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JapaIn the World Book Dictionary, the word Mantras means: A prayer or Invocation, sometimes held to have magical power'

The repetition of Mantras or God's Name is called 'Japa.'

Japa triggers a Spiritual centre in ones psyches that otherwise may be inactive.

We all have heard of the power that 'Om' is supposed to bestow. It is considered the most powerful Mantra.

It is believed that the vibrating sound of the "Om' encompasses the Universe. Sages claim that if one chants it continuously with a certain technique then one can be put in tune with the Cosmos. Almost all other Sanskrit Mantras start with the word "Om'. It is almost like the word 'Om' makes the prayer come alive.

The equivalent of 'Om' in English is I Am' "I AM" is the shortest and the most powerful sentence in the English language. Since there is magic in the vibrational content of the word 'Om' and/or 'I Am', one must not use any negative word after it For instance: One must not say I am sick, poor, lonely, afraid, etc. If one must, use the suffix "I feel..."

A saying from the Vedas claim that "Speech is the essence of humanity." All of what humanity thinks and ultimately becomes is determined by the expression of ideas and actions through speech and its derivative, writing. Everything, the Vedas maintain, comes into being through speech. Ideas remain unused until they are created through the power of speech.

Mantras may be recited as often as one feels intuitively drawn to recite it. As a matter of fact there is a saying by

Kabeer which states:
'Kabeer man nirmal bhayo jaise Ganga neer
Peechhey peechhey Hari phirey kahat Kabeer Kabeer'

Which means that my My mind has become as pure as the waters of the Ganga, hence now the Lord follows me chanting my name!

The above is not an egoistic statement. It is believed that after one has chanted the Mantras a certain number of times, Ones heart becomes so purified that the Lord starts to chant ones name!

Meerabai sang:

'Payoji maine Ram Ratan dhan paayo, kharch na khotey, chor na lootey, din din hot savaayo''

Which means: By chanting the Lord's name I have come upon riches that I cannot spend (fritter) away, no one can rob, it increases everyday...

Human beings do not compose mantras. One may wonder how can that be possible. Especially given that there are sages associated with the mantras! The point to be noted is that these sages are not composers of these mantras; they are not the inventors, but they are the discoverers of the mantras. They get to know the mantras in a state in which these words do not originate from their thoughts, but they are just passive audience to it. This is what makes the mantras so powerful. Those who go deep in meditation and realize God may be able to get a feel of this situation.

To be such a discoverer, even though they are just passive hearers, needs great amount of qualification. Only the one who is perfect can produce the mantras. The only one that is absolutely perfect is God. All other discoverers or sages reproduce that mantra only as pure as their closeness to perfection.

Typical mantrams are:
Om
It meams "I am", the Word of God, which creates, preserves, and transforms
Asato Ma Sat Gamayo
which means "Lead me from the unreal to the Real."

There are thousands of mantrams which are mainly from the ancient Sanskrit language. Possibly, in time, mantrams will be in English as well as Sanskrit. What such a development would require is a number of great meditators of modern day to be so attuned to the Lord and so at ease within the realms of higher consciousness that these new mantrams can easily be revealed to them.

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