Let’s look at the mantra Om and how it will benefit you. Our Vedas say: “Om is the imperishable syllable. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present and the future, all that is, all that will be, is Om. Likewise, all else that exists beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om,” (Mandukya Upanishad).
This definition of Om gives the idea that the universe is one indivisible whole. Everything is interdependent. Om stands both for the psychic and material principles of life.
The word mantra is a Sanskrit word consisting of the root man- “manas or mind” and the suffix -tra meaning, tool, it’s therefore a literal translation of “mind tool”. Mantras are interpreted to be effective as sound (vibration), to the effect that great emphasis is put on correct pronunciation (resulting in an early development of a science of phonetics in India). They are intended to deliver the mind from illusion and material inclinations. Chanting is the process of repeating a mantra.
A mantra is a religious syllable or poem, typically from the Sanskrit language. Their use varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra. They are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words and vibrations that instill one-pointed concentration in the devotee. Other purposes have included religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, avoid danger, or eliminate enemies. Mantras originated in India with Vedic Hinduism and were later adopted by Buddhists and Jains, now popular in various modern forms of spiritual practice which are loosely based on practices of these Eastern religions.
By meditating on the mantra Om, different levels of your being, as they occur in your existence and are reflected in the universe, become integrated. This allows you to experience the harmony of life. The sound of repeating Om is known to have limitless psycho-therapeutic value, bringing inner peace and liberation from suffering. Focus on the repeating sound. Aim for transcendental states of realisation.
Chanting the mantra Om during a meditation practice has a very profound effect, not only does it help focus and concentrate a wandering mind but the sound of the mantra om also purifies the environment around you. Nature and the chant of the mantra Om both vibrate at the frequency of 432 Hz, therefore powerfully connecting you with nature and the universe and allowing you to experience the harmony of life and inner peace.
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