Mantra: To Relax The Mind

At the Samadhi Silent Retreats we practice the ancient art of Mantra to Relax The Mind.

A Mantra is a sacred utterance, or syllable, word, or group of words believed to have some spiritual impact. The earliest mantras were composed in Vedic times by Hindus in India, and those are at least 3000 years old.

The Sanskrit word Mantra is "to think" + "instruments", the literal translation would be "instrument of thought". Ironically, in our Silent Retreats, we deliberatly use Mantras as a distraction to stop the thinking mind.

The Moola Mantra is one of the Mantras we chant at the Samadhi Silent Retreats

Om Satchitananda Parabrahma
Purushothama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavati Sametha
Sri Bhagavate Namaha
Hari om tat sat
Hari om tat sat
Hari om tat sat
Hari om tat sat

While the translation of the Mantra is beautiful and inspiring, it is the repetition of words, especially in a foreign language, without stopping to mentally translate, that is useful for distracting the mind away from the usual chatter, and allowing the tranquility of repetition to take over. We use Mantras to relax the mind in order to become receptive to the state of Samadhi. 

"The benefit of practicing these ancient arts, is attaining the state of Samadhi or “Absolute Silence of the Mind.”  By utilizing a single point of focus, the practitioner can become so consumed in awareness that it can lead to a pause in the mind chatter, and then the silence of Samadhi can reveal inner truths that are rarely accessible."

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