Mantra is a sacred utterance, which can be a word or phrase. For instance it is believed by practitioners, to have psychological and spiritual powers. Many people believe that mantra meditation; helps to induce an altered state of consciousness.
Om Mani Padme Hum
At its simplest the word Om serves as a mantra. However the most well known Buddhist mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum. First word Om is a syllable found in all Indian religions. The word Mani means jewel. Padme is the Lotus flower, which is the Buddhist sacred flower. Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment.
In more sophisticated forms, mantras are phrases with spiritual interpretations. Some mantras have no literal meaning, yet are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful. As in everything we need to understand the limitations; of whatever we are doing. It is important to realise that any mantra is only a surface treatment; which has a shelf life of usefulness. It will only give benefit while you continue to practise it.
Every human being is at their own particular stage of evolution or spiritual status. Which in effect is the energy resistance balance or frequency. However a mantra is only a superimposed pure frequency overlay to the base frequency of the individual. Sure there is a surface benefit. But it will only be for only as long as the recitation is continually practised.
Any mantra does not in any way negate the necessity to practice insight meditation from the beginning to its natural conclusion. Which is what I call the total reconstruction requirement. This is rather than the surface layering, which can be achieved with mantra recitation in isolation. By comparison with serious meditation; we are increasing the base frequency of our being.
Transcendental meditation or TM is a form of silent mantra meditation. At the present moment, TM is one of the most widely practiced and researched meditation techniques; that is available in Western countries. Probably a big reason why it is so popular. Is because it only requires a twenty minute twice a day commitment to practice it. All I can say is that this approach will give you a twenty minute result, which is not much.
Serious meditation requires a far stronger commitment. Which obviously will give you a far stronger result; in progressing your spiritual evolution. In other words with insight meditation practice; you are raising the base or core frequency of your being. This is rather than just putting a very pretty surface covering. Over your base rate frequency as is the case; when using a mantra technique in isolation.
If you feel drawn to mantras or mantra meditation then certainly do it. However always be mindful and understand the limitations of this practice. Above all as you gain maturity in meditation practice. Your frequency will become more clear and pure over time. In this way you will come to the point where you will find very little attraction for mantras.
This is because you now have a pure clear frequency. Therefore in this way you do not need; to artificially create this energy state any more. This is based upon the principal or observation; that people will talk about beauty while they aspire to achieve it. After they have achieved it. What is a beautiful energy state. Then they will just be it. This leads to the astute observation that arrogance and ignorance go together? By comparison humility is the virtue. Which develops with greater soul light influence achieved with meditation.
Guided meditation is defined to be. When you listen to a meditation facilitator out the front of the class; or a taped recording while meditating. The inspirational message or seed thought is intended to raise your spirits. While deepening your understanding in some particular aspect of spiritual science. Certainly this practice has usefulness for inspirational purposes. However it in no way replaces the need to take and consolidate every spiritual growth step.
Certainly for some people the realization of the next spiritual growth step may arise this way. Importantly it is essential to be aware. That these psychic insights will always come quite naturally; with correctly practiced insight meditation. In other words guided meditations are a very useful tool; as a lead in to serious meditation. When the querent is ready to step up their commitment for serious spiritual expansion.
Base rate frequency
Similarly with the guided meditation as with mantra use. You may artificially create a raised frequency of vibration; from your more usual base rate frequency of being. However this improvement will soon be lost; after discontinuing the practice with the return to normal everyday life. Importantly however they are not sustainable for spiritual evolution purposes when used in isolation.
It is our base or core rate frequency; which determines our more usual consistently expressed character qualities. As above so it is below. In other words what is happening on an inner level; comes out and is expressed on an outer level. Again it is important to realise that nothing replaces the need to practice insight meditation.
Just as the Buddha originally taught; from the beginning to its natural final conclusion. Which in effect is the full and complete dissolving sequence. Only in this way will you permanently change. Your base rate frequency of being with permanently sustainable results. It is our frequency or spiritual status; that determines our genuine level of inner contentment. Hence the expression of divine discontent; which is the inner pull impelling us into incarnation to progress our spiritual evolution.
The Arcane school provides training for new age discipleship through a well-established distance learning programme. Therefore rather than endlessly reciting mantras. A more productive use of your time would be to study an esoteric course. Which will deepen your understanding of metaphysics or spiritual science in a real way.
Hence the Arcane school is an excellent source of spiritual knowledge. Correct discrimination is essential at all times. Best to keep in mind that only one method and technique can be safely used at any one time! This is in regard to the spiritual science course that you choose. But also in regard to the meditation technique that you choose to regularly practice.
Do not practice or study different theological systems at the same time because you will only become confused. If you are within a certain training system. And you find that it does not meet all of your expectations or needs. Then drop it and replace it with a better one that does. My advice if you feel drawn to study the Arcane school; or some other esoteric training school for that matter. Is to remain with insight meditation as your prefered meditation technique. This is a tried tested and proven technique that leads to enlightenment.