Chanting mantras is an essential part of Hindu way of offering prayers. Mystical mantras are passed down from Vedic Seers. Vedas declare that all mantras come from OM. The main aim of mantras is to fulfill what the seeker desires. There are mantras for everything. If you wish to have positive thoughts, enjoy peace and strong mind, then OM chanting is the best.
Power of Mantra
Mantra is a specific sound or vibration that takes you to deeper levels of awareness when repeated silently. It is a vehicle of the mind that opens up peaceful dimensions of the mind. Mantra, when repeated silently creates a vibration that helps you witness complete silence. It helps tune into a particular frequency which establishes contact with the cosmic energy and attract it to our body and environment. This helps balance the energies and creates positive desired changes in our body, mind and soul.
Access to true knowledge and peace is possible through the seed sounds (Bija mantra). Mantra is a combination of sounds that has the power to liberate you. It is through this sound that one penetrates into silence.
What is OM?
‘Om’ Mantra is the most sacred in the Vedic culture. It is the origin of the Vedas and the seed from which all Vedas grew. Vedas say - ‘Om’ is Brahman, manifestation of the universe. ‘Om’ is the seed of the universal manifestation. ‘Om’ is the bestower of all. ‘Om’ is the power behind everything, ‘Om’ is everything. ‘Om’ is the container of the Supreme. Invoking ‘Om’ is invoking the Supreme.
‘Om’ is the fundamental Sound. Sound of ‘Om’ is also called Pranava. ‘Om’ precedes all Vedic mantras. ‘Om’ is a single syllable incantation that pervades life and runs through prana or breath. Into all mantras, ‘Om’ is added as it is the Pranava mantra, which means without ‘Om’, no sacred chant has its power. Any mantra has no life in it without the addition of ‘Om’.
Why Chant OM
True power of ‘Om’ lies in the experience of ‘Om’. It helps bring awareness and focus to greater meaning of life. Choose Vedic Mantra ‘Om’ and devoutly repeat it. You will experience profound changes in your consciousness. It raises the vibrations of body cells and produces calmness. It reduces anxiety and creates changes in your thought patterns, brings mental clarity and positive thinking. It destroys depression, worry, bad karmas. It is said a mantra protects a person reciting it.
Sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras says by chanting ‘Om’, all obstacles to peace like- disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception, failure to reach firm ground, distress, despair, disturbed breathing -all disappear.
Scientific research concludes chanting ‘Om’ mantra results in stabilization of brain, removal of worldly thoughts and increase of energy. It is an energy medicine for any human being under stress.
Greatness of OM in Hindu Vedic Scriptures
The sacred texts, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras advocate chanting of the sacred syllable ‘Om’ which embodies the Absolute Reality.
“One should meditate on this syllable ‘Om’. That is the Supreme, the Highest”. - Chandogya Upanishad
“One should concentrate on ‘Om’. For a man ever fixed in ‘Om’, there can be no fear anywhere.” - Mandukya Karika 1: 25
“‘Om’ bestows the highest state. One should repeat ‘Om’ till the mind finds perfect peace.” – Yoga Vasishta
“One who recites ‘Om’ continually is not besmeared by sin, as la eaf of the lotus is not wet by water” – Goraka Shataka
“‘Om’ has the power of fulfilling desires.” – Gaudapada