A sound that is used as a focus for mediation or worship. Similar to Hinduism.
Copyright: Dictionary source: Buddhism Glossary
English to English translation of mantra Mantra (Sanskrit) That portion of the Vedas which consist of hymns as distinct from the Brahmana and Upanishad portions. The mantras considered esoterically were originally as magical as they were religious in character, although the former today is virtually forgotten, although remembered as a fact which once was. In the composing of the mantras the rishis of old knew that every letter had its occult significance, and that the vowels especially contain occult and even formidable potencies when properly chanted. The words of the mantra were made to convey a certain hid meaning by certain secret rules involving first the secret potency of their sound, and incidentally the numerical value of the letters; the latter however was relatively unimportant. Hence their merely verbal significance is something quite different from their meaning as understood of old. The language of incantations or mantras is the element-language composed of sounds, numbers, and figures. He who knows how to blend the three will call forth the response from the regent-god of the specific element needed. For, in order to communicate with the gods, men must learn to address each one of them in the language of his element. Sound is "the most potent and effectual magic agent, and the first of the keys which opens the door of communication between Mortals and the Immortals" (SD 1:464). to be comtinue "Mantra2 "
Dictionary source: Rakefet
English to English translation of mantra mantra \man"tra\ (?), n. [skr.] a prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm. [india] note: among the hindoos each caste and tribe has a mantra peculiar to itself; as, the mantra of the brahmans. (cyc. of india).
Om Shanti (IAST). "Mantra" (;) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power in Sanskrit. A mantra may or may not have syntactic structure or literal meaning; the spiritual value of a mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.
Dictionary source: Book of Shadows
English to English translation of mantra
A sequence of sounds used as a focus of meditation. The most famous mantra is that of "om ," which consists of the three sounds "aa", "oo", "mm". For some examples of mantras and their explanation, go here .
Def: Palabra sagrada. Ex: The author explores the concept of the lifecycle of a record, attempting to determine whether it is a myth, a 'mantra' of the records management profession, or simply a powerful misnomer.