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What is Mantra Meditation?

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare is a perfect transcendental vibration brought by the eternal messenger from the transcendental realm...

His Grace Purujit Prabhu and His Grace Makhanchor Prabhu chanting Hare Krishna in town
His Grace Purujit Prabhu and His Grace Makhanchor Prabhu chanting in town

What is mantra meditation?

Mantra is a repetitive sound that focuses your mind in a particular direction. For example you are taking a long trip and you have many things to pack. "Don't forget the keys" - you say to yourself on and on while you are grabbing different other things to take with you on the plane. This is a mantra.

In sanskrit the word mantra can be divided into two: man - which refers to the mind, and tra - which means to deliver. Shortly it can be translated as "freeing yourself from your mind".

The mind tends to wander. Just like with the keys, you want to remember not to forget the keys, but a phone rings and it's a friend you have not spoken to for 14 years, so naturally you become emotionally surcharged, your mind is distracted and you forget your keys at home and realize this only after you shut the door behind you. This is the mind. Instead of following your direction, the mind sometimes becomes too loose and drags you into an unfavorable situation. In the same way, the mind drags us from one life to another.

Whatever state of being one remembers at the time of death, that state he shall attain without fail. The mind carries the spirit soul into another body just like air carries aroma. If the air passes through a rose garden, the aroma of the air will be a very pleasant smell. If it passes over a filthy place, it will carry an obnoxious stink. Similarly, whatever the mind is absorbed in throughout one's life will decide his future birth either as a human, god or an animal. Mantra meditation is therefore a conscious future body designing. We are designing our future body by the thoughts we willingly try to cultivate.

The best type of body to design for our future is the eternal body full of bliss and knowledge. This is our true nature. No one wants to be temporary, miserable or ignorant. However, by meditating on material nature we cannot help but contemplate things of that nature. Even the sun which distributes unlimited amounts of light and heat without being diminished in its potency is ultimately doomed to destruction, what to speak of other things in this universe? If we want to find a perfect object of our meditation, we must go beyond the temporary material universe and reach the transcendental reality. Even our very sensory perception is material and therefore temporary.

It is not possible to understand or perceive a transcendental reality with material senses which are full of limitations. For this, we have to hear the vibration from that realm. In other words, we depend on the help from that world and it is impossible to reach this ultimate transcendental reality by one's own efforts. A bound man cannot free himself on his own but needs the help of the unbound.

The Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare mantra is a perfect transcendental vibration brought by the eternal messenger from the transcendental realm. By chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, one can re-establish his lost relationship with the original supreme being: Sri Krsna.

A material tongue cannot chant the mantra, nor can the material ear hear the mantra. The mantra is chanted by the soul himself, although externally it might seem that our material senses are also engaged in the chanting of the mantra just as clothes of a person move along with the person when the person is moving. By chanting under the guidance of the spiritual master coming in the eternal disciplic succession, one can gradually shed the shackles of the material senses and chant purely for the Lord.

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