Mantras precede language. They are the sounds of the reverberating primordial universe. The question of their meaningfullness or meaninglessness is irrelevant. Their beauty resides in their indisputability. They simply are. And with this Tathatā, this suchness, a mantra is the perfect way to begin the week.
On Mondays we will give you a mantra (or two) to begin your week. You can use these simple sounds to repeat, and, through repetition, to cleanse your mind, and to permeate into the deepest levels of your subconscious. Try it and let us know what you think! We find them to be very powerful.
Om is the reverberation of existence. Some people say that Om is the name of god, and some say that Om is the sound of supreme consciousness. Before the world came into being, there was only latent energy waiting to materialize, and Om was the sound of becoming. By chanting OM you connect yourself back to the original source of all being. You cleanse the mind of its incessant fluctuations and transcend the transient illusions of your immediate self.
1. Find a place of stillness and silence.
2. Breathe deeply.
3. Take a deep inhale, and as you exhale chant “Om,” prolonging the sound.
4. Take two breathes between each repetition, and chant again.
When you begin using the Om mantra, try five repetitions, and increase as you become more comfortable with it. The mantra can also be repeated in silence, in the privacy of your mind, when you are stuck in traffic, or in line behind a very slow checker at the grocery store, or in any frustrating situation that tests your patience and sanity. The Om mantra is your secret route to serenity.