Many beginners to meditation are surprised that something as simple as praying with a mantra can actually bring us into God’s presence.
There is a Christian meditation mantra that has been used for a very long time by the early monks, though it is little known publicly as a mantra practice. It is known as the Maranatha mantra.
What is Maranatha Mantra Meditation?
Maranatha is an Aramaic word that means “the Lord is coming” or “come, O Lord.”
The word Maranatha is the last lesson of St. Paul’s teachings to the Corinthians and is St. John’s final instruction in the Book of Revelations. Hence, the last word, the final teaching of the entire Christian Bible is “Maranatha.”
This Christian Mantra Has Two Different Meanings:
- As “maran-atha,” it means “Lord has Come” or “Lord is Here.”
- As “mara-natha,” it means “Lord Come,” or “Come Lord.”
The New Testament was written in Greek and the word was written without spaces.
The mantra is a very useful practice in Yoga Meditation. While many, possibly the majority, of the practitioners of Yoga Meditation who use a mantra use Sanskrit mantras, the spiritual science of Yoga Meditation itself does not tell you what mantras to use.
The mantra might be in Sanskrit or any other language, or one’s native tongue or the language of one’s chosen religion. Some of the more brief meditation mantras are simply sacred healing sounds that are not from any particular language, though being root sounds of languages.
Find a comfortable and quiet place. Sit down, with your back straight. Gently close your eyes. Centre yourself, take a few deep breaths, be aware of your physical body. Now repeat the mantra in your mind slowly and rhythmically.
Do not concentrate on the meaning of the word. Just give your attention to the sound of it throughout the time of your meditation practice, from the beginning to the end.
There are 2 options:
#1 Repeat the mantra following the breath:
While the mantra may be done entirely in the mind field, it also coordinates nicely with the breath when recited silently as Ma-Ra-Na-Tha, with each of the 4 parts recited separately: Ma (inhale), Ra (exhale), Na (inhale), Tha (exhale).
#2 Repeat the mantra without following the breath:
Simply say the mantra in your mind or out loud as you use your mala beads.
If you find yourself getting distracted by other thoughts (mind wandering), don’t fight them just simply bring your awareness back to the mantra. The key to mantra practice is repetition, and you should repeat your word or phrase as often as possible.
If you want to meditate sincerely, build it into your life, then meditate twice a day. Aim at this twice daily rhythm of beginning the day and ending the day with about 20 minutes of meditation on each occasion.
After a week of practicing this Christian mantra, you should find a greater sense of energy and vitality and heighten awareness during meditation. Also, daily practice can increase your inner peace.