I remember when I started resding my first mantra books. It was the best of times. A time of wonder. Dipping my mind into the sacred arts.
As you might know, mantras are healing sounds used during Japa (recitation meditation) in Hinduism, Buddhism, and other spiritualities.
I got 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 them.
In the article, you learn about the science of sacred sounds, the 108 primordial sounds, and how chanting heals 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.
I Recommend THESE Books On Mantras
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.
I really love this book because it explains the religious and spiritual basics of mantra meditation (Japa) and the best ones for you to use.
I also liked the chapters on why they work, how to use them, and the huge catalogue of mantras.
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.
Now I do find some of the claims in this books a bit lofty, but I found it fascinating nonetheless.
It isn’t perfect though. One thing I dont like about this mantra book is that it does not include phonetic pronunciations, which is quite a big issue because when you are chanting you need to know how to pronounce them. Not everyone is familiar with sanskrit!
Despite this omission, the book is still fascinating.
3: Mantras: 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 them.
- You’ll discover the science
- 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 them 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 them to activate the chakras and to boost our spiritual development. Written by a leading authority, this is a must-read book.
5: A Gnostic Prayer Book
I love this pocket-sized book for one reason: 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 BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations.