The Science of Mantras: How Sacred Sounds Heal Body, Mind, and Spirit
Mantras still represent sacred mystery and still inspire many people to enter the spiritual world. Mantras are known as the cure for anxiety, mantras are used to create wealth, mantras have healing powers and are used in so many religious purposes. However, to define mantra clearly is hard and to completely understand and stigmatize the effects and powers of mantra is even harder.
The westerners already are obsessed with the spiritual practices from the east. However, we need to mention that the western civilization totally neglected the spiritual meanings in life and the spiritual side of the human being. That’s why, many Westerners find their last hope in the eastern teachings.
This is one of the oldest spiritual practices in the East, older than 3000 years. However, there is still 0 scientific research about this important segment of the spiritual world. On the other hand, the spiritual community made significant efforts to define and discover more about mantras.
Yoga masters claim that mantras have the power to create chemical changes in the body. The argument is that the specific vibrational qualities of mantras create reverberations in the body that lead to changes on the molecular level.
We can understand how this works when we consider man’s relation to sound.
Our auditory faculty has evolved over millions of years to include specific constants that form the very foundations of our auditory composition. Many of the sounds we make today, like grunts and some syllables, have been used for millions of years, long before we became homo-sapiens.
Similar to the way birds use song to communicate information about the weather, we have used grunts and syllables to form our understanding of the world.
The reason why many of today’s words are onomatopoetic is that human vocals were created as an echo of nature. Early man used syllables as a way of echoing the sound of the thing they were trying to describe. Hence why “bob” (as in “bobbing up and down”) sounds like an object bobbing up and down in the water. “Crash”, “Bang”, “Honk”, and “Chime” are other examples.
The Indian language, Sanskrit, creates interesting mind/word game with the echo of mother nature. Sanskrit’s acronyms and synonyms made it sound perfectly. However, English, for instance, is not suitable for the mantra. Sanskrit, on the other hand, makes interesting combinations.
The sacred Sanskrit word “Om”, for instance, means “Universe” and we can hear an echo of the universe in the sound of the mantra. We get a sense of the open and infinite nature of the universe when we listen to this sound. “Om” is a vey open sound. It seems to conjure thoughts of an open space, reconnecting us with the vastness of the universe.
The power of word is also extreme in the world of mantra. If you study more about the pre-historic and archaic beliefs of our ancestors, you will see that magical practices and paganism are strongly connected with the power of the word.
That is the science of mantra. The connection of meditation, magical practice and spiritual enrichment. The physical effects of the body are bonus. The vibration of the energy cause serious impact on our own bodies, but also affect the people around us. The release of high-frequency energy has really powerful effects. That’s why mantras are often practiced by groups, even large groups of hundreds and thousands.
Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher and the author of TheDailyMeditation.com. His passion and purpose is to bring spirituality to a million people and to help make the world a more loving, more compassionate, kinder place. Read Paul’s complete guide to the mantras and discover the healing power of sacred sounds.