MANTRAS FOR HEALTH, WEALTH AND PROSPERITY – REAL OR FAKE?
Last year, while I was in USA, I received a WhatsApp message: “Uday sir, can you please advice me a mantra for health?” On further enquiry, I found that she was a regular reader of my website.
“Proper food and proper exercise will take care of your health…” I said.
“No…Real Sanskrit mantra (Sacred Hymns) for chanting…I know you have advised mantra to a friend of mine which had miraculously changed her life…” she said, mentioning a friend’s name.
Honestly, I don’t know if mantras have any powers. There is no scientific study to prove that any mantras are effective. But there is no study to prove that mantras are not effective. Scientists recently have proved DNA can be reprogrammed by words and frequencies. Biochemists are using specific frequency to repair human DNA. So we can’t say anything for sure.
My ancestors (till 500AD, before invasions) cannot be wrong, so some mantra may have some powers – but it is almost a lost art (or science) as of today. Apart from just mantra reciting, something else might have been there – the ambience, life-style, the nature, purity of mind and body, food, situation etc- many variables that we don’t know of. But based on some effects on some people, we can neither generalize nor take it as granted.
Going by my personal experience with many people, I can definitely say that mantras have a placebo effect. It works upon issues related to mind. Since most of our diseases (psycho-somatic) have their origin in the mind, most of the physical illness can also be cured. I have advised some mantras for some people. And success rate? A whopping 99%. It still amazes me.
“Hmm. Yes, I think I have a mantra for you…What’s your problem?”
“I have high blood pressure, insomnia and anxiety neurosis…”
“Are you taking medicines for that?” I asked her.
“Yes. Every time I check, the dosages are increasing so I am really scared to death..Last time when I visited the doctor, he prescribed tabs for depression too…I am developing diabetics too.” This is a vicious circle. And this kills. She explained her situation and nature of the job.
“Ok… I shall tell you the mantra…but there are two strict rules, can you follow it? No mantras and no prayers would work without these rules…” I said.
“I shall earnestly follow it sir…”
“Rule no.1: You have to recite this mantra at Brahma Muhurta (Saraswati Yamam) – that means you will have to get up at 4 AM and get ready for it. And also, make sure that you go to bed before 10PM”
In fact the rule no 1 of getting up early has great significance in life. The famous quote of Benjamin Franklin “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” is not a joke – it will eradicate almost all tamo gunas (darkness) in you. The quality of time, rejuvenated brain, freshness of breath and serene ambience would definitely change the body system. Take for instance a student’s study pattern. Researchers have proven that one hour study in the night=15 minutes of study in the early morning. (Everything has an exception, I know)
After reciting the mantra utilize some time for yoga, pranayama and gardening. This has tremendous positive effect on human body.
“Rule no.2: You have to follow sattvik (purity) life style…” She didn’t know about sattvik life style. I have explained it to her. She said she would follow it.
Then I advised her moola mantra – whatever came to my mind by intuitively during that point of time. “Just continue this without fail everyday for 41 days, don’t even call me before that” I told her.
I received a phone call from her on 42nd day. “I am far better now,” she said. She was so excited and her words were expressive of her gratitude. I said: “Be thankful to our ancestors who taught us this cosmic wisdom. I had just repeated what they said…”
“What next?” she asked.
“Continue your sadhana (disciplined and dedicated practice). If I tell you “You deserve everything that happens to you, good or bad. You create your happiness and your misery” you won’t understand it. But as we progress we will realize this truth and then we will be happy, come what may. Please continue your sadhana till then” I said.
When some mantra works for some people, they spread the word adding their excitements and exaggeration. Listening to such stories, their friends and relatives call me. Anybody who follows those two rules can save himself/herself from agony, misery and pain. Anybody can find any mantras – lot of literature available in the book stores. But sometimes I can’t help laughing when people ask mantras for curing pimple and hair fall. Recently a person called me for mantra to create wealth! I told him to work overtime and recite a Lakshmi mantra.
This time, when we visited USA, she invited us to her home. We couldn’t go. But I wished her family all the best.
“Do you recite any mantras?” she asked again. “What makes you happy?”
Our ancestors have taught us the most powerful precious universal mantra: “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” (May eternal peace and goodwill prevail in the whole world). Can you find any other mantra in any religious scriptures that is powerful than this? Anybody reciting this mantra will be showered with authentic happiness.
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