Yoga and Meditation IV
Mantra chanting and Om
The mantra technique is used to prepare for deeper meditation. It shows the way to oblivion. Focussing on a single word or a short sequence of words brings the mind to rest. What is important is not to continue singing the words silently in your head; otherwise the mind is not free.
The Om is the original mantra. In the Bible it says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” This word is Om, the primordial sound from which all other sounds arise. Om is actually three letters A U M. Om represents all trinities and that which transcends them: creation-preservation-destruction, past-present-future, physical body- astral body- causal body, etc. Therefore, Om is the all-encompassing unity, the cosmic consciousness, which merges with everything.
In the Lanka Princess we practice “Loving Kindness Meditation”, a very well known and widely used method of meditation, which involves far more than just a spontaneous good feeling. With regular practice, the experiencing of positive emotions has been shown to improve as well as the contentment with life itself has increased. A simple “Loving Kindness Meditation” can help us to feel less isolated and connected with the people around us, not only with our loved ones, but as well as with strangers.