The yoga mantras, practiced during a yoga meditation session have their origins in Buddhist mantras. Let’s see which health benefits can the practitioners have, practicing mantra yoga.
Yoga refers to union. According to some people, it represents the union between one’s body and mind while others believe that it is a union between an individual’s consciousness and universal consciousness. From the Vedic period, yoga has been in use for healing and relaxing body, mind and spirit. In other words, yoga meditation facilitates one’s overall well being. It also improves the cardio and circulatory system in the body. The practice of yoga meditation requires you to chant mantras for creating higher energy level. It practically helps to improve concentration and self-realization.
Yoga practitioners receive loads of spiritual benefits from this such as improved concentration, clarity of mind, psychic control, control over one’s mind and thought, regulated breath and so. It helps to suppress an individual’s materialistic thoughts and gain self-realization. These yoga mantras aid in transcending the intellect and emotions of the practitioner. The word ‘mantra’ literally means “instrument of thought”. It can be a word, a syllable, a sound or a group of words aiming at spiritual conversion. Almost every religion like Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism or Jainism etc. puts faith in the power of mantras. In yoga meditation, chanting of mantra leads the individual towards attaining Pratyahara which is a state in Ashtanga yoga wherein the devotee learns to sacrifice all worldly attractions and be devoid of material thinking.
Those who regularly practice mantra yoga are able to find absolute peace of mind amidst the colloquial world where every single soul is troubled. The very sound of such mantras guides a wandering soul and connects it to the absolute. There are different yoga mantras for different meditation practices that lead an individual towards ultimate salvation. For example, the Kundalini yoga mantras help to upsurge consciousness by their meaning and rhythmic repetition. As a matter fact, an honest practice of mantra yoga may help a person reach the Samadhi state which refers to a complete meditative absorption. In this state, a person achieves total concentration and rises above the constraint of the conscious state. It is believed that a devotee in his or her Samadhi finds the vision of ultimate truth or enlightenment.
In every religion, people pray or meditate to seek blessing and divinity. The Buddhists believe that one should unite with the enlightened being that lives within that person. The buddhist mantras are chanted out loud or silently to summon the errand of Cherenzig, the embodiment of compassion as per Buddhist religion. O Mani Padme Om is considered as a powerful Buddhist mantra that covers all Lord Buddha’s lessons. For the Hindu mantras like ‘Gayatri mantra’ or ‘Maha Mrityunjay mantra’ etc. there are certain procedure to use them in a proper way. According to the Rishis who originated these mantras, there should be ‘Sankalpa’ or a formal commitment, ‘Nyasa’ or some gestures and movements, ‘Kavacha’ or the creation of a protective shield and finally ‘Arghya’ or the offerings to the Supreme Being. Indeed, there are different approaches of chanting yoga mantras namely Baikhari, Upanshu and Manasik.