Mantra literally means an “instrument (tra) of thought (man),” which is defined in English as a prayer, hymn or song of praise, sacred formula or incantation.  It can consist of a word or a statement. When it is repeated, whether mentally or by whispering it is referred to as Japa Meditation. If it is sung devotionally it is considered Kirtana. It is said that when repeated 108 times a day for 21 days it will change your life. This is because the mantra is like a seed. Every seed has the potential to become a tree. Similarly, the vibration of your mantra contain all the possibilities of creation. When the mind is calm and centered, it can turn inward. Only a mind turned inward can experience the vastness and beauty of the Divine consciousness. When our focus is outward on the objects of the senses, our mind is scattered and racing behind one craving or another. Physical senses seek to know all about the external universe. Meditation is the tool for inner exploration. One whose mind is turned inward is ever in bliss. Mantras are the tools which allow the mind to dissolve and repose in the True Self.