Mantra means the creative projection of the mind through sound.

The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power and a predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.

The mantras used in Kundalini Yoga elevate consciousness through their meaning and rhythmical repetition. The bij mantra (seed mantra) in Kundalini Yoga is Satnaam, which means ‘true Identity’; it is a mantra for becoming consciously conscious. 

Using a mantra while meditating also allows the meditative mind to stay focused on this sound wave instead of the physical obstacles (e.g., discomfort of the position, or intrusive thoughts).

Choosing to chant a mantra is like choosing a mind set. May it be positive, joyful, merger. We create our reality through every word we speak.

Mantras are made of syllables which each contain a particular vibration. When you chant, your tongue contacts the palate, and stimulates the 84 meridian points there. This stimulation of the meridian points, along with the regulation of breath while chanting, has an impact on the brain through the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. The result is that you can feel more calm, balanced, and with greater mental clarity.   

Yogi Bhajan taught a wealth of mantras for different purposes. 

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What is a mantra? Mantra is two words: Man and tra. Man means mind. Tra means the heat of life. Ra means sun. So, mantra is a powerful combination of words which, if recited, takes the vibratory effect of each of your molecules into the Infinity of the Cosmos. That is called ‘Mantra.’ Yogi Bhajan