Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Mantra par excellence



Elsewhere in this blog we have mentioned that chanting of a mantra or divine words is an excellent way to achieve meditative states and commune with the Universal Consciousness. Mantras can consist of a single word or many. However, rather than words it is best to describe a Mantra in syllables. personally I find that a very short mantra may lead to an easy distraction of mind and very long ones though helping one to keep one's focus initially also lead to distraction after some time. Chanting a mantra musically helps to keep the mind in focus. An excellent ancient mantra that is neither too long nor too short is 

Om Mani Padme Hum

Listen to a Beautiful Musical rendition of this mantra from the depths of the Himalayas. You are sure to be enchanted, at

 

It is essential that during recitation of mantra (jap) the breathing remain calm and regular  and not irregular. A mantra that interferes with that is not very effective. The Mantra described here in six syllables is excellent for maintaining and promoting slow even breathing while helping to keep the mind on a divine focus. If you wish to practice it do remain still in a comfortable position preferably with back and head straight and eyes closed. Starting with a few minutes and increasing to around fifteen minutes each morning and evening appears to be good for persons engaged actively in the world. reclusive persons living largely in quiet close proximity of nature may consider longer practices. Literally the Sanskrit words may be taken to imply, the Mother Goddess, the jewel in the lotus, is a part of the One and only Lord of the Universe (Om). To learn more about the mother goddess as worshipped in Asia you can check out my other blog at http://nainitalgoddess.blogspot.in/2012/11/sunanda-goddess.html   

 

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