What Is Mantra?
The power, the consciousness within the Mantra, is Sakti, Divine Mother, the Goddess of the Spoken Word. The male aspect of God is energy in a state of equilibrium; the female aspect is dynamic energy which manifest as creation. There is only one Energy in all created things; in the Mantra that energy is present in pure form. The potency of the Mantra is released through repetition until the individual finally comes to his or her Devata (the particular aspect of the Divine associated with the Mantra) and a spiritual experience may take place.
“Mananat Trayate Iti Mantrah” means that by constant recollection or thinking of the Mantra one is protected from the impact of Maya, the illusory world. Through repetition of these words of power, the goal of Mantra Yoga is achieved — that is (as with all Yogas) unity of individual consciousness with Cosmic Consciousness. Mantra is not prayer. Prayer consists of words of supplication chosen by the spiritual aspirant, while Mantra is a precise combination of words and sounds — the embodiment of a particular form of consciousness or Sakti.
Mantra is the song of a star. . .
and it will transport you to that star. …..Swami Sivananda Radha