AYURVEDA and MANTRA
In the ancient Vedic Texts, it is explained that everything is made up of sound. Sound, or vibration, is the purest form of energy. And there is no doubt that sound can affect us profoundly. Our words carry weight. We are moved by poetry, and hurt by unkind comments. The music we listen to can uplift us or give us a headache. Thunder makes us shudder. The voice of a loved one provides reassurance.
“Mantra” translated means “instrument of the mind.” Mantras are sounds made up of sacred sanskrit syllables, which together help to harness spiritual energy. Chanting mantras, or even merely reciting them, gives us access to our creative spirit, and brings harmony in our mind & body. Sounds can actually help us to activate our inner pharmacy and bring balance to our physiology, creating wellness and vitality.
MANTRAS are used for various purposes, and there are many different mantras depending on exactly what you want to learn or manifest. You can even make up your own mantra, kind of like an affirmation: “I am at peace” for example.
What determines the effectiveness of the mantra the most is how much devotion and concentration is behind it. Like everything else in life, we’ll get out of it what we put into it.
Mantras create a positive, friendly and a healing effect. In AYURVEDA, apart from herbal remedies for diseases, a stress is laid on Mantra recitation also to enhance the healing.
From the vedic period man has been constantly associated with Mantras – right from the moment man is born till he breathes his last. We can find numerous references emphasizing Mantra recitation in Ayurvedic Texts. In the treatment of Jwara (fever), Charaka recommends chanting Vishnu Sahasranama.
Nothing attunes the body, mind and breath like the pulsation of sound.