A mantra is a word or a phrase that can be repeated over and over again allowing the vibration of the sound and its meaning to sink into our subconscious. The use of mantras goes back to ancient times. Mantras have existed for thousands of years tracing back to the Vedic period in India as well as in Japan, China, and other countries across the world.
Repetitive chanting of a mantra allows the mantra’s vibrations to deeply penetrate the subconscious and bring about transformation. How many times you chant a mantra varies based on tradition. In India, mantras are often chanted 108 times counting the repetitions with the help of mala beads, which have 108 beads on the string. The chanting and the ritual of holding the beads in your hand help in setting intentions and maintaining focus.
Over the centuries miraculous reports of the use of mantra rituals to eliminate disease, obstacles, remedy disasters, neutralize karma and bring blessings and love are plentiful. Many believe that the proper use of mantras can make the impossible possible.
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