What is the best Mantra?
Mantra, or repeating sound is a spiritual practice that can be found in every spiritual group, from the Buddhist Hindu, Christian, Islamic, and aboriginal groups.
I am including below some of the most powerful chants and mantras that have literally taken people to spiritual enlightenment hen practiced over time.
There are many remarkable stories of these mantras causing miracles.
I have my own miracle story associated with these mantras.
Walking on a 16 mile pilgrimage route in South India around the sacred mountain, Arunachala, I had planned to walk in shoes.
Just before I began I was informed that it was necessary to do it in bare feet. My feet had not seen the gravel in years, and were nicely soft, and tender. I was horrified at what could happen to my feet.
I began the trek. after 2 miles my feet were sore. After 3 miles they were beginning to bleed. After 4 miles I was hopping from soft object to soft object on the road to protect my feet. The soft objects were normally cow dung, as there were many cows on that route!. It was highly soothing and enjoyable to immerse even for a moment my foot in soft squishy dung. After 6 miles I was desperate. I asked for help from the Cosmos. Just after mile 6 a group of fellow pilgrimage-rs came along, chanting. Their chant was “Om Nama Shivaya” I joined in.
Somehow I forget the pain in my feet. I enjoyed the mantra chanting. The pain subsided somewhat. I finished the whole pilgrimage and my feel felt fine, a little tender but fine. The next day I could walk well. I was amazed by what had happened. if you had told me at mile 6 that I would finish the route without pain, and walk the next day I would have said you are crazy.
Call me Crazy, and begin the practice of mantra chanting.
In the spiritual life coaching that I lead I suggest that you begin mantra chanting regularly.
I recommend that you begin with 10-20 minutes a day, and then play with extending it until your mantra chanting is taking place within you all the time.
You can use a mantra from your religion if birth. There are chants from Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. These mantras below are from Hinduism and Buddhism.
The first chant is from the Hari Krishna tradition. If you have never danced with Hari Krishna’s I recommend that you must experience this. Their dance is full of joy and love and life.
The second mantra is from the Buddhist tradition and brings back very strong memories for me. The Sherpa in the Himalayas chant this all the time as they are travelling. On Everest I was often carrying loads up the mountain with Sherpa who were chant this chant.
The third chant is the one that carried me around the sacred pilgrimage route on Mount Arunachala.
This is a great description of Mantras here from the Wiki:
“Mantra” (Sanskrit मंत्र) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. Mantra may or may not be syntactic or have literal meaning; the spiritual value of mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.
Earliest mantras were composed in Vedic times by Hindus in India, and those are at least 3000 years old. Mantras are now found in various schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Similar hymns, chants, compositions and concepts are found in Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Christianity and elsewhere.
The use, structure, function, importance and types of mantras vary according to the school and philosophy of Hinduism and of Buddhism. Mantras serve a central role in the tantric school of Hinduism. In this school, mantras are considered equivalent to deities, a sacred formula and deeply personal ritual, and considered to be effective only after initiation. However, in other schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism or Sikhism, this is not so. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra “