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Mantra Meditation: a Magnificent Tool For Inner Transformation

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In this article, I want to share with you another kind of meditation, which is perfect for both – beginners and experienced practitioners. This meditation is mantra meditation. This type of meditation is based on mantras and it is a very powerful tool for self-transformation and self-development. But before I start talking about mantra meditation, I want to clear up what mantra is.

What Is Mantra?

In my article “What Is Mantra? Discover Three Types Of Mantras That Transform Reality” I have already written about what a mantra is. In this article, I’d like to continue my explanation.

The word “mantra” can be broken down into two parts: “man” and “tra”. “Man” means “mind”, and “tra” means “transport” or “vehicle”. In other words, a mantra is a tool of our mind – a powerful sound or vibration that we can use to enter a deep state of meditation, to connect with the Universe, and make our energy vibrate on the higher frequency.

Generally, a mantra is a syllable, word or sentence that is used in meditation to focus and free our mind and achieve a certain mental state.

Mantra is a sacred verbal formula that contains higher vibrational energy and information. It is able to transform our consciousness and help us in our spiritual development. Each mantra has its own meaning, purpose, and vibration.

The most powerful mantras are those that contain the names of Deities. It is believed that when we pronounce the names of Deities we enter into contact with them and activate their power which can help liberate and bless us.

Mantra’s Benefits

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When we are using mantras for our meditations it helps us to enter a special state of consciousness in which we clear our mind from intrusive thoughts, images, emotions, and anxieties, that is, mantra practice helps to delve more deeply into a meditative state.

Moreover, each mantra carries a deep sacred meaning and purpose such as to bring health, love, prosperity, protection, peace, and joy into our lives. Being repeatedly chanted, mantras reveal their power and, connecting with the energy our intentions, are able to change our lives for the better.

In addition, the vibration of sound created by mantra affects our physical bodies. This manifests itself in relaxation, stress relief, energizing and strength.

Most Popular Mantras And Their Meanings

At the initial stage of the mastering of mantra meditation, it is better to use mantras that are not too complicated, the ones that are easier to remember and easy to chant. Here are some of the mantras that you can use for your mantra meditation.

OM

This mantra should be pronounced as AUM. Chanting this simple yet powerful mantra will help you to feel unity with God and the Universe.

OM MANI PADME HUM

This is the mantra of the goddess Quan Yin – the goddess of mercy and compassion. This mantra is universal and its chanting has many benefits, such as:

  • cleansing effect;
  • success in all areas;
  • calming effect, etc.

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

It is believed that the five syllables of this mantra contain the energy of the entire universe. This mantra consists of five syllables which represent five primary elements:

  • “Na” represents Earth element;
  • “Ma” represents Water element;
  • “Shi” represents Fire element;
  • “Va” represents Air element;
  • “Ya” represents Ether element.

These five syllables also relate to the chakras – from Muladhara to Vishuddha.

Chanting this mantra purifies our energy and promotes inner transformation.

To learn more about this powerful mantra read my article “Destroy Your Illusions And Manifest Your Reality With Shiva Mantra”.

OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAH

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This mantra is one of many thousands of mantras that are chanted daily around the world. Ganesh mantra allows you to overcome obstacles to success and wealth and helps to succeed in business. In addition, it gives you powerful protection while traveling.

To learn more about Ganesh read my article Attract Wisdom, Success, And Prosperity With Ganesh Mantra.

OM SHREEM MAHA LAKSHMIYEI NAMAHA

This mantra allows you to purify your karma. Chanting this mantra also helps you to focus on business studying and contributes to success in creativity. It also promotes harmony in the family, helps to gain wealth, health, luck, wisdom, compassion, virtue, and self-knowledge.

To learn more about Lakshmi mantras read my article “Boost Your Abundance And Business Luck With This Lakshmi Mantra“.

OM MAHADEVAYA NAMAHA

It is a magical mantra that unifies us with the Divine. By chanting this powerful mantra you will remove all negative energies from your path, receive the support of your guardian angels, and powerful protection from enemies.

OM SHANTI OM

By chanting this beautiful mantra you will bring light and joy into your life. It will protect you from evil and bring peace to your heart.

OM NAMO BHAGAVATE VASUDEVAYA

This is a mantra of purification. It gives spiritual enlightenment, self-realization, awareness of higher values, success in all endeavors. Vasudeva is one of the names of Krishna. The Name Vasudeva is translated as pure consciousness.

OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

“Narayana” can be translated as the totality of all living beings and their place of residence, their refuge. This powerful mantra gives protection and preservation. It helps to remove ignorance and negative emotions.

MAHA MANTRA

In this sacred mantra, we appeal to the three names of God. “Hare” – to the divine energy, and Krishna and Rama – directly to God. The very words “Krishna” and “Rama” mean the highest bliss, and “Hare” is the Supreme divine energy of bliss, which helps to reach God.

The main benefit of this sacred mantra is that its regular listening and chanting clears the heart from negative emotions and from bad habits and lust.

The Text:

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

Mala Beads

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When you’re practicing mantra meditation mala beads can be very helpful. Mala beads help to dive deeper into the meditative state and maintain concentration. And with the help of mala beads, it is convenient to count how many times you have already repeated the mantra.

Traditionally, a mantra is being repeated 108 or 1008 times during a meditation session.

Mala beads can be different. They are made of various types of wood, plastic, stone, glass, seeds and other materials. A number of beads also varies and depends on the religion they serve. Beads can have separators (larger beads that divide the beads into steps) and pendants (for example, a cross, OM symbol, Hamsa hand, etc.).

Interestingly, the regular usage of mala beads can help in the treatment of joints diseases. This is due to the fact that when you’re touching the beads with your fingers you activate fine motor skills of your fingers.

Recommendation For Your Mantra Meditation

Before you start performing a mantra meditation, I would like to give some recommendations that will help you to build your practice correctly.

#1 Pronounce all the sounds of the mantra clearly

Keep in mind, that every single sound and syllable of the mantra has a deep meaning. Therefore it is so important to correctly and clearly pronounce all the sounds of the mantra.

#2 Learn the mantra by heart

It is best to practice mantra meditation with your eyes closed. This will help you to relax and dive deeper into the meditative state. Therefore it’s best to learn the mantra by heart so you don’t need to read it from the piece of paper.

#3 Choose a mantra according to your intention

When working with the mantra, it is important to know what exactly you want to achieve. Imagine as if you have already achieved it. If you do not have a clear intention (abundance, love, health, etc.), then use universal mantras or mantras that you intuitively feel attracted to.

#4 Chant the mantra in accordance with your inner tempo and rhythm, steadily and quietly

The mantra should flow like a song – without any tension, discomfort or rejection.

Mantra Meditation

There are different techniques that you can use for performing mantra meditation. In this article, I want to share with you the four most popular ones. You can choose either one of these techniques or you can alternate or mix them. It’s totally up to you!

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Mantra Meditation Techniques

#1 Chanting a mantra in your mind, in a whisper or aloud

This technique of mantra meditation is quite simple.

Before you start performing mantra chanting, choose a suitable mantra for yourself, memorize it and get your mala beads.

Take a comfortable position for your mantra meditation. Make sure to keep your spine straight. Take your mala beads and close your eyes.

According to the ancient tradition, you should hold the mala beads with the thumb and middle fingers of your right hand. Touch the beads with your thumb, and slightly twist each bead from side to side, the middle finger acts as a support. Do not touch the mala beads with your index finger.

Touch the first bead, say the mantra one time. Now, move the bead with your thumb and middle finger. Touch the second bead and say the mantra again. So you will go full circle, that is 108 times.

Come out of the meditation gradually. Open your eyes. Track your feelings and emotions. Stay a little more in this state.

#2 Chanting mantras with a concentration on the breath

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This technique is also very simple. Usually, people use the OM mantra for performing this technique.

So, take a comfortable position with your back being straight and close your eyes. As you inhale and exhale, say the OM mantra aloud or in your mind, stretching the sound for the entire inhale or exhale.

You can perform this technique by setting up the alarm or guided by internal sensations. You can use the mala beads to count the number of mantra repetitions. One inhalation and one exhalation count as one repetition.

#3 Mantra listening

Simple listening to mantras also has a beneficial effect. You can find online a huge number of video and audio recordings of mantras performed by various musicians. Just choose the one you like and use it for your mantra meditation.

Take a comfortable meditation pose (by sitting with your spine being straight or laying on your back). Close your eyes. Relax your body and focus on the mantra. You can stay in this position as long as you want. If you fall asleep, it’s ok. The mantra listening will relax you very deeply and you will wake up full of energy.

I often do this meditation when I put a face mask on my face. I need to keep the mask on my face for 15-20 minutes. So why to waste the time when I can use it for my spiritual benefits? I turn on the mantras, get comfortable, close my eyes, relax and rest. After this session, I feel very relaxed and joyful.

#4 Group mantra meditation

An example of such meditation is OM chanting.

In short, OM Chanting is a very ancient healing technique that is performed in a group and uses the cosmic vibration of OM sound to heal people and the planet.

When performing OM chanting collectively, the healing power of OM sound increases. Feelings, thoughts and negative energies dissolve, transform and change under the influence of the healing power of OM. Emotions get released. Inner peace, happiness, and love get attracted. This powerful meditation leads to a more joyful life, supports good health and helps achieve inner harmony.

Conclusion

Try different techniques of mantra meditation and soon you will definitely see wonderful results of this practice in your life and notice amazing inner transformation that will lead you to inner peace. Your emotional state will become calm and joyful. You will become a light that attracts good people and good luck.


Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Manjushri Mantra: a Powerful Practice For Wisdom and Enlightenment

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The bodhisattva Manjushri represents the highest wisdom, intelligence, will, and omniscience, and exercises complete illumination. His name means “Gentle Glory”. In this article, I want to share with you a very powerful Manjushri mantra that enhances wisdom and improves one’s skills in debating, memory, writing, and other literary abilities. Moreover, a regular practice of this mantra can help reach enlightenment and reconnect with your divine nature.

But first, let me tell you about Manjushri.

Who Is Manjushri?

Manjushri is one of the Four Great Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism, the other three being Ksitigarbha, Avalokitesvara, and Samantabhadra.

Manjushri is also revered as the patron of the arts and sciences, orator, patron of astrologers. For example, Buddhist writers, before starting to write a book or a poem, first turn to Manjushri for help or begin creation with a prayer in his honor.

Buddhists ask Manjushri to grant them wisdom, transcendental knowledge, mastery in studying, ability to interpret sacred texts, eloquence, and a good memory. He is the patron of literature. He helps to consciously use the power of the word as a tool for liberation from ignorance. Anyone can ask Manjushri for enlightenment and he will surely give one all the tools you need to reach it. However, only one’s discipline and devotion can lead to enlightenment.

Manjushri’s Mission

Manjushri, who once attained the state of a Buddha, refused to enter Nirvana until people freed themselves of ignorance and misery.

He appears as a constant assistant to Buddha Shakyamuni in his enlightening mission.

Manjushri’s mission as a bodhisattva is to eradicate ignorance and the evil it generates. Therefore, Manjushri is depicted as a beautiful young man with a flaming sword raised in one hand and a book in the other.

Symbolism

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Manjushri is usually depicted in a sitting cross-legged position on a Lotus throne. He is dressed in the usual bodhisattva clothes.

Usually, Manjushri is depicted as a young man 26-years old. This important symbol reminds us that Manjushri is the beginning of insight. The youth symbolism is vital, since most suffering humans, even the most advanced among us, could be said to be just at the “beginning” of understanding and insight.

Most often we can see Manjushri having a Golden yellow body, which symbolizes the wealth of his knowledge.

In his right hand, he holds a Fiery sword that cuts through ignorance and duality.

In his left hand, he holds a Lotus that symbolizes purity of thoughts and motivation.

There is the Sutra laying on the Lotus which symbolizes the Transcendental Wisdom.

The symbols and iconography can vary depending on the culture. However, all the symbols are always related to wisdom.

There are also different specialized forms of Manjushri: Black, Orange, Four-armed Namsangiti, wrathful Yamantaka, and many others.

Manjushri Mantra Benefits

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In traditional Buddhist schools, the beginning of any training starts with Manjushri mantra chanting. This is how Buddhists tune themselves in learning and mastering new knowledge.

Manjushri mantra is chanted for both inner wisdom and worldly knowledge. It gives both intellectual wisdom and wisdom beyond all words and thought.

It helps in learning, developing intelligence and good memory. It also brings good insight and intuitive knowledge.

Manjushri mantra practice also helps in:

  • learning and understanding astrology;
  • improving debating skills;
  • boosting memory;
  • writing;
  • reaching enlightenment;
  • reconnecting with your divine nature.

Manjushri Mantra

Manjushri mantra is a symbol of the ultimate essence and profound simplicity. Each of the seven syllables of this mantra is deeply profound — conveying within in it the essence of all other mantras.

Here is the text of Manjushri mantra:

OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHIH

Manjushri Mantra Meaning

Now I want to share with you a beautiful commentary on the essence of Manjushri mantra from a Tantric Buddhist point of view delivered by Khenchen Pracchimba Dorjee Rinpoche.

OM represents a combination of the three pure sounds that signify the holy body, speech, and mind.

AH represents the insight that all Dharmas and all “things” are unproduced. This realization develops as we examine everything. That means that we ask questions such as: What do my body and mind consist of? What do all the things around me consist of?  As a result of repeated inquiry and contemplation, the realization of emptiness as the true nature of our mind, as well as all external phenomena, arises. Understanding the emptiness of everything is the path of wisdom.

RA represents an understanding of emptiness. This approach emphasizes the emptiness of the self but believes that at the deepest level everything consists of very small subatomic particles.

PA stands for meditation. There are two basic types of meditation: the conceptual (thinking) and the non-conceptual (without thinking) meditation. In conceptual meditation, we rely on thinking about various concepts such as impermanence, suffering or karma. This is actually not considered a meditation in the strict sense. The ‘real’ meditation is non-conceptual and means that we see the nature of phenomena directly. In our practice, we usually first combine the conceptual and the non-conceptual meditation until we are able to rest in the nature of mind completely without thinking. For example, if you have to ask yourself whether your meditation is conceptual or non-conceptual you are practicing conceptual (thinking) meditation. If you engage in a true non-conceptual meditation you don’t have to check whether your meditation is conceptual or non-conceptual – your feeling of resting in the nature of mind is so reassuring that there are no questions to be asked.

TSA symbolizes the importance of samsara and nirvana. The exact nature of both nirvana and samsara is emptiness. But if we don’t understand the exact nature of samsara, it manifests to us in the form of three sufferings.

The three sufferings are:

  • the suffering of change;
  • the suffering upon suffering;
  • the suffering of everything composite.

If we exactly experientially understand the real nature of samsara it will instead appear to us in the form of three kinds of peace:

  • arhat peace;
  • bodhisattva peace;
  • Buddha peace.

NA stands for karma. In short, it means that all the suffering we experience is the result of our previous non-virtuous actions and all our happiness results from our previous virtuous deeds. There are two basic kinds of karma: the individual karma and the collective karma. Our individual karma is related to our personal deeds and their results. We need to understand that with each action of our body, speech and mind we are sewing the seeds of our future experience.

DHIH represents the wisdom path teachings. It is the fruition of all the practices represented by the previous syllables. We can imagine that our samsara mind is like a block of ice flowing in the water of nirvana wisdom. The syllable DHIH represents the fruition of our practice that melts the ice of our samsaric mind into the water – its real Buddha-nature.

How To Practice Manjushri Mantra?

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Before chanting Manjushri mantra you should set your intention. You can do it in any form. For example: “I dedicate the Chanting of Manjushri mantra to … (name your request).”

After setting the intention, chant Manjushri mantra for 108 times and practice the visualization described below while chanting.

Visualization

Visualize a horizontal moon disk in your heart.

Imagine a six-spoked wheel on it, and at its hub, there is an upright orange seed syllable DHIH.

Just above the wheel’s spokes, there are the syllables OM AH RA PA TSA NA standing clockwise. Light emanates from the DHIH and other mantra syllables.

Imagine how this light fills your body and cleanses all negative karma and obscurations, especially those arising from ignorance.

Now visualize how the darkness of ignorance is completely eliminated and the light of wisdom increases to illuminate all objects of knowledge.


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Praises to the Twenty-One Taras (English And Tibetan Versions)

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Praises to the Twenty-One Taras is a traditional prayer in Tibetan Buddhism to the female Bodhisattva Tara. When you chant these praises, something magical happens and you feel yourself transcend into another realm. Every word/syllable you pronounce with your deep concentration transcends your consciousness. In this article, I will introduce you to the Twenty-One Taras and to the magical practice of Praises to the Twenty-One Taras.

Twenty-One Taras

Each of the twenty-one emanations of Tara is a different color and an entity in her own right, addressing different manifestations of our existence that require assistance from the goddess.

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Here is a description of the Twenty-One Taras:

  1. Red Tara, the quick heroine who grants the power of control and effective persuasion.
  2. The Great Peaceful White Tara, who pacifies spirit harms, negative karma, delusions, and diseases.
  3. The Great Increasing One, Golden Tara, who increases life, merit, good fortune, fame, and prosperity.
  4. The Great Long-Life Yellow Tara, who grants longevity.
  5. The Great Hum-making Orange Tara, who brings other beings close to you.
  6. Black-Red Tara, victorious over the Three Worlds, who protects from spirit harm.
  7. Black Tara, slightly wrathful, who dispels all black magic and harmful spells.
  8. Red Tara, destroyer of the enemy Mara, who destroys the four types of mara.
  9. White Tara, the three sublime, who protects all beings from fear and danger.
  10. Red Tara, destroyer of maras, who controls the world.
  11. Orange Tara, eliminator of poverty, who brings wealth.
  12. The Orange Tara of auspicious beauty, who makes everything auspicious.
  13. Fire-Blazing Red Tara, who pierces your enemy (which is the delusion of your own mind).
  14. Black Tara, slightly wrinkled and wrathful, who pierces interference.
  15. White Tara, the great pacifier, who brings harmony.
  16. Red Tara, liberating with wisdom-Hum, for wisdom and increasing the power of mantras.
  17. Orange Tara, shaking the three worlds, who controls the power of mantras.
  18. White Tara, who eliminates poisons and overcomes their effects.
  19. White Tara, for release from prison and overcoming quarrels and fights.
  20. Orange Tara, for eliminating contagious diseases.
  21. White Tara, whose venerable actions make all activities successful.

How To Practice Praises To The Twenty-One Taras?

Go slowly initially, and feel the words, syllables, and their meanings transcending your consciousness. Soon you will discover your own rhythm.

As you recite, contemplate as follows: with each praise and prostration, just as one spark of fire comes from another, a replica of Tara manifests and sinks into you.

Visualization

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While reciting the Praises to the Twenty-One Taras it’s very beneficial to perform the following visualization.

Visualize how The white syllable āḥ consisting of light, appears in your heart. It turns into a white lunar disk. In the center of the disc appears the green syllable Tāṃ. This syllable represents the essence of the bliss-filled, omniscient mind of Tara, embodying wisdom and compassion. There are the syllables of the mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA around the Tam syllable on the lunar disk. These syllables of the mantra are created out of the green light.

Visualize how a rainbow light emanates in all directions from the syllable Tam. This light is calling Tara, who then appears in the space in front of you.

Tara is sitting on the Lotus flower and the moon disk. She is young and extraordinarily beautiful. Her Divine body is made of emerald light. Her right-hand rests on her right knee in a gesture of giving.

With her left hand, she is holding the blue Lotus.

Her left leg is tucked in and her right leg is slightly extended. Her face is radiant with beauty, and with loving-kindness she is smiling.

Space around Her is filled with 21 Tara, as well as all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Visualize that all living beings are sitting around you. And you are performing Praises to the Twenty-One Taras for all these beings and the whole world.

The Praises To The Twenty-One Taras (English Version)

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Let me and all who needs protection,
Enter beneath your right-hand mudra
Of granting boons and refuge mudra,
And be relieved from every fear.

OM I prostrate to the goddess foe destroyer, liberating lady Tara
Homage to TARE, saviouress, heroine,
With TUTTARE dispelling all fears,
Granting all benefits with TURE,
To her with sound SOHA, I bow.

Invocation

From your sublime abode at the Potala, O Tara,
Born from the green letter TAM
Your crown adorned with Amitabha,
Action mother of the buddhas of the three times,
Tara, please come with your attendants.

The gods and demi-gods bow to your lotus feet, O Tara,
Your who rescue all who are destitute,
To you, Mother Tara, I pay homage.

The Praises

Om! I prostrate to the noble transcendent liberator!

1. Homage! Tara, swift, heroic!
Eyes like lightning instantaneous!
Sprung from op’ning stamens of the
Lord of three world’s tear-born lotus!

2. Homage! She whose face combines a
Hundred autumn moons at fullest!
Blazing with light rays resplendent
As a thousand star collection!

3. Homage! Golden-blue one, lotus
Water born, in hand adorned!
Giving, effort, calm, austerities,
Patience, meditation her sphere!

4. Homage! Crown of tathagatas,
Actions triumph without limit
Relied on by conquerors’ children,
Having reached every perfection!

5. Homage! Filling with TUTTARE,
HUM, desire, direction, and space!
Trampling with her feet the seven worlds,
Able to draw forth all beings!

6. Homage! Worshipped by the all-lords,
Shakra, Agni, Brahma, Marut!
Honored by the hosts of spirits,
Corpse-raisers, Gandharvas, yakshas!

7. Homage! With Her TRAD and PHAT sounds
Destroying foes’ magic diagrams!
Her feet pressing, left out, right in,
Blazing in a raging fire-blaze!

8. Homage! TURE, very dreadful!
Destroyer of Mara’s champion(s)!
She with frowning lotus visage
Who is the slayer of all enemies!

9. Homage! At the heart her fingers,
Adorn her with Three Jewel mudra!
Light-ray masses all excited!
All directions’ wheels adorn her!

10. Homage! She so joyous, radiant,
Crown emitting garlands of light!
Mirthful, laughing with TUTTARE,
Subjugating maras, devas!

11. Homage! She able to summon
All earth-guardians’ assembly!
Shaking, frowning, with her HUM sign
Saving from every misfortune!

12. Homage! Crown adorned with crescent
Moon, all ornaments most shining!
Amitabha in her hair-knot
Sending out much light eternal!

13. Homage! She ’mid wreath ablaze like
Eon-ending fire abiding!
Right stretched, left bent, joy surrounds you
Troops of enemies destroying!

14. Homage! She who strikes the ground with
Her palm, and with her foot beats it!
Scowling, with the letter HUM the
Seven levels she does conquer!

15. Homage! Happy, virtuous, peaceful!
She whose field is peace, nirvana!
She endowed with OM and SOHA,
Destroyer of the great evil!

16. Homage! She with joy surrounded
Tearing foes’ bodies asunder,
Frees with HUM and knowledge mantra,
Arrangement of the ten letters!

17. Homage! TURE! With seed letter
Of the shape of syllable HUM!
By foot-stamping shakes the three worlds,
Meru, Mandara, and Vindhya!

18. Homage! Holding in her hand the
Hare-marked moon of deva-lake form!
With twice spoken TARA and PHAT,
Totally dispelling poison!

19. Homage! She whom gods and their kings,
And the kinnaras do honor!
Armored in all joyful splendor,
She dispels bad dreams and conflicts!

20. Homage! She whose two eyes bright with
Radiance of sun and full moon!
With twice HARA and TUTTARE
She dispels severe contagion!

21. Homage! Full of liberating
Pow’r by the set of three natures!
Destroys hosts of spirits, yakshas,
And raised corpses! Supreme! TURE!

The following dedications may be made:

Due to the vast merit, I create with this practice, please, Mother Tara, may I soon attain your enlightened state that I may liberate all sentient beings from their suffering. May the precious bodhi mind in me, not yet born, arise and grow. May the bodhicitta already born within me have no decline but instead, increase forevermore.

In all my rebirths may I never be separated from perfect spiritual masters and enjoy the magnificent Dharma. May I complete all qualities and stages of the path and may I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara.

The Praises To The Twenty-One Taras (Tibetan Version)

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Invocation

PO TA LA YI NÄ CHHOG NÄ
TAM YIG JANG KHU LÄ THRUNG SHING
ÖPAG ME KYI U LA GYÄN
DÜ SUM SANG GYÄ THRIN LÄ MA
DRÖL MA KHOR CHÄ SHEG SU SÖL

Prostration

LHA DANG LHA MIN CHÖ PÄN GYI
ZHAB KYI PÄ MO LA TÜ DE
PHONG PA KÜN LÄ DRÖL DZÄ MA
DRÖL MA YUM LA CHHAG TSHÄL LO

The Praises

OM JE TSÜN MA PHAG MA DRÖL MA LA CHHAG TSHÄL LO

  1. CHHAG TSHÄL DRÖL MA NYUR MA PA MO
    CHÄN NI KÄ CHIG LOG DANG DRA MA
    JIG TEN SUM GÖN CHHU KYE ZHÄL GYI
    GE SAR JE WA LÄ NI JUNG MA
  2. CHHAG TSHÄL TÖN KÄI DA WA KÜN TU
    GANG WA GYA NI TSEG PÄI ZHÄL MA
    KAR MA TONG THRAG TSHOG PA NAM KYI
    RAB TU CHHE WÄI Ö RAB BAR MA
  3. CHHAG TSHÄL SER NGO CHHU NÄ KYE KYI
    PÄ MÄ CHHAG NI NAM PAR GYÄN MA
    JIN PA TSÖN DRÜ KA THUB ZHI WA
    ZÖ PA SAM TÄN CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
  4. CHHAG TSHÄL DE ZHIN SHEG PÄI TSUG TOR
    THA YÄ NAM PAR GYÄL WAR CHÖ MA
    MA LÜ PHA RÖL CHHIN PA THOB PÄI
    GYÄL WÄI SÄ KYI SHIN TU TEN MA
  5. CHHAG TSHÄL TUTTARA HUM YI GE
    DÖ DANG CHHOG DANG NAM KHA GANG MA
    JIG TEN DÜN PO ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
    LÜ PA ME PAR GUG PAR NÜ MA
  6. CHHAG TSHÄL GYA JIN ME LHA TSHANG PA
    LUNG LHA NA TSHOG WANG CHHUG CHHÖ MA
    JUNG PO RO LANG DRI ZA NAM DANG
    NÖ JIN TSHOG KYI DÜN NÄ TÖ MA
  7. CHHAG TSHÄL TRAD CHE JA DANG PHAT KYI
    PHA RÖL THRÜL KHOR RAB TU JOM MA
    YÄ KUM YÖN KYANG ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
    ME BAR THRUG PA SHIN TU BAR MA
  8. CHHAG TSHÄL TURE JIG PA CHHEN PO
    DÜ KYI PA WO NAM PAR JOM MA
    CHHU KYE ZHÄL NI THRO NYER DÄN DZÄ
    DRA WO THAM CHÄ MA LÜ SÖ MA
  9. CHHAG TSHÄL KÖN CHHOG SUM TSHÖN CHHAG GYÄI
    SOR MÖ THUG KAR NAM PAR GYÄN MA
    MA LÜ CHHOG KYI KHOR LÖ GYÄN PÄI
    RANG GI Ö KYI TSHOG NAM THRUG MA
  10. CHHAG TSHÄL RAB TU GA WA JI PÄI
    U GYÄN Ö KYI THRENG WA PEL MA
    ZHE PA RAB ZHÄ TUTTARA YI
    DÜ DANG JIG TEN WANG DU DZÄ MA
  11. CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHI KYONG WÄI TSHOG NAM
    THAM CHÄ GUG PAR NÜ MA NYI MA
    THRO NYER YO WÄI YI GE HUM GI
    PHONG PA THAM CHÄ NAM PAR DRÖL MA
  12. CHHAG TSHÄL DA WÄI DUM BÜ U GYÄN
    GYÄN PA THAM CHÄ SHIN TU BAR MA
    RÄL PÄI KHUR NA Ö PAG ME LÄ
    TAG PAR SHIN TU Ö RAB DZÄ MA
  13. CHHAG TSHÄL KÄL PÄI THA MÄI ME TAR
    BAR WÄI THRENG WÄI Ü NA NÄ MA
    YÄ KYANG YÖN KUM KÜN NÄ KOR GÄI
    DRA YI PUNG NI NAM PAR JOM MA
  14. CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHII NGÖ LA CHHAG GI
    THIL GYI NÜN CHING ZHAB KYI DUNG MA
    THRO NYER CHÄN DZÄ YI GE HUM GI
    RIM PA DÜN PO NAM NI GEM MA
  15. CHHAG TSHÄL DE MA GE MA ZHI MA
    NYA NGÄN DÄ ZHI CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
    SVAHA OM DANG YANG DAG DÄN PÄ
    DIG PA CHHEN PO JOM PA NYI MA
  16. CHHAG TSHÄL KÜN NÄ KOR RAB GA WÄI
    DRA YI LÜ NI NAM PAR GEM MA
    YI GE CHU PÄI NGAG NI KÖ PÄI
    RIG PA HUM LÄ DRÖL MA NYI MA
  17. CHHAG TSHÄL TURE ZHAB NI DEB PÄ
    HUM GI NAM PÄI SA BÖN NYI MA
    RI RAB MANDHARA DANG BIG JE
    JIG TEN SUM NAM YO WA NYI MA
  18. CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHO YI NAM PÄI
    RI DAG TAG CHÄN CHHAG NA NAM MA
    TARA NYI JÖ PHAT KYI YI GE
    DUG NAM MA LÜ PA NI SEL MA
  19. CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHOG NAM GYÄL PO
    LHA DANG MI AM CHI YI TEN MA
    KÜN NÄ GO CHHA GA WÄI JI GYI
    TSÖ DANG MI LAM NGÄN PA SEL MA
  20. CHHAG TSHÄL NYI MA DA WA GYÄ PÄI
    CHÄN NYI PO LA Ö RAB SÄL MA
    HARA NYI JÖ TUTTARA YI
    SHIN TU DRAG PÖI RIM NÄ SEL MA
  21. CHHAG TSHÄL DE NYI SUM NAM KÖ PÄ
    ZHI WÄI THÜ DANG YANG DAG DÄN MA
    DÖN DANG RO LANG NÖ JIN TSHOG NAM
    JOM PA TURE RAB CHHOG NYI MA

TSA WÄI NGAG KYI TÖ PA DI DANG
CHHAG TSHÄL WA NI NYI SHU TSA CHIG


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Peace Mantra: Manifest a Better Reality For All

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Peace mantra is one of the simplest to learn yet most powerful mantras. If you are following a spiritual path and want to help humanity achieve peace and harmony then you should consider chanting the peace mantra part of your daily spiritual practice. By practicing this powerful mantra, we begin to feel our unity with the whole world. As a result, we start feeling more centered. Our souls come to peace and harmony.

In this article, I’ll share with you what peace mantra is, how to chant it, and why so many people all over the world chant its sacred syllables daily.

What Is Peace Mantra?

The mantra OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI OM is the Peace mantra.

OM Syllable

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Om is the sound of the whole cosmic manifestation.

The value of the mantra OM was emphasized by many sages and yogins. Patanjali said that one can achieve enlightenment by sitting in Padmasana (Lotus Pose) and chanting the OM mantra with full attention (while concentrating the mind on the meaning of OM mantra).

OM is also considered to be a Bija mantra (the “seed” or awakening sound, which has the property of directly affecting all our subtle bodies).

Like a bullet passing through the tissues, OM penetrates the entire being of the practitioner, starting from the physical body and ending with the causal body.

Moreover, it is believed that it is from the OM sound (vibration) that our entire manifested Universe was born in the form in which we now observe it – a magnificent illusion, which appears dense and real to the unenlightened.

OM is not just the universal sound (vibration), but the sound of the Universe itself.

For example in the Mandukya Upanishad, it is said:

Om! — This syllable is this whole world.

Its further explanation is: —
The past, the present, the future — everything is just the word Om.

And whatever else that transcends threefold time — that, too, is just the word Om.

Therefore we can say that OM symbolizes reality. It represents everything in the universe, past, present, and future. It is also believed that OM represents both – the mundane world of time in which the mind normally functions, and the world as perceived by the mind that is awakened and that experiences the world timelessly. OM vibration represents both –enlightenment and non-enlightenment.

We can say that OM is the equivalent of white light, in which all of the colors of the rainbow can be found.

Shanti

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Shanti means peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss. It is a state in which one experiences a reverent, conscious calmness and the inspiration of full awareness of what is happening.

This state can be called a state in which one is awed by the realization of higher truths, values, and purpose. It can be achieved only after a deep experience of calmness and inspiration.

In some Buddhist texts, “Shanti” sometimes becomes synonymous with Nirvana. As you may know, Nirvana is the experience of infinite peace and tranquility. Therefore the words ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Shanti’ are used as synonymous. In the Hindu Pantheon, there is even a Goddess named Shanti, whose main purpose is to help in achieving a state of blissful and infinite tranquility.

OM Shanti

Om Shanti‘ means peace for the all humankind, peace for all living and nonliving beings, peace for the Universe, peace for everyone and everything in this whole cosmic manifestation. Shortly, it can be translated as “Peace Be With You”.

Chanting the word ‘Shanti’ 3 times has a meaning too:

The first ‘Shanti’ liberates us from physical burdens. It purifies us from negative thoughts related to our etheric bodies.

The second ‘Shanti’ cleanses our mind and soul. It purifies our minds from negative emotions like jealousy, hatred, anger, and worries.

The third ‘Shanti’ creates a protective energy shield that hides us from accidents and natural disasters.

Some spiritual teachers indicate that when Shanti mantra is repeated three times, the first repetition of ‘Shanti’ represents the establishment of peace on the planet (no disasters), the second repetition of ‘Shanti’ represents the establishment of peace in the society (no wars), and the third repetition of ‘Shani’ represents the establishment of peace in the soul of the practitioner.

Thinking this way, the practitioner manifests happiness for everyone, claims that he/she cares not only about his/her own well-being, but also wants the best for the whole planet and humanity.

Shanti mantra is considered to be one of the most powerful mantras used to achieve peace of mind and soul. This mantra conveys a deep sense of universal peace and serenity, called Nirvana. It is this state that allows us to merge with eternity and achieve inner and outer peace.

Osho Interpretation of the Peace Mantra

This is what Indian mystic Osho said about the Peace mantra:

OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shanti means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe.

– Osho

Shanti Mantra Benefits

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Shanti mantra is based on two basic principles that, in fact, can not exist separately: harmony with the outside world and your inner spirituality. When we are chanting this powerful mantra we balance these two principles in our lives. So even if we see some events or situations that go against our spiritual beliefs we don’t get frustrated about them anymore. We develop an understanding that there is nothing unfair in this world, that everything has its purpose. In other words, we start seeing the material world through the prism of spirituality.

It is even surprising that just a couple of simple syllables have such power!!

Other Benefits of Shanti Mantra:

  1. cleanses your aura from negative energy;
  2. brings you inner peace and balance;
  3. adjusts the energy flows in your subtle body;
  4. removes negative feelings, thoughts, and emotions;
  5. cleanses the space around you from negative and toxic energy;
  6. prepares you to receive true wisdom and knowledge;
  7. relaxes and calms down;
  8. increases focus and concentration;
  9. brings the feeling of unity with the world;
  10. relieves anxiety and depression;
  11. helps to see the higher purpose, etc.

How to Chant the Peace Mantra?

The Peace mantra should be repeated three times (referring to the word ‘Shanti’) on the exhale.

When chanting ‘Shanti’ the first time it should be pronounced clearly and very loudly so that Nature can hear your chant. It is believed that this call calms raging forces of nature, even such as tsunamis, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

When chanting ‘Shanti’ the second time it should be pronounced quieter as if calling for silence and serenity in the world. This minimizes all scandals, illness, quarrels, injuries, and other troubles.

When chanting ‘Shanti’ the third time it should be pronounced very quietly, almost whispering. It is an appeal to one’s own spiritual world or subconscious, calling the soul to complete calm.

The Bottom Line

According to Buddhist teaching, living ethically is a path to peace. In Buddhist ethical practice, this means abstaining from actions that cause harm to yourself or others. In other words, we should not only cultivate our inner peace but also take peace into the world by practicing compassion, and by living ethically. Therefore, if you decided to start practicing the Peace mantra, you should be focusing on peaceful ethical living. The bare minimum you can do is trying to avoid causing physical harm through direct physical actions or through encouraging others to cause harm.


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