Well by now you must have clear knowledge of mantra meditation. In order to meditate using mantra meditation you should use following:
(1) Read the general instruction on meditation (including do’s and don’ts)
(2) Choose a mantra. Below I have described in detail three mantras. You can use either of them.
(3) Allocate 30 minutes for mantra meditation. Though early morning or late evening is best time, you can chooses any time as per your convenience. In those 30 minutes, 20 minutes will be for chanting (repeating) the mantra and the last 10 minutes for being watchful of your inner consciousness.
(4) Sit comfortably at a quiet place.
Close your eyes.
Start chanting the mantra (either silently or loudly ).
Repeat the mantra with faith and respect.
Repeat it with the full awareness of its meaning.
Keep chanting the mantra for 20 minutes. (You may use an alarm clock for keeping track of time).
After 20 minutes….
stop chanting. Be quiet. Keep sitting silently.
The mantra will keep echoing in your mind for some more time. Just be watchful of what happens inside you.
Don’t judge, act or react. Just be aware of all that is happening inside you. Just be a witness of all your emotions, feelings, and other activities in and around you. You will feel a sense of calm and bliss. All thought activities will start decreasing and eventually come to a stand still.
Slowly slowly open your eyes and move out of the meditation.
When you begin meditating this way on daily basis, slowly you will start experiencing a thought free mind – a state of choiceless awareness. Your self will be revealed to you. (Please remember that the 10 minutes watchfulness after the 20 minutes of chanting is a must. )Later you may increase your timing. But the ratio between chanting and witnessing should remain as 2:1.
Some Mantras to dwell upon
Here I have described three powerful mantras in detail. You can choose to meditate with any of the three mantra. All of them are ancient, powerful and easy in pronunciation.
But before you start:
Here is a basic terminology which you should know before starting Mantra repetition as you find its presence many mantra. All these words are from Hindu Mythology.
Kali yug :The last in the four eras (time periods) of creation. The other threes are Satya yug, Threta yug and Dwaper yug . These four eras are characterize by the intensity/effect of the rule of truth in them with the Satya yug having the most prominent qualities of truth and righteousness, with Treta at second, Dwaper at third and Kaliyug – the age of machines- at the fourth place. The present era is Kaliyug.
Trinity of Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh: According to Hindu mythology there are three Gods who run the creation. The Brahma – who creates the universe, the Vishnu – who preserves the Universe and the Shiva- who in the end destroys the universe. Among the three deities, Shiva is considered as the destroyer. However, Shiva is also considered as the supreme reality- the inner self which remains intact even after everything ends.
Please also remember that the one who repeats the mantra either silently or loudly is known as chanter and the process of repeating the mantra is known as chanting.
Here are a detailed description of 3 mantras from the traditional Indian religious stream. All these three mantras are extremely easy to pronounce and highly effective. Click to know in detail about these mantra
“Om Namah Shivaya”
( pronounced as Aum Num-ha Shi-why)
Om Namah Shivaya is known as the great redeeming mantra also known as five-syllable mantra
The meaning :
It means “I bow to Shiva.” Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity- your self.
According to Hindu mythology there are three Gods who run this creation. The Brahma – who creates the universe, the Vishnu – who preserves the Universe and the Shiva- who in the end destroys the universe. Among the three deities, Shiva, though considered as destroyer, also symbolize the – the inner self which remains intact even after everything ends.
In this mantra the chanter (one who repeats the mantra) bow to Shiva- his true self.
Om Namah Shivay is a very powerful mantra. It has been said about this mantra that if this mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you have no need to perform austerities, to meditate, or to practise yoga. To repeat this mantra you need no rituals or ceremonies, nor must you repeat it at an auspicious time or in a particular place.” This mantra is free of all restrictions. It can be repeated by anyone, young or old, rich or poor and no matter what state a person is in, it will purify him.
How to repeat ‘Om Namah Shivay’
Sit in a comfortable and peaceful place and position. Start repeating the mantra in your mind or loudly with the same speed as you talk:
Om Namah Shivay (Aum Num-ha Shi-why)
Repeat ‘Om Namah Shivay’, with the feeling that you are bowing to Shiva – your true inner self. Repeat this mantra with respect. The inner self is the form of God in you. So as you say ‘ Om Namah Shivay’ i.e. “I bow to Shiva’; you are actually bowing to God – The great almighty. The repetition of the name of God is equivalent to be merged in his very being. When you repeat God’s name in your mouth, in one way, you experience the God itself. Just repeat this mantra with faith and it’s powerful phonetic vibrations will start doing miracle for you.
“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
[ Pronounced as: Hare – ( Ha’ray), Rama – (Raa’maa) &
Krishna – ( Kri-Sh’-Naa) ]
‘Hare Krishna’ is the mantra which is known to maximum number of western seekers thanks to the commendable work done by His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad (founder of ISKON – International Society for Krishna Consciousness in spreading its awareness world wide. George Harrison, the popular singer of world famous Beatles group also devoted his entire life in spreading the awareness about this mantra.