Maranatha Mantra

Last Updated: July 13, 2018

Definition - What does Maranatha Mantra mean?

Maranatha mantra is an ancient Aramaic prayer that translates as “Come, Lord” or “The Lord has come.” Yogic mantras are often associated with Hinduism or Buddhism, but the Maranatha mantra is from the Christian tradition. Maranatha appears in the Bible at the end of both the book of Corinthians and the book of Revelation, making it the final word in the sacred text.

Chanting a mantra is a practice that yogis use to focus concentration on one thought and/or still the mind in meditation.

Yogapedia explains Maranatha Mantra

The Maranatha mantra can be chanted out loud or silently using mala beads to count 108 recitations. It can also be recited with the breath in four parts as follows:

  • “Ma” as you inhale
  • “Ra” as you exhale
  • “Na” as you inhale
  • “Tha” as you exhale

The breath should be slow, quiet and smooth with no pause between breaths. Repeating this mantra leads the yogi to inner silence, even while he/she holds the profounder meaning in awareness. And, with the repetition of the Maranatha mantra, that silence narrows to a point that Eastern yogis call a bindu.

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