What Are Mantras And What Is Mantra Meditation?

“Yoga” means to harmoniously link or unite the consciousness of the spirit soul, which is temporarily inhabiting an earthly form, with the Supreme Spirit. Each of us is an individual spirit soul, forgetful of our true identity due to the conditioning of this world. Therefore, the word “Yoga” describes the true goal of life for everyone. Practice of the Yoga science offers a way to reawaken our dormant spiritual consciousness.

“Man” means mind. “Tra” means that which frees. A mantra is a sound vibration that frees or delivers the mind from its attachment and preoccupation with worldly matters, and focuses it on the Supreme. Meditation is the activity of using the mind to reflect deeply and continuously on spiritual matters.

Every day we hear sounds that increase our attachment and preoccupation with worldly matters, so obviously not just any sound is a mantra. Only energy which is superior to material energy can wipe away worldly conditioning to uncover our dormant spiritual consciousness. As the source, and therefore the controller of both material and spiritual energy, God is never covered by worldly conditioning.

Mantras—any sound coming from God such as His Names and Words—are nondifferent from Him, and are as pure and purifying as God Himself.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the foremost proponent of Yoga through Mantra Meditation, wrote:

“O my Lord, Your Holy Name alone can render all benediction to the living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names like Krishna, Govinda, [Jehovah, Allah] etc. In these transcendental Names You have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are no hard and fast rules for chanting these Names. O my Lord, out of Your kindness You enable us to easily approach You by chanting Your Names..."

No rules! You don’t have to be in a particular posture or place, or even be able to carry a tune. You can begin by simply listening, repeating, or singing these sounds... while waiting for a bus or train, driving or walking, working or playing, or during a special time you set aside every day.

Just add the practice of Mantra Meditation to your life. This universal principle for spiritual reawakening is recommended in the Bible (both Old and New Testaments), Koran and Vedic Scriptures. There is only one God Who is addressed and worshipped by different names depending upon which of His limitless attributes is being perceived and appreciated, and according to one’s relationship to Him. Here are some of the Names (mantras) you might like to take with you and use:

Nityananda: The source of spiritual strength.

Chaitanya: The Golden Avatar, who appeared in India 500 years ago and emphasized the chanting of God’s names as the primary means of God realization in the present age.

Gauranga: Refers to Lord Chaitanya

Govinda Jaya Jaya Gopala Jaya Jaya: “Govinda” refers to one who gives satisfaction to the cows and the soul. “Gopala” is the protector of the cows. “Jaya” means all glories

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare: “Hare” refers to God’s energy, “Krishna” means God is the All-attractive Person. All attractive qualities are present in full only in Him. “Rama” is also a name of God. It means God is the source of great transcendental happiness for those who have a loving relationship with Him and offer service to Him.

The word “Yoga” describes a state of spiritual consciousness as well as the science of attaining that consciousness. Anyone who is desirous of experiencing yoga can learn this science and apply it to their lives.

This practice is completely non- sectarian and non-denominational. You don’t have to join anything or pay anything to practice the principles of the yoga system in your life.

“There is no difference between the Holy Name of the Lord and the Lord Himself. As such, the Holy Name is as perfect as the Lord Himself in fullness, purity and eternity.

The Holy Name is no material sound vibration, nor has it any material contamination.”

(Padma Purana: also Nectar of Devotion Chapter 12)


“I will declare Your Name to my brothers, in the presence of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”

(Psalm 22:23, Hebrews 2:11-12)*

*Jesus preached from and quoted the Old Testament, which was the existing scripture of his time and part of the world.

“Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of His Name: Make His praise glorious. All the earth shall worship Thee, and shall sing unto Thee, they sing unto Thy Name.”

(Psalm 66:4)

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There Should Never Be A Charge For Kirtan August 31, 2013 10:30 PM Annette L.
What Are Mantras And What Is Mantra Meditation? August 31, 2013 10:02 PM Annette L.
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