The Most Powerful Healing Mantras 2021
Have you ever caught yourself trying to suppress nerves before starting a new job, or psyching yourself up to combat something that scares you?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’, then what’s likely to have happened next, is that you picked a handful of words or a phrase that you’ve repeated over and over again, in the hope that it will put your mind in the right place to take that leap of faith and do yourself proud.
Like so many other people, what you’ve done is looked to break negative thought patterns, by replacing them with something more positive.
This, in essence, is what it is like to chant Mantra.
What we’ve provided for you in this post, is how to practice Mantras, along with 11 Health Benefits and a list of the best Mantras themselves – everything you’ll need to take the first steps on your journey to inner peace and fulfillment.
What is a Mantra?
Mantra is a Sanskrit word that can be broken down into two parts. ‘Man’ meaning ‘mind’ and ‘tra’ meaning ‘release’
When it comes to the meaning of the word Mantra, the Oxford English dictionary has put it in a way we really don’t need to change…
- (Originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation
- A statement or slogan repeated frequently.
A Mantra is effectively a word or phrase, (of which there are many different types), which are most commonly repeated in a meditation practice as a tool to ‘release’ your mind and find inner peace.
So that’s the literal meaning of the word itself, now let’s take a look at the Ancient Origins of the Mantra.
Ancient Origins of Mantra
Some of the most powerful Mantras known (which we’ll cover later on), are written in Sanskrit, which is an Indo-Aryan language that dates back well over 2,000 years.
Being one of the oldest languages on record, Sanskrit words comprise many of India’s spiritual texts and Indian culture itself.
This undoubtedly goes a long way to explaining why this ancient traditional practice and the power of mantras are deeply rooted to spiritual understanding and self-awareness.
Many other powerful Mantras can also be found to originate in Gurmukhi, meaning ‘from the mouth of the Guru’, which is also an ancient script, used to write the Punjabi language along with the sacred literature of the Sikhs.
The historical, spiritual practice of Mantra, was to achieve a meditative state.
The practice of Mantra meditation techniques utilizes the repetition of a word or phrase bringing focus, and to help hone your awareness, slowing down mental activity and thought.
However, in line with a more modern existence, achieving benefit from Mantra can be found in many ways;
- Play a recording while you meditate/relax
- Hum or repeat your Mantra to calm your nerves
- Joining chants within a class environment (Yoga or guided meditation)
Whichever way you choose – the repetition of your chosen powerful Mantras can be out loud, or in your head.
By threading these practices into your daily life, you can expect to see a number of benefits and positive effects…
11 Benefits and Positive Effects of Mantra
Whether you are experiencing a tough time with heightened levels of anxiety, stress, sadness or anger, powerful Mantras are an incredibly powerful self-care tool, that can be used whenever required and from a mental health perspective, there are fewer things more beneficial.
They will help you hit the reset button and draw some inner focus when you feel that you need it most.
Mantras have been used alongside the practice of Yoga for thousands of years, connecting the mind and body on a spiritual level, to increase self understanding of the participant, allowing them to access higher states of consciousness and develop a more positive energy.
Wether in a meditative style or otherwise, we have listed some of the positive ways that daily Mantras can impact your life;
- Increased self awareness
- Reduce stress
- Concentrate the mind
- More loving outlook
- Improve confidence
- Positive energy
- Peace of mind
- Increased Focus
- A powerful sense of calm
- More inner peace
- Heightened positive outlook
5 Powerful Mantras
1. Om Gam Ganapati Namaha
Meaning – We call in Ganesha, the remover of obstacles
This powerful Mantra is thought to invoke the Hindu deity, Ganesha. Ganesha is instantly recognisable as the elephant-headed trickster, who can master knowledge and remove obstacles.
The word ‘Gam’, is the bija Mantra for Ganesha, so when chanted, it represents the invocation of all that Ganesha represents.
All of this creates a perfect Mantra to clear your path of obstacles when you are feeling stuck – lacking in motivation or creativity, seeking that positive change.
2. Om Eim Saraswati Namaha Om
Meaning – We call in Saraswati, the Goddess of creativity and language
As its translation may suggest, this ancient Mantra invokes Saraswati who, in Hindu, is the incarnation of Shakti energy, in the form of Wisdom, knowledge, creativity, language, Music and art.
Eim is pronounced I’m and is the bija Mantra for Saraswati and with that one sound, brings about all that Sarawsati represents – perfect to give you the inner strength to take on a new challenge or tap into your creative genius.
3. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
Meaning – I bow to the creative wisdom; I bow to the divine teacher within
Yogi Bhajan was an Indian spiritual guru, who brought the practice of Kundalini Yoga to the Western world and this Mantra formed an important part of his teachings.
Use this particular Mantra as a wonderful way to connect with your infinite wisdom within.
4. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Meaning – May all beings everywhere be happy and free
What a beautiful and compelling Mantra this is! One of unconditional love and happiness to everyone, including yourself.
Sometimes referred to as the Lokah Mantra, it can be commonly chanted in Hatha Yoga.
This is a Sanskrit Mantra that you can chant, or even sing, to offer blessings of love and compassion for those close to you, or even those you have never met, acting as an offer of kindness to all beings.
5. Om Mani Padme Hum
Meaning – I bow to the jewel at the lotus flower of the heart
This Buddhist Mantra encapsulates Buddhist teachings and indicates that we can all transform ourselves to be more like Buddha.
This Mantra focuses heavily on its six syllables and their Paramitas and what each one purifies;
Pride / Ego
Jealousy / Lust
Passion / Desire
Ignorance / Prejudice
Greed / Possessiveness
Aggression / Hatred
4 Simple Mantras
Without doubt the most simple Mantra.
You may have noticed that this Mantra appears in many of the 5 Powerful Mantras we have already listed and you will see that ‘Om’ takes its place in many more!
This is because it’s believed to be the sound of the universe, one the most sacred sounds and original vibration of all life (birth, death, and re-birth). It is often repeated during yoga and meditation, to help ease racing thoughts.
2. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Meaning – Om Peace Peace Peace
This is a Sanskrit Mantra and as the translation would suggest, is used to invoke inner-peace.
Whether you chant this Mantra at the beginning or end of a self-care session, in the morning or at night – this is a perfect Mantra to begin with, as it’s easy to understand and sends offerings of peace to the world and to yourself.
3. Hari Om
Meaning – The remover Om
This is a universal mantra and contains within it, the sound of the universe.
Hari Om is a widely known Sanskrit mantra, that is thought to erase all suffering. Hari is also a name given in Hindu mythology to the god, Vishnu, who was himself the remover of bondages.
Hari refers to the one who removes troubles, blockages, pain and restraints, a perfect Mantra if you are feeling mentally burdened, or wanting to set yourself free to a life without limits.
4. Om Namah Shivaya
Meaning – I bow to Shiva
This is possibly one of the most popular Hindu Mantras. It is called the Shiva Panchakshara or simply Panchakshara. The five syllable Mantra. (‘Om’ is excluded.)
Shiva is the supreme God of transformation who represents the highest self. The mantra originates in the Krishna Yajurveda, where it appears several times without its first syllable.
The five syllables – ‘’Na’ ‘Ma’ ‘Si’ ‘Va’ and ‘Ya’ are thought to represent five elements of the world – ‘Na’ represents ‘earth’. ‘Ma’ represents ‘water’. ‘Si’ represents ‘fire’. Va represents the ‘Pranic air’ and the ‘Ya sound represents the sky or ether.
A personal mantra is an affirmation to motivate and inspire you to be your best self – whatever you feel that might be!
It’s typically a positive phrase or statement you can use to affirm the way you want your life to take shape.
Powerful Mantras hold the most value when they’re audible, visible, and/or in your thoughts. This could mean writing it on your bathroom mirror, placing it somewhere on your desk at work or simply repeating it every single day.
The best way to find your personal Mantra is to ask yourself – what it is you need? Answer this honestly and let what you’re trying to achieve guide you, instead of it being a weakness.
You don’t have to become too attached to one single Mantra, it will benefit you to try new Mantras and see if they can benefit you also… you won’t know until you give it a try!
Hopefully you feel more in tune with the practice of Mantra and have found some that you can get started with.
If you are interested in gaining an even deeper knowledge of the power contained in these Mantras, it is valuable to read the original texts and poems themselves; the Upanishads and Vedas are a great place to start.
This greater knowledge will undoubtedly give you a broader perspective of the ancient teachings and this can go a long way to enhancing the benefit felt from practicing a Mantra.
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