Whether you chant mantras to save the animals, or chant them to change your life (so that your own life becomes a beacon of peace to help all beings), Sanskrit mantras are very easy to learn and extremely powerful. They work by adjusting the vibration of your body and mind, and if you have never tried using one, try one for just a few days (or ideally 40 days chanted 108 times) and notice the difference. You can buy mala beads to easily count them, but take care as some may be made with shell or endangered wood like rosewood.
Designed to free your mind, obviously you may not wish to chant a Sanskrit mantra if it is not in line with your own religious beliefs. In which case, just use the information to chant or recite prayers that suit. For everyone else, you can chant Sanskrit mantras to stimulate your endocrine system, which happens when your tongue pressing the mouth palate stimulates various glands. Listening to mantras is also very helpful, so don’t worry if you don’t have a mala bead, or you feel that you can’t pronounce or remember longer mantras. You can still listen to mantras that sends healing hormones throughout your body and this affects your mind, and can change your life!
Another reason why chanting mantras is powerful, is to avoid overwhelm. If you have 100 problems, it’s pretty difficult to write affirmations each day to try to solve each one. And empaths often get very confused and agitated as to which problem to solve. Should you solve your own daily problems? But perhaps you feel it’s more important to chant for animal welfare, the animals you see in fields that will soon go to slaughter, the abused creatures worldwide, neglected and starving children etc. It then seems ‘selfish’ to use the mantras for your own problems, but these may be of equal importance – if you can’t heal your own life, you can’t help others. A more organic answer is to simply ‘chant a mantra’ to change the energy of all your problems at the same time.
Sanskrit mantras are powerful. You can simply find the energy of a mantra you wish to chant, then use a mala bead to take 20 minutes each day for 40 days, to chant it 108 times. Mantra expert Thomas Ashley-Farrand wrote in his book that many people find something surprising happens after day 33 or 35, so keep awareness! Not knowing the exact words in English also helps, as it helps you to focus and stimulate on the act of chanting, rather than the words themselves. And if you follow a reincarnation philosophy (which states that your life is more or less predestined – Vedic astrologers says books like ‘The Secret’ don’t usually work because your life is more like a DVD that is set in stone at birth), mantras not only help you to ‘go over the speed bumps’ with more relaxation – but they say Sanskrit mantra chanting is one of the ways you can literally ‘burn off existing and future karma’, so you can find avenues out of your present mess.
We are here on earth to learn lessons. And until those lessons are learned, you usually have to repeat them again and again. So say your lesson is attachment to others – chanting a Sanskrit mantra can help you find inner peace yourself (so you don’t look to others to give you that peace). And if that lesson is then learned, you won’t keep finding douchbags to date, in the hope that they will give you peace! You will have learned your lesson, and you can move and find inner peace yourself – and your Prince Charming! Sanskrit mantra can also help to clear and balance your chakras, there’s no need to buy books and meditation courses. Just the simple act of chanting a Sanskrit mantra daily, can bring about wonderful benefits.
Read A Little Bit of Mantras. This wonderful little gift book is by a trained scholar and musician, and gives information on all the benefits of mantras, plus some nice ones to try. Lily shows how chanting mantras can affect your state of mind, elevate your consciousness, alter your emotions and bring you peace.