Mantras Chanting Essential for Nation building(Published in Contemporary Vibes)

Considering the present spread of pandemic named CoronaVirus, India is being applauded by whole world for its pro active approach in handling this pandemic. Whether it is lightening diya or clapping hands to appreciate the workers, there have been reports emphasising on the scientific reasons behind these rituals but the scenario was not in India’s favour few months back. Here are some statistics that will make you concerned about our global status. As per the Happiness index UN report (2019), India ranks at 140th as the happiest nation, 103th position out of 119 nations in context to Hunger index. With context to happy people, India ranks at 136th out of 163 countries as per Global Peace Index and the World’s most dangerous nations for women. Well, all these facts and figure make it necessary for us to dwell in activities that make us happy.  It’s high time we should make an extra endeavour to strongly build moral values than human machines that lack sensitivity and basic amenities for survival. This article explores the benefits of Mantras and its relevance for individual and nation building.

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     India is a land of traditions, cultural and religious beliefs and has wide scientific reasoning behind its traditional practices. Present knowledge reservoir has its roots in the Vedic teaching practised at Gurukul Education System.  Gurukul’s prepare individuals with moral, ethical, subjective and life skills through Vedic traditional practices. ‘Guru bina gyan nhi’, therefore this relationship of Guru-Shishya has been basic foundation of disseminating knowledge and spreading it across various layers of societies. The Vedas, also known as ‘Shrutis’ are believed to be written in Sanskrit after hearing it from Brahma. The relic Gurukul’s used to teach students through listening and speaking rather than writing as the major emphasis was used to be on memory enhancement and retention power. Where students were taught to do prayers in the morning after waking up, before eating, before studying and hence after performing daily chorus, this routines vanishes over a period when students reaches a graduation course. Hence the beautiful bond of teacher and students can be described through this mantra:

 सह नाववतु ।सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै । तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

      Hence our bend towards modern education system has deprived us from the rich tradition of generating positive energies around us by chanting mantras. This article aims to focus on the relevance, essence and strength of mantras for building positive environment across human beings.

        The word mantra comes from the ancient Sanskrit language. ‗Man‘means mind and ‗tra‘means release. So a mantra is a combination of transcendental sounds meant to release the mind from all the anxieties of material life. One gets miraculous advantages by making use of the causal energy of Mantra.  In the ancient Hindu scriptures  called Vedas,  it is  mentioned that  ―In  the beginning  was Brahm, with  whom was  the vibration (of sound) and  the  vibration  was  Brahm.‖    The  mantra  plays  the  role  of  getting transformed into potential energy.

Mantras for Individual Growth

   The relevance of ‘Om’ has been described in Upanishads like Mundaka, Mandukra, Svetasvatara and Katha.  It has been proved by automatic and respiratory studies that ‘Om’ meditation creates mental alertness, increases sensitivity to sensory glands and produces physiological rest during its chanting. The sound of Om when chanted , vibrates at the frequency of 136.1  Hz,  which  is  the  same  vibrational  frequency  found throughout everything in nature [5-7]. Interestingly, it is also the frequency of  the 32 Octave of  the Earth Year. Mantra meditation has been linked experientially to a wide array of emotional and cognitive effects ranging from calm concentration and quiescence of the mental chatter, to deep absorption and mystical states (Goleman 1988; Travis et al. 2010).

नमो गुरु देव् नमो    

Known as the Adi Mantra, this Gurmukhi mantra is traditionally sung or chanted to invoke divine wisdom before a Kundalini Yoga practice.  It is used to tune in to the self-knowledge within. You can also use this mantra when you feel confused or alone and want to connect to the infinite wisdom of your true self or spirit

Mantras for Positivity in Society
     As far the Gayatri Mantra is concerned, it  is the  most  significant and  the most  effective mantra  (hymn),  according  to  ancient  Hindu  scriptures.  It  is  interesting  to  note  that  Dr.  Howard Steingull,  an American  Scientist has  established that recitation  of Gayatri Mantra produces a frequency of 110,000 Hz (> 20 kHz).  The  patterns  of  chanting  of  Mantras  are  so designed  that  they  latently  contain  the  essence  of  the music, life sustaining energies emanating from the cosmic energy centre of the corresponding Mantras. (The cosmic  energy centre a deity associated with the Gayatri Mantra is  Sun). Uttering  of Gayatri  Mantra produces  vibrations  which are  soothing to human mind,  all plant  and animal  life.

ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति:॥

When you chant this mantra, once or repeatedly, you are sending out offerings of peace to the world and to an individual.

   Another research by team of Doctors from Osmania General Hospital and researchers claims that diabetics can be healed by reading The Gita. They mentioned that the conservation between Arjuna and Krishna can be used to cope up with the disease such as diabetics. The importance of The Bhagavad Gita has not only been felt by the American university but Harvard University has also includes the courses on Ramayana and Mahabharata in their curriculum.  

Mantras for Environment: plants and animals

Karnick in ‘Effect of Mantras on human being and plants’ mentions that plants have shown positive
response to  this type of particular sound waves regarding this type o their growth and their efficiency in
curing diseases. Sound waves affect human body. Puranas, rig Veda and Atharav Veda ( Karnick, 1976)
records the importance of mantras on human body. Researchers from the China Agricultural University give
credibility to the mantra experiment. They state that the unique sound waves in mantras stimulate the
plant leaves, enabling superior conversion of sunlight. They noted that other types of music had lesser
effect, or even a negative effect—as in the case of control yields from heavy metal music.

Author: Geetanjali

Creativity is my core skill, be that vision to see the world or to work towards something aesthetically, creativity exists in everything. I am an academician by profession and the creative person at heart. I am a poet and got my poems published by Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi inKavya Lehri and Kavyanjali. A writer who loves writing and has written for numerous magazines and newspapers. A Blogger who runs her own blog. An artist who works towards improving her skills every now and then. A traveller who knows learning is much more outside the classroom. As a leaner is never satisfied with his/ her work, I believe to utilize the gift of human birth to the fullest and enjoy the journey than attaining the destination.

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