What, in your opinion, is the best mantra book in 2021?
I remember when I turned the page of my first mantra book. It was a magical time. A time of wonder. Dipping my mind into the sacred arts.
I’d gotten into mantra meditation by reading the books of Deepak Chopra. That led me to read more books like Healing Mantras from Thomas Ashley-Farrand and Mantra Yoga and the Primal Sound by David Frawley. I found mantras fascinating and so I studied them.
Now, years later, my Beginners Guide To Mantras is the absolute most in-depth guide that there is online. Period. Seriously, read that link. It will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about mantras.
In the article, you learn about the science of sacred sounds, the 108 primordial sounds, and how mantras and chanting heal the mind and body.
But if you’re looking to learn more you might wonder what the best books on mantras are. So let me share my picks with you.
The Best Mantra Books
As well as the books below, I’ve written lists of the best meditation books on specific topics.
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Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Growth, Creativity and Health is written by Thomas Ashley Farrand, a specialist in Buddhist and Hindu mantras.
It’s a beauty.
This book will explain the religious and spiritual basics of mantra meditation (Japa) and the best mantras for you to use. It details why mantras work, how to use them and, best of all, there is a huge catalogue of mantras to use for all different reasons.
This is simply the best mantra book in the world. It is one of the books that I personally read and that first got me interested in mantras.
2: Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound
In this fascinating read, Dr Frawley explains the science behind mantras.
Mantras are an important part of Kundalini yoga practice. The theory states that there are 108 primordial sounds, which are tone-based mantras recited in meditation and prayer.
Dr Fawley says that the universe is created out of frequencies and that by tapping into these frequencies you can change your life.
By using mantras, Fawley says, you can direct the course of your future.
This book isn’t perfect though. One of the limitations of this book is that it does not include phonetic pronunciations for mantras, which is quite a big issue because when you are reciting mantras you need to know how to pronounce them.
Despite this omission, the book is still fascinating.
3: Power of Words
This book is written by Savananda Radh. A spiritual leader, Radh is the founder of Yasodhara Ashram (a yoga retreat in British Columbia, Canada). In this book, Radh leads you through everything you need to know about mantras.
- You’ll discover the science of mantras
- A biography of Swami Sivananda Radh
- And many different mantras.
- Plus, musical notations are given for the mantras, so you know how to chant them.
What I like most about this book is the precise instructions for using the mantras. This is incredibly important for anyone who wants to use mantras in their spiritual practice instead of just learning their mysticism.
4: Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting
Activating your chakras (the energy centres in the body) is vital for spiritual development.
One way to activate your chakras is by using mantras.
In this book, Thomas Ashley Farrand introduces secret mantras from Tibet and India. Farrand discusses how to use these mantras to activate the chakras and to boost our spiritual development. Written by the leading authority on mantras, this is a must-read book.
5: A Gnostic Prayer Book
This pocket-sized book does one thing and does it very well: It gathers together all manner of mantras and prayers and reveals how to use them for spiritual development. This is an excellent companion book. Get this one plus one of the other books above. That’s my advice.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
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