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Mantras (or mantrams)
are words, phrases, or syllables which are chanted thoughtfully and with
Mantra yoga meditation involves chanting a word or phrase until the mind and emotions are transcended and the super conscious is clearly revealed and experienced.
Since the mind wanders so much, the music of a mantra easily rescues the mind and brings it back to the object of one's meditation.
Both the rhythm and the meaning of the mantra combine to safely guide the mind back to the point of meditation - the higher consciousness or the specific spiritual focus. This ritualistic chanting helps bind the mind to a single thought until it attains the state of samadhi.
Generally mantram meditation involves chanting out the mantras loud at first until the body is calm and the atmosphere around oneself is serene and pleasant for meditation. Then whisper chanting of the mantras almost automatically occurs and the life force begins to withdraw inward from "out-loud" chanting to whisper chanting. In whisper chanting the prana, the life force in the body, is balanced and harmonized, preparing the way for a deeper state of serenity - and of the balance of mind and emotions.
Whisper chanting easily dissolves and the life force moves even deeper within as you enter mental chanting. Mental chanting is practiced as long as thoughts are occurring to the mind. Whenever the mind is distracted, the mantram is simply chanted in the same area of the mind where the distraction is occurring. The mantram always win if given a chance.
As the mantram frees you from one thought, then another, and also helps to dissolve distractions, the mantram then begins to reach the border of super consciousness. Chanting becomes effortless. No effort, nor warding off distractions, is needed. Chanting becomes a pleasure. Peace and gentle joy fill your mind.
At this point of effortless mental chanting the mantram can do two things:
It may dissolve into super consciousness, or
It may first help ventilate the subconscious mind, the storage house of your old thoughts, feelings, and memories, which have been sadly neglected or not successfully dealt with.
The mantram may create an opportunity for old thoughts and feelings, old fears and worries, to be released, or healed, or let go.
If your mental chanting first becomes effortless and ventilates the subconscious pressures, it then moves into your super conscious self. Or, the effortless chanting bypasses the subconscious basement of your mind, going directly into sublime super consciousness. Either way, you arrive in your blissful, heavenly nature. The words of the mantram fall apart and fall away. Only the energy flow of the mantram remains as your awareness becomes spiritual and full of light.
Ecstasy Through Mantra Yoga
In this ecstatic stage of continuous joy, you feel that you have arrived home. You sense that this is your true nature - and your true estate, which has been ignored due to the dominance of the mind, the emotions, and the outer world.
You will have a pleasant fifteen to twenty minutes in the delight and comfort of your super conscious self; and then the mantram will begin to come out. You will find your higher consciousness wants to come back to the outer world. It wants to express, to touch your life and loved ones. The words of the mantram re-emerge in the mind and you reverse the whole process, going gradually into whisper - and then out loud - chanting.
Ultimately a mantram meditator lives in the ecstasy of the mantram and always aglow with the meaning and spiritual insight of the special syllables.
In order to be sure a mantram is right for you, seek a mantram only from a Guru or Master who is qualified to teach and initiate you.
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