Mantra in Tibetan is “sngags,” and mantras generally are in Sanskrit. What Are Mantras? Sanskrit isn’t a human language, it’s said to be a divine language that came
from another dimension onto the earth. And so when you think of Italian,
that’s coming out of Italian energy, or German comes out of German energy, but Sanskrit came out of this other energy,
a divine or enlightened energy. So when you make those sounds of the mantra,
there’s a blessing in simply the sounds. So the Sanskrit alphabet is a mantra: ka, kha, ga, gha, ṅa, ca, cha, ja, jha, ña, ṭa, ṭha, ḍa, ḍha, ṇa ta, tha, da, dha, na, pa, pha, ba, bha, ma, ya, ra, la, va, śa, ṣa, sa, ha. That’s a mantra, and that’s the alphabet and that was the consonants. The way I see it is, mantras also have meaning,
and I actually like to know the meaning of mantras. Some people say it doesn’t matter, but I also like to
have that concept of what I’m saying. And also just the sound.
So there’s that aspect. There’s also the repetition of the mantra, and traditionally you’re not just saying, you’re visualizing. Let’s say the mantra is turning at your heart, that’s activating your heart chakra. The sound of mantras creates a vibrational field, it’s an energy. Oṃ Maṇi Padme Hūṃ. You know, it has an energy that’s very different
than saying, “Oh jewel in the lotus.” It’s the sound. And so those energies impact the body. Plus if you’re doing a mantra properly, you’re concentrating,
so that’s a mindfulness practice. And then you have the blessings of the lineage, mantras are transmitted through lineage. So you have all those factors
coming together to create benefit. I actually saw something recently, that they’ve done a study on the effect of mantras, and have proven that it is healing, and also effective in terms of deepening one’s awareness and mindfulness.