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: THE POWER OF MANTRA
Rightly employed mantras can be
used to clear negative emotions from the mind. The mantra Hum, for example, eliminates fear. The
mantra Ram gives peace. Hence mantra is also an important part of Yoga psychology. It is the
main Yogic tool for reconditioning the mind. It does not require any
elaborate psychoanalysis but only an ongoing practice. Through it we
can change the structure of the mind that allows psychological problems to exist in the first place.
In this way we change the nature of the mind rather than merely analyze
it (which does not have the power to fundamentally change it anyway).
As long as our thoughts are not mantric we are bound to have some emotional problems in life. The
solution is not to study our emotions but to practice the mantra. It is the personal or egoistic
energization of the mind which causes mental suffering. The spiritual
energization of the mind through mantra is the antidote.
Mantra thus leads us to meditation and silence. It is not an end in itself
to repeat a sound. Hence we should remain open after our repetition of the mantra to that
stillness of mind and learn to dwell in it. That is where the Om vibration
leads us. The sound of the waves merges us back into the silent depths of the ocean.