The Power of Prayer: Guru Mantra

Prayer is a powerful form of meditation!
A sincere prayer has great benefits. When you are connected to the Master, the prayer
establishes a direct bridge between you and the all-powerful, compassionate Existence in the
form of the Master.
Prayer can directly remove all the physical and mental impurities you carry inside you. It can
simply dissolve all the sins you have been carrying. It is an integrated, focused direction of
your energy towards the Ultimate energy.

Scientific Evidence
Can the power of prayer be proven scientifically? If you pray for someone, can that person
be benefited? Research has been done especially over the last decade to answer some of
these questions. Some of the findings are listed below:
In a 1998 study, some selected practicing healers from a number of traditions including
Buddhism, Christianity, Indian shamans etc. were supplied with the first names, blood
counts and photographs of 20 patients with advanced AIDS. Every day for an hour per
day, the healers concentrated their thoughts on the pictures of these patients, for ten weeks.
There was another group of 20 other AIDS patients who were left without being thought
about in this way. An important thing to be noted in this is that the patients had no idea that
they were being prayed for.
It was found that the patients who received this distance healing had fewer and less severe
new illnesses, fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations and in general were more positive
than those who were not prayed for. This was to the extent of 50% to almost 100% better
results than the group not prayed for.
Similar experiments on mice also showed that the distance healing shrank tumors.
Experiments show that heart attack patients who don’t even know that they have been
prayed for recover much faster and better.
A similar study in Paris had a group of 60 terminally ill patients in a hospital prayed for while
the patients were themselves unaware of this. Another group of 60 terminally ill patients
were also monitored who did not receive anything other than the medication that the other
group of 60 patients were also receiving. It was found that the group that received the
prayers lived an average of four months longer than those who did not. Not only that, five
of the patients who were prayed for even recovered completely. On the other hand, in the
other group of 60 patients who did not receive prayers, none of them got well.
The power that prayer has on one’s own self has also been found to be remarkable as found
by various top universities in the US where this has been studied. Some of the benefits
found include:
• 40% lower death rate from heart disease and cancer

• Upto 14 times higher chances of survival after surgery for heart patients
• Double the stroke rate in elderly
• Lesser hospitalization time to the tune of 3 weeks
Some studies done include:
• A study in San Francisco in the 80’s was done on about 400 patients showed that
the group receiving healing prayer not only had fewer deaths, they also had lesser
need for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and mechanical ventilators as well as
• An interesting study was done in France to study the effect of thought on the
growth of microorganisms. In the experiment, a group of people was asked to
influence the growth of some destructive fungi just by their intention. The ambient
conditions were tightly regulated and there were two groups of fungi, one that
received attention and the other that did not. It was found that the growth in over
75% of the fungi which received the intention to not grow actually showed
retardation in growth.

How to pray?
You can connect to the Existential energy in any way, as long as you feel sincere and
integrated in your devotion.
A very easy, powerful and effective way is through the chanting of mantras or sacred syllables
which have a deep meaning linguistically as well as vibrationally.
Choose the mantra with which you feel most in tune.
If you have a favorite deity, you can choose that name or mantra of that deity.
If you have a guru, connecting to the Existential energy becomes effortless, as the guru is the
living, moving form of the formless energy. He is your direct connection to the Divine.
Whatever the mantra you choose, remember that it is only the means for you to connect.
The Divine power is always available. You only have to choose the path that is easiest for

Guru Mantra

The Guru Mantra is Om Hreem Nithyanandaya namah.
Om is the primordial sound and is the representation of the male energy, Shiva energy.
Hreem is the bija mantra (seed sound) which has no linguistic meaning but has a powerful
vibration which awakens the feminine energy inside us.
Thus the mantra awakens the completeness and fulfillment inside us, a holistic completion of
the male and female energies which exist inside every one of us.
Nithyananda is invoking the name of the Master – the expression of the ultimate Truth of
nithyananda. It is the poorna moola mantra (the complete mantra) because it is the straight path
to both Shakti – success in this world, and to Shiva – success in the cosmic world which is
Nithyananda also means eternal bliss. You give a clear intention to your being and the
universe about your ultimate desire – eternal bliss or enlightenment.
Namaha means ‘I don’t exist’. It is the laying down of both ‘I’ and ‘mine’ at the feet of the
Divine. This is the beautiful technique of surrender. You surrender your ego to the Master,

your self to the Self.
The mantra can replace your inner chatter which as of now is mostly unnecessary thoughts
which cause confusion and drain your energy. When your very inner chatter gets purified,
it will result in a great clarity of thought, an amazing surge of energy in you and an intense
enthusiasm and excitement for life.