...It is the supreme prayer, described the mother of the Vedas, named after its metre which means “the saviour of the singer”, revealed to sage Vishvamitra. Gayatri is the mantra of the real Guru, the Omniscient God. The writers of the scriptures call it the “Soul of the Vedas’.
Gayatri, the greatest and the most beautiful of all the ancient mantras, universally hailed as the Mother of the Vedas that has been chanted from time immemorial, has acquired such an enormous mystical power and transcendental importance that it continues to remain even now as the mantra which has been universally accepted as capable of unfolding our spiritual faculties in the most remarkable manner.
I like to summarize what I regard as the pedestal-smashing messages of Darwin's revolution in the following statement, which might be chanted several times a day, like a Hare Krishna mantra, to encourage penetration into the soul: Humans are not the end result of predictable evolutionary progress, but rather a fortuitous cosmic afterthought, a tiny little twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life, which, if replanted from seed, would almost surely not grow this twig again, or perhaps any twig with any property that we would care to call consciousness.stephen jay gould
'Happiness is a Small Politician' - my mantra then and forever more.ralph steadman
The mantra is forget your size discover your shape and transform yourself.trinny woodall
The Yogatattwa Upanishad warns against the misuse of mantra.
In the w:UpanishadTarasara Upanishad, Yagnyavalkya teaches Bharadwaja the right use of a certain mantra – aum -namo –narayanaaya - which consists of eight syllables. Each separate syllable symbolizes aspects of Transcendence ( Brahma , Vishnu , etc) or archetypal MIND energies.
Prana , [we could say], is the spirit of mantra. mantra in turn is the expression of prana. Whatever most engages our prana or vital energy becomes the main subject of our speech.
Through mantra we can gain mastery of all the forces of time and karma.
Through mantra, we can awaken the Divine light within us and expand beyond the limitations of space, direction and manifestation. Through mantra, one can learn to ride the waves of cosmic light and sound, going back to the Divine Word at the heart of the world. This is the cosmic form of mantra Yoga known known only to Yogis who have gone beyond the body and mind.
When Sanskrit is called the ‘universal language’ or ‘the language of the gods’, it is no mere exaggeration...Truly learning Sanskrit is not just conventional language but of learning the language of mantra. It is not a mere academic study or a means of improving communication, but an inner practice to create the foundation for mantra Yoga.
There is group of special shanti mantras found in vedic texts, such as the Upanishads. At he close of each Upanishad chapter, for instance, the word shanti is chanted three times, as a mantra. This is to remove the three kinds of suffering – personal, external and atmospheric
When Tibetans chant a mantra associated with a particular Buddha, they are not simply asking for the blessingsand aid of the Buddha – the final goal of the practice is to become buddhas themselves, since buddhas are sentient beings who have actualized the highest potential that we all possess.
The Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara who is called in Tibetan, Chenresi [often spelled Chenresig or Chenresik] is said to have given a special mantra to Nagarjuna who left it to Lion-face Dakini to transmit to Padmasambhava, whose activity confirmed Buddhism as the predominant religion in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum in Sanskrit
The body of those who keep this mantra will transform into a vajra body, the bones will transform into relics of the Buddha and ordinary mind will transform into the wisdom of the Buddhas.
It is said that the sands of the Ganges and drops of water in the ocean can be counted but not the merits resulting from the recitation of this mantra.
So, as the Council of Trent declared, the Catholic Church, rich with the experiences of ages and clothed with their splendor, has introduced mystic benediction (mantra), incense ( dhupa ), water ( achamana ), lights ( dipa ), bells ( ghanta ), flowers ( w:Pushpanjalipushpa ), vestments and all the magnificence of ceremonies in order to excite the spirit of religion to the contemplation of the profound mysteries which they reveal. As are its faithful, the Church is composed of both body ( deha ) and soul ( atma ). It renders to the Lord (ishvara) a double worship, external ( bahyapuja ) and interior ( manaspuja ), the latter being the prayer ( vandana ) of the faithful.
Another version of Namokar Mahamantra Obeisance to the Arihants, perfect souls –Godmen Obeisance to the Siddhas- liberated bodiless souls Obeisance to the masters-heads of congregations Obeisance to the teachers- ascetic teachers Obeisance to all the ascetic aspirants in the universe This fivefold obeisance mantra destroys all demerit And is the first and foremost of all Auspicious recitations .
mantra is like atomic power, the more you explore the Shakti, the power, the atomic energy, in the atom , you will the Shakti is even subtler than the atom itself.
mantra which contain up to nine Nine words are called Bejj mantra, ten to twenty words form Mantraand beyond are Mole Mantras.
mantra is a vehicle to bring our minds, hearts and prana to the level of both primal sound and primal meaning , in which we can return to the original state of unity with all. This requires that we use mantras with an intention, focus and aspiration to reach the supreme.
Vedic ritual practice honoured the sun with daily recital of Gayathri mantra to Savitr and sacrifices to Surya .
mantra Upanishad: These teachings center on esoteric interpretations of specific sounds and syllables and place those interpretations into Yogic as well as Saiva , Vaishnava , and Durga theistic contexts. Typical of these works are Tarasara, Kalisantarana, and Narayana Upansihad.
The Adi Granth opens with the Mul mantra, the basic statement of belief: “There is one Supreme Being, the Eternal Reality. [This Supreme Being] is the Creator, without fear and devoid of enmity, immortal, never incarnated, self-existent, known by grace through the Guru.
We must remember that the Hindu religion lays down distinctly and clearly that every one who wants salvation must pass through the stage of Rishihood [Life of a Saint], must become a mantra -drashta , must see God . That is salvation; that is the law laid down by our scriptures.