Uma Mohan and the meaning of mantras

The Meaning of Mantras

Mantras are vocal offerings, in the ancient language of Sanskrit, to the divine (like a prayer):

What are mantras?      

Mantras are energy-based sounds. The Indian metaphysical tradition explains that the body is composed of the combination of five elements and the first of them is sound. Studies in sound symbolism suggest that vocal sounds have meaning whether we are aware of it or not. And certainly there can be multiple layers of symbolism associated with each sound. So even, if we do not understand them, mantras are not meaningless; no vocal utterance is entirely without meaning.
One’s subconscious mind can find its solution through meditation and recitation of mantras. A mantra, when repeated constantly during meditation, first loudly and then through silent and mental chanting, changes the consciousness.

Mantras exist in all languages and religions. For example, Ave Marie is a common mantra chanted by Christians around the world.  A popular Tibetan mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum is chanted for world peace and OM, is considered to be the first primordial sound of the universe.

Why Sanskrit?
Sanskrit is not a religion. It is a language that has been dated back to 3,500 B.C. that is said to be the origin of all the Indo-European languages we speak today.  Sanskrit is a purely phonetic language.  These ancient sounds create energy vibrations that can replace negative energy with positive ones.  When chanting to Sanskrit mantras, the chanter benefits from thousands of years of powerful energy accumulated from the Divine and from the millions of devoted chanters. 
An excerpt from mantra mom.
Here are some youtube clips of Uma Mohan, an Indian singer, musician, dancer, artist and poet.  Uma has a haunting voice that leaves me spell bound:

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    Blood-Ink-Diary said,

    Totally relished this post! Yes, the mantras have a calming effect (at least on me!). A friend from Tibet had gifted a wooden amulet with Om Mani Padme Hum inscribed — I wear this most of the time!
    Lovely videos — surely made me smile and grateful to have you as part of my journey, dear friend.
    Stay blessed. Cheers.

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    Unsungpoet said,

    Quite interesting and very nicely explained!

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