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Mantras and Mudras

October 3, 2011
Mantras and Mudras are an integrated part of the Vedic history of yoga. Yoga which extends far past asanas and breathing has been an practice for centuries in India. Mantras and Mudras are considered an integrated part of yoga in India. The practice of chanting a mantra consists of repeating a specific mantra 108 times, preferably using japa beads. This is done with the thumb and middle finger, so that the index finger is not touching the japa beads. The purpose of the beads is to keep count of the mantras and instead focus on the meditation itself. The mantras are then repeated for a minimum of 4o days for effect, although some yogis practice particular mantras for lifetime.

Not all mantras are for everyone. Mantras are personal, although some tend to work universally such as Om and Om Mani Padme hum; which is the mantras of compassion, whereas other mantras may be to strong or too soft and simple unsuitable.  Ancient hearsay says, that during the first seven days you will receive all obstacles to stop you from repeating the mantras. This is the test. After the 7 days it becomes easier and resistance is less. Mantras are said to path the way to higher conscious thought sound.  All the sounds from mantras, can be found in nature, and are recorded in ancient history as the sounds of god that together make the cosmic song.

To accompany the mantras, mudras are used. The mudras are also ancient and are often seen as the hand positions of deities and Buddha’s. These hand positions are very specific and relate to different needs, like the mantras they are said to help increase health, longevity and success. Mudras are based in the ancient practice of sealing in energy consciousness. For the Guyan Mudra you put your thumb and index finger together and in doing so you are sealing in the consciousness of focus and calm. Mudras also heal ailments are excellent for opening and healing the chakras. The many different mudras work as aid to meditation, and are not as potent as the mantra itself, although some people do swear on the power of the mudra, also known as hand yoga. Mantras and mudras are the perfect addition to yoga, strengthening practice and bringing to awareness the connection with the divine.

Amoure Templar Carter

Amoure is a journalist and long time seeker of spiritual truth. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, going for walks in nature and spending time with her daughter Vida.

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