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A Mantra is a religious or mystical syllable or poem, typically from the Sanskrit language. Their use varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the Mantra. They are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words or vibrations that instil one-pointed concentration in the devotee.

Other purposes have included religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, avoid danger, or eliminate enemies. Mantras originated in the Vedic religion of India, later becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.

The use of Mantras is now widespread throughout various spiritual movements, which are based on, or off-shoots of, the practices in the Hinduism. Mantras are interpreted to be effective as sound (vibration), to the effect that great emphasis is put on correct pronunciation (resulting in an early development of a science of phonetics in India). They are intended to deliver the mind from illusion and material inclinations.

Chanting is the process of repeating a Mantra. The Sanskrit word Mantra- consists of the root ‘man-’, "to think" (also in manas "mind") and the suffix ‘-tra’ meaning, tool, hence a literal translation would be "instrument of thought". In the context of the Vedas, the term "Mantra" refers to the entire portion which contains the texts called Rig, Yajus or Saman, that is, the metrical part as opposed to the prose Brahmana commentary.

With the transition from ritualistic Vedic religion to mystical and egalitarian Hindu schools of Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra and Bhakti, the orthodox attitude of the elite nature of Mantra knowledge gave way to spiritual interpretations of Mantras as a translation of the human will or desire into a form of action, with some features in common with spells in general.

The Hindu scriptures of the Upanishads, the syllable Aum, itself constituting a Mantra, represents Brahman, the godhead, as well as the whole of creation. Mantra in Hinduism Mantras were originally conceived in the great Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas.

Within practically all Hindu scriptures, the writing is formed in painstakingly crafted two line "Shlokas" and most Mantras follow this pattern, although Mantras are often found in single line or even single word combinations.