Chanting mantra has attracted a significant number of practitioners for various health benefits or for spiritual inspiration. (Picture Credit: Canva)
Starting your morning with chanting mantras for your meditation has numerous benefits - health and spiritual. The concept of a mantra finds its roots in Sanskrit, where it signifies a tool of the mind or thought. It represents a sacred expression comprising syllables, words, or verses, employed to create a reverent symbol, spiritual entity, or mystical chant.
In one of the blogs of Isha Foundation, spiritual leader Sadhguru explains, "So a mantra is not something that you utter. It is something that you strive to become because unless you become the key, existence will not open up for you. Becoming the mantra means you are becoming the key. Only if you are the key can you open the lock. Otherwise, someone else has to open it for you, and you have to listen to him. Mantras could be an extremely good preparatory step. Just one mantra can do such tremendous things to people. They can be an effective force in creating something but only if they come from that kind of source where there is a complete understanding of all that is sound. When we say “all that is sound,” we are talking about the creation itself. If a mantra comes from that kind of source, with that level of understanding and when the transmission is pure, then mantras can be an effective force."
These mantras should be chanted, first thing in the morning. Spiritual leader Srila Prabhupada said, "Chanting japa should be done early in the morning with full concentration preferably during the Brahma Muhurta time. Concentrate fully on the sound vibration of the mantra, pronouncing each name distinctly and gradually your speed in chanting will increase naturally. Do not worry so much about chanting fast, most importantly is the hearing."
Here are the top 5 mantras to start your day with:
Ganesh Mantra: Reciting the mantra "Om Gan Ganapataya Namah" is believed to have the power to eliminate obstacles, attract success, and bestow upon you wisdom and good fortune.
Gayatri Mantra: The Vedic chant "Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha" calls upon the energy of the sun, imparting intelligence, clarity, and spiritual enlightenment.
Shiv Mantra: Reciting the "Mahamrityunjay Mantra" is believed to usher in peace, courage, and success across all your endeavors.
Hanuman Mantra: By chanting "Om Han Hanumate Namo Namah" each morning, one acquires strength, courage, and safeguarding against malevolent energies.
Mahalaxmi Mantra: Reciting "Om Mahalaxmi Namo Namah" has the potential to draw wealth, prosperity, and abundance into your life.