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Types of Mantra

Mantra are of various types. Rule of Thumb: Do not do any specific Mantra without proper guidance or if you do not feel comfortable with them. Mahaa Mantra are exceptions.

Beej Mantra
These Mantra are normally are of one syllable, for example "Kleem" is the Beej Mantra of Kaam Dev. The Jap Mantra which contain Beej Mantra of that Deity whom the Jap Mantra belongs to, is more effective than the Jap Mantra without his Beej Mantra.

Dhyaan Mantra
Some are Dhyaan mantra. These Mantra describe the Deity's Swaroop (form) and are used to meditate upon. They are mostly larger than the Jap Mantra.

Jap Mantra
These Mantra are specifically for Jap or recitation many times, for example Gaayatree Mantra, Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra, Panchaaksharee Mantra etc are all Jap Mantra.

Yagya Mantra
These Mantra are used to do Yagya or fire sacrifice. Normally such Mantra end with "Swaahaa".

Naarad Puraan
According to Naarad Puraan, Mantra are classified as Siddh, Saadhya, Susiddh, and Ari, accordingly they are friends, servers, supporters, and destroyers a matter which is determined for each Sadhak by means of Chakra calculations. All Mantra's Devtaa are men; and all Vidyaa's Devtaa are women. These three types of Mantra are used in six types of Karm -

(1) Shaanti (to pacify) - "Namah" is used in Shaanti (peace) and Mohan
(2) Vashya or Vasheekaran (to control) - "Vaushat" is used in Pushti (health) and Vasheekaran (to control somebody)
(3) Stambhan (to stop) - "Hum" is used in killing and destroying love
(4) Dwesh or Vidweshan (jealousy) - "Phat" is used in Vidweshan and Uchchaatan
(5) Uchchaatan - "Phat" is used in Vidweshan and Uchchaatan
(6) Maaran (to kill) - "Hum" is used in killing and destroying love

"Vashat" is used in attaining sons and Deepti

Mahaa Mantra
Mahaa Mantra are universal Mantra like Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra and Gaayatree Mantra and can be recited by anyone. Mahaa means great, because it is considered the most powerful of all Mantra, for it has the power to elevate the most materially conditioned and sinful soul and establish him in divine perfection. There are a few Mantra which are Mahaa Mantra. They can be chanted by all -
(1) Om Namah Shivaaya
(2) Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya
(3) Om Namo Naaraayanaaya

Vaidik Mantra
Vaidik Mantra are the Mantra prescribed in our oldest Four Vedas, devoted recitation of these Mantra or chanting them devotedly and in prescribed manner, frees the person from all troubles and miseries. Mind can he controlled by devotedly worshipping the God or praying to HIM in his language of Vedic mantras. His holy monosyllable is 'OM'. It is His holy and divine word that should be recited as its meaning should be understood and well thought of this word 'OM' is very comprehensive and represent Brahm, It is a Very powerful word. No Mantra can be formulated without His word. Vaidik Mantra can be analyzed, measured or weighed; the result of these Mantra are visible.

The five important Vaidik Mantra are represented by five faces, from which the 38 most celebrated Vaidik Mantra have been generated. Your Lordship, being celebrated as Lord Shiv, is self-illuminated. You are directly situated as the supreme truth, known as Paramaatmaa.

The five Mantra mentioned in this connection are as follows:
(1) Purush, (2) Aghor, (3) Sadyojaat, (4) Vaamadev, and (5) Eeshaan.
These five Mantras are within the category of 38 special Vaidik Mantra chanted by Lord Shiv, who is therefore celebrated as Shiv or Mahaadev. Another reason why Lord Shiv is called Shiv, which means "all-auspicious," is that he is self-illuminated, exactly like Lord Vishnu, who is the Paramaatmaa. Because Lord Shiv is directly an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, he is situated as Lord Visnu's direct representative. This fact is corroborated by a Vaidik Mantra:

"patim vishwa syatmeshwaram shaashwatam. shivam achyutam."
pitM ivaSva sya%maoSvarM SaaSvatM iSavaM Acyautma\
The Super soul is called by many names, of which Maheshwar, Shiv and Achyut are especially mentioned.

Taantrik Mantra
Vaidik Mantra are performed through faith. The results of these Mantra can not be analyzed, measured, weighed or seen but can be felt. The persons who do not believe can not be satisfied unless they feel themselves. And these Taantrik Mantra are to be recited as per prescribed methods. One experiences the sensation and Vibrations during or at the end of Jap of these Mantra.

Aghor Mantra or Sabaree Mantra
In Taantrik Granth, there are many Sabaree or Sabar Mantra in local languages, and are very effective. These are otherwise known as Aghor Mantra too.

Other Mantra
Gaayatree Mantra should not be recited by anyone and at will ... Gaayatree should be given by a Guru, and should be practiced in a certain way. However during the Brahm Muhoort time, no rules apply, and if you are a Braahman, it specially becomes a obligation to perform it ...

Mahaa Mritunjaya Jap can be done by anyone however it should be instructed by a Guru ...

Stotra and other Mantra like Lalitaa Sahastra Naam, Vishnu Sahastra Naam or Saundarya Laharee don't need Guru's instruction ...

Lastly, Mantra are only means to an end and not the end in themselves ... even Gaayatree Mantra when done correctly will only lead you to higher goals by giving you direction ...

Experimenting with all possible Mantra to see which suits you is not a very good method of practice ... and sometimes it can have negative effects .. especially if you are chasing Mantra like Lakshmee, or Ganapati, or the other Taantrik Mantra ... Please remember that the Taantrik Mantra that are practiced by Taantrik are usually performed after elaborate initiations by Guru ... Tantra believes
that Mantra are more powerful than gods who preside them because by performing the Mantra you are creating an obligation for the presiding Deity to do what you want them to do ... spiritualism seeks to do the reverse of this .. that is to submit to the will of god and go where he takes you with faith and determination ....



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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 08/24/2011