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The Hidden Power of Reciting Mantras

Updated on February 1, 2020
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Hindu Mantra 'Om'
Hindu Mantra 'Om' | Source

Introduction

The ancient writings in Hinduism are full of Sanskrit hymns, Slokas and Mantras. These were written by the great scholars having expertise in spirituality and salvation. At that time not only the saints or sages practiced that but many people who learned about it also made it a practice in their life. It became the part and parcel of the life of many persons as it gave them relief from the worldly worries and power to fight back the challenges of life.

The wisdom of ancients

Many cultures and civilizations had great scholars who preached and wrote valuable ideas related to nature, God or philosophy. Different civilizations had historical account of these learnings. Some are mythological in their nature while others simply pertain to knowledge gained during different historical periods.

Hinduism is one of such culture and there is a lot of knowledge and wisdom embedded in those illustrations by great saints and scholars. Their language was Sanskrit which is a very grammatical language changing the words suffixes as per the gender as well as singular or plural. Sanskrit is a unique language in that sense. As it was too complex to learn and was used by the knowledgeable people only, it was not adopted by the common people and they started to converse in other easier languages which evolved during the passage of time like Hindi, Bangla, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Malyalam, Assamese, Oriya and many others which are common in the Indian Peninsula. Now that the knowledge contained in the scriptures is translated in major languages, anyone can read it and acquire its essence.

Hindu civilization and scriptures

Hindu civilization is a very old one and has a very big mythological background to it. Time to time the Hindu scholars and saints have written a vast amount of literature which contains a lot of information on life and its purpose and ways of salvation. Hindu Ved, Puran, Upnishad, Epics, Scriptures etc are full of the valuable information. As these are written in Sanskrit language, most of them are in form of Slokas and Mantras which are generally written in poetic forms. Prose is also used as a method of depiction in many scriptures.

There are 4 Vedas known as Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda. They contain thousands of Slokas and Mantras. Some of them pertain to the worshipping of different dieties or Gods while others bear the knowledge related to the music, magic, tantra, nature, grammar, and natural materials including ancient medicines. No doubt, these are the treasure house of knowlege and Indian Ayurvedic information is also derived from them. To explain the knowledge embeded in the Vedas the scholars later wrote down Upnishads which explained what was there in Veda that is so important.

There is so much material available in these scriptures that many researchers from the outside countries, especially like Germany, have done their doctorate in subjects related to Vedas and Upnishads. In totality there are thousands of unique Slokas and Mantras in these scriptures and each one of them is like a compressed capsule of knowledge, learning and wisdom. The credit of Veda compilation is attributed to saint Ved Vyas.

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What is a Sloka and what is a Mantra

Sloka and Mantra both are supposed to be related to the wisdom of mankind but there are some differences between them. Sloka is simply a description or gratification of some entity or of an abstract thing but Mantra is something which is used for a purpose. It could be to help someone or benefit oneself or destroy the enemy.

Example of Sloka:

Karagre Vaste Laxmi, Kar-madhyay Saraswati.
Karmule sthito Brahma, Pra-bhate Kar-darshnam.

(above couplet is in Sanskrit.)

Meaning:
Laxmi, the Goddess of riches dwells on the tip of fingers while Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and learning dwells in the centre of the palm. Brahma, the creator of the universe dwells at the root of the palm and therefore we should just look at our palms in the morning and bow to all of them with respect.

Explanation:
The simple meaning of above sloka is that it is visualised that these different deities correspond to the different parts of our palm and by looking at the palm as the first thing in the morning after getting up will be a sign of respect to these powerful entities and will make our day problem free and enjoyable.

Example of Mantra:

Aditya Hradayam Punyam, Sarva Shatru Vina-shanam.
Jaya-vaham Jape-nityam, Akshyam Para-mam Shivam.

(above couplet is in Sanskrit.)

Meaning:
By merely remembering the Sun God daily in ones life, one can win over any enemy.

Explanation:
In Hindu mythology Sun is considered as an powerful God as it gives us enormous energy in the day time for the life to sustain on Earth. So using this Mantra in ones life one is simply worshipping the Sun God for acquiring a part of that energy and winning over ones enemies. This example mantra couplet is a part of the big ‘Aditya (Sun) Hradayam (keep reciting or keep remembering) Mantra’ consisting of 31 couplets. It is also mentioned in the mythology that when Lord Rama had a confusion in his mind as how to kill the demon Ravana, then sage Agastya guided him to recite this Mantra and that enabled him to get courage to instantly kill Ravana.

Why should we recite or chant it

In many cultures meditation, worshipping God or doing any such activity is considered conducive for learning concentration and acquiring focus in ones life. There is much truth in that because in todays materialistic life a lot of stress is generated and accumulated in human beings and we have to somehow get rid of that stress before it harms us in any way. Reciting Slokas or Mantras is also a technique belonging to that remedy and is being actively pursued by many people worldwide. In this respect 'Hare Krishna' movement was very instrumental to introduce these things to the world at large and that made a path of spiritual learning and attainments for the people of the world through Indian Vedic philosophy.

So the basic purpose of reciting Mantras is for stopping the distraction of mind to unnecessary indulgences and attractions. Concentration and focus are required for success in our life and a practice of reciting Mantras or Slokas daily for a short period provides us that. It is a type of meditation only but the only difference is that we are reciting something which is a part of the spiritual and philosophical knowledge and if we understand the meaning of those verses then repeating and remembering them daily is definitely going to unleash the hidden strength in us.

Reciting Mantra

Reciting Mantra
Reciting Mantra | Source

'Om' - A small but powerful Mantra

'Om' as depicted in the first photograph in this article is a small and short Mantra but is sufficient to bring same tranquility and peace in our life as obtained by any other long Mantra. It has a great significance in the life of many who undertake meditation as an element in their life style. Generally, long stretches of inhaling and exhaling are to be accompanied while reciting 'Om'. So breathing control is also achieved in that process.

You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.

- Amit Ray

Conclusion

Regular reciting or chanting of the Slokas or Msntras is beneficial in many ways and brings the feeling of traquility which is otherwise difficult to achieve. It is not only a matter of belief but also a matter of rigorous practice by which the hidden power of Mantras can be revealed.

Importance of Vedas

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References

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2. https://googleweblight.com/i?u=https://www.exploremyindia.in/discovering-vedas-and-upanishads/&hl=en-IN

3. http://googleweblight.com/i?u=http://diehardindian.com/veda-upanishad-purana/&hl=en-IN

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

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    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Audrey, it is great to note that you meditate through these mantras. No doubt they have some hidden divine power in them. God bless you.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you for this interesting and informative article. I use Om as I meditate. I will try other chants as you have suggested.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nell, I am happy to note that you are practicing them daily. It was a pleasant surprise for me. Stay blessed.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 weeks ago from England

      Hi, I do a Mantra every single night before bed. It usually takes me around 20 minutes. Calms my mind, gets rid of the clutter and helps me sleep. This was really interesting.

    • bhattuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Jaime, thanks for your interest.

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      Jaime Fitzgerald 

      3 weeks ago from United States

      This was interesting and informative, thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn something today!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      7 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Audrey, so nice of you and your intetest in this article. Highly appreciate.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is marvelous and informative. I've learned a great deal and will start reciting mantras and slokas. This will help me with being isolated during this virus.

      Thank you.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      7 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Arnaba, thanks for your nice comment and observations. Highly appreciate. God bless you. Keep in touch in hubpages.

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      Arnaba Saha 

      7 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hello Umesh Chandra Ji,

      It was a pleasure to read your article. Many people in our generation do not have a good understanding of our won culture. They fail to understand the diversity and strength of our culture rather they focus on the societal pitfalls that have very little to do with the spiritual traditions of our culture.

      Coming back to your article, it is well written and very informative. Not many people are blessed with the ability to understand and explain the true meaning of Shlokas and Mantras with such clarity. Thanks for this article sir.

      Looking forward to your future articles.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      G C Joshi, thanks a lot for the encouragement.

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      SKMUNSHI. 

      8 weeks ago

      Once we write any SLOKA OR MANTRA

      In any language without understanding the meaning of sanskrit words contained in Sloka / Mantra and reciting them is of little help.Or these should be properly explained as nicely done by you in your article.

      I think Sanskrit should have been given due and much more importance in our educational system to keep us connected with our scriptures and vedas.

      Importantly the article written by you is highly appreciated. '

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      G.C.Joshi 

      8 weeks ago

      Amazing. Did not know you had such an insight of Hindu Scriptures. Looking forward to learn some more from you .

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Sudhir, thanks a lot for your visit.

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      Sudhir Pant 

      8 weeks ago

      Insightful article

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Anurag, thanks a lot for your nice comment. Appreciate.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      R P Bhatt, thanks for supplementing the knowledge on the subject. Highly appreciate.

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      Anurag 

      8 weeks ago

      I am overwhelmed by going through this article. This article instigated a feeling of enthusiasm and passion towards Hindu Civilisation and Scriptures.

      Learnt some great aspects of Mantras and Shlokas in one’s day to day life. Thanks for this enlightenment!!!

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      R p Bhatt 

      8 weeks ago

      The early Aryans derived their understanding of the various form of almighty God through the various essential elements of nature like fire, air, water, earth and its capacities, sky and universe, sea all as part of the powerful sysyem controling the life of animal and plant kingdom

      This curosity and wild imaginarion with some indirect evidences created a world of their prayers towards these natural powers controling them and there started a precious compiling of wisdom in form of the anecient hindu scripts of Vedas in shruti form.

      Hence these mantras and slokas which are the descriptive part of these anecient wisdom are claimed to be instrumental to please these Gods and create the desired effect for human wellness and development, naturally spritual one rather than physical.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Manatita44, thanks for your visit. Your encouraging words mean a lot to me. Appreciate.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      A worthy job and necessary information for many. An informative piece!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Devika, these things are a bit mysterious but more amazing is the fact that they sometimes work in their own miraculous ways.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      One requires discipline to be this way in life. I admire the way you apply these powers to Reciting Mantras. I feel I should go ahead and manage this lifestyle well with the ideas from you.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Wesman, thanks for going through my article. Really appreciate your thoughts about Indian culture and heritage. The countries where materialistic progress is phenomenal appear to be losing the spiritual links with their culture and past but it is happening not only in the Western world but also in some Eastern corridors. This is inevitable now and we have to pay the price of modernisation.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      3 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      It's all completely fascinating. Of course I'm from a very different culture, and am largely ignorant of the great and very ancient culture of India.

      I very very much admire the extremely long historical continuity of India is somewhat preserved to this very day. My own western civilization is in a state of total decline.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Ruby Jean, thanks for your encouraging words. Every culture and society have their own ways of meditation and concentration techniques and the essence is to practice them. All the best.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      DreamerMeg, hapoy to note that you gained something more about the Indian culture and mythology. Thanks for your visit and keep in touch.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is an interesting article. I know nothing about this type of worship, but I believe it is good to learn other cultures. Thanks for sharing.

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      DreamerMeg 

      3 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I have friends from India and this has helped me understand their culture a little more, thank you.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Linda, thanks for your visit and interest shown to explore more in the field. This has mainly come from the Hindu mythology and spiritual and metaphysical way of life. It is believed that the ancients in this part of the world invented these methods for bringing calm and tranquility in life and did succeed to a good degree.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting article. I know a little of what you've described, but your article contains a lot of new information that I'd like to explore. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Karen, thanks for your comment and happy to know that you already practice such things. Great! and stay blessed. All the best and keep in touch. Appreciate.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      3 months ago from New England

      Enjoyed reading this very informative article. Thank you! Not sure if I'd remember a Sloka because they seem so long, but I have a mantra I enjoy reciting and it does bring calm and peace.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Eric, thanks for your lively comment. It is really great to know that you chant it and enjoy it in your own ways. Christianity has some strong human values and amalgamating them with chanting or prayers would be a great experiment. All the best.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Lorna, really appreciate your nice comment. It is great to know that you are already practicing some of these things. I have some interest in these terrains and I wish to explore the spiritual methods which could help us in any way for making our life as stress free as possible.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      FlourishAnyway, thanks for your visit. This is a very big subject and honestly it has some hidden merits which can be experienced only after practicing it. I appreciate, you are the first to make comment on my humble work.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I chant and enjoy it. And of course incorporate the resonance of OM. I am more of a Sloka person I suppose.

      And mine are centered on our Christian Trinity and Love.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      3 months ago

      I have practiced Hatha Yoga for many years Umesh and part of this discipline is meditation where I recite the 'Om' Mantra. This is an excellent and informative article. The historical facts were really interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      I knew little about the topic so thanks for the new information.

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