What is a Mantra? A sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of “creating transformation.” The Sanskrit word mantra consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, meaning “tools or instruments”, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”.
What is Bija Mantra? Bija means seed. “The Bija mantras are one-syllable seed sounds that, when said aloud, activate the energy of the chakras in order to purify & balance the mind & body. When you speak the bija mantras, you resonate with the energy of the associated chakra, helping you focus upon your own instinctive awareness of your body & its needs.”-DailyOM
What is a chakra? In Sanskrit, chakra translates into “wheel”. These “wheels” can be thought of as vortexes that both receive & radiate energy. There are 7 major energy centers (aka chakras) in the human body. They run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Emotions, physical health, & mental clarity affect how well each chakra can filter energy. This in turn dictates how pure the energy is that’s emitted from different regions of the body.
- “LAM” – Muladhara (root/base)
- “VAM” – Svadisthana (sacral)
- “RAM” – Manipura (solar plexus)
- “YAM” – Anahata 4 (heart)
- “HAM” – Vishuddha (throat)
- “OM” – Ajna (brow/3rd eye)
- “OM” – Sahasrara (crown)
Chant the bija mantras, either one at a time or in sequences. Repetition can help you access a meditative state.