The Use and Meaning of Mantras

The Sanskrit word mantra- (m. मन्त्रः, also n. मन्त्रं)consists of the root man- "to think" (also in manas "mind") and the suffix -tra meaning, tool, hence a literal translation would be "instrument of thought".(1) The most popular source of mantras is from India - verses from the Veda. These words are pronounced with intention and purpose according to traditional methods. There are also mantras from the religious and magick practice of Tantra, and these are used for both good and evil purposes1.

There are five different types of mantras that can be used

Mantras that work by the principle of faith
Mantras that work by association
Mantras that work by agreement or covenant
Mantras that work by meaning
Mantras that work by their sound without reference to their meaning.

Mantras of Faith

The first, most basic type of mantra, the mantra of faith. There is much to be said about faith, as many times faith brings about results, because through the energy of faith, the results are expected. It is based on the same principle of prayer, in that the person "praying" has immense faith in the being that they are praying to for results. Many times a prayer like this is handed down through generations of families. If it looses it's true meaning through time does not matter, as people will continue to believe that it works. It works on the same principles of the Power of Suggestion

The most familiar and obvious satanic prayer of this kind are the words "Hail Satan". Although this is often used as a simple greeting between Satanists, when this "mantra" is used during a ritual, it becomes like a prayer to the Dark Lord, and is used to unite the participants under one idea and thought, the praise of Satan. It is the faith in this type of prayer that produces results. The second type of faith is the faith of the operator, the one repeating the words. By using a mantra to focus the energy, you have effectively produced faith in yourself at your own ability, which produces results. It is like a psychological chain reaction.

Mantras of Association

Words are labels, and the carry ideas and associations with them. For instance, think of the word "ocean" you think of this word it might bring to mind, the smell of sea salt, wetness, the roar of the waves. Another example is the National Anthem, whose words are practically meaningless in their context since they have been written, but when one hears the "national Anthem" one is compelled to think of patriotism, and the pride of belonging to their country. These words have their corresponding images and feelings linked to them, and produce associations with the use of the word.

Associations are not instantaneous in their creation, unless they are within a context of extreme incidence. For instance, when people hear the phrase "nine-eleven" , most of us immediately see that image of the burning twin towers in our mind. We can recall this moment in an instant by hearing this word. This word, that was used to describe what happened, is now an associated link with this event.

You can create and recall associations in a controlled way, by linking a word or name with an idea. You could concentrate and do a focused meditation on your favorite demon or god, or any subject and thus, through practice, their name will be associated with the things that you have come to experience in your meditation. This is one of the main uses of a gods name as a mantra, because of the associative powers that a name contains.

Mantras of Agreement or Covenant

In the olden days, performing certain parts of ritual and using certain phrases builds upon spiritual energy. The energy is within the ritual's workings- it is usually a ritual that has been passed down for centuries, and the energy of this ritual has created the condition of cause and effect. It is by faith that people believe that their ritual words and prayers are causing this reaction.

To quote C.W. Leadbetter.."As far as the man is concerned, they produce one of two effects; either they strengthen his will to do that which he is trying to do, or they impress upon him the absolute conviction that it will be done. 2"

It is much like creating a groove (in the fabric of reality) with spiritual energy, and whenever the ritual is performed, the reaction occurs. Religious devotion that is sustained through "religion" and "religious practice" will create an expectation of results and fulfillment of the rituals purpose. This is especially true with ritual words that have been used for hundreds of years by priests. This is why and how ritual magick works.

Mantras that work by Meaning

This type of mantra helps to create an association. These words are said and repeated with confidence, many times until they are implanted upon the subconscious. This is like self- programming by using a word, phrase or idea to help strengthen your will.

By focusing on a word or phrase you are able to concentrate on one idea or thought. The Hindu, among other schools of thought, believe that practicing this leads to the ability of being able to silence the mind at will. The word "ohm", said over and over is an example of a type of mantra to help focus the mind.

Another example of the mantra of meaning is the "blessing" or consecration. This happens in many different types of religious tradition. The two types of this is the blessing one places upon them self, or the type of blessing that is given by a priest. These blessings create a thought form which attaches itself to the person who is blessed. The energy of this thought form is dependent on the amount of energy that goes into creating it.

This is similar to enchanting an object, talisman or amulet for a specific purpose. This must be done with purposeful intent, and the words must be spoken with meaning. If the blessing you make for your object of desire is empty and meaningless, the effect would be slight and purposeless. However, if the words spoken during the time of blessing have the force of your will behind them, the effect will be lasting.

Mantras that work by Sound

Mantras used for their sound work by the principle of vibration. There is vibration in all living and non-living things in this universe. This type of mantra seeks to harmonize the speaker with vibrations. An example of this is the Gregorian Chants. These monks have trained themselves to use the perfect note and pitch, with a certain inflection, to harmonize with the vibrations. These can be either sung, or hummed.

Once again, CW Leadbetter, on the word AUM:

"That humming sound is a very powerful thing. Sometimes the three letters A U M are sounded separately. Again, it may be taken on many different notes, low or high, and sometimes it is sung upon several notes in succession, in a sort of arpeggio. I have heard that according to the Indian books there are supposed to be about one hundred and seventy ways of pronouncing the Word, each with its different effect, and it is thought to be the most powerful of all mantras."2

It is often said in creation legends, how the earth was created with a word. This is the powerful effect of the spoken word in it's purest form, meant to harmonize and synthesize with the universe. It is the expression of a deity in it's ultimate form. Eternal thought concealed in the darkness comes forth as the creative word. The Christians have a good example of this, with their "AMEN", which was originally an Egyptian word meant to close a prayer.

These are some examples of Mantras that I have used. In these, I have used the name of Satan, but there are a myriad of other gods within this system that you could choose. If you happen to find a particular mantra that helps you focus, you can use that as a gateway into your mind and soul, for training and experience on the path of Satanism.

ohm sat tan ohm --------- thou self existent one
Ave Satanas---------5 syllables,like the pentagram of satan "praise Satan"
infusco ignis Satanas---dark flame of Satan, Latin mantra
Diabolus Aeternium-----eternal Satan, Greek
satannas dominus terra --Satan,ruler of earth, Latin

- Venus Satanas

1. wiki Search on "mantra"
2. The Masters and the Paths - C.W. Leadbetter
[ Read a version online here: Masters_And_Path-CWL.htm accessed 9/17/08 ]
3. Ibid.

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