As some background I grew up in a Hindu household but Hinduism never resonated with me.

As an adult I was looking to improve my Anxiety disorder and found meditation to be very powerful. I was unsure about Gods, prayers etc. But I knew from experience and science that meditation works. I decided to experiment with 108 gayatri mantra before meditation daily. The 108 gayatri puts me into a really deep meditation. I decided to try 1008 gayatri and I find that it effects my physical body and mind quite a bit. I even found a study showing how it improves neurochemistry of the human brain.

I was wondering if Gayatri Mantra specifically, or mantras in general affect the physical reality? Does Gayatri mantra change reality on a metaphysical level? And where in the Vedas does it state this?

What was the purpose and use of mantras in Vedic times? What I found online:

In Hinduism, suggests Alper,[41] the function of mantras shifted from the quotidian to redemptive. In other words,[42] in Vedic times, mantras were recited a practical, quotidian goal as intention, such as requesting a deity's help in the discovery of lost cattle, cure of illness, succeeding in competitive sport or journey away from home. The literal translation of Vedic mantras suggests that the function of mantra, in these cases, was to cope with the uncertainties and dilemmas of daily life. In a later period of Hinduism,[43] mantras were recited with a transcendental redemptive goal as intention, such as escape from the cycle of life and rebirth, forgiveness for bad karma, and experiencing a spiritual connection with the god. The function of mantras, in these cases, was to cope with the human condition as a whole.


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The Sanskrit vowels are placed in such manner that speaking them vocally enhances and activates the entire mouth and the organs involved in producing the sound.

the neurological benefit of some vowels is true, take OM for an example It is a combination of 3 vowels "A + U + M", when spoken as a singularity, A activates lower abdominal and stomach portion and speaking U activates chest and upper neck, while M activates the mind. You can try it out on your own, A = brahmA , U = Vishnu , M= Shiva

The main philosophy is that most mantras were not created but rather found by rishis in meditation, as the utterance of these specific words combined together produces specific rhythms which are good for soul and body.

Whether it affects your outer reality or not is still debatable, but it sure affects the inner being of the one chanting.

Reference: https://www.rudraksha-ratna.com/articles/Trijuti-Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh
Further reading: https://upliftconnect.com/neuroscience-and-the-sanskrit-effect

  • Welcome to Hinduism Stack Exchange! Could you add authentic source for this statement of yours: "A = brahmA , U= Vishnu , M= Shiva" ?
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 23, 2020 at 5:47
  • try to utter A = abdominal region is activated , signifying brahma as he is created, and human reproduction is used for birthing is situated there
    – vince
    Jul 23, 2020 at 5:53
  • U = Vishnu, preserves the universe, our lungs and heart preserve and makes sure the body is running smoothly, and transfer oxygen to entire body , signifying the role of Vishnu
    – vince
    Jul 23, 2020 at 5:54
  • Thanks! I have updated your answer with the link
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 23, 2020 at 5:54

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