What’s a Mantra?


Self Talk
It’s You-on-You! Ancient Hindus thought of a Mantra as a meaningless sound, like a hum that blocks out conscious thoughts and other interruptions while meditating. In the modern world I have found a different way of using a mantra.


Thoughts Become Things
Any thought repeated to yourself over and over eventually becomes what it is. Sound spacey? It is. Failures use negative Mantras without realizing it, telling themselves that they can’t do it or how unfortunate they are to be in the space they are in. Their Mantra becomes a self fulfilling prophecy and sometime down the road they can say, “I knew it.”


Self Realization
Early in my career I was introduced to Paramahansa Yogananda and his Self Realization Fellowship “church.” I read his Autobiography and became a different, better person because of it. I authored the following “Mantra” to say to myself over and over while doing things such as running and driving. I continue to use it to this day. It flashes back to me in times of need, reminding me that all is well.

“Infinite intelligence guides me, to the health and the wealth and success that are mine, deep down inside of me.”

This is the first time that I have shared this very personal thing. Feel free to adopt it, or better yet, use it as a guide to write your own.

3 Responses to “What’s a Mantra?”

  1. Sally Malone Says:

    What a great mantra that is.

  2. john rogers Says:

    man means mind, tra means deliverance, so mantra delivers one from the constant material stuff ones mind hits you with constantly. in Vedic culture, mantras are all names of God, or they describe God’s qualities or pastimes. so not just any word is a bonafide mantra in the strictest sense. the names of God purify ones mind and existence and actually represent God directly and posess the entire potency of God. material sound vibration does not have that power or effect. some names of God are Govinda, Gopala, Rama, Krsna, Allah, Caitanya etc. There are hundreds of millions of names of God.

  3. Patty Says:

    Thank you for sharing. I am touched by your generosity in sharing such a personal part of your life. I too shall remember to think my positive thoughts of goodness and greatness that is mine.

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