Mantra for Anxiety : For non-Indians as well
Mantras for anxiety is one of the persistent demand of last week. Hence I thought I will write a post about such mantras.
While thousands of our readers have benefited immensely from our spiritual advice and content one of the constant complaint we have heard from some of our users is that most mantras are in Indian languages and hence people from western part of the world are unable to read it and hence benefit from it.
There are two reasons why we avoid giving transliteration for many mantras. Mantras are powerful sounds but they have a meaning as well. Correct pronunciation is supremely critical for many mantras. If pronounced incorrectly their meaning could change, if the person chanting can’t understand the spirit of the mantra they wont benefit and in some cases could be harmed. The second reason why we have avoided this is because were under impression that most people reading our content are from India but it appears around 20% of our traffic comes from USA alone.
Please note that Hindu spiritual knowledge is for everyone. It is just plain knowledge like Science and would benefit no matter where you are born and what other traditions your follow unless they are in contradiction to dharmic values.
COVID19 has causes a lot of anxiety everywhere. Yes, spirituality can help you defeat it to very large extent. Anxiety is physiological, psychological and could be paranormal as well. Human evolution has given us senses we don’t fully understand and sometimes anxiety could be because of some evil spirit or bad fate as well. But it does not matter. Following spiritual practice will help you.
Preferably in the morning, ideally sit facing the sunlight. Let the sunlight fall on your face or body. If you live in an apartment where sunlight is not easily accessible sit facing the window in a well lit place. It is preferable you sit cross legged on the floor.
Breath in the following manner while chanting the mantra I have provided below. You need not close your eyes and feel free to read it from your computer or printed paper.
Take a deep breath in slowly, breath till you feel your lungs are really full. Hold the breath for may be half a second and then slowly let your lungs empty. As you do this breathing try to read the following mantra in the mind. Over time you will get a rhythm where you will use your breathing cycle to time with the mantra. This sort of breathing technique is called ujjayi. If you are physically fit, you can follow the more rigorous process.
बुद्धिर् बलम् यशो धैर्यम्
निर्भयत्वम् अरोगताम्अजाड्यम् वाक् पटुत्वम् च
हनुमत् स्मरणात् भवेत्॥buddhir balam yasho dhairyamnirbhayatvam arogatAmajADyam vAk paTutvam cahanumat smaraNAt bhavet ||This is one of the simplest slokAs you will come across with a very simple meaning. बुद्धि (buddhi) – intelligence, बलम् (balam) – strength, यश् (yash) – fame, धैर्यम् (dhairyam) – courage, निर्भयत्वम् (nirbhayatvam) – fearlessness, अरोगताम् (arogatAm) – disease-free health, अजाड्यम् (ajADyam) – determination, वाक् पटुत्वम् च (vAk paTutvam ca) – and articulateness of speech, will all last forever (भवेत्, bhavet) if you meditate (स्मरणात् , smaraNAt) on Lord Hanuman (हनुमत्, hanumat) at all times.