What does the Bible teach about mantras?

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A Mantra

A mantra is defined as a mystical formula of invocation. It is associated with Eastern spiritual practices of Hinduism, Buddhism and the New Age Movement. It is pagan repetitive phrases or sounds believed to have magical spiritual power or transformative effects when chanted or recited. It is inspired by the quest to recapture primeval consciousness, with the One [e.g., Brahman, Nirvana]. The Bible warns against the practice of mantras.

Mantras and the Occult

Mantras are clearly linked to occult practice and philosophy. The practice of reciting mantras is believed to internalize the power of the gods for attaining altered consciousness, and for securing occult goals such as the development of psychic powers. Mantras are mental tools for manifesting particular ‘divinities’ within the reciter and for transforming ones consciousness into specific forms of psychic power leading to the attainment of transcendent goals.

The occult magician David Conway writes how the use of a mantra evokes ritual “madness” which leads to spirit possession (demon possession). – David Conway, Magic: An Occult Primer (NY: Bantam, 1973), pp. 130-31.

Mantras are openly involved in the development of spirit contact and psychic abilities. An they are used in occult meditation and related to or incorporated as part of magic rituals. The mantra functions as a magical incantation, conjuration, invocation, evocation, and all the varieties of spells that comprise the armory of words of power.

The power of the mantra also functions to facilitate altered states of consciousness: “Humming mantras… lead to a kind of intoxication which results in trance. Such mantras are ideal for magical purposes.” – Richard Cavendish, Man, Myth and Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural, Vol. 13 p. 1728.

The practice of reciting mantras claims to protect the chanter from evil spirits, but the reality is that these practices connect the chanter directly with demonic spirits and place him under their control. Sadly, people have little idea of their goal and consequences.

The Bible Warns Against the Occult

The Bible issues strong warnings against involvement in the occult, which refers to practices or beliefs associated with supernatural powers or forces outside of God’s authority. These warnings are rooted in the biblical principle of monotheism—the belief in one true God—and the recognition of His sovereignty over all creation. Here are some key passages from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible that address the dangers of the occult:

1-Deuteronomy 18:10-12: “There shall not be found among you anyone who…practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord.”

This passage from the Old Testament explicitly prohibits various forms of occult practices, including witchcraft, divination, sorcery, and necromancy. It emphasizes that engaging in such activities is detestable to the Lord and incompatible with His commands.

2-Galatians 5:19-21: “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

In this New Testament passage, sorcery is listed among the works of the flesh that are contrary to the Spirit of God. Those who persist in practicing such things are warned that they will not inherit the kingdom of God, underscoring the seriousness of involvement in the occult.

3-Acts 19:19: “Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.”

This historical account from the book of Acts illustrates the response of early believers who renounced their involvement in the occult by publicly burning their magic books. It serves as a powerful example of repentance and turning away from practices that are contrary to God’s will.

4-1 Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”

This verse highlights the connection between rebellion against God and the sin of witchcraft. It underscores the importance of obedience to God’s commands and the severe consequences of disobedience.

What about “Christian Mantras”?

Unfortunately, some Christians traditions such as the Roman Catholic faith, use mantras in meditation. In the Catholic education, students are explicitly taught about praying with mantras in Year 5 (Religion Curriculum P – 12, Arhdiocese of Brisbane, CLPS15).

The Lord Jesus Himself instructed, “when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do” (Matthew 6:7). Here, the Lord linked the repetition of words with heathenism. Clearly, this type of so called “prayer” should not be practiced among Christians.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Bible consistently warns against involvement in the occult and associated practices, such as practicing the mantras. The Word of God emphasizes the importance of fidelity to God and His commands. Believers are called to renounce such demonic practices and instead pursue righteousness, obedience, and devotion to the one true God revealed in Scripture.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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