With spiritual practices like yoga and meditation becoming more popular, it seems like everyone is talking about mantras. But what exactly is a mantra and how are you supposed to use it?
The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: “man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful perennial, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.
So why use a Mantra.
We teach PSM Primordial Sound Meditation where the mantra has no particular meaning. This is important because our mind has no association with the words and therefore the Mantra becomes a vehicle to lead us into silence with greater ease. Let me give you an example, if I was to say to you the word “apple” it is likely to bring up all sorts of associations in your mind from a fruit to a computer but a mantra with no association leads us into a place of space between thought and ultimately to a place of meditation
Of course there are Mantras for all kinds of things and there are different to a Primordial Sound Mantra which is your unique sound from the time of your birth. It may have no specific meaning but at the deepest level it connects us to who we are, to our potential and to a field of potentiality.