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.
It turns out that what seems mysterious is often very simple.
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 in the Hindu tradition is to elicit the enlightenment state and release us from illusions.
But mantra, by itself, has a much simpler purpose.
The Psychology of Mantra
- Help you to control your mind, especially when you start meditating.
- Get into focus with the right state of mind
- Use 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 subconscious 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 subconscious mind.
Does the word do anything? No. The word is just a arbitrary sound. There are no words of power!
A mantra only uses words to link towards a certain effect.
As you repeat the mantra that has meaning, you recreate the effect of that mantra within yourself.
For example: every time you say “PEACE” in a soft soothing tone, you feel calm. The more you say it the same way, the easier it is to feel calm.
How Mantras Work
You need 3 things for a Mantra: the word, the meaning and the sound.
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.
You don’t want to use words that already have certain meanings in your mind.
So often we use random words like “Ram”, “Aum”, and “Di”.
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. You must at least understand the meaning before receiving its effect.
This is the unique indicator. A mantra is made manifest when we voice it aloud.
The sound links to the effect of the already saved state of mind.
In other words, the sound with the combination of word associates with meaning.
It can be voiced aloud or in your head.
Mantra in a Flash
The word of power is nothing. Yet, the power is in the word.
If repeated, you create meaning from word and sound.
From word and sound, you can go into a desired state of mind.