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Apoorva Manthradhara
by Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage
The Sanskrit word mantra consists of the root man- "to think" (also in manas "mind") and the suffix -tra meaning, tool, hence a literal translation would be "instrument of thought". Mantras are interpreted to be effective as sound (vibration), to the effect that great emphasis is put on correct pronunciation (resulting in an early development of a science of phonetics in India). They are intended to deliver the mind from illusion and material inclinations. Chanting is the process of repeating a mantra.
The most basic mantra is Aum, which in Hinduism is known as the "pranava mantra," the source of all mantras. The philosophy behind this is the Hindu idea of nama-rupa (name-form), which supposes that all things, ideas or entities in existence, within the phenomenological cosmos, have name and form of some sort. The most basic name and form is the primordial vibration of Aum, as it is the first manifested nama-rupa of Brahman, the unmanifest reality/unreality. Essentially, before existence and beyond existence is only One reality, Brahman, and the first manifestation of Brahman in existence is Aum. For this reason, Aum is considered to be the most fundamental and powerful mantra, and thus is prefixed and suffixed to all Hindu prayers. While some mantras may invoke individual Gods or principles, the most fundamental mantras, like 'Aum,' the 'Shanti Mantra,' the 'Gayatri Mantra' and others all ultimately focus on the One reality.
Mantras are powerful sounds. Mantras are the ones that have when chanted produce great effects. These are chanted repeatedly and that is called Japa. Mantras are very rich in their meaning. While doing japa one can meditate on the mantra and its meaning. As the mind dwell more and more into that, the mantra conditions the mind and takes up to the higher states and forms the path to the great liberation - eternal bliss !
When a mantra is chanted in rhythmic tone with ups and downs, they create a melodious effect in the body. This effect can be defined as the Neurolinguistic effect. Remember the Neurolinguistic effect will be possible even if you do not know the meaning of the mantra. Hence knowing the meaning of every mantra is not compulsory. At the same time if you know the meaning it has got an additional effect which is known as Neurolinguistic (NLE) plus Psycholinguistic effect (PLE).
Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra. Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra.
At a deep level, subconscious mind is a collective consciousness of all the forms of primitive consciousnesses which exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. The dedicated use of mantra can dig into subconscious crystallized thoughts stored in the organs and glands and transform these bodily parts into repositories of peace. Sanskrit mantras are composed of letters which correspond to certain petals or spokes of chakras in the subtle body.
Apoorva Manthradhara has a collection of about one hundred and twenty manthras published by Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage. Click the links below to download the files in MP3 format:
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Title
Size
1
Aadityahrudayam
2.24 MB
2
Aaraavamudan Mangalaashaasanam
586.91 KB
3
Acyuta Ashtakam
1.05 MB
4
Ashtabhuja Ashtakam
1.54 MB
5
Ashtasloki
1.79 MB
6
Baalamukunda Ashtakam
1.24 MB
7
Bhaashyakaaraprapatti
1.66 MB
8
Bhagavaddhyaana Sopaanam
2.39 MB
9
Bhiishma Stuti
1.81 MB
10
Cakraraaja Mangalam
625.13 KB
11
Chatusslokii
1021.91 KB
12
Dashaavataara Stotram
2.86 MB
13
Desika Mangalam
2.47 MB
14
Devaraaja Ashtakam
822.78 KB
15
Devaraaja Mangalam

1.04 MB

16
Devaraaja Panchakam
1.28 MB
17
Dhaatii Panchakam
1.22 MB
18
Dhanvantari Stotram
246.92 KB
19
Dvadasha Stotram
1.12 MB
20
Garuda Dandaka
1.43 MB
21
Godaa Chatusslokii
1.16 MB
22
Godaa Stuti
4.82 MB
23
Gopaala Vimshati
3.38 MB
24
Gopikaa Giitam
2.34 MB
25
Govinda Daamodara Stotram - Laghu
676.06 KB
26
Hanumada Ashtottara Shatanama Shtottaram
1.89 MB
27
Harisharana Ashtakam
1.19 MB
28
Haryashtakam
1.07 MB
29
Hayagriiva Ashtottara Shatanama Shtottaram
1.42 MB
30
Hayagriiva Kavacham
1.39 MB
31
Hayagriiva Panjaram
1.32 MB
32
Hayagriiva Sampaada Stotram
364.84 KB
33
Hayagriiva Stotram
4.48 MB
34
Hetipungavastava
1.62 MB
35
Kaamaasika Ashtakam
1.39 MB
36
Kanaka Dhaara Stotram
3.06 MB
37
Karaavalambam 01
2.22 MB
38
Karaavalambam 02
2.21 MB
39
Krishna Ashtottaram
1.82 MB
40
Krishna Mangalaashaasanam
367.63 KB
41
Krishnamvande
938.8 KB
42
Lakshmii Dvaadashanaama Stotram
573.41 KB
43
Lakshmii Hayavadana Prapatti
1.3 MB
44
Lakshmii Nrisimhaa Shtottaram
1.38 MB
45
Lakshmiinrusimhaadi Suprabhaatam
1.56 MB
46
Lakshmiinrusimha Mangalaashaasanam
539.84 KB
47
Lakshminrusimha Pancharatnam
1.05 MB
48
Lakshmy Ashtottaram
2.28 MB
49
Maangalyastavam
3.57 MB
50
Madhuraashtakam
1.22 MB
51
Mahaalakshmii Kavacham
1.07 MB
52
Mahaalakshmy Ashtakam
943.02 KB
53
Mahaasudarshana Stotram
1.23 MB
54
Mantraraajapada Stotram
1.18 MB
55
Mattapallimangala Ashtakam
924.88 KB
56
Mukundamaalaa
3.62 MB
57
Naaraayana Ashtakam
1.71 MB
58
Naaraayana Kavacham
2.75 MB
59
Namaramayanam
3.4 MB
60
Narasimha Kavacham
2.01 MB
61
Narasimha Stotram
2.08 MB
62
Narasimha Ashtakam
912.85 KB
63
Narasimha Panchaamruta Stotram
885.43 KB
64
Narasimha Stuti
3.43 MB
65
Narasimha Mangalam
1.06 MB
66
Narasimha Prapatti
1.73 MB
67
Nyaasadashakam
1.04 MB
68
Padmaavatii Stotram
829.53 KB
69
Panchaamruta Stotram
662.26 KB
70
Panchaayudha Stotram
982.25 KB
71
Paraankusha Ashtakam
1.27 MB
72
Paramaartha Slokadvayam
1.04 MB
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