What is it about the mantra that makes it work? What goes on in the mind while we perform a mantra?
The mysteries of mantra continues to fascinate us in the Eastern practices. Here I will explain the process of mantra and the human mind.
What is Mantra?
In Sanskrit, a mantra is the word. It is a word, phrase, or a sound that creates transformation. The primary purpose of mantras are to elicit the enlightenment state and release us from illusions.
The Psychology of Mantra
- Help you to control your mind, especially when meditating effectively.
- Get into focus with the right state of mind
- Stop the thought chattering
- Induce auto-suggestions to the subconscious mind
- Use sound symbolism to link to the desired effect
Think of it as auto-hypnotizing yourself. By repeating a word, you create boredom in the mind and your mind will go to sleep. When your mind goes to sleep, the conscious mind slowly fades and the unconscious mind awakens.
For example, if you chant a mantra “Ram Ram Ram” in a monotone voice, this chanting bores the mind and it will fall asleep while opening the unconscious mind.
A mantra is a pre-made state of mind that uses the subconscious mind to make the necessary transformation. As you repeat the mantra that has meaning, you recreate the effect of that mantra within yourself.
How Mantras Work
You need 3 things for a Mantra: the word, the meaning and the sound.
- The Word:
This is a place holder for the mantra to work. It is the trigger for its effect. It can be mumbo jumbo rambling, but don’t mistaken the word as nothing more than that.
- The Meaning:
This reinforces the effect, it links the purpose of the word to the desired effect. When you associate the meaning with the word, you create a link to get back to that desired effect.
When we say “Om Mani Padme Hum”, these words are linked to the state of mind they are defined.
This mantra has a saved state of mind for altruistic intention, enlightenment, compassion, love, wisdom, indivisibility, and transformation of impure body, speech, and mind into the state of the Buddha Dharma.
This is the basis of symbolism. For mantras to work, you must at least understand the meaning before receiving its effect.
- The Sound
This is the unique indicator. The sound symbolism links to the effect of the already saved state of mind. It can be voiced aloud or in your head.
How to use Mantra:
- Have an intent you want to focus on.
- Choose a word or phrase that helps with your intent. You can look up different mantras as they are pre-made.
- Chant the mantra with the understanding of the word, meaning and sound.
- When chanting the mantra, stretch out the word/phrase.
This does 2 things: chanting stops your chattering voices in your mind and stretching the words bores the mind. Keep a rhythm or have it monotone.
- You must be open to receiving the effect.
If you repeat a mantra believing it will do nothing, it will do nothing. Because of dis-belief within your subconscious mind, you limit the effect of it coming to you.
Mantras are tools of power, tools of transformation. Those who practice and recite the mantras become the benefits of the mantra.