WHAT IS MANTRA MEDITATION TECHNIQUE?
A mantra is one of the important technique used for meditation. The practice of mantra meditation can be found in the practice of meditation in a secular context.
The mantra is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots: man (meaning “mind”) and trai meaning to “protect.”Therefore, mantras are tools of the mind to free the mind.
Some mantras have a meaning, and others can be translated. According to tradition, they derive their value mostly from their sound quality. Some are short, one-syllable mantras; while others are long, composed of many words.
Why We Use a Mantra Meditation Technique?
The Transformative Power of Sound Vibration
You may be asking yourself that, “What’s so special about repeating a word in the form of the mantra? Why is it considered a powerful technique for meditation?”.
The sound is vibration. Moreover, all the cells in your body are vibrating. Everything in the universe is also vibrating, and each has its rhythm. Your thoughts and feelings can do vibrations in your body and your consciousness.
How to Choose Your Mantras for Meditation?
Deciding which mantra you will use depends first on your approach towards meditation – whether it is secular or spiritual. That approach will also affect the results you will get from the practice.
Some mantras, however, are quite universal and can be used with both approaches. Examples are the Sanskrit mantras om and so ham.
Benefits of Mantras Meditation Technique:-
•All mantras have strong physical benefits.
•They relieve stress. The rhythm and sound of the chanting move energy throughout the body. The movement of energy regulates the chemicals in our brains. It blocks stress hormones and releases endorphins.
•They regulate heart rate.
•Mantras enhance positive alpha, gamma, delta, and the brainwaves—the brainwaves that kick in during relaxation.
•Chanting increases immune functions, and lower blood pressure.
•It is a free and easy way to manage thoughts and achieve physical and mental welfare.
•Mantras ease the fear. People with phobias often adapt mantras to center on during times of fear.
Types of Mantras Meditation Techniques:-
1 Mantra Meditation:-
The guidelines below form the central part of meditating with a mantra and are also applicable to all other practices.
For formal mantra meditation, sit in a seated position.
For informal practice, you can be repeating the mantra in the back of your mind, with open eyes, during other daily activities.
Chanting the mantra quickly energizes you. Chanting it slowly calms down the mind. If you make it too fast or too slow, it will become an automatic process and your mind will either wander into thinking or fall sleep.
The speed with which you recite the mantra will vary also depending on the length of the mantra. Short mantras (one to three syllables long) are often repeated more slowly than phrase-long mantras.
Since this is technique-specific and mantra-specific, it is best to follow the suggestions given by your teacher. In the absence of one, experiment with different speeds of repetition and see which one you like the most.
Noise and Force
If your mind is in the miserable state, then you start listening mantra by, making out louder and thicker. Otherwise, your attention will fly off on a tangent with thinking.
As your mind attain peace, then the mantra often gets “thinner and lower,” like a high-frequency sound. The mantra feels more like sound vibrations when you listen to it.
However, if you again lose hold of the mantra and forget it, it’s better to bring it back to a level where you can stay with it more easily.
You may or may not synchronize the mantra with your breath. The options are both inhalation and exhalation.
If your mantra is short, like Om, then you can repeat it once when inhaling, and again when exhaling.
Alternatively, you can increase the speed and repeat it three times on inhalation and three times on exhalation.
If your mantra is bit long, then you can do it half on inhalation, and the second half on exhalation.
Regardless of breathing. Just focus on the mantra, paying no attention to the breathing. With time, the breathing tends to synchronize with the rhythm of the mantra naturally.
2. The mantra in Yoga – Chakra, Pranayama, Kundalini:-
In the contemplative tradition of Yoga, many paths use mantra meditation. During the practices, mantra repetition is usually connected with the breathing, specific visualizations, contemplations, and the chakras.
In Chakras, there are some lineages such as Kundalini Yoga, Laya Yoga, and Tantra Yoga. There is the practice of reciting mantras while focusing the mind on specific chakras. One way to practice this is by repeating the seed-sound of each chakra.
Here are the main chakras with their mantras, and the pronunciation guide in a spiritual term such as
•Root Chakra —> LAM (“lum”)
•Sacral Chakra —> VAM (“vum”)
•Solar Plexus Chakra —> RAM (“rum”)
•Heart Chakra —> YAM (“yum”)
•Throat Chakra —> HAM (“hum”)
•Third Eye Chakra —> OM
•Crown Chakra —> *Silence*
The technical name for Mantra meditation is also known as chakra mantra dharana.
Another way is to practice your mantra, is to focus your attention on the Heart chakra as