Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How to Pronounce a Mantra

A mantra is a sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation. At Living Tantra a reader asks Shambhavi, "Can a mantra be incorrect because of stress or rhythm?"
Mantras are are the subtle chemical catalysts of the cosmos. They have effects in the world. They are embodied, creative wisdom. When we do mantra practice, called japa in Sanskrit, we are trying to realize the the direct, embodied wisdom of the mantra.

For a mantra to be “incorrect” means that it is dysfunctional; it does not have vidya shakti, or wisdom energy. An incorrect mantra is not actually a mantra. It is just a word.

There are three answers to the question of pronunciation. Read more

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