Chanting mantras is not just about spirituality and religion, rather it’s a combination of sound, breath, and rhythm that helps you to channelize your energy.
In its most rudimentary form, a Sanskrit mantra is made of syllables which exert their influence by means of vibration (sound). As one would have personally experienced, different syllables have different vibration patterns which affect various parts of the body. Each syllable resonates with a certain organ or part of the body.
The vibration of an ancient mantra stimulates a gland called hypothalamus. One of the most important functions of the hypothalamus is to connect the nervous system to the endocrine system via hypophysis (the pituitary gland).
Moreover, by aiming with intention the practice of a mantra into continuously deeper layers of ourselves, we can bring more of ourselves online, as it were, and hence more on board the journey of health towards wholeness and union.
Here is a list of 10 powerful ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras for healing:
#1 Om mantra
It is one of the most common Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras. Traditionally, Om (or Aum) has the capacity to progressively open up the practitioner to the ever-present timeless and formless reality, the background radiation of the universe that echoes the Big Bang.
One of the most popular misconception about this ancient mantra is that it is religious. On the contrary, it is a universal powerful mantra because it neither refers to any particular religion nor God. One of the claims made by Yogis is that reciting Aum mantra reduces mental stress, improves our concentration, gives steadiness and peace to our mind, and clears all worldly thoughts.
#2 Om Mani Padme Hum mantra
This mantra is the most widely used of all Tibetan Buddhism mantras. The first known citation of Om Mani Padme Hum occurs in the Karandavyuha Sutra, published in the eleventh century.
Also known as the six syllables, it means that through the daily practice of a path that is a union of compassion and love with wisdom, you can transform your impure speech, body, and mind into the pure exalted speech, body, and mind of a Buddha.
#3 Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu mantra
Although this Sanskrit mantra does not appear in any of the ancient Vedas, it is an expression of the universal spirit that we find therein.
The mantra is most usually recited near the closing of a meditation or a spiritual practice, being absorbed into the practitioner’s soul to be carried onward into his/her life. Translation – ”May all beings everywhere be happy and free.”
#4 Prana Apana mantra
Prana is the universal principle of energy. When we speak of energy (prana), we do not mean the breath, air or oxygen.
Scientifically and precisely speaking, prana means the original life force. This mantra – Prana Apana is a powerful instrument to reach within yourself, helping you with the healing process, both physical and emotional.
#5 Gayatri mantra
Gayatri Mantra is the foremost mantra in Hinduism and it inspires wisdom. The mantra has three parts: praise, meditation, and prayer. First, the Divine is praised, then it is meditated upon in reverence and lastly, an appeal is made to the Divine to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and to awaken and strengthen the intellect.
The optimal times for reciting Gayatri mantra are at dawn, midday, and at dusk.
#6 Tumare Darshan mantra
This mantra expresses immense gratitude and celebrates the gift of being in the presence of the Enlightened One.
#7 Buddha Sakyamuni Mantra – Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Soha
Among the Buddhist mantras frequently used by Tibetans, this mantra is one of the most popular. Sakyamuni Buddha is the main figure in Buddhism.
He is recognized by Buddhists as a divine or enlightened teacher who attained full Buddhahood, and shared His insights to help sentient beings end suffering and rebirth. Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Soha is the essence of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the essence of His enlightenment.
#8 Tumi bhaja re mana mantra
This mantra is a devotional Hindu song, expressing love for the Divine.
#9 Buddham Saranam Gacchami mantra
This Buddhist mantra translates as – „I go for refuge to myself, to my own heart-of-hearts, to my own innate wakefulness and silence and goodness”.
#10 Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva mantra
Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all sentient beings in the 6 worlds between the death of Sakyamuni Buddha and the rise of Maitreya Buddha, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied.
This powerful mantra is to be practiced for any problems or difficulties. This mantra is very effective even when chanted 4 or 5 times.