I took part in Deva Premal and Miten’s 21-day guided mantra meditation a while back.
I listened to their voices chanting right before falling asleep and slept really well for most of the 3 weeks. It was a really peaceful journey inwards for me and it lead me to understand how mantras work. This gave me an even deeper appreciation of mantras and I am in awe of how this knowledge came about during the ancient times.
Below is Deva Premal and Miten’s explanation of how mantras work. It is so much more scientific than one might expect.
“The mantras that we chant are in Sanskrit – a sacred language of ancient India that is no longer spoken. The mantras were created by the rishis (wise ones) as paths to awareness, using the power of particular sounds to create specific energy responses. In Sanskrit, ‘man’ means mind and ‘tra’ means ‘to free from’, so ‘mantra’ is literally a tool to free the mind.
Mantras are energetic sound formulas. Sanskrit carries the essence of the object or quality it describes. It is not descriptive, as is our language – it is the actual sound equivalent of the manifestation. Hence, ananda, chanted repeatedly, will bring one into a state of bliss, because ananda is the essential sound of bliss.
Traditionally, mantras are chanted in cycles of 108 repetitions. Why the number 108? According to the Vedic scriptures, our physical and subtle bodies contain 108 major nadis, or energy channels. When we chant a mantra 108 times, that sound vibration can fill all of the energy lines in our bodies and balance them. The more we chant one particular sound vibration, the more we tune ourselves to that vibration.” – Deva Premal and Miten
I’ve learnt that it is not necessary to sing or chant mantras to raise my energy levels, just listening to them helps as well.
As humans we tend to need reason and logic for many things. And even though so much of spirituality is about having faith and learning to surrender, having an explanation such as the above (though the explanation barely scratches the surface of the magic of mantras) allows me to appreciate the tradition of chanting so much more.
Visit Deva Premal and Miten’s website here.