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Mantras - Essential for everyone

By Rishi Dharmachandra (Gandhar Mandlik ) - Rishi Dharmachandra is a course coordinator at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, he is teaching and practicing yoga for the last 12 years. He was initiated in to Rishi Sannayasa by his Guru Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.


Mantras have been used for thousands of years. The universe came in to existence through the divine sound of Om. Vedas are mantras or divine sound vibrations which are known to be the oldest scriptures available on earth. Science supports the Big Bang theory, which says that sound was at the beginning of the universe. The Bible also supports the idea of sound as the root of creation.

What is a mantra? A mantra is a positive sound vibration which is capable of affecting all levels of consciousness. It affects the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. The mind and body are receptive to energies such as sound. Good soothing music can make your body relaxed and your mind peaceful. A loud sound disturbs our state of mind. Mantras also affect the state of body and mind. Our actions, thoughts and emotions effect our mind and body. Many times these effects are negative which disturbs the harmony. Mantras are designed to reset these negative effects and reprogram the body and mind in a positive and creative way.

Mantras are repeated many times. When a positive sound is being chanted over and over again in the field of consciousness this bubble of energy acquires lot of kinetic energy and becomes so powerful that it can penetrate the deeper layers of the mind and change the old, negative energy patterns. Generally a mantra, depending on its nature and deity, has a specific number of rounds recommended. But 108 is a very common number, sometimes 21 times or 11 times chanting is also preferred. Some aspirants do Japa Anusthan, which can be for millions of rounds of mantras. For example Gayatri Anusthan is done by repeating the mantra for 2.4 million times. Mantras are also known to change the destiny. There are mantras used for healing, acquiring wisdom, getting out of a particular problem, achievements or self realization.

Swami Niranjanananda recommends 3 mantras immediately upon getting up in the morning. First is 11 times Mahamrityunjay mantra for increasing the immunity on the physical, mental, emotional and intellectual levels. Then 11 times Gayatri mantra to increase the creative energy, acquire wisdom and inspire the higher intelligence. Finally 3 times Durga names to remove the distress from life.

Rishi Dharmachandra (Gandhar Mandlik)