Alphabets make words and words have meaning and words of mantra have the power to change our reality, the power to change the way we think and reprogram our subconscious mind. Mantras are powerful entities whose enunciation are believed to create an energy field around us. Repetition is the key to getting better out of powerful Mantras. Mantra meditation is one of the top 31 types of meditation. In mantra meditation you meditate on sacred sounds, often meditating on one of the 108 primordial sounds.
It is said that Mantras are sacred words that resonate deep within our soul, matching with the frequency of the universe and when repeated frequently it purifies the mind and soul, brings clarity and transforms the negative thought pattern into positive ones.
Most of the mantras are written in Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages known to mankind. Some linguists also regard it as the perfect language that resonates with the microcosm of our bodies and the macrocosm of the universe. In other words, its correct pronunciation evokes a unique vibration in the Universe, placing into motion whatever you are trying to manifest through your mantra.
How many times do you chant Mantras?
Mantras are often chanted 108 times counting the repetitions with the help of mala beads, which have 108 beads on the string. The chanting and the ritual of holding the beads in your hand help in setting intentions and maintaining focus.
Here are the 10 most Powerful Mantras in Vedas, chanting which can improve the quality of your life.
1. The most basic Mantra: OM – ॐ
The sound of the universe. It’s the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.
It is said that just chanting OM, 3 times, can lower the heart rate, make you 20% more calm within just a few seconds. 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.
Decreasing your frequency to coincide with that of the Universe stills the fluctuations of the mind, allowing you to practice yoga through sound. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or meditation practice.
2. Shanti Mantra
Om Saha Naavavatu
Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai
Tejasvi Aavadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om
ॐ सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Translation: May the Lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, giving us strength to work together for the good of humanity! May our learning be brilliant and purposeful! May we never turn against one another!
3. Om Namah Shivaya (ॐ नमः शिवाय)
Translation: Meaning: It means “I bow to Shiva,” which is your true inner Self, the divine consciousness that resides within each one of us.
Om Namah Shivaya is a very powerful mantra and one of the most popular Hindu mantras. This mantra is believed to aid in the destruction of the shadow self and the rebirth of the soul.
4. Gayatri Mantra
Om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayat
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
Gayatri mantra is much revered of all the mantras, found in the Rig Veda. Goddess Gayatri is also called “Veda-Mata” or the Mother of the Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Saam, and Atharva – because it is the very basis of the Vedas. It is the basis, the reality behind the experienced and the cognized universe.
The Gayatri mantra is composed of a metre consisting of 24 syllables – generally arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each. Therefore, this particular meter (tripadhi) is also known as the Gayatri Meter or “Gayatri Chhanda.”
Translation: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat: That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.
5. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
Om tryambakam yajaamahe
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे
सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ॥
Translation: “We worship the three-eyed one (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant (in a state of supreme bliss), and who sustains all living beings. May he liberate us from (the eternal cycle of birth and) death. May he lead us to immortality, just as the cucumber is released from its bondage (the vine to which it is attached).”
A person can either chant Mrityunjaya Mantra 108 times or a Mala daily. 108 is important because it has a great mathematical calculation. 108 is the multiplication sum of 12 and 9. 12 here refers to Zodiac Signs and 9 refers to planets. When human chants this Mantra for 108 times all his planets and zodiac signs instead of making ups and downs in life come on track and stay calm.
6. The kundalini mantra for protection
Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guroo Dayvay Nameh
I bow to the Primal Wisdom
I bow to the Wisdom of all the ages
I bow to the True Wisdom
I bow to the Great Invisible Wisdom
7. Lalitha Sahasranama
Lalitha Sahasranamam is a stotra from Brahmanda Purana in the Chapter on a discussion between Hayagreeva and Agasthya. Hayagreeva is an incarnation of Vishnu with the horse head and is believed to be the storehouse of knowledge. Lalitha Sahasranamam has three parts. The first one is called ‘poorva bhaga’ the middle portion which is called ‘stotra’ consists of 1000 names and the last portion is called ‘uttara bhaga’.
The word Lalitha means ‘take it easy’ or ‘play it easy’. By chanting this we develop mental maturity to take all difficulties very easily and face them with renewed vigor.
8. Ganesh mantra
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah
ॐ गम गणपतये नमः
Translation: I bow to Ganesh, the elephant-faced deity, who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.
Ganesh or Ganapatayei is known to be the remover of obstacles and the lord of beginnings. Whenever you chant this mantra, you are calling upon the energy of Ganesha to assist you to face the challenges that life has to offer, moving towards your goals with conviction and aligning yourself with your desired outcome.
9. Durga Gayatri Mantra
Aum Mahaa-Dhevyai Cha Vidmahe
Durgaayai Cha Dhimahee
Thanno Dhevee Prachodayath.
”Om, Let me meditate on the goddess who is the daughter of Kathyayana,
Oh, maiden Goddess, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess Durga illuminate my mind.”
10. Rudrayamala Tantra Mantra
The Rudrayamal Tantra mantra for destroying enemies is one of the most powerful black magic mantras. People have used this (and similar mantras) for thousands of years to destroy enemies and to crush the competition.
om visvaaya naam gandharvalochni naami lousatikarnai tasmai vishwaya swaha.
With these Mantra japas, one can be assured of serenity and prosperity within themselves.
Benefits of Chanting Mantra
- It helps remove all negative things from your body and mind making you calm and cheerful.
- It cleans your aura.
- It increases self-confidence and will power.
- It develops angelic qualities i.e. compassion, truth, love, purity, fearlessness, patience, courage, honesty, etc.
- Your intuition power increases.
- It sharpens your mind.
- It makes you more energetic.
- You get sound sleep and helps to cure insomnia
- It increases your concentration.
- It controls your lust, anger, and greed.
- It removes toxin from your body.
- OM chanting gives strength to your vocal cords and muscles around it
- It controls your blood pressure, and your heart will beat with a regular rhythm.
- It reduces stress.
- It improves your endorphins level which improves your mood and feels refreshed and relaxed.
- Improve emotional stability.
- Develops a stable and balanced personality.