08 Jul '12, 12pm

The Value of a Mantra

The Value of a Mantra

The word mantra has two components to it: Man, which is the root sound of the word “mind,” and tra, which is the root sound of the word “instrument.” So the word mantra literally means “an instrument of the mind.” The ancient wisdom tradition of Vedanta examined the various sounds produced in nature, the fundamental vibrations of the world around us. According to Vedanta, these sounds are an expression of the infinite or cosmic mind, and provide the basis for every human language. For example, if you sound out all the letters of the alphabet, the vowels and the consonants, you’ll hear that these are the same sounds that all babies make spontaneously. These sounds also contain the same vibrations that animals make. And if you listen carefully, you’ll notice that these sounds are everywhere in nature. These are the sounds of the wind, of fire crackling, of thunder, of the ri...

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