What is Mantra?

What is Mantra?


A mantra is a word or a series of words; or it can be a thought or a prayer, but not in the sense in which the word ‘prayer’ is used ordinarily. It is more like linking our lower consciousness with the higher consciousness, which we call Divine consciousness, or the divine life-force. A mantra is a sound-unit, a thought-unit. It is a sound or a series of sounds given to a yoga student or disciple to remember constantly for a specific spiritual purpose. In the web of our consciousness, the energy of consciousness takes two forms – sound and light. At a certain stage, the sound and light energy entwine or unify. At the existing stage of our growth, they are experienced differently from each other. So we begin our initiation with the sound of a mantra. The initiation into light comes a little later.

Initially there are two aspects is that it is a syllabic combination forming a sound that has a particular effect on the mind, especially if it is repeated mentally; and the second aspect is its meaning.

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