The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words. The first is “manas” or “mind,” which provides the “man” syllable. The second syllable is drawn from the Sanskrit word “trai” meaning to “protect” or to “free from.” Therefore, the word mantra in its most literal sense means “to free from the mind.”
It is considered capable of “creating transformation” (cf. spiritual transformation) and its use and type varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra. Mantras were originated in the Vedic tradition of India, becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism.
In simple words, what is exactly a mantra? A repetition of words, syllables or sounds that lead your mind to a state of calm, meditation and relax. Some mantras has a special meaning. Some others talk about a holy story, some others are for healing and relaxation. There are mantras for any occasion, even to ask for love. Mantras are a very good therapy for relaxation and if you add the plus of faith, they become an ally to ask for holy favors.
If you are interested in listening, knowing and learning mantras, you can easily google them, but here are two of my favorites:
“Ad Guray Nameh” sung by Sat Hari Singh & Hari Bhajan Kaur. It means “I bow to the primal Guru (God)” and is used to praise the Lord and seek protection and guide:
“Yemaya Assessu” sung by Deva Premal, it is a mantra about Yemaya, Goddess of the River and tells the story when river joins to the ocean. It’s used to ask or celebrate a couple’s love.