Mantra is a word derived from Sanskrit phrase “Mananat Trayate” which means chanting mantra is enough to achieve the ultimate in this material world. It is the easiest and safest way to focus on ‘inner consciousness’ and understanding the nuances of ‘sense oriented’ gross mind. Mantras develops the focus and concentration needed for self-awareness. You can read Why is self-awareness important in our life to know more about this.
Mantras are powerful as they affects the subconscious mind and thinking patterns. Chanting mantras removes negative subconscious impressions like fear, anger and jealousy and fosters positive impression of peace, concentration and logical thinking.
We can reprogram our subconscious mind by chanting mantras. There are certain mantras which you can repeat on daily basis and live by them.
Here I am going to share 4 best mantras to live by in 2021. These powerful mantras when repeated, rotates our awareness around its words and vibrational sound. This awakens the inner force, which if channeled properly can lead to awakening and union with super-consciounsess.
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1) Buddhist Heart Sutra
Its is a popular mantra in Mahayana Buddhism. I came in touch with Buddhist teachings after attending the Vipassana Meditation Course. Vipassana Meditation helped me to clearely observe my highly intellectualised thinking patterns and unconscious mental reactions. I listen and chant to this heart sutra as an act of self-compassion.
In sanskrit this mantra is called प्रज्ञापारमिताहृदय Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya which means “The heart of perfect wisdom”.
A beautiful rendition by Gaiea Sanskrit worth listening
Oṃ Namo Bhagavatyai Ārya-prajāpāramitāyai!
Āryāvalokiteśvara-bodhisattvo gambhīrāyāṃ prajñāpāramitāyāṃ
caryāṃ caramāṇo vyavalokayati sma pañca skandhāḥ,
tāṃśca svabhāva-śūnyān paśyati sma iha śāriputra rūpaṃ śūnyatā,
śūnyataiva rūpam rūpānna pṛthak śūnyatā,
śūnyatāyā na pṛthag rūpam yadrūpaṃ sā śūnyatā,
yā śūnyatā tadrūpam evameva vedanā-saṃjñā-saṃskāra-vijñānāni
ihaṃ śāriputra sarvadharmāḥ śūnyatā-lakṣaṇā anutpannā aniruddhā
amalā na vimalā nonā na paripūrṇāḥ
Tasmāc śāriputra śūnyatāyāṃ
na rūpaṃ na vedanā na saṃjñā na saṃskārāḥ na vijñānaṃ,
na cakṣuḥ na śrotra na ghrāṇa na jihvā na kāya na manāṃsi,
na rūpa na śabda na gandha na rasa na spraṣṭavya na dharmāḥ,
na cakṣur na dhātur yāvan na mano-vijñāna-dhātuḥ,
na vidyā n’āvidyā na vidyā-kṣayo n’āvidyā-kṣayo
yāvan na jarā-maraṇaṃ na jarā-maraṇa-kṣayo na duḥkho
na samudayo na nirodho na mārgā na jñānaṃ na prāptir n’āprāptiḥ
Tasmāc śāriputra aprāptitvād bodhisattvo
prajñā-pāramitām āśritya viharaty acitt’āvaraṇaḥ
prajñāpāramitām āśritya anuttarāṃ
tasmāj jñātavyaṃ Prajñāpāramitā mahā-mantro mahā-vidyā-mantro’nuttara-mantro
samasama-mantraḥ sarva-duḥkha-praśamanaḥ, satyam amithyatvāt
prajñāpāramitāyām ukto mantraḥ, tadyathā:
Gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā.
See Translation at Plumvillage
For more detail translation visit : https://dharmanet.org/HeartSutra.htm
2) Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
Oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā ‘mṛtāt
We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all.
Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.
This mantra is also called the rudra mantra referring to Shiva in his most furious and destructive form. Mahamrityunjaya mantra is having life restoring power and heals mental, emotional and physical health.
This sacred sound choir track reverberates well with me. I mostly loose track of time while listening and chanting it.
3) Gayatri Mantra
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10
Gayatri mantra has been translated in many ways by scholars and historians.
Closest translation includes:
O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.
This is the most highly revered mantra from Rig Veda which is dedicated to a Vedic Sun deity Savitr. Some sects hold the view that this mantra is in praise of One Supreme Creator called AUM.
Listening and chanting to this track of Gayatri mantra from Harindu’s secrets is a restorative divine act for me.
4) Hanuman Chalisa
You can wholly and completely live by Hanuman Chalisa alone. In forty chaupais Sri Tulsidasji had well portrayed the qualities of strength, courage, wisdom, celibacy and devotion to Lord Rama shown by Lord Hanuman. Each ‘Chauopai’ is complete in its teaching and illuminates us to handle our life problems.
This particular composition by Krishna Das is really close to my heart.
Sri Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nij Mann Mukuru Sudhaari.
Barnaun Raghuvar Bimal Jasu, Jo Daayaku Phal Chaari.
Having polished the mirror of my heart with the dust of my Guru’s lotus feet, I recite the divine fame of the greatest king of Raghukul dynasty, which bestows us with the fruit of all the four efforts.
Buddhiheen Tanu Janike, Sumiraun Pawan-Kumar.
Bal Buddhi Vidya Dehu Mohi, Harahu Kalesh Bikaar.
Knowing that this mind of mine has less intelligence, I remember the ‘Son of Wind’ who, granting me strength, wisdom and all kinds of knowledge, removes all my suffering and shortcomings.
Jai Hanuman Gyan Gunn Sagar. Jai Kapees Tihun Lok Ujaagar.
Ramdoot Atulit Baldhama. Anjani-Putra Pawansut Naama.
Victory to Lord Hanuman, the ocean of wisdom and virtue. Victory to the Lord who is supreme among the monkeys, illuminator of the three worlds.
You are Lord Rama’s emissary, the abode of matchless power, Mother Anjani’s son and also popular as the ‘Son of the Wind’.
“Mahaveer Vikram Bajrangi. Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangi.
Kanchan Baran Biraj Subesa. Kaanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa.”
Great hero, You are as mighty as a thunderbolt. You remove evil intellect and are the companion of those having good ones.
Your skin is golden in color and You are adorned with beautiful clothes. You have adorning earrings in Your ears and Your hair is curly and thick.
Haath Braj Au Dhwaja Biraaje. Kaandhe Moonj Janeu Saaje.
Shankar Suvan Kesarinandan. Tej Prataap Maha Jag Bandan.
In Your hands, shine a mace and a flag of righteousness. A sacred thread adorns Your right shoulder.
You are the embodiment of Lord Shiva and vanar-raj Kesari’s son. There is no limit or end to Your glory, Your magnificence. The whole Universe worships You.
Vidyavaan Guni Ati Chaatur. Ram Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur.
Prabhu Charitra Sunibe Ko Rasiya. Ram Lakhan Sita Mann Basiya.
You are the wisest of the wise, virtuous and (morally) clever. You are always eager to do Lord Rama’s works.
You feel extremely delighted in listening to Lord Rama’s doings and conduct. Lord Rama, Mother Sita, and Lord Laxmana dwell forever in Your heart.
Sukshma Roop Dhari Siyanhi Dikhawa. Bikat Roop Dhari Lanka Jarawa.
Bheem Roop Dhari Asura Sanghare. Ramchandra Ke Kaaj Sanware.
Taking the subtle form, You appeared in front of Mother Sita. And, taking the formidable form, You burnt the Lanka (Ravana’s kingdom).
Taking the massive form (like that of Bheema), You slaughtered the demons. This is how, You completed Lord Rama’s tasks, successfully.
Laaye Sanjeevan Lakhana Jiyaaye. Sri Raghuveer Harashi Urr Laaye.
Raghupati Keenhi Bahut Badai. Tum Mum Priya, Bhartahi Sum Bhai.
Bringing the magic-herb (sanjivani), You revived Lord Laxmana. Raghupati, Lord Rama praised You greatly and overflowing in gratitude, said that You are a dear brother to Him just as Bharat is.
Sahas Badan Tumharo Jas Gaave. Asa Kahi Sripati Kanth Lagaave.
Sankaadik Brahmadi Munisa. Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa.
Saying this, Lord Rama drew You to Himself and embraced you. Sages like Sanaka, Gods like Brahma and sages like Narada and even the thousand-mouthed serpent sing Your fame!
Sanak, Sanandan and the other Rishis and great saints; Brahma – the god, Narada, Saraswati – the Mother Divine and the King of serpents sing Your glory.
Jam Kuber Digpal Jahan Te. Kabi Kobid Kahi Sake Kahan Te.
Tum Upkaar Sugreevahi Keenha. Ram Milaaye Raj-Pad Deenha.
Yama, Kubera and the guardians of the four quarters; poets and scholars – none can express Your glory.
You helped Sugriva by introducing Him to Lord Rama and regaining his crown. Therefore, You gave Him the Kingship (the dignity of being called a king).
Tumharo Mantra Bibhishan Maana. Lankeshwar Bhaye Sab Jag Jaana.
Yug Sahastra Jojan Par Bhanu. Leelyo Taahi Madhur Phal Jaanu.
Likewise, complying with Your preachings, even Vibhishana became the King of Lanka.
You swallowed the sun, located thousands of miles away, mistaking it to be a sweet, red fruit!
Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukh Maahi. Jaladhi Laandhi Gaye Achraj Naahi.
Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jete. Sugam Anugrah Tumhare Tete.
Keeping the ring in Your mouth, which was given to You by Lord Rama, you crossed over the Ocean, to no astonishment, whatsoever.
All difficult tasks of this world become easy, with Your grace.
Ram Duaare Tum Rakhvare. Hott Na Aagya Binu Paisare.
Sab Sukh Lahe Tumhari Sarna. Tum Rakshak Kahu Ko Dar Na.
You are the guardian at Lord Rama’s door. Nobody can move forward without Your permission which means that Lord Rama’s darshans (to get the sight of) are possible only with Your blessings.
Those who take refuge in You, find all the comforts and happiness. When we have a protector like You, we do not need to get scared of anybody or anything.
Aapan Tej Samharo Aape. Teeno Lok Haank Te Kaampe.
Bhoot Pishaach Nikat Nahi Aavein. Mahaveer Jab Naam Sunaave.
You alone can withstand Your magnificence. All the three worlds start trembling at one roar of Yours.
O Mahaveer! No ghosts or evil spirits come near the ones who remember Your name. Therefore, just remembering Your name does everything!
Naase Rog Hare Sab Peera. Japat Nirantar Hanumat Beera.
Sankat Te Hanuman Churave. Mann Kram Vachan Dhyaan Jo Laave.
O Hanuman! All diseases and all kinds of pain get eradicated when one recites or chants Your name. Therefore, chanting Your name regularly is considered to be very significant.
Whoever meditates upon or worships You with thought, word, and deed, gets freedom from all kinds of crisis and affliction.
Sab Par Ram Tapasvi Raja. Tin Ke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saaja.
Aur Manorath Jo Koi Laave. Soi Amit Jivan Phal Paave.
Lord Rama is the greatest Ascetic amongst all the Kings. But, it’s only You who carried out all the tasks of Lord Sri Rama.
One who comes to You with any longing or a sincere desire obtains the abundance of the manifested fruit, which remains undying throughout life.
Chaaron Yug Partap Tumhara. Hai Parsidh Jagat Ujiyara.
Saadhu-Sant Ke Tum Rakhvare. Asur Nikandan Ram Dulaare.
Your splendor fills all the Four Ages. And, Your glory is renowned throughout the world.
You are the guardian of saints and sages; the destroyer of demons and adored by Lord Rama.
Ashta Siddhi Nau Nidhi Ke Daata. As Var Deen Janaki Mata.
Ram Rasayan Tumhare Paasa. Sadaa Raho Raghupati Ke Daasa.
You have been blessed by Mother Janaki to give boon further, to the deserving ones, wherein You can grant the siddhis (eight different powers) and the nidhis (nine different kinds of wealth).
You have the essence of Ram bhakti, may you always remain the humble and devoted servant of Raghupati.
Tumhare Bhajan Ram Ko Paave. Janam Janam Ke Dukh Bisraave.
Antkaal Raghuvar Pur Jaayi. Jahan Janam Hari-Bhakt Kahayi.
When one sings Your praise, Your name, He gets to meet Lord Rama and finds relief from the sorrows of many lifetimes.
By your grace, one will go to the immortal abode of Lord Rama after death and remain devoted to Him.
Aur Devta Chitta Na Dharai. Hanumat Sei Sarva Sukh Karai.
Sankat Kate, Mite Sab Peera. Jo Sumire Hanumat Balbeera.
It is not needed to serve any other Deity or God. Service to Lord Hanuman gives all the comforts.
All troubles cease for the one who remembers the powerful lord, Lord Hanuman and all his pains also come to an end.
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosain. Krupa Karahu Gurudev Ki Naai.
Jo Sat Baar Paath Kar Koi. Chutahi Bandhi Maha Sukh Hoyi.
O Lord Hanuman! Praises and glory to you O mighty Lord, please bestow your grace as our Supreme Guru.
One who recites this Chalisa a hundred times is released from all bondages and will attain great bliss.
Jo Yeh Padhe Hanuman Chalisa, Hoye Siddhi Saakhi Gaurisa.
Tulsidas Sada Hari Chera, Keeje Nath Hriday Mah Dera.
One who reads and recites this Hanuman Chalisa, all his works get accomplished. Lord Shiva, Himself, is the witness to it.
O Lord Hanuman, May I always remain a servant, a devotee to Lord Sri Ram, says Tulsidas. And, May You always reside in my heart.
Pawan Tanay Sankat Haran, Mangal Murti Roop.
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hriday Basahu Sur Bhoop.
O the Son of Wind, You are the destroyer of all sorrows. You are the embodiment of fortune and prosperity.
With Lord Rama, Laxmana and Mother Sita, dwell in my heart, always.
Best mantras to live by becomes essential and integral part of ones life. These powerful mantras are effective in cutting through the web of thoughts and open the gateway towards peace beyond mind.
It does not matter what mantra you choose to recite. All it matters how to surrender the chattering, thinking and feeling mind. Mantras help us to turn our gaze inwards so that we can become self-aware.
With self awareness comes the effortless tranquility and everlasting peace.