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Mantram Handbook

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The mantram, or mantra, is a short, powerful, spiritual formula from the world's great traditions, repeated silently in the mind, anytime, anywhere. Examples of mantrams are Rama, Rama, used by Gandhi, or My God and My All, repeated by St. Francis of Assisi, or Om Mane Padme Hum. Easwaran taught the use of the mantram for over forty years as part of his passage meditation ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Nilgiri Press (first published September 1988)
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May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful little book for those who are interested to learn more about the meaning of mantras, the mystery of how a mantra works, and the benefits of chanting a mantra as a practice. I think it's a great way to slow down, soothe your soul, and access your deepest self. Eknath Easwaran gives many examples of how reciting a mantra helped parents, children and couples over their conflicts. I enjoyed it!

Here's an overview of how a mantra works, from my blog:

Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tired of your mind wandering aimlessly or dwelling on things that are not empowering or uplifting you. Start practicing a mantram. Once you establish this practice you will have a valuable tool for many situations. If I feel anger arising, two short words enter my mind and calm is restored (most times it takes a few repetitions:) ) I've even taught it to my daughter and encourage her to use it if she becomes frightened or upset. She's only four and enjoys signing our mantram on walks or sometime ...more
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
A good, straightforward instruction manual on the history, uses and practice of the mantra(m). As ever, Easwaran is clear and does an excellent job of elucidating the philosophies behind mantra practice; those who are completely new to the concept will be able to approach this for the first time and not feel intimidated by Sanskrit terminologies or the more esoteric parts of Eastern spirituality.

I have found this book a wonderful way to restart my japa practice and also to enrich my understandi
John Burns
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love the way Eknath writes. Very clear. I like how all his ideas seem to grow out of this vast body of religious literature. What Joe Campbell did with finding thematic connections within wide expanses of mythological and philosophical material, Eknath does with a much narrower, albeit still varied body of material, primarily ancient eastern texts, sufi poets and Christian mystics. As with any wide ranging comparative approach it can be criticised as being too subjective, too based on one's ow ...more
Mary Follis
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read, helpful. Lists & explains mantras, recommends using one in times of stress, impatience, boredom, etc., to keep the mind from running away or becoming reactive. I learned about the author from receiving daily Blue Mountain Meditation emails, liked much of what he has to say, & got the book.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found this book very valuable.
Ishwar Gupta
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A touchstone book! Worth of followed else just another spiritual book dwelling in mysticism.
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
extremely helpful, made so much sense, an easy and enjoyable read.
Leela Pal Chaudhuri
Eloquent evocative call to acquiring, believing and chanting a mantra for peace, healing and clarity .
Rudolph Fernandez
A must read for anyone who is 'too busy' to read or relax. Written in Easwaran's trademark style - simple, direct, forceful.
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