Mantras are sacred sounds, which have the capacity, when repeatedly uttered, to take the seeker into levels or dimensions where such sacred tones are repeated.
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Can you throw some light on "Mantra meditation", particularly on the mantra 'Om Namah Sivaya'?
Lily, from Richmond, VA, USA
Veena Minocha answers: Chanting mantras is an age-old practice meant to raise our spiritual levels to higher vibrations. They work on the principle that sound is capable of producing vibrations in our cells, leading to a sort of a tuning-fork and body-cells combination, so that both start matching their vibrations to each other.
Have you ever listened to a particularly inspiring piece of music, which has, and will have the capability to raise you into undreamt of levels of higher dimensional bliss? Devotional music, as well as the classical tones of the Western masters like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, not to forget our own Indian Classical music ragas, are all directly inspired from the celestial realms.
When Mozart said that in his mind he heard whole pieces of music, he was not the Creator of that piece, but merely the channel of the Divine Angels of Music of the Spheres. The music creators are thus merely allowing themselves to vibrate to such tones and sounds as can only be found in the realms of the Angels. When they do so, they create a reverbatory level wherefrom flows the whole symphony.
Mantras are sacred sounds, which have the capacity, when repeatedly uttered, with love and devotion, to take the seeker into those levels or dimensions where such sacred tones are repeated.
When the mantra is perfected, and resonates to the Celestial level of its origin, then new vistas of sound energy open up for the seeker. He then experiences tonal vibrations in response, which are capable of transforming the vibrations of the cells of the body into a matching vibration.
"Om" is the primordial sound of the Universe. It is the sound which was produced when God out-breathed to create this Universe. Hence it is associated with the presence of our Creator and all of Creation.
The word "Namah" is a word of salutation uttered with deep devotion, love and adoration. Lord Shiva represents the great consciousness, the Unifier and Preserver of this Creation.
In fact when we breathe in pranic energy the sound that slips out is similar to the sound of "Va", and when we outbreathe we utter a sound similar to "Shee". Put these together repeatedly, and we get the sound of Shiva that is one whole breath, also signifying the unbroken continuity of life.
The effect of this mantra, "Om Namah Shivaya" is a devotion to the One Creator and the One Unified Consciousness and Universal Energy. It is not to be construed only as a Mantra for Hindus, as it is Universal in its application, for all races and cultures. Remember, in God's realms, there is no distinction made on these barriers that humans have erected between human and human.
Sounds and music constitute a Universal language of Love that is why you find music of any culture becoming popular all over the world. It has to do with the vibrational response of the human cells, and not of human minds, who have segregated themselves from each other.