According to ancient Indian belief in the beginning there was sound, which reverberated as Om and from that sound everything came into existence.
Even modern scientists are beginning to recognize as our ancient sages did, that there exists a vibration which resounds continual throughout the cosmos.
When letters and syllables come together, they form words. Both our spiritual and our routine life are possible only because of words; without language, we cannot carry out any of our activities. Each word we use has its own power and produces its own reaction. A mantra is no ordinary combination of letters and syllables, but a living force. The name of God is not different from God. Mantra has been called the sound-body of God: It is God in the form of sound.
In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says,, “Among rituals, I am the ritual of mantra repetition.”
By this he means that while other techniques are means of attaining Him, mantra is his very being. That is why it is so easy to experience God by repeating the mantra. Mantra meditation is the repetition of a group of words which create sound vibrations that awake the love of God in our hearts and mind.
Mantra – The Word(Meaning)
The word “Mantra” has been derived from Sanskrit. Mantra contains two words – “man” which means “to think” and suffix “tra” which means “tool”. A mantra is a powerful word or phrase that may or may not have meaning in the same way as a sentence. You can use fireeither to cook your lunch or to burn down the forest. It is the same fire. Similarly, mantra can bring a positive and beneficial result, or it can produce an energy meltdown when misused or practiced without some guidance. There are certain mantra formulas which are so exact, so specific and so powerful that they must be learned and practiced under careful supervision of Guru
A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
Silently repeating a mantra as you meditate is a powerful way to enter the silence of the mind. As you repeat the mantra, it creates amental vibration that allows the mind to experience deeper levels of awareness .As you meditate; the mantra becomes increasingly abstract and indistinct, until you’re finally led into the field of pureconsciousness from which the vibration arose.
In the deepest meditative state, all thoughts and worries drop away and you experience the quiet that always exists beneath the noisy internal dialogue of the mind.