The Power of Sound

Energy is never lost and spiritual energy, like physical energy, obey laws. By doing mantra practice we set forces into motion that will always produce a positive result. In our quick-fix world this may take a bit longer than expected, and create results that are not necessarily what we envisioned or expected, but the energy we create through this practice will always have an enriching outcome. It is a powerful mental tool to use in our life, not only to set us free from conditioned mental habits, but for general well-being too.  Mantras can help us feel more peaceful or more energized. It can help us cope with physical illness and even assist with physical healing. It can help us deal with difficult circumstances and help make our wildest dreams come true. Mantra is, simply put, a dynamic, individual, non-violent way to approach any condition we wish to change, and can be described as ancient formulas of divine sound.

The word ‘mantra’ comes from the sanskrit words manas, or mind and trai, ‘to protect’ or ‘to set free from’. The literal meaning is therefore: ‘to set free from the mind’. Written in sanskrit, an energy-based language opposed to other languages that are meaning-based, mantras work with specific energy vibrations and their translations often seem odd or non-sensical. It is therefore not important to know the specific meaning of the words we are chanting, but to understand the energy the mantra holds and creates.

Om, the seed sound of the 6th chakra where masculine and feminine energies meet at the brow, and as such, represent a joining of will and sound, is commonly used as the start for mantras of all kinds.

Repeating mantras with or without a counting device is known as japa. There are 108 beads in a mala or counting device that looks like a beaded necklace and can be used as such. A mala is used when one wants to chant a mantra for a specific number of times without focusing on the count, but instead on the sound and intention of the mantra. The bead at the end of a mala is usually bigger and is called the meru. It is said to contain the accumulated power of the mantra that is performed. When repeating more than one mala during japa one reverses the action of counting the beads when the meru is reached. One should never count or cross over the meru when counting.

Simply put: sound has the power to transform your life.

** If you are interested in learning more about mantras, their meaning and application, then check out the books and CDs of Thomas Ashley-Farrand.

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