Song of the Soul

Mantras generate powered sound waves, and they have it in them to promote healing, insight, creativity, and spiritual growth

Child prayingDivine sound is the cause of all manifestation - a tremendous power.

Great gurus and musicians, for instance, suggest that sound is God's power - in other words, Nada Brahma, the divine sound that reverberates through the Universe.

Sound affirmation

A dynamic, highly individualised, and non-violent, way to approach conditions we wish to change, mantra, in simple terms, is a Sanskrit word with many shades of meanings - a tool of the mind, divine speech, language of human spiritual physiology, and so on. It is also an extension of energy - a therapeutic "device" for healing problems that we face in life, one time or the other. Mantras, quite simply, not only help us to feel more at ease, or more energised, they can also help us cope with illness and effect physical healing.

Mystical scriptures and teachers, in many parts of the world, have taught mantras as a tool for harnessing sound affirmations - for centuries. With sustained practice, a mantra - one with which you're most comfortable - can help us gain clarity about life, our purpose, and oneself.

The earliest hymns and mantras contained in the Rig Veda are traditionally considered to date back to 1,500 BCE - possibly even before 4,000 BCE.

Most of us cannot sit quietly and think nothing. It is not easy, but once you get into the practice and make mantra chanting a habit, or part of your daily life, you will be able to clear your mind - and, get into present-moment reality. In the process, you will be able to get into a state of true relaxation and communion with the inner self and the divine. What's more, when you vocalise a single syllable, such as "Om," you will be able to think of only that sound, no less. You soon merge yourself in the sound and can, at will, extinguish unwanted mental clutter.

Prayer effect

You can also use prayer as a form of mantra meditation. As you focus on the sound, you should feel that you are asking the Divine to give you a precise message.

It is not that mantra meditation would appeal only to those who believe in God. It is just as useful to those that don't. Because, a mantra takes you to the inner precincts of your soul - whether you believe in the Divine or not. You know the reason - meditation and yoga are non-religious practices. They are paths that lead you to a heightened sense of consciousness.

To get into the chanting of a mantra, in your mind, all you need to do is - open yourself to messages from your spirit, or from the Divine, or from both. It does not matter what form of a mantra you choose. What matters most is how well you focus on the mantra, and use it as a tool on your road to derive happiness in every aspect of the present-moment, or the reality of being, at any given point in time.

As we grow proficient in mantra meditation, new experiences begin to present themselves to us - with a sense of mysterious energy that clears away spiritual impurities, energising the chakras, and burning off "bad' karma.

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Rajgopal Nidamboor
Rajgopal Nidamboor, a trained physician, is a writer, commentator, and author. In a career spanning 25 years, Nidamboor has published over 2,000 articles, on a variety of subjects, two coffee table books, an E-book, and a primer on therapeutics, aside from an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy.

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