Mantra Repetition can be used to still the mind, to make the mind totally silent. The mantra can help to make you unoccupied with other words. The need to occupy time is the need of the non-meditative mind.
The non-meditative mind is constantly occupied with others. When others are not there, you do not know how to be engaged by yourself. You are not even aware that you can live with yourself. You have lived with others. In meditation, when you are not with others you are alone-though it is not really being alone. You begin to feel lonely, loneliness is the absence of others, and aloneness is the presence of oneself.
If you are doing meditation regularly, you will feel that there is no need for the mind to be occupied always. To be unoccupied is a beautiful thing. There will come a moment when you will be totally unoccupied, that is the very moment that you enter into timelessness, with occupation you can never surpass time or space-not even occupied with yourself, not even meditating- you are just there-that is the moment that is the peak moment, of the spiritual existence, of bliss.
Spirit is the Atman as seen or grasped by the mind. His focal name is Om; so repeat it, meditate on it, and think of all its wonderful nature and attributes. Repeating the Om continually is the only true worship. It is not a word, it is God Himself.
“I change my thoughts, I change my world.”
Mantra – Sadhana is the only means which purifies the heart of a disciples or Sadhak.
Om is the most important of all mantras. All mantras generally begin and often also end with Om.
If you want to use some mantra; Rama, Krishna, Hari, etc., to make the wandering mind to concentrate on one name, thereby getting over the wave of thoughts rushing in the mind and eventually to make the mind still it is beneficial, alright. But, if any result, spiritual advancement you aspire, the sound of the name you chant has to be with utmost devotion, as a prayer. In other words, the sound takes the form of your deity-God. By repeating one mantra, what happens is you will get attached to the name and that will be a hindrance to going deeper within. To begin with japa, mantra repetition but come to a state where there is no need to continue japa further. Use Rama to dispel all other words- thoughts from the mind, don’t retain, one begins to feel guilty about discarding the mantra because it has helped him so much.
Still, if you feel like repeating the one-word mantra, such as Rama or Aum instead of a long namokar, with one word, it is easy to drop at some point. One should not be too much attached as the mind is led not by words by meaning also. Words are not necessary. Better is silent prayer. Use the word when the breath is going out and make incoming breath the gap. If you are angry use this sound, and within seconds there will be no anger.
“The person who regularly recites mantra attains liberation from the fears of disease and death.”
Initially, one may use a mantra, but ultimately everything including the worship of personal aspect of God will turn of impersonal aspect-abstract meditation to realize the self-Atman within. There is no distinction between manifest and unmanifest Truth. Know that you and the God you worship are one and the same. Transcend names, forms and duality.
“O mind, there is only the One medicine, mantra and healing herb – centre your consciousness firmly on the One Lord. Take to the Lord, the Destroyer of the sins and karma of past incarnations.”