The Vedic mantra and its power are subtle sciences that the Vedic can explain. However, the Vedas are not well known for presenting historical and scientific knowledge. We all recognize the power of the sound itself by its effect. This can be very dramatic. Perhaps we’ve all seen treble frequencies shatter ordinary cups. Demonstrations like this show that loud sounds can cause considerable reaction.
It is generally believed that Vedic mantras can carry a hidden power, which, in turn, can produce certain effects.
The ancient Vedic literatures are full of descriptions of weapons being called by mantra. For example, many weapons were invoked by mantra during the epic Kuruksetra War, wherein the Bhagavad-Gita itself was spoken.
The ancient deployment of Brahmastra weapons, equivalent to modern day nuclear weapons are described throughout the Vedic literatures. Addition- ally, mantras carry hidden spiritual power, which can produce significant benefits when chanted properly. Indeed, the Vedas themselves are sound vibrations in literary form and carry a profound message. Spiritual disciplines recommend meditational practices such as silent meditation, silent recitation of mantras and also the verbal repetition of specific mantras out loud.
A clinical test of the benefits of mantra chanting was performed on three groups of sixty-two subjects, males and females of average age 25. They chanted the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra twenty- five minutes each day under strict clinical supervision.
The results showed that regular repetition of the Maha Mantra reduces stress and depression, and also helps to get rid of bad habits and addictions. These results formed the basis of a doctoral dissertation at Florida State University. Tests with similar mantras gave corresponding results.
Spiritual practitioners claim many benefits from Mantra Meditation such as increased realization of spiritual wisdom, inner peace and a strong communion with God and the spiritual realm. These influences can be experienced by following the specific spiritual path.