The Value of Mantras

The Value of Mantra

I have included this short chapter about the science of sound since it works with the auditory sense, and as with tantra, TPT deals with the use of your senses for the awakening of your consciousness.

In spoken Sanskrit, the word mantra means “spell” or “incantation, as in magic. According to TPT, mantras are not affirmations nor are they chanted out loud. They are secret sounds repeated in the mind to achieve a particular result by evoking the mysterious forces of nature. The use of mantras by spiritual seekers can be traced back to the descending Bronze Age of Gemini, or 4000 BC. 

Each mantra represents a specific vibration that corresponds with a certain force of creation. The vibration fills your world and evokes the force, which assists you to achieve a desired outcome. The result could be a numinous experience, like the establishment of inner silence in its practitioner. Or it could be a desired outcome in the world.

AUM is regarded as the highest of these auspicious sounds, containing all possible sounds. You could compare it to white light, which contains all the primary colors. In the case of AUM, the A corresponds to the creative force, the U to the sustaining force, and the M to the destructive force. AUM is therefore considered to be the sound of the Holy Trinity. By chanting AUM, the practitioner is balancing the three forces of creation within them that permeate their three realms and corresponding levels of being.

Another one of the primary mantras used by practitioners is Om Nama Shivaya. Om (Aum) represents the primary three forces, and na, ma, shi, va, and ya represent the five elements of creation—namely earth, water, fire, air, and ether respectively. 

This vibration creates balance throughout your world and brings the elements into alignment.

Each level of creation has a specific vibratory rate. The lower the level, the slower the vibration and the higher the level, the faster the vibration. The red color of the physical layer vibrates the slowest, and violet, at the highest level, the fastest. The sounds you can hear within you (inner ear) are the result of these vibrations. Bija mantras have a single syllable, whereas mala mantras can contain many syllables. Bija mantras are often prefixed or appended to other mantras to create complex spells. AUM is the primary bija mantra.

As stated earlier, mantras are repeated in the mind and not out loud. When this is done for an auspicious number of times, like 108, it is called japa. TPT recommends using an auspicious number, which matches the cascading of forces down through the levels of creation, and therefore multiples of three (Trinity). 

Mala beads can be used as a tool to assist the practitioner with counting.

A mantra can be a single word or verse, or a stanza like the Gayatri Mantra of the Vedas used by yogis.

When I was training to become a kriyaban, our small group was given twenty-four mantras, which we could use to overcome the obstacles of life. These mantras evoke certain forces (siddhis). But all I was really interested in was the kriya yoga, so I didn’t consider it very important. I must admit that I was a little skeptical about whether the mantras would actually work.

At the time, I had been trying to sell one of my racing cars to a customer, but the banks were refusing to finance the vehicle. It was a special edition Ford Escort Cosworth RS rally car, and there were only a handful of these imported collectors’ cars in the country. After weeks of pursuing every possible alternative, we finally reached the point where the buyer was walking away from the deal. I was desperate because I really needed the funds to pay for another car coming in from Japan that was due to arrive any day.

That night, I recalled the mantras we had been given and decided to give 

the one that evoked the force of financial prosperity (wealth) a try. I replayed the recording of the mantra session, to make sure I got the sound right. Back in my meditation room, I made myself comfortable and started repeating the mantra silently within. I had no idea what I was doing, but I just put my heart into it and kept going for a couple of hours. From interactions with Swami Rama, I knew the requirement could be as much as ten thousand repetitions, so I persisted.

By the time I went to bed, the mantra was repeating effortlessly in my mind, and I could hear it sounding throughout the night. At 9 o’ clock the following morning my phone rang. It was a representative from Ford Credit Finance. I had never heard of them. He explained that they were a U.S. financial institution based in Michigan, owned by Ford Motor Company and that they had recently opened a branch in South Africa. He had apparently spoken to a colleague of another bank earlier that morning, who had mentioned that I was selling the Ford Escort RS and needed someone to finance the transaction. Two hours later, the deal was done, and by the following day, the funds were in my bank account. I couldn’t believe it—it was like magic. I then knew never to underestimate the power of mantra.

Mantras can evoke the forces of nature and make a miraculous difference in your life. 

We sometimes offer these mantras to our students when they get stuck with obstacles they can’t overcome. I must add, however, that their effect is temporary, and that these types of mantras will not help you to awaken from the dream called life. 

Obstacles are there so that lessons can be learned and so that we can grow in awareness.

 The mantras for help with life include ones for removing obstacles, increasing productivity, improving family welfare, increased security, curing eating disorders, peace and tranquility, career success, security and defense, anxiety/pessimism, love and divinity, fear of death, curing disease and emotional freedom, love/romance, power to control, wealth/prosperity, ability to serve, increased devotion, victory over obstacles or enemies, power of penance, increased wisdom, increased sensuality, increased discrimination, patience and co-operation, courage, and the blessing of grace.

These mantras should be treated as medicine, and only used on those occasions when you really need to push through a situation in life that has gotten the better of you.

The best mantras for your spiritual journey are the ones that promote a quiet state of mind and receptivity. This is usually given by a qualified master who initiates you into mantra meditation.

The traditional ritual of being initiated into mantra meditation with a personal mantra usually involves a catharsis—the burning of sticks, which represents your past. The mantra is then whispered into your right ear so that only you can hear it. For someone at the beginning of his spiritual journey, this can offer significant emotional support on the journey of awakening.

Our school does offer initiation into mantra meditation, as do many legitimate traditional yoga institutions.

Excerpt from The Perennial Truth – Awakening of the Soul by TLB Kruger

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