Tuesday November 20, 2018

Experience the power of ‘Mantra’ with these Seven Chants

A mantra is a precise sound vibration that directs an individual to spirituality and self-consciousness

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  • Mantra is a mystical phenomenon, which are known for their healing powers

  • They are divided into three categories- Sabhri, Tantra and Vedic
  • Om vibrates at 432 Hertz as opposed to 440 Hertz frequency of contemporary music

Mantra, which is known to be a mystic phenomenon, is essentially a Sanskrit word that means sacred syllable(s) or sacred word(s). It can be a word or a sentence which, when uttered or recited silently within in a specific manner can make the impossible possible and opens the door to mukti (salvation).

Mantras are divided into three broad categories-first is Sabhri, which empowers one with siddhi (mystic powers). Second is Tantra that bestows amazing demonstrative powers at the mystic level. And the third is Vedic mantra, which directs an individual towards achieving eternal peace for the soul, said the speakingtree.com Website.

However, because they are specific sound vibrations that create geometric patterns, it is important that they are pronounced correctly with fitting intonation.

Om, a powerful mantra Image source: Youtube.com
Om, a powerful mantra Image source: Youtube.com

Mantra aids in achieving dharma (religious righteousness and duty), artha (philosophical interpretative value or meaning and even the means), kama (procreative universal truth and sensual satisfaction) and moksha (salvation from birth and rebirth).

It is also believed that the stronger the faith, determination and emotion is, the better is the mantra and its healing power.

Chanting a mantra is like experiencing a Dynamo effect, the more you recite it, the more it strengthens you with divinity. Having said that these are the 10 powerful mantras listed by Speaking Tree to help you sail through tough times:

(i) Om/Aum: The most powerful of all the mantras, it is the sound of the cosmos that puts the mind to peace. It’s the primary vibration that represents the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. This mantra is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz as opposed to 440 Hertz frequency of contemporary music. Om is also an idyllic way to start and end meditation.

(ii) Om Namah Shivaya: The sacred incantation means ‘I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation.’ It helps to achieve confidence, iterating that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves with respect and dignity.

(iii) Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: Translated as ‘may all beings everywhere be happy and free’, it is primarily associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School. This chant inspires people to cooperate, feel compassion and live in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.

(iv) Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu, Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai, Tejasvi Aavadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om: This mantra encourages us to practice unity and work towards a common goal. The mantra means ‘may the lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, gives us strength to work together for the good of humanity.’

(v) Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: The chant has impeccable healing powers and works with Shiva (male) energies to destroy negative influences. It is the great mantra for overcoming fears, negative energy, and ultimately death.

(vi) Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat: Known as Gayatri Mantra, it is translated as ‘may the god help to direct our mental faculties in the right direction.’ It is a chant of forgiveness and helps in channelizing positive energy.

(vii)  Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah: In Hinduism, Ganesha is known as the god of wisdom and success and the destroyer of obstacles. The mantra means ‘I bow to the elephant-faced deity (Ganesha) who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.’

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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Finding it hard to cope with work-related stress? Take heart, practicing a silent form of meditation at your workplace can lead to significant improvements in emotional intelligence as well as perceived stress, according to a study.

The study found that those who meditated more regularly scored higher on total emotional quotient and had lower perceived stress, also known as psychological stress — the most common occupational health problems affecting workers worldwide.

They also showed improvements in general mood, stress management, adaptability, intrapersonal awareness and reality testing.

This indicates that emotional intelligence has a moderating effect on psychological well-being and mental health, the researchers said.

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“This study demonstrates the benefits of meditation in the workplace,” said Laurent Valosek, Executive Director, Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education — a US-based non-profit organisation.

“And with a growing body of research on the value of emotional intelligence and the harmful effects of psychological stress, organisations are looking to give their employees tools for reducing stress and developing competencies like centeredness, self-awareness, and empathy,” he added.

The study, published in the journal The Permanente Journal, included nearly 100 central office staffs.

The team found that during a four-month period, those practicing the transcendental meditation — a form of silent mantra meditation — experienced significant improvements in emotional intelligence and perceived stress, as compared with controls.

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The research highlighted the role of emotional intelligence and perceived stress as important factors associated with mental and physical health and organisational effectiveness.

According to the World Health Organization, psychological stress adversely affects organisational commitment, work engagement, and productivity, as well as contributes to poor mental and physical health.

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