The word mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
“Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Surya Koti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva sarva Karyesu Sarvada”.
Meaning: O Lord Ganesha, of curved trunk, large body and with the Brilliance of a Million Suns, please make all my works free from obstacles, always.
Om, mantra, or vibration, derives from India and is considered to have high spiritual and creative power.
Pronounced properly, Om has four syllables and is pronounced AUM, beginning with A at the base of the belly and moving upwards towards the crown of the head sending vibrations up the whole spine. U moves the sound up into the throat as the sound moves forward along the upper mouth. As the teeth come together to touch gently M is lengthened and brings the vibration through head towards crown, we reach the silence the stillness, vibration rises through our whole body and into the Universe and beyond.
Chanting “Om” at the beginning and ending of our practice, gives us the opportunity to switch off from our everyday life and become present, signifying that our practice time is a sacred, a time to become one with ourselves take care of ourselves and tune into our hearts. There are many explanations on why we Om.....
When chanted OM vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. Hence chanting OM symbolically and physically tunes us into our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
The rhythmic pronunciation and vibrations have a calming effect on the body and the nervous system similar to the effects of meditation. This lowers the blood pressure and increases the health of the heart. Chanting is a great way to help us feel revitalized, release stress, aids us in detoxify mentally as well as physically.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah
Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat