Mantra is two compounded Sanskrit word created by combining word man and tra. Prefix man stands for mind and suffix tra mean tool to transcend. Thus mantra is sound that helps us to transcend our consciousness to our own higher self awareness. We have to use words like “own higher self” awareness here because when our consciousness is toward worldly stuff and full of desires we call it mind, and when our consciousness is content within our self it is called sprit. Sometime person become so happy that when their desire are fulfilled or becomes so distressed when ones desire is not fulfilled than discriminating facility of our intellect is destroyed and then we take decision that our not beneficial to oneself. The job of a mantra is to help us center our self, our body energy, and then transcend the mind then intellect, and then self and union with God.
Our consciousness is continuously bombard with impulses from our sense that takes us into endures to satisfy them, and as we try to satisfy them their demand continues to grow which eventually leads to stress, distress, and sometime confusion. External sense provides stimulus to our internal sense like mind (hidden or known desire seeded in the consciousness), intellect (consciousness ability to rationalize between dualities of creation—right/wrong, good/evil, doable/not doable, happiness/unhappiness, gain/loss, etc), ego (false assumption about ones true identity). Five external senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing, eyes) and three internal senses (ego, intelligence, and mind) are called Antahkarana in Sanskrit language. Antahkarana can also be called inner heart. Mantras are used to create a clean, pure, tranquil, peacefully consciousness so that true spirit can be experienced or higher super soul known as Ishwar or God. Mind is a great hurdle in spiritual progress. Shri Krishna said in Bhagavad-Gita in Chapter 6 on Shloka 6 and 7 states:
“For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.”
“For one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquility. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same.”
(Translation from Bhagavad-Gita As It Is By AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Most mantras are made from root sound vibration found in energy centers of our body. There are seven energy centers in our body which can be balanced by using sound vibration. These energy centers are also call chakras in the yoga system. The seven energy centers are Muladhara, Swadhisthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, and Sahasrara. Kundalini yoga teaches in more depth about this, and experienced guru is recommended for this. The most famous and base mantra known around the world is Aum. Aum sound is associated with Ajna energy center.
Most mantras starts with sound Aum (Om) followed by Gods name or prayer to God. The symbol of AUM is drawn differently in different languages but its origin is found in Ajna chakra energy center. When one seats down in comfortable position and concentrate between the two eyes (location of Ajna chakra energy center) and start to do mantra in a steady peaceful manner on daily bases, one starts to see peace, steadiness, focus, and joy emerging which leads to balanced life, higher intuition, and to clairvoyance that should lead to better understanding of God within this lifetime in this body.
Shri Krishna Mantras
Most famous Shri Krishna mantras are listed below, however there are secret mantra that only a self realized guru can give to individual that are not publicly listed. Nonetheless all mantras secret or public if done with pure consciousness and focus with devotional love to God result in the same elevation of the spirit.
Om Krishnaya Namah
I bowed down to Lord Krishna
Om Sri Krishnah Sharanam Mamah
To beloved Lord Krishna, I pray to take me under his protection and shelter.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This mantra is made from 3 words—Hare, Krishna, Rama, and their combination has different meaning depending on the meaning of Hare. Hare can be interpreted as “Hari” or “Hara”. Hari is another name of God meaning “he who removes illusion”, and Hara is another name of Radhaji (Krishna’s eternal consort or Shakti). Krishna and Rama refer to God himself, meaning “He who is All-Attractive and attracts everyone towards him.
Any of these mantras can be done with love and focus toward God will yield the same results. It is understood by wise that whatever we think about continuously we start to become. So if one continuously thinking of God we will become spiritually. Any mantra done with proper clean consciousness will finally give one the understanding to see God’s presence in every atom of this creation. Without God’s presence (God energy) nothing we see can be sustained, and God’s energy is so perfect that it lets nothing go to waste and maintains balance in everything.