The PAC 750 had finished its taxi to the runway, and now it turned to the left facing the long paved airstrip. There was a steady 6 knot breeze coming just from ahead of the craft as the twin prop engines were throttled back and the blades revved up. The 12 passengers were in their seats as the craft made its way down the runway, rapidly accelerating to air speed.
The airplane lifted off and quickly banked to the right, setting it on a path over the Pacific Ocean. But this was just to gain altitude and avoid the commercial jet traffic that was headed for Honolulu International Airport. Looking out of her window Okelani could see Kaena Point, and the Dillingham Airfield where they had just departed. The entire island of Oahu stretched below in majestic beauty. The plane was now circled back as it continued to climb. The sun was bright and water below pure and blue. This definitely was a great day for skydiving.
They leveled off at 8,000 feet. A jump from this altitude would last somewhat less than a minute, but still very worthwhile. After an initial drop and acceleration downward due to the pull of gravity, Okelani would quickly reach the terminal velocity of 115 mph.
She was jumping today with her best friends Elikapeka and Kona. They had been together through grade and high school, and now based on a challenge (a dare) they were getting into position for their 5th jump. They wanted at least to do 25 jumps so that they could get their A license, but this would be it for awhile.
All three jumped out the plane together, followed quickly by the other parachutists. They felt exhilarated, awestruck by the view, and a bit scared – all at the same time. The rushing wind made a loud noise and provided resistance against the body. Okelani felt free and truly unfettered. No strings attached to life, just drifting above the landscape, almost flying like a bird, in an atmosphere of joy.
Gravitational free fall is similar to the process of transcendence in meditation, when using a suitable personal mantra. All that is necessary is to take the correct angle, and let go (dive). With the proper mantra the mind is effortlessly and naturally drawn to the source of thought. The mind’s own tendency to gravitate toward more and more, to greater fields of charm and happiness, is the catalyst. The mantra is only a vehicle for the comfortable ride.
A mantra is a sound, used in meditation for its life supporting properties. It can be a single syllable, a whole word, or a phrase.
Some mantras have a meaning associated with their sound, while others do not. For example, the word “flower” has a physical vibrational pitch/tone that we hear. We have learned though our culture and the use of language to associate that sound with a particular image/idea – in this case a delicate colorful bloom. Some words like “knatwakawita” are sounds with no meaning.
There is harmony between name and form in the Sanskrit language; the physical sound of a word is the actual existential vibratory structure of that object. For example, prasuuna (Sanskrit for flower) contains the actual vibratory qualities that are a flowers makeup.
You should ALWAYS consult a qualified teacher before using any mantra for meditation. All sounds have an effect on the human nervous system, either good, indifferent or bad.
Only those sounds that are life supporting should be used.
But how do you know which ones are beneficial? Individuals who have reached the state of Unity Consciousness (UC) have the ability to directly perceive what affect a mantra has on the human physiology. Once verified, beneficial and life supporting mantras are preserved within the various spiritual and philosophical world systems.
If you think that using any old word like “flower” as a mantra is good, you had better think again. You will not transcend on it. People who advocate that any sound or word can be used are deluded. That’s because once you get on that bus (i.e., using “flower”) you don’t know what your destination is.
Meditation can take the form of prayer, mindfulness, contemplation, Pranayama, Kriya Yoga, Jyoti Mudra, Hong-Sau Technique, concentration, transcending, siddhi practice, Kundalini visualization, Koan study, yoga, introspection, Tai Chi, mindful walking, and so many other forms.
Although some systems classify the use of mantras as a concentration practice, mantras properly used for transcending (for their sound value only) are not that.
When practicing transcending meditation techniques the mental repetition of mantras are not in competition with thought. In fact, they are complementary to thought. That’s because as the mind transcends inward to more subtle levels of the thinking process, the resulting physical rest causes stress to dissolve (from the body) which in turn has a corresponding increase of activity in the mind – so a thought occurs. So when properly transcending thought is the result of the natural release of stress, and not due to wandering of the mind. So we don’t resist thought in this meditation. Only when we realize “Oh, I’m not on the mantra,” then we gently and effortlessly come back to it.
|Degree of Transcendence||Meditation method||Cause of thought during meditation|
|None||The various forms of contemplation and concentration||Forced thought processes, active conscious thinking, and a dominant wondering mind.|
|Some||Prayer, Pranayama techniques, Kundalini visualization, Yoga, Mindfulness, and Mantra Chanting||The passive thinking restless wondering mind.|
|Deep||Mature pranayama manipulation and silent transcending mental mantra use.||The by product of the release of stress. The release of a stress incurred because of an overwhelming positive event, will produce happy thoughts in meditation as the stress unwinds. And vice versa.|
There are different types of mantras. There are seed (Bija) mantras. Others can be the names of deities, spiritual slogans, statements of affirmation, primordial sounds of nature, or those used for meditation – often coming from a lineage and traditions of masters.
Here are some examples:
The Gayatri Mantra, supreme mantra of the Vedas:
Om Bhur Buvaha Suvaha
Thath Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath
God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty.
You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss.
You are Destroyer of fear; You are Creator of this Universe,
You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon your light.
You guide our intellect in the right direction.
Gayatri is the mother of universe. Her mantra purifies the mind, destroys pain, sin and ignorance, brings liberation, and bestows health, beauty, strength, vitality, power and intelligence.
The mantra of Lord Ganesha:
“Om Sri Maha Ganapataye Namah”
A remover of obstacles and bestower of success.
The mantra of Goddess Lakshmi:
“Om Sri Maha Lakshmyai Namah”
The goddess of all the wealth and prosperity in the world.
The mantra of Godess Saraswati:
“Om Aim Saraswatyai Namah”
Bestows the devotee with the memory, knowledge and the power of speech.
Mahamritunjaya Mantra of Shiva:
“Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat”
To protect and cure persons from diseases, fear of death.
The Soham Mantra:
I am That I am
The Brahman Mantra:
“Aham Brahma Asmi ”
I am Brahman
The Om Mantra:
“OM ” or “AUM”
The primordial cosmic sound often described as the “Word”, the base and first vibration of creation.
The Mantra of Lord Krishna
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, Om Sri krishnaya Govindaya Gopijana Vallabhaya
The Mantras of Lord Rama:
Om Sri Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram, Om Sri Ramaya Namah, Sri Rama Rama Rameti
The Bija Mantras correspond to a particular god or goddess, and five of them correspond to the first five chakras in the chakra system, with OM corresponding to the sixth chakra.
For purposes of pronunciation, below, the A in ANG is pronounced “ah” and ING is pronounced just as in English. Some worshippers use AHM or UNG instead of ANG.
AING / Saraswati
HRING / Maya
KLING / Kama
KRING / Kali
SHRING / Lakshmi
EENG / Yoni
LUNG / Earth / Muladhara (1)
VANG / Water; Varuna / Svadhishthana (2)
RANG / Fire / Manipura (3)
YANG / Air / Anahata (4)
HANG / Akasha / Vishudda (5)
ANG / Surya (Sun)
MANG / Moon
GANG / Ganesh
DUNG / Durga
Some common Buddhist mantras:
“Sabbe satta sukhi hontu”
May all beings be well (or happy).
“Om shanti shanti shanti”
Om, peace, peace, peace
The Buddhist Prajnaparamita mantra:
“Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha”
Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, Enlightenment hail!
The mantras presented above are for informational purposes only. They are not the mantras of Kabbalah, Mindfulness, TM, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini, or other current systems of meditation. To properly learn any technique always rely on a qualified meditation teacher.
Okelani and friends Elikapeka and Kona experienced firsthand the effects of gravity. Just as gravity irresistibly draws us toward the Earth’s surface, so to, a proper personal mantra (sound value) used correctly in meditation draws awareness to the source of thought. Exposing the personal mind to the source of thought instills it with calmness and loving joy. It loosens the bonds of attachment and cultures the eternal universal consciousness of Enlightenment.
Physicists are still searching for the elusive graviton, the massless particle responsible for that force of attraction. Compared to the other three primary forces of nature (strong interaction, electromagnetic and weak force) gravity is weak but can influence material over very large distances. How weak is it? It takes all of the Earth’s mass (5.9737 × 1024 kg) to attract our small bodies and hold it down on the surface.
Research into finding the graviton is taking place at the following facilities:
LIGO – the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, run with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several Universities, at the Hanford Observatory (near Richland, Washington) and the Livingston Observatory (in Livingston Louisiana).
GEO 600 – gravitational wave detector near Sarstedt, Germany.
LISA – Laser Interferometer Space Antenna is a proposed NASA and European Space Agency project.
Fermilab Holometer – in Illinois is currently under construction and will be the world’s most sensitive laser interferometer when complete.
VIRGO – a European gravitational interferometric detector.
TAMA 300 – a Japanese gravitational interferometric detector.
Meditation is a keystone for rapid spiritual growth. Since we are what we think, set your heart and mind free by diving (gravity) into the field of absolute bliss consciousness.
Although pain is the result of unmet expectations and fear binds us to old habits, even a few minutes in the absolute can change our perspective. In love and in truth we will triumph. Expansion of awareness leads to greater self acceptance. Becoming more aware of the enchanted condition that we call human life brings fulfillment to us and the cosmic need. Experience that emptiness (meditation silence) is really fullness, and that cessation of personal desire brings fulfillment of all desire.
Practice your meditation everyday to gravitate closer to timelessness and eternal joy.