What Is a Mantra? Nicho Plowman Meditation

What Is a Mantra? Nicho Plowman Meditation


– One question that often
comes up in meditation relates to mantras. There are different uses for mantras. Sometimes we can use them when we chant. Sometimes we use them at
the end of a yoga practice which are a bit more intention-based. The universal mantra “Om” is sometimes used in that regard. In Vedic meditation we use mantras as a way to help our mind
settle to those deeper more subtle parts of the mind. The word mantra itself
actually means “mind vehicle.” Manas – mind, tra – vehicle. And so if we think a mantra
gently our mind can rest and our body can start to relax as well and the effect of the body relaxing is it will release stress. It can release fatigue
and the mind will rest the body will follow and
over the course of our meditation practice we start to come to a more settled place. In Vedic meditation the
mantra has no meaning. It’s a sound or a word. But it has no meaning except
that it’s charming to the mind. And by that we mean that if
we’re thinking about some things that are essentially
irrelevant we can just bring our attention very
subtly back to the mantra which will help our mind rest. Our body follow again in
that process of relaxing and releasing stress from
our physiology continues. If there are sounds around us, we’re mediating, we might be meditating on
the plane or in the park wherever it might be. If we’re just gelling with
the mantra the things that are going on around us shouldn’t
fuss us too much whatsoever. So the mantra just helps
bring our mind back to a place that’s more subtle. Where you’re thinking very
gently and very innocently. In Vedic meditation we
are sitting comfortably, our eyes are closed and
we’re gelling with the mantra and we take it as it comes.

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