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Mantra meditation

Mantra meditation. Here you will learn a lot about mantra meditation, what mantra meditation is, how you can use it, and where you can learn mantra meditation.

What is Mantra meditation? How does mantra meditation work? What does mantra meditation do? What types of mantra meditation are there? Mantra meditation is probably the most popular type of meditation worldwide. In yoga, in classical yoga, mantra meditation is the main meditation.

Mantra meditation and religion

A mantra is often repeated in Mahayana Buddhism. In the Muslim religion, Muslims often repeat a name of Allah or a Koran verse when they meditate. Ultimately, praying the rosary or the perpetual Jesus prayer are also forms of mantra meditation in Christianity. In Judaism there are the names of God that are repeated.

What is mantra meditation?

It is meditation with a mantra. A mantra would be very traditional in Sanskrit, in an ancient language Sanskrit, but in a broader sense one could also say that a mantra is every word, every syllable, every sentence, every verse that has a power in itself. It is characteristic of mantra meditation that one assumes that the word has a power. It's not just the meaning, it's the word.

Suppose you are listening to a piece of music. Then you don't have to be able to read notes. You can just feel from the music that it touches you. Different music has different effects. Different words have different effects. A mantra is just a syllable, a word, a sequence of words that has great power in itself. If you repeat this mantra over and over again in meditation, then this mantra creates this special power in you. It activates the chakras in you and it connects your mind with the divine.

How does mantra meditation work?

First of all, you have to learn to sit properly. In yoga there are usually the steps for meditation:

Asana - you sit down. Pranayama - you take a few deep breaths in and out to activate your prana. Pratyahara - you put the mind into a meditative state of mind via a prayer, an affirmation or thoughts of benevolence. Then you repeat a mantra. You can either repeat this out loud when you are alone, and then in a whisper and then mentally. Or if you are in a group then you repeat it mentally. You connect the mantra with the breath, e.g. inhale the mantra Om, exhale the mantra Om. Breathe in Om, breathe out Om. Or with a longer mantra you distribute the mantra between inhalation and exhalation. Inhaling Om Namo Bhagavate and exhaling Vasudevaya. Or you can divide even longer mantras into four. For example Om Bhur Bhurva Swaha inhale, exhale tat savitur verenyam, inhale bhargo devasaya dhymahi, exhale dhyo yo na prachodayah.

You repeat the mantra. When other thoughts come up, you ignore those thoughts. If you want you can also concentrate on the heart chakra and when your mind becomes calm then you enter the vibration of the mantra and when you enter the vibration of the mantra then any literal repetition of the mantra disappears. Then you no longer say Om or Om Namah Shivaya, but you feel this transcendent joy, expansion, expanse. At some point this expansion of consciousness merges with the cosmic one and then you have reached enlightenment.

What does mantra meditation do?

Mantra meditation does a lot. Patanjali says in the Yoga Sutra that repeating a mantra overcomes all kinds of obstacles. When it comes to obstacles, he particularly mentions illness, restlessness of the mind, fears, depression, listlessness, indolence. You can use a mantra to get well. A mantra has healing power. A mantra can also help you to get rid of addictions. For example, if you want to quit smoking cigarettes, quit drinking alcohol, want to get free of marijuana or sugar consumption, then you first make a resolution. You make it clear to yourself that you want to break up and why you want to stop this addiction and then you stick to it. Whenever there is a longing to eat or consume it, you repeat a mantra. With the mantra your mind gets other thoughts. If you have chronic pain syndrome, you can lead the mantra to the pain. If you have a cold with a fever and cough, which means that you can no longer do asanas, and your mind is perhaps too tired and sluggish to meditate otherwise, then you repeat a mantra. You can use mantra meditation while you have various physical or psychological problems and you can also use it for healing.

When you are afraid, mantra meditation will make you trust. When you have indolence, listlessness, depression, mantra meditation gives you new joy. There are even studies that mantra meditation also helps with mental health problems. Mantra meditation also activates the prana, the life energy, opens the nadis, the energy channels, opens the chakras, the energy centers. Mantra meditation will help you become more focused. Mantra meditation helps you experience the divine. Ultimately, mantra meditation leads to enlightenment.

What types of mantra meditation are there?

There are quite a few mantra meditations out there. There is, for example, the Japa Mala mantra meditation, where you use a Japa Mala and there go a pearl with each repetition of the mantra. The second is the so-called simple mantra meditation, where you sit relaxed. This is a mindfulness meditation. You let your breath flow as it wants to flow on its own and repeat the mantra almost casually. Then you take note of whatever impressions come into your consciousness. You repeat the mantra in a relaxed manner and are curious about what is happening. Then there is, for example, the combined mantra meditation. The combined mantra meditation in its basic form, as we teach it in Yoga Vidya, is as taught by Swami Vishnu-devananda. You let the breath flow gently, inhale for 3-4 seconds. Exhale for 3-4 seconds. You breathe in very gently, very gently, repeating the mantra. Then you focus either in the heart or in the forehead. If you are a visual person, then you are imagining another light or maybe imagining how the mantra is written in Sanskrit or imagining an image that is related to that mantra. It is called combined mantra meditation because you combine mantra repetition with breathing regulation and chakra concentration plus image.

Then there are other types of mantra meditation. There is, for example, the mantra meditation in six levels, where you first meditate on Rishi, then Matra, then on Bija and Ishtha Devata and Kilaka and Shakti. Or there is the mantra meditation in four levels, where you go from Vaikari via Upamsu to Madhyama and Para . If you are very fascinated by the whole thing, then go to our website and look for the mantra meditation course. I recorded a mantra meditation course as video and audio. I think it's an 8 week course with a lot of different videos where you learn a lot about mantra, mantra meditation and also different types of mantra meditation. Mantra meditation is the most popular meditation technique worldwide for good reasons and a technique that works particularly well, healing the body, harmonizing the psyche, gives joy and energy and makes it relatively easy to experience the divine.

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