- Hinduism. a word or formula, as from the Veda, chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer.
- an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism: If I hear the “less is more” mantra one more time, I'll scream.
Origin of mantra
Examples from the Web for mantram
Historical Examples of mantram
Then their hands were untied, and the Brahman mumbled a mantram.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan
Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
The mantram should be repeated eight hundred times for seven nights.Omens and Superstitions of Southern India
The mantram is usually drawn with treble lines, one black, one yellow, and one white.
This mantram should be repeated sixteen times, with bhasmam thrown on the body of the patient.
Then chant the Sakti mantram 101 times, and mutter the mantram to give life at the bottom.
- Hinduism any of those parts of the Vedic literature which consist of the metrical psalms of praise
- Hinduism Buddhism any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power
Word Origin for mantra
1808, "that part of the Vedas which contains hymns," from Sanskrit mantra-s "sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel," literally "instrument of thought," related to manyate "thinks," from PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). Sense of "special word used for meditation" is first recorded in English 1956.