Mantra Shakti (Mantra Power, Mantra Energy)
Ever since I started my yoga practice, mantra has been an integral part of my physical and metaphysical system. In February 2010, I was given the rare chance of receiving 'my mantra' from Maharishi Bhrigu on the palm leaf written by him for me some thousands of years ago. The moment I read this unique mantra (a long recitation version and a short japa version), I knew each and every word and syllable in its entirety and could spontaneously chant it and embed it in my sun salutation. My mantra has changed the course of my life: within a few months of chanting it, through a chain of unexpected events, I met my soul mate and freed myself from the burden of working for living. Now I use my knowledge and skills to make the life of myself and others worthier living. As a living proof of mantra power, I have decided to share my experience and knowledge of mantra with spiritual seekers (but honestly, where else should we seek than within ourselves?). I will certainly not reveal my mantra in keeping with the tradition of 'from mouth to ear', but there are so many wonderful mantras created for human evolution by so many wonderful souls .... In the following pages, I will present best youtube presentations of mantras (criteria of choice: correctness and aesthetics, sometimes more emphasis on the latter at the cost of the former) and add my explanations, commentaries and recommendations to help you with your mantra practice.
Six elements (shadangas) of mantra
1. Rishi: the sage through whom it was first revealed
2. Chanda: the metre according to which it is composed
3. Devata: the presiding deity who gives its benefits
4. Beeja: the seed from which sprout its effects
5. Shakti: the power which unfolds its energy
6. Keelakam: the key to open the lock to get results
Two types of mantra
1. Laukika Mantra: to fulfil worldly desires
2. Moksha Mantra: to reach the ultimate liberation
from the confinement of material existence
As we work on our spiritual evolution while living in this material world, we need both types of mantra for a protected journey towards our final salvation.