What are Mantras?
Mantras are enlightened compassion and awareness in the form of sound. Through simply coming into contact with them our beings are positively influenced. Tibetan Buddhists recite mantras as a way to connect to positive qualities and protect themselves from negativity [especially inner negativity]. Find out about the mantra Om Ah Hum.
Through contact with and, especially, meditation on the mantra of compassion "Om Mani Padme Hum" positive qualities are developed and so, happiness naturally increases in one's life. Here are some of the benefits traditionally ascribed to the meditation on "Om Mani Padme Hum":
Increases the wisdom of: equanimity
Increases transcendent: generosity
Increases the wisdom of: activity
Increases transcendent: ethics
Increases the wisdom of: self-arisen wisdom
Increases transcendent: patience
Purifies: confused attachment
Increases the wisdom of: all-encompassing space
Increases transcendent: enthusiasm
Increases the wisdom of: discrimination
Increases transcendent: meditation
Increases the wisdom of: clarity
Increases transcendent: wisdom
The late Kalu Rinpoche
says of mantras--"Through mantra, we no longer cling to the reality of the speech and sound encountered in life, but experience it as essentially empty. Then confusion of the speech aspect of our being is transformed into enlightened awareness."
This information is taken from:Mantras in Metal