Choosing a Mantra
A mantra is a sound, word or sentence said during meditation to aid concentration or infuse a particular energy into your meditating. They can be said aloud or in your head, many people use them as an affirmation, something they want to achieve and they can be used in conjunction with Mala beads to help you count while not losing focus. Below is some ideas to give you a little inspiration when choosing a mantra.
AD GURAY NAMEH, JUGAD GURAY NAMEH, SAT GURAY NAMEH, SIRI GURU DEVAY NAMEH
This is the Mangala Charn Mantra, used for protection. It is said to surround you with protective light, and translates to “I bow to the primal Guru, guiding consciousness who takes us to God-Realization, I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom.”
AKAL, MAHA KAL
This translates as “undying, great death”, which is actually said to be a powerful life-giving chant that removes fear and relaxes the mind. This makes it a great option if your meditation is for the purpose of stress relief or overcoming obstacles.
SA TA NA MA
Is the Panj Shabad and is said to be the five primal sounds of the universe. “S” is Infinity, “T” is life, “N” means death and “M” is rebirth, with the 5th sound being the “A”. You my recognise this if you practise Kundalini Yoga as it’s one of the most commonly used mantras.
The most common mantra of all is Om, or Aum – ॐ
Om has so much meaning and a long history of being used in different cultures. Often said to be the sound of the universe being created, each syllable pronounced has a different meaning. The “A” sound refers to the waking state of consciousness, the “U” refers to the dreaming state of consciousness, and the “M” refers to the deep sleep state of consciousness. The silence between chants refers to “the witness consciousness that is observer of the other three states of consciousness”.
Along with these powerful, historically used chants a lot of people prefer choosing a mantra which provides affirmations their own language, these can be made more specific to your meditation goals and adapted to be whatever you like. For example simple phrases like “I am enough” or “I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance”.