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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: Using Mantra in Meditation

Excerpt from a lecture given on 2/21/78 

Now I am going to discuss with you how you can develop the meditative mind very immediately. When you control your mind, a lot of thoughts come to you­-negative thoughts, all garbage, ambitions. Thoughts known and unknown float around in a negative direction.

Negative is like this: If you cut it in the center, what does it become? Positive. You keep chanting the mantra in a positive direction. So each negative becomes positive. Within 108 seconds of that moment you achieve to see your own soul. After that you will become intuitive and will never be in trouble.

So we pick up one mantra which is a positive sound, a positive thought. Some psychologists have said if you only chant, "One, one, one," that will work. That will work for his purposes, but it won't work for great purposes. You have to have a mantra which must idealize your isht. lsht means something you have a great reverence for. If a Christian has a great reverence for Jesus Christ, he can call, "Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ." It can be his mantra.

Mantra is something which must be in a position to tune into the subconscious according to the vibratory thought level. Everything cannot be a mantra, and not everybody can manufacture a mantra. But if the word can be tuned at the thought-level basis into the subconscious, and it is the highest word of reverence for that person, that is the best mantra for the person. If that mantra is also repeated when those thoughts hit you, the minus becomes plus. In other words, we chant to make things positive and gain profit easily. It is to cut the time.

Why does a mantra work for you? Because mantra is always that unknown of you. Some people receive a kind of mantra. I asked somebody once, ''What is your mantra?" He said, "Nim."

I asked him what it meant. He said, "I don't know. I was given it, I paid for it, and I have been chanting it for the last eight years." I said, "Do you enjoy it?" He said, "Yeah." "What has it done for you?" He said. "I don't know, but I like it."

Though the person was innocent, and didn't understand the meaning of what it did for him, his reverence for that word was so powerful that it always set in his heart something very special.

That is all you need.

Life is not equal for all, and it is not equivalent for all. You have to fit in at the frequency of your mind and your body. I have seen that the majority of people do not know how much their body can take. They have never assessed it. Everybody feels a body can take whatever you can give it. That is not true. Everybody has a capacity. Every mind has a frequency. You have to bring the two together, and then you have to find out who you are. That is the easiest way to live happily.

Yoga is a science. It is the purest art by which to live. Everything about it can be explained well. It is meant for a human being. It is not meant for angels. There is no such thing as sin. If it is true that God has created you, then God has created you for a purpose, and to live only for that purpose is Grace.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan