"mehlaa: 5 paaprriaa pachhaarr baann sachaavaa sunn kai. gur mantrraa chitaar naanak dukh na theeve-ee"
- Fifth Mehl: Take aim with the arrow of Truth, and shoot down sin. Cherish the Words of the Guru's Mantra, O Nanak, and you shall not suffer in pain. 2. (Ang 521, SGGS)
Mantra is a Sanskrit word, simply meaning "incantation". Just as the fragrance is infused in the flower, and the light of the sun is hidden in the colours, similarly, the essence of the Divine Expression resulting from Super Consciousness is summed up in the Mantra. The Akhree or the letter form of Mantra is the expression of the subtle Primal Sound, which is beyond the reach of our bodily senses and the three modes of material nature. Thus the Mantra is not an ordinary word; it's embedded with the transcendental vibratory sound that represents the Absolute Purity.
"panche shabad vaje mat gurmat vaddbhaagee anhad vajiaa. aanand mool raam sabh dekhiaa gur shabadee govind gajiaa. "
- The Panch Shabad, the Five Primal Sounds, vibrate with the Wisdom of the Guru's Teachings; by great good fortune, the Unstruck Melody resonates and resounds. I see the Lord, the Source of Bliss, everywhere; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, the Lord of the Universe is revealed. (Kaanrra, Ang 1315, SGGS)
By chanting a Mantra we try to invoke the Pure Being who resides within. Thus, the Mantra is the Name of the Inner Being whom we are calling or want to Realise. Therefore, if chanted with concentration, intuitive understanding, determination, constancy, assiduousness and feeling, the Mantra will open a person to themselves — it will bring the person face to face with the Divine Light within.
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