Yoga Sutra 1.2
Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha
(Calm the fluctuations of the mind)
It’s impossible to remove the fluctuations of the mind because the mind is always thinking -that’s what it does. Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras teaches us methods of quieting the mind which leads us to mental peace.These fluctuations that Patanjali refers to have to do with desires, aversions, attachments, ignorance and the ego's sense of “I” and “me” and “mine."
Mantra's are a method to achieve this. When we chant, our dRSTi is on the intention and the meaning behind the mantra. As we recite the words the mind becomes calm, we are at peace...
Here you will find a selection of sanskrit mantra's and their meanings
Om Namah Shivaya
Also considered "The King" of all mantras, “Om Namah Shivaya” is often referred to as “the five-syllable-mantra”—evoking the five elements of existence: earth, water, fire, air, and space. It is a love song to ourselves that is both purifying and a healing. This mantra is particularly potent given Shiva’s connection to death and destruction. A key element of yogic philosophy is coming to terms with our own mortality and the impermanence of existence. Om Namah Shivaya, then, is not only elevating in the sense that it brings the chanter closer to the divine, but also in its courageous affirmation: I take solace even in the unknowable and unimaginable path of destruction.