(Mother spoke about mantras that have come to her)
But what is going to come now? I constantly hear the Sanskrit mantra:
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE
It is there, all around me; it takes hold of all the cells and at once they spring forth in an association. And Narada's mantra, too:
(it is actually a Command which means: now you shall do as I wish), but it does not come from the heart.
It will simply spring forth in a flash, all of a sudden, and it will be very powerful. Only power can do something. Love vanishes like water running through sand: people remain beatific..and nothing moved! No, power is needed -- like Shiva, stirring, churning...
When I have this mantra, instead of saying hello, good bye, I shall say that. When I say hello, good-bye, it means"Hello: the Presence is here, the Light is here." "Good-bye: I am not going away, I am staying here.'
But when I hae this mantra Om Namo Bhagavate. I believe something will happen.
For the moment, of all the formulas or mantras, the one that acts most directly on this body, that seizes all the cells and immediately does this (vibrating motion) is the Sanskrit mantra: OM NAMO BHAGAVATE.
As soon as I sit for meditation, as soon as I have a quiet minute to concentrate, it always begin with the mantra, and there is a response in the body, in the cells of the body: they all start vibrating.
OM NAMO BHAGAVATEH
The first syllable of NAMO is pronounced with a short 'a', as in nahmo. The final word is pronounced BHA-GAHVA-TEH.
This is how it happed: Y had just returned, and he brought back a trunk full of things which he then proceeded to show me, and his excitement made tight, tight little waves in the atmosphere, making my head ache; it made... anyway, it was unpleasant. When I left, just after that had happened, I sat down and went like this (gesture of sweeping out) to make it stop, and immediately the mantra began.
It rose up from here (Mother indicates the solar plexus), like this:
Om Namo Bhagavate OM NAMO BHAGAVATE. OM NAMO BHAGAVATE.
It was formidable. For the entire quarter of an hour that the meditation lasted, everything was filled with Light! In the deeper tones it was of golden bronze (at the throat level it was almost red( and in the higher tones it was a kind of opaline white light: OM NAMO BHAGAVATE, OM NAMO BHAGAVATE, OM NAMO BHAGAVATE.
The other day (I was in my bathroom upstairs), it came; it took hold of the entire body. It rose up in the same way, and all the cells were trembling. And with such a power! So I stopped everything, all movement, and I left the thing grow. The vibration went on expanding, ever widening, as the sound itself was expanding, expanding and all the cells of the body were seized with an intensity of aspiration ... as if the entire body were swelling -- it became overwhelming, I felt that it would all burst.
I understood those who withdraw from everything to live that totality.
And it has such a transformative power! I felt that if it continued, something would happen, something like a change in the equilibrium of the body's cells.
Unfortunately, I was unable to continue, because... I don't have the time; it was just before the balcony darshan and I was going to be late. Something told me, 'That is for people who have nothing to do.' Then I said, 'I belong to my work,' and I slowly withdrew. I put on the brakes, and the action was cut short. But what remains is that whenever I repeat this mantra... everything starts vibrating.
So each one must find something that acts on himself, individually. I am only speaking of the action on the physical plane, because mentally, vitally, in all the inner parts of the being, the aspiration is always, always spontaneous. I am referring only to the physical plane.
So for these mantras, everything depends upon what you want to do with them. I am in favour of short mantra, especially if you want to make both numerous and spontaneous repetitions - one or two words, three at most. Because you must be able to use them in all cases, when an accident is about to happen, for example. It has to spring up without thinking, without calling: it should issue forth from the becoming spontaneously, like a reflex, exactly like a reflex. Then the mantra has its full force.
For me, on the days when I have no special preoccupations or difficulties (days I could call normal, when I am normal), everything I do, all the movements of this body, all, all the words I utter, all the movements of this body, all, all the words I utter, all the gestures I make, are accompanied and upheld by or lined, as it were, with this mantra:
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE... OM NAMO BHAGAVATE
... all, all the time, all the time, all the time.
That is normal state. It creates an atmosphere of an intensity almost more material than the subtler physical; it's like... almost like the phosphorescent radiations from a medium. And it has a great action, a very great action: it can prevent an accident. And it accompanies you all the time, all the time.
But it is up to you to know what you want to do with it.
Satprem: To sustain the aspiration - to remember. We so easily lapse into forgetfulness. To create a kind of automatism.
You have no mantras that have come to you, that give you a more living feeling?... Are there mantras long?
Satprem: Yes, they are long. And he has no given me any mantra of the Mother, so... They exist, but he has not given me any... I don't know, they don't have much effect on me. It is something very mental.
That is why, it should spring forth from you.
This one, this mantra, OM NAMO BHAGAVATE, came to me after some time, for I felt... well, I saw that I needed to have a mantra of my own, that is, a mantra consonant with what this body has to do in the world. And it was just then that it came. It was truly an answer to a need that had made itself felt. So if you feel the need - not there, not in your head, but here (Mother points to the cener of her heart), it will come. One day, either you will hear the words, or they will spring forth from your heart...And when that happens, you must hold onto it.
Source: Mother conversation with Satprem, Disciple during September 16, 1958
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