What does mantra mean?

Definitions for mantra
ˈmæn trə, ˈmɑn-; -trəmmantra

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mantranoun

    a commonly repeated word or phrase

    "she repeated `So pleased with how its going' at intervals like a mantra"

  2. mantranoun

    (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns

Wiktionary

  1. mantranoun

    (Hinduism.) The hymn portions of the Vedas; any passage of these used as a prayer.

  2. mantranoun

    A phrase repeated to assist concentration during meditation, originally in Hinduism.

  3. mantranoun

    (General.) A slogan or phrase often repeated.

  4. Etymology: From. In the sense of "hymn portion of the Vedas" in English since 1808; in the sense of "word or phrase used in meditation" since 1956.

Wikipedia

  1. Mantra

    A mantra (Pali: manta) or mantram (मन्त्रम्) is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit, Pali and other languages believed by practitioners to have religious, magical or spiritual powers. Some mantras have a syntactic structure and literal meaning, while others do not.The earliest mantras were composed in Vedic Sanskrit in India. At its simplest, the word ॐ (Aum, Om) serves as a mantra, it is believed to be the first sound which was originated on earth. Aum sound when produced creates a reverberation in the body which helps the body and mind to be calm. In more sophisticated forms, mantras are melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as a human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action. Some mantras without literal meaning are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.The use, structure, function, importance, and types of mantras vary according to the school and philosophy of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. In Japanese Shingon tradition, the word Shingon means mantra.Mantras serve a central role in tantra. In this school, mantras are considered to be a sacred formula and a deeply personal ritual, effective only after initiation. In other schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism or Sikhism, initiation is not a requirement.

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  1. mantra

    A mantra is a word, phrase, or sound that is repeated for the purpose of focusing and calming the mind. It often serves as a reminder or affirmation of a particular belief or intention, and is commonly used in meditation practices. Mantras can be used to cultivate positive energy, promote self-awareness, and enhance spiritual or mental well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mantranoun

    a prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm

  2. Etymology: [Skr.]

Wikidata

  1. Mantra

    A mantra is a sanskrit sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation". Its use and type varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra. Mantras originated in the Vedic tradition of India, becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. In the context of the Vedas, the term mantra refers to the entire portion which contains the texts called Rig, Yajur or Sama, that is, the metrical part as opposed to the prose Brahmana commentary. With the transition from ritualistic Vedic traditions to mystical and egalitarian Hindu schools of Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra and Bhakti, the orthodox attitude of the elite nature of mantra knowledge gave way to spiritual interpretations of mantras as a translation of the human will or desire into a form of action.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mantra

    man′tra, n. a Vedic hymn of praise: the matter of the Sanhita or first division of the Veda: a sacred text used as an incantation. [Sans., 'thought.']

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mantra

    the name given to hymns from the Veda, the repetition of which are supposed to have the effect of a charm.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mantra in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mantra in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mantra in a Sentence

  1. Nicolas Cage:

    In that letter it became clear to me that he was looking more towards a genuine interest in some of the earlier work and a celebration of that, with the elements of whatever pathos I've been through that people have or have not read about, and so I said, 'OK, I think maybe there's something here.' On top of which I have a mantra of sorts, which is that the very thing you're afraid of is probably – most likely as long as (it's) within reason (and)doesn't hurt yourself or someone else–that's the very thing you should go towards, because you're probably going to learn something.

  2. Jonathan Turley:

    The failure of the committee to offer any new and direct evidence of criminal conduct was telling, the fact is that the [January] 6 Committee failed to change many minds largely because of what was on display in the final public meeting. It was the same highly scripted, one-sided account repeated mantra-like for months.

  3. Purvi Raniga:

    My Self Belief is the magic mantra to get the Strength to chase my dreams!

  4. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    The evidence that negative rates are harmful and not helpful has piled up to the point that the 'In Central Banks We Trust' mantra has finally been laid bare as a hoax.

  5. Erik Parker:

    Bubba Wallace need to get one. it seems like Bubba Wallace mantra is moving forward, moving forward, moving forward.

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  • Viresh K. Bugga
    Viresh K. Bugga
    All Vedic hymns are called Mantras as this is the voice of God transmitted through recitations by the great sages (Rishi) at the very beginning of the civilization in this material world. Shlokas are later verses created by human beings. Vedic Mantras are never termed as shlokas. 
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