Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q3: Is the chanting of a mantra effective only when we know its meaning?A3: No. When reciting a mantra, what matters the most is our state of mind. In his book "Master Sheng Yen on Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's Methods", Master Sheng Yen took the Great Compassion Mantra as an example, pointing out that the mantra itself contains the merits, vows and blessings of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Mantra recitation is a practice method based on the "spiritual responses generated from the sounds"; therefore, the mantras are recited in their original language in Sanskrit.
The Sanskrit mantras are not just sounds; they also have their own meanings, often covering multiple connotations. Therefore, it is ideal to be able to understand the meaning of mantras. But if you can't, there is nothing to worry about. Practitioners only need follow the Sanskrit pronunciation of the mantras and recite them diligently. You might as well set a goal for yourself, and recite the mantras every day until your goal is achieved, as a guideline for your practice. Of course, if a practitioner can understand the meaning of the mantra, it will be very helpful to evoke the vows and merits of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Dharani Recitation Practice: Learning the Spiritual Codes of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Understanding the Structure of Dharanis
How to Choose Which Mantra to Recite?
The Methods of Reciting Mantras
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q1: What is the difference between chanting the Buddha's name and reciting the mantra?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q2: Will mispronunciation of the mantras impact its meritorious effect?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q3: Is the chanting of a mantra effective only when we know its meaning?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q4: How can reciting mantras eliminate karmic obstacles and prevent disasters?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q5: Can a wish be fulfilled by reciting a mantra?
Resource: Issue 356 of Life Magazine, Dharma Drum Publishing Corporation
Photos: Issue 356 of Life Magazine, Dharma Drum Publishing Corporation
Translation: Bright Su
Editing: YKL, Keith Brown