Hence mantras are not only mere combination of words or descriptions of God but they are God themselves.

Nama Article 12th February 2013

 
Source: Living Happily forever by Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj

 

Question : What is a mantra? Is it merely a combination of words?

 

Answer : Let’s understand it with this example : Suppose a yajna (fire sacrifice) is being performed simultaneously at 300 different places exactly at the same time. They first do oblations called aahuti. They take the name of the deity to whom it is supposed to go. Indrayedam na mama, Indraya swaha. May this be given to Indra. Now the question is where will Indra go first and how at the same time all the different locations? The answers is, the words are the sound energy and when these specific sounds are made it takes the form of Indra as you have imagined and hence comes in the form of that deity and accepts the oblation.

 

Hence mantras are not only mere combination of words or descriptions of God but they are God themselves. God has got this form also. He is in the form of sound energy. All these bija aksaras are not empty mumbo jumbo. They are all potent power of the Divinity.

 

Hence, when you keep chanting it day and night, that sound effect makes you get up from this so called waking state.

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

The omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient Lord understands his worship and out of sheer mercy makes the 'jeeva' realize Him through the idol.

 

Feeling that these Forms alone will not suffice for redemption of the world He also became the Divine Names such as 'Hari!' 'Siva!' and is ever alive in these Names.

 

It is verily the Name of the Supreme One – the one who creates, sustains and rests it in Himself

 

Name and the Named are but one

 

God, Guru, Srimad Bhagavatam and God's Divine Name — all are one and the same.

 

The Divine Name of the Lord ('Bhagavan Năma') has the power to redeem one and all.

 

God's Name is superior than God's form

 

Thus we are able to comprehend to a certain extent that there is no difference between the Name of the Lord and the Lord. Don't we?

 

Each Name has a form. Each Form has a name

 

Manusmriti stressing that the Word is the origin of all Forms

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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