mantra definition

  • noun:
    • Hinduism A sacred verbal formula duplicated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, eg an invocation of a god, a magic enchantment, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities.
    • A commonly duplicated word or term: "These Days's edutainment computer software comes shrinkwrapped inside miraculous mantra: 'makes mastering fun.'” ( Clifford Stoll).
    • The hymn portions of Vedas; any passage through of these used as a prayer.
    • A phrase duplicated to help concentration during meditation, initially in Hinduism.
    • A slogan or phrase frequently repeated.
    • A prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm.
    • A Vedic hymn of praise and prayer; collectively, the problem associated with Sanhita or first unit of the Veda, as distinguished from the liturgical matter, called the brahmana.
    • A sacred text utilized as a charm or incantation by Brahmans and Yogis.
    • a commonly duplicated term or expression
    • (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism; certainly one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns

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