What is a Mantra?

The word mantra literally means ‘that which frees the soul through reflection’ (mananat trayate iti). To the dull-minded people, a mantra is a mere word or a formula. But for an advanced spiritual soul it is concentrated thought of great power leading to profound spiritual experiences. Through proper repetition of the mantra, one can attain the highest illumination and freedom.

Extracted from ‘Spiritual Quest‘ by Swami Tapasyananda