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Mantra

1. Mantra (Sanskrit: मन्त्र mantra m.) Energetic word, holy saying; Sound energy; Verse from the Veda; Prayer formula; -syllable; Saying, prayer, song, hymn, invocation; a Vedic song, a holy saying; a magic formula, spell; Appointment, consultation, resolution; Advice, plan, secret plan; (Astrology :) the fifth house (Nakshatra).

2. Mantra (Sanskrit: mantrā f.) Name of a female demon.

What is a mantra

Maha mantra in Devanagari

- A lecture by Sukadev Bretz -

One means thinking, trai means protecting, liberating, from the attachment to the world of appearances. When silence begins to be filled with sound, the universe is created. In the same way, we can return to silence, to unity, through the sound. In ancient times self-realized ways have reached the innermost depths of divine unity through mantras. Mantras have always existed in a latent state as sound energy. They have been revealed - just as Newton discovered gravity, not invented it.

Every mantra contains a certain power in its vibrations. A mantra is a combination of the sounds of the fifty Sanskrit letters. Devanagari (language of the gods) is an energetic and telepathic language. Mantras are Sanskrit invocations of the highest being and lead, reinforced and supported by Japa meditation, from the verbal level via mental and telepathic states to pure thought energy. Mantra Yoga is a precisely worked out science.

A mantra is like a swim. The full sound of the mantra brings Sattwa into the subconscious, as does full physical exercises, desires and nutrition. Mantra repetition is considered to be one of the most powerful and easiest practices to uplift and satiate the mind. It washes everything dark and blockages out of the astral body and helps to heal illnesses. It helps to open and the heart can open to come to self-realization.

Vibration and resonance, sound and shape

To understand mantra, two things are important:

  • everything in the universe is vibration (molecules, atoms, electrons, neutrons)
  • Principle of resonance

also with harmonium, guitar, tanpura

The body and organs and so on have different natural vibrations. The body, the chakras in the astral body and the thoughts in the mind are set in harmonic vibration. You can try the experiment with A-U-M and hands on the sternum and skullcap, which works when you believe in it and also when you don't believe in it.

The sound body creates a certain tone. The sounds are vibrations and create certain shapes in the visible world. There is an experiment in which the mantra Om formed the form of the Sri Yantra in the sand.

Mantras can be used in a number of ways, for example:

  • Singing kirtan,
  • Meditation japa,
  • Recitation stotras
  • Mantras for specific purposes - healing, opening heart chakra, snakebite, marriage, health, child, success, wealth ecetera.

In yoga theory, thought, form and sound are one and the same (Meditation and Mantras, p. 74), like water, steam and ice. The repetition of a mantra has a mysterious power to create a manifestation of the divine when properly repeated

Types of mantras

Bija mantras

(Meditation and Mantras - p. 99)

  • Seed mantras with no concrete meaning
  • are aspects of the highest mantra Om
  • each element and each deity has a specific bija
  • archetypal sounds of the energy centers penetrate deeper levels
  • deep cleaning experiences

Only under the guidance of a teacher!

Saguna mantras - Ishta mantras

(Meditation and Mantras - p. 80)

  • with properties
  • particular aspect made present (Ishta Devata), male and female aspects
  • for most people it is easier to develop a relationship with an Ishta mantra

Comparison: there are different ways to the hill, but from the top you always have the same view

Nirguna

(Meditation and Mantras - p. 97)

  • not all spiritually aspirants are attracted to a personal deity
  • abstract mantras, without properties, without concrete pictorial representation
  • abstract idea or concept, the absolute
  • Identification with all of creation
  • AUM contains all the sounds that we can make with the voice
"OM, this Eternal Word is everything: what was, what is and what will always be." - Mandukya Upanishad

Mantras from other traditions

Mantras from other traditions are also very powerful

For example: Hallelujah, Kyrie Eleison, ...

Effects

By concentrating and repeating a mantra, its energy is released and takes on the respective form. A certain thought pattern is generated and low emotions like anger, greed, hate, jealousy are dissolved and replaced by pure qualities like love, joy and compassion. Aspects that enhance the effect are:

  • correct pronunciation
  • correct concentration
  • trust
  • Spiritual connection opened through mantra initiation
  • through 125,000 repetitions one attains the grace of the supreme deity

Individual mantras can be repeated. One can become aware of the meaning of the mantra. First, the choice is made intuitively. With two or three options, the head can also be switched on. The practitioner feels himself drawn to either the sound or the images, the aspect that suits him most. Repeating the mantra a few times will help you feel.

Without a concrete quality - without a concrete Ishta Devata

Om (Mantra and Meditation - p. 98)

The mantra Om (A-U-M) symbolizes the absolute, all-encompassing, is an original mantra and represents all trinities and what they transcend.

  • A. - stands for the physical level,
  • U - for the spiritual level and
  • M. - for the deep sleep level.

These three sounds include any sound that the vocal apparatus can utter, for example for people who are afraid of a God who is Hindu. The initiation is in the main mantra Om, you can also combine it, for example with Om Jesus, Om Maria.

Soham

“I am That” - in Vedanta: the infinite, the self, not body and mind, but consciousness, Sat Chid Ananda. In Tantric the unity of Shiva and Shakti, creation and consciousness is depicted here.

With certain characteristics - concrete Ishta Devata

Om Namah Shivaya

  • represents transformation of our lower nature into divine energy
  • for those who feel the most power in themselves, want to come to themselves and attach great importance to sadhana
  • you keep coming back to your core, it's easier to detach yourself
  • regularity

Om Namo Narayanaya

  • represents forces of goodness, justice, mercy
  • all-pervasive power that sustains the universe and the cosmic order
  • for people who want to improve the state of the world
  • have a protective, helping nature and are willing to get involved

Om Shri Ramaya Namaha

  • its purpose was to restore justice
  • often in connection with Hanuman (mantra-devotion-mind) and Sita (nature)
  • teaches an ideal life in the world and in partnership through personal example
  • for people with high ethical ideals who want to spiritualize themselves about family, work and society

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

  • see God in everything
  • playful aspect (knew he was god) and revolutionary
  • We can also achieve self-realization through the joy of life
  • for cheerful and devoted people

Om Shri Durgayai Namaha

  • represents ideal of maternal love
  • protects her children, but also educates and corrects them
  • for people who see God as a mother or who have a maternal temperament

Om Aim Saraswatyai Namaha

  • Consort of Brahma, the Creator (creative energy is more feminine)
  • Goddess of eloquence, wisdom, learning, music and the fine arts
  • artistic and creative people attracted to this mantra

Om Shri Maha Lakshmyai Namaha

  • Goddess of beauty, abundance and wealth
  • On a spiritual level, accumulation of positive character traits and Prana
  • for people who see God in the beauty of the manifest universe
  • for people for whom giving and sacrifice is the meaning of life for others

Om Shri Maha Kalikayai Namaha

  • appears fearsome, but is gentle and kind to her admirers
  • it demands absolute devotion
  • Mantra is only suitable for a small minority

further mantras that can be initiated upon request

  • Maha mantra - most important mantra in Kali Yuga
  • Gayatri - highest mantra of the Vedas, mother of the universe
  • Om Aim Hrim Klim
    • Promise that permanently no meat, fish, alcohol, drugs, nicotine
  • daily asanas, pranayama and meditation

Om Shri Hanumate Namaha

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Om Sharavanabhavaya Namaha

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya

Om Tryambhakam

Mantra Diksha - mantra consecration

(Meditation and mantras p. 77)

The mantra initiation is not an advanced initiation at the end of the path, but rather it is fairly at the beginning. Initiation into a mantra is a great blessing:

  • makes the meditation deeper
  • helps in various circumstances
  • other thoughts cannot get stuck
  • gives protection and consolidation in difficult phases
  • mechanical repetition also has a strong effect when the mind is less concentrated

The mantra consecration is an initiation into a Dhyana / Moksha mantra that is repeated for meditation. To be ready you need:

  • the desire to meditate with the mantra for at least 20 minutes each day
  • a mantra that one has chosen

Initiation can be given by a guru or a spiritual teacher. One learns the correct pronunciation from the initiator and the power of the mantra is activated (fire). The tradition symbolizes the disciples' teacher following what is also called the Gurukula system. The initiator makes himself a channel, connects with the master and brings his mind into the vibration of the mantra. Initiation happens within a certain framework. In preparation, the mantra request is written on a piece of paper until the evening after the information meeting. The initiate opens up and enters a satiated state of mind through:

  • Showering (purity of the organs of action)
  • eat nothing
  • classically light-colored clothing
  • prepare mentally
  • Three levels benevolent through gifts of fruit, flowers, dakshina

Bring three gifts on a plate

1) Fruits - food and everything we need to live
2) Flowers / leaf / branch - offering and spiritualizing beauty and emotional nature
3) Donation of money - Donation of money and its amount symbolizes that the mantra is worth something to you

Process of mantra consecration

  • Participants come into the room
  • three holy powders are applied to the opening of the third eye
  • Invocation mantras are recited to establish contact, to purify
  • Swami Sivananda's energy is invoked
  • Participants come upstairs separately according to mantra
  • The mantra is repeated three times together and three times alone
  • in silence the power of the mantra is activated in the initiate
  • Kilaka opened a little
  • Connection to the divine and to the great masters established

The mantra plant must be watered for 20 minutes a day. It is ideal to keep the mantra secret, so you cannot be influenced and there are no negative associations. A minor mantra is possible to achieve certain goals. Neither the mantra, deity, or guru should be changed once they have been chosen. There are many paths up the trail. Perseverance on one person leads to the goal faster than getting bogged down.

Six parts of a mantra

- A lecture by Sukadev Bretz -

The six parts

Rishi

This is the first time a seer or sage has achieved self-realization.

Mantras have been passed down in an unbroken sequence from teachers and students. The students have mentally repeated the mantra and have achieved self-realization. When repeating the mantra, the power of the masters is also present.

This is how powerful thought clouds (hatred, peace) arise in the astral world when thoughts are thought by many people over a longer period of time. So it happens that people kill each other or tap into clouds of thought and influence others through their strong charisma. Mantra repetition tunes in to a multitude of great masters who have repeated mantras for millennia. A positive force flows to us from this cloud of thoughts.

Matra

A sound oscillation arises

The meter controls the rhythm and the pitch of the voice, creating a certain sound oscillation. Mantras work through physical sound, which is why they are not translatable. If you translate them, they no longer have the same effect. In Germany, for example, the language has changed again and again. First there was the mantra and language was formed from sound vibrations.

Analogy: Church chants (Gregorian chants) that are sung in the same way over several centuries by people in higher levels of consciousness

  • Monastery with an extreme daily routine from 2:30 am to 11:00 pm, chorales five times a day
  • examined by Tom Martis - Swiss scientist
  • According to Vatican II it was recognized that other religious people also obtain salvation
  • decided that people should sing more in their mother tongue
  • Kloster voted and then sang in French
  • the monks were totally exhausted, drained and tired after a few weeks
  • specific extreme daily routine depended on mantras of a certain sound vibration being repeated five times a day

Swami Vishnu's experiment with sunflower seeds

• Summer with few participants - experiments in a wing of the guest house • Sunflower seeds in square beds in different rooms

1) control group
2) Heard the maha mantra on the tape recorder for 1 hour in the morning and in the evening
3) 1h in the morning and in the evening the Shakti mantra (acceleration of all processes)
4) taken to Satsang in the morning and in the evening
5) 1h in the morning and in the evening rock music (with supposedly spiritual lyrics)

Result: group two was meatier and greener, group three was in a hurry, group four was better than control group, group five was the worst. The sunflowers did not understand the words, but heard or felt the music.

Vibrations work even if one does not know the meaning of the mantra.

Boris Sakharov had students repeat a certain mantra for a certain number of hours for a month. Then corresponding pictures of the deities are shown and connected. The accuracy was over 90%.

Bija

Essence of the mantra

  • where the mantra wants to lead you
  • meaningful word or series of words that give the mantra special power
  • not all mantras have this essence as a bija, but also for specific purposes
  • there are also moksha / dhyana mantras

Ishta Devata

Aspect, meaning of the mantra

  • literally: favorite aspect of God - deity who presides over the mantra
  • cosmic energy, lower or higher being as a soulful force
  • some mantras have a concrete aspect, others an abstract aspect
  • Ishta Devata is to be understood as a cosmic force
  • the creative, creative energy helps one to the realization
  • artistic abilities in one become stronger and one learns to express oneself through creativity and to approach God who leads to realization
  • there are also mantras that invoke lower astral beings, angelic beings, demons, elemental spirits (area of ​​magic)

Shakti

Power behind the mantra

  • is a mixture of the others
  • Power of the rishi, power of the mantra, the sound vibration, the essence, from Ishta Devata
  • is the accumulated power when repeating the mantra regularly
  • Forms of vibration created by sounds
  • Feel the energy inside and carry it outwards

Kilaka

Stopper, bolt, clasp, seal

  • closes mantra Chaitanya (consciousness) and protects the mantra
  • Impurities in our minds are removed through continued repetition
  • hidden consciousness is revealed, flooded with the mantra and its energy, you become the mantra yourself
  • if you repeat it regularly and go the spiritual path
  • otherwise we would only have to repeat it once to fall into samadhi
  • Meditator gets darshan (vision) of Ishta Devata
  • Mantra stops repeating itself and plunges into silence

Analogy: bell

  • when we produce a tone that corresponds to the sound vibration of the bell, it vibrates immediately
  • when the sand hill is around the bell, it only slowly trickles away when we generate the vibration - our impurities dissolve
  • there are other things that can be done to solve the kilaka
    • you can choose a mantra and repeat it, even several mantras
    • Choosing a mantra for meditation - in the long run it is good to stick to one mantra
    • if you repeat the mantra yourself alone, you will eventually come to self-realization
    • It goes faster if you do a mantra initiation

Running Japa

"Japa meditation is a method of directing one's consciousness from the lowest to the highest level of pure thought."

  • Japa Yoga, p. 76 - practical help

• Mantra and Meditation, p. 76 - Use of sound vibrations for meditation • Mantra and Meditation, p. 102 - Meditation with the mantra

  • Repetition without rush, with concentration and feeling (bhava)
  • bestows virtues and powers of deity when repeated with trust, devotion and purity
  • one should stick to one main mantra
  • “Spiritual hoppers” don't really get deep
  • if there is resistance it is a good sign that the mantra is working
  • especially when you don't feel like doing practice, it is good and works

Variety in technique is necessary to keep the mind interested

Using a Japa Mala with 108 pearls (story lumberjack)

  • Exercise and mental repetition make the mind more focused
  • Finger joint counting
  • connect with Tratak
  • when mind becomes sluggish, repeat mantra more quickly
  • “Favorite song” as a melody in the background that never gets boring
  • Mantra repetition always and everywhere, otherwise the mind looks for another occupation
  • Fall asleep and wake up with mantra and check what the first thought is after waking up

Mantra can be repeated mentally or aloud

spiritual is more effective

special ways of repeating the mantra

  • Purasharana
    • Repeat 500,000 times
    • take time for 1 medium-fast lap
    • calculate how long it takes to do 500,000 repetitions
    • recommended to retire once a year for intense spiritual practice
  • Akhanda
    • uninterrupted repetition of a mantra, for example in connection with Homa
    • very strong spiritual atmosphere arises

Mantra मन्त्र mantra pronunciation

Here you can hear how the Sanskrit word mantra, मन्त्र, mantra is pronounced:

What are mantras?

Mantras are traditional energies that have always existed in the universe and can neither be invented nor destroyed. They were "seen" by self-realized sages (rishis) i.e. received in deep meditation. Mantras should liberate and have a very strong energetic effect. In order to activate these energies, the mantra is repeated in a certain rhythm and with the most correct pronunciation possible. There are many different mantras with different effects.

Sound is a form of energy made up of vibrations or wavelengths. Certain wavelengths have the power to heal, others can shatter glass. Mantras are Sanskrit syllables, words or sentences that, through repetition in meditation, move the individual into a higher state of consciousness. Mantras are sounds or energies that have always existed in the universe that can neither be created nor destroyed.

The repetition of a mantra in meditation is called japa. Mantras can be recited either speaking, whispering, singing (kirtan) or mentally, i.e. in thought - at any time and during meditation. To strengthen the effect of a mantra for meditation, there is the possibility of mantra consecration - this is what one calls the initiation into a personal mantra.

In the book "Japa Yoga" by Swami Sivananda it says in the 3rd chapter about mantras:

"Mananat Trayate iti mantra"

This means: "Mantra is that by which one is protected and redeemed through constant thinking and remembering." The mantra leads to the realization of the personal deity. Hence, devata (deity) and mantra are practically one and the same. Just remembering the name Haris erases all sins of previous lives.

Six aspects of a mantra

Every true mantra has six properties. These aspects are:

1. Rishi - (Sanskrit: ऋषि ṛṣi m.) - seer, saint; the mantra was originally revealed and passed on by a wise rishi, through which he attained self-realization;

2. Matra - (Sanskrit: मात्र mātra n.) - measure, unit of measure, duration, meter; the mantra has a certain verse rhythm or sound;

3. Ishta Devata - (Sanskrit: इष्टदेवता iṣṭa-devatā f. "Wish deity") - revered deity, protective deity, personal god; Aspect of God that is particularly venerated; the mantra belongs to a particular deity;

4. Bija - (Sanskrit: बीज bīja n.) - seed, seed, germ; Element, beginning, reason for origin; the mantra has a "bija", a seed, as an essence that endows it with special power;

5. Shakti (Sanskrit: शक्ति śakti f.) Śakti - power, (cosmic) energy; the working power of a god (especially Shiva); the mantra contains Shakti, the divine, cosmic energy;

6. Kilaka (Sanskrit: कीलक kīlaka m.) Wedge, lock or plug of the mantra, column; neuter: inner syllables of a mantra; The mantra holds the key to the actual essence. Only through constant meditation does the lock or kilaka open, through which true consciousness can flow.

Types of mantras

Three main types of mantras

Saguna mantra literally means "with properties and form". They address a certain aspect of God and invoke a certain deity or aspects of the Absolute.

Nirguna mantras literally means "abstract, without properties or form". Nirguna mantras address the cosmic, divine and universal without name and form. They are abstract and explain the unity of the meditator with the absolute.

  • Bija mantras or seed mantras

Bija mantras or seed mantras are monosyllabic "seed or seed mantras" and contain aspects of OM that come directly from the fifty original sounds. See also under the Main keyword Om.

In the following video lecture Sukadev talks about Bija mantras.

More types of mantras

Moksha mantras are mantras that lead to liberation, i.e. to moksha.

These include mantras that do not come from Sanskrit: e.g. Kyrie Eleison, Hallelujah, Amen, etc.

Introduction to a mantra - the mantra consecration

The mantra consecration means the initiation into a personal mantra. The introduction to a mantra is best done by a guru who gives it his pranic energy. If this is not possible, you practice repeating the mantra that you have chosen yourself and with which you feel comfortable.

At Yoga Vidya, spiritual mantra consecrations take place regularly. But before deciding on a mantra consecration, you can take part in one of the information events about our mantra consecrations, which are also held at regular intervals. There one is once again comprehensively informed and advised about the meaning and purpose of the mantra consecration, about the ritual as such, about the selection of the mantra, etc. During the information event you also have the opportunity to clarify your questions.

For more information on mantra consecration, see the Main keyword mantra consecration.

Japa - the mantra repetition

Japa, the repetition of a mantra, not only provides a tangible point to focus the mind on, it also frees the energy contained in that sound. This energy manifests itself by creating a particular thought pattern in the mind. Correct pronunciation is therefore very important.

With serious practice, repeating a mantra leads to pure thinking, where the sound vibration merges with the thought vibration and there is no awareness of the meaning. So the mantra will lead the practitioner to true meditation, to unity consciousness, where there is no longer any duality.

How to repeat a mantra

The repetition of a mantra is called japa. There are different types of Japa, from mantra repetition:

A mantra can be repeated out loud (spoken or sung), in a whisper, or in the mind. Mental Japa, the mental repetition of the mantra, is the most effective because mantras vibrate on a wavelength that is beyond spoken or physical tones.

But at the beginning, when the gathering of the mind is still difficult, one begins his meditation quietly by saying the mantra, then one whispers the mantra before finally moving on to mental repetition.

Whatever type of Japa one practices, it helps to balance mantra and breath.

More variations of Japa

Three other types of Japa also support concentration when repeating the mantra:

  • One can use a pearl necklace called a "mala" and repeat the mantra while counting the pearls
  • You can also count the folds of the finger joints with the thumb of your right hand
  • One can repeat the mantra by writing it down

How to use a japa mala

A Japa Mala consists of 108 small and the slightly larger "Meru" pearl.

  • Hold the mala in your right hand
  • Let the pearls - starting with the Meru pearl - roll off one after the other between your thumb and middle finger while you repeat your mantra
  • When you reach the Meru, use the Mala in the opposite direction. Don't go over the Meru pearl.

Text accompanying the video lecture by Sukadev on mantra (2014)

Mantra has different meanings, and I just want to read something from a book by Martin Mittwede, `Spiritual Dictionary´. There it says on the one hand, mantra means thinking tool, mantra is a verse from the Veda, mantra is a name for a Mahavakya, for a sacred word, for a prayer formula. A mantra also means a sound, a formula which, when used correctly, causes a development in consciousness. Mantra is often viewed as a direct expression of God and contains the core of a master's instructions.

The regular repetition of a mantra, japa, purifies the mind and, with constant practice, ultimately leads to deep spiritual experiences. You can recite mantras out loud, you can whisper mantras, you can mentally repeat a mantra all day, and most of all, you can take a mantra for meditation. Using a mantra in meditation will help you calm the mind and at the same time will give you new strength.

The word "mantra" has different meanings. In the Mantra Shastras it is said that "Mantra" comes from two root syllables, namely "Man" and "Tra". "Man" comes from "Mananath", thinking. And "Tra" comes from Trayate, "leads to liberation". A mantra is what leads to liberation when you think about it. So, every word and every syllable and every sentence that, if you think it over and over, leads to liberation, that is a mantra.

Classically, the mantras refer to ancient sound energies. The so-called "rishis", the great masters, found the mantras. The mantras were experienced by the rishis in deep meditation. They are therefore charged with great power. The Rishis then passed this mantra on to their students. The students repeated the mantra and reached even the highest levels of consciousness. And so the students passed the mantra on to their students again. This is how the great mantras have been passed on to us from primeval times until today.

And to this day, mantra meditation is perhaps the most powerful meditation. Mantra meditation has the great advantage that even if the mind is not fully concentrated, you will be charged, because a mantra is also a mystical sound energy. Even if you only partially repeat the mantra and think about other things, the mantra that you repeat in the background gives you strength, energizes you. Patanjali also says that the repetition of a mantra leads to enlightened introspection. In other words, if you think about something and repeat the mantra in between, you experience a kind of enlightenment there, you experience a kind of joy, you experience a beautiful state of consciousness.

Of course, mantra also helps to calm the mind, and in higher levels of mantra meditation the words of the mantra fall away, you enter the sound vibration, where there is only silence. And the vibration of the mantra merges with the cosmic vibration, and then you are in the highest. You probably already know mantras. By the time you hear this talk, you probably have some knowledge of yoga and mediation. And I can only recommend you repeat mantras, sing mantras or hear mantras more often.

We also have over a thousand different mantras on our Yoga Vidya [www.yoga-vidya.de website], both as videos and audios, as podcasts, as audio broadcasts - also subscribable on iTunes, viewable and audible on YouTube and on many other channels. So, there are mantras for singing, mantras for reciting, mantras for silent meditation. Repeat a mantra several times and feel the strong force that emanates from this mantra.

Mantras and kirtan singing in yoga practice at Yoga Vidya

Article by Katyayani Ulbricht from Yoga Vidya Journal No. 30, Spring 2015

Mantra is often explained as a mystical sound formula that quiets and liberates the mind. A few years ago this was something strange for many beginners and some were rather suspicious. Today mantras in their various forms of practice have long since ceased to be strange. Chanting OM at the beginning or end of a yoga class is probably no longer a surprise in the fitness studio or at the adult education center.

In Yoga Vidya, mantra recitation, mantra chanting and kirtanam, alternating chant, have become increasingly important and popular in recent years. Following the tradition of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu-devananda, there have been some special mantras, stotras, verses from the Vedas and Bhajans, hymns that are regularly recited or sung at Yoga Vidya since the beginning. Almost everyone knows the Jaya Ganesha, the Om Tryambakam, the prayers for peace and the Twameva Mata in the context of Satsang.

Especially in Satsang (meditation and mantra singing) we quickly experience the effect of singing or reciting together. We feel wonderfully connected and closer to the divine. Being together in the vibration of the mantras reminds us - whether consciously or unconsciously - of the oneness, of being one with everything and thus of our true being. This can lead us to an immediate energy experience, awakening of the inner spiritual power, knowledge or deep touch. The mantras are a key to opening our inner gates.

In their literal translation, mantras are invocations and praises of the divine principle in its many facets. However, it is not so important to keep the exact literal translation in mind. Rather, it is about the sound structure, the meter, the correct pronunciation as possible. This especially plays a big role in mantra recitation and mantra meditation. As we recite the mantra out loud or in our mind, we listen and feel ourselves into the sound vibration.

It is especially nice to do this with an open, amazed attitude, without expecting anything in particular. The effective area of ​​the mantra opens up through its regular constant use in the awareness of the meaning of the divine aspect and with bhava, i.e. with a present, intimate feeling, which leads to the necessary devotion.

Mantras in the yoga class help us to get deeper into the asana, to hold it more effortlessly and to accept the effect that is showing itself for us at this moment and to let it become sustainable. Permanent repetition of the mantra in meditation, as we know it from the simple or combined mantra meditation, leads to a stronger concentration and an easier perception of the divine presence in us and around us.

Kirtanam, the chanting of mantras and praising God, is part of Bhakti Yoga and opens the heart. Here it is downright desirable to take in the emotions and let them overflow, which sometimes expresses itself in tears, sometimes in unbelievable joy. Our own voice has a healing effect on our whole being, on body, mind and soul. It's a beautiful and immediate way to resonate with ourselves and everyone else. So we dedicate our singing, our emotions and also our dance to the divine. That can also be loud and enthusiastic.

In this vitality we become, develop. Sometimes, when we can easily get into stillness afterwards, we can really see, can distinguish between the illusion of separation and the truth of connectedness. This can be a great inspiration to master our tasks in the world with joy and serenity, to approach others with love or to break new ground.

All these experiences can be made in the numerous seminars, trainings and events at Yoga Vidya on this topic. For example, in the mantra yoga teacher training in the modular system and in the kirtan and mantra singing course leader training, you learn to bring mantras and kirtans closer to other people in yoga classes and satsang.

These trainings have been newly created or further developed in recent years and are taught by the very experienced and popular yoga teachers / seminar leaders Sukadev, Narendra, Sundaram, Katyayani and Hagit Noam with a lot of commitment and dedication. In addition, there are many Bhakti Yoga or mantra seminars and concerts with well-known mantra and kirtan singers such as Janin Devi, Sundaram, The Love Keys, Hagit Noam. Intensive contact with one's own mantra up to the transcendence of its spiritual power can be achieved in the intensive mantra meditation week with Sukadev. You can also be initiated into a mantra through an ancient and powerful ceremony that ignites the energy of the mantra like a flame within you.

Every year the highlights are the Yoga Vidya Music Festival and the New Year's Eve concerts in Bad Meinberg with Janin Devi and others and in the Westerwald with Sundaram, as well as the brand new Mantra Summer Camp in the Westerwald.

(Note: The mentioned practical examples were included in the section "Mantras for different life situations".)

Mantras in Practice

Mantras for support in different life situations

Siddhi mantras and their application

Moksha mantras lead to liberation. Siddhi mantras have a special effect. There are also mantras that have both - moksha and siddhi. Normally one practices a main mantra and uses the special mantras for a certain effect.

In certain situations mantras can support people or strengthen certain skills. You can chant these mantras (then the mantras become kirtans), recite, whisper or repeat them mentally during meditation or every now and then during everyday life.

Note: The numbers given below refer to the Yoga Vidya Kirtan booklet:

Mantra for comfort

  • 601 Sharanagata: A mantra for comfort in emotional distress.
  • 699 (potash) Om Shri Mahakalikayai Namaha: This mantra can also be chanted or recited for consolation (especially in times of suffering).

Mantra for trust and courage

  • 604 Krishna Krishna Mahayogin: This is a mantra for trust and courage.

Mantra to regain or transform energy

  • 609 Om Shri Rama Rama Rameti: This mantra is helpful e.g. for "burnout".

Decision making mantra

Mantra for resolving thoughts

  • 699 (Shiva) Om Namah Shivaya: Helps you go inward, to detach yourself from the thoughts that you cannot let go of or that are circling in your head over and over again.

Mantra for world peace (peace)

  • 699 (Vishnu) Om Namo Narayanaya: This mantra is chanted or recited for more peace in the world. At Yoga Vidya it is sung every evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Everyone of the Yoga Vidya community as well as all guests can participate. You can simply sit down (also temporarily), sing along and / or make music (e.g. you can just play the drums) or you sit down in a meditative position and spiritually send wishes for peace with the mantra into the world.

Maybe you would like to set similar points of light in your environment?

Mantra for morals / ethics

Mantra for love and joy

  • 699 (Krishna) Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya: A mantra for love and joy. By reciting you can send light, love and joy to yourself or to others.

Mantra for basic trust

  • 699 (Durga) Om Shri Durgayai Namaha: This mantra can help you to strengthen the basic trust (maternal aspects).

Mantra for creativity

  • 699 (Saraswati) Om Aim Saraswatyai Namaha: The mantra helps you to find access to your own creativity.

Mantra for blessings and unselfish service

  • 699 (Lakshmi) Om Shri Maha Lakshmyai Namaha: Among other things for the ability to accept and also to give blessings, also a mantra for the ability to do unselfish service - for this we have to be able to accept and give things - and open ourselves completely - in the awareness that it is not we who give, but the divine power flowing through us.

Practical application examples for mantras

Simple mantra meditation by Sukadev

Mantra against panic and fear

Let the following mantra recitation lead you to a sense of confidence. Regardless of whether you are afraid or panic right now, feel the power of the following mantras. Sit or stand quietly as much as you can, breathing in and out a few times. In particular, breathe out completely. Inhale gently, exhale fully, inhale gently, and exhale fully. Keep breathing, always breathe out completely, breathe in gently.

Imagine that light energy flows into you from above. Imagine you are under special protection or a special blessing. Or imagine a protective hand, a master or a tree that you lean against. Feel how you are protected in this way or imagine that you are like a child in the hands of the divine mother. All good forces protect you, give you strength.

And feel this protective energy in the following mantra:

  • Sharanagata Dinarta
  • Paritrana Parayane
  • Sarvasyarti Hare Devi
  • Narayani Namo mare

Now straighten your spine completely. Feel and feel: There is infinite power in you, you have divine protection, you have everything it takes to do what needs to be done. You can also say: "I am full of strength and energy, I am fine. I look forward to all challenges, I trust the divine power."

I wish you strength, trust, divine blessings.

Mantra recitation before exams

Are you about to take an important exam, maybe stage fright? Then listen to the following mantra: The Gayatri mantra as light energy, whether you are sitting or standing now or are on the move. Imagine that light energy flows into you from above. Breathe deeply in and out, while breathing out belly, while breathing out belly in. Breathe in gently, feel the light penetrate you completely, breathe out completely, let the light energy work through you.

Imagine the room in which you are about to take the exam, or imagine the examiner or the people in front of whom you are about to be tested. Smile at them and imagine that the light energy not only fills you, but also the examiners or the room where the exam will be. And feel a connection to these people from your own heart.

Now let the power of the Gayatri mantra work in you and through you, recite with or feel the power of this mantra in you and through you. The Gayatri is a mantra of light, also of knowledge, so that afterwards you will know everything well and that you can speak, write and explain everything well:

Inhale and exhale two or three times, or more often. Smile, be aware, light energy flows into you, light energy also fills those who are about to test you and the space where the situation will be.

I wish you all the best for your exam, lots of light, lots of energy and that you know everything.

Om Shanti, Shanti Shanti.

Healing mantra recitation - for others

Send healing energy to someone with this healing mantra. Do you know someone who is not doing so well at the moment, who may be physically or mentally stressed or who has a serious illness? Then recite a mantra for him or let the power of the following mantra work and imagine that you are sending the power of this mantra for that person. I am reciting the Om Tryambakam mantra.

Sit very calmly and relaxed, imagine the person to whom you want to send light energy, healing energy, imagine this person sitting, standing or lying in front of you. And imagine that light energy from above penetrates this person completely from head to toe and penetrates all cells of the body of this person. Imagine that this person begins to smile, shine and feel connected to this person in love, while you let the power of the following mantras work or recite them yourself:

  • oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe
  • sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
  • urvārukam iva bandhanān
  • mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt

A few moments further send this light energy, this healing energy for this person. Send him good wishes, may he be well, may the light energy work in him, work through him or her. May he or she be healed.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Healing mantra recitation - for yourself

Do you need healing energy? Do you need light and support, are you not feeling that good right now, physically or mentally, but would you like to feel better? Then let the following healing mantra work on you. Sit, stand or lie completely relaxed. Breathe two or three deep breaths in and out and imagine a light streaming into you from above, filling you from head to toe and having a wonderful healing power on your whole being, on all parts of you and feel the power of the following mantra , which will generate healing energy in all cells of your being and bring healing power exactly where it is needed:

  • oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe
  • sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
  • urvārukam iva bandhanān
  • mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt

Let the power of this mantra work on you for a moment. Feel all the cells in your body pulsate with healing power. Feel this light energy work and be fully aware that you will soon be fine. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Protection mantra recitation

Invoke divine protection with this protection mantra, overcome all negative forces. Do you feel you need protection? Do you have an uncertain fear or anxiety? Do you feel that a negative energy, a negative vibration is affecting you negatively somewhere? Then listen to the following mantra, the 'Krishna Krishna Mahayogin Mantra', a mantra of the protective energy.

If you let this mantra work on you, then a light force will work in you, then you will experience divine protection. Nothing can come close to you, all light energy will work through you. Sit, stand or lie completely relaxed and imagine that a light energy flows into you, you can also imagine your master or a saint with a raised hand in divine protection, abhayamudra, protective mudra. Or imagine Krishna, the divine power of protection, the divine shepherd or imagine a tree.

But above all, feel the power of the mantra, light energy working in you and through you. And feel that the power of the mantra makes all possible negative energies disappear, leads all unredeemed souls to the light and gives you strength, courage, trust, self-confidence and trust in God:

Feel all the fibers of your being with divine power, filled with light power. Feel connected. Feel trust in God, courage and self-confidence. Light flows through you, you radiate positivity and power, you feel connected and strong.

Mantra recitation before making an important decision

Are you facing an important decision? Are you wondering how your life will go on? Do you want to know what a good decision is? Then ask for guidance. Important decisions cannot be made from the intellect alone. Important decisions shouldn't come out of emotions either. Important decisions are special opportunities to ask for guidance, to ask for what is supposed to happen to happen.

You can sit down for a moment or lie down, very comfortably. Breathe in and out deeply a few times and imagine that when you breathe in, light energy flows into you, filling you completely and when you breathe out you radiate this light energy. If you have a master, e.g. Swami Sivananda, introduce him or her. Imagine blessing flows into you when you inhale, blessing flows out when you exhale. Take a few deep breaths like this.

And now make yourself aware of the situation you are in right now. Maybe something has come to an end or could come to an end. Make yourself aware of what was. And make yourself aware of what is now. What is the decision-making situation you are in? Maybe there are at least two options. You can say: “Oh God, dear divine power, dear master, dear master, I am faced with the following decision ... Tell me what is good, not my will, the divine will be done. Send me your light and your truth to guide me. Show me until ... what the right decision will be. What should I do?"

Now you have made your request, sent your prayer. Now stay calm and let the power of the mantra work on you. It is the energy of light, the energy of knowledge and the energy of guidance:

  • Om Adityaya Vidmahe
  • Sahasra-kiranaya Dhimahi
  • Tan Nah Suryah Prachodayat

Request for guidance from the master: