We let scatter our mental energy in random thoughts; so we find it difficult to tread the spiritual path of meditation.
It has been the experience of many seekers that as soon as they sit in meditation, all sorts of turbulent thoughts occupy their mind as a result of which they are forced to abandon meditation. This happens because of the deep-rooted tendency of the mind to dwell upon worldly objects.
It is, therefore, important that a point of focus is provided to the mind that could help harness thoughts, giving them a new, inward direction. Sages had evolved certain mantras or holy syllables whose sound vibrations have the potency of creating an ambience that is conducive to entering into deep meditation.
Swami Muktananda, on the basis of his personal experience, spoke in glowing terms about the efficacy of the panchakshari , the five-lettered mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, in inducing seekers to spontaneously delve into deep meditation. The five syllables of this mantra na, ma, shi, va and ya are the bij-aksharas or seed-letters of the five elements of creation; earth, water, fire, air and ether, of which our body is made. Flesh represents the earth; blood represents water; the body heat that helps in digesting food represents fire; the prana or life-giving force represents air; and the mind represents ether.
Constant repetition of these holy syllables, either verbally or mentally, generates powerful spiritual vibrations that render the mind pure and one-pointed, directing it inwards, leading ultimately to the awakening of the Kundalini, the spiritual energy, that lies dormant at the base of the spine, the muladhar, in each individual. more….