What Is Mantra?

Mantra is the repetition of a word or phrase that is spoken in the mind, out loud, or through singing. This can be in any language. 

Mantra is a Sanskrit word that means “tool of the mind” or “divine speech” or “language of the human spiritual physiology.” Mantra helps create space around us so that we feel lighter, feel less stress, and feel more centered, peaceful and energized. 

One way to experience mantra is to sing Kirtan. Kirtan is from a tradition in India in which Mantra is sung as call-and-response. Kirtan can be sung at home without others. However, singing together is a beautiful way to experience Mantra. 

See opportunities to sing with others on the Portland Community Kirtan Facebook page.