PROTECTING A MANTRA
-by Bhikshu Heng K'ung
THE MANTRA PROTECTING ghosts and
spirits will come to our aid in times of
difficulty if we are sincere in our
cultivation. This simply means that we must keep our
end of the bargain by protecting the mantra. We protect the mantra, and the mantra protects
How does one protect a mantra? First we must select a mantra, or ask a master to give us one. A master can, by observing our nature, select a mantra that is suitable to our natural spiritual inc1inations, and which will be most efficient in developing our spiritual potentialities. But often a master, with real wisdom is not available. If this is the case, we must not just pick any mantra for our use, but select one from the Sutras spoken by the Buddha, such as the Pure Land Mantra, the Great Compassion Mantra, the Shurangama Mantra, and so forth. We must firmly resolve to practice the same mantra until we penetrate it, even if it takes several years. Also, it is essential that we recite and maintain the mantra with regularity, at the same time every day and for the same amount of time during each recitation period.
Just as our bodies stay healthy through daily exercise and eating, a mantra is nourished by regular practice. This causes it to become strong, and its hidden influences to become a dominating factor in our lives, protecting us from harm, bringing forth auspiciousness, and nourishing the seed of Bodhi.