States of consciousness induced by mantra meditation of some Eastern and Christian ways respectively Von ILMA SZÁSZ, Budapest Mantra is a word or a short saying, a short prayer repeated in order to fix the distractions of the mind. Under mantra meditation I mean the repetitive prayer, the aim of which is meeting with God, and involving the whole person at prayer. (I do not speak about the simplified techniques aiming only at healing or success and using only parts of the capacity inherent in this meditation technique). The mantra has a meaning, a melody of sounds and vibration, and hence it acts upon the reason, the feelings and the senses (functions of the spirit, soul and body). In case, of its meaning is paradoxical, it acts even upon intuition. Consequently mantra meditation is a suitable technique for all psychological types of people (i. e. predominantly thinking, feeling, sensation or intuitive types). In the present age when "Word" (verbal thinking) infiltrates throughout almost all of our activities, this technique has a preferential importance. The history of mantra meditation goes back to the Vedic times, it has been used in all great religions and recently (in 1975) it has
Archive for the Psychology of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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