What is a mantra?
In Sanskrit man means "mind" and tra means "frees or delivers". So a mantra is a transcendental chant that delivers the mind from the anxieties of life in the material world to the all-blissful spiritual platform. Through this chanting our dormant pure love for the divine is awakened.
India's ancient Vedic literatures describe thousands of authentic mantras but single out one mantra as the maha (supreme or great) mantra - Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This mantra is described as being more powerful than all of the rest combined and is the recommended mantra for achieving perfection in self-realisation. The name Krishna means "the most beautiful all attractive person", the name Rama means "the giver of spiritual bliss and pleasure" and the name Hare means "the one who takes away all the stress and pain of His devotees".
By chanting this sacred mantra to the divine we immediately come in touch with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, who is the source of all spiritual pleasure and the foutainhead of pure love. In our original pure state of spiritual consciousness we experience infinite happiness and love. However, forgetting our original positions as loving servants and devotees of Krishna and falsely identifying ourselves with our bodies and minds, we suffer the pains and anxieties inflicted upon us by this material world. By this chanting we become purified of these misconceptions and the material desires that arise therefrom and enter into the eternal blissful spiritual realm.
Mantras are sacred sound vibrations composed of transcendental syllables containing great spiritual power or shakti (energy). The proper vibration of these mantras enables us to concentrate and focus this spiritual energy and experience, among other things :
1. a state of inner peace and tranquillity
2. relief from stress and anxiety
3. body, mind and soul equilibrium
4. purification of ones thoughts and desires
5. an increase in our ability to focus and an enhancement in our powers of concentration
6. the spiritual experience of sat (eternity) cit (transcendental knowledge) ananda (infinite divine bliss)
Mantra Meditation: Commonly Asked Questions