Mantras for Meditation
Magic of Mantras
Singing mantras that have a meaning of infinite love, or Cosmic ideation, we shift our focus into Cosmic, into Universal, into Divine and start to resonate with peace and contentment.
Mantras and Meditation within Various Spiritual Practices
The word meditation comes from ‘meditari’ (Latin), meaning ‘to concentrate’.
Buddhism Meditation and Mantras
Buddhists pursue meditation as a spiritual tool within their path toward Enlightenment and Nirvana
Buddhist meditation techniques include breath meditation, meditations for developing mindfulness and concentration. Zen Buddhists are the Masters in the area of breath meditation and mindfulness, and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition is famous for their visualization guided meditations.
Buddhism Mantra Singing
Singing mantras is a major part of Buddhist meditative practices. Buddhists sing: ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ or sing through their major Buddhists texts, chanting their way towards Wisdom using various instruments including the dharma drums, gongs, bells, Tibetan Balls, etc. The sound of each instrument is to send positive vibrations to the beings of other realms: from humans to animals to Gods and spirits. It is said that the sound of the drums echo the sound of Buddha's teachings.
Christian meditation is the process of contemplation of the Bible’s scenes or a simple silent ‘merge’ with Christ or God.
Christianity and Signing Devotional Songs
Christian meditation also uses chanting and prayers within their ceremonies. The repetition of the words ‘Holly Marry’, calling God’s mercy, etc. is intended to awaken devotion and love towards God. Through the Christian meditation a devotee builds the personal relationship of love with Jesus.
Vocal prayers, meditations, singing devotional songs, and contemplation (Bible study) are Christians’ spiritual tools to communicate with God.
The Catholic rosary is a string of beads containing five sets with ten small beads. The Hindu japa mala has 108 beads and the Muslim mishbaha has 99 beads. Each bead is counted as a person recites a mantra or repeat a prayer.
Meditation is a major spiritual tool within Hinduism that helps the practitioner realize union of one's self, one's ātman, with Brahman, the omnipresent Consciousness.
Yogis believe that the meditative state of mind is the highest state in which the mind exists.
Hinduism Chanting Mantras
Within Hindu’s spiritual practices, the practice of singing mantras is essential. Love, devotion, openness fill ones heart through chanting and singing meditations on various God’s names. Kirtan, or singing the devotional songs to Gods (Krishna, Shiva, Shakti, etc.) is one of the best ways to help quieten the mind and go into whether singing or sitting meditation.
Within a mantra meditation, a practitioner focuses on mantra. The mantras could be either a combination of sounds (like the mantra Aum) or a combination of words: So-ham (I am It), Tat Twam Asmi (one with Brahman) or words associated with deities and their qualities. It is believed that when a mantra is chanted properly, with devotion and love, the sound of the mantra becomes the deity itself. Mantra chanting is an important part of daily lives of Yogis.
‘Every true Mantra fulfils six conditions. 1) It was originally revealed to a sage, who achieved self-realization through it and passed it down to others. 2) It has a presiding deity and 3) a specific metter. 4) It possesses a bija, or seed, investing it with a special power that is the essence of the Mantra. 5) It has dynamic divine power, or Shakti. 6) There is a plug that conceals the pure consciousness hidden in the Mantra. As soon as the plug is removed by constant prolonged repetition, pure consciousness is revealed, and the devotee receives the vision of his deity.’
Meditation and Mantras, Swami Vishnu-Devananda
Asanas, Pranayama, meditation, contemplation, and singing mantras are the spiritual tools used to help a Yogi merge with Universal Consciousness.
Islamic Mysticism: Sufi Meditation
The practice of Sufism includes specific meditative techniques, breathing exercises and the repetition of holy words. Sufi practice of concentration is a meditation technique of one-pointedness, of mind focus or ‘tamarkoz’ a Persian term for concentration.
Meditation within Sufis is a mystical experience. Music and dance is an essential part of the experience. The dance and singing allow a devotee to receive divine inspiration.
An Islamic prayer or Salah is also a form of singing meditation. Salah is a way of praying to Allah with the recitation of passages ‘Surahs’ from the Qur'an.
The Jewish mystical tradition, Kabbalah, is in its essence a meditative study of God’s instruments of materialisation.
A meditator meditates guided through the specific mental visualisations, allowing its inner experience to grow into a mystical experience, an ‘elevation of the soul’ to gain a spiritual intuitive knowledge of secrets hidden within the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. The practice is the one of the analytical reflective process that also appreciates the mystical experience.
Judaism and Magic of Sound
Within the Zohar, an ancient mystical Kabbhala's text, the sound is respected as a very essence of creation. The sound vibration for the Hebrew words are the forces that bring these entities into existence.
'The ancient Kabbalists gave us the sound patterns and sequences of vibrations that can transform our lives on every level. These patterns are the words of the Zohar, the words of Torah, and the sequences of the Names of God. When we interact with these universal technologies, we invite their power into our lives to transform us.'
Sound of Creation, Billy Phillips
Taoism and Meditation
Taoism tradition includes a number of meditative and contemplative practices: Qigong, Internal Alchemy, T'ai chi ch'uan often referred to as ‘meditation in motion’, and various breathing training practices in aid of meditation.
Taoist Tai Chi Dance
A movement in stillness and the stillness in movement is a state of mental calm practiced and achieved within Taoist spiritual practices. Tai Chi is a supreme meditative and martial-arts dance that combines movement, meditation and breathing within its practices.
Within Chinese Qigong practices, various forms of meditation use visualization as their tool to direct the flow of energy (Qi) within the body.
Guide to Chanting Mantras with Best Chords
Singing devotional songs or mantras could be truly a mystical and a mysterious experience
We sing devotional songs with deep feelings, and full faith, letting the transcendental beauty, and qualities represented within the words enter our souls.
The Guide to Chanting Mantras with Best Chords by Nataša Pantović Nuit, published by: Artof4elements, 2015, ISBN: 978-99957-54-15-0 is the perfect guide to mantras chanting with mantras spiritual meaning, lyrics and chords. Enjoy your meditation exploration while singing mantras!
It is Siva who makes us realise our essential Divine Nature. Siva created the idea of egoism, Karma, pleasure and pain. It is Siva who offers Moksha or freedom. Om and Siva are one.
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In traditional Brahmin practice the Gayatri Mantra is often devotionally offered to God at sunrise and sunset to inspire within us His Divinity and His Light to guide our Wisdom towards Righteousness so that we can chose the right path.
Meditation, contemplation, mantras and prayers from all around the world are becoming a spiritual force leading towards more love on Earth.
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