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Universal Mantra Meditation

incense This meditation comes from an ancient Indian text called the Malini Vijaya Tantra, which dates back about 5000 years. It is a very easy meditation, yet very powerful in its capacity to quiet your mind and connect you with your Innermost Essence... your Core Self or Inner Spirit.

This meditation uses a mantra as your object of focus. A mantra is a word or phrase that has the power to catalyze a shift into deeper, more peaceful states of awareness. The mantra we will be using for this meditation is: "Aum." Aum does not have a literal translation. Rather, it is the essential vibration of the universe. If you were to tune into the actual sound of the cosmos, the perpetual sound of Aum is what you would hear.

Although this mantra is sometimes chanted aloud, in this meditation, you will be repeating the mantra mentally... silently. Before we get to the actual steps, there are a few important points to be aware of.

• One of the keys to this meditation is repeating the mantra gently or faintly in your mind.

• The power of this technique comes from letting go and allowing your attention to dive into the deeper realms of the mind. Therefore, even though you will be focussing on the mantra, staying focussed on the mantra is not the aim of this meditation. Trying too hard to stay focussed would keep your attention from descending into the deeper levels of thought. Instead, you will be repeating the mantra with minimal effort, and giving your mind the space to drift a bit.

• I suggest that you resist the temptation to make something happen, and allow the mantra to do the work.

Steps of the Universal Mantra Meditation


  1. Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed and your spine reasonably straight.

  2. Begin repeating the mantra gently in your mind.

  3. Repeat the mantra at whatever tempo feels most natural. There is no need to synchronize the mantra with your breathing, but if this occurs naturally, it's ok.

  4. Allow the mantra to arise more faintly in your mind... repeating it with minimal effort.

  5. Continue repeating the mantra faintly, and allow for whatever happens.

  6. If at any time, you feel that you are slipping into a sleep-like or dream-like state, allow it to happen.

  7. If and when you notice that your attention has drifted completely off the mantra, gently begin repeating it again, and continue with minimal effort. However, if you find yourself in a deeply relaxed, quiet place, I suggest you enjoy that experience rather than coming back to the mantra.

  8. After 10 or 15 minutes come out of your meditation slowly.

Benefits of this meditation:

  • Easily produces a shift into deeper, more peaceful states of awareness. (The degree of this will vary from session to session.)
  • Increases the flow of energy to the brain.
  • Clears away a good deal of physical/emotional toxins. Because of this detoxification, it is best to keep this meditation to 10 or 15 minutes a day when first beginning. After a month or so, it can be increased to 20 minutes, but that should be the maximum for anyone who does not have quite a few years of meditation experience. Also, it is advisable to drink a lot of pure water.
  • Accelerates spiritual growth.

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