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….

(Excerpts from my book: MANTRAS and RITUALS: THE LOGIC OF HINDU SCIENCE. For further reading: ) You may visit Amazon site of your respective country and search “B093Z2M52M”

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6 Responses

  1. v r krishna says:

    you are right on one thing ‘it is placebo

    once a childless woman was going from Dr to Dr from temple to temple and swamiji to swamiji with out any result. On day their villagers brought a fellow who rarely talks but with supposedly “supernatural powers”.The childless women went to see him and told her problem.not knowing what to do he was rubbing his hand on chest.Not having a bath for a while he acumulated a lot of dirt on body, he made a pill out of the dirt and gave it to her.she faithfully swallowed the PILL.Lo Behold she had a baby in 9 months
    Great Placebo!

  2. S.kulandhai vadivel says:

    Dear Sir,

    I was suffered from thyroid problem and kidney disease, kindly help me and tech mantra for cure and improve my health.

  3. Sri says:

    Liked it. One more mantra I like most is
    Na ‘twaham Kamaye raj yam na swargam na punarbhavam
    Kamaye. dukhatapthanam. Praninam aarthanashanam

  4. R.A.GOYAL says:

    Very nice discussion. I also follow two golden rule and recite my favourite mantra at 4Am daily for about one hour.It is very enlightening.Thanks

  5. hastimalbarola says:

    very nice discussion, i will also try to follow two golden rule speacially early to bed and early to rise. thanks , god bless you always

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