Mantra is a sound current, it is the sound of creation, and the underlying vibration of everything in manifest form. In simple terms it is a word, phrase, syllable for sound that is recited, sung or silently repeated in the mind. Every mantra carries it's own rhythm and sound vibration and so each mantra creates it's own particular effect.
The science behind mantra is known as Naad. I first learned of the power of mantra when I found Kundalini Yoga. Since then, it has been an integral part of my life, inspiring my yoga teaching practice as well as my jewelry line.
“What is a mantra? Mantra is two words: “Man” and “tra.” “Man” means mind. “Tra” means the heat of life. “Ra” means sun. So, mantra is a powerful combination of words which, if recited, takes the vibratory effect of each of your molecules into the Infinity of the Cosmos. That is called “Mantra.” -Yogi Bhajan
Chanting mantras causes the tongue to move in a particular way across the roof of the mouth, stimulating the 84 meridian points that are found there. This, in turn, stimulates the pineal-pituitary-hypothalamus which causes the glands to secrete producing feeling of relaxation, heightened awareness and peace.
The practice of mantra also creates a particular rhythm of breath in the body, this breath pattern changes the flow of prana and apana (ascending and descending energy) balances the blood oxygen ratios. This relaxes and resets the nervous system and creates a pranic force of vitality and radiance around you.
Mantra has a unique ability to tap into the subconscious mind. Just think for a minute about the "old tapes" that play in your subconscious 24/7. For most of us, those old tapes contain some very negative and limiting beliefs. These subconscious patterns are exactly why it is so hard to create change in life. Even if we take the outward steps, without changing the old tapes, we don't get very far.
In Kundalini Yoga we use the Bij mantra, or seed mantra, Sat Nam with every breath. Sat Nam means "truth is my identity" - or "my identity is truth" . When repeated, not only do we stimulate the glands of the brain that makes us feel good, reduce stress, strengthen the nervous system and oxygenate our blood, but we also plant this seed, Sat Nam, into our subconscious. As our practice continues, this becomes the new pattern from which we create our life. By resetting the limiting patterns of the subconscious to new, consciously chosen and elevating patterns of the mantra, you begin to experience radical shifts.
Mudras~ positions directed by the beauty of the fingers, to help focus the mind in meditation & intention. Below is a mudra that accompanies the SA TA NA MA Mantra
Sa Ta Na Ma
This mantra is called the Primal Sound Mantra, because it consists of the five primal sounds: S,T,N,M, and ah. The literal meaning is as follows: Sa means birth (or infinity); Ta means life; Na means death; and Ma means rebirth. Thus, the mantra describes the eternal circle of life: birth, life, death, rebirth.
Sa: evokes a sense of emotion and expansiveness
Ta: creates a feeling of transformation and strength
Na: stimulates a sense of universal love
Ma: evokes the quality of communicativeness
Panj means five, and expresses the five primal sounds of the Universe. (SSS. MMM. TTT. NNN and AAA.) It is the atomic or Naad form of the mantra Sat Naam. It is used to increase intuition, balance the hemispheres of the brain and to create a destiny for someone when there was none. This mantra describes the continuous cycle of life and creation.
This mantra is a great catalyst for change.
A powerful way to use this mantra is to chant it for two minutes in your normal voice, the voice of action, the physical voice. Then whisper it for two minutes, the voice of the lover, the mind voice.
For the next three minutes, chant silently, in the divine language, your spirit voice. Then reverse the order, for a total of eleven minutes of chanting. This is called the L-form meditation. With each syllable you chant, visualize that energy is flowing in through the top of your head and out your third-eye point. The eyes are closed.
Ending: Inhale completely, then exhale all the air. Stretch your hands up as far as possible and spread them wide. Stretch your spine up and take several deep breaths.
Comments: Practicing this meditation brings a total mental balance to the individual's mind.
Other positive effects are increased concentration, enhanced creativity and greater intuition.
Much Light to You. Sing in Love. Sat Nam