Mantras—To Om or Not to Om?


Source: Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs

“Mantras are sacred sounds frequently associated with traditional Hinduism and Buddhism. Many mantras are held to have originated as a supernatural revelation from the ‘gods’ or spirits with which they are associated. From time immemorial, mantras have been said to invoke the ‘gods,’ and their function today in modern occultism, and the New Age is no different. Mantras function as a means of ‘focusing’ the mind, e.g., in meditation and visualization. The mantra functions as a magical incantation, conjuration, invocation, evocation, and varieties of spells. In fact, the word ‘spell’ is perhaps the nearest approach to the Sanskrit word mantra. Humming mantras can even lead to a kind of intoxication that results in a trance. The goal is to help achieve occult enlightenment, but the consequences of such practices can bring one’s life under demonic influence or control. God warns us that no one is found among you who practices divination or sorcery or conjures spells, and anyone who does these things is an abomination to Him (Deut. 18:10-12).”

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can receive Him into your heart, and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.

If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):

“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins, just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”

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