What is the most powerful mantra, hymn or incantation in the world?
This was a question Dr. Howard Steingeril, an American scientist, wanted to answer. He gathered mantras, hymns and invocations from all over the world and tested their strength in his physiology laboratory. After extensive research he found that the Vedic ‘Gayatri Mantra’ produced an average of 110,000 sound waves per second, which happens to be the highest amongst all mantras and hymns in world.
What is a Mantra?
A Mantra simply is a word or a sound that is repeated frequently out loud or in the mind that results in muting the constant chatter and noise of our thoughts. The word has its roots in Sanskrit where ‘man’ means mind, ‘tra’ means instrument, meaning an instrument of the mind. The sound ‘tra’ also refers to the English word ‘free’. Therefore mantras are tools that can help free the mind from a negative state. Mantras are also used in meditation to help one reach into that clear calm state of awareness that is characteristic of a deep meditative state. They originated from the Vedic, Yoga and Tantric traditions and have found their way across the world into many of the world religions in some form or another.
Power Of Mantras
Mantras are based on the principles of vibration. Everything in the universe is made up of vibrating masses of energy that vibrate to a set frequency. Mantras when chanted or heard create specific vibrations inside an individual and this in turn create a resonance that creates the corresponding manifestation in reality. Each Mantra in Sanskrit has a specific meaning attached to it based on its impact at an energetic level. The point of this article however is not to delve deeply into the topic of mantras, but to highlight one such mantra- Gayatri Mantra and its relationship to you in cultivating self-awareness.
What Is The Gayatri Mantra?
Considered as one of the most universal of all Vedic Mantras, and one of the most recited Mantras by Hindus. The Mantra has been chronicles in Rig Veda, one of the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism known as the Vedas, which has existed in the written form for about 2500 to 3500 years.
The Gayatri Mantra consists of the following words:
Om Bhur Bhuva Svaha
(Om) Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nahah Prachodayaat, (Om)
Translation: God is dear to me like my own breath; He is the dispeller of my pains and giver of happiness. I meditate on the supremely adorable light of the divine creator, that it may inspire my thoughts and understanding.
In the Hindu belief system, Goddess Gayatri is also called “Veda-Mata” or the Mother of the Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. This maha (great) mantra is said to encompass the essence of all the Vedic mantras and is equivalent to the powers of all these mantras combined.
How it The Gayatri Mantra Help You Achieve Greater Success
Success has many forms, but true success relates to our ability to master our minds. In order to master our minds we must have tools and processes that can help us achieve this. The Gayatri Mantra is a great tool in reducing life’s anxieties and filling people with a soothing sense of calm and inner peace. The mind becomes settled and capable of composed and methodical thinking. Chanting it in the morning along with Yoga is a great way to shift things in your life.
The mantra detoxifies negative thoughts like that of hatred, jealousy, selfishness and greed.
Chanting of the mantra creates self-discipline when practiced earnestly on a daily basis. This Discipline is a result of disciplining your thoughts, words and actions. It begins by first cleansing the cluttered mind making room for logical and methodical reasoning, clearing out thoughts that do not serve your highest good.
The Gayatri has a profound impact on bringing about self-awareness. Listening to the mantra in times of turbulent uncontrollable thoughts in the mind enables the purification, tranquility and cognizance in the mind. An awareness of the inner self is brought to surface and one becomes aware of his life path, and the direction to achieve his goals become more clear and evident. The Gayatri Mantra finds itself broadcasted every morning at many radio stations across the world, and while listening to the mantra is beneficial, the greater impact comes from personal recital.
The Gayatri Mantra today is appreciated by growing number of non-Hindus, who are understanding that the science of the Vedas is not religious in nature and not simply confined to the Hindu religion.
In conclusion, chanting the Gayatri Mantra is a phenomenally powerful practice, that can transform your life by empowering you to take control over your mind and body, and gaining incredible clarity in your life path.
Blackbuck is an antelope species found in India, southern Nepal, and Pakistan and is scientifically known as Antilope cervicapra. It has also been introduced in Argentina and Texas. It is one of the fastest running animals known running at a speed of 80 km/hour. In few antelope species both male and females can be identified by the body colour. The males have black and white body with long twisted horns while females are characterized by brown body colouration and lack horns. The name has been derived from a Latin word meaning she goat.
Blackbuck is an outmoded animal of Indian commonly known as Krishna Mriga. It has been declared as the state animal of Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as Indian antelope. The skin of the Indian antelope deserves a special mention in Hinduism as the Brahmin boys are supposed to wear a strip of unleathered hide prepared from it after performing Upanayanam. The animal is known to attain a length of 100-150 cm with a tail of 10-17 cm. Adult weighs about 25-30 kg. The horns of the animal are quite distinctive and are coiled with 1-4 spiral turns but number may vary. The horns may be as long as 79 cm. a trophy blackbuck is larger in length and may measure 46 cm. in males the upper surface of body is black while the belly and the eye rings are white. Females are light brown with no horn. They are usually found roaming in the plains in a herd of 15-20 animals with a dominant adult male.
While grazing in the plains they can run swiftly when attacked by the predators. Its chief predator was the Indian cheetah which is now extinct. It is sometimes preyed by feral dogs and wolves. The major food of this animal is made up of grasses but it can also feed on fruits and flowers in order to supplement its diet. The maximum lifespan recorded for antelopes is 16 years but on an average they can live for about 12 years. Four subspecies of antelopes are known. Albinism in these animals is although rare but can be caused due to lack of the pigment melanin. When melanin is absent the animal looks fully white. Earlier they were found over large tracts of India except the North East India but at present they are present in Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with a few small pockets in Central India. Sometimes they can be seen grazing with Axis Deer, Chital, Nilgai and Barasingha.
The main threats to these animals are Poaching, Predation, Habitat destruction, Overgrazing, Diseases, Inbreeding and Sanctuary visitors. Blackbuck is mainly hunted for its flesh and skin. Indian government has now strictly prohibited the killing of these endangered animals. They are procted in India under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. One of the most popular Indian film star names Salman Khan was sentenced to five years imprisonment for killing two blackbucks and sevarl endangered chinkaras. At present only 50,000 individuals are remaining alive.
Yintang is the most requested acupuncture point and is found in the middle of the forehead. It is an “extra point,” a class of points that are mapped but do not fall on a specific acupuncture channel. This point has a few different indications but the most common reason it is requested is because it calms shen. Shen is a term used in Chinese medicine that doesn’t really have an exact translation in English. Basically it refers to the aspect of us that is not physical, like consciousness and thought, and our emotional and spiritual being. There are many points that calm shen and they are used in a wide variety of conditions like anxiety, depression, and insomnia, even pain and shock.
Most acupuncture points have more than one indication and yintang is no exception. Like all acupuncture points it is valuable for treating local conditions such as frontal headaches. It also benefits the nose and can help when there is nasal congestion and discharge or sinus pain. I use it a lot in my practice, especially for stress and sinus allergies and infections.
The location of this acupuncture point corresponds to the third eye, a metaphoric eye in Hinduism and Buddhism that opens as our consciousness expands and we become enlightened. It is the location of the brow chakra, the 6th of 7 major energy vortexes that exist in our bodies, which has to do with inner guidance, mental clarity, and intuition. Even in western medicine this is an anatomically important location, where light enters the skull to activate the pineal gland. As darkness increases in the evening, the pineal gland is stimulated to secrete the hormone melatonin, which makes us sleepy. As the sun comes up and light increases, the pineal gland stops producing this hormone and we wake up.
Harem is a Muslim invention. No other religion accepts the concept of a harem. It is an exclusive place where the women are kept by the Muslim noblemen or kings for their pleasure. In India the concept of Harem was brought in by the Muslim rulers who ruled Hindustan for nearly 900 years. The harem and its ethos were imported from Turkey and Saudi Arabia and are sanctified by Islam.
The Muslims when they ruled India believed in the Islamic law of multiple wives and concubines. But as rulers they thought it their right to have a number of Hindu Girls as part of their harem. Some of the girls were forcibly abducted and in some cases pressure was brought on the local Hindu kings to give their daughters to the Muslim Kings. Some of the local chieftains like the Rajputs willingly gave their daughters and princesses to the Muslim rulers in return for petty benefits. This dichotomy of the Rajputs has never been explained, for all their so called bravery they acceded to the ruler’s firman or order to marry their daughters into the Harems of the Muslim kings.
The Harem was a large place with an independent administration.The life was reasonably easy and comfortable, but the women were never allowed to go outside. Hindu women were forced to convert to Islam on threat of torture and death. But a few emperors like Akbar allowed their Hindu queens to continue their Hindu rituals inside the Harem or Zenena.
The Harems were guarded by eunuchs and no male was allowed inside,except the king or the ruler himself. The Harem was like a form of imprisonment and a lot many women who entered it left only once they died. However the older women and mothers were given greater respect.
The concept of the Harem is peculiar to Islam. The Mughal emperors kept hundreds of women in their Harems. Akbar reportedly had over 500 women. A lot many of them were Hindus. As the Hindus were a subjected lot they had no choice and in case an emperor liked or heard of the beauty of a Hindu princess, he would order that she be brought to his harem. In case the request was not complied with he would take punitive measures against the local raja. But in variably, the Hindu Kings handed their daughters into the harems. This is certainly a sad commentary on the state of affairs in India at that time. It was left to the British and the Raj to stop this practice and the Hindus could heave a sigh of relief.