Many people question why we use mantras and what’s their purpose? Mostly we use mantra for two reasons. The first is to give devotion to our gurus and the 2nd to ask for help and support in our everyday lives. Mantras have great spiritual benefits and when we chant them they can help transform the mind. Many people find the chanting mantras daily really helps with difficult situations and also with clearing the mind in preparation for meditation. Here are some mantras that you may find useful.
Manjushri Mantra: Perfect for those in Education or Study of any kind
Oṃ A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhīḥ
Manjushri is a Bodhisattva who represents wisdom, and his mantra also symbolizes that quality. He holds a sword
in his right hand — symbolizing his ability to cut through delusion. In his left hand, by his heart, he holds the stem of a lotus flower, which bears a book — the Perfection of Wisdom teaching, or Prajnaparamita. Om is a mystical syllable (see Om Shanti Shanti Shanti for more details). The syllables between Om and the concluding Dhīh are the first syllables of a syllabary called the arapacana because it begins with A RA PA CA and NA. (A syllabary is like an alphabet, but made up of syllables). This syllabary is found in a number of Buddhist texts, including some Perfection of Wisdom (prajñaparamita) texts. Many of the texts in which A RA PA CA NA (and the rest of the syllabary) appears are not connected with Manjushri, but according to Dr. Conze (in the introduction to The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom) “in later literature is is always connected with the Bodhisattva Manjushri.” The individual syllables A RA PA CA and NA have no conceptual meaning.
Om Gan Ganapataye Namo Namaha, The mantra we ask for wisdom and good fortune from Lord Ganesh. We can also ask Lord goodness for other things like protection or extra support. If we add ‘Shree Siddhi Vinayak Namo Namaha I Ashta Vinayak Namo Namaha Ganapati Bappa Moraya’ This is a mantra from Ganapati Upanishad. One may always use it before beginning a journey, a new course in school, new career or job, or before entering into any new contract or business so that obstacles & problems are removed and your chance for success is heightened.
Green Tara Mantra
In Tibetan Buddhism, om tare tuttare ture soha is an ancient mantra that is related to Tara, the “Mother of all Buddhas,” and especially to her manifestation as Green Tara.
Tara, who the Tibetans also call Dolma, is commonly thought to be a Bodhisattva or Buddha of compassion and action, a protector who comes to our aid to relieve us of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering.
Tara has 21 major forms, each of which has a different color and spiritual meaning. Of these 21 forms, two are especially popular among Tibetan people is White Tara who is associated with compassion and long life, and Green Tara, who is associated with enlightened activity and abundance.
We usually think of om tare tuttare ture soha as Green Tara’s mantra, although sometimes it is used as the main mantra for all the Tara’s.