Mantra meditation is a timeless and powerful method of meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years. It helps the practitioner control the mind by tuning into transcendental sound vibration. The transcendental sound vibration is unlike ordinary sound vibrations, because it has the potency to connect the chanter to the Divine and allows the individual to obtain higher states of consciousness.
The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit language and literally means to “free the mind,” in particular from mental anxieties. The mind, especially nowadays, is filled with endless distractions, and mantra meditation helps engage the mind and can free one from anxiety and stress through its repetition. The practice of mantra meditation consists of chanting a mantra out loud and listening. By focusing on the transcendental sound vibration, the chanter’s mind becomes naturally cleansed and one experiences bliss and satisfaction.
There are thousands of mantras, and of those there is one that is recommended by the ancient yoga texts that has the greatest benefit. The maha mantra or Hare Krishna mantra is the most effective mantra in this age to chant. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The effects of Hare Krishna mantra meditation are quick and powerful, and the chanter experiences positive results within the first few sessions of chanting it.
Composed of just three words, Hare, Krishna, and Rama, the maha mantra’s meaning is quite profound. Each word in the maha mantra is a name for the Divine. Hare refers to the compassionate energy of the Divine. We appeal to the kind nature of the Divine for grace to be able to connect to Krishna, or the all-attractive, possessing all qualities in full. Krishna is all-good, all-playful, all-loving, all-everything, and as parts of Krishna we too possess these qualities in small amounts. By chanting the maha mantra, we can realize our true potential in context with our unique relationship with Krishna. The third word in the maha mantra is ‘Rama,’ or the reservoir of all spiritual happiness. Through meditation on the Hare Krishna maha mantra, we make a prayer to the Divine to deliver us from material existence and place us into spiritual existence, where our activities are full of eternality, bliss and knowledge.
This mantra meditation practice is non-sectarian. Anyone can chant the Hare Krishna mantra. It is not limited to any race, culture, religion, etc. Mantra meditation can be practiced by oneself or in a group, and engages all the senses in both settings. The personal, private practice is called japa. Japa consists of chanting on meditation beads, usually with a commitment to a certain amount of chants. Advanced spiritual practitioners of bhakti yoga practice mantra meditation for about two hours daily. To practice in a group is called kirtan, and is often accompanied by musical instruments in a call-and-response style. Most people who practice mantra meditation practice both japa and kirtan. They are both equally potent meditation practices.
Mantra meditation is the practice of the science of self-realization. As in any science experiment, there is a hypothesis: mantra meditation will help you feel happier. The method is chanting the Hare Krishna mantra daily. The experiment has been tested internationally and tested true. Try mantra meditation for just a few minutes a day and see how you feel. If you feel some effect, try chanting more every day and again, see how you feel then. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.