"Mantra is a gift that the conscious mind passes on to the increasingly subtler layers of mind until it links us to our own source, awakening our reservoir of energy for integration into daily life." Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies.
"Mantras are said to become increasingly effective (and, in turn, to empower the practitioner) by being re-peated a large number of times aloud, whispered, or thought. The last-mentioned way is deemed the most effective, but it requires a mind that is already capable of a certain degree of concentration. Until then, it is best to repeat a mantra in an audible fashion, either with or without the use of a 108-bead rosary (mālā)." Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies.
Mantras have been used traditionally for eaons to focus and protect (trāna) the mind. The minds tendency to wander is powerfully directed by sound vibrations, frequencies of Shakti Power that resonate at high vibrations.
To recognize that everything in our earthly world is based on energy, frequency and vibration, and when we practice mantras we evoke based upon this understanding.
That is why Mantra is to be chanted with pureness of heart, its very invocation concludes to illuminate our heart and mind.
bhur bhuva suvaha
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo nah pracodayāt
A basic translation can be given as…
“May we contemplate that excellent lumi-nosity of God Savitri, so that he may inspire our visions.”
The most sacred of all prayerful mantras of Hinduism, which is still chanted by millions every day, the gāyatrī-mantra, is dedicated to the solar Spirit: