Now-a-days the Holy Mantras are chanted or sung in Sanskrit, Hebrew, Aramaic, Pali, Avestan or some other ancient language, and as such, almost no one knows what they say. The ancient texts are the Word of God, but are greatly misunderstood. Within Buddhism and Hinduism is a widely held belief that the repetition of the Sacred Syllables will transform the body and over time, the knowledge contained in the mantra will be revealed. That belief came about many thousands of years ago when the ability to understand the ancient languages disappeared. Even though the mantras are the Knowledge of Enlightenment, and have been recited by very devoted devotees for a long time, not one came upon their meaning. Really, it is hard to believe, but that is the situation. Every religion upon the earth today shares a portion of the Sacred Text, and none reveals the steps to being a King.
Sound transforms the body and is a reason for praising, but the sound of that is the sound of the breath. The Sacred Text says to fix the mind upon the sound of the breath, and listen uninterrupted. Listening to the sound of breathing in and out is called the Mantra of the Breath and is the mantra for devotion.
The breath comes from out there, from heaven, and it comes to everyone for life. Breathing is a necessity, yet it is a Sacred Action to inhale the Heavenly Breath through the nose for exhaling the Earthly Breath through the mouth with the AH sound in the fourth note of the scale. Yes, the action forms a Sacred Circle.
There are different levels for maintaining the mantra and a beginning is to respire a little stronger than normal for making a sound for listening. For this meditation, breathing can be entirely through the nose, and while sitting, standing, or moving about, focus upon the sound. It is possible to be soft enough so that only you can hear or loud enough for many to hear, but in the beginning the object is to be quiet and listen.
The Mantra of the Breath can easily be recited during day-to-day activities. It can be maintained while moving about, and while standing still, it is beneficial to take a deep breath to be ready to go. The mantra can be successfully held outdoors or indoors. 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. When engaged in potentially dangerous situations one’s awareness should be upon that. A complete focus upon the present moment is called awareness. Be aware of the situation and when you are free to relax, the breath will come to you from heaven. Take plenty of it; it is free, just like the teaching. It is easy to fit the Mantra of the Breath into day-to-day activities since it is essential for day-to-day activities.
“Listening attentively to the flow works, the ocean is a delight and the sound is similar to producing the nourishing breath…”
As a practice, many people count the number of mantra recitations on a rosary or mālā, but in ancient times, people used their fingers. There are many methods for doing that and here is one way. Mantras can be counted in a sequence of fives, eights, 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, and then open the hand. That completes sixty repetitions, so the sequence is repeated 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. Repeat that three times and complete one thousand and eighty mantras. Most mālās have one-hundred and eight beads (nine times twelve) and ten rounds equal one thousand and eighty mantras.
The verses 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 you think your life is prematurely ending, focusing upon the breath could save your life.
“The wind of That to be absorbed into on the one side to bring into a state on the other to smile, a virtue attaining for the suffering and of the five the number “one” is to be able to and to serve a sort of mantra to urge.”