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The Hidden Power of Reciting Mantras

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Hindu Mantra 'Om'

Hindu Mantra 'Om'

Introduction

The ancient writings in Hinduism are full of Sanskrit Hymns, Slokas and Mantras. These were written by the great scholars having expertise in spirituality and salvation. At that time not only the saints or sages practiced that but many people who learnt about it also made it a practice in their lives. It became the part and parcel of the life of many persons as it gave them relief from the worldly worries and power to fight back the challenges of life.

The wisdom of ancients

Many cultures and civilizations across the world had great scholars who preached and wrote valuable ideas related to nature, God or philosophy. Different civilizations had historical account of these learnings. Some are mythological in their nature while others simply pertain to knowledge gained during different historical periods.

Hinduism is one of such culture and there is a lot of knowledge and wisdom embedded in those illustrations by great saints and scholars. Their language was Sanskrit which is a very grammatical language changing the words suffixes as per the gender as well as singular or plural. Sanskrit is a unique language in that sense. As it was too complex to learn and was used by the knowledgeable people only, it was not adopted by the common people and they started to converse in other easier languages which evolved during the passage of time like Hindi, Bangla, Punjabi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Malyalam, Assamese, Oriya and many others which are today common in the Indian Peninsula. Now that the knowledge contained in the scriptures is translated in major languages, anyone can read it and acquire its essence.

Hindu civilization and scriptures

Hindu civilization is a very old one and has a very big mythological background to it. From tmime to time the Hindu scholars and saints had written a vast amount of literature which contains a lot of information on life and its purpose and ways of salvation. Hindu Vedas, Puran, Upnishad, Epics, Scriptures etc are full of these valuable information. As these are written in Sanskrit language, most of them are in form of Slokas and Mantras which are generally written in poetic forms. Prose is also used as a method of depiction in many scriptures.

There are 4 Vedas known as Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda, and Atharvaveda. They contain thousands of Slokas and Mantras. Some of them pertain to the worshipping of different deities or Gods while others bear the knowledge related to the music, magic, tantra, nature, grammar, and natural materials including ancient medicines. No doubt, these are the treasure house of knowledge and the most famous and popular Indian Ayurvedic information is also derived from them. To explain the knowledge embedded in the Vedas the scholars later wrote down Upanishads which explained in simpler language as what was there in Vedas that is so important.

There is so much material available in these scriptures that many researchers from the outside countries, especially like Germany, have done their doctorate in subjects related to Vedas and Upanishads. In totality, there are thousands of unique Slokas and Mantras in these scriptures and each one of them is like a compressed capsule of knowledge, learning and wisdom. The credit of Vedas compilation is attributed to saint and scholar Ved Vyas.

Hindu scriptures

What is a Sloka and what is a Mantra

Sloka and Mantra both are supposed to be related to the wisdom of mankind but there are some differences between them. Sloka is simply a description or gratification of some entity or of an abstract thing but Mantra is something which is used for a purpose. It could be to help someone or benefit oneself or even destroy the enemy.

Example of Sloka:

Karagre Vaste Laxmi, Kar-madhyay Saraswati.
Karmule sthito Brahma, Pra-bhate Kar-darshnam.

(above couplet is in Sanskrit.)

Meaning:
Laxmi, the Goddess of riches dwells on the tip of fingers while Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and learning dwells in the centre of the palm. Brahma, the creator of the universe dwells at the root of the palm and therefore we should just look at our palms in the morning and bow to all of them with respect.

Explanation:
The simple meaning of above sloka is that it is visualised that these different deities correspond to the different parts of our palm and by looking at the palm as the first thing in the morning after getting up will be a sign of respect to these powerful entities and will make our day problem free and enjoyable.

There is one other practical explanation of this sloka which says that our hands are the tools with which we have to work and make a career and success in our lives. The different deities sitting there are only a depiction that how powerful our hands are. So it is motivating us to use our hands for creative and constructive works in our lives. It is obvious that we must respect our hands by bowing to them in the morning before starting any work.

Example of Mantra:

Aditya Hradayam Punyam, Sarva Shatru Vina-shanam.
Jaya-vaham Jape-nityam, Akshyam Para-mam Shivam.

(above couplet is in Sanskrit.)

Meaning:
By merely remembering the Sun God daily in ones life, one can win over any enemy.

Explanation:
In Hindu mythology Sun is considered as an powerful God as it gives us enormous energy in the day time for the life to sustain on Earth. So using this Mantra in one's life one is simply worshipping the Sun God for acquiring a part of that energy and winning over one's enemies. This example mantra couplet is a part of the big ‘Aditya (Sun) Hradayam (Hradyam means keep reciting or keep remembering) Mantra’ consisting of 31 couplets. It is also mentioned in the Hindu mythology that when Lord Rama had a confusion in his mind as how to kill the demon Ravana, then sage Agastya guided him to recite this Mantra and that enabled Lord Ramamo to get courage to instantly kill Ravana.

We can visualise this Mantra in a different form also. We all know that sun is the source of energy for all of us and the very existence of life on Earth is possible because Sun is shining. In essence, all the power we have, it is all coming from the Sun. It is obvious that we have to respect and bow to the mighty Sun before using our power in any way.

Why should we recite or chant it

In many cultures meditation, worshipping God or doing any such activity is considered conducive for learning concentration and acquiring focus in one's life. There is much truth in that because in todays materialistic life a lot of stress is generated and accumulated in human beings and we have to somehow get rid of that stress before it harms us in any way. Reciting Slokas or Mantras is also a technique belonging to that remedy and is being actively pursued by many people worldwide. In this respect 'Hare Krishna' movement was very instrumental to introduce these things to the world at large and that made a path of spiritual learning and attainments for the people of the world through Indian vedic philosophy.

So the basic purpose of reciting Mantras is for stopping the distraction of mind to unnecessary indulgences and attractions. Concentration and focus are required for success in our lives and a practice of reciting Mantras or Slokas daily for a short period provides us that. It is a type of meditation only but the only difference is that we are reciting something which is a part of the spiritual and philosophical knowledge and if we understand the meaning of those verses then repeating and remembering them daily is definitely going to unleash the hidden strength in us.

Reciting Mantra

Reciting Mantra

Reciting Mantra

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'Om' - A small but powerful Mantra

'Om' as depicted in the first photograph in this article is a small and short Mantra but is sufficient to bring same tranquility and peace in our life as obtained by any other long Mantra. It has a great significance in the life of many who undertake meditation as an element in their life style. Generally, long stretches of inhaling and exhaling are to be accompanied while reciting 'Om'. So breathing control is also achieved in that process.

Many people recite 'Om' in the morning time for a few minutes to freshen their minds and clear their breath and get ready for the the day's challenges.

Om chanting

Conclusion

Regular reciting or chanting of the Slokas or Mantras is beneficial in many ways and brings the feeling of tranquility which is otherwise difficult to achieve. It is not only a matter of belief but also a matter of rigorous practice by which the hidden power of Mantras can be realised.

Importance of Vedas

References

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 20, 2020:

Sowspeaks, thanks that you liked the subject. Appreciate your comment.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on August 19, 2020:

Umeshji, so well explained .. there are those of us who recite mantras and shlokas and it is good to know the nuances. There is no doubt about their potency. Good topic well presented. Thanks for sharing.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 19, 2020:

MG, thanks a lot.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 19, 2020:

This is a very nice article. Sholakas and Mantras are for real and I have had a personal experience when reciting a mantra in a pond , it became full of crocodiles and I ran away. More in a later article on that.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 10, 2020:

Liliane, thanks a lot for your visit and also for suggestive Inquisition.

108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism. The renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture and other scholars having knowledge of observational Astronomy viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence in the universe. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. But that is not the only point to consider it as a sacred number.

This number is believed to be a yogic number in the sense that some yogic positions are tried for 108 times. Then people use string of 108 beads to count the number of Mantras recited. If you happen to visit some Hare Krishna Hare Rama temple, they would approach you to try a round of that string just by sitting there. It takes a few minutes but the experience is great.

Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on August 10, 2020:

it would have been nice if you had explained the importance of reciting a mantra 108 times. why 108?

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 09, 2020:

Devika, thanks a lot and happy to know that you liked it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 09, 2020:

An interesting hub that explains so much about Hidden Power of Reciting Mantras. I learned the details and information that is useful to everyone of interest.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 16, 2020:

Anupam, thanks a lot. Happy that you liked it

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on July 16, 2020:

Amazing sir! Thanks for sharing!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 13, 2020:

Sankhajit, thanks for visiting.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 13, 2020:

Denise, thanks a lot. Appreciate much.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 13, 2020: