(Last Updated on : 05/02/2011)
Mantra is a hymn of invocation or form of prayer in the Sanskrit language. Mantras are used in the performance of every religious rite. Their use varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra. They are beneficent or hurtful, salutary or pernicious.
Mantras are chanted in religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, avoid danger, or eliminate enemies. They are recited for casting out evil spirits, some for inspiring love or hatred, for curing diseases or bringing them on, for causing death or averting it.
The priest in the ceremonies recites the mantras according to the occasions. Mantras are deduced to be effectual as vibration, to the effect that great emphasis is put on correct pronunciation. They are intended to divert the mind from illusion and material inclinations
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