Definition of mantra in English:

mantra

noun

  • 1(originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.

    ‘a mantra is given to a trainee meditator when his teacher initiates him’
    • ‘John Lennon used Buddhist mantras in the lyrics of his music such as Across the Universe.’
    • ‘I think there is no difference in Zen, propagating Buddhism, reciting mantra, and worldly jobs.’
    • ‘If you are using a Siva mantra, then the mantra will bring you closer to Siva-consciousness, as the mantra is Siva as sound.’
    • ‘Without repeating any mantras, I concentrate the mind and the psyche in this way.’
    • ‘Many further speculative explanations of the significance of the mantra are found in Tibetan Buddhism.’
    • ‘Normally, when I am seated on the throne with my costumes on, I do my meditations while reciting the mantras of Hayagriva.’
    • ‘Pranava, Aum, is the root mantra and primal sound from which all creation issues forth.’
    • ‘That is the very old mantra in Tibetan Buddhism, om mani padme hum, Hail to the jewel in the heart of the lotus.’
    • ‘We cannot know for sure, but they may have advised him to concentrate on his breathing, or to repeat a mantra silently to himself.’
    • ‘The last includes mantras and yoga, seeking the guidance of a guru or performing temple ceremonies for the direct blessing and intervention of God, Gods and devas.’
    • ‘All this time I am reciting some mantra or doing some meditation.’
    • ‘They all had rudrakshas, tulasi-malas, jasmine flowers tied up in their hair, and they were all praying, doing meditation and chanting mantras.’
    • ‘This is the reason why in some Tibetan Buddhist practices, mantras are spoken prior to the consumption of meat.’
    • ‘Worshippers repeat the names of their favourite gods and goddesses, and repeat mantras.’
    • ‘I picked up a mantra in my Buddhist philosophy class which helps a lot- ‘This is not me, this is not mine.’’
    • ‘The principal mantra of the Buddhists, it is also found inscribed on prayer wheels.’
    • ‘For this reason, working with one's mind in relation to visualizations, deities, utterance of mantras, and so on, are ways to invoke the Sambhogakaya energy.’
    • ‘Systematically she then sprinkled ash all over the pounder and over herself, murmured secret mantras and fell flat before the pounder.’
    • ‘Local herders deliver wood and Druba gets to work building a fire, whispering Buddhist mantras as he chops logs.’
    • ‘Through meditation he ‘visualized’ the mantras of the ancient Reiki system, and thus became the Drashta or Rishi.’
    1. 1.1A Vedic hymn.
      ‘her high, sweet voice began chanting the mantra of life’
      • ‘The children have been shifted to an ashram or hermitage run by a local sage where they are being made to recite Vedic mantras and fire rituals are being performed to drive the spirits away.’
      • ‘He attributes his current success in popularizing Sanskrit to his love of God and, not surprisingly, blessings derived from chanting Vedic mantras.’
      • ‘Vedic mantras which are chanted should not go in vain.’
      • ‘The recitation of Vedic mantras can be heard in the ether even now through internal meditation.’
      • ‘Of the four Vedas, the Yajur Veda comprises the primary study, as it contains most of the important mantras required for temple puja and homa.’
      incantation, intonation, recitation, singing, song, recitative, mantra
  • 2A statement or slogan repeated frequently.

    ‘the environmental mantra that energy has for too long been too cheap’
    • ‘The statement repeated the mantra that rates are appropriate but also added inflation outlook is favourable.’
    • ‘Most likely, you're filling some need to alleviate a social guilt imposed by an environmental mantra.’
    • ‘By including NGO's into the daily mantras of the state media, the society is being prepared for the introduction of what we know outside China as a civil society.’
    • ‘Her complaint regards a lack of family foundation; she knows neither where nor why she was born and frequently returns to this mantra.’
    • ‘One multinational, however, has added another note to the mantra: environmental responsibility.’
    • ‘Such a statement could easily be called the mantra of the Web.’
    • ‘The motto or mantra of the Pokemon movie - and of all Pokemon products - is ‘Gotta catch 'em all’.’
    • ‘The management mantra that responsibility is ineffective without accountability holds true with regard to the role of citizens.’
    • ‘By now, these customer mantras should sound familiar.’
    • ‘The anchors and pundits still repeat the mantras that remind us what we have lost, but the spirit has gone out of it.’
    • ‘If this sounds familiar that is because it is a mantra acknowledged and repeated by Scottish Enterprise.’
    • ‘Loewen even manages to write about race, gender, and class without sounding like he is repeating a mantra.’
    • ‘Fiscal prudence from politicians might sound like an electioneering mantra to some, but its a badge of honour to me.’
    • ‘Phrases like ‘prioritisation’ and ‘not economically viable’ were offered but sounded more like half-empty mantras.’
    • ‘In a mantra that has sounded like a broken record since the late nineteenth century this, apparently, is all the fault of big bad union bosses.’
    • ‘These words have become a mantra for the international financial institutions, Western governments and aid agencies.’
    • ‘Thus the mantra of the right, personal responsibility, requires that the State intervene.’
    • ‘He did so with a ‘formations don't win matches’ response that was one of the Irishman's mantras.’
    • ‘Blain is reluctant to make forecasts, and in team meetings the mantra of one game at a time has been chanted, borne of bitter experience.’
    • ‘It is made much harder by the decision of most left trade union leaders to chant the mantra of ‘reclaiming Labour’.’
    catchphrase, catchline, catchword, jingle, saying, formula, legend

Origin

Late 18th century Sanskrit, literally ‘a thought, thought behind speech or action’, from man- ‘think’, related to mind.

Pronunciation

mantra

/ˈmantrə/