Puraan | Notes
By Subramaniam. "Aum Namah Shivaya Group", Jun 24, 2009
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What is a Mantra? Which is the most powerful Mantra? How are Mantras to be learnt? How Mantra are to be chanted? etc. etc. I want to share some of my thoughts and understanding in this regard.
A Mantra can be said to be a word-symbol or symbols representing and expressing, as nearly as possible, the particular view of God and the universe they stand for. When the Mantras that are of the nature of symbols, syllables etc is given to the disciple or Saadhak by an illumined Guru, it becomes a living seed. The Guru, by his spiritual power, gives life to the word and at the same time awakens the spiritual power latent in the disciple. That is the secret of Guru`s initiation. A Mantra is an aid to meditation.
There are three types of Mantra: - (1) The first category include those that invoke the low powers of nature and are called as Taamasik Mantra. (2) The second category of Mantra excite and manifest might and power and are called Raajasik Mantra. (3) Lastly, those that are of quiet and purely spiritual types are called Saattwik.
All the Mantra again fall under two classifications: -
The Vaidik Mantra are both in prose and poetry. The Mantra in poetry are Metrical Mantra and are called "Rik" and the Mantra written in prose are called "Yajus".
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/31/13