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Greetings,

 

I am curious about Mantras.

 

Would it be correct to consider them having strength because of the many through out the ages empowered them so?

Would be correct to consider them having strength because the tones reflect universal vibrations of reality?

 

Also what are some good three or four syllable ones?

 

I would like to use them for stillness and clarity.  My mind can go very fast and in many directions, this gets tiresome.

 

Thank you for any info.

 

TheCove

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Read Thomas Ashley Farrand.

 

the best books on mantra come from him.

 

Healing Mantras, Shakti Mantras, and Chakra Mantras. All three books are essential.

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Thank you.  I came across:  Om Swami - The Ancient Science of Mantras Wisdom of the Sages ,  for "free"  as an epub.

 

I will look into it that one unless it is no good?

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Just now, TheCove said:

Thank you.  I came across:  Om Swami - The Ancient Science of Mantras Wisdom of the Sages ,  for "free"  as an epub.

 

I will look into it that one unless it is no good?

 

Don't bother.

 

Go with Thomas Ashley-Farrand. Seriously, almost everything else in English won't give you the depth and answers you look for. It is daily reading really. 

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2 minutes ago, TheCove said:

OK, will get it when I can, thanks again.

 

 

www.sanskritmantra.com

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Buddhist mantras, as far as I understand it, are considered to be the essence of that particular Buddha. As such, all of them can lead to enlightenment, but all of them have different side benefits on the way there. For instance the Mani will generate great compassion, while the Medicine Buddha mantra will heal illness. The Tara mantra will lend you fearlessness etc. These are the different aspects of enlightened activity that these Buddhas represent. But the end goal is the same. 

 

I have no idea why they work as they do. I believe that perhaps the sound has a particular vibration which corresponds to a particular energy. But it's way beyond my ken. It's enough for me to know they work.

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57 minutes ago, Vajra Fist said:

Buddhist mantras, as far as I understand it, are considered to be the essence of that particular Buddha. As such, all of them can lead to enlightenment, but all of them have different side benefits on the way there. For instance the Mani will generate great compassion, while the Medicine Buddha mantra will heal illness. The Tara mantra will lend you fearlessness etc. These are the different aspects of enlightened activity that these Buddhas represent. But the end goal is the same. 

 

I have no idea why they work as they do. I believe that perhaps the sound has a particular vibration which corresponds to a particular energy. But it's way beyond my ken. It's enough for me to know they work.

Thank you for your insight.  It helps me formulate my intent with this better.

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The traditional explanation I have heard in Shaivite and Buddhist tantra is that one must receive the mantra in person from some one who has successfully “activated” the mantra—- i.e practiced it to fruition.

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3 hours ago, forestofemptiness said:

The traditional explanation I have heard in Shaivite and Buddhist tantra is that one must receive the mantra in person from some one who has successfully “activated” the mantra—- i.e practiced it to fruition.

 

For some mantras in the vajrayana tradition you need transmission. But generally anything from the sutras is fine to practice without transmission. 

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You can practice it, but I imagine being a sutra method, the Vajrayana view would be that such practices would take three countless eons. 

 

9 hours ago, Vajra Fist said:

 

For some mantras in the vajrayana tradition you need transmission. But generally anything from the sutras is fine to practice without transmission. 

 

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8 hours ago, forestofemptiness said:

You can practice it, but I imagine being a sutra method, the Vajrayana view would be that such practices would take three countless eons. 

 

 

Where did you hear that? The amitabha mantra for instance leads to rebirth in a pure land at death, as do many other sutra methods. 

 

 

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It is fairly common knowledge in Vajrayana, and can be found in most beginner books and is often mentioned in live teachings. A simple Google search will produce a variety of sources, from Khenchen Thrangu to Tsongkahpha.  

 

 

8 hours ago, Vajra Fist said:

Where did you hear that? The amitabha mantra for instance leads to rebirth in a pure land at death, as do many other sutra methods. 

 

 

 

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