"Mantra" means "tool of the mind," or "that, which when
repeated, takes us across the stormy seas of life." And the reason for using
one is quite simple. The average person has approximately 15,000 random thoughts
every day. For most people, a significant percent of those thoughts are negative;
they are worries. The mind is like a fan that blazes around and around all day
long. A mantra is the switch that turns that fan off. And the recitation of a
mantra even once will slow down that fan and begin to quiet the mind. The silent
repetition for more than ten minutes will usually bring a great sense of peace.