Mantras can have positive effects on the growth and development of children. Here is what parents must know about the benefits of teaching Mantras to children.
We all know that Mantras affect our mind and body. Well, are they effective on kids’ mind and body too? Seeing the benefits of chanting Mantras, it is obvious that they are going to benefit children also. However, Mantras need to be chanted repeatedly and they should be pronounced correctly as well. This can be achieved with practice and consistency. This is where you, as a parent, have to take care of.In this article
Learn the Mantras in the right way, pronounce it right and chant it to the exact number of times it should be chanted to get the benefits of chanting Mantras. So, before encouraging or teaching your child, it is advisable to gather complete knowledge about the Mantras beforehand.
Benefits of Teaching Mantras to Children
Let us take a look at the benefits of teaching Mantras to children
1. Teaching Mantras Strengthen your Bond with the Kids
If your child is not very young, teaching and chanting Mantras can help you develop a strong bonding with your child
. It helps find inner strength and stability as well. When you make your child understand the real truth and significance of the Mantras, he or she will have more faith, trust and respect for you.
2. Improves Attentiveness in Kids
Mantras sooth minds and this helps children focus on whatever they do and develop concentration
. No matter what state of mind your child is in at present, you can help her calm down by a few simple steps. This will enhance your child’s acceptance and make her strong from within.
3. Reduces Conflicts between Siblings and Friends
Even though surprising, you can check this out with your own kids. If two of them are fighting, just stop them and ask them to take a deep breath and chant any small shloka for peace together. They will not just have peace, but also feel connected.
4. Kids Have Proper Understanding of Life
The Mantras help you teach your children yogic values. These include honouring the earth, praying for the peace and harmony of all the people in the world. Understanding life and existence will never let your child feel depressed or pull her moral down. This will automatically increase her fighting spirit.5. Feeling of Connectivity is Generated
Chanting Mantras helps children have calm minds and remind them of who they are. They get connected to holiness and learn about their divine self as well. Once children understand spirituality
, they would not fall into any kind of bad habit. Proper Mantras are there to help your children have a clean and meaningful life.
Mantras for Children
Let us take a look at some of the Mantras that you can teach your children.1. Aum Namah Shivay
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Aum Namah Shivay
Meaning: I salute and bow down to the Supreme Lord Shiva
Aum Namah Shivay is one of the popular and simplest Hindu Mantra that you can teach your children. Encourage your children to recite this Mantra at least 108 times in a day. The meaning of this Mantra is ‘Salutations to Lord Shiva’. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva is known as the Supreme Being or the Great God who is the creator, transformer and protector of the universe. By reciting this Mantra your child can not only gain mental strength but also inner peace. Motivate your child to recite this mantra early in the morning.2. Guru Stotram
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा ग्रुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुः साक्षात् परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ॥
Gurur Bramha Gurur Vishnu,
Gurur Devo Maheshwara,
Gurur Sakshat Para Bramha,
Tasmay Shree Guruve Namah
Meaning: Guru is next to Lord Bramha, he is next to Lord Vishnu as well as to Lord Maheshwara (Shiva). He or she is truly Para Bramha or the supreme creator of the universe. I bow down to this supreme being in my life.
This Mantra highlights the importance of Guru or teacher in the life of an individual. An individual may not be able to excel in any field without the guidance of a Guru. According to the above Mantra Guru or a teacher is as important and as supreme as God. This Mantra helps to inculcate a sense of respect in children for his or her teacher. Teaching children to respect and follow what teachers are teaching is one of the important aspects of helping children excel in life.3. Saraswati Mantra
Siddhir Bavathume Sadha
सरस्वति नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणि ।
विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु मे सदा ॥
Meaning: I bow down to Goddess Saraswati. She is the one who can fulfill all the wishes of her devotees. I am praying to her in order to seek her blessings before I start studying.
Saraswati Mantra is one of the most important Mantras that parents should teach their children. Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge. As per Hinduism, praying to Goddess Saraswati regularly can help to boost the concentration as well as the intelligence of children. Children should recite this Mantra before they start studying. Reciting this Mantra can help to inculcate love for studies in children. They can recite this Mantra before they begin any work so that they seek the blessing of Goddess Saraswati and complete the work successfully.4. Om Gan Ganpataye Namaha
ॐ गं गणपतये नमः
Om Gan Ganpataye Namaha
Meaning: I bow down to Lord Ganesh
Om Gan Ganpataye Namaha is a one of the popular Ganesh Mantras. Lord Ganesh is known as Vighnaharata. Vighnaharata means one who destroys all the problems of his devotees. He is also known as the bestower of knowledge. Encourage your children to recite this Mantra 108 times every morning. Reciting this Mantra everyday can help your child to develop strength to deal with all the problems that he or she comes across. He or she can also develop brain power to study well and excel in life.5. Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhūr Bhuvaḥ Svaḥ
Tat Savitur Vareṇyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yo Naḥ Prachodayāt
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
Meaning: I meditate using the sacred sound “OM” which rules the universe and destroys our ignorance by lighting-up our minds. I chant the name of Ishwar the almighty who helps us thrive. Bestow your blessings upon us.
According to Hinduism, Gayatri Mantra is one of the powerful Mantras recited for enlightening the soul and boosting the soul power.6. Durga Mantra
Sarva Mangala Mangalye
Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike
Sharanye Trayambake Gauri
सर्वमंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सवार्थ साधिके
शरण्येत्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्तुते
Meaning: You are the prosperity of all the prosperity Lord Shiva. You can give strength to achieve all the objectives. You are the source of refuge. You are the Goddess of three universes. You are the Goddess of the rays of light. You are the one who exposes one to awareness. I bow down to you several times. I worship you.
Goddess Durga is known as destroyer of evils. Reciting this mantra every day will help your child to gain strength to overcome all the odds and evils that he or she comes across in his or her life.7. Shri Devi Naman Mantra
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu, Shanti Rupena Sansitha
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu, Shakti Rupena Sansthita
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu, Matru Rupena Sansthita
Namastasyai, Namastasyai, Namastasyai, Namo Namaha!
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शांतिरूपेण संस्थिता,
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्तिरूपेण संस्थिता,
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थिता,
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः।।
Meaning: Oh Goddess, you are an epitome of peace. Oh Goddess you are an epitome of power. Oh Goddess, you are an epitome of motherhood. I bow down to you, I bow down to you, I bow down to you.
This Mantra is recited to praise Goddess Durga. One who recites this mantra gains peace, power and prosperity in life.8. Hanuman Mantra
ॐ हनुमते नमः।
Aum Hunumate Namah
Meaning: I bow down to Lord Hanuman.
Lord Hanuman is known as a Lord of power and strength. Encourage your child to recite this Mantra at least 108 times every day. Reciting this Mantra will help your child gain power and strength. This Mantra is also good for improving the health and wellbeing of children. Reciting the Mantra of Lord Hanuman is also very useful for warding off diseases and evil spirits.9. Krishna Mantra
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण, कृष्ण-कृष्ण हरे हरे।
हरे राम हरे राम, राम-राम हरे हरे।
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Meaning: Hare is the supreme power who is the dispeller of the illusion. The above Mantra means that Hare is none other than Krishan and Hare is none other than Ram. So, we must pray to these supreme powers Krishan and Ram who are none other than Hare (Vishnu) to obtain salvation of the soul.
According to ancient holy Indian scriptures, to obtain salvation of soul one must always recite this simple Mantra. This Mantra is not only for obtaining the salvation of soul but also to get peace of mind and soul. So, encourage your child to recite this Mantra every day.10. Vishnu Mantra
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
Aum Namoh Bhagvate Vasudevaya
Meaning: The meaning of this Mantra is ‘I bow down or salute Lord Vishnu. This is an auspicious Mantra which is known to provide salvation of the soul. Its sacred sound vibrations are known to provide many spiritual benefits to an individual.
It is a supreme Vishnu Mantra which is easy for children to recite. According to sacred Hindu scriptures if this Mantra is recited, one can get free from the sins that are committed unknowingly.11. Green Tara Mantra
ॐ तारे तुतारे तुरे सोहा ।
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha
Meaning: Oh mother of all the victorious ones, I bow down to you!
The above Mantra is dedicated to Goddess Green Tara who is the female form of Lord Buddha. She is a very well-known Goddess in the world of Buddhists and FengShui. Her energy is often used in FengShui decorations. She is worshiped in different forms and colours. Her devotees recite the above Mantra while worshipping her. The above Mantra is known to heal the emotional blockages. It is also very useful for healing physical and mental blockages. It is also known to boost the energy of one’s soul and brings peace as well as clarity.12. Shanti Mantra
ॐ सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
OM Sahana Vavatu
Saha Viryam Karavavahai
OM Shanti Shanti Shantihi
Meaning: I pray to God that he protects all of us and provides nourishment to thrive. I pray that he provides us with all the strength and energy to work together without having a feeling of hatred. I pray that God provides peace to me as well as to everyone who around me. I pray that peace lies in whatever I do.
Reciting this Mantra will help your child to develop a peaceful mind and soul. A peaceful mind and soul is very important to help a child do well in life.
How to Get the Maximum Benefit?
Let your child understand that Mantra is not something you repeatedly say. It has its effect only when you strive to become that. This means that you need to feel it from inside and then chant the words or lines so that you get the maximum benefit. Therefore, approaching Mantras with awareness is extremely important.
Parents should keep in mind that they should only teach their children when they are good at it. So, first research well and learn the Mantras, their effects, their way of expressing and their benefits. Make sure you explain things to your child also before you start teaching her. Without having the awareness, chanting of Mantras is just repeating words which is of no use and will not benefit your child in any way. Experts are of the opinion that this can cause damage instead.
A lot of distortions have happened with years and so, chanting Mantras in the right form has become a challenge. Remember, while chanting Mantras sound is more important than meaning. A Mantra is not only beautiful and appealing but also it is very much effective.How to teach Mantras to children? What are the benefits of teaching Mantras to children? Which ancient Mantras can be learnt by children? Discuss here.