Our ancient seers identified certain specific sound vibrations that bring the mind to a state of calmness and peace besides bringing other benefits. These sounds are called mantras. They allow the mind to dissolve and repose. “Mantras are as subtle as the air that creates ripples in the water as it gently moves over it (the water),” shares Bhanumathi Narasimhan, Sahaj Samadhi meditation teacher. These subtle, positive vibrations create that same field of positivity in us as well.
#1 Mantras create a shift from sound to silence
“The sound of someone crying can make us feel sad while the sound of someone laughing can trigger a sensation of joy in us. When the sounds of crying and laughing can affect us so much, mantras are much more powerful and help us to move into the inner, silent space effortlessly,” shares Bhanumathi. The purpose of sound in chanting is to bring silence in the mind. When that happens, we find it easier to meditate.
#2 Resonate with positive vibrations
Explains Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “Just as protons and neutrons are in the center of the atom and electrons are only the periphery, same is with our lives; the center core of our existence is bliss, positivity and joy but it is surrounded by a cloud of negative ions. Mantras (Sanskrit chants) remove this cloud of negativity.” Chanting charges up the atmosphere with positive vibrations and in such a space, meditation becomes natural and effortless.
#3 Brings the mind to the present
In Sanskrit, it is said Mananatrayateiti mantra: Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. Observe closely: we worry so much about everything in life, but what exactly is worry? It is nothing but a repetitive thought about something in the past or an anxiety about the future. And our mind keeps oscillating between past actions and future events and gets caught up in a swamp of worries.
Mantras come to our rescue, save us from continuous botherations and help bring our mind to the present moment. It is then we enjoy a deep experience in meditation.
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