Mantras are typically chanted in Sanskrit. The Sanskrit word mantra is derived from the root of man which means “to think,” and tra from trai which means “to protect or to free from bondage” or “to free from the mind.” Mantras are repetitive sounds used to penetrate the depths of the unconscious mind and adjust the vibration of all aspects of your being. Mantras are vibrated through chanting aloud, mental practice, or by listening to them.
The experience of how sound vibrations effect your being is Naad yoga. Naad means “the essence of sound” and yoga means “union.” Naad yoga uses sound vibrations to raise your consciousness and tune into the sound that began creation and is constantly vibrating. This universal sound is known as Anahat.
“Mantra is not a mere collection of words. It is a compounded set of words pregnant with enormous significance. It emanates from the inner power of man. Filled with such power, the mantra, when it is pronounced properly, brings out the divine power in man. The vibrations produced by the utterance of the mantra, uniting with the cosmic nāda (primal sound) in the universe, become one with the Universal Consciousness. It is these cosmic vibrations, which assumed the form of the Veda (sacred revelations of spiritual knowledge).”
[Sathya Sai Speaks, vol 17.25: October, 01, 1984]
Translation: The sound of the universe. It's the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process. Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe – this is a scientific fact! OM is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music. Decreasing your frequency to coincide with that of the Universe stills the fluctuations of the mind, allowing you to practice mediation through sound. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.
Mantra: Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha Sharanan Ganesha
Translation: "I bow to and take refuge in the one who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.” This a very beautiful and powerful mantra.
Mantra: Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
Mantra: The Medicine Buddha Mantra
Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha
The Medicine Buddha mantra is recited for healing and success. Since we have many problems and want to succeed we need to recite the Medicine Buddha mantra every day. It can help us eliminate the problems, unhappiness and suffering we don’t want and gain the success, happiness, inner growth and realizations of the path that we do.
Mantra: Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha... Tat Savitur Varenyam... Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi... Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat
Translation - "We meditate upon the adorable, enchanting and radiant source of all things. The divine light of spiritual consciousness energizes and awakens us." The Gayatri may be considered as having three parts - (i) Adoration (ii) Meditation (iii) Prayer. First the Divine is praised, then It is meditated upon in reverence and finally an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man. Gayatri is a complete prayer for protection, nourishment and finally, liberation.
Mantra: Shreem Brzee
Translation: Shreem is the most powerful bija ("seed") mantra of the Hindu goddess, Lakshmi, and is believed to invoke creativity, blessings and peace. Chanting the Shreem Brzee mantra regularly can shift your vibration to that of wealth, beauty, and complete inner and outer abundance.
Mantra: Om Lakshmi Wigan Shri Kamala Dharigan Svaha
Lakshmi - The goddess of prosperity and wealth. Lakshmi brings abundance, prosperity,wealth, success and happiness. By listening to the Lakshmi mantra while expressing kindness and devotion to her, you will be protected from all kinds of misery and poverty, and be guided to attract money, wealth, abundance and prosperity.
Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
Translation: I bow to the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self. This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.
Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. The mantra originated in India; as it moved from India into Tibet, the pronunciation changed because some of the sounds in the Indian Sanskrit language were hard for Tibetans to pronounce.