Mantras are tools capable of creating transformation. A definition of mantra (Sanskrit) is “to free the mind”. As one journeys from mantra toward freedom, the mind begins to expand and widen. It starts to understand the essence of the vibration of things.
Mantras help the mind to focus (memorization via discipline) and become one-pointed. Where repression (avoid or escape) is not the intent, but a stabilization to help us work through what needs to be worked through (and healed). As with yoga, the use of mantras eventually evolves to a more subtle practice, leading our attention inward where as the conscious effort and increased awareness allows for the internal arising of the mantra (and for the transformation toward self-realization).
There are various definitions and translations of mantras, but the true definition, the true meaning is the experience and awakening that is ultimately created within the individual.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
Mantra of Compassion
Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urva-rukamiva Bhandhanaat Mrityor-mukshiya Ma Amritat
Asatoma Sadgamaya Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya Mrithyor Maa Amrutham Gamaya Aum Shanti Shanti Shantihi
Five Syllable Mantra
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Medicine Buddha Mantra
Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha