Yes, the sanskrit word Bhuta can have different meanings e.g. 1. For addressing happened in past, 2. For Pancha Mahabhuta (five elements - Agni, Vayu, Jala, Prithivi and Aakash) and 3. For living beings. More accurate translation would be "becoming" or manifasting.
Here it's used to address living beings. According to Sanskrit Dictionary:
Traditionally Hindus are the one who believe in Aparusheyatva of Vedas. Swami Prabhavananda says the following in book Spiritual Heritage of India.
The Vedas, on the other hand, are said to be apauruseya, which means
divine in origin. In fact, in the words of Sayanacarya, the learned
commentator on the Vedas, Yo vedebhyaH akhilaM jagat nirmAne — God
The word is made up of two words - sarva (meaning all) and bhooteshu.
The word bhooteshu itself is the plural locative form of the word bhoota. Literally it means "in (as in inside) bhootas". The meaning of bhootas is already explained in the other answer. The literal meaning I found on a french site is
bhūtā été; devenu, qui a existé, qui s'est produit; ...
Mantras (मन्त्र) means “mystical formula” or a ritual formula used in worship , meditation , Yajnas (Sacrifices ) , devotion etc. in Vedic or Tantric practices and is associated or is of some deity or group of deities. Mantras are used throughout vedic and puranic literature.
Vayu Purana is giving us the definition of mantra as -
It is found in the Uttara Khanda of the Padma Purana:
The wife said: O Lord, O ocean of virtues, listen to my words. If
for some reason you are angry with your mother, speak out to
me. O good one, formerly you never resorted to silence like this.
Some younger brother has insulted you. This parrot in the cage
does not eat food without you. Give ...
Try to feel that your breath itself is silently making the sounds of
Hong and Sau.
It is quite clear that it is talking about the Hamsa Mantra also known as the Ajapa Japa which everyone does constantly but without any special effort.
There are plenty of excellent references from the Tantras on Hamsa but I'm quoting now from a minor Upanishad.
These Mantras are found in the Padma Purana and are also used during Achamana by certain sects.
Quoting from the book "Essence of Padma Purana" @Kamakoti.org:
The arrangement of the ‘Samudra Mathana’was that Manthara Mountain was
to be set as the churning rod, Maha Sarpa Vasuki was the string with
which to tie up the Mountain and Bhagavan himself as ...
Why is it required for it to be actually effective for the reciter?
The reason is - "the scriptures say so". That Mantra Japa is fruitful only if the Mantra is Guru-given and otherwise it is not.
For example, Lord Shiva says:
PAramparyAgamAmnAyam mantra AchArAdikam priye | Sarvam
gurumukhAllabdham saphalam syAnna chAnyathA ||
Om is a Mantra, so chanting Om constitutes Mantra Japa. Other names for it are Pranava Mantra, TAraka Mantra etc.
Om represents the Adi Dvani (primordial sound) and is an Ekakshara Bija Mantra (mono-syllabled seed Mantra). It also represents the Brahman in the MAntrik level.
EkAkshare tathA kute traipure mantra nAyike | Shtri datte swapna
lavdhe cha ...
As for belief in Vedas -
Belief is central to religion. The whole concept of religion revolves around belief. That's why nonbelievers are called atheists. So when it comes to religion there cannot be a part belief and a part disbelief. Either you believe or you don't. Our belief in the Vedas are absolute because it was handed down to us by our great ...
It is not surprising that it is working and you are realizing the benefits.
Because, according to Tantras, there is no difference whatsoever between Devata and his Mantra.
YathA devas tathA mantro yathA mantras tathA guruh | Deva mantra
gurunAncha pujAyAh sadrisham phalam ||
What is deity that is Mantra and that is Guru. Worship of any of ...
R. L. Kashyap in Essentials of Rig Veda lists about 30 ṛṣhikās along with the verse numbers. The author notes the list is not exhaustive.
Women Ṛṣhis (ṛṣhikā) in the Rig Veda Samhitā
Apālā Ātreyī 8.91
Dakshiṇā Prājapatyā 10.107
The Kalas of Vahni (Agni), Arka (Surya) and Soma (Chandra) are mentioned in the Mahanirvana tantra's Chapter 6, in the context of preparing the Sri Patra and Samanya argha.
Vahni has 10 parts (Kala-s).
Then the six parts of the body should be worshipped in the six corners
of the hexagon. Then worship the triangle, with the Mula−...
Mantra-Chaitanya and Mantra-Diksha are both related to the Guru who gives the Diksha. Other than that there is no link between them as such that there will be differences.
In other words those are not comparable entities. However both are required for the Mantra-Japa to be a success.
Lord Shiva says, without Mantra-Chaitanya, Japa bears no fruit.
Stotras should never be recited in mind. In Stotras' case there should be loud recital.
In Mantra Japa, the best form is Manasa Japa (the silent chant). Loud Mantra Japa is considered as the inferior kind of Japa.
Manasaa yah smaret stotram vachashaa vaa manum japet | Ubhayam nishphalam devi bhinna-bhaandokadam yathaa ||
O Devi! The act of ...
First of all one has to legally obtain the mantra through initiation (Diksha). This is the first step. Next, Purascharan, as prescribed, has to be done.
Without Purascharana, a mantra is stated to be devoid of any powers.
The Puras’charanam of Gâyatrî is repeating this twenty four lakh times
(i.e., as many lakh times as there are syllables in the ...
As per PADMA-PURANA: UTTARAKHANDA: Chapter 78 The Hymn called 'Apamarjana',
1-2. I shall hereafter tell you about the excellent vow of the sprinkling with water, as told by Pulastya to the magnanimous Dalabhya. It destroys all faults caused by diseases. It gives auspiciousness. I shall tell it to you. Listen, O daughter of the
It has nothing to do with enmity or friendship between the Grahas. Actually one needs to worship the Grahas in their due order. And, this order is given in the following verse:
Surya (The sun), Soma (the moon), Mahiputra (the son of the earth,
Mars), Somaputra (the son of the moon. Mercury), Brihaspati (Jupiter),
Sukra (Venus), Sanaichara (Saturn), ...
I found a Mantra called Gauri Mantra, from the book Brihat TantrasAra. It's a Tantric Mantra. So, before initiation from the Guru one is not qualified to chant it.
From the above mentioned book's pp 491:
GaurimantrAh: Hrim gauri rudradayite yogeswari savarma phat |
Dvithantah shodasArnohayam mantrah sadbhirudahritah ||
So, the actual Mantra is this - ...
In which all scriptures (Vedas, Tantras, Agamas, etc.) is the science
of mantra and the types of mantras mentioned?
The science of Mantras, Purascharana and allied stuffs are extensively dealt with in the Tantras. Tantras or Agamas deal with the subject more exhaustively than any other scriptures do.
That's primarily because, discussing the science of ...
As stated in the answer by Rakesh Joshi, there are certain Mantras which are spoken by God only but those Mantras are not in Sanskrit. Those Mantras are stated in "apabhAshA".
The Mantras are called ShAvar Mantra and plenty such Mantras can be found in the Shavara Tantram.
One Mantra which is to be used on water (such Mantras are called JolporA Mantra) is ...
According to Brihat TantrasAra's Pariccheda 2, this Mantra is also found in the Gautamiya Tantram, which is a Vaishnava Tantra.
The Rishi and other limbs of the Mantra (as found in Gautamiya) are quoted in Brihat TantrasAra's page 237.
TathAcha Brihad Gautamiye ----- Bhogamokshaikanilayo luptabijo
dashAksharah | Uddharettu ...
The "निरंजनो निराकार एको देवो महेश्वरः (Niranjano nirakara, eko devo Maheswara)" comes from an ancient Sanskrit tantric text named Shiva Swarodaya. This is found in 6th shloka of the text which contains total 395 shlokas:
तत्वमेव परं मूलं निश्चितं तत्त्ववादिभिः।
तत्त्वस्वरूपं किं देव तत्त्वमेव प्रकाशय।।5।।
Rashmi Mala (Rashmi=Ray; Mala=Garland) Mantras are part of Sri Vidya worship. The Mantras are mentioned in the Parashurama Kalpa Sutra.
Details are also mentioned in the expository text Nityotsava's 3rd chapter, a text which is based (chapter by chapter) on Kalpa Sutra itself.
After a disciple is initiated into Sri Vidya, he/she must perform daily some ...