Origin of Mantras and solutions
Some people denote it as superstitions while the others term it as astha in god. The belief is with the help of Hindu Vedic astrology destiny of people can be determined by performing pujas, stotra path, japa, charity, etc. Performing rituals, reciting of mantras help also to attain mental peace.
Miracles do happen but some people lives under the misconception of getting the results overnight. The technique has changed a lot and it can be said that earlier there was an unselfish motive of performing pujas and thus they were devoted to pujas, yoga, meditation, etc from the age of five. Thus, by the age of 15-16 they were fully versed with the rituals and as a result god showed up in front of their devotees. But nowadays mantras like Om Namah Shivaya or Maha Mritunjaya mantra are chanted with less devotion only in the time of their needs. By performing these mantras usually we gain the inner strength to fight various problems and we also attain the confidence to handle the problems with confidence. Many people have been benefited by chanting these mantras regularly and are thus alive for thousand years.
Restrictions and rules of performing these Mantras
People get panic-stricken as how to perform various pujas though there are many websites explaining how to perform pujas as for it is not possible to perform pujas like a Vedic priest so there are books also. At the end of the day what really matters is the faith and determination with which one performs pujas. The basic necessities are before performing puja mantras one should take a bath, keep a picture of an idol, wear neat attires, light a lamp and a sugandha stick and give sweets as Prasad. What really matters is the soul with what we are offering pujas; by giving sweets we won’t earn any extra boon simple offerings with a right mind we can also earn us blessings.
Mantra and japa can be performed by sitting in a right direction (preferably facing east to north), on an asan. But if these things are not present performing of chants can be continued as these things are not a compulsion.
For performing mantas there are some restrictions and rules that are some mantras are performed daily. The moderate number of times a mantra should be chanted is 3, 11, 21, 27, 54,108 or more.
For Graha shanti performing of mantra should be should be completed in one Mandala or 40 days which can be extended only for 8 days more only in times of necessity, illness.
If we promise of offering to god for getting some work done then it should be performed in that number of days as it is very compulsory to keep promises.
For performing special pujas like siddhi, the total time limit is 48 days and the mantras should be chanted for 100,000 times and if there are any mistakes like pronunciation, counting if we get distracted then as a punishment 25% is prescribed extra so that brings us to 125,000.
Restrictions are not applicable while performing daily puja mantras but having alcohol; sex outside marriage is strictly prohibited and consuming non-vegetarian foods are strictly prohibited for particular purpose and period oriented recitals. It is also proffered to avoid onions, spices etc during this time. There are many mantras during which one cannot tell lies, should not get angry and will also not have sex for 48 days. The main mantra japa should be followed by gayatri mantra which is to be chanted for 108 times. It is followed by the puja mantra Om Tat Sat.
Puja Mantras for different rudraksha
Each Rudraksha has its own importance and before wearing it it should be washed in panchamruta that is a mixture of five things mainly milk, honey, ghee, curd and water. Shiva puja should also be performed on Mondays or days like navaratri and deepavali by performing specifics puja mantras for 108 times.
Puja mantras for different mukhi rudraksha are:
1 Chandrakar mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Namah
2 mukhi: Mantra: Om Namah
3 mukhi: Mantra: Om Kleem Namah
4 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Namah
5 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Namah
6 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Hum Namah
7 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hum Namah
8 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hum Namah
9 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Hum Namah
10 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Namah
11 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Hum Namah
12 mukhi: Mantra: Om Kraum Srum Raum Namah
13 mukhi: Mantra: Om Hreem Namah
14 mukhi: Mantra: Om Namah
Meaning of Om
Om has become the symbol of Brahmans as it was first created by the Brahmans as the vibration of the thought “I am only one -- may I become many.” The closest approach to Brahmans is that first sound Om.
The meaning of the sound of Om is called Pranava, which means it sustains life and runs through prana or breath. It represents the 4 states of the Supreme Being. The 3 sounds (AUM) represents the waking, dream and sleep states and the silence which surrounds Om represents the "Turiya" state.
The sound of first three states that is the walking state is represented by “A” and is also is said like “A”. As the dream state of consciousness lies between the waking and the deep sleep states, it is represented by the letter "U" which lies between "A" and "M". This "U" is pronounced like "U”. The 3rd state of consciousness is the deep sleep state and is denoted by "M" pronounced as in "sum." When a set of Om mantra is chanted there is a time of silence between the two consecutive Oms which is the 4th stage which is also termed as the “Turiya” state. This silence gives the power to a person to identify his connection with the supreme.
Meaning of Om in Sanskrit
In Sanskrit the holy word Om signifies the four states of Brahman and represents everything. The material world of the waking state is emblematized by the large lower curve. The deep sleep state is denoted by the upper left curve. The dream state, lying between the waking state below and the deep sleep state above, appears from the mixture of the two. All things signify different things as the point represents the “Turiya” state of total consciousness. One has to be open minded and should not limit his thinking is what the open semicircle signifies.
Significance of chanting Om
1. At times of depression if Om is chanted for 50 times we gain inner strength and also attain the power to deal with problems. We feel pure from mind and soul.
2. Chanting of the holy word Om also gifts people with a powerful and sweet voice. By singing Om people gain a fruitful destination as well as ensure self- realization.
3. All unfair thoughts are driven away from the mind a new strength to fight restrictions in the path appears.
4. By chanting of Om a person has a glow and radiance on his face and eyes.
Rules of chanting Om
The holy word Om is to be chanted by sitting in a quite place, with eyes closed, relaxed muscles and nerves. Om is to be repeated by feeling it, by feeling the pure, eternal body and soul not merely repeating the word Om. These should be practiced in the morning, midday, evening with absolute faith, determination, confidence. The vibrations in the body that appears by the power of chanting Om stays all day long.
There are various mantras which can b performed that gives immense power. The mantra is called Moola Manthirum. It was given by from Amma Herself in Her oracle. The advantages of these mantras are:
1. Problems like alignments and other types of problems are solved by chanting this mantra.
2. People get what they deserve.
3. People get mukti.
4. Persons are blessed with a happy and eventful life.
5. Accidents leading to death are prevented.
6. Ones karma signifies the results of his life.
All mantras have their own significance and time limit. The long mantras are said 108 to 1008 times followed by 3 sets of Om. For our busy life we only chant 108 mantras as it is also considered good in astronomy as the distance between earth and moon and the sun is 108 times each. In conclusion we can say all tantric mantras are started as well as concluded by the holy word Om, which gives us great potency.