Mantra meditation is a repetition of a sacred Vedic sound whose textual counterpart is in Sanskrit. Mantra meditation can be done either by repetitive incantation or concentrating on the sound vibration silently in mind (known as silent mantra meditation). There are two kinds of mantra meditation, japa and kirtan. While in japa, one chants the mantra individually on sacred prayer beads, kirtan usually is done collectively in a joyous congregational meditation along with musical instruments.
How does mantra meditation affect our energies?
Mantras are a specific sound vibration that can yield various desired outcome, such as healing, transformation and self-awareness. Since it is scientifically proven, everything in the universe in nothing more than vibrating energy, we can say all things in the universe are endlessly in motion, vibrating. Not just the moving objects, stationary objects like trees, flowers are also vibrating, oscillating and resonating at separate frequencies. Similarly, humans are made of cells, atoms, and then particles. These particles are, in fact, energy vibration. Every part of the human body has its own unique vibration.
Even the emotions we express, such as happiness, joy, prosperity, and love, are also a kind of energy vibration. Even your soul is a form of energy. When you are healthy and happy, your soul energy and the universe energy go hand in hand as a beautiful cosmic symphony. However, if there is any distortion, the harmony between these two energies will be damaged and disrupted, which ultimately will cause a various disturbance in your life.
Nature is full of sounds – birds chirping, wind blowing in the trees, waves crashing on the shore, innocent children laughing, and much more. Unfortunately, we don’t spend much of our time in nature these days for various reasons. But if we spend more time in nature, the natural sounds and the energy vibration from these sounds will affect our health in a positive way by tuning in our energy vibration with that of nature. As nature is a natural healer, it can then cure our physical and emotional miseries.
The ancient Vedic Indian tradition has taken this energy vibration science a step forward. They explored and refined the use of sound and made it into the Vedic Science of Mantras. Mantras are direct sounds or vibrations which when chanted aloud or silently repeated, they can create the desired effect on any area of our body or health – treatment, awakening and transformation.
Benefits of Hare Krishna maha-mantra meditation:
Followers of Lord Krishna see him as the supreme personality of Godhead and believe by chanting his holy name one can get rid of all the accumulated sins they have since their past lives. The holy name of Lord Krishna is called the Hare Krishna maha-mantra which is chanted on the holy tulsi beads by the followers of Hare Krishna movement or Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya. According to hare Krishna movement, an individual can get rid of three-fold miseries of this world and reach a state of bliss by chanting the holy name of the supreme personality of Godhead or the maha mantra. The hare Krishna maha mantra was originally popularized by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
The hare Krishna maha-mantra goes as:
The Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya believe Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an incarnation of Lord Krishna himself to give relief to his devotees. He encouraged his followers and devotees to chant and listen to this holy mantra so that, the humankind could attain the state of bliss free from the miseries.
When you chant the holy hare Krishna maha mantra, you are connecting within yourself which is actually an evocation of God’s supreme energy.
According to HDG Srila Prabhupada, the founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON),
“The transcendental vibration established by the chanting of the Maha Mantra, is the sublime method of reviving our Krishna Consciousness.”
Chanting hare Krishna maha mantra gives you spiritual realization, which is ultimately the main focus for any kind of meditation. It breaks the illusions of life and materialism which is the main cause of attachment and unhappiness.
The chanting of hare Krishna mantra meditation can help one attain not only material gain but it further exceeds to spiritual gain. The maha mantra meditation helps illuminate your consciousness and makes you understand your true self. Hare Krishna mantra meditation makes you realize that your soul is eternal and is beyond life and death. Maha mantra meditation connects you to the almighty.
Mind and silent mantra meditation:
There’s a popular rumour that you can only meditate in complete silence. To enter into the mindfulness zone of meditation, a style of meditation prescribes to find a solitary and silent place to do silent mantra meditation, which, as per their beliefs, is the highest form of meditation. However, this option of silent mantra meditation confuses many beginner practitioners as they develop a belief that not only a silent corner but a silent mind is also needed in order to be successful in practicing meditation.
Truthfully, both vocal mantra and silent mantra meditation have their own separate value. It is up to the practitioners which techniques they like and want to incorporate in their life. No meditation technique is better than the other, rather it depends on the individual’s preference.
As per the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita (6.34), the mind is very turbulent and restless. It is so strong and stubborn, that it is even difficult to control than the wind. So, it would be almost impossible to calm your mind and be seated in complete silence inside out.
Mind is very turbulent and restless in itself as it creates disturbances in one’s consciousness in the form of hatred, envy, anger, lust, greed, anxiety, fear, attachment, etc. Mind can overpower the intelligence so quickly that it takes one to blink. Mind is so obstinate that when it catches a harmful or unimportant thought, it refuses to let go and keep on pondering on it over and over. Thus, it is even more difficult to control mind than the wind.
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According to Sadhguru, even if you’re sitting in a quiet place, your mind might not be in a silent state. Mind is always pre-occupied by something that has happened in the past or contemplating something that might happen in the future. According to his humorous analogy, this can be compared with chewing the cud, likewise, cows and goats do with the food they had eaten in the past. Since human body does not have this facility like these animals, they have created such in their mind. They bring up past (otherwise, future) thoughts and keep on thinking about it. So, it is not an easy task to calm the mind. According to him, instead of past and future, if we could be present in today and focus on creating today’s karma, mind won’t be turbulent as it is when thinking.
What should be done to stop it? Sadhguru says, you should not try to stop your mind from wondering, because you simply cannot. As your mind is more powerful than yourself, it’ll overpower you in no time. The best option to silence the chaos in your head is to distance yourself from your thoughts.
Simply put, by making yourself immune to extremes and accepting your reality of being a tiny creature of these vast universe, you can incorporate stoicism in your life. Stoicism, ultimately, is the way to attain inner peace by overcoming adversities of life by practicing self-control, gratitude, purposefulness, honesty and inner reflection.
Most importantly, be in present.