What is a mantra and how does it work

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Definition of mantra

Mantra is a Sanskrit word and it means: the instrument/tool of the mind/thought.

What is a mantra?
A mantra is a word or a phrase that is being repeated, out loud or mentally (in your mind), while meditating. Doing that creates a specific vibration that affects you positively; each time in a different way, depending on the mantra you are chanting.

The vibrations of the particular word or phrase are the ones that affect us when we chant a mantra.

It is said that it’s not really the meaning of the words that has an effect on you, but mostly the vibrations that are created by repeating the mantra. However, understanding the mantra will surely give better results than just chanting the unknown words. It will make it much easier to connect to the intention of the mantra.

Bija mantras

Bija means seed in Sanskrit. The seed mantras are monosyllabic sounds that doesn’t have a meaning and are used to activate our chakras with their vibrational frequency. Every chakra has a different bija mantra.

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But what do we mean by vibrations? What does it really mean?

Have you heard of the Law of Vibration? The Law of Vibration states that everything that exists in the universe, whether it is something that is visible or not, diffuse vibrational frequencies. That means that whether it is a table, a tree, a human, an animal, a thought or a feeling, it is moving at its own frequency. Read more about the Law of Vibration.

Coming back to the mantras and according to the Law of Vibration, the sound has its own vibrational frequency; each mantra has a different sound, therefore a different frequency.
If you for example want to attract more love in your life, chanting a relevant mantra will tune yourself to the same vibrational frequencies as the specific mantra, and according to the Law of Attraction, we attract the things that we think of, in other words the vibration we diffuse. In more simple words, we are what we think! 
If you are not satisfied with something in your life and you spend every day nagging or complaining about it, or if you just focus or think on the negative stuff, that will never change the situation. It will just put you deeper and deeper in the unwanted situation and you will create endless circles of negativity in which you will be walking around all the time, not finding your way out. It is when we finally change our way of thinking that a situation changes.
The mantras can be life-changing, but we still have to do some work by making an effort to change our way of thinking and by really believing in what we want to achieve.

How to use the mantra

You can either do a meditation by repeating a mantra (out loud or internally) during the hole session, or you can just chant it a couple of times in the beginning of your meditation. That will help you set your intention.
Take a deep breath and chant your mantra while exhaling.
Be sure that you are focused on the meaning of the mantra when you chant it and connect it to yourself.
Note: Keep in mind that by chanting a mantra every now and then will not lead you to the result you desire. Mantras needs constant practicing combinated with dedication and true belief in what you want to achieve.



Some mantras:


It’s the sound of the universe, the sound of creation. The pronounciation is aum and each letter should be pronounced equal amount of time. Om is also the bija mantra for the ajna chakra.


Ong namo guru dev namo
This mantra is chanted to connect to our true self. The translation is: I bow to the divine wisdom, I bow to the divine teacher within. 


Ara Kara
It’s a mantra for manifesting what you want in your life and for removing obstacles. Visualize what you want to reach in your life (whether it is a job, a partner, love in your life, friends, a new house etc..)
Note: When you wish for something it’s very important that all people included will be affected positively.

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14 thoughts on “What is a mantra and how does it work

  1. Josh Ellery

    I like your website and it is something that I am very interested in. Mantras are great for a lot of people and it is essentially the essence of transcendental meditation. I love how you explained all the different types, i’ve heard so many people using the word om but never actually knew what it mean, thanks for clarifying;-)

  2. lilywong

    This is definitely a very interesting article on meditation and mantras. I have always been curious about how it works and if it’s all about continously repeating a phrase. Glad that you included different types of mantras and how to use them. The videos are really helpful. 🙂 Great article overall!

  3. Heather

    Hi Athanasia,

    Love this post about mantras. As a lifelong student of metaphysics, Vedanta, and spirituality, I’ve come to realize that vibration is everything and mantras are all about vibration!

    I also hold a great deal of respect and admiration for Mohini and her teachings and was overjoyed to see that you had used one of her videos as a learning tool.

    There is a wonderful new sound healer on the planet…I wonder if you have heard of him yet? His name is Gennady Tkachenko. Google one of his YouTubes. His uniqueness of sound and vibration will render you speechless.

    Heather 🙂

    1. Athanasia Post author

      Hello Heather 🙂

      I’m very happy to hear that you liked my post.
      I’m obviously also an admirer of Mohini. She is very inspiring and I love her simple way of teaching.

      I haven’t heard of Gennady Tkachenko, but I will definitely search him on YouTube.

      Wish you all the best,

  4. Torrey

    I am a firm believer in the idea that as a man thinketh in his heart,,,,, so is he.
    I have never heard of the two being combined into the word mantra. This is such a neat idea that we can transform our life into anything we can imagine. I have been working on my own life for the last 4 months. My only regret is that I wish I had found out about this idea 10 years ago. Oh well, why don’t we start now???!!! Torrey

    1. admin

      Hello Torrey.

      It’s never too late. We have to think that our past and our experiences has lead us to the current moment. That means that if it weren’t for our past we would not be where we are right now.
      I think for myself that I have walked a long way to come where I am right now, and every obstacle, difficulty and generally, every experience I have had, lead me where I am right now. So I am very grateful about it.

      Best wishes,

  5. Tammy

    Wow that was interesting! I have never done any meditation like that. I loved the videos you included too. I spend a lot of quite time by myself at night and think I could use some of that time to try your techniques. Is the sitting position and folding of the arms an important part of this kind of meditation?

    1. admin

      Hello Tammy 🙂

      You can chant a mantra (internally or out loud) in the sitting position, while walking, lying down, or doing any other activity that doesn’t require your concentration.
      I don’t recommend meditating while lying down though, because it’s very easy to fall asleep; unless if your intention IS to fall asleep.

      Good luck,

  6. Imad

    Hi, Athanasia.

    Interesting article and a great set of videos. I certainly learned something today. I am aware of something called the “Law of Attraction” but this is the first time I hear about “Law of Vibration”. The ZazenLife article explained it all.

    I think I’ll be rereading the article a second time because I need to absorb the whole thing. Meditation must be a daily habit of our lives. (the name of your site reminded of that lol)

    Great job.

    1. admin

      Hello Imad 🙂
      I’m very happy you liked it. It’s definitely worth it to read it again and who knows, maybe I will persuade you to make meditation a daily habit 😉
      (unless of course you have not already done it)


  7. Carlos Díaz

    This is an awesome article!, I had no idea what a mantra was and you took the time to explain it very well.

    We humans are made of energy, and this energy that we contain “vibrates” synchronized with the universe. According to the Law of Attraction, our thoughts and the energy they emit are in tune with the universe, so we have to try and have a peaceful and happy mindset in order to have an excellent life!

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