The meditation It is a very beneficial practice that seeks to keep our attention at a fixed point or a reference to reach a state of calm in which there are no intrusive thoughts or distractions, only the blank mind. As described in the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred Hindu text: “When meditation is dominated, the mind is unbreakable like the flame of a candle in a place without wind”.
- 1 What is meditation about?
- 2 What are mantras?
- 3 Some of the best known mantras
What is meditation about?
Meditation is a technique used in different religions, such as Buddhism or Hinduism, which is reached through many hours of practice and training in which different aspects such as breathing, listening to sounds, posture or the repetition of mantras are involved.
With meditation you get a significant stress reduction and anxiety Some studies show that it can reduce pain, improve the immune system and emotional well-being. Since the 70s, clinical psychology has adopted techniques derived from meditation, such as mindfulness, To treat different problems.
What are mantras?
The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit and is formed through the union of two words: "man", which means mind or thought and the suffix "-tra", which means tool or instrument. We could say that the term mantra means: mental tool.
The mantras are sounds, words or word sequences whether emitted externally or internally, with a special vibration, whose repetitions help to achieve relaxation and induce high concentration states during meditation
They can consist of words or phrases with meanings or sounds without a syntactic structure and they repeat in a constant and rhythmic way to help focus thoughts and reach the state of concentration that meditation seeks.
Some of the best known mantras
Next, we describe some of the most popular and most used mantras in meditation and we hope they serve you:
The mantra Om is the most popular sound in meditation and it is the one you have surely heard most often. Although it is not easy to describe, its meaning involves different abstract ideas such as "the essence of life" "the sound of the universe" or "the infinite knowledge". It is the most sacred mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism and appears in most of its texts.
Om mani padme hum
This popular mantra It is used by Tibetan Buddhists who maintain that their repetition invokes the blessings of Chenrezig, one of the bodhisattvas (those who have found the way of the Buddha), most revered and that embodies compassion.
This six-syllable mantra represents different meanings: Om is the sacred word for Buddhism; Mani means "Jewel"; Padme is the sacred flower of Buddhists, the lotus flower, while Hum means enlightenment.
Om namah shivaia
It is another of the best known mantras of Hinduism and can be translated as "worship of God Shiva", one of the main gods of this religion. It is a greeting to this deity and It is associated with concepts such as truth and love. Hindu teachers consider this mantra to be something therapeutic for the human being, both physically and psychologically.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
This mantra of Sanskrit origin means the following: "May all beings from anywhere be happy and free and that the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all." A meaning that stands out for Desires for peace and love and the rejection of selfishness and personal limitations, embracing compassion and life in total harmony with our surroundings.
Om gam ganapataye namaha
"I greet Mr. Ganesha from the depths of my being." This mantra is dedicated to Ganesha, the Hindu god master of wisdom and knowledge, the elephant-headed deity, one of the most worshiped gods in India.
These words are associated with Ganesha's power to eliminate the difficulties of our lives and destroy the obstacles. Many people use it to face great vital challenges and seek protection within this form of philosophy and religion.