Hinduism is one of the greatest religions in the world. More than 2 billion people around the globe follow it. In Hinduism, there are many gods and goddesses and according to mythology, they bear many responsibilities to run the world. There are many sub-branches among the main branch of Hinduism, they may follow different paths. Some are remarkably similar and there is hardly any difference between them while some are extremely diverse without many similarities.
There are many duties to run the universe and some gods take the bigger duties while some have minor duties compared to others but all play a significant role to run the world as we know it. The goddess of wealth is Laxmi, the god of creation is Brahma, the goddess of knowledge is Sarswati and likewise, the god of Tantra is Bhairav.
Tantra is a sacred and arcane tradition that is practiced in the southern part of Asia. These traditions are deeply rooted in both Hinduism and Buddhism. They are practices that are not for everyone and are believed to have mystical abilities. The practices of Tantra are very ancient and are believed to have been formed from the 1st millennium CE onwards in the anciently Indian civilization.
However, this is a speculation based on some findings and scriptures. However, some other archeologists and historians disagree with this and provide other proof against this. Whatever the case it is certain that the practice of Tantra is very ancient and was formed hundreds of years of age if not thousands.
In Hinduism, the god of Tantra is called Bhairav. Bhairav the god of Tantra is one form of Shiva which is also believed to be the most fearsome and dangerous form of the god. Other goddesses and deities are also worshipped to get mastery over the various aspects of Tantra, however, in the center of the Tantric rituals is still the playground of Bhairav hence he is called the god of Tantra.
Tantra and mantra
Tantra is performed by various means. Some actions lead to the performance of Tantra. For example, certain actions, certain postures, or certain ingredients. However, among all of these the closest connection Tantra has with more than others is Mantra.
Mantra is the ancient verses, that are said to have supernatural abilities and need to be chanted certain too many times to get mastery over it. There are many kinds of mantras some are common and can be chanted by everyone. Some are esoteric and only certain people know and can get mastery over the mantra. The mantras of the god of tantra and the goddesses of tantra are also esoteric and also unique to the group of individuals.
The use of Mantra to start the practice of tantra or to even please the god of tantra, the mantras are used. The mantra is used not just in Buddhism or in only Hinduism, both religions use the unique sacred mantras for the procedure of Tantra.
The use of Mantra in the process of Tantra in Hinduism is called Mantra Marga. It is a Sanskrit word and translates to the way of the Mantra. In Buddhism, it is called Mantra Yana (The vehicle of mantra) and Guhya mantra (the Secret Mantra).
Bhairav- The god of Tantra
Now, let us look at the origin of the god of Tantra.
As we have already discussed Bhairav- the god of Tantra is one of the many forms of Lord Shiva. It is also said that this is the most fearsome form of the god, who holds the capacity to destroy each and everything.
When the universe was new and there was nothing, Vishnu appeared and from the naval of the god sprouted a cosmic lotus and after some time from the lotus Lord Brahma appeared. Lord Brahma was born with 5 heads and was the creator of each and everything. In the beginning, due to his role as the creator, Brahma thought of himself as the superior among the three trinity Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
At first, Brahma was only arrogant with his role as the creator. However, as time passed more arrogance grew inside him. He now thought that the other two gods among the trinities need to respect him. After some time, he started avoiding his duties to the universe and after this obstructed the path for Shiva and Vishnu. This was enough and Shiva to teach Brahma the lesson, took the form of Bhairav-The god of tantra for the first time.
Bhairav went to where Brahma was and plucked out one of the 5 heads of Brahma with his bare hands. We can still see one head on the hand of the idols and pictures of Bhairav. It is the same head of Brahma that the god of Tantra had pulled. After, this incident Lord Brahma was left with 4 heads while at the beginning he had 5 heads. After, getting one of his heads being plucked out Brahma also regained his consciousness and started doing his duty rightfully.
Other Mythologies surrounding the god of Tantra
Looking at the chronological order of the appearance of the three trinities and the creation of the other gods and the entire universe the conflict with Brahma was the first time of appearance of the god of Tantra. However, this was not the last of the appearance of the god of Tantra. Among the various time to come there were various conflicts and situations where Lord Shiva had to take his fearsome form now and then.
There are many incidences of the reemergence of the god of Tantra, however among those times, the most notable was when Mahadevs wife Sati sacrificed herself on the holy fire of Yagya.
Sati was the first wife of Shiva. However, Shiva was hated by Sati’s father for his way of living and appearance. One-time Dakshya father of Sati organized a grand Yagya and invited everyone in the universe except Sati and Mahadev. When Sati found out about this she went to her father’s house and asked him why he did so. He replied that he did not invite her because if he did her husband will also come with her and he did not want Shiva in his sight. This deeply pained Sati and unable to bear the pain that came from the disrespect of her husband she sacrificed herself.
When Shiva found out about the death of his beloved wife and found out the cause he was filled with sadness and rage. Shiva once again took the form of mighty Bhairav to punish Dakshya for his heinous act.
The appearance of Bhairav-The god of Tantra
The appearance of Bhairav mainly depends upon his name. There are many types of Bhairav and their look may differ according to who they are. However, despite the name and some characters, some characters are common to all of them. The god of Tantra is popular for fierce and dangerous looks. Bhairav is depicted as a big man which has a huge body and four hands. One handhold the head of Brahma, another hand holds a trident, another holds a drum and the other one holds a noose. Sometimes he is also depicted as Digambar (One who does not wear clothes).
He has big scary eyes and a big mouth with large teeth that are coming out of the mouth. Bhairav also has one eye in a vertical position on his forehead. Bhairav rides a dog and the dog is also very fierce in appearance with large teeth and body.
Forms of Bhairav- The god of Tantra
There are many forms of Bhairav and their appearance also mostly depends on their form. In total there are 64 Bhairav’s. These 64 Bhairav’s all fall under 8 categories and each of the 8 categories has one major Bhairav which oversees them. These 8 Bhairav are also called the Ashtanga Bhairav and they all look after the 8 directions of the universe respectively.
The people of Nepal also celebrate various forms of Bhairab. Especially the residents of Kathmandu who perform various Jatra and celebrations for the god of Tantra. The most interesting thing many may not know about Kathmandu is that alongside the living goddess Kumari, which most people know there is living Bhairav also which many people may not know about.
A child born at right time under the right constellations is chosen as Bhairav and he will have to live by certain rules and regulations. Also, he will be worshipped by the locals in various ceremonies and will be the Bhairav before he becomes mature and it is the time for the new Bhairav to take his place.
There are many forms of Bhairav in Kathmandu valley, the god of Tantra is worshipped in many forms. Kaal Bhairav in Basantapur, Swet Bhairav in Basantapur, Akash Bhairav, are some of the popular forms of Bhairav in Kathmandu valley. People of Kathmandu believe that Swet Bhairav among this is the most dangerous form of Lord Shiva. There is a beautiful and magnificent idol of the god of Tantra in Basantapur as Kaal Bhairav. The idol of Swet Bhairav also can be seen near Kaal Bhairav.
The god of Tantra and Tantra
Tantra is a power that people believe to be supernatural. It is to the point that some individuals that have no idea about Tantra and only have surface knowledge fear them as the magic and rituals that can harm them. Yes, some individuals use Tantra like that after getting siddhi of Tantra from the god of Tantra Bhairav and other goddesses. However, that is not the intention of tantra as well as the god of Tantra. Tantra is the ability attained by mastering various aspects of mantra and natural energy and channeling them through the body to achieve certain goals.
Bhairav is worshipped to attain various power of tantra in various forms. The scope of Tantra is wide as well as the forms of Bhairav, various rituals, and various forms provide the knowledge and mastery of the various abilities and siddhis. In some rituals or we can even say in specific rituals the god of Tantra is worshipped alone, however, the god of tantra is also paired with the goddess for various rituals. In some rituals, the combination of the specific form of Bhairav with a specific goddess will result in the obtaining of the desired Siddhi.
The Tantric goddess and their relation with the god of Tantra
The tantric goddess can grant both Mukti and bhukti, and are sources of all energy even the source of energy of Bhairav. The wife of Mahadev is Devi Parvati who is sometimes also called Devi Shakti, she is the energy of Shiva which took the feminine form to assist him in his duties to the world. When Shiva takes the Bhairav form as the god of tantra the goddess Parvati also takes the form of various goddesses, yoginis, and deities to assist him in his duties.
The exact number of manifestations of the goddess is not exact as some sources say that the goddess has countless forms. However, one text tells that there are 1008 names of the various forms of the goddess. All these goddesses can be categorized into two parts the invincible goddess and the benevolent goddess.
The invincible goddesses are the warrior form of the goddess. They have a high combat ability and can defeat anyone in war. They have various weapons in their hands and protect their devotees from demons and bad elements. To attain the various abilities of Tantra these goddesses are also worshiped. However, it is said that to attain the siddhi of the invincible goddess is extremely hard as they are in their high energy form and not everyone can bear the energy. Only one with high tantric energy and power can do so.
The benevolent goddess is the calm form of the goddess. They symbolize the feminine part of the female energy. They are very merciful, are in a calm and composed state, are incredibly beautiful, and touch the aspects like motherhood, wealth, and providing boon.
The god of tantra Bhairav in his various form is paired with these goddesses. There are thousands of rituals as well as thousands of forms of manifestations of the god and the goddess. It takes a lifetime to learn all the Siddhis of Tantra and even that is not enough. Tantric (Ones who dedicate their entire life learning tantra and Tantric practices) are the ones who in their lifetime attain many forms of Tantra and can harness the true power of tantra and tantric rituals. Only the true union between the god of tantra and the goddess of tantra gives rise to the true power of tantra.
Power of mantra chanting and energy release during mantra chanting
Mantras are verses that are believed to be able to possess mystical and magical abilities. The power of mantra is something that people believe in who whole heartly chants it. But the question is what is a mantra? Where does it come from? And why do some people change it? Is the power of mantra real? This is a similar question asked by the people who have been just introduced to the mantra and power of mantra.
Mantra the word originally came from Sanskrit and ancient Indian civilization. When a Hindu individual or people living in the Indian subcontinent hears this word mantra, they think of it as the verses to please the deity. Originally this is true and the right understanding for many people as it was centuries ago.
However, now the definition of mantra does not fit this category properly. Yes, we still call the verse that glorifies and tells the stories of God’s mantra. However, now just the Sanskrit verses but the phrases that you chant on repetition, to have a positive impact on you and your surrounding can be called a mantra. By the ancient Sanskrit concept of mantra, “I will succeed” may not fit inside the typical definition of mantra but it certainly does in the modern definition of mantra.
History of Mantra
As we said earlier Mantra is a Sanskrit word and Sanskrit originated in the ancient Indian continent, so with that logic Mantra also originated there. It is one perception of looking at things. However, there is another point of view that is linked with mythology rather than facts and similar things.
According to Hindu Mythology, the verses that consisted of powers or Mantras originated a long time ago and are as old as the universe itself. Om is the oldest Mantra there is and as old as the universe itself. It is said that Om was here before life originated in the universe. Science also says that the planets vibrate in the frequency of OM.
OM originated even before the origination of even gods. Some texts say that Om is the first sound that was produced in the universe, and it became sacred and possesses much power and is mystic. After Om as the universe developed from one to many, from one God to many deities many mantras came into existence, and as that universe began.
In ancient times, mantras were immensely powerful and had magnificent abilities. It was called Satya Yug, and the universe was very new. The god was one and to extend life god transformed himself into other gods which in turn was needed to run the universe. Also, in time one Mantra changed into many, some were long, and some were short.
They denoted various deities, was to summon or impress many deities or to awaken the various energy in the universe. Sages and holy people in ancient times used to chant the mantra for many years to get the desired boon from the gods or to increase their spirituality. With their power of Mantra, they could even change the laws of nature. The Assur or Rakshasa in ancient mythology was so powerful that even the king of gods Indra could not defeat many of them. They had also achieved this power through the chanting of Mantra and meditation.
Power of Mantra chanting
The power of Mantra chanting was immense in ancient times and still is today. However, the difference is that in ancient times the power due to the impact of Satya Yug was extremely high, which became more subtle with the change of Yug. It is said that when Lord Krishna left this world power of Mantra also decreased and became more subtle. However, the power of mantra may be subtle, but it is still here, and with enough dedication and chanting one can harness the true power of mantra.
The power of mantra can be witnessed through this thing when chanted enough and accepted by heart:
Enhancing and increasing spirituality is the foremost power of Mantra. Mantra has been used since long ago to enhance and increase spirituality. “Spirituality is the process, state or way of life where an individual instead of this material world gets very much attached to the spiritual world and knows his true identity as the soul instead of the body.” It is said in all religions that this physical body is not our identity.
It is something that we change repeatedly and is only a medium by which our true self experiences the world. We are souls and it is our identity, not our body. Often people do not realize this and get attached and try to achieve the material world instead of the spiritual world. The power of mantra is such that it can be used as a path to guide us to the spiritual world from this material world.
Mantra and God
The mantra was a thing that was a gift by the ancient Indian civilization, we already talked about this. The early concept of mantra was associated with the deities, gods, and goddesses. Due to this, the topics of Mantra and the power of mantra cannot be discussed without talking about gods and goddesses.
In Hindu mythology, there are thousands of mantras that are associated with various gods and goddesses. There is so much mantra that, there are mantras even to please the planets of the solar system, which according to the Hindu kundalini system affects our mood, knowledge, prosperity, and future. There may be even hundreds of mantras for a single deity.
Bishnu, Shiva, Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesh, Surya, are some of the major gods in Hindu mythology and they also have the major number of mantras compared to other deities and gods. It is said that the power of Mantra lies in those verses we chant, when we chant the mantra of specific deities, we awaken energy connected to those deities by the effect of that mantra. Then that awakened energy will help to achieve what we had desired.
The power to achieve
Many paths are created by the power of mantra. People follow these paths according to their will, desire, level of consciousness, and what they want to do with their life. The mantra also can be used to get what one wants in life. People who want more wealth in their life, chant the mantra of goddess Laxmi and God Kuber. They are also worshipped, and their mantra chanted for wealth and prosperity. Many things can be achieved by chanting mantras. The power mantra of Lord Ganesh is chanted to achieve good luck, and prosperity also.
Lord Ganesh’s mantra is also chanted before the beginning of any good or fortunate work as it is said that the mantra of Lord Ganesh destroys any obstacles in the way of the work and makes the work happen with his power. Many mantras give many things; the mantra of the moon is said to provide physical beauty to the chanter; the chanting of the mantra of the sun gives energy to the body and mind. There are so many mantras that provide so many things and have so much divine power bestowed upon them.
Reprogramming the mind and thought process itself
Now, the mantra is not just Vedic verses that are used for worshipping or deity verses they are something that you accept with your entire being and want your mind to completely accept. People with this now use their mantra to reprogram their minds and thoughts. What is more, they are highly effective, and people are feeling the results. “I will succeed in life,” “My mind is my greatest gift,” “I have learned to live with what I am” these are some of the mantras that you can invent yourself to program your thought with confidence or to learn acceptance in your life.
Your mantra also does not necessarily have to be like this, it can be whatever you want it to be. These can be if you are trying to achieve similar things. However, not everyone wants to do the same things, some have other things in mind. And the beauty of the mantra is that it can be whatever you want. One can even have a mantra that has no meaning and something that no one can understand. It does not matter what it is if it gives you purpose and has meaning to you.
Calming your mind and soul
Our mind is our greatest tool in the world. It is the thing that sets us apart from all the living organisms in this world. It also is the thing that sets us apart from each other also. Everyone has a unique capacity with mind, and it distinguishes us from one another. Sometimes even our greatest tool gets rusty, becomes dull, and needs to be rejuvenated.
The power of mantra and mantra chanting can calm your mind and soul. Some people have a very disturbed mind and have the bad habit of bursting out of anger and rage. They also can get help with the power of mantras and chanting. Peaceful mantra chanting harvests the power of mantra in the mind. When they chant it in a calm environment, they train their mind to be calmer and in control. Even in stressful situations when they chant it, they are channeling their mind to create the same peaceful environment then calming them.
Mantra in meditation
There is a special meditation where the mantra is used to perform meditation. This type of meditation fused with the power of mantra is extremely beneficial and healthy to the performer. Mantra meditation, many may have not heard what it is, but it is not the product of today or the modern peoples. It is the ancient techniques created by our ancestors a long time ago to harness the power of vibrations and sound during the mantra chanting and use that collective energy to what they wish for.
Now, it is a little bit different from what it used to be in ancient times. What the user does in this meditation is that he combines the power of mantra with the power of meditation. What they do is sit in a comfortable sitting position and close their eyes, then continuously chant the mantra repeatedly for limited times per day or per meditation session.
Energy releasing the power of mantra
We are all made of energy. This entire universe is made of energy. Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed but can be changed from one form to another. There are many kinds of energy in this universe light energy, sound energy, vibration energy, electrical energy, etc. Some are visible to us while some are invisible to us and can only be felt through other senses or whose effects can be seen.
The first energy to be released during the mantra chanting is the sound energy that we produce and the vibration energy. These get produced when the sound and vibrations are produced by our organs. Various science research and studies found that when we recite mantras due to the sound and vibrations produced during the chanting various parts of the brain and body get activated. Various good chemicals get released into the brain which gives numerous benefits to us.
When allis steps happen as a result positive energy and vibrations develop inside of our body as well as in the surrounding of our body. This power of mantra immediately lightens our mood and surroundings. Many uses of this power of mantra to battle depression, anxiety, and other things. This process of energy release during mantra chanting has been proven by science and much other scientific research.
The ancient verses have continuously linked with the vibrations that activate and awaken the various segments of our bodies and brain. Various segments of the brain remain inactivated our entire lives only the great sages and yogic have the power to unlock those segments and awaken them. They also complete this heavy feat by harnessing the power of mantra and mantra chanting. Everyone can do this if they truly harness the power of mantra and mantra chanting.
Yoga is an ancient technique to enhance the body, mind, and soul of the individuals who practice it. Yoga has been long practiced achieving various desired results. However, yoga has never been as widespread as it is today. The widespread of Yoga is due to the modern society where people of various origins, ethnicities, and places live together.
Yoga was originated in ancient India and in time flourished to various parts of the world. Yoga now is not the property of one civilization or community, now it is the property of entire humanity. In a time not yoga with its multiple efficiency methods and techniques developed. People used various methods to enhance their yoga experience. One of these methods is the use of mantras in yoga. There are various powerful mantras of yoga that people use to perform various yogic activities.
Mantra is a sound or a verse that is chanted continuously in a repeated manner to promote concentration and increase the spirituality of the individual. Mantra originally is a Sanskrit word that was used to denote the verse which had mystical abilities and was blessed by deities. In ancient times the sages used mantras of specific deities to get their blessing, get divine knowledge, amass their spirituality, and many more. It was believed that mantra consisted of the power to alter reality and change the world in ancient times.
However, as the Yug changed the power of mantra became increasingly subtle. We currently are at Kali Yug, the last of the yugas, here the power of the mantras has been reduced to a minimum. Some believe that mantras are powerless and do not possess such abilities. Yes, it is true mantras are not what ancient scriptures describe they were. However, it does not mean that they are a facade, they now work in more subtle, indirect, and mystical ways.
There are various powerful mantras of yoga also, which can be used to enhance yogic experiences. These powerful mantras of yoga also work in a very subtle way, but they work and provide many health benefits, physical, spiritual as well as psychological.
Some of the powerful mantras of yoga are as follows:
Om or Aum is one of the most powerful mantras of yoga there is. It is also one of the most sacred symbols in the entire world that acts as the representative of the Hindu religion. Om is believed to be the vibration of the universe itself. The planets revolve in the vibration of Aum, the universe itself resonates in its vibration. Om is the essence of life and consciousness itself in sound form. It is also the most used sound for yoga and meditation. That is the very reason it is one of the most powerful mantras of yoga.
Hindu mythology says that Om is the Pranab Sabdha and is the entire meaning of the universe itself compressed into a single letter and sound. Om consists of all the essentials that make it the ideal yoga mantra. It is very terse and can be remembered immediately and practiced immediately. Aside from being short, it is one of the powerful mantras of yoga. There is nothing more to pronounce and nothing more to remember than OM, just this much and you already will have remembered it and can use it in yoga.
Aum Bhoor Bhuwah Swaha,
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachoyadat
It translates to Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life, Remover of pain and sorrow, The Bestower of happiness, Oh! Creator of the Universe, may we receive that supreme sin-destroying light, May Thou guide our mind in the right direction.
Gayatri mantra is also one of the most powerful mantras of yoga. To be precise it not only is the powerful mantra of yoga only but is the powerful mantra for everything. It is also called the savitri mantra as it is dedicated to the Hindu deity savitr and is taken from Rigveda. It is also the mantra that is given to the young male Hindu children in their Bartaband (Beginning of their karma in the society). They take the knowledge of the Gayatri mantra from their teacher as their Diksha. They chant it in the morning and evening, raising their spirituality.
This mantra can also be used in yogic activities to enhance efficiency. Gayatri mantra is a universal mantra not for the specific task, it increases energy, focuses the mind, and clams it, channels the inter energy to its maximum potential no matter the task. One may also use it during meditation and other activities.
Shanti mantra 1
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
It Translates to Om! May all become happy, may all be free from diseases, may all have good relations with each other, may all get liberated from suffering. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.
Shanti means peace in Sanskrit. Sanskrit Santi mantra focuses on invoking internal peace within individuals that in time will bring out peace from within all the individuals. Some of us try yoga and meditation to find inner peace. Some people’s hearts are in turmoil by the events they must endure, and they want nothing more than internal peace. The Shanti mantra is one of the most powerful mantras of yoga to invoke inner peace. This Shanti Mantra is widely used by many people for yoga, for books, and covers but its original source from which it was taken is still unclear and is a topic of debate to many scholars.
Shanti mantra 2
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya .
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya .
Mirtyor-Maa Amritam Gamaya .
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih
It translates to Om (O Lord) Lead me from ignorance to truth (eternal self), Darkness to divine light (spiritual knowledge), And from fear of death to immortality (Knowledge of the Immortal Self beyond Death), Om, peace peace peace.
It is another powerful mantra of yoga, that people use to invoke peace within them. Until and unless we are at peace with ourselves, we cannot be at peace with others and the material world we live in. The Shanti mantra asks the divine power of the universe to take the soul from darkness to light and provide peace to their soul.
The mantra is directed to God, but it is not necessarily the case always. This also can be directed to the one who has spiritually aided you in your life. Your guru, spiritual leader, anyone can be the one who has delivered you from darkness to light. This mantra invokes inner peace, this is also the reason it is an immensely powerful mantra of yoga.
Shanti Mantra 3
Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai
Tejasvi Navadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai
Om Shanti! Shanti!! Shanti!!!
It translates as, “May the Lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, giving us the strength to work together for the good of humanity. May our learning be brilliant and purposeful. May we never turn against one another.”
It is a powerful mantra of yoga for Shanti or peace. It is also known as the teaching mantra. As it explores the divine connection between teacher and student. Yoga and yogic knowledge regard the relationship between teacher and student in the highest and purest form. This mantra expresses this relation in a divine language. Learning is a very divine process, in which the guru transfers this experience and findings to their students. That is the very reason guru is regarded as Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshor himself to their students.
The chanting of this mantra enhances the relationship between a student and a teacher. It also keeps the student’s heart pure and peaceful in their mind. This Shanti mantra also purifies the body of the one who chants this mantra. This mantra could increase the efficiency of learning, purifying the doshas in the body and invoke peace in the behavior. That is why it is one of the powerful mantras of yoga.
Om Sarveshaam Svastir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Shaantir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Purnnam-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Manggalam-Bhavatu |
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
It translates as, may there be Well-Being in All,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Fulfillment in All,
May there be good luck in All,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.
This is called the universal mantra and it asks for peace and fulfillment of all. This mantra is not only for the well-being of the one who chants it or those near or dear to him. This is for all the people and living beings of the world. It is a powerful mantra of yoga as it destroys the boundary of selfishness and goes beyond that. Here when one is chanting this mantra during yoga, they are asking for peace of all, fulfillment of all, and good luck in all.
Here, the chanter is not seeing other people as others. In this world some are his enemies, some have bad terms with him, some have done terrible things to him, some are his friends, some are his family. Here while chanting this mantra, he is thinking everyone is equal and dear to the chanter. This powerful mantra of yoga teaches the chanter to be more clammer and loving every time he chants this mantra.
It translates to, the lord Shiva who is fragrant (spiritual essence) and who nourishes all beings.
May he severe our bondage of Samsara (Worldly Life), and liberate us from the fear of death, by making us realize that we are never separated from our Immortal Nature
Maha Mritunjaya Mantra is also called the Rudra mantra or Tryyambakam mantra. It not only is the power mantra in yoga but among all various kinds of mantras. This mantra chants the worship of Mahadev himself who is also known as Mahakala. Mahadev is one of the holy trinities of Hindu mythology and one of the most powerful and important gods in that religion. The mantra appears for the first time in Rigveda.
This mantra says to lord Shiva who is the essence of life in all living beings and existence. He is the one with whom we are bound to become one when we shed this mortal form. Maha Mritunjaya Mantra is also called the mantra of life as it is the mantra that can even defeat death. It is continuously chanted by the people who have chances of bad accidents and chances of premature death in their chhina and kundali. Mahadev is called Mahakal as he is the one above death and is capable of even postponing premature death.
Stopping premature death is one aspect of the mantra. This mantra is also used in yoga and meditation and is a powerful mantra of yoga. This mantra is believed to be the key to good health, a prosperous life, good mental and emotional health. However, the greatest gift that the mantra can give the people who chant it and accept it by their hearts is Moksha. This mantra can give moksha.
Yoga is believed to have been gifted to humans by Mahadev himself in the Adi yogi form. He is the god of yoga and meditation also. So, chanting the mantra of Mahadev during yoga is sure to enhance the yoga and yogic experience.
Gururbrahma guruvishnuh gururdevo mahesvarah l
Gurursaksat parabrahma tasmai shriguruve namah ll
It translates to ‘Guru is the representative of Lord Brahma (the Creator), Lord Vishnu (the Protector), and Lord Shiva (the Destroyer). He is the eternal live god. I bow down to that great Guru.’
Hindu religion worships the guru in the highest form. There are three holy trinities in Hindu mythology, Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahadev. The place of guru is so sacred that guru is considered equal to all three of them. A guru is the one who guides the students from darkness to light by giving them knowledge. No guru is small and insignificant, no matter who they are they are the individual who deserves the utter respect from their students.
Gurumantra is the powerful mantra of yoga as it celebrates the guru who gives the knowledge of yoga to us.
Guru mantra 2
Dhyanamulam gurormurtih pujamulam gurohpadam l
Mantramulam gurorvakyam moksamulam guroh krpa ll
It translates to The Guru’s body is the root of meditation. The foot of the Guru is the root of worship. The teaching of the Guru is the root of all mantras. The Grace of the Guru is the root of Salvation.’
This mantra also celebrates the relation between teacher and student. Hindu religion says that everybody must have a guru in their life if they want to achieve something in their life. The role of the guru is so important that, when the gods incarnate in the human form, they need their guru to guide their lives. Even the gods like Mahadev, Ram, Krishna, Parshuram have gurus in their lives.
This mantra is also powerful in yoga as it tightens the bond between you and your yoga teacher.
Guru mantra 3
Akhandmandalakaram vyaptam yena characharam l
Tatpadam darsitam yena tasmai sri gurave namah ll
It translates to, ‘Prostrations to the guru, who shows the truth contained in the word ‘That’ (in the supreme statement ‘That Thou Art’), who pervades the whole universe of moving and unmoving creation in the form of the undivided infinite.’
It is another guru mantra that is considered a powerful mantra of yoga. Yoga and guru in Hindu mythology have the deepest connection. As we talked about earlier, Mahadev was the one who gifted the knowledge of yoga to humans. Mahadev taught the techniques of yoga to seven people who in time after completing the knowledge became the seven celestial sages. In the time where the universe and world itself were new. Mahadev became the first guru by giving the knowledge of yoga and the seven individuals became the first students by accepting this knowledge. Still celebrating the first guru and students, every year guru Purnima is celebrated.
Yoga, guru, and students share the ultimate bond from ancient times that one cannot be complete without the presence of another. Guru is a god there is no doubt, but the god is also incomplete without his students. A guru is only complete when he unites with his students. When Arjun is praised so is his guru Drona, also when Drona is talked about so is his greatest student Arjuna.
This powerful mantra of yoga celebrates the eternal, love, and compassion that a guru has towards his students whom he loves as his own children. It also celebrates the respect and divine position that the student has towards their guru who shows them the truth contained in the world. One can chant this mantra in their yoga to have and feel the divine connection towards their yogic teacher. Guru mantra is always considered one of the powerful mantras of yoga due to these reasons.
Ramayana is one of the greatest epics of Hindu mythology. The story has a vast number of characters, each with their endeavors, goals in life, and backstories. Ramayana is the highlight of the portion of Lord Ram’s life period, but there are many incidents and stories before and after the period of Lord Ram. What makes that period immensely popular is the vast number of characters and various layers in their nature and their stories.
Ram and Ravan are the most popular characters of the Ramayana, this is because one is the protagonist and the other is the antagonist of the story. However, there are other characters also with an equal share in the story. Laxman, Hanuman, Sita, Indrajeet are some characters with the major influence in the story and they are also the major reasons why Ramayana went on as it is. There is one character whose story ended much faster on the beginning segment of Ramayana but is considered as one of the major characters. His name is King Dashratha father of lord Rama.
King Dashratha was the ruler of the kingdom Ayodhya. He is known as the father of Lord Ram along with his three brothers. He was the son of King Aja of Ayodhya. Many do not know about the father of Dashratha as he retired from Kingship and died when King Dashratha was incredibly young. Dashratha is one of the prominent figures in the tale of Ramayana. While he is the character with one of the greatest roles, his part in the actual story of Ramayana is extremely limited. The death of king Dashratha starts the journey of Lord Rama in a certain way and the events of Ramayana.
Most of the readers of Ramayana know king Dashratha as the lovely father figure and the good king of Ayodhya. He is the father of the main protagonist of the story of Ramayana. However, many do not know that King Dashratha had his own story before the beginning of the story of Lord Ram. He had lived his unique life, did his battles as the king to protect his kingdom.
One time kind Dashratha even battled the mighty Ravana. The battle concluded when no one came victorious in that war, and it was stopped by Lord Brahma himself. There is much to know about the king before the story of Ramayana begun. More than the father of Lord Ram he was, the king of the kingdom, a great warrior whom even the heavens respected, a husband and man who lived a spiritual life.
There are three wives of King Dashratha. He married all three wives on various occasions. His eldest queen was queen Kaushalya Vati, who was the main queen of the kingdom of Ayodhya. She was known for her wisdom, valor, her love for the king and the kingdom. Alongside the queen Kaushalya, queen Kei Kei and queen Sumitra were the wives of King Dashratha. The other queens were also exceptionally beautiful and loved their king and the kingdom.
Some, depict the second queen Kei Kei as a bad woman as she was the one who sent Lord Ram to the forest for living there for so many years. However, she was brainwashed by her servant Manthara. Also, it is said that it was planned by the gods as if Lord Ram never left the palace and went to the forest, he never would have come across Ravan. To kill Ravan Lord Vishnu took the form of human and if they never came across one other the main motive for incarnation would have never been completed.
Kei Kei loved Lord Ram as much as she loved his son Bharat. She was momentarily distracted by the events which led to the events of Ramayana.
No male heir
King Dashratha was immensely powerful and was maintaining his kingdom very well from various threats. However, he was succumbing to old age. How powerful he may have been, he was a human and like all humans he was getting old. He desperately wished for an heir, powerful enough to take diligent care of his family and his kingdom when king Dashratha became old.
It is a widespread belief that before the birth of the brothers, king Dashratha was childless. However, this was not the case as many people even do know about it. Before the birth of the brothers, King Dashratha had a daughter named Shanta. She was born from the union of King Dashratha and Queen Kaushalya V Vati.
There are many stories regarding the fate of the eldest born of Kind Dashratha. Some say that she was married to the rishi who could conduct the Yagya, as a fruit of which Yagya king Dashratha could have male heirs for his kingdom. Some stories say that she was given to the king of Anga D Desh for adoption. As the king and queen of Anga Desh had no heir and the queen was the sister of Kaushalya. She could not bear the pain of her sister, so she gave away her only daughter for adoption.
There is another story that describes the fate of Shanta. Shanta was born with a unique star alignment which could have been disastrous for Ayodhya. So, the sages of the kingdom suggested king Dashratha for the adoption of the child. King Dashratha loved his child very much, however; he also was the father of the kingdom and as a king, he had to choose his kingdom above his wishes. So, he gave up his daughter for adoption.
Dashratha wished to have a male heir, for his kingdom. So, as per the suggestion of the sages and his guru. He conducted Putrakameshti YYagya in his kingdom. The YYagya was conducted by Rishyayasringaa MMuni as he was very expert in this type of Yagya.
The four sons
As the boon of thee Yagya conducted by Dashratha to get the male heir, Dashratha had four sons. Ram, Bharat, Laxman, and Shatrughan. Ram was born to King Kaushalya as the eldest son of King Dashratha. Bharat to KKei KKei and the twins Laxman and Shatrughan to queen Sumitra.
King Dashratha loved his sons very much. He had struggled a lot in his life to get the sons. He had everything in his life, the luxurious life of the king, beautiful queens, and much more but a male heir was the one thing he wanted, and he could not get for the most of his life. This fact multiplied the love he had for his sons. Even among the four sons of king Dashratha, he loved his eldest Ram the most. He loved Ram to the point there was absolutely nothing in his life he loved more than Ram. King Dashratha loved his eldest Ram more than even his life itself.
King Dashrath’s Spiritual life
Dashratha was a very brave king of the kingdom of Ayodhya. He was also a very spiritual man who was inclined to the path of Dharma and Spirituality. He had dedicated his life to spirituality and Dharma by which he was very much favored by the gods also.
The people of Ayodhya were incredibly happy that they got a king like Dashratha as the ruler of their kingdom. He was a man on the path of spirituality. So, his main concern was the welfare of the kingdom and the people living there. His spirituality and his Dharma allowed him to see the truth of the king and what a role king plays in the life of their people.
He loved his people as they were his children and cared for them deeply. The bravery, spirituality, and diligence of king Dashratha were famous in all directions of that time. King Dashratha also was one of the greatest warriors of that time. The wrongdoers Ashur’s and the monsters trembled at the mere mention of the name of King Dashratha.
King Dashratha was an immensely powerful warrior of that time, but aside from his valor, he is known for his spirituality. He was extraordinarily strong and could do anything he wanted; nobody would have dared to stop him from doing what he wanted. However, King Dashratha was the man of spirituality. He knew what Dharma was from an incredibly early age and always moved towards it following what he believed to be was his Dharma.
The Dharma, spirituality, and bravery of King Dashratha were so famous and had a significant impact at that time even the gods respected him. King Dashrath due to his spirituality and valor was called by the gods to aid them in the battle against the demons. The Spiritual man king Dashrath upon hearing the request from the gods themselves helped them to defeats the demons and make peace in the world.
King Dashratha was a man with many gifts and talents. King Dashratha devised many Stotra in his life. This gives a clear picture of how spiritual the king was. King Dashratha among his many Stotra also invented the Shani Stotra for which he is also remembered today. Shani is among the planets and the heavenly bodies that influence the fate of the peoples. Everyone born has the place of Shani in their Kundali. Shani sometimes lives in a negative house on the Kundalini of the individual. If this were to happen the individual may face various hindrances and bad incidences in their lives.
To get Shani on the right and their good side people can recite the Dashratha Shani Storta which was invented by kind Dashratha himself. If this is chanted daily Shani dev gets pleased by the one who chants it and removes the obstacles from their lives and fills their lives with boons and various gifts.
The Curse of Dashratha
Dashratha, when was young, had gone hunting, and taking the pleasure of hunting he was traveling here and there. At the same time, a young man named Shravan Kumar was carrying his old parents to take them to the holy sites. After the long day’s travels, the old couple got thirsty and as they both were blind desired to drink water.
The boy Shravan Kumar was asked by his parents to drink water before they could proceed. He put the old couple from his shoulders to the ground and went on to search for the source of water. Shrawan went on to the river to collect water in a pot and bring it back to his parents.
At the same time, Dashrath came there hunting. When Shrawan was filling his pot, Dashrath upon hearing the sound and thinking it was a deer launched an arrow in that direction. The arrow hit young Shrawan, and he cried in pain. Upon hearing a human voice Dashrath was scared and ran in the direction.
Shrawan told his parents were thirsty and requested the King to give them water as he was about to die. Dashrath upon hearing the dying requests of Sharwan agreed to do so and went on with a heavy heart to find the old couples. Upon meeting the couple, he told them what had happened and begged for forgiveness from them. He also requested them to drink the water as they were thirsty. They refused to do so and cursed King Dashratha to also be separated from his beloved son and die from that pain. Saying so, the couple also ended their life.
Death of King Dashratha
King Dashratha died at the beginning section of Ramayana. It can be said that he died from the curse that was given to him by the old parents of Shravan. Queen Kei Kei under the brainwashing of her servant Manthara asked the boon to send his beloved Ram to the forest for fourteen years and make his son Bharat the king of Ayodhya. The King was shattered upon hearing such a boon from the queen. After great heartbreak he ordered Ram, his most loved person in the world to do so as he has given his word for a boon to queen Kei Kei.
When Lord Ram left Ayodhya King Dashratha got extremely ill by the departure from his beloved son. Just after some days, Lord Ram went into the forest, king Dashratha left his body by the departure from his beloved son as the curse had foretold.
The human body is one of the most mysterious things in the world. Almost all living being and their bodies are mysterious to get to the point. Human with all the vast knowledge and much more gift than any other life form on earth still has not been able to know the mystery behind life. If we look at life deeply the more complex it gets. If one thinks about the world and how the world functions the more magical and complex it gets. Even the simplest thing that happens every day around us is not less than the miracle happening. Now sidelining all of the miracles around and focusing on the human body. The human body works by the combination of many forces, organs, and systems working together in an extraordinarily complex way. Some processes can be seen while there are some processes and functions that cannot be seen and only be felt. The vayus in Human body act in a comparable way. They cannot be seen but their function can be seen and felt.
vayus in Human body
The system of Ayurveda and other ancient medication systems of Hindu culture tells the presence of vayus in Human body. According to Ayurveda human body is run by many complex forces and vayus in Human body is one of them. Vayu is a Sanskrit word and when translated to English it translates as air. We all know about air and what role air plays in our lives. Without air, we can only be alive for few minutes. We cannot store the air in our bodies like we store water and food in our bodies. Air needs to be let continuously in and out of the body without which we cannot be alive.
Our body is made of five elements as per the Ayurveda and Hindu culture. Air, water, fire, earth, and space. These elements collectively work as one for the body to remain alive. If even one element is absent from this five-element the human body cannot exist. These elements are present in various ratios and the amount is unique in every individual. These elements combine to form the three Doshas. Even the Doshas of the individuals are unique and hugely different from one another. Many believe that the air element in the body is just breathing. However, that is not the case the air we breathe is the one type of Vayu in the body. It is the most important form of Vayu in the body that keeps us alive but it is not the only one. Air exists within in various forms, Even the air we burp and pass as the gas is a form of Vayu in the body and by the collective function of all we are alive. The study of the types of vayus in Human body builds the connection between all of the forms of air in the human body and tries to increase the efficiency of the body by knowing them.
vayus in Human body is the subtle energy that gives us life and energy. This is the very reason Vayu is sometimes called the Prana Vayu. Pran is also a Sanskrit word and when translated to English it becomes air. Together they are translated into English as the life air. vayus in Human body works as one to give life to the organism. The vayus in Human body is what we are going to discuss. However, vayus are the source of life in every living organism. Even the animals who are exceedingly small like mice and small birds vayus enter inside them as life.
vayus in Human body are of five kinds and the other five are the secondary vital energy of the vayus in Human body.
The five vayus in human body are as follows:
The five secondary vital energy of the vayus in Human body are as follows:
At first, let us talk about the vayus in Human body. Following are the five vayus in Human body explained in detail:
Parana Vayu is the first of the vayus in Human body and it is also the most important one. Prana Vayu is the life in all of us. We are continuously taking air in and throwing air out to remain alive. The air we breathe is called Prana Vayu and without Prana Vayu we cannot be alive. It is also the most important form of air in the body without which we cannot live. The prana Vayu enters the body in the form of air from the nose and mouth and provides life to the body. If the prana Vayu does not enter the body for few minutes the human life ceases permanently.
Prana Vayu is situated in the head and centered in the third eye. Its energy pervades the chest region as the air we take in goes directly to the lungs in the chest region. The nature of the flow of the Prana Vayu is inwards and upwards. The Prana Vayu in the human body acts in the head region and governs the eye and other organs of the head. It is also the major source of air in the body and it is the Vayu that provides air to the other vayus to function. The air is taken in as the Prana Vayu and is circulated throughout the body and utilized as other forms of Vayu.
Pranayama is the breath exercise by which one can strengthen the Prana Vayu in the body. It involves a set of breathing exercises to strengthening the entire body and breathing system.
Apana Vayu is the second form of Vayu in the human body. This form of Vayu is located on the pelvic floor. This type of Vayu acts in the lower abdomen. The nature of the flow of the Apana Vayu is descending and out. The urine system, defecation, and seminal fluids are controlled by descending energy which is due to the Apana Vayu. Control of this Vayu gives the ability to completely control defecation and bowel moments.
Udana Vayu is the third form of Vayu in the human body. This form of Vayu is in the throat region of the body. Among the five vayus in Human body, this Vayu resides in the throat and is responsible for producing voice and sounds. The Vayu is situated at the neck and moves to the neck and the head. Udaya Vayu has circular movement and moves around the neck and head region in the circular motion. The people who have achieved proficiency over the Udana Vayu can control their voice and make their voice more powerful. A voice that can be heard and a voice that people listen to. Thyroid glands belong to the domain of the Udana Vayu and with the knowledge of this Vayu thyroid gland can also be controlled to some extent. The thyroid gland is to some extent responsible for producing various hormones in the body. One who has proficiency in the thyroid gland can also control the production of hormones in the body.
Samana Vayu is the fourth form of Vayu in the human body. This form of Vayu is in the stomach region of the human body. The Vayu resides in the stomach and is responsible for the movement of the food and digestion. Food is the source of energy in our bodies. Our body gets energy from many things from the air, the sun, and other sources. There may be many sources of energy but the food is still the main and greatest source of energy for the body without which we cannot live. Samana Vayu controls the Thermal energy of the body. This Vayu flows from the periphery of the body to the center. Proficiency in this Vayu gives the one ability to channelize the thermal power in their body and can even regulate the body heat. It also governs the metabolism of the body. Metabolism in the body is responsible for producing the energy and one who has mastery over this Vayu can control their energy output.
Vyana Vayu is the diffusive energy in the human body. It is the fifth form of Vayu in the human body. Vyana Vayu is mainly situated at the heart and lungs region of the body. However, this Vayu flows all around the body. The main function of this energy does is to transport oxygen to all the parts and organs of the body. It is the diffusive energy and it diffuses oxygen all over the body. The heart and Lungs may be the center of the action from which the blood gets oxygenated but the energy flows through the entire body through the action of blood. The mastery over this energy gives one the ability to make the heart and determination of the individual stronger. Good circulation of the blood, balanced nerves and a strong heart are the things that Vyana Vayu governs and can be achieved by mastering over it.
Now let us talk about the five secondary vital energy of the vayus in Human body in detail. This energy controls the small movement of energy in the body. The vayus looks over the huge system of vayus movement in the body while the secondary vital energy looks over the smaller systems and movement of small parts. Following are the five secondary vital energy of the vayus in Human body:
Naga is the first of the secondary vital energy of the vayus in Human body. This energy governs the upward movement of the air in the stomach. Air sometimes needs to balance by coming outside of the body from even the mouth. Some amount of air gets produced in the stomach when the action of the metabolism occurs. The air that gets produced during this process also needs to exit the body. This energy is responsible for burping and belching. All the air energy that needs to get up and exit the body by mouth is with the help of the Naga energy. Burping can be completely controlled by mastery over this energy.
Kurma is the second of the secondary vital energy of the vayus in Human body. This energy governs the abnormal wind movement in the body. Like the Naga energy, it also governs the upward air movement in the body but it looks after the abnormal wind movement. It looks over the sneezing and abnormal air movement in the sinusitis. With the control over this Vayu sneezing can be completely controlled.
Krkara is the third of the secondary vital energy of vayus in Human body. The energy functions in the eyes segment of the body. Krkara energy is responsible for the movement of the eyelids. Eyes are a vital part of the human body; they are especially useful but on the same side, they are very delicate. Eyelids move involuntarily to protect the eyes from external danger. Krkara energy is responsible for that involuntary movement of the eyelids and protects the eyes from danger. Even the involuntary movement of the eyelids can be controlled by proficiency in this energy.
Devadatta is the fourth of the secondary vital energy of vayus in Human body. This Vayu looks after the yawning action. There are few reasons why we yawn. It is said that the main reason we yawn is due to the inadequate intake of oxygen into the body. The individual that gets full control over the Devadatta energy of the Vayus can get complete mastery over the yawning action.
Dhananjaya is the final of the secondary vital energy of the vayus in Human body. This Vayu looks after the action of twitching. Twitching is the involuntary movement of the muscles in an irregular manner. Twitching can occur in various parts of the body no one can say when it will occur and how much time it will occur. Twitching can occur for several reasons stress, exercise, the side effect of some medicine, or even without some specific reason at all. The individual who can master the Dhananjaya energy of the body can get mastery over the action of twitching.
Mantra yoga is a type of yoga that uses verbal mantras to awaken the Self and deepen the meditative aspects. This yoga is based on the science to engage our mind focusing on sound, duration, and number of repetitions. This yoga is also known as Japa yoga which is a Sanskrit word for the act of repeating mantras. Here, repetitions of mantras help us to get closer to divinity and creates positive vibrations for both the mantra reader and listener maintaining a peaceful environment around them.
Mantra yoga benefits us by neutralizing our rajas (agitation) and tamas (inertia) which in turn will help us by moving our soul into a pure state of consciousness. Buddhists and Jain’s have embraced the mantra yoga in their religion to reach enlightenment.
In general, mantra yoga can be practiced in 3 ways: Bukhari, upanshu and manasic. Bukhari is a type of yoga where the mantra is chanted in a louder voice which helps to remove unwanted thoughts playing in our mind and makes the meditation process easier and successful. The next yoga, upanshu is all about chanting in a very low voice to maintain a peaceful environment. The third and last mantra yoga, manasic yoga is chanting the mantra silently to one’s self. Malas ( beads ) can be used as a prop for this method.
The mantras for mantra yoga were composed in Vedic Sanskrit in India, and are at least 3500 years old. They come in various forms like numbers, mathematically structured meters, and so on. Taking about mantra yoga in Nepal, Nepal has always been the best place to learn and practice yoga. Nepal serves various packages to attract people for the mission ‘mantra yoga in Nepal ‘. Practicing yoga in the lap of the Himalayas is always a big dream for yoga lovers and Nepal is the best place for that.
Nepal has the finest mantra yoga teachers with the most alluring location and highly effective method of teaching. The teachers here are very experienced and dedicated. Mantra yoga in Nepal is the best and life-changing experience to be part of.
There are many yoga schools in Nepal where they offer mantra yoga. You can simply type your requirements in Google and it will show you the best yoga training center where you can choose according to your wish. Chautari yoga studio ( one situated in the beautiful hills of the Himalayas), ekam yoga shala, mantra yoga, and meditation school are some of the most renowned places for mantra yoga.
Nepal is known for its serenity and tranquility. Buddhists have made this place the ideal destination to attain enlightenment. Mantra yoga in Nepal is surely a cheery on the cake as you can both enjoy the world’s best yoga lessons and the natural environment around you. The courses of Nepal are designed for any kind of practitioner. Under the proper guidance of your teacher, you learn meditation technique and natural breath to concentrate and stay focused on something.
The meditation teachers here are very interactive and well-mannered whose training will provide you a lifetime of enlightenment.
Nepal in recent time, is brimming with meditation as well as yoga courses and institutions. Mantra yoga in Nepal is surely not a newly introduced topic but mantra yoga in Nepal has recently gained popularity. While you complete your yoga training, you will be handed a world first-class yoga certificate which will surely help you to work ahead in this field also.