Mantras are sacred words, phrases, or sounds that are repeated either verbally or mentally as a form of meditation or prayer. They are used in many spiritual traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and some forms of Yoga.
The word "mantra" comes from the Sanskrit language and is composed of two parts: "man," which means "mind," and "tra," which means "instrument." Together, the word "mantra" means an instrument of the mind, or a tool for the mind.
Mantras are believed to have a powerful effect on the mind and body. According to traditional Indian beliefs, mantras can purify the mind, help to focus attention, and create positive energy that can heal the body and mind. Some people also believe that mantras have the power to manifest desires and goals, as well as to protect against negative energy.
In addition to their spiritual benefits, mantras can also have practical applications. For example, chanting a mantra can help to reduce stress, calm the mind, and improve overall well-being. Some people also use mantras as a form of self-improvement, repeating affirmations or positive statements to themselves in order to change their thinking patterns or behavior.