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More About Mantras

I’ve been noticing in some of your recent issues the term “mantra.” Being new to self-exploration, I’m not sure how this works. I looked it up and the dictionary refers to it as having Hindu or Buddhist origins. It says it is “a sacred word or formula repeated as an incantation.”

Where do you get the words? Do you make them up? Look them up? Where? Are they in a book I can buy? Do you say the same ones over and over, or make up new ones? How many repetitions? For how long? When?

I know these are a lot of questions, but the mantra seems strange, or foreign, to me, and somewhat pagan. Why not just say a prayer? Or is a prayer the same thing? As a Christian, I don’t want to dishonor my own faith, or insult another’s. I want to try the experience of saying a mantra but am not sure how to begin. Any suggestions to help me get started?

Anne M.

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