A mantra is a sound, phrase, or specific word we practice in repetition. They’re help focus the wandering mind in mediation, with their practice often accompanied by 108-bead Japa mala beads. Mantras serve as a tool to help us find progress on our spiritual path, and while it’s been noted that no one mantra is superior to another (and one can attain realization by performing any mantra), each mantra carries its own message. From each, you can find new inspiration and joy, while keeping your mind focused on positivity.
1. Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha / The Green Tara Mantra
Tara is a Bodhisattva, an enlightenment being. She’s associated with compassion and is known as”Dölma” or “She Who Saves.” The Green Tara mantra is meant to overcome fear and anxiety, remove suffering, liberate one from delusions, and ultimately bring happiness. It carries a distinct focus on freeing the self from the confines that impede happiness. Use this mantra to invoke liberation from these confines, and help direct your mind toward joy.
The literal translation is as follows, and listen to it here:
- Om: Tara’s sacred body, speech, and mind.
- Tare: Liberation from all discontent.
- Tuttare: Liberation from the eight fears and the external dangers, but also from the internal dangers and delusions.
- Ture: Liberation from duality; it shows the true cessation of confusion.
- Soha: The closing term, which means “meaning of the mantra take root in my mind.”
2. Sarve bhavantu sukhinah / Sarve santu niramayah / Sarve bhadranl pasyantu / Ma kascit dukhabang bhavet
Centered in this mantra is the love one express for all, everywhere. It’s a strong representation of the oneness expressed in yoga, as well as the practice of Ahimsa – the mantra brings people into one group and speaks of a compassion for all unequivocally. Use it to remind yourself of the positivity you can affect on others, and how by doing so, you can bring your own self happiness.
The translation is as follows, and you can listen to it here:
- Sarve bhavantu sukhinah: Let us all be happy,
- Sarve santu niramayah: Free from diseases.
- Sarve bhadranl pasyantu: Let us all align with reality,
- Ma kascit dukhabang bhavet: let no-one suffer from misery.
3. All happiness depends on courage and work.
Attributed to French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac, this quote can be a powerful mantra to keep yourself thinking about happiness and joy in the right manner. One must not expect happiness to simply present itself without action, thought, or regard by the yogi. Instead, one must work to cultivate it, in the same ways one works on mediation, asanas, and following one’s own path on the road to enlightenment. Remember that it is your faculty that drives your being. Practice courage and diligence always, no matter the outcome, and happiness will reveal itself.
Practicing Happiness with Mantras
When practicing a mantra, speak with intent, belief, and sincerity. Remember that these are meant to the focus the mind, and focus will not be attained with a poor foundation. Find a positive, flowing mantra that speaks to you – one that inspires an honest inner joy. Through the practice of this, you lead yourself closer to higher realizations and ultimately a more positive state of being.