Sanskrit Mantra

I have been using mantras for various reasons for a while now. They are perfect tools for quieting the mind and getting in touch with the quiet, open space within you. I have made it my goal to chant at least one round of mantras per day for the rest of 2016 and to dedicate myself to at least three 40 day mantra disciplines this year.

On top of my regular practice I have been sitting down to ‘mantra meditate’ between 10 minutes to one hour per day, letting the mantra go around in my head, being aware of the experience as I create the mantra sound internally.

The mantra’s I am planning to work with are:

– AHAM PREMA- This phrase simply means, “I am Divine Love.” This mantra affirms and invokes the divine love in you and leads to deep inner transformation. The events of your life will run smoother and you will be infused with the holy love that is in you and in all things.

-NAMO KUAN SHI YIN PU SA- This is the mantra of Kuan Yin, the female version of Avalokateshwara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. She is known as one who, “hears the sounds and cries of the world”. I intend this practice to be purely devotional, bringing her presence and blessings into my life.

-OM SRI SHANAISHWARAYA SWAHA- This is the mantra associated with the planet Saturn. It helps to clear up karma and therefore will make your life run more smoothly and happily.

– OM MANI PADME HUM- Perhaps the most widely used mantra in the world. It is the mantra formula for Avalokateshwara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. It roughly means ‘Hail to you, jewel in the lotus’. It is used as a prayer for many people around the world and is said to help in raise the world to a higher vibration.

Since using mantras I have been laughing to myself more regularly and I have become more aware of the subtle sensations in my body. My mind also seems to be much quieter and the experiences I have when I am half asleep have become more potent for some reason. My enthusiasm for my passions and life pursuits have increased.

Mantra recitation is getting to be one of the best and most important practices in my spiritual life apart from meditation. It brings you new and beneficial states of mind and the effects of each mantra tend to always be positive and are strong ways to progress spiritually.

On Self- Change and Spiritual Development

For those who are serious practitioners of the spiritual path it seems obvious to comment that self- change and development is hard. It can lead you into all sorts of inner and outer circumstances both painful and liberating. You have to churn out all of the difficult and uncomfortable aspects of your psyche and face them unblinkingly.

The spiritual urge is one of the greatest impulses in the universe. Reality is always pushing you to change and evolve and to jump on the spiritual bandwagon and ride the wave (I don’t know why I am using a metaphor of surfing on a bandwagon by the way… just go with it). It is the most painful, the most blissful and rewarding thing you can do with your life and probably the most natural (I’m talking about spirituality development… not surfing on a bandwagon).

Such experiences can turn you inside out. I’m writing this because I have recently got out a a particularly strange and confounding stage in my personal development. I was lucky enough to be on a retreat at the Adhisthana Retreat Centre in Hertfordshire (part of the Triratna Buddhist Order). Things were brought up that I had hardly been aware of for most of my life but were very familiar to me when they came bursting out from the depths. I felt very supported by the order members and friends that were around me during the retreat, letting me work through what was going on. It was a strange and necessary process and I expect there to be a few more of these experiences in the future.

… When I got out of the eye of the hurricane I felt warmer, different and grateful. I still felt the same on the surface level but I knew that something deeply had changed within me. I felt like rededicating myself more fully and devotedly to my spiritual path.

I wonder what the next hurdle will be in my spiritual development?

 

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