The Meaning of Mantra
“A mantra is not just something to chant. It is not chanting. A mantra is something to let sink deep in your being, just as roots go deep into the earth. The deeper the roots go into the earth, the higher the tree will go into the sky.” – Osho
What is a Mantra?
Derived from two Sanskrit words – manas (mind) and tra (tool) – the word mantra translates into being a tool or instrument of the mind; a powerful sound vibration through which we carefully focus our thoughts to transcend the mind into a deep state of meditation.
A Brief History
Mantra, whether chanted aloud or silently, mindfully recited, is a mighty form of meditation. It has deep roots in many spiritual traditions and languages, from echoes of Om and Rama by Hindus, Jesus by Christians or the Hail Mary and Ave Maria prayers for Catholics, to the repetition of Allah by Muslims and Barukh atah Adonai by Jews. Repeating any of these phrases creates ripples in our bodies; sound waves, vibrations that create circles of energy, drawing all in our surroundings into harmony with ourselves. Over time, as this vibration of sound descends deeper into our consciousness, we are able to seek out the presence of Shakti, the powerful personification of creative energy. Often presented as a divine feminine force, Shakti is the incarnation of Cosmic Vibration, the dynamic energy both behind the creation of the universe and within each of us.
The Meaning of Om
Om or aum, one of the most universally recited mantras, is the most primordial of vibrations. It is considered to be the sound of the creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe, ancient rishis or sages in the Vedic era believing that this sound both shaped and maintained an infinite universal presence. For thousands of years, people have used this mantra among many to experience deeper levels of mental and spiritual awareness. A tool to support meditation, a mantra will help you find peace.
At Fable & Mane, we believe beauty begins at the roots. That’s why we believe repeating a mantra to relax the mind and become centered within oneself is an effective key to unlocking beauty within the mane, mind and world.
Some of our favourite mantras include:I am beautiful. I am bountiful. I am blissful.
Beauty is a state of mind.
I am the world. I am the wild. I am the woman.
All good things are wild and free.
How to Begin a Mantra Practice
Consistency is key. No matter which mantra you choose, the focus you draw on your words will unlock the energy within and render your words greater than simply words. Eventually you will feel a resonance with the vibrations of sound coming from your body, mingling with the atmosphere around you.
See if you can set aside 10 minutes a day to practice.
Simply begin by lying down or sitting down in a comfortable position. Choose your mantra and repeat, once while inhaling your breath and once while exhaling your breath. You can chant, whisper or silently repeat your mantra.
When thoughts enter your mind, notice them and simply let them pass you by, as you would a vehicle on the road. Return to repeating your mantra.
The more you practice, the more you will calm the mind and cultivate a sense of presence and serenity.
– Akash & Nikita Mehta, Co-Founders