According to you, Can you chant mantras without Guru's guidance (Deeksha)?
Mantra is the powerful extract of language. It represents the potency of language. Mantra is language where sound and meaning coincide, to form a powerful potion of words. It represents poetry, which is born out of the power of the inner spirit and hence corresponds directly to the spirit. In a Mantra, the sound of the words not only reflects its meaning but aids the manifestation of the entity that it represents. Mantra is a science of sound wherein the meaning and the power of sounds proceeds to the revelation of divinity.
To the organic logic and the intuitive mind, mantra words are not just some arbitrary representations for various objects or things which correspond to some custom or particular usage. Rather the mantra directly represents the subjective meaning of the entity which includes the various dimensions of that entity and is non-separate from the object that it names. Such names are not mere words that veil the being or essence of things with just memory associations of an externally directed mind. The Mantras are not ordinary names in the sense that we understand words in common diction. They are essential sound idea behind the object that evokes its being, which becomes the tool whereby its essence is projected and can be grappled. Most of the mantric formulae or words that represent a mantra arise automatically within the mind in pure meditative perception, as a mark of entry of the being of the object into the fabric of the mind. For example when Sage Vishwamitra undertook deep penance and undertook prolonged austerities, with a view to purify himself and attain higher, elevated states of consciousness, he entered the realm of the Gayatri Mantra. The domain of the Mantra is a dimension which is beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. However, through inner discipline and penance, when somebody attains a great deal of rigor and purity, then one is allowed to enter these realms through Grace. The Gayatri mantra was received by the great sage in his state of trance. This mantra was not composed or created by the great sage, but he received it from that Mantric dimension. Once he received this mantra, he made it available to the world as a powerful purificatory mantra. The mantra can be used for many positive purposes if it is adorned through the right means. Such mantras become extremely potent, if the practitioner of the mantra retains purity through austerities, celibacy and adorning a host of spiritual disciplines so that the mantra can be used a powerful weapon for self-protection as well as for the protection of the righteous.
Such mantras cannot arise within our hearts automatically, in our normal polluted condition; when we cast our labels and titles upon things; when we place our arbitrary values, judgements and determinations upon them. Then these would represent our manipulation of objects rather than what they are in themselves. Mantric names or Mantras, arise spontaneously when we open our minds to the “being” of things when we do not hold any compulsions against the things. Mantras are vibrations of the mind uniting to the being of the object in the unity of seeing. Entering into the meditative state is essential, if we need to recognize a personal mantra for ourselves. Mantras can represent our own being, if we are open to the mantras which are in consonance with our personality. The more we relax and desire a mantra for ourselves without forcing the mind to chase any particular mantra, our personal mantra shall slowly make its way to our hearts. The body and the spirit of the mantra is so designed that, when we find a mantra of our hearts, that particular mantra shall produce vibrations within our heart and surroundings in such a way that it shall handle our inner and outer works for us. The more we are able to resonate with the mantra, the more we shall be able to chant the mantra and therefore handling ourselves shall become easier as we chant the mantra; the mantra shall manifest all that is needed for us. Having a personal mantra is extremely useful and satisfying and can enhance our quality of life by leaps and bounds.
It is important to understand that right now, we have been living a life of chance and are unaware of the Karmic load that we are undergoing. If we have a personal mantra that resonates well with us, chanting the mantra, throughout the day shall alter the vibrations around us. The world around us, is just a mighty vibration that is produced by our past incarnation and our past times of the current incarnation. When a mantra of higher vibration makes its way into our life, which is sweet to our heart, the vibrations of the mantra, as it resonates within our hearts, shall slowly alter our body cells, our minds, our health and as a result our very surroundings. Mantra has the capacity to infuse newer dimensions of life so as to elevate us through the hologram of life and present to us higher possibilities of existence abiding which the doors towards enlightenment opens up.