By Jayaram V
Mantras are sacred syllables, usually in Sanskrit, uttered by
Hindus during official
ceremonies, prayers and invocations to gods. Mantras are used by
Hindus for various purposes but most commonly in invocations and
prayers. In a general sense, a mantra is a divine prayer. It is
revealed by the divine, for the common good of man, in a language
we can understand. It is the expression of a mind, which is filled
with divine vibrations, which is full of divine love and is in search
of Truth that is beyond it.
Its principal aim is to awaken the hidden divinities that exist
in us and, through the assistance of such awakened divinities, to
help us reach the Highest and the Supreme. It is a divine word,
packed with divine energies, capable of manifesting miraculous results,
when expressed properly. And when you fill it with the deepest and
purest of human aspiration, it becomes the boat by which you can
cross the ocean of earthly life and reach the other shore.
A mantra is Akshara Brahma, divine in the form of words and sounds,
revealed to you through enlightened beings, for your general welfare.
It already has the vibrations of the Highest Reality and when you
fill your consciousness with it, it awakens in you a new awareness
of yourself. It is the connecting point, the bridge, the messenger
of Truth, who fills you with love and cleanses you with its powerful
You can choose any mantra you want, preferably the one prescribed
by an enlightened master, or the one that comes to you naturally
due to the disposition of your mind, or some previous karma, or
through your intuition or some transcendental or meditative state.
Depending upon your state of mind and spiritual progress, the
mantra reveals itself to you, in some mysterious way. Therefore
do not seek the mantra. Let it come to you through the grace of
God. Till it happens, pray sincerely in whatever language you can
and wait for the divine grace.
If you do not have a personal mantra, do not worry. Sometimes
it is not even necessary. If you have a strong aspiration in your
heart, you will climb the ladder and reach the Divine, held by the
unseen hands of the Divine Himself. A mantra, in the final analysis,
is but an external aid. If your previous deeds are good enough,
you may not even need one.
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