Now-a-days, chanting or singing the mantras in Sanskrit is hugely popular, but unfortunately, people have no idea what they are reciting. The mantras reveal the path to enlightenment and freedom from suffering, but within Buddhism and Hinduism is a widely held belief that the mantras are meaningless. They think that the mere repetition of the syllables will transform the body, and over time, the devotee will come to understand the knowledge. That misguided belief came about thousands of years ago when the ability to translate the ancient text disappeared. During that time, countless exceptionally devoted individuals have recited mantras, yet not one came upon their meaning. Such is the situation upon the earth.
The breath is God upon the earth and it comes from out there, from heaven, and it comes to everyone for life. Breathing is necessary and a Sacred Action to inhale the heavenly breath through the nose to exhale the earthly breath from the mouth with the AH sound to form a Sacred Circle. Sound transforms the body and a reason for praising, and the sound for that is the sound of AH in the fourth note of the musical scale. The Sacred Text says to fix the mind upon the sound in and out unbroken, and to fill up for meditation to rise up with the AH sound to listen to intently to transform the body and mind.
The sound of breathing is a mantra to begin your journey on the path, and as you focus upon, the wind responds and becomes a little stronger for a stronger sound for listening. Inhale the breath through the nose and exhale through the nose for a little privacy or through the mouth with AH to hear. Whether sitting, standing, or moving about, focus upon the sound, and in the beginning, privacy is best.
It is easy to fit the mantra into day-to-day activities since breathing is essential for day-to-day activities. Maintain the mantra indoors and outdoors for variety, and for safety it is not a good idea to focus upon the mantra while at the helm of a moving vehicle or attempting to avoid when crossing the road. Awareness is the complete focus upon the present moment, and in potentially dangerous situations, awareness is best upon that. Be aware of your situation and when free to relax, the breath will come to you from heaven to enjoy. It is free to take plenty, but best where the air is pure.
“Listening attentively to the flow works, the ocean is a delight and sounds similar to producing the nourishing breath…”
Practitioners today count the number of mantra recitations on a rosary or mala, but in ancient times, the fingers. You can count mantras in a sequence of fives, tens, or whatever with the fingers of both hands. I count in twelves, and after chanting the first twelve mantras, touch the thumb to the little finger. After the next twelve, touch the ring finger, the middle, the index, open the hand, and repeat the sequence on the other hand.
Ten times twelve equals one-hundred and twenty mantras. Repeat that sequence three times for three-hundred and sixty mantras and the completion of a Sacred Circle. Repeated three times equals one thousand and eighty mantras, and the Sacred Text says a thousand mantras before sunrise. Incidentally, most malas have one-hundred and eight beads and ten rounds equal one thousand and eighty mantras.
The mantras say that listening to the breath is a protector and twice in my life, I have held to the protector to save my life. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being severely injured, or thinking your life is prematurely ending, focus upon the life giving breath could be your savior.