A mantra is a sacred vibration, an articulation of sound that is most commonly found in the language of Vedic Sanksrit. Vedic Sanskrit is often viewed as a sacred language as it has been mainly used as a philosophical language within the religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Sanskrit is known as the mother of all languages and is one of the oldest languages in the world. Now known as a dead language its life continues on through the utterance of yogis, meditators, and those seeking a deeper spiritual connection.
What Is a Mantra?
Mantra translated and broken down from Sanskrit, “man” meaning mind and “tra” which can be understood as to transfer or transport. Through this, we can understand a mantra works as a conduit for higher consciousness or healing.
A mantra when chanted, spoken or thought can act like a portal and transport the speaker to the healing state the mantra teaches. Mantras should be used repetitively and have the power to rewire subconscious thoughts, habitual patterns, and dissolve limiting beliefs.
To reap the full benefits of a mantra you need to use it intentionally and stick to using it on a regular basis for a prolonged length of time. This will give your mind time to attune to its teaching as well as reprogram limiting beliefs.
What Is a Bija Mantra?
A bija in Sanskrit or seed, mantra acts is a single syllable mantra with a specified focus. It works like a portal to encompass an entire teaching and meaning within its sound. When the sounds of the seed mantra are said aloud it activates the entirety of its meaning.
To create sound we have to create a vibration. Quantum physicists have found that everything in our existence is vibrating. Meaning our own body gives off a vibration.
The vibration we resonate at changes when we are out of balance. The law of entrainment states two frequencies will come into harmony when exposed to each other. The lower one will rise to match the higher one.
Since our body is made up mostly of water, we are great conduits and very sensitive to the vibrations of sound. We can then use this to realign ourselves and self-heal.
The Chakra Bija Mantras
The chakra system is made up of seven energy centers within the body. Chakra is Sanskrit meaning “wheel” or “circle”. This starts to explain that prana or life force energy flows through them.
They are centered around major organs within the body and connect to one another. The chakras can become blocked or imbalanced when the prana that circulates and flows through them becomes stagnant as a result of blockages.
What can become a blockage in the chakra system are suppressed emotions, trauma, habitual and outdated patterning. The throat chakra is the chakra for our voice and truth. This chakra will benefit from any chanting mantra work.
The chakras vibrate at a certain frequency when they are in balance. You can chant or speak mantras that match these frequencies in order to open, balance and program your chakras to be open and in alignment.
When working with the chakras the potency of the seed mantras their effects work deeply. Since they are simple and mono syllabled you can bring all of your focus into the effects they provide rather than complex pronunciations.
Each of the seven chakras has their own bija mantra that can link you directly to the energy of the chakra at its peak state. Meaning repeating these mantras can directly open, purify, nourish, and balance your chakras.
The mantras for the seven chakras:
- The Root Chakra – LAM
- The Sacral Chakra – VAM
- The Solar Plexus Chakra – RAM
- The Heart Chakra – YAM
- The Throat Chakra – HAM
- The Third Eye Chakra – OM
- The Crown Chakra – OM or this chakra is represented by silence
You can use these sounds in repetition or go through the entire chakra system. Try saying each one for two minutes and take note of how you feel afterward. You can also bring your focus to the area of the chakra you are chanting.