the throat and thyroid gland. Mantras with the Aum syllable in them are reported to enhance the functioning of the brain and stimulate nervous and endocrine systems.
How to Chant
You can chant a mantra either silently or loudly and alone or in a group. When you say a mantra silently, the vibration produced lasts only when you recite it. On the other hand, when the mantra is said loudly, the vibration remains in the surroundings for a longer period. It is very important that you pronounce the mantra correctly to get the maximum benefits. Your lips, vocal cords, tongue and mouth have to work in perfect synchronization.
There is no specific number of times you must recite a mantra. However, people usually prefer to chant their preferred mantra 108 times. It will take you about half an hour to do so. This is believed to bring harmony in your life and render positive vibrations in the universe. Some people are of the belief that each chant is a journey from materialism to spiritualism and brings you closer to your beloved god by one unit.