The Power of Mantra: Throughout
history, spiritual masters have often stated that mantra can change physical
reality, not just one's emotional, mental, and spiritual condition. Mantra
is said to be revealed from another plane of existence, and to connect
the practitioner with the power, and even the deity, from whence it comes.
Some teachers emphasize the occult effects of the sounds of the sequences
of precise vowels, syllables, intonations and silences - without which,
repetition is said to be futile.
All agree that the concentrated intent and belief of the practitioner
is primary. In a well-known story from the genre: a passing monk
informs a practitioner that his heartfelt efforts are in vain due to incorrect
pronunciation. The monk departs. After some time, now on the opposite
side of the river, the monk hears the practitioner slip back into his
old way, and then silence. He looks back to see the practitioner approaching
him, walking across the water, calling out, "How does that