The Mantram Handbook

A Practical Guide to Choosing Your Mantram & Calming Your Mind

Learn how to choose your mantram, and how to use it to focus your thoughts, replenish your energy, release your creativity, and strengthen your relationships.

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A mantram (or mantra) is a short, powerful spiritual formula or prayer word from the world’s great traditions, repeated silently in the mind, anytime, anywhere. Examples of mantrams are Rama, Rama, used by Gandhi, My God and My All, used by St. Francis of Assisi, and the Buddhist mantram Om mani padme hum.

Easwaran taught the use of the mantram for 40 years as part of his passage meditation program. The mantram can help you to access your deeper resources in the midst of the challenges of daily living. It can open the door to a life that is increasingly full and meaningful.

Easwaran uses stories and examples to show how the mantram can be a great support to parents and children, to colleagues at work, to couples in a relationship – even in illness or depression, and at the time of death.

The latest edition includes a foreword, "The Brain, the Mind, & the Mantram," by Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD, Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco.

"The mantram becomes one's staff of life, and carries one through every ordeal."  – Mahatma Gandhi

The audiobook (unabridged) is read by Paul Bazely, a professional actor and longtime student of Easwaran. Music is by Yann Stoneman, also a student of Easwaran.

This is a powerful book, one I found well worth reading. Using the word "classic" to describe any book is probably overdone but I'm very tempted to use it here.

Easwaran is a pretty good writer. He takes the most nebulous topics, breaks them down and makes them as concrete as they're ever going to be. Mostly he accomplishes this through stories and analogies.

One story that especially stands out in my mind is this tale of a spat he witnessed in a young couple. The boy stood outside his girlfriend’s window calling out her name until she came back down. Easwaran compares that to a human using a mantra.

There's a bunch like that in here.

If spirituality ever becomes universal, Easwaran's mind-set is probably something of what it would look like. Anyone from any spiritual background could use this book. Easwaran quotes liberally from a variety of traditions and that's interesting because he was versed in many.

The topics explored in the last half of the book gives one an idea of what advanced spirituality looks like.