What Is A Mantra
Mantras are Sanskrit recitations of God. They are reinforced by Japa meditation and pass from the verbal level to the mental and telepathic states, and on to pure thought energy. Of all languages in the world, Sanskrit comes the closest to telepathic language because of its affinity to the fifty primeval sounds. It is the most direct way to approach the transcendental state.
The efficiency of the Japa depends on the degree of concentration. The mind should be totally focussed to realize the maximum benefits of a Mantra. Every Mantra is a collection of Tejas or radiant energy. It transforms the mental substance by producing a Particular thought movement. The rhythmical vibrations produced by repeating the Mantra, regulate the vibrations of the five layers. It controls the natural tendencies of objective thought of the mind and helps the spiritual power to reinforce it.
Mantras are universal. They are not for individual purposes, despite some current claims. They have always existed in a latent state as sound energies. Just as gravity was discovered but not invented by Newton, Mantras were revealed to the ancient masters. They have been codified in the scriptures and handed down from guru to disciple generation after generation. The guru who initiates his disciple accepts voluntary offerings of fruit, flowers or money, mantras cannot be sold and selling mantra is strictly against all spiritual rule.
Neither Mantra, deity nor guru, cannot be changed once they are chosen. Perseverance on one alone will bring the aspirant to the top faster than if he were to spread his energies in exploring all the alternative paths.