Meditation Mantras For Beginners [Ultimate Guide]

In this ultimate guide to meditation mantras for beginners, you’ll learn the science of mantras, their benefits, and how to perform Japa (mantra meditation) properly. Plus, a big list of the best meditation mantras for beginners.

Have you ever tried mantra meditation? 

In mantra meditation you meditate on sacred sounds, often meditating on one of the 108 primordial sounds.

But just what is mantra meditation, and how do you do it? That’s where this guide comes in.

In this guide to Jainist, Hindu, and Buddhist mantra meditation I (Paul Harrison, meditation teacher), am going to teach you everything you need to know to start doing mantra meditation. Plus, you will probably want to read my list of the best mantra books to learn more.

CONTENTS: 

 

 

Introduction To Meditation Mantra For Beginners  


With this guide, I’m aiming to produce the absolute number one online resource for meditation mantra for beginners.

You might have noticed that there are lots of articles that discuss mantras, but none of them covers meditation mantras in depth. There are lots of articles like:

  • The top ten mantras for meditation
  • Why mantras work
  • The benefits of mantra  meditation
  • The benefits of specific mantras
  • Lists of the best mantras
  • Etc.

But there are no articles that bring all of this together. A shame, because research shows that the benefits of meditation mantras are many [YogaJournal] according to research by the Royal College of Physicians [ResearchGate]. They include stress relief [VeryWellMind], anxiety relief [PsychologyToday], and more.  

In this guide to meditation mantras for beginners, you will learn how to perform Japa, the science of sounds, and the best ones to use. 

Let’s get started.

What Are Mantras And Meditation?

Mantras are sacred sounds with spiritual properties.

For instance, there are:

A mantra is a sacred word or sound usually in Sanskrit that is believed to produce spiritual, psychological, or physical benefits to the person who utters it. In this way, they are comparable to spells, incantations and prayer formulas, though there are significant differences.

Meditation mantras have existed for more than 3000 years.

Over the years, we have seen the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Jainist, and yoga mantras,  and today there are also self-improvement affirmations, which work in similar ways.

You can find concepts similar to mantras in Japanese Shingon, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, tantra and Taoism.

Meditation is the simple act of focusing the mind on the present moment in a nonjudgmental fashion, such as by focusing on sacred sounds. The recitation of meditation mantras is called Japan.  

Definition

The exact meaning and definition of a mantra varies depending on the specific culture or spirituality that we’re looking at.

For instance, tantra mantras are considered sacred, where some other fomrs just use relaxing sounds.

Not only are there mantras in different spiritualities, such as Buddhist mantras and Hindu ones, but there are different types too.

There are musical mantras that are chanted and that use exact musical measurements.

Kundalini meditation mantras, for instance, often involves specific musical notes.

And there are fundamental one-syllable mantras like Om (“Aum”) which is one of the Buddhist meditation mantras beginners may have heard of, and is one of the primordial sounds. There are 108 primordial sounds that are used.

The 108 Primordial Sounds in Meditation Mantras

Sound is, without doubt, one of the most essential parts of meditation  mantras. We’ll discuss that further in the section How do mantras work?”, which you can read about below.

However, since we are discussing the definition of mantras, we need to include more than just sound.

Sacred powers

Some masters state that meditation mantras are thoughts that have magical or spiritual powers.

For instance, in An Outline Of The Religious Literature In India, J. Farguhur states meditation  mantras are religious thoughts or prayers that have supernatural powers.

And in Heinrich Robert Zimmer’s Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization, meditation mantras are defined as verbal instruments that produce certain qualities or traits in an individual’s mind.

Meaning

One of the most hotly debated questions about mantras is this: do they meaning anything, or are the words meaningless?

When we use meditation mantras, are we saying anything specific?

Some masters will tell you that the precise sounds do not mean anything and that a mantra’s function is musical in nature, that the power of the sacred sounds comes from resonance, rhythm and metres.

Other masters say that meditation mantras are precise mental instruments with precise meanings.

What is universally agreed, however, is that meditation mantras have a meter, rhythm and melody that is essential to their purpose. In other words, you cannot just repeat a meditation mantra over and over; you have to use them musically.

Another view says that meditation mantras mean absolutely nothing and that the sounds are similar to the utterances in folk music where singers make sounds that evoke certain feelings but which ultimately do not have any linguistic definition. Instead, what is important is the sound quality. This is the explanation offered by Frits Staal in Rituals And Mantras: Rules Without Meaning.

The important take-away from this is:

When you use meditation mantras, as well as pronouncing the words correctly, you must also use the correct musical qualities.

Why must you use the right musical qualities? Because the meaning of mantras is usually not as important as the sound and feeling that they evoke. And the reason for that is all about science.

Let’s look at how meditation mantras work as this will explain a lot.

How does mantra meditation work? And is there scientific proof?

Science is gradually catching up with spirituality, and while some aspects of spirituality are thoroughly examined, others are currently on the sideline.

There has been a lot of scientific research into the benefits of meditation. Mantras, however, have so far received little scientific investigation. So where do mantras stand?

As I discussed in the Definition section above, there are lots of different definitions and theories about precisely what a meditation-mantra is. So perhaps unsurprisingly, there are also lots of different understandings about how mantras work.

Most masters agree that the most critical part of is the specific sound that they produce.

Amarjit Singh, a truly inspirational yoga teacher, said the following on DoYouYoga: The vibrations from mantras have the power to rearrange your molecular structure. Each sound has a distinct vibration, and as a result, each one has a different effect. All sound affects your molecular structure.

Sound Healing

Meditation mantras are all about sound.

The auditory faculty of human beings has evolved to include certain constants that create the foundations of our auditory composition (source: Gabriel Axel, U.S. News).

Those tiny little bits of sound (syllables, grunts, etc.) have been with us for millions of years. And they have helped us to make sense of the world.

Just like birds sing to tell each other about the weather, we have used utterances to communicate with one another and to become informed about the world around us.

Sound works through echoes.

A ball hits the wall of your house; soundwaves pass around the environment bouncing off of objects until we interpret them. That’s basically how sound works. And it’s out of these echoes that our speech was born.

Hearing Nature In Sacred Sounds

In his book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man, neuroscientist Mark Changizi posits that the major phenomes of speech have evolved to resemble the sounds of nature.

You can hear this when you speak.

Think about specific words, like “crash”, “honk, and “giggle”, and you can hear the sound of the event itself in the word. In other words, they are onomatopoetic.

Some languages are more onomatopoetic than others.

Sanskrit, which happens to be the language that most mantras come from, is a very onomatopoetic language.

Most classic mantras come from Sanskrit, so they too are very onomatopoetic. Therefore, when we use meditation mantras, we hear echoes of nature.

 

The Difference Between Meditation Mantras And Affirmations

There are essential differences between meditation mantras and affirmations. If you take a look at various websites that give out mantras you will find that in actual fact they are not sacred sounds, they are simply affirmations.

Affirmations do not work in the same way as mantras. Affirmations are based on modern language. For instance, one affirmation might be, “I feel loved”. And when we think about these words we do just that: think. These words and other modern phrases are based on precise meanings and thoughts. They are about definitions. “I feel loved” means what it says.

The idea of affirmations is that when you repeat these words, you feel what the words promise. “I feel loved” makes you feel loved. Do affirmations work? That is a subject for another article.

What we know is that affirmations do not work in the same way a traditional mantra works. With an affirmation, you are creating a literal meaning and then focusing on that meaning. Mantras are about precise sounds that are echoes of the natural world.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that an affirmation cannot echo nature. “I feel loved” obviously does include sounds, and we know from neuroscience that those sounds will in some way represent nature. But in what way?

The difference between mantras and affirmations is that affirmations are about meaning and mantras are about sound. As we looked at above (in the section “How do mantras work?”), the sound and feel is critical element. For that reason, if an affirmation produces a sound that delivers a positive physical and mental energy in your body, then you can call it a mantra, but not if it is only about the literal meaning.

Affirmation: a phrase that is about a literal meaning.

Mantra: a sound that produces certain energy qualities in the body and mind.

 

The Four Koshas  

When we talk about literal meaning and sound quality, we are really talking about kosha.

There are four koshas (levels) of a meditation mantra.

Literal meaning: this is the primary level. At this level, we understand the meaning of the sound as though it were any other word.

Feeling: This is a more subtle level at which we feel the meaning.

Inner awareness: This is the level at which we experience the sound inwardly.

Soundless sound: This is the deepest and most profound level of a mantra.

When you perform Japa, you aim to pass from the primary level to the deepest level, to take the mantra from its literal meaning and to journey with it to soundless sound, the deepest level.

Swami Rama is one of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century to discuss mantras. He has written an indispensable guide to the koshas. I highly recommend reading it.

 In Different Religions  

To get to the best meditation mantra definition, you have to combine all the different definitions into one.

When you do that, you get a general definition that they are “words or sounds that produce qualities in the mind that lead to specific benefits”.

For instance, the Buddhist meditation mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, through its sacred sound and the thoughts it produces, connects the individual to dharma (Buddha’s teachings)

As I stated, my objective here is to give the absolute best overview of mantras in world culture.

So, to be respectful to all different cultures, let me say this. It is essential to realise that the exact meaning of a mantra will vary depending on the religious or spiritual context.

I’ve used a general definition above that I hope is mutually agreeable between different people.

The Science Of Primordial Sounds

There is a science to meditation mantras.

These primordial sounds create echoes of nature in the body.

A fascinating fact about sounds is that the sounds themselves reverberate in the mind and body. So when you speak, you are creating physical events in the body and mind.

So, if mantras are based on the sounds of nature, and when we create vocal sounds, we produce physical events in the body, then logically when we recite a mantra (Japa) we create a physical event that is an echo of nature in the mind and body.

The third aspect of mantras is meditation. Meditating on mantras puts our consciousness inside the sound, or to put it another way. It puts consciousness inside the echo of nature.

Put all that together, and you realise that when you perform meditation mantras, you create a physical echo of nature in the body and mind. You then place your consciousness inside that echo of nature by meditating. Your entire being is now being affected by the sound. And that is where their power originates.­­

The 108 Primordial Sounds

Here are the 108 primordial sounds from Sanskrit

aa = a as in father ee = ee as in sheep
oo = oo as in shoot e = cave
o = home
1. cūṁ – (choom)
2. ceṁ – (chaym)
3. coṁ – (chom)
4. lāṁ – (laam)
5. līṁ – (leem)
6. lūṁ – (loom)
7. leṁ – (laym)
8. loṁ – (lom)
9. āṁ – (aam)
10. īṁ – (eem)
11. ūṁ – (oom)
12. eṁ – (aym)
13. oṁ – (om)
14. vāṁ – (vaam)
15. vīṁ – (veem)
16. vūṁ – (voom)
17. veṁ – (vaym)
18. voṁ – (vom)
19. kāṁ – (kaam)
20. kīṁ – (keem)
21. kūṁ – (koom)
22. khāṁ – (khaam)
kh as in blockhead
23. ṅāṁ – (ngaam)
ng as in sing
24. chāṁ – (tchaam)
ch as in itch
25. keṁ – (kaym)
26. koṁ – (kom)
27. hāṁ – (haam)
28. hīṁ – (heem)
29. hūṁ – (hoom)
30. heṁ – (haym)
31. hoṁ – (hom)
32. ḍāṁ – (daam)
33. ḍīṁ – (deem)
34. ḍūṁ – (doom)
35. ḍeṁ – (daym)
36. ḍoṁ – (dom)
37. māṁ – (maam)
38. mīṁ – (meem)
39. mūṁ – (moom)
40. meṁ – (maym)
41. moṁ – (mom)
42. ṭāṁ – (taam)
43. ṭīṁ – (teem)
44. ṭūṁ – (toom)
45. ṭeṁ – (taym)
46. ṭoṁ – (tom)
47. pāṁ – (paam)
48. pīṁ – (peem)
49. pūṁ – (poom)
50. ṣāṁ – (shaam)
pronounced sh as in shut
51. ṇāṁ – (naam)
n as in niche
52. tḥāṁ – (thaam)
th as in arthouse
53. peṁ – (paym)
54. poṁ – (pom)
55. rāṁ – (raam)
56. rīṁ – (reem)
57. rūṁ – (room)
58. reṁ – (raym)
59. roṁ – (rom)
60. tāṁ – (taam)
61. tīṁ – (teem)
62. tūṁ – (toom)
63. teṁ – (taym)
64. toṁ – (tom)
65. nāṁ – (naam)
66. nīṁ – (neem)
67. nūṁ – (noom)
68. neṁ – (naym)
69. noṁ – (nom)
70. yāṁ – (yaam)
71. yīṁ – (yeem)
72. yūṁ – (yoom)
73. yeṁ – (yaym)
74. yoṁ – (yom)
75. bāṁ – (baam)
76. bīṁ – (beem)
77. būṁ – (boom)
78. dhāṁ – (dhaam)
dh as in adhoc
79. bhāṁ – (bhaam)
bh as in clubhouse
80. dḥāṁ – (dhaam)
dh as in hardhat
81. beṁ – (baym)
82. boṁ – (bom)
83. jāṁ – (jaam)
84. jīṁ – (jeem)
85. jūṁ – (joom)
86. jeṁ – (jaym)
87. joṁ – (jom)
88. ghāṁ – (ghaam)
gh as in doghouse
89. gāṁ – (gaam)
90. gīṁ – (geem)
91. gūṁ – (goom)
92. geṁ – (gaym)
93. goṁ – (gom)
94. sāṁ – (saam)
95. sīṁ – (seem)
96. sūṁ – (soom)
97. seṁ – (saym)
98. soṁ – (som)
99. dāṁ – (daam)
100. dīṁ – (deem)
101. dūṁ – (doom)
102. śāṁ – (shaam)
103. ñāṁ – (nyaam)
104. thāṁ – (thaam)
th as in hothouse
105. deṁ – (daym)
106. doṁ – (dom)
107. cāṁ – (chaam)
108. cīṁ – (cheem)

Best meditation mantra for beginners

 OM

The absolute best meditation mantra for beginners is “Om”, which is pronounced “Aum”.

This entire sound is a sonorant and it does not feature plosives or fricative—it is an entirely “open” sound. Make the sound now, and you will see what I mean.  

Because Om is entirely sonorant, it is entirely “open”.

Now, let’s return to our discussion above.

Vocal sounds resemble nature. “Crash” resembles a crash. “Honk” resembles a honk. What does “Om” resemble? Formlessness. There are no sonorants and no fricatives, so the sound is empty. When we recite “Om”, we create an echo of formlessness in the body. We then place our consciousness inside it by meditating. And the result is to return us to the point of formless existence.

The reason why this is the best meditation mantra for beginners is because when we meditate on the open sound we clear the mind and return to our purest form.

You may have noticed that suddenly the definition of mantras as something that is spoken seems wholly inadequate. It is much more accurate to say that a mantra is something we become and that the vocal aspect is simply the gateway to becoming.

We’ve answered another question here too. That being, Why are mantras in Sanskrit?

The answer is that the Sanskrit language is essentially more primitive, and because it is more primitive, it takes us back to that time when words were much more closer to nature. Today’s language is more about logic and thought than it is about resembling nature. Modern language has lost its proximity to nature. Where Sanskrit carries us back to nature, modern language leaves us in the realms of logic and reasoning. And that is why mantras are in Sanskrit.

Hindu Meditation Mantras for Beginners

The history of meditation mantras begins with Sanskrit words used in Hinduism. These originated during the Vedic period when writers and gurus became fascinated by poetry, which they saw as divine and inspiring. This poetry formed the foundation of mantras.

This passion for poetry and sound led to a 500 year period in which meditation mantras were written and recorded. If you’ve ever wondered where mantras come from, it is from this 500 year period.

The meditation mantras were diversified during the period of the Hindu Epics when they were adopted by Hindu schools.

Meditation mantras then evolved through the Tantric school. This school taught that each mantra represented a deity, which is how many still think of them today.

In the Vedic tradition, meditation mantras were not just recited. They were used together with ritual acts. For instance, when practising Bagalamukhi mantra, which is used for protection, the ritual is to wear yellow clothes and a yellow rosary and to offer flowers to the deity Bagalamukhi. This is just one example of a ritual act used in a mantra.

Meditation mantras evolved further through Buddhism and Jainism.

Buddhism and Jainism stemmed off from Hinduism, and the split caused major changes in the evolution of mantras.

Hindus began to use mantras as a way to ask the gods to help them, for instance, to save them from illness.

And later Hindus used them to transcend past the perpetual cycle of life and death.

This led to different types of mantras, including anirukta (not enunciated) upamsu (inaudible) and manasa (not spoken but recited in mind) as well as chants and spoken mantras.

Tantra

In the Tantric belief, the universe is comprised of sound, and the supreme (para) creates the universe through the word, Shabda.

The universe is comprised of different frequencies and levels of sound.

In Tantra, mantras are essential, and again there are different types, which are marked by their length and structure. For instance, mala mantras contain a very long chain of syllables, where bija mantras are only one single syllable that ends with a nasal sound that is called anusvara. These sounds relate to different gods, with dum being Durga, gam being Ganesha, and so on. These bijas are used in different combinations, which leads to the creation of longer mantras. In the tantric tradition, it is believed that meditation mantras give a person supernatural strengths.  For instance, ones like the Kleem mantra for attraction , can be used for love, while others offer protection from Evil Eye and other benefits.

In many Hindu meditation mantras, it is necessary to repeat the sound a certain number of times. This is called Mantra Japa, which refers to mantras that are repeated a specific number of times, often 108 and usually with the aid of a meditation mala/rosary.

Examples

Gayatri Mantra: Used for invoking the universal Braham.

ॐ भूर्भुवस्व: | तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम् | भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि | धियो यो न: प्रचोदयात्

Oṁ Bhūrbhuvaswaha Tatsaviturvarenyam bhargo devasya dhīmahi dhiyo yo naḥa prachodayāt

“Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine Light (Vivifier, Sun). May he stimulate our understandings (knowledge, intellectual illumination).”

Pavamana

असतोमा सद्गमय । तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय । मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥ asato mā sad gamaya, tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor māmṛtaṃ gamaya.

“from the unreal lead me to the real, from the dark lead me to the light, from death lead me to immortality.

Shanti

Oṁ Sahanā vavatu

sahanau bhunaktu

Sahavīryam karavāvahai

Tejasvi nāvadhītamastu

Mā vidviṣāvahai

Oṁ Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ.

“Om! Let the Studies that we together undertake be effulgent;

“Let there be no Animosity amongst us;

“Om! Peace, Peace, Peace.

Jainist Meditation Mantras For Beginners

Jainism has its own meditation mantras, and these are an evolution of the ones used in Hinduism.

For instance, there are Jainist mantras for each day of the week.

These are said to produce unique frequencies that match with the frequency of the day on which they are recited.

Jainists believe that these meditation mantras liberate the soul and lead to inner peace and freedom, which is similar to Buddhist beliefs.

Examples

  • Jain Yantra Mantra for Business Success [see more mantras for money]
  • Jain Mantra for Stopping enemies
  • Jain Future Knowing Mantra
  • Mantra to make people Favorable
  • Jain Mohini Mantra to Enchant Women

Buddhist Meditation Mantras For Beginners

You have probably heard or read Buddhist meditation mantras before. One of the most famous Buddhist meditation mantras is Om Mani Padme Hum.

If you look at old Buddhist art or items, you will notice that the Buddha holds malas (beads) and that there are little decorative fences around the piece. These “fences” and beads are symbolic of Buddhist meditation mantras that have been around since the time of Guatama Sidhartha.

Because they are rarely mentioned in the sutras, the common belief is that Buddha Shakyamuni’s dharma system did not include mantras. But the system does include the Heart Sutra mantra “OM, Gate, gate, paragate, parasumgate, bodhi, Swaha”.  And historians state that the Buddha taught protective dharanis or charms to hermits in the forest who lived in isolated places.  And that was the beginning of Buddhist meditation mantras—they were used as protections for the mind (as a fence protects land, a mantra protects the mind).

In Buddhism, meditation mantras are believed to be divine and it is important to have reverence for Buddhist mantras if they are to work. Because Buddhist meditation mantras have to be believed in order to work, many modern scientists determine that they work as placebos, that their magic is the magic of the mind and that because the mind believes it is being healed it will indeed be healed.

In Buddhism (and most similar faiths) mantras are comprised of one or more syllables. Most Buddhist meditation mantras relate to one specific deity and are used as a way to express devotion to that deity.  The essence of both the deity and of the mantra is contained in the seed syllable, also called the “bijas”. Sanskrit “A”, for instance, contains the essence of the Heart Sutra.

Buddhist meditation mantras usually work by emptying the mind, then visualising the seed syllable, then letting the visualisation grow into the form of the deity related to that seed.

The most famous bija or seed syllable is Om, pronounced “Aum”, which I previously mentioned is the best meditation mantra for beginners.  Om is the universe and all that is, all that was, and all that ever will be.

The letters of Aum also represent specific things:

A = alret

U = dreaming

M = asleep

And then there is the silence that followed the mantra, which is used to represent emptiness.

Visualising Om, Ah and Hung

“om ah hung” is a Buddhist mantra for mental health.

One of the most important mantra techniques in Buddhism is a technique in which we recite Om, AH, and HUNG while visualising those syllables at the head, throat and heart. At the same time, we visualise receiving a guru’s Body, Speech and Mind.  In this technique, the three syllables are different colours.

List of Buddhist Mantras 

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum is a mantra that is used to invoke the blessings of Cenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. You can read much more about the meaning of this Buddhist mantra via the link above.

Shakyamuni  

Oṃ muni muni mahāmuni śākyamuni svāhā Om muni muni mahamuni shakyamuni svaha

OR

Om muni muni mahamuni shakyamuniye svaha

Guatama Sidhartha is also called the Shakyamuni Buddha, who is the sage of the Shakyan clan and the first person to achieve enlightenment.

The meaning of this Buddhist meditation mantra is “Om wise one, wise one, greatly wise one, wise one of the Shakyans, Hail!”

Amitabha  

Oṃ Amideva Hrīḥ

This is the mantra of the celestial Buddha, Amitabha. It is the best meditation mantra for protection from dangers and for overcoming obstacles. It also boosts loving-kindness and compassion.

White Tara  

Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Mama Ayuḥ Punya Jñānā Puṣtiṃ Kuru Svāhā

White Tara is associated with longevity. This mantra is usually chanted with a specific person in mind. It is the best meditation mantra for breaking through limitations.

Green Tara  

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

The Green Tara is the best meditation mantras to use to overcome emotional, mental, and physical blockages. It is also a mantra for good relationships.

Medicine Buddha  

Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

The Medicine Buddha mantra is recited for success. It is also the best meditation mantra to use to stop unhappiness and suffering.

Manjushri  

Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih

This is a wisdom mantra and the best meditation mantra for memory, writing, debating and similar tasks.

Vajrapani  

Om Vajrapani Hum

This is the best meditation mantra to stop hatred.

As you can see from the meanings of Buddhist meditation mantras, in the Buddhist tradition mantras are used mostly to develop positive mental traits and to connect with Buddha.

Some of the meanings of Buddhist mantras are similar to the meanings of Hindu ones (for instance, both faiths have mantras about love, compassion, oneness, and connecting to the divine). Where Buddhist and Hindu mantras differ is that there are far more Hindu mantras, and Hindus also use mantras for many more reasons than Buddhists do. In Hinduism you will find mantras effective to almost all personal and health problems, where Buddhists have less mantras and they are used for only a select number of reasons.

How To To Mantra Meditation

As we’ve seen above, different spiritualities use mantras in different ways.

The instructions below are for general mantra meditation technique, but these may vary depending on the specific mantra and whether it is Buddhist, Hindu, Jainist, Yogic or other.

Instructions  

  1. Find the mantra you would like to recite and make sure you understand it fully. You should know what it is used for, which deity it represents, and if there is a certain rhythm or musical meter that you should use. Naturally, you should also make sure that you know how to pronounce the mantra accurately.
  2. For some meditation mantras, and particularly Hindu ones, there might be a specific ritual to perform before or during the mantra. Make sure to check this.
  3. Meditate for a short while in order to clear your mind.
  4. Begin to recite the mantra with the right musical tone and rhythm.
  5. For some mantras, and especially Buddhist mantras, you will also use visualisation techniques.
  6. Continue for a full round of mantra repetition. For many mantras this is 108 repetitions.
  7. As you progress you should move through the four koshas (you can read about the four koshas above)
  8. This is the basic process of meditation mantras for beginners. However, the specific mantra you are using may have additional instructions.
  9. Sit still for five to ten minutes to relax.
  10. Express thanks for the mantra and the deity, if there is one.
  11. You can take this further by doing Bhakti.

Now that we have looked at a list of Hindu mantras and a list of Buddhist meditation mantras, and we have also discussed how to use mantras, why not give it a try?

Choose one of the mantras we have looked at above, follow the instructions in “How to use a mantra” and see how it all works.  

Conclusion

In this article, we have looked at the science of mantras, their historical and cultural background, the best meditation mantras, and a guide to using meditation mantras for beginners. And we have discussed the differences between Hindu, Buddhist and Jainist ones.

As you can see, this is a very deep subject spanning thousands of years and multiple faiths. And there are many ways in which you can use mantras for meditation.

You can use them to heal your health, to get in touch with deities, to increase your compassion… there are thousands of mantras for all different uses. You can find ones for different purposes via the links below.

I truly hope you have enjoyed this look at mantra meditation techniques.

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Next, why not read my mudras list [with pictures]?

 

Meditation Mantras List

Beauty

For a Child

Good luck mantra

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation

Hari Om Meditation

Vashikaran Mantra For Friendship

How To Teach Kids Mantras

Sources

An Outline Of The Religious Literature In India, J. Farguhur

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization, Heinrich Robert Zimmer

Rituals And Mantras: Rules Without Meaning, Frits Staal. 

Other sources have been stated, with links, in the article.

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Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation. You can read his books on Amazon

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Samantha

    Truly a Wonderful Article I must say. I’ve been searching for a Mantra to practice with ease & make it a regular practice.
    Thanks a lot for this post.
    Samantha

  2. Naveen

    Hi, I am lucky to have come across this article, as I was looking for something on mental and emotional healing. I must say, I needed a dose of what you said in your composition. I am additionally trying Yoga and meditation to heal myself, especially on the mental and emotional fronts after a friend’s recommendation. I must say, this is a must read and try. Hope it helps your readers as well.

  3. Esther

    many thanks for this article… another door opening on the path of living . Namaste´

  4. Gisele

    This is a very interesting and informative article. I’ve been searching for my Mantra and have found one that connects me to God and family on the other side but I’m still looking for others. Thank you!

  5. divsy

    Great post !!!
    Just to extend the thread: We are conversant to the fact that every single thing in the universe is made up of matter. And matter comprises electrons in random motion thereby yielding a current aka energy – vibration and frequency. So mantras, sounds being matter corresponds to energy in a specific frequency band hence corresponds on the etheric scale to whatever is our intention – healing, manifestation. In short mantras are energy in motion.

  6. linda donahue

    My dearest Paul: I am a sixty year old woman now, that lives in the mountains of far northern California. Years ago I attended a healing Buddhist ceremony, that I enjoyed attending. The man’s name was Geshe Kunchok Tenzin, Green Vajravidaren (?) incarnation. Sorry if I’m not getting all of this exactly right! Anyway, it was awesome, and he spent time with me and gave me a mantra that I still remember today. Nama Tsenda Benza Trodhaya Hulu Hulu Titah Tithah Benda Benda Hana Hana Amrita Hung Phey ….
    I cannot locate my translation, and only a couple words can I remember…..like amrita….nectar of immortality…
    Is it possible for you to help me?
    Thank you for your time..
    Love and Light
    Linda
    Namaste

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