Om Bhur Bhuva Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Dhi Yo Yonah Prachodayat
Any personally meaningful sacred word or phrase can be used as a mantra or as a focus for centering prayer. Well known among Christians is the “Jesus Prayer” described in The Way of a Pilgrim, a famous Hesychast text: “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.” In Judaism, the simple word “Shalom” can be used repetitively as a mantra, or the Shema Israel can be said, affirming the unity and love of God. The comparable verse in Islam is called Dhikr.
Recent psychosomatic research (e.g., following Benson 1976) has shown mantrameditation to be very beneficial in eliciting the...
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