There seems to be a lot of mystery and intrigue around the idea of mantras. The very word mantra seems exotic and kind of religious or something. The reality is that mantras are extremely practical tools. They can be used by anyone regardless of religious philosophy to improve the experience of living on this planet. It’s a scientific sound current that can change the way your cells vibrate which in turn changes how everything vibrates around you. We know from quantum physics that the idea of truly empty space is controversial, and that everything is connected to everything else. We are all just vibrating balls of energy interacting and effecting every other pulsing, glowing ball of energy. In a sense, every word we speak is a mantra. Mantra means mind vibration. Man= mind, Tra = Heat which is caused by vibratory speed. When we say or even think something it produces a vibration. Even thoughts have a weight, a network of synaptic connections vibrating around your brain… and then when we speak it is even more powerful – the vibration of our words enter our own ears and sometimes the ears of others, causing even more brain wave patterns to blossom outward , as well as the air molecules that have moved to get the word from one part of the room to another. The mantras that come from the Kundalini yoga tradition are very powerful because they were created for the times we are living in now. Kundalini mantras are extremely potent sound currents that can go into your energy field and environments and re-arrange things to your benefit. They don’t require belief to work. They don’t require subscribing to any kind of dogma. You don’t need to believe in the shower to get wet when you step in. To get results from these mantras, you only have to use them in some form – you can play them, hear them, speak them, sing them , chant them. To get a benefit it is as simple as turning on your ipod and listening .. you don’t need to know the words or the meaning for the mantras to be effective. ( let me repeat- all you have to do is PLAY them !) The sound current is an intelligent life force that will work to your benefit regardless of the details. But don’t take my word for it. Try it out for yourself. There are many options for mantra music these days (here are some of my picks) and it really is as simple as pressing play. My teacher Harijiwan half jokes that the most powerful mudra (hand position in meditation) is your index finger turning on the music player. We are so lucky in this era to have the ability to play any music , any time, anywhere — so use it to your advantage! Ok so lets do an experiment. Use your index finger and press play. Then close your eyes ( you don’t want to see the dude just sitting there anyway) and just listen for a few minutes. See what happens, how you feel. This mantra is called Re Man Shabd, and its said to bring a Golden Buddha energy. The words are in a language called Gurmukhi, which means “from the mouth of the Guru” . It is related to the Punjabi language , which has its roots in Sanskrit. It is very old, very powerful, and completely relevant to our lives right here and now because it can very easily and effectively bring us peace and power. The translation of this mantra is extremely beautiful and pertains to this discussion:
Oh my mind practice Yoga in this way:
Let Truth be your horn, sincerity your necklace, and meditation the ashes you apply on your body.
Catch your burning soul (self) and stop the flames. Let the soul (self) be the alms bowl in which you collect the sweet Naam and this will be the only support you will ever need.
The Universe plays its divine music. The sound of reality is shrill, but this is where God is.
When you listen to the reality from this place of awareness the sweet essence of Raag arises.
Waves of melodies, emotions, and passions arise and flow through you. Bind yourself with the song of God.
The Universe spins like a potter’s wheel and from it fly demons and angels. The sage listens to this and instead of getting caught in either one, the sage drinks in the nectar of the heavens and is carried to the heavens in a divine chariot.
Instruct and clothe yourself with self control. Meditate unto infinity until you are meditating without meditating.
In this way, your body shall remain forever golden, and death shall never approach you.