Sir Arthur C Clarke once said, if the science cannot explain any particular phenomenon, we call it Occult. This applies to spirituality more than anything. People in the west don’t understand the eastern mysticism and Vedic science fully. They treat the Hindu and Buddhist Tantric science as unchristian and occult, even they think and talk of Jesus as western origin and Jesus Christ belongs only to Christian. Please remember, Jesus was a west Asian historically. Often the world forgets that He came for salvation of all man kind.
The teachings of Yoga Meditation are universal and non-sectarian, the fundamentalist Christian look at it is unchristian. How can it be?
Let us explore the Mantra –maranatha in this perspective.
“Maranatha” is the prayer word recommended by the World Community for Christian Meditation, the Maranatha Mantra has been taught extensively by Fr. John Main and Fr. Laurence Freeman through their organization, the World Community for Christian Meditation. It is an ancient Christian Meditation Mantra. Maranatha
“Ma-Ra-Na-Tha” meaning “Come Lord”
The maranatha prayer is one where one places everything aside: instead of talking to God, one is just being with God, allowing God’s presence to fill one’s heart, thus transforming one’s inner being.
Mantra is a very useful practice in Yoga Meditation. While many, possibly most, of the practitioners of Yoga Meditation who use a mantra use Sanskrit mantras, the science of Yoga Meditation itself does not tell you what mantras to use. The mantra might be in Sanskrit or any other language, either one’s native tongue or the language of one’s chosen religion. Some of the more brief meditation mantras are simply sound vibrations that are not from any particular language, though being root sounds of languages. These are called seed or bija mantras like Om.
There is a Christian meditation mantra that has been used for a very long time by the early monks, though it is little known publicly as a mantra practice. It is the mantra Maranatha.
The word Maranatha is the final instruction of St. Paul’s teachings to the Corinthians, and is St. John’s final instruction in the Book of Revelations. Thus, the last word, the final teaching of the entire Christian Bible is “Maranatha,” which is Aramaic and means, “Come Lord.”
“maran-atha,” it has two different meanings:
As “mara-natha,” it means “Come Lord,” or “Lord Come.”
As “maran-atha,” it means “Lord is Here” or “Lord has Come.”
Pronouncing the mantra: (Ma-Ra-Na-Tha). Allow it to arise rhythmically in the mind field at whatever speed comes naturally, whether fast or slow, though you will probably find it will slow down on its own. Allow yourself to feel the meaning of the mantra, in whatever way matches your own spiritual or religious predisposition. Or simply feel the calmness that comes from the gentle repetition. The feeling is more subtle when remembered in the silence of the mind rather than spoken aloud.
Maranatha and Kundalini Yoga
If one read the last chapter in St.Johns revelation, the metaphor used in the versus are all about Kundalini Yoga, the kingdom of God within you. The Sahasrara chakra, the Sushumna, the Ida and pingala are all mentioned in symbolic language.
The enlightened use the upper chakras to attain bliss-Anaatha, Vishuddi, Ajna and Sahasrara Chakras. The lower three chkras-Muladhara, Swadishtana and Manipuraka chakras are earthly.
So the chanting of Maranatha Mantra starts from Anahatha- the heart Chakra then the Ajna chakra and finally the Sahasrara Chakra.
Mantra with breath: While the mantra may be done completely in the mind field, it also coordinates nicely with the breath when remembered silently as Ma-Ra-Na-Tha, with each of the four parts remembered separately:
• “Ma” with inhalation
• “Ra” with exhalation
• “Na” with inhalation
• “Tha” with exhalation
When coordinating the mantra with the breath, let the breath be smooth, slow, and quiet, with no pauses between the breaths. Be sure that the syllables of the mantra are only in the mind, and not disturbing the flow of the breath in the lungs, throat, or nasal passages.
The mantra may be remembered in the mind with no association with breath. The entire “Ma-Ra-Na-Tha” simply rolls through the silence of the inner mind field, being a pleasant, rhythmic companion, affirmation, and prayer. After remembering the mantra for some period of time, whether or not you count the repetitions, a time will come when the mantra will lead your attention to complete silence in the physical space in which you are remembering it (heart or eyebrow center). Allow this to happen naturally, going into complete inner silence, while holding the deeper meaning and feeling in awareness. Although repetition of the mantra is quite useful in stabilizing a noisy mind (without repressing thoughts or emotions), this leading quality is a more valuable spiritual aspect of mantra meditation.
Bindu: Mantra eventually merges into silence at a point, which is called Bindu in Sanskrit. This is sometimes experientially described as seeing light at the end of a tunnel. After seeing that point of light, one eventually travels up or into the tunnel, encounters the source of the light, and then goes beyond it. This process involves traversing the subtle stream of consciousness that is called Sushumna in Sanskrit, the last section of which is called Brahma Nadi. This subtle stream is considered by some to be the Silver Cord referred to in Ecclesiastes and some of the mystical Christian traditions. The Bindu, or point of light is then encountered at the end of the tunnel, stream, Sushumna, Brahma Nadi or Silver Cord. Bindu may also be viewed by the esoteric, mystical or yogic practitioner as a subtler meaning of the instructions.
Maranatha – The Lord is Coming!