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A Mantra is a sound (syllable) or a word, or a group of words that are repeated verbally or mentally. The word Mantra comes from the root Man, or Manas, which means “mind”. In this context, we refer to mind not specifically as the faculty of thought, but rather as the “higher mind”; a “sixth sense” beyond the capacity of reason; that which is intimately connected with consciousness. The suffix Tra denotes a “tool”, and therefore, the term Mantra can be generally defined as a “tool of (for) the higher mind”. Mantras, however, are not simply derived from just any words, phrases or sounds. They are very specific articulate sounds whose proper utterance leads to an awakening of the consciousness through the unification of the subconscious, the conscious mind and the Cosmic (Universal) Consciousness. Mantra takes a prominent position in many of the rituals and practices of various spiritual traditions. These sacred utterances evoke, in a mysterious manner, higher powers and qualities within the unseen, un-manifest Universe. Through their use, it is possible to draw forth those higher powers or psychic forces, elevating and expanding the consciousness. In order for the yogi to attain such a state of experience through Mantra, the body must be first harmonized and purified through the practice of asanas and kriyas; the breath (prana) and mind have to be harmonized through pranayama, and the power of concentration developed in order to unblock the psychic energies and attain awareness of the subtle pranic forces. Thus, Mantra represents an integral part of the systematic and comprehensive consciousness-expanding science of yoga. On a material level, Mantras function to bring a sense of serenity and peace. They invigorate and uplift the Being and instilling one with a grander sense of the unity of all things and a closer feeling of connection to the greater whole – enhancing the intuitive faculty and bringing harmony, calmness and balance of thought. The most profound, yet simple Mantra, the Pranava OM (AUM) is also known as “the name of God in sound”. Source: International Yogalayam, http://www.intl-yoga.com
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